"There are 46 million Americans without health insurance. Some patients receive excellent care, but we waste as much as $700 billion a year on tests and treatments that cannot be shown to improve health."
DEPLORABLE!!! "...instead of sitting down and discussing a job opportunity, the woman was met by a group of men who took turns raping her. They then told her that if she went to the authorities, they would have her deported."
"A bipartisan Senate report says former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and top Bush administration officials are directly responsible for abuses of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and decisions by them o led to serious offenses against prisoners."
ATTENTION: From Ohio, but air outside 435 other schools - from Maine to California - appears to be even worse, and the threats to the health of students at those locations may be even greater. DESPICABLE, to say the least!!!!!
Hi! I believed this is worth sharing~~~ Kathleen R With Congress back in session, the Bush Administration is pushing hard to pass another trade agreement based on the failed NAFTA model, this time with Colombia. The Administration is in a race against public opinion, which is quickly turning against the kind of neoliberal trade deals that have worsened poverty and inequality in every country where they have been implemented and led to a massive loss of jobs in the United States. The proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Colombia promises more of the same. The deal will also strengthen Colombia's government, which is responsible for severe human rights violations.
With more and more people--in Latin America and in the US--becoming aware of the repercussions of unfair trade rules, now is the time to take action and demand change.
Please sign our petition asking Congress to vote No on the US-Colombia FTA. Let your representatives know that a vote for this trade agreement is a vote for:
1. Worsening Rural Poverty and Hunger
The FTA cuts tariffs on food imported from the US but benefits only the few Colombian farmers who export to the US. Moreover, the deal bars the Colombian government from subsidizing farmers, while large-scale US corn and rice growers enjoy billions in subsidies. These double standards guarantee that US agribusiness can undersell Colombian farmers, who will face bankruptcy as a result. Many of Colombia's small-holder farmers are women and Indigenous Peoples who are losing their livelihoods and being forced off their lands.
2. Fueling Armed Conflict and Drug Trafficking
The intertwined crises of poverty, landlessness and inequality are at the root of Colombia's 50-year armed conflict. The FTA will further concentrate wealth in the hands of a few while worsening poverty for millions of people. Many Colombian farmers, whose livelihoods will be destroyed by the FTA, will be compelled to cultivate coca (the raw material for producing cocaine) to earn a living.
Continuing a trend begun in the wake of 9-11, the US has cast the FTA as a matter of its "national security," and the Colombian government has followed suit by treating anyone opposed to the deal as a terrorist. Colombia's workers, Afro-Colombians and Indigenous Peoples have taken a clear position against the FTA. Their peaceful protests have been met with severe repression, including murder.
3. Repressing Labor Rights
Colombia is already the world's deadliest country for trade unionists, with more than 2,000 labor activists killed since 1991. The FTA does not require Colombia to meet international core labor standards; it merely calls on the government to abide by its own weak labor laws. Without enforceable labor protections, the trade deal will put more workers at risk. US workers' power to negotiate better wages will also be weakened by a deal that allows corporations operating in Colombia to keep labor costs down through sheer violence.
4. Exacerbating Climate Change and Threatening Biodiversity
The FTA will increase logging in the Colombian Amazon, weakening the rainforest's capacity to stabilize the Earth's climate. Under provisions sought by the US, corporations that have bought the rights to a country's forests, fishing waters, mineral deposits or oil reserves can totally deplete these resources, with grave consequences to ecosystems and the many species that inhabit them. Small-scale farmers and Indigenous Peoples who depend directly on these natural resources will be the first people to suffer.
5. Subordinating National Sovereignty to Corporations
By allowing corporations to sue governments for passing laws that could reduce profits, the FTA erodes Colombia's prerogative to regulate foreign investment and undermines citizens' chances of improving health, safety and environmental laws. In anticipation of the FTA, the US pressed Colombia to pass a law that would expropriate land from Indigenous and Afro-Colombians and allow multinational corporations to gain control of millions of hectares of rainforest. The forestry law was part of a series of constitutional "reforms" undertaken to meet the conditions of a US trade agreement. In January 2008, Colombian civil society won an important victory: the forestry law was struck down as a violation of Indigenous rights. Had the FTA already been in place, US corporations would now be allowed to sue the Colombian government for "lost future profits."
6. Deteriorating Public Health
By extending patent rights on medicines produced in the US, the FTA hinders the use of far cheaper generic drugs and puts life-saving medicines out of reach for millions of Colombians. Women, who are over-represented among the poor and primarily responsible for caring for sick family members, are particularly harmed by this provision.
7. Loss of Vital Public Services
The FTA requires the Colombian government to sell off critical public services, including water, healthcare and education. Elsewhere in Latin America, this kind of privatization has resulted in sharp rate increases by new corporate owners that deny millions of people access to essential services. Women are hardest hit because it is most often their responsibility to meet their families' needs for such basic services.
8. Harming Indigenous Women
The FTA would enable corporations to exploit Indigenous Peoples' traditional knowledge by allowing companies to patent seeds, plants, animals and certain medical procedures developed and used by Indigenous women over centuries. Under the FTA, Indigenous women could lose access to important medicinal plants and agricultural seeds unless they pay royalties to patent holders. Indigenous women's role as the protectors of their community's natural resources and traditional knowledge would be eroded, threatening Indigenous cultures and women's status within the community.
There Are Viable Alternatives to Free Trade Agreements
Despite more than a decade of failed NAFTA-style trade deals, the US continues to insist that its trading partners adhere to rigid neoliberal economic policies. But Latin America's social movements are articulating viable alternatives for regulating trade and economic integration in ways that benefit women, families, communities and the environment. The women of MADRE's sister organizations in Colombia and throughout Latin America affirm the need for Fair Trade Agreements that:
1. Are negotiated through democratic processes with effective participation from communities that will be impacted, including women's organizations. 2. Ensure that life-sustaining resources such as water, food staples and medicinal plants are guaranteed to all people and not reduced to commodities. 3. Ensure that access to basic services, including health care, housing, education, water and sanitation, are recognized as human rights that governments are obligated--and empowered--to protect. 4. Institute the region's highest, rather than lowest, standards for labor rights and health, safety and environmental protections. 5. Adopt principles of "fair trade," including social security and development assistance programs that protect small farmers and workers and that recognize the economic value of women's unpaid labor in the household. 6. Require foreign investors to contribute to the economic development of the communities where they have a presence. 7. Promote policies that respect local cultures and collective Indigenous rights and that preserve traditional agricultural techniques and biodiversity in agriculture and nature. 8. Recognize the links between economic growth, environmental sustainability and building peace.
HOW CAN WE HELP?!? The far majority of citizens, the military, and, our global allies, are totally disgusted with the Bush administration and Bush's die-hard stubbornness over the war(s)! We smother our politicians with pleas to stop the madness, but then Bush says they cannot decide - only he can! Bush and his administration have simply "lost it" and just stubbornly hang-on, praying that via the news they allow we will let them ride out their term, without the embarrassment of an impeachment. Well, in honor of all troops, veterans, their families, and, all of humankind, we must NOT let them slide on through. It would only make us look like we don't really care, either. HOW can we send ANY meassage to ANY one about ANY thing on setting examles, as long as we, sit idly by while Bush & Gang continues their despicable, immoral, extensive criminal actions and decisions? WHO CAN actually get them impeached, & HOW? Kathleen/Angel Faith ~The Angel Power Emporium~
Have all my fellow red heads heard about this? At least I have a couple red haired cousins and some 2nd cousins, too. My oldest and youngest grandsons have red hair, while the other 8 grandkids have varying degrees of red highlights - like my own kids. ALSO, there is much scientific research concerning people with red hair and pain medications, plus anthesthetics, and more! I want them to discover how the first red hair genes came about and where!!! Kathleen/AngelFaith ~The Angel Power Emporium~
I am very curious about something! I've been exploring my network's recent posts, and, many haven't posted in long time, plus...Why is it we don't seem to be very actively commenting on one another's posts. It just doesn't seem cery caring to me..... I'm extremely busy with an online graduate course, yet I can't keep myself from trying to remain active for all good causes and helping others however I can. It's just how I am.... Meanwhile~~~ PEACE, AngelFaith : ] TheAngelPowerEmporium
George W. Bush Resume Past work experience: * Ran for congress and lost. * Produced a Hollywood slasher B movie. * Bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas, company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock. * Bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using tax-payer money. Biggest move: Traded Sammy Sosa to the Chicago White Sox. * With fathers help (and his name) was elected Governor of Texas. Accomplishments: Changed pollution laws for power and oil companies and made Texas the most polluted state in the Union. Replaced Los Angeles with Houston as the most smog ridden city in America. Cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas government to the tune of billions in borrowed money. Set record for most executions by any Governor in American history. * Became president after losing the popular vote by over 500,000 votes, with the help of my fathers appointments to the Supreme Court. Accomplishments as president: http://www.buzzflash.com/contributors/03/04/23_resume.html The Angel Power Emporium
George W. Bush Resume Past work experience: * Ran for congress and lost. * Produced a Hollywood slasher B movie. * Bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas, company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock. * Bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using tax-payer money. Biggest move: Traded Sammy Sosa to the Chicago White Sox. * With fathers help (and his name) was elected Governor of Texas. Accomplishments: Changed pollution laws for power and oil companies and made Texas the most polluted state in the Union. Replaced Los Angeles with Houston as the most smog ridden city in America. Cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas government to the tune of billions in borrowed money. Set record for most executions by any Governor in American history. * Became president after losing the popular vote by over 500,000 votes, with the help of my fathers appointments to the Supreme Court. Accomplishments as president: http://www.buzzflash.com/contributors/03/04/23_resume.html
Dear Friends, I am curious to learn why more folks aren't joing my IMPEACHNOW group. Would anyone care to give me a clue? I'd sure appreciate. I care deeply about all things and understand how all causes are eventually inter-related. I know the majority of us want the war stopped and troops safe at home NOW. Therefore, PLEASE, at least sign all relevant petitions. Thank you very much! Peace, Kathleen The Angel Power Emporium
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