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Aug 27, 2012

Justice or the lack of it is in the news today. Whether it's a young man beaten senseless by police or Amazonian natives demanding it for their environment, justice is what the people want and exactly what the corporations and their corporate owned governements don't want us to have. We must stand up and demand we be heard. Nothing less than the future of our planet and our species is at stake.

First, we just want to ask a simple question: How many policemen have to sit on the head, back, and neck of a young man in order for a cop to feel safe enough to punch him in the face? See:
Los Angeles Police Beat Man for Riding Skateboard on Wrong Side of Street

Frequently, cops justify their actions by claiming that they are simply enforcing the law, but there are plenty of bad laws. One need look no further than cannabis prohibition and the failed War on Drugs, efforts to limit the public's ability to assemble, to protest, and to dissent against the government; and worst of all, environmental laws that favor corporate RAPE of the environment rather than the will of the people to preserve and protect our natural world. We do have one mighty weapon in our arsenal: jury nullification. Don't listen to the judge's instructions; he just wants you to do as you're told and find someone guilty. We can stop bad laws in their tracks simply by choosing our conscience. See:
Good Jurors Nullify Bad Laws

As a case in point, supports of raw milk in Wisconsin have it in their power to stop the immoral conviction of Wisconsin raw milk dairy farmer, Vernon Hershberger. Good jurors can and do stop bad laws. See:
Jury Nullification May Be Only Hope for Wisconsin Raw Milk Farmer

Meanwhile, corporate corruption of our democratic process is no more evident than the Romney campaign's energy policy that sacrifices our environment and our future for fossil fuels and the profit that such dirty energy represents to Big the expense of all the rest of us. See: 
Romney's Dirtier, Deadlier Energy Future: Is There Another Way?

It is painfully evident that the two party system is a sham that enshrines toxic free-market capitalism and all the exploitation to people and to the planet that that system represents. Both of the corporate owned and operated parties, the Dems and the Repugs, are deep into corporate pockets. We need a people's party that brings economic justice and social progress even while protecting our environment for the future of our nation, our planet, and our species. We must take action and be heard. See:
Let's Crash the Conventions!

We need to rise up and to do this, we need look no further than the example of that Amazonian warriors who have organized to fight construction of the world's third largest dam. We must do as they do and speak out for our rights as human beings and our fundamental right to a healthy environment free from corporate rape and devastation. See:
Occupy the Dam: Brazil's Indigenous Uprising

As if to emphasize the urgency with which we fight to save our environment's health, there are two stories about this year's drought and subsequent crop failure. The first addresses the increasing liklihood of a global food crisis. See:
'We Must Build Resilience in Domestic Agriculture'

Central to this issue is the use or misuse of water by industrial agriculture. We must demand water efficiency from all consumers, agriculture, industry, military, and individuals. See:
Reducing Agriculture's Thirst for Water 

There is so much that we can do to change our way of life to make it sustainable. One very important means of making a difference is reducing the demand for the internal combustion engine. We must design cities that encourage people to leave their cars at home...if they bother to own a car at all. See:
How Cities Can Get Drivers Biking

Finally, on a lighter note, sometimes the best things in life are things that we miss out on entirely. Doe Bay Fest is probably the best music festival of which most of us have never heard. See:
A Look Back at Doe Bay Fest 2012 By Somebody Who Didn't Go to Doe Bay Fest 2012

We can be the change because we must.


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Brian M.
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