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Help Fix the Voting Rights Act


Voting - Right to Vote

Sign the petition:  What we have to remember is that in a democracy things are in flux all the time.  Just because a bill becomes law doesn’t mean it will stay that way.  The powerful are constantly trying to change things to fit their agendas.   And regarding Voting Rights, “thanks to the Supreme Court, the Voting Rights Act is weaker now than when it was passed 50 years ago.”  Conservative groups worked hard to undo the progress that progressives took for granted and now old battles must be fought again, just to get back to where we were.  Read the Credo Action below and sign the petition helping to “Fight to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore the Voting Rights Act and block new efforts to suppress African-American and Latino votes.”


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Make it the law!  We the People not We the Corporations.

 Corporations are Not People
Read, learn and contribute:  I believe corporations are not people and this has become my overall top political priority.  Until our constitution makes this unquestionably clear, by amendment, corporations will continue to rule our political process.  Little else will have any real sustaining chance.  The “Move To Amend” organization is on the forefront of this effort.  Their mission statement says: “We are calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.”  Browse the Move To Amend site and learn more about the effort, the ways to get involved and of course you can Donate here.  I did this week.

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Is a new American political system developing before our eyes?

 We the People - Declaration of Ind
Read this: This article in The Nation magazine, by Tom Engelhardt is very good.  It suggests that “based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be watching the birth of a new American political system and way of governing for which, as yet, we have no name.”  He points to 5 areas of note:
  1. Elections – unprecedented money, voter suppression and inequality,
  2. The Privatization of the State (or the U.S. as a Prospective Third-World Nation) – Though the marriage of the state and the corporation has a pre-history, the full-scale arrival of the warrior corporation only occurred after 9/11.”,
  3. The De-legitimization of Congress and the Presidency – “all that ‘small government’ Republicans and ‘big government’ Democrats can agree on is offering essentially unconditional support to the military and the national security state”,
  4. The Rise of the National Security State as the Fourth Branch of Government – “Its growing ability to surveil and spy on a global scale, including on its own citizens, puts the totalitarian states of the twentieth century to shame.
  5. The Demobilization of the American People – “Everything we once learned in the civics textbooks of our childhoods about how our government works now seems askew, while the growth of poverty, the flatlining of wages, the rise of the .01%, the collapse of labor, and the militarization of society are all evident.”


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