"Audemus Jura Nostra Defendere," We Dare Defend Our
"When Chief Justice Jackson, chief counsel for the
prosecution (at Nuremberg)
tribunal and explained to them the importance of what they
doing, he said,
that: ‘We are handing these defendants a
chalice, and if we
ever sip from it we must
be subject to the same
otherwise this whole trial
is a farce.’ Well, you can look
at the history
from then on,
and we’ve sipped from the
poisoned chalice many times, but it’s
considered a crime. So, that means we
are saying that trial was a farce."-
with Noam Chomsky, On Responsibility,
War Guilt and Intellectuals
by Gabriel Mattherw Schivone, 8/3/2007
Humor....the detached, cold, hellish hearts of those that
condemn innocents. Like gods
they rain terror from the sky...but not gods and their deeds condemning them to
far worse than mere physical death...death of the soul.-
Obama's "joke" about
attacks in Pakistan, 12/29/2010.
The Middle East : U.S. Foreign Policy at its Worst
September 11th & Its' Aftermath
A Time To Break Silence
Bush Administration: Lowering the Nuclear Threshold
George W. Bush: What's Missing?
Rep. John Murtha Statement, 11/17/2005
Remarks by Al Gore, 5/26/04
The Unjust War with Iraq
The Dangers of Fear as the Basis of Foreign Policy
Open Letter to Al Gore
Democracy in America-Not
We Stand for Peace & Justice
"I stand for peace and justice.
I stand for democracy and autonomy. I don't think the U.S. or any
other country should ignore the popular will and violate and
weaken international law, seeking to bully and bribe votes in the
I stand for internationalism. I oppose any nation spreading an
ever expanding network of military bases around the world and
producing an arsenal unparalleled in the world.
I stand for equity. I don't think the U.S. or any other country
should seek empire. I don't think the U.S. ought to control Middle
Eastern oil on behalf of U.S. corporations and as a wedge to gain
political control over other countries.
I stand for freedom. I oppose brutal regimes in Iraq and elsewhere
but I also oppose the new doctrine of "preventive war," which
guarantees permanent and very dangerous conflict, and is the
reason why the U.S. is now regarded as the major threat to peace
in much of the world. I stand for a democratic foreign policy that
supports popular opposition to imperialism, dictatorship, and
political fundamentalism in all its forms.
I stand for solidarity. I stand for and with all the poor and the
excluded. Despite massive disinformation millions oppose unjust,
illegal, immoral war, and I want to add my voice to theirs. I
stand with moral leaders all over the world, with world labor, and
with the huge majority of the populations of countries throughout
I stand for diversity. I stand for an end to racism directed
against immigrants and people of color. I stand for an end to
repression at home and abroad.
I stand for peace. I stand against this war and against the
conditions, mentalities, and institutions that breed and nurture
war and injustice.
I stand for sustainability. I stand against the destruction of
forests, soil, water, environmental resources, and biodiversity on
which all life depends.
I stand for justice. I stand against economic, political, and
cultural institutions that promote a rat race mentality, huge
economic and power inequalities, corporate domination even unto
sweatshop and slave labor, racism, and gender and sexual
I stand for a policy that redirects the money used for war and
military spending to provide healthcare, education, housing, and
I stand for a world whose political, economic, and social
institutions foster solidarity, promote equity, maximize
participation, celebrate diversity, and encourage full democracy.
I stand for peace and justice and, more, I pledge to work for
peace and justice."
Society & Politics
Alexander Palace Time Machine
Letters, photographs, etc. of Nicholas
Romanov, the last Russian Czar, his
wife Czarina Alexandra & their children.
US population data.
Dedicated to promoting public
understanding of & support for effective
arms control policies.
Its members are former military, civilian
professionals who organized
investigate the downing
of TWA Flight 800 on July 17, 1996.
Russell Peace Foundation
Foundation was established to carry forward
Russell's work for peace, human rights and
social justice. Forty years later, it continues
to do so, as you will see from the items below.
Here, you will also find information about
our journal, The Spokesman, and links to
our publications website, Spokesman Books.
Public policy analyst & critic, publishing studies
on economics, foreign policy & government.
Public affairs on the Web.
Laws, Codes &
Canadian Government Information
Dedicated to advancing cooperation
between nations and promoting active
international engagement by the United
States. Founded in 1910, its work is
nonpartisan & dedicated to achieving
The Case Against Henry Kissinger:
The Making of a War Criminal
Seeks to broaden the parameters of
public policy debate to allow consideration
of the traditional American principles
of limited government, individual liberty,
free markets and peace.
The Center of
Explores & analyzes global issues
& social structures from an ethical
perspective based on Catholic
Budget and Policy Priorities
Research organization &
that works on fiscal policy issues &
issues affecting low- and moderate-income
families and individuals.
Center for Defense Information
Non-profit organization committed to
independent research on the social,
economic, environmental, political
components of global security.
Dedicated to protecting and advancing
the rights guaranteed by the U.S.
Constitution and the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights. CCR uses litigation
proactively to advance the law in a positive
direction, to empower poor communities &
communities of color, to guarantee the
rights of those with the fewest protections
& least access to legal resources, to train
the next generation of constitutional & human
rights attorneys, & to strengthen the
broader movement for constitutional &
Promotes a U.S. foreign policy based
on international cooperation, demilitarization
& respect for basic human rights.
for National Policy
Political research & analysis to frame
options & to formulate economic, equal
opportunity, community studies &
foreign policy recommendations.
Dedicated to providing strategic insights
on- and policy solutions to- current &
emerging global issues.
Center for the Study of Intelligence
CIA site addressing the areas of
Intelligence research & history,
historical records, etc.
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Provides a forum for the consideration of
significant international issues & their bearing
on American foreign policy.
Class War in America: How
Economic and Political Conservatives
Are Exploiting Low- and
by Charles M. Kelly
"Financial conservatives, with the aid of their
political supporters, have been intentionally
waging class warfare against working Americans
for past twenty years. Here is a guided tour of
conservative America's agenda & strategies,
with documentation from the establishment
press itself: The Wall Street Journal, Forbes,
Fortune, Barron's, and Business Week.
for a Realistic Foreign Policy
Group of scholars, policy makers &
concerned citizens united by our opposition
to an American empire. The Coalition is
dedicated to promoting an alternative vision
for American national security strategy
that is consistent with American traditions
Medal of Honor
Council for a Livable World
Arms control organization with focus
on halting the spread of weapons
of mass destruction, opposing
a national missile defense system,
cutting Pentagon waste & reducing
excessive arms exports.
"The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
is an independent, national membership
organization, nonpartisan research center,
& publisher. CFR is dedicated to producing
& disseminating ideas so that individuals
& corporate members, as well as policy-
makers, journalists, students, & interested
citizens, can better understand the world
& the foreign policy choices facing the
United States and other governments.
the National Interest
"Aim is to foster debate on the roles
of the U.S. armed forces in the post-
Cold War era and on the resources
devoted to them. The ultimate purpose
is to help create a more effective national
defense against the types of threats we will
likely face during the first decades of
the new millennium."
Drug Policy Alliance
Works to end the war on drugs &
promote new drug policies based on
compassion, science, public
health & human rights.
Publishes news, commentary, analysis,
& reference materials about the Israeli-
Palestinian Conflict from a Palestinian
The Official Homepage of
Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon
Papers" ; Daniel Ellsberg's writings, lectures
& interviews; book out-takes & Weblog.
To promote the interests of the families
of victims of the September 11 attacks
& support public policies that improve
the prevention of and response to terrorism.
Council of Oregon
Statewide Oregon civil rights organization
whose mission is to eliminate housing
discrimination through enforcement &
The Federalist Society for Law & Public
Policy Studies is a group of conservatives
& libertarians interested in the current state
of the legal order. It is founded on the
principles that the state exists to preserve
freedom, that the separation of governmental
powers is central to our Constitution, &
that it is emphatically the province & duty
of the judiciary to say what the law is, not
what it should be.
FindLaw | Legal
Policy In Focus
Seeks to make the U.S. a more responsible
global leader and global partner. It is a "think
tank without walls" that functions as an
international network of more than 650 policy
analysts & advocates. FPIF is committed
to advancing a citizen-based foreign policy
agenda--one that is fundamentally rooted
in citizen initiatives & movements.
Issues That Affect Everyone
Looks into global issues that affect
& aims to show how most issues are
Global Network Against
& Nuclear Power in
Monthly magazine whose
audience is state & local government
officials: governors, legislators, mayors,
city managers, council members &
other elected, appointed and career officials.
|"If we Americans
are split into two meaningful camps, it is not
conservative versus liberal. The two camps are these:
the politically awake and the hypnotized -- hypnotized
by television and other mass media, whose overpaid
Svengalis dangle the swinging medallions of packaged
candidates and oft-told lies. It is all done to
politically prolong the open season on us -- open season
indeed, as the billionaire takeover artists bag their
catch for the day. And in their bags are our freedoms,
our leisure, our health care futures, our old age
security, our family time, our village life, our
family-owned businesses on Main Street, the middle class
itself, and our position of honor and peaceful
leadership in the world.
Once we understand what we are up
against, and where the meaningful dividing lines truly
run, our lives as reformers can be easier because we
shall know how to proceed."-
Doris "Granny D" Haddock,
your letters I know some of you are curious as to why
journalists like me keep opening the Pandora's box of
democracy; why we come round and round to what ails
America...the bribing of Congress, the desecration of
the environment, corporate tax havens, secrecy, fraud on
Wall Street, the arrogance of ideology, the pretensions
of power. Do we delight in the dark side of human
experience, you ask? Do we never see good in the world?
Or was Nietzsche right: that the Christian resolution to
find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and
bad?" - NOW with Bill
Moyers, 5/23/02, "On Candor in Journalism"
Green Party of The United States
Conservative think-tank that formulates
& promotes policies based on the
principles of free enterprise, limited
government, individual freedom,
traditional American values, & a strong
Mission is to be America’s premier
source of applied research on enduring
Institute for Policy Research
Online think-tank for the independent
analysis of local & global society,
with the ultimate objective of offering
comprehensive solutions to social &
for Policy Studies
"At a time when other think tanks
celebrate the virtues of unrestrained
greed, unlimited wealth, & unregulated
markets, IPS is striving to create a
more responsible society - one built
around the values of justice, nonviolence,
sustainability, and decency."
International Action Center
Information, Activism, & Resistance to U.S.
Militarism, War, and Corporate Greed,
Linking with Struggles Against Racism &
Oppression within the United States
International Monetary Fund
and Security Network
Designed to promote the free flow of
unclassified information & to facilitate
cooperation through training & education
using modern information technology.
Counterterrorism & Security
Serves as an ethical and legal "watchdog"
over our government, legal, and judicial
systems to promote a return to ethics &
morality in U.S. public life.
Jurist Legal Education Network
Legal research, news, world law &
State Health Facts Online
Congress: Country Studies
East Research &
Provides news & perspectives about
the Middle East not available from
mainstream news sources.
Coalition Against Censorship
center for midterm and long-term
Publisher of magazines, newsletters,
books & directories covering politics,
policy & government.
National Security Archive
Research institute on international affairs, a library &
archive of declassified U.S. documents obtained
through the Freedom of Information Act, a public
interest law firm defending & expanding public
access to government information through the
FOIA, & an indexer and publisher of the documents
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Initiates & supports worldwide efforts
to abolish nuclear weapons, to strengthen
international law & institutions, to use
technology responsibly and sustainably,
& to empower youth to create a more
Nuclear Threat Initiative
NTI is foundation dedicated to reducing
the threat from nuclear, biological & chemical
Research & advocacy center specializing
in problems of nuclear proliferation.
Monitors nuclear activities worldwide &
pursues strategies to halt the spread
& reverse the growth of nuclear arms.
Age Peace Foundation |
To advance initiatives to eliminate the
nuclear weapons threat to all life, to
foster the global rule of law, and to build
an enduring legacy of peace through
education and advocacy.
Nuclear Policy Research Institute
Founded by Dr. Helen Caldicott, Founding
President of Physicians for Social
Responsibility (PSR). PSR was the co-winner
of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, & Dr
Linus Pauling individually nominated Dr.
Caldicott for the Prize. Dr. Caldicott also
founded Women’s Action for
Disarmament (WAND), and is the author
of numerous books exploring nuclear and
environmental issues, the most recent of
which is entitled
The New Nuclear Danger:
George W. Bush’s Military-Industrial Complex.
Office of Congresswoman
Barbara Lee Representing
9th District of
Ms. Lee is a principled & compassionate
leader who has taken strong progressive
stands on key issues in education,
the environment, nuclear non-proliferation,
HIV/AIDS, health care, housing &
The hub of the Soros foundations network,
a group of autonomous foundations &
organizations in more than 50 countries.
Implements a range of initiatives that aim
to promote open societies by shaping
government policy & supporting education,
media, public health, & human & women's
rights, as well as social, legal, & economic
Bureau of Labor and
Enforces Oregon state law that bans
discrimination in employment, housing
& public accommodations; Protects
workers and children in the workplace;
Guarantees most Oregon workers job
protected leave when their children are
born or a family member is seriously ill;
& Governs registered apprenticeship
for Security and
Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
Largest regional security organization
in the world with 55 participating States
from Europe, Central Asia & North America.
Active in early warning, conflict prevention,
crisis management & post-conflict
Oyez Oyez Oyez
Supreme Court multimedia database.
Negotiation Affairs Department (NAD)
The NAD provides the institutional backing
for Palestinian negotiators & is the address
of all Palestinian activities related to
negotiations with Israel. It is the focus of
Palestinian technical & political
preparation for negotiations.
Research Center |
Pew Charitable Trusts
The Pew Research Center is an independent
opinion research group that studies attitudes
toward the press, politics & public policy
The Pew Charitable Trusts support nonprofit
activities in the areas of culture, education,
the environment, health & human services,
public policy & religion.
Resource on trends in American
Says He Lied in Book on Anita Hill,"
Harold Kurtz, Washington Post, 6/27/01
According to this article, David Brock, "who made
his name trashing Anita Hill after the Clarence
Thomas [Supreme Court] confirmation hearings,
now says he lied." The article goes on,
"Justice Clarence Thomas was complicit in an
effort to discredit another witness against him
with negative personal information, which is
exactly what he claimed the Anita Hill forces
had done to him, Brock said in an interview."
What does this
"revelation" by Brock
about the integrity of the sitting Supreme
Court? About the process that led to
Thomas' nomination & confirmation?
by the Right: The
Conscience of an Ex-Conservative, " by David Brock;
The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How
It Corrupts Democracy, by David Brock : From the
Publisher: "Brock documents
how in the last several decades the GOP built a powerful
media machine--newspapers and magazines, think tanks,
talk radio networks, op-ed columnists, the FOX News
Channel, Christian Right broadcasting, book publishers,
and high-traffic internet sites--to sell conservatism to
the public and discredit its opponents."
Nonprofit that does opinion surveys
on a range of issues.
Statistical Resources on the Web
Sun Tzu on
the Art of War
Thomas- Legislative Information
a New Socialism
Interactive community to bring
conservative public policy organizations,
congressional staff, & political activists
together under the broad umbrella of
"conservative" thoughts, ideas &
U.S. Federal, North Carolina &
Community-based home for a body of
thinkers in the Hip Hop generation.
Analyzes and frames political, economic
& cultural issues, particularly those of concern
to people of color, from the perspective of
the Hip Hop generation.
Wealth and Our Commonwealth:
Why America Should Tax
Accumulated Fortunes, Beacon
"From the Publisher: More than a thousand
individuals of high net worth rose up to protest
the repeal of the estate tax -- Newsweek tagged
them the "billionaire backlash." The primary
visionaries of that group, Bill Gates Sr. &
Chuck Collins, argue here that individual wealth
is a product not only of hard work and smart
choices but of the society that provides the fertile
soil for success. Weaving personal narratives,
history, & plenty of solid economic sense, Gates
& Collins make a sound and compelling case
for estate tax reform, not repeal."
States Legal Foundation
Non-profit, public interest organization
founded in 1982, which monitors &
analyzes U.S. nuclear weapons programs
& policies and related high technology
energy & weapons programs, with a
focus on the national nuclear weapons
World Federalist Association
Works to promote the views of a broad
majority of Americans seeking common
-sense and effective global solutions
to global problems. For details about
the successful efforts WFA leads in
The Campaign to End
The Partnership for Effective
Victims Trust Fund
Research & education policy center
that seeks solutions to critical
problems facing the world.
Addresses areas such as global
economics, collective security,
and fostering civil society. See also:
Tracks public opinion in North
America, Latin America, the
Middle East, Asia, & Europe.
Veterans for Equal Rights
"Throughout our history gay, lesbian, bisexual,
transgender, and two-spirit Americans served
in the Armed Forces. They took an oath to
support & defend the Constitution of the United
States of America against all enemies both
foreign & domestic. We aver that it is the right
of these Americans to express personal aspects
of their lives, and, in particular, aspects of their
sexual orientation and/or gender identification.
Furthermore, they should be allowed to do this
in an environment free from harassment &
discrimination based on prejudice, fear, ignorance,
or intolerance in order to fulfill their human
potential to the fullest."
Golf War Veterans
Congressional Medal of Honor
DOD & Armed Services news,
reports & site listings.
Immortal Chaplains Foundation
Perpetuating the legacy of the four "Immortal
whose example of love for others
without regard to race,
religion or creed,
acknowledges the potential
Lifelines Service Network
Self-help information, distance education,
crisis assistance, on-line access to
professional quality of life service
providers, & access to a full range
of on-line business transactions.
Association of Uniformed
of the United States
No Greater Love
Service Members Legal Defense
Legal services, watchdog & policy
organization dedicated to ending
discrimination against & harassment
of military personnel affected by
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" & related forms
for the Truth
Aim is to give service people, veterans,&
retirees a clear voice with the media,
Congress, the public & their services.
Against the Iraq War
Coalition of American veterans who
support our troops but oppose war with
Iraq or any other nation that does not pose
a clear and present danger to our people
Veterans Health Administration
Veterans History Project
The Veterans History Project is motivated
by a desire to honor our nation's war
veterans for their service and to collect
their stories and experiences while they
are still among us. It documents the
contributions of civilian volunteers, support
staff, and war industry workers as well as
the experiences of military personnel from
all ranks and all branches of service.
for Common Sense
Seeks to inject the element of Common
Sense into debates over war and national
security. In an age when the majority of
public servants have never served in
uniform, the perspective of war veterans
must play a key role in the public debate
over national security issues in order to
preserve the liberty veterans have fought
and died preserving.
Educational & humanitarian organization
dedicated to the abolishment of war.
The hope is to return as many tags
as possible to their rightful owners-
the Veterans themselves, or families of
Vietnam Veterans Home Page
Veterans of America
Dedicated to global security & reducing
the worldwide threat posed by war &
conflict through programs that promote
justice and freedom.
the Wall: Vietnam Veterans
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
of Labor Statistics
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Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Election Commission
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Food & Drug
Collection of natural hazards,
& supporting data.
Office of Homeland Security
House Of Representatives |
Housing & Urban Development
Medicaid and Medicare Services
National Criminal Justice
Clearinghouse for research, policy, &
practice related to criminal & juvenile
justice & drug control.
National Endowment for the
Grant-making agency of the United
States government dedicated to supporting
research, education, preservation, &
public programs in the humanities.
Highway Traffic Safety
Center for US Government strategic
thinking and for Intelligence
National Parks Service
National Security Agency
Transportation Safety Board
of National Drug Control Policy
Patent and Trademark Office
Pension Search Directory
& Exchange Commission
Small Business Administration
Social Security On-line
Voice of America
The highest military spender
is the US accounting for just under half of the
world’s spending, more than the rest of the G7
(most economically advanced countries) combined,
and more than all its potential enemies,
Symbol of Resistance and the
to sacrifice and die to protect the innocent
On the Use of Cluster Bombs
creativity and a willingness to break
with establish hierarchies and power
structures. Obama clearly has no notion
of this and lacks the heart and courage
required to break with this convention.
If he did, he would treat all people
with respect, not use indiscriminate
warfare and make diplomacy and fairness
the pillar of his foreign policy.
Instead we have selfish interests
competing for power and domination and
seeking to defeat, rather than
understand their opposition. Further, as
Greenwald has so eloquently and
consistently pointed out, this power
elite works without respect for the law-
whether federal or international.
Until the system is undermined enough
and people are radicalized enough to
take action, little will change.
|The Iraq War
Just how much of a
success if one million Americans died?
How many lives did the Iraqi people cost
us? Did they devastate our cities?
Contaminate our land with white
phosphor? Litter our cities and country
side with landmines? Did they murder our
civilians? Did they even declare war
In return for our doing this to them,
what have they gained? Is their
government truly democratic? Are their
people free from sectarian violence? Are
they independent of the whims of other
regional powers such as Iran? Hell, are
they even free from us and our coterie
of private military contractors?
Speaking of al-Qaeda, are they weakened
globally? Do they have fewer recruits?
Are they more hated in the Moslem world?
Have they been isolated or are they
spreading? Yes, there are far fewer in
Pakistan and Afghanistan-but when we
leave-will they simply return?
On and on.....
Apparently the Voting
Rights Act gives the Justice Department
the ability to block laws, such as the
one passed in South Carolina.
Yet, on the face of it there is nothing
inherently discriminatory in the law-and
there is no issue of due process. It
would also be difficult to prove that
bias was a motivation. This is probably
an issue of equal protection, where the
courts have specifically enumerated
rights to Congress to address disparate
impact against suspect classes of
people. Yet if laws can be struck
down based on an interpretation of
whether their impact is discriminatory-
then a window exists to challenge the
fairness of every law. For example, it
would seem perfectly legitimate to make
the environment a protected/suspect
class-and by doing so strike down laws
that permit their wanton degradation.
What if the "poor" were considered a
group routinely discriminated against?
Numerous laws could be struck down on
the basis of their de-facto
Finally, even if the Supreme Court
won't extend protected status to the
environment or the poor, what is to stop
states and localities from doing so?
There is I believe nothing in the US
constitution that prohibits the
protection of any class of citizen,
unless by so doing the rights of other
classes or the citizenry as a whole are
adversely affected-all of which is
subject to interpretation.
In summary, it is not our laws or the
Constitution that perpetuate abuses of
power, but those in power who use their
power to restrict the rights of others
in order to perpetuate their unfair
advantage. Just this week, the Justice
Department blocked South Carolina’s new
law requiring voters to show photo IDs
at the polls, saying data submitted by
South Carolina showed that minority
voters were about 20 percent more likely
to lack acceptable photo ID required at
The American fascists are most easily recognized by
their deliberate perversion of truth
and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every
fissure of disunity,
every crack in the common front against fascism. They use every
impugn democracy. They use isolationism as a slogan to conceal their own
They cultivate hate and distrust of both Britain and Russia. They claim
to be super-patriots,
but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution.
They demand free
enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest.
Their final objective
toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power
so that, using the power
of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep
man in eternal subjection.- from
Henry A. Wallace, The Danger of American Fascism
right or wrong- wrong!!
who govern us, in whose hands power is
most concentrated, have as their
objective, if we can judge by their
actions, to bring time to an end, to
abolish the past and future. That this
is so, that these people are who they
are, that we have permitted them to
wield such power and may permit worse
yet, is so fundamentally threatening
that we reject immediate knowledge of
it. In the grip of that knowledge, every
human action, including the making of
theatre, would have to be directed
towards the abolition of such power and
of the systems that maintain it. The
brightest hope for the future would be
any event, theatrical or otherwise that
presses this knowledge closer to home."-
"I don't know what you mean by 'glory,'" Alice
said. Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. "Of course you don't --till I tell you. I
meant that 'there's a nice knockdown argument for you.'" "But 'glory' doesn't
mean 'a nice knockdown argument,'" Alice objected. "When I use a word,"
Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean
-- neither more nor less."
"Through the Looking Glass," Lewis
Carroll- Political discourse in America- twentieth and
twenty-first centuries and beyond?
Bush/Cheney 2000 Presidential Campaign:
Social Security surplus must be locked away only
for Social Security.
Bush News Conference:
only reason we should use Social Security
funds," he said, "is in case of an
economic recession or war."
After a 1.2 trillion dollar federal tax
cut and a slowing economy:
administration's budget shows that it is close
to dipping into the Social Security surplus to
fund spending, and a Congressional Budget
Office estimate due next week is
expected to show that the government is
already tapping the Social Security
Washington Post article by Amy Goldstein.
The Importance of Non-violence
The state often
adopts violence as a form of social
control within society or as an
effort to control other nations. Yet
violence always perpetuates more
violence-thus the problem of
violence is never solved.
the state, I believe that the single
greatest strength one can bring is
moral force. Use of violence by the
opposition, by adopting the tactics
of the oppressor-erodes moral force
and is counterproductive.
Yet, are there
situations where moral force and
strategic non-violence is not
enough? Perhaps the answer is yes-
but not as a form of consciousness
raising- but perhaps to directly
save life. But even here a spiritual
What if there is
something more important than life,
suffering and death? What if by
sacrificing our lives by practicing
non-violence and acting for what we
believe in- we can bring truth to
souls otherwise lost in hate and
despair. In this sense the outcome
is less important than the
compassion we bring to the world and
the possibility of ending all forms
George Orwell, "1984"
He set to work to exercise himself in crimestop. He
presented himself with propositions -- "the Party says the earth is flat,"
"the Party says that ice is heavier than water" -- and trained himself in not
seeing or not understanding the arguments that contradicted them.
"Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means that we choose
between two bodies of real, though not avowed autocrats. We choose between Tweedledum and
"Wonder each morning how youre going to hold on till evening, each Monday how
youll make it to Saturday. Reach home without the strength to do anything but watch
TV, telling yourself youll surely die an idiot... Long to smash everything... once a
day, feel sick... because youve traded your life for a living; fear that the rage
mounting within you will die down in the end, that in the final analysis people are right
when they say: ...you can get used to anything."
"To announce that there must be no criticism
of the President, or that we are to stand by
the President, right or wrong, is not only
unpatriotic and servile, but is morally
treasonable to the American public."
|"The disease of modern culture is
specialization. Looked at from
the standpoint of the social system, the aim of specialization may seem desirable
enough...The difficulties do not appear until we look at specialization from the opposite
standpoint --that of individual persons. We then begin to see the grotesquerie --indeed,
the impossibility-- of an idea of community wholeness that divorces itself from any idea
of personal wholeness.
The first, and best known hazard of the specialist system is that it produces specialists
--people who are elaborately and expensively trained to do one thing. We get into
absurdity very quickly here. There are, for instance, educators who have nothing to teach,
communicators who have nothing to say, medical doctors skilled at expensive cures for
diseases that they have no skill, and no interest, in preventing...
Even worse, a system of specialization requires the abdication to specialists of various
competencies and responsibilities that were once personal and universal. Thus, the average
--one is tempted to say, the ideal-- American citizen now consigns the problem of food
production to agriculturists and "agribusinessmen," the problems of health to
doctors and sanitation experts, the problems of education to school teachers and
educators, the problems of conservation to conservationists, and so on. This supposedly
fortunate citizen is therefore left with only two concerns: making money and entertaining
himself. He earns money, typically, as a specialist, working an eight-hour day at a job
for the quality or consequences of which somebody else --or, perhaps nobody else-- will be
responsible. And, not surprisingly, since he can do so little else for himself, he is
unable to entertain himself, for there exists an enormous industry of exorbitantly
expensive specialists whose purpose is to entertain him."
From: Wendell Berry,
"The Unsettling of America: Culture and
Agriculture," San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1977.
"I seek to trace the novel features under which despotism may appear
in the world. The first thing that strikes the observation is an innumerable multitude of
men, all equal all alike, incessantly endeavoring to procure petty and paltry pleasures,
which they glut their lives. Each of them, living apart, is a stranger to the fate of the
rest,- his children and his private friends constitute to him the whole of mankind; as for
the rest of his fellow citizens, he is close to them, but he sees them not; he touches
them, but he feels them not; he exists but in himself and for himself alone; and if his
kindred still remain to him, he may be said at any rate to have lost his country."
DeTocqueville, "Democracy in America"
"Democracy in America" is, in my opinion, the most brilliant
political commentary ever written on the future of democracy. It was written
between 1831 and 1832. Alexis de Tocqueville, did not merely use his powers of deduction
to see a new age. HE ACTUALLY SAW IT. See also: Democracy In
"The intellectual human being must choose between irony and radicalism; a
third choice is not decently possible."
Thomas Mann, "Reflections of a Nonpolitical
"Vanity; stupidity; duplicity; lack of ability: these need not
impede a successful political career." Bagehot,
from "The Economist"
"Naturally the common people
don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in
England, nor for that matter in Germany. That
is understood. But, after all, it is the
leaders of the country who determine the
policy and it is always a simple matter to
drag the people along, whether it is a
democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a
parliament, or a communist dictatorship.
"Voice or no voice, the people can always be
brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is
easy. All you have to do is tell them they are
being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers
for lack of patriotism and exposing the
country to danger. It works the same in any
Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., quote from
Hermann Goering, Nazi wartime criminal and
second man in the Third Reich, following the
October 10th defeat of his Senate battle
against the resolution handing President Bush
unprecedented powers to declare pre-emptive
war and invade Iraq.
"War's cost is exacting. It
destroys families. It leaves behind a wasteland,
irreconcilable grief. It is a disease, and in
the night air I smell its contagion. Justice is
not at issue here: war consumes the good along
with the wicked. There will be no stopping it.
Pity will be banished. Fear will rule. It is the
old lie again, told to children desperate for
glory: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori (It
is sweet and fitting to die for one's
"A Gaza Diary- Scenes from the Palestinain
Uprising," by Chris Hedges. See also,
is a Force That Gives Us Meaning," by Chris
"Political language, as used by
politicians, does not venture into any of
this territory since the majority of
politicians, on the evidence available to
us, are interested not in truth but in
power and in the maintenance of that
power. To maintain that power it is
essential that people remain in ignorance,
that they live in ignorance of the truth,
even the truth of their own lives. What
surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry
of lies, upon which we feed."-
Harold Pinter, Nobel Lecture, 2005
"In all major socializing forces you will
find an underlying movement to gain and maintain power through the use of words. From
witch doctor to priest to bureaucrat it is all the same. A governed populace must be
conditioned to accept power-words as actual things, to confuse the symbolized system with
the tangible universe. In the maintenance of such a power structure, certain symbols are
kept out of the reach of common understanding- symbols such as those dealing with economic
manipulation or those which define the local interpretation of sanity. Symbol-secrecy of
this form leads to the development of fragmented sub-languages, each being a signal that
its users are accumulating some form of power. With this insight into a power process, our
Imperial Security Force must be ever alert to the formation of sub-languages."
- Lecture by Princess Irulan to the Arrakeen War College,
"The convoluted wording of legalisms grew up around the necessity to hide from
ourselves the violence we intend toward each other. Between depriving a man of one hour
from his life and depriving him of his life there exists only a difference of degree. You
have done violence to him, consumed his energy. Elaborate euphemisms may conceal your
intent to kill, but behind any use of power over another the ultimate assumption remains:
"I feed on your energy."" - Addenda to
Orders in Council, The Emperor Paul
"There exists a limit to the force even the most powerful may apply without
destroying themselves. Judging this limit is the true artistry of government. Misuse of
power is the fatal sin. The law cannot be a tool of vengeance, never a hostage, nor a
fortification against the martyrs it has created. You cannot threaten any individual and
escape the consequences." - Muad'Dib on Law, The Stilgar
The three quotations above are from Frank Herbert's, "Dune"
series of science fiction works.
"The basic tool for the
manipulation of reality is the
manipulation of words. If you can control the
meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words."
Organization involved in grassroots
activism. Serves as a Congressional
ACORN®, the Association of Community
Organizations for Reform Now, is the
nation's largest community organization
of low- and moderate-income families.
Allows individuals to speak out on urgent
issues of the day such as gun violence
& environmental degradation.
Global network of artists, activists, writers,
pranksters, students, educators &
entrepreneurs who want to advance the new
social activist movement of the information age.
Their aim is to topple existing power structures
& forge a major shift in the way we will live in
the 21st century.
AFL-CIO: Work in Progress
Weekly e-newsletter of the AFL-CIO with
highlights of recent victories by workers
forming unions &other union movement
news. Subscriptions are free. Submissions
to Work in Progress can be e-mailed to
America Coming Together
Large voter mobilization project. Knocking
on doors and speaking the truth, ACT
canvassers are laying the groundwork to defeat
George W. Bush and elect Democrats in federal,
state, and local elections in 2004.
American Constitution Society
The American Constitution Society for
Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation's
leading progressive legal organizations.
Founded in 2001, ACS is comprised of law
students, lawyers, scholars, judges,
policymakers, activists and other concerned
individuals who are working to ensure that the
fundamental principles of human dignity,
individual rights and liberties, genuine equality,
& access to justice are in their rightful,
central place in American law.
American Progress Action Fund |
for American Progress
Actively promotes progressive ideas &
alternatives & counter right-wing policies
through supporting legislation &
organizing grass-roots activities.
Challenging the big money corporate agenda
by encouraging Americans to speak up - to
discuss & debate a new vision of an economy
& a future that works for all.
Capital Eye is a money-in-politics
newsletter published by the
for Public Integrity
The mission of the Center for Public
Integrity is to provide the American
people with the findings of our
investigations and analyses of public
service, government accountability &
ethics related issues. The Center also
extends globally its style of watchdog
journalism in the public interest through
Consortium of Investigative
Center for Voting and Democracy
Dedicated to fair elections where every vote
counts and all voters are represented. As
a catalyst for reform, it conducts research,
analysis, education & advocacy to build
understanding of and support for more democratic
voting systems. It promotes full representation
as an alternative to winner-take-all elections
& instant runoff voting as an alternative to
plurality elections & traditional runoff
Non-profit, non-partisan organization,
that strengthens citizen participation in power.
Gives people the tools & opportunities
to build democracy.
in Political Action
Founded in 1962, CPPAX (Citizens for
Participation in Political Action) is a
grassroots multi-issue organization that
works for justice and peace through political
action. Their approach is to center most of their
efforts on two focus issues at a time.
Citizens for Tax Justice
Research & advocacy organization
dedicated to fair taxation at the federal,
state, & local levels.
The City Repair Project
"The City Repair Project is group of citizen
creating public gathering places & helping others
to creatively transform the places where they
Projects educate people about why most American
neighborhoods are socially isolating and
inactive, and how we can transform them from
the grassroots, inspire people to both understand
themselves as part of a larger community & fulfill
their own creative potential, & activate people to
be part of the communities around them, as well
as part of the decision-making that shapes the
future of their communities."
Citizen's lobbying organization
promoting open, honest &
Free public service of
is a "one-stop-shop" where one can identify
their Congressional representatives;
research Congressional voting records; learn
about the issues of the day; & send e-mail
directly to Congress. Constituents can opt
to have their e-mail message hand-delivered
to their Representative or Senator's office
on Capitol Hill.
Web site of the man responsible for the leaking
of the Pentagon Papers. Daniel Ellsberg is a
leading peace activist.
Democracy for America
Inspired by the presidential campaign of Howard
Dean, Democracy for America (DFA) is a
political action committee dedicated to supporting
fiscally responsible, socially progressive
candidates at all levels of government—from
school board to the presidency. DFA fights
against the influence of the far right-wing and
their radical, divisive policies and the selfish
special interests that for too long have
dominated our politics.
A national directory of social change
email lists and forums.
News program airing on over 225 stations
in North America. Provides audiences access
to people and perspectives rarely heard in the
U.S. corporate-sponsored media, including
independent and international journalists,
people from around the world who are directly
affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots
& peace activists, artists, academics &
independent analysts. In addition, the War &
Peace Report hosts real debates - debates
between people who substantially disagree, such
as between the White House or the Pentagon
spokespeople on the one hand, & grassroots
activists on the other.
Department of Peace
In the halls of Congress, in September of
2005, a landmark Bill to establish a cabinet
level Department of Peace was re-introduced
into the U.S. House of Representatives
(H.R. 3760) and introduced for the first time
into the U.S. Senate (S. 1756.). The primary
function of a United States Department of
Peace will be to research, articulate & facilitate
nonviolent solutions to domestic & international
Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund
Public interest law firm dedicated
to protecting the magnificent places,
natural resources, & wildlife of this
earth & to defending the right of all
people to a healthy environment.
The National Election
Project plans to create the first-ever
nation-wide database of election results,
voter registration information, demographic
data, to be analyzed by our core project
team's mathematicians, computer programmers,
pollsters, & statisticians, as well as by our
independent outside peer-review board.
Consortium of top public policy
organizations & advocacy groups
providing information & ideas about the
policies and politics that shape our world.
Nation’s largest grassroots political network,
raising campaign contributions for
Democratic women candidates running for
the House, the Senate and for governor;
helping women candidates build strong, winning
campaigns; & helping mobilize women voters.
Involved in a variety of projects to
encourage citizens to become active
& engaged in their communities. Provides
information to the public on important
topics neglected by the mass
media & policy makers.
Progressive news commentary
Voter Registration Information
Revolutionary, socialist feminist organization,
dedicated to the replacement of capitalist rule
by a genuine workers' democracy that will
guarantee full economic, social, political, &
legal equality to women, people of color, gays,
and all who are exploited, oppressed, &
repelled by the profit system & its offshoot
for Taxpayer &
Lesbian Victory Fund
National political organization that identifies,
trains and supports open lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender candidates
Dedicated to informing & analyzing popular
movements for social, environmental &
economic justice; to providing a forum for
discussing the politics that shape our lives; &
to producing a magazine that is read by the
broadest and most diverse audience possible.
Act Now to Stop War and End Racism.
Investigative Reporters & Editors, Inc
Grassroots nonprofit organization
dedicated to improving the quality
of investigative reporting.
Ethical & legal "watchdog" over US
government, legal, & judicial systems to
promote a return to ethics and morality.
League of Conservation Voters
Dedicated to electing a pro-environment
Congress, protecting the environment
through political action & holding
Congress accountable for their decisions.
League of Women Voters
Encourages the informed & active participation
of citizens in government, works to increase
understanding of major public policy issues,
& influences public policy through education
Stand on the front lines of today's most
important battleground for gay & lesbian
civil rights. They are a leading voice for
fairness, inclusion, and tolerance in the GOP.
Media Matters for America
Progressive research & information center
dedicated to comprehensively monitoring,
analyzing, and correcting conservative
misinformation in the U.S. media. Conservative
misinformation is defined as news or commentary
presented in the media that is not accurate,
reliable, or credible and that forwards the
Builds electronic advocacy groups. Examples
of such issues are campaign finance,
environmental & energy issues, impeachment,
gun safety, & nuclear disarmament.
NALEO Education Fund
National Association of Latino Elected and
Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational
Fund empowers Latinos to participate fully
in the America political process, from
citizenship to public service.
"Has a fundamental commitment to the
values of free speech & open discourse.
The Institute places particular importance on
strengthening the independent press in the
face of America's increasingly corporate-
controlled flow of information, & through its
programs the Institute promotes progressive
values on a variety of media platforms."
National Coalition Against Censorship
on Black Civic
Envisions a nation in which all citizens from
children to seniors, have the tools to participate
fully in the democratic process at the local,
state, national and global levels. By continuing
to lead the fight to eliminate remaining barriers
to civic participation, the National Coalition
promotes greater social & economic justice
to enhance the quality of African American life.
National Lawyers Guild
The National Lawyers Guild is dedicated to the
need for basic and progressive change in the
structure of our political and economic system.
Through its members--lawyers, law students,
jailhouse lawyers and legal workers united in
chapters and committees--the Guild works locally,
nationally and internationally as an effective
and social force in the service of the people.
National Priorities Project
Offers citizen &
tools & resources to shape federal
budget & policy priorities which promote
social & economic justice.
National Stonewall Democrats
Grassroots Democratic lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender organization.
Focuses on creating change in three ways:
educating the lgbt community about the
differences between the political parties;
mobilizing the lgbt community to get out
to vote on Election Day for fair-minded
Democrats; and standing up when
Republicans attack lgbt families & civil
rights while leading the Democratic party to
continue improving its record on issues
important to our community.
Oversight of the OMB (White House Office
of Management Budget). Focuses in
five main areas: Budget & government
performance; Regulatory & government
accountability; Information for democracy &
community; Nonprofit advocacy & other
cross-cutting nonprofit issues and Nonprofit
policy and technology.
"Committed to reforming the presidential
debate process. Currently, the presidential
debates are secretly controlled by the major
parties, through the private bipartisan
corporation called the Commission on
Presidential Debates, resulting in the
stultification of format, the exclusion of popular
candidates, & the avoidance of pressing
"openDemocracy.net is pioneering a new type
of independent media based on exchange
& participation. Our readers & writers span all
continents. We cover the key questions of our
time with contributions from renowned authors &
marginalised voices. We publish clarifying
debates which help people make up their own minds.
We use the web to build and map intelligent
discussions, which we accumulate and expand
The Center for Responsive Politics is
a non-partisan, non-profit research group
based in Washington, D.C. that tracks
money in politics, and its effect on
elections and public policy.
Oregon Progressive Network
Network website hub organized by the Peace
Justice and Environment Project (PJEP), a
of networks that encourages the communication
and cooperation of member groups to facilitate
each other's projects. PJEP now serves nearly
1600 justice, peace and environmental
in 38 networks and 2 coalitions covering 50
throughout the U.S.
Dedicated solely to protecting & promoting
the pension rights of American workers,
retirees & their families.
People for the American Way
Purpose is to meet the challenges of
discord and fragmentation with an
affirmation of "the American Way"-
Pluralism, individuality, freedom of thought,
expression and religion, a sense of
community, and tolerance & compassion
Provides free online hosting of
public petitions for responsible
"Political Friendster allows users to create
connections between political figures. This site
depends on user involvement for its success!
Feel free to add any people you want to the
database and create connections between
people and corporations. The only thing we ask
is that you limit your contributions to serious
Political Friendster only works if everyone adds
legitimate people and connections."
Comprehensive online guide to
The Progressive Government Project
The Progressive Government works to
promote progressive values and principles in
America’s government. The
Government Institute is an online model of the
Executive Branch that educates people about
the unelected political appointees in the federal
government who make decisions that affect the
lives of Americans and people around the world.
The Progressive Shadow Government places
people in the roles of federal Cabinet members
& political appointees, & provides a platform
for them to advocate for progressive public
Purpose is to elect progressive champions by
building a nationwide member network that will
provide much-needed early support to progressive
candidates - helping them to win elections &
bring values back into the halls of government.
Provides opportunities for effective, easy
grassroots activism on a range of
progressive issues. It is designed to remove
the obstacles to increased activism that
many busy people face, without
National effort to improve political campaigns
& engage voters through the use of
negotiated, voluntary, candidate codes
Since 1982, Project Vote registered &
turned out to vote over 2.7 million low income
& minority citizens nationwide, won a dozen
lawsuits to protect their right to vote,
trained hundreds of low income, minority
organizers, & provided registrants with
non-partisan follow-up voter education.
Collective of activists who are working
together to create their own media.
By publishing a public record of
political activities on the web they
are taking a stand against the
Exists for musicians, poets and artists
to express LOVE + LIBERTY
in the face of greed, sexism, racism,
hate-crime and war.
Public Agenda Online
Public opinion research & citizen
Consumer advocacy organization
founded by Ralph Nader in 1971 to
represent consumer interests in Congress,
the executive branch and the courts. Fights
for openness and democratic accountability
in government, for the right of consumers to
seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe
and sustainable energy sources; for social
and economic justice in trade policies;
for strong health, safety and environmental
protections; and for safe, effective and
affordable prescription drugs and health care.
State PIRG |
(Public Interest Research Group)
Dedicated to cutting wasteful government
spending & subsidies in order to achieve
a responsible and efficient government
that lives within its means.
Teledemocracy News + Network
Public interest journal.
Independent and non-partisan
on federal law enforcement.
Grassroots education and advocacy project
with 10 guiding principles:
-Attack poverty and world hunger as if
our life depends on it. It does.
-Champion the rights of every child,
woman & man.
-End our obstructionism to the world's
-Reduce our dependence on oil & lead
the world to an age of renewable energy.
-Close the book on the Cold War &
ease the nuclear nightmare.
-Renounce Star Wars and the militarization
-Make globalization work for, not against
-Ensure equal treatment under law for all.
-Get money out of politics.
-Close the gap between rich & poor kids
The Truth Telling Project
The Truth-Telling Project encourages
whistle blowing in the national interest.
It urges current & recently retired
government officials to reveal the truth to
Congress & the public about governmental
wrongdoing, lies & cover-up. It aims to
change the norms and practices that
sustain the cult of secrecy, & to
de-legitimize silence that costs lives.
Collaboration of national & international
peace & social justice organizations &
local places of worship, peace centers,
& community organizations.
The Gay & Lesbian Victory
a national political organization that identifies,
trains & supports open lesbian, gay, bisexual
& transgender candidates & officials. The
Victory Fund is committed to increasing the
number of openly gay & lesbian public officials
at federal, state & local levels of government.
Dedicated to continuing Paul & Sheila
Wellstone's fight for economic justice &
progressive social change. Goals are to teach
the Wellstone Approach, organize for change
& continue the Wellstone's work to prevent
Serves as an uncensorable and untraceable
depository for the truth, able to publish
that the courts may prevent newspapers and
broadcasters from being able to touch.
A national nonpartisan coalition of diverse
organizations established to increase
participation, build responsive government
& promote awareness.