Roundup: “Don’t F*ck With Our Activists” – Community Responds to Raids

From Twin Cities Indymedia:  http://twincities.indymedia.org/2010/sep/roundup-dont-fck-our-activists-community-responds-raids

Submitted by TCIMC on Sat, 09/25/2010 – 07:44

Over 150 people attended a community meeting at Walker Church Friday night, most on less than six hours notice, to begin to respond to Friday morning’s FBI raids and subpoenas to local antiwar and international solidarity organizers.  (See video of the meeting at right.)  At the church, activists confirmed that five homes and the Anti-War Committee’s office were raided.

Organizers also announced two upcoming events: a protest outside the Minneapolis FBI office, 111 Washington Ave. S., at 4:30pm on Monday; and a solidarity committee meeting on Thursday at 7pm, location to be determined.  The subpoenas ask activists to appear before a grand jury in Chicago, where a solidarity vigil was held last night as a raid was still ongoing in that city, on or around October 19, reported a Chicago Indymedia post.

Those following international news on Friday noticed an eerie coincidence–or perhaps not. On Thursday, the Colombian military assassinated the #2 leader of the guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, or FARC. On Friday, President Obama met at the U.N. General Assembly to schmooze with incoming Colombian President Juan Manual Santos, leading to clear suspicion of U.S. involvement in the assassination. FARC is among the resistance groups termed “foreign terrorist organizations” by the U.S. and is listed in the warrant for Mick Kelly’s residence.  Another bit of interesting timing: just earlier this week, the FBI’s Inspector General criticized the FBI for lying to the Justice Department about raids and surveillence of peace groups after 9/11.

Videos: Friday Afternoon Press ConferenceMick Kelly Interview: Guns drawn, FBI raids peace activist’s apartment“Don’t F*ck With Our Activists” (The Uptake) More: Original TCIMC Story | Fight Back News: Activists Denounce Raids | Nigel Parry: FBI Raids of Pro-Palestine Activist Homes | CIMC: Activists Respond in Chicago | Twin Cities Daily Planet coverage | World Socialist Web Site coverage Corporate Coverage: New York Times | Chicago Tribune Keep watching TC Indymedia for coverage of this ongoing story–receive breaking movement news text message alerts via @tcimc on twitter

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Religious right attempt to control voters with satan scare tactics

From Atheist Oasis: http://atheistoasis.wordpress.com/2010/09/23/religious-right-attempt-to-control-voters-with-satan-scare-tactics/#comments

This is so ridiculous I can’t believe that this is even being taken seriously in the news media at all. It’s unbelievable that in the year 2010 we are still having these sorts of debates and arguments about a boogieman who is overlord of the underworld and is just out to make people take political stances on issues that are against the will a particular segment of Christianity. Mind boggling!

Giving The Devil His Due: FRC Staffer Says Americans Who Fail To Toe The Religious Right Line Are Serving Satanby: By Rob Boston

Are you an agent of Satan?

Kenyn Cureton is worried that you might be. Cureton is vice president for church ministries for the Family Research Council. During the FRC’s recent “Values Voter Summit,” he warned attendees at a breakout session on churches and politics to be ready for some intense action.

“The battle that we’re fighting,” he said, “is not just a political and cultural battle, it’s a spiritual battle.”

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Why is the political right on the offensive in America?

From World Socialist Web Site:   http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/sep2010/obam-s25.shtml

By Barry Grey
25 September 2010

Less than six weeks before the midterm congressional elections, the political initiative rests entirely with the Republicans and the most right-wing sections of the US political establishment. There are many indications that the Obama administration and the Democrats accept as inevitable substantial Republican gains in both legislative houses, including the possible Republican capture of the House of Representatives.

This is despite mounting anger against Wall Street and a general shift in popular sentiment to the left. Even the opinion polls show a substantial majority in favor of raising taxes on the rich to pay for job-creation programs.

To date, the growth of popular discontent fueled by mass unemployment and mounting social distress has found political expression only on the right. The corporate-sponsored, pseudo-populist Tea Party movement is largely the creation of forces within the Republican Party. Its popular support is vastly exaggerated by the media, which has relentlessly promoted it.

Nevertheless, this right-wing formation has been able to tap into popular anger and gain a degree of political traction, despite its program of brutal cuts in social programs and more deregulation and tax cuts for big business and the rich.

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Repeal? Most Americans think health reform did not go far enough, poll finds

All Republicans lie.  All Republicans twist fact until they are lies.  One of the current big lies is that the majority of Americans do not like Obama’s Health Care Reform Plan.  The grain of truth that gets twisted into the lie.  Most people do not think it went far enough and still left the thieving plundering private corporations robbing us.

From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/09/repeal-americans-health-reform-poll-finds/

By The Associated Press
Saturday, September 25th, 2010 — 11:28 am

President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul has divided the nation, and Republicans believe their call for repeal will help them win elections in November. But the picture’s not that clear cut.

A new AP poll finds that Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1.

“I was disappointed that it didn’t provide universal coverage,” said Bronwyn Bleakley, 35, a biology professor from Easton, Mass.

More than 30 million people would gain coverage in 2019 when the law is fully phased in, but another 20 million or so would remain uninsured. Bleakley, who was uninsured early in her career, views the overhaul as a work in progress.

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The Super-Rich Get Richer, and Everyone Else Is Going Down the Drain

From Alternet: http://www.alternet.org/economy/148294/the_super-rich_get_richer%2C_and_everyone_else_is_going_down_the_drain/

By Robert B. Reich

Only twice before in American history has so much been held by so few, yet they’re going to keep their fat tax cuts.

September 24, 2010

The super-rich got even wealthier this year, and yet most of them are paying even fewer taxes to support the eduction, job training, and job creation of the rest of us. According to Forbes magazine’s annual survey, just released, the combined net worth of the 400 richest Americans climbed 8% this year, to $1.37 trillion. Wealth rose for 217 members of the list, while 85 saw a decline.

For example, Charles and David Koch, the energy magnates who are pouring vast sums of money into Republican coffers and sponsoring tea partiers all over America, each gained $5.5 billion of wealth over the past year. Each is now worth $21.5 billion.

Wall Street continued to dominate the list; 109 of the richest 400 are in finance or investments.

From another survey we learn that the 25 top hedge-fund managers got an average of $1 billion each, but paid an average of 17 percent in taxes (because so much of their income is considered capital gains, taxed at 15 percent thanks to the Bush tax cuts).

The rest of America got poorer, of course. The number in poverty rose to a post-war high. The median wage continues to deteriorate. And some 20 million Americans don’t have work.

Continue reading at:   http://www.alternet.org/economy/148294/the_super-rich_get_richer%2C_and_everyone_else_is_going_down_the_drain/

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