We like to think it's just those in groups like ISIS who are cruel, but our entire system is cruel. We can't just look outwards. What are WE doing? The American Dream was created and is perpetuated upon the backs of "others."

For a company that prides itself on innovation, Apple's supply chain resembles the 18th century triangle trade.

*Also, let's not forget Apple dodges billions in taxes and illegally colluded to suppress the salaries of their engineers and programmers.

100 Thousand Poets for Change

Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS

By Phyllis Bennis

President Obama is right: There is no military solution. 

Military actions will not set the stage for political solutions; they will prevent those solutions from taking hold.

Escalating military actions against this violent extremist organization is not going to work.

The bottom line is there is no immediate action that will make ISIS disappear, even if U.S. airstrikes manage to get the right target somewhere and take out an APC or a truckload of guys with RPGs or whatever. 

You can't destroy an ideology — or even an organization —through bombing (look at the efforts to do so with Al Qaeda . . . lots of members killed in Afghanistan, but the organization took root in a bunch of other countries).

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Endless War?

People's Climate March Hopes To Be This Generation's March on Washington

On August 28, 1963, 200,000 people swarmed into the nation’s capital for one of the most iconic moments in the civil rights movement: the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. More often remembered today simply as the March on Washington, it was seen by many as a turning point for the civil rights movement, which helped spur passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Today, with hundreds of thousands of people preparing to descend on one of the country’s largest cities for the September 21 People’s Climate March, some are hoping for a similarly transformative moment in the climate movement. But whether the People’s Climate March succeeds in generating the kind of results achieved by the 1963 March on Washington — and whether that is, in fact, a desirable outcome — remains to be seen.

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No More War!

Student Labor Activists Renew Spirit of 1964's Freedom Summer

In 1964, the Freedom Summer campaign for voting rights in Mississippi appealed to college students to confront one of the great social justice issues of the age. Fifty years later, labor activists challenging the corporate power of Walmart called on the same spirit to lead a small group of students off campuses and into the fight for economic justice on behalf of the giant company’s low-paid workers. Organizers of the effort, dubbed the “Summer for Respect” hope the program will help inspire a new generation of student labor activism and deepen the links between labor unions and academia.

Adam Reich, the Columbia University professor who led this summer’s student-labor initiative, says the Summer for Respect differed from the historic 1964 effort in a number of ways. The program took 20 undergraduate students from several different colleges and inserted them into active OUR Walmart campaigns in different parts of the country. Student participated in daily organizing efforts, but one of the program’s primary goals was to combine students’ campaign work with the academic goal of documenting the lives of the Walmart workers, and spreading that information to a wider audience. The  students compiled an oral history archive and related materials for use by other workers, activists, students, and historians, explains Reich.

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James Foley on the Dehumanization of War

"For the President to use Jim's name and other journalists as reason to pursue the stated military policy to 'degrade and destroy the Islamic State so that it is no longer a threat' is an insult to the memory of James Foley and to the intelligence of the American people." - Haskell Wexler

Job Opening at the Peace & Justice Center

The Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County is seeking a part time Center Coordinator.

This job starts on November 3, 2014 for one year with a potential for extension. Hourly wage is $17/hr. and the position includes benefits. Please send a cover letter, resume and two personal character references to Deadline is September 29.

The Coordinator will staff the Center from 1-4pm Monday through Friday, and is required to attend two board meetings per month on the 2nd and 4th Monday from 6-8 pm. The Coordinator manages the Center in a professional and ethical manner and represents the Center and the ideals of peace and social justice. An expectation of knowledge of current events that affect the peace and justice community is desirable. Tasks are undertaken in a way that demonstrates attention to detail, honor for each individual, and commitment to non-violence.

 Job duties:

*          Respond to phone calls, greet visitors, answer emails and correspondence, oversee scheduling of room use, keep Center organized, renew supplies, update Center materials, maintain files, provide monthly Coordinator report for Board meeting (4th Monday), write Getting Centered for the Peace Press.

*          Process donations and bank deposits, transmit credit card deposits, pay bills and give information to bookkeeper, send member renewal and donor thank you letters, arrange printing of appeal letters.

*          Update the website, Facebook and maintain social media presence.

*         Create weekly calendar of peace, justice and environmentally related events.

*          Oversee Center volunteers, assist with periodic Center-sponsored events.

*          Provide support to the Board and Project Coordinator as needed.

*          Communicate with other organizers and activists, the media, and police and city officials, as needed.