* OUTLAWING OCCUPY: H.R. 347 MAKES FREE SPEECH A FELONY
Once signed, HR 347 will empower federal agents to arrest and bring felony criminal charges against citizens engaged in political protests anywhere in the USA.
Source: Open Salon
The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America reads as follows:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
At 7:03pm ET on Tuesday, 28 February 2012, our 112th Congress violated this covenant with the American people by voting 399 to 3 in favor of H.R. 347, a bill which breezed through the Senate with unanimous consent and now lacks only corporate fascist puppet President Barack Obama’s signature to become law. The three patriots who voted Nay were Paul Broun (R-GA-10), Justin Amash (R-MI-3) and Ron Paul (R-TX-14). The traitors who voted Yea are listed here:
The full text of H.R. 347 is available here:
NO MORE LEFT. NO MORE RIGHT. TIME TO UNITE. STAND AND FIGHT!
* RECALL WALKER EFFORTS REJUVENATED AS 35K-60,000 PROTESTERS DESCEND ON WISCONSIN’S CAPITOL
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker one year ago signed into law his plan to undermine collective bargaining rights and the uproar has been relentless. The recall petition brought in one million signatures, some having voted for Walker showing buyer’s remorse.
The ‘Reclaim Wisconsin March’ yesterday brought out the masses in protest of Walker’s efforts to butcher workers’ rights. Note that this was not what Walker campaigned on, but it was his first effort once obtaining office. In fact, his sleuth-like efforts in passing this law was so underhanded that the entire country took notice.
The Nation reports:
As the state prepares for a recall election that could remove Walker from the governorship — along with his lieutenant governor and four Republican state senators – tens of thousands of union activists and their supporters rallied once more Saturday at the state Capitol in Madison.
It was an epic turnout, estimated by Governor Walker’s Department of Administration at 35,000 and by organizers at closer to 60,000. […]
* COALITION AGAINST NATO/G8 WAR AND POVERTY AGENDA – CHICAGO
G8 Moving to Camp David!
NATO summit will still in Chicago… and so will we!
On May 6, the White House announced that the G8 summit, scheduled for Chicago on May 19-20, will be moved to Camp David, although the NATO summit will still take place in Chicago May 20-21.
Click here to read the statement issued by the Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda (CANG8) and Occupy Chicago.
Protest the NATO/G8 Summit in Chicago…
Be part of the People’s Summit on May 12-13
Saturday, May 19th, 2012
Noon rally at Daley Plaza, then march to McCormick Place
Join in a legal, permitted, family-friendly march and rally!
At the invitation of the White House, military and civilian representatives of the 28-nation US-commanded and largely US-financed North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and heads of state and finance ministers of the G-8 world economic powers are meeting in Chicago, May 19-21, 2012. We say…
- Jobs, Healthcare, Education, Pensions, Housing and the Environment, Not War!
- No to NATO/G-8 Warmakers!
- No to War and Austerity!
To endorse the NATO/G8 protest, send an email to CANGATE2012@gmail.com with contact information.
To make a donation to the protests, please mail a check made out to:
8th Day Center for Justice
and send to:
CANG8, P.O. Box 408942, Chicago, IL 60640
Please put CANG8 on the memo line! […]
READ @ http://cang8.wordpress.com/
* MOVEMENTS ARE PLANNING EUROPEAN MASS PROTESTS AGAINST POLICIES OF PAUPERIZATION
Source: European Resistance
The socialist network marx21 announced today that they would join the international days of action against the anti-social austerity policies of the Troika (ECB, IMF and European Commission) on 17 to 19 May in Frankfurt with full forces. To avoid a situation where theory and practice run against each other, marx21 decided to defer their well in advance pre-planned conference “Marx is Muss” to the weekend of June 7th to 10th.
Deferring one of the Germany’s largest annual conventions of the left spectrum that attracted some 650 participants last year attending 50 events, is not only a major logistical challenge, but also a clear sign that all the different spectra are getting prepared to make a the Action Days in May a significant step of resistance against the crisis regime of ECB, the governments and the troika!
We’re “raising our hats respectfully” and welcome the energetic support of the marx21 activists!
European Resistance alliance
* 6 WAYS TO GET READY FOR THE MAY 1ST GENERAL STRIKE
[…]  Work With Your Local Occupy: There are hundreds of Occupy groups still holding regular meetings and events. Chances are, there’s one nearby. (And if there isn’t yet – it’s easy to start one!) General Assemblies are open to everyone, and everyone has a voice in the consensus planning process. So find your nearest Occupation and go to a GA! If they haven’t already endorsed the General Strike, propose it to the group and start planning marches, distributing fliers, and forming direct action groups.
 Spread the Word On Social Media: Follow #M1GS, @OWSMayDay, @OccupyWallSt, and @OccupyGenStrike on Twitter. Also be sure to RSVP on Facebook and follow facebook.com/OccupyGeneralStrike. You can also look for city-specific events, like these from Chicago and Detroit.
 Start an Affinity Group: You can take action on your own. All you need are a few friends. Affinity groups are groups of people who know each other and come together autonomously for a particular action. Find a few people who are interested in helping you out on a project you have in mind – whether it’s making fliers and literature to distribute, or shutting down a Wall Street bank in your hometown. Get creative, and get to work! (Here’s a hint: OccuPrint collects, prints, and distributes posters from the worldwide Occupy movement, and they have a ton of amazing General Strike posters!)
 Join the General Strike Conference Calls: InterOccupy hosts regular calls to organize May 1st activities. Check out their schedule and join in the conversation!
 Talk to Labor: Due to federal laws, most unions are forbidden from organizing strikes for political reasons. However, unions and labor groups are still some of our strongest allies. During last year’s General Strike in Oakland, many unions encouraged their workers to take the day off or attend demonstrations after work. Not long after Occupy Oakland shut down ports in solidarity with striking Longshoreman, their employers caved to the union’s demands in a new contract. Get in touch with local unions and labor organizations, let them know about the plans for a General Strike, find out what they’re working on and how you can help, and encourage them to let their members know about May 1st and get involved in organizing directly.
 Organize Your Workplace, Campus, or Community: If you’re a unionized worker, encourage your union to support the General Strike. Whether your workplace is union or not, you can encourage co-workers to take a sick day on May 1st. If you can’t afford to lose out on pay, that’s okay – there will be plenty of celebrations, marches, and direct actions throughout all hours of the day. Invite your community to attend. If you’re a student at a high school or college, spread the word to walk-out of class on May 1st. If you’re not a worker or student, organize your friends! […]
MORE INFORMATION @ http://chicagospring.org/#
* HEROIC ACTIVISTS IN LOUISIANA FIGHT BACK AGAINST CORPORATE GREED
By Matt Reichel, AlterNet
[…] These crises are the product of the perverse logic of profit above people. The stark social implications of such backward logic tragically plays out in a city with a murder rate that is 10 times the national average. Despite this, the privately run public hospital, administered by LSU’s medical school, has recently enacted far-reaching cuts to its local psychiatric services, including the elimination of the detox unit and the halving of the emergency mental health department. Meanwhile, Gulf Coast residents report continued health issues stemming from the destruction of their environment. The ecosystem stands in peril, the fishing industry has been thoroughly decimated, and the economic livelihood of thousands of people entirely ruined. From the Gulf Coast to the streets of New Orleans, corporate interests have laid waste to the population of the state. Meanwhile, cries for justice have begun to amplify as the afflicted population carries on its fight against the power elite.
On an unseasonably warm Leap Day in New Orleans, dozens of activists assembled in front of BP’s local headquarters as part of the Occupy movement’s “Day of Action Against Corporate Greed.” Gulf Coast residents testified to the ongoing ecological and health crises precipitated by the spill. They then marched down Poydras Street to the site of the federal courthouse where the class action case against the company was scheduled to have commenced two days prior. Instead, the trial had been delayed as the two sides negotiated a settlement, much to the chagrin of activists in attendance.
Gulf Coast resident Kimberly McCuiston said, “If there is no trial in this courthouse, we have to get the answer no matter what. We demand transparency. We demand the truth. We deserve it. Our government, in collusion with BP, has put us all at risk. And I don’t care what it takes, how long it takes, but I want the truth.” […]
* HATIAN WORKERS DEMAND A LIVING WAGE
Source: The Real News
* FUKUSHIMA: ONE YEAR OF LIES
Fukushima, one year later. The mass-media forget about it. I hope people don’t.
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* INSECT EXPERTS ISSUE ‘URGENT’ WARNING ON USING BIOTECH SEEDS
By Dan Charles, NPR
[…] In theory, if the toxins produced by these genes kill rootworms in different ways, this “pyramid” of genes should dramatically reduce the chances of insects developing resistance. So the EPA is allowing corn growers to plant this new “SmartStax” type of corn on a larger area — up to 95 percent of a grower’s corn acres.
Many scientists think this is a big mistake. They’ve collected data showing that the two genes, working together, are indeed more effective than any single gene — but the combination is not nearly as effective as people had hoped. In addition, “SmartStax” corn is being planted in areas where some insects may already be resistant to one of the genes, so it’s not a true pyramid.
“It raises real questions about how stable this house of cards is,” says Kenneth Ostlie, from the University of Minnesota.
The economic consequences of widespread corn rootworm resistance to genetically engineered crops could be enormous. Farmers who want to plant corn on their fields every year — and even farmers in some areas who rotate corn and soybeans — would be forced to rely on chemical insecticides. But Paul Mitchell, at the University of Wisconsin, says those insecticides don’t work very well, and yields could suffer. Any significant dip in the corn harvest, Mitchell says, could produce “a huge spike” in the price of corn.
Some farmers could adopt other ways to control rootworm, rotating their fields into crops where corn rootworms cannot easily survive, such as wheat or alfalfa. But Porter says that’s simply not an option for many farmers; they have to plant the most profitable crop — corn — in order to compete economically. “A lot of the time, farming is run by bankers now,” he says. […]
* PERU PASSES MONUMENTAL TEN YEAR BAN ON GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS
Source: Occupy Monsanto
In a massive blow to multinational agribiz corporations such as Monsanto, Bayer, and Dow, Peru has officially passed a law banning genetically modified ingredients anywhere within the country for a full decade before coming up for another review. Peru’s Plenary Session of the Congress made the decision 3 years after the decree was written despite previous governmental pushes for GM legalization due largely to the pressure from farmers that together form the Parque de la Papa in Cusco, a farming community of 6,000 people that represent six communities. They worry the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will compromise the native species of Peru, such as the giant white corn, purple corn and, of course, the famous species of Peruvian potatoes. Anibal Huerta, President of Peru’s Agrarian Commission, said the ban was needed to prevent the ”danger that can arise from the use of biotechnology.” […]
* HOW AMERICA IS MAKING THE WHOLE WORLD FAT AND UNHEALTHY
We’ve exported the worst of our food to developing countries and we’ve imported the best of their food — making poorer countries even more worse off.
By Jill Richardson, AlterNet
It is hardly news that the United States faces epidemic health problems linked to poor diets. Nearly two out of every five Americans are obese. But according to a press release from the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, “The West is now exporting diabetes and heart disease to developing countries, along with the processed foods that line the shelves of global supermarkets. By 2030, more than 5 million people will die each year before the age of 60 from non-communicable diseases linked to diets.”
De Schutter, whose work usually focuses on ending hunger, just published a new report saying, “The right to food cannot be reduced to a right not to starve. It is an inclusive right to an adequate diet providing all the nutritional elements an individual requires to live a healthy and active life, and the means to access them.” In other words, the right to a healthful diet must be included in the human right to food. And, as the unhealthy diets already common in the United States spread to poorer nations, so do the health problems associated with those diets. However, unlike wealthy nations, poorer nations are not equipped to deal with the health consequences via medicine, making preventable diet-related health problems more deadly.
While the poor around the world face hunger, for those who have enough to eat in non-industrialized nations, traditional diets are quite healthy. In Kenya, for example, peasant farmers subsist on a stiff corn porridge called ugali eaten with a variety of green vegetables, beans, and perhaps some pumpkin. Peasants in Bolivia may dine on potatoes, quinoa and other grains, corn, sweet potato, and other Andean roots and tubers. Mexicans combine corn tortillas and beans to provide complete protein. A Filipino family may eat pinakbet, a stew of local vegetables flavored with bagoong, a Filipino fish sauce. […]
* WHAT THE FRACK IS IN THAT WATER?
By Lena Groeger, ProPublica
Environmentalists have repeatedly pressed regulators to compel oil and gas companies to report what chemicals they use in the drilling and fracking process. Drilling companies add these chemicals to perform particular functions (for example, to prevent corrosion or give the fluid the right consistency), or leave them in because they’re too expensive to remove. According to a 2011 congressional report, many of the chemicals used can pose a serious health risk. No one knows the exact makeup of the frack mixture, drilling muds and other stuff used at well sites (which change from well to well), but this list breaks down the main ingredients revealed so far. Click on the chemical name for more detailed information. […]
READ and PHOTOS @ http://www.propublica.org/special/what-the-frack-is-in-that-water