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Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore

Send these, the homeless, tempest-toss'd to me

I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door."


Hundreds of Oregon Corporations Escape the Minimum Tax


Half of the US Is Broke


The myth of the Christian country


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

FDR, 2nd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1937


A Just Peace


SIP contract online


Middle East friendship chart


Corporations enriching shareholders


- Intel tax abatements

- INTEL, come clean!

- Leashing INTEL  

- Free to Be Hungry


Facts not fiction on universal gun background checks



"Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere"

Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The GOP - Not One of US.

Wall Street, our new criminal class...       

   Business in the USA is sitting on $2 trillion dollars refusing to invest their own funds in expanding and hiring workers.  

   When one adds to this the reserves that banks, equity firms and hedge funds have - the picture is clear - "capitalism in the USA is on strike." 

   The engine of our economy - the spirit of entrepreneurship is not in evidence today.  So much for business being dynamic and risk taking. 

   They hire K- Street lobbyists and their ilk at the state level because they are averse to risk taking - pleading for tax breaks, tax credits and endless loopholes. 

   The "business of business" in America today is not about job creation, it's about wealth hoarding and redistribution from the middle class to the top 1%. 

   So for those who claim government doesn't create jobs, my response is that business doesn't either until given "corporate welfare" by government.  The fact is that the private and public sector are highly integrated, something the anti-tax, anti-government Tea Party types don't understand. 

   Job creation requires public/private partnerships but the benefits of such collaboration should go to the 99% not just the 1%.  





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Rami G. Khouri

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Kristof Column

Oregon's Motto: 

She flies with her own wings! 

Hard Times in Oregon: 


The Oregon story - the rich get richer, the poor and middle class lose ground.  Check this front page Oregonian article out. 

Oregon wage gap widens

Homelessness in Oregon - a call to action

Chuck Currie The crisis of homelessness


      Oregon's coming 34th out of 41 states in the Obama "Race to the Top" illustrates the failure of leadership from Governor Kitzhaber and his predecessors as they have built an educational bridge to nowhere called high stakes testing.

   Instead of being in a race to the top we seem to be dumpster diving to the bottom despite doing education reform since 1991.  Insanity is termed doing the same thing over and over again.  When can we put a fork in this stupidity? 

   To confuse matters more the Oregonian's editorial board has pontificated that this was a lost opportunity to get federal funding for innovation.  How firing principals and teachers equals innovation is a mystery to me.   

   The way to reform schools is to reduce class sizes, to encourage teacher collaboration and to support their continued education.  High stakes testing and performance based assessment of teachers are NOT the answer!    

   If you want students to succeed you first have to resolve the issues they confront before they come to school.  Children who face poverty, hunger, homelessness, health care issues and family instability require wrap around services for them and their families, 24/7.   

   Every child needs a safe home of their own and parents who know how to be good parents.   

There is only one way to address this impending crisis.  Schools must have a stable source of funding. Until that happens - we will limp from crisis to crisis.   




    Why does the richest nation in the world have the moral blight of homeless people?

Invisible People


    Connecting the dots between homelessness & hunger in Oregon and Washington County: 


•    The faces of the homeless are families with children, single men and women, vets, and many who are impaired. It is estimated that in Washington County up to 56% of homelessness occurs to families.


•    Hunger is highest among single mother households (10%) and poor families (15%) as well as renters, unemployed workers and minority households. 

     In Washington County, Oregon's "economic engine," the divide between the affluent and the working poor continues.  We have a 19,000 unit gap in affordable low income rental housing.  County political and business leaders are indifferent to this crisis...   

A RAD rhetorical question - Were Madison & Marx "Marxists"?  


"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments."   

- James Madison


"Philosophers have only interpreted the world in different ways. The point is, however, to change it. 

- Karl Marx



































RAD Lines

The Donald idiocy - "build a wall..."  


#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

requiescat in pace


"There are men who believe that democracy... is limited or measured by a kind of mystical and artificial fate [and that] tyranny and slavery have become the surging wave of the future..." 

FDR, 3rd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1941


Obamacare is working in Oregon!

Oregon's uninsurance rate cut more than half following federal health reforms


Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel


Taking on the Pro-Israel Lobby 


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Walgreens - pay your fair share of taxes!

"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws." - Mayer Amschel Rothschild

Miguel de Cervantes, from The Duke - "I accuse you of being an idealist, a bad poet and an honest man."  Cervantes' response - "Guilty as charged, I have never had the courage to believe in nothing."   from Man of La Mancha  

Intel failed to report fluoride emissions for almost 30 years   

     Why do Intel employees who are house hunting in Hillsboro, Aloha or Beaverton refer to an area within a 5 mile radius of Intel plants as "the dead zone?"  

      Do they know something we don't?  We couldn't trust banks "too big to fail," so why should we trust Intel?

Professor Kingfield, from the Paper Chase

   "I'm not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you." 

- George Bernard Shaw



From the Left Wing:

Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman - The New York Times

Democracy Now

The Daily Kos

Blue Oregon


"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." 

- Emilie Buchwald 


    "Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law." 

- Justice John Paul Stevens, Bush v. Gore, 2001

    The state of our union - check out the map, it's a reality check for those who can't figure out why people are so ticked off... 


    Here's Garrison Keillor's rap on the rightwingnuts:   



     Garrison Keillor - "...The Founding Fathers intended the Senate to be a fount of wisdom... but when you consider...  moon-faced Mitch McConnell, your faith in democracy is challenged severely. Any legislative body in which 41 senators from rural states that together represent 10 percent of the population can filibuster you to death is going to be flat-footed, on the verge of paralysis, no matter what. Any time 10 percent of the people can stop 90 percent, it's like driving a bus with a brake pedal for each passenger. That's why Congress has a public approval rating of [11] percent...." 

"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war"

- John Adams


"Loyalty to country always.  Loyalty to government when it deserves it."  

- Mark Twain  


“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  

- George Santayana 


"The love of one's country is a natural thing.  But why should love stop at the border?" 

- Pablo Casals


"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned; the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." 

- William Butler Yeats  


"You see things; and you say, 'Why?'

But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?" 

- George Bernard Shaw, "Back to Methuselah" (1921)


"...the most common and durable source of factions has been the various and unequal distribution of property. Those who hold and those who are without property have ever formed distinct interests in society...  The regulation of these various and interfering interests forms the principal task of modern legislation, and involves the spirit of party and faction in the necessary and ordinary operations of the government..."

- James Madison, Federalist Papers #11

"Why … should we have government? Why not each individual take to himself the whole fruit of his labor, without having any of it taxed away?”  

The legitimate object of government, is to do for the people whatever they need to have done, but which they can not do, at all, or can not do, so well, for themselves – in their separate and individual capacities … There are many such things … roads, bridges and the like; providing for the helpless young and afflicted; common schools … the criminal and civil [justice] departments."

- Abraham Lincoln


Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society

- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


"Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different and hostile interests, which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates, but Parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole..."

- Edmund Burke 


“It is a maxim among these lawyers that whatever hath been done before may legally be done again, and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind.  These, under the name of precedents, they produce as authorities, to justify the most iniquitous opinions.”

- Jonathan Swift


" Every satirist who drew breath has flung pots of ink at this parade of tooting lummoxes and here it is come round again, marching down Main Street, rallying to the cause of William McKinley, hail, hail, the gang’s all here, ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay."

- Garrison Keillor







































EDITOR'S NOTE:  A friend of mine who lives in Pennsylvania is trying to figure out why he's out of sync with many Amerians especially those on the Right...   

by Marc V.       

     I’ve been struggling, albeit with some bemusement, for the past several months, trying to get myself outraged and all worked up over Hillary’s emails and server.  After all, it seems a large majority of American’s seem to be terribly upset and concerned that somehow, all of the nations most top-secret information was secretly housed on a private server in a private home in Chappaqua, New York.

     All the Republican candidates seem to be outraged by this seeming lack of security for our nation’s top secrets. Mr. Trump thinks she ought to be in jail.  Two congressional committees continue to spend tens of millions investigating what all was actually on that server, and in those emails, or, God forbid, which ones did she delete and scrub clean before she turned them over to the government. 

     And it now seems that a significant majority of my fellow citizens know, with certainty, that there MUST BE something she’s hiding, or why else wouldn’t she use the secure, confidential, unassailably safe government servers and email eddy’s of the State Department?

     So, in my confusion about why I can’t seem to get upset about this, I did what I usually do in these confused situations:  I turned to my 3 most trusted Facebook friends for some thoughtful insight.

     Ching Chang Chong from the Peoples Republic of China; Hamid Habibe Hediddle from the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Boris Valarie Trumpinsky from the Russian Federation.  I have come to know all three to be thoughtful, neutral, and insightful observers of American politics.

     I was certain that each of my friends would offer me sound and solid analysis about why my blood should be boiling over Hillary’s emails.

     My first message went to Ching. Ching, I asked: Why is it that so many of my compatriots, and all of the Republican presidential candidates, are angry and indignant about Mrs. Clintons use of a private email account, and a personal server, while she was Secretary of State, yet I can’t seem to get upset?  Can you help me?

     Within an hour, I had an answer from Ching.  “ upset?  Why?  Why should you be upset?  My government didn’t even know she HAD a personal email, let alone her own server in Chappaqua.  We had to READ about it in the Wall Street Journal, YEARS after she had left the State Department.  WE are the ones that are upset.”

     Confused and bewildered by his answer, my next message went to Hamid.  “Hamid my friend, have you been watching the American press and reading about all the anger over Mrs. Clintons use of a private email address and her own personal server?  Somehow, I don’t seem to be worried or angered by this circumstance.  Can you tell me the obvious facts that I am missing?”  I was certain that Hamid would enlighten me.

     Within 30 minutes, my Facebook messenger was dinging.  “My dear, non-Islamic, friend, this is almost as silly a question as those in your country who ask why it is that BOTH the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Devil United States, want to eliminate ISIS.  It is self-evident.  You are not upset because there is absolutely no logical reason for you to BE upset.  Did you know that when my most beloved and revered Supreme Leader learned of this fact from a re-tweet of the Drudge Report, he ordered the death of our top 20 intelligence officers?  He couldn’t even find Chappaqua on a Google map!”

     My mind was now spinning.  My friend Ching is upset.  My friend Hamid is upset.  And yet they are telling me, I’m ok??

     As I was pondering how to frame the correct question to my friend Boris Trumpinsky, my Facebook messenger again started dinging.  Ah hah, I thought, one of my friends has further thoughts and will now enlighten me. 

     I immediately opened my messenger, and was stunned to see the following message from my friend Boris.

     “My dear friend and comrade Marc.  Only a few minutes ago I received a tweet from my friend Nam Dong Kwang of the DPRK, indicating that you are asking questions regarding Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email and server, and you are wondering why so many of your compatriots seem outraged, yet you do not.  Do you know how many billions of rubles President Putin had to give to our KGB so that they could hack into Leon Panetta’s two computers to discover why they were never able to intercept any of Secretary Clinton’s communications??  Billions and billions.  It was OUTRAGEOUS!!!”

     I read his message again and again.  I sat in silence.  I didn’t even know Boris had a friend named Nam Dong Kwang from the DPRK.  Geezzz...what IS the DPRK?

     What AM I missing???

     And then, in a flash, it hit me. 

     The only U.S. government emails and the only quasi-governmental server, that haven’t been hacked in the past 7 years are the ones nobody knew about, located in Chappaqua, New York.

     Now I can rest easy!  Problem solved!




EDITOR'S NOTE:  This op ed column appeared in Wednesday's Oregonian.  Les AuCoin as a member of Congress was considered one of sharpest minds on The Hill on defense issues - so much so - he was termed a "defense intellectual" - high praise from those in the know back in the day. 

     Les is a Pacific alum, has served on our Board and I've been privileged to have him as a guest lecturer when he was still in the House.


By Les AuCoin

     As senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are diamonds in a coal bin. Unlike too many of their peers, they are serious men who put country above party and principle above politics, even when it may risk their political security — which is fitting since they occupy the seats of Mark Hatfield and Wayne Morse, legends who braved criticism to back the power of diplomacy to achieve military security. The Hatfield-Morse way became the Oregon way. It is in this light that I hope Wyden and Merkley will support the Iran nuclear agreement when the Senate votes on it in September.

     When serving on the House defense appropriations subcommittee, I saw Ronald Reagan reach an agreement with the former Soviet Union on the groundbreaking nuclear arms reduction agreement (START, for "Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty"). Reagan's inspection terms were so intrusive for the secretive Soviets, many Reagan doubters thought that Mikhail Gorbachev could not survive politically if he accepted them. But the Soviet leader did.

     What Oregonians need to know is that the deal with Iran mandates even stronger safeguards against cheating than those Reagan achieved. So said former defense secretary Harold Brown and 29 of America's leading nuclear scientists and arms control experts. In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Brown writes, "Compared with past agreements with the then-more threatening adversary the Soviet Union, the provisions for oversight are remarkably more intrusive and capable."

     So if the Iran deal serves to "out-Reagan" Reagan — perhaps the most adamant national security president in recent U.S. history — how can critics call it weak? They can't. Not legitimately.

     Some think the United States and its allies could get a better deal. Hypothetically, yes. One can imagine utopian measures to make Iran recognize Israel's right to exist, to stop befriending groups like Hezbollah, to support human rights at home. But as New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof suggests, don't we have a better chance to achieve additional positive outcomes with a deal than without it? As Kristof writes, "(I)sn't it better that (Iran) give up 98 percent of its stockpile than that it give up none?"

     Critics charge the ayatollahs with the slaughter of millions of humans. Correct. But no national security agreement forgives crimes, nor does it make one's foe a friend. Reagan, after all, did not endorse Soviet Communism in the treaty with the USSR. As I used to tell my constituents, we enter international security agreements not to reduce threats from one's friends but from one's enemies. Perforce, 36 retired U.S. admirals and generals have published an open letter in The Washington Post. They write: "We, the undersigned retired military officers, support the agreement as the most effective means currently available to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons."

     I know some lobbyists and constituents are telling Wyden and Merkley that lifting economic sanctions will strengthen Iran's ability to support terrorist groups that destabilize the Middle East. That's a valid concern. But terrorism supported by a nuclear Iran would be even more sinister. Moreover, nothing in the agreement stops our allies or the United States from imposing sanctions on Iranian banks and businesses that do business with terrorists. And if Tehran itself cheats, all sanctions snap back in place. Finally, if such measures prove insufficient, nothing prevents a last-resort military response.

     That's why some Israelis with more military experience than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are supporting the deal. They include Ami Ayalon, former head of Israel's security service, and Efraim Halevy, who once ran Israel's national intelligence agency. Halevy, the spymaster, asks the right question: "What is the point of canceling an agreement that distances Iran from the bomb?"

     I join with hundreds of thousands of Oregonians in asking the same question of my friends, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.

Former Congressman Les AuCoin, D-Oregon, represented the state's First District for nine terms, was dean of the Oregon House delegation, and in the 1980s was an official congressional observer at the U.S.-Soviet START negotiations in Geneva. He lives in retirement in Bozeman, Montana.




     EDITOR'S NOTE:  At our last WC CAN meeting Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics gave a presentation on the negative affects of herbicides in Southern OregonThese toxic chemicals are sprayed in areas where clear-cutting has occurred on private or state owned forest lands. 

      The use of a herbicide or pesticide is not limited to isolated rural areas of Southern Oregon.  It also is happening in places on the Oregon coast like Gold Beach and in Washington County west of Banks.  What may seem like a rural problem is not. 

     If the food you eat comes from rural Oregon, this affects you.  If you have family who lives in rural Oregon, this affects you.  If you travel through rural Oregon, this affects you.  Spraying chemicals on the land or from the air ends up in our food chain and in our drinking water posing a public health hazard. 

     Toxic chemicals respect no boundaries - they just float in the air and in the water wherever it goes!   When you uncork a bottle of wine or drink your favorite brew - where did the grapes or hops come from? 

     To put it another way "there is no rural Oregon, there is no urban Oregon, there is no suburban Oregon - there is just the State of Oregon"...  

     The intersection of clear cutting and toxic spraying is the intersection of land use planning policy and public health policy.  If we can protect old growth trees, the spotted owl, then why can't we protect human beings from out dated timber industry and farm practices?  

      Tell Governor Brown, your legislators and your members of Congress - you demand that the public be protected from such chemicals.  Why does Oregon permit it?  The answer is timber harvesting brings money to the K-12 system.  True, but that's like saying it's OK to spray children as long as their schools get funding. This is a bargain with the devil!  

     There are better ways to fund K-12 than spraying toxic chemicals related to Agent Orange on rural communities.  Make corporate Oregon pay its fair share, end the personal kicker, terminate Measure 5 and end the tax giveaways - SIPS, enterprise zones and tax credits which serve no public interest but line the pockets of multi-national corporations.   

     The first law of environmental consciousness - "everything is inter-connected." 

     RAD:   It's time the evnironmental groups in Oregon exit their silos and unite to stop the poisoning of Oregonians. 

     Below is information to alert you to this clear and present environmental danger. 

Forestry Pesticide Project

     There is a growing awareness about the issue of rural community health and exposure to forestry chemicals in air and domestic water.

     Polling by the Pew Research Center consistently shows that clean water matters most to Oregonians. That’s one reason there is increasing alarm about a bill introduced by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) to increase intensive logging on national forest lands.

     Pollinators are essential for Oregon’s vibrant agricultural sector, supporting over $600 million of insect-pollinated crops grown by Oregon farmers each year. With bee populations in dramatic decline worldwide, Beyond Toxics has stepped up to sound the alarm and highlight the connection to the widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

Human Rights and Chemical Exposure

     Framing pesticide exposures as a violation of basic human rights is an original and pioneering grassroots action that will give voice to Oregonians who continue to suffer from unwanted pesticide exposure. See the latest videos documenting stories of chemical trespass in Oregon.

Grassroots Organizing

     Rural residents and many farmers are facing significant dangers from exposure to pesticide spray drift and run-off into nearby streams and rivers. We’re helping them fight back! Read about the spray poisoning of residents of Cedar Valley in fall 2013.

Safe Public Places Project

     Beyond Toxics worked with several partners in the legislature to successfully create significant reduction goals in the amount of pesticides used in parks, in and around public buildings and on public roads all throughout the state of Oregon.

MORE Pesticide Reform Resources->

Beyond Toxics collaborates with social justice organizations and vulnerable low-income and minority residents to empower communities to take action and participate in decision-making. We assist neighborhoods that are disproportionally affected by higher concentrations of industrial air pollution. MORE->

Learn more about the Environmental Justice Bus Tour project (see the slide show from photos taken during the April 13, 2012 event).

Healthy Air Oregon (HAO)

HAO is an action-oriented, public education project bringing businesses, governments and individuals together to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases. Effective outcomes of our HAO work include the passage of Oregon’s No Top-Off Law and the adoption of No Idling policies by governments, agencies and businesses throughout Oregon. HAO is a proven solution for cleaning our air and reducing health risks associated with polluted air. MORE->





    The oldest tag line about Oregon's US Senator Ron Wyden is that one never wants to be in the way of Wyden and a TV camera.  Wyden's career has been a lifetime of posturing for maximum personal political gain starting as a Grey Panther lobbyist in Oregon before he ever held political office.  That endeared him to Oregon's potent senior citizen voting bloc. 

     As a Congressman Wyden was good at using obscure issues like the abuse of lipo suction to pander to the public as a health care guru.  As a Senator he has claimed to have a bi-partisan solution to Medicare reform and to Social Security reform.  But he's never closed the deal on either subject but they have generated him national headlines.  

     Lately he was a player in the fast track debate over the TransPacific trade deal finally casting a vote in favor of the Obama plan but not before he talked out of both sides of his mouth while getting national headlines.  Wyden is now using those PR skills to posture as a wavering vote on the Iran nuclear arms deal. 

     Wyden's posturing has earned him the anger progressives - to Credo.  Some accuse Wyden of being another Joe Liebermann.  His critics feel a vote against the agreement is a vote for war - a position taken by Obama and Kerry.  According to The Oregonian's Jeff Mapes Wyden doesn't think a "no" vote "amounts to a drift toward war." 

     Given Wyden's track record one could argue Wyden is simply milking the issue for maximum political attention based on his calculation that his vote won't matter - Obama has enough votes to stop an override in the House and/or Senate of a Presidential veto should Congress pass a resolution of disapproval of the agreement. 

     The truly cynical would go further arguing that as one of 9 Jewish senators he's playing his I-PAC card.  While Oregon doesn't have a large Jewish population, Wyden's $5 million dollar war chest most likely has been enhanced by supporters from the American Jewish community who are willing to be generous to him - if he toes the Pro-Israel line. 

     As an "undecided" voter he will garner national attention.  I suspect this is the motivator for Wyden not a principled stand on the most important foreign policy issue since Nixon went to China or Reagan quietly let SALT Two remain in effect despite having opposed it in the 1980 campaign against Jimmy Carter. 

     For Wyden like Reagan it's all about "image" not substance or principle.  

    My CC sent me this link which gets at a deeper issue - why are so many Americans silent on issues of war the peace, which I think allows electeds like Wyden to posture so easily? 

America welcomes permanent war: Vietnam and the demise of the anti-war movement    

      First, let me disagree with the premise that there is no anti-war movement in the US.  Barack Obama was elected because of opposition to the war in Iraq.  And while Bush led us into war thousands protested the invasion of Iraq - including 30,000 in Portland, I was one of them!

     Second, during Obama's campaign the anti-war movement, like it's predecessors in the Vietnam era in the McCarthy and Kennedy campaigns transitioned from the streets to the presidential caucuses and primaries - to reappear when Nixon expanded the war.  Again, I was there in both instances!

     Third, the quietude at this moment has to due with the lack of a draft, the isolation of most Americans from the personal trauma of this war and the obvious impact of 9/11 which has blunted anti-war sentiment.  It also has to due with war wearyness and psychic numbing after decades of war. 

     Finally, the proliferation in popular culture of video war gaming and TV shows which project an end of times scenario where civil society collapses into a state of nature have created a psychology (psychosis?) where going to war is simply the "new normal."  If one thinks this is purely an American affliction explain the unending violence in Africa et al...   

     We have via war games, drone warfare or the black arts of ISIS et al created the perfect storms of what Hobbes refers to as the "state of nature" the war of all against all which makes Senator Wyden's cavalier attitude not just wrong headed but profoundly immoral - or what Hannah Arendt termed the "banality of evil."  

     If the Iran agreement is defeated when Israel drops the first bomb on Tehran - Wyden can pump his fist and say "Mission Accomplished." 



Black Lives Matter protesters shut down Sanders event in Seattle

     Salon has been vetting reports from Ferguson which are more editorials than fair and balanced journalism.  They've become a mouth piece for "Black Lives Matter" activists more than good on the ground reporting.  The post below is an example of the inflated rhetoric being employed by these self-styled truth tellers.

     Lynchings, state terrorism - really now!  I thought this was 2016, not 1920.  Yes, police brutality has been with us for decades, even in relatively placid Portlandia.  But in the case of Michael Brown who has been turned into a Black "James Dean" folk hero, the facts don't square with the rhetoric of Michael Brown's saint hood. 

     Brown stole cigars from a convenience store and when stopped by the Asian owner, Brown assaulted him.  And after multiple investigations by state and federal agencies, the officer who shot Brown was not prosecuted but fired.  Had he waited for back up before going "Long Ranger" on Brown and his friend history might have been very different. 

     The narrative of "Black Lives Matters" doesn't square with the fact that we have an African-American president and a Justice Department headed by an African-American.  This is not the age of Bull Conner, George Wallace or Richard Nixon...  

     The longstanding abuses of Black people by cops across the US, the unreasonable incarceration of young Black men since the Nixon era and the increased marginalizing of the African-American working class are reasons for concern and legitimate reasons for people of good faith to protest these injustices.  

     Hijacking a Bernie Sanders' rally in Seattle is not the sign of a mature political posture but simply political opportunism turned into theater.  And it accomplishes nothing to address the real issues of racism in the USA.  It merely serves to inflate the egos of those involved in such actions.  It also pisses off your white allies...  

     If one wants to engage in "political theater" break into a Trump rally!  I'm sure The Donald would love such a video opportunity to show his toughness...   and anger management skills - a preview of what it would be like, if heaven forbid, he actually was elected POTUS in 2016.  Trump understands theater and how to shout down folks...  

     "Black Lives Matter" activists need to move from political theater to community engagement on policing, corrections, jails and gang violence - all local social justice issues.  Candidates running for POTUS have no role in such nitty gritty matters.  As Tip O'Neil famously said - "all politics is local."  And politics is more than protesting.

     If "Black Lives Matter" activists want to be taken seriously outside their capacity to generate media headlines and social media attention, they need to move from protest politics to community organizing politics.  But that would require them to engage the older generation of the African-American and White community. 

     What one sees is a millennial temper tantrum on the stage in Seattle or in the streets of Ferguson.  That's rampant narcissm...  not constructive engagement.   It reminds me of Dickinson College students of white privilege in the '60s acting out in SDS before they went to law or med school at Harvard!  


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