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thepeoplesrecord:

Sorry - I haven’t responded in the past because I haven’t wanted to be rude and I don’t have anything nice to say about Alex Jones or InfoWars. But I guess it’s important that I have this conversation. Because of the tone of my response (out of respect for you) I’m going to black-out your user name.
I’ve heard the show, I’ve seen him around Austin (driving and shouting), I’ve watched documentaries about him and I occasionally will browse InfoWars. I think Alex Jones is a racist fool and his opinion is honestly worth less-than-nothing to me. 
Most significantly, he is regularly and loudly racist. All racists, but particularly that special brand of unapologetic, red-in-the-face, mad-as-hell, immigrant-hating, foaming-at-the-mouth cis-hetero-self-righteous-white-man-with-a-microphone have no place in struggles to end oppression or fights for freedom, democracy, social-justice & a better world.
Jones indulges in actual conspiracies, while simultaneously exposing real news that is ignored by the main stream media, which does a disservice to projects like ours, and to communities who are fighting those very real battles against destructive corporate interests and state-oppression that are sometimes highlighted by Jones. It confuses people, it puts ignored-struggles, systemic police brutality, oppression, drone strikes, the war on drugs and real violations of civil-liberties into the same category as secret-reptile-politicians, Illuminati, the “New World Order”, ‘Free-market’ principles, and Revelations-style evangelical Armageddon. That’s some shit I don’t have time or patience for and it’s all I can do to ignore the other media-projects out there who follow this bizarre & harmful narrative.
It takes the mean-spirited nature of conservative racists in the deep-south and it lets them feel like they are fighting oppression (which they endorse and participate in when it is self-serving). Unfortunately they aren’t even willing to confront or acknowledge those problematic tendencies within themselves that are spilling evil out into the world every day. There are LOTS of FB pages (BlindFold, The Peoples Uprising, Truth ‘Whatever’ to name a few) with these same themes advocating for suppression of women’s right to autonomy over their own bodies while simultaneously posting great pictures of marijuana and images of police brutality (especially highlighting the more-rare cases of brutality against white people). This combination is so harmful that I wouldn’t be surpised to find out one day that Alex Jones worked for the CIA or some shit like that. I don’t have any evidence of that; my point is just that what Jones does is literally perfect for those with an interest in perpetuating oppression and dismissing struggle.
And just because I stand against drone attacks & police violence & want drugs to be decriminalized in the U.S. doesn’t mean that I stand with those racist, foolish jerks. 
The best thing that anyone who shares this particular brand of politics can do (in my opinion) is confront some of the socially-instilled racist & sexist tendencies within themselves, pursue empathy, develop more critical metrics for judging what sources they are willing to believe and why, read social-justice blogs, theories critical of capitalism, and humanist philosophies and until-such a time that they’ve outgrown their oppressive & problematic tendencies, they should STFU & get out of the way.
I apologize for taking an out-of-character un-empathetic tone in this post. I just really dislike Alex Jones & the like and believe strongly that he is an enemy of liberation. I’m sure you’re not like that though (or at least I hope not and will assume you aren’t until I see evidence otherwise). 
Thanks for reaching out persistently and prompting this post. Sorry it took me so long to respond.
-Robert (contributor @ ThePeoplesRecord)http://thepeoplesrecord.comFacebook.com/ThePeoplesRecordTwitter.com/ThePeoplesRec

thepeoplesrecord:

Sorry - I haven’t responded in the past because I haven’t wanted to be rude and I don’t have anything nice to say about Alex Jones or InfoWars. But I guess it’s important that I have this conversation. Because of the tone of my response (out of respect for you) I’m going to black-out your user name.

I’ve heard the show, I’ve seen him around Austin (driving and shouting), I’ve watched documentaries about him and I occasionally will browse InfoWars. I think Alex Jones is a racist fool and his opinion is honestly worth less-than-nothing to me. 

Most significantly, he is regularly and loudly racist. All racists, but particularly that special brand of unapologetic, red-in-the-face, mad-as-hell, immigrant-hating, foaming-at-the-mouth cis-hetero-self-righteous-white-man-with-a-microphone have no place in struggles to end oppression or fights for freedom, democracy, social-justice & a better world.

Jones indulges in actual conspiracies, while simultaneously exposing real news that is ignored by the main stream media, which does a disservice to projects like ours, and to communities who are fighting those very real battles against destructive corporate interests and state-oppression that are sometimes highlighted by Jones. It confuses people, it puts ignored-struggles, systemic police brutality, oppression, drone strikes, the war on drugs and real violations of civil-liberties into the same category as secret-reptile-politicians, Illuminati, the “New World Order”, ‘Free-market’ principles, and Revelations-style evangelical Armageddon. That’s some shit I don’t have time or patience for and it’s all I can do to ignore the other media-projects out there who follow this bizarre & harmful narrative.

It takes the mean-spirited nature of conservative racists in the deep-south and it lets them feel like they are fighting oppression (which they endorse and participate in when it is self-serving). Unfortunately they aren’t even willing to confront or acknowledge those problematic tendencies within themselves that are spilling evil out into the world every day. There are LOTS of FB pages (BlindFold, The Peoples Uprising, Truth ‘Whatever’ to name a few) with these same themes advocating for suppression of women’s right to autonomy over their own bodies while simultaneously posting great pictures of marijuana and images of police brutality (especially highlighting the more-rare cases of brutality against white people). This combination is so harmful that I wouldn’t be surpised to find out one day that Alex Jones worked for the CIA or some shit like that. I don’t have any evidence of that; my point is just that what Jones does is literally perfect for those with an interest in perpetuating oppression and dismissing struggle.

And just because I stand against drone attacks & police violence & want drugs to be decriminalized in the U.S. doesn’t mean that I stand with those racist, foolish jerks.

The best thing that anyone who shares this particular brand of politics can do (in my opinion) is confront some of the socially-instilled racist & sexist tendencies within themselves, pursue empathy, develop more critical metrics for judging what sources they are willing to believe and why, read social-justice blogs, theories critical of capitalism, and humanist philosophies and until-such a time that they’ve outgrown their oppressive & problematic tendencies, they should STFU & get out of the way.

I apologize for taking an out-of-character un-empathetic tone in this post. I just really dislike Alex Jones & the like and believe strongly that he is an enemy of liberation. I’m sure you’re not like that though (or at least I hope not and will assume you aren’t until I see evidence otherwise).

Thanks for reaching out persistently and prompting this post. Sorry it took me so long to respond.

-Robert (contributor @ ThePeoplesRecord)
http://thepeoplesrecord.com
Facebook.com/ThePeoplesRecord
Twitter.com/ThePeoplesRec

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personalfactory:

“Public Knowledge announces today a new whitepaper: What’s the Deal with Copyright and 3D Printing? This paper is a follow up to their previous 3D printing whitepaper: It Will Be Awesome if They Don’t Screw It Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology. 
The previous “It Will Be Awesome” focused on the broad connection between intellectual property law and 3D printing. And this one whitepaper, “What’s the Deal?” focuses more on the relationship between copyright and 3D printing.
Public Knowledge is releasing What’s the Deal? as a free PDF download and make it available in html.
Thanks Michael Weinberg and Public Knowledge for the great work.” ~ 3ders.org

personalfactory:

Public Knowledge announces today a new whitepaper: What’s the Deal with Copyright and 3D Printing? This paper is a follow up to their previous 3D printing whitepaper: It Will Be Awesome if They Don’t Screw It Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology.

The previous “It Will Be Awesome” focused on the broad connection between intellectual property law and 3D printing. And this one whitepaper, “What’s the Deal?” focuses more on the relationship between copyright and 3D printing.

Public Knowledge is releasing What’s the Deal? as a free PDF download and make it available in html.

Thanks Michael Weinberg and Public Knowledge for the great work.” ~ 3ders.org

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theatlantic:

In Focus: China’s Toxic Sky

Since the beginning of this year, the levels of air pollution in Beijing have been dangerously high, with thick clouds of smog chasing people indoors, disrupting air travel, and affecting the health of millions. The past two weeks have been especially bad — at one point the pollution level measured 40 times recommended safety levels. Authorities are taking short-term measures to combat the current crisis, shutting down some factories and limiting government auto usage. However, long-term solutions seem distant, as China’s use of coal continues to rise, and the government remains slow to acknowledge and address the problems. * Starting with photo #2, a four-part set of these images is interactive, allowing you to click the photo and ‘clear the air’, viewing a difference over time.

See more. [Images: AP, Reuters, Getty]

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thepeoplesrecord:

Going beyond the Western gender binary - unlearning our backward cultural conditioning 

In Western colonial society (which dominates many aspects of the globalized, capitalist world today) we operate under the presumption that there are only two genders, male and female. But gender is a social construction. One’s options for what gender they identify with are shaped by the culture they are born into. Biological factors are most-often the primary driving forces that choose among the available socially-constructed gender categories.

Cultures around the world have different ways of talking about, thinking about, and identifying gender. It’s often a challenge for (particularly cis-sexual) Westerns to think about other ways gender can be socially constructed. Westerns have the false equivalency of gender and sex drilled into their eternal psyche from the time they are very young, and re-enforced through examples in popular culture. There is no biological reality to gender. Many Westerners have the bizarre belief that one’s XY-sex-determination should also inform one’s gender identity, a socially constructed role in society.

In some cultures, there is no distinction made between gender and sexual orientation and the same can be said for sexual orientation - our culture socially-constructs the options and our biology helps us identify which socially-constructed option feels most ‘right’ and best resonates with us.

I’ve attached some photos to offer some examples of non-colonial, non-Western construction of gender. They’ve all been uploaded onto our Facebook page photostream in case you’d like to ‘like’ or ‘share’ them there. There are literally hundreds of ‘third-gender’ identifying peoples around the world. The eight I’ve chosen are mostly examples I remember from some of my anthropology courses but if you google ‘third genders’ you can find many lists and examples.

Who cares? Why it matters.

The most obvious reason to care about the way our culture has constructed gender and sexual orientation is to deepen one’s capacity for solidarity with people who identify as transgender, transsexual, and others whose gender or sexual identity exists outside of binary Western culture.

But there are other reasons as well. Western culture’s binary nature often creates non-sensical, problematic binary identity constructions that are inherently problematic. For example, I believe that Western masculinity (dominance, aggression, lack of communication, lack of emotional expression, etc) is inherently problematic. I believe that to be the reason why most acts of large-scale-violence and terror are committed by men (see: 100% of the mass school shootings in the United States), and I believe it fosters a degree of internal misery within people who heavily adopt these particular ‘masculine’ traits.

In the age of information, and the age of global connectivity, there is no longer any reason (particularly for young people) to feel isolated or restricted to Western definitions of gender, sexual orientation and identity in general. I think the social ramifications of a generation where more and more people begin to identify outside of the gender binary would be tremendous, and I think we should all consider how we can unlearn our cultural conditioning to embrace other, perhaps less exploitative and dominating identities.

Background information on the identities depicted in the above images:

Hijras
Hijras are male-body-born, feminine-gender-identifying people who live in South Asia (mostly in India & Nepal). Many Hijras live in well-defined, organized, all-Hijra communities, led by a guru.

Although many Hijras identify as Muslim, many practice a form of syncretism that draws on multiple religions; seeing themselves to be neither men nor women, Hijras practice rituals for both men and women.

Hijras belong to a special caste. They are usually devotees of the mother goddess Bahuchara Mata, Lord Shiva, or both.

Nandi female husbands
Among the Nandi in Western Kenya, one social identity option for women is to become a female husband, and thus a man in society’s eyes. Female husbands are expected to become men and take on all of the social and cultural responsibilities of a man, including finding a wife to marry and passing on property to the next generation through marriage. Female husbands may have lived their lives as women and may even be married to a man, but once she becomes a female-husband, she is expected to be a man. Women married to female-husbands may have sex with single men uninterested in commitment in order to become pregnant, but the female-husband (who is often an older woman, often a widow) will father the child of said pregnancy and treat the child like her own.

Two-spirited people
Two-Spirit is an umbrella term sometimes used for what was once commonly known as ‘berdaches’, Indigenous North Americans who fulfill one of many mixed gender roles found traditionally among many Native Americans and Canadian First Nations communities. The term usually indicates a person whose body simultaneously manifests both a masculine and a feminine spirit. Male and female two-spirits have been “documented in over 130 tribes, in every region of North America.”

Travesti
In South America (with a large presence in Brazil), a travesti is a person who was assigned male at birth who has a feminine gender identity and is primarily sexually attracted to masculine men. Therefore, sometimes the distinction between gender identity and sexual orientation is not made. Travestis have been described as a third gender, but not all see themselves this way. Travestis often will begin taking female hormones and injecting silicone to enlargen their backsides as boys and continue the process into womanhood.

The work of cultural Anthropologist Don Kulick (a gay male by Western definitions) in Brazil demonstrated that gender construction in Brazil is binary (like Western gender construction), but unlike Western gender construction, instead of having a male-female binary, there is a male-notmale binary.

In this particular construction of gender:

  • Males include: men who have sex with women, men who have sex with Travestis but are never on the receiving end of anal sex, men who have sex with men but are never on the receiving end of anal sex.
  • Not-males include: women, men who receive anal sex from ‘male’ gay men or from Travestis.

Fa’afafine
Fa’afafine are the gender liminal, or third-gendered people of Samoa. A recognized and integral part of traditional Samoan culture, fa’afafine, born biologically male, embody both male and female gender traits. Their gendered behavior typically ranges from extravagantly feminine to mundanely masculine

Waria
Waria is a traditional third general role found in modern Indonesia. Additionally, the Bugis culture of Sulawesi (one of the four larger Sunda Islands of Indonesia) has been described as having three sexes (male, female and intersex) as well as five genders with distinct social roles.

Six Genders of old Israel
In the old Kingdom of Israel (1020–931 BCE) there were six officially recognized genders:

  • Zachar: male
  • Nekeveh: female
  • Androgynos: both male and female
  • Tumtum: gender neutral/without definite gender
  • Aylonit: female-to-male transgender people
  • Saris: male-to-female transgender people (often inaccurately translated as “eunuch”)

Kathoey 
Australian scholar of sexual politics in Thailand Peter Jackson’s work indicates that the term “kathoey” was used in pre-modern times to refer to intersexual people, and that the usage changed in the middle of the twentieth century to cover cross-dressing males, to create what is now a gender identity unique to Thailand. Thailand also has three identities related to female-bodied people: Tom, Dee, and heterosexual woman.

-Robert

EDIT: So let me clearly say that in no way am I intentionally encouraging white people (or anyone else) to appropriate these identities.  Rather, I hope that this post and conversations like this will lead to an understanding of cultural diversity and other gender constructions/identities and an understanding that there is no biological reality to gender, and that gender manifests itself in many beautiful ways across many cultures.

AM encouraging people in colonial society to have a less-binary, more nuanced approach to gender that doesn’t lead to so much domination and exploitation.

I also understand that in order to talk about these things, words like ‘male-bodied’ or male are inherently western concepts. Each of these societies and cultures have other ways of talking about these identities. Although I wasn’t born in the U.S. I have spent most of my life and the entirety of my adult life in the United States. I speak no other languages other than English. There are concepts that I can’t understand, that my language limits me from even talking about, and in order to communicate these ideas, I am restricted by the only language I have available to talk about these concepts with. My perspective is etic. I do not belong to the above cultures, so when I talk about these things and use the English language to describe them, I am limited in my options for describing a concept as abstract as gender. The very categories of gender and sexuality belong to the cultural lens through which I view the world and I could not possibly provide a comprehensive emic analysis of the way the things we call ‘gender and sexuality’ actually are understood (if at all) within these cultures. In that way, mine is a very limited perspective. But it is geared toward other people living in Western society and it is aimed at changing this culture, not to appropriate these others but to not be so terrible toward gender and sexual variant people in this culture and to begin to question the implications of how we define gender and sexuality both personally, and as a whole culture. 

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thepeoplesrecord:

The People’s Record Daily News Update - Whose news? Our news!

November 15, 2012 

Here are some stories you may not otherwise read about today:

  • The hacktivist group Anonymous has expressed anger at Israel, saying that Israel has crossed a line in the sand by threatening to destroy access to the internet and other telecommunications in Gaza. Anonymous’ online statement warned the Israeli government: “Like all the other evil governments that have faced our rage, you will not survive it unscathed.”

Follow us on Tumblr or by RSS feed for more daily updates. You can also like our Facebook page for related content. 

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thepeoplesrecord:

The People’s Record Daily News Update - Whose news? Our news!

November 14, 2012 

Here are some stories you may not otherwise read about today:

Follow us on Tumblr or by RSS feed for more daily updates. You can also like our Facebook page for related content. 

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thepeoplesrecord:

Can the broad left grow together? Can we create ways to meet the monumental challenges that the American left faces today? 
October 23, 2012
The far left is continuing to grow in North America and around the world. From the conversations we’ve been having with lifetime leftists and activists around this country that much is clear. People like leftist economist Richard Wolff and Baltimore community leader & Black Panther Reverend Annie Chambers are telling us that the left in America & around the world is growing at a rate they’ve never seen before. Things are possible now that haven’t ever been possible before in their lifetimes. You’d have to go back to the Depression-era left to find a time in North America with a left as swelling as ours is today, they say. That’s inspiring. 
With capitalism in crisis and an empire stretched to capacity, high unemployment and low prospects for a future for the indebted youth, we have unprecedented opportunities and unprecedented challenges on the left today. 
One of those challenges is the tendency of the left to fracture, disagree and eventually self-destruct. There are many factors that influence a sectarian left; any group of people who desperately want to create a new, better kind of world but genuinely disagree about the means by which we might get there are going to have passionate quarrels. The differences between progressives, anarchists, communists and socialists are many but so are the similarities. And it’s in that similar space - the desire to destroy corporate (and for many, capitalist) influence - that we can work together and grow together.
Another pressing challenge for the left is the need for spaces in an alternative society - the need for leftist organizations, collectives, co-operatives, and Workers Self Directed Enterprises to prepare room for growing numbers of people newly disenfranchised with the system of capitalism, who need a place to plug into that doesn’t just suck energy from them, but spaces that also nourish, empower and encourage them in the fight against capitalism. We need welcoming institutions that comfort and educate those who are broken from the horrors of capitalism and institutions that simultaneously channel energy into attacking the system that is at the root of the world’s most horrific problems.
One such institution working on just that is Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse in Baltimore. It consciously aims to meet both of the above needs through collective decision-making, left-infrastructure building, and by building spaces that are inclusive to and encourage dialogues among the broad left.  Red Emma’s isn’t your typical bookstore/café; it welcomes the homeless, provides free computer use for the community, provides anti-capitalist education and hosts leftist readings & conferences. 
But it isn’t your typical anarchist bookstore either. Red Emma’s expressly aims to bridge the gap between Marxist-socialists and anarchists, and all others among the fractured left. When asked what concerned her most about the left, collective founding member Kate Khatib said the fear of sectarianism was what kept her up at night. It was important to her and to many members of the collective, to focus on projects like Red Emma’s and the Baltimore Free School (one of the divergent projects of Red Emma’s) that aim to appeal to the broad left. 
And Red Emma’s is growing, allowing those getting involved to plug into a community of leftists, to stay educated and to make a small amount of money in order to live to fight another day. Creating sustainable infrastructure on the left is at the core of what Red Emma’s hopes to accomplish.
What Red Emma’s is building, in the same vein as the movement Democracy at Work is building, answers some of the biggest problems on the left today. 
The People’s Record also hopes to play a part in building infrastructure for disenfranchised citizens and aims to aid the fight for a new united left through a few different projects we’ve been working on. Please take a look at what we’re doing and contact us if you have any interest in getting involved with any of our projects.
-Robert

thepeoplesrecord:

Can the broad left grow together? Can we create ways to meet the monumental challenges that the American left faces today?

October 23, 2012

The far left is continuing to grow in North America and around the world. From the conversations we’ve been having with lifetime leftists and activists around this country that much is clear. People like leftist economist Richard Wolff and Baltimore community leader & Black Panther Reverend Annie Chambers are telling us that the left in America & around the world is growing at a rate they’ve never seen before. Things are possible now that haven’t ever been possible before in their lifetimes. You’d have to go back to the Depression-era left to find a time in North America with a left as swelling as ours is today, they say. That’s inspiring.

With capitalism in crisis and an empire stretched to capacity, high unemployment and low prospects for a future for the indebted youth, we have unprecedented opportunities and unprecedented challenges on the left today.

One of those challenges is the tendency of the left to fracture, disagree and eventually self-destruct. There are many factors that influence a sectarian left; any group of people who desperately want to create a new, better kind of world but genuinely disagree about the means by which we might get there are going to have passionate quarrels. The differences between progressives, anarchists, communists and socialists are many but so are the similarities. And it’s in that similar space - the desire to destroy corporate (and for many, capitalist) influence - that we can work together and grow together.

Another pressing challenge for the left is the need for spaces in an alternative society - the need for leftist organizations, collectives, co-operatives, and Workers Self Directed Enterprises to prepare room for growing numbers of people newly disenfranchised with the system of capitalism, who need a place to plug into that doesn’t just suck energy from them, but spaces that also nourish, empower and encourage them in the fight against capitalism. We need welcoming institutions that comfort and educate those who are broken from the horrors of capitalism and institutions that simultaneously channel energy into attacking the system that is at the root of the world’s most horrific problems.

One such institution working on just that is Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse in Baltimore. It consciously aims to meet both of the above needs through collective decision-making, left-infrastructure building, and by building spaces that are inclusive to and encourage dialogues among the broad left.  Red Emma’s isn’t your typical bookstore/café; it welcomes the homeless, provides free computer use for the community, provides anti-capitalist education and hosts leftist readings & conferences.

But it isn’t your typical anarchist bookstore either. Red Emma’s expressly aims to bridge the gap between Marxist-socialists and anarchists, and all others among the fractured left. When asked what concerned her most about the left, collective founding member Kate Khatib said the fear of sectarianism was what kept her up at night. It was important to her and to many members of the collective, to focus on projects like Red Emma’s and the Baltimore Free School (one of the divergent projects of Red Emma’s) that aim to appeal to the broad left.

And Red Emma’s is growing, allowing those getting involved to plug into a community of leftists, to stay educated and to make a small amount of money in order to live to fight another day. Creating sustainable infrastructure on the left is at the core of what Red Emma’s hopes to accomplish.

What Red Emma’s is building, in the same vein as the movement Democracy at Work is building, answers some of the biggest problems on the left today.

The People’s Record also hopes to play a part in building infrastructure for disenfranchised citizens and aims to aid the fight for a new united left through a few different projects we’ve been working on. Please take a look at what we’re doing and contact us if you have any interest in getting involved with any of our projects.

-Robert

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thepeoplesrecord:

The People’s Record Daily News Update

October 24, 2012 :01

Here are some stories you may not otherwise hear about today: 

  • Richard Mourdock, a tea-party Senate candidate in Indiana made a huge gaffe last night when he said that pregnancy from rape was intended by God. This just after Todd Akin made his recent comments about “legitimate rape” being rare and the female body’s mystical way of dealing with such circumstances of “legitimate rape”.

Follow us on Tumblr or by RSS feed for more daily updates. 

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thepeoplesrecord:

No Justice, No Peace: Families of police brutality victims speak out

July 10, 2012

We’re seeing the beginning of a new wave of opposition to the current injustice system - a new wave of civil rights protests. If you’re interested in seeing what that might look like, this incredible video starts to paint a picture. It was even more compelling in person. I realize the video is kind of long, but just share the video, press play and within the first 20 minutes you’ll realize how much you want to watch the whole thing.

A June 30 panel discussion from the Socialism 2012 Conference in Chicago, featuring family members of Alan Blueford, James Earl Rivera, Jr, and Ramarley Graham, all victims of police murder. How can we win justice for these families, and how can we continue to build a movement against the New Jim Crow?

UPDATE:

July 25, 2012

In the wake of Anaheim and Dallas this week, I thought this would be appropriate to share again. For all racial-justice oriented people, watch this. Start at 32 minutes if you want to skip to parents and family members of recently murdered victims of police brutality. That’s the most powerful part, but honestly the whole panel is really good.

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weirdwritingwarehouse:

thepeoplesrecord:

64 hours left…
In the Democracy@Work IndieGoGo Campaign, and they still need $3,600 to reach their goal and get matched $10,000. The money is going to create a campaign around work-place democracies, like co-ops on steroids  that really are designed to subvert the private sector by embedding it with democracy. 
Share. Reblog. Donate. Tell your friends. Read about Democracy@Work. Write about it too.
I’ll be writing more about the organization soon. Until then, support it. There are really only a few days left and we are close enough to the goal that it looks like something that is accomplishable in the next few days if it gets enough attention. 

A little more on Democracy at Work

weirdwritingwarehouse:

thepeoplesrecord:

64 hours left…

In the Democracy@Work IndieGoGo Campaign, and they still need $3,600 to reach their goal and get matched $10,000. The money is going to create a campaign around work-place democracies, like co-ops on steroids  that really are designed to subvert the private sector by embedding it with democracy. 

Share. Reblog. Donate. Tell your friends. Read about Democracy@Work. Write about it too.

I’ll be writing more about the organization soon. Until then, support it. There are really only a few days left and we are close enough to the goal that it looks like something that is accomplishable in the next few days if it gets enough attention. 

A little more on Democracy at Work

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This part of the project is indefinitely on hold.

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thepeoplesrecord:

searchingforknowledge:

thepeoplesrecord:

No decision on Assange until after the Olympics

July 27, 2012

Ecuador’s foreign minister says there will be no decision until after the Summer Olympics on the political exile request of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told reporters Wednesday it would be imprudent to announce a decision during the London Games, which begin Friday and end Aug. 12.

Hopefully, this is an indication that a decision has been reached (in Assange’s favor) and that Ecuador is just waiting for the best time to release the information.

Also, instead of another picture of Julian Assange (we’ve pretty much posted all the good ones), I thought I’d attach some beautiful pictures of Ecuador (in case you have no idea what to picture when we talk about it). I think as far as places to live in exile go, you could do worse than Ecuador.

A decision in Assange’s FAVOUR? Is you freaking SERIOUS? Dude has been ACCUSED OF RAPE. Dude REFUSES to go face the charges of RAPE. What the HELL kinda a revolution steps on women and claims kind of moral ground whatsoever? Are you for fucking real now?! This is why I side-eye the FUCK outta the left. 

I guess I should have linked to our many other posts on the matter, our interview with Christine Assange, etc. Check ‘em out, at thepeoplesrecord.com/wikileaks. It needs to be updated but we’ve had this argument about as many times as we’re going to have it publicly on the blog. If interested, read ‘em and decide for yourself. Or if you do have any questions, feel free to email us @ thepeoplerec@gmail.com and I’ll send you a thorough personal response to any unanswered questions you have. 

& again, he has not been charged for any crime in any country.

Ecuador is such a beautiful place & is often talked about as an up and coming place for tourism in travel blogs on the internet.