NPR has a wonderful program, “Fresh Air,” interviewing the guest Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed lawyer who has spent his career helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned.
He is the “Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults…
Mr. Stevenson and his staff have won reversals, relief, or release from
prison for over 135 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row and won relief for hundreds of others wrongly convicted or unfairly sentenced.”
The movie “Just Mercy” is about his memoirs.
Wow, if just a handful of lawyers were anything like Mr. Stevenson.
I believe Dr. King would be proud of Mr. Stevenson for his compassion and tireless work for “the least of these.”
That we could change even one life because of our love for people–what a privilege and an honour that would be.
Thank you Mr. Stevenson on this day that we honour a radical peacemaker. You are a testament to what an attorney should be.
Today, I saw a new word on social media today: Christofascism. It refers to those who call themselves “christians” but focus on making noise about their gun rights at the exclusion of everything else. Other characteristics include rampant nationalism and racism.
Hmmm…sounds like when the Nazis co opted the christian churches in Germany.
If that wasn’t bad enough, I heard Mike Huckabee make disparaging remarks about Colin Kaepernick. He pronounced the athletes first name as “colon” and said it fits.
I can see why people don’t want to have anything to do with Christians. This man is a Baptist pastor.
Leaves a bad taste in the mouth and a stab in the heart.
Since the 1980’s, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals and the dysfunctional FDA knew that this heartburn medication produces the enzyme NDMA which causes cancer.
When scientists want to cause an accelerated form of cancer in rats for study, they use the enzyme NDMA. (nitrosodimethymaline) It is a potent hepatoxin that causes fibroids and tumours in the livers of rats.
If you have a diet high in nitrates ( found in deli meats, sausage, ham and many other foods), taking Zantac will SUBSTANTIALLY increase the NDMA enzyme in your body.
Sloan Kettering, the leader in cancer research, removed this crap from the hospital.
Please do your research. In the meantime STOP INGESTING ZANTAC.
Peace my friends. Stay safe; be wise.
I watched the 2017 documentary, “A Good American.” Everyone should watch this film. You can get the dvd on amazon if you don’t have Tubi or Netflix.
“A Good American tells the story of the best code-breaker the USA ever
had and how he and a small team within NSA created a surveillance tool
that could pick up any electronic signal on earth, filter it for targets
and render results in real-time while keeping the privacy as demanded
by the US constitution. The tool was perfect – except for one thing: it
was way too cheap. Therefor NSA leadership, who had fallen into the
hands of industry, dumped it – three weeks prior to 9/11. In a secret
test-run of the program against the pre-9/11-NSA database in early 2002
the program immediately found the terrorists. This is the story of
former Technical director of NSA, Bill Binney, and a program called
Bill talks about how the 3 letter agency gave false evidence to a judge and raided his place pulling weapons on his son, his wife getting dressed in her bedroom and Bill, who was in the shower.
Years later, we can identify with the pattern of giving false info to a judge and being raided.
Nothing has changed my friends. This can happen to anyone.
In 2019, I worked for a cleaning firm that serviced residential and small businesses. The woman who ran the firm started new employees at $11 an hour. We made $.25 per mile, which was very much below the national mileage rate of $.58, traveling to jobs around the state.
After 90 days, one could hope for a dollar raise and that is where it would end. There were no benefits like paid time off, vacation, health insurance or even a thank you if your work was exceptional.
I worked with lots of young people, who never lasted very long. In all honesty, it was hard work for little recompense.
Many of the young people were homeless. Some of them lived out of their cars. They made just enough to eat and put gas in their vehicles.
At times, I was paired up with some of them to train and to help me with the larger houses. It made me sad to see the awe on their faces and the wistful yearning to have even a fraction of what they were cleaning.
I would gently remind them that life is not about “stuff.” It’s so difficult because they’ve not had much in their young lives.
Will we ever become a community of caring people? Will we ever work to change things so others who struggle can have a decent chance in life?
We need a living wage. We need a community who care.
Today is Sunday. Today, I saw the lovely Kim Phuc Phan Thi receive the Dresden peace prize from Germany.
If you do not know this Vietnamese peace activist, she was the little 9 year old girl who was photographed running nude. Napalm bombs were dropped on her village and the blast burned her clothes off as well as burning her skin.
Facebook removed the picture because it took issue with her nudity until an outcry brought the picture back.
Imagine that. Folks taking issue with a little girl’s nudity; but, who gives a damn that we bombed civilians like Phan Thi.
Let me tell you something. Violence is the real porn in this country. We drop bombs on people and we drone strike funerals, weddings and officials with no real concern for the human collateral damage or the consequences of such brutal actions.
Today, I celebrated a woman of peace. It helped me get over my rage against the warmongering monsters.
Today is Wednesday. Today is January 1, 2020.
Today, I will unequivocally continue to work for peace and those who support peace.
Unless we put an end to the wars, stop the warmongers and quit fueling the lucrative business of arms, we will never be able to find the means to affect climate change. We will never be able to combat the tremendous poverty all around us. We will not be able to halt the prison industrial complex’ votacious appetite.
It’s the aspect of war and violence that keeps us from speaking civilly and having serious discussions about peace.
As I have said before, peace is not profitable. Billions are made off war. Just look at how much both parties agreed to fund the military budget this year.
The last living prosecutor who took part in the Nuremberg Trials bringing Nazis to justice, said that there were no heroes in his generation. Instead, he believed the heroes were those who stood up against the war in Vietnam. Soldiers refused to kill and some of them destroyed the equipment needed to fight. The politicians in the US had no choice but to end the war.
Stop listening to the lie of “defending the country” with young lives. We serve a corporate State that uses our military people to maintain war for their insatiable greed.
#Peace…it’s not a dirty word.
Happy New Year💫