Veterans to Stand with Water Protectors Dec. 4th

Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota

JoAnn Chateau

Hundreds of American veterans are gathering in Standing Rock, North Dakota to support Sioux Tribe Water Protectors on December 4, 2016. They plan to stay for three days. Surely this will galvanize President Obama to take appropriate action to respect and protect Native American rights, our water, and the climate.

‘Where Evil Resides’: Veterans ‘Deploy’ To Standing Rock To Engage The Enemy — The US Government | Task & Purpose

“Earlier this month… [ activist Wes Clark Jr. and police reform advocate Michael A. Wood Jr.] formed Veterans Stand For Standing Rock with the hope of drawing scores of veterans, as well as fire fighters, ex-law enforcement officers, emergency medical personnel and others to the battleground for a three-day “deployment” in early December to “prevent progress on the Dakota Access Pipeline and draw national attention to the human rights warriors of the Sioux tribes.” Both men say they’re prepared to…

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Jane Fonda Serves Thanksgiving Dinner at Standing Rock

Standing Rock map

JoAnn Chateau

I wish everyone a thoughtful and brave Thanksgiving dinner.


Long-time activist Jane Fonda, and friends, are serving Thanksgiving dinner to Standing Rock water protectors in North Dakota today.

Jane Fonda Is Going to Standing Rock, & It’s a Huge Statement | Romper

“In addition to providing support to the protesters… it’s another way to raise awareness about the protest… but it will also make an important statement about the significance of Thanksgiving… While the myth of a harmonious Thanksgiving between native people and settlers dinner still lingers… the reality is that Thanksgiving is really a reminder that Native Americans have been exploited for centuries…”

~ Alana Romain

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Sound the Trumpet for Student Debt Jubilee

Trumpet the sound for Student Debt Jubilee

JoAnn Chateau

Maybe it’s time for Student Debt Jubilee. Student loan forgiveness would not only give a reprieve to those in debt, it would create an economic upswell for all of America. Imagine the boon to our economy if student loan debtors could afford to replace old shoes, cars, and washing machines — instead of merely paying down the compound interest of their student loans. 

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A Governor’s Call to Embrace Immigrants

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“No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country,” said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in a video on Jan. 12. Gov. Haley’s video was made to counter the formal Republican response to President Barack Obama’s recent State of the Union address, according to news.yahoo.com.

All Americans are immigrants (except Native Americans!). So who are we to judge those who come here for the very same reasons we, or our ancestors, came?

Pope Francis Criticizes Capitalism

“Pope Francis on Thursday urged the downtrodden to change the world economic order, denouncing a “new colonialism” by agencies that impose austerity programs and calling for the poor to have the “sacred rights” of labor, lodging and land.”

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“A riot is the language of the unheard,” a Collection of Articles and Perspectives, and Baltimore, 2015

“A riot is the language of the unheard,” a Collection of Articles and Perspectives, and Baltimore, 2015.

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