Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez was 17 years old. She was engaged and pregnant. Now she’s dead, and the people responsible are about to walk away without a minute of jail time. Maria Isabel was a farmworker employed by Merced Farm Labor –– a company that was fined in 2006 for not having a written heat-stress prevention plan to protect its workers. They never did write that plan. On May 14th, 2010, Maria Isabel worked in a vineyard for nine hours straight. She was denied shade. She was denied water. She was denied rest. And when she finally collapsed in her fiance’s arms and was rushed to the hospital, her co-workers were instructed to lie to the doctors, to say that she had fainted while exercising. Maria Isabel died later that night. Her fever was 108 degrees. Now the San Joaquin District Attorney wants to let the people responsible for Maria Isabel’s death go with nothing more than community service. Click here to stand against this injustice. Merced Farm Labor is owned by Maria De Los Angeles Colunga, and its safety coordinator is Elias Armenta. Both Colunga and Armenta have been charged with involuntary manslaughter, but now San Joaquin District Attorney James Willett has offered them a plea deal where Colunga will most likely face 40 hours community service and a small fine and Armenta 400 hours. “Everyone needs to move along with their lives. My clients are very, very nice people and very remorseful,” said Merced’s attorney. But Colunga and Armenta didn’t display remorse for Maria Isabel’s death. In fact, the California Department of Labor had to shut the company down in July of 2010, because they still refused to provide their workers with the shade and water breaks required by California law, even after those same practices killed Maria Isabel. Maria Isabel’s family wants justice for her death, and they are working with the United Farmworkers Union to try to get it. We can help, but the sentencing hearing for Colunga and Armenta is scheduled for March 9th – and time is running out.
This happened HERE, in America. A young pregnant woman died because she was denied water, shade or rest while working outdoors. Just despicable.
I covered this on my last podcast as it is a complete failure of justice! Community Service and fines?!? They knew what they had done was wrong or they would not have lied to doctors when they took her to the ER and told them that she was exercising when she collapsed. This is FUCKED!
“Hello, Anonymous calling for the enemies of democracy. Are the Koch Brothers in?”
This warms my Trotskyite heart: After posting the following “open letter” to Koch Industries, effectively putting them on notice and asking the American and European population to stop buying their products, the politically motivated hackers of “Anonymous” have already begun to make good on their threat, as last night and this morning the Koch-supported rightwing political organization, Americans for Prosperity’s website was knocked offline several times. If an elite hacker was able to get into the intranet of Koch Industries, they could probably really disrupt their business for a few days. Let’s hope they cause maximum chaos for these evil bloodsuckers. (I hope Fox News is next. THAT would be the best thing ever, wouldn’t it?)
Here is the text of the letter:
Dear Citizens of the United States of America,
It has come to our attention that the brothers, David and Charles Koch—the billionaire owners of Koch Industries—have long attempted to usurp American Democracy. Their actions to undermine the legitimate political process in Wisconsin are the final straw. Starting today we fight back.
Koch Industries, and oligarchs like them, have most recently started to manipulate the political agenda in Wisconsin. Governor Walker’s union-busting budget plan contains a clause that went nearly un-noticed. This clause would allow the sale of publicly owned utility plants in Wisconsin to private parties (specifically, Koch Industries) at any price, no matter how low, without a public bidding process. The Koch’s have helped to fuel the unrest in Wisconsin and the drive behind the bill to eliminate the collective bargaining power of unions in a bid to gain a monopoly over the state’s power supplies.
The Koch brothers have made a science of fabricating ‘grassroots’ organizations and advertising campaigns to support them in an attempt to sway voters based on their falsehoods. Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth and Citizens United are just a few of these organizations. In a world where corporate money has become the lifeblood of political influence, the labor unions are one of the few ways citizens have to fight against corporate greed. Anonymous cannot ignore the plight of the citizen-workers of Wisconsin, or the opportunity to fight for the people in America’s broken political system. For these reasons, we feel that the Koch brothers threaten the United States democratic system and, by extension, all freedom-loving individuals everywhere. As such, we have no choice but to spread the word of the Koch brothers’ political manipulation, their single-minded intent and the insidious truth of their actions in Wisconsin, for all to witness.
Anonymous hears the voice of the downtrodden American people, whose rights and liberties are being systematically removed one by one, even when their own government refuses to listen or worse - is complicit in these attacks. We are actively seeking vulnerabilities, but in the mean time we are calling for all supporters of true Democracy, and Freedom of The People, to boycott all Koch Industries’ paper products. We welcome unions across the globe to join us in this boycott to show that you will not allow big business to dictate your freedom.
U.S. Product Boycott List
Vanity Fair [not the magazine, the napkins and “classy” paper plates -RM] Quilted Northern Angel Soft Sparkle Brawny Mardi Gras Dixie
European Product Boycott List
Demak’Up Kitten Soft Lotus / Lotus Soft Tenderly Nouvelle Soft Okay Ktchen Towels Colhogar Delica Inversoft Tutto
To identify these brands, please look for the following logo anywhere on the packaging:
We are Legion I We do not forgive I We do not forget I Expect us
IF YOU ARE STOPPED FOR QUESTIONING Stay calm. Don’t run. Don’t argue, resist or obstruct the police, even if you are innocent or police are violating your rights. Keep your hands where police can see them. Ask if you are free to leave. If the officer says yes, calmly and silently walk away. If you are under arrest, you have a right to know why. You have the right to remain silent and cannot be punished for refusing to answer questions. If you wish to remain silent, tell the officer out loud. In some states, you must give your name if asked to identify yourself. You do not have to consent to a search of yourself or your belongings, but police may “pat down” your clothing if they suspect a weapon. You should not physically resist, but you have the right to refuse consent for any further search. If you do consent, it can affect you later in court.
IF YOU ARE QUESTIONED ABOUT YOUR IMMIGRATION STATUS You have the right to remain silent and do not have to discuss your immigration or citizenship status with police, immigration agents or any other officials. You do not have to answer questions about where you were born, whether you are a U.S. citizen, or how you entered the country. (Separate rules apply at international borders and airports, and for individuals on certain nonimmigrant visas, including tourists and business travelers.) If you are not a U.S. citizen and an immigration agent requests your immigration papers, you must show them if you have them with you. If you are over 18, carry your immigration documents with you at all times. If you do not have immigration papers, say you want to remain silent. Do not lie about your citizenship status or provide fake documents.
IF YOU ARE CONTACTED BY THE FBI If an FBI agent comes to your home or workplace, you do not have to answer any questions. Tell the agent you want to speak to a lawyer first. If you are asked to meet with FBI agents for an interview, you have the right to say you do not want to be interviewed. If you agree to an interview, have a lawyer present. You do not have to answer any questions you feel uncomfortable answering, and can say that you will only answer questions on a specific topic.
IF YOU ARE ARRESTED Do not resist arrest, even if you believe the arrest is unfair. Say you wish to remain silent and ask for a lawyer immediately. Don’t give any explanations or excuses. If you can’t pay for a lawyer, you have the right to a free one. Don’t say anything, sign anything or make any decisions without a lawyer. You have the right to make a local phone call. The police cannot listen if you call a lawyer. Prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested. Memorize the phone numbers of your family and your lawyer. Write them on your body in case you can’t remember. Make emergency plans if you have children or take medication. Special considerations for non-citizens: - Ask your lawyer about the effect of a criminal conviction or plea on your immigration status. - Don’t discuss your immigration status with anyone but your lawyer. - While you are in jail, an immigration agent may visit you. Do not answer questions or sign anything before talking to a lawyer. - Read all papers fully. If you do not understand or cannot read the papers, tell the officer you need an interpreter.
IF YOU FEEL YOUR RIGHTS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED Remember: police misconduct cannot be challenged on the street. Don’t physically resist officers or threaten to file a complaint. Write down everything you remember, including officers’ badge and patrol car numbers, which agency the officers were from, and any other details. Get contact information for witnesses. If you are injured, take photographs of your injuries (but seek medical attention first). File a written complaint with the agency’s internal affairs division or civilian complaint board. In most cases, you can file a complaint anonymously if you wish.
Tomorrow is the big day. We’re all really excited, but something to remember:
It’s going to be heated. In Los Angeles (my W4C city) over a thousand people will probably show up in support. While this is wonderful, usually where there are pro-choice protesters, there will be anti-choice ones as well.
And this is incredibly important: do not engage. Do not. It’s what they want, and it’s what the police and the media will be LOOKING FOR.
Police often use provocative tactics to spur protesters into violence, which gives them free reign to arrest and brutalize, and get away with it.
We must be prepared for this and we must remember that everyone is looking for excuse to silence us and write us off.
Hold your head and your sign high, but do not be painted as an instigator. It will only hurt your cause, and mine too.
Austin will probably be much smaller, but still worth noting. Hope to see some tumblr friends out there (beyond my friends-who-happen-to-have-tumblrs)
Please find a city near you and participate to the best of your ability. I know that MoveOn kind of screwed us by planning a labor solidarity rally at the last second for the same time, but I know that a lot of the walks will end before the rallies do. (The Philadelphia one leads people to the rally an hour before the rally’s end.)
This is important. We need to be seen and heard before the Senate has a chance to give into the GOP’s woman-hating demands.
17 clinics in one, fucking. day. 17 clinics. All part of the Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (T.R.A.P.) plan, to make abortions so impossible to get that they are de facto illegal for all but the richest Americans.
Episode 53 – Current Events, US Spy Supplies Al Qaeda?
In this new episode Rob is flying solo once more (even though I spoke to the contrary on the last episode) and opens looking at Bernie Sanders taking on budget nonsense, representation of the rich, election cycle politicians, selective representation, before covering some feedback from the last episode which touched on marijuana, sexism of American Apparel, racism in the media, racism in the justice system, more on Arivaca and Tuscon tragedies, mainstream media failure before diving into the GOP threatened government shutdown, spending cuts, budget bullshit, schoolyard politics, 30 days extension, March 4th deadline, belligerent bargaining, seventeen year old Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez, Merced Farm Labor, labor violations, needless death, employee health and safety, involuntary manslaughter, community service, legal inequality, corporate law breakers catching breaks, Christchurch quake, Raymond Davis, TF373, Pakistan vs USA, spy games, Al Qaeda, weapons, nuclear material, biological agents, waging war against ourselves, global economy, supplying our enemies, Soviet Intelligence Reports, Jeff Cox and Wisconsin protesters, Former Indiana Deputy Attorney, live ammunition tweet, meeting peace with deadly force, Libyan genocide, Ghaddafi gets desperate and more deadly, protesters persist, WalkForChoice, Feb26th, MoveOn just move on, poetry, and more.
Skype, BlackBerry, and other Internet communications services are under attack! The Obama administration and the FBI are pushing legislation that would ban online communications technologies like these unless their developers make it easy for the government to wiretap them.
The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) requires telecom companies to make it possible for the government wiretap their networks. Now Obama and law enforcement want to expand CALEA to cover all online communications technologies, including peer-to-peer and social networking apps. The New York Times says the law would even include making sure the government could intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.
Companies that want to avoid stifling regulations, and those that actually care about our privacy rights, would have to leave the U.S. That’d reduce our prominence as a technology leader, and encourage the government to devise ever more heavy-handed ways of blocking Americans from using the offending technologies. Other companies would comply by creating back-doors that could lead to more privacy violations and make the Internet more vulnerable to attack: experts say wiretap-ready technologies would be much easier to hack.
An expansion of CALEA would be a tremendous blow to a free and open Internet. Lawmakers need to reject it: Will you sign our petition demanding that they do so?
FULL TEXT OF PETITION TO CONGRESS: The CALEA expansion would lead to more privacy violations and make the Internet more vulnerable to attacks, and would put U.S. technology developers at a disadvantage to their peers across the world. We need you to reject it.
Just sign on at at right and we’ll deliver the petition to Congress before they act on CALEA
In the “flashback quote of the day” at Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire, he highlights words from candidate Barack Obama, made in a 2007 speech (and referenced in Slate). That quote is as follows (spoken word differs slightly from the prepared text quoted by others, what follows is transcribed from the video):
"And understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I will put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll will walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America. Because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner."
We need need need need need our tags to trend on Twitter on Saturday. I know that’s a lofty goal but I think we can do it. Please start tagging everything with #walk4choice & #feb26. Tweet “I’ll #walk4choice on #feb26 because…” & add your own touch.
You can find us @walkforchoice. Each city’s Twitter is listed here.
I’ll walk for choice on Feb. 26th because abortion saves lives.
Please reblog. Please. I’m begging at this point. I’ve hit a wall. I don’t know what else I can possibly do with this campaign.
Where there is no vision, there is no hope. George Washington Carver
Something a little different for this edition…
A favorite canard of white supremacists is that whites are superior for having given us so much, for having invented so much, for having “civilized” the world. Of course, one should not mistake “colonization” for bringing civility.
Besides, not only is the source of human life traced back to Africa, but African-Americans have given the world many inventions.
Nathaniel Alexander was the first to patent the folding chair. His invention was designed to be used in schools, churches and at large social gatherings.
Andrew Jackson Beard invented the “Jenny Coupler” in 1897, a device which allowed train cars to hook themselves together when they are bumped into one another. The device saved the lives of many railroad workers, who originally had the dangerous job of hooking the moving cars together by hand.
Henry Blair, the second African-American to receive a patent, invented a corn seed planter in 1834 and a cotton planter in 1836. Blair could not read or write and signed his patent with an X.
Otis Boykin invented electronic control devices for guided missiles, IBM computers, and the control unit for a pacemaker.
C.B. Brooks invented the street sweeper in 1896. It was a truck equipped with brooms.
Henry Brown created what is now known as a “strongbox”, a metal container to store money and important papers that could be locked with a key.
George Carruthers invented the far ultraviolet electrographic camera, used in the 1972 Apollo 16 mission. This invention revealed new features in Earth’s far-outer atmosphere and deep-space objects from the perspective of the lunar surface. Carruthers was inducted into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame in 2003.
In 1897, African-American inventor Alfred Cralle patented the first ice cream scoop. His original design remains in wide use, even today.
African-American mechanical engineer, David Crosthwait, Jr. created the heating systems for the Rockefeller Center and New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
David Crosthwait, Jr., who created the heating system for New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, holds 39 U.S. patents and 80 international patents pertaining to heating, refrigeration and temperature regulating systems.
Mark Dean along with his co-inventor Dennis Moelle created a microcomputer system with bus control means for peripheral processing devices. This invention allows the use of computer plug-ins like disk drives, speakers, scanners, etc…
African-American surgeon Charles R. Drew is often credited with the invention of the first large-scale blood bank.
The first sociology department in the U.S. was established by educator and civil rights leader, W.E.B. Du Bois.
Sarah E. Goode invented a bed that folded up into a cabinet in 1885. Contrary to popular belief, she was not the first African-American woman to receive a patent, but the second.
In 1899, African-American golf fan Dr. George Franklin Grant received a patent for the world’s first golf tee. Grant, however, never marketed his invention, instead giving the tees away to friends and fellow golfers.
Thomas L. Jennings was the first African-American to receive a patent in 1821. It was for a dry-cleaning process in 1821. He used the money earned from the patent to purchase relatives out of slavery and support abolitionist causes.
Lonnie G. Johnson, an engineer who performed spacecraft system design for NASA, invented the Super Soaker water gun—the number one selling toy in America in 1991.
Frederick Jones held over 60 patents, with most of them pertaining to refrigeration. His portable air conditioner was used in World War II to preserve medicine and blood serum.
Dr. Maulana Karenga created the African-American holiday, Kwanzaa, in 1966.
History has credited Thomas Edison with the invention of the light bulb, but fewer people know about Lewis Latimer’s innovations toward its development. Until Latimer’s process formaking carbon filament, Edison’s light bulbs would only burn for a few minutes. Latimer’sfilament burned for several hours.
Joseph Lee invented a bread-making machine that mixed the ingredients and kneaded the dough in 1895.
John Love invented the pencil sharpener in 1897.
Thomas J. Martin patented a fire extinguisher in 1872.
Bridget “Biddy” Mason founded the First African Methodist Episcopalian church in Los Angeles.
Jan Ernst Matzeliger invented the Shoe Lasting machine, which connected the upper part of the shoe to the sole, a painstaking process that was usually done by hand. This invention revolutionized the shoe making industry.
Elijah McCoy invented an automatic lubricator for oiling steam engines in 1872. The term “the real McCoy” is believed to be a reference about the reliability of Elijah McCoy’s invention.
Alexander Miles of Duluth, Minnesota patented an electric elevator in 1887 with automatic doors that would close off the shaft way, thus making elevators safer.
African-American inventor Garrett Augustus Morgan created the gas mask—then became renowned for using his mask to save workers trapped in a toxic fume-filled tunnel.
Garrett Augustus Morgan invented, among many other things, a three-way automatic stop sign, which he sold to General Electric. It was used in the U.S. until the three-light traffic sign was developed.
L.P. Ray invented the dustpan in 1897.
George T. Sampson invented a clothes dryer that used heat from a stove in 1892.
Radio personalities Hal Jackson and Percy Sutton co-founded the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation (ICBC). They also acquired WLIB, which became the first African-American owned and operated station in New York.
Lewis Temple (1800 - 1854) revolutionized the whaling industry with his invention of the toggle harpoon in 1848.
James West’s research in sound technology led to the development of foil-electret transducers used in 90 percent of all microphones built today and in most new telephones being manufactured. West holds 47 U.S. and more than 200 foreign patents on microphones and techniques for making polymer foil-electrets. He was inducted into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame in 1999.
Joseph Winters invented a fire escape ladder in 1878.
Granville Woods (1856 - 1910) invented numerous devices relating to the railroad including a system of overhead electric conducting lines, air brakes and a telegraph system that allowed communication between moving trains.
Even just at face value, stop and frisk is a civil liberties nightmare. But what makes it even worse is how vastly disproportionate the police’s “random” searches are. Despite being less than 44 percent of the total population of New York City, black and Latino males composed 85 percent of the pool chosen for stop-and-frisk searches last year. With officers stopping 601,055 people last year, that means a full 511,000 of those people were men of color (for reference, the population of the entire state of Wyoming is 544,000).
It might not be so shocking if all the brown people the police were stopping were guilty of a crime, but the fact is that the vast majority of the time the people being stopped are completely innocent citizens. In only seven percent of 2010’s stop-and-frisks was the stopped person arrested; another seven percent was stopped but only issued a summons. That means that in 86 percent of the stop-and-frisk incidents from last year, the “stop and frisk” actually amounted to little more than a cop hassling a citizen who was just going about their day.
In rejecting Reid’s offer, Cantor is saying Republicans won’t sit down at the table with Democrats unless Democrats cave before negotiations begin. That’s an absurd position to take. And if Republicans don’t show some flexibility—and show it fast—come March 4 they will be responsible for shutting down the federal government.
I am watching Aljazeera Arabic, which is calling people in Tripoli on the telephone and asking them what is going on in the capital. The replies are poignant in their raw emotion, bordering on hysteria. The residents are alleging that the Qaddafi regime has scrambled fighter jets to strafe civilian crowds, has deployed heavy artillery against them, and has occupied the streets with armored vehicles and strategically-placed snipers. One man is shouting that “the gates of Hell have opened” in the capital and that “this is Halabja!” (where Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein ordered helicopter gunships to hit a Kurdish city with sarin gas, killing 5000 in 1988).
YouTube video shows buildings on fire or burned out in the capital, or with holes in the walls, evidence of violence through the night and into the morning. There are reports of a massacre of protesters in the central Green Square of Tripoli, with “too many bodies to count.”
Dear Diary, This pain cuts deep, Bind it within Your pages keep. Hold it where I cannot see It’s haunting words Until I’m free.
Once these words formed a wall, That I thought would keep me safe. But one wall begat another, Until this cold castle took shape. And there within its dungeons In relief, I smugly exhaled. Only to find moments later That these cold, dark walls had failed. For upon each brick was a verse Reflecting my lingering wounds. And I was trapped behind the castle walls Which had now become my tomb. Staring back into these words That I had fought so hard to free, To protect myself from the damage They sought to inflict on me!
Once these words formed a wall, That I believed was necessary For these sentiments weighed heavy And seemed far too much to carry. But the act I thought would free the pain Or at least allow me to hide it, Only made things that much worse, For these walls they amplified it. It echoed through the castle halls Revisiting each scar and scrape Upon my already fragile flesh, And there was seemingly no escape. Until I stumbled on the metaphor Easing the pain the verses did inflict, So I took it and rewrote the stories, Tragic brick by tragic brick…
Dear Diary, This pain cuts deep, Bind it within Your pages keep. Hold it where I cannot feel It’s haunting words No longer real.
Once these words formed a wall, Which then became my prison. A castle constructed upon wounds That could not be forgiven. And as time wore on behind the walls The truth became so clear, They were never meant to be erected… I was never meant to be here. The words couldn’t just be left behind It was meant that I should bleed them. This was the only way to escape The only true way to freedom. Now the metaphor’s apprentice Dances with the gift that I’ve been given, Knowing these walls will crumble Once each brick has been rewritten!
Dear Diary, This pain cuts deep, Bind it within Your pages keep. Hide me from its Tragic sounds Until the walls All fall down…
“Al Jazeera announces it is allowing any networks to broadcast its material due to the deliberate scrambling of its signals by Libya. During jamming, Al Jazeera English can be watched on Hotbird 13E Frequency: 11034 Vertical FEC: 3/4 Symbol rate: 27500; on Badr4/Eurobird 2 (26East) Frequency : 11680.8 Horizontal; SR: 27.5: FEC: 3/4; and on Nilesat/ Atlantic Bird4A (7West) Frequency: 11393 Vertical; SR:27.5; FEC :3/4”—
Episode 52 – Current Events, Legislative Victim Blaming
In this new episode Rob is flying solo again with some extra ranty looks at the GOP’s latest war on women and choice, Rep. Gwen Moore, the murder of Brisenia and Raul Flores by white supremacists in Arizona, bailout recipients like McDonalds, vegansim, government agriculture subsidies, Texas Senate anti-choice measures, the rape charges against Julian Assange, Wikileaks, rape culture, Michael Moore, feminism, progressive men, revolution in the Middle East, floods in Sri Lanka, mudslides in Brazil, Tea Party of Tennessee wants to rewrite history textbooks, racist and privileged rewrites, conscience clause pharmacies, Christian double standard, Rush Limbaugh’s statements about Gifford shooter Loughner, irresponsible punditry, Rep. Larry Brown’s statements on HIV/AIDS sufferers, judging those in need not worthy, public servants not serving the public, poetry, music, and more.
I honestly believe half the shit the GOP is trying to pull is fucking terrorism. Striving to legalize murdering abortion providers—the bombing of CLINICS—and to legalize doctors denying women necessary life-saving medical procedures, attempting to grant greater legal standing and representation to a fetus and to strip such from the woman carrying it, working to criminalize abortions and miscarriages and to redefine rape, disenfranchising unions and refusing to pay workers—this is terrorism.
It costs to have compassion these days. To care about something greater. If you play the game by fairer rules, You are looked on as a traitor. For this democratically run republic Proved to be just the guise they’d need, To build a capitalistic theocracy Where the people worship and are ruled by greed…
Constructed just beneath the surface By elected tyrants and corporate kings, Until their cruel constructs were ready, And the people were outfitted with strings. That’s when all those behind the curtain Began pulling so ruthlessly, And the masses became so distracted, That they could no longer truly see…
Where once we slept Excused by our youth, We have awoke To now face the truth. We once played games Ruled by cruel nonsense, Where now we pay The cost of conscience!
It’s true that through our younger stages, Most of us learned via reinforced suggestions, About all of the rules by which we must live, But rarely are we ever taught to question. And so we move through these disconnects With such a callous cross to carry, Believing this is the only way, And that these heartless means are necessary…
The system they have put in place Is clever, however, when dealing with dissension, For once you step outside those lines, You become the focus of their attention. Suddenly the sleeping masses All turn on you as their strings are pulled, Attacking the path on which we’re treading Because it makes them uncomfortable…
Where once we slept In these excuses, We have awoke To these abuses. We played by rules Of utter nonsense, Where now we pay The cost of conscience!
It costs to have compassion these days. Sleepless nights and hopeless battles. But still so clear, we can’t help but hear, The oppressor’s cages as they rattle. And so we know the fight must sustain If we have hopes to ever end this sorrow, For if we don’t, we’re doomed to face This same disgrace upon the morrow…
Where once I slept I have been shaken, As I awoke, To the forsaken. I played by rules Of baseless nonsense, Where I now pay The cost of conscience!
…I’m finally free From all their nonsense, Gladly paying, The cost of conscience!
“We talk about American like we’re all in this together. Let me give you some startling news. We aren’t all in this together. The top 1 - 2% are doing phenomenally well at the same time as the middle class in this country is collapsing. And I hear words about ‘Political Courage.’ Oh, we need to be tough. We can throw old ladies off the heating assistance program when it gets 20 below zero. What about the political courage to take on the big money interest who fund our campaigns? Who provide millions of dollars for tax breaks for the wealthiest? Let’s use some political courage there, instead of taking low income people off of live and death programs for them.”—