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Inspiring and Courageous: Popular Resistance Percolates Throughout the Land
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Every week we are inspired by the many people throughout the country who are doing excellent work to challenge the power structure and put forward a new path for the country. The popular resistance to plutocracy, concentrated wealth and corporatism is decentralized, creative and growing.
One growing series of protests has been the “Moral Monday” demonstrations in North Carolina. They do not have ‘one demand’ but rather are challenging the systemic corruption, Tablet depakote, undermining of democracy and misdirection of a state government that puts human needs second to corporate profits – which they have dubbed ‘Robin Hood in Reverse’. This week 49 of 200 protesters inside the capitol http://october2011.org/blogs/margaret-flowers/nc-moral-monday-demonstrations-bring-49-arrests were arrested singing, chanting and echoing many of the same concerns that demonstrators have for the past three Mondays. Last week there were 30 arrests, the week before 17. Among those http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/83-year-old-specator-retired-minister-vernon-tyson-arrested-nc-general-assembly arrested was an 83 year old retired minister, Vernon Tyson, who was merely a spectator, but he gave a great interview cheering on the protests after his release, depakote online stores. And, http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/north-carolina-historians-jailed-protesting-voting-rights-abuses-regressive-polici a group of historians were among those arrested who put these protests in the context of US history.
Another courageous protest involved seven undocumented immigrants http://october2011.org/blogs/margaret-flowers/seven-undocumented-illinois-immigrants-block-broadview-detention-center who blocked the Broadview Detention Center where immigrants are being incarcerated. They blocked the doors to the detention facility, linking arms together using pipes, Cheap depakote from usa, chains, and locks. They were protesting the record-high deportations under President Obama, and the lack of leadership from Illinois representatives to call for a suspension of deportations, buy depakote without prescription. On the West coast, the always creative Backbone Campaign supported allied faith communities with a giant banner lift over the private for-profit immigration detention center asking http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/who-would-jesus-support “Who Would Jesus Deport?” and an inflatable lady liberty exposing the unjust policies that break up families.
There was a recent http://october2011.org/blogs/margaret-flowers/victory-seattle-teachers-win-battle-standardized-test-boycott" victory for Seattle teachers and students that resulted from their citywide protests against standardized testing. The school district announced that testing in the high schools would not occur next year. The teachers said they will keep protesting until the tests are banned from lower grades as well, cost of depakote.
We hope the Chicago teachers, who HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/public-schooling-why-support-chicago-teachers" won a major battle with Mayor Rahm Emanuel earlier this year when they went out on strike, have great success this weekend when three days of marches HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/three-days-marches-against-school-closings-planned" are held against the mass school closings in Chicago. The teachers union has developed a great organizing strategy that unites teachers with students, parents and communities. This battle is one of many across the country to stop the thinly veiled HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/occupy-doe-push-democratic-not-corporate-education-reform" corporatization of education. Buy depakote without prescription, In another education protest, the students @FreeCooperUnion continue HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/free-cooper-union-continues-occupy-presidents-office-one-week-so-far" to occupy the office of the president after one week. They are painting the walls black until he agrees to step down, and are highlighting his $750,000 annual salary. They are protesting a plan to begin to charge tuition at the university; this plan will not affect these students, but future students who attend Cooper Union. Cheap depakote internet, The heart of the conflict faced in the United States is the inequity of an unfair economy supported by a corrupt two party system. This week there was a HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/world-s-richest-man-carlos-slim-taunted-kazoos" very creative protest in New York City against the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim of Mexico. He’s made his billions with the help of government allowing a monopoly on phone service resulting in Slim gouging the public. Now he gives a small percentage of that wealth back in philanthropy and people applaud him. But, the protesters were very effective, laughing out loud whenever he spoke. They responded when someone asked “Why is everyone laughing?” with “Because Slim’s philanthropy is a joke!” and followed with mocking kazoos.
In contrast to the world’s wealthiest was the Poor People’s Campaign HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/poor-peoples-campaign-marches-baltimore-washington-dc" which marched from Baltimore to Washington, depakote non prescription, DC ending at Freedom Plaza. The march occurred on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign and raised issues of poverty, police violence, Buy cheapest depakote on line, unfair economy and non-responsive government. HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/margaret-flowers/decarcerate-pa-announces-march-philly-harrisburg" Another march was announced in Pennsylvania from Philadelphia to Harrisburg from May 25 to June 3 to stop spending on prison construction and instead invest in building communities. Also, from Philadelphia the HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/march-operation-green-jobs-philadelphia-washington-dc-beginning-may-18th" ‘Operation Green Jobs’ March from Philadelphia to Washington, DC will begin on May 18 and is organized by the Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign.
A campaign that is growing every week is the fast food worker strikes, buy depakote without prescription. The HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/largest-fast-food-strike-yet-workers-walk-out-michigan" largest fast food walk out was held HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/fast-food-strike-wave-spreads-detroit" in Detroit last week, even the scabs walked out, and this week the strikes HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/fast-food-strikes-hitting-fifth-city-milwaukee" spread to their fifth city, compare depakote prices online, Milwaukee, WI. It is great to see these workers, who no doubt saw themselves as powerless, standing up and demanding fairness. If you eat at fast food restaurants, Order depakote no rx, this would be a good time to stop, and let them know why – you support the workers who are demanding a living wage.
US Empire and imperialism continue to cause protest. Obama’s Asia Pivot, moving 60% of the US Navy to the Asian Pacific is causing a lot of distress. On HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/fighting-survival" Jeju Island people are fighting for their survival against a massive Navy base. Jeju is the “Peace Island” that was HYPERLINK "http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/14813-north-korea-and-the-united-states-will-the-real-aggressor-please-stand-down" harshly abused during the US occupation of South Korea after World War II before the Korean War. And, South Koreans, depakote vendors, who regularly protest against the US military, are HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/south-korean-people-oppose-continued-us-nuclear-war-games-demonstrators-arrested-s" protesting the US war games that are practicing dropping nuclear bombs on North Korea and invading it.
Protests are mounting in the United States against the abusive Guantanamo Bay prison where more than 100 of the 166 prisoners at Guantanamo are participating in a hunger strike and two-dozen are being brutally force fed. Buy depakote without prescription, These prisoners have been held without trial for over 10 years, and even though 88 have been approved to leave, they remain. The Green Shadow Cabinet HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/100th-day-guantanamo-hunger-strike-friday-steps-obama-and-public-should-take-close" came out with a statement describing how Obama could close the prison (and why Congress is not an excuse) and HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/100th-day-guantanamo-hunger-strike-friday-steps-obama-and-public-should-take-close" what you can do on the 100th day of the hunger strike this Friday. Show solidarity with these prisoners who are being abused by the US government.
Diane Wilson, Buying generic depakote, a shrimper from the Gulf Coast who works with CODE PINK and Veterans for Peace, is HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/diane-wilson-10th-day-hunger-strike-arrested-protesting-guantanamo-white-house" on her 15th day of an open-ended solidarity hunger strike in Washington, DC. HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/why-i-am-hunger-strike-shut-down-guantanamo-bay-prison" She explains why she is taking the extreme step of a hunger strike to support the Guantanamo prisoners. And S. Brian Willson is joining Diane in hunger strike.
Another protest related to US Empire occurred in Oak Ridge, get depakote, TN where Transform Now Plowshares activists HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/nun-83-and-two-other-activists-guilty-intent-injure-national-security-nuclear-comp" protested nuclear weapons by cutting through four chain-link fences and spray-painting biblical messages of nonviolence on a building that warehouses an estimated 400 tons of highly enriched uranium, the radioactive material used to fuel nuclear weaponry. This week an 83 year old nun, Sister Megan Rice, and two other activists were found guilty of damaging government property. As the jury left the courtroom the people in the courtroom sang to them “Love, love, love, love, buy depakote without prescription. People, we are made for love.” Sentencing is several months away and they face a potential 30 years in prison. Certified depakote, Environmental protests are boiling up throughout the United States. When President Obama came to New York for a fundraiser (where he raised $3 million), protesters HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/protesters-welcome-obama-new-york-city" greeted him with signs calling for him to “End the War on Mother Earth” and opposing the KXL pipeline.
Protesters from the Appalachian Mountains HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/appalachia-rising-protests-epa-over-dirty-water-and-mountaintop-removal" came to the EPA in Washington DC to protest polluted water caused by Mountaintop removal for coal. The protesters displayed the dirty, opaque water in jars in front of the EPA. And Climate Justice activists from CoalIsStupid.org HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/lobster-boat-vs-coal-freighter-climate-activists-blockade-power-plant-0" blocked a freighter delivering coal in Boston with two men on a lobster boat on May 15th. Buy depakote without prescription, But more and more Americans are realizing that while we protest the extraction of oil, gas, uranium and coal, the reality is that the root of the problem is in the American Way of Life (AWOL). One activist from Portland made the point that HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/tar-sands-starts-our-driveways" the Tar Sands starts in our driveways and we need to change the AWOL in order to truly combat it. We agree that our strategy has two prongs: protest and build i.e, low cost depakote. Stop the Machine and Create a New World.
In addition to how much energy we each use, we need to look at where our food comes from. An Occupy group in Berkeley, Order depakote on internet, HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/more-100-occupy-farm-protesters-return-university-california-owned-gill-tract" Occupy the Farm, made that point this week when they took over University of California land to grow farm for the community locally.
Another area where we are seeing continued growth in the movement is in thinking through how we do our work and in developing strategy to achieve our goals. We published a HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/streamer-journalist-code-ethics" live streamer “Code of Ethics” developed by people who work in the citizen’s media, buy depakote without prescription. Note the high ethics and cooperative approach they take to getting the media out.
Many are thinking about strategy to make the movement more effective. Gar Alperovitz, a political economist who has been writing about alternatives to big finance capitalism in the United States has a new book out focused on strategy, “What then Must We Do, cheapest depakote,” and we published a review of the book by Sam Pizzigati of Inequality.org entitled: HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/promising-path-pummeling-plutocracy" A Promising Path for Pummeling Plutocracy.
May 17th, HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/100th-day-guantanamo-hunger-strike-friday-steps-obama-and-public-should-take-close" Support the Guantanamo hunger strikers on the 100th Day of their hunger strike with phone calls and tweets to the White House and protests in DC, NY, Order no rx depakote, Chicago and other cities.
May 18th, HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/march-operation-green-jobs-philadelphia-washington-dc-beginning-may-18th" ‘Operation Green Jobs’ March from Philadelphia to Washington, DC organized by the Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign. Buy depakote without prescription, May 18th to 23rd, the HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/home-defenders-league-week-actions-may-18-23" Home Defenders League Week of Action against the banks and foreclosures in Washington, DC.
May 18th to 20th, there is a HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/three-days-marches-against-school-closings-planned" weekend of protests against the closure of schools in Chicago, depakote online.
May 22nd, HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/join-stop-frack-attack-s-people-s-forum-dc-may-22nd" Stop the Frack Attack People’sForum in Washington, DC.
May 25th, Canadian pharmacy depakote, HYPERLINK "http://october2011.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=33602bebba8fb7dd6e71fb413&id=7323777ff7&e=387b4a1bb3" \t "_blank" Protests against Monsanto everywhere
May 25th to June 3rd, HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/margaret-flowers/decarcerate-pa-announces-march-philly-harrisburg" March from Philadelphia to Harrisburg against prison spending.
June 1st, HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/get-bus-bradley-court-martial-trial-june-1st" Get on the Bus For Bradley Court Martial Trial with buses leaving from Baltimore, MD, Washington DC, depakote overnight, New York City and Willimantic, CT.
June 14th to 16th, HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/trade-justice-action-camp" Trade Justice Action Camp in Bellingham, WA by the Backbone Campaign
June 24th to 29th is the beginning of “ HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/fearless-summer-begins-june-24-29-unites-front-line-environmental-just-activists-a" Fearless Summer” that starts “ HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/fearless-summer-begins-june-24-29-unites-front-line-environmental-just-activists-a" an epic summer of actions.”
You can order or print HYPERLINK "http://october2011.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=33602bebba8fb7dd6e71fb413&id=faf6cc0275&e=387b4a1bb3" \t "_blank" OccuCards to bring with you to these actions, buy depakote without prescription. There are cards for all of the issues being protested above and new cards are being created.
And watch for the transformation of October2011/Occupy Washington DC into Popular Resistance, daily news and resources for effective activism, coming in June. HYPERLINK "http://october2011.org/pledge" Sign up here if you want to be notified of the launch.
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Putting up billboards in Ohio, Order prozac on internet, saying everyone need an ID to vote when courts had ruled against that, sending out voter information to African American’s with the wrong date. Cutting back on days and hours for voting, etc. So in Ohio, buy prozac low price, Florida, Buy prozac online without prescription, etc., we saw massive lines where people waiting for 10 hours to vote.
Of course we still have a Republican Congress but that’s mainly because the Republicans Gerrymandered the district so they would get a majority, cheap prozac from uk. It will take Democratic majorities to reverse that. Good luck on that, buy prozac without prescription.
On our side, Prozac free sample, we have an Afghan War into its 2nd decade. With at least 10,000’s of dead Afghan and thousands of US troops. The Afghans have fought off most major powers in it’s history and their aiming for one more.
We have a banking system, prozac free delivery, a mortgage industry and Wall Street who have bankrupted the entire globe, Order prozac from us, right out in the open, yet they are stilled untouched by most governments. Their booty all stashed away in some off shore bank. But I guess there’s nothing we can do or is there.
Locally we have the case of Niko Black, buy generic prozac online. A Apache Women terminally ill with cancer who is illegally being evicted from her home in Garden Grove. Buy prozac without prescription,
The Orange County Sheriff's department violation of the federal court order posted on her front door and in her possession during the home invasion. Tablet prozac, In addition to the Orange County Sheriff's Department damaging her property, one Sheriff stuck a gun her in face indicating she would be leaving. When she called the Garden Grove police on 10/10/12, prozac pharmacy online, the Garden Grove police refused to talk to her that day and they did not take a police report. Buy prozac from us, Subsequently, the Garden Grove, CA police department has repeatedly refused to take a police report from Niko Black as of 10/21/12, prozac order.
She has own the home for many years, Buy prozac on line, all debts paid for. Wells Fargo and Keefe Roberts & Associates are the "prime movers" setting in motion the eviction process of Niko Black. If fact, people dressed in civilian clothes entered Niko Black's home on 10/10/12 along with the Orange County Sheriff's department according to her testimony, buy prozac without prescription.
Due to Niko Black's deteriorating health, her home is the only medically sanctioned environment where she can live, cheap prozac in uk. Each day outside her home could result in her experience of moving beyond the physical world in an expedited manner - caused by Wells Fargo, Lowest price prozac, its partner or agents, the Orange County Sheriff's Department, and others who supported and continue to support her eviction.
Due to press coverage she has gotten support. Even Governor Brown has weighted in.
Nike is an example of the massive transferring wealth to of course those who already have most of it. The entire mortgage crisis was a part of this effort. There is a campaign to privatize social security. Right wingers try to assert that it’s a give away, not the funds deducted from everyone’s salary. Buy prozac without prescription,
Trillions of dollars Wall Street, the mortgage companies and the banks are sitting in off shore accounts, immune from taxes. Many are demanding that they do get taxed. Some Democrats are lobbing for this in battles in Congress. These funds could but the economy back on track (and yes the same capitalist economy which of course is still very very bad for most of us). What will Obama do.
I wanted to mention a film I saw on cable a few weeks ago.”Once” I wanted to see it when it first came out but missed it. On TV I missed the first 10 minutes or so but by the end I found it to be one of the loveliest, humane films I ever have seen. I bought the DVD from Amazon and got to watch it fully without commercials
“Once is a 2006 Irish musical film written and directed by well known director John Carney. Set in Dublin, the naturalistic drama stars musicians Glen Hansard (of the Irish folk rock band The Frames) and Markéta Irglová as musicians. Collaborators prior to making the film, Hansard and Irglová composed and performed all of the original songs in the movie. Neither were actors. Both are continuing their singing.
Shot for only $160,000), the film was successful, earning substantial per-screen box office averages in the United States. It received enthusiastic reviews and awards such as the 2007 Independent Spirit Award for best foreign film. Hansard and Irglová's song "Falling Slowly" received a 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the soundtrack as a whole also received a Grammy nomination.
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According to Census Bureau figures released today, order tetracycline overnight delivery, 15 percent of the US population lives in poverty. Cheap tetracycline in uk, In 2011, more than 46 million Americans lived below a poverty line that was set more than four decades ago, in 1969, tetracycline uk.
The poverty rate for children remains more than 20 percent for the third year in a row, buy tetracycline without prescription. More than one-third of black children and Hispanic children live in poverty. Tetracycline alternative, In the words of Rep. Mike Honda (D-California), co-chair of the Congressional Out-of-Poverty Caucus, tetracycline rx, these figures are "a stark reminder that, Find cheap tetracycline, although we are the wealthiest nation the world has ever known, far too many children are going to bed hungry."
In fact, the USDA reports that more than 16 million American children are "food insecure."
Today's census report also contained bad news on incomes, buy tetracycline on internet.
Median household income (adjusted for inflation) was down an additional 1.5 percent from the already-low levels of 2010. Buy tetracycline without prescription, Median income is now 8.9 percent lower than it was in 1999. Tetracycline prescription, Income inequality, as measured by the Gini index - the degree of income inequality, with 0 representing total equality and 100 representing total inequality - reached a new record high of 47.7 percent, tetracycline information. A Gini index of 50 would be equivalent to half of the population receiving all of the country's income, Cheap tetracycline from canada, while the other half got nothing.
All this bad news comes against a backdrop of extraordinarily low employment rates. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cost tetracycline, just over 58 percent of the adult population has any kind of job at all (full or part time), Generic tetracycline, the lowest figure in 30 years.
Only 64 percent of adult men have a job of any kind, the lowest figure ever, buy tetracycline without prescription.
Today's official poverty rate of 15 percent is among the highest of the past 40 years. When the poverty line was first adopted in 1969, order tetracycline in canada, the poverty rate was just 12.1 percent. Buy generic tetracycline online, The poverty line we use today was officially set on August 29, 1969. It represented a 1969 consensus of the basic minimum standard of living for American families in 1969, buy cheap tetracycline internet. Buy tetracycline without prescription, Other than adjusting for inflation, it has not been updated since.
In the technical discussions that preceded the official determination of the poverty line, Cheap tetracycline on internet, experts considered a methodology that "would have resulted in poverty thresholds that were 25 percent to 30 percent higher than the existing thresholds," according to research published in the Social Security Bulletin.
In essence, cheap tetracycline tablet, 15 percent of Americans today live in what would have been considered poverty in 1969, Find tetracycline, more than 40 years ago. Had our standards gone up over the past 43 years, even more Americans would now be identified as poor, order cheap tetracycline.
In many ways, poor Americans are even worse off than they have been in the past. For example, a record low 69.3 percent of Americans are now covered by private health insurance, buy tetracycline without prescription. Nearly 10 percent of children have no health insurance coverage at all.
And state anti-poverty programs around the country are facing severe budget cuts.
According to figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, America's total economic output per person is now more than twice as high as it was in 1969 (adjusted for inflation).
With twice the resources, today's America is much better placed to end poverty than was the America of 43 years ago.
Today's Census Bureau report offers little cause for hope. After 43 years with no progress, poverty is now endemic in America. But we do have the financial means to reverse it, should we ever garner the political will.
Salvatore Babones (@sbabones) is a senior lecturer in sociology and social policy at the University of Sydney and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS).
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The mainstream media rarely covers poverty unless politicians mention it--and politicians don't mention it unless they're forced to.
"All this talk today about poverty got us wondering just how many people in America live below the poverty line,” anchor Scott Pelley announced on the CBS Evening News (2/1/12). By “all this talk,” Pelley was referring to less than 200 words, Cheap cipro in usa, in a report CBS had just aired on GOP candidate Mitt Romney’s missteps, that discussed Romney’s remark that he wasn’t “concerned about the very poor.”
Though the brief story was actually about the political horse race, it apparently struck Pelley as an unusual amount of focus on poverty. And, sadly, he was right, purchase cipro overnight delivery.
Poverty as an issue is nearly invisible in U.S. media coverage of the 2012 election, a new FAIR study has found—even though what candidates plan to do about an alarmingly growing poverty rate would seem to be a ripe topic for discussion in campaign coverage, buy cipro without prescription.
Even before the economic downturn made the poverty picture significantly worse in the United States, the Urban Institute reported that half of all Americans (51 percent) experience poverty at some time before age 65 (Urban Institute, 9/10/09). Online cipro, According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 report (9/11), poverty in 2010 was at a 19-year high, affecting 46 million people, or 15.1 percent of the population. That’s up sharply from 11.3 percent in 2000, cipro cheap, and 12.5 percent in 2007. Buy cipro without prescription, And several groups feel the effects of poverty at a much higher rate than the national average. According to the 2011 census, more than one in five children (22 percent) live in poverty, as do more than a quarter of all blacks (27 percent) and Latinos (26 percent). Cheap cipro overnight delivery, A 2011 Brookings Institution study (9/13/11) predicted that as many as 10 million additional Americans will join the ranks of the poor by 2014.
The Census Bureau counts a single person under 65 as being in poverty if they make less than $11,702; for a family of four, the cut-off is $22,314 a year. These thresholds—calculated since the 1960s simply by multiplying estimated food costs by three—have been criticized for failing to account for the increased costs of necessities like housing, fda approved cipro, transportation and childcare, so the official poverty rates may grossly understate the number of families actually living in poverty. The National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University (6/08), for example, estimates that “families typically need an income of at least twice the official poverty level ($42,400 for a family of four) to meet basic needs.”
A recent AP report (7/23/12) summarized the dire predictions of economists, academics and think tanks about poverty’s current trajectory: “The ranks of America’s poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.”
To see how this crisis is addressed in coverage of the 2012 presidential election, Extra! looked at six months of campaign coverage (1/1/12–6/23/12) by eight prominent news outlets: CBS Evening News, ABC World News, NBC Nightly News, PBS NewsHour and NPR’s All Things Considered, and the print editions of the New York Times, Washington Post and Newsweek, buy cipro without prescription. Using the Nexis news database, the study counted campaign-related stories, Low cost cipro, both news reports and commentary, that were substantively about poverty (i.e., mentioning causes, referring to proposed solutions and so forth), as well as campaign stories that mentioned poverty in passing or less substantial ways.
Substantive mentions of the issue included stories like Jia Lynn Yang’s informative news article in the Washington Post (4/14/12), cipro for order, which addressed the presidential candidates’ policies toward the poor. Yang reported on Romney’s and Obama’s fundamentally different proposals for how drastic income inequality might be alleviated, but also noted that both candidates tend to court the middle class above all else.
Stories not counted as substantive coverage included largely reactive reports about candidates’ “gaffes” or campaign speeches, Cipro online, like the ABC World News story (4/3/12) reporting Romney’s soundbite: “I go across the country and I’m talking to single moms, for instance, 30 percent of single moms are living in poverty now under this president.” Rather than prompting further analysis of the issue of female poverty, the soundbite merely served to illustrate how both candidates are fighting to win over the “key group” of women voters.
A New York Times Buy cipro without prescription, editorial (2/2/12) that reacted to Romney’s statement about not being concerned about the “very poor,” however, was counted as substantive, because it put the remark in the context of poverty numbers and offered an argument about the impact of Romney’s policy proposals:
Mr. Romney tried to explain that he was focused on middle-income Americans because the poor—now a full 15 percent of the population—already have a government safety net. He failed to mention, cipro no prescription, of course, that his policies, and those of his fellow Republicans in Washington, would drive more people into that net—while at the same time shredding it. Buy cheap cipro, Despite its widely experienced impact, FAIR’s study found poverty barely registers as a campaign issue. Just 17 of the 10,489 campaign stories studied (0.2 percent) addressed poverty in a substantive way. Moreover, none of the eight outlets included a substantive discussion of poverty in as much as 1 percent of its campaign stories, buy cipro without prescription.
Discussions of poverty in campaign coverage were so rare that PBS NewsHour had the highest percentage of its campaign stories addressing poverty—with a single story, 0.8 percent of its total. ABC World News, cipro buy drug, NBC Nightly News, NPR’s All Things Considered, and Newsweek ran no campaign stories substantively discussing poverty.
The New York Times included substantive information about poverty in just 0.2 percent of its campaign stories and opinion pieces—placing it third out of the eight outlets, Cipro from india, behind PBS and CBS.
By contrast with other issues that have received wider attention in recent campaign coverage, “poverty” was mentioned at all, with or (most often) without substantive discussion, in just 3 percent of campaign stories (309 stories) in the eight outlets. This compares to “deficit” and “debt, purchase cipro without prescription,” which were mentioned about six times as often, in 18 percent (1,848) of election stories. Buy cipro without prescription, Even throwing a wider net, to include stories that mentioned “poverty,” “low income,” “homeless,” “welfare” or “food stamps,” turned up just 945 pieces, 10 percent of total election stories—still well below the rate at which “debt” and “deficit” were mentioned.
Previous FAIR reports and Extra! articles (7–8/06, Order cipro cheap online, 9–10/07) have discussed reasons journalists find the subject of poverty unappealing: “For one, journalists like a story to have a resolution, preferably a happy one”—unlike poverty, which they see as “a sad, intractable fact of life, a story that never gets better and generates little interest or news.” Perhaps more importantly, order cheap cipro online, advertisers aren’t fond of poverty stories, which don’t provide a good media environment for their commercials.
But there are additional reasons journalists avoid raising poverty in campaign coverage.
Mainstream reporters often say they can’t raise an issue unless it is first brooked by a politician or official (Extra!, Overnight cipro, 11–12/04). As Washington Post columnist David Ignatius (4/27/04) explained the astonishing lack of a media debate in the lead-up to the Iraq War:
In a sense, the media were victims of their own professionalism. Because there was little criticism of the war from prominent Democrats and foreign policy analysts, journalistic rules meant we shouldn’t create a debate on our own, buy cipro without prescription.
It’s worth noting that these “rules” are selectively applied. For instance, following mass murder at a movie theater in Aurora, cipro buy online, Colorado, many news outlets featured at least some discussion of gun regulation, though neither major party candidate was speaking out on the subject. As the New York Times reported (7/24/12), Buy cipro from us, “Neither has responded to calls for a renewed debate over how to prevent gun violence.”
These rules explain why there were small flurries of stories mentioning poverty following Romney’s “very poor” gaffe (2/1/12), or fellow GOP candidate Newt Gingrich’s remarks calling Barack Obama the “food stamp president” (1/6/12) or proposing to have poor children work as school janitors (1/17/12).
The same journalistic standards also explain why the term “middle class,” ever-present in major party candidates’ stump speeches, was far more likely to be mentioned in campaign reporting than was poverty, occurring in more than twice as many stories (681), cipro sales, or 7 percent of campaign stories.
In the current election year, when neither the incumbent Democratic president nor any of his challengers in the GOP primary have been making poverty even a minor issue, such “rules” are relegating tens of millions of struggling citizens to virtual invisibility.
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Steve Rendall is FAIR's senior analyst. He is co-host of CounterSpin, FAIR's national radio show.
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If political activism had a popularity contest for 2011, Lasix online pharmacy, chances are Occupy would win. Within weeks of the first Wall Street camp, the movement had gone viral - across news publications, social media and the nation, buy lasix without prescription. But more importantly, it encouraged discussion about politics, specifically inequality, pharmacy lasix.
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Created a new language Buy lasix without prescription, The movement's iconic “We are the 99 percent” slogan was a powerful, memorable statement for discussing inequality. It also created the “shorthand codes” for discussing these issues, Drug lasix online purchase, according to Vanessa Beasley, a political expert at Vanderbilt University.
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She explained how terms like “the one percent” and “the 99 percent” have been repeatedly used in political conversations and campaigns to succinctly reference class conflict. Politicians have adapted this language for addressing voters in the 2012 election, buy lasix without prescription.
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“One of the big successes of the Occupy movement was that it didn’t fit in the traditional mold of parties and structures, Lasix cheapest price, ” Rotkin said. “It seemed quite popular, not manufactured by the regular players in political life.”
By igniting interest on a national scale, “[Occupy] changed the conversation, where to buy lasix,” Rotkin continued, “and I think that the results of that are not insignificant.”
There is still some question, Sale lasix, however, of the effect the movement has actually had on influencing politics.
“I don’t think the Occupy movement itself ever made the transition to a pragmatic political organization, or even movement that is in any position to implement anything, cheap lasix pill,” Rotkin said. Buy lasix without prescription, Despite praises of the movement, the conversation created by Occupy has been “all talk and no action,” wrote Larry M. Bartels, Buy lasix online, a social science professor and author of “Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age.”
Citing a YouGov survey of national opinions on progressive tax structure, Bartels wrote, “there is remarkably little evidence here that the public as a whole has moved to the left on the most significant policy question currently bearing on the issue of economic inequality — or even that the public has become increasingly engaged in that debate over the past year.”
The survey, conducted last December, lasix in us, asked Americans their opinion on progressive taxing, extending Bush-era taxes cuts and other tax policy proposals. Lasix, It found that there has been little change in responses between 2008, 2010 and 2011. The poll also showed the little effect this national discussion will have on the overall election.
“So far, order lasix no prescription required, at least, neither the president nor the Occupy Wall Street movement has succeeded in transforming general public support for the principle of progressive taxation into effective support where it counts — at the polls, Cheap lasix no prescription, ” Bart wrote.
Raised free speech questions
Occupy Wall Street protester Malcolm Harris was arrested last year during a demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge, buy lasix without prescription. He has since become an important name in a precedent-setting court case about free speech and social media.
The presiding judge, Matthew Sciarrino, find lasix on internet, forced Twitter to surrender Harris’s tweets, ruling, “people have little or no constitutional rights in what they publish on social media,” GigaOM reported.
Occupy protesters’ use of Twitter and other social media sites was absolutely critical to the movement’s success. This use is now being used as an example for governing future free speech debates. Buy lasix without prescription, “Once you post something on Twitter, Facebook, anything else, it’s public so it’s just like any other public statement,” explained J. David Sackman, a lawyer specializing in First Amendment litigation. “You have the right to free speech but you also are responsible for the use of that right.”
Many have expressed discontent with Sciarrino’s decisions in the case, questioning the validity of subpoenaing Twitter information.
“[The courts] need to be very clear about what they’re doing or it could backfire,” Sackman said.
Most of the criticism surrounding the Occupy movement deals with the overall lack of direction. Because the movement didn’t have established leadership, it was essentially unable to create a list of principles or demands, preventing the movement from enacting political change directly, buy lasix without prescription.
The benefit, however, was allowing people of all different opinions and positions to take part and unite under this all-encompassing mission.
“Occupy didn't have specific demands...but it did invite people (even distant onlookers) to think about their relationships to other citizens,” Beasley wrote. “We have not seen that captured so clearly, especially in visual imagery circulated via mass media, since the Civil Rights era.”
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Whatever the ultimate number is (there are estimates of hundreds of billions in damages), this scandal has permanently torpedoed the notion that there is “moral hazard” in debt relief for regular folks, lowest price celebrex. We can now prove what we’ve always suspected--that the big banks have rigged the game in their favor and that our deals with them are inherently unfair and should be renegotiated. Oakland, California has taken a first step by demanding Goldman Sachs renegotiate a toxic swap the city is trapped in, saying it will boycott Goldman Sachs in the future if the bank won’t renegotiate, buy celebrex without prescription.
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It is time to REBEL, Fda approved celebrex, against Wall Street and the big banks and to start fixing the economy and reclaim our democracy. There are five steps to this:
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Since the financial crisis hit in 2008, community groups like National People’s Action, ACCE, New York Communities for Change, the New Bottom Line, the Alliance for a Just Society and Right to the City, to name a few, have joined with unions, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Our Homes and hundreds of thousands of people who have stood up to Wall Street greed, buy celebrex without prescription. Purchase celebrex no rx, Wall Street and banking royalty are no longer untouchable. We have the tools and we have the leverage--let's start using them to start winning for our communities and families. It is our responsibility to REBEL. All of our futures depend on it, buying celebrex online.
*These figures represent updated estimates from last year's report, The Win-Win Solution, from the New Bottom Line, which investigated the effects on the economy of writing down all underwater mortgages to current market value.
Stephen Lerner is a labor and community organizer and the architect of the Justice for Janitors campaign.
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