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Attended first day of a murderous neonazi's trial in Charlottesville

On Thursday morning, I stepped into the courtroom of Charlottesville's Judge Richard E. Moore and witnessed the first actual day of trial for James Alex Fields Jr, the man who drove his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of anti-racist counter-protesters to the white supremacist rally he had driven from Ohio to attend in August 2017. Fields is responsible for the serious injury of many and the killing of Heather Heyer, 32, in this fairly progressive college town in central Virginia. His defense admitted as much, stating in their opening statement that "they will not contest much of the testimony of the witnesses" brought to court by government prosecutors, but rather this trial is about why his client felt he had no choice but to accelerate into a large group gathered near the intersection of 4th and Water Streets in downtown Charlottesville.

Fields sat emotionless at the defense table in a navy sweater over a collared shirt, a layer of stubble on his face. He also wore dark …
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Providing free and specialized transport to neonazis the definition of institutionalized racism

Jason Kessler and his seven neonazi buddies who came to town two days ago were given free and escorted metro train and police van transportation for their disgusting and pathetic "Unite the right 2 rally." Metro about a week before publicly reversed themselves on the same decision to provide a specialized private railcar to the white supremacists after the Metro workers' union protested this plan. So, Metro lied to the public and its own workers!

We really don't have to ask Metro Transit Police, MPD, and Fairfax Police who they protect, who they serve. Pretty obvious. And this sets a disturbing and disgusting precedent.

https://www.localdvm.com/news/virginia/metro-union-calls-to-oust-wmata-general-manager-after-unite-the-right-2-/1366281912

A Proposal for We The People to Institute Positive Change

Hello sisters and brothers, subjects of the United States Empire, it has become clear the elected representatives on Capitol Hill no longer truly represent us and our best interests, but rather are serving their elite major campaign contributors. They serve the interests of the extreme rich and large corporations, certainly not the average American worker, student, or retired individual.

In order to improve our government, we, a collective of dedicated social justice activists, propose three demands to those who have power to legislate within the Federal Government. We list those demands here, and will then discuss how to make sure they pass into the law of the land:

1) Universal single payer health care, something that nearly all other developed nations of the world already possess for their citizens. We, as human beings, have a right to good health and to never be financially crippled in this pursuit of our own well-being. We demand that Congress pass House Resolution 676 and a Sen…

What Does Democracy Look Like?/Revolution Of The Heart, Pt. 2

Hello readers, please take a few minutes to read the previous blog before digesting this one. While I am definitely shifting gears, what I am writing here clearly connects to what was already expressed. I think it has something to say to progressive organizers.

In my life, I have come to realize that the most paramount factor is other people. Think about it, unless you live somewhere deep in the Himalayans, and somehow have a fully sustainable yurt with near-daily air drop services -- you probably interact with a lot of different folks. You learn from them, you share good and bad times with them. You struggle and debate with them. If it's someone you click with socially, you thoroughly enjoy hanging out and sharing life together. At least, that's it in a nutshell for me. 
As I previously mentioned, listening is a required part of communication. It is also socially required to show respect for your fellow human beings who you encounter. I like the old idiom, "You are given…

What Does Democracy Look Like?/Revolution of the Heart, Pt. 1

"You know that this broken world, with its rising seas and hungry mouths and bodies riddled by police bullets, can be so much better. We can end the toxic corruption that gives us militarized police, and oil-slicked pipeline deals, and hopeless shoeless migrant children like the ones I went to school with in Texas. We can get to the other side together. One road, many lanes."  ~Justin Jacoby Smith, American activist
"How can an organization trying to fix our democracy operate undemocratically? How can an organization tell us that real change happens from the bottom-up. when they themselves operate top-down?" ~Kobi Azoulay, American activist
"In the end, the most important thing is not to do things for people who are poor and in distress, but to enter into relationship with them, to be with them and help them find confidence in themselves and discover their own gifts." ~Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche

"The greatest challenge of the day is: how to brin…

We Were Acquitted Today, and This Was Our Press Release!

Contact:  Pete Perry, 202-704-3963                Helen Schietinger, 202-344-5762
Four Democracy Spring Activists Acquitted                                        
Sept. 2, 2016
WASHINGTON -- In a stirring victory for First Amendment rights in the nation's capitol, four pro-democracy activists who had participated in Democracy Spring's week of actions on Capitol Hill in April were acquitted Friday by Judge Diane Lepley of Blocking, Crowding and Incommoding, and Failure to Obey a Lawful Order.  Helen Schietinger and Pete Perry of Washington, Alex Park of Virginia, and Manijeh Saba of New Jersey were thankful for the decision, recognizing its importance for those who travel to the Capitol Building and congressional offices to speak with their elected representatives.
"I want to thank Judge Lepley who deliberated over our case and decided to favor our right to peacefully assemble to communicate our concerns to Congress," said Perry.  "This right is essential to a f…