Chris Hedges: The Legacy of Father Daniel Berrigan

Justice for the 99% Rally, Liberty Park, NYC

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on May 2, 2016

Chris Hedges reflects on Berrigan’s legacy as a writer and activist.

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Antiwar Priest and Poet Father Daniel Berrigan Dead at Age 94

Father Daniel Berrigan

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RIP Father Daniel Berrigan: Remembering the Life and Legacy of the Antiwar Priest & Poet

Democracy Now! on May 2, 2016

http://democracynow.org – We spend the hour remembering the life and legacy of the legendary antiwar priest, Father Daniel Berrigan. He died on Saturday, just short of his 95th birthday. Berrigan was a poet, pacifist, educator, social activist, playwright and lifelong resister to what he called “American military imperialism.”

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The Incomplete and Wonderful History of May Day

Occupy May Day 2012

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The Laura Flanders Show on Apr 26, 2016

Author and professor Peter Linebaugh discusses his new book, The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day. Later in the show filmmaker Avi Lewis discusses worker-owned factories in Argentina, and Laura focuses on the intersectional feminism of 19th Century Anarchist Lucy Parsons.

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The Brief Origins of May Day by Eric Chase

Occupy May Day 2012

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Republished with permission from IWW

by Eric Chase
IWW, 1993
April 30, 2016

Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don’t realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as “American” as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility.

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Noam Chomsky and Yanis Varoufakis: The Neoliberalism Assault on the World

Capitalism Is The Crisis

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with Noam Chomsky

DiEM25.official on Apr 27, 2016

Yanis Varoufakis considers himself a politician by necessity, not by choice. An economist and academic by training, he became Greece’s finance minister amidst the country’s financial crisis, creating an image for himself both beloved and reviled. He discusses his complicated role in his new book, And the Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europe’s Crisis and America’s Economic Future, and on the LIVE stage alongside renowned academic and theorist Noam Chomsky.

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Lenin: The Working Class as the Vanguard Fighter for Social Democracy by Gaither Stewart

Lenin

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
April 27, 2016

Above all, due to the grave obstacles it must overcome, the party of the working class must be a party of disciplined, professional revolutionaries…nothing short of this can succeed in acquiring and defending people’s power…

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Bernie Sanders Supports Obama’s Kill List, “ISIS Has Got To Be Destroyed”

Bernie Sanders - Caricature

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HIT Breaking News on Apr 25, 2016

FULL : Bernie Sanders at MSNBC, Democratic Presidential Townhall, Apr 25, 2016

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Welcome to Palestine 2017 — A legal Imperative by Clive Hambidge

Support Palestine, Protest AIPAC 2016

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by Clive Hambidge
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
April 26, 2016

“Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.” — Albert Einstein

The ship carrying the precious cargo of a Palestinian Statehood bid, intended for late 2017, navigates through the choppy waters of Israel’s polluted sea of propaganda, US obduracy and a forever abstaining UK, complicit to a universally recognized, unlawful and brutal Israeli occupation.

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Chris Hedges and Tim DeChristopher: Coping with the Reality of Climate Change Destruction

Global Warming

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with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Apr 25, 2016

In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews climate change activist Tim DeChristopher about the deadly failure of industrial world to confront the effects of climate change. The two discuss how climate change has, and continues to trigger social tension and injustice, and the necessary ethical response on the part of humanity as a whole.

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David Swanson and John Dear on Catholic Church Rejecting “Just War” Theory

No More War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
April 25, 2016

After 1700 years, the Catholic Church is turning against the idea that there can be a “just war.” We speak with John Dear.

John Dear is an internationally recognized voice for peace and nonviolence. A priest, pastor, retreat leader, and author, he served for years as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the U.S. After September 11, 2001, he was a Red Cross coordinator of chaplains at the Family Assistance Center in New York, and counseled thousands of relatives and rescue workers. John has traveled the war zones of the world, been arrested some 75 times for peace, led Nobel Peace prize winners to Iraq, recently visited Afghanistan, given thousands of lectures on peace across the U.S., and served as a pastor of several churches in New Mexico.

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We Are So Poor Because They Are So Rich by Dariel Garner

Buzzword Bingo: Inequality

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by Dariel Garner
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 24, 2016

One day, my business partner leaned over to me and said, “Remember, we are so rich because they are so poor.” That is how he patiently explained to his younger partner why our workers should not get a raise above minimum wage. He could just as well have said, “They are so poor because we are so rich.” We were farming thousands of acres, had whole communities that worked for us and were making money faster than we could have ever dreamed. The plight of the workers just didn’t matter. What was important to my partner was that we lived in houses with marble floors while our farmworkers lived on dirt.

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Breaking Through Power: Historic Civil Mobilization Now by Ralph Nader

People Power Toronto, ON

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
April 22, 2016

Ever wonder why Presidential and Congressional election campaigns fail to meaningfully connect with civil society? Candidate rhetoric is designed to attract voters and campaign contributions. Candidates go out of their way to ingratiate themselves to their corporate paymasters, whose monetized minds want nothing to do with the civil society. Civil society leaders at the national and local levels and their nonprofit citizen groups form the bedrock of democracy. These civic leaders have significant expertise and experience and are meticulous and precise in their written and oral presentations. They do not traffic in false statements that are unfortunately routine for many candidates for federal office. And unlike most major party candidates who receive round-the-clock coverage for every campaign utterance, the civic stalwarts are too often left on the sidelines by the media during the campaign season.

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Translating the Bern Internationally by Todd Chretien

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by Todd Chretien
Socialist Worker
April 21, 2016

The Bernie Sanders campaign isn’t alone among events in the United States capable of inspiring international solidarity. On February 15 and 16, 2003, nearly a million antiwar protesters marched against Bush’s invasion of Iraq. On May 1, 2006, more than 3 million predominantly Latino workers effectively called the largest one-day strike in the nation’s history to demand immigration reform. In 2011, the Occupy Wall Street movement found common cause with the Indignados in Spain, while Egyptian revolutionaries in Tahrir Square ordered pizza for workers and students sitting in at the Madison Capitol building. And in 2014, Palestinian activists offered advice to Ferguson, Missouri, protesters about how to best withstand the effects of tear gas.

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Sue Saudi Arabia For 9/11, and U.S. For All Its Wars by David Swanson

9/11 Was an Inside Job

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
American Herald Tribune, April 18, 2016
April 20, 2016

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry say that allowing family members of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its complicity in that crime would set a terrible precedent that would open the United States up to lawsuits from abroad.

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Lenin on Tactics of the Democratic Revolution by Gaither Stewart

Lenin

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
April 19, 2016

In his work “Two Tactics of Social Democracy in the Democratic Revolution”, Lenin discusses a vexing Russian pre-revolutionary problem similar to the problem facing American left radicals today. For Russia of that epoch the question was one of timing and tactics: Was the classical Marxian bourgeois revolution leading to a democratic republic as a first step toward the Socialist Revolution necessary, and even possible, considering the pusillanimous nature of the Russian bourgeoisie at the time? Or could Russia bypass bourgeois capitalism altogether and leap directly from backwardness into advanced socialism? Today, more than a handful of people ask: What will be the nature of the long overdue Great American Revolution?

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