A Clarion Call for our Country’s Pillars to Demand Justice by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, July 12, 2017
July 14, 2017

It is time for an urgent clarion call.

Given the retrograde pits inhabited by our ruling politicians and the avaricious over-reach of myopic big-business bosses, the self-described pillars of our society must step up to reverse the decline of our country. Here is my advice to each pillar:
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Chris Hedges: Prophets of Social Justice

Chris Hedges--Prophets of Social Justice

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 1, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by Professor Albert Raboteau, author of “American Prophets: Seven Religious Radicals and Their Struggle for Social and Political Justice”. They discuss the theological and ethical motivations of prophetic figures and their importance in an age of radical evil. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the legacy of Dorothy Day who established the Catholic Worker Movement.

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Dorothy Day: Our Problems Stem From Our Acceptance of This Filthy, Rotten System by Richard Sahn

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by Richard Sahn
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
First published at The Contrary Perspective
Originally posted March 24, 2015
January 17, 2017

In 1933 Dorothy Day, a progressive journalist and Catholic convert, and Peter Maurin, a French peasant and philosopher, founded an anarchist-pacifist movement and newspaper they called the “Catholic Worker.” The paper was meant to be the Christian answer to the Communist Party paper, “The Daily Worker.” Not affiliated with the Catholic Church, the movement aimed to follow the Christian gospels by promoting peace—nationally and internationally—and serving the poor and homeless. It urged a culture where the scholar could be a worker and the worker a scholar. It advocated non-violent changes in the very structure of society, based on social justice and economic equality.

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Abby Martin: Capitalism Cannot Be Reformed–Seize All the Banks–Dismantle the Empire!

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Oct 16, 2016

With just weeks until the U.S. presidential election—and with both mainstream candidates embroiled in unprecedented scandal—Abby Martin interviews one of the progressive alternatives, socialist candidate Gloria La Riva.

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Oscar Romero: Thou Shall Not Kill

Mural: Tribute to Archbishop Oscar Romero

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“We are your people. The peasants you kill are your own brothers and sisters. When you hear the voice of the man commanding you to kill, remember instead the voice of God. Thou Shall Not Kill…. In the name of God, in the name of our tormented people whose cries rise up to heaven, I beseech you, I beg you, I command you, stop the repression.”– Oscar Romero, March 23, 1980

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Chris Hedges: The Suicide of the Liberal Church

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with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Feb 1, 2016

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges sits down with two student activists from Union Theological Seminary, Michael Vanacore and Edward Escalon. The two are engaged in a battle to stop Union from selling property to developers of luxury condos and gentrifying the Harlem neighborhood. Hedges and his guests discuss this topic in the context of the false progressivism of the liberal church, and the long physical and moral decay of such institutions.

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Cornel West: The Black Prophetic Tradition, interviewed by Chris Hedges

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with Chris Hedges and

TheRealNews on Aug 5, 2015

In the premiere of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” host Chris Hedges sits down with Dr. Cornel West to discuss the legacy of the black prophetic tradition and its relevance to movements today.

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Dorothy Day: Our Problems Stem From Our Acceptance of This Filthy, Rotten System by Richard Sahn

by Richard Sahn
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
First published at The Contrary Perspective
March 24, 2015

Dorothy Day icon by Nicholas Tsai

Image by Jim Forest via Flickr

In 1933 Dorothy Day, a progressive journalist and Catholic convert, and Peter Maurin, a French peasant and philosopher, founded an anarchist-pacifist movement and newspaper they called the “Catholic Worker.” The paper was meant to be the Christian answer to the Communist Party paper, “The Daily Worker.” Not affiliated with the Catholic Church, the movement aimed to follow the Christian gospels by promoting peace—nationally and internationally—and serving the poor and homeless. It urged a culture where the scholar could be a worker and the worker a scholar. It advocated non-violent changes in the very structure of society, based on social justice and economic equality.

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The Radicalization of Martin Luther King + MLK: Where Do We Go From Here?

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Repost from Jan. 20, 2013

The Radicalization of Martin Luther King

·Jan 20, 2013

Anthony Monteiro: Obama’s presidency has nothing to do with the legacy of King, it’s actually the opposite

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Black Prophetic Fire: Cornel West on the Revolutionary Legacy of Leading African-American Voices

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Updated: Oct. 12, 2014

democracynow  on Oct 6, 2014

democracynow – The renowned scholar, author and activist Dr. Cornel West, joins us to discuss his latest book, “Black Prophetic Fire.” West engages in conversation with the German scholar and thinker Christa Buschendorf about six revolutionary African-American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X and Ida B. Wells. Even as the United States is led by its first black president, West says he is fearful that we may be “witnessing the death of black prophetic fire in our time.”

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Father John Dear: The Nonviolent Life

Who Would Jesus Bomb?

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“The Non-violent Life:

  1. Real non-violence to yourself.
  2. Practice non-violence to all human beings, and all creatures, and all of creation.
  3. Have one foot in the global grassroots movement of non-violence.”

— Father John Dear

talkingsticktv on Mar 22, 2014

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Noam Chomsky on Pope Francis’ Radicalism

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with Noam Chomsky

Robert Malin – Dec 5, 2013

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Note from Abel Collins: “I sat down to discuss a wide range of topics with the idol of my high school days, Noam Chomsky, in early October. This was before the release of Evangelii Gaudium, but after a lot of encouraging words about economic justice from Pope Francis. Chomsky’s eyes lit up when I asked him about his thoughts on the new Pope’s new direction for the Catholic Church.

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Thy Kingdom Come: The Christian Call to Social Action by Kevin Daugherty

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by Kevin Daugherty
mennonerds.com
February 14, 2014

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It is no surprise that activism is something that I am passionate about. Usually, I have expressed my activistic impulse by allying with socialist and communist parties and organizations, but recently this has started to change. For a long time, I thought of religion, politics, and economics as largely separate categories. Continue reading

Pope Francis Labels Capitalism “New Tyranny”, But Is It More Than Rhetoric?

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TheRealNews on Dec 15, 2013

Matthew Fox and Luke Hansen discuss Pope Francis’ recent anti-capitalist rhetoric and whether there will be any changes to the church’s economic practices.  Continue reading

It Is State Terrorism That Stalks This Land by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London
September 19, 2013

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They speak of democracy, but act violently to suppress dissenting voices and control the people through the inculcation of fear: they ignore human rights and trample on the people, they are a tyrannical wolf in democratic sheep’s clothing, causing suffering and misery to thousands of people throughout Ethiopia. The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) government repeatedly scoffs at international law and consistently acts in violation of their own Federal constitution – a liberal document written by the regime to please and deceive their foreign supporters. Continue reading