Green Scare: Animal Rights Activists Face Terrorism Charges for Freeing Minks from Fur Farm | Democracy Now!

Green Scare: Animal Rights Activists Face Terrorism Charges for Freeing Minks from Fur Farm | Democracy Now!.

The government has unveiled federal terrorism charges against two animal rights activists accused of helping to free minks and foxes from fur farms in rural Illinois. In newly unsealed indictments, the prosecutors accuse Tyler Lang and Kevin Olliff of freeing about 2,000 mink from their cages on a fur farm and then removing parts of the fence surrounding the property so the mink could escape. The activists are also accused of spray-painting “Liberation is Love” on the farm’s walls. Lang and Olliff have been indicted under the controversial Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), with each count carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. We are joined by reporter Will Potter, who covers animal rights and environmental issues at GreenIstheNewRed.com. “It really doesn’t matter how you feel about animal rights groups or about these alleged crimes of stealing animals,” Potter says of the AETA, which he argues is too broad while criminalizing protests and civil disobedience. “This is really about a corporate campaign to demonize their opposition and to use terrorism resources to shut down a movement.” Potter also discusses his wildly successful Kickstarter campaign to purchase a drone for use in photographing abuses at factory farms.

 

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AN AMERICAN GIRL – Poetry Offering for July 4th, 2014

American GirlIt’s better.

It doesn’t hurt so much to see it now.

It is better…

as it waves– hello– goodbye.

Moving… always in motion,

here… where the incessant wind blows.

It will never mean all it once did to me

when it was hurled high, unfurling as it rose.

I, standing at attention, my little hand raised in salute.

My heart racing, silently screaming,

“I’m free, see, I’m free!

It is better,

constantly moving on the wind.

My heart aches less at the shame we’ve allowed;

as the one time symbol of my and the world’s

personal freedom, hope and pride dances with the wind.

Changed; I now know that only a People

can make a little girl’s heart move

to salute and cry out, “See my Flag?! See?! I’m Free! I’m FREE!”

Only a People who are not blown by any wind…

Only a People ever vigilant of little girls’ freedoms…..

Now I know, that little girls’ freedoms are blown away

by the winds of Fascism,

as in all times past…

Copyright 2008/14 by JD Adam
All rights retained by Author. An American Girl may be freely copied and freely distributed without request as long as this copyright notice remains in place.

History Shows That NAFTA Is a Disaster | Economy In Crisis

History Shows That NAFTA Is a Disaster | Economy In Crisis.

History Shows That NAFTA Is a Disaster

NAFTA

When President Clinton signed NAFTA he promised that it would ensure that it would bring good jobs that paid well to the U.S. Ross Perot predicted it would have a different affect, saying that we would see a great sucking sound pulling jobs south to Mexico. After 20 years what has been the result of NAFTA on the economy and on the American middle class? Nothing short of a disaster, as it has taken away jobs and manufacturing from the U.S. leaving our economy on shaky ground.

As we said before, it has now been more than two decades years since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) passed in the U.S. Before signing the agreement, President Clinton told us the lie that it would ensure good jobs for Americans, including 200,000 jobs in the first year alone. Instead it has only been the beginning of America’s fall from power. Instead of a favorable balance of trade, we now have significant trade deficits. Instead of jobs we have unemployment.

According to recent studies, NAFTA has caused a staggering $181 billion U.S. trade deficit with NAFTA partners Mexico and Canada and the related loss of 1 million net U.S. jobs. Once we consider also our growing income inequality, it is easy to see that NAFTA has been a terrible deal for us.

It is easy to see how this has affected wages in the U.S. The average household income in the U.S. in 1999 was $56,080, in 2012 it was $51,017, and today it is $44,900. The affects of NAFTA have taken their toll on the American worker. With these lost wages and jobs real unemployment has risen to 23%.

Support for NAFTA among Americans is very low. One survey found that 53% of Americans believe the U.S. should “do whatever is necessary” to “renegotiate” or “leave” NAFTA, while only 15% believe the U.S. should “continue to be a member of NAFTA.”

So why hasn’t anything been done about this? If NAFTA has been so terrible why aren’t we pushing harder to end it? Consider this – our media is controlled by six massive corporations. These corporations work hard to make sure that the issues that really affect Americans aren’t brought to light. If Americans were really aware of how terrible these trade agreements were there would be massive protests.

We must act now to restore America, and that begins with doing away with NAFTA. Contact your Congressional Representative today and tell them we must get out of NAFTA.

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