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We are all greatly concerned, frustrated, and downright angry about all the things going on in Ferguson, Missouri. But are we shocked?  Yes “we are shocked, just shocked” to borrow the old line for Casablanca when Captain Renault declared that he was unaware that gambling was going on at Ricks nightclub. Are we shocked about the militarization of the police?  Yes! Are we shocked about the ongoing resistance to the police actions? No!  Are we shocked that Americans across the county are standing in solidarity with the residents of Ferguson- No!  Are we shocked that these kinds of militarized police forces are probably in place in your community? Absolutely not. And you should not be either.

Today, Daily Kos published the following article describing the intentional election and voting strategies that allow a community that is 70 percent  African American to be ruled by a white Republican Mayor, a majority white City Council, and a local police force that has 3 non-white police officers on a force of 50.  Sadly Ferguson is not unique in America.

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Ferguson’s election turnout is terrible by design. Here’s how to fix it.

by Steve Singiser Daily Kos Elections

A consistent subplot to the horrors in Ferguson over the past week has been a consistent sense of wonder at how a city that has, over the past two decades, become a majority-black community could have a white mayor, a majority-white city council, and an almost universally white police force.

That wonder emanates from two simple facts: the city’s population is more than two-thirds African American, and the voting precincts that make up the greater Ferguson area are overwhelmingly black and Democratic. And yet the political power structure in the city is white, and the mayor is not only white, he is a Republican.

As two must-read articles (one by Ian Millhiser of Think Progress, the other by Jeff Smith in the New York Times) affirm, the answer, in part, is electoral politics.

It would not be a stretch to say that municipal elections, in no small part, are rigged. Not in the classic “stolen election” sense, of course, but rigged in the sense that a number of factors, chief among them their scheduling, of all things, ensure that political change comes to communities at a snail’s pace, if at all.

Read the entire piece here

We are all greatly concerned, frustrated, and downright angry about all the things going on in Ferguson, Missouri. But are we shocked?  Yes “we are shocked, just shocked” to borrow the old line for Casablanca when Captain Renault declared that he was unaware that gambling was going on at Ricks nightclub. Are we shocked about the militarization of the police?  Yes! Are we shocked about the ongoing resistance to the police actions? No!  Are we shocked that Americans across the county are standing in solidarity with the residents of Ferguson- No!  Are we shocked that these kinds of militarized police forces are probably in place in your community? Absolutely not. And you should not be either.

Today, Daily Kos published the following article describing the intentional election and voting strategies that allow a community that is 70 percent  African American to be ruled by a white Republican Mayor, a majority white City Council, and a local police force that has 3 non-white police officers on a force of 50.  Sadly Ferguson is not unique in America.

Screen_Shot_2014-08-18_at_9.22.08_AM

 

Ferguson’s election turnout is terrible by design. Here’s how to fix it.

by Steve Singiser Daily Kos Elections

A consistent subplot to the horrors in Ferguson over the past week has been a consistent sense of wonder at how a city that has, over the past two decades, become a majority-black community could have a white mayor, a majority-white city council, and an almost universally white police force.

That wonder emanates from two simple facts: the city’s population is more than two-thirds African American, and the voting precincts that make up the greater Ferguson area are overwhelmingly black and Democratic. And yet the political power structure in the city is white, and the mayor is not only white, he is a Republican.

As two must-read articles (one by Ian Millhiser of Think Progress, the other by Jeff Smith in the New York Times) affirm, the answer, in part, is electoral politics.

It would not be a stretch to say that municipal elections, in no small part, are rigged. Not in the classic “stolen election” sense, of course, but rigged in the sense that a number of factors, chief among them their scheduling, of all things, ensure that political change comes to communities at a snail’s pace, if at all.

Read the entire piece here

We are all greatly concerned, frustrated, and downright angry about all the things going on in Ferguson, Missouri. But are we shocked?  Yes “we are shocked, just shocked” to borrow the old line for Casablanca when Captain Renault declared that he was unaware that gambling was going on at Ricks nightclub. Are we shocked about the militarization of the police?  Yes! Are we shocked about the ongoing resistance to the police actions? No!  Are we shocked that Americans across the county are standing in solidarity with the residents of Ferguson- No!  Are we shocked that these kinds of militarized police forces are probably in place in your community? Absolutely not. And you should not be either.

Today, Daily Kos published the following article describing the intentional election and voting strategies that allow a community that is 70 percent  African American to be ruled by a white Republican Mayor, a majority white City Council, and a local police force that has 3 non-white police officers on a force of 50.  Sadly Ferguson is not unique in America.

Screen_Shot_2014-08-18_at_9.22.08_AM

 

Ferguson’s election turnout is terrible by design. Here’s how to fix it.

by Steve Singiser Daily Kos Elections

A consistent subplot to the horrors in Ferguson over the past week has been a consistent sense of wonder at how a city that has, over the past two decades, become a majority-black community could have a white mayor, a majority-white city council, and an almost universally white police force.

That wonder emanates from two simple facts: the city’s population is more than two-thirds African American, and the voting precincts that make up the greater Ferguson area are overwhelmingly black and Democratic. And yet the political power structure in the city is white, and the mayor is not only white, he is a Republican.

As two must-read articles (one by Ian Millhiser of Think Progress, the other by Jeff Smith in the New York Times) affirm, the answer, in part, is electoral politics.

It would not be a stretch to say that municipal elections, in no small part, are rigged. Not in the classic “stolen election” sense, of course, but rigged in the sense that a number of factors, chief among them their scheduling, of all things, ensure that political change comes to communities at a snail’s pace, if at all.

Read the entire piece here

We are all greatly concerned, frustrated, and downright angry about all the things going on in Ferguson, Missouri. But are we shocked?  Yes “we are shocked, just shocked” to borrow the old line for Casablanca when Captain Renault declared that he was unaware that gambling was going on at Ricks nightclub. Are we shocked about the militarization of the police?  Yes! Are we shocked about the ongoing resistance to the police actions? No!  Are we shocked that Americans across the county are standing in solidarity with the residents of Ferguson- No!  Are we shocked that these kinds of militarized police forces are probably in place in your community? Absolutely not. And you should not be either.

Today, Daily Kos published the following article describing the intentional election and voting strategies that allow a community that is 70 percent  African American to be ruled by a white Republican Mayor, a majority white City Council, and a local police force that has 3 non-white police officers on a force of 50.  Sadly Ferguson is not unique in America.

Screen_Shot_2014-08-18_at_9.22.08_AM

 

Ferguson’s election turnout is terrible by design. Here’s how to fix it.

by Steve Singiser Daily Kos Elections

A consistent subplot to the horrors in Ferguson over the past week has been a consistent sense of wonder at how a city that has, over the past two decades, become a majority-black community could have a white mayor, a majority-white city council, and an almost universally white police force.

That wonder emanates from two simple facts: the city’s population is more than two-thirds African American, and the voting precincts that make up the greater Ferguson area are overwhelmingly black and Democratic. And yet the political power structure in the city is white, and the mayor is not only white, he is a Republican.

As two must-read articles (one by Ian Millhiser of Think Progress, the other by Jeff Smith in the New York Times) affirm, the answer, in part, is electoral politics.

It would not be a stretch to say that municipal elections, in no small part, are rigged. Not in the classic “stolen election” sense, of course, but rigged in the sense that a number of factors, chief among them their scheduling, of all things, ensure that political change comes to communities at a snail’s pace, if at all.

Read the entire piece here


Environmental activist Tom Steyer stands in from of the Syncrude tar sands facility in Alberta, Canada. Credit: NEXTGEN Climate Action via Think Progress (photo and caption)

Environmental activist Tom Steyer stands in from of the Syncrude tar sands facility in Alberta, Canada. Credit: NEXTGEN Climate Action via Think Progress (photo and caption)

According to Think Progress, a recent study by the Alberta government shows air pollution rising in those areas where tar sands oil is mined and processed. Such evidence of rising air pollution adds to the overall picture of how tar sands extraction impacts front line communities.

Chemical Air Pollution Around The Tar Sands Is Getting Worse, Data Shows

By Emily Atkin, Climate ProgressAugust 15, 2014.

Chemical air pollution surrounding the primary areas where tar sands oil is mined and processed in Canada is on the rise, according to new data released by the Alberta government.

The 2012 data released Thursday showed that levels of both sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide — chemicals that help cause acid rain, smog, and myriad health problems — have risen to levels two and three on a government-set scale of four at several monitoring sites between Fort McMurray and Fort McKay. Level four is the highest limit allowed to protect human health, but the report said levels two and three are still cause for concern and that there should be further investigation into the source of pollution. Nitrogen dioxide is also a greenhouse gas.

Read more at Think Progress.


Environmental activist Tom Steyer stands in from of the Syncrude tar sands facility in Alberta, Canada. Credit: NEXTGEN Climate Action via Think Progress (photo and caption)

Environmental activist Tom Steyer stands in from of the Syncrude tar sands facility in Alberta, Canada. Credit: NEXTGEN Climate Action via Think Progress (photo and caption)

According to Think Progress, a recent study by the Alberta government shows air pollution rising in those areas where tar sands oil is mined and processed. Such evidence of rising air pollution adds to the overall picture of how tar sands extraction impacts front line communities.

Chemical Air Pollution Around The Tar Sands Is Getting Worse, Data Shows

By Emily Atkin, Climate ProgressAugust 15, 2014.

Chemical air pollution surrounding the primary areas where tar sands oil is mined and processed in Canada is on the rise, according to new data released by the Alberta government.

The 2012 data released Thursday showed that levels of both sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide — chemicals that help cause acid rain, smog, and myriad health problems — have risen to levels two and three on a government-set scale of four at several monitoring sites between Fort McMurray and Fort McKay. Level four is the highest limit allowed to protect human health, but the report said levels two and three are still cause for concern and that there should be further investigation into the source of pollution. Nitrogen dioxide is also a greenhouse gas.

Read more at Think Progress.

Elders and other resisters addressed the Energy East TransCanada Pipeline “Open House” at Kenora, Ontario on August 12 and the people told Energy East to go away. This beautiful article from Reclaim Turtle Island tells he story in words and video.  These brave people will move you.

 

Elder Nancy Morrison addresses Kenora, Ontario TransCanada/East Energy Open House, august 2014 - Photo Crystal Greene

Elder Nancy Morrison addresses Kenora, Ontario TransCanada/East Energy Open House, august 2014 – Photo Crystal Greene

 

Anishinaabeg loudly oppose TransCanada’s Energy East project at Kenora open house

CRYSTAL GREENE  Reclaim Turtle Island

Anishinaabeg and fellow Energy East pipeline resisters made a presence inside and outside Lakeside Inn on Tuesday, Aug. 12 for TransCanada’s second Kenora, Ont., open house

This time, the people weren’t interested in hearing TransCanada’s “information session” pitch. The tradeshow set-up had booths, corporate fact-sheets, and enough staff for one-on-one interactions to keep concerned citizens unaware of each other’s objections to the proposed Energy East pipeline.

Many in attendance had already made up their minds against the Energy East project proposal to convert the 50+ year-old natural gas carrying “Canadian Mainline,” and build new pipeline sections, into what could be North America’s largest tarsands pipeline, with 1.1 million barrels of diluted bitumen per-day from Hardisty, AB to marine terminals at Saint John, NB for international export.

Read and view the full piece here

Elders and other resisters addressed the Energy East TransCanada Pipeline “Open House” at Kenora, Ontario on August 12 and the people told Energy East to go away. This beautiful article from Reclaim Turtle Island tells he story in words and video.  These brave people will move you.

 

Elder Nancy Morrison addresses Kenora, Ontario TransCanada/East Energy Open House, august 2014 - Photo Crystal Greene

Elder Nancy Morrison addresses Kenora, Ontario TransCanada/East Energy Open House, august 2014 – Photo Crystal Greene

 

Anishinaabeg loudly oppose TransCanada’s Energy East project at Kenora open house

CRYSTAL GREENE  Reclaim Turtle Island

Anishinaabeg and fellow Energy East pipeline resisters made a presence inside and outside Lakeside Inn on Tuesday, Aug. 12 for TransCanada’s second Kenora, Ont., open house

This time, the people weren’t interested in hearing TransCanada’s “information session” pitch. The tradeshow set-up had booths, corporate fact-sheets, and enough staff for one-on-one interactions to keep concerned citizens unaware of each other’s objections to the proposed Energy East pipeline.

Many in attendance had already made up their minds against the Energy East project proposal to convert the 50+ year-old natural gas carrying “Canadian Mainline,” and build new pipeline sections, into what could be North America’s largest tarsands pipeline, with 1.1 million barrels of diluted bitumen per-day from Hardisty, AB to marine terminals at Saint John, NB for international export.

Read and view the full piece here

Elders and other resisters addressed the Energy East TransCanada Pipeline “Open House” at Kenora, Ontario on August 12 and the people told Energy East to go away. This beautiful article from Reclaim Turtle Island tells he story in words and video.  These brave people will move you.

 

Elder Nancy Morrison addresses Kenora, Ontario TransCanada/East Energy Open House, august 2014 - Photo Crystal Greene

Elder Nancy Morrison addresses Kenora, Ontario TransCanada/East Energy Open House, august 2014 – Photo Crystal Greene

 

Anishinaabeg loudly oppose TransCanada’s Energy East project at Kenora open house

CRYSTAL GREENE  Reclaim Turtle Island

Anishinaabeg and fellow Energy East pipeline resisters made a presence inside and outside Lakeside Inn on Tuesday, Aug. 12 for TransCanada’s second Kenora, Ont., open house

This time, the people weren’t interested in hearing TransCanada’s “information session” pitch. The tradeshow set-up had booths, corporate fact-sheets, and enough staff for one-on-one interactions to keep concerned citizens unaware of each other’s objections to the proposed Energy East pipeline.

Many in attendance had already made up their minds against the Energy East project proposal to convert the 50+ year-old natural gas carrying “Canadian Mainline,” and build new pipeline sections, into what could be North America’s largest tarsands pipeline, with 1.1 million barrels of diluted bitumen per-day from Hardisty, AB to marine terminals at Saint John, NB for international export.

Read and view the full piece here

Elders and other resisters addressed the Energy East TransCanada Pipeline “Open House” at Kenora, Ontario on August 12 and the people told Energy East to go away. This beautiful article from Reclaim Turtle Island tells he story in words and video.  These brave people will move you.

 

Elder Nancy Morrison addresses Kenora, Ontario TransCanada/East Energy Open House, august 2014 - Photo Crystal Greene

Elder Nancy Morrison addresses Kenora, Ontario TransCanada/East Energy Open House, august 2014 – Photo Crystal Greene

 

Anishinaabeg loudly oppose TransCanada’s Energy East project at Kenora open house

CRYSTAL GREENE  Reclaim Turtle Island

Anishinaabeg and fellow Energy East pipeline resisters made a presence inside and outside Lakeside Inn on Tuesday, Aug. 12 for TransCanada’s second Kenora, Ont., open house

This time, the people weren’t interested in hearing TransCanada’s “information session” pitch. The tradeshow set-up had booths, corporate fact-sheets, and enough staff for one-on-one interactions to keep concerned citizens unaware of each other’s objections to the proposed Energy East pipeline.

Many in attendance had already made up their minds against the Energy East project proposal to convert the 50+ year-old natural gas carrying “Canadian Mainline,” and build new pipeline sections, into what could be North America’s largest tarsands pipeline, with 1.1 million barrels of diluted bitumen per-day from Hardisty, AB to marine terminals at Saint John, NB for international export.

Read and view the full piece here

Elders and other resisters addressed the Energy East TransCanada Pipeline “Open House” at Kenora, Ontario on August 12 and the people told Energy East to go away. This beautiful article from Reclaim Turtle Island tells he story in words and video.  These brave people will move you.

 

Elder Nancy Morrison addresses Kenora, Ontario TransCanada/East Energy Open House, august 2014 - Photo Crystal Greene

Elder Nancy Morrison addresses Kenora, Ontario TransCanada/East Energy Open House, august 2014 – Photo Crystal Greene

 

Anishinaabeg loudly oppose TransCanada’s Energy East project at Kenora open house

CRYSTAL GREENE  Reclaim Turtle Island

Anishinaabeg and fellow Energy East pipeline resisters made a presence inside and outside Lakeside Inn on Tuesday, Aug. 12 for TransCanada’s second Kenora, Ont., open house

This time, the people weren’t interested in hearing TransCanada’s “information session” pitch. The tradeshow set-up had booths, corporate fact-sheets, and enough staff for one-on-one interactions to keep concerned citizens unaware of each other’s objections to the proposed Energy East pipeline.

Many in attendance had already made up their minds against the Energy East project proposal to convert the 50+ year-old natural gas carrying “Canadian Mainline,” and build new pipeline sections, into what could be North America’s largest tarsands pipeline, with 1.1 million barrels of diluted bitumen per-day from Hardisty, AB to marine terminals at Saint John, NB for international export.

Read and view the full piece here

Elders and other resisters addressed the Energy East TransCanada Pipeline “Open House” at Kenora, Ontario on August 12 and the people told Energy East to go away. This beautiful article from Reclaim Turtle Island tells he story in words and video.  These brave people will move you.

 

Elder Nancy Morrison addresses Kenora, Ontario TransCanada/East Energy Open House, august 2014 - Photo Crystal Greene

Elder Nancy Morrison addresses Kenora, Ontario TransCanada/East Energy Open House, august 2014 – Photo Crystal Greene

 

Anishinaabeg loudly oppose TransCanada’s Energy East project at Kenora open house

CRYSTAL GREENE  Reclaim Turtle Island

Anishinaabeg and fellow Energy East pipeline resisters made a presence inside and outside Lakeside Inn on Tuesday, Aug. 12 for TransCanada’s second Kenora, Ont., open house

This time, the people weren’t interested in hearing TransCanada’s “information session” pitch. The tradeshow set-up had booths, corporate fact-sheets, and enough staff for one-on-one interactions to keep concerned citizens unaware of each other’s objections to the proposed Energy East pipeline.

Many in attendance had already made up their minds against the Energy East project proposal to convert the 50+ year-old natural gas carrying “Canadian Mainline,” and build new pipeline sections, into what could be North America’s largest tarsands pipeline, with 1.1 million barrels of diluted bitumen per-day from Hardisty, AB to marine terminals at Saint John, NB for international export.

Read and view the full piece here

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