Happy Swaraj (Independence) Day!

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StephanieVanHook
““Real Swaraj will come, not by the acquisition of authority by a few, but by the capacity by all to resist authority when it is abused.”
–Gandhi (Young India, January 29, 1925)

When Gandhi met with the British viceroy Lord Irwin after his imprisonment following the 1930 Salt Satyagraha, they shared a pot of tea. Gandhi, mischieviously took out a package of contraband salt, opened it and sprinkled a bit into his cup. Looking at the astounded Lord Irwin he told him he did so in remembrance of the Boston Tea Party.
The decade leading up to the signing of the American Declaration of Independence was one of resistance and not necessarily violent resistance, either. According to an in-depth study by Walter Conser, Ronald McCarthy, David Toscano and Gene Sharp, entitled Resistance, Politics and the American Struggle for Independence 1765-1775, nonviolent resistance was more widely employed than violent resistance during that period of struggle with the British Crown. ”

Author: Stephanie Van Hook
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War Speaks Every Language But Never Knows What to Say to Frogs

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David Swanson
“War speaks every language she says, because every nation has war. But of course this isn’t true. Many nations that make war on others do not have war at home, not in remotely the way the nations have it where wars are fought. Anyone in the United States knows that a global war aggressor suffers, but also knows that the wars are not here, and that the difference is one of night and day. Many nations also do not make war, nearby or far off. Some nations, Costa Rica, Iceland, and lots of little nations, have no military, no war plans, no investment in future wars, and no wars. And this is why it matters that War Is Never a Good Idea, because good ideas exist as available alternatives.”

Author: David Swanson
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Disparate Impact Claims Essential for Justice

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lfinley
“Like many other progressives, I was very excited about some of the Supreme Court decisions this term (healthcare, gay marriage) and deeply disturbed about others (Facebook threats should not be judged on a “reasonable person” standard, executions using new drugs can continue). One decision that did not receive as much attention but that is tremendously important, I think, is the Court’s ruling in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. In that decision, the Court held 5-4 that housing segregation, even if done unintentionally, violates the Fair Housing Act. In doing so, the Court affirmed that “disparate impact claims” about housing are legitimate. Although it is not clear that this will be the case, I hope that the decision paved the way for greater use of social science data by courts on other issues.”

Author: Laura Finley
Published in: The Gilmer Mirror http://www.gilmermirror.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Disparate+Impact+Claims+Essential+for+Justice%20&id=26732541
Truth Out http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/31703-supreme-court-ruling-on-housing-may-strengthen-broader-anti-discrimination-efforts
Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/07/02/the-essentials-for-justice/
Date: July 1,2,2015

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Guns and the Godly

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LawrenceWittner
“Where do American Christians stand on guns and gun-related violence? Christianity, after all, is a religion that professes love and peace. Admittedly, the Christian Bible’s frequent depiction of Christ (“The Prince of Peace”) as rejecting violence seems contradicted by his remark that he had come not to bring peace, but a sword. But this statement can be interpreted as meaning that his preaching would cause religious divisions in society, rather than that he approved of the spread of weapons and war.”

Author: Lawrence S. Wittner
Published in: Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lawrence-wittner/guns-and-the-godly_b_7710192.html
Push Back.US http://pushback.us/guns-and-the-godly/
La Progressive https://www.laprogressive.com/evangelicals-love-guns/
Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/07/02/guns-and-the-godly/
Date: July 2,2015

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Before the Dawn

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KathyKelly
“Each year, throughout the Muslim world, believers participate in the month-long Ramadan fast. Here in Kabul, where I’m a guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, our household awakens at 2:15 a.m. to prepare a simple meal before the fast that begins at 3:00 a.m. I like the easy companionship I feel, seated on the floor, as we share our food.

Friday, the day off, is also household clean-up day. It seems a bit odd to be sweeping and washing floors in the pre-dawn hours after we finish our meal, but we tend to these tasks and then try to catch a nap before heading over to meet the early bird students at the Street Kids School, a project my hosts are running for child laborers who otherwise couldn’t go to school.”

Author: Kathy Kelly
Published in: Grassroots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2015/07/01/before-the-dawn/
Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/06/30/dawn
Voices for Creative Nonviolence http://vcnv.org/before-the-dawn
Eurasia Review http://www.eurasiareview.com/30062015-before-the-dawn-oped/
Counter Currents http://www.countercurrents.org/kelly300615.htm
United for Justice with Peace http://justicewithpeace.org/node/5812
World Beyond War http://worldbeyondwar.org/before-the-dawn/
Fellowship of Reconciliation http://forusa.org/blogs/kathy-kelly/before-dawn/13206
Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/06/30/the-surreal-ordeal-of-mohamedou-slahi/
The Monitor http://markbebawi.com/2015/06/
Rise Up Times http://riseuptimes.org/2015/06/30/kathy-kelly-before-the-dawn/
Date: June 30, July 1,2015

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