IN REMEMBRANCE: “Happy Birthday! Howard Zinn: Terrorism, What Americans Don’t Want to Hear” ☮

Howard Zinn would have turned 94 today if his seemingly boundless energy and youthfulness had not been cut short in January 2010.

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It’s worth remembering that A People’s History of the United States first came out in 1980 as a tide of reaction was seeking to bury the social movements that inspired Howard’s book and which he saw as the hope for the future.

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Howard challenged these ideas in a terrific speech he gave in 1970: “If you don’t think, if you just listen to TV and read scholarly things, you actually begin to think that things are not so bad, or that just little things are wrong. But you have to get a little detached, and then come back and look at the world, and you are horrified. So we have to start from that supposition—that things are really topsy-turvy.”

Howard had that rare ability to step back and help us understand our topsy-turvy world primarily because he approached politics and history from the standpoint of someone who thought it was possible to turn our world right side up — to put people before profit, the environment before the interests of mining companies.

¡Howard Zinn presente!

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Ring of Fire host and Waterkeeper President Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has joined the front lines of the Standing Rock protests, helping to fight the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

WOMEN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE: “We Face This Land” / Project Repeal ☮

Centuries ago women accused of witchcraft faced,
Amongst other ordeals, trial by water
Tied to a chair or run under a boat
If she survives the drowning and floats she’s a witch.
If she dies, she’s a woman
We are not witches but if the church and state insist
Then let us be the descendants of all the witches they could not drown
This heirloom of trauma, this curse
This agony of water in order to hold agency over our bodies
Not all of us have survived, the waves do not part
There are no miracles here
When a stethoscope is a crucifix on your belly
How do you have any choice but the water
And fair medical treatment on other shores
A body is a body is a body is a body is a body is a body is a body
Not a house. Not a city. Not a vessel, not a country
The laws of the church have no place on your flesh
A veterinarian will abort a calf if a cow is falling ill.
How is it that livestock is worth more to this land than us?
Eleven women every day leave Ireland seeking an abortion abroad.
We ask for the land over the water. Home over trial. Choice over none.
For our foremothers, for ourselves, the generations yet to come
Witches or women, these are our bodies which shall not be given up.

POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Alison Flowers: Wrongfully Convicted” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges, and Anya Parampil ☮

In this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges sits down with Alison Flowers, author of “Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity”. They discuss flaws in the justice system that result in wrongful convictions and the challenges people face after spending years in prison for a crime they did not commit. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil measures the scale of known exonerations in the U.S.

SCOTUS AND THE REVOLVING DOOR: “How the Most Corrupt Judges Rise to the Supreme Court” / The Young Turks / Cenk Uygur, and John Iadarola ☮

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SCOTUS: “Protesters Celebrate as Supreme Court Rejects Texas Abortion Law” / RT America ☮

Hundreds of pro-choice supporters celebrated outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Monday, following the court’s decision to overturn restrictions against access to abortion in Texas. 

The crowd cheered, sang and danced as the ruling was announced. Several anti-abortion activists were also present at the site. The court voted 5 to 3 against the Texas legislation. 

The Texas law was adopted by the state back in 2013, and could have reduced the number of abortion clinics by a factor of four if fully implemented. Monday’s ruling is likely to prevent similar measures from being introduced in other states.