SOCIAL HISTORY: “It’s Time We Have a Holiday to Honor Those Who Try to Stop Wars Too” / Vox ☮

Eugene V. Debs

Eugene V. Debs, who went to jail for opposing World War I. (Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day often get equated, but there is an essential distinction between the two. Veteran’s Day honors all who have served the American military in wars. Memorial Day honors those who’ve perished. It’s an annual reminder that wars have grave human costs, which must be both recognized and minimized.

Those costs are not inevitable. We ought to also set aside time to remember those throughout American history who have tried hardest to reduce them, to prevent unnecessary loss of life both American and foreign: war resisters.

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PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “The DNC Debate Proved the Democratic Party is a Lost Cause / #DNCdebate” / The Humanist Report / Mike Figueredo ☮

The Huffington Post’s DNC Chair debate wasn’t too eventful—none of the candidates argued, and there was no vigorous disagreements about anything—but nonetheless, it was still a disheartening event. All of the candidates, including Keith Ellison, demonstrated that they’re completely out of touch with average voters, and none of them are offering comprehensive change. In this segment, Mike provides you with a rundown of the overall debate, and he explains why he came away “overwhelmingly disappointed” with all of the candidates, and ultimately felt as though Keith Ellison was wavering on his core progressive principles.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Cannabis: Jeff Sessions Will Wage War on Marijuana as Attorney General—Let’s Stop Him!” / The Humanist Report / Mike Figueredo ☮

During his first confirmation hearing, Senator Jeff Sessions implied he will wage war on state medical and recreational marijuana laws. He’s vocalized the “dangers” of marijuana on numerous occasions, and asserted that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” As Attorney General, he’d have the power to destroy the progress states have made when it comes to the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana. If you disagree with this move, then take action BEFORE he’s even confirmed and let him know you won’t stand for his outdated, arbitrary policies.

CANNABIS: “The Truth About Marijuana” / The Humanist Report / The Weekly Dose / Mike Figueredo ☮

Many talking heads have made strong assertions about the dangers of marijuana. In this short satirical mini-documentary, we pay homage to these people by highlighting their stupidity.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Pro-Hillary Hypocrite Barney Frank Blasts Trump’s Wall Street Corruption” / The Humanist Report / Mike Figueredo ☮

The former Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, Barney Frank, blasted Donald Trump’s decision to tap former Goldman Sachs executive Steve Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary, and stated, “Trump is Wall Street’s best gift in many, many years.” He’s 100% correct, so what’s the problem? Well, Barney Frank is a hypocrite. Not only is he a Wall Street sellout himself, but the candidate he endorsed for president (Hillary Clinton) would have been an even BIGGER gift to Wall Street.