Daily News Digest July 5, 2016

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Daily News Digest July 5, 2016

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Capitalism’s Suicidal Quest for ProfitsImageoftheDayQuotes of the Day:

Now, this award — this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country — the activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do. It’s kind of basic mathematics – the more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize. Now, this is also in particular for the black women in particular who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you. Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm and not kill white people everyday. So what’s going to happen is we are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours. Now… I got more y’all — yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday so I don’t want to hear anymore about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on 12 year old playing alone in the park in broad daylight, killing him on television and then going home to make a sandwich. Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better than it is to live in 2012 than it is to live in 1612 or 1712. Tell that to Eric Garner. Tell that to Sandra Bland. Tell that to Dorian Hunt. Now the thing is, though, all of us in here getting money — that alone isn’t gonna stop this. Alright, now dedicating our lives, dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back for someone’s brand on our body when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies, and now we pray to get paid for brands on our bodies. There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven’t done. There is no tax they haven’t leveed against us — and we’ve paid all of them. But freedom is somehow always conditional here. “You’re free,” they keep telling us. But she would have been alive if she hadn’t acted so… free. Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but you know what, though, the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now. And let’s get a couple things straight, just a little sidenote – the burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander.That’s not our job, alright – stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest, if you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down. — From Jesse Williams’ Powerful Speech on Race at the BET Awards

Tens or even hundreds of thousands of Americans, like those in the visiting room of the State Correctional Institution at Mahanoy, drove often for hours on the Fourth of July weekend to visit relatives or friends who are locked in cages. Millions suffered the painful absence this weekend of a father, a mother, a brother, a sister, a son, a daughter or a friend. These people, mostly poor people of color, understand a dark truth about the cruelty and ultimate intentions of the corporate state. They know that “freedom,” “justice” and “liberty,” especially if you are poor, are empty slogans. — Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Fourth of July

Videos of the Day:

 Watch Actor and Activist Jesse Williams’ Fiery Speech at the BET Awards

 Jeremy Corbyn – Say No To Hate Crime

 Audio: What to a Prisoner is the Fourth of July (4:21) read by Bernadette Devlin McAliskey (written by Mumia Abu-Jamal)


To Fight Poverty One Has to Fight Capitalism: Poverty Has Always Accompanied Capitalism By Mark KarlinPovertyGuns and Hotdogs How the U.S. Military Promotes Its Weapons Arsenal to the Public By Jon SchwarzGunandHotDoga In Hopeless Occupation, War Becomes its Own End: Independence Day is a reminder that although the American Revolutionary War didn’t initially have good prospects, insurrections against foreign military occupation always win. by John LaforgeHopelessOccupation United States Terrorism by Drone: When will the White House tell us the whole truth about drone killings?: Obama’s announcement doesn’t provide enough information about those killed by drones or the decision making processes that led to their deaths By Naureen ShahDronesThe War on Terror’s TSA. Terrorises Cancer Patient: Disabled cancer patient slammed to the ground by TSA guards, lawsuit claims Hannah Cohen, 18, was on her way home from St Jude’s Hospital when a scanner went off and led to incident that left her ‘physically and emotionally’ injured By Matthew TeagueTSAEnvironment:

 Flesh-eating bacteria scare along Gulf Coast has locals on alert: Infections from Vibrio vulnificus are rare and there is no official tracking of cases — but some people have started to cobble together their own ideas — At the peak of the summer vacation season, a flesh-eating bacteria has infected the shores of the Gulf Coast.FleshEatingRed Alert As Arctic Snows Melt Faster: German scientists have fingered a new suspect in the great glacial melting mystery. The secret agent that may be darkening the summer snows and speeding up the absorption of solar rays is a family of microscopic, cold-loving organisms that tint the snow red. By Tim RadfordRedAlert

Ongoing/Big Energy Disasters:

The Lord High Executioners: They’ve got ’em on the list — They’ve got ’em on the list; And they’ll none of ’em be missed — they’ll none of ’em be missed.: Mark Ruffalo on terrorist watchlist Mark Ruffalo, the Hollywood actor, has been added to a US terror advisory list after he promoted a documentary (Gasland) about the effects of natural gas drilling. By Nick AllenMarkSEC Charges “Frack Master” Chris Faulkner, Shale CEO and Industry Advocate, with $80 Million Fraud By Sharon KellySEC

Black Liberation/Civil Rights:

Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Fourth of July By Chris HedgesMumiaMedian Household Incomes Five Years After the Great Recession (Obama) by Doug ShortMedianIncomeLabor:



Britain: #KeepCorbyn – No rotten deals with the Blairites!: It was like a scene from the Living Dead, with the Blairite zombies out in full force over the weekend calling on Corbyn to resign. The mummified remains of Lord Kinnock — who lost two general elections — joined up with Ed Miliband, the previous Labour leader who failed to win an election, to demand that Corbyn stand down…in order to make Labour “electable”! Of all the cheek – our greatest failures offering advice to Labour on how to win an election! by Rob SewellSeewellTens of Thousands March for European Unity in Anti-Brexit Demonstration “I’m here because I feel totally disenfranchised, hoodwinked and browbeaten into this political, financial and social suicide.” By Deirdre FultonAntiBrezit

Britain: Grassroots movement to #KeepCorbyn snowballs : Over the past week, thousands have turned out at demonstrations and rallies in cities across the country in protest against the Blairite coup and in defence of Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party. We publish here a collection of brief reports, pictures, and videos that provide a vivid expression of the enormous rank-and-file movement behind Corbyn. By Socialist AppealSocialistAppealWhat Blair accidentally revealed about Iraq during his criticism of Jeremy Corbyn was very interesting indeed Blair’s periodic eruptions are so useful because he openly reveals that, like the Bourbons, he has learned nothing and forgotten nothing since the start of the Iraq War By Patrick Cockburn PATRICKCOCKBURNHealth, Education, and Welfare: