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Video: Watch John Yoo Badly Lose a Debate

Leslie Harris was there and wrote this report.

Poverty to Prosperity

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1. The Great Recession has left behind the largest number of long-term unemployed people since records were first kept in 1948.
2. Large numbers of Americans are already poor.
3. The number of people living in poverty is increasing and is expected to increase further, despite the recovery.
4. The increase in poverty since 2006 has been greater among Hispanics and African Americans than among Whites, greater among children than among the elderly, and greater among female-headed households than other households. 
5. The ten states that have experienced the largest percentage point increase in the rate of poverty, since the onset of the Great Recession, are (in rank order) Florida, Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, California, Connecticut, South Carolina, and Minnesota/North Carolina/Wyoming (tied for 10th).
6. Since the onset of the Great Recession, the performance of the American “safety net” has been uneven. The entitlement programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – Food Stamps), Medicaid, and Unemployment Insurance have responded robustly to the Great Recession – as unemployment rose and incomes fell, eligibility and participation in the safety net increased. In contrast, other programs, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and federal housing assistance, have not responded as effectively to the depressed economic conditions.  Although it is more difficult to achieve fiscal control of entitlement programs that operate with mandatory spending, they have been the most responsive aspect of America’s safety net since the unexpected hardships of the Great Recession began.
7. While history is rife with examples of mismanagement and abuse of public funds used for a variety of government purposes, anti-poverty programs may be particularly vulnerable to being placed under the microscope, and perhaps subsequently at risk for budget cuts.  
8. The adverse effects of the Great Recession would have been much worse had recent policy initiatives not been enacted by Congress. The Obama administration and the Congress have responded with several policy initiatives aimed specifically at protecting the well-being of low-income Americans.  Among many actions, they include the 2009 federal stimulus package, which aimed approximately $240 billion of the $787 billion package at low-income populations;  a permanent expansion of child health insurance for families with incomes between 133% and 300% of the poverty line; tax cuts designed to assist low-income workers; and a provision prohibiting states from curbing Medicaid access until the new health care reform law supports a large expansion of Medicaid in 2014. As bad as the Great Recession has been for low-income Americans, it would have been much worse without these recent policy actions.    
9. The Federal government’s large yearly deficits are creating pressures for spending control that are likely to result in cutbacks of the safety net.
10. Due to fiscal pressures, states are already making cuts to the safety net, and more are likely in the next several years. With the 2009 stimulus package expired and revenues to state governments recovering slowly this year (due to the sluggish recovery), many states (from Washington and California to Michigan and Florida) are making cuts to unemployment insurance, temporary cash assistance, Medicaid benefits, and other services for low-income Americans. 

Another Life and a Festival of Conscience


We are proud that our new play, “Another Life”, in a new production, will become the occasion for A Festival of Conscience.

A Festival of Conscience is a series of talks and talk-backs by prominent human rights activists; lawyers who defend Guantanamo detainees and torture victims; and authors, to surround “Another Life”, engaging audiences in free exchange of information and ideas every night during the play’s three-week run, March 8-24,2012, at the Irondale Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.  With your help we are creating a space where people who care can become inspired to take action.

Many of the writers, lawyers and activists whose work influenced the creation of the play are joining us for A Festival of Conscience.   Darius Rejali, humane, and humorous, author of Torture and Democracy, world authority on torture, will speak on Opening Night on March 8. Gabor Rona, from Human Rights First, Tom Parker and Zeke Johnson from Amnesty International, Pardiss Kabrieai and Baher Azmy from Center for Constitutional Rights and Jonathan Hafetz from Seton Hall and lawyers Susan Burke and Martha Rayner are on the distinguished list of speakers. Mark Danner, Joshua Reynolds Donovan Webster, authors who broke the torture stories, will speak.  Ynestra King and women from Code Pink and Occupy will talk about women and resistance.  The young performers from Bailey’s Café in Bedford-Stuyvesant will lend their voices in a pre-show show. The list is in formation.

When you become our Producing Partner, for as little as $25, you also become a sponsor of the Festival of Conscience.

And we cannot do without your support.  We must raise $7000 in order to produce this play. Last spring and summer, we raised $10,000 on United States Artists to fund artist stipends for the workshop. This winter, we must raise at least an additional $7,000 to cover costs of putting the play into a full production for a three-week run and to host A Festival of Conscience.  We need your help, we need your presence and we need you to help us spread the word to a wider audience. We need you as a Producing Partner.  We'll get back to you so that you can choose the date you wish to see the play; you can also attend every talk during the Festival of Conscience.

On a see-saw from the surreal to the real, “Another Life” is the story of a mogul and his daughter locked in titanic struggle that nearly destroys them both.  Described as “Stinging and Satirical” by the Kenyon Review, and "remarkable" by Olympia Dukakis, “Another Life” is a whirl-wind trip through the past ten years.  Based on hard fact but told through the struggles of individual characters, the play shows torture, war-lust and unbridled greed vying with a growing nonviolent resistance.  “Another Life” is a call to conscience.

Theater Three Collaborative has a 16 year record of creating socially meaningful theater promoting scenarios of nonviolence and fierce resistance to injustice. From the Holocaust diaries of Victor Klemperer, “I Will Bear Witness” (with an Obie-winning performance by George Bartenieff) to “Prophecy” produced in London and New York, where it starred Kathleen Chalfant, and just published in Acts of War: Iraq & Afghanistan in Seven Plays, Theater Three Collaborative stands for poetry, passion and peace in the face of endless war and the erosion of beauty.  We do it on shoe-string budgets, with the dedication of our collaborating artists, and always with the help of our Producing Partners.  Reserve your ticket to “Another Life”, become a Producing Partner and support A Festival of Conscience.  We promise good theater, good talk, and an experience that will enlighten and energize.  Thank you. 

Occupied Territory

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We're all terrorists now-- a discussion, with David Swanson, of the NDAA (National Defense Appropriations Act)--signed into law on New Year's Eve... It certifies President Barack Obama's secret powers of torture, indefinite detention without trial and the ability to wage perpetual war everywhere--including our own country!

Say goodbye to the Constitution, it's now merely a historical document. The country is still ours though--time to take it back.

We Are One People

Graham Nash Song on Bradley Manning

Almost Gone (The Ballad Of Bradley Manning )
Written by Graham Nash and James Raymond

Locked up in a white room, underneath a glaring light
Every 5 minutes, they’re asking me if I’m alright
Locked up in a white room naked as the day I was born
24 bright light, 24 all alone

What I did was show some truth to the working man
What I did was blow the whistle and the games began

Tell the truth and it will set you free
That’s what they taught me as a child
But I can’t be silent after all I’ve seen and done
24 bright light I’m almost gone, almost gone

Locked up in a white room, dying to communicate
Trying to hang in there underneath a crushing wait
Locked up in a white room I’m always facing time
24 bright light, 24 down the line

Let Freedom Ring

And So This Is Christmas

Iraq War Protest Legacy to Arab Spring to Occupy

Film-in-progress traces Iraq War protest legacy

"We Are Many" shows how mobilization in 2003 set stage for Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street

Dec 8, 2011 - On Feb. 15, 2003, the planet experienced the greatest single non-military mobilization of humanity in the history of the world. People in 800 cities (and Antarctica) marched to voice their opposition as George Bush’s countdown clock ticked away the days toward the threatened U.S. invasion of Iraq. Estimates of the total numbers of protesters vary widely but it seems plausible that 15 million took to the streets.

Audio: David Swanson and Mayor Dave Norris on OccupyCville

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Charlottesville Right Now: 11-30-11 David Swanson
David Swanson, of joins Coy to weigh-in on the "Occupy Charlottesville" movement and freedom to assemble.


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Charlottesville Right Now: 11-29-11 Dave Norris


We Are the Many

We Are Many

The Lie That Is War

Save the Rich!

AUDIO: David Swanson and Coy Barefoot Discuss Dick Cheney, War, and Peace

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Charlottesville Right Now: 11-10-11 David Swanson
David Swanson joins Coy to discuss Occupy Charlottesville, protesting Dick Cheney's visit to the University of Virginia, and his new book.


Speaking Events


War Is A Lie: Second Edition
Book Tour

May 28, San Francisco, CA
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Daniel Ellsberg, at San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street.
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May 28, Marin County, CA
4 to 6 p.m., David Swanson in conversation with Norman Solomon, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA
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May 29, Oakland, CA
3 to 4 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Cindy Sheehan, at Diesel: A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue at Kales (near Manila), Oakland, CA
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May 29, Berkeley, CA
7:30 to 9 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, sponsored by the Social Justice Committee and Cynthia Papermaster, 1606 Bonita Ave. (at Cedar), Berkeley, CA
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May 30, Fresno, CA
2 to 4 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at a Peace Fresno event
Community United Church of Christ
5550 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93710
Contact Dan Yaseen 559-251-3361,
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June 11 St. Paul, MN, 6 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth Church Social Hall 1658 Lincoln, St. Paul, MN.
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June 12 Minneapolis, MN, 9 and 11 a.m. at St. Joan's 4533 3rd Ave So, Minneapolis, MN, plus peace pole dedication at 2 p.m.
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June 24 Roanoke, Va.
7:30 pm @ Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke (2015 Grandin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24015). Contact:
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