This newsletter offers no pronouncements this week, except to say that the U.S. is in the midst of a putsch, and that reactions so far seem to be focused on blame and punishment, and not on questioning. So this newsletter is taking the Fifth until we come to a historic point of improved clarity.
Here to offer you some substance, are two photographs.
The first speaks for itself.
The second bears some explanation. It shows Rep. Andy Kim of New Jersey on his knees after hours cleaning up the mess left by rioters in the Rotunda, one of his favorite buildings. Kim worked 36 hours straight, fulfilling his legislative duties as well. In 2018, he became the first Asian American to represent NJ in Congress. Said he: “I feel blessed to have this opportunity as a son of immigrants to be able to serve in Congress. Democracy to me is this place of opportunity that is offering me a chance to do something extraordinary.”
Our only pronouncement this week is that operative word: opportunity. Do all sectors of this society benefit from equal opportunity? Read the ifs.
And for a hard headed take on the state of the State, read here.
REVOKE the Trumpeter’s family pardons now.
REMOVE the Trumpeter’s horn.
DONATE to Intercept white supremacist police project.
CENSURE violent extremism.
SUBSTITUTE housing for war and warfare.
IMPEACH the sorry SOB to insure he can’t touch his pension and millions in fringe benefits paid for by you the tax payer.
LET Cuba breathe.
Protesting farmers target India’s largest cell company and billionaire owner.
Indian farmers plan to march into New Delhi.
Mexican president AMLO thanks Cuba for sending doctors to fight pandemic.
China succeeds in erasing extreme poverty with jobs, houses, and cows.
AMLO wants to give Assange asylum
Mexico bans Roundup.
UN experts condemn #45 pardon of Blackwater contractors as ‘affront to justice.’
UN human rights expert urges US to life sanctions that may ‘exacerbate the already dire humanitarian situation in Syria.’
Argentine Senate passes bill legalizing abortion.
UK MPs nominate S=Cuban doctors for Nobel peace prize.
EU stops recognizing Juan Guaidó as “interim president” of Venezuela.
France nixes $7 billion liquefied natural gas from Texas because #45 regulations made it too dirty.
Russia offers its support to Venezuela’s new national assembly.
Vladimir Putin orders Russian gov. to meet Paris climate goals
Iran issues Interpol notice for #45 and 48 other US officials in Soleimani killing.
Iraq demands US withdraw troops on Soleimani killing anniversary.
Bolivia govt. grants 20% of budget to health and education!
Myth of ‘exceptionalism’ shattered as globe expresses shock of ‘day of same for American “democracy.”’
Netherlands runaway commuter train overshoots elevated platform but is caught safely by large whale’s tail sculpture.
New House whistleblower rules send strong message.
House Dem demands criminal probe into #45 and his enablers.
Congress members demand #45 prosecution for election tampering.
Federal Judge blocks last-minute #45 attempt to wreck International Criminal Court citing ‘multitude of sins.’
Manhattan DA escalates #45 fnancial probe.
Morell with his dark past takes himself out of running for Biden’s CIA director.
Brennan Center announces introduction of H.R.1 “For the People” Act which provides automatic voter registration, public financing, redistricting reform, and ex-felon voting rights.
Taking stand against unsafe school conditions, 40% Chicago teachers and staff don’t report to schools as ordered.
Google workers say endless wait to unionize big tech is over. Promote solidarity, democracy and social and economic justice.
Minnesota changes way it teachers social studies, shifting discussion to Native American tribes and LGBTQ people formerly left out of discussion.
Top US admiral would ‘welcome’ Biden review of nuclear strategy.
The market says ‘no; to nuclear and ‘yes’ to renewables, according to the Russian International Affairs Council publication.
After pressure from dozens of grassroots organizations and thousands of anti-nuclear activists the Nuclear Regulatory Commission decided to withdraw its plan to allow very long-lasting waste to be stored at facilities not licensed for nuclear waste such as landfills.
Nuclear testing victory in Congress.
COVID pandemic keeps Lockheed from meeting F-35 delivery goals.
House passes rule package to ease passage of ambitious Biden plans, limit GOP poison pills.
Local Pennsylvania Debt Collective protests utility shutoffs during pandemic.
New York to pass nation ‘s strongest eviction ban.
Federal eviction moratorium extended (for the time being).
Sta. Cruz California activists groups earn one-week stay on evictions.
Lots of luck with that department: DC mayor calls in National Guard ahead of pro-Trump “protests” (riots, the Editor).
Youth activists ring in 2021 with renewed demand that world wake up to climate crisis.
Congress authorizes EPA to phase out hydrofluorocarbons.
Portland Maine climate activists mount utility strike.
PAYGO exemptions in House rules will help pave way for Green new Deal and Medicare for All progressive claim.
To combat hunger, organizations divert food waste to provide meals for people in need.
Massachusetts commits to have all new cars sold produce zero emissions by 2035.
Leaked documents from Exxon Mobile show plan to massively increase its emissions to 143 million tons of CO2 per year by 2015.
60% US coal fired power plants now slated for retirement.
Environment America delivers 14,000+ petitions to Chevron opposing Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling.
Conservation group to sue #45 officials and agency over delayed protections for 11 species.
Army Corps of Engineers deny proposed permit for Pebble Mine.
A case now on appeal in the Ninth Circuit mounted by the Animal Defense Fund and Seeding Sovereignty allege that the federal government policy of ignoring the climate crisis violates Americans’ right to be free because it is destroying our environment.
Heads will roll department: Probe demanded over capitol police standing aside for pro-#45 mob.
Hotel Harrington cancels Proud Boy reservations as pro-#45 fascists plan latest descent on DC.
Public Citizen announces lawsuit challenging USPS disruptions impacting Georgia’s two Senatorial run offs.
Youth activists help progressive win big in 2020 in Rhode Island.
Hunger strike over filthy conditions at three NJ county jails which operate as prisons-for profit.
Advocates call for medical parole to avoid ‘unintentional? death sentences as COVID ravages US prisons.
Protesters gather in D.C. in solidarity with Assange.
National Students for Justice in Palestine celebrates 10th anniversary.
Black Lives Matter DC demands city stop attacks by violent #45 supporters.
Black inmates begin 2021 with uprising in St. Louis “justice” center.
Led by Free Alabama Movement, Alabama prison workers are on strike.
In contrast to state and federal governments, Tribes mount organized responses to COVID.
Nearly 12,000 acres returned to Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.
National Museum of the American Latino finally becomes reality.
Family in sanctuary for nearly 850!!! days leaves church after ICE drops case.
Due to travel restrictions this year, the United States had to organize coups at home.
Headline: At last: has the US developed immunity to critical thinking?
Hurry: only 12 Trump #45 Mugs left – this is your final chance!