Social Justice

Showing You This, While Taking From You That

This year is supposed to be different from others. This election year the people are supposed to have risen up and demanded something new from their government. This election year the people are supposed to have said they will take no more, and are supposed to have selected candidates who represent a closer approximation of themselves. This year the tenor is supposed to have been set by the grass roots.

Wiccan, Atheist challenge Marion's Ten Commandments monument

Marion Ten Commandments Press Conference (2010-08-17): Sherman stands with Donelson and speaks to reporters.MARION, IL — Chicago-area activist Rob Sherman and Marion resident Robert Donelson were met by reporters and several dozen protesters earlier today at a press conference at Marion's Tower Square. This press conference was held in response to plans by the City of Marion to erect a Ten Commandments monument.

Marion resident Ken Kessler proposed the idea of a Ten Commandments monument to the Marion City Council at a meeting on Monday. This monument would be funded by private donors but located on city property at Tower Square in Marion. Sherman, an atheist activist from the Chicago area, spoke at Monday's Council meeting in opposition to the monument.

Happy Birthday, Agent Smith

July 7, 2010

Today is the birthday of someone you have probably never heard of. The name he goes by—Jack Smith—is as humdrum and unremarkable as is his stated profession—a color corrector at a digital imaging company in Los Angeles, IMAGIC.

Freedom is not an impossible dream

Freedom is not an impossible dream

Submission to the Presiding Judge, Auckland High Court
The Appeal to be heard on 28 June 2010 at 11.45 am

[New Zealand has been modeling itself on the British social class system with tragic consequences.

Torture In America By, Starfishgirl

Police Brutality

"The Stasi and Soviet secret police employed every imaginable form of brutality, physical and mental, to eradicate enemies of the state. The kidnapping of anti-communists operating in West Berlin was almost a weekly occurrence between 1945 and the early 1960 s. Guther Bush, a top official of the institute for all German affairs which kept track of communist human rights violations said that more than five hundred cases were being investigated by the Berlin police in spring of 1995. Many of the victims disappeared without a trace."[1]

A People's History of SIU

A People's History of SIU: This is a thumbnail/preview image of a flyer promoting the "A People's History of SIU" events on March 24-25, 2010.Student and community activists are organizing a two-night event called "A People's History of SIU." The first night, "The 1970s Student Rebellion," will be on Wednesday, March 24 at 7 pm at Lawson Room 171 on the SIUC campus. The second night, "Black Power in Southern Illinois," will be on Thursday, March 25 at 7pm at Lawson Room 171 on the SIUC campus.

Forty years ago, Southern Illinois University erupted in protests and a rebellion that shut down the campus. Students were protesting the war in Vietnam, against poverty and racism and for university reform. At the same time, students and community members were actively involved in the civil rights and Black Power movements.

Iraq War Anniversary events in Carbondale, Illinois

Members of the Southern Illinois community will gather at noon on Saturday, March 20th at the Town Square Pavillion in Carbondale for a vigil, march, and picket calling for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

March 20th marks the 7th anniversary of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The day's events include:

  • 12:00 p.m. Vigil in Town Square (corner of E. Main and N. Illinois)
  • 1:00 p.m. March from Town Square to Military Recruitment Center
  • 1:30 p.m. Picket and open mic at Military Recruitment Center (809 S. Illinois)
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