This coming decade will see these global legal structures soar with all semblance of our US public justice system dismantled. Who are the APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIRS behind these funding cycles of late? BARBARA MIKULSKI AND MAGGIE MCINTOSH appointed by Congressional and Maryland Assembly leaders and voted in place by Maryland Assembly. These pols would not be in leadership positions had they not proven themselves loyal to MOVING FORWARD ONE WORLD 1% WALL STREET. It matters that Maryland has had the same pols in office for decades---it matters that the leaders of our Maryland Assembly MIKE AND MIKE and our Baltimore City Hall------JACK YOUNG----COMPTROLLER PRATT-----remain the same.
THESE ARE THE REAL ISSUES FOR DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS----
Trillions of dollars in overseas development funds over these few decades have become missing in action ---just think what all that would have done for our US cities and counties. Now they are super-sizing this global International Economic Zone network assuring all taxes we pay---and they will want more and more----go only towards maintaining this network soon to include our US cities deemed International Economic Zones like Baltimore.
U.S. Links Malaysian Prime Minister to Millions Stolen From Development Fund
Bradley Hope and
Updated July 21, 2016 12:26 p.m. ET Wall Street Journal
In 1MDB lawsuit, Justice Department trying to seize more than $1 billion in assets
I would ask US citizens to suspend belief that this funding is going where it says it is going---all identifying US public justice activity that we know is not happening in our states, cities, or communities. This funding does not represent the totality of expenditures-----funding this global legal network comes from many different Federal agencies----
Remember the Karsai family cleaning out the Bank of Kabal of billions in development money-----these events occurring all the time are taking all of our US justice funding---BRING IT HOME TO BUILDING OUR LOCAL ECONOMIES AND COMMUNITIES.
While US international lawyers work to get that money back-----the American people are being fleeced by corrupt government, corporate and Wall Street fraud with no lawyers working on that.
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Monday, February 2, 2015
Department of Justice FY 2016 Budget Request
President’s Request Invests in Department of Justice Criminal Justice Priorities, Including Countering Violent Extremism, Civil Rights, Smart on Crime, Among Other Priority Initiatives
President Obama’s FY 2016 budget proposal totals $28.7 billion for the Department of Justice to support federal law enforcement priorities and the criminal justice priorities of our state, local and tribal law enforcement partners. The request represents a comprehensive investment in the Justice Department’s mission and includes increases in funding for countering violent extremism and other national security areas, civil rights and advancing equality under the law, Smart on Crime activities, including increased funds for prisoner reentry initiatives, and other key enforcement initiatives. The request represents a $1.3 billion increase over the comparable FY 2015 enacted level.
“The Department of Justice is dedicated to advancing the safety, the security, and the rights of all Americans – and the vital investments detailed in the department’s FY 2016 budget reflect that commitment,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “From our global efforts to safeguard the American people against terrorist attacks and prevent violent extremism, to the work we are doing through the Smart on Crime initiative to make our criminal justice system more fair and more effective, to our ongoing focus on building trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve, we are working every day to protect the American people and extend this nation’s promise of equal justice under law. And as we move forward – with the resources outlined in this budget proposal – the Department of Justice will build on its groundbreaking work to strengthen our communities, to preserve our cherished values, and to build the safer, more just society that all Americans deserve.”
The Department of Justice’s areas of investment include:
- +$65 million for the department’s law enforcement components, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Marshals Service, and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force program.
- +$125 million for our litigating components, including the U.S. Attorneys, National Security Division, Criminal Division, Civil Rights Division, Civil Division, and the Environment and Natural Resources Division.
- +$217 million for the prisons and detention functions of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
- +$146 million for immigration and administration, technology, and other support functions, including the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Office of the Pardon Attorney, Office of the Inspector General, Community Relations Service, General Administration, and Justice Information Sharing Technology.
- +$154 million for DOJ grant programs overall (Office of Justice Programs, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, and Office on Violence Against Women), for a total grant program request of $2.4 billion.
Defending U.S. citizens from both internal and external threats remains the department’s highest priority.
IF A SUPER-MAJORITY OF AMERICAN CITIZENS THINK TODAY'S GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPT AND TYRANNOUS ---THEY AREN'T DOING THEIR JOBS.
National security threats are constantly evolving, requiring additional investments to adapt to those threats in innovative ways. The FY 2016 budget request provides $106.8 million in program increases to develop the department’s capacity in a number of critical national security areas including: countering violent extremism and domestic radicalization; counterterrorism; cybersecurity both domestic and abroad; information sharing and collaboration with the intelligence community; and training and technical assistance for our foreign partners.
The FY 2016 request supports a comprehensive national security strategy that includes countering violent extremism (CVE) and cybersecurity. Through grants provided by the Office of Justice Programs and the Community Oriented Policing Services, the department will foster community-led CVE efforts and emphasize trusted partnerships between public safety agencies and local residents and community organizations. Funding is also requested to build upon recent cyber investments that address computer intrusions and defend the security of the department’s critical information networks from cyber threats.
To maintain its role as a national security leader, the department must continue to improve its coordination with both domestic and foreign partners through training and technical assistance. The FY 2016 request includes resources for both the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration to enhance collaboration with the intelligence community through improved IT infrastructure and counterintelligence programs. In addition, the FY 2016 request includes resources for improving the process of sharing evidence with our foreign partners, coordinated investigations, and operating overseas security sector assistance programs. The department’s foreign experts are best situated to build the strong overseas partnerships that are essential to joint efforts to fight terrorism and transnational crime.
The department’s mission is to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly the most vulnerable members of our society—thus extending equality under the law to all Americans. Accomplishing this requires resources both to investigate and to litigate.
Protecting the nation’s most vulnerable populations is a top priority of this Administration and the department. These issues remain a highly relevant to the American people and a significant focus of both the Civil Rights Division and the Community Relations Service. The FY 2016 request includes $102.8 million in new investments addressing ongoing and growing threats of human trafficking, hate crimes, and campus sexual assaults. The request includes funds to expand civil and criminal enforcement efforts to ensure that all communities have effective and democratically accountable policing.
Our request supports the health of our democracy by augmenting our Voting Rights Act enforcement to protect each citizen’s fundamental right to vote.
NATIONWIDE PRIMARY ELECTION FRAUD AND ELECTION RIGGING PROTECTS VOTING RIGHTS?
Further, our request creates a sustainable and lasting legacy of civil rights enforcement in U.S. Attorneys Offices and the coordination of our efforts with state and local partners across the nation.
Increases for grant programs will provide technical assistance and training to improve the public’s access to counsel and legal assistance in state, local, and tribal courts and juvenile justice systems. The resources will also help to implement the recommendations of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and assist law enforcement agencies on criminal justice issues, including use of force practices and the deployment of crisis intervention teams.
Smart on Crime
In total, our budget invests an additional $247 million to support Smart on Crime initiatives. At the direction of the Attorney General, in early 2013 the Justice Department launched a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system in order to identify reforms that would ensure federal laws are enforced fairly and—in an era of reduced budgets—efficiently. As part of its review, the department studied all phases of the criminal justice system, including charging, sentencing, incarceration, and reentry, to identify the practices that are successful at deterring crime and protecting the public.
We must remain vigilant in our efforts to stop violent crime. However, for far too long, well-intentioned policies created to lower criminal activity perpetuated a cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration that broke too many families and weakened too many communities. The Smart on Crime initiative focuses on effectively using federal resources for the most important law enforcement priorities, addressing the disparate impact of the criminal justice system on vulnerable communities, and implementing a series of commonsense reforms to create a fundamental shift in response to certain crimes—particularly low-level, nonviolent offenses. The new guidance also bolstered prevention and reentry programs to deter crime, reduce recidivism, and create pathways of opportunity for eligible candidates.
The Attorney General’s plan focuses federal resources and places the harshest sentences on the most violent offenders rather than prioritizing the sheer number of prosecutions. Considering alternatives to incarceration for low-level, non-violent offenses also strengthens our justice system and places a lower financial burden on the budget. This means increased use of diversion programs, such as drug courts, that reduce taxpayer expense and have the potential to be successful at preventing recidivism. Even when imprisonment is appropriate, sentencing should reflect the individualized circumstances of the case.
We must also pay attention to what happens to inmates after prison. To better prevent recidivism, it is important to reduce barriers to reentry for formerly incarcerated individuals. This includes emphasizing reentry programs, and revisiting rules and regulations that make it harder for these individuals to find a job, an education, or affordable housing.
Prisons and Detention
Maintaining safe and secure detention and prison facilities, while investing in ways to reduce recidivism, is critical to the department’s ongoing efforts to reform the criminal justice system and be Smart on Crime. To continue this commitment, the department requests $217 million in program increases for prisons and detention.
The Administration is committed to a comprehensive strategy to contain incarceration costs over the long term by facilitating inmates’ transition into society in order to reduce recidivism rates, increase public safety, and strengthen communities. The budget reflects these commitments and takes steps to address the cycle of incarceration by investing additional resources in the BOP re-entry programs for the approximately 45,000 federal inmates that return to our communities each year.
The request increases staffing at BOP’s 17 high security institutions. The request would provide funding to have two correctional officers on duty in each housing unit for all three shifts, increasing officer and inmate safety at high security institutions. The request also funds additional medical beds at Federal Correctional Institution Fort Worth that will house and treat severely ill inmates currently housed in community hospitals. Finally, the request also increases funding for BOP to undertake essential rehabilitation, modernization, and renovation of BOP institutions, one third of which are 50 years old or older. Adequately maintaining structures preserves capital investments and ensures sufficient security within institutions.
The department plays an integral role in the immigration system by ensuring the fair, expeditious, and uniform application of the Nation’s immigration laws. The department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) oversees the immigration court and Board of Immigrant Appeals. In recent years, in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) increased enforcement efforts along the borders, EOIR has sought to keep pace with the rising number of immigration cases, in order to maintain the effectiveness and efficiency of immigration enforcement, adjudication and detention programs. But EOIR’s immigration court caseload continues to increase to record levels.
To process this increasing workload and improve the efficiency of the immigration court system, the Department requests an increase of $124 million to support additional Immigration Judge (IJ) Teams and Board of Immigration Appeals attorneys and provide for other improvements to the immigration system. This enhancement will help IJ Teams and attorneys adjudicate rising immigration caseloads resulting from the increase in Southwest Border crossings. Also included in this program increase are funds to expand legal representation for unaccompanied children and to improve efficiencies in immigration court proceedings by expanding the Legal Orientation Program.
The department’s mission and responsibility is to investigate and punish those who break federal laws and harm innocent citizens. Continued investments to uphold its commitments and obligations are needed to strengthen the department’s ability to protect the health and well-being of our nation’s citizens, and have the flexibility to address threats as they emerge; simply maintaining existing law enforcement capacity is not sufficient. For FY 2016, the department requests $43 million in additional investments to address violent crime and illicit drugs, along with health care fraud and environmental crime.
State, Local and Tribal Law Enforcement
The department strongly supports its partnerships with state, local, and tribal entities.
The FY 2016 budget maintains its commitments to state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners without reducing the department’s federal operational role. Simultaneously, efficiencies are identified to ensure that federal resources are being targeted to the most effective grant programs.
The FY 2016 discretionary and mandatory request for state, local, and tribal law enforcement assistance is $3.5 billion. The request for state, local, and tribal assistance includes $15 million for implementation of the Administration’s Countering Violent Extremism Initiative, discussed under National Security above. The budget also targets $97 million for the President’s new Community Policing Initiative to build and sustain trust between law enforcement and the people they serve. Both the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and Office of Justice Programs (OJP) budgets include enhancements to support these two initiatives.
The request also includes $249.5 million for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program and a $14 million increase to the Office on Violence Against Women Campus Violence Program.
Public Safety in Indian Country
The United States has a unique legal and political relationship with American Indian tribes and Alaska Native communities as provided by the Constitution, treaties, court decisions and federal statutes. The Department of Justice has an important legal and moral responsibility to prosecute violent crime in Indian Country because under current law, in much of Indian Country, the department alone has the authority to seek an appropriate sentence when a major crime has been committed. Federal investigation and prosecution of serious violent crime in Indian Country is often both the first and only avenue of protection for the victims of these crimes.
The FY 2016 President’s budget requests $417 million in total resources for public safety initiatives in Indian Country. Investments include significant and versatile grant funding for addressing a range of criminal justice issues, among which is a $5 million request for a new Tribal Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction program authorized by Congress in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. This program would provide grants to tribal governments and their designees to support tribal efforts to exercise special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders who commit violence against Indian spouses, intimate partners or dating partners, or who violate protection orders, in Indian Country.
In order to maintain an effective and efficient Department of Justice, the department must invest in its physical and non-physical infrastructure to support its investigative and prosecutorial enterprises. The department’s request addresses gaps in critical infrastructure including information technology systems, facility construction and maintenance, litigation support services, operational oversight and other investments.
The investments requested for FY 2016 build on many DOJ investments already made and will allow the department to make significant strides in several areas. With these investments, the department will be able to make forward progress in consolidating its data centers, reduce the significant backlog for U.S. Marshals Service construction projects in federal courthouses, direct and oversee administration and operation of the department activities, and provide data transparency to the public.
Here we have a movement from back in 2001---Clinton/Bush era created because they were seeing this shift away from our US Constitutional protects and lawyers in courts doing just that ---to those international legal structures. I find this group to be more RIGHT-LEANING in their protection of civil rights and liberties----but all citizens share these few common BILL OF RIGHTS issues.
We can follow groups like this while understanding these groups have members that may be defending right-leaning vs left leaning---or they may be defending global ONE WORLD civil rights and liberties. Issues of surveillance, NSA, privacy, criminalizing dissent are all GLOBAL CIVIL LIBERTIES ISSUES. When we say---NOT IN OUR NAME----we are defending global civil liberties while pro-actively protecting the same in our own nation.
Every community in every city/county should have strong group activity in these areas. In Baltimore we have none. Global Green Corporation Party embraces this but they are tied to ONE WORLD/UN International Economic Zone economic structures. Citizens need to make up their own minds about the statement from GREENS below---and this stance is GLOBAL GREEN. They know the UN is Wall Street global neo-liberal---they know the UN is behind protecting these International Economic Zones and all that injustice, and GLOBAL GREEN PARTY knows soaring construction of International Economic Zones worldwide especially in our cities deemed International Economic Zones will further devastate our environment. They also use this UN Global SUSTAINABILITY as a model for the Green Party----and this will be our discussion next week as to why this is not a global people's green policy.
I am sure there are plenty of Green people in these organizations in communities, states, and nations globally who understand these differences----as BILL OF RIGHTS needs to protect our national constitutions and not the rewritten ones coming as a result of global International Economic Zone and Trans Pacific Trade Pact. Remember, when a group says they are against THIS TPP----that means they support ONE WORLD----they simply pretend the global 99% can contain their global 1%----and they will not as these militarized, surveillance, security structures continue to grow.... 1% WALL STREET FAR-RIGHT AUTHORITARIAN MARXISM.
US citizens will choose whatever political leaning in combating these threats on our national, state, and local sovereignty but we must be aware of goals of all these different groups. I am an old-school FDR US Constitutional and Bill of Rights person-----and Global Green Corporation Party is tied to ROOSEVELT INSTITUTION/UN concept of global social justice in many US states and nations.
Green Party Statement on International Day of UN Peacekeepers
May 29, 2015(OTTAWA) - Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and MP (Saanich – Gulf Islands), issued the following statement on International Day of UN Peacekeepers:
“Today, we pay tribute to peacekeepers around the world who have lost their lives in the pursuit of global peace.
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What was once vigorous funding for strong public justice structures from defense and criminal lawyers upholding WE THE PEOPLE being victim especially by government corruption and corporate fraud----has now become the typical far-right process of BLOCK GRANTS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE. This is what Maryland and Baltimore have done for decades and has led to absolutely no public justice structure for citizens needing civil rights, civil liberties, and protection from all this fraud and corruption. Block granting our public justice has dismantled a solid system of justice and created that third world system of NGO, corporate non-profit, privatized structure for justice where all of the above CHOOSE whether they will represent a citizen experiencing wrongful acts.
Now citizens are at the point where that granted system has been subprimed and filled with lawyers fleecing any citizen coming to them for what is the only structure left for public justice.
THIS IS THE BOTTOM STEP OF A LADDER OF PUBLIC JUSTICE THAT NEEDS REVERSING NOW.
Those thinking this is community policing ----or the other end----a move towards 'tough on crime'-----it is simply installing the global security and militarized policing structures for US International Economic Zones. No citizens from either end of our political spectrum will like these justice policies.
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The Department of Justice offers funding opportunities to support law enforcement and public safety activities in state, local, and tribal jurisdictions; to assist victims of crime; to provide training and technical assistance; to conduct research; and to implement programs that improve the criminal, civil, and juvenile justice systems.
The DOJ Program Plan is a tool to help applicants and grantees find funding opportunities (solicitations) managed by the DOJ grant-making components that address their criminal, juvenile, and civil justice needs.
DOJ Grant Agency Sites
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation's state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources. The COPS Office awards grants to hire community policing professionals, develop and test innovative policing strategies, and provide training and technical assistance to community members, local government leaders, and all levels of law enforcement.
Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies. Because most of the responsibility for crime control and prevention falls to law enforcement officers in states, cities, and neighborhoods, the federal government can be effective in these areas only to the extent that it can enter into partnerships with these officers. Therefore, OJP does not directly carry out law enforcement and justice activities. Instead, OJP works in partnership with the justice community to identify the most pressing crime-related challenges confronting the justice system and to provide information, training, coordination, and innovative strategies and approaches for addressing these challenges. OJP’s goals are to strengthen partnerships with state, local and tribal stakeholders; ensure integrity of, and respect for, science - including a focus on evidence-based, "smart on crime" approaches in criminal and juvenile justice; and administer OJP’s grant awards process in a fair, accessible and transparent fashion - and, as good stewards of federal funds, manage the grants system in a manner that avoids waste, fraud and abuse.
Visit the OJP bureaus and program offices listed below:
- Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
- Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
- National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
- Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)
- Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
The mission of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is to provide federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. OVW administers grant programs to help provide victims with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives, while simultaneously enabling communities to hold offenders accountable for their violence. Funding is provided to local, state and tribal governments; courts; non-profit organizations; community-based organizations; secondary schools; institutions of higher education; and state and tribal coalitions. These entities work toward developing more effective responses to violence against women through activities that include direct services, crisis intervention, transitional housing, legal assistance to victims, court improvement, and training for law enforcement and courts. They also work with specific populations such as elder victims, persons with disabilities, college students, teens, and culturally and linguistically specific populations.
Looking at what the US Justice Department and the United Nations focus heavily on 'social justice'---it is mostly targeting people of color and women because----historically these groups have suffered globally from 1% Wall Street International Economic Zone policies. When the US Justice Department sends grant funds for protecting women's justice ----the same pols who have these few decades allowed crimes against women in the US and around the world soar----we don't believe these funds are coming for protection of women and children. THEY ARE SIMPLY TRYING TO PLACATE POPULATION GROUPS THEY KNOW WILL BE KILLED WITH THESE US INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ZONES AND GLOBAL EXPANSION OF THEM.
This is not a gender issue of injustice----globally men are abused more than women----here in the US male citizens have seen their wealth busted as much as women---as well as their civil rights and liberties. Let's not be factionalized over these PROGRESSIVE POSING JUSTICE GRANTS now our only pathway to justice as in third world developing societies. All of the global labor pool injustices we saw earlier this week are geared towards men in construction jobs---but these injustices hit all levels of profession, gender, and race.
We have decades of history showing that as International Economic Zones are installed and those wealth extremes are installed ----it is women and children who fall to the bottom of societal structures and the abuses brought with extreme poverty. We spoke to that earlier---but in this framework----we have a incredibly shrinking 1% and their 2% taking hold globally and now in our US ----that are not interested at all in human capital that cannot bring profit and that means women become most vulnerable. Women constitute the majority of sweat shop factory labor----and we get the abuses at home and in communities in losses of civil rights and liberties.
When the UN boasts of lifting women in education---they are seeing progress towards new global labor pool participants----that is what a global neo-liberal UN sees as justice----now women around the world get to work for $3 a day or white collar $20-30 a day and a 2% of global women are becoming extremely rich.
All of these stats of injustice----from workplace and wage abuses, people of color and women----will become 99% in the US as International Economic Zone and Trans Pacific Trade Pact policies and structures are installed. We will be that developing nation society in these injustices.
Alan Waldman | May 31, 2013
Women Are Fastest-growing Group of Incarcerated Persons in U.S.
Women dressed in prison uniforms. (Photo credit: Kheel Center, Cornell University)
According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), females are the fastest growing group of incarcerated persons in the United States. The annual growth rate for incarcerated women is now up to 7.5%, compared to 5.7% for men The majority of these women come from minority racial and ethnic backgrounds, are undereducated and come from below the federal poverty line. Most of them are serving time for nonviolent crimes.
An ACLU report states:
In the past 25 years the number of women and girls caught in the criminal justice system has skyrocketed. There are now more than 200,000 women behind bars and more than one million on probation and parole. Many have been swept up in the “war on drugs” and subject to increasingly punitive sentencing policies for non-violent offenders. Many of these women struggle with substance abuse, mental illness, and histories of physical and sexual abuse. Few get the services they need. The toll on women, girls, and their families is devastating.
“Of these women, a reported 85-90% have a history of domestic and sexual abuse. Their involvement in the justice system leaves many incarcerated women vulnerable to re-victimization.
Back at the end of 2001, 93,031 American women were incarcerated in federal and state prisons, making up 6.6% of the total incarcerated population. In 2010, more than 200,000 women were behind bars, most of them women of color. Hispanic women are incarcerated nearly twice the rate of white women, and black women are locked up at four times the rate of white women.
Many women come to prison addicted to drugs. Nearly two-thirds of females were primary guardians for their children prior to being incarcerated. Imprisoned women experienced a higher rate of childhood trauma than men. Women typically suffer more from mood and anxiety disorders.
Studies show that the way in which men and women cope while imprisoned differs in that women tend to form family structures, while male prisoners tend to isolate themselves and be more aggressive towards the other inmates. Women are more likely than men to seek psychiatric help, but only one-quarter follow through and get treatment.
The majority of imprisoned women have suffered abuse and experience post-traumatic stress disorder while behind bars. Seventy percent of guards in federal women’s correctional facilities are male, and rape, assault and groping during pat frisks are not uncommon—reinforcing inmates’ feeling of powerlessness. Women who retaliate face prolonged segregation, loss of “good time” and detrimental write-ups, which discourage future acts of resistance.
Women in prison suffer disproportionately from AIDS/HIV, infectious diseases, reproductive issues and diseases that are common to minorities and poor people, including diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and malnutrition. The U.S. prison system does not well accommodate to women’s healthcare needs.
One major effect of prison is the assault on relationships between parents and their children. Fully 2.4 million American children have a parent behind bars today and 7 million, or 1 in 10 children, have a parent under criminal justice supervision—in jail, prison, on probation or on parole.
Silja J.A. Talvi, author of Women Behind Bars, says:
During my visit to the segregated housing unit of the world’s largest women’s prison, in Chowchilla, CA, I was soon surrounded by the screams of these prisoners—moans and wails echoing off the concrete walls. It was disturbing to see women in what is a barbaric insane asylum, a place so invisible to the public and tax money.
“Nearly every one of the 100 women I interviewed had a serious history of trauma, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or domestic violence. Many had been raped. More than a third of the women entering the prison system were homeless, while 70% had moderate or severe mental illness.
“Since ex-convicts have to check that criminal record box on employment forms, and since they are not given public housing, these people will fall into an even lower class and will commit more crimes, sometimes more serious crimes. We are guaranteeing a more unstable society.
Women victims of crime---violence or criminal are least likely to access lawyers and public justice.
I listened to a Bill Gates and global neo-liberal education presentation this week where these policies were presented as social justice for the poor. These were woman tied to the Michelle Rhee corporatization of public schools from DC, Baltimore etc. They were Latino and black citizens allowed charter businesses stating they were earning 6 figures....meaning $100,000 or more. This has been the modus operandus of Clinton neo-liberals in our US cities these few decades and is the reason black and Latino citizens stay with Hillary.
We already have the stats on enterprenuers and their ability to maintain success. Whether start ups or these professional white collar positions----these are temporary wage structures to dismantle in this case our public education and public health structures. All of these businesses will close---be enfolded into global corporations this coming decade and there will be no women or men as small business entrepreneurs as they all vote for Hillary.
Women and people of color make that majority of voters for Democratic Party and it is PROGRESSIVE POSING policies like this that deliberately target these groups. If American women and women of color look overseas at where WE THE WOMEN are---they can see where US women and children will be if we MOVE FORWARD with US International Economic Zones. Who will be that 2% of the 1% women? DON'T WORK TOWARDS THAT! These headlines are only giving an impression of success across all population groups. National media is now propaganda, not journalism. Please be careful and look to our communities to see who is losing their businesses, homes, employment, and fighting for their childrens' safety!
Power Moves! Black Women Fastest-Growing Entrepreneurs In The U.S.
Posted 3 years ago.
Kirsten West Savali , Contributing Editor @KWestSavali
When the going gets tough, the tough get going is an affirmation that has always applied to Black women and a new report released by the Center for American Progress has the numbers to prove it.
Despite continued racial disparities and inequities in healthcare, education, politics and unemployment, Black women are the fastest-growing entrepreneurs in the United States, starting businesses at six times the national average.
The statistics about sisters making these power moves are inspiring:
- The number of companies started by African-American women grew nearly 258 percent from 1997 to 2013.
- The number of African-American women-owned businesses in 2013 was estimated at 1.1 million, comprising 42 percent of businesses owned by women of color and 49 percent of all African-American-owned businesses.
- African-American women-owned businesses employed 272,000 workers and generated $44.9 billion in revenue in 2013.
- African-American women only earned $610 per week, whereas African-American men made $666 and white women’s median usual weekly earnings were $718 in the second quarter of 2013.
- The unemployment rate of African-American women more than 20 years of age increased above 2012 averages and was 181 percent more than that of white women in the second quarter of 2013. African-American women had an unemployment rate of 10.5 percent compared to 5.8 percent for white women.
- The most current available data show that African-American women only made 64 cents to the dollar compared to white, non-Hispanic men in 2010. White women made 78.1 cents to the same dollar.
- A study by the American Association of University Women found that African-American women made 90 percent of their African-American male counterparts’ wages in 2012.
More than half—53.3 percent—of Black working wives are the breadwinners in their household.
As the UN knows----it is the constant wars creating instability and it is the very predatory and abusive International Economic Zone policies that have undermine women and safety for decades. When Wall Street neo-liberalism comes to a nation the first thing it does is privatize land----ending centuries of small local farming and families owning their land. This simple life provides stability and prosperity albeit not by our developed world standards. It is the breakdown of these societal structures overseas that created these problems now discussed by this UN group on justice for global women. Well, if the UN were fighting globalization and building of International Economic Zones knowing extreme wealth and extreme poverty follows ----they would ACTUALLY BE WORKING FOR WOMENS' JUSTICE.
So, now all these global policies are being brought to the US by CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA---with the UN's help-----do you hear the UN shouting and educating US citizens to fight these structures? Are they protecting American women PRO-ACTIVELY? OF COURSE NOT.
Sure, there are cultures and religions around the world that oppress----social democrats in the US have worked for centuries to educate and make change for global women---these global ONE WORLD International Economic Zone structures under Trans Pacific Trade Pact is the opposite of justice for global women.
The far-right wing is silent when they should be PRO-ACTIVE----and race to FEEL THE PAIN of the 99% REACTIVELY. We see this in our national and local media as victims of crime are highlighted and nothing is said about the systemic frauds, corruptions, and repressive structures in our government.
Women face injustice all across the world: UN Women report
Saumya Bhattacharya, ET Bureau Jul 7, 2011, 01.03am IST
In rich and poor countries alike, the infrastructure of justice is failing women, says a UN Women report. Legal reform is only a start, the report argues – laws must be implemented to translate into true equality. Across the board, existing laws are too often inadequately enforced keeping many women from reporting cases of gender inequality
Injustice towards women, it seems, has no boundaries. Justice remains out of reach for millions of the world's women, a flagship report launched today by UN Women warns. 'Progress of the World's Women: In Pursuit of Justice' is UN Women's first major report, following the organization's launch in early 2011.
Among issues affecting women the most, domestic violence impacts women all over the world. In 125 countries there are laws to protect them. Globally, 53% of working women – 600 million – are in vulnerable jobs, such as self-employment, domestic work or unpaid work for family businesses, which often lack the protection of labour laws.
NOTHING CREATES INJUSTICE FOR WOMEN LIKE GLOBAL CORPORATE FACTORIES AND INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ZONE POLICIES THE UN SUPPORTS.
Despite at least 117 countries enacting equal pay laws, on average women are still paid 10 to 30 percent less than men across all regions and sectors, the report says. Several studies have linked the gender pay gap with women's caring responsibilities. In a study of 15 developed countries, where men did more housework, the gender pay gap was smaller, says the report.
The numbers at workplace are no less worrying--117 countries outlaw sexual harassment in the workplace. But 311 million working age women continue to live and work in countries without this legal protection. In terms of equal access to jobs, in a review of 126 countries, in more than a third, women are prohibited from working in the same industries as men. Laws to 'protect' women from dangerous or arduous jobs, or night work are now considered paternalistic and a limitation on women's economic opportunities, the report points out.
"With half the world's population at stake, the findings of this report are a powerful call to action. The foundations for justice for women have been laid: in 1911, just two countries in the world allowed women to vote – now that right is virtually universal. But full equality demands that women become men's true equals in the eyes of the law – in their home and working lives, and in the public sphere," said Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women in a statement.
Bachelet of Chile has been identified by Chileans as being just another global Wall Street neo-liberal posing as a socialist having been just as unjust as her authoritarian predecessor. We would not want establishment pols from neo-liberal International Economic Zones as justice spokespersons.
Funding to strengthen women's legal rights is inadequate, says the report. Of the $874 billion spent by the World Bank in the last 10 years, $126 billion went into public administration, law and justice systems, but only $7.3million went into programmes aimed at gender equality - 0.001% of the total budget.
On India, Laura Turquet, Lead Report Author, UN Women says that women workers in informal sector in India are most vulnerable. Labour laws do not necessarily protect women in this sector. "One of the issues in India is also the issue of domestic workers. Women still do more unpaid domestic and caring work than men in every region of the world," she says.
The report recognizes the positive progress made – 139 countries and territories now guarantee gender equality in their constitutions, for example – but also shows that too often, women continue to experience injustice, violence and inequality in their home and working lives. The United Nations Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has been signed by 186 counties. To date, 139 constitutions guarantee gender equality, 117 have equal pay laws and 125 outlaw domestic violence. However, much remains to be done to achieve justice for women and girls, says the report.
"We are talking about justice. The broad issue is woman empowerment," says Turquet. Making a case for more women in politics and public life, the report points out that in countries where there have been steep increases in women's representation in parliaments, for example Rwanda, Nepal and Spain, progressive laws on women's rights have often followed. Yet there are still less than 30% of women in parliament in the vast majority of countries.
TODAY'S WOMEN IN CONGRESS ARE ALL 1% WALL STREET GLOBAL CORPORATE NEO-LIBERALS WORKING HARD TO BE THAT 2%----BRINGING INJUSTICE TO 99% OF WOMEN---THIS IS NOT GENDER JUSTICE.
Changes in the law, when properly enforced, lay the groundwork for changing attitudes and improving women's position in society. But legal reform is only a start, the report argues – laws must be implemented to translate into true equality. Across the board, existing laws are too often inadequately enforced, the report finds.
Many women shrink away from reporting crimes due to social stigma and weak justice systems. The costs and practical difficulties of seeking justice can be prohibitive – from travel to a distant court, to paying for expensive legal advice. The result is high dropout rates in cases where women seek redress, especially on gender-based violence. Weak justice infrastructure presents major practical barriers to achieving justice for women globally, the report concludes.
FORWARD PROGRESSIVES is a ONE WORLD Clinton/Bush/Obama outlet----it is not left-leaning social democratic. It is true, the conservative Republicans have these few decades been fighting the funding and growing strength of the UN knowing the loss of US sovereignty was coming. Unfortunately these same voters do not support the social issues of US Constitutional rights---they are seeing their ability to own businesses, their ideas of civil rights and liberties disappear. Republican voters are just as fooled by their Bush neo-conservative candidates in this regard as I showed the ROOSEVELT INSTITUTE branches hitting heavily on southern university campuses. Republican voters are now being sold that THIS POSING SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE AS FDR will bring right-wing policy back to being American. They think Roosevelt Institute is protecting US civil rights and liberties coming from a right-wing direction.
These Republicans have been right to hate the growing power of UN during CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA and the Democratic voters haven't a clue for the most part. They are listening to policy think tanks like Roosevelt Institute and Aspen Institute telling them the UN is fighting to lift people of color and women around the world.
FORWARD PROGRESSIVES ARE CLINTON NEO-LIBERAL MOVING FORWARD. YES, CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS ARE STILL OUR DEMOCRATIC OPPONENTS---BUT THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY ISSUES VITAL TO ALL CITIZENS. Know who the right coalition partners are and it is not Roosevelt Institute/Aspen Institute/United Nations policy.
The Truth Is, Conservatives Hate The United States Of America
March 3, 2015 By Allen Clifton
As much as I disliked George W. Bush, I never hated the man. Sure, I strongly disagreed with just about everything he did while he was in office, but I never really stooped to the level of blind hatred. In fact, as Americans we should always root for the success of whatever president we have. Because the truth is, to cheer for the failure of a president is essentially rooting for the failure of this country. But when it comes to President Obama, the vast majority of conservatives absolutely detest him. It’s not partisan disagreement or just a general dislike, it’s blind, unfettered hatred. I truly believe that most of them would rather seen this country burn to the ground before they’d ever hope to see this president succeed. The truth is, no matter what this president does, they’re going to attack him for it. Even if it’s exactly what they’re saying he should be doing. Just look at the way in which Republicans and conservatives fall all over themselves trying to praise leaders of other countries, while absolutely bashing and lying about our own. They consider President Obama an “un-American tyrant” who apparently doesn’t love this country. Meanwhile, I’ve seen Republicans heap gushing praise on the King of Jordan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The truth is, congressional Republicans show more respect toward Netanyahu than they do our own president. Hell, I’ve seen Fox News even praise Vladimir Putin’s “strength” as a leader. But what is it about this country that they love? They loathe liberals, so there goes over half of our population. Conservative ideologies (especially those in the South) are almost always on the wrong side of history when it comes to the constitutionality of their beliefs. They detest homosexuals, treat women as second-class citizens and have almost no respect for anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their brand of Christianity. Even when it gets right down to our Constitution, they really don’t “love” it. Outside of the Second Amendment, and the Tenth (because they often claim “states’ rights” whenever they’re trying to violate another one of our amendments), what is it about our Constitution that they “love”? Oh, and the main reason why they adore the Second Amendment so much is because they think guns give them the right to overthrow the government – the government that was created by the Constitution. Our First Amendment continually prevents them from turning this country into a theocracy. The First Amendment was what gave rise to the civil rights movement. You know, back when Southern conservatives were fighting to keep segregation legal, prevent interracial marriages and oppose the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was the protection of our First Amendment that gave power to those who marched through the streets of Selma and all over this nation, demanding equal rights for those who had been denied them for far too long. This was all done against the resistance of those who clung to their ignorance and their Bible – just as conservatives continue to do today. Conservatives are the people we often hear uttering the phrase “traditional American values,” which makes absolutely no sense. This nation has been a nation of progress since its inception – we have but one tradition, and that’s progress. But progress cannot be achieved clinging to yesterday, while resisting tomorrow. I see conservatives kind of like the Blockbuster video of our society. Once upon a time, Blockbuster (a company that at one time dominated the video rental industry) had the opportunity to buy Netflix for around $50 million. It passed. Today, Netflix is worth nearly $30 billion, whereas Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy back in 2010 and is all but non-existent now. All because Blockbuster refused to adapt and embrace the future, instead choosing to cling to the past. It’s conservatives who are the ones who often talk about secession and revolts whenever they don’t get their way. It’s never made a whole lot of sense to me for someone to claim they love their country, yet hate the very government the Constitution of this nation created. But the truth is, conservatives hate this country. They hate its leader, its government, over half the people living here and basically anyone with whom they disagree. The only thing they really “love” is an idea of what they wished the United States was, but has never been and will never be.
As we see here---the ACLU during CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA moved to the far-right and towards Libertarian stances on civil rights and liberties allowing more Republicans to see the ACLU as working for their civil liberties. This is where all of our EQUAL PROTECTION CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS brought by the labor, womens', disabilities, and black/brown civil rights movement of the 1960s disappeared. When a left-leaning labor and justice citizen asks WHERE IS THE ACLU ON THIS PROBLEM? They are now far-right Libertarian---and even the 2% of the 1% don't want these authoritarian structures built. MARTIAL law kills corporate profits so the ACLU lawyers will fight those civil liberties issues.
WE NEED ALL LAWYERS TO MOVE AWAY FROM THESE INTERNATIONAL LEGAL STRUCTURES AND REBUILD OUR US CONSTITUTIONAL AND NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY ----ANTI-MONOPOLY LAWS! STOP BEING A 5% WORKING FOR THE 1% OF LAWYERS!
'Of course, many conservatives have a libertarian streak, so the alliance may not be as strange as it first appears.
"The Republican Party that I grew up in was a civil libertarian party," said Sheila Kennedy, author of the book "What's a Nice Republican Girl Like Me Doing in the ACLU?"
Far-right Libertarian lawyers working for the civil rights and liberties for individuals to accumulate as much wealth anyway they can------represent that 2% enriched global citizens not wanting these authoritarian, militaristic structures they know will be used against them. These Libertarian lawyers are of course not against ONE WORLD OR INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ZONES----and will not protect against this march towards far-right Libertarian Marxism. This is why our ACLU is silent on these REAL policy issues of installing International Economic Zones with Trans Pacific Trade Pact.
ACLU grows, wins friends on the right
June 07, 2003|By Naftali Bendavid, Washington Bureau.
WASHINGTON — Membership in the American Civil Liberties Union and similar groups has soared since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, an increase that is especially noteworthy because the ACLU appears to be making significant headway among conservatives, who have traditionally despised the organization.
The ACLU has signed up such prominent conservatives as former Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.), a firebrand whom liberals loved to hate when he was in Congress. It has formed lobbying alliances with right-leaning groups from the American Conservative Union to the Eagle Forum to Americans for Tax Reform.
"You name it, we have gone into bed with them," said ACLU spokeswoman Emily Whitfield.
While it is impossible to know for sure, ACLU leaders and conservatives believe a major portion of the 100,000 members who have joined since the Sept. 11 attacks have come from conservative ranks. The dramatic expansion has brought the ACLU's membership to 400,000, by far the largest in the group's 80-year history.
The increase suggests that despite the war on terrorism, many Americans remain deeply troubled by the potential for the federal government overreaching that is embodied in such anti-terrorism measures as the USA Patriot Act, which expands eavesdropping powers. The ACLU has often served as a barometer of public anxiety about big government.
The ACLU's expansion is not unique; the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which focuses on Internet privacy, has nearly doubled from 5,000 members to 9,000. "It's a general sense of fear and distrust of government, and concern that police and the Department of Justice are getting more power than they should have," said Kevin McLaughlin, the foundation's membership director.
But it is the ACLU, the nation's premier civil liberties group, that has undergone the most striking transformation. The group, which has always claimed to be non-partisan, is seizing on the attacks in an attempt to remake itself--polishing its image, aggressively reaching out to conservatives and launching new ads. The ACLU holds its first full membership meeting in Washington starting Wednesday, and it will include a day of lobbying on Capitol Hill.
"I think the ACLU is taking its reputation and its image more seriously," said Laura Murphy, who heads the group's Washington office. "What we are doing ... is repositioning the ACLU, and for some people, they're rediscovering us on a whole panoply of issues."
That is especially true of conservatives, who previously had little time for the ACLU but are deeply concerned about some of the Bush administration's anti-terror initiatives.
"It's scared a lot of conservatives," Barr said. "They now recognize that we do have common ground with the ACLU."
Many were startled when the ACLU signed up Barr, an outspoken prosecutor in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, as a consultant last January.
Of course, many conservatives have a libertarian streak, so the alliance may not be as strange as it first appears.
"The Republican Party that I grew up in was a civil libertarian party," said Sheila Kennedy, author of the book "What's a Nice Republican Girl Like Me Doing in the ACLU?"
The ACLU and its new allies have held forums, written letters to lawmakers, buttonholed members of Congress and otherwise argued that the Bush administration's push for expanded eavesdropping powers and enhanced information gathering is dangerous.
The alliance is all the more striking because many on the right have distrusted the ACLU for years. Former President George Bush, the current president's father, famously accused Democrat Michael Dukakis in the 1988 presidential campaign of being a "card-carrying member of the ACLU"--a crack calculated to please the conservative base.
Today, a Web site affiliated with the conservative Coral Ridge Ministries portrays the ACLU as virtually satanic. It features a snarling wolf with the legend, "The ACLU: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing."
Some conservatives seethe at the ACLU's opposition to school prayer and its support of gay rights and abortion rights. In addition, many on the right consider the ACLU to be hypocritical for paying scant attention to gun rights.
But as the government has accrued more power since the Sept. 11 attacks, many conservatives are increasingly concluding they are on the same side as the ACLU.
Shortly after the World Trade Center collapsed, Congress enacted the Patriot Act, expanding the FBI's wiretapping and search powers. Another government initiative, CAPPS II, would use databases to scrutinize every airline passenger and assign that person a threat level of red, yellow or green.
A Pentagon program called Total Information Awareness, which is now on hold, would monitor individuals' credit card purchases, bank records and so on in the hunt for terrorists.
The ACLU has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with conservatives to battle each of these proposals.
Here we see the ACLU stance and its concerns over TPP are limited. Many of these protections by the ACLU are aimed at protecting business economies. The ACLU is not against the loss of sovereignty from the designation of our US cities as International Economic Zones for example which takes all other US Constitutional rights for WE THE PEOPLE with it. Global Green Corporation Party have these same far-right civil liberty issues as their stance as well. If no one protects EQUAL PROTECTION AND US RULE OF LAW AND SOVEREIGNTY issues----there will be no legal structure to protect these civil liberties issues valued by the 2% global citizens.
“The TPP relates to the ACLU’s agenda of protecting free speech and privacy online, open government principles and ultimately protecting the Internetas the most open and innovative platform the world has seen.”
ACLU: TPP is the ‘biggest threat to free speech and intellectual property that you’ve never heard of’
TOPICS:TPPSeptember 9, 2012
Madison Ruppert, Contributor
The highly secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are coming under increased fire from both government officials like Senator Ron Wyden and civil liberties organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
More information on the somewhat mysterious TPP negotiations emerged recently in a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report published by the Federation of American Scientists which can be read here.
In a recent blog post, Sandra Fulton of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office went as far as to call the TPP the “biggest threat to free speech and intellectual property that you’ve never heard of,” which is likely not all that much of an exaggeration.
Others have characterized the TPP as “SOPA on steroids,” referring to the Stop Online Piracy Act which was abandoned thanks to a great deal of public activism. However, it became quite clear that SOPA would not be the end of these efforts.
As the EFF points out in a blog post, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is going above and beyond in the TPP negotiations by not just pushing for the proposed changes to intellectual property law but the USTR is also making a concerted effort to avoid any and all Congressional oversight.
According to the EFF, “the USTR has recently rebuffed a request from the staff director on the Senate Finance Committee’s International Trade Subcommittee to review documents pertaining to the negotiations.”
Speaking out against the USTR’s activities, Senator Ron Wyden, the Chairman of the Subcommittee, wrote that his office “is responsible for conducting oversight over the USTR and trade negotiations.
“To do that, I asked that my staff obtain the proper security credentials to view the information that USTR keeps confidential and secret,” continued Wyden. “This is material that fully describes what the USTR is seeking in the TPP talks on behalf of the American people and on behalf of Congress. More than two months after receiving the proper security credentials, my staff is still barred from viewing the details of the proposals that USTR is advancing.”
In other words, even though Wyden’s staff has already received “the proper security credentials,” they are, for some strange reason, still blocked from actually viewing the details of the proposals.
It is truly tragic when our so-called representatives can’t even know what the government is doing in our name. Clearly there is no regard for transparency (so much for the most transparent administration in history) and even less regard for the rights of the American people.
The EFF recently was able to get a more detailed look at how exactly the ACLU is working to bring transparency and openness to the TPP negotiations directly from Sandra Fulton and Gabe Rottman of the ACLU.
When asked how the TPP relates to the ACLU’s quest to fight for the protection of digital freedoms, the ACLU representatives said, “The TPP relates to the ACLU’s agenda of protecting free speech and privacy online, open government principles and ultimately protecting the Internetas the most open and innovative platform the world has seen.”
“While strong regulations are necessary to protect IP and promote innovation online, these must be crafted carefully and in a fully transparent fashion,” they continued. This is an incredibly important point which must be emphasized. In opposing CISPA, SOPA, the Protect IP Act (PIPA),ACTA, and the TPP, I am not saying that we should not protect intellectual property and online innovation.
To take such a position would be entirely nonsensical since I rely on such protections provided for my work as well.
“We are concerned that an overly broad policy to crackdown on copyright infringement would allow for the takedown of non-infringing content as well, in violation of the First Amendment, which was the same concern presented by SOPA and PIPA,” said the ACLU’s Fulton and Rottman.
“We also have strong concerns over any provision that would create legal incentives for ISPs to step up surveillance of Internet communications in search of suspected copyright infringement, which would potentially endanger the privacy of users. We also believe that whole site takedowns pose serious due process concerns,” they added.
The EFF brings out a quite important point in asking, “No one in the public has had access to the official TPP text. So what do you expect from the US government in regard to the TPP negotiation process moving forward?”
“First of all, we do not believe domestic IP law can or should be changed through international agreements. While the administration insists TPP will not change substantive US law, we are concerned that this will not be the case,” the ACLU responded. “Signing the agreement could make it unnecessarily more difficult for Congress to update copyright laws while staying compliant with new international obligations.”
“If negotiations of an international treaty that could affect domestic enforcement of IP law are to continue they must proceed in an open and fully transparent fashion. All negotiations must take place in a way where all interested parties, including those representing civil society, are able to participate,” said the ACLU.
When asked what the average citizen can do to engage in the TPP negotiation process, the ACLU recommended that citizens contact their representatives directly in order to demand Congressional oversight of the TPP, which is sorely lacking at this point.
They also said that citizens can actually directly lobby the USTR, although I personally think that effort might be a bit less fruitful than going to members of Congress.
“We are very concerned with the President circumventing constitutional checks and balances by wrongly asserting fast track authority in order to negotiate the agreement without Congressional oversight,” said the ACLU in summing up their thoughts on the TPP.
In order for any progress to be made, maximum engagement from citizens is absolutely required. Please use this tool to contact your representative and do not hesitate to call, write letters and emails or even show up at your representative’s office to demand oversight of the TPP negotiations.
We’ve seen that if the people get organized and raise a united voice against a piece of legislation or an issue, there can actually be some significant impact. However, if it is only a few people engaged in actually speaking out, it is much easier to ignore the outrage.
This video does a good job in identifying what checks and balances means to our 3 branches of government. It also makes clear an OATH OF OFFICE binds our elected pols to serving in the interests of WE THE PEOPLE. Each branch of government has its lawyers tied to providing those US Constitutional checks and balances and right now----THEY ARE ALL TEAM 1% WALL STREET GLOBAL ONE WORLD CORPORATE TRIBUNAL RULE.
If we know what the problems are, if we know when people in leadership are lying, cheating, and stealing our RIGHTS AS CITIZENS----we can come together as a 99% to reverse these global policies and get back to being a DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC UNDER US RULE OF LAW WITH A US CONSTITUTION GUARANTEEING WE THE PEOPLE AS LEGISLATORS OUR BILL OF RIGHTS AS CITIZEN
ASK A LAWYER WHY HE/SHE IS NOT FIGHTING US CITIES AS INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ZONES, TRANS PACIFIC TRADE PACT, AND EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER RULE OF LAW FOR ALL.
Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances: Crash Course Government and Politics #3
In which Craig Benzine teaches you about the US Governments Separation of powers and the system…