Habeas Corpus is Like Car Insurance

Habeas Corpus is like car insurance—you don’t worry about it much until you have an accident; or, in the case of habeas corpus, until you get arrested for peaceful protest and hauled before a military tribunal.  Sound preposterous?  Isn’t this the United States, the land of the free?  Well, no, actually.  Not anymore.  Not since the Patriot Act, the NDAA 2012 (and 2013) Act, and the Trespass Bills (HR 347, S 1794), AKA the “anti-Occupy bills”.

Now, in the United States of America, U. S. citizens can be indefinitely detained, without charge or trial, for a “belligerent act”.  What is that?  Well, no one quite knows for sure.  Want to stage a protest at the Democratic convention, or question your representative on where your tax dollars are going?  Be careful, you could be guilty of “knowing” you are entering a government building or within proximate space of someone guarded by the Secret Service (if they aren’t in their hotel rooms with prostitutes), and therefore in violation of a federal crime that could land you in prison for ten years, in which case I guess at least you wouldn’t have to be paying taxes!

Add to this the attacks on our privacy and free speech by the SOPA, PIPA, and now (again!) CISPA legislation, which if passed, would eviscerate our ability to voice our outrage and connect with one another on the Internet, and a frightening picture of a world dominated by Big Brother watching and controlling our every move begins to take shape.

These laws make a mockery of our Bill of Rights by violating our First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights, and whether you are a Tea Partier or an Occupier, your civil liberties are under assault.  We the people need to demand that these unconstitutional laws be rescinded before we find ourselves in Nazi Germany, or worse, living out an Orwellian nightmare.

Like car insurance, it’s a good idea not to let your constitutional rights like habeas corpus “lapse” because you never know when you might need them. 

Help us fight this unconstitutional attack on our civil liberties!  Write and call Congress and demand that these unconstitutional laws be reversed!

International Women’s Day March in Los Angeles

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Women-Occupy attended the march at Hollywood & Vine in Los Angeles on March 9 carrying our “Occupy Patriarchy” banner.

My favorite sign was carried by a young man that read, “Violence Against Women is a Men’s Issue!” and my favorite wearable art was a woman’s shirt that read:  “No Means No, Maybe Means No, Silence Means No, Only Yes Means Yes.”  Very inspirational day!

Hunger, Poverty, Homelessness

Due to the malfeasance of Wall Street banksters causing the mortgage crisis and the world economy to crash, and now the corporate puppets in congress insisting on austerity, we are experiencing an epidemic of hunger, poverty, and homelessness. Predatory banks have foreclosed upon people illegally, jobs have vanished, and we the people are being dispossessed.

Unchecked carbon emissions have altered the atmosphere and the resulting climate change is causing record droughts and famines. At the same time, our food supply is being threatened and controlled like never before.  Pesticide companies like Monsanto have patented genetically-modified seeds that can withstand toxic chemicals like the neonicotinoids research has identified as responsible for the destruction of bee colonies and are pushing Frankenfood onto consumers, without GMO labelling.

We are facing a worldwide crisis perpetrated by corporate giants who would extend their corporate rule through the abuse of our Bill of Rights by corporate “personhood” nationally, and globally by “treaties” like the TPP. Citizens, voters, consumers are the losers and we must join together and fight for our right to decent work at a liveable wage, affordable housing, and a safe and nutritious food supply.

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WORD Organizes March in L. A. to End Violence Against Women

PROTEST!

STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!

THE STATUS QUO MUST GO!

HONOR OUR HISTORY ON

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

SAT., MARCH 9, 1PM

Gather @ Hollywood & Vine

WORD: Women Organized to Resist and Defend

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 Sexual violence against women is all too “normal” and accepted. We must actively resist oppression against women in all its forms.  The violence, objectification, sexual harassment, and inequality that women experience is a product of a patriarchal system and of institutionalized sexism, and can only be solved by a grassroots movement that fights those root causes. Women themselves hold the power to bring an end to sexual violence. Every single right we as women have today is the result of a fight-back movement. Join us to carry on that legacy of struggle on International Women’s Day for a rally to end violence against women. We need a Women’s Spring all over the world!  Join us and Occupy Patriarchy!

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AIR OCCUPY COVERS THE TPP TODAY

Air Occupy will be having a probative discussion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, aka the TPP, today at 8 a.m. PST on www.GoliathRadio.com

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a secretly-negotiated agreement between the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam with options for countries such as Korea, Thailand, and China to join over time, that has been referred to as “NAFTA on steroids” and a “1%er power tool” by Lori Wallach at Citizens’ Trade Watch.  It is crucial that we stop the passage of this toxic, undemocratic, corporate monster that will defeat democracy itself, both domestically and abroad, as corporate ISDS tribunals will trump local, state, and federal governments and the will of the people if it passes.

The Social Safety Net Under Attack

Our social safety net is under assault by the representatives of the ultra wealthy who want to rob the Social Security fund and take away the earned benefits for which many of us have been working our entire lives.

Write your Representative today and tell them to stand against cuts to our earned Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

Have you signed the Cancel The Sequester petition yet?

If not, take a minute now.

Internet Freedom

The Internet is vital to our freedom and to our democracy.  One of the most luminous, gifted individuals who contributed to it was Aaron Swartz, devoted to transparency and open communication.  We honor his memory and we dedicate ourselves to the fight to preserve our First Amendment by resisting SOPA, PIPA, CISPA I and now CISPA II.  For more information on the latest incarnation of CISPA, see:  HR 3523 – CISPA