Video – US citizens are regarded as property – a human resource – upon birth and are issued a birth certificate that is actually a bank note.
Lance Schuttler – Since the Occupy Wall Street protests in late 2011, the world has seen continued cries for justice, peace and equality.
“We have to reclaim our voices, we have to demand to be heard,” she says. “The energy and the outrage and the righteousness of the Occupy movement [needs] to latch on to the war problem — for us to understand the connection and talk about it.” Bolger urges people to find “the motivation to step outside their comfort zone a little bit.”
“For ten years people in Albany have tried to turn the Gill Tract into an urban farm and more open space for the community,” explains Jackie Hermes-Fletcher, an Albany resident and public school teacher for 38 years. “The people in the Bay Area deserve to use this treasure of land for an urban farm to help secure the future of our children.”
What options are available for redress? Inevitably, the answer given is politics: run a candidate, vote in elections, pass legislation and win incremental reforms that shift the system in favor of the common person. Yet we have seen scores of politicians come and go with no satisfactory change in how this system operates. Almost invariably, these candidates turn into our enemies and, in the rare instance where a potential ally takes the field, they are dismissed as unserious and silly.
The Century Aluminum factory in Ravenswood, W.Va., had seen struggles before. In 1990, 1,700 union workers at what was then called Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation were locked out in an effort to drastically cut wages. When the plant closed in 2009, laying off 651 workers, Century Aluminum promised workers that their health benefits would continue.