It’s just war

 

If you conduct a war, you shouldn’t be in charge of narrating it.”

-Thomas Hayden

I recently came across a moving post at Wolfessblog that brought to my attention a homage already underway for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War Commemoration and it’s accompanying website was green-lit by the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act. All I can say is thank goodness the Dept. of Defense is finally getting around to memorializing the indiscriminate slaughter, chemical warfare and weapons of mass destruction that were unleashed by the U.S. military on the civilian population in Vietnam. I am confident that the thousands of veterans who returned from Southeast Asia drug addicted, Agent Oranged and PTSD’ed will find some measure of peace knowing there is now an interactive timeline dedicated to their efforts. I think I speak for all Vietnamese people whose livelihoods, families and homes were forever altered by the U.S. military campaign when I say, “Your commemoration and most of all your glorious website makes up for everything.” As I wipe away the tears, I chastise myself for ever wishing The Hague upon the executives of Monsanto, Dow Chemical and the American government who orchestrated this just (a bunch of gooks) war.

(Photo credit: Wikimedia)

(Photo credit: Wikimedia)

Until recent decades, the shadow of the Vietnam War loomed large over American geopolitics and the bellicose were relegated to shadow wars in Central America to appease a war weary public. But nobody puts baby in a corner for long. At the end of Gulf War I: Desert Storms, Bush Sr. whooped, “By God, we’ve kicked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all!” All that was needed was a cataclysmic event to activate the shock doctrine in star spangled style. As citizens reeled from the singular event known as 9/11, the monolithic apparatus known as the United States government, which can barely get out of it’s own way on a good day, somehow found the political will and unity to authorize the Patriot Act. The bible beltway was then loosened to launch another just (a bunch of Muslims) war. If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a transplanted Vietnamese adoptee, it’s that Americans love their memorials. With luck, future generations will get the privilege of participating in the Iraq/Afghanistan/Libya/Syria/TBD War Commemoration. Meanwhile, the venerable Veterans for Peace have launched their own counter-insurgency known as the Peace and Justice Commemoration that is part of a broader campaign for full disclosure of what really went down in the kill anything that moves fields. Clearly, they haven’t been to the new website, yet.

Peace and solidarity to all readers.

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Jeffster Awards #35

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(Photo credit: skulzstudios)

This is the next installment of an ongoing series at Deconstructing Myths…the Jeffster Awards! This award will be given on an ongoing basis to five outstanding blog posts that caught my wandering eye. There are no strings attached or requirements for reciprocation. I don’t have time to comment on other blogs as much I’d like to so the least I can do is direct readers to some of these outstanding writers, poets, and visual artists. Please direct all feedback (likes, comments, follows) to the blogs themselves. I hope you enjoy these exemplary posts as much as I did. So, without further ado, here are the recipients of this week’s Jeffster Awards…hot off the (Word)presses.

Naked at Rooted in Being

The Graduate Premium Myth {The system sucks the life from me} at discordian {Artist Ian Pritchard}

Earth and Sky at Eddie Two Hawks

GAZANS STILL WAITING FOR THE LIGHTS TO COME ON at Desert Peace

Talking about freedom rather than change at See & Connect

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Peace and solidarity to all readers.

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It ain’t Arawak Day

Hear ye, hear ye! If you are a federal employee, mailman or banker, Columbus Day is your day to kick back, crack open a cold one and pour one out for Cristoforo Columbo, the Genoese explorer who put the C in colonialism. While Kindergarten teachers still dress up their students in headbands and reenact the last supper with the pilgrims and injuns (I've seen this with my own eyes), the 1950's called and they want their lesson plans back. But if there's one thing I've been taught by my colonial benefactors, it's to be thankful. When I was FedExed from an orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to the United States, I was conditioned by my well meaning adoptive family to be grateful to the U.S. military for rescuing me from the Communist heathens. Sure, they left out the fact that the same military carpet bombed my homeland with more than 50,000 tons of napalm, Agent Orange and assorted dioxins but who am I to nitpick? So, I now resolve not to make the same mistake twice and take a moment to give credit where credit is due.
Uncle Sam standing over US Pacific possessions...

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Thanks to Columbus the indigenous people of North America, aka the Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs, were systematically starved, plagued, boarding schooled, treatied, reservationed and just plain white-manned to death.

Thanks to Columbus the African people were imported in chains like so many Hondas and Toyotas to make pampered and privileged land owners obscenely wealthy.

Thanks to Columbus the Japanese Americans whose ancestors helped build the infrastructure of this country were herded like cattle into internment camps without due process.

Thanks to Columbus the CIA flooded the inner cities with Colombian stamped, dirt cheap crack cocaine to fund counterinsurgencies in Central America.

Thanks to Columbus the U.S. military has fought more than 13 years of nonstop wars in predominantly brown, black and Muslim countries.

Thanks to Columbus our students are graduating with six-figure debt while other nations provide higher education for free to their citizens.

Thanks to Columbus the public schools are lab rats for neoliberal think tanks and billionaire funded foundations who view teachers as scapegoats and children as future assets or liabilities.

Thanks to Columbus our nation’s law enforcement officers are morphing into an occupying force rather than public servants entrusted to protect the public it serves.

Thanks to Columbus one of the wealthiest nations on the planet has failed to provide single payer, universal health care to it’s citizens.

Thanks to Columbus millions of Americans have lost their homes or jobs while we all get to put up with fat, white men in suits (no offense, Santa) telling us that some banks are just too big to fail.

Thanks to Columbus that stubborn, old sun just keeps on rising in the East and setting in the West. What…no love for the North or South?

English: Rossport Solidarity Camp

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Ok, that last one might have been a stretch…peace and solidarity to all readers.

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Days gone by

“Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down”

-Talking Heads

Life is sometimes stranger than science fiction. One day I am sitting at my desk getting ready to teach 18 first graders how to become college and career ready. The next day I am working as a case manager for veterans and post-release prisoners at a nonprofit agency that provides transitional housing and substance abuse treatment for homeless men. After resigning my teaching position and a brief period of unemployment, I am back to my first love as a social worker. Like public education, I recognize that social work acts more often than not as an extension of the state rather than a counterbalancing force. However, there are rewards in helping men get their driver’s license reinstated or their last court costs paid off. The high in seeing a man celebrate six months clean and sober is immeasurable. The past month has led me to question the meaning of things not for the first time. I have been fortunate to have a supportive family and extended blogging community while I’ve wrestled with some personal, existential questions. One thing I’m learning, we may all have days when we wake up and ask ourselves…how did I get here? I have always encouraged readers to question everything, I have been reminded that I must also take the time to question myself. I don’t know fully where I’m headed yet but I do know I only have one lifetime to get there. This could get interesting…

Peace and solidarity to all readers.

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Marginal lines

(Photo credit: Simon Atkinson)

(Photo credit: Simon Atkinson)

Some scars

run deeper than trenches

under Southern skies

Each one has a vanishing point

where the ground meets the sky

and dreams go to lay down and cry

 

Numb hearts

heavy lidded and barely pulsed

struggle for signs of life

An incidental glance inward

a shrug of the conscience

we are not meant to love our captors.

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Dear America,

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(Photo credit: freewestradio.com)

I am writing this letter to the American people to let each and every one of you know how much your contributions and sacrifices have meant to global peace efforts. Your sons and daughters have provided the cannon fodder, er, ammunition needed to wage nonviolent campaigns in volatile regions for the past thirteen years, without pause. Thanks to you, the U.S. military is the Cal Ripken, Jr. of the nominally free world. As your Commander-In-Chief, I have steadfastly resolved never to forge alliances with countries that are guilty of gross human rights violations in order to achieve our ambiguously stated objectives. While some of the Coalition of the Willing 2.0 may have a checkered past, at least none of their citizens have been churlish enough to launch unguided rockets at their thermonuclear benefactors. It is my fervent desire that the United States continue to be seen as a beacon for democracy or capitalism, whichever comes first. While other lesser countries might have fabricated enemies in order to justify bottomless war profiteering, that is a road this nation will never meander down. As the first biracial President, you can rest assured that I would never tap into the deeply racist underpinnings of American society to target black, brown and Muslim populations across the globe, lest our aims be viewed as subservient to America’s beautiful people. In conclusion, if you have a problem and if no one else can help and if you can find them, maybe you can hire…The Xe Team.

Signed, sealed and delivered,

The POTUS

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A collective sigh

Radical simply means “grasping things at the root.”
-Angela Davis

It’s rapidly approaching the autumn season in the land of the free and the home of the brave. The time of year when the leaves change colors, the air gets a little crisper and NFL wives breathe a sigh of relief that their husbands are back at work. During my brief hiatus from blogging, the POTUS has promised yet another bombing campaign, law enforcement has given us another sneak peek at the encroaching paramilitarized state and Apple has unveiled another new iPhone. In other words, the big wheels of global capitalism and accompanying state repression keep on turning. The ever revolving cast of characters on the global stage may change but the songs they croon remain the same. Men and women who have been told all of their lives they are special snowflakes, now play judge and jury to the lives of millions of people while hiding behind their corporate sneers and haughty disdain for anything that moves. In this rarified, elite world, loyalties are not to parties or to nations but to, and only to, their fellow class occupiers. For in the end, the sleek shall inherit the Earth and the rest of us can eat genetically modified cake. Events in the homeland and abroad belie an increasingly insecure and paranoid state apparatus. When the people you govern are your biggest source of unease, fascism becomes the only viable option to not losing your head over it all. The hydra of state and corporate power has reared it’s ugly heads in the sweet land of liberty.

After nearly two months, the indiscriminate shelling by Israeli Defense Forces of the Gaza Strip has finally subsided. Shortly after the ceasefire began, I heard a reporter lead with the statement, “Now that the war in Gaza has ended…” This sentiment was widely echoed across mainstream media outlets and served as a reminder that once oppression is out of sight, it is effectively out of mind. It’s as if the war and brutal occupation are over now that Western reporters have moved on to other topics. The only positive side effect of Operation Whatever is that it brought global attention and scrutiny to the Palestinian movement. Now, it’s back to business as usual for the people of Gaza who must revert from a constant state of terror at the hands of the IDF back to the merely soul crushing grind of day to day life under the iron dome of Israeli subjugation. Meanwhile, the homeland security industry has continued to show off it’s bright and shiny toys. There have been reports of public school districts stockpiling surplus military hardware. The grenade launchers should come in handy for those classrooms that think a substitute is a free pass to stop getting college and career ready. The MRAP could be used to visit the homes of any parents or teachers who even think about opting out of the barrage of end-of-year, standardized tests. The tactical teams could help extract unruly students from classrooms, giving Principals much needed time to observe recalcitrant teachers whose lesson plans are not in Times New Roman 12-font.
An irrepressible woman who has long been in the struggle for "certain unalienable rights" for all people, not just the pampered and privileged ones, is Angela Davis. She has been an outspoken critic of the prison industrial complex and the American government's policies towards minorities as well as a supporter of the Palestinian right to self-determination. In a recent interview, she spoke on the importance of collective action, "Even as Nelson Mandela always insisted that his accomplishments were collective—also achieved by the men and women who were his comrades—the media attempted to sanctify him as a heroic individual. A similar process has attempted to dissociate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from the vast numbers of women and men who constituted the very heart of the mid-twentieth-century US freedom movement. It is essential to resist the depiction of history as the work of heroic individuals in order for people today to recognize their potential agency as a part of an ever-expanding community of struggle." It is within this context of systemic abuse of power and privilege that individuals must strive to become greater than the sum of their parts. Davis concluded, "I would say that as our struggles mature, they produce new ideas, new issues and new terrain on which we engage in the quest for freedom. Like Nelson Mandela, we must be willing to embrace the long walk toward freedom." Walk on, dear readers, walk on. 
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All the difference

Well, it looks like my self-imposed hiatus is drawing to a close. Recently, the road I was traveling on diverged in some unexpected ways as I resigned my high school teaching position a week ago. Needless to say, it was a decision that did not come easily. My health has not been as good as it should be and I think some of it was related to the job stress. The classes I was assigned to had all special education students but I was expected to teach like a general education teacher and, to make a long story short, I got tired of being a performing monkey for administrators. I loved teaching and felt like I was turning my back on the students I was leaving but I realized the educational system turned their backs on them long ago. My own kids, who are now in 10th and 11th grades, have spent their entire school careers inferring that the high-stakes standardized tests at the end of the year are the ultimate measure of learning.

So many students have internalized the message that they are Level 1 or Level 2 learners who will be relegated to remedial classes until the day they (hopefully) graduate. Meanwhile, the pipeline is waiting for all those round-shaped students who don’t fit into the square-shaped schools. I’m down but definitely not out and, in many ways, I’m looking forward to the possibilities of walking down some roads less traveled. I am grateful for the messages of support and solidarity from  my fellow bloggers. Your words have served as a reminder that Deconstructing Myths must continue. On that note, I am here to let readers know that the blog will be returning to it’s regularly scheduled programming in the very near future, albeit, at a slightly lessened pace. On that (hopefully) uplifting note, I leave you with poetry/spoken word performances from high school students at Polytechnic High School in Pasadena, CA.

(One of my favorite performances is at the 48:00 mark.)

Peace and solidarity to all readers.

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Loss Can Lead to Happiness

Jeff Nguyen:

Skywalker is a gifted storyteller, poet and artist whose insights on fear and loss speak to me on so many levels. Letting go of the need to seek validation from my captors has been a lifelong struggle for me. I encourage readers to visit the link to SACRED and participate in the community that Skywalker is building. Here is a link to Skywalker’s Facebook page: Sacred community. Peace and solidarity to all readers.

Originally posted on Skywalker Storyteller is Rigzenchomo:

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Loss opens vistas/Attachment limits new movement/Freedom is empty

The word loss sends shivers down our spines. We are you afraid of losing our jobs, our spouse, our health, our good looks, our memory, our home, our children. And most of us harbor the unspoken fear of the ultimate loss – death?

How can loss lead to happiness?

Recognize when fear of loss controls our lives.

How many of us move through life motivated by Fear?

We enter unsatisfying relationships because we fear being alone.

We go to college because we fear disappointing our parents.

We take jobs we hate because we fear going into debt.

We wear the latest fashions because we fear being ridiculed.

At the base of all of these fears is one overriding fear, the fear of loss.

We fear the loss of a relationship.

We fear the loss of our parent’s approval.

We fear the…

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That’s how it goes

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Everybody knows that the boat is leaking  Everybody knows that the captain lied  Everybody got this broken feeling  Like their father or their dog just died.”

-Leonard Cohen

This coming weekend, I will be publishing a contribution to the Mic check guest blogger series from Claire O’Brien, whom I met through our interactions at her exceptional blog, Eléctrica in the Desert. Journalism is a profession that, in my not so humble opinion, falls under the category of “higher calling”, as it is entrusted with the widely coined mandate to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” In this context, Claire is an honorable reporter whose story serves as a reminder that following one’s conscience may come at a price. I would like to share with readers the extraordinary attack that was coordinated against her in the midst of a racially and politically divisive murder trial several years ago that served to derail her career as a journalist. O’Brien worked as a reporter for the Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, at the time a Latino man named Sam Bonilla was on trial and facing decades in jail for killing a local man, which he claimed was in self-defense. Bonilla was a Mexican immigrant who feared he could not get a fair trial and opted to forego a jury trial. In the course of her investigative reporting, she interviewed a source who corroborated Bonilla’s claim that the man he killed when confronted had “a base of support that is well-known for its anti-Hispanic beliefs” and a “supply of semi-automatic weapons.” O’Brien was pressured to reveal her source and when she refused was threatened with contempt by the presiding Judge. As a result of her actions, she was unceremoniously fired from her job at the Daily Globe, which went so far as to change the locks in their offices. She found previously proffered job offers and invitations to appear at journalism conferences withdrawn. This despite the fact that O’Brien won multiple awards for her investigative reporting, helped bring Bonilla’s case into the light of public scrutiny and was instrumental in establishing a Shield Law, in 2010, by the Kansas legislature.

Journalism is not  a crime

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In Claire O’Brien’s own words:

“I feel it’s important for me to make my position clear, and I want to start sharing it with people. It’s my only path to justice, so I must take it, even if any of my arguments are flawed and/or my efforts still fail. 

I wrack my brain daily re: why no one considers my position worth even investigating. During fierce national threats to our civil liberties, I had acted to derail a state frame up funneling a Latino victim of a Hate Crime to a 40-year prison term. My coverage shone a light on “one of the most repressive and disturbing racist systems” the Mexican American Defense Fund had ever seen. Next, the U.S. Dept. of Justice showed up. No one had ever been made aware of the plantation system exploiting 9,000 slaughterhouse workers and their families in a corner of SW Kansas. Next, I’m hit with a subpeona to reveal the name of a confidential source. The nations premier Free Press organization, founded by four Black reporters 40 years ago because they couldn’t interview a member of the Black Panther Party without getting arrested, sends its biggest big shot, the famous Lucy Dalglish (FYI, the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press is now a white-dominated organization).  

For the first time in the history of journalism, the DEFENDERS of reporters make a secret alliance with Corporate media and they knock this heavily supported reporter to the ground with a statement to the national press accusing me of lying. 
 
The very worst thing you can do to a reporter. I never got up. Reporters who had flooded me with support disappeared. When I returned to the Daily Globe, the doors were all locked-the locks had been changed. 
 
The Latino community got the message about what happened to reporters who spoke up for them. They were silenced. Every reporter in Kansas also got a message. Big shots who knew the truth said nothing, this reporter was silenced. No one can tell me that wasn’t a sucessful national atttack on the First Amendment.
 
And the American press won’t say a word?”
Dodge City, Kansas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dodge City, Kansas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are the facts of O’Brien’s case and then there are the facts. Dodge City, where Wyatt Earp once served as a deputy marshall, is known for once being a major part of the Chisholm Trail where cattle were driven from Texas to Kansas railcars to be shipped East. During the cattle years, Dodge City became a booming frontier town known for saloons, prostitutes and gun slingers. So it was, some 150 years later, the descendants of the old West collided with the descendants of the new South. In O’Brien, the Latino community found a voice and a champion who was not afraid to stand with them in the face of monumental political and legal pressures. O’Brien paid a heavy price for her solidarity. The most crushing blow was the betrayal at the hands of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Lucy Dalglish, former director of the RCFP, and now the Dean of the University of Maryland’s College of Journalism, refused to issue a statement in support of O’Brien and, in fact, questioned her refusal to initially appear before the grand jury convened to pressure her into revealing her confidential source and her notes from jailhouse interviews with Bonilla. According to O’Brien, Washington, D.C. reporter Tony Mauro, then-president of the RCFP Steering Committee, was present when Lucy Dalglish admitted to Claire that, even after confirming Claire’s statements as true, she subsequently lied about Claire to the Associated Press. To add literal injury to the insults against her professional reputation, O’Brien was in a car accident shortly after leaving Dodge City jobless and penniless. She clearly ruffled the feathers of the preening peacocks found in every American city for whom the status quo is the guarantor of the power and privilege they have become accustomed to wielding. If an innocent Latino man is imprisoned for decades for standing his ground against white supremacists, well, apparently the bell tolled for he.
Ford County Courthouse in Dodge City, Kansas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ford County Courthouse in Dodge City, Kansas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Claire O’Brien:

“And I’m supposed to accept it? What message is the Left sending me? If the Press leaders and the corporate media can stamp out rank and file reporters at will, that means their tens of millions of the unimportant readers have just had their First Amendment access to a free press shattered.

And the American public won’t get to weigh in because the American public will never know.
 
One Latino man’s life was at stake (he was 40, and was headed for a 40-year sentence) and another had risked reprisal from the Aryan Brotherhood on the basis of my word, which I have never broken.
 
When I stepped forward to take a big risk, I did not think I was standing alone. I have understood that our only power lies with one another since I was eight years old, and that refusing to stand for a worker who acted to defend all our rights was not a defensible choice. Personal feelings had no role whatsoever in this ongoing struggle. To deny support in such a circumstance was the strongest public rejection the Left could send.
 
Every day I still wonder: what does it mean to write and speak about oppression and resistance, yet allow someone we know to be singled out and picked off without even a chance to be heard? My beliefs have been shaken to the core, although my blog doesn’t reveal that, because I cannot grasp the idea that I am not considered worthy of the rights we’d all defend for the worst wife and child absuser: the right to present my defense, to be heard, and to be represented by counsel. I risked a charge of felony contempt, 4-6 months in jail, a fine of $1,000 a day, the combined wrath of a power I had no chance of facing alone, the loss of my reputation, the regard of my peers, my way of life, a voiceless community I had been honored to serve, my political honor, my income, my home and my family. One minute I had the only protection the working class may rely on-numbers and publicity. That’s what the Left DOES. I looked up and realized that I was facing that vast corporate power alone.”
Solidarity

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I was privileged to meet O’Brien through a series of conversations on our respective blogs. Her story needs to be shared and reshared because it’s our story. The implications of her legal case do not exist in a vacuum but are part of a much larger pattern of organized censorship and controlled discourse engineered by the corporate media and political interests they serve, with the ever present currents of systemic racism bubbling just underneath the surface. I must confess that while I have known superficially of the circumstances of Claire’s case, I failed to absorb the full impact of the suffering she has experienced and the toll it has taken. In America, where the global hunger games masked as austerity are taking effect, it is essential that we stand together rather than allow ourselves to continue to be divided. Europe is seeing a rise in fascist ideologies in Greece and other countries hard hit by austerity as people seek someone, anyone, to blame. As the corporate media act as gatekeepers of knowledge on behalf of their capos in lower Manhattan and the Beltway, the American public is kept on a short leash and information is doled out on a strictly “need to know” basis. The controlling of the discourse is by definition the managing of dissent. As Paulo Freire cautioned, “If the structure does not permit dialogue the structure must be changed.” As long as the ruling class is the one telling the stories, their straw narratives will continue to be spun into gold. If we turn our backs on the Claire O’Brien’s among us, who will be there to speak up when they come for us? Will the way that it has always gone continue to be the way it always goes?
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Update: If there’s a journalist whose editor won’t kill the story, I have a ton of evidence and info. You should know that Jeremy Peters at the N.Y. Times said he was ready to write it, but they killed it, and that Charlie Savage knew of the problems I was having with GateHouse Media three months before anyone else did, and has remained silent.  Calvin Trillin wrote a piece in the New Yorker, and admitted to me right before his May 10, 2010 story that he’d been informed of my innocence before arriving in Dodge City. All I’m saying is, be prepared to get your story killed. I don’t know how to express how much any support will mean to me. Frankly, I have been devastated. Any blogger could make a huge difference by urging every connection they have to re-blog and tweet and re-tweet, demanding that the U. of Maryland Board of Trustees investigate these allegations. State law actually requires it. Also, the RCFP steering committee – the organization lists the many members, but refuses to provide me with email info for each of them. Reporter Tony Mauro, former president of the RCFP Steering Committee has participated in this cover-up, as has the Society for Professional Journalists – most prominently and ironically David Cullier, national Freedom of Information Act Officer. I have proof that he removed evidence of his actions from his SPJ blog. I am sorry I don’t have the contacts right at my fingertips. I have not been expecting any help for at least two years, and am having myriad tech problems with my laptop. However, it will take me just a couple of days to assemble the crucial links. In the meantime, my blog is packed with posts about this case, and if I can just stay on line long enough to assemble those links without getting kicked off, I will post them ASAP. Perhaps Jeff will have time to select at least a few.

I thank anyone who is willing to apply some pressure to these people – and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Yours in struggle,

Claire O’Brien
claireobrien23@gmail.com

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Postscript: I encourage readers to contact Claire directly to offer support and to consider writing to Amy Goodman at Democracy Now. Perhaps, we can help her story gain a wider audience and see that justice is truly served for a change. Here is the contact info for Democracy Now: http://www.democracynow.org/contact
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Further links to Claire O’Brien’s legal case:

Kansas reported who exposed racism in Dodge City has new battle to fight

A racially charged crime in Dodge City, Kansas

An open letter to attorney Chris Grenz, Kansas City, from journalist Claire M. O’Brien

All of us or none of us: No one walks alone

Gutless GateHouse puts bottom line ahead of public service

Claire O’Brien at Latina Lista

Governor signs shield law

Daily Globe wins six awards in state contest

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Jeffster Awards #34

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(Photo credit: skulzstudios)

This is the next installment of an ongoing series at Deconstructing Myths…the Jeffster Awards! This award will be given on an ongoing basis to five outstanding blog posts that caught my wandering eye. There are no strings attached or requirements for reciprocation. I don’t have time to comment on other blogs as much I’d like to so the least I can do is direct readers to some of these outstanding writers, poets, and visual artists. Please direct all feedback (likes, comments, follows) to the blogs themselves. I hope you enjoy these exemplary posts as much as I did. So, without further ado, here are the recipients of this week’s Jeffster Awards…hot off the (Word)presses.

Princes and Thieves at left handed church

the quiet of the night at johannisthinking

Professors on food stamps at WORDVIRUS

Restorative Justice – The Time is Now at Teach Peace Now

The Price of Law and Order at Take Heart!

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Peace and solidarity to all readers.

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Jeffster Awards #33

(Photo credit: skulzstudios)

(Photo credit: skulzstudios)

This is the next installment of an ongoing series at Deconstructing Myths…the Jeffster Awards! This award will be given on an ongoing basis to five outstanding blog posts that caught my wandering eye. There are no strings attached or requirements for reciprocation. I don’t have time to comment on other blogs as much I’d like to so the least I can do is direct readers to some of these outstanding writers, poets, and visual artists. Please direct all feedback (likes, comments, follows) to the blogs themselves. I hope you enjoy these exemplary posts as much as I did. So, without further ado, here are the recipients of this week’s Jeffster Awards…hot off the (Word)presses.

Why are we so silent? at The Truth Shall Set You Free

Word of the Moment #1 at Shit’s Gotta Stop

PALESTINE by Joe Sacco & Edward W. Said at AWESTRUCK WANDERER

Why Must All the Bright Lights Be Extinguished? at Random Thoughts from a Thirty-Something White Girl

As a Child at Kitt O’Malley

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Peace and solidarity to all readers.

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