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Christa B. Allen, timeless.

Ancient wisdom....
Plato once spoke of the two forces required to lead a democracy into a dictatorship.
He identifies them as habitual engagement in foreign wars and savagely blind partisanship among elected officials.
Think on this as the President takes the first steps into a war with Syria (something he swore for the whole of his campaign would be a horrible mistake, something he would never be so foolish as to do) and as Congressional Republicans (after 8 years of the most obstruction in U.S. history and consistent use of the filibuster to block Obama's agenda) use the nuclear option to destroy the minority party's ability to filibuster for good, and push their SCOTUS nominee through.
It is as it has always been, the people's responsibility to create and protect the system of government we believe in.
Let's fight for Democracy. I'm told it works.
#resist #peace

Photo by: @thetylershields

Selling for....
In the past few days, congressional Republicans have taken steps to effectively do away with net neutrality. What this means is that your internet service providers (without your consent) will be able to sell, to any third party, all the data they collect on you. Therefore, advertising will become even more targeted and thus, more powerful.
What we know as modern advertising, the push towards perpetual consumption, is a massive and polluted thorn in our collective side. It calls for brutal competition among our societies and creates artificial scarcity (think diamonds) around the world at large. Most damaging of all, it promotes the idea that happiness comes from without, from what you take from this life rather than what you give to it.
Keep your eyes wide open and remeber that you should never have to be told what you need. You know it already.
#resist #peace

Seeing is believing and vision is power but it's not enough to observe, we have to act.
Thank you to everyone who made calls to their representatives and demonstrated in the streets to protect the ACA. The fight continues but you were seen.
Thank you.
Photo by: @thetylershields

Photo by @thetylershields
Hold on tight....
The Republican replacement (Trumpcare/Ryancare/AmericanHealthcareAct) for the ACA has recently been revealed. Among massive cuts to Medicaid, stripping away the current coverage from tens of millions of vulnerable Americans and doing nothing to lower the cost of premiums; the true purpose of this bill is to, of course, provide massive tax breaks (33,000 annually for the top 1% and close to 200,000 for the top .1%) to the wealthiest, while taking from the poorest to finance it. Paul Ryan is the actual antithesis of Robin Hood, stealing from the needy to give to the greedy; all the while making empty and frankly, amazingly cruel statements about wanting everyone to have "access" to healthcare (as long as you happen to be rich enough to buy it). So when ignorant cowards like Jason Chaffetz compare healthcare to cell phones, remember that real people's lives are at risk.
Call your representatives and tell them to vote NO on the American Health Care Act.
#resist #peace

On this #internationalwomensday let's give thanks for all the women (mothers, grandmothers, sisters, friends, daughters, heroes, leaders and lovers) who make up our collective world. And let's (with a heavy heart) be honest about the fact that in this country (and around the world) the struggle for equal treatment, rights and representation, a struggle that both abroad and domestically has, all to often, been at best ignored and at worst willfully prevented by the United States government (especially for women of color), is far from over. Let us rise as one body of human beings and let those that seek to rule know that we are the many...and they are the few.
#resist #peace #dissentispatriotic

A moment from @thetylershields new book #provocateur

Standing in a desert....
In the last few days we have seen mass arrests at #standingrock. The corporate state is committed to imposing their will at any cost and is using the power of the White House (who's chief official will personally profit from this pipeline) as well as Rick Perry (our likely Secretary of Energy, who also stands to profit) to both literally and figuratively force it through.
This occurs while the current administration begins a brutal purge of undocumented immigrants. Separating families while claiming they are only targeting "the bad ones." Greed and fear can only result in scarcity. If we continue to take without giving, if we continue to live without feeling, a desert is all we can expect to find.
There are more pipelines throughout this country, many of which also cross through and corrupt Native Lands. And there are millions of your friends, neighbors, peers and family members who are in jeopardy.
Resist in whatever way you can. We need all of you.

#resist #standingrock #allarewelcome

#stakeland2 artwork by the amazing @treebeerdy

Ella Wheeler Wilcox wrote this in 1914

To sin by silence, when we should protest,
Makes cowards out of men. The human race
Has climbed in protest. Had no voice been
Raised against injustice, ignorance, and lust,
The inquisition yet would serve the law,
And guillotines decide our least disputes.
The few who dare, must speak and speak
Again to right the wrongs of many. Speech,
Thank God, no vested power in this great day
And land can gag or throttle. Press and voice
May cry loud disapproval of existing ills;
May criticize oppression and condemn
The lawlessness of wealth-protecting laws
That let the children and childbearers toil
To purchase ease for idle millionaires.

Therefore I do protest against the boast
Of independence in this mighty land. Call no
Chain strong, which holds one fettered slave.
Until the manacled slim wrists of babes
Are loosed to toss in childish sport and glee,
Until the mother bears no burden, save
The precious one beneath her heart, until
God's soil is rescued from the clutch of greed
And given back to labor, let no man
Call this the land of freedom.

Slight of hand...
While the daily insanity is spouting from the White House, congressional and Senate Republicans have been using an arcane law to push through massive cuts to regulations, not the least of which allows coal companies to dump toxic runoff into rivers and streams (what voter do you know that asked for THAT?) and others which strip away most of the protections our endangered species have (because that's the real issue with this country, too much time spent protecting animals, right?)
But what can we except from law makers who endorse a man who's sons hunt elephants for fun?
At times it feels overwhelming but we must be willing to fight at every level. We are the keepers of this earth and we must not fail.
Call your representatives!
Photo credit: @thetylershields
#resist #staywoke #brandnewcongress #fourlegsgood

Here is the letter Senator @elizabethwarrenma was banned from reading on the Senate floor in protesting Jeff Sessions nomination as Attorney General. It was written by Coretta Scott King, who herself was protesting Jeff Sessions in 1986 for his attempts at blocking the voting rights of black Americans. An action which, beyond being reprehensible, is unconstitutional. Senator Mitch McConnell should be ashamed every day but today in particular. Let her speak! #shepersisted #stopsessions

If you haven't experienced @taylormomsen new record yet, it's time. #theprettyreckless work has only deepened in bravery and power. This album is another brilliant evolution. Sell for no one. #whoyousellingfor

The second chapter of #stakeland is out on digital platforms February 7th.
In many ways it's about people who have become refugees in their own lands. Whatever you think you can amass in this life, all you can take when you leave is your love for others. That's a truth every religion understands and one I wish those who call themselves our leaders could believe. #stakeland2

What does justice mean to you? The role of the Attorney General is to be a legal check on the government. They are meant to be the American people's, ALL the American people's, top legal defense.
The Senate floor vote on Senator Jeff Sessions, a man who in the 80's was denied a federal judgeship because of his racist and regressive ideologies, is today. Please call your Senators and ask that they vote NO on Sessions. The number (877) 959-6082 #stopsessions #justice

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