The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this president—and every future president — the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world.I have been expecting a desperate reaction from the ruling capitalist class who fear the Occupy movement and the threat it poses to their legitimacy. The one percent are a frightened and cowardly people who fear the 99%. We have seen brutal police attacks on protestors in Oakland and Davis, California, and other cities; now there is a move on in corporate sponsored Congress to make it lawful to employ US army troops against its own citizens! WE MUST FIGHT BACK! Use the form provided in the article to contact your corporate sponsored Senator to tell them, "hell no!" (in so many words).
We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up