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

Monday, March 26, 2012

Special Prosecutor in Martin Case Sends Red Flags Sky High

Click here to access article by Earl Ofari Hutchinson from OpEd News.

This looks at the shocking background of the special prosecutor who will be seeking justice in the Trayvon Martin case.
It would be hard to find a special prosecutor in a racially charged murder case that sends red flags flying sky higher than Florida's Fourth Judicial District's Angela "tough on Crime" Corey.
Already I've been seeing reports on mainstream media alleging that the killer Zimmerman, who weighs in at 250 lbs, was defending himself, like this report from a Orlando, Florida newspaper:
With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head into the sidewalk several times, leaving him bloody and battered, authorities have revealed to the Orlando Sentinel.
It appears that right-wing Americans are becoming mentally unstable with all the recent hate crimes resulting in murder such as this killing of an Iraqi woman near San Diego, California.
“A week ago they left a letter saying this is our country not yours you terrorist, and so my mom ignored that thinking it was just kids playing a prank,” Alawadi’s daughter, Fatima Al Himidi said. “But the day they hit her, they left another note again, and it said the same thing.”