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

Friday, March 20, 2015

UN: torture in Mexico occurs with 'impunity' at hands of security forces

Click here to access article by Jo Tuckman from The Guardian.

Torture and massacres and now beheadings seem to be the hallmark of the US's NAFTA partner to the south. If it is true that you can judge a person or entity by the company they keep (beheaders in Saudi Arabia, neo-Nazis in Ukraine, etc), we are in deep doo-doo.