Florida Stand Your Ground Victims: New Video

This is a serious problem not just for Florida but for innocent Americans.

End Stand Your Ground

A new video uploaded on YouTube today highlights a few more unarmed Florida citizens killed by someone who invoked stand-your-ground law.

The clip profiles Gary Hembree, Jordan Davis, David James, and Sherdavia Jenkins – all killed doing normal things we may take for granted. Like having fun at a Labor Day barbecue, or waiting at a gas station inside a friend’s vehicle, or showing a child how to play basketball – or, just being a child, playing outside.

Check out this 30-second clip on YouTube, and then, please share it!

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Working With Police: How To Get A Permit For Your Demonstration

Erin Matson

The modern women’s movement, as connected by the Internet, is damn good at identifying the need for physical, in-person demonstrations and getting people to show up for them.

As a general matter, however, there is less confidence in getting permits, working with police and the logistical side of getting boots in the streets. This process is often represented as more mystical or scary than it needs to be. Here’s a suggested process and some tips for making sure your demonstration, protest or visibility event is all up on the legal side of the law. These tips apply to demonstrations where nobody plans to get arrested. The good news is that, when organizers agree on this approach, it’s fairly easy to ensure no one does.

Don’t be rigid in your plans from the outset, saying something like “we are going to take over this corner at 3 p.m.” Leave yourself open…

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Peace is the Better Choice

This music I am sharing is the soundtrack of my life and many others too. Some of them died in war and can’t tell you their stories. So I thought I would let the music and images tell it for them.

I have been to the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. and there is overwhelming grief and sadness.  Now grandchildren are going with their parents to learn something about a grandfather or uncle. So many tributes and mementoes of love are left there. It’s energy is overwhelming.  I have been to Arlington cemetery many times to see JFK’s eternal flame.  The first time was in the 70’s.  I have also visited the Tomb of the Unknown soldier. The cemetery continues to fill with the graves of American young men and now women.

My point is simply this, once they are dead there is nothing to say to their families. They were doing what they were supposed to do. .. Fight a war. My prayer is for wisdom for all world leaders. Wisdom not hatred, not ego, not greed. I believe that this brink we stand at can be avoided with diplomatic hard work and much prayer. All chemical weapons of all countries should be destroyed. Let me repeat that: ALL CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN THIS WORLD SHOULD BE DESTROYED.  

Any country who kills children should have to face trial in Nueremberg. There should be harsh judgement for these countries. The United Nations should do what it was formed to do. They should be doing the policing in this world. The United Stated of America is not the policing agent in the world. If the countries of the world would all assume responsibility and all act as one.., The UN. Then we might have peace in the world. It is possible it might work and it is worth our trying to stop war and bring peace.