The Council of American-Islamic Relations in Michigan filed a class action lawsuit in April alleging that use of the Terrorist Watchlist is arbitrary and discriminatory against Muslims. One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit is a 7-month-old infant, whose mother was stopped by airport security where the baby was patted down, subjected to “chemical testing,” and had his diapers searched — because the baby’s boarding pass labeled him a “known or suspected terrorist.” Today, there being over one million names on the Terrorist Watch List means that just about one out of every 300 people in the US over the age of 5 is named on the list. Documents published by The Intercept in 2014 showed that nearly half of the people on the government’s shared list of terror suspects are marked as having “no recognized terrorist group affiliation.” It is probably only a matter of time before political dissidents begin appearing on the watch-list. Clearly, these are not terrorists on the government blacklist, they are our neighbors and friends and loved ones.
"Whereas the Trans-Pacific, TPP, Partnership is a trade agreement between the United States and 11 nations in the Asia Pacific region, involving 40% of the economy of the world and;
It has been reported by The Huffington Post that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is doing all he can to make Elizabeth Warren the Democrat's Vice-Presidential nominee. Should this happen it would accomplish several important objectives for the establishment.
With the recent uptick in violence in Pittsfield, with the increased prominence of local gangs and with the opioid epidemic that is rampant in our region, our elected officials need to work together to address the core factors that give rise to these issues:
• Job loss
• Economic and social inequality
• Lack of economic opportunity
As Donna Smith of Common Dreams rightfully points out: “...most of what we believe and hear is that Bernie supporters are demanding a different kind of governance – a democracy for all the people.” Nothing more and nothing less. It is little short of criminal that our media and our governing elite willfully ignore our central, primary political issue – money has killed our democracy and the people want it back.