Progressive events calendar

Click here to view progressive events in and near Chester County.  Agenda view (upper right of calendar) is easiest to use.

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SEPA Blogger Central

These local progressive bloggers are featured here regularly:

* Lawrence Davidson (see also To the Point Analyses and Facebook)
* John Grant (see also This Can’t Be Happening)
* Lisa Longo (see also Lisa Longo
* John Mason (see also The Mason Missile)
* Nathaniel Smith (see also Politics: A View from West Chester)

To see their writings on this site, click on their names above or in Categories (right sidebar). If you would like to suggest a blogger to join us, whether blogging at an extant site or yet without a site, please contact us.

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Human Rights Day

The world recognizes Human Rights Day every December 10, the day on which in 1948 the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is a document of which world leaders and elected officials need constantly to be reminded. Here is the beginning of the Declaration, from the United Nations site, where you can find background info and download the full text.

UNITED NATIONS
Universal Declaration of Human Rights

PREAMBLE

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and
of the equal and inalienable rights of all members
of the human family is the foundation of freedom,
justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human
rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have
outraged the conscience of mankind, and the
advent of a world in which human beings shall
enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom
from fear and want has been proclaimed as the
highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled
to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against
tyranny and oppression, that human rights should
be protected by the rule of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development
of friendly relations between nations,

Whereas
the peoples of the United Nations have in
the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental
human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human
person and in the equal rights of men and women
and have determined to promote social progress and
better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves
to achieve, in cooperation with the United Nations,
the promotion of universal respect for and observance
of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas
a common understanding of these rights
and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the
full realization of this pledge,

Now, therefore,
The General Assembly proclaims
this Universal Declaration of Human Rights
as a common standard of achievement for all
peoples and all nations, to the end that every
individual and every organ of society, keeping
this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive
by teaching and education to promote respect
for these rights and freedoms and by progressive
measures, national and international, to secure
their universal and effective recognition and
observance, both among the peoples of Member
States themselves and among the peoples of
territories under their jurisdiction.

Article 01

All human beings are born free and
equal in dignity and rights. They are
endowed with reason and conscience
and should act towards one another in a
spirit of brotherhood.

Article 02

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and
freedoms set forth in this Declaration,
without distinction of any kind, such as
race, colour, sex, language, religion, political
or other opinion, national or social
origin, property, birth or other status.
Furthermore, no distinction shall be
made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional
or international status of the
country or territory to which a person
belongs, whether it be independent,
trust, non-self-governing or under any
other limitation of sovereignty….

etc. etc.

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Climate-Denying Koch Brothers Help Buy Time Magazine

by Andy Rowell, Common Dreams, 11/27/17

Which includes a reminder: You don’t invest $650 million for nothing.

Last night, the media company, Meredith, announced it was buying Time magazine for an estimated $2.8 billion.

Meredith Corporation Chairman and CEO, Stephen Lacy, said: “We are creating a premier media company serving nearly 200 million American consumers across industry-leading digital, television, print, video, mobile, and social platforms positioned for growth.”

Buried deep in the press release was where a significant proportion of this money was coming from: “Meredith has also secured $650 million in preferred equity commitment from Koch Equity Development (KED).”

And here is where the alarm bells should start ringing. The KED fund is run by the Koch Brothers, some of the biggest funders of groups promoting climate denial and libertarian causes for the last two decades….

continue reading at Common Dreams

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We Are Now One State Closer to Having a Corporate-Dominated Constitutional Convention

By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet, November 9, 2017

While Democrats on Wednesday were feeling encouraged and empowered by Tuesday’s coast-to-coast rejection of Trumpism, Republican legislators who control Wisconsin did what the GOP does best in elections: voted to rig the system to favor their agenda. Only this time the target wasn’t voter suppression; it was the U.S. Constitution.

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Legislature voted to call for what’s known as an Article V constitutional convention, becoming the 28th state to do so in recent years. Thirty-four states are needed, according to the nation’s founding document, to launch a process that would open up the foundation of American’s rights and laws to revision.

“Sadly, this is not fake news,” said Common Cause president Karen Hobert Flynn. “The specter of an Article V convention to rewrite the Constitution remains one of the most alarming threats to our democracy that nobody has ever heard of before.”…

continue reading at AlterNet

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Paradise Papers Tax Scam Actions

Americans for Tax Fairness

On November 5, reports surfaced about a leaked set of documents from a Bermuda law firm that helps corporations and billionaires avoid paying U.S. taxes. Dubbed the “Paradise Papers,” these documents unveil secrets of the ultra-elite and show that there is one set of rules for the rich and powerful, and another for everyone else.

Over a dozen people from Donald Trump’s inner circle are named in the papers, including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who is shown to have significant business ties with Russian oligarchs, previously undisclosed. Other clients of the Bermuda law firm, Appleby, include major US corporations such as Apple, Nike, and Uber, and we expect to learn more about those company’s finances in the coming days.

Under the Ryan-McConnell-Trump Tax Plan, these same millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations who avoid paying what they owe in U.S. taxes will be rewarded with more tax breaks, and the plan will incentivize companies to send jobs overseas.

We call for an immediate halt to consideration of the current GOP Tax Plan (or #TrumpTaxScam). Stand with us and join us in our call to action that:

Will highlight the need to investigate how corporations and billionaires use offshore loopholes to dodge taxes;

Will blast the Ryan-McConnell-Trump Tax Plan by emphasizing the negative impact of shipping jobs overseas; and

Will slam the GOP Tax Bill as a gift to corporations that will encourage them to NOT pay their fair share!

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