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Worker-owner at Agaric web development collective, co-author of the Definitive Guide to Drupal 7, and person who gives a damn about justice, liberty, and gaining the most power possible for all people over our own lives.

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At DrupalCon Dublin? 5pm BOF in Wicklow Meeting 3 with @stevepurkiss talking & http://drutopia.org & more

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FBI and so-called Justice Department reject science when applied to forensics. Nope, this isn't scary at all. https://theintercept.com/2016/09/23/fbi-and-doj-vow-to-continue-using-junk-science-rejected-by-white-house-report/

benjamin melançon

Honduran women launch campaign & demand dam be stopped in the name of assassinated Berta Caceres http://politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org/2016/09/justice-for-berta-honduran-women-activists-launch-campaign/

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UK - Despite sabotage and dirty tricks, Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership race in unprecedented landslide http://boingboing.net/2016/09/24/despite-sabotage-and-dirty-tri.html

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Someone who does have the skill to give one of the great movements of our time, that for Black lives, proper framing http://bostonreview.net/books-ideas/robin-d-g-kelley-movement-black-lives-vision

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With US household debt at $11.85 trillion, modest challenges to its legitimacy have revolutionary implications http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/the-debt-issue/don-t-owe-won-t-pay-charles-eisenstein-debt-20150820

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Keep Massachusetts public education funded! Vote against unfettered but unfunded new charter schools vote no on 2 http://bostonpoliticaleducation.blogspot.com/2016/09/vote-no-on-ballot-question-number-2.html

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There are incredible, epic stories playing out in real life, right now. Help tell them. Spread them.

I'm talking of course about the ongoing struggle to stop police killings, with police repeatedly inciting riots to try to frame much of the country as deserving of repression, rather than stopping their violence. Here the propaganda machine is so well oiled that the establishment is very good at confusing the narrative. It requires greater skill than i have to consistently make the larger truth evident.

There is also another story so inspiring, so resonant with everything we as society need to deal with right now, that the hope of those who would continue to profit off the pillaging and pollution of our planet is only to keep it out of the public eye. Fifty tribes and first nations and many many allies joining together to stop a fossil fuel pipeline through crucial drinking water sources and holy lands, long after the literal and figurative power structure of our world should have gotten the message that it's over, leave it in the ground http://www.democracynow.org/topics/dakota_access http://fair.org/home/dakota-access-blackout-continues-on-abc-nbc-news/ https://nodaplsolidarity.org/

These are fights we can join. First step is seeking out the best information on the organizers of these struggles and ways to support with money (need help here myself), sharing it with others, but our bodies on the line will ultimately count too, and probably the most.

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Basic policies restricting use of force associated with police killing fewer people http://useofforceproject.org/#project

benjamin melançon

Forty years ago today, Kissinger's state department & GHW Bush's CIA allowed a foreign country to murder on US soil https://theintercept.com/2016/09/21/the-assassination-of-orlando-letelier-and-the-politics-of-silence/