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Tim Reese

Invest in Green Bonds

The East Bay Regional Park District is the first regional park district in the nation to  issue “Certified Green Bonds” which are dedicated to projects that reduce greenhouse gases, mitigate for climate change, or provide other environmental benefits. “The Park district is happy to be a trailblazer on Certified Green Bonds” said Board Director and Board Finance Committee Chair Ayn Wieskamp. “Certified Green Bonds allow investors to put their money toward improving the environment while also benefiting from the tax advantages and stability of municipal bonds. Green Bonds are the new standard in environmentally friendly investing.”

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Big Lie: taxes cuts benefit the middle class.

The idea that the tax cut is going to bring high paying jobs and put big money in in middle class people’s pay checks is a big lie, look at any graph since Ron Reagan and trickle down economics; income distribution for  the middle class has remained flat while the growth for the 1% is off the chart.  This is more of same, it is only going to speed up the transfer of wealth. It was not the tax rate that moved jobs offshore, it was wages. Tax cut will not increase wages, save or bring jobs as evident by Carrier Corp. The tax break Carrier got  will help pay for the transfer of those jobs to Mexico.   $1.5 trillion is going to be borrowed and added to the debt, that our children and grandchildren will have to pay. The payments will be made by cuts to healthcare, education, infrastructure.  This tax cut does help the middle class, it is only going to put us deeper in debt with little or no income gain as it transfer $trillions more to the 1% to move offshore or to speculate in the stock market and hope they don’t speculate us into another recession. It will be easy to test this premise next year if it is the big tax break for the middle class as well rising wages or is it the big lie, like health care, cheaper and better.

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Peace Economy: Yemen

Tens of thousands of people attend a protest rally in the Yemeni capital Sana’a on May 12, 2017 to voice their outrage at the US-backed Saudi war on the impoverished Arab country. (Photo by al-Masirah) The Yemen war economy that stretches back decades  between Shia and Sunni has  evolved into a regional power struggle between Shia-ruled Iran and Sunni-allied Saudi Arabia and it’s ally the US. This conflict has become an epic tragedy of destruction and starvation. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations reports that the scale of the food crisis in Yemen is staggering with 17 million people – two thirds of the population – severely food insecure and seven million of these on the verge of famine. “The need for long-term political solutions for achieving sustainable peace in Yemen is unquestionable, but there is much we can do now to fight hunger and malnutrition. We save lives by saving livelihoods,” Graziano da Silva said of FOA. It is time for a peace economy between Shia and Sunni, between America and Iran to save Yemen and the Middle East. The Yemen people want peace not more destruction. Continue reading

The US is losing the War.

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  “I feel very angry, but I don’t want anything from the U.S. military,” said Khalid Ahmad, a 20 year old pharmacist who survived the U.S. bombing of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Kunduz on the 3rd of October, “God will hold them accountable.”  Khaild is recuperating at Emergency Hospital in Kabul from a U.S. shrapnel injury to his spine that nearly killed him. This why the US is losing the war, they turning the very people they are trying to help against them.

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Bombing Can’t Win the War.

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It has been proven via history that bombing alone cannot win wars. It was tried in WW11, Vietnam, Liberia and now in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria without success. What it does do is turn the affective population being bombed against the ones doing the bombing. The rise and anger of the Islamic State is a direct result of bombing innocent women, children, people’s homes, business, schools, highways, water supplies, and hospital. The U.S. cannot win the peace or the hearts and minds of the people in the Middle East with airstrikes that are destroying entire towns and cities.

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CodePink is a women's grassroots-initiated, worldwide organization of women and men working for peace, social justice and a green economy. CodePink SF serves the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.


 

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WORLD

  • Book Tour July 15, 2018 editorBook Tour MEDEA BENJAMIN, Political Activist / Author Speaking on her latest book: Inside Iran: The Real History ...
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  • How the War Industry Corrupts the U.S. Congress June 16, 2018 editorHow the War Industry Corrupts the U.S. Congress By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies Former President Jimmy Carter has called U.S. politics ...

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ARTS

  • Book Launch Stirs Controversy. December 13, 2015 editorBook Launch Stirs Controversy. The book launch event for EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION: AMERICAN WRITERS ON PALESTINE at the Center for Fiction on ...
  • The Blanket of Hope January 25, 2015 editorThe Blanket of Hope                                                              The Blanket of Hope This is the Blanket of Hope. Prophecy is woven in its threads. ...

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GREEN ECONOMY

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From our National Site

The national CodePink organization organizes for justice for Iraqis and to hold war criminals accountable. CodePink actively opposes the U.S. war in Afghanistan, torture, the detention center at Guantanamo, weaponized and spy drones, the prosecution of whistleblowers, U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine and repressive regimes.

Rooted in a network of local organizers, CodePink's tactics include satire, street theatre, creative visuals, civil resistance, and directly challenging powerful decision-makers in government and corporations. And, of course, wearing pink!