LAWS AND ETHICS
Lee Camp is a censored comedian who has raised the topic more than a few times, that armed law enforcement focused on traffic violations may be overkill. But this discussion isn’t often heard from corporate-owned-government run MSM, due to governmental and corporate censorship. Protecting and serving doesn’t require military process. –
https://twitter.com/Blklivesmatter –Why is it the status quo that police officers with war-weapons and a tradition of anti-Black violence are necessary for simple traffic encounters?
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Another legal but curiously undemocratic (small d) bait-and-switch can be imagined in Upstate NY, where a Sheriff Deputy was voted into office as a lawmaker who pushed through a law that treats responsible local citizens like burgeoning local terrorists, and then was voted back in as the Sheriff to enact his version of justice. — Meanwhile……..A law was passed that in an area that is a hotbed of responsible citizens, such citizens are insulted with the following, as though most of the first responders aren’t citizen volunteers. — https://gobroomecounty.com/sites/default/files/dept/legis/112119-47.pdf —A LOCAL LAW ENACTING THE “EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONDERS PROTECTION ACT OF 2019”
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Another law one believes was passed in the Southern Tier permitted arrest if the law enforcement official felt uncomfortable with somebody’s bad attitude. One can’t find anything on this at the moment; perhaps wisdom meant the law wasn’t passed.
The same players in the above provincial drama endorsed for DA, their choice. Fortunately that candidate did not win the election. None of this is illegal, but taken as a whole feels similar to authoritarian process. Policing and law enforcement are a legitimate topic of questioning; ‘ol boy networks feel like the foundation of something less than democratic (small d).
What may be illegal are some of the shenanigans within a law enforcement and DA dance that is unsettling, and still under investigation. Swept under the rug are news reported legal and ethical oddities of some of the players.
In the USA, laws don’t equal ethical behavior. Should we expect better behavior from our self-promoted leaders than is manifested within the citizenry, or should we tolerate a boys-will-be-boys jocularity by said individuals?
After an era of increasing instances of the attorney community moving corporate, could a new era be opening in which those with experience in matters of law are leaning toward human and environmental rights? Consider the following 2 links. —
example 1–https://popularresistance.org/five-suggestions-for-when-state-repression-comes-to-town/ –CLDC has been providing movement aligned legal support to the campaigns and activists in the so called U.S. for over 20 years now. In that time period, I have personally witnessed numerous waves of state repression targeting the campaigns that were moving the needle on the moral compass—anti-racism, environmental and animal defense, water and food safety, Indigenous sovereignty, LGBTQIA+, and others. The state, whether government actors or big corporate profiteers, have a limited playbook that they tend to repeat over and over. This is why knowing your movement history is core to building resilience.
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example 2–https://popularresistance.org/nlg-statement-in-solidarity-with-atlanta-forest-defenders/ –On Wednesday, January 18, Georgia State Patrol murdered Manuel “Tortuguita” Teran, who was camping in a public park to defend the Weelaunee Forest and stop the construction of Cop City. Over the weekend, six protesters were arrested and charged with domestic terrorism. In solidarity with the protesters, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) calls for an end to the construction of Cop City and the ongoing police brutality against demonstrators.
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From howiehawkins with a voice and view from Ukraine — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoRfhon-T8E —
Green Socialist Notes, Episode 109 with Special Guest Denys Bondar
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Another resource to better understand the region into which the USA is entangled, one may read the following history of Ukraine. –https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/serhii-plokhy/the-gates-of-europe/9781541675643/#:~:text=In%20The%20Gates%20of%20Europe,history%20up —A New York Times bestseller, this definitive history of Ukraine is “an exemplary account of Europe’s least-known large country” (Wall Street Journal).
As Ukraine is embroiled in an ongoing struggle with Russia to preserve its territorial integrity and political independence, celebrated historian Serhii Plokhy explains that today’s crisis is a case of history repeating itself: the Ukrainian conflict is only the latest in a long history of turmoil over Ukraine’s sovereignty. Situated between Central Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, Ukraine has been shaped by empires that exploited the nation as a strategic gateway between East and West—from the Romans and Ottomans to the Third Reich and the Soviet Union. In The Gates of Europe, Plokhy examines Ukraine’s search for its identity through the lives of major Ukrainian historical figures, from its heroes to its conquerors.
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Endearing was to watch a few of the MSM youngsters display their surprise on air, when they learned that Russia and the USA were on the same side during WWII. The garbled history continues during the Russia/Ukraine military actions, as some within the US continue to overlook history. — https://portside.org/2023-01-28/german-tanks-against-russia-historic-mistake?utm_source=portside-general&utm_medium=email —Hardly any time in this debate is spent considering German history. And yet you do not have to be a prophet to foresee what reactions the deployment of German tanks against Russia would elicit from the public there. Even though Ukraine will paint over the iron crosses on the German battle tanks, many Russians, especially those who lost loved ones in the war of extermination and colonisation waged by the Wehrmacht, will see in these weapons a renewed German military campaign against their country.
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From mronline —- https://us2.campaign-archive.com/?e=2833cdb99b&u=36ce609ae68971b4f060ad9c7&id=69182cf49f —
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From lakotalaw — Greetings, and I hope your year is off to a great start! We’ve got a good video for you to watch today. It’s the twelfth chapter of our Dakota Water Wars video series, produced, as always, by us in partnership with the Standing Rock Nation and Great Plains Water Alliance. In this episode, we detail some new threats to the Mni Sose — the Missouri River — and highlight the importance of respecting both our water and treaty rights.
Here’s the bottom line: the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie granted the Lakota people stewardship of the Mni Sose. When the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) appeared in our homelands, it threatened both our sole source of fresh water and our way of life. Now, to make things worse, other entities have made plans to take water from the Missouri and pipe it to places far away, like Colorado, and nearby, like Rapid City and the Black Hills.
That last part is particularly troublesome. Mining interests in the Black Hills will use even more water than a municipality, and those mines threaten to despoil an area filled with many of our most sacred sites. Plus, sending our water away for use by extractive industries is the exact opposite of what we should be doing in the midst of a climate emergency. Right now, we have to mitigate carbon emissions, halt the warming of our planet, and responsibly allocate our water.
As you know, Indigenous cultures traditionally live in harmony with our surroundings, with care for all our relatives (not just the human ones). As we said during the heyday of our NoDAPL stand, and as we continue to say today: mni wiconi — water is life! When the 1868 treaty granted us the ability to protect the Mni Sose, the state of South Dakota didn’t even exist yet. So we won’t back down on this. We’re not going to let the state, or any other man-made entity, threaten or take our water without a fight.
Wopila tanka — thank you for standing with us!
Chase Iron Eyes
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If we can’t recognize the laws of nature as valid, we don’t understand reality. — https://madmimi.com/p/a7f0851?pact=35311-171540173-12747276216-12054f714c956956041d4ae56a73892cae72e3fd —
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