[permaculture] politics and permies / Permaculturist Activism

Keith Johnson keithdj at mindspring.com
Mon Dec 3 17:44:24 EST 2007

On the heels of Scott Pittman's brilliant declaration regarding the 
political nature of Permaculture here's one of those moments when 
speaking up has a chance of making a difference and is urgently needed 
to protect the first amendment.


The Senate will vote this week (as early as Tuesday) on /two critical 
measures/: The Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act and the Peru Free 
Trade Agreement.  Already passed in the House, both bills will be taken 
up in the Senate this week and both issues need your attention. Read 
more below and use the links to take action!

* STOP the Police State Bill*

The Senate is about to vote to *criminalize thought* and shred the first 
amendment, unless we stop them 

This *flawed and dangerous legislation 
<http://pdamerica.org/articles/news/2007-12-03-13-51-09-news.php>*, The 
Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007, 
HR 1955, introduced by Rep. Jane Harman, was passed on October 23, 2007, 
with only four Democrats and two Republicans voting against it. The 
companion bill in the Senate, S. 1959, will be voted on soon, as early 
as Tuesday.

* Why do we need this bill?* We already have laws that allow the police 
to arrest perpetrators of violent crimes. Could the real purpose of 
Harman's bill be to create a commission to hold hearings and administer 
oaths for the purpose of taking testimony, and to cite for contempt 
anyone failing to testify?

The ACLU <http://www.aclu.org/safefree/general/32886prs20071128.html> 
said this: "As an organization dedicated to the principles of freedom of 
speech, we cannot in good conscience support this or any measure that 
might lead to censorship and persecution based solely on one's personal 

Americans are at a turning point.  Will we return to the days of 
McCarthyism and forfeit our rights or will we forge ahead, holding 
theses values sacred, as we try to undo the mistakes of this 
administration and rebuild our standing in the world?

*Send a message to your Senators 
<http://capwiz.com/pdamerica/issues/alert/?alertid=10616211>* demanding 
they protect your first amendment right and uphold their oath to protect 
the Constitution by voting NO on S. 1959, The Violent Radicalization and 
Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007.

***Peru "Free" Trade Act: **Of the corporations, by the corporations, 
and for the corporations*

This Tuesday the Senate will likely vote on the Peru Free Trade 
Agreement. The experiment that was NAFTA has been proven to be 
disastrous on many levels. Tell your Senators that "free" trade isn't 
free, and to *vote NO on the Peru Free Trade Agreement 

"Free Trade" agreements 
<http://pdamerica.org/articles/news/2007-12-03-14-42-08-news.php>, which 
were characterized as a win-win scenario for all parties, have proven to 
be quite something else. Unfortunately, many Democrats support this 
flawed legislation, which like NAFTA, CAFTA and other FTAs, hurts 
workers and the environment in both the U.S. and our partner countries.

*Send a message to your Senators 
asking them to oppose further corporatism by voting NO on the Peru Free 
Trade Agreement.

Keith Johnson
"Be fruitful and mulch apply."
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