#Chapelhill is About Peace (and brotherhood movement)= CHAPS

Deah with, from left, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha

in a Facebook image.

Let’s all be chaps. I mean friends,not some division of the underpaying, overcharging Ralph Lauren Polo products. First, another prayer (we all pray to the same God ok?) for Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; her husband, Mr. Barakat, 23; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.

The real enemies, if anyone at all, are those decimating the earth, getting a major profit from the hard work of underpaid labor in Asia, South America, and, um the USA, not to mention India and the Middle East in Specific.

People of all denominations and spiritual beliefs need to come together to save the earth, demand a living wage, replace the hogs at the top of the status quo, and use democracy (when available) to change the laws to create a system of social safety nets and RESOURCE PRESERVATIION everywhere from the Amazon rain forests to the entire oceans of the world.

Why not take the world’s massive underemployed and unemployed population and have them scoop plastic out of the ocean.

Why not ban plastic, not just plastic bags?  What’s wrong with glass?

The chance now, to not just honor the lives of the victims, but to use this to unite EVERYONE on the planet in a movement to save the planet and create *peace* for everyone not just the gated community people.

For international reader: There is no place better than Chapel Hill to start an NGO, to start an activist movement, to take back the planet for everyone.

Massive changes of laws must occur for this to work out. GATT 2, GATT 1,NAFTA and almost any other free trade agreement is set up to profit from cheap labor.

Labor unions which brought us the best pay and best working conditions and best lives possible, are now powerless as any strike can be met with “ok then we will just move the entire line of manufacturing abroad.”  No More strike ,and no more jobs at all in the USA.

Everyone except the shareho0lder class has been hurt by these pernicious WTO rules which supplant national sovereignty with “all-the-money-to-the-rich” schemes that resemble feudalism.

Fundamentalsim is scary in the Christian world and not exactly helpful anywhere else.  Fundamentalism means “my way or the hiway” or “my way or death to infidels” but that means perpetual war, and the USA has attacked 91 times since World War II, notably in Korea, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Serbia, Iraq (1,2,3) Afghanistan, Pakistan, (where next, Ukraine or Korea again?)

As an American I’m willing to give up my time to prove that as human beings we are as nice as anyone else, and that it is our GOVERNMENT that smells out loud.

This is true for everyone I’ve met either on the International Peace Walk in Russia in 1987 and again in the USA in 1989 or in my work in South Korea, or in the 31 other countries I’ve been in.

But this is about the movement, that should be larger than Occupy because the goals are even more radical in the face of this divided world.  DO NOT LET THE BIG WIGS AT THE TOP DIVIDE US ANY LONGER!

It’s our PLANET, God help us make CHAPS a reality.

Genocide, Slavery, Greed

We cry for the slavery that led to such wealth,

This is not just  the land of the free.

We witness genocide all over this earth.

What can we do to end greed?

We cry for the land, full of modified crops

We must work to save human life.

What will our grandchildren have to live through

Since our appetite causes such strife?

The oil wars that started a decade ago

Have moved toward the Caspian Sea.

We are the dissidents, loud, without fear,

Even if we are cut at the knees.

We cry for the news they keep off TV,

The grapevine could snap any day.

Disinformation is the age we live in,

So who’s going to show us the way?

The answer is simple, we grow as a team,

A new brotherhood in the light.

We must build the village, invite all your friends,

This is no time to give up the fight!

They have all the bombs, the juntas abound,

Monsanto is spraying the poor.

We must dig our hands into arable land

Or genetics will foul every spore.

Profit mongers have sucked the earth dry,

We must reclaim all that we can.

Industrial China, the last frontier,

Soon money will own every man.

The kids on the streets are locked-down together,

Push a bike, and you could get ten years!

All this is forced because we stopped caring,

Yet some offer blood, sweat and tears.

We couldn’t stop bosses from shipping our jobs,

The replacement is for-profit jails.

Our schools are rotting, so teach if you can,

Where it counts, not Harvard or Yale.

The time is upon us, united as friends

We can make anything grow.

Come join the party, sing and dance all the day,

Tomorrow we get out the vote.

We cry for the genocide, slavery, greed

That persists after thousands of years.

It’s late, but there’s time, if we really work hard

We can stop the torrent of tears.

Multi-national corporate power

Welcome to a rant about the many loopholes that lead to tax advantages for corporations that earn money in the USA, claim the money was earned elsewhere and then never repatriate the money. This means they never have to pay taxes on their profits. Meanwhile rich folks have had their taxes cut three times and in big chunks while we run up budget deficits and a national debt that is approaching $20,000,000,000,000. !

Massive military budgets and new wars add to this problem while making the same 16 defense contractors rich over and over again.
Meanwhile cuts to food stamps, meals on wheels, education and social ssecurity are the type if austerity measures literally starving our poor.

Some states have found themselves in budget crises of their own. It is at this level that education is being privatized via charter schools that are themselves often dysfunctional and almost ALWAYS with right wing conservative bullshit religious mumbo jumbo classes that fly in the face of what Jesus said, like “Do Unto Others, ”  but works well to robotize our kids toward careers as factory workers or managers. This is assured by standardized testing rigged toward rich children who attend private schools thus creating a massive private school industry such as we see in South Korea.

The entire system, our entire lives, are at the mercy of those who clawed their way to the top (who knows how). Some say the feudal lords were better to their serfs than the pittance the wage slaves are paid today. Others say this will mean the end of capitalism, but how? The owners of the means of production also control the governments and the armies. Juntas do not often work and when they do, lawlessness often results.

The solution is small and medium size farms to grow our own food in order to stop feeding this huge, ugly machine. But most land is full of gmos now AND owned by large Shri- business.

If you know a path on which we can take Billy Bragg’s “Great Leap Forward” please comment with it.  Thanks, Doug

Status Quo

Status Quo

For now the streets are cluttered:
The poor kill off the poor,
But this won’t last forever
If the “Quo” keeps getting worse.

Guns for sale in neighborhoods
Where crime is the only living
Quarts and vials and bullets
Take without ever giving.

“Innocent” bystanders
Are the ones to blame.
Standing by in times like these
Leaves everything the same.

The quo goes “living standards
Will be on the decline.”
While multi-national barons
Continue their money climb.

No chums around a fireplace
When you can’t pay the bills.
While money-man is traveling
In search of bigger thrills.

Sooner rather than later
The poor will raise their arms.
Replacing all the suited men
Regardless of the harm.

The system as we know it’
Is fading thanks to this:
The greedy haven’t realized
Their life ain’t worth a piss.

The ticking clock inside the bomb
Has passed the witching hour.
There is little hope for most,
So when will freedom flower?

It will when people with the time
Turn to lend a hand,
It will when greedy governors
Give back a hunk of land

The quo has made it possible
For us to live like rats.
Your life to them means nothing
You could end up a stat.

As the status quo gets worse
Violence rules the day.
We better help each other now.
Let us pray.

 

 

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Genocide Slavery Greed, Copyright 2002, Doug Stuber

Genocide, Slavery, Greed

We cry for the slavery that led to such wealth,
This is not just the land of the free.
We witness genocide all over this earth,
What can we do to end greed?

We cry for the land full of modified crops
We must work to save human life.
What will our grandchildren have to live through
Since our appetite causes such strife?

The oil wars that started a decade ago
Have moved toward the Caspian Sea.
We are the dissidents, loud, without fear,
Even if we are cut at the knees.

We cry for the news they keep off TV,
The grapevine could snap any day.
Disinformation is the age we live in
So who’s going to show us the way?

The answer is simple, we grow as a team,
A new brotherhood in the light.
We must build the village, invite all your friends
This is no time to give up the fight!

They have all the bombs, the juntas abound,
Monsanto is spraying the poor.
We must dig our hands into arable land
Or genetics will foul every spore.

Profit mongers have sucked the earth dry,
We must reclaim all that we can.
Industrial China, the last frontier,
Soon money will own every man.

The kids on the streets are locked-down together,
Push a bike and you could get ten years!
All this is forced because we stopped caring,
Yet some offer blood, sweat and tears.

We couldn’t stop bosses from shipping our jobs,
The replacement is for-profit jails.
Our schools are rotting, so teach if you can,
Where it counts, not Harvard or Yale.

The time is upon us, united as friends
We can make anything grow.
Come join the party, sing and dance all the day,
But tomorrow we get out the vote.

We cry for the genocide, slavery, greed
That persists after thousands of years.
It’s late, but there’s time if we really work hard
We can stop the torrent of tears.

 

2002 Doug Stuber