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Van Jones is an admirer of Saul Alinski, communist

Read the book Rules for Radicals, by Saul Alensky, to see how much communist doctrine is being forced down our throats by Obama and Clinton, posing as liberals and progressives. Lenin was one of the men most admired by Saul Alinski. Van Jones is steeped in communist doctrine.
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How to Gain Support for Changes Needed to be made in a Community?

I'm a college student at Arizona State University working towards a degree in English. I am originally from Nacogdoches, TX where major changes need to be addressed regarding a dangerous intersection in a school zone and African American rights being violated. I find it unsettling that even people that agree with all the wrongs that are being committed by our city officials, there is no one actually DOING anything. My father, Brent Mergerson is the one that is trying to address changes any way he can but without the help of supporters in the community I'm not sure if it will be done. I have written a letter informing people about what is going on in their own community, but no one has yet to reach out to help support our cause to make these changes. I guess what I'm asking is: how do we get people to support or TAKE ACTION as we are trying to do? I'm not sure what it takes for people to wake up and realize that change won't happen until there are actions put forth to make those changes.
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Mass Incarceration: THE Civil Rights issue of our current time.

To reduce current prison populations a comprehensive review of offenders with ten or more years time served should be conducted. Consideration for release should include compassionate review of the offender, including family history. While I am encouraged that mass incarceration is receiving national attention, we must not be lazy in our approach to only consider non violent offenders. Long term offenders with proven support from their family, community and clergy to return to them should be seriously considered. Most offenders will return to our communities and most of them should be given the rehabilitative tools necessary to return to our communities with the capability of becoming productive contributing citizens. Long term offenders are least likely to re-offend if offered incentives for release that include mental health counseling and treatment, vocational training and increased availability for friends and family visitation that is conducive to developing and/or restoring them to their deeper humanity. Release should not include unduly restrictive and problematic rules that promote reincarceration for technical violations. We know that criminal activity is primarily an issue of poverty and disenfranchisement. But I would argue also the persistent victimization of children and young adults, later offend as result of that victimization. They manifest a desensitization to their own emotions as a protective mechanism. Thus resulting in the loss of sensitivity, empathy and concern for others. Yet most, if not all have a true desire to connect emotionally and find people they can trust. A radical change in the approach to our judicial and penal system is necessary if we are to be successful in reducing the current population but also the mass incarceration of future populations. There is much more discussion to share. Please advise on how I can get actively involved.
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We were property owners in Ferguson

We went to the county and brought all the property from the white folks running had mortgages and good plant jobs
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unpacking the inviisible back pack

love the expression "smuggling in racism" needed a term you gave it to me - even killing Cecil the lion was about smuggling in white male privilege residue "smuggling in racism" love it
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Aug 12, 2015
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