SEATTLE -- It was an annual Seattle tradition that was disrupted last year when protesters drowned out the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Westlake Center. Seattle Police have said they’ll be ready to make arrests if things get out of hand. On Tuesday afternoon, demonstrators called on SPD to refrain from using violence.
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At its annual Law for the People Convention held this year in Oakland, CA, NLG membership voted to pass two resolutions: one supporting the abolition of prisons, and another calling on the US Government to formally normalize relations with Cuba—both of which exemplify the Guild's mission of holding human rights over property interests.
The idea for these neoliberal ‘model cities’ took force after the US-backed military coup that ousted President Zelaya in 2009.
Millions of Americans believe that President Obama has normalized relations with Cuba and ended over 50 years of U.S. efforts to strangle its economy. They might have been puzzled when the United States stood up against every other nation save one, in opposing the UN General Assembly resolution which passed, 191-2, on October 27, 2015. That resolution condemned the continuing U.S. commercial, economic and financial embargo against Cuba.
Senator Bernie Sanders' campaign for the presidency has re-opened an American conversation about democratic socialism, and it's about time. The idea has never taken hold in the United States, although it's a respectable political philosophy in the rest of the world. Other countries have experimented with it in different ways. The socialist programs the Scandinavian countries have enjoyed, for example, have nothing in common with the totalitarian excesses of the Soviet Union under Stalin and his successors. Britain has a national health service and France has free college education and free medical care. If we moved in a socialist direction, we could expect the United States to develop a uniquely American brand.