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Concord (NH) Monitor: Budget Advice for Gregg: For cuts, look to military spending

The AFSC's Arnie Alpert writes in an open letter/opinion article to  U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg:

The recommendations from Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility, released last Wednesday, include some interesting ideas. But they stray from the major factors which drove up the deficit over the past decade. As you and the other members of commission complete your work in the next two weeks, we hope you will focus on reversing tax cuts, decreasing military spending, and ending the recession.

TucsonCitizen.com: AFSC Calls for an Investigation into the Politics of Prison Privatization

The American Friends Service Committee and Beau Hodai (author of the groundbreaking article from In These Times on private prisons & Arizona) met on the lawn of the state house in Phoenix on Monday to hold a press conference calling for an end to for-profit prison influence peddling in Arizona.

Fight Inequality, Don’t Scapegoat Immigrants

http://dissentmagazine.org/atw.php?id=263

By Mark Engler

The emergence of vast inequalities between the wealthy and the rest of us may be the biggest change in American society over the last fifty years. And it’s hardly a change that we should welcome.

Immigration Economics: An Interview with Professor Giovanni Peri

http://www.fpif.org/articles/immigration_economics_an_interview_with_professor_giovanni_peri

Doesn’t supply and demand dictate that new immigrants will steal jobs and drive down wages for U.S. citizens? A leading immigration economist explains why not.

By Mark Engler

Arizona Public Media: Private Prisons: Risks and Benefits

Privately operated prisons are increasingly becoming the norm in Arizona. The state currently has eleven prisons operating under contract with for-profit corporations, but a recent escape by three inmates from the Kingman Prison Complex and the resulting murder of an elderly couple in New Mexico have raised questions about the role they play in Arizona.

Tucson AZ Citizen.com: 130 Crowd Tucson Public Hearing on Prison Privatization

More than 130 people packed the Public Hearing at Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus last night for the first ever hearings on prison privatization in Arizona.

Exceeding all expectations for this event, the crowd listened intently throughout the two hour hearing.

 

The Standard AZ Newspaper: Hearings to begin regarding private prisons

Hearings will be held soon in Tucson and Kingman to gain public awareness of issues connected to private prisons.

The Kingman hearing will be held 6-8 p.m.

Arizona Public Media: Private Prisons: Risks and Benefits

Privately operated prisons are increasingly becoming the norm in Arizona, and now a series of public hearings are being held to gather information concerning this trend. Luis Carrión spoke with Caroline Isaacs of the American Friends Service Committee, the group coordinating the public hearings.

Huffington Post Blog: A Nuclear-Free World Awaits Action by Obama, Senate

A-Bomb Survivor Junko Kayashige holds photo of her family - 1945

A-Bomb Survivor Junko Kayashige holds photo of her family - 1945

Hiroshima A-Bomb Survivor Junko Kayashige holds picture of her 1945 family

Humans and nuclear weapons cannot co-exist.

This start judgment begins an opinion article by the AFSC's Shan Cretin and Joseph Gerson on the urgency for action by President Obama and the U.S. Senate, on the occasion of the 11th Annual Nobel Peace Laureates Summit next month in Hiroshima Japan. 

News Source: 
Huffington Post Blog

America in Decline: Paths to 21st Century Security & Prosperity - Joseph Gerson's Watertown UU Sermon

Joseph Gerson was invited to deliver the Sermon at the Watertown Unitarian Church, October 17. His talk touched on tragic similarities between German and U.S. militarism. He explained that many of the sources of the "American Century" caried with them the seeds of U.S. 21st century decline. He reviewed the economic, military, cultural, spiritual, intellectual and political dimensions of U.S. decline and points to Common Security (domestic and international) poliicies that can provide greater security and prosperity in the 21st century.

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