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NEWS - Bernie Sanders strategist Dr. Cornel West now supports Jill Stein. Details on Huffington Post.

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ACLU's Know Your Rights -
Protests & Demonstrations

Small (29KB) PDF file describing your rights to public free speech and what to avoid. For more visit their site at

Protest Toolkit: For Single-Payer Health Care

1.1MB PDF file created by the Chicago Single-Payer Action Network.

10 Reasons To Oppose Water Privatization

120MB PDF file

Knoxville's Urban Agriculture Code

1.7MB PDF file

Helping The Mentally Ill In Prison - ReThink

440KB PDF file describing the help for the menatlly ill in America's prisons.

The Economics Of A Living Wage

52KB PDF file with good rebuttal of common arguments for keeping America's workforce in poverty.

Best & Worst States For Women

Rankings and methodology included in this small 190kB PDF file.


Knoxville Green Party Meetings:

The Green Party of Knox County regularly meets the second Monday of every month from 6:30 - 8:00PM at Barley's in the Old City. Public welcome!!

Democratic Socialists Meeting

The DSA meets the first Monday of every month from 5:30-7:00PM at the Bearden Branch Library's meeting room.

Platypus Group

The Platypus Group is a weekly reading/discussion group meeting on campus focused on the problems and possibilities historically inherited by the political Left. Every Thursday 7-9 pm at the Hodges library of the University of Tennessee Knoxville, room 235P on main floor. Website:


Keep up with what's happening at the Birdhouse Community Center in Knoxville. They have all sorts of creative and political groups & classes!

- Nashville Events -

Events From The Nashville Peace & Justice Center

(For more information on these and more events from the Nashville Peace & Justice Center click here.)

21 July Thurs 6pm? 7pm? Claude AnShin Thomas: From Vietnam Vet to Buddhist Monk. Lecture organized by Veterans for Peace, will be given at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

24 July Sunday 12:30-3:30 pm. "Same Love, Same Rights" LGBT Wedding Expo. Embassy Suites Hotel, 1220 Conference Center Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37129. Free. More info and RSVP at website.

29 July Fri 5pm. Interfaith Oneness Musical Festival. Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music. Food and exhibition at 5pm, music at 6:30pm. Free, but registration required.

30 July Sat noon to 3 pm. Wobblies lecture. Upstairs, Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Watch for additional details. ("Wobblies" is the nickname of IWW, a radical labor organization.)

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Field Coordinator for East TN
Jacqui Sadlo

Voting Precinct Coordinator for Davidson County (24-1)
Beth Dachowski

For the Memphis Area:
Field Coordinator - Ed Griffith

Brad Hedge - contact directly to have announcements posted

- Platform -

Isa & the Left Open crew are Green Party members that follow the Green Party's progressive platform which includes universal health care and education through the undergraduate college level. Of course, the "green" in the Green Party is a strong, progressive stance against pollution and other corporate malfeasance.

We strongly support grass roots democracy and oppose the current corporatocracy threatening world freedom today. Click here for more details.

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- News -

How’s & Way’s To Create A Complementary Currency System

Why We’re The Murder Capital Of The World

Lessons In Viking Economics

Can The United States Transcend White Supremacy?

Writing As Resistance

Seeds Community Café Reduces Food Waste, Feeds Hungry

A Wake-Up Call For White Progressives

America’s Huge Racial Wealth Gap Is No Accident

Investing in Teenage Girls on World Population Day

Social Justice For A Global Working Class

Why These Parents And Grandparents Are ‘Fasting For Future’

US-Led Economic War, Not Socialism, Is Tearing Venezuela Apart

Poverty Has Always Accompanied Capitalism

U.S. Plans To Saturate Globe With Weapons

Protests Across the Country In Response To Police Killings

Redistribution Of Health Care From The Poor To The Wealthy

Time For Silence Is Over: Grasping Reality Of Nonviolence

Understanding The Fundamentals Of Economic Democracy

On World Day, UN Hails Cooperatives As Drivers Of Sustainable Future

To Stop ‘Bomb Trains,’ I Honeymooned In Jail

U.N. Passes Landmark Resolution Condemning Internet Shutdowns

The Real Story Of July 4th Builds Our Power

The Mousai House: A Cooperative Vision For A New Creative Economy

The Founding Myth Of The US

Slavery As Free Trade

Pat Summit, Trailblazer of Women’s Sports, Dies at 64

5 Major Supreme Court Victories for Women this Week

North Carolina's War On Children

Private Prisons Making Deals To Lock Up More Immigrant Women & Children

Civil Society Targetted While Responding To Human Rights Abuses

Who Got Rich Off The Student Debt Crisis

An Inequality Double-Whammy

If You’re Younger Than 31, You’ve Never Experienced This

The interesting thing that happened when Kansas cut taxes and California hiked them

What happened after California raised taxes and Kansas cut them

Kansas cancels its ultimate plan to punish the poor

In A Broke And Crumbling City, This Woman Is Building An Urban Paradise

Drone Delivers Abortion Pills To Women In Northern Ireland

Allina Nurses Go All In

Activists Blockade NRA Entrance To Protest 'Relentless' Gun Lobby

Monsanto - America's Monster

Germany Calls Out US For Warmongering & Saber Rattling With Russia

The Drug Exception To The Bill Of Rights Continues

California, World’s Sixth Largest Economy, Going Nuclear-Free

America: The Land Of Terrorists And Massacres

The Growing Case For Massive Taxes On The Rich

Who Uses Puppets For Political Protest? Meet Elliot Crown

Platform Cooperativism: What Is It?

Low-Wage Workers Propose A Good Work Code For Silicon Valley

The Civil War Didn’t End Slavery After All

Freedom Rider: September 9th Prison Strike

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About Isa

- Elder Wisdom -

Within the tribal structure you often had people who displayed the riches of their society. However they were never the chiefs, the peacemakers, the medicine people or the ceremony leaders. Those people were among the poorest because they lived as examples of the giveaway. The sharing of what you have with others who's needs are greater then yours. The tribe supported them knowing that most of what was given to them for their work would in turn be given back to the tribe.

Too bad that today's politicians, MD's, religious leaders and NGO leaders don't follow this example. Perhaps we need to choose our leaders based on how they live rather then what they say.

Perhaps more people need to show the way. I try to do so.

Bob (Big Tree) Smith