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Wealth Inequality

The three richest people in the world possess more wealth than the poorest 42 nations combined. In the US, wealth inequality has skyrocketed, especially since the start of the Great Recession. Consider the Koch brothers Charles and David, owners of the second largest privately held company in the US (next to Cargill), whose financing of […]

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The Revolving Door

Growing up, many of us learned our country has three branches of government, with checks and balances to make sure nothing ever goes wrong. We also believed that by removing his glasses no one would realize Clark Kent was actually Superman. As we aged, we discovered that checks and balances have less to do with […]

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Lobbying versus Direct Action

Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy, the largest in US history, on Sept. 15, 2008. Days later as world capitalism continued convulsing, George W. Bush, looking dazed and bewildered as if he’d just finished a test in quantum mechanics despite never having mastered his multiplication tables, declared in his inimitable eloquence, “This sucker could go down.” Since […]

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Learning How To Belly Tranche

“JP Morgan is one of the best-managed banks there is….” — President Barack Obama, May 14, 2012 Within the rarefied echelons of finance capital dwell civilization’s most brilliant minds: men and women of such profound intellect that those of us who reside at their feet are left to envy their genius. O, what wondrous thoughts […]

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Light Brigade action in Seattle Wednesday 5:30PM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ OLB-Take Action for Seattle Families Facing Foreclosure Easy Involvement with a Big Impact! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   Do You Believe Housing Is A Human Right? – Take Action in Solidarity with SAFE! Overpass Light Brigade ramping-up local Seattle organizing by SAFE (Standing Against Foreclosure & Eviction) and the 11-city launch of the “Housing For All” National […]

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Sequester My @$$, Strategy Call at 4pm Wednesday

In the age of sequestration, our Shared Sacrifice My @$$ video is more appropriate than ever. Allow yourself to laugh-off the disappointment and then channel your outrage into ACTION! Join the Strategy & Solidarity Call Among Backbone Allies Wednesday, March 6th at 4 PM Pacific / 7 PM Eastern Members on the call have been […]

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Value of Community

The term community has two distinct commutative meanings: 1) Community usually refers to a social unit larger than a small village that shares common values. The term can also refer to the national community or international community, and 2) in biology, a community is a group of interacting living organisms sharing a populated environment. In […]

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Senate Bill (SB-5062) aimed at Criminalizing Squatting in Foreclosed Homes

ACTION REQUIRED BY THE PEOPLE Senate Bill (SB-5062) aimed at Criminalizing Squatting in Foreclosed Homes The digest of this bill reads: “SB 5062 zz- DIGEST Clarifies the law to provide additional tools to courts, law enforcement, and communities to deal with the threat that squatters pose on foreclosed property. Provides that a person is guilty […]

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SAFE newsletter

Upcoming Actions: Friday January 11th – Success! Auction Disruption for Maleah Jacobs has been canceled because SAFE got her in touch with Homesight and they contacted the bank and had her home pulled from auction. Wednesday January 16th – Mass Mailing, we’re looking for volunteers to help stuff envelopes. Show up at the SAFE House […]

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The Origins of SAFE: January to December 2012, and Actions

In the waning months of 2011 after the police systematically cleared out Occupy Wall Street encampments across the US and Canada, it was obvious to many activists that the foreclosure crisis and the economic system that engendered it should be the prime target of our attention. Several Occupy Seattle members met in the early months […]