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From Public Citizen's Corporate Presidency site: "44 Trump administration officials have close ties to the Koch brothers and their network of political groups, particularly Vice President Mike Pence, White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney."

Dark Money author Jane Mayer on The Dangers of President Pence, New Yorker, Oct. 23 issue on-line

Can Time Inc. Survive the Kochs? November 28, 2017 By
..."This year, among the Kochs’ aims is to spend a projected four hundred million dollars in contributions from themselves and a small group of allied conservative donors they have assembled, to insure Republican victories in the 2018 midterm elections. Ordinarily, political reporters for Time magazine would chronicle this blatant attempt by the Kochs and their allies to buy political influence in the coming election cycle. Will they feel as free to do so now?"...

"Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America" see: our site, and George Monbiot's essay on this key book by historian Nancy MacLean.

Full interview with The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer March 29, 2017, Democracy Now! about her article, "The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency: How Robert Mercer Exploited America’s Populist Insurgency."

Democracy Now! Special Broadcast from the Women's March on Washington

The Economics of Happiness -- new version

Local Futures offers a free, shortened version of its award-winning documentary film The Economics of Happiness. This 19-minute abridged version "brings us voices of hope of in a time of crisis." www.localfutures.org.

African Writers’ Corner

Wangui wa Goro embraces the Obama victory with a poem


Cast aside your fears
For once,
As on the day you wed,
Have faith in the universe
that beauty can be borne
of hope,
your hope
and positive energy
which we must radiate
not on the hurts of the past
or fear of ourselves
but because
history breathes
this whispered hope
because if we cannot hope now
then when?

Source: listserve of Pambazuka news: English language edition  http://www.pambazuka.org/en

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January 14, 2010

Helping Haiti: 'sister to sister' relief from CODEPINK

The message from US peace activists at CODEPINK: "The worst earthquake in 200 years struck Haiti this week, flattening the capital city of Port-au-Prince and, according to early estimates, killing as many as 50,000.

International aid efforts will be critical in the next few days to help prevent more human suffering. Here are several sister organizations doing effective, immediate, and grassroots disaster relief work in Haiti who will put your donation to use:

  • MADRE has worked in Haiti for many years and supporting community organizations on the ground.  Donate here.
  • Global Fund for Women is directing funds to women’s peace-building efforts and the rebuilding of organizations and communities the disaster to support long-term sustainability.  Donate here.
  • V-Day is directing funds to the V-Day Haiti Sorority Safe House in Port-au-Prince that provides shelter to women survivors of violence and their children.  Learn more and donate here.
  • The Lambdi Fund of Haiti is a second responder to the disaster, meaning after the initial assistance in Haiti, the Lambi Fund will be there in the long-term to help rebuild. Learn more and donate.
  • CODEPINKer Sasha Kramer works with the organization SOIL in Haiti and will be traveling to Port-au-Prince tomorrow with supplies and to help aid workers translate. For the next few weeks, Sasha and SOIL will be traveling back and forth between Cap Haitien and the capital with supplies and people.  All donations made in the next month will go towards earthquake relief.

Our hearts go out to the Haitian people in this time of crisis. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Dana, Emily, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Janet, Jodie, Marina, Medea, Nancy, Paris, Rae, and Whitney

P.S. Educate yourself: Democracy Now had some great coverage on the U.S. policy in Haiti and how it has laid the foundation for why the impact of a natural disaster is so severe.

Take Action: Tell Obama to grant “temporary protected status” for Haitian refugees in the US."

Source: http://codepink4peace.org/blog/2010/01/how-you-can-help-in-haiti/