January 6, 2008
January 5, 2008
Hopefully this will provide some energy to build the national movement towards abolition in the United States. There is also momentum building globally as can be seen in the "United Nations General Assembly nonbinding global moratorium on the death penalty that was approved in December.
Nataline Sarkisyan, age 17, died just hours after Cigna reversed its decision not to pay for a liver transplant. Her story of tragedy and injustice and the stories of so many Americans should inspire us to fix our broken healthcare system. Michael Moore may be a crazy nut to some people, but his film SiCKO was of vital importance in this struggle. Change is going to happen.
I guess if I didn't have reservations about a candidate, they would probably never get elected. Whoever does get the nomination will probably get elected in 2008; I just hope that they do not completely sell out to corporations and the military.
After vetoing SCHIP twice, President Bush has extended children's health insurance for another year. Efforts to expand the program will have to resume next year.
The Senate has passed a version of the farm bill. There are some modest improvements, but farm subsidies have remained largely in tact. To Bush's credit, he is threatening a veto because it does not cut subsidies enough. Evidently this is connected to cases pending against the US with the WTO.
January 8, 6:30pm @ Druid Hills UMC
Georgia Progressive Summit
January 11-13 @ Clark University
View the schedule online
A-Bomb Exhibit & Survivor Talk
January 12, 3:00pm/4:00pm @ 11:11 Teahouse
753 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta
Invisible Chapel Screening (GALEO)
January 15, 7:00pm @ Agnes Scott>Evans Hall
Atlanta King March
January 21, 1:00pm @ Peachtree & Baker
The second event that has stuck with me is an Andrew Peterson Christmas concert I attended. Featuring several musicians, Andy Gullahorn played a song called "That Guy." Not only was this song different than just another Christian song about falling in love with Jesus, this song had a hard message. The lyrics challenge people to love like God loves, including the guy who blows himself up, the guy who commits adultery and suicide, and themselves.
It wasn't until a few days later when everything sort of hit me. From the comments from the legislator, the debate over water-boarding and torture, to my frustration with my president--God loves all of those people and we are to love like that. We are to love the suicide bomber and the B-1 bomber pilot, the abortion clinic doctor and the abortion clinic bomber; we are to love all people because that is what Christ taught and because everyone is created in the image of God. Can you hear the words of Raul Julia, playing Oscar Romero, yelling in prison at the torturers, "WE ARE HUMAN BEINGS! WE ARE HUMAN BEINGS!" Sometimes I think God may be shouting, "THOSE ARE MY CHILDREN! STOP HURTING THEM!"
I hope you'll watch my video below featuring Andy Gullahorn's song.