Recount update: can we trust the 2016 vote?

In a country that proudly calls itself a democracy, the question we raised with the 2016 recount effort was simple: do we have an election system we can trust, that is accurate, secure and just? So far, the answer is a resounding NO. In an age of commonplace computer security breaches – from the WannaCry ransomware intrusions into energy, health care and transportation, to the Equifax hack into hundreds of millions of credit accounts – it’s astounding that the security of our voting technology has still not been verified. To put it simply, an un-recountable election is a blank check…

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on Puerto Rico

Statement of the of the Puerto Rican Diaspora Solidarity Coordinating Committee on the Destruction Brought by Hurricane Maria to Puerto Rico Our people are experiencing one of the worst and bitter moments of our history since the armed invasion of our homeland by the United States and the destruction caused by hurricane San Felipe during the decade of the 20s of the last century that caused over 300 deaths and more than 50 million dollars in damages. During that time Puerto Ricans responded to those tragedies with dignity and human solidarity. Our nation was able to recuperate and overcome these…


Notes on a Green Gubernatorial Campaign

Grounded in a ‘Last Are First’ Worldview By Seth Kaper-Dale (adapted from an article appearing in the Summer/Fall 2017 issue of Green Horizon Magazine) I’m running for Governor of New Jersey on the Green Party ticket and I’m running to win. Here’s my story. My wife and I have been co-pastors of a church in Highland Park, NJ since 2001. When we arrived, our church had 35 members. Today it has grown to approximately 500 congregants. We have also gone from being a primarily white congregation to being a congregation that has over 50 nationalities represented through first generation immigrants…


Any White Cop Can Kill a Black Man at Any Time

by Don Fitz And the cop will not go to jail. This is what has sparked protests by thousands in St. Louis from September 15 through today (September 21). In 2011, St. Louis cop Jason Stockley fired 5-7 shots at Anthony Lamar Smith, killing him. Stockley claimed that Smith was selling drugs and chased him at high speed and shot him to defend himself. The story was briefly reported as another drug deal gone bad, and it was just incidental that the cop was white and the victim was black. But the case turned out to be a lot more…


U.S. budget priorities and healthcare

Bay View September 24, 2017 by Barry Hermanson My column last month reported on the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to support HR 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. The vote was 344 Yes and 81 No. Seventy-nine percent of our elected representatives in the House voted for “nearly $30 billion more for core Pentagon operations than President Trump requested,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle, July 15, 2017. Not to be outdone, on Sept. 18, 89 percent of the U.S. Senate approved HR 2810. The vote: 89 Yes and 8 No. Following is…