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–Priest Douggie Smith and his team at the First Rastafari Church and Cultural Center of Florida are doing something unique.
–They are trying to get local Rastafari out of the shadows and into the center of the larger community.
-Priest Douggie: “We didn’t create a space for Rastafari alone we created a space for the community so Rastafari and the community can interact together and build our community in a positive way.”
-Priest Douggie’s message and style has attracted some interesting non Rastafari people to his new center for cultural events.
–According to Priest Douggie, there is a large Rastafari community in South Florida, but they are scattered around the region.
–From 1993 to 2007, there was a Rastafari church in Miami but it was forced to close during the recession.
-From that time to the opening of the new center, local Rastafari had to meet at homes and in parks to worship with each other.
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By Christian Felber
In the immediate aftermath of World War II the German state of Bavaria wrote a new constitution stating that all economic activity should serve the common good.
This was a direct response to the fascism that triggered the war, the Great Depression that gave rise to fascism and the laissez-faire economic and financial system that brought on the Great Depression.
But Bavaria was no pioneer in advocating for the common good: promoting general welfare is one of the bases of the United States constitution, stated in the preamble.
Today, as we contemplate the terror and violence infecting our world from France, Brussels and Bangladesh to Orlando and Dallas, the parallel with the common good cannot be ignored.
Over the last three decades, we have collectively failed to make promoting general welfare a priority, choosing instead to support globalized financial capitalism which aims to maximize opportunities for self-interested speculators eyeing profit, bonuses and privileges for large corporations and the global elite who control them — the same set of elite that’s prepared to wage war in order to the secure natural resources.
It’s no secret that the winners have become more powerful and the losers have become ever more frustrated and disaffected.
To a certain extent, society can handle inequality and the resulting marginalization. But what about when that threshold is surpassed?
As we are now witnessing, those who’ve been or who feel left behind, those who are left without without opportunities or hope, lash out with aggression and violence.
Thus, today, we are paying the price in fear and bloodshed of having forgotten the lessons embedded in the Second World War’s inception.
But it’s not too late.
The growing outcry against inequality, the vociferous calls for fair trade instead of free trade and human rights instead of corporate rights as we’ve seen through the Bernie Sanders movement among others suggests that the tides can — and may well — change.
It won’t happen overnight, but with the right level of commitment to re-purposing our global economy through the following initiatives, we can help it take root:
-A fundamental redefinition of economic success based on an organization’s contribution to the common good.
To this end, the adoption of a “Common Good Balance Sheet“ for transnational corporations as a condition for accessing global markets.
A first attempt at proposing such guidelines was made in the early 2000s by the United Nations, which drafted the “Draft Norms on the Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Regard to Human Rights.”
This was rejected by business associations and western governments. Now, a better and already widely used instrument – the Common Good Balance Sheet – is available and with the right backing, could become legislation under international law.
-The shifting of investment finance priorities from profit goals to common good goals drawing on The Common Good Balance Sheet.
-The long-overdue fulfillment of the 0.7 target whereby 0.7% of rich countries respective GNPs would be donated to development assistance through the United Nations.
-The payment by rich countries of their outstanding balances due to the United Nations.
-A cap on the amount of private wealth that can be held by individuals.
-The shifting of priorities from forging international trade deals favoring corporate profit over the welfare of all to taking joint initiatives that support global cooperation, solidarity, sustainability and peace work.
The challenge could not be bigger — or more urgent. Corporations who view their primary responsibility as serving shareholders are the first who’ll need to step up to the plate and consider what entrepreneurial strategies and forms of cooperation will help those who’ve been excluded from the global economy to find opportunities and their place within it.
Governments will need to look at policy instruments such as the Common Good Balance Sheet to support an agenda of human welfare and development rather than a corporate bill of rights.
In sending a clear message through our actions that we’re serious about focusing on a common good economy, on local development and sustainability, on fair trade and the strengthening of refugee, poverty reduction and peace programs, we will see the preachers of hatred, revenge and divide would lose their arguments and their targets one by one.
Christian Felber is founder of the The Economy For The Common Good.
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-Former Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin was arrested Friday after he allegedly posted a threatening message on Instagram that caused a Los Angeles High School to close.
-Martin allegedly posted this message to his Instagram story:
Former Dolphins OL Jonathan Martin with some seriously disturbing stuff on his IG story… pic.twitter.com/NaJ8a0BXze
— Nick Brown (@NickyBeaster) February 23, 2018
-The message references Harvard Westlake High School and shows a shotgun with multiple rounds of ammunition lying on a surface. It reads, “When you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge.”
-The message also tags current NFL players Mike Pouncey and Richie Incognito.
–Incognito and Pouncey allegedly bullied Martin while they were all members of the Miami Dolphins. That incident became national news and resulted in an NFL investigation after Martin went public with the allegations.
-Martin said in a message announcing his retirement from football in 2015 that he once attempted suicide during his NFL playing career.
– Harvard Westlake High School closed Friday as a precaution. LAPD said that the closure was because of actions by a “former student of the preparatory school [who] apparently used Instagram to say he wanted to seek revenge for alleged bullying he underwent when he attended one of the school.”
-In a statement obtained by the Los Angeles Times, Harvard Westlake said: “The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always our primary concern. So, out of an abundance of caution, we made the decision to close school today,” the email read. “The school’s private security team is working with the Los Angeles Police Department, which is present on both campuses. With these precautions in place, we believe there is no imminent threat to our campuses or our school community.”
–Pouncy is still on the Miami Dolphins while Incognito plays for the Buffalo Bills.
This a developing story which we will update on a continuous basis.
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Live from the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa the three leading candidates for the Democratic Presidential nomination are gathered for a debate hosted by CBS News.
Follow along with our live blog as we bring you the biggest news from the debate and some insight into what it all means.
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RR 11:02 PM: My rankings: 1. O’Malley 2. Clinton 3. SandersCB 10:55PM: I’m not into conspiracy but its easy to understand the views that DNC is rigging this for Clinton. Ranking for me is: 1. O’Malley 2. Clinton 3. SandersCB 10:53PM: DNC’s intentions really strange with this schedule. Ratings will be low tonight.
RR 10:53 PM: This debate will fade from memory very quickly. Good for Hillary.CB 10:53PM: I doubt there will be any post-debate coverage tonight because of events in Paris.
RR 10:52 PM: Liked Hillary’s closing. Wrapped it up with a nice bow and made it clear that she is still teflon.
CB 10:51PM: “Heard a lot about me in this debate”-Clinton. Oh please, give me a break. Cheap shotCB 10:50PM: O’Malley was great but his closing statements are a little too rehearsed.
CB 10:49PM: Bernie Sanders on bipartisanship. Effective speech.
RR 10:47PM: @CB: I miss Jim Webb.
CB 10:47PM: Lincoln Chaffey randomly walks on the stage and just smiles at everyone in silence.
RR 10:46 PM: Clinton/ Trivalgo guy 2016
JF 10:41 PM: A single-payer system for healthcare is probably the best the solution to universal healthcare.
CB 10:40PM: @RR That makes sense. He probably does do it too much
CB 10:38PM: Free community college, and debt free college sounds reasonable. Clinton had best answer.CB 10:37PM: O’Malley DID ALL OF IT. He’s looking very good tonight
RR 10:36 PM: @CB you mentioned this earlier but.. O’Malley constantly going back to Maryland record is bad advice he is getting. He should touch on it but stay in the future. Otherwise, it sounds like he is saying that “Maryland is a wonderland”, which we know is not true.
CB 10:35PM: Anytime people ask Bernie where the money will come from, he always goes” uh….”
CB 10:33PM: The question is: is campus activism justified? As long as reporters have their first amendment rights, which are not infringed upon by vultures like Melissa Click.
RR 10:31 PM: University of Missouri question! Amazing how big that story got. Not to gloat, but Rise News interviewed the leader of the protest movement a full week before national media caught on.
RR 10:29 PM: O’Malley said that BlackLivesMatters. That is a good soundbite for him.
JF 10:28 PM: Will the topic of Clinton’s email ever die down? Yes, asking questions about the scandal is important. But haven’t the questions already been answered?
RR 10:26 PM: @CB agreed. Waste of time.CB 10:26PM: Okay, this e-mail moment is shopworn. Already happened at last debate.CB 10:25PM: Atlantic City quip was a joke. They’re doing fine.
RR 10:24 PM: Sanders bashes “media” for twisting his words about whether he thinks that Clinton’s email scandal is a big deal. Not sure that is true Bernster.
CB 10:20PM: @RR At Disneyworld, Toontown is out. Kind of like Atlantic City after Trump.
RR 10:19 PM: @JF that was grade A website plugging by him.
JF 10:19 PM: Best donation advertising goes to Martin O’Malley
RR 10:19 PM: Wall Street. The most depressing section of Magic Kingdom.. other than that Toontown thing.
CB 10:18PM: Got to protect Main Street from Wall Street. If not, how else will you get to Cinderella Castle and Adventureland.
RR 10:18 PM: O’Malley trying to take away the Wall Street attack from Sanders as both label Clinton as “candidate of Wall Street.” Red meat for the Dem base.
RR 10:15 PM: Sanders trying to keep nice with Clinton but can’t help the attacks. Can someone say conflicted?
CB 10:15PM: Sanders making sure Clinton knows he’s not shouting at her. She took that after the last debate and shamelessly ran with it.
CB 10:14 PM: @JF There’s your attack on Clinton’s position changes.
RR 10:13 PM: Sanders attacking O’Malley on his record as Mayor of Baltimore in terms of safety. The opposition research is starting to bubble to the top.
RR 10:13 PM: O’Malley attacking Hillary and calling her “Annie Oakley” because of gun positions.
JF 10:12 PM: The candidates have made a drastic switch from occasionally supporting each other’s policies in the previous debate to attacking one another.
CB 10:11 PM: Clinton: “92% of Americans think we need universal background check.” Lets get a background check on this statement.
RR 10:10 PM: The Wall Street back and forth the moment of the debate so far. Hillary stood her ground but she needs to get a better line than that 9/11 quip. Truth is that she will not have to talk about this after primary.
JF 10:06PM: Shouldn’t Hillary Clinton’s integrity be questioned considering the amount of times she’s changed her position?
CB 10:06PM: I don’t think Wall Street has been mentioned in the last two GOP debates…am I wrong?
RR 10:06 PM: Hillary using Wall Street 9/11 connection really dodges what Bernie was driving about.
RR 10:05 PM: Hillary strong on this rebut on Bernie.
CB 10:05PM: Great, here’s Hillary’s gender card.
CB 10:05PM: Glass Steagall…the hottest thing since Supergirl
JF 10:03PM Bernie Sanders response to Clinton’s economic plan: “It’s not good enough.”
RR 10:03 PM: Woah Bernie on the attack now. Says Hillary’s explanations to ties with Wall Street is not good enough.
CB 10:01PM: Wall Street 2: Bernie Never Sleeps. Unlike Carson
RR 10:00 PM: Welcome @JF to the second hour of the debate!
RR 9:59 PM: Alan Grayson, Dem candidate for Senate in Florida had an ad during the local slot in Miami market. Taking credit for getting Kevin McCarthy out of speaker race.
RR 9:55 PM: Hillary getting boxed out of some of these questions. Not sure it matters though.
CB 9:55PM: O’Malley to every question: “We did this”.
RR 9:49 PM: Always feel like Trivago guy is trying to flirt with me.
CB 9:49 PM: I really don’t like the Trivago commercial guy.
RR 9:48 PM: @CB Of course that is a big concern to be sure. But I think that ISIS will be able to get in the US one way or the other. We probably hurt ourselves more in the eyes of the world by not allowing people in.
CB 9:47PM: Just to clarify, I think we should take refugees. Number is debatable.
CB 9:47 PM: @RR On refugee response- Would you be worried of ISIS plants within that population? Screenings possibly insufficient?
RR 9:45 PM: Interestingly it is Hillary who is trying to poke Sanders and make their differences known. You would think it would be the other way around.
RR 9:44 PM: @CB: oh yeah. If Bama was playing right now, I would not be watching this.
CB 9:43PM: @RR Sanders kind of had a moment.B 9:42PM: @RR The fact that it is late Saturday night without much promotion is a part of it.
RR 9:42 PM: @CB previous question: I think that 100,000 refugees would be a reasonable number. America is a big country that has the systems to make it work.CB 9:41PM: O’Malley is strong tonight.
RR 9:38 PM: So far, no big moments in the debate. If it ended now, nobody would remember this happened tomorrow.CB 9:37PM: Kind of wish they would stay on foreign policy. Should at least be half the debate. Last night calls for it.CB 9:34PM: Can we just mention how ridiculous this DNC debate schedule is? Saturday night? After football?CB 9:30PM: O’Malley very generous on Syrian refugee number. Says accept 65,000. With screenings. Thoughts RR?
RR 9:26 PM: The flubs on the “radical Islam” question has to due to with the fact that Democrats have the burden of being the party in power.CB 9:25PM: Good for the moderator for pushing her on that.CB 9:24PM: IT’S RADICAL ISLAM! SAY IT!
CB 9:22PM: O’Malley insinuates “boots on the ground” is an offensive and inhumane term.
RR 9:22 PM: O’Malley coming across very strongly tonight. Presidential even.
CB 9:21PM: This is not Sanders’ strong suit. Reportedly one of his aides threw a fit because of the topic change of the debate.CB 9:14 PM: Sanders: “Iraq War responsible for unraveling of Middle East and rise of Al Queda.”CB 9:13 PM: Sanders: “Climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism.”RR: 9:12 PM Sanders using facts and science to tie climate change to the rise of terrorism will not be popular among some- especially on the right.CB 9:09 PM: Clinton: “ISIS cannot be contained, it must be defeated.” Seems to contradict Obama’s comments yesterday.CB 9:06 PM: Sanders has an underwhelming opening. Martin O’Malley’s is the strongest.
CB 9:04 PM EST: After the events in Paris, tonight’s debate will focus on foreign policy. This will be interesting. Our hearts go out to the people in France.
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