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Poetry The Mangled-by Matthew C. Behling 

Soothing Waters of Ohio - by Jack Byrom                       

I moved to you feeling jumpy, dusty, and nerves shot.
But the cool, soothing waters of Ohio watered my soul.
The slow meander of your waterways was more in touch with my Self`s eternal rhythm;
 I found myself giving up my badge of pain.
Selfless souls called to ask for help in distributing the cool balm of your sacred streams.
Friends called and asked if I would help save the water from the Price of Progress.
I took up the call and found myself losing my little Self in the larger stream of Your cool water.
Maybe someday I`ll follow the stream back to its source, but for now its nice to just have
a sip.

                          Blacklick Creek, central Ohio                                   Photo by Jack Byrom, 2001

Jack Byrom is a Central Ohio Green Party member and community activist.  He is attending Capitol University.   He lives with his wife in Clintonville.  More of his poetry can be accessed here: http://home.ix.netcom.com/~rhonjack/poetry-JB.htm


The Poetry of Michael Eckhardt

Michael Eckhardt's poetry has been on display recently at the 853 gallery and currently at the coffee table.  Michael is a longtime community activist for the causes of peace and justice.


dance contest

 

 

in the growing absence

of ceremony and ritual….

 

driven by icons and marketing

toward a state of apathy

we are faced with

way too many choices

many finding they are unable

to choose at all

 

as the storm clouds gather

an inhumane political agenda

falsely projected by those

who would divide and isolate us

from each other

and all of us

from the rest of the world

 

instilling fear….

those who would have

and use it all

continue encouraging us

to sit this one out

consistently inviting us….

to remain silent

 

in the growing absence

of ceremony and ritual….

 

let’s dance.

 

set up

 

cruise missiles fly

at the commander in chief’s order

the lieutenants in concert

begin to justify the means.

 

carefully coordinated press releases

feed the media as the secretary of state

informs us the struggle will be long

defense contractors once again

begin to salivate.

 

targets hit

were built by us, years ago

all a carefully executed plan

continues the evil charade.

 

if we ever fail to set up the enemy

all those pension plans

vaporized in a cloud of dust

revealing yet another, set up.

 

shards of the american dream

laying among the ruins

of once the worlds policeman...

this time,

mother earth may need a rest.

 

 

 

michael eckhardt

 


 


You know the tune...

If You're Happy And You Know It Bomb Iraq

by John Robbins

If you cannot find Osama, bomb Iraq.
If the markets are a drama, bomb Iraq.
If the terrorists are Saudi,
And your alibi is shoddy,
And your tastes remain quite gaudy,
Bomb Iraq.

If you never were elected, bomb Iraq.
If your mood is quite dejected, bomb Iraq.
If you think that SUVs,
Are the best thing since sliced cheese,
And your father you must please,
Bomb Iraq.

If the globe is quickly warming, bomb Iraq.
If the poor will soon be storming, bomb Iraq.
We assert that might makes right,
Burning oil is a delight,
For the empire we will fight,
Bomb Iraq.

If we have no allies with us, bomb Iraq.
If we think that someone's dissed us, bomb Iraq.
So to hell with the inspections,
Let's look tough for the elections,
Close your mind and take directions,
Bomb Iraq.

If corporate fraud is growin', bomb Iraq.
If your ties to it are showin', bomb Iraq.
If your politics are sleazy,
And hiding that ain't easy,
And your manhood's getting queasy,
Bomb Iraq.

Fall in line and follow orders, bomb Iraq.
For our might now knows no borders, bomb Iraq.
Disagree? We'll call it treason,
It's the make war not love season,
Even if we have no reason,
Bomb Iraq.



windsong

 

fields of plenty

amber waves

fragrant whispers

on distant breeze.

 

soft sorrowful cries

ride the wind...

real hunger considered

an abstract distraction.

 

acrid stench permeates

as a portion

of the yield burns

with economic intent.

 

the wind

in its’ complicity

fanning the flames . . . howls.

 

 

michael eckhardt


By

Matthew C. Behling

Columbus, Ohio

 

The Mangled

There is an American flag whipping
in the wind above them

They rarely see it
they are shut in  
many cannot walk
others are blind

They spend many hours in bed
alone, un-cared for

They are the mangled
the helpless

They play cards
watch television
but mostly they wait

Most wars are little more than
footnotes to history
obscure conflicts with obscure reasons
started by quiet men in quiet rooms
carefully and methodically

And when the bodies are beautiful
the patriots cheer
But when those bodies get mangled
the patriots are no where to be found

Because when the body gets mangled
it is ugly
and does not fit into the American
ideal
of
health
youth
and vigor

There is an American flag whipping
in the wind above them

And it is useless

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Books

Good book sources:  http://www.commoncouragepress.com/
and:  The Apex Press www.cipa-apex.org

DSA booksource:  http://www.dsausa.org/books/books.html


The Elite Consensus: When Corporations Wield the Constitution 

The Apex Press www.cipa-apex.org   From: www.poclad.org

(This is an excellent resource that should be read by every activist and citizen! Copies are available from the AFSC office in Akron if interested for $15 plus postage.)

The Elite Consensus: When Corporations Wield the Constitution Describes Shadow Corporate Government… will forever change the way its readers follow the news

New York, N.Y. August 25, 2003, -- The Elite Consensus: When Corporations Wield the Constitution, by George Draffan

A new book from the Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy (POCLAD), goes behind the veil of giant corporations –Enron, Bechtel, Halliburton, Monsanto, Pfizer, and others making our daily news – to show how the "system" really works.

Draffan describes how corporations leverage power through think tanks and business groups to form an undemocratic system of governance over citizens. He outlines the normal, everyday ways these institutions shape the national investment and political policies, portraying how a shadow system of corporate power effectively governs.

The corporate agenda is served equally by conservative, liberal, and libertarian philosophies, according to Draffan. Corporate power, he writes, descends from the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court grants of “personhood” and Bill of Rights protections to corporations.

Unlike muckraking books about scandals in one industry or another, Draffan focuses on the mechanisms of power wielded by the entire network of corporate players.

“Today's corporate leaders received a head start from the men of property who wrote the Constitution," Richard Grossman and Ward Morehouse, cofounders of POCLAD [www.poclad.org] wrote in their foreword that succinctly summarizes
the book’s analysis.

The Elite Consensus names names. It reads like a playbill of actors on the stage of domestic and foreign policy who “wield the Constitution” to their own ends. It gives profiles of those players – think tanks, business groups and nonprofit organizations -- whose “experts” are regularly quoted in the media promoting corporate agendas with no reference to their corporate backers. A valuable guide for activists, citizens, journalists, scholars and students, the book reveals the interconnections between these organizations and their revolving-door relationships with government. Interestingly, the book includes the Brookings Institution -- a tax-exempt think tank commonly considered liberal or centrist --whose board includes corporate CEOs from AT&T, Chase Manhattan, Kissinger Associates and Bank of America, a former director of the World Bank Robert McNamara, and directors and trustees of major foundations.

“Corporate-driven think tanks and educators enjoy the prestige of university appointments where corporate agendas are developed and disseminated,” writes Draffan, Executive Director of the Public Information Network, Seattle, WA.
“Corporate foundations decide which charities and which environmental groups get funded. Investment bankers control more money than the World Bank and their unregulated speculation in national currencies has plunged Latin America and
Asia into financial crises. Governments have become mere salesmen promoting multinational corporations, which are the ‘muscle and brains’ of the global economy.”

The Elite Consensus traces corporate funding of think tanks and organizations like the Business Roundtable, Chamber of Commerce, Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO),
International Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Foundation, Brookings Institution, American Enterprise Institute, United Nations, and other nonprofit corporations.

Draffan describes how a single corporation—General Motors-- affected the economies of both Mexico and the U.S when it laid off 99,000 U.S. workers between 1992 and l996. He said General Motors became the largest private employer in
Mexico by moving its operations south of the border. U.S. union workers were replaced by lower-paid contract and temporary workers making Manpower, Inc.--a temporary employment agency--the largest employer in the United States.

The political cartoon on the book’s cover by nationally noted political artist Matt Wuerker illustrates the book’s theme: the conflict between "We the People" and corporate power. His caricature of the Capitol building and Washington
Monument shows a billboard hiding the buildings of corporate organizations whose power rests on the U.S. Constitution, supported by the building blocks of the 1st and 14th amendments.

Constitutional amendments meant for citizens are the “rights” corporations use for themselves in the courts, as the book details. Wuerker, whose cartoons can be seen on the POCLAD website, can be contacted at www.mwuerker.com.

Anyone who was affected by the recent power blackout, lost a pension in a corporation that went belly up, or lost a job in a company whose work was sent to a country with cheaper labor, will want to read this book. Public indignation
at the Enron and other corporate scandals indicates the public is hungry to know more about what is going on behind the scenes.
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The Elite Consensus: When Corporations Wield the Constitution

About the author: George Draffan is a forest activist, public interest investigator, and corporate muckraker. He is the author of The Elite Consensus, A Primer on Corporate Power, and co-author of Railroads & Clearcuts and Strangely Like War. For the past fifteen years he has provided research services and training to citizens and public interest groups that are investigating and challenging corporate power. Some of his work can be found at Endgame, a project of the Public Information Network (www.endgame.org), which he directs.

About POCLAD:
A dozen activists formed POCLAD (www.poclad.org) in 1994, to research and write about constitutional, legal, corporate, and people's movement history and since then has held over 200 "Rethinking the Corporation, Rethinking Democracy"
public meetings. POCLAD continues to develop vital research and analysis for the years ahead: reading lists, pamphlets on critical issues, a thrice-yearly publication By What Authority, an anthology on corporations and democracy [ Defying Corporations/Defining Democracy] videos, PowerPoint presentations, and workshops for activists engaged in struggles with individual corporations.
POCLAD's "Rethinking the Corporation/Rethinking Democracy" retreats are incubating nation-wide citizen efforts to curb the “corporate usurpation of citizen rights”. POCLAD's work provides a framework and historical analysis of the
Constitution and the role it has played in the political struggle between "We the People" and corporations. The Elite Consensus is the latest addition to the
POCLAD body of publications. POCLAD principal Karen Coulter, an ecological and social justice activist since l980 who founded Oregon's Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, conceived of The Elite Consensus as a manual for activists and
recruited Draffan to write it.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT POCLAD:
“POCLAD’s thought-provoking work on the questions of corporate power in a democracy goes beyond redressing a specific wrong to ask what can we do about it in a large sense.”
-- Molly Ivins
“The first step in solving a problem is learning more about the problem, and how and why it grew. POCLAD is giving us U.S. history like it’s not usually taught in schools. Hooray!”
-- Pete Seeger

Note to Editors: Formal publication date is November 24, but advance copies are now available.
Contact Judi Rizzi (1-800-316-2739) if you would like a copy for review.
The Apex Press, 180 pp. 2003.ISBN 1-891843-14-1 (softcover)
1-800-316-2739; 1-914-271-6500; cipany@igc.org; www.cipa-apex.org

The Apex Press
PO Box 337
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
Judi Rizzi - 1-800-316-APEX [2739] • 914-271-6500
cipany@igc.org

Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy (POCLAD) www.poclad.org
PO Box 246, South Yarmouth, MA 02664-0246
Tel: 508.398.1145 * fax: 508 .398.1552
Contact: Mary Zepernick – S. Yarmouth [above]
Mike Ferner – Toldeo: tel. 419-729-3205
Mferner@toledo.edu
Carolyn Toll Oppenheim-MA: Tel. 413-540-0145
Carolyn@publicpurposecommunications.com


The Velvet Coup / by Daniel Lazare (review by Verso Books)

According to the media, the 2000 election debacle was a once-in-a-century fluke. But, in this riveting new polemic, political analyst Daniel Lazare argues that such events are increasingly likely to become the rule rather than the exception. After more than two hundred years, America’s antiquated government is in a state of chronic breakdown. A constitutional overhaul is urgently needed to update the machinery in line with the needs of modern democracy. With an amending clause that requires approval by two-thirds of Congress and three-quarters of the states, such change is extremely difficult to achieve. As a result, the United States has entered the twenty-first century with an eighteenth-century government. Not only will breakdowns like the one that occurred last November grow more frequent, they will grow more serious as well.

Lazare contends that nothing less than a democratic revolution is needed to rescue American politics from growing paralysis and decay. A constitution supposedly drawn up by “we the people” that cannot be amended by the people is patently absurd. A new arrangement for governments is required, one which abolishes such pre-democratic vestiges as the electoral college, equal representation in the Senate for all states regardless of size, and an all-powerful Supreme Court. Rather than a constitution that chains them to the past, Lazare argues that the American people need a constitution over which they can exercise control and which can set them free from the shackles of the past.

"His knowledge of American history is as persuasive as his wit." — New York Times Book Review

"A brilliant polemic that subjects American political arrangements to the kind of analysis from which they are usually exempt." — Michael Lind on The Frozen Republic

Daniel Lazare has written for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Village Voice, Harper’s, Dissent, Le Monde diplomatique, and New Left Review. He is the author of The Frozen Republic and America’s Undeclared War. He lives in Manhattan.


Capitalist Punishment

Clarity Press, Inc. is pleased to announce the publication of CAPITALIST PUNISHMENT:  Prison Privatization and Human Rights, edited by Andrew Coyle et al. Bringing together a group of the most accomplished writers and activists on human rights and prison privatization, this book examines the historical, political and economic context of private prisons, and how privatization is connected to the war on drugs, the criminalization of poverty and 'tough on crime' politics. It offers a glimpse into the transnational spread of privatized incarceration, creating important links between neo-liberal policies locally and their effects globally. For more info: http://www.bookmasters.com/clarity/b0020.htm

"A valuable contribution to the debate on this important subject. "

Sir Nigel Rodley, former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.               [ Top of Page]


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