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Professor Maureen Healy is the chair of the history department at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.( She was shot in the head by federal agents on Monday night and is recovering from the injury and the concussion, but shared a statement of her experience, and gave permission to share.

Statement by Maureen Healy, July 22, 2020
For Immediate Release

Since June, I have been attending peaceful protests in Portland neighborhoods in support of Black Lives Matter. I have gone with family and friends.

I am a 52-year-old mother. I am a history professor.

I went downtown yesterday to express my opinion as a citizen of the United States, and as a resident of Portland. Of Oregon. This is my home. I was protesting peacefully. So why did federal troops shoot me in the head Monday night?

I was in a large crowd of ordinary folks. Adults, teens, students. Moms and dads. It looked to me like a cross-section of the City. Black Lives Matter voices led the crowd on a peaceful march from the Justice Center past the murals at the Apple store. The marchers were singing songs. We were chanting. We were saying names of Black people that have been killed by police. We observed a moment of silence in front of the George Floyd mural.

I wanted to, and will continue to, exercise my First Amendment right to speak. Federal troops have been sent to my city to extinguish these peaceful protests. I was not damaging federal property. I was in a crowd with at least a thousand other ordinary people. I was standing in a public space.

In addition to being a Portland resident, I am also a historian. My field is Modern European History, with specialization in the history of Germany and Eastern Europe. I teach my students about the rise of fascism in Europe.

By professional training and long years of teaching, I am knowledgeable about the historical slide by which seemingly vibrant democracies succumbed to authoritarian rule. Militarized federal troops are shooting indiscriminately into crowds of ordinary people in our country. We are on that slide.

It dawned on me when I was in the ER, and had a chance to catch my breath (post tear gas): my government did this to me. My own government. I was not shot by a random person in the street. A federal law enforcement officer pulled a trigger that sent an impact munition into my head.

After being hit I was assisted greatly by several volunteer medics. At least one of them was with Rosehip Medic Collective. To take shelter from the teargas I was hustled into a nearby van. Inside they bandaged my head and drove me several blocks away. From there my family took me to the ER. I am grateful for the assistance, skill, and incredibly kind care of these volunteer medics.

We must take this back to Black Lives Matter. Police brutality against Black people is the real subject of these peaceful protests that have been happening in my city and across the country. What happened to me is nothing. It is nothing compared to what happens to Black citizens at the hands of law enforcement, mostly local police, every day. And that is why we have been marching. That is why I will continue to march.

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Another Advent Calendar

Posted by thecrazyteacher on dicembre 1, 2019

Again about Animal Rights…

Posted by thecrazyteacher on ottobre 15, 2019

About Animal Rights…

Posted by thecrazyteacher on ottobre 15, 2019

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15 Oct. 1978 – 15 Oct. 2019

Posted by thecrazyteacher on ottobre 14, 2019

Tomorrow it will be the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights (UNESCO 1978)…

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About Greta Thunberg’s speeches

Posted by thecrazyteacher on marzo 18, 2019

What can we learn from Greta Thunberg’s speeches?

1. We are running out of time, but it is not too late to save the planet

During her Davos speech, Greta said: “Yes, we are failing, but there is still time to turn everything around. We can still fix this.

“We still have everything in our own hands. But unless we recognise the overall failures of our current systems, we most probably don’t stand a chance.”

2. The decision to adopt clean air and eco-friendly policies is perhaps more simple than we thought

Greta has always been open about her Asperger’s syndrome, which she believes helps her commit to her cause and see things more simply.

Speaking to The New Yorker, Greta said:  “I see the world a bit different, from another perspective.

“I have a special interest. It’s very common that people on the autism spectrum have a special interest.”

Her outlook on climate change became clear in her speech at Davos, when she said: “You say nothing in life is black or white. But that is a lie. A very dangerous lie. Either we prevent 1.5C of warming or we don’t.”

3. We need to start taking climate change more seriously 

Speaking to the BBC during her first school strike in September, Greta said she hoped her efforts would attract media attention.

The activist added she wanted people to “open their eyes, see the crisis and treat it like a crisis, and do something about it.”

4. Greta Thunberg’s determination knows no bounds

When Greta first went on strike outside the Swedish parliament, she was moved on by police because protests on the premises are not allowed.

She later found another spot nearby to continue her protest but received further complaints.

Speaking to the BBC, she said she would probably be called to a hearing about her protesting, but added “I’m not bothered about it.”

During her speech to world leaders at the UN summit in December, she also accused them of “behaving like children.”

5. “You are never too small to make a difference”

Words spoken by the climate activist herself at the UN summit in December prove that every little change one person makes will help protect our environment.

Since her strike action gained global attention, Greta has inspired students around the world to follow suit, in the School Strike 4 Climate Action.

In November, thousands of students halfway around the world in Australia took the day off school to attend protests calling on the government to take action on climate change.

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Great Greta!

Posted by thecrazyteacher on marzo 18, 2019

The full text of Greta Thunberg’s speech

Posted by thecrazyteacher on marzo 18, 2019

Here is the full text of Greta Thunberg’s speech at COP24 in Poland:

My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 15 years old. I am from Sweden.
I speak on behalf of Climate Justice Now.
Many people say that Sweden is just a small country and it doesn’t matter what we do.
But I’ve learned you are never too small to make a difference.
And if a few children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school, then imagine what we could all do together if we really wanted to. But to do that, we have to speak clearly, no matter how uncomfortable that may be.
You only speak of green eternal economic growth because you are too scared of being unpopular. You only talk about moving forward with the same bad ideas that got us into this mess, even when the only sensible thing to do is pull the emergency brake.
You are not mature enough to tell it like is. Even that burden you leave to us children. But I don’t care about being popular. I care about climate justice and the living planet.
Our civilization is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money.
Our biosphere is being sacrificed so that rich people in countries like mine can live in luxury. It is the sufferings of the many which pay for the luxuries of the few.
The year 2078, I will celebrate my 75th birthday. If I have children maybe they will spend that day with me. Maybe they will ask me about you. Maybe they will ask why you didn’t do anything while there still was time to act.
You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes.
Until you start focusing on what needs to be done rather than what is politically possible, there is no hope. We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis.
We need to keep the fossil fuels in the ground, and we need to focus on equity. And if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, maybe we should change the system itself.
We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again.
We have run out of excuses and we are running out of time.
We have come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people.
Thank you.

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Greta Thunberg complete speech

Posted by thecrazyteacher on marzo 15, 2019