LABOR DAY 2023 "The future of every community lies in capturing the passion, imagination, and resources of its people." -- Ernesto Sirolli, Italian author
"Oregon was the first to pass a law recognizing Labor Day, on February 21, 1887. During 1887, four more states – Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York – passed laws creating a Labor Day holiday. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday." -- US Department of Labor
Kudos to all the Oregon workers who keep our communities thriving.
Our friend Carolyn Eady died last Wednesday after a brief illness. An avid champion of forests, democracy, and social justice, she was an enthusiastic INCO activist and a familiar face at INCO rallies, meetings, and other events. She was kind and generous, and she worked to make the world a better place. We were lucky to know her.
MAPPING THE ATTEMPTED COUP
This is a screenshot of the beginning of a New York Times interactive graphic that shows who did what in the attempted coup, including the masterminds and many of the bit players, plus some of those people who blocked their attempt.
“Democracy is resilient, but it requires vigilance and tending. Ours was brought to the edge of disaster not by a cadre of supervillains, but by hundreds of ordinary people who, for a jumble of reasons, chose to do the bidding of an aspiring autocrat — a man who would be king rather than president. It is now up to the court system and the American public to demand accountability. Only then can we guard against further assaults." -- Michelle Cottle, New York Times, August 31, 2023
THE TRUMP CASES 101
• For consistently clear explanations for non-lawyers of the Trump indictments, legal jargon, and what it all means, check out Jay Kuo's Status Kuo newsletter on Substack.
Kuo's September 1 edition explains what the Georgia conspiracy charges are all about: "As my earlier pieceon Georgia RICO law noted, you’re swept up in the whirlpool if you join the criminal group, making you, as a matter of law, responsible for the actions of others within the group. (The law was written broadly to target street gangs, but it rather karmically now applies to these white collars, too.)"
• "If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts; if you have the law on your side, pound the law; if you have neither the facts nor the law, pound the table." --Anonymous legal adage, ca. 1911
• "... (R)emember that the wilder and more unhinged Trump is during the campaign season, the less likely he is to attract support from independent voters. In closely divided races, a handful of votes can make the difference between victory and defeat. Given Trump's comments, he is surely alienating Americans who yearn for a return to the rule of law. So, after a week of good developments for Democrats, we have every reason to be hopeful, but no reason to be complacent!" -- Robert Hubbell, Today's Edition, August 31, 2023
INSIGHTS "Never try to discourage thinking, because you are sure to succeed." -- Bertrand Russell, British philosopher
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