Allentown Morning Call Cherry Springs State Park’s dark skies make it prime place to view stars, planets Allentown Morning Call It’s a four-hour trip from Allentown . Looking up at the sky from the top of the 2300 foot mountain, surrounded by the 262000-acre Susquehannock State Forest, is a humbling way to realize how small a space we occupy in the universe. and more??
Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has brought human rights back into the conversation between western governments and the Chinese government. Scott Pelley speaks with Asia correspondent Holly Williams about the Chinese government’s handling of the situation.
Thousands of activists have revamped the Occupy Wall Street movement nationwide. Today is being called the “national day of action.” This is in response to police crackdowns that have been taking place the past week to try to diminish the movement. The protesters are planning on occupying 16 subway stations all around New York City. There have already been reports of policy brutality against the peaceful protesters and RT’s Marina Portnaya gives us the latest from Manhattan. Follow Liz on Twitter at twitter.com
The monthly rant: A delegation of descendants of Union soldiers and officers of the US Civil War has traveled to Puebla, Mexico at the invitation of the Governments of Mexico and of the State of Puebla, to participate today in the 150th Anniversary celebration of the Battle of Puebla. The defeat of the forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, thwarted Anglo-French plans to break up the United States and supply the Confederate forces. There is a direct line from the Mexican victory at Puebla, and Lincoln’s victory at Gettysburg 14 months later. Marching along with the Mexican Army in the parade today, are representatives of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (the hereditary organization of Union officers formed to prevent a coup against the US government, immediately after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln), and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (the successor organization to the GAR—Grand Army of the Republic). The Loyal Legion’s announcement of the delegation stresses the impact of the Battle of Puebla on the US Civil War. “Some historians have argued that France’s real goal was to help break up the American Union… The Mexicans had won a great victory that kept Napoleon III from supplying the confederate rebels for another year, allowing the United States to build the greatest army the world had ever seen. This grand army smashed the Confederates at Gettysburg just 14 months after the battle of Puebla.” Some essential background …
Pirate Parties are gaining momentum around the world. In Germany and Austria Pirates have good chance of entering the national parliament in the next election, and in the UK things are picking up steam as well. In this weeks local elections Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye picked up 5% of the vote, beating the Lib Dems. This result in Manchester is a record for the UK Pirates, but not one that is supposed to last long according to the party. “This is just the start. We would like to thank all the people who got in touch with us and our candidates, our supporters and activists who worked on these elections and especially those people who put their trust in us and chose to vote Pirate,” they write . Source: UK Pirate Party Breaks Election Record
Minneapolis, MN - After a seven-month campaign led by Occupy Homes MN, Monique White has been offered a new loan by US Bank. In October 2011, Monique was the first homeowner in the nation to approach the Occupy movement and ask for help in defending her home from an unlawful foreclosure. The seven-month campaign to save her home set
The Occupy Boston Finance Community Work Session is scheduled for Sunday, May 6, from 1:00 to 4:00 , at Hope Church, in Jamaica Plain. This Work Session is designed to address the issues and concerns raised at the FAWG hosted 4/10/12 Community Conversation, concerning Occupy Boston’s relationship to its finances. FAWG invites the entire OB community to help create the financial decisions necessary, for the next phase of the movement. Hope Church is located one block from the Green Street T Station on the Orange Line. Come decide the what, who, how and why of OB Financial Management. ? Please see FAWG’s transcription and categorization of the comments and identification of issues, from the 4/10 session: Also, see these minutes from the 4/10 community conversation: