There are six vacant homes for every homeless person in the US.
There has been speculation regarding President Obama’s “citizen army”.
In 2008, President Obama made statements regarding a “civilian national security force”.
Since that day, many have been curious as to what President Obama had in mind when he made that statement. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY13) may have just given a bit of insight into what was meant when he introduced H.R. 748 last week.
“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded,” Obama said as a candidate in 2008.
H.R. 748 would require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 25 to perform “national service”. These persons in the United States would either serve the country as a member of uniformed services or as civilian service. The civilian service could be served with a Federal, State, or local government program.
The local government programs include community-based organizations. H.R. 748 would “authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, to provide for the registration of women under the Military Selective Service Act, and for other purposes”
H.R. 748 was introduced on Feb. 14, 2013 and was referred to the House Armed Services Committee the same day. The chair of the committee, Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) will determine whether the bill will move past the committee stage. Opponents and of H.R. 748 are being encouraged to call Rep. McKeon and tell him how they feel about the bill, (202) 225-1956
Rachel Corrie had come to Gaza during the height of the second Palestinian intifada as part of her senior-year college assignment to connect her home town with Rafah in a sister cities project. While there she had engaged with other ISM activists in efforts to non-violently prevent the Israeli army’s demolition of the homes of Palestinian people.
Less than two months after her arrival, on March 16, 2003, Corrie was killed after a three-hour confrontation between two bulldozers and eight ISM activists. Wearing a bright orange fluorescent jacket and, until shortly before her death, using a megaphone, she was killed while standing in the path of a bulldozer that was about to demolish the house of local pharmacist Samir Nasrallah’s family whom she had befriended. She was run over twice by the bulldozer resulting in a fractured skull, shattered ribs and punctured lungs.
The ISM said she had placed herself between the bulldozer and a wall near Samir’s home. Members of the ISM said that she was killed by the Israeli bulldozer and that there was nothing to obscure the driver’s view.
R.I.P Rachel Corrie.
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