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The tragedy in Newtown has sparked a much needed dialogue about safety in America. While some shrug their shoulders and claim there is no solution, Rise Against knows from touring the world for the last 12 years that countries with comprehensive mental health programs and responsible gun laws are not afflicted with the gun violence statistics that plague America. Not only do solutions exist, but there are already examples and evidence readily available if we peer outside our own border.

We encourage you to join us and Demand A Plan ( www.demandaplan.org). We believe its common sense to require a criminal and mental background check for every gun sold, to outlaw the sale of weapons that are strictly for military use and have no useful purpose in sport hunting or self defense, to ban high capacity magazine clips, and to make gun trafficking a federal crime. Don't let Newtown fade into memory without demanding sensible and meaningful action that could potentially alter our future for the better.

The punk band Pussy Riot has sentenced to 2 years in prison for hooliganism. We're not sure what hooliganism is but we demand more of it, immediately.

 Then check out Kathleen Hanna's (feminist icon and member of the Bikini Kill/Le Tigre) thoughts on why we are all Pussy Riot. 
As Rise Against prepares for our return to Arizona and our FLORENCE PROJECT benefit show, we are excited to see these two specific efforts to finally start pushing for meaningful immigration reform in America. 

 We recognize the halting of DREAMERS deportations as a victory and a step in the right direction. The Dept. of Homeland Security issued a directive under which individuals who demonstrate that they meet the following criteria will be eligible for deferred action on a case-by-case basis:

1.) Came to the United States when they were younger than 16;

2.) Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years and are present in the United States today;

3.) Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;

4.) Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety; and

5.) Are not older than age 30.

This will make a tremendous difference in the lives of families all across the country.

Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2012/06/18/stopping-dreamers-deportations/#ixzz1zZjXQjlQ


Then, last Monday the Supreme Court struck down the majority of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law. The 5-3 ruling rejects many of the provisions within SB1070, deeming them unconstitutional.
 
Unfortunately, one of the most harmful and controversial provisions (Section 2(B)) -- known as “show me your papers”, was allowed to stand. Justices did make it clear that the door was being left open to revisit this provision in the future but for now the delay will put countless Arizonans in harms way.
 
Onward ! 
"We scream for change and all they hear is treason." -Rise Against (Behind Closed Doors)

Our parents generation weathered dark days during the Red Scare, when Communism was the convenient label you put on those you disagreed with in order to persecute them.  As more stories like the two below surface, it appears our generation will be tasked with weathering the Green Scare: the government attempts to redefine environmentalists and activists as terrorists. 

FBI Domestic Training Targets Environmentalists 

Rolling Stone: How FBI Entrapment is Inventing Terrorists and Letting The Bad Guys Off The Hook


The right wing is out to dismantle unions in Wisconsin because by doing so they can also dismantle any competition in future elections. As a puppet for corporations and wealthy out-of-state donors, Scott Walker is out to balance the budget on the backs of the working class. Don't fall for the bait WI. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/magazine/how-did-wisconsin-become-the-most-politically-divisive-place-in-america.html?pagewanted=all