Don't petition the White House, Use Change.org

Don’t petition the White House, Use Change.org

Nov 18, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
Secessionists. I first want to say thank you for finally learning something from history. The last time so many desired to rid themselves of a tyrannical president they declared war on the Union. Thus, your use of a peaceful means through petitions on the White House’s site is commendable. Furthermore, each state now finds themselves represented by a petition and signatures from people possibly wanting to secede from the United States. Texas leads the way with more than 100,000 people asking the White House to address the issue. This is the same state governed by Rick Perry who drummed up his base of supporters with calls for seceding prior to his Republican bid for President. The irony seemed lost on him. Governor Perry is obviously not a viable option to lead the cause. He hardly put up a fight against a weak group seeking his party’s nomination. I also question...
The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The whole campaign season did not just depend upon the presidential race that finally came to an end last night. Yes, the country voted clearly to give Barack Obama another four years in the White House. He received more than 50 percent of the vote and won handily in the electoral college. Yet, it is what happened down the ballot that shows the nation’s move toward progressive values. It appears that Democrats will pick up a couple seats in the lower chamber but the real change happened on the senatorial level. Voters said no way to Republicans Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock after they attempted to scapegoat women and downplay the trauma of rape and sexual abuse. Furthermore, women won in Massachusetts, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Wisconsin for their first terms. All four of them will be more progressive legislators than their predecessors. In Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin will be the...
Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Oct 24, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
During last night’s Indiana Senate debate the Republican candidate, Richard Mourdock, did more than stick his foot in his mouth. I believe life begins at conception. The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen. Mourdock joined a club made exclusively of Republicans but a club that seems to be growing as the November election nears. Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh made a reprehensible comment about exceptions for the life of the mother following his debate. “There is no such exception. With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance.” Complete crap as this woman explains. Of course who can forget Missouri...

Action Now Protests Scrap Yard Accepting Stolen Property

Mar 15, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments

Action Now members rallied in front of JB Metals in the Englewood neighborhood on Thursday morning to highlight a parasitic practice of profiting off of stolen goods. Activists, many residing in the area, claim the scrap metal company knowingly accepts stolen property like fences or aluminum siding from scrappers thus depreciating home values and further harming the neighborhood.

Mildred Watkins, an Englewood resident, told of her experience with the neighborhood problem. “I looked out my back door. My gate was gone. I said to myself, ‘I know where it’s at,” said Watkins. “I came here to JB Metals and had to ask for it back.”

While Englewood residents attempt to revitalize their neighborhood by improving their home’s looks and value, the activists believe the scrap yard, located at the corner of 63rd and Bell, encourages the theft of private property by making no attempt to refuse stolen goods. Meanwhile residents say their property taxes have increased while their home values plummeted.

The Great Recession left millions of people either without a job or forced them out of their homes. The organization ushered in the vacant property ordinance last year that forces banks to maintain the properties. This effort has not proven to hinder the theft of the metal like gutters, siding, or gates from the properties.

In a press release Action Now says, “selling it at scrap yards has become so profitable that vandals now steal metal from any property, whether it is occupied or not.”

It has left residents up in arms.

“This company has been taking city property,” said Alderman Toni Foulkes. “One guy we caught up here had a whole truckload of manhole covers, which is illegal. We’ve sent task forces in and they [JB Metals] seem okay for a minute. You wait a little bit and they are at their old shenanigans again.”

Alderman Foulkes continued in the video below by connecting the dots between this problem and the foreclosure crisis.

In an effort to show the impact of the scrap metal yards like JB Metals, Action Now member Charles Brown presented a shopping cart full of items often carried to the scrap yard. The point did not need to be made by the organization. During the press conference at least a dozen people passed by with shopping carts, pull carts or a carload full of goods.

After the event a man dragged a queen sized box spring towards to scrap yard along the busy road of 63rd St.

Action Now would like to see scrap metal facilities closed until a better practice can be found.

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