60 at Northampton Rally

In Northampton on March 21 about 60 people attended a rally. The goal was to get the federal government to help people who want to move to the USA to escape war, persecution, or natural disasters. A spokesperson for the group that organized the rally told the Valley Post that the current law in the USA lets the government expel people who are asking for asylum. The government expels people without giving them a court hearing.

The event organizers have a web page at:


Some 13,000 years ago, through luck, white people ended up in the area now known as Iraq, which at the time had better farmland than the area where black people lived. This allowed white people to store surplus food, and allowed some members of their society to spend time doing things like inventing steel. This and other innovations are why white Europeans later took black Africans as slaves, rather than the other way around. This story is told in the book “Guns, Germs, and Steel” by Jared Diamond.

Today, the USA uses its military to steal oil and other resources from Africa, and to keep dictators in power. With 4 percent of the world's population, the USA spends as much on the military as the rest of the world combined.


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