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Lefties Have Been Right, All Along!

BERNIE, hang in there, and keep all the young and devoted advocates of Social Justice and the ideals of a real Democracy, all continuing to believe that we have the power to make change. We know you haven’t given up, but the screaming need to get rid of trump has compelled you to withdraw.

The middle-of-the-road Democrats actually believe that dumping those “too far Left Socialist ideas” is the way to go! No! No! No! Millions of us are being betrayed…there is no middle ground. We must promote the truth more than ever: WE WERE RIGHT ALL ALONG!

We who stand for the Rights of the Workers…even screamingly more important than ever…and equal access to the precious privilege of voting in fair elections that do not thwart the voices of the People. And the mercenary interests of the unethical capitalist economic system have shown themselves to be destructive to the best interest of the caring, sharing, concerned, loving human beings of planet Earth. The Corona Pandemic has proved that People are precious, not profits.

We desperately need your continued Leadership. Democrats will benefit if OUR PRINCIPLES are embedded into the revised Democratic PLATFORM! Let’s DO IT!

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LADY LIBERTY, BEING REPAIRED, IS TODAY’S
SYMBOL OF OUR ENDANGERED DEMOCRACY!

Statue of Liberty restoration project 1984.
Statue repair work being conducted in 1984.

WITH OUR NEW 2020 VISION, RECOGNIZING THE
WHOLE HUMAN FAMILY, PROTECTING THE PEOPLE
AND THE PLANET, WE’LL WORK HARD TO RESTORE
OUR LADY’S INSPIRING LIGHT OF LIBERTY!

Re: Necessary People Power For more info please contact beth@humanvalues.net

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WE HAVE A RIGHT TO BARE ARMS!

Rosie the Riveter.

WE ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES AND GET TO WORK

Thanks for the Reminder, ROSIE!

Poster produced by J. Howard Miller in 1943 for Westinghouse Electric.

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We Can Do It!

Rosie the Riveter

LET’S CELEBRATE OUR NEW 2020 VISION!

IT ENABLES US TO RECOGNIZE OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT OUR PRECIOUS PLANET, RESCUING ALL OF IT’S ENDANGERED PRECIOUS LIFE! OUR PLANET EARTH IS A GIFT TO US! APPRECIATE AND LOVE THIS GIFT!

RECOGNIZING WE’RE EARTHLINGS ALL, WE’VE PROGRESSED BEYOND OUR TRIBAL BEGINNINGS, AND CAN, AT LAST, LIVE UNMOLESTED, IN A WORLD OF PEACE AND HARMONY!

A Humanist Message: For more info please contact beth@humanvalues.net 914-588-5284

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Beth Recommends This…

The Courage To Say No

Women of the World be comforted! We are gaining power and solidarity! Dr. Raana Mahmood’s new book (with John DeSimone) entitled, The Courage To Say No: A Pakistani Female Doctor’s Battle Against Sexual Exploitation, details her sexual harassment terror and her triumph.

And, Dr. Raana cheers us on! We Women WILL ultimately prevail!

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

ISBN
Hardcover: 9781510742246
eBook: 9781510742253

The Courage To Say No (book cover).
The Courage To Say No (book cover)
Dr. Raana Mahmood (author).
Dr. Raana Mahmood (author)

Holiday greetings from Beth, who hopes for peace in the world in the New Year.

Thought you might enjoy this short but cute holiday “moosical” animation video clip (running time: 2 minutes 17 seconds).

May the coming New Year be happier!

From Beth and the Webmaster.

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Code of Ethics for a Corporation

by Beth K. Lamont, Humanist Celebrant and Advocate

We, the undersigned individuals, and as Members of the below designated Corporation, do ascribe to the following considerations in the daily practice of our Business:

  1. We agree with, and strive to uphold, the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as described by the United Nations. Respect and Ethical treatment for All of Humankind on Planet Earth is of greatest importance in our business practices.

  2. Respect and protection for our precious gift, Planet Earth, as our one and only Human Habitat, and the home to be inhabited by our own Grand Children and our own offspring for centuries to come, is vitally important! We must be cognizant of the relationship between the activities of our Corporate work and its effect upon the atmosphere and other conditions that had, before industrialization, remained fairly stable and hospitable to life on Earth for many centuries. Climate change must be acknowledged! Scarcity of clean water will be a threat to our lives, and the rising of the Oceans, an immediate concern.

  3. Wherever we do business, in whatever country or community, we promise to respect and uphold all local law. When we have entered into a contract to do business, and those with whom we have made such arrangement find fault or disagreement with the way we are proceeding, their complaints must be considered, and perhaps some compromise or agreement must be found. Local concerns and governments must never be found, by the World Trade Court, of being in “violation of profit making.” We honor local concerns!

  4. We will pay proper local or national taxes in each country where we do business, and never claim that our headquarters is located in a place where no taxes are required.

  5. We will honor local labor needs and prevailing wages in every country where we do business. If we do business in the USA, for instance, we will always hire locally available workers rather than “outsourcing” to another country where the labor is cheaper.

  6. We acknowledge that the “Value” of our Stock on the Market is of great importance to the stability of our corporation, BUT, we also recognize that profit for “investors” is of lesser importance than the survival of our corporation, the good work that it does, and the continuity of its Board of Directors and its Staff. When we avow and prove compliance with all of the above considerations, we then demand that the “Value” of our Stock be enhanced by crediting appropriate points, as to “Compliant Ethical Corporations.” These credit points will be established by a Consumer Corporation Accreditation Committee headed by People’s Advocate Elizabeth Warren in Congress, and will always henceforth be reported to the Public on the “nightly news” as a celebratory acknowledgment of our Corporation’s respect for the People and the Planet, as well as the profit-making.

Undersigned below:   _______________________________________________

Flowerchild

Because I’m a wilted Flowerchild from Haight-Ashbury, I advocate making love, not war!

Are we making any progress?

“Open Mic Gypsy” Beth Lamont for Rimes of The Ancient Mariner September 28, 2016 @ Three of Cups Lounge.

Published on YouTube on October 9, 2016 under a Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed) by Phillip Giambri aka “The Ancient Mariner” who is a writer, storyteller, poet, and spoken word performer.

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Celebrating February 12th

Beth K. Lamont  2015

Two of my heroes were born on this day,
Creating milestones in history, each in their way.
Earthshaking Giants born 18-09.
From humble beginnings, new thoughts would align.

ABE hoping that issues of slavery were solved;
CHARLIE explaining how Humans evolved!
Each scathingly criticized, reviled and offended
By haters of truth…still today hasn’t ended!

Are we ONE People and ONE Human Race?
How did we get here? Zapped into place?
By god or by allah, each favoring “a few.”
And these tribes are still warring! Is anything new?

Planet Earth is in trouble! Millions scream it out loud!
We could all be aborted in a mushroom shaped cloud!
Tribunals can’t deal with these problems for solving.
One hopes that we Humans might still be Evolving!

A four million year childhood? Let’s put this behind us!
Adult caring and sharing and love should remind us
That we’re not wicked, not evil, not that kind of creatures!
We’re hard-wired for goodness. that’s one of our features!

The view of our Planet Earth captured from Space
Proves that we Earthlings are ONE Human Race!
It showed no nation’s dominions; no ethnic enclaves…
Some People the Masters; some People the Slaves!

Now, there’s accessible info and sharing of tech!
No more back-of-the-bus! Now, all-hands-on-deck!
We precious Humans are equal; there are no sub-sets!
No more killing and warfare! Make no more regrets!

Power to the People! We’ll level the field!
No more profits to warmongers! They’ll have to yield!
Let’s salute CHARLIE and ABE! A toast to them would be nice!
Observe us multi-hued Humans on your hand-held device!

Charles Darwin.

Lefties Are In Their Right Minds!

I will be leading the Lefties Are In Their Right Minds! panel discussion at Left Forum 2015 today. Please attend!

Left Forum 2015.

Political Misunderstanding Of The Mothering-Nurturing-Compassionate Aspect Of Our Lives

On Mother’s Day 2015, I’m painfully aware of a great dichotomy of political opinion regarding the strengths of this country. We might all assert to be “Patriotic Americans!” Of course!

Some will point to the “undisputed fact” that “We’re The Good Guys!” Didn’t we defeat the Nazis, and come to the rescue of the world? My own loving Son believes that I’m too critical of US Foreign policies. I respect and fully understand his point of view, in that he believes in economic and military power, and with his assigned role as Protector, defending US is primary, BUT,

As a Mother, my focus is more on the wellbeing of the whole Human Family, not just a few sub-segments, of it. After all, the United States of America is just one Member of this global Human Family. We assert to be the most powerful, because we hold, and will not relinquish, the power to respond militarily to any asserted threat that our militarily minded leaders may perceive.

This literally scares the hell outta me! Why is negotiation and seeking non-military solutions considered wimpish and subject to criticism? I am so concerned that, in the absence of, or the ineffective presentation of a coherent model of World Power that is non-military, we Americans will fall prey (let-us-prey?) to the “Military Industrial Complex” of which Dwight Eisenhower warned us, and in the din of electoral politics, in this “best democracy that money can buy,” might choose to confront adversity, as-in: “the Christians against the Muslims” with insanity!

Regardless of who sits in the Oval Office, I fear that Dr. Strangelove might be convincingly more powerful. The basic primitive response to perceived aggression is “us against them,” wholly disregarding our thousands of years of Human history and the wisdom gained thereby. Corliss Lamont, a Patriotic Champion of Civil Liberties, wrote in 1952, pamphlets discussing US Foreign Policies, and titled one pamphlet: “Are We Being Talked Into War?” This man saw the dangers of commitment to military “solutions” in response to perceived or imagined threats as insanity, way back then!

Here’s a bit of history that is not often discussed for the general public. Perhaps is academic circles it may be clinically diagnosed, but any finding produced thereby have not filtered into general knowledge by our populace, especially potential voters. This is my biggest scare.

I fear that passionate Nationalism with all of its fearful implications will become the official US stance on the world scene, if not properly grounded in some motherly attention to history.

Let it begin with technology. Human creativity and ingenuity has brought us to an amazing never before moment in our human evolution. We now have the power to cause the extinction of this whole human experience! Poof! In a series of nuclear blasts, you know…the “Mushroom shaped cloud” bit! Nothing left but, maybe the cockroaches. ON THE OTHER HAND…..tada, we now have, thanks to technology, PEOPLE POWER! We human beings can communicate with EACH OTHER! Maybe, we can get it together, in the best interest of human survival?

Come sit by my knee, and let me tell you a story. It began, way back in the late 1800s, when the compassionate scholarship of some important whistle-blowers of the time, saw that the powerful industrial revolution that was going-on, didn’t filter down to the workers! The great potential for human betterment was being short-stopped at the paycheck, and was overflowing the coffers of the investors! WOW! What a shocking assertion! Of course, this accusation didn’t sit well with the investors, the bankers, and the corporations that promoted the industrial revolution. It literally sacred the hell-outta-them! The whole point of their investment was…guess what? It was to make money! If there were any altruistic aspects of their investment, they were usually sacrificed on the alter of profit-making, by decisions of the powerful. So, naturally, in their own best interests, they must oppose this mistaken conspiracy at all costs! And indeed, they did.

Ever since, in one form or another, the attempt to thwart, deride, propagandize, oppose, any move by the Workers to gain respect and a more equitable share of the profit, has succeeded!

You may be old enough to have experienced the Red Scare right here in the good ‘ol US of A? No? You haven’t heard of the Palmer Raids? How about Socialists elected-into office by New York Voters, who were refused entrance to the NY Legislature, because of their “foreign” beliefs? How about tales of the “Evil Empire” and fearsome Socialism? Totalitarianism? What about the House Un-American Activities Committee to root out the cancer of communism in our communities, then even worse, Joseph McCarthy who saw a “commie” under every bed?

I’ll tell you, the powers that be have really done a number on the concept of equitable treatment of workers and of human beings in general, even respect for planet Earth, to convince us that we Earthlings are not worthy of better treatment and humane considerations for our health and wellbeing, for the safety and happiness of our families, for fair treatment of all of us humans regardless of our heritage. Many workers, to this day, will automatically respond negatively to the word “socialism” This is almost a kneejerk reaction, with head shaking, disapproving of any ideas of those foreign ideas. Alas, our workers are in desperate need of the best ideals of the Socialist economic ideals. Workers of the World Unite! That was the battle cry in the 1900s! They didn’t unite, and the battle still rages. Socialism does NOT mean totalitarianism! Instead, it is a concept that is humanitarian and of benefit to the People. It is only when governments are fierce and controlling in protecting ITSELF, rather than the rights of its own People!

Because the average American voter, who may not be aware of our own history, or steeped in the lore of equality and justice, and identify with the history of the people’s attempt to have a stronger voice in decisions made in this country, we might be vulnerable to a strong backlash surge of militaristic nationalism in an upcoming election, in which the ideals of “America First” might prevail. This could usher us into a world of fascism that could make the Nazi’s look like Boy Scouts in comparison. Never mind Europe; some fanatics envision Global domination. Don’t we have a military finger in every pie on the face of this Earth? Maybe, a finger in the EYE of almost every Human? This is truly a fearful prospect. We need a peaceful Earth.

In the 1930s, in Germany, the ideals of Socialism and of Communism were in opposition, with adherents of each party competing fiercely, rather then articulating and presenting a coherent and comprehensive vision to appeal to the voters of Germany, they were pretty much rejected as a source of wisdom and power, almost like “You trouble making foreigners go home to the USSR!” It was into this absence of a coherent articulation of the ideals of socialist society, that a powerful surge of German Nationalism arose. Germany Uber Alles! This led to the Nazi power.

It’s still Mother’s Day 2015. I worry about all the kids on the face of this Earth who will benefit from a Humanistic approach to the complex problems on this Planet. Military power will not bring safety, respect, equality, civil liberties, health care, education, food and shelter. Human concerns are more closely aligned with the social aspects of the Humanist philosophy and must not be feared. We’re social beings; we’ve evolved from compassionate ancestors: MOTHERS!

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Remembering a Volga River Tour with Promoting Enduring Peace

Running time: 8 minutes 42 seconds

YouTube Channel: Struggle Video Media

TSVN – The Struggle Video News a Project of The Middle East Crisis Committee, Woodbridge, CT.

Interview with Beth Lamont, widow of Corliss Lamont, at the two-day event entitled “Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction” held February 28 & March 1, 2015 at the New York Academy of Medicine.

The symposium is a project of The Helen Caldicott Foundation for a Nuclear Free Future, Ashville, NC.

Features recollection of her travel on the Volga River in the then Soviet Union in the 1980’s.

Video courtesy of Stanley Heller, Secretary of Promoting Enduring Peace, New Haven, CT.

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