Why Do We March?
On May 25, activists around the world will unite to March Against Monsanto.
What are solutions we advocate?
We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison. That’s why we March Against Monsanto.
Originally Posted by Emilie Rensink
March and Rally at the White House
Saturday, April 13
Assemble at 12 noon
Lafayette Park - 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
The targeting of Africa and its vast natural resources by the Pentagon and CIA is in full swing.
Having killed thousands of people through U.S. drone strikes in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa, the U.S. government is now putting all of Africa in the crosshairs.
The Pentagon is establishing a drone base headquarters in Niger and a network of drone bases throughout the continent.
In late December 2012, the United States announced a plan to send military missions to as many as 35 countries on the African continent.
After engaging in centuries of colonial plunder and the kidnapping of millions into slavery, the U.S. and European powers are bringing a new wave of militarism to Africa.
Under the guise of “fighting terrorism” or “saving civilians,” the United States, France and Britain are invading and bombing African countries.
Now they will step up their campaign of killing African people by the employment of Pentagon and CIA drone aircraft located in a network of bases being established by the Pentagon throughout the continent.
The U.S. functions as a death squad government, permitting the president and military leaders to create secret “kill lists” of people who have been selected for assassination. There is no due process, no trial, no evidence – the individuals are selected to be murdered and they are killed, and many civilians who are nearby also die. Drones are the weapon of choice.
Over 3,000 people have been murdered by U.S. drone strikes in the last few years, including a large number of children among the many civilians who have been slaughtered by these robotic killing machines.
Sitting in offices thousands of miles away from their targets, U.S. operators routinely decide to “push the button” and kill their unsuspecting targets on the ground with hellfire missiles fired from unseen drone aircraft. In Pakistan and Afghanistan, villagers have staged mass protests against drone strikes after their kids were incinerated while they were collecting firewood or farming in nearby fields.
In the 19th century, it was a common tactic of imperialists to use gunboats to move around the world and assert their will, answering challenges to their authority with bullets and cannon shot. The use, or threat of the use, of naval force was used by Britain, the United States and other imperialist nations to force exploitative terms of trade and political accommodations on various political entities around the world.
The United States government’s drone program serves the same general purpose as gunboat diplomacy. It enables the United States to extend its military power over any country that lacks the ability, or will, to shoot down the aircraft.
Join us at the White House for a march and rally on Saturday, April 13 to let the world know that the people of this country are demanding “Drones Out of Africa and Everywhere!”
The April 13 “U.S. Drones Out of Africa and Everywhere!” March and Rally at the White House takes place during a nationwide month of action opposing drones that also includes National Days Against Drones Actions in San Diego April 4-7 and the Ground the Drones, End the Wars weekend of education and action in Syracuse, N.Y., April 26-28. Details
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"A Call To Gun Owners". In the recent dark days that we as a nation have been faced with, many voices are crying out for a solution. If you cherish your rights to Gun Ownership and the 2nd amendment, please take action and let your voice be heard.
U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
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Oregon Mall Shooting local news article: http://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kgw.com%2Fnews%2FClackamas-man-armed-confronts-mall-shooter-183593571.html
from Kevin Zeese
This is one of the most important resistance actions in the country and it's great to see it growing. The Blockade is preparing for more and larger actions with a training from January 3rd to 8thand they are asking people to join them.We hear from those who have attended that it is a rewarding experience. If you can’t be there, you can support them by sending them some of the items on their wish list.
This week there was at least a temporary victory when a judge stopped pipeline work on one property owner's land after he sued alleging fraud – TransCanada claimed they’d be transporting crude oil when in fact they will be transporting a toxic sludge of chemicals mixed with Tar Sands.
The students at Cooper Union in New York City are another example of effective and creative resistance. They occupied a suite at the university to bring their message of free tuition for all out to the community, resulting in large nonviolent protests outside and intrusion into a closed board of trustees meeting which they live streamed. The students are part of an international movement, a global struggle for education in the information society.
Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese interviewed one of the students from Cooper Union on Clearing the FOG radio while he was sitting-in. The show covered the college tuition crisis and examined the predatory practices of college loan providers and for-profit colleges. Look for an article in Truthout today or tomorrow that explores this issue in-depth.
The students at Cooper Union and Occupy Sandy Relief have been able to show that the police do not have to be in conflict with Occupy. Both efforts had positive relations with the police and are getting the job done. Many of the organizers of the Occupation at Freedom Plaza have volunteered for the Occupy Sandy mutual aid effort and have been impressed by their organization and commitment. They continue to have urgent needs. It's easy to volunteer or make a donation. Visit Occupy Sandy to see how.
Labor battles are on the rise. This week in Michigan, the conservative corporate legislature and governor passed a right to work law that weakened union rights. Thousands protested, including many from Occupy, and riot police attacked the peaceful protesters. Alarge crowd of fast food workersrallied in Times Square last week as part of awalkout of low-wage workers. When a single mother lost her job because she joined the protest, solidarity actions by her community resulted in herbeing rehired.
The security state continues to tighten in fear of the American people. One legacy of Occupy has been more restrictions on protesters. At the national level a new National Defense Authorization Act was passed by the Senate. The new law contains the following language:
“An authorization to use military force, a declaration of war, or any similar authority shall not authorize the detention without charge or trial of a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States apprehended in the United States, unless an Act of Congress expressly authorizes such detention.”
It sounds good until that last italicized clause. Senators Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Carl Levin, D-Mich., all claim that Congress’ has the power to detain citizens. There is no question that non-citizens in the U.S. can be detained. The House still has to vote as their version does not include this provision. In the end, because the language is so vague, it is likely that the courts will have to interpret the law and decide whether it is constitutional.
Laws such as the NDAA have not stopped important protests. Stalwart opponents of the U.S. drone program, many of whom were involved in the Occupation of Freedom Plaza, protestedat the CIA recently. In fact, actions to stop US drones attacks, which mostly terrorize and kill civilians, are growing across the country.
There is so much going on! We hope that this information is helpful to you. Please help us support these important actions by sharing this email with others.
In solidarity, October2011/Occupy Washington, DC
from Kevin Zeese
From Mike Prysner and Gerry Condon - www.ourlivesourrights.org
Veterans For Peace opposed the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001. We did not believe it was justified. As military veterans, we did not think that war and occupation were what the world needed. Eleven years later in our nation's longest war, it is apparent that the US / NATO occupation of Afghanistan has been based on a series of lies. One of the biggest lies today is that the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is succeeding, and the American people should therefore be patient with a phased withdrawal over several years.
The Pentagon’s Afghanistan strategy is up in smoke, more exposed than ever in recent news reports. The now-ended “surge” failed to break the momentum of the Afghan resistance, and officials have now abandoned their hope for a peace deal with the Taliban. Even so, there are twice as many U.S. troops, contractors and mercenaries in Afghanistan as when Obama took office.
Civil forfeiture laws represent one of the most serious assaults on private property rights in the nation today. With civil forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize your property and use it to fund their budgets—all without charging you with a crime. Americans are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but with civil forfeiture, your property is guilty until you prove it innocent—and law enforcement has a huge incentive to police for profit, not justice.
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