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October 2011 Movement to Global Allies: American Empire Obstacle to Peace and Justice at Home and Abroad

June 23rd, 2011

Commits to Occupying Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., to End U.S. War and Exploitation

Today, the October 2011Movement, a fusion of peace, social justice, environmental, student, and immigrant rights organizations, published an open letter of solidarity with allies in nonviolent uprisings around the world. The coalition wrote, “We recognize that your revolution is our revolution, that American Empire prevents you from achieving self-determination and economic justice, and that only together can we achieve our shared goals.” The full open letter is below.

The October 2011Movement announced the action, "Stop The Machine: Create a New World," in a Call to Action and column History Is Knocking two weeks ago. Since that time more than 1,300 people have signed a pledge to be in Washington, D.C., beginning on October 6 to occupy Freedom Plaza “with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine until our resources are invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation.” October 2011 intends to bring together Americans concerned with economic injustice, militarism, and environmental destruction to join in ending concentrated corporate power and taking direct control of a real participatory democracy.

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ESRA: Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the US Constitution

April 30th, 2011

from: Network of Spiritual Progressives

The intent of the framers of this Amendment is to:

  1. Protect the planet and its inhabitants from environmentally destructive economic arrangements and behavior, and to increase environmental responsibility on the part of all corporations and government bodies.
  2. Increase U.S. citizens’ democratic control over American economic and political institutions and ensure that all people, regardless of income, have the same electoral clout and power to shape policies and programs.
  3. Promote the well-being of citizens of the United States by recognizing that our well-being depends on the well-being of the planet and all its inhabitants, which in turn requires an end to poverty, wars, and violence, and the rise of a new global ethic of genuine caring and mutual interdependence.

Invite friends over to your home to watch the video with you and discuss the Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment, ESRA, which you can find out more about by clicking here.

And if you really like it, ask your Congressperson to endorse House Res. 156 which endorses the Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment, ESRA. get your City Council to endorse it, state legislators, local pollitical party, civic organizaitons, etc.

Let us know, please, if you'd like to be involved in building this campaign! You are probably as fed up as we are with the way corporations and the super-rich seem to have control over most elections and hence are getting a free pass to continue to exploit and hurt the planet, prevent meaningful reform, and undermine the needed care for the most vulnerable people in our society. The change we need will only come when we can reduce their power--and this is the way to do it.

Want to be involved in this campaign? (e.g. meet with elected representatives, write emails and letters to them or to community organizations seeking their endorsement, approach media people, organize house meetings, outreach on the web, other ideas...etc. Send to



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Activists to protest Israel lobby in US

April 28th, 2011

Over 50 major peace and justice groups are organizing a gathering in Washington DC to protest against the Israeli lobby in shaping U.S. foreign policy.

Women for Peace (Code Pink), Global Exchange and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation together with over 50 peace and justice groups, are organizing a gathering in Washington DC from May 21-24, 2011, called "Move Over AIPAC: Building a New U.S. Middle East Policy."


Timed to coincide with the annual policy meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), they intend to bring activists and concerned citizens from around the country to learn about the extraordinary influence AIPAC has on U.S. policy and how to strengthen an alternative that respects the rights of all people in the region.

As the world observes historic people's uprisings across the Arab world, the Israeli government and The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), its lobbying arm in the United States, are increasingly worried. Early in March, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced Israel may ask for an additional $20 billion in military aid-over and above the $3 billion a year Israel already receives-in order to "prepare for possible threats."

AIPAC's unconditional support for Israel's illegal policies-separation walls, settlements, the siege of Gaza-has been devastating for Palestinians and the rest of the Middle East.

A total of over 90 peace and justice groups, change makers and activists have endorsed the event to date.


AIPAC Policy Conference is held annually in Washington DC.

On Monday, March 22, 2010, Code Pink staged a demonstration in front of the Washington, DC Convention Center protesting AIPAC.

Israel receives about $3 billion from the U.S. in direct foreign assistance each year, which is roughly one-fifth of America's foreign aid budget.

Late May 2011 will be the one year anniversary since the Gaza Flotilla and the IDF assault on the Mavi Marmara.

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