Mar. 19th, 2008 @ 11:36 pm
Just curious where the anit-American military statements for today were? Not that I would miss them....
Is anyone here ballsy enough to say we still need to withdraw? Anyone here willing to put up that defeat in the jaws of victory is a good thing? Considering the inactivity of this forum, I think now.
Have you taken any video of peace rallies or other peace related events in the past few years? Marshall Thompson, the soldier who walked 500 miles through Utah to try to end the Iraq war and some film-producing relatives are making a documentary about the peace movement in the U.S. and about Marshall's walk. This is very low budget, with no investors, and they'd love any contributions of peace activities. More info here.
There is a call for a blogswarm on May 16th
to oppose the Divine Strake bomb test at the Nevada Test Site.
Blogswarming is when several bloggers blog on the same issue on the same day. It helps to have links to the other bloggers that are participating to build a kind of internet loop. (To see what a blowswarm might look like I've linked posts from when I recently participated in a Blogswarm to oppose nuke waste at Skull Valley
and one in support of Pete Ashdown
and I have linked to other blog posts in that post that are part of the swarm).
If you are going to participate, you can post your blog web address here
which will act as a sort of central location to find all the addresses of the other bloggers to post on your blog.
Why protest the Divine Strake?
- This escalation of dangerous weapon development may end up being used on Iraqis or Iranians and who knows who else. It may also be a way to ready the Nevade Test Site for renewed Nuclear Testing.
- Environmental Racism - the Nevada Test Site is located on Western Shoshone lands seized by the US gov. in defince of the Treaty of Ruby Valley. "The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has recently ruled that the United States must “freeze,” “desist” and “stop” its encroachment on Western Shoshone lands, and cease its military activities." (Eileen Olsen from press release)
- Environmental effects. The Divine Strake test will create 10,000-foot mushroom cloud of debris. The Nevada Test Site is already heavily contaminated from years of testing nulcear weapons and it is unknown how much of that contaminated debris will be spread and to what distances.
More info on the Divine Strake:
Utah Peace and Justice Organizations Announce Joining International Coalition to Protest BlastFall Out Maps from Nuclear TestingTest Blast In Nevada: A Nuclear RehersalThe Nuclear Information Project"Divine Strake" and the talk of a nuclear attack on Iran
If you'd like another way to protest Divine Strake, you could attend and International Day of Action event at the Nevada Test Site.
Thanks to Dee's 'Dotes for all the great info. (x posted)
|» Detainee list|
Reading the Guardian this morning to find that the names of the Guantanamo prisoners have been released. The list of names can be found here.|
"The list has previously been seen by members of the Red Cross, but was only publicly released after the Associated Press news agency sued US authorities under the freedom of information act.
It numbers all the detainees who have appeared at hearings in Guantánamo Bay to determine their combatant status."
|» Narrow debate covers bipartisan support for promoting U.S. power|
Are the Democrats an antiwar party?|
December 2, 2005 | Page 4
IN THE wake of Democratic Rep. John Murtha’s highly publicized criticism of the Iraq war, LANCE SELFA and ELIZABETH SCHULTE look at the question, is there reason for antiwar activists to look for hope in the Democratic Party?
REP. JOHN Murtha’s (D-Pa.) November 17 press conference was, if nothing else, a wake-up call to the Washington establishment from one of its own. The U.S. “cannot accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily,” Murtha said. “It is time to bring them home.”
Judging by the abuse he received from outraged Republicans and the cheers heard in antiwar circles, you might have thought that a pro-war politician had decided to become an antiwar activist.
Newly elected Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) almost provoked a brawl on the floor of the House of Representatives when she accused Murtha, a decorated combat veteran, of being a coward.
At the same time, Medea Benjamin, cofounder of the antiwar group Code Pink, in an article on the “10 Reasons to Give Thanks” this year, put at the top of the list: “We’re thankful that Congressman John Murtha has joined us in calling for an end to the occupation of Iraq.”
The battle over Murtha’s proposal that ensued in the media and in the halls of Congress itself was an example of the widespread antiwar sentiment outside Washington finally finding an expression in official politics--something that hadn’t happened in this way before, despite the growing disillusion and discontent with the war among ordinary people. For example, in a recent Gallup poll, Bush’s handling of the war had the support of only about 35 percent of the public.
But if this were all antiwar activists took from this debate, we’d be missing the bigger picture--not just of Murtha’s own intentions, but those of the Democratic Party generally.
( but just how useless are the Democrats?Collapse )
|» Operation Home for the Holidays|
Hi! I'm writing to let you know about a little anti-war performance I did|
with my family over Thanksgiving weekend. I heard about this lady on the
radio doing it (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5021524)
and we copied it.
We took toy soldiers and put a label on them that says "bring me home from
Iraq for the holidays" and we placed them all over stores -- in Best Buy and
the supermarket - and then customers or employees find them on top of
granola bars or iPods, etc.
The idea is to confront consumers for a brief moment -- to ask them to think
about Bush's approach (failure!) and what they're going to do about it. It
also offers an encouragement to other activists, citizens of conscience, and
military families, in that someone is doing something to bring soldiers
So, it's extremely easy (and relatively cheap) to do! Look for toy soldiers
at your local dollar, toy, or department store, glue them on to some paper,
and write/print "Bring Me Home from Iraq for the Holidays," then walk around
stores and leave them (in)conspicuously on shelves!
We're psyched, we wanna get it in blogs and news media and work a snowball
effect and have this protest-performance-action sweep the nation, and be the
next Cindy Sheehan anti-war strategy.
I've started a blog to keep track of where these are popping up. Please
send in pictures of actions you've done (or seen):
in peace & solidarity,
|» Is protesting a crime?|
Hands off Dave!|
By Eric Ruder | November 11, 2005 | Page 2
To Dave, climbing a wall and hanging a banner that said, “Kent, Ohio, for peace,” didn’t seem nearly as offensive as the combat experience the Marines had commended him for.
But the military recruiters, one of whom assaulted Dave for hanging the banner, didn’t see it that way. Neither did police who cited Dave for disorderly conduct, nor campus administrators who scheduled a November 16 disciplinary hearing to decide whether he should be suspended or expelled.
This crackdown on counter-recruitment protests is part of a pattern at campuses around the country--from Holyoke Community College in Western Massachusetts, where an activist was maced by campus security; to the City University of New York in Manhattan, where three students and a staff member were arrested last year; to San Francisco State University, where administrators and campus right-wingers went on a witch-hunt against groups that organized the protests.
But there was something else Dave hadn’t counted on--that when campus administrators targeted him for exercising his right to dissent, it would generate an energetic support campaign on campus and beyond. “I really am shocked and elated by the support,” he said.
Around the country, activists leading the struggle on this new front of the antiwar movement are also finding backing from opponents of the war hoping to see a deeper resistance develop.
At Kent, activists from the Kent State Anti-War Committee (KSAWC) sprang into action, organizing a “Hands off Dave” campaign that filled the campus with stickers, flyers and petitions about protecting the right to dissent.
“This wouldn’t have been a big deal if I had just climbed the wall and hung a banner,” said Dave. “It’s a big deal because the university has tried to discipline me. We’ve gotten a lot of outside support--from people like Howard Zinn, Cindy Sheehan and other prominent antiwar figures. And a lot of the faculty at Kent has written in and said they’d be willing to appear on my behalf at the November 16 hearing.”
KSAWC activists are already planning for a demonstration on the same day of the hearing and are spreading awareness of Dave’s case.
( just how against Dave is the school though?Collapse )
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While searching for a graveyard full of carnival & sideshow performers and owners ( I found this instead...Collapse )|
I was rather moved but also puzzled when i realzied this display was set up by the local Veterans Group. I rarely see anyone other then protest groups trying to demonstate the # of US war dead in some sort of represnetative fashion. Often such displays are called critical of the war, critical of the troops or worse. In NJ where I live one local artists group created a memorial to the US war dead with a pair of boots for every dead soldier. It was praised and criticized.
I wonder how an identical type of display such as this is going over in this community. (Gibsonton, FL if anybody cares). Has anyone else seen similar displays by veterans group, and if you have, how has it gone over?