Guantanimo Bay: The very name rings with the cries of the tortured. Now, with Obama going into his 5th year of ignoring his promise to close it, over half the detainees are on hunger strike, some of them being force-fed. On the 5th of May, Code Pink held a vigil in front of the White House, including a hunger striker of their own in solidarity. 1 min video
. . . One saw family after nuclear family marching for the peace of mind that a world without ice raids would bring.
Brown men and women in suits went by waving old glory......mechanics, in their dirty work clothes, jumped into the march, sign in hand while old farmers and field folks marched in the hot sun. ..... again.
Grandmothers, toddlers, Korean families, middle aged managers, old artisans, women wearing their hajibs and off course those good capitalist's earning money off the selling of flags and their co-products all strode down Broadway displaying strong arguments for fair treatment, human empathy and neighborliness.
Themes such as citizenship and inclusion, the sanctity of the nuclear family, and the inhumane effect of deportation on a family permeated the rally as well as a call to stop the needless deaths that can occur at difficult or long border crossings.
On the 3ed of March, famililes of Muslims entrapped by the FBI, railroaded for charity work, or otherwise unjustly imprisoned by the US spoke out in front of the so-called Department of "Justice." Video Highlights note: start to finish clips on file in encrypted storage
This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, the Voice of Russia, and NHK World Radio Japan. From GERMANY- The Green party in Germany has joined with the Social Democrats, ending 8 years of separation. Unemployment in the EU has reached another record high level. As Italy's new government was being sworn in a man in a gray suit and tie shot 2 policemen. The Arab League called for small land swaps to further a peace deal between Palestine and Israel. Egypt walked out of a round of global nuclear talks in protest of delays in making the Middle East a nuclear weapon free zone. Two reports on May Day activities- first a global roundup, then events in the EU.
From CUBA- May Day saw street events in most of Latin America. A session of the Venezuelan Parliament ended up in fist fights between members over the outcome of the recent Presidential election. Brazil will invest all oil development royalties into the educational system. Bolivia expelled the US Agency for International Development after accusing them of plotting against the government and Bolivian people
From RUSSIA- Venezuela arrested an American filmmaker, accusing him of being an intelligence agent and trying to provoke a civil war. The US federal government has filed a lawsuit against Novartis, a Swiss pharmaceutical manufacturer, for setting up a huge kickback scheme with doctors.
From JAPAN- Labor unions staged May Day rallies across Japan. The experimental fast breeder nuclear reactor in Japan is built on earthquake faults- the operator of the plant has determined that the faults are not active. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that the US does not take sides in territorial disputes, but went on to say that the US would defend the islands for Japan in its dispute with China. Japanese self-defense forces will conduct a joint amphibious landing with US forces on the California coast.
The fourth Annual Law and Disorder Conference will take place May 10th-12th, at Portland State University and will feature a panel discussion on the recent grand jury raids in the northwest.
We are excited to announce the Fourth Annual Law and Disorder Conference, May 10-12th 2013, at Portland State University. This year's conference features a special panel about grand jury resistance with members of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression and the Committee Against Political Repression. A special keynote will be given by former political prisoner Jihad Abdulmumit, co-chair for the Jericho Movement, as well as his highly acclaimed theatrical performance "Political Incarcerations". Other special presentations will be given by Sacramento Prisoner Support, David Hill (American Indian Movement), Portland Rising Tide, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, Right 2 Survive and Portland Industrial Workers of the World, as well as many other local organizations.
L&D was founded in 2010 by members of the NW Student Coalition, a consortium of radical student groups in the Pacific Northwest from PSU, Mt. Hood Community College, Reed College and Washington State University-Vancouver in the aftermath of the police murders of Aaron Campbell and Keaton Otis in Portland and Oscar Grant in the Bay Area. The general theme of the conference has been to bridge the gap between different traditions of radical politics. The first and foremost goal has been to raise the issues of U.S.-held political prisoners, their existence contrary to denial on the part of the state, and practical discussions regarding their support and amnesty. Secondly, we engage in a critical dialogue about political repression, from the historical targeting and incarceration of activists in the FBI's counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO) in the second half of the 20th century to the most recent manifestations such as the PATRIOT ACT and Homeland Security. The third theme is the abolition of the Prison- Industrial Complex and finding community alternatives to the police.
This conference calls for people, movements, organizations and collectives to present alternative accounts to the political dimensions of civic engagement, mutual aid and revolution as they relate to economics, politics, invention, technology, work, artistic and cultural production, the body, pedagogy and social change. [...]
The Hard Travelin' Tour, summer of 2012 is Anne Feeney, Mark Ross and Adam Moss singin' songs written or inspired by Woody Guthrie in this year of his 100th Birthday (officially July 14, 2012)
Ashland, Oregon--July 7, 2012 Southern Oregon's concert dazzles over 120 people crammed into Ashland's UCC Congregational Church on Saturday night. This was the Rogue Valley's first very HOT summer day and all those bodies in a non-airconditioned space made for one heck of a celebration. The church was plumb full of sweaty smiling people celebrating with laughter and lots of song...
Sponsoring Organizations: Womens International League for Peace and Freedom, Southern Oregon Central Labor Council, Occupy Medford, Citizens for Peace and Justice and Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice.
Proceeds raised benefit Healthcare For All—Oregon.
Following is a report from Allen Hallmark who provides several photos of this grand occasion... click a pic to make it larger
RRAW - Rogue Residents Against Wal-Mart rallied and created a stir at Medford's Multicultural Fair in Hawthorne Park on the last Saturday of September. Many adults seemed taken aback, but children generally were delighted.
RRAW (Rogue) Residents Against Walmart challenged the giant on 10/10/12 when at 11a.m. activists arrived at the South Medford Walmart with two letters. One was for Medford Walmart manager Ms. Rachel Ciddio and the other letter was addressed to Mr. Rob Walton, Chairman of the Board of Walmart Stores, Inc.
Oregon activists are lining up for our state's grassroots campaign: Health Care is a Human Right!
State Representative Michael Dembrow is the "Oregon Single Payer Movement Champion" for sure. Read this article to get just a taste of what is yet to come when All Oregonians line up for this important change in health care—rogue imc volunteer
Here is the latest on the "Corporate Takeover" in (so-called) progressive Ashland, Oregon!
Following you will find a well written update on how things stand regarding the current takeover of our community hospital. Our city council is run by the chamber of commerce and they line up time and time again to do the bidding for the 1%. The privatization of what we locally have owned continues and it hurts to see this happening not just here, but everywhere.
Wes Brain, Community Organizer Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice www.sojwj.org
Keep reading and see the Update about "Ashland City Council: Vote NO on Dignity Health's acquisition of Ashland Community Hospital"
KSKQ, Ashland's Community Radio, is excited to be hosting world renowned reporter Amy Goodman on Sunday, October 28, prior to her lecture at Ashland High School. Amy Goodman—anchorwoman, fearless journalist and Producer of Democracy Now—is celebrating 16 years of reporting on hot topics at the cutting edge of politics often ignored by mainstream media. On her current tour, she is promoting her new book, The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope, written with Denis Moynihan.
This is your special invitation to join CPJ and the Collateral Repair Project for a free dinner program, featuring a first-hand report on the growing refugee problems in the Middle East. Mary Madsen, co-director of the Collateral Repair Project, just back from Amman, Jordan, will discuss how the influx of thousands of Syrian and Iraqi refugees from the civil war in Syria has added to the already dire conditions for Iraqi War refugees in Jordan and elsewhere in the Middle East. (continued below...)