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It's no secret that the last 30 years have seen a brutal corporate assault on U.S. workers. Incomes and union membership rates have plummeted, unemployment is soaring, and the two corporate parties have joined forces to go after our previously untouchable historic gains.
This class war has largely been one-sided, but not entirely. The organization Jobs with Justice, for one, demonstrates that the workers' movement is still lively, innovative, and capable of resistance.
On August 28, the trial date for those charged in association with the 2011 occupation of the vacant bank building located at 75 River Street in Santa Cruz was pushed back yet again. The four remaining defendants found out they will now face trial on March 3, 2014.
On the 3ed of September, DC Councilmember Vincent Orange held a press conference in front of the Wilson Building along with supporters of the Large Retailer Accountability Act (LRAA). Press Conference highlights and petitions
The 10th annual Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair will showcase the hard work and creative spirit of individuals, social justice groups, peace organizations, faith communities, performers, artists, businesses, and environmental activists who are making the world a better place.
The Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair builds community among the grassroots peace and justice groups in Southwest Washington. We highlight our common goals of peace and justice at home, our community, and the world. The fair helps each of us find further ways of dedicating our lives to peace and justice.
Saturday 9/7/13 ESTHER SHORT PARK 8th and Columbia St. Vancouver, Washington 9am to 4pm - Admission is free!
Audrey mentions to the crowd that you would think these same issue 50 years later after that march on Washington, would not still be a problem. (yet) We still need today to demand civil rights accountability, a stop to racial profiling, and to duplicate that enthusiasm from the civil rights movement.
Tony brings the conversation around to the nightmare on hand now. He brings up the challenge of today, 50 years later the same issues are still prevalent and require our attention. In a riveting sincere call out... he asks us all:
The rats are jumping ship. Obama's strongest allies can't stomach the stench of lies that are the foundation of the war effort against Syria. Even England, whose entire foreign policy is reduced to asking "how high?" when the U.S. says "jump," opted to stay grounded for Obama's war drive.
The Arab League, too, having long been considered a puppet show by U.S. foreign policy, has cut its strings. The UN Security Council — after having learned not to trust Obama in Libya — also refuses to give permission for an attack. Which leaves France — the former colonial master of Syria — to fill England's shoes as the token "important" European nation to give the attack a thin coat of "international" support. But England's insolence will surely make an impression on the French public, who voted in a "socialist" president, presumably not to act as a warmonger. [...]
No matter how "limited" the strike, bombing a foreign nation is a major act of war. In fact, after WWII the Nuremberg trial concluded that the Nazis' "supreme international crime" was not genocide or holocaust, but waging aggressive war, since all other war crimes were spawned from this original sin. Of course, Obama's aggressive war plans involve more than tossing a couple of missiles at some Syrian tanks. That is why he's moved five Navy destroyers into the region.
It is also presumably why — as reported by the French daily Le Figaro — hundreds U.S. Special Forces and "trained militant fighters" entered Syria on August 17. [...]
It's very possible that Obama is trying to provoke a strong reaction from Syria to give the U.S. public a reason to escalate the war. Any attack on Syria also has the possibility of bringing Iran into the conflict, since Iran and Syria have a mutual defense pact. And this may be the ultimate goal: to provoke Iran into getting involved militarily, so that the U.S. would have a justification to expand the war into Iran, which has been in the U.S. crosshairs for years.
"SYRIA: On Interventions and the Syrian Revolution" [By Darth Nader]
The Syrian revolution is a revolution that began as a struggle for self-determination. The Syrian people demanded to determine their own destiny. And, for more than two years, against all odds, and in the face of massive repression and destruction from the Assad regime, they persevered.
In the course of the revolutionary process, many other actors have also appeared on the scene to work against the struggle for self-determination. Iran and its militias, with the backing of Russia, came to the aid of the regime, to ensure the Syrian people would not be given this right. The jihadis of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham and others, under the guise of "fighting the Assad regime," worked against this right as well. And I feel the same way about any Western intervention.
Some would argue that we have come a long way from that, that it isn't even about self-determination anymore, but rather, simply stopping the killing. This is a position I cannot support. [...]
On the 30th of August, antiwar activists on bicycles took to the streets to carry a massage opposing Obama's futile bombing threats against Syria's regime. The ride set out at perhaps 5:30PM, right in the heart of rush hour. Video Highlights of the Ride
On the 31st of August, three different rallies converged on the White House. The first was an antiwar rally, hurredly called as Obama spoke on delaying his attack on Syria. The second was a pro intervention Syrian protest. The third was a pro-Morsi Egyptian protest condemning the coup. They marched to the Egyptian military attache's office.
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, the Voice of Russia, Spanish National Radio, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.
On Saturday, August 31, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., concerned citizens from Portland and the surrounding communities will meet at Pioneer Courthouse Square for a peaceful rally and march in solidarity with a global day of action opposing the U.S. military intervention in Syria.
Saturday, August 31 PORTLAND RALLIES AGAINST U.S. MILITARY INTERVENTION IN SYRIA Part of a global day of anti-war action Pioneer Courthouse Square, downtown Portland 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Posted on August 29, 2013 by prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein
50 days into a hunger strike which was announced last December, the Department of Corrections has just now issued a highly deceptive and problematic response to the prisoners' demands. The gist of the response was that the CDCR has done all that it plans to do and that the rest is non-negotiable. The reply was not directed at the prisoners themselves or the prisoners' mediation team; instead, it was issued as a press release on the CDCR's website late Monday afternoon. It is not clear if the CDCR has shared the response to the demands with the prisoners.
The CDCR's statement assures the public that it has addressed the prisoners' demands while continuing to assert that solitary confinement does not exist in California. The state's repeated denial of the problem and lack of willingness to implement necessary changes is dangerous and irresponsible.
Prisoners have used every means available to them to change the policies that result in them being confined in extreme isolation for decades including the CDCR's internal grievance system, meetings with Wardens, litigation and multiple hunger strikes. [...]
California cannot just ignore this problem, hoping that it will go away. The way to make the hunger strikes go away is to deal with the issues responsibly - meet with the reps and come to an agreement. Otherwise, the CDCR will only be repeating this cycle over and over again in an insane attempt to subdue any efforts to create necessary changes with extreme violence and repression. This cannot be tolerated any longer. It is time to break the cycle and to deal with this strike and the issue of solitary confinement responsibly and reasonably.
Join the 350PDX Action Team this Saturday, August 24, from 3:00-4:30 to learn what opportunities lie ahead for taking action to fight climate change. RSVP to email@example.com or 503-0705-1943 for location.
One major local project going on right now is getting people to participate in the Longview Coal Terminal Scoping Process. "Scoping" is the term used to describe the thorough investigation of an industrial project examining its safety, social, health, and environmental impacts. Here is a short list of projects & events that are on the table for discussion at Saturday's meeting:
Preparation for the September 17th Longview hearing: NOW through 9/17 Comment-writing workshop: Sept 7 Longview scoping hearing: Sept 17 Kathleen Dean Moore talk/workshops: Sept 21 350.org's KXL action: "Draw The Line": Sept 21 Longview scoping hearing in Vancouver, WA: Oct. 9
Even if you can't make it to the meeting this Saturday, feel free to contact 350PDX anyway through email or phone to find out how you can get involved in current and upcoming projects. Contact: goto350pdx [at] gmail.com
On the 28th of August, a massive crowd marched freom 600 New Jersey Ave to the Washington Monument. There a line stretched from 17th st all the way back to 15th st to pass through police search checkpoints. Video scenes from the march
Critical Mass Ride Against Bombs in Syria! 5pm Dupont Circle Friday, August 30, 2013. Si se puede y se hace! "The bombs in Vietnam explode at home – they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent America." - MLK
The IWW was joined by Harvard’s Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM), Common Struggle and other allies in a lively demonstration in front of Harvard Square’s Insomnia Cookies, where striking workers are fighting back against poverty pay, zero job security and long shifts without any breaks
Downtown Boston-Aug. 29, 2013: Boston fast food low wage workers protested for a $15 an hour wage and good benefits. Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/protestphotos1/sets/72157635287554833/detail Video: http://youtu.be/97cgJxv6BMM
After two days of destroying property, the City of Fresno completely dismantled and removed the homeless from several of the largest encampments in downtown Fresno on August 27. Much of the homeless people's property was put in roll off dumpsters by city workers where they say it can be "reclaimed."
On August 24, community members marched with the Santa Cruz NAACP to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Great March on Washington. The 1963 civil rights rally was also known as the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." In Santa Cruz, those commemorating the day also broadly described their action for justice, calling it a march for, "voting rights, jobs, justice, freedom, and to end stand your ground."
On the evening of the 27th of August, community members and activists packed into the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church to demand that Mayor Gray sign the Large Retailer Accountability Act. (video tomorrow)