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Alongside Peace Tax 7: Pensioner Withholds 10% from State in Protest at War Tax Alongside Peace Tax 7: Pensioner Withholds 10% from State in Protest at War Tax Alongside the Peace Tax Seven, there is pensioner Douglas Barker! andy newman writes: More than 20 peace activists from Wiltshire lobbied Chippenham Magistrates Court on Tuesday 6th December in support of tax-refusnik Douglas Barker. Douglas...from Purton near Swindon was in court because he has withheld 10% of his taxes as a protest against the war in Iraq....He explained that he could not in good conscience pay taxes knowing that they would be spent in pursuit of an illegal war, where weapons like white phosphorus are being used on civilians, so he had reduced his tax payment by the amount he estimated was due to the military budget. The magistrates pointed out that even though they were sympathetic to his arguments they had no discretion and imposed an enforcement order upon him. Doug is now contemplating his next move, aware that ultimately he could go to prison. Full article | Tax-Refusnik's day in court | Peace Tax Seven Homepage | Boycott Israeli Goods: Day of Action, Saturday 10 December | www.swindonstopwar.org.uk |
"the enemy that I found and that I destroyed, were civilians" Report on a talk given by ex US marine Jimmy Massey at Trinity College while he was in Ireland to testify as a witness during the trial of the Pit Stop Ploughshares. Start Transcript: "Now I, ehm, I usually have a lot to say and my speech, I have it in my mind and I can rattle it off at any given moment, but, eh, I'm going to be completely honest with you, I've been on a mission and I've been seeking. In the Marine Corps my primary mission was to seek and destroy, pretty cut and clear. I think the phrase, somebody mentioned the phrase to me today and, eh, it's still with me and I'm going to share that with you, this phrase that was, eh, presented to me today - I was called a criminal. And, eh, you know it really hit me because it is something I have been running from, and then I got a double dose today when I was in the Irish court. The Irish court and the American court are like night and day. And over the course of listening to the prosecutor and the defence, and especially the testimony that the Doctor of International Law and the Geneva conventions, when he got up and gave his spiel. In a deep, dark space in my heart, I realised today that I am a war criminal. I never wanted to admit that. I knew what I did it was a violation of the Geneva conventions and International Law. But when you tell it to Americans and you explain the scenario of what happens, the Americans dismiss it as 'fog of war' or 'collateral damage'. My true test of humanity came today, because when I went back to my hotel room I had to look in the mirror and I had to bitterly swallow what I had done while I was in Iraq. I guess my journey has led me to Ireland for a purpose and I just wanted to share that with you. I grew up having the best of both worlds, I grew up along the Gulf Coast of Texas and in western North Carolina where I currently live now. It took me many years and for me to become a recruiter for me to understand that I was an economic conscript. And all the young men that I signed up in the Marine Corps over my three years as a recruiter, was 75. I live in the area where I recruited, so there isn't a waking moment of the day that I don't think about the families of the men and women that I put into the Marine Corps and what they're going through in this war. My only freedom that I have now is my voice, because I'm incarcerated, I'm incarcerated in my mind, because of what I have seen and what I witnessed and what I took part in. I thought by writing a book that somehow I could alleviate the demons of the war - but it hasn't helped, so I guess I'll continue along my journey in trying to seek the questions and the answers of why my government has done what they've done. I remember the first true taste of humanity that I got was from a little boy in the city of Karbala in Iraq. I, eh, was on guard duty, I was the officer in charge of the guard. I was sitting up at the front gate, we had taken over an abandoned hotel in Karbala and turned it into our little mini-compound. Generally there was about 50 to 100 Iraqis that would be in front of the hotel, looking for work or asking for compensation for property they had lost, when, like Moses parting the Red Seas, this man and this child came walking out of the crowd and as they approached the front fence I got up and I met them. The man began to explain to me that the child needed medicine, and he showed me the medicine, and it was insulin, the child was a diabetic. So I led them into the compound and I immediately got on the radio to the battalion chief, eh, surgeon, and told them that they needed to come down to the plaza. When they showed up I was rather surprised because the first thing that the medical officer said to me is, "Is that the man and is that the child?" and I said "Yes" and he said "Staff Sgt, I can't help them" and he began to explain how this man and this child had been to all the marine camps in Karbala looking for insulin. I became very irate and I began to question the medical officer and I said "Do you mean to tell me that we can truck thousands of gallons of fuel across one of the harshest deserts in the world, meals and medical supplies for Marine and Navy personnel, but we can't provide something as simple as insulin for a dying child?" And as I looked over at my Marines they were playing with the child, giving him high-fives and candy, and I thought to myself, "Is this what we're here for?" So I had to go to this man and this child and explain to them that I didn't have any insulin, and turn away this child. There isn't a waking moment that I don't think about that child - this face is permanently burned and etched into my mind. On a bright sunny day on the outskirts of Baghdad, before Baghdad fell, we were setting up a checkpoint when this red Kia, meaning the car manufacturing company Kia, comes speeding towards our checkpoint. We gave a hand and arm signal - Stop - then we fired a warning shot - Stop - the vehicle didn't, so we discharged our weapons into the vehicle. There were four occupants total, three were hit and were expiring fast - we began to provide medical attention while we were searching through the car looking for weapons or any type of terrorist related propaganda - of course we didn't find any. Meanwhile the driver of the car was going around and questioning my Marines as to why we had shot, and then he began to cry at some of my Marines that they were terrorists. The driver then watched his brother who was one of the occupants in the car, die. Finally the driver got up and he walked towards me and he stuck his finger out and he said " You did this! You killed my brother!" People ask me, when did I make a conscious decision to change my thoughts and mindset - that was the moment. You might say I got a crash course or a PhD in Humanity over a three month time period when I was in Iraq. You see I was expecting to meet "the enemy", because the main job and purpose of the United States Marine Corps is to meet the enemy on the battlefield and to destroy him, that's all a marine is good for - but the enemy that I found and that I destroyed, were civilians. So I went to my commanding officer and I began to explain to him how I felt - of course they didn't like my stance - finally the day came when my Lt asked me, "Staff Sgt, how do you honestly feel about Iraq?" and I told him, "Well sir, I honestly feel that we are committing genocide and that we are leaving behind depleted uranium to ensure continued genocide." Do I think that we are committing genocide in Iraq? - No! However, I am worried about things like depleted uranium, I am worried about the chemical exposure that happened during the first Gulf War when we blew up the bunkers. I was in Japan at an international peace conference when a doctor from Basra began to show us a slide show of all the abnormalities and birth defects that's happening in Iraq. Though the American government will never admit it, to the contamination of depleted uranium in the first Gulf War also. When I was discharged from the Marine Corps on December 31st of 2003, I went back to western North Carolina, I guess maybe I went back to the scene of the crime, and I told myself that I'm going to put that behind me, that I'm never gonna speak about the Marine Corps, I didn't want anything to do with it. But my wife read an editorial comment in our local newspaper and made a comment back, next thing you know the phone is ringing off the hook with reporters wanting to know my story. Finally, having seen the total deaths that we had incurred in Iraq, I made up my mind to speak out. You see, I sold my soul to the Marine Corps and every day I fight to get it back. The only power that I have is my voice, but I'll be honest with you, it gets harder, because the American people haven't fully, they haven't came full circle yet, they haven't realised ... So, you didn't get the full speech tonight, and I apologise ... I had to come to grips and terms today with what I did, and it hit me pretty hard. So I just want to say that the government, the US government, is not going to pick up the pieces or the broken lives of the returning soldiers that are coming home, it's their community. It's their community that has to deal with it, and it's the community that has to band together and support the troops - there will be no government handouts for the returning soldiers - they have to come home to an economy that's slowly dwindling, there are no more jobs, they're all going to China or South America - I watched western North Carolina just dry up. I remember once where the textiles and the factories that was there, and now it's a place for retirees. So I don't know what the future holds, but all I can do is continue to speak. I'm no hero, any idiot can run on the battlefield with a rifle. The true heroes are you, because it's you that has to pick up the pieces, that has to heal the wounded. So I thank you for allowing me to come here and to speak because you are the heroes, thank you." End transscript Related Indymedia Ireland Stories Video Of The Talk Here WSM Interview With Massey Report Of Catholic Worker Trial At Which He Testified Where Is The Iraq War Headed Next: An IMC IRL Blog http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/dec2005/jimmymassey_1.jpg
On December 8th, Governor Schwarzenegger will hold a clemency hearing for Stanley "Tookie" Williams with defense lawyers, Los Angeles County prosecutors and other involved parties. The governor has set a 30-minute time limit for each side to argue its position on clemency. Schwarzenegger has the authority to commute a death sentence to life without parole. The People's Clemency Hearing for Stanley Tookie Williams will take place on the steps of the State Capitol Building in Sacramento at 10:00am on December 8th (note time change). Flyer
Remembering the Montreal Massacre, Dec. 6, 1989
Martes 6 de Diciembre 2005 | TRABAJO FOTOGRÁFICO DE CAMILO DEL CERRO EN HOMENAJE A SU PADRE
Martes 6 de Diciembre de 2005 | LA COMUNIDAD BOLIVIANA CONTRA LA MANO DE OBRA ESCLAVA
On Saturday 3rd December, a community day was held in Sneinton, Nottingham, to raise awareness of the proposed expansion of the Eastcroft incinerator and promote recycling through fun and games. Sneinton's Rubbish Day Out was an event organised by the local community and the NAIL campaign.
Martes 6 de Diciembre 2005 | SERVIDUMBRE Y ASOCIACION ILÍCITA EN TALLERES TEXTILES
Two eco-defense prisoners take plea bargains, get credit for time served, fined $25 each, no probation, and then get released. Stephen Marshall and Charles Jordon plead guilty today at the Federal Couthouse in Portland, OR "to improper storage of dynamite." Both appeared today in person along with their court appointed attorneys in front of Judge Garr M. King, who dropped all the charges except the improper storage of dymamite and lowered that charge to a misdemeanor.
Over 400 immigrant rights supporters surrounded the offices of PCUN, Oregon's farmworker union on Saturday [Dec 3rd] in support of Mexican nationals who were there to receive services from the Mexican Consulate. The support rally was organized by PCUN and CAUSA in response to Oregonians for Immigration Reform, who have followed the "mobile consulate" around the state, protesting issuance of the Matricula card and the participation of Oregon state agencies. Supporters from as far away as Roseburg and Hood River joined community members carrying signs saying "I Support Immigrants" and "We put the food on your table" to form a picket line surrounding people waiting in line for the Consulate's services.
After Peter Young, a group of students and I have become more involved with animal activism. One topic that stood out from all the rest was fur. This disgusting technique doesn't have any reason to keep going other than to make rich people look richer. Feeling strongly about this issue, I decided to make it the main subject of my presentation for my speech and debate class.
Eureka Leading Light Lambasts Howard Government
Services Out of WTO, WTO out of Services! No to GATS! No New Deal in Hong Kong! In the run up to the December 2005 Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Hong Kong, trade negotiators are under intense pressure by their respective governments to achieve a "successful" outcome in the negotiations for the Doha Development Round, which includes expansion of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). ...
School Board renigging on promised salary negotiations after two years of cuts. Support the educators and the kids they teach on Wednesday, December 7th at 7pm during the PVUSD Board meeting at the District Office.
The legal saga of Bich Cau Thi Tran ended last Tuesday with the announcement of a $1.8 million settlement of a federal lawsuit. Over two years ago, Tran, a petite 25 year-old Vietnamese woman, was shot and killed in her kitchen by a San Jose police officer. In exchange for the payment of the settlement to Tran's estate, all claims against officer Chad Marshall, former police chief William Lansdowne, then-assistant police chief Tom Wheatley, and current Chief Rob Davis will be dropped with no admissions of liability. The settlement was reportedly reached after two mediation conferences. The city council approved the $1.8 million payment Tuesday, The agreement had to then be submitted to U.S. District Court Judge James Ware for approval.
Diane Wilson Detained During Cheney Speech at Galleria
Federal trial for Sabino Canyon Hunt Saboteurs
On Tuesday, Dec. 6th, the United States Supreme Court will decide if schools that ban recruiters from their campuses can lose federal funds. There will be protests and actions at military recruitment stations all across the nation. The Santa Cruz Chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship has created a scroll with 28,000 names in Arabic of Iraqi civilians who have died in the war. This is one of the most conservative of the reported numbers of Iraqi civilian deaths.
December 1st is World AIDS Day. The Santa Cruz AIDS Project, in remembrance of those who have lost their lives to AIDS and those who live bravely with the disease every day, hosted a candlelight vigil in downtown Santa Cruz.
Dear Good Times,
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Veterans for Peace Executive Director Michael McPhearson crisscrossed Tennessee last week, speaking at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville and Tennessee State University and the Nashville Peace Coalition in Nashville. He also did interviews for Radio Free Nashville, KWGN, the Tennessean and Tennessee Indymedia. McPhearson, who represents 4000 peace activist military veterans said his organization supports an exit strategy in Iraq, and believes that the conflict in Iraq will not end until there is a clear statement by the administration that the United States intends to leave. He also said that the peace movement needs to examine its own dynamic, which he said is fractured and not engaged in critical dialogue especially along issues of race and gender.
New Record Label Highlights Prescott Punk Scene
The protesters themselves issued a new statement outlining current conditions at the tree-sit in Dalkeith, including the status of the legal campaign, tree-fellings, bats, and the roadshow. [Statement]
The protesters themselves issued a new statement outlining current conditions at the tree-sit in Dalkeith, including the status of the legal campaign, tree-fellings, bats, and the roadshow. [Statement]
Pridefest 2006 Press Release
Lunes 05 de Diciembre 2005 | BUENOS AIRES
Theresa Cruz was found suitable for parole - unofficial statement
Bristolians look at global eco-challenge Bristolians look at global eco-challenge Up to a million people took to the streets of more than 100 cities in 30 countries on 3rd December to demand greater action on tackling global warming. Bristol Indymedia has been buzzing of late with climate related stories: From concerns over more road based tourist attractions, to the price and scope of public transport to new airport opposition to Bristol's own Critical Mass demo on the 3rd. | Campaign Against Climate Change | Hippo-cracy | Joint Local Transportation Plan | Mutiny on the buses | Climate change critical mass video | Report demolishes Bristol Airport's claims to be good for the economy | (image from Cartoon Kate) |
Bellsouth cares more about money than New Orleans
TOMATO FESTIVAL at City Farm
Fiesta en Solidaritat
Looking at the St. Louis Coal Company’s Destruction in Arizona and Appalachia.
The Halifax Coalition Against Poverty Waiting For Action From HRM Council
You may wonder what started all this; it was an accounting error by a hearing officer at rent adjustment, (much like Justice True). He found that I had a five hundred dollar credit. I believed it, the landlords have made so many chicanerous accounting "errors" I thought he caught it.
bomspotter gerechterlijk aangehouden
Retenção de dados – Mais um passo
We shut down the WTO 6 years ago on November 30th
Lunes 5 de Diciembre 2005 | CONFERENCIA DE PRENSA DEL LOF PAICHIL ANTRIAO
On December 8th, Governor Schwarzenegger will hold a clemency hearing for Stanley "Tookie" Williams with defense lawyers, Los Angeles County prosecutors and other involved parties. The Governor has set a 30-minute time limit for each side to argue its position on clemency. He did not hold this type of meeting for either of the clemency petitions that he has rejected (those of Kevin Cooper and Donald Beardslee). The governor has the authority to commute a death sentence to life without parole. The importance of this hearing grew this past week when the California Supreme Court refused a request by lawyers for Williams to reopen the case. The People's Clemency Hearing for Stanley Tookie Williams will take place on the steps of the State Capitol Building in Sacramento at 12pm on December 8th.
Over the weekend of 2nd - 4th of December, the second Aotearoa Indymedia conference was held in Wellington. A range of people from all over the North Island converged for a film screening and 2 days of discussion and workshops (Sadly, nobody from the South Island was able to attend). Friday: On Friday, the Wellington Indymedia Collective organised a screening of Tuhoe - a History of Resistance and some short films from the 3rd Oceania Indymedia Newsreal. In a first for the Wellington Indymedia Collective, the Tuhoe film was almost entirely in Te Reo Maori. The films recieved a good reception from all who attended. Saturday: Saturday saw all day internal discussions on such topics as the role of Aotearoa Indymedia, future initiatives, the editorial policy, local Indymedia collectives and much more. Some changes already made include a revised editorial policy and new policies on the editorial collective and local collectives. Additionally, the wiki has been cleaned up and updated. The minutes of these discussions will be posted on the newswire shortly. Sunday: A number of workshops were held on Sunday, with people skill-sharing on such things as use of the wiki, video/filming and digital photography. Thanks to all the volunteers who ran the workshops! Aotearoa Indymedia is here for you. We welcome and encourage your feedback, and invite all of you to contact us and get involved in any way you want.
Radical Reference is forming a Philadelphia collective and would like to reach out to Philadelphian activists and librarians. Feel free to forward to anyone who you think might want to join us, or anyone to whom we could be helpful.
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