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Sunsara Taylor, a member of the advisory board of World Can't Wait, has launched a new initiative against patriarchy which has stirred things up quite a bit already. She was arrested with one other protester Sunday, August 12 after denouncing the influential anti-women agenda of the church (see below). Read more at stoppatriarchy.tumblr.com.
This Thursday, we have invited Sunsara to join the weekly World Can't Wait conference call to discuss plans for Charlotte, NC during the DNC Sept 4-6. Anti-women protesters have promised to swarm the city and harass and intimidate abortion providers that week, but plans are in the works to counter that. Please sign up to join the call—whether or not you can join us in Charlotte.
This week Mitt Romney picked a possible Vice President who believes peoples' rights are "derived from God;" abortion doctors should be prosecuted, while zygotes have "personhood;" and the public sector of government should be destroyed.
All of which is feeding the addiction — including of some people I work shoulder to shoulder with and respect — to the lesser of two evils. What's up with that addiction? Can it be overcome? Stay tuned as we focus on that problem, among others.
Before us, horrifically, and perhaps quite immediately, is a potential Israeli bombing of Iran, with tacit, or open, U.S. backing. Some say it will come before the U.S. election. As people in the mountains of Iran are suffering now from earthquakes which destroyed many small villages, the results of the war already being waged on Iran in the form of murderous sanctions are adding to the devastation.
Because of sanctions, rescue crews have no night-vision equipment! This is one more outrage, enforced and led by our own government. Dave Lindorff asks, Killing Iran’s Children: Are the Sanctions "Worth It?"
On Saturday, Aug 18, Chicago World Can't Wait, Occupy Chicago, No Drones Illinois, Protest Chaplains, Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ and many friends will challenge this glorification of war for empire and engage thousands who will be there. Dynamic political theater, interactive art, and the counter-recruitment message of We Are Not Your Soldiers will turn the biggest day of the year for military recruiting into a day for mobilizing to stop these wars for empire. Read more....
Protest the Democratic National Convention
World Can't Wait will be in Charlotte, NC September 1-6 to protest these crimes.
- Join our contingent of orange jumpsuits and model drones to represent those who have been victims of these crimes for the mass march on Sunday, September 2. Rally 11:00 am, March 1:00 pm from Frazier Park, Charlotte NC
- Join us for street outreach and theater throughout the week. Help bring the message Humanity and the Planet Come First: Stop the Crimes of Your Government before the eyes of the world in Charlotte!
Join us in Charlotte in September - Sign up today!
“The church must not be allowed to be a sanctuary for slavery and forced motherhood is female enslavement” said Sunsara Taylor upon her release from jail after a night at the MidTown North NYPD precinct. Taylor and fellow activist Alice Woodward were arrested on Sunday, August 12 at 1:05 pm as they were leaving St. Patrick's Cathedral. The two were part of a group of women and men who stood up during a break in the church service and shouted, "Abortion on demand and without apology!" "Forced motherhood is female enslavement!" and “Stop the war on women!" Continue reading...
by Kevin Gosztola
A more than one hundred page defense motion detailing how Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, was subjected to cruel and inhuman treatment while held at Quantico Marine Brig has been made public.
The motion on “unlawful pretrial punishment” asserts officers at the brig made a decision to hold Manning in the harshest conditions possible, regardless of his psychological health. It concludes, as a result of “flagrant violation” of Manning’s “constitutional rights,” the judge should dismiss all charges with prejudice or, at minimum, grant “meaningful relief in the form of at least 10-for-1 sentencing credit for the 258 days PFC Manning inappropriately spent in the equivalent of solitary confinement.” Continue reading...
by Kevin Gosztola
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against an Islamic charity that claimed it was the target of warrantless wiretapping by the National Security Agency when the Bush administration was in power. The ruling overturned the awarding of damages and attorneys’ fees to the charity, and found the government is immune to claims of warrantless wiretapping.
The now-defunct charity, the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, was investigated by the FBI in 2004 as the agency sought to determine whether it was a “terrorist organization.” In the process, the FBI engaged in warrantless wiretapping and listened in to telephone conversations the agency did not have a Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court order to authorize electronic surveillance. This eventually led to the FBI allegations that the charity was tied to Osama bin Laden. Continue reading...
by Andy Worthington
Ten years and seven months after the Bush administration’s “war on terror” prison opened at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, it is less clear than it was under George W. Bush that the prison is a moral, legal and ethical abomination, a place where men bought for bounty payments are held, and men picked up on the basis of deeply flawed intelligence, and others labeled as terrorists when they were nothing more than soldiers fighting with the Taliban against the Northern Alliance in an inter-Muslim civil war that had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks or any other acts of international terrorism. Continue reading...