Funds Urgently Needed NOW to Publish Anti-NDAA Statement
If you haven’t donated already, your contribution is needed now to publish the ad for the “Call to Stand Together to Oppose the Obama Administration’s Assault on Fundamental Rights.” $4,000 is needed by this Thursday to secure a full-page ad (the entire back cover) in The Nation. The ad would appear at the end of October.
Publishing the Call now is crucial. Far too few understand that the NDAA is an assault on basic rights or that it’s now in full effect! The ad is crucial in reaching many more people to sound the alarm and affirm the principle that we must stand together in resisting repression.
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Dennis Loo writes: As Rebecca Solnit put it in admonishing the Left to support Obama’s re-election: Obama may be killing innocent children abroad, but that’s not new for American presidents (!!), and Obama at least is promoting health care in ways that Mitt Romney wouldn’t.
In other words, even if the Democrats and the Republicans are not distinguishable in terms of foreign policy, at least with the Democrats you get more humane domestic policies.These supposed differences in domestic policies between the two parties are taken for granted as conventional wisdom, but upon closer examination a very different picture emerges.
Continue reading: Who is Barack Obama Really? An Examination of Obama’s Domestic Policies
Protesting Obama's Wars this Past Weekend
From the speech by Stephanie Tang for the San Francisco rally against the war in Afghanistan:
Yesterday I was at a high school with a young army vet on the We Are Not Your Soldiers Tour. We spoke in 3 classes, telling the students the truth about America’s wars.
These students were between 4 and 6 years old the day the U.S. attacked Afghanistan. Now they see military recruiters prowling their campuses because the empire needs them to fight, kill, and die for it. I am outraged - Are you?
We here know the story of these 11 years. How Bush launched illegal illegitimate war in Iraq/Afghanistan. How Obama’s expanded those wars into 3 more countries.
In Pakistan, 45 drone bombings during the entire Bush Regime. During Obama’s first year alone he sent 51 – and he’s now up to 284 in Pakistan alone.
Afghan casualties are higher now than at any other time since the invasion. Special Forces, military operations that terrorize those they don’t kill, night raids, the ongoing use of torture, and mythology spun by the mass media to make the public think all this is OK.
Obama himself has declared this will continue for at least another ten years. This is happening in our names. Are you for this or against it?
News coverage from San Francisco, where activists have been conducting We Are Not Your Soldiers presentations in schools, protested the war this past weekend, and interacted with thousands of Obama supporters lined up for a fundraiser on Monday:
Protesters gather in Civic Center Plaza for Obama fundraiser (KTVU)
Obama pursues base, bucks in California (SFGate)
Evening News (Pacifica Radio)
Protesters Gather Outside Obama Fundraiser (SF Appeal)
Photos from Times Square NYC, where we gathered with a replica drone, shoes symbolizing the countless civilians being killed, and chalk for passersby to contribute their messages:
In Chicago, protesters had a die-in in Tribune Plaza amidst the crowds downtown for the marathon. They then marched on Obama's campaign HQ where they chanted "Obama, Romney, all the same, no more war crimes in our name!"
Meanwhile, in Pakistan, anti-war activists from the U.S. joined a march of thousands against US drones in the tribal areas, drawing further attention to this hidden—and bipartisan—terror inflicted on the people of the region. Read Kevin Gosztola's report, Peace March Against Drones in Pakistan Ends with Rally After Convoy Stopped by Army:
To show solidarity with the people of Waziristan in Pakistan, who have experienced and been victims of US drone strikes, thousands of Pakistanis marched in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan led the march. Thirty-one American peace activists affiliated with CODEPINK participated in the march as well.
The motorcade, which left Islamabad on October 6, took a route that ended in Dera Ismail Khan (DIK) on the first day. There was a rally in DIK at the end of this phase of the march. Then, on October 7, the motorcade continued onward and passed through Tank, a city nearby Waziristan, where tens of thousands of people met the march as it arrived.
As Barack Obama and Mitt Romney debate foreign policy at Hofstra University, we will be outside with Reaper drone replicas. More information: 866-973-4463. Also sponsored by KnowDrones.com
More Protest in Upstate New York:
Read the press release from Upstate Drone Action about their recent action at the Hancock Air Base.
Join the conference call with Gregory Koger
On the phone Thursday October 11
10pm Eastern / 7pm Pacific
Gregory Koger, activist and videographer from Chicago will join us for a special conversation on his case, his activism as a former prisoner struggling against all forms of injustice, and the "criminal justice" system which has cruelly persecuted him for years now. Find out more about his conviction and add your support to a statement which will be delivered to Cook County officials very soon. We look forward to hearing directly from this dedicated and principled human being, who has said,
"...outrages happened in a political prosecution in my case, but they happen on a daily basis to millions of people herded through the courts into the United States’ historically unprecedented system of mass incarceration. Our struggle to defeat these charges has been a small part of the broader struggle against this oppressive system that inflicts monumental suffering on the people, here and around the world."
Debra Sweet, Director, The World Can't Wait
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