War is not Peace. Ask the victims.

If we continue expanding unprovoked wars of aggression, before 2030 we will be in full retreat while rising seas flood nuclear reactors and our coastal cities.

hillarynutI am flabbergasted that otherwise intelligent progressives are willing to pretend Hilary Clinton is not a corporate shill and war-monger.

 

obama_yes_we_can_murderReasons why Hillary Clinton won’t be good for women… or anyone else. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise why Hillary Clinton’s hawkish foreign policy might be a problem when it comes to women’s rights. Unless you believe that the lives of women elsewhere don’t matter…”

 
 
…Clinton has been much more than a bit player in the Syrian crisis. Her diplomat Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi was killed as he was running a CIA operation to ship Libyan heavy weapons to Syria. queen hillaryClinton herself took the lead role in organizing the so-called “Friends of Syria” to back the CIA-led insurgency.
 
 
In a climate in which war-weary Americans are making their opposition to U.S. intervention and war profiteering heard, Clinton, who served in the U.S. Senate from 2001 to 2009 and as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, has supported every major recent U.S. war and intervention.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton . (AP Photo/ Alexander Zemlianichenko)

a look at her record: https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/the-skinny-on-hillary/

 
Hillary: The Amoral Laughing Ghoul: Hillary has spent trillions, killing millions for billionaires who support her.
 
Facts remain. If we keep pretending… this will end the American experiment.
 
If we continue expanding unprovoked wars of aggression, before 2030 we will be in full retreat while rising seas flood nuclear reactors and our coastal cities.
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And we will be wishing we had not spend trillions killing millions for billionaires invested in munitions, drones and murder.
 
About Hillary
scaryclintonHillary’s crimes cannot be erased…
“In March 2011, Clinton supported the NATO attacks on Libya to aid rebels in their attempts to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi, which … led to Libya becoming the failed state that it is today.”
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks on as she speaks during a town hall meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks on as she speaks during a town hall meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada August 18, 2015. REUTERS/David Becker – RTX1OPKY

Hillary Clinton is a war hawk. Is this what we need?

Hillary Clinton advocates American aggression against nations whose people have not attacked us.
She supports CIA destabilization tactics, unprovoked attacks, invasions, illegal wars, occupations, exploitation and overt imperialism
Neither Hillary nor Trump will do.
We cannot continue unprovoked American aggression for profit.
hillaryhawkWhen asked about moral scruples, Hillary the hawk’s response was:
“What difference, at this point, does it make?”
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
― Aldous Huxley
Donnie and Hillary may have royal ambitions, but they are not presidential material. And we do not need a king or queen.
https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/trump-or-clinton-will-sink-all-ships/



May Day! Resist!

PORTLAND MAY DAY CELEBRATION & RALLY 2017

 

http://www.theportlandalliance.org/mayday 
The Portland Alliance


The May Day 2017 poster is here, and it’s hotfire. Thank you to our comrades at PortlandCHRP – Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines and Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project for their help creating this amazing artwork.

Please share and on May 1st rise up against capitalism, rise up for international solidarity, rise up for all workers worldwide!#WorkersUnite #MayDayPDX

http://www.theportlandalliance.org/mayday 
The Portland Alliance


Rise Up, Resist, Unite: May 1st, 2017

Shemanski Park: 1010 SW Park Ave. Portland, OR

Gather at 12 PM, Rally at 2 PM, March at 3 PM

March Logistics

The march route:

We’ll be beginning and ending the march at Shemanski Park. Marchers will line up around the perimeter of the park at the start of the march in their contingents with specific contingents at the front and back of the march:

  • At the front of the march (don’t pass these folks!):
  • May Day Coalition Banner
  • Youth & Family Zone Contingent
  • Glitter Bloc (disability contingent for self-identified disabled folks)
  • Anti-colonial and anti-imperialist contingent – PCHRP, Anakbayan, Gabriela Portland, AAPRP Oregon, Brown Berets, Voz Workers Rights Education Project
  • In the middle of the march (find your place here!):
  • Labor unions and community groups
  • At the back of the march (this is the end of the march, don’t fall behind these folks):
  • SURJ
  • Anarchist Student Union

Rally and March Safety

  • Look for the yellow balloons! Official coalition march marshalls will be wearing yellow balloons. These folks will be guiding the march and making sure we’re all headed the same way on the same route.
  • Peacekeeping & de-escalation team. These folks are here to keep the march and rally focused and safe by de-escalating potentially dangerous situations. They are not police and they will not be making arrests or working with police. If you need assistance, yell out “peacekeeper!” to find one near you.
  • Legal observers: look for [NLG] green hats. These folks are here to observe the police and ensure that any potential violations of our first amendment rights to gather are documented. They are not here to observe or document the activities of marchers.
  • For jail support this hotline will be active: (503) 902-5340
  • Street Medics: look for folks marked up with red tape.  The Rosehip Medic Collective and Portland Action Medics will be sending street medics to support folks during the day’s events.  If you or a comrade near you is injured, call loudly for a medic (yell out “Medic!”).

Accessibility & Facilities Info

  • Self-identified disabled folks to the front of the rally and march.
  • Rally Accessibility
  • ADA accessible porta-potties
  • Free snacks and water will be provided at the main coalition table and at community org tables at Shemanski Park.
  • ASL and Spanish language interpreters will be next to the stage
  • Designated area in front of the stage for self-identified disabled folks which will including seating and wheelchair space. We ask that folks who make use of this area take care to be scent-free – no strong smelling lotion or perfume, etc.
  • March Accessibility
  • Glitter Bloc for self-identified disabled folks will be at the front of the march. The Glitter Bloc will contain it’s own designated medics, legal observers, and de-escalators.
  • Abled buddies and support folks are welcome in the Glitter Bloc
  • There were also be a resting trailer with seating at the rear of the march for folks who need walking breaks.
  • RIdes back to Shemanski Park are available at the end of the march. Flag down a peacekeeper (yell out “peacekeeper!”) or talk to a marshall (look for the yellow balloons).

Youth & Family Info

  • You can find an autonomous space for youth and families at the SW corner of Shemanski Park
  • Youth (younger AND older) will be encouraged to voice, develop, and seed their hopes for what the world should be, could be, can be–in their own words.
  • Will feature sign-making as well as a special area to construct home-made noisemakers
  • There will also be face and finger paints and bubbles
  • The Youth & Family Zone contingent will lead the march.
  • For more information, see the Revolutionary Youth & Family Zone facebook event.

Day of Updates

  • Social Media:
  • Use and follow the hashtags: #MayDayPDX, #MayDay, #MayDayStrike
  • For official coalition communications:
  • Tag @MayDayPDX in your May Day facebook posts! Mention @mayday_pdx on Twitter! At the end of the big day email us your photos, video, and social media posts to maydaypdx@gmail.com so we can compile all the visuals from the day into one big post.

Coalition Info

Bette Lee I’ll remember this Mayday for its intensity—our intense emotions of grief and outrage at the recent killing of Freddie Gray, another young black man by the police, demands for justice, our outcry for the police killings of people to stop, and our resistance. Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, Justice Matters, Resistance is the only action that matters!

Portland IWW

Bette Lee I’ll remember this Mayday for its intensity—our intense emotions of grief and outrage at the recent killing of Freddie Gray, another young black man by the police, demands for justice, our outcry for the police killings of people to stop, and our resistance. Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, Justice Matters, Resistance is the only action that matters!

http://www.theportlandalliance.org/mayday 
The Portland Alliance

The 2016 Portland May Day Coalition working on planning this year’s Portland May Day celebration and rally are as follows. It’s not too late to join us in planning – contact us!
Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project
All African People’s Revolutionary Party – Portland, Oregon
PortlandCHRP – Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
GABRIELA Portland
Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice
Working Families Party
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

Portland IWW

Bette Lee I’ll remember this Mayday for its intensity—our intense emotions of grief and outrage at the recent killing of Freddie Gray, another young black man by the police, demands for justice, our outcry for the police killings of people to stop, and our resistance. Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, Justice Matters, Resistance is the only action that matters!

The minute we stand up, we are unstoppable. It’s time to forget the lesser evil and fight for the greater good.”…


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Victories of the Heart and Mind

“Bernie the Bomber, Hillary the Hawk, Donald the Dingbat, and Jeb the Bush… offer no plan, vision or useful ideas for this nation. All four are conservatives and have records which prove this. Truth-telling is not an attack, it is a political necessity, tactical priority and the base for any change which may occur.”

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Langston Hughes

I was born in 1951 and my older sister taught me to read when I was very young. I have always been more attuned to changes taking place through reading and music and the creative arts. Newspapers, radio, television, movies and mass media are generally not good measures of change… because they are illusions. The most significant changes which have taken place in this nation and in others come from a variety of sources and efforts.

The statement that politicans “cannot or do not change the nation” is an interesting philosophy, but simply not true. History speaks volumes. In terms of real power and actual priorities, no leader on the planet has as much effect on our daily lives as the president of the United States. It is easy to say this is false, but history is a witness. Organizing , educating and agitating are the sources of real change… sometimes that change is the leader of the nation, other times it is attitudes, opinions, actions and making better choices.

 

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Willie Dixon

Bernie Sanders is a phony. He has a real record in the congressional record. Regardless of what he says, we know what he does. He votes to support American and Israeli aggression. He also votes for reductions in civil liberties, dozens of unnecessary wars of choice and is a proactive supporter of military profiteering costing trillions and killing millions.

In spite of Sanders’ famous bad temper, he can be charismatic and talks a good game about economic change and equity, but that is not how he votes. He votes like a tired old conservative who believes that wars for profit are a reasonable and necessary part of our economic base. And he is dead wrong. If Bernie were president, we would suffer because of his “leadership” because he only intends to become another war-tender.  And the  Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama agenda of violent aggression for corporate profit would continue unabated.


Bernie the Bomber, Hillary the Hawk, Donald the Dingbat, and Jeb the Bush… offer no plan, vision or useful ideas for this nation. All four have records which identify them as conservatives. Truth-telling is not an attack, it is a political necessity, tactical priority and the base for any change which may occur. Speaking the truth is powerful and necessary today.

Pretense and illusions are how we have arrived at this precipice. It is why we are where we are. False hope and pretensions about change took james_baldwin_550pxus from 4 wars of choice to 27 wars of choice, bombing 7 nations who did not attack us and sending hundreds of drones… each killing an average of 50 innocents abroad while we murder prisoners and allow militarized police and the president to kill at will at home, without accountability, honor or moral compunction. No charges, no trial, no due process at all, just murder referred to as “justice.”

This is not a slippery slope, we have arrived. A consortium
of politicians, profiteers and corporate-raiders run the nation…spending trillions and murdering millions for the corporate bottom line. As long as we allow this to continue, we cannot rebuild infrastructure, provide universal heathcare, secure the peace or build a future for our children, families and communities.

The cure is courage. Fear-mongering is an excuse, not a reason. If we want real change next November and beyond, we must continue our struggle with words, ideas, music and arts… and these political and human struggles must occur in the streets, in marches, at rallies and during revolutionary acts in our homes, lives, and in the voting booth.

 

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Riley B. “B.B. King”

“Settling” for lesser evils is a real bad idea. Especially when we have been presented with a greater good which remains within our grasp. We can bring a Green revolution of ideas, principles and actions into the streets, to the White House, into congress and allow this to sweep across the nation and turn the ship of state. Wars for profit are not sustainable and as long as Bernie, Hillary, Donald and Jeb continue flogging that dead horse… we are dead in the water.

The Millionaire’s Glee Club must not prevail.

But change is in our hands. Dr. Jill Stein does not offer plattitudes or empty promises.
She understands the issues and delivers real and attainable answers. The only way we
can move from exporting terror, munitons and war to the export of knowledge, technology and peace… is to face facts and stop pretending.

And victory is within our grasp.

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There are two ongoing lawsuits which could change this nation. When the League of women voters ran the critical discussion of our national debates, we were able to hear everyone and discuss real issues. Since a biased private corporation took over the show, we hear only what they want us to hear and talk about little or nothing which is vital to our lives and well-being. When these trials are over and Dr. Stein emerges as a part of these debates, we will have three choices next November. We can choose wars for profit with Republicans who boast or Democrats who lie about rank treason. Or we can have brilliance, revolution and truth which can prevail. If we find the courage to vote our values instead of surrendering the game, we will not have to compromise our principals or suffer though eight more years of tragedy.

 

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Huey Newton

If the 40 million students whose debt will be erased, and the 31 million Americans who will receive universal nonprofit healthcare, and the untold millions of Americans who can profit from ending 27 corporate wars, regulating the banksters and rebuilding the nation… can join together in an act of mass civil disobedience, we can take back the nation and begin building foundations for a world no longer at war to feed cons, profiteers and criminals. Surrender is not a tactic.

The struggle continues and we must organize, educate and agitate for real and effective social justice and human victories of the heart. We do not have to take it anymore. We can refuse by finding the courage to stand firm. We have only yet begun the fight.  We must serve the greater good by standing up and fighting back… instead of surrendering to the same avoidable disasters we have suffered for 36 long and bloody years.

in peace with justice,
Tim Flanagan

pearl“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.

Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
― Arundhati Roy, War Talk

https://thewordsmithcollection.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/revolution-and-liberation/

“People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take…”

PROTEST FRASHOUR’S REINSTATEMENT

PROTEST OFFICER FRASHOUR’S REINSTATEMENT
Justice For Aaron Campbell
Thursday, Dec. 31, 11:30 AM, Portland City Hall, SW 4th and Madison

PICKET LINE / NEWS CONFERENCE TO PROTEST OFFICER FRASHOUR’S REINSTATEMENT
Justice For Aaron Campbell
Thursday, Dec. 31, 11:30 AM, Portland City Hall, SW 4th and Madison

bc1Thursday December 31, the Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA) Coalition for Justice and Police Reform will hold a picket line and news conference to protest the Oregon Court of Appeals’ ruling that the City must reinstate Officer Ron Frashour to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). Frashour shot the unarmed Aaron Campbell in the back in January, 2010 and was fired later that year. The action will take place at 11:30 AM on the 4th Avenue side of City Hall, between Madison and Jefferson Sts. The Coalition demands that Frashour be assigned to a job or shift at the Bureau that requires the least contact with the public as possible, because of the potential that he may do harm to community members.


poem-truth-casino-inconvenient-truth2Editors note: Frashour was in direct violation of state and federal laws as well as the guidelines delineated in the PDX Police Bureau Manuel of Policy and Procedure.  He is a criminal and should be fired, charged with manslaughter, and never again be allowed to serve.
~Tim Flanagan


There has been a history of officers with problems being assigned to desk jobs and other areas of the Bureau to minimize their interactions with the public.

fightbackThe Coalition protested the Arbitrator’s decision in April, 2012, and applauded the City’s decision to file an appeal, asserting their right to make such personnel decisions.

The reinstatement of Frashour continues a long line of arbitration overturning firings of officers who wrongfully use deadly force, or otherwise take actions often targeted at communities of color.

–Officer Scott McCollister, who was suspended for six months after shooting and killing African American Kendra James in 2003, was reinstated with back pay;

–Officer Douglas Erickson, who shot and wounded African American Gerald Gratton in the back in 1993, was reinstated;

Aaron-Campbell-Dad–Officers Richard Montee and Paul Wickersham, fired for selling T-Shirts reading “Don’t Choke ‘Em, Smoke ‘Em” after an officer choked African American security guard Lloyd “Tony” Stevenson in 1985, were reinstated;

–Officers Craig Ward and Jim Galloway, fired for tossing dead opossums on the porch of a black-owned business in 1981, were reinstated;
and

resist–In one case where the victim, Dennis Young, was white, Lt. Jeffrey Kaer was reinstated after being fired for shooting and killing Young in 2006.

The apparent racial bias of the arbitration system comes in the midst of a national debate on racial profiling, sparked by the shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida. Like Keaton Otis, an African American man shot and killed by Portland Police less than four months after Campbell, Martin was deemed suspicious for wearing a hoodie. Other cases that have prompted protests have included those of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, Eric Garner in New York, Tamir Rice in Ohio, the death in custody of Sandra Bland in Texas, and too many others to count.

For more information visit the AMA Coalition website at

http://www.albinaministerialcoalition.org .

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Tuesday, January 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM 

Location

NE 6th and Halsey Portland, Oregon

Event Information:

https://thewordsmithcollection.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/keatonotisvigil/



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Big minimum-wage hikes not new

Cox is right to point out the need for rent control. However, experience has shown that we can’t depend on our legislators by themselves for anything adequate towards affordable housing or minimum wage. It will take a movement to effectively counter corporate interests and opposition to any humane housing policy or decent minimum wage increase that takes away from their profits.

Big minimum-wage hikes are nothing new in Oregon (OPINION)

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Activists pushing for a $15-an-hour minimum wage attend a Senate hearing Nov. 16 at the Capitol in Salem.
(Picture: Ian Kullgren/Staff)

on December 18, 2015
at 3:10 PM

from The Oregonian

By Mark Vorpahl

The headline of Garrison Cox’s Nov. 28 guest column may proclaim “‘Fight for Fifteen’ movement has its math wrong”, but his incomplete research and unsubstantiated conclusions fail to add up.

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For instance, the article claims “…there is no research that recommends a $15 minimum wage.” What about economic research heavyweights like former Labor Secretary Robert Reich’s article “Why the minimum wage should really be raised to $15 an hour,” or the Oregon Center for Public Policy’s “$15 minimum wage means real gains for workers“?

Unfortunately, it seems Cox slacked off with his homework by ignoring Oregon’s own history of large minimum wage hikes. Otherwise his worries about $15 being too “drastic” would likely be calmed.

From 1972-1976 Oregon’s minimum wage increased 84 percent over four years, an average of 21 percent each year. From 1989-1991 it increased 42 percent over two years, again a 21 percent average annual increase. Oregon’s economy and small businesses did well after each substantial raise.

Minimum wageThe proposed increase to $15 phases in over three years, with an average annual increase of 20.6 percent. We are hardly wandering into unexplored territory. Hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers benefited from those proportionally larger minimum wage increases, and the corporate economists’ dire warnings and predictions came to nothing. There is no reason to expect a different outcome this time, despite Cox’s warnings.

The notion that Cox attributes to 15 Now PDX that “workers should not live in poverty if they work full-time” was actually the intent of the first federal minimum wage law. F.D.R. said: “No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country,” and, “By living wages, I mean more than a bare subsistence level — I mean the wages of a decent living.”

fightbackA $15 minimum wage is barely, if even, enough to provide Oregonians a decent living, according to MIT, Alliance for a Just Society, National Low Income Housing Coalition and others. It would help 740,000 Oregonians who currently make under $15 to rise above “a bare subsistence level.”

Cox is right to point out the need for rent control. However, experience has shown that we can’t depend on our legislators by themselves for anything adequate towards affordable housing or minimum wage. It will take a movement to effectively counter corporate interests and opposition to any humane housing policy or decent minimum wage increase that takes away from their profits.
Edvard Munch-886497A movement like this is developing in Oregon demanding a $15 minimum wage. If Cox is serious about his support for rent control, he should consider that winning $15 will not only help people afford rent more easily, but the developing movement for $15 also creates opportunities to win other demands such as a housing policy that really benefits our working class communities. Cox should consider what is needed to build unity and win support for rent control, rather than falling into an ill-considered approach of dividing the grassroots.

mvMARK VORPAHL

Mark Vorpahl is an union steward, social justice activist, and writer for Workers’ Action – www.workerscompass.org.  Mark is a member of the 15 Now PDX Steering Committee and can be reached at:  Portland@workerscompass.org

or on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/mark.vorpahl.7

is a member of the 15 Now PDX steering committee

 

More  of Mark Vorpahls’ writing:  http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/vorpahl

Manufacturing Consent: … or why Chomsky endorses voting

– the other 80% of the population — are marginalized, diverted from political awareness and participation in self-governing, and reduced to apathy so they don’t vote or take charge

noam-chomsky-2014-22realism-national-interest-and-the-israel-lobby22_converted_scruberthumbnail_4“Chomsky’s concept of NECESSARY ILLUSIONS is linked to power elites dominating how life happens, with part of the population — about 20% who make up the political class and are expected to participate as cultural managers in a limited fashion — are indoctrinated, and most people — the other 80% of the population — are marginalized, diverted from political awareness and participation in self-governing, and reduced to apathy so they don’t vote or take charge. Media are a tool of society’s power elites and owned and controlled by them and are used to impose those iIllusions that are Necessary to keep people diverted from the political process.”

http://hope.journ.wwu.edu/tpilgrim/j190/Chomsky.summary.html

no6Regarding Thought Control in a Democratic Society, Chomsky makes these points:

1) Propaganda is to democracy what violence is to a dictatorship.

2) Ordinary people have remarkable creativity.

3) People have a fundamental need for creative work, which is not being met in systems where people are like cogs in a machine.

4) What would make more sense as a way to govern is a form of rationalist-libertarian socialism — not one that increasingly functions without public input. Chomsky advocates a system where a community and its members run things in a democratic fashion and whose people do not function as some sort of wage slaves.

fightback5) People need to be able to detect forms of authority and coercion and challenge those that are not legitimate.

6) The major form of authority that needs challenging is the system of private control over public resources.

7) The First Amendment means that democracy requires free access to ideas and opinions.

8) Democracy in America is not functioning in an ideal sense but more in the sense that Lippmann noted in Public Opinion (where a specialized class of about 20 percent of the people — but who are also a target of progaganda — manages democratic functioning) and, in effect, are under control of a power elite, who more or less own the institutions. The masses of people (80 percent) are marginalized, diverted and controlled by what he calls Necessary Illusions.

cropped-rainy-day-reading.jpg9) Manufacturing consent is related to the understanding that indoctrination is the essence of propaganda. In a “democratic” society indoctrination occurs when the techniques of control of a propaganda model are imposed — which means imposing Necessary Illusions.


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March on Washington: September 22: Resist Militarism at home and abroad!

ANTI-WAR ACTION-WASHINGTON,DC
DATE: 9.22.2015
TIME: All Day
COST: $Free
ORGANIZER: Malachy Kilbride
VENUE: The White House
ADDRESS: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
CITY: Washington, DC


  • United Against Terrorism March on Washington Photo #1UNITED AGAINST TERRORISM MARCH ON WASHINGTON
    September 22, 2015

          Monday   8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Rally starts at The White House –
1600 Pennsylvania Ave

Washington D.C.  Washington, District of Columbia 20500


Tell Coaca5ngress and The President to reverse course and secure peace instead of war in America, Afghanistan, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gaza, Gulf of Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Tunesia, Uganda, Ukraine, West Bank, & Yemen.

27 Wars of Aggression cannot be sustained.
Since taking office, Obama has bombed TEN Sovereign NATIONS, more than any of his predecessors.  None of these nations attacked America. These bombings violate International Treaties, U. S. Civil Law, The War Powers Act and the Constitution.

– Join the March on Washington Monday Sept. 22, 2015cropped-cropped-peace-justice11

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DATE:
9.22.2015
TIME: All Day
COST: $Free
ORGANIZER: Malachy Kilbride
VENUE: The White House
ADDRESS: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
CITY: Washington, DC

SOWING THE SEEDS OF HOPE: From Congress to the White House

For our planet, the war-ravaged, and the poor we will sow the seeds of hope for peace.
occupyGuided by conscience, reason, and commitment…  we call upon people of good will to come to Washington, DC on Tuesday September 22, 2015 to actively participate in a witness of nonviolent civil-resistance calling on Congress and the White House to take meaningful action as we confront the climate crisis, unending wars, poverty, homelessness, police getting away with murder and the structural violence of a military-security state.  We ared now at war in 27 nations, habeaus corpus is suspended at home and we send drones to kill an average of 50 innocents per strike.  We kill prisoners at home and have bombed mrore than 7 nations who have not attacked us. Congress has ignored violations of the War Powers Act.  There will be an occupation of a Congressional office, followed by direct action at the White House.

Come together to save Mother Earth!

joy2The Pentagon is the biggest consumer of fossil fuels. Unnecessary wars are being fought for oil and profiteering. These avoidable conflicts will continue to be waged to secure precious resources in years to come. Wars destroy populations and habitat, assault the environment, and exascerbate deteriorating environmental conditions.  The use of depleted uranium, chemical weapons and toxins are part of the Pentagon’s arsenal. Pesticides are another disastrous example of the mistreatment of the environment. Drug wars and Plan Colombia have had catastrophic impacts on people and planet Earth. Too many weapons of mass destruction entirely threaten life on the planet. All nuclear weapons and the plans for their use must be abolished.

stopviolenceEnd corporate wars!

The United States has been in a perpetual state of war for decades. Democratically-elected governments have been overthrown in violation of international law. It is not sustainable for the US to continue waging war. The US is conducting an illegal and immoral drone program that has killed and maimed thousands of innocent victims.  The US military footprint is in evidence at hundreds upon hundreds of military bases abroad including new and expanding bases on South Korea’s Jeju Island and in Okinawa, Japan.

The US must cease its hostile rhetoric and sanctions against North Korea, Russia, and Iran. Furthermore, the US onemorethingshould seek a diplomatic solution to the civil war in Syria, disband NATO, and end the increasing military presence in Southeast Asia commonly referred to as the “Asian Pivot” which works against peaceful relations with China. We must end all military aid to Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the other countries in the Middle East. A new approach must be taken by the Obama Administration to free the Palestinians from over half a century of violent Israeli oppression. Diplomacy is the only answer to stop perpetuating the cycle of violence. Violence and war are not the answers to conflict, as history has shown that only human misery results.

End poverty by using money for jobs, education, infrastructure, and the poor!
It is not sustainable and or even moral to continue to spend trillions of dollars to prop up this economic system dependent on the war profiteers and fossil fuel industries. We call upon our government to withdraw support for the wealthy financial corporate elites who profit at the expense of the poor. Such inequality threatens our planet. We must create an economic system that supports working people and the poor by reorienting our economy to supporting human needs over the profits of a tiny minority of people. The Pentagon budget must be cut and resources directed to a universal healthcare system, renewable energy, free education and trades programs, and the creation of a jobs program to rebuild the infrastructure of this country. We have enough resources to eliminate hunger and homelessness and this must be done.

enhanced-buzz-26394-1375369390-23End structural violence!
We call upon our leaders to listen to and take action on behalf of Native Americans and people of African descent who have suffered grave injustices for centuries through many forms of institutional and structural violence. We call for an end to mass incarceration and solitary confinement in all prisons and jails, closing the detention centers for undocumented immigrants, shutting down the Guantanamo prison and immediately releasing prisoners who’ve been cleared for release, closing the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation “School of the Assasins”, and ending the militarization of our local police. Black lives matter, Palestinian lives matter and we cannot continue to allow these policies of exclusion and repression.

Organized by National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) as part of Campaign Nonviolence week of actions.  For more information contact malachykilbride at gmail.com, mobuszewski at Verizon.net, or joyfirst5 at gmail.com.  Find updates on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Campaign-for-Nonviolent-Resistance-NCNR/184398124955311 .    

 “TELL CONGRESS STOP ARMING TERRORISTS” BY SIGNING AND SHARING PETITION: https://www.change.org/petitions/president-of-the-united-states-us-senate-us-congress-help-the-syrian-people-uproot-terrorism-from-their-country …


 Taking Action Against War In Washington, DC This September 22nd, 2015

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