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RALLY BEGINS @ 3PM @ CHICAGO & FRANKLIN
On Sunday, February 4, Minneapolis will host the Super Bowl. The City will spend millions to beef up the police force and clear homeless people out of downtown, in a shameful effort to whitewash Minneapolis and ignore real problems of injustice and exploitation. We invite you shine a light on this lie, and help us greet the spectacle of the Super Bowl with acts of protest and resistance!
Why is it that a corporation such as the NFL gets what it asks for in unnecessary freebies from our city and our pockets, and we as people get pushback and lies in every single case of police brutality? This question should not even have to be raised in a civil society. The deafening silence from the so called “leaders” of these beautiful Twin Cities we call home means these leaders are complicit in these wrongs — and choosing silence is the wrong choice.
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Veterans For Peace recently returned from their third delegation to Okinawa in December 2017. Two new U.S. military bases are being constructed and the people of Okinawa have been protesting these base plans for over ten years on a daily basis. VFP stands in solidarity with the indigenous people of Okinawa against U.S. military intervention and Japanese authoritarianism.
Members of the VFP delegation to Okinawa were Miho Aida, Mike Hanes, Bruce Gagnon, Russell Wray, Will Griffin, Nyamekye Anderson (Enya), Adrienne Kinney, Pete Doktor, Ellen Davidson, Ken Mayers, Monisha Rios, Alice Newberry, Tarak Kauff, Miles Megaciph and Hanayo Oya （大矢英代）(See the delegation bios)
Check out some of videos that members of the delegation have been busy working on!
VFP Board of Directors member Adrienne Kinne speaking outside Kadena Air Base in Okinawa. The local community has been demanding the closure of Kadena Air Base, an airfield that constantly disrupts daily life on the island. Military aircraft are conducting missions all throughout the day and night.
Source: Veterans for Peace Weekly E-News January 5, 2018
“People are hip to faux solutions and incrementalism and are not buying it. They want Medicare for All—and they want it now.”
Advocates for ‘Medicare for All’ and the state-level single payer bill, SB562, marched in the immediate wake of the Rose Parade in Pasadena on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Photo: Keith Durflinger, Pasadena Star News/SCNG)
In the immediate wake of Monday’s Rose Parade—which takes place annually on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California—hundreds of residents and advocates took over the parade route with a march of their own as they called for ‘Medicare for All’ and demanded passage of a bill currently stalled in the state legislature that would provide every Californian with healthcare coverage.
“People should pay attention to California because it is the example, the model, the bellwether, for what is possible and as California has set the trend for the rest of the country on a myriad of other important issues, it is and will set the trend on guaranteed, single-payer healthcare for all.” —RoseAnn DeMoro, CNA/NNUThose who marched, reports the Pasadena Star-News, waved large banners reading “Medicare for all” and “Public health not corporate wealth” as they sang songs, danced along the streets, and emphasized to onlookers the need for a universal healthcare system that excludes nobody.
“What we’re saying is health care for all, rich, poor, and no matter what race you are,” Sam Schwiner, a local resident and one of the marchers, told the newspaper.
“SB… 5… 6… 2!” chanted members of the parade. “It’s good for me! It’s good for you!”
“A place where people can gather and express their opinions, protest, mourn, or celebrate.”
“We’re trying to create a great urban transit center and a place where people can gather and express their opinions, protest, mourn, or celebrate,” said Andrea Aiello. Aiello is the president of Friends of Harvey Milk, a community group that helped organize the international competition to redesign Harvey Milk Plaza. The Friends also helped gauge community support before selecting the winning design by local architecture firm Perkins Eastman. Aiello added that the new square would be a place “where people can come, learn, and be in the place where [Harvey Milk] stood as he spread his message of hope and inclusion.”
This move to encourage public assembly is in contrast to a trend where state and local governments—through militarized law enforcement and legislation—have stifled civil protests in recent years. In fact, in July 2016, U.N. Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai conducted an official trip to the United States and released a report the following year detailing an “increasingly hostile legal environment for peaceful protesters in some states.”
Petition to Ban Nuclear Weapons!
Petitions bearing more than 8,000 Minnesotans’ signatures demanding that the U.S. sign and ratify the International Treaty of Ban Nuclear Weapons were presented by the WAMM End War Committee to Minnesota congressional offices in October. The map represents all the towns and cities in Minnesota where residents signed the petition. The campaign will continue in conjunction with Veterans for Peace Minnesota Chapter 27 in Spring/Summer 2018 as they take their Peace Bus around the state.
Thousands in Asia Pacific Demand No War!
In spite of government bans during Trump’s Asia tour in November, thousands in South Korea and the Philippines protested demanding no war threats, THAAD missile systems, U.S. militarization and domination.
Out on the Street: Out of Afghanistan and Everywhere
Resistance was strong on the 16th anniversary of the U.S. war on Afghanistan. At least 34 protests took place in cities and towns across the United States.
ICAN Receives Peace Prize
The Nobel Peace Prize, true to its origins, was awarded the International Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons. Women Against Military Madness is one of 25 U.S. partners.
Garrisoning the Globe Not Worth the Money
The Rand Corporation, out of which mutually insured destruction and other war innovations have come, researched the economic value of U.S. troops overseas and discovered that there was “strong evidence that the economic value of those overseas commitments likely exceeds their costs by billions of dollars each year.” See Rand.org “Estimating the Value of Overseas Commitments.”
California is a Sanctuary State
State law enforcement officials are barred from asking about a detainee’s immigration status and complying with ICE agents enforcing federal immigration law. California is now a sanctuary for illegal immigrants.
Venezuela for Venezuelans
Even Reuters reported: “There’s much to suggest the distribution of funds to opposition groups via organizations such as the National Endowment for Democracy has continued…” And yet governorships were won in 18 of 23 regional elections in Venezuela, soundly thwarting a nationwide coup engineered through election financing and dirty tricks for American, Colombian, and Mexican interests.
New York, NY – On the evening of Dec. 10, approximately 70 activists gathered at the Philippine Consulate on 5th Avenue to protest the regime of President Duterte and to demand an end to its state-sanctioned mass killings.
The rally was held on International Human Rights Day, a time to remember and reinforce the need for democracy and human rights, and to highlight the crimes against the people of the Philippines under the Duterte’s rule.
By Michela Martinazzi |(Fight Back! News/staff) December 12, 2017
“This is more fun than I’ve ever had in my life,” Don Steinke told me when I called him this month. Steinke, a retired science teacher, is a leader in the fight to stop what would be the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal. This month, the state agency in charge of reviewing the application voted unanimously to oppose the terminal — a vote that could spell the end of the project.
First proposed in 2013 by Vancouver Energy, the terminal would have been built along the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington; 360,000 barrels of oil a day were to be brought by rail and then loaded on ships for transport to West Coast refineries. But the project quickly ran into local opposition.
The power of local organizing to stop this project got my attention. The opposition is fueled both by local impacts on water and air, and by the fact that building new oil-transport infrastructure is a terrible idea at a time when we must phase out the use of fossil fuel if we are to avert climate catastrophe.
By Sarah van Gelder YES! Magazine | Truthout News Analysis December 11, 2017
As part of his ongoing struggle against fracking, Cromwell was back in court this week observing a hearing regarding the fate of the controversial Competitive Power Ventures power plant in Orange County, N.Y.
The decision not to carry a passenger was made on a ‘case-by-case decision’, says Lufthansa spokesman Michael Lamberty.
By Jon Sharman The Independent December 5, 2017
Outraged demonstrators arrested outside of Republican lawmakers’ offices as House and Senate prepare #GOPTaxScam for conference committee. Opponents of the Republican tax plan moving through Congress showed they were not backing down on Tuesday as hundreds of protesters chanted “Kill the bill!” and “Tax the rich, not the sick!” as they assembled outside the offices of GOP lawmakers. While numerous arrests were made in the crowded hallways, the demonstrators made it clear that the fight to defeat the bill is not over yet. Demonstrators targeted Reps. Ryan Costello (R-Penn.), Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), and other Republicans who voted for the tax plan, visiting their offices and telling staffers how they would be impacted by the law. Both Costello and Comstock are up for re-election in 2018. Capitol Police began arresting protesters at about 2:30pmoutside Costello’s office, with chants of “Kill the bill, Costello!” continuing as people were led away i n handcuffs. -more-
By Julia Conley Common Dreams P0pular Resistance December 7, 2017
By Sameth Nhean
We deserve to have equal rights, to be treated with dignity. But as refugees, we aren’t.
Nearly a year ago, I walked into what I thought was a routine check-in with immigration. My wife and children came with me (we were going to go to the Minnesota State Fair afterwards). But when two Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents came and took me aside, I knew what was next. My wife and my kids stared at me through the glass, speechless. No words, just tears. I looked back at them, just as hopeless as they were.
I would not return home to them for another 346 days.
I was born in a refugee camp in Thailand after my family fled Cambodia. My family came to the U.S. when I was just three-years-old and this country is the only home I’ve ever known. We came here with next to nothing—we started in poverty. It was hard, but that’s why we immigrated. For the American dream.
By Sameth Nhean ACLU Minnesota August 10, 2017
– Being stuck without access to the internet is often thought of as a problem only for rural America. But even in some of America’s biggest cities, a significant portion of the population can’t get online. Take Detroit, where 40 percent of the population has no access to the internet—of any kind, not only high speed—at home, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Seventy percent of school-aged children in the city are among those who have no internet access at home. Detroit has one of the most severe digital divides in the country, the FCC says. “When you kind of think about all the ways the internet affects your life and how 40 percent of people in Detroit don’t have that access you can start to see how Detroit has been stuck in this economic disparity for such a long time,” Diana Nucera, director of the Detroit Community Technology Project, told me at her office. Nucera is part of a growing cohort of Detroiters who have started a grassroots movement to close that gap, by building the internet themselves. It’s a coalition of community members and multiple Detroit nonprofits. They’re starting with three underserved neighborhoods, installing high speed internet that beams shared gigabit connections from an antenna on top of the tallest building on the street, and into the homes of people who have long gone without. They call it the Equitable Internet Initiative. -more-
By Kaleigh Rogers for Motherboard Popular Resistance November 23, 2017
Jacksonville, FL — On Nov. 20, University of North Florida (UNF) students took a stand against white supremacy, the KKK and neo-Nazis on their campus. Students came out at 8:30 a.m. on a cold Florida morning to demand that administration takes a stance against white supremacy on the UNF campus. The event was put on by UNF Students for a Democratic Society (UNF SDS) and others. Approximately 120 progressive student, alumni, faculty and community members gathered in front of Hicks Hall and marched to Alumni Hall where a conduct hearing for a neo-Nazi was being held.
By Ryan McClure Fight Back News November 21, 2017
JVP activists in Philadelphia outside the ADL offices.
Jewish Voice for Peace (incidentally the subject of a 2014 ADL report entitled “Imagine a World Without Hate”) members convened at ADL offices in 15 different U.S. cities, in a coordinated effort to spotlight these “Deadly Exchanges.” The demonstrations mark the inaugural day of action to pressure the ADL — a self-described premier U.S. civil rights organization — to end its support for the state-sanctioned discrimination and repression of communities of color in both the U.S. and Israel.
ADL offices in each city referred activists to the organization’s headquarters in New York where, they said, the more than 20,000 petition signatures would be accepted.
Jesse Rubin Mondoweiss
Resistance is not, fundamentally, political. It is cultural. It is about finding meaning and expression in the transcendent and the incongruities of life.
By Chris Hedges November 7, 2017·Originally published on Truthdig
Hundreds of miles from the nearest oil field or fracking well, the answer to this question is playing out here, as a longrunning David-and-Goliath battle over plans to pipe tar sands oil from Canada to Maine for export nears a pivotal moment. On one side is South Portland, a picturesque waterfront city of 25,000, which approved an ordinance in 2014 to outlaw heavy crude exports from its harbor in an overwhelming City Council vote. On the other is the Portland Pipe Line Corporation, the company behind the project, and its allies, including the American Petroleum Institute, whose members include most major oil and gas companies. API spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to defeat a ballot measure in 2013 that would have blocked the project. The City Council approved the ordinance a year later. The Portland Pipe Line Corporation is now suing the city, with support from API and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, arguing the ban was unconstituti onal. A federal judge is expected to rule in the coming weeks. A decision in favor of the company could effectively open a gateway for the flow of carbon-heavy tar sands oil to one of the East Coast’s largest oil ports. For other cities seeking to restrict oil and gas activities, South Portland’s four-year fight to fend off the oil industry offers perhaps a cautionary tale. -more-
By Sabrina Shankman for Inside Climate Change – Popular Resistance November 5, 2017
An anti-fracking march on 4 November from Kirby Misperton to the nearby fracking site. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA
For the past year, Leigh Coghill has devoted her life to one thing – trying to stop the gas exploration company Third Energy from fracking on the outskirts of a tiny village in North Yorkshire. The 26-year-old from Wolverhampton, who “married into Yorkshire”, quit her job working for York council in November last year, deciding to devote herself to the cause.
Frances Perraudin North of England reporter The Guardian
November 5, 2017
Chris Hedges | Faces of Pain, Faces of Hope
The bottomless narcissism and hunger of consumer culture cause our darkest and most depraved pathologies. It is not by building pathetic, tiny monuments to ourselves that we become autonomous and free human beings; it is through acts of self-sacrifice, by recovering a sense of humility, by affirming the sanctity of others and thereby the sanctity of ourselves. Those who fight against the sicknesses, whether squatting in old warehouses, camped out at Zuccotti Park or Standing Rock or locked in prisons, have discovered that life is measured by infinitesimal and often unseen acts of solidarity and kindness.
By Chris Hedges Truthdig October 8, 2017
Around 250 people, mostly women, carried banners and sang with drummers while marching through the streets of Tacoma, Washington, on Tuesday. Led by Cheryl Angel, an indigenous activist present at Standing Rock last year, the demonstrators headed toward a city council meeting to protest a liquefied natural gas plant project. There was just one problem — officials had locked the doors to City Hall. Demonstrators weren’t discouraged, however, as they finished their march at a nearby plaza.
Brandon Jordan Waging Nonviolence August 14, 2017
I moved to Michigan in the fall of 2013 to begin teaching theater for social change and performance studies at Michigan State University. As a Chicago native, I knew little about the history of Michigan and Detroit.
I began researching the 1967 Detroit rebellion to answer my own questions about what had happened. When I began to review the wealth of materials found in oral history collections and newspaper archives, I was struck by the lack of any sort of perspectives from the women and girls who witnessed and participated in the uprising.
In photo after photo, women and girls appear alongside men and boys. Of the over 7,000 people arrested from July 23 to July 28, 1967, between 10 and 12 percent were women or girls. (The youngest was 10 years old.) Forty-three people were killed, including two white women and one little girl, Tanya Lynn Blanding, shot and killed by the National Guardsmen who opened fire on her building.
By Lisa Biggs, Truthout The Conversation | News Analysis August 20, 2017
Immigration officials have threatened to deport Reina Gomez to Honduras, where she would no longer receive the leukemia treatments that have kept her alive and able to work since 2007. Although Gomez is a tax-paying domestic worker whose labor is increasingly in demand in the US, ICE deems her as lacking ties to the US because she has no family here.
By Sheila Bapat, Truthout | Report August 13, 2017
A new campaign to close all US military bases abroad has been announced by theCoalition Against Foreign Military Bases. This campaign strikes at thefoundation of the US empire confronting its militarism, corporatism and imperialism. We urge you to endorse this campaign. The coalition has issued a unity statement which describes its intent: “the goal of raising public awareness and organizing non-violent mass resistance against U.S. foreign military bases” describing US foreign military bases as “the principal instruments of imperial global domination and environmental damage through wars of aggression and occupation, and that the closure of U.S. foreign military bases is one of the first necessary steps toward a just, peaceful and sustainable world.”
U.S. foreign military bases are NOT in defense of U.S. national, or global security. They are the military expression of U.S. intrusion in the lives of sovereign countries on behalf of the dominant financial, political, and military interests of the ruling elite. -more-
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers for Popular Resistance
July 30, 2017
The local news painted the cops as the good guys who prevented violence, whereas Unicorn Riot, an alternative media source that live-streamed the blocking of 94, which I watched, commented that not even a water bottle had been thrown.
By Sue Ann Martinson July 10, 2017 · in Activism, capitalist system, International, Social movements·
A protester holds up a sign during a rally against the GOP health care plan, on Capitol Hill, July 26, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images)
“Our problem is civil obedience.” — Howard Zinn, 1972
The latest incarnation of Trumpcare, the GOP’s regressive plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and gut Medicaid, is dead.
In a dramatic vote that took place between midnight and dawn on Friday, the bill was defeated 51-49, to the surprise of almost everyone who was still awake to see it. Less than an hour before the vote, Democrats and pundits had suggested that passage of the Health Care Freedom Act, the Senate’s bizarre “skinny repeal” approach to gutting health care access in the US, was almost inevitable. Three GOP defections, however, sealed its fate. Sen. John McCain, who recently was diagnosed with a brain tumor, became the final swing vote for the second time this week, joining Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski in opposing the measure. Earlier this week, to the dismay of health care advocates everywhere, McCain had kept Trumpcare alive with his vote on a procedural motion to proceed with debate on the GOP legislation; this time his vote had the opposite effect.
By Michael Corcoran, Truthout | News Analysis July 28, 2017
Shmuly Yanklowitz is a Modern Orthodox rabbi. He is the founder and president of YATOM: The Jewish Foster & Adoption Network.
Editor’s note: Shmuley Yanklowitz is an amazingly sensitive and courageous Orthodox rabbi and one of the few whose public views align with the anti-racist message we at Tikkun magazine have been advancing for the past 31 plus years.
Washington Post here.
Please read the full article from the
—Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor, Tikkun email@example.com
The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) keeps its focus on the US wars of aggression. NCNR has been acting in resistance to the crimes of our government with its illegal wars since 2003. We are at war in seven different countries today and members of NCNR think it is critical to make the connection between war and all the other problems affecting our world today. With that in mind NCNR planned the Rivers of Blood action – noting that Rivers of Blood flow through the US Capitol as our Congress continues to vote for funding for war. We did a Rivers of Blood action 10 years ago in the crypt of the Capitol and decided to do this second Rivers of Blood action outside on the steps of the Capitol where we hoped we would be seen by more people. Members of our group spoke so eloquently about why we were there. Alice began by saying, “Senator Schumer as our Senate leader must take a stand to stop the escalating horrific warfare that the current administration is waging on some of the poorest, most vulnerable people on the planet. We are devastating entire nations, causing cholera and starvation in Yemen, slaughter of the people of Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, threatening war with North Korea. The Congress must not sit by. Senator Schumer has stood up to this administration on other important issues, but we need him to raise his voice to stop these wars, these bombings these drone attacks.” -more-
By Joy First for National Center for Nonviolent Resistance. Popular Resistance July 19, 2017
One week before the #NoWar2017: War and the Environment conference, to be held September 22-24 at American Univeristy, World Beyond War will work with the Backbone Campaign and other allies to organize a flotilla for the environment and peace, bringing kayaktivism to Washington, D.C., on September 16th. Why? What’s the relevance? Who’s drilling for oil on the Potomac? Actually the Potomac is central headquarters for oil consumption, as the top way in which we consume oil is through preparing for and waging wars — wars that are often in large part motivated by the desire to control more oil. Behind the Pentagon is a 9/11 memorial, but there’s no memorial to the future Pentagon disaster that will come in the form of flooding. The U.S. military is the top consumer of petroleum around and would rank high by that measure in a list of countries, were it a country. The military is the third worst polluter of U.S. waterways. The United States c ould convert to entirely sustainable energy for a fraction of the U.S. military budget (and earn it all back in healthcare savings). Most countries on earth have the U.S. military in them. Most countries on earth (the entire countries!) burn less fossil fuel than does the U.S. military. -more-
By David Swanson for World Beyond War – Popular Resistance July 12, 2017
Star Tribune LOCAL July 1, 2017
What does it take to resist? The Truthdig columnist explained at a Veterans for Peace anti-war demonstration at the Lincoln Memorial on Memorial Day.
Truthdig June 6, 2017
In this drawing by an 8-year-old girl named Zara, the artist says, “We feel that our families will be separated” and “My sister and I feel pressure when we watch the news.” (Bright)
Fear and anxiety have increased in immigrant communities since the 2016 presidential campaign and the election won by Donald Trump. Nora Litz—an artist, writer and activist from Mexico City—wanted to help Latino children articulate their feelings, reports Bright, a publication about innovation in education.
The students from undocumented families of Mexican descent expressed themselves at an “Illustrated Migration Stories” workshop in Philadelphia using comics.
Truthdig Ear to the Ground June 9, 2017
A group of New Jersey eighth-grade students schooled House Speaker Paul Ryan over his unwillingness to critique President Trump.
About half of the more than 200 students from South Orange Middle School refused to pose for a photo with Ryan during a school trip to Washington, DC, last Thursday.
Matthew Malespina, 13, who waited across the street with other classmates declining to be in the picture with the Wisconsin Republican, said the school informed them the night before of the photo op on the Capitol steps.
The writer, photographer and veteran union organizer David Bacon frequently refers to “people who travel with the crops.” He means the agricultural workers who move from place to place to cultivate and harvest California’s fields, as well as those across the United States. They are the subject of, and participants in his newest work of photojournalism, In the Fields of the North/En los campos del norte, a collaboration between El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and the University of California Press.
Capital & Main: Some of the book’s photos were originally displayed on a border wall?
David Bacon: There’s a section of a border wall as it goes into the Pacific Ocean, at the Playas de Tijuana. There’s a park there called, ironically, Friendship Park, on the Mexican side. During a conference that was organized by the Colegio de la Frontera Norte Mexico, they created really big prints of the photographs on discarded cloth. The idea of the conference was to talk about the situation of Mexicans living in the U.S. Ten percent of the people of Mexico live here in the U.S.
There are certain illusions that people have in Mexico about the Mexicans working here — that everybody’s working for high wages, and doing really well. The images show you what the reality of life actually is.
The book is not just photos and captions—it includes first-person stories to introduce chapters.
Bacon: People comment about all kinds of things, how they crossed the border, about their work lives, about their families, the communities that they live in, their culture. A lot of the farm workers in the U.S., especially on the Pacific Coast here, are indigenous people, bringing with them this very vibrant culture from towns in Southern Mexico, Oaxaca in particular.
Your first chapter is “Where Does Our Food Come From?” and describes weeding an organic potato field — the heat, pulling weeds by hand.
BYLA Progressive May 23, 2017
“I have always known how dangerous pesticides can be…But I never thought I would one day have to go to the emergency room because of them.”
— Aylin, cabbage worker
This is what happened to 19-year old Aylin and 50+ other cabbage workers as they labored at a Bakersfield, CA farm on Cinco de Mayo when they were exposed to a pesticide from a nearby farm with no warning. Aylin tells us, an hour into her shift, something strange happened. “I noticed all of the cabbage pickers around me suddenly stopped working.” Then some of her co-workers fainted. Others started vomiting. Aylin, too, became sick. Her lips were tingling. Her mouth was dry.
According to news reports, emergency responders performed a mass decontamination. But many of the workers had left by the time medical help arrived. Aylin went to the ER, which did a visual check up and said she was okay.
After Aylin got home, something alarming happened. “I didn’t dare come inside my house when I arrived because I was afraid I would also contaminate my brother and sister who live with me,” Aylin said. “I changed clothes outside. My mom’s boyfriend accidentally used my soiled shirt to pat his face dry in the backyard. Moments later, his eyes and face got irritated…I hope nobody brought their clothes inside or hugged their children or loved ones when they got home wearing their work clothes.”
Chlorpyrifos, one of the pesticides sprayed nearby, may be the chemical responsible for the mass poisoning. This pesticide belongs to the same chemical family as sarin, which works by attacking the nervous system. Research has shown that chlorpyrifos slows brain development and lower IQs in children. Working in solidarity with environmental groups, we recently came very close to ridding America’s farms of it when the EPA finally moved for a ban in 2015. Then came the Trump administration.
On March 29, Scott Pruitt, Trump’s new anti-science EPA head, preemptively abolished the regulation banning chlorpyrifos, rejecting the EPA’s own scientists’ findings. In the last week, he also postponed the implementation of the Worker Protection Act and another rule that the UFW and their allies spent decades fighting for. Plus, Trump’s Republican Congress is pushing 3 bills that would destroy decades of progress. And unfortunately we don’t expect it to stop here.
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By Staff of 350.org – The Canadian tar sands are one of the dirtiest sites of fossil fuel extraction in the world. Carbon emissions from the tar sands are one of the biggest drivers of climate change globally, and locally, they poison the lands and water, contributing to health and environmental crises which disproportionately impact Indigenous communities. Pipelines are the arteries of this oil patch — they make it economically viable to continue expanding the tar sands. That’s why an Indigenous-led social movement in North America has emerged opposing pipelines like Northern Gateway, Kinder Morgan, Keystone XL, and Energy East. The Pacific Climate Warriors will start their journey in Canada by visiting the tar sands to bring their prayers of hope and healing right to the heart of the destruction. While they are there, they will meet and build solidarity with Indigenous peoples opposing the tar sands from the front lines and show them that they are seen and heard in the Pacific. -more-
Popular Resistance May 5, 2017
SANDISFIELD, MA — Eighteen protesters were arrested this morning at the Otis State Forest after blocking an access road to a pipeline construction site, according to Massachusetts State Police.
By Katy Eiseman, www.popularresistance.org May 4th, 2017
DemocracyNow!’s Special Coverage of the People’s Climate March,
April 29, 2017
Despite himself, Donald Trump has accomplished something beautiful — he’s awakened American democracy and reminded us that it’s “We the People” who truly govern.
Resistance is everywhere.
By Anthony D. Romero, ACLU Executive Director April 28, 2017
By Nadia Prupis, staff writer Common Dreams April 28, 2017
The Women’s March in Washington on 21 January was part of what has been called the single largest day of protest in US political history. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
Saturday is President Trump’s 100th day in office. Adam, the Guardian’s lead reporter on the Resistance Movement, has just published a timeline of activism efforts over this same period, from the airport protests against the proposed travel ban to challenging elected officials at town halls.The Guardian April 24, 2017
Human Rights Campaign: Thank you for resisting during the first 100 days of the Trump presidency
As a way to thank you and pay homage to the difference you are making as an HRC Partner, we’ve created a short video that shows your support in action over the last 100 days. Take a minute to watch it.
Human Rights Campaign April 28, 2017
Undocumented And Living In Fear Of ICE, Part 1 (of 4)
President Trump has issued executive orders to aggressively find and remove undocumented immigrants. Now even those merely suspected of a crime can be deported, along with those who’ve been following the law by checking in with immigration authorities. AJ+’s Dena Takruri visited an Arizona community living in fear of ICE arrests.
Published on Apr 6, 2017
BEIRUT — The Sofil cinema in Beirut hosted a fundraising event March 29 featuring a screening of “Stitching Palestine,” a documentary directed by Carol Mansour and produced and researched by Muna Khalidi. The occasion was to raise funds for a music program in the Rashidiyyah Palestinian refugee camp, in southern Lebanon.
“Stitching Palestine,” a documentary film, adopts a motif of traditional Palestinian embroidery to focus on the lives of 12 Palestinian women who are all living in exile, and what Palestine means to them.
In “Stitching Palestine,” 12 high-profile Palestinian women living in Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine tell the stories of their exile and their current lives, with the stitching of a piece of embroidery progressing as they tell their stories, linking one to another.
By Florence Massena Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse April 10, 2017
Yemen Is Starving: Peace activists, protesting the mounting humanitarian crisis in Yemen, to begin week-long fast and vigil at the UN
New York, NY — On April 10, 2017, approximately 20 peace activists will begin a week long vigil and fast in front of the United Nations. They are calling for peace and justice in Yemen, and standing in solidarity with its civilian population. They will also be demanding an end to U.S. complicity in a war that is taking a devastating toll on the Yemeni people.
Ravaged by war, blockaded by sea, and regularly targeted with Saudi and U.S. airstrikes, Yemen is now on the brink of total famine.
Yemen is currently being ravaged by a brutal conflict, with injustices and atrocities on all sides. More than 10,000 people have been killed, including 1,564 children, and millions have been displaced from their homes. UNICEF estimates that more than 460,000 children in Yemen face severe malnutrition, while 3.3 million children and pregnant or lactating women suffer acute malnutrition. The U.S. backed Saudi-led coalition is also enforcing a sea blockade on rebel-held areas. Yemen imports 90% of its food; because of the blockade, food and fuel prices are rising and scarcity is at crisis levels. While Yemeni children are starving, US weapons makers, including General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin, are profiting from weapon sales to Saudi Arabia.
Participants note their responsibility to ensure that the U.S.:
Stops all drone attacks and military “special operations” within Yemen
Ends all U.S. weapon sales and military aid to Saudi Arabia
Provides compensation to those who suffered losses caused by U.S. attacks.
The activists will gather each day from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the United Nations Isaiah Wall, on First Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets. They will be joined by activists and supporters from around the U.S. who will share their protest and peaceful witness to the tragedy currently befalling the people of Yemen.
Martha Hennessy The World Can’t Wait April 6, 2017
“When Living Is a Protest,” a series of twenty-two images by photographer Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye, is a both sophisticated and emotionally affecting consideration of black protest. We are living in a time when protest erupts spontaneously and wild with grief following tragic deaths of black civilians. Images of those who were killed, in Ferguson, New York City, Florida, and elsewhere, circulate on social media as both rallying cries and memorials, as do the instantly documented and widely shared images of the protests that follow. In this era of political action and unprecedented access to images, Roye’s photographs expand our notion of what protest can mean.
Steven Kasher GalleryRuddy Roye: Michael Pughes (I Am Man Series), Brooklyn, NY, 2016
Imani Perry New York Times Review of Books October 20, 2016
Iran, one of the states targeted by Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, is a country from which the US could learn a lot on the resettlement of refugees, the UN has said. The Soviet War in Afghanistan displaced six million people to neighbouring Iran and Pakistan in 1979. Almost four decades later, the Tehran government still shelters around one million registered Afghans, and up to two million are thought to also be living in the country – making Iran home to the world’s fourth largest refugee population. “The leadership demonstrated by the Iranian government has been exemplary in hosting refugees and keeping borders open,” Sivanka Dhanapala, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Tehran, said on Wednesday. -more-
By Bethan McKernan for the Independent Popular Resistance March 19, 2017
As a Black woman, I was anxious about moving to a conservative state. But, surprisingly, I found a community ready to embrace me and fight for equality.
When 500 refugees arrived in their community, residents of Zaandam were wary. But by the time the newcomers could apply for residency status in Europe, neighbors didn’t want them to leave.
The parent-led effort shows how cities can empower and protect noncitizens at a time of uncertainty for many immigrant families.
This past October, women in Poland used a mass strike to stop an abortion ban. Organizers in the U.S. are looking to similar tactics in Europe to show the Trump administration they mean business.
. The Democrats seem to have an objective interest in having us focus on Donald Trump, the person, as opposed to this system, itself,” said Ajamu Baraka, the former Green Party vice presidential candidate, a founder of the U.S. Human Rights Network, and an editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report. In this environment, anti-war views are regarded as suspect. “I’m involved in building a Black Alliance for Peace, to try to revive the Black anti-war movement — the Black anti-war consciousness,” he said. “We think we have a perfect opportunity, now that people are waking up out of this eight-year stupor, to bring the Black community back to where we used to be, as the most consistent anti-war population in this country. But, it’s difficult to do this when our people are getting caught up in this anti-Russian hysteria, too,” said Baraka.
By Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey www.blackagendareport.com Popular Resistance March 7, 2017
It is hard, because all of us have lost people, I will say that. I have lost people that I love to this and I don’t know anyone who hasn’t. When we are talking about it, it is deeply personal for people because we are literally watching our communities die and that is really rough. To be in a moment where people are dying from using drugs and we are also shrinking whatever public safety net has been left, to me it is so ridiculous to live in a place where people don’t see that this is a public health crisis that has its roots in poverty. Also, I would say, in the white denial. People not wanting to believe that this could be such a big problem with white people. I would say that it is not just the Republican folks who have been pushing law enforcement over increasing access to care. Here in Portland, we have an all-Democratic City Council that chose to shut down one of the premier, in the country, clinics that had a needle exchange, that had an HIV positive program and did STD testing and counselling, that was serving folks on the street, really low income people, had incredible relationships to their providers. -more-
By Sarah Jaffe for In These Times Popular Resistance March 13, 2017
The Guardian is launching a new project that will aim to cover a diverse range of new activism.
Rise Up Times February 27, 2017
By Kyung Lah, Alberto Moya and Mallory Simon for CNN – Los Angeles (CNN)A hammer pounds away in the living room of a middle class home. A sanding machine smoothes the grain of the wood floor in the dining room. But this home Pastor Ada Valiente is showing off in Los Angeles, with its refurbished floors, is no ordinary home. “It would be three families we host here,” Valiente says. By “host,” she means provide refuge to people who may be sought by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE. The families staying here would be undocumented immigrants, fearing an ICE raid and possible deportation. The purchase of this home is part of a network formed by Los Angeles religious leaders across faiths in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. -more-
Popular Resistance March 1, 2017
RALEIGH, NC—The NAACP Board of Directors announced a resolution calling for the discussion of the first steps of an international economic boycott of the state of North Carolina in response to actions of an all-white legislative caucus, which unconstitutionally designed racially-discriminatory gerrymandered districts, enacted a monster voter suppression law, passed Senate Bill 4 stripping the incoming Governor of power and passed House Bill 2. HB 2 is anti-transgender, anti-worker and anti-access to the state court for employment discrimination.
NAACP National President/CEO Cornell William Brooks and North Carolina State President and National Board Member Rev. Dr. William Barber II, will hold a press conference today (Friday, Feb. 24th @ 11:00 am) at the NC General Assembly to discuss the economic boycott and rally supporters for direct actions against the legislators.
“The federal court has declared and North Carolina citizens have discovered that partisan legislators are discriminating in the voting booth, school bathrooms, the workplace and across the state. Seldom has such a poisonously partisan few violated the rights of a nonpartisan many: workers rights, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, and voting rights. Therefore, the NAACP must use the power of the purse to demonstrate the power of our democracy. We will use economic leverage, moral persuasion, civil disobedience and litigation in North Carolina and across the nation–as needed and now. Unrelenting resistance is the order of the day,” said NAACP CEO and President Cornell William Brooks.
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, stated, “The actions of the all white caucus of extremists in our legislature and the former Governor are out of control. They have consistently passed legislation that is a violation of our deepest moral values, voting rights, civil rights and the fundamental principle of equal protection under the law.”
By Staff, www.naacp.org Popular Resistance February 28th, 2017
Since election night 2016, the streets of the US have rung with resistance. People all over the country have woken up with the conviction that they must do something to fight inequality in all its forms. But many are wondering what it is they can do. In this ongoing “Interviews for Resistance” series, experienced organizers, troublemakers and thinkers share their insights on what works, what doesn’t, what has changed, and what is still the same. Today’s interview is the fourteenth in the series. Click here for the most recent interview before this one the most recent interview before this one.
Across the country last week, immigrants went on strike to demonstrate what the country would be like if Donald Trump actually followed through on his promised deportations. The Day Without Immigrants actions kicked off in Wisconsin on Monday, February 13, where Voces De La Frontera and partner organizations held a Day Without Latinos, Immigrants and Refugees to protest Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke’s plans to collaborate with the Trump administration to deport people.
Interviews follow…click title for more.
By Sarah Jaffe, www.truth-out.org Popular Resistance February 28th, 2017
Mauritanian anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid. ‘This is the worst it has ever been,’ he says. Photograph: Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images
These are trying times. We live in an age of autocracy when strongmen (they are almost always men) abuse their power to silence their critics, use brute force to stop people championing the vulnerable and rob people of their agency in the pursuit of power.
In a world flooded with triumphant nationalist statements and declarations of war, who speaks for the other side? Who is willing to risk solitary confinement and be torn from loved ones to speak for the voiceless?
We caught up with six dissidents, who have been been imprisoned for a total of 26 years and three months, to understand what it is like to speak out in the age of despots.
Maeve Shearlaw in Geneva The Guardian Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Last modified Friday Fe bruary 24, 2017 @maeveshearlaw
The Guardian is launching a new project that will aim to cover a diverse range of new activism.
Rise Up Times February 27, 2017
10-POINT ACTION PLAN TO STOP TRUMP
Reader Supported News Rise Up Times February 23, 2017
“We will defeat the xenophobic policy of Trump against Mexican migrants,” PRD Secretary-General Beatriz Mojica said.
Mexico’s leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution protested U.S. President Donald Trump’s border wall plans in Mexico City Monday, symbolically breaking down a “hate wall” constructed with cardboard boxes.
PRD members pushed the boxes over actors dressed as Trump and hooded members of the Ku Klux Klan. The symbolic protest, held in front of the city’s U.S. embassy, kicked off the party’s nationwide campaign to assist Mexican migrants and deportees.
“We do not want our country’s president bowing his head,” PRD Secretary-General Beatriz Mojica said at the protest, Informador reported.
“We want a government that stands with confidence at the negotiations that have to be done with the United States,” she added.
Telesur English February 22, 2017
By Joanna Walters for The Guardian – The new president has driven some to make a statement with their bank accounts – despite fears such a protest could send demonstrators to jail. Andrew Newman always pays his taxes, even if he hates what the government is doing with them. But not this year. For him, Donald Trumpis the dealbreaker. He’ll pay his city and state taxes but will refuse to pay federal income tax as a cry of civil disobedience against the president and his new administration. Newman is not alone. A nascent movement has been detected to revive the popularity of tax resistance – last seen en masse in America during the Vietnam war but which has been, sporadically, a tradition in the US and beyond going back many centuries. “My tax money will be going towards putting up a wall on the Mexican border instead of helping sick people. -more-
Popular Resistance February 22, 2017
By Kira Lerner for Think Progress – As Attorney General Jeff Session’s shifts the Department of Justice’s focusfrom protecting voting rights to investigating claims of nonexistent fraud, the rights of an increasing number of minority voters will likely go unprotected. But in that vacuum, a growing number of organizations and advocacy groups have said they will step up to protect voters. On Monday, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed the first major federal voting rights lawsuit of the year, alleging that Jones County, North Carolina’s voting system discriminates against African-American residents. Jones County is roughly one-third black, but the black population has not elected a candidate-of-choice to the Board of Commissions in over two decades. According to the lawsuit, this is due to the county’s at-large voting system — a Jim Crow-era tactic that allows localities with white majorities to dilute black voting power. -more-
Popular Resistance February 22, 2017
By Staff of Tele Sur – “We call for grassroots movements to resist, resist and rebel against the persecution, the arrests and deportations.” The Zapatista Army of National Liberation, EZLN, called on all of its members and supporters to rally behind the immigrants currently facing arrest, deportation and human rights abuses at the hands of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration. “We call for grassroots movements to resist, resist and rebel against the persecution, the arrests and deportations … Because every human being has the right to live in freedom and dignity in the place he finds the best for himself, and has the right to fight to stay there,” said the communique, calling resistance an act of “duty.” Signed by Subcomandante Moises and Subcomandante Galeano, the document reinforced the idea that migrants and refugees are “not alone” and that the Zapatistas, “even with our limited possibilities,” fully support their struggle. -more-
Popular Resistance February 22, 2017