The Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014 is about to launch with the first People's Hearing, this Wednesday,
July 30, 5:00 pm.
Then, it's into the streets on Thursday to protest at the Republican Party Headquarters in Houston.
|Running for Freedom|
|START DATE:||Tuesday July 29|
|TIME:||7:30 PM - 9:00 PM|
|First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Francisco, Chapel |
1187 Franklin St.
San Francisco CA 94109
|The Unitarian Universalist Peace and Justice Committee is hosting an event by The Rebuilding Alliance and Right To Movement. Participants from the Palestine Marathon will speak on the experience of competing in this unique event. |
The ten runners are young professionals and two students, ages 19-25 years old, and will also have run in the San Francisco Marathon on July 27th. They are part of Right to Movement, a non-profit, non-religious, non-political organization of over 300 runners based in Bethlehem that organizes the annual Palestine Marathon.
Admission is free. The organizers will ask for donations to help cover the cost of travel to the Bay Area to participate in the SF Marathon.
Added to the calendar on Sunday Jul 27th, 2014 1:04 AM
People of conscience must stand against and resist the crimes of our own government, and that includes U.S. political and military support for the crimes of its allies, when those powers commit crimes against humanity. During the 1980's when wars rocked Central America, and also when South African apartheid was being challenged -- it made a real difference when people inside the U.S. woke up to the facts of what their own government was doing, and questioned which side America was on, right or wrong -- and if it was the WRONG side (oppressive, corrupt, immoral, etc.) a dividing line became clear - and many, many people inside the empire publicly stood up and said NO to the U.S. Empire. That is what is needed today, once again!
Year after year, Israel receives billions in funding from the United States. In 2007 the U.S. government agreed to provide Israel with $30 billion in military aid over the next decade. The transfer of this aid to Israel actually violates U.S. law. But don't expect U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to seek any arrest warrants against Barack Obama or any other U.S. officials.
The U.S. government must be brought to account for arming Israel. We must demand that illegal support of Israel stop immediately -- and also, we must demand that threats and other actions against Iraq by the U.S. and Israel also cease.
As Iraq's disintegration into darkness progresses, it sickens me to think of all the Iraqis I met and became friends with, who have since been killed, disappeared or have become refugees. What is left of Iraq, this mess that is no longer a country, should be considered the legacy of decades of US policy there, dating back to the moment when Saddam Hussein was in power and enjoyed Washington's support. With Maliki, it has simply been a different dictator, enjoying even more such support (until these last weeks), and using similarly barbaric tactics against Iraqis.
-- Dahr Jamail, A Nation on the Brink
Meanwhile, for most Palestinians in Gaza the anxiety-inducing soundtrack to their lives is the constant buzz of the remotely piloted aircraft - better known as "drones" - that hover in the skies above.
Drones are increasingly being used for surveillance and extra-judicial execution in parts of the Middle East, especially by the US, but in nowhere more than Gaza has the drone become a permanent fixture of life."
As violence escalates, opponents from within Iraq and across the world condemn Obama's push for military strikes on the war-tattered nation.
"We need to challenge this idea that Iraq has a legitimate government that is fighting terrorist organizations." -- Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies
Saturday, June 21: Rally and March with the World Can't Wait contingent
National "No New U.S. War on Iraq" - ANSWER Coalition
Powell BART Plaza (Fifth and Market Street), San Francisco
The most serious sectarian and ethnic tensions in Iraq's modern history followed the 2003 US-led occupation, which faced massive popular opposition and resistance.The US had its own divide-and-rule policy, promoting Iraqi organisations founded on religion, ethnicity, nationality or sect rather than politics. Many senior officers in the newly formed Iraqi army came from these organisations and Saddam's army. This was exacerbated three years ago, when sectarian groups in Syria were backed by the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
-- Sami Ramadani, London Metropolitan University
Torture is a war crime, and a crime against humanity. International and U.S. law prohibit torture, under any and all circumstances, without exception. If we fail to hold our government and its officials accountable for the American torture state they have constructed, we are condoning that torture and it will continue to occur.
photo: May 23rd Bay Area Global Day of Action