Rally, Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley
Noon to 1:00, Wednesday October 1
Join the rally in orange jumpsuits.
RSVP 415-864-5153 to sign up!
A week of events celebrating the Free Speech Movement is underway in Berkeley. Programs, plays, parties, and panels are commemorating this historic student freedom movement born October 1, 1964 on the UC campus. FSM veterans are here for a reunion, mingling with students on campus now who want to know about this heroic history, and its meaning for today. World Can't Wait joins friends of all ages in honoring this anniversary and the many FSM veterans gathered to mark it - not just with nostalgia, but with renewed commitment to present-day fights for justice, equality, and free speech.
December 3, 1964 photo by Jim Jumblatt
Occupied Sproul Hall. F S M signs by Peter Wiesner
But! Here at UC, while everyone's celebrating Free Speech -- war criminal John Yoo not only continues enjoying safe harbor from accountability for his part in setting up Bush-Cheney's program of indefinite detention and torture. His presence is defended by the UC and Berkeley Law administration as an example of Free Speech and academic freedom! And taking this insult further: during the past year the law school has additionally rewarded Yoo, first with a co-chair appointment for its Korean Law Center. Now he's also been appointed to the oldest endowed chair at Berkeley Law, supposedly to honor excellent legal scholarship and work.
FIRE, DISBAR and PROSECUTE JOHN YOO, the principal legal architect of the Bush Regime's indefinite detention and torture programs.
The administration and leadership of UC itself and of Berkeley Law have turned a deaf ear to years of determined protest against the lawyer whose work enabled the government to establish illegal torture and other inhumane and criminal programs. Demonstrations, forums, direct actions and arrests, a Berkeley City Council-supported Berkeley Says "NO to Torture" Week, have been mobilized by World Can't Wait, the National Lawyers Guild, Code Pink, students at Berkeley Law, and others.
The torture at Guantanamo, at Abu Ghraib, at Bagram and at the CIA black sites is attorney John Yoo's work product. WHY is this criminal still on the law school faculty at UC?
Join us at this big rally celebrating the legacy of the Free Speech Movement - a legacy which demands that the university's shameful shelter for a war criminal be repudiated, and ended. Raise your own voice to make this demand - to speak up for the torture victims, to stand up for the Guantanamo prisoners, many of whom are STILL being tortured.
As reported on Apple Insider: "Honeywell is one of a number of manufacturers that have partnered with Apple to support HomeKit, the iPhone maker's new home automation standard introduced with iOS 8."
Join Boycott/Divest Honeywell International, Inc., the new movement to empower consumers to take action against this war profiteer, to call on Apple to sever their connection with Honeywell!
"[President Barack] Obama owns this immoral and illegal action, the ultimate war crime -- invasion of a sovereign nation that poses no imminent threat to the aggressor. 'We' did not ask for or approve this war. NOTHING good can come from U.S. bombing, and we need to say so immediately and widely," The World Can't Wait said in a statement calling for people to show up with sign and something to say...
Photo by Kale Williams for SF Gate: Julianna Cheng of Occupy San Francisco and her daughter, Arielle.
..if the new war President Obama is proposing clearly cannot be reduced to some simplistic battle between good and evil forces in the Middle East, what is it about?
Obama ended his executive declaration of more war with words that the military-industrial shills have slowly managed to turn into an obscenity: "May God bless our troops, and may God bless the United States of America."
Former U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden has accused the U.S. National Security Agency of routinely passing private, unedited communications of Americans to Israel, an expert on the intelligence agency said Wednesday.
James Bamford, writing in the New York Times, said Snowden told him the intercepts included communications of Arab- and Palestinian-Americans whose relatives in Israel and the Palestinian territories could become targets based on the information.
"It's one of the biggest abuses we've seen," Bamford quoted Snowden as saying...
Note: Video of San Francisco Readings in Support of Edward Snowden posted here
"..as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead."
Obama's fine rhetoric fails to legitimize U.S. incursion into the sovereign state of Syria. We must not allow people to be bamboozled into supporting the lie of "humanitarian intervention" -- again. We can stop the next war. Now.
David Edwards, editor at medialens.org considered some "Unthinkable Thoughts," January 2000:
"It seems to me that there are some very basic psychological tricks being played on us. One trick is, 'We have to do something, there's a genocide', so that any sane person sits there thinking 'Well of course we can't sit back, it's like the holocaust, we've got to do something.' And then Tony Blair says, in response to the charge of hypocrisy - he said it on the BBC's Question Time - 'I'm sorry, but just because we can't help everybody doesn't mean we shouldn't help the people we can help'. But of course if you look at Iraq where 800,000 children have died as a result of Western sanctions, at Cuba where children with cancer can't get anti-sickness drugs because of sanctions and are vomiting 28 times a day, when Blair says we can't help those people, what he actually has to be taken to mean is 'We can't lift our boots from their necks', because that's what helping them would actually mean isn't it?
We need to debate "American leadership" in endless war as a society. That debate can be fueled by scheduling a vote in Congress. But ultimately our own "boots on the ground" protest is required to interrupt the march of Empire.
Though the militants of ISIS would undoubtedly be horrified to think so, they are the spawn of Washington. Thirteen years of regional war, occupation, and intervention played a major role in clearing the ground for them. They may be our worst nightmare (thus far), but they are also our legacy -- and not just because so many of their leaders came from the Iraqi army we disbanded, had their beliefs and skills honed in the prisons we set up (Camp Bucca seems to have been the West Point of Iraqi extremism), and gained experience facing U.S. counterterror operations in the "surge" years of the occupation. In fact, just about everything done in the war on terror has facilitated their rise. After all, we dismantled the Iraqi army and rebuilt one that would flee at the first signs of ISIS's fighters, abandoning vast stores of Washington's weaponry to them. We essentially destroyed the Iraqi state, while fostering a Shia leader who would oppress enough Sunnis in enough ways to create a situation in which ISIS would be welcomed or tolerated throughout significant areas of the country.
-- Tom Engelhardt, How America Made ISIS, TomDispatch.com
Israel announced Sunday it will expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, angering the Palestinians and alarming Israeli peace campaigners.
The move to seize the land, in the Bethlehem area in the south of the territory, is the biggest of its kind in three decades...
Unlike the American media perception of US foreign policy goofily stumbling from one good-intentioned mishap to the next, the average person in the Middle East views the American military as a sociopathic power hell-bent on annihilation...