January 2009 Archives
Alexis Torres of San Francisco greets anti-abortion marchers with her own message. Torres and several hundred other pro-choice counterdemonstrators lined the Walk for Life route. (Michael Macor / The Chronicle)
"I think those of us who voted for McCain are going to be a lot happier with Obama than the people who voted for him."Â -RepublicanÂ Indiana resident Valerie Schlink, quoted in the New York Times, 1/18/08
January 20, 2009:Â The least popular, and most overtly criminal, administration in U.S. history is exiting the stage. The nation's first ever Black president--whose central campaign themes were "hope" and "change"-- is entering.Â For these basic reasons, the swearing in of Barack Obama as the 44thÂ President has generated a level of excitement and optimism in the U.S. , and around the world, that is unprecedented for a presidential inauguration. Millions of Americans who, to the core of their beings, hated the Bush agenda of war, torture, repression, and religious fanaticism are hopeful that the Obama administration will dismantle that agenda.Â Â
But will the incoming administration really undo, or even halt the progression of, the Bush program?Â Or will the new administration continue, in perhaps a slightly different form, that same program?Â Â In other words: What is Obama's inauguration actually ushering in?
Consider the following questions and answers. But don't just read this passively. Send it on to as many other people as possible --especially progressive folks who genuinely want to end the nightmare of the past 8 years and are counting on Obama to do it for them.Â Use this for your own ongoing reference, and to open many other eyes to what Obama's inauguration really does--and doesn't--mean.
Â Monday January 19, 2009
Citizen journalist Mike Rogers, a staff member of RAW STORY, captured exclusive photos of the gathering of some 150 protesters, in the blocked-off zone around the White House. The group had a police escort in front and back and were allowed to march on the closed streets.
One protester, wearing a jail uniform and dummy Bush head, walked before a group of others holding a large sign saying "Arrest Bush." Others held a sign with an anti-war quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday today is a federal holiday, while a group from Code Pink held a similar sign.
President-elect Barack Obama is to be sworn in tomorrow in the nation's capital, while Bush will head to his ranch in Crawford, Texas to begin post-White House life.
GAZA CHILDREN'S VIGIL AND MEMORIALÂ
Come to show your support and share your message to the children of Gaza who have been killed that we will never forget them, and that the children who are alive have our love and support!Â
Everyone isÂ welcome, but we are extending a special invitation to children and their families, and those who have suffered from or lost loved ones due toÂ Â Â Â state sponsored or local police violence.
Saturday, January 17th@3PM.Â
AT Union Square -
Powell & Geary in San Francisco (if you're taking BART get off on Powell St. ext).Â
PLEASE BRING:Â Â
â€¢Candles for children to hold (extra candles will be provided)Â
â€¢ Old children's shoes (to represent the children who have been killed) to leave as part memorial.
wear all white shirts as a symbol of mourning and peace.
Sponsored by the Gaza Action Coalition:Â Al-Awda, American Friends Service Committee, American Muslims for Palestine, ANSWER Coalition, Arab American Union Members Council, Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Direct Action to Stop the War, East Side Arts Alliance, Free Palestine Alliance, General Union of Palestine Students, Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth, International Action Center, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, International League of Peoples Struggles, International Socialist Organization, Bayan USA, Just Cause Oakland, MalcomX Grassroots Movement, Middle East Childrens Alliance, Palestinian Youth Network, Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism, SF Women in Black, St. Peters Housing, US Palestine Community Network-Bay Area Committee.
how much more are YOU willing to tolerate?
JAN 6 (Tuesday): March of the Dead at the Opening of Congress.Â "We carry the names of those killed during the illegal U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq & Afghanistan to demand that this Congress end the terror of war, get out of Iraq, get out of Afghanistan, stay out of Iran, Pakistan, Syria..."
Active Response Team says "WE NEED YOU TO TAKE PART & MAKE IT A PRESENCE ON CAPITOL HILL THAT CAN'T BE IGNORED." Contact: A.R.T.Â email@example.com
JAN 11 (Sunday): 7th anniversary of Guantanamo Interrogation Camp.Â Â Protests everywhere against the U.S. torture state, against secret rendition and detention in Guantanamo and prisons in Iraq & Afghanistan.Â Orange jumpsuit contingents marching from churches, programs examining whether the Obama and the Democratic Congress will break with the crimes of the Bush regime, or continue them.Â
Witness Against TortureÂ will hold a prisoner procession and fast for justice at the White House January 11-20, demanding an end to torture and the closure of Guantanamo.Â
JAN 17-20: Inauguration/MLK weekend.Â PROSECUTE the WAR CRIMINALS. END the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan.Â "This is for the widows, the orphans, and those killed in Iraq."Â
Washington DC.Â Plans are in formation for the 4-day weekend.Â World Can't Wait is protesting Monday Jan 19 at the White House and Union Station to demand war crimes prosecutions of the Bush regime & Tuesday at the inaugural parade to demand that the US end torture, withdraw all troops immediately from Iraq & Afghanistan, and against the inclusion of Rick Warren in the ceremony.Â We are talking to other groups and will announce more plans shortly.
AtlantaÂ & Los Angeles: Protests at Warren's Saddleback Church near LA, and at Ebeneezer Baptist in Atlanta, where Warren is speaking on Martin Luther King's birthday.