February 2011 Archives

Walk for Choice, Oakland

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File photo of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
File photo of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
 
Bush has canceled his planned Saturday visit to Denver after learning that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange would be speaking at the same conference he was to attend. "Six months ago, President Bush accepted an invitation to speak to the YPO Global Leadership Summit in Denver on February 26, 2011.... FULL ARTICLE 

This plan for an urgent "The Day After" demonstration is one we hope you and many more organizations will take up as your own, and mobilize for.   

British Judge approves extradition to Sweden, onward extradition by American government feared

World Can't Wait calls for emergency public demonstration THE DAY AFTER any U.S. criminal indictment is announced against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.  Spread the word and call people to come out, across the whole range of movements and groups:  anti-war, human rights, freedom of information/freedom of the press, peace, anti-torture, environmental, students and youth, radicals and revolutionaries, religious, civil liberties, teachers and educators, journalists, anti-imperialists, anti-censorship, anti-police state......

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At the Federal Building in San Francisco, we'll form ourselves into a human chain "surrounding" the government that meets the Wikileaked truth with repression and wants to imprison and silence leakers, whistleblowers and truthtellers - when, in fact, these people are heroes.  We'll say:

HANDS OFF WIKILEAKS!
FREE JULIAN ASSANGE!   FREE BRADLEY MANNING!

What:         Join the HUMAN CHAIN AROUND THE FEDERAL BUILDING!

Where:       New Federal Building, 7th and Mission, San Francisco

When:        4:00-6:00 PM 
                   on The Day FOLLOWING U.S. indictment of Assange

Who:          YOU, your group, your friends and family, your congregation, all who support resistance to these wars - and all who refuse to live in silence while truth-tellers are hounded and jailed

Bring all your friends - signs and banners - bullhorns. 

Those who dare at great risk to themselves to put the truth in the hands of the people - and others who might at this moment be thinking about doing more of this themselves -- need to see how much they are supported, and that despite harsh repression from the government and total spin by the mainstream media, the people do want the truth told.  


As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her speech at George Washington University yesterday condemning governments that arrest protestors and do not allow free expression, 71-year-old Ray McGovern was grabbed from the audience in plain view of her by police and an unidentified official in plain clothes, brutalized and left bleeding in jail. She never paused speaking. When Secretary Clinton began her speech, Mr. McGovern remained standing silently in the audience and turned his back. Mr. McGovern, a veteran Army officer who also worked as a C.I.A. analyst for 27 years, was wearing a Veterans for Peace t-shirt.

Blind-sided by security officers who pounced upon him, Mr. McGovern remarked, as he was hauled out the door, "So this is America?" Mr. McGovern is covered with bruises, lacerations and contusions inflicted in the assault.

Mr. McGovern is being represented by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF). "It is the ultimate definition of lip service that Secretary of State Clinton would be trumpeting the U.S. government's supposed concerns for free speech rights and this man would be simultaneously brutalized and arrested for engaging in a peaceful act of dissent at her speech," stated attorney Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the PCJF.

Mr. McGovern now works for Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
Ray McGovern with bruises
Ray McGovern with bruises

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Friday, February 11, 5pm
UN Plaza (Market St. between 7th & 8th Sts.), San Francisco

Mubarak: One Torturer GONE

"Watching the delirious celebrations in Egypt, and spreading to cities across the region, and the world, you've got to feel the joy.  A hated dictator, who until a month or so ago held unchallengeable power, is gone, relatively quickly, through the action of people in the streets.  Standing up to the police state, the open on-the-street killing of protesters, the jailing and torture of 10,000 political prisoners as S.O.P., Egyptian youth have opened something up which is doubtless making other repressive governments nervous...

Where this all will go we can't know.  But never tell me, again, that protest 'doesn't do any good'. - Debra Sweet

DEALING WITH TORTURE

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Local activists "greeted" former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, public spokesperson for the American Torture State and key player in the invasion and occupation of Iraq, at the National Automotive Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Expo 2011, February 7 at Moscone West, San Francisco.

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MOBILIZATION
IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE EGYPTIAN AND TUNISIAN REVOLUTIONS
5 February 2011
 
Protest and march to stand in solidarity with the people of Egypt, Tunisia, and other countries in the region as they struggle against repressive governments.
 
U.N. Plaza, Market and 8th, San Francisco

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