October 2011 Archives

October 27 Vigil for Scott Olsen

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scott olsenA Marine veteran who served two tours in Iraq was critically injured during a brutal police crackdown on Occupy Oakland. 

The encampment held a candlelight vigil for Scott organized by Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). Speakers included Keith Shannon, who deployed to Iraq with Scott Olsen, and other friends and allies of Scott.

Last night, Highland Hospital Chief Surgeon Dr. Alden Harken reported that Olsen was breathing on his own, and capable of moving his body. Harken said these were "huge" neurological improvements from when Olsen arrived. "He's still having trouble articulating words. I anticipate that will improve."

 Tell Oakland Mayor to end the brutality and investigate this incident:                  

immortaltechniqueows-screen1-230x105.jpgWe're willing to put his second term on the alter of democracy and sacrifice it if we need to, to send a message to the rest of the world saying, 'If you promise us change, and then you deliver nothing but the same, if you do these little superficial changes to pacify the people, to placate people, then you expose yourself.' 

video of hip-hop artist here

Occupy SF protest outside City Hall

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Global Week of Action Against Drones

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October 8th, Protesters Pepper Sprayed at National Air and Space Museum
 
Tighe Barry and a fellow protester managed to unfurl a three story high banner with the message, No Drones End Afghan War, before being taken into custody by guards. He was  released relatively quickly. (photo by Bill Perry)

See video taken moments after the above video where Pepper spray was used.

London Against the Afghan War

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On Saturday October 8, 2011, to mark the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, the Stop the War Coalition is holding a Mass Assembly in Trafalgar Square, from 12 noon to 4 pm, to call for an end to the war, which continues to haemorrhage lives and money at an alarming rate, despite the arrogance and futility of trying to save Afghanistan from its own people, fuelled by the obvious lies of politicians, who insist on claiming -- in defiance of all logic -- that the presence of British soldiers is keeping al-Qaeda off the streets of Britain, when what the "insurgents" actually want is for us to get out of their country.

With the latest UK poll showing 71 percent of respondents agreeing that the war in "unwinnable," and 57 percent calling for the immediate withdrawal of British troops, the Coalition is noticeably in tune with a majority of the British public, and has secured significant support from opponents of the war for the following statement of intent for Saturday's protest...

"Ten Hours for Ten Years"

Who do we turn to now?

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One thing that became abundantly clear during the chaotic swings of emotion leading up to the state-sanctioned murder of Troy Davis was the absence of any recourse to justice for the victim.

"When protecting the systems in a society becomes more important than the people the systems are designed to protect, that society is in great peril. -- Dr. Wilmer J. Leon IIIThe Price of 'Justice' Was Too High

As the world watched, figures of authority from petty bureaucrats to the U.S. President turned a deaf ear to the voices of millions of people of conscience, shattering popular anticipations of moral leadership. "Taking it all the way to the Supreme Court" proved to be a dead end.

This indolence was truly shocking to many, and ignited spontaneous protest around the country. And the realization that it's up to us to stop the crimes of our government.

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