October 2015 Archives
After months of denying that U.S. troops would be in any combat role in Iraq, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter acknowledged that a raid in Hawija was just that.
Police Commander Glenn Evans, a 28-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, is accused of shoving the barrel of a gun down a man's throat while simultaneously holding a stun gun to his genitals.
What happens when you put cops in schools?
The correlation between the mental baggage of war, the increased hiring of military combat veterans as police officers, and an observable escalation of aggressive and violent police brutality is difficult to ignore...
USA TODAY: A coalition of groups plan to host three days of protests across New York City this week in an effort to call attention to systemic racism, mass incarceration and police brutality.
Organizers of the demonstrations, dubbed #RiseUpOctober, will focus on police-involved killings by staging several acts of civil disobedience on Thursday and Friday as well as by hosting a large march on Saturday with families of people killed by officers. The events come as the nation continues to debate the relationship between police and communities of color and after several high profile police killings were captured on video over the last year...
Sponsoring organization Stop Mass Incarceration Network met the press Monday morning outside Oakland City Hall during a send-off rally for families and activists going to New York City for 3 days of action to STOP Police Terror. We recognize the tremendous sacrifice this trip represents -- emotional and financial -- and those of us who can't go to New York are privileged to support these ambassadors for justice. It is not too late to contribute to the fund that will make this happen.
#RiseUpOctober plans include a non-violent direct action outside the massive prison complex that sits right in the middle of Manhattan. Read co-initiator Cindy Sheehan's "Why I Want to Shut Down Rikers" posted to her blog. To join the action or provide support: AddMyVoice@RiseUpOctober.org
WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Parents of James Earl Rivera Jr. demonstrated tireless determination yesterday to bring the epidemic of police terror to a halt. Their 16 year old son (same age as his younger brother today, also present at Monday's rally) was shot and killed in a hail of 48 bullets fired by Stockton police officers Gregory Nunn and Eriz Azavard and San Joaquin County Sheriff Deputy John Nesbit on July 22, 2010. This family is dedicated to finding justice for James and helping other families thru the nightmare of government oppression.
Two dozen Lost Lives posters displayed In Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (right) include only a few of the faces of Bay Area deceased. Participants in New York events are encouraged to carry photos of the many other victims in Saturday's march thru NYC.
Join a community of people across this country who are standing for justice. This is a moral act and it is part of bringing into being, right now, the shoots of the world we are fighting for -- one where no one turns their heads when others are oppressed and terrorized, where justice is real.
The Future is Unwritten. Which One We Get is Up To Us.
Elaine Pasquini, Washington Report On Middle East Affairs, reports:
More than 50 passionate human rights supporters chanting "IDF you can't hide, we charge you with genocide!" greeted guests arriving at San Francisco's posh Palace Hotel on October 11 to attend a gala dinner honoring soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces hosted by the organization Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. Members of CODEPINK, World Can't Wait and Occupy SF Action Council loudly decried the ongoing and escalating brutal treatment of Palestinians living in Gaza, the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem by the Israel Defense Forces.
Many carried homemade signs criticizing the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and the killing of innocent civilians. Speaking to passersby one protester declared, "Zionism is a criminal enterprise!"
The activists were protesting the most significant escalation of violent attacks against Palestinians by the IDF since June 2014.
Between September 29 and October 10 four Palestinians in East Jerusalem, including 13-year-old Abdel-Rahman Abeidallah, were killed and 794 injured by Israeli military forces in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In Gaza on October 9, the IDF shot and killed Shadi Hussam Dawla, 20; Ahmad al-Harbawi, 20; Abed al-Wahidi, 20; Muhammad al-Raqeb, 15; Ziad Nabil Sharaf, 20; Adnan Moussa Abu Elayyan, 22 and Jihad Salim al-Ubeid, 22, and injured 145 during demonstrations near the border checkpoint.
On October 10, Israeli police killed 16-year-old Ishaq Badran near the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City. On the same day, Ahmad Salah, 24 was shot dead by the IDF in Shu'fat Refugee Camp.
The number of Palestinians arbitrarily arrested skyrocketed in September. Some 94 children in East Jerusalem and at least 14 adults and three children in Silwan were arrested on October 5. During the first week of October there were 130 attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians.
For two days during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Israeli officials autocratically barred Palestinians from entering Jerusalem's Old City, except for those who live or work there. Israeli authorities also disallowed Palestinian males under the age of 50 from worshipping at the al-Aqsa Mosque located in the Old City. The Palestine Red Crescent Society declared a state of emergency following 14 attacks by Israeli military forces and settlers against its ambulances and staff in the three days preceding the crackdown.
Due to the brutal crackdown, restriction of movements and rising tensions the Al-Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in the Old City cancelled its opening exhibition of Wihdeh by Naqsh Design House. Likewise, Sunbula, located in East Jerusalem postponed its Home Décor and Furniture Show.