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Summary: Advocating for Peace & Justice: Week of August 1

5 New Items including:

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  • Fast and Vigil Against Torture
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  • Six Facts No War Supporter Knows
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Drew Sheneman

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Support Bradley Manning! The World Can't Wait
Sign the statement

Six Facts No War Supporter Knows, David Swanson, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
No one who supports (The Afghan war) can be aware of any of the following six facts.
Secret files show true Afghanistan war

Fast and Vigil Against Torture, Sonja Johnson, Women Against Military Madness
Interrogation memos written by John Yoo (UC Berkeley) and Jay Bybee dated August 1, 2002, have now been named "torture memos" because the methods described in these memos and used on prisoners are cruel, inhumane, and degrading—in other words, torture.

Why Wikileaks’ Doc-Dump Is Such a Big Deal (Even if There’s Nothing New Within), Joshua Holland, AlterNet
"So, this document dump pushes what a few war-nerds may have grasped from a thousand stories on page B-6 onto the front page, revealing not a series of “unfortunate incidents” but a pattern of disregard for civilian casualties that disproves a central tenet of our COIN strategy — that war can be fought in a kinder, gentler, more progressive way thus helping win the hearts and minds of the local population." --Joshua Holland

Why Negative? Peacenik, YouTube
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley
Being negative won't keep bad things from happening, and pessimism doesn't help make good things happen, so why not be optimistic? Believe in world peace, and help make it happen.

Support Bradley Manning!

Sign the statement

The World Can't Wait

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

Bradley Manning is the U.S. soldier now in a US military prison in Kuwait who has been arrested and charged with two violations for releasing classified information (the Wikileaks "Collateral Murder" video) and facing 54 years in prison. He is being held in isolation from the outside world - with no contact with his civilian attorneys working to defend him.

If the allegations are true, we believe that Bradley Manning is a hero for bringing to light the realities of the crimes being committed in the U.S. occupation. We call for his immediate release and that his attorneys be allowed to talk to him.

This statement was signed by almost everyone attending the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) conference in Austin this past weekend (July 24-25).  We're urging all groups to post and circulate it.

Sign the statement

We Stand With Bradley Manning. The US Army has Bradley Manning in custody in a prison in Kuwait, reportedly without access to legal counsel.  The Army says he's responsible for leaking the video footage which was named "Collateral Murder" and sent around the world by wikileaks.org. They will likely court martial him.

Needless to say, the soldiers in the video -- not to mention the commanders who trained the troops for and ordered the massacre -- are under no arrest, no scrutiny, not even investigation

World Can't Wait has projected "Collateral Murder" onto buildings and before large groups of people and high school classrooms.  Every instance, even among those who "know" how bad the US occupation is, brought renewed outrage and dedication to end the wars. It's impossible to overestimate the role of courageous people in the military who blow the whistle, and of principled media like wikileaks.org that get the truth out to the public.

"From what I've heard so far of (Wikileaks co-founder Julian) Assange and (Army Pfc Bradley) Manning…they are two new heroes of mine," Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, spreading opposition to the Vietnam War based on their contents.

World Can't Wait urges everyone who wants an end to the wars to support Bradley Manning.

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See "The strange and consequential case of Bradley Manning, Adrian Lamo and WikiLeaks"

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Read Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com. June 18, 2010

Listen to Democracy Now! With Amy Goodman. June 17, 2010

"Wikileaks Commissions Lawyers to Defend Alleged Army Source" Kevin Poulsen and Kim Zetter, Wired.com. June 11, 2010

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For more background information, see Wikileaks reveals video showing US air crew shooting down Iraqi civilians and Army Intelligence Analyst Charged for Releasing Wikileaks Video: Killers Remain Free

Write to Bradley with your support:
Inmate Bradley Manning
TFCF (Theater Field Confinement Facility)
APO AE 09366
USA

Climate Change Legislation Languishes

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  • It's time to show our senators the full extent of our outrage at their refusal to take on the greatest crisis of our time.
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  • Who cooked the planet?
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  • The truth: Still there, still inconvenient
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Gillian Caldwell, 1Sky

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Amelia Kroeger

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I am furious and frustrated.

We're sweltering here in Washington DC -- living on a planet that just survived the hottest six months in recorded history -- and yet last week the Senate announced it plans to do absolutely nothing for the foreseeable future about our climate crisis.

Big Oil, Dirty Coal and their allies in Congress have succeeded once again in blocking bold climate action.  As a result, they will continue to reap record profits at the expense of our health, safety and economic security.

It's time to show our senators the full extent of our outrage at their refusal to take on the greatest crisis of our time.

Call your senators toll-free and tell them two simple things:
•    They've failed to do their job on climate -- and you won't take 'no' for an answer;
•    You'll hold them accountable for their lack of action.

More...

Related:

Who Cooked the Planet? Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY

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  • Will any of the deniers say “O.K., I guess I was wrong,” and support climate action? No.
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  • The truth: Still there, still inconvenient
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The DEA is Out of Control: We Can Stop This!

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Obama's pandering to the prohibitionists is a trial balloon. We need to shoot it full of lead.
The DEA is going to kill someone

Neill Franklin, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

President Obama's nomination of Michele Leonhart to be permanent head of the DEA is a trial balloon - a test of strength and resolve.

The nomination of a ruthless prohibitionist is a test of whether he takes himself seriously when he says that the federal government is going to stop wasting time, money and people on medical marijuana raids in states where it is legal. It is, more significantly, a test of whether he takes the drug reform movement seriously.

And the only way he will take us seriously is if we petition now telling President Obama to replace Acting Administrator Michele Leonhart with someone who respects the rights of the ill and vulnerable.

If you have received appeals from our allies in drug policy reform, please send those along as well as ours.

Every email they receive counts.

Obama's pandering to the prohibitionists is a trial balloon.

We need to shoot it full of lead.

Related:

The DEA is going to kill someone, Marijuana Policy Project
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell
Under the direction of acting-administrator Michele Leonhart, the DEA has gone rogue. They are continuing to raid homes and businesses in compliance with state medical marijuana laws in direct opposition of the directive of the Department of Justice. Leonhart has been nominated to take over as head of the DEA which is why we are asking you to join us in calling on President Obama to withdraw this nomination.

Fast and Vigil Against Torture


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Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: We incorrectly stated where John Yoo teaches. Robert Delahunty teaches in the University of St. Thomas (MN) Law School. We regret the error.

Interrogation memos written by John Yoo and Jay Bybee dated August 1, 2002, have now been named "torture memos" because the methods described in these memos and used on prisoners are cruel, inhumane, and degrading—in other words, torture.

Sonja Johnson, Women Against Military Madness

August 1, 2010, is the eight-year anniversary of the Yoo/Bybee torture memos. To commemorate this infamous anniversary, Tackling Torture at the Top (T3) a committee of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) and friends are inviting individuals and groups to join them in a 24-hour Fast Against Torture. This Fast will start on Sunday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m. and last until 6:00 p.m. the next day.

There will also be a 12-hour vigil held at the Federal Courthouse Plaza in Minneapolis (300 4th Street South) on Monday, August 2 from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. This vigil is a call for repentance and accountability for the torture done to others in our name. People are invited to join in this vigil for however long they can. So far over 200 people have signed up to participate in one or both events.

For further information: Sonja Johnson, Women Against Military Madness, 612-721-1416

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