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Chris Hedges | The Crime of Peaceful Protest

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  • The trial of Cecily McMillan, 25, is one of the last criminal cases originating from the Occupy protest movement. It is also one of the most emblematic. The state, after the coordinated nationwide eradication of Occupy encampments, has relentlessly used the courts to harass and neutralize Occupy activists ...
  • Father Roy Bourgeois | Columbus (GA) Police Chief Ricky Boren Denies Our Right to Peacefully Assemble

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

occupy42914.jpgCecily McMillan, wearing a red dress and high heels, her dark, shoulder-length hair stylishly curled, sat behind a table with her two lawyers Friday morning facing Judge Ronald A. Zweibel in Room 1116 at the Manhattan Criminal Court. The judge seems to have alternated between boredom and rage throughout the trial, now three weeks old. He has repeatedly thrown caustic barbs at her lawyers and arbitrarily shut down many of the avenues of defense. Friday was no exception.

The silver-haired Zweibel curtly dismissed a request by defense lawyers Martin Stolar and Rebecca Heinegg for a motion to dismiss the case. The lawyers had attempted to argue that testimony from the officer who arrested McMillan violated Fifth Amendment restrictions against the use of comments made by a defendant at the time of arrest. But the judge, who has issued an unusual gag order that bars McMillan’s lawyers from speaking to the press, was visibly impatient, snapping, “This debate is going to end.” He then went on to uphold his earlier decision to heavily censor videos taken during the arrest, a decision Stolar said “is cutting the heart out of my ability to refute” the prosecution’s charge that McMillan faked a medical seizure in an attempt to avoid being arrested. “I’m totally handicapped,” Stolar lamented to Zweibel.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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Father Roy Bourgeois | Columbus (GA) Police Chief Ricky Boren Denies Our Right to Peacefully Assemble, Father Roy Bourgeois, SOA Watch

  • Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren is messing with the wrong movement.
  • Police Deny Street Permit for Annual Vigil at Fort Benning, Georgia
  • 2014 Veterans For Peace SOAW Bus Trip
  • Watch: Peaceful Warriors On the road with Vets for Peace

 

This Revolutionary Moment

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  • As we’ve covered in previous newsletters, there are now academic studies that demonstrate the lack of democracy in the US and that the government functions as a plutocracy that represents the needs and wishes of the wealthy elite. At the same time that the government is dysfunctional, we are experiencing multiple crises that demand immediate action.
  • The Fix Is In; The Revolution Is Coming
  • Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary

Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance 

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1rev.pngJuly 11th, 2014 | Last week, we wrote about Independence Day and the importance of examining that revolutionary period and the state of affairs today more deeply. The Declaration of Independence states that when a government does not support the rights and needs of the people, then

“it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese are participants in Popular Resistance, an online daily news and information service for people who want to play a role in improving the country, creating economic and social justice as well as to protect the environment. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

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The Fix Is In; The Revolution Is Coming, Timothy V. Gatto, Countercurrents.org

  • Don't count on Obama to save anything except the ACA from the chopping block. He will explain how he "Had to do it" in order to get a deal from the Republican Party that doesn't even have a leg to stand on. The fix is in folks and it will be you and I that pay the heavy price, and it is you and I that will see the eventual bloodshed that will result.
  • The Shutdown, the Showdown, and the Urgent Need To Repolarize... For Revolution
  • The right’s sinister new plot against pensions
  • You Cut Social Security, You Should Leave Congress

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Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • Thomas Paine is America’s one great revolutionary theorist. Paine’s brilliance as a writer—his essay “Common Sense” is one of the finest pieces of rhetorical writing in the English language—is matched by his clear and unsentimental understanding of British imperial power. No revolutionist can challenge power if he or she does not grasp how power works.
  • Chris Hedges | The Rules of Revolt

 

Close the SOA! Resist Empire & Militarization

  • Converge on Ft. Benning, GA
  • November 21-23, 2014
  • Police Deny Street Permit for Annual Vigil at Fort Benning, GA
  • Father Roy Bourgeois | Columbus (GA) Police Chief Ricky Boren Denies Our Right to Peacefully Assemble

Katherine Henao, SOA Watch 

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/images/522.jpgAugust 1, 2014 | As SOA Watch's 25th anniversary Vigil approaches, our legal and organizing teams are hard at work to push back on the latest attack on our 1st Amendment rights to peacefully assemble. We remain committed to converging at the gates of Fort Benning once again to remember the martyrs, and to denounce the continued SOA violence against our brothers and sisters in countries like Honduras and Colombia.

s/Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpgWill you join us by signing this petition urging the Columbus Police Department to reconsider the unjust denial of our right to peacefully assemble?

Already, we have received thousands of signatures of support, and we continue to be humbled by the countless expressions of solidarity.

Join thousands for a rally at Fort Benning, music and street theater, an immigrant prison protest, nonviolent direct action, concerts, films, workshops & more.

For more information call 202-234-3440.

 

SOA Watch, founded by Fr. Roy Bourgeois in 1990,  is an independent organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.

 

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Police Deny Street Permit for Annual Vigil at Fort Benning, GA, Hendrik Voss, SOA Watch

Constitutional Rights Under Attack in Georgia 

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Father Roy Bourgeois | Columbus (GA) Police Chief Ricky Boren Denies Our Right to Peacefully Assemble, Father Roy Bourgeois, SOA Watch

  • Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren is messing with the wrong movement.
  • Police Deny Street Permit for Annual Vigil at Fort Benning, Georgia
  • 2014 Veterans For Peace SOAW Bus Trip
  • Watch: Peaceful Warriors On the road with Vets for Peace

 

Prosecute Netanyahu for genocide and war crimes!

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Send a letter to the International Criminal Court demanding the prosecution of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for international war crimes and other crimes of aggression in the siege of Gaza.

ANSWER Coalition

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netanyahu-genocide.pngTo the ICC Secretariat of the Assembly of States Parties:

The Israeli massacre in Gaza has already taken the lives of nearly 2,000 people, and left thousands more wounded. The vast majority have been civilians and the Israeli government has targeted hospitals, schools and other civilian institutions. 

The siege of Gaza clearly meets the ICC's definitions of genocide ("the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group"), high crimes ("breaching the Geneva Conventions"), and war crimes ("widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population.")

I insist that the International Criminal Court carry out its declared mission and prosecute Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for these war crimes and crimes of aggression.

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The ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) works to build an anti-racist, peace and social justice movement through grassroots activism and education.

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