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    RIP Howard Zinn

    Posted by dlt on January 31, 2010

    Howard Zinn, historian, political activist and author of the People’s History of the United States, has died.  He was traveling in California last week and succumbed to a heart attack at age 87.  Here is an article from the Boston Globe:

    Howard Zinn, historian who challenged status quo, dies at 87

    “He’s made an amazing contribution to American intellectual and moral culture,” Noam Chomsky, the left-wing activist and MIT professor, said tonight. “He’s changed the conscience of America in a highly constructive way. I really can’t think of anyone I can compare him to in this respect.”

    Read the rest of the article here.

    Rest in peace Howard Zinn.  Your words and actions and examples will live forever.

    Posted in activism, anti-war, History, human rights, obituaries, peace | Leave a Comment »

    Rethinking Afghanistan: Sign the Petition

    Posted by dlt on November 29, 2009

    Sign the petition online

    Posted in Afghanistan, anti-war, human rights, military, obama, Pakistan, peace, US corporate interests, US world domination | Leave a Comment »

    Father Roy Bourgeois and SOA Watch Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

    Posted by dlt on November 28, 2009

    Father Roy Bourgeois and SOA Watch Nominated for the
    Nobel Peace Prize

    Father Roy Bourgeois, MM, and School of the Americas Watch (SOA Watch) have been nominated for one of the most prestigious
    awards in the world – the Nobel Peace Prize – for their sustained faithful nonviolent witness against the disappearances, torture, and
    murder of hundreds of thousands of civilians (peasants, community and union organizers, clerics, missionaries, educators, and health
    workers) by foreign military personnel trained by the U.S. military at U.S. taxpayer expense at the School of the Americas at Fort Benning,

    The candidacy of Father Roy and SOA Watch for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize has been officially submitted to the Nobel Committee in Oslo,
    Norway by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. The official announcement was made by AFSC
    representative John Meyer on Sunday, November 22 at 9am at the gates of Fort Benning (home of the School of the Americas) during the annual
    November vigil to close the SOA.

    “We are deeply honored, and deeply humbled, to be nominated for this prize for peace,” commented Bourgeois, a Vietnam veteran,
    Purple Heart recipient and a Catholic priest, who helped found SOA Watch.  “This nomination is a recognition of the work of the thousands struggling against militarism across the Americas.”

    SOA Watch is a nonviolent grassroots movement that works through creative protest and resistance, legislative and grassroots media work
    to stand in solidarity with the people of Latin America, to close the School of the Americas (renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for
    Security Cooperation) and to change oppressive U.S. foreign policy that institutions like the SOA/ WHINSEC represent.

    This weekend, SOA Watch is gathering by the thousands at the gates of Ft. Benning to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the killings of
    14-year-old Celia Ramos, her mother Elba Ramos, and the six Jesuit priests she worked with at the Central American University in San
    Salvador in November 1989. Human rights defenders from Colombia and Bertha Oliva, founder of human rights organization COFADEH, Committee
    of Family Members of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras, which has been actively resisting the SOA graduate-led coup as part of the
    resistance front.

    Posted in anti-war, human rights, Latin America, military, peace, School of the Americas, torture, War | Leave a Comment »


    Posted by dlt on November 16, 2009

    More than 150 people rallied against torture on Sunday, November 15,
    at Len Roberts Park in Sierra Vista, Arizona. After listening to
    speakers and music, the group carried signs and candles remembering
    the victims of torture in a one mile procession to the main gate of
    Ft. Huachuca, home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center where
    interrogators are trained.  Along the way, names of people killed as a
    result of torture were called out, and the group responded with
    ³Presente!².  The procession stopped at the office of CACI, a private
    military contractor implicated in the abuse of Iraqi detainees.

    Soon after the protesters arrived at the gate, five people, including
    two Roman Catholic priests, crossed the street and entered the base
    with a message for military personnel and civilian employees.  They
    carried a statement (below) opposing the cruel treatment and abuse of
    detainees from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and calling for the
    civilian oversight of all military interrogation practices.  The
    statement also condemned the use of armed drones in warfare. Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in ft. huachuca, human rights, Latin America, military, School of the Americas, torture | Leave a Comment »

    October 17th anti-war Actions

    Posted by dlt on October 11, 2009

    Greens around the country will be taking the Green Party Peace Message to the streets in a national day of action to protest US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

    Taken from the GPUS National Discussion List:

    The ‘Green Party Stands for PEACE’ will be the sign that will be carried at the peace vigil in Dayton next Saturday. We asking Green National Committee Delegates and party members to participate in some action or event on Saturday, October 17th. Some cities have active coalitions who are mobilizing. But in most cities and towns there may not be any organized effort. In those areas you may want to plan some event or action either in coalition with other groups or as the Green Party. In Dayton, we are planning 2 street vigils/protests. A small action will be better than none.

    We hope to have a follow up to Oct. 17 th. with a conference call to talk about the party’s roll in the peace movement and how we can move things forward. We believe peace education and direct actions go hand in hand.

    The GPCO is participating in:

    8 Years in Afghanistan: The Human Cost

    Join us for Eyes Wide Open, the Human Cost of War, As there are
    commemorations all around the world to mark this chilling anniversary, we will be participating in Denver with the Eyes Wide Open Exhibit

    Saturday, October 17, 2009
    9 am – 2pm

    At noon there will be a special remembrance of lives lost in Afghanistan and Iraq, both civilian and military.

    The location is the public space between the library and the art museum in downtown Denver. 10 W 14th Ave Parkway

    North Country Greens will be having a small action at the post office in Marquette,Michigan on October 17th with signs against the wars and slogans such as “Health Care not Warfare – Green Party.” (We spent September focusing on vigiling for HR 676.) Not muchfoot traffic for leafletting, but lots of car traffic at the intersection to see our signs and two Green Party green banners.

    October 17th is an opportunity to get “peace” and “Green Party” connected in folks’ minds, and to point out that both the Democrats and Republicans are war parties, despite
    Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. Even small actions are important. Let’s do it, Greens!

    Posted in Afghanistan, anti-war, green party, human rights, Iraq, key values, peace, War | Leave a Comment »

    GPUS Endorses October 17 actions

    Posted by dlt on September 15, 2009

    The Green Party of Ohio has voted to endorse the October 17, 2009 peace
    actions being called by the National Assembly to End the Iraq and
    Afghanistan Wars and Occupations.

    October 17 Local and Regional Actions (

    October has several dates with significance for the peace movement.
    October, 2009 will mark the eighth year of the U.S. war in Afghanistan and
    seven years since Congress passed the resolution authorizing war against
    Iraq. In addition, October commemorates the 40th anniversary of the
    Vietnam Moratorium that brought hundreds of thousands into the streets to
    protest the war.Designate October 17 as a day for mass rallies, marches,
    coordinated local and regional demonstrations and other forms of protest
    with unequivocal antiwar demands:Immediately and unconditionally
    withdrawal all U.S. troops, military personnel, bases, contractors and
    mercenaries from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan!End U.S. support for the
    Israeli occupation of Palestine! End to the siege against Gaza!U.S. hands
    off Iran and North Korea!Self-determination for all oppressed nations and
    peoples!End war crimes, including torture!


    We insist on the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all U.S.
    troops, military personnel, bases, contractors and mercenaries from Iraq,
    Afghanistan and Pakistan. We demand an immediate end to all U.S. support
    for the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the ongoing siege against Gaza
    and the Palestinian people. We oppose sanctions,threats of war, and
    attacks against Iran, North Korea, Somalia, or any other nation, whose
    right to self-determination is under assault by Washington’s aggressive
    drive for hegemony. We strongly oppose interference in the internal
    affairs of these countries, as well as Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and any
    other nation targeted by the U.S. government for political
    destabilization. The lopsided vote by the U.S. House of Representatives –
    368-60 – on May 14, 2009 approving the Obama administration’s request for
    $97 billion for U.S. military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan
    and the Senate’s follow-up vote on June 18, 2009 approving by a 91-5
    majority $105.9 billion for the same purpose make clear the bipartisan
    support for continuation of the wars and occupations. It also underscores
    why an independent, unified, mass action antiwar movement is needed now
    more than ever. We support without equivocation the right of all oppressed
    nations and peoples to self-determination, whether in the Middle East or
    in other parts of the world, such as Haiti.

    We stand in solidarity with working people, their unions and allies, and
    so we demand that the trillions being spent on wars and the military be
    diverted to the support of homeowners, the opening of plants to create new
    green jobs instead of seeing them shut down, and preventing the slashing
    of urgently needed social programs.


    Posted in activism, Afghanistan, anti-war, green party, human rights, Iraq, key values, peace, War | Leave a Comment »

    Shoes at Bush

    Posted by dlt on January 28, 2009

    YOU TUBE from DC SHOE BUSH actions of 1/19

    Posted in Afghanistan, anti-war, bush, human rights, Iraq, peace, torture | Leave a Comment »

    Venezuela Reinstates Free Home Heating Oil for Poor in US

    Posted by dlt on January 11, 2009

    By: Tyler Bridges, McClatchy Newspapers Source: Truthout Published: 01.07.2009

    The Venezuelan government reversed course Wednesday, announcing that its U.S. oil subsidiary would continue to provide free home heating oil to poor Americans two days after the government announced that the program had been suspended.

    Critics of President Hugo Chavez had pummeled him since Monday for suspending a program that he had milked for its maximum publicity as a champion of the poor, even in the U.S.

    In the wake of Monday’s announced halt, analysts had predicted this was only the first of Chavez’s ambitious foreign assistance programs that would disappear, given the sharp drop in oil prices and the Venezuelan government’s dependence on oil export income.

    Venezuelan government officials wasted no time in reinstating the program, which saved about 180,000 U.S. households around $260 apiece in 2008. That covered about one month’s heating bill.

    Read the entire article:

    Posted in human rights, Latin America, Venezuela | Leave a Comment »

    Torture on Trial

    Posted by dlt on November 30, 2008

    The Torture on Trial Protest at Ft. Huachuca in mid-November was held in tandem with the Close the School of the Americas Vigil.  Ft. Huachuca, located 70 miles southeast of Tucson, Arizona, houses the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School (USAICS). Ft. Huachuca has a long history of complicity in U.S. crimes of torture.  Read the website for more info on Ft. Huachuca and the event itself.

    Three people were arrested (each is linked to their respective statements)
    Sr. Megan Rice, 78, from Las Vegas, Nevada
    Fr. Louie Vitale, 76, from Oakland, California
    Dennis Duvall, 66, from Prescott, Arizona


    See the photo gallery of the Ft. Huachuca Protest here.

    Posted in activism, anti-war, ft. huachuca, human rights, Latin America, military, peace, School of the Americas, torture | Leave a Comment »

    The Sanctuary of Presente

    Posted by dlt on November 30, 2008

    This poem was created by Kenneth Kennon in Arizona, organizer of the Ft. Huachuca event, sister action to the Close the School of the Americas vigil:

    The Sanctuary of Presente

    by Kenneth Kennon

    The fence was transformed

    Once again

    Into an unseasonable sacred space

    A sanctuary of nonviolence

    By the power of the spirit

    Festooned on chain-links and barbed wire

    White crosses and stars hung

    Carrying names of the disappeared

    Their holy images

    And banners with messages of hope

    This quiet metamorphosis

    Emerged from simple acts of many hands

    As tears welled

    Names rang through stately wood

    Of brillant and falling leaves of autumn

    In solemn preparation

    Of a joyous spring


    Posted in activism, anti-war, ft. huachuca, human rights, Latin America, military, peace, School of the Americas, torture | Leave a Comment »