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    100 Cities Protest Surge of Troops to Afghanistan

    Posted by dlt on December 5, 2009

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    Green Party opposes escalation, urges Obama to announce US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in his Dec. 1 speech

    Posted by dlt on December 2, 2009

    During the speech, President Obama will announce his intention to send 30,000 more troops, raising the number of US personnel in Afghanistan to over 100,000.

    “Millions of Americans voted for Barack Obama in 2008 under the impression that he was an ‘antiwar’ candidate, even though Mr. Obama supported the war in Afghanistan and favored a limited withdrawal from Iraq. Troop escalation will not ‘finish the job’ in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan. Unless he surprises us in his speech on Tuesday, we’ll be further mired in a war that shouldn’t have happened in the first place,” said Rosa Clemente, the Green Party’s nominee for Vice President in 2008 (http://www.rosaclemente.com).

    The Green Party of the United States will participate in antiwar protests scheduled for Saturday, December 12 in Washington, DC, and other locations throughout the US.

    In Washington, Greens and other Americans who support an end to the Afghanistan war will gather for an Emergency Anti-Escalation Rally in Lafayette Park near the White House. Among the featured speakers for this rally will be Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party’s 2008 presidential nominee, and Lynne Williams, 2010 Green candidate for Governor of Maine (http://www.lynnewilliams2010.org). The rally, organized by End US Wars will take place from 11 am to 4 pm (http://www.enduswars.org / contact: Laurie Dobson, 207-604-8988, contact@enduswars.org).

    “This is what Obama’s fabled bi-partisanship gets us — more of the same. What we need is partisanship, with a strong Green Party presence in this country, since we are the only party that was against the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan from day one,” said Ms. Williams.

    On November 25, Ms. McKinney sent an open letter to President Obama urging a reversal of his warhawk policy on Afghanistan (http://dignity.ning.com/profiles/blogs/cynthia-mckinneys-letter-to).

    Nationwide rallies and protests are also planned for December 2, immediately after the President’s speech (http://www.unitedforpeace.org/calendar.php).

    Green Party leaders have disputed President Obama’s claims that the invasion of Afghanistan was “the right war.” The invasion has resulted in a catastrophe for Afghan civilians, with thousands killed and maimed and the destruction of property and infrastructure. The Taliban has won greater popular support because of its defiance of foreign troops, while President Karzai’s corrupt administration have betrayed any hope for democracy and regional warlords have turned Afghanistan into the world’s leading producer of opium. Human rights for most Afghans, especially women, have not advanced because of the US invasion.

    Greens also asserted that the war has not reduced any real or perceived terrorist threat against the US, and its expansion into Pakistan with drone attacks inside Pakistani borders has created greater regional instability and animosity towards the US. Greens called the Democrats as much a party of war as the GOP, with both parties spending enormous amounts of taxpayers’ money to feed a military machine that bullies other nations and ultimately sustains corporate war profiteers.

    “The only way to show support for US troops is to demand their safe return. As the Soviet Union’s attempt to subjugate Afghanistan proved, the US’s attempt to occupy the country means mounting US casualties,” said Farheen Hakeem, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.

    “The Green Party — not the Democrats or Republicans — represents the will of the people, with polls showing a majority of Americans opposed to the war. We challenge all Americans who desire peace to speak out with their voices and votes, demand that President Obama order our troops home now, and call on Congress to cut military spending,” added Ms. Hakeem.

    MORE INFORMATION

    Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org
    202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN

    Green candidate database and campaign information: http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml
    Green Party News Center http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml
    Green Party Speakers Bureau http://www.gp.org/speakers
    Green Party ballot access page http://www.gp.org/2008-elections
    Green Party Livestream Channel http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus

    Green Pages: The official publication of record of the Green Party of the United States
    Fall 2009 issue now online
    http://gp.org/greenpages-blog

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    Emergency Anti-Escalation Rally , December 12, Lafayette Park at the White House

    Posted by dlt on December 1, 2009

    DEC.12TH 11AM-4PM DC
    End US Wars, is holding an Emergency Anti-Escalation Rally on December 12 at Lafayette Park at the White House, Washington DC, from 11am to 4pm.

    Featured speakers include: Cynthia McKinney, Senator Mike Gravel, Chris Hedges, David Swanson, Kathy Kelly, Betty Hall, Granny D (message), Lynne Williams, Elaine Bowers, Mathis Chiroux, Michael Knox, Ron Fisher and others.

    We are very excited about so many illustrious speakers, with more in the offing. Musical performers include Jordan Page.

    We expect to do a lot of action in DC around the time of Obama’s announcement. We also are planning events the evening of December 11th–a Green Party event, authors book signings, and Robert Greenwald’s new movie on Afghanistan.
    On Rally Day, December 12th: congregate at Lafayette Park, White House. Speakers are from 11am to 4 pm, with musical interludes. From 3pm to 4pm there is an organizational meeting ‘tea’ with peace movement leaders, to meet up at the rally, location TBA.

    Prior to the rally, we are planning a camera ready leaflet, down-loadable from the website  www.enduswars.org , to be distributed at the events coming together between now and then, such as at the Dec. 1st peace vigil at 5 pm at the White House,  Amy Goodman’s speaking event in DC on Nov. 30, and other spontaneous activities now being discussed in the peace community. It will be available for local rally organizers to download and distribute during the days prior to the December 12th Anti-Escalation Rally.

    We are sounding the peace cry, declaring that the Peace Movement is not going to stand for the President’s abdication of the people he was elected to serve. We need to send him the message: We have had enough!

    We ask for your strong support and presence at the rally. Please go to our website:  http://www.enduswars.org .

    Organizing Committee, End US Wars
    www.enduswars.org contact AT enduswars.org
    “When we are morally right, we must not yield.” Cynthia McKinney

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    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,
    Georgia.

    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 »

    Greens join rally to close Georgia’s terrorist training camp at Ft. Benning

    Posted by dlt on November 21, 2009

    (Distributed by the Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org)

    Georgia Green Party
    http://www.greens.org/georgia

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Thursday, November 19, 2009

    For further information, contact:
    Bruce Dixon, Press Secretary
    770-592-7295 * bdixon@georgiagreenparty.org
    Denice Traina, Former CoChair
    706-364-7810 * denice.traina@georgiagreenparty.org

    Georgia Greens Challenge Congressional Delegation To Shut Down Terrorist Training Camp in Georgia Give us some Change Worth Believing In

    This weekend, Greens from Georgia and far beyond will again gather with nearly 25,000 justice-loving individuals of all persuausions for an annual vigil at the gates of Ft. Benning. Led by School of the Americas Watch (http://www.soaw.org), the yearly ritual has become a centerpiece of the mass movement to close a terrorist training camp operated on Georgia soil that has led countries throughout the Americas to withdraw their students from its program.

    “Regardless of which corporate Party wins the election, it seems US foreign policy continues to serve investment interests over those of the American peaople,” said Denice Traina, former Co-Chair of the Georgia Green Party, a physical therapist from Augusta who has travelled with her kids to the annual vigil 13 of the last 14 years.

    The recent ouster of Manuel Zelaya as the legitimately elected leader of Honduras has been tied to the leadership of graduates of the Georgia terrorist training camp.  The military backed regime has suspended civil liberties, authorizing arrests without warrants in blatent violation of the Central American government’s constitution.

    “U.S. fingerprints are all over President Zelaya’s ouster, despite the Obama Administration’s attempt to maintain plausible deniability for the coup,” said Michael Canney, a Florida Green who recently represented the U.S.  Green Party in annual meeting of the Federation of Green Parties of the Americas in Santiago, Chile. Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in green party, Latin America, military, School of the Americas, torture | Leave a Comment »

    FIVE TORTURE PROTESTERS ARRESTED AT FORT HUACHUCA

    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 »

    War Supplemental Vote Early Next Week

    Posted by dlt on May 8, 2009

    According to Mainer Bruce K. Gagnon, Coordinator of Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space who talked with Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree’s Military Legislative Assistant, Eric Hansen, the bill is in the House Appropriations Committee now and that it would likely be voted on in the House of Representatives as early as next week.

    President Obama had requested $83 billion for the war supplemental but House Democrats have added $9.3 billion to that request to bring the supplemental to now stand at $94.2 billion.

    According to Hansen Rep. Pingree would vote on the supplemental and he said that she wants to first “see what form the bill takes” before deciding on her vote. He said that the Congresswoman was wanting to see if bench marks and timelines were included in the bill. So far Obama has not submitted any timelines on ending the Afghanistan occupation.

    Hansen said that the war supplemental will also include funds for economic assistance to the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He talked about “soft power” options being important like moving some Pakistan funds from the Pentagon to the State Department’s control for diplomatic purposes and for expansion of counter-insurgency capabilities.

    Hansen also said that Rep. Pingree was seriously considering signing on as a co-sponsor to a bill presented by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) that would “require the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress outlining the United States exit strategy for United States military forces in Afghanistan participating in Operation Enduring Freedom.”

    As of today the cost of the war in Afghanistan to American taxpayers has been more than $172 billion and the Iraq war has cost more than $656 billion.

    It is important to remember that Obama has also already requested $130 billion for war funding for fiscal year 2010.

    Please make a call immediately to your member of your state Congressional delegation. Urge them to vote against any more war funding.Here is status of the Iraq-Afghanistan-Pakistan war supplemental bill for the remainder of 2009.

    According to a report I received from a constituent who talked with Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree’s Military Legislative Assistant, Eric Hansen, the bill is in the House Appropriations Committee now and that it would likely be voted on in the House of Representatives as early as next week.

    President Obama had requested $83 billion for the war supplemental but House Democrats have added $9.3 billion to that request to bring the supplemental to now stand at $94.2 billion.

    According to Hansen Rep. Pingree would vote on the supplemental and he said that she wants to first “see what form the bill takes” before deciding on her vote. He said that the Congresswoman was wanting to see if bench marks and timelines were included in the bill. So far Obama has not submitted any timelines on ending the Afghanistan occupation.

    Hansen said that the war supplemental will also include funds for economic assistance to the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He talked about “soft power” options being important like moving some Pakistan funds from the Pentagon to the State Department’s control for diplomatic purposes and for expansion of counter-insurgency capabilities.

    Hansen also said that Rep. Pingree was seriously considering signing on as a co-sponsor to a bill presented by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) that would “require the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress outlining the United States exit strategy for United States military forces in Afghanistan participating in Operation Enduring Freedom.”

    As of today the cost of the war in Afghanistan to American taxpayers has been more than $172 billion and the Iraq war has cost more than $656 billion.

    It is important to remember that Obama has also already requested $130 billion for war funding for fiscal year 2010.

    Please make a call immediately to your member of your state Congressional delegation. Urge them to vote against any more war funding.

    Posted in Afghanistan, anti-war, Iraq, military, obama, peace, US world domination, War | Leave a Comment »

    Urban Tool in Recruiting by the Army: An Arcade

    Posted by dlt on January 6, 2009

    By: Jessica Kourkounis Source: NY Times Published: 01.04.2009

    PHILADELPHIA — Amid the last-minute shopping bustle, the voice in the Black Hawk helicopter simulator shouted with an urgency that exceeded even the holiday mall frenzy.

    The $13 million center, opened in August, replaced five smaller recruitment stations.

    About 35 visitors have enlisted.

    “Enemy right! Enemy right!”

    Triggers squeezed. Pixels exploded. Shopping waited. Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in military, military recruiting | 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

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    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 »