DC Teach-in: Why we must stop US Military Action in Syria

On 9/5/13, the Washington Peace Center sponsored a teach-in about the proposed bombing of Syria.  Featuring Rania Masri and Bassam Haddad, it was a fantastic presentation and conversations about the context and history of the proposed bombings, why this was happening now, what the alternatives were and what we could do about it.

Click here to watch the video from this event.

9/11: What Didn't Change

It changed everything.

That's the mantra that emerged from the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001. In certain areas of our collective lives, it was an accurate description. Security concerns increased. The United States went to war in two far-away lands. It engaged in brutal practices that amounted to torture and opened secret prisons and the ever-controversial Guantanamo facility. Ugly barriers went up around public facilities. Navigating airports became a new kind of nightmare.

Dubious Intelligence and Iran Blackmail: How Israel is driving the US to war in Syria

President Barack Obama’s August 31 announcement that he would seek congressional authorization to strike Syria has complicated an aggressive Israeli campaign to render a US attack inevitable. While the Israelis are far from the only force in bringing the US to the brink of war – obviously Assad’s own actions are the driving factor – their dubious intelligence assessments have proven pivotal.

Take a Stand Against Nuclear Weapons

Sixty-eight years have passed since atomic bombs were used against people for the first time — on Aug. 6, 1945, in Hiroshima and three days later in Nagasaki. Policymakers the world over should take concrete action toward the abolition of nuclear weapons by listening to what Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said in his 2013 Peace Declaration on Tuesday, the 68th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing.

Bradley Manning acquitted of “Aiding the Enemy” charge, month-long sentencing phase now determines fate

“We won the battle, now we need to go win the war,” shared defense attorney David Coombs following today’s verdict. “Today is a good day, but Bradley is by no means out of the fire,” he said to dozens of emotional supporters outside of the Fort Meade, Maryland military courtroom. Coombs expressed subdued optimism going into the expected month-long sentencing phase of the court martial that will determine how long Bradley Manning will remain in confinement.

Crackdown on Turkish Uprising: Police Hammer Youth Revolt as Fight Continues Against Inequality and Repression

As a sea of riot police backed by water cannon trucks pushed past the barricades, seizing the center of Taksim Square in a barrage of teargas and rubber bullets, the small environmental protests-turned-urban anti-government revolt entered a new stage. In a bid to reclaim the square they occupied for the past week, Turkish youth, woken from their tents to the sound of exploding teargas canisters, erected new barricades, throwing rocks, Molotov cocktails and fireworks in pitched battles with police throughout the day.

How to Honor 50 Years of Activism?

Thank you to everyone who came and supported our 50th anniversary celebration and reunion last month.  How to honor 50 years of activism?  By looking forward! The Washington Peace Center is continuing to build the next generation of activists through monthly training skillshares.  Please donate today to support training the future change-makers!

LGBTQ leaders uphold selection of Bradley Manning as SF Pride grand marshal


Recently, it was announced that PFC Bradley Manning would be a grand marshal of the 2013 San Francisco Pride Celebration. We felt this decision was a bold and uplifting choice, bestowing a great May honor on a young whistleblower being persecuted for following his conscience.

Surprise Fast Food Strike Planned in St. Louis

For the third time in five weeks, non-union fast food workers in a major American city are headed out on strike. Starting at 5 p.m. Central Time today, dozens of employees plan to walk off the job in St. Louis,  following similar strikes in Chicago April 24, and in New York City on Nov. 29 and April 4. Like their counterparts in New York and Chicago, the St. Louis workers are demanding a $15 an hour wage, and the chance to form a union without intimidation.

Housing First: A Proven Solution to End Chronic Homelessness

Thanks to Jean Badalamenti of Miriam’s Kitchen and the Housing Issue Committee for this post.
Let's not let this man nor Mr. G die on the streets of our Nation's Capitol. Investing in the DHS Housing First (PSH) program for the chronically homeless saves lives and dollars.

Let’s not let this man nor Mr. G die on the streets of our Nation’s Capitol. Investing in the DHS Housing First (PSH) program for the chronically homeless saves lives and dollars.

Boston Marathon Suspect's Treatment Shows How 'War on Terror' Has Killed Basic Rights

The aftermath of the Boston Marathon attacks shows that what was once a given--providing a suspect accused of a crime with Miranda rights--has turned into a long-shot due to the country’s “war on terror” mentality. The suspect in custody, 19-year-old American citizen Dzokhar Tsarnaev, has not been read his Miranda rights, despite the fact that he has been questioned by law enforcement interrogators.

Report backs from the World Social Forum

Occupy the WSF

Dear people,

In 1999 the counter-globalisation movement burst onto the streets at the WTO conference in Seattle. Two years later, in Porto Alegre, the movement began to organize its own alternative summits.

Since then, every year, representatives of NGOs and social movements gather in a Third World location to discuss, to connect, to teach, to learn, to share.

Melissa Harris-Perry: GLAAD Changes Name to Include Transgender Equality

"We need to redefine what equality is. If we're defining equality as something that is scarce and limited. [Something] that is for a very select few in our community, and that some of us need to wait for a little bit - that's not equality. That's upholding very systematic oppression. " - Janet Mock

Is the State Department Being Downright Fraudulent in Assessing the Risks of the Keystone XL Pipeline?

 

At least one of the several oil-friendly corporate authors was apparently paid by Trans-Canada, the corporate applicant for -- and the owner of -- the Keystone pipeline. And that's not all.

So it turns out that friends of the oil industry wrote the environmental impact  statement issued by the State Department about the Keystone XL pipeline on March 1. That's the report that assured people tar sands oil was going to be developed no matter what, and anyway, climate change wouldn't hurt the pipeline.

Mission Unaccomplished: Why the Invasion of Iraq Was the Single Worst Foreign Policy Decision in American History

I was there. And “there” was nowhere. And nowhere was the place to be if you wanted to see the signs of end times for the American Empire up close. It was the place to be if you wanted to see the madness -- and oh yes, it was madness -- not filtered through a complacent and sleepy media that made Washington’s war policy seem, if not sensible, at least sane and serious enough. I stood at Ground Zero of what was intended to be the new centerpiece for a Pax Americana in the Greater Middle East.

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