We are very pleased to report that last Thursday Mayor Gray unveiled a FY2014 budget that offers significant investments in safety net programs. In this post we will evaluate his budget based on how it fulfills our human rights standards of protecting dignity, advancing equity, and ending poverty in the District.
Remind me again: who lost the past election? Oh...yes, it was Mitt Romney, failing to recognize the contributions of millions of Americans, discarding 47% of the population as victims, and proposing that self-deportation was the cure for our broken immigration system.
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.
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.
Occupy. Since last fall this word has taken on a life of its own, representing a new mass social movement. Occupy was my first time participating in activism and for many of us who were in that situation, we faced quite the learning curve. In order to build and sustain a successful movement, we need to take the time to reflect on lessons learned while we're grappling with the million dollar question: Where does OccupyDC go from here?
Usually, direct action training is what it sounds like: training in preparation for a direct action. Sometimes, however, the training itself is the action. Consider this story. The members of a hospital workers union were frustrated because their strike was being disregarded by the employer. The formerly locally-owned Pennsylvania nursing home where they worked had been taken over in the 1980s by a Canadian corporation that wanted to break the union.
WPC Director Sonia Silbert discusses the FBI's expanded powers on Press TV, 6/13/11
With Obama’s recent announcement of an influx of 30,000 troops into Afghanistan, the occupation of Iraq seems to have fallen off the radar despite the looming 7th anniversary of the US invasion coming up on March 19th. However with elections coming up on March 7th, rising sectarian tensions, conflict over oil, and a population devastated by unemployment and decimated infrastructure, we feel it’s important for anti-war activists to know what’s going on in the country.
Camilo, a Nicaraguan and Costa Rican citizen, was born in August of 1975. He lived between Nicaragua and Costa Rica until 1994 when he, his mother, and his brother moved to the USA.
US Army First Lieutenant, was the first officer to publicly refuse to deploy to Iraq June 2006 while stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. He was court martialed in February 2007, which resulted in a mistrial, and is still in the Army while legal proceedings play out.
IVAW member Matthis Chiroux announces his refusal to show up for activation
Sgt. Matthis Chiroux, who served in the Army until being honorably discharged last summer after over four years of service in Afghanistan, Japan, Europe and the Phillipines and is currently in the IRR, publicly announced his intention to refuse orders to show up for activation.
Kimberly Rivera chooses Canada over unjust war
While home on leave in January 2007, Army Spc Kimberly Rivera made the life changing decision that she would not be returning to the Iraq War. Instead, she packed up the family car and drove to Canada with her husband and two children. She is currently one of about fifty AWOL US war resisters who are openly seeking sanctuary in Canada. This is her story.
Also now available, Courage to Resist audio interview with Kimberly. December 4, 2007
DC has a rich history of housing cooperatives, in which each resident owns a share of the entire property, not just their unit. While relatively unknown, there are at least 120 co-ops in DC, many of which are a great source of stable, affordable housing.
In a cooperative, each resident owns a share in the corporation that owns their property, entitling them to reside in a specific unit. The corporation has a board of directors and a management company, which maintains the property, screens new residents, and determines monthly fees or carrying charges.
Upon completion of the classes, participants get certifications/licenses and job finding assistance. The only requirements are that participants be a DC resident and have a high school diploma or GED. GED classes are offered for those without either. Classes will be held at various locations throughout Wards 5,7,8. Classes offered in, HVAC, EMT, Certified Nursing, A+ Computers, Medical Office Billing, Home & Health Aide, Intro to Computers, Food Sanitation & Prep, GED and other academic courses ALL CLASSES ARE FREE. Help somebody who needs a boost. Call 202.645.8480 or 202.645.6213 Diallo Sumbry, Program Coordinator (202) 274 - 5463 - office (202) 274 - 7412 - fax (202) 286 - 2688 - mobil
Community Organizing for Deep Democracy Retreats for 2008!
August 8-10, 2008 (Humbolt) and October 10-12, 2008 (Sonoma)
Humboldt County, CA and The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center in Sonoma County, CA
Are you engaged in issues of economic, environmental or social justice in your community? Seeking to improve your understanding of corporate power and more effective strategies for resistance? Interested in meeting organizers and leaders from across the country and networking to build a stronger democracy movement in the United States? Then you won't want to miss this event. Why do corporate "persons" have more rights than human beings? Community Organizing for Deep Democracy Retreats combine presentation and participation to empower participants with the knowledge, sklls, networks, and tools needed to mobilize grassroots action at the community level. Our workshops draw on a long tradition of popular education in people's movements as we seek to organize to address today's unique challenges. Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County educates citizens about the illegitimate seizure of our authority to govern ourselves. We design and implement grassroots strategies which exercise democratic power over corporations and governments. We seek to create a truly democratic society by provoking a non-violent popular uprising against corporate rule in Humboldt County that can serve as a model for other communities across the United States. We invite you to join us as we educate, agitate, organize, and strategize to build a grassroots movement for democracy and against corporate rule! Workshop tuition is $250-$400 sliding scale, please contact us regarding scholarships. Includes all meals and lodging (unless you chose to stay in a hotel), does not include travel. Register Today - Space is Limited: (707) 269-0984 / www.DUHC.org
By Bill Quigley. Bill is a human rights lawyer, a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans and author of the forthcoming book, STORMS STILL RAGING: Katrina, New Orleans and Social Justice. A version with all sources included is available. Bill's email is email@example.com. For more information see the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center and Policy Link.
0. Number of renters in Louisiana who have received financial assistance from the $10 billion federal post-Katrina rebuilding program Road Home Community Development Block Grant – compared to 116,708 homeowners.
0. Number of apartments currently being built to replace the 963 public housing apartments formerly occupied and now demolished at the St. Bernard Housing Development.
Stand With Katrina Survivors on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina - Rally at FEMA
Support Community Rebuilding Housing, Marching to reclaim our land
Sponsored by: Right to The City Alliance, One DC, Tenants and Workers United, Advancement Project, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights
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3-6pm Peoples MEDIA Center Back Patio 4132 Georgia Ave, NW WDC (4 blocks north of Petworth METRO - Green/Yellow Lines)
Come inaugurate the back patio of the Peoples MEDIA Center, and pour some DC activist energy into the Cross-Country Peace Caravan, while rocking with Evil Empire (Rage Against the Machine covers), Johnny Bonneville, and other special musical guests. Donation Requested - Proceeds benefit the Washington Peace Center, the Peoples' MEDIA Center, and the All-Purpose Peace Vehicle (the "APPV" - What is it? Peacemobile? Justicemobile? Impeachmobile? Help decide!) heading to Denver, the Twin Cities, and Points Beyond. .
The Washington Peace Center Activist Alert for the week of August 13 - August 120, 2008, is now updated! You can view it by clicking here.
Meanwhile, some upcoming events are highlighted below. See you in the streets!
"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom."
- Malcolm X (1925-1965)
** SUNDAY ** AUGUST 17 ** DNC/RNC CONVENTION CROSS-COUNTRY PEACE CARAVAN KICK-OFF CONCERT
A strategy for the falsification of the statements of Iran’s president -
by Anneliese Fikentscher and Andreas Neumann (29 July 2008)
"Iran's talk of destroying Israel must not be lost in translation." That
is the header of an article in the 'Jerusalem Post' by Joshua Teitelbaum
of the 'Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs'  on 22 June 2008. If the
assertion that Iran wanted to destroy Israel (with an atom bomb) “be
lost“, then - so we have to conclude - a threat scenario, built up with
(Remarks of Stephen Fournier on August 6, 2008, at Riverside Park, Hartford, at Connecticut's annual commemoration of the bombing of Hiroshima)
Our descent as a nation into a pit of violence and lawlessness suggests to many of us that Americans are scum. We seem to have learned no lesson from events like the one we commemorate today, and we seem to be unmoved by the most atrocious instances of inhumanity and injustice.
Are we, as our media suggest, a people who crave exhibitions of violence? How is it that our casinos are humming even as our schools turn out illiterates? That we wage war against some of the poorest, humblest populations on earth, and then shun all news about the resulting bloodshed? When our leaders say "Everything is on the table," including atomic bombs, what keeps us from flooding the streets?
The meeting will include a video welcome from Nobel Laureate Jody
Williams, and brief presentations by economist David Schlissel of
Synapse Energy Economics in Boston, MA (CSEC's expert witness in the
current Maryland Public Service Commission proceeding on Calvert
Cliffs-3), solar power entrepreneur Albert Nunez, and others. And then
we want to hear your comments! All of your comments will be transcribed
and submitted to the Maryland PSC to become part of the official record.
If you're concerned about Maryland's energy future, want to stop global
warming, want to reduce air pollution, want lower utility bills, or want
to make sure we're not endangering future generations, now is the time
to make your voice heard.
Shameful History of Arming Sudan Mars Beijing's Reputation on Eve of Olympics
AUGUST 6, 2008
New York, NY- China has been the most egregious violator of the global arms embargo on Darfur, supplying guns and ammunition to the Sudanese government that have been transferred into the region, according to a new issue brief released by the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation. Since 2004, the vast majority of Sudan's small arms and light weapons have come from China, and many of them have found their way into the hands of the notorious Janjaweed militias in Darfur.