The organizers of Black Lives Matter DMV have asked the Washington Peace Center to create a list of resources and opportunities to get involved to support their work. This is partly a follow-up to the inspirational Dear White Allies training in January.
What can you do to support the Black Lives Matter movement in the DC Metro Area??
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Originally published as Article "In photos: Gaza families live in rubble of their bombed homes" by The Electronic Intifada.
"We all lived here before the war,” al-Kheyseh said, explaining that his wife, four kids and fourteen grandchildren were living in the two-story home. “We tried to come back several times during the war, but it was very dangerous. There was shelling even during the ceasefires. When we finally got back to the house [after the ceasefire], there were dogs living in the living room.”
FEBRUARY 16, 2015
This morning I read about the murder of Bri Golec in Ohio. She was stabbed to death by her father. She was only 22 years old. Her death marks the sixth trans woman to be reported murdered in the U.S. in 2015. It’s not even March.
Originally Published on The Fair Budget Coalition's Website
“We are Washington, D.C.—a city headed in the right direction. Our hardworking and compassionate residents know that there is still work to be done and progress to be made—in all eight wards—to help the District reach its full potential.” - Mayor Muriel Bowser
By: Yazan al-Saadi
Published on Al-Akhbar English on Thursday, January 8, 2015
An attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a controversial French satirical magazine, and the mainstream discourse immediately rehashes the same concepts and talking points about the importance of safeguarding freedom of speech, battling an ill-defined notion of terrorism, and maintaining Western values. However, the essential issue of whose lives have value continues to be disregarded.
In a country that has always used race to justify inequality, ending police brutality is just the start.
By Jesse A. Myerson and Mychal Denzel Smith
This article appeared in the January 26, 2015 edition of The Nation
By Rebekah Ward and Nicole Colson
Originally Published in Socialistworker.org
THE PANICKED wall-to-wall coverage on cable news networks of the first case of Ebola diagnosed inside the U.S. showed no signs of abating as Thomas Duncan, the patient in Dallas, died of the disease on October 8.
Originally Published in The Daily Beast on 10.18.14 by Jason McGahan
For almost a century a teacher’s college in rural Mexico has been training educators and activists. Last month, dozens were abducted and slaughtered—by the police.
MEXICO CITY — Twelve days ago, police and unidentified gunmen believed to be members of a drug cartel ambushed a caravan of college student activists in the state of Guerrero, about half way from Mexico City to Acapulco.
By Peter Dreier
Originally Published in Truthout.
In 1964, at the height of the civil rights movement, the great organizer Ella Baker said, "Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother's sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest."
by Phyllis Bennis
Originally Published in CommonDreams
President Obama’s decision to bomb Syria stands in stark violation of international law, the UN Charter, and the requirements of the U.S. Constitution. It contradicts his own commitment, stated a year ago in the UN General Assembly, to reverse Washington’s “perpetual war footing.”
And it portends disaster for the people of Syria, the region, and much of the world.
Like many of you, the Washington Peace Center has been appalled at the violence and chaos in Iraq and Syria. ISIS’s tactics and agendas are awful and frightening. However, we also know that more US air strikes and military intervention are not the path to safety and justice for those living in those areas. We've started collected educational resources for you to inform yourselves and your community and take action for peace. We'll try to keep this page updated with upcoming events as well.
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By Deirdre Smith, Strategic Partnership Coordinator
Originally Published in 350.org
It was not hard for me to make the connection between the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, and the catalyst for my work to stop the climate crisis.
President Obama met with three Central American presidents at the White House Friday afternoon to address the influx of unaccompanied child migrants. According to The Hill, Obama claims to have come to agreement with El Salvador’s Salvador Sánchez Cerén, Honduras’ Juan Orlando Hernández, and Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina to “address poverty and violence” in order to stem the immigration tide.
Rare is the occasion that power systems voluntarily expose the true character of their policies. Mountains of disinformation and distortion are critical to keep the prying eyes of the public at bay. President Obama recently broke with this norm on the White House lawn. In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulous he angrily denounced Central American parents for sending their children to the US border. “Don’t send your children to the border … they’ll get sent back,” he inveighed.