(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
I have recently been calling for a large social movement (or, more realistically, an expansion of the social movements for justice already in existence) and here are a few ways we can all get started on being part of this movement.
(Included: Cindy Sheehan’s thoughts on recent events and a list of upcoming action events you can get involved with.)
First, I give you the words of a personal hero of mine, Cindy Sheehan. She understands that there is more to politics than electoral strategy – she realizes that social action must also push politicians and the country as a whole in the right direction. Plus, she’s radical and she’s not afraid to hide it!
How do we stop this constant cycle of violence that is perpetrated, fomented and encouraged by the U.S. Empire? We have to realize that the people of Yemen have the same existential imperative as do the 300 travlers aboard the flight from Amsterdam to Detroit!
We have to fully internalize that those 700 slaughtered people of Pakistan had as much right to life as the seven CIA operatives!
If we put ourselves in the home of the family where eight children were executed and try to visualize how we would feel if the occupying Empire broke into our home and killed every child that we had and how terrorizing and devastating that would be, then maybe, just maybe, AND FINALLY, we would rise up against our own violent government?
I have dubbed 2010 the YEAR OF RESISTANCE and we must sacrifice some of our creature comforts for peace-not just peace here at home, but most of all, peace abroad!
This is from an email that went out to Sheehan supporters. Also included was a list of events that I highly suggest you take a look at if you want to do something behind shout into the wind on some blog. You can sign up for these updates at the website of Sheehan’s latest initiative, Peace of the Action. Here they are:
January 13: CIA DRONE BRIEFING AND TEACH-IN
Cindy Sheehan, Ray McGovern, David Rovics
(Cindy’s new book debut: Myth America: 20 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution)
WHERE: BUS BOYS AND POETS
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
INFORMATION, Q & A, BOOK SIGNINGS AND FUN!
JANUARY 16TH: PROTEST CIA DRONE BOMBINGS AT CIA HQ IN LANGLEY, VA
WHERE: CIA HQ
TIME: 1PM TO 4PM
MORE INFO GO TO:
(Subtract Col. Ann Wright as speaker and add Pakistani-American and co-founder of the Crawford Peace House: Hadi Jawad)
JANUARY 17TH: ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING FOR PEACE OF THE ACTION:
Please join us for a planning meeting regarding the building of Peace of the Action. The planning has started already, but we still need your help! Below you will find logistical information.
Location: St Stephens Church 16th and Newton NW (Closest metro Colombia Heights )
Light snacks and drinks will be provided
Every person is an organizer, Every person can make real change
MARCH 13TH-UNTIL THE TROOPS START TO COME HOME:
with Camp OUT NOW on the lawn of the Washington Monument
SPONSORED (or co-sponsored) BY WORLD CAN’T WAIT
January-May 2010: We Are Not Your Soldiers Tour. Iraq & Afghanistan veterans giving students the reality or the US wars of occupation, and why they should resist the military recruiters in the schools. http://wearenotyoursoliders.org 347 385 2195
January-May 2010: Stand Up for Women’s Right to Abortion and Birth Control! Campus tour featuring abortion providers & activists. 718 825 9119
Thursday, January 7, 2010 Washington, DC: Support Bagram Detainees for Habeas Rights
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit 333 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington @ 3rd Street NW.
Hearing begins at 9:30 a.m. Vigil by the CUNY Law Students for Justice at Bagram begins 8:30am Hearing in Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 20) There will be a rally/vigil after the hearing
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org and the International Justice Network representing 3 men detained without charges in Bagram
Monday January 11 through Friday January 22: Witness Against Torture fast to close Guantanamo.
Monday, January 11: 10-11am – Witness Against Torture Vigil with Guantanamo lawyers and Center for Constitutional Rights @ the White House. 11am procession to the National Press Club. 12 pm Vigil continues during press conference at National Press Club.
7:00 pm: Evening Gathering @ Georgetown University Law School: Guantanamo, Torture, Accountability and Organizing in the Obama age.
World Can’t Wait calls for people everywhere to mark the 8th anniversary of Guantanamo with street protests and showings of the film Outside the Law: Stories of Guantanamo. Write for details on getting the film to show. There will be protest events in the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago January 11-22. Watch http://worldcantwait.net for details.
Tuesday January 12, Protest Torture Lawyer John Yoo as classes open, UC Berkeley
For continuous, important coverage of John Yoo, the torture memos, and the US torture state, see http://FireJohnYoo.org .
Saturday January 16, Langley VA Protest CIA Drone Attacks
NO MURDEROUS CIA DRONES!
1:00pm – 4:00pm CIA Headquarters (Langley, Virginia)
It was recently announced that the White House gave the CIA permission to increase its drone bombings in Pakistan of which to date over 1/3rd of the deaths are civilian. The CIA is a profoundly violent and corrupt organization and, while we don’t think the Military should be using manned, or unmanned aerial vehicles, we think the drone bombings from CIA robots are particularly despicable. Cindy Sheeahn,Cynthia McKinney, Ann Wright, Debra Sweet, Bruce Gagnon speaking.
Monday January 18 Vigil for Fahad Hashmi outside Metropolitan Correctional Center, Lower Manhattan
6:00-7:00 pm 150 Park Row at Pearl Street (one block east of Foley Square)
US citizen Fahad Hasmi has been detained in solitary confinement under harsh SAM regulations
Weekly presentation with special guests from Broadway and Off-Broadway. Sponsor: Theaters Against War 206-312-2201 email@example.com
Friday January 22, Washington DC Roe v Wade Anniversary Pro-Choice Presence at Supreme Court
The anti-abortion “March for Life” annually fills the Mall and focuses on the Supreme Court, usually without much opposition. This year we’re calling on people to be in front of the Court from early morning, to be sure support for women’s lives and access to abortion & birth control is represented. firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday January 23 San Francisco Day of Action for Reproductive Justice v. Right Wing Anti-Abortion Rally
10 am Justin Herman Plaza Music Concourse near Embarcadero BART Station. Sponsored by Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights & World Can’t Wait 415 864 5153
David Swanson’s Daybreak book tour will be in Oregon, then other parts of the Pacific Northwest, then the Southwest, and then all over the country.