Saturday, April 30, 2011

May Day: Union Sq. to Foley Sq.



(14th St. & Broadway)


The New York City Labor Chorus will perform @ Foley Square (1st time since return from Cuba)

May 12: Bring Wisconsin to New York - Protest on Wall Street

Enough is Enough.

On Thursday May 12, 2011 we’ll be bringing some of that spirit of Wisconsin to Wall Street when thousands of people, from all walks of life, converge in a unique and inspiring action in the heart of the financial world — Wall Street.

Join us — because it's time to make the Big Banks and Millionaires pay!

The Big Banks crashed our economy, destroying jobs, foreclosing on millions of homes and wrecking cities and states budgets across the country. After trillions in taxpayer funded bailouts, Wall Street is making billions in profits and giving away record bonuses to CEOs. But our communities are still hurting. Here in New York City, tens of thousands have lost their homes and their jobs. Now, Billionaire Mayor Mike Bloomberg is proposing devastating budget cuts as the only solution to the economic crisis that Wall Street caused. Enough is Enough.

Starting at 4:00 PM, orientations will begin in public assembly sites throughout Lower Manhattan. Each one will have a different theme: housing, jobs, education, children/youth, peace, human services, and more. These will be followed by a march into the Financial District where we will stage the city’s largest teach-in and educate Wall Street and all New Yorkers on what it will take to rebuild our economy. We will close by discussing our next steps to insure that Mayor Bloomberg makes a commitment to a strong and fair economy for all.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Orlando Bosch - the very definition of "terrorist" - is dead

One of he true monsters of the 20th Century is dead. Orlando Bosch died at 84 in Miami on Wednesday. According to the NYT, the U.S. Department of Justice said of him that he had "repeatedly expressed and demonstrated a willingness to cause indiscriminate injury and death." That's the true definition of a "terrorist." When we read about the people who shoot classmates at schools and blow up hospitals, they are the symbolic children of Orlando Bosch. Although he was eventually cleared of responsibility for the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people, a CIA report, according to the NYT, quoted his accused co-conspirator, Luis Posada Carriles, as saying, "We are going to hit a Cuban airplane" and "Orlando has the details." The Times also cited an FBI report that noted a Venezuelan informant who said one of the bombers phoned Bosch with the message, "A bus with 73 dogs went off a cliff and all got killed." The NYT also reports that "In recommending in 1989 that he be deported, the justice Department said he had committed 30 acts of sabotage in the United States, Puerto Rico, Panama and Cuba from 1961 through 1968."

Thursday, April 28, 2011

FAIR's 25th Anniversary Celebration Live Online! Tonight

If unlike me, you don't have a meeting this evening, here's a real alternative to TV:

Watch FAIR's 25th Anniversary Celebration Live Online! April 28th at 7pm.

FAIR's 25th Anniversary event in New York City is sold out--but you can watch the live Free Speech TV webstream on FAIR's website on Thursday, April 28th at 7pm.
Renowned activist and scholar Noam Chomsky, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman, columnist Glenn Greenwald and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore are all coming together for a special evening to support FAIR.

Watch it here--and join them in supporting FAIR today!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Rebellion: Smashing stereotypes of Arab women by Soumaya Ghannoushi

Rebellion: Smashing stereotypes of Arab women by Soumaya Ghannoushi (Al Jazeera English)

"Women have been at the forefront of various Arab uprisings, forging their own identity in the process." Stereotypes aren't all these rebels are smashing, but creating new images is a crucial aspect of any rebellion.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Koran burner gets job back, Americans vote to throw out the 1st Amendment

A NJTransit worker was fired for burning the Koran. The Daily News reported today (4/23/11) that he has gotten his job back & $25,000 in back pay. The News polled its readers and got these results:

Poll Results

Should the transit worker who was fired for burning the Koran have gotten his job back?

Yes, absolutely, his freedom of speech was violated. 9%

Yes, but he should not have gotten $25,000 in back pay. 2%

No way, he could have sparked a holy war, he's a menace. 90%

Although I disagree completely with Derek Fenton's action. I also believe that if the U.S.Constitution means anything (and from the poll above it clearly doesn't) freedom of political expression is inviolate. If we have the Right to burn the American Flag, the Constitution, the Bible, he has the right to burn The Koran no matter how despicable (and reminiscent of Fascist book burnings) the act may be. Although we have not always held to our own standards as a nation (some might say, "When have we?"), as Fenton says: "This is the very essence of the First Amendment.") The numbers in the above poll are actually far more frightening than his burning of The Koran. It also occurs to me that if the question was firing someone for burning a Christian Bible or the U.S. Constitution, Fenton would probably be in the 90%.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

California GOP official & Tea Party activist "apologizes" for racist e-mail

When people like Tea Party activist & OC County GOP official Marilyn Davenport apologize it means absolutely nothing. First of all, they are just trying to save their asses, they certainly don't mean any of it. But more importantly their original action or comment has revealed how they really think or who they really are.

**UPDATE 4/19*** Tea activist and OC County GOP official Marilyn Davenport has apologized for sending out a racist image of President Obama.

According to KABC, Davenport issued a statement late Monday in which she apologized, but stopped short of addressing her future on the committee.

"I humbly apologize and ask for your forgiveness of my unwise behavior," the statement said. "I say unwise because at the time I received and forwarded the email, I didn't stop to think about the historic implications and other examples of how this could be offensive."
In the statement, Davenport also quoted the Bible and said she was "an imperfect Christian" who tried to "live a Christ-like honoring life."
"I would never do anything to intentionally harm or berate others regardless of ethnicity," she said. "I will not repeat this error."

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- The California NAACP is demanding an apology from an Orange County GOP official who sent out an e-mail picturing President Barack Obama's face on the body of a baby chimpanzee.

In a statement Monday, the organization called on Marilyn Davenport to resign from the Orange County Republican Central Committee.

Several other black leaders were also holding a news conference to demand Davenport be thrown off the committee.

The message shows an image, posed like a family portrait, of chimpanzee parents and child, with Obama's face superimposed on the young chimp.

The text reads, "Now you know why no birth certificate."

Davenport's number rang busy on Monday. She has sent friends and supporters an email saying she won't resign.

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Battle Is About Giving More Money to Rich People, Not About the Size and Role of Government

This is from Dean Baker's Beat the Press column, which is one of the best critiques of mainstream economic reporting. It's about the "Let them eat cake, but don't make us pay for it" boys from Wisconsin. How did Wisconsin go from "Fighting Bob" La Follette to Scott Walker and Paul Ryan?

The Battle Is About Giving More Money to Rich People, Not About the Size and Role of Government

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Israel biased Cantor works to undermine Obama - Al Jazeera English

I don't understand why an American - House member or not - who works with a foreign head of state to undermine the President isn't committing treason and shouldn't be arrested. If one of us did it we'd certainly be called a traitor & held accountable.

Israel biased Cantor works to undermine Obama - Al Jazeera English

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Director Sidney Lumet Dead at 86 - indieWIRE

With Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen, Sidney Lumet was the true film chronicler of New York City. He was nominated for four Oscars but never won one until they gave him the compensation prize of Lifetime Achievement. We will always have his films to remember him.

Director Sidney Lumet Dead at 86 - indieWIRE

Egypt army to 'use force to clear protesters' - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

If anyone actually believed that turning the country over to the military was a solution should know better now. The Egyptian military is behaving exactly like the despotic regime that was overthrown. Quelle suprise!

Egypt army to 'use force to clear protesters' - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Wisconsin Judicial election

The challenger liberal Anne Kloppenburg leads in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election
What's most interesting is that the incumbent right-wing justice should have won with ease
Wisconsin is saying NO! to Gov. Scott Walker

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

April 15: Malalai Joya and Eve Ensler

South Asia Solidarity Initiative and War Resisters League in association with Center for Place Culture & Politics at CUNY present

An evening with Malalai Joya featuring Eve Ensler:
Women Facing War in Afghanistan, and the Need for U.S. Solidarity

April 15, 7 - 9pm

CUNY Graduate Center, Recital Hall
(Ground floor, 365 Fifth Ave at 34th St)
[BDFV & NQRW trains to 34th St, 6 train to 33rd]

This event is free and open to the public.
There may be a FULL HOUSE so arrive early to guarantee admission!

Everyone is encouraged to make a donation to support the cost of Ms. Joya's tour, her health clinic in Farah Province, and her office in Kabul.
The donations should be made at the following link
(Please be sure to indicate "Malalai Joya" in the "order comments" section).

Copies of Ms. Joya's memoir will be available for sale at the event.
RSVP on Facebook:

For more information:

As the U.S.-NATO occupation of Afghanistan approaches its 10th anniversary this year, the U.S. anti-war movement is in dire need of clarity and momentum. The Afghan people still face overwhelming oppressive obstacles to creating movements toward social justice and self-determination -- obstacles empowered by the context of foreign intervention and war. Please join us for a rare opportunity to hear from the one of the most courageous voices for justice and peace in Afghanistan, Malalai Joya. She will be joined by the acclaimed U.S. artist and activist Eve Ensler, to discuss the experiences and resilience of women (and all people) in Afghanistan -- and what people in the U.S. can do to raise their voices and support their struggles.


Malalai Joya is the youngest person to have been elected to Afghanistan's parliament, and an outspoken activist against military occupation and for women's rights in her country. She has been called the most famous and bravest woman in Afghanistan by BBC News. She was selected among the "heroes" for the Time 100 [TIME magazine, 2010] -- and she was just selected among the top activists of the world's Top 100 Women by the UK Guardian newspaper. Her memoir, "A Woman Among Warlords," was just published in paperback by Simon&Schuster, with a new chapter on Afghanistan in the Obama era. She just wrote a piece for the Guardian on the U.S. soldiers' "kill team" and atrocity photos, a story that has returned U.S. news attention to Afghanistan this March-April.*

Joya was supposed to arrive in the U.S. on March 18 to start a nationwide speaking tour, but at the last minute her visa was denied. A quick mobilization of media attention, activist petitioning and pressure on the State Department turned it around! [See articles in TIME magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle.] She arrived in the U.S. on March 25, joining Noam Chomsky to address a crowd of over a thousand people at Harvard. Having spoken all across the U.S, her tour concludes in New York City on April 15 at this event.

Eve Ensler is an acclaimed playwright, performer and activist. She is the award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues, which has been published in 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries. Eve's work, I Am An Emotional Creature: The Secret Life Of Girls Around The World (2010), made the New York Times' best-seller list. She is the founder of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised over 80 million dollars for the cause. Ensler has traveled to Afghanistan, and built relationships of solidarity with activists for justice and peace there.

*Afghans for Peace, a group of Afghan youth leaders against the occupation based in US and Canada, has started a Petition and a "Video Response" project to the "Kill Team" photos.

Please show your support for their organizing for justice by:

1. Signing the petition to Stop War Crimes Against Afghan Civilians

2. Sharing your feelings by posting a "Video Response" to this video created by Afghans for Peace:

Allen Ginsberg died April 5, 1997

One of the iconic photos of the 20th Century Allen Ginsberg with Jean Genet in Grant Park, Chicago, 1968. (no photo credit available)

Allen Ginsberg died on this day in 1997.

Monday, April 04, 2011

April 5: Protest American aid to Israel

Protest American aid to Israel
Tuesday, April 5 at Noon
The White House

Today President Obama is hosting Israeli President Shimon Peres for a working lunch. Join us in telling President Obama to *STOP AID TO ISRAEL!*

Contact (310) 920-8248 with any questions!

Don't forget about the upcoming discussion of Jen Marlow's "The Hour of
Sunlight: One Palestinian's Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker."

*Author Jen Marlowe discusses "The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian's
Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker."*
Wednesday, April 6, 6:30pm
Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virgina Ave NW Washington, DC 20037

In peace,

Ali, Chris, Joan, Medea, Shaden, Tighe and CODEPINK DC
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Gael Murphy
202 412 6700