One may think that police murder of unarmed civilians, particularly people of color, in the U.S. has no connection to the wars perpetrated by the U.S. government across the globe, but there are striking parallels.
As an internationally-travelled and internationally-minded person who has seen the U.S. from the viewpoint from outside its borders — why do YOU think it matters if a movement like World Can't Wait raises its message and is persistent?
On the 5th Anniversary of the Release of Collateral Murder, Thank You Chelsea Manning!
Julian Assange knows the power of protest. “I still enjoy crushing bastards [illegitimate arbiters of state power]” the WikiLeaks founder recently told L’Espresso journalist Di Stefania Maurizi. Publication of a secret military video showing U.S. murder of civilians in Baghdad has irrevocably altered the lives of Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
I think most of you reading this were very heartened last fall by the protests that swept across the country in response to the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and others, killed by police. Those actions involved very large numbers of young people, most of whom had never gotten involved in protest before, and they were striking for how multi-national they were, with large numbers of white people uniting with black and brown.
Remember back in 2011, when the Obama administration said all US troops would be out of Afghanistan by 2014? Didn't happen. Then they said 2024, but that "most" would be gone by 2015. Earlier this week the public announcement was made that almost all of the 10,000 troops still there will stay... until at least 2016.