For decades, criticism of Israel in U.S. society has been marginalized, subjected to threats, censored, and banned.
Many of the more prominent critics of Israel have been forced out of their positions in academia, including from Northwestern, Bard, and Columbia University.
Stop the Crimes Against Our Planet
Humanity and the Planet Must Come First
The World Can't Wait!
World leaders have called for yet another International Conference at the UN in September. Their meeting will, however, do nothing to stop the global environment's escalating destruction. Using the justifications of “national security” and "business necessities," the US government itself has consistently sabotaged climate talks, supported dangerous drilling, fracking, plunder and exploitation of non-renewable energy resources here and around the world. It has also ruthlessly prosecuted and jailed environmental and animal rights activists explicitly as “terrorists.”
Join with Merle Hoffman (CEO of Choices Women's Medical Center in New York City), Carol Downer (founder of Feminist Women's Health Center in Los Angeles), Rev. Donna Schaper (senior minister at Judson Memorial Church, NYC), Sikivu Hutchinson (Black feminist atheist author), Diane Derzis (owner of the last abortion clinic in Mississippi), and Sunsara Taylor (writer for Revolution, Stop Patriarchy; fighter for abortion rights since 1995) in signing and publishing this new statement:
July 10, 2014: Syracuse, NY. Anti-drone protester Mary Anne Grady was sent to county jail for a maximum 12 month sentence for violating a temporary "Order of Protection" granted by a County Judge to explicitly to protect the Commander Evans of Hancock Air Force Base, who said he wanted to keep protesters "out of his driveway."
Israel has unleashed another murderous campaign against Gaza.
If your heart is sickened by what Palestinians are living and dying through now, let us confront – and act to help many people confront -- that all this violence is backed by the $3.1 billion in military aid Israel receives each year from the U.S.
A hearty "thank you" to Courage to Resist, which just issued a call to "all U.S. military personnel to resist any effort to pursue a new military attack on Iraq via troops, bombs, drones or any other means. In keeping with our Mission Statement, we affirm that, just as there was never any legitimate reason for the United States to send military forces to Iraq in the past, there is not now any reason for the United States to participate militarily in the affairs of the people of Iraq."
Since 2009, when Obama began the targeted killing rampage in Pakistan & Yemen, killing uncounted thousands, World Can't Wait has demanded an end to it. Others have demanded "transparency" in knowing how the targeting decisions were made.
Last month, they got their wish, to a point. Because The New York Times and the ACLU filed a lawsuit to get it, parts of a redacted Office of Legal Counsel memo on targeted killing were released.
1st Hancock Air Base Order of Protection Defendant Facing 1 Year Sentencing July 10th
Syracuse, NY. Drone activist, Mary Anne Grady Flores, is facing 1 year in jail for violating an order of protection. She will be sentenced at 6pm, Thursday, July 10, 2014, by Judge Gideon of De Witt Town Court (5400 Butternut Dr., East Syracuse, New York). The grandmother of 3 had been issued a temporary order of protection for participating in a nonviolent civil resistance action in 2012 at Hancock Air Base. Col. Earl A. Evans, the base’s mission support group commander, was granted the order from local judges, to shut down protests at the base.
Consider the U.S. government's role in:
1. Vast surveillance of whole populations
The destruction of protections in the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution against unreasonable search and seizure are even more extensive than we learned one year ago. In a May 2014 interview witih NBC News, Edward Snowden said the government has:
Recently, the Center for Constitutional Rights held a press conference, hosting lawyers Steve Downs and Kathy Manley of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms. Based in Albany, NCPCF's mission is to educate the public about ongoing civil and political freedoms eroding, while police commit abuses both in society and to prisoners in jails.