We in the World Can’t Wait movement join with millions of people in mourning for Lynne Stewart, the renowned radical attorney, a woman with the whole world in her heart, and a dear friend. After years of battling breast cancer, and then recent strokes, Lynne died March 7, 2017, on the evening before International Women’s Day at her home in Brooklyn. She was 77 years old.
Today, March 16, 2017, is the 49th anniversary of the My Lai Massacre, located in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. It was Saturday morning, March 16, 1968, when approximately 115 U.S. Army soldiers of the Americal Division's Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry, landed in helicopters just outside the village of My Lai 4. Over the course of the next four hours, these American soldiers, and their Military High Command, who were flying overhead in helicopters observing the massacre, took part in a horror show far beyond the human imagination. They took the term, " War Crimes," and added a butcher shop to the equation of morbid extermination. In essence, they became a U.S. version of the final solution. They committed an act of barbarity that would redefine the war in Vietnam. It would take years to decipher what happened that day, as denial is the elixir that protects us from experiencing national shame. It is these two words, " National Shame," that continues to hide the truth of what really happened in Southeast Asia.
Central High School, Little Rock Arkansas, 1957 – Racist Mob Rallies for White Supremacy and Segregation
Refusefascism.org | March 10, 2017
Christian fascist legislators in Arkansas are seeking to enact a law banning material by or about historian Howard Zinn from public or state-supported schools. This outrageous measure is in lockstep with the fascism the Trump/Pence Regime is out to impose.
On April 10, 2017, members of the New York Catholic Worker community, the Upstate Coalition to End the Wars and Ground the Drones, and Voices for Creative Nonviolence will begin a week long fast in New York City. We will jointly hold a public presence across from the United Nations at the Isaiah Wall. As we fast from all solid foods, we urge others to join us in calling for a humane response to the deadly tragedy facing Yemeni civilians whose country, ravaged by civil war and regularly targeted with Saudi and U.S. airstrikes, is now on the brink of famine. The U.S. backed Saudi-led coalition is also enforcing a sea blockade on rebel-held areas. Yemen imports 90% of its food; because of the blockade, food and fuel prices are rising and scarcity is at crisis levels.
Torture advocate John Yoo and his handlers at Boalt Hall think Donald Trump's "new" Muslim ban is A-OK. Despite a decade of community protest against the corruption of young legal minds by a resident war criminal with a dangerous philosophy of exceptionalism - that American lives are worth more than other people's - law school administrators deny consequences of Yoo's professional misconduct. Professor Yoo shames the university every time he opens his mouth. His legal opinions further the illegal agenda of America's deporter-in-chief Trump. "While Trump may not know or care about the legal precedents behind his actions, his lawyers surely do, and you can be sure they'll be citing Yoo's work on the unitary executive theory," wrote Heather Digby Parton to Salon.
Four drone resisters, James Ricks, Daniel Burns, Brian Hynes, and Ed Kinane, from the 2015 big books action were found innocent of all charges at 11pm at the Dewitt Town Court. After deliberating for only about a half hour, the jury returned with a verdict of not guilty on all charges. Applause erupted in the courtroom upon the jurors' announcement of the verdict. The four were charged with obstruction of government administration, disorderly conduct, and trespass and faced a year in jail. Following the rendering of the verdict, a juror approached Brian Hynes and said "I really support what you are doing. Keep doing it."
Will U.S. drone killings increase under Donald Trump? The evidence says “Yes,” in part because expansion of the killer drone program was baked into cake by Barack Obama.
Last year, the USAF was reported to have plans to increase daily drone combat patrols from 60 per day now to 90 per day in 2019.
Author and journalist Naomi Wolf's eighth step to fascism was invoked by a Trump administration spokesperson Friday, in an unprecedented government attack on press freedom. Reporters from a bevy of distinguished news organizations -- the New York Times, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, the BBC, and the Guardian among them -- were denied access to a scheduled White House briefing by press secretary Sean Spicer. Donald Trump has repeatedly labelled the media an "enemy of the people" and threatens retaliation on reporters who use anonymous sources.
It Takes Millions of Protesters In the Streets to Drive Out a Fascist State -- We've Demonstrated the Ability to Do Just That
Donald Trump is considering a 'brand new' immigration order after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld suspension of his travel ban Thursday. "You'll see something next week," said the President. His January 27 executive order barred people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering for 90 days and barred all refugees for 120 days. Refugees from Syria were banned indefinitely. The action triggered widespread condemnation.
Why is the media pandering to the opinions of a war criminal? Does it really matter what John Yoo* thinks?