From CloseGuantanamo.org: Please Send in Photos Reminding President Obama that, on U.S. Independence Day, He Has Just 200 Days Left to Close Guantanamo
Debra Sweet | July 5, 2016
This Sunday, July 3, President Obama will have just 200 days left of his presidency; 200 days, in other words, to fulfill the promise he made, on his second day in office, to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay. On January 22, 2009, he actually promised to close Guantánamo within a year, but although it is now nearly seven and a half years since that promise, it remains important for President Obama’s legacy that he does all he can to fulfill his promise before he leaves office.
The first and second of Bob Avakian’s “3 Things that have to happen in order for there to be real and lasting change for the better” (May 1, 2016) are (1) “People have to fully confront the actual history of this country and its role in the world up to today, and the terrible consequences of this,” and (2) “People have to dig seriously and scientifically into how this system of capitalism-imperialism actually works, and what this actually causes in the world.”
An Aging Muslim Prisoner, Jailed For 23 Years After FBI Entrapment, Petitions For Presidential Clemency
Carol Dudek | June 21, 2016
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Hillary Clinton and the Democratic War Party aren't the answer to Trump's Fascist War Party. #WeRejectTheseChoices
The ruling class faced fresh challenges to political legitimacy last week with the murder, by police, of two more men of color struggling to subsist within a brutal system of repression and dispossession. Public outrage over the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile was substantial, spontaneous and determined. Government response to national protest action has been two-fold: intimidation of participants with militarized police forces, and fabrication of a false "security" paradigm — that suspension of civil rights is sometimes necessary, even desirable.
Debra Sweet | July 11, 2016
The U.S. military is the single biggest consumer of oil — 100 million barrels per year. The massive environmental sacrifice associated with production threatens to overwhelm the ability to provide decent livelihood for billions of earths' inhabitants.
On Monday with a 5-3 decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt SCOTUS overturned HB2; a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to have surgical facilities and doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. This law was critical to be overturned as it would close the majority of clinics and further eliminate access to abortions in TX. While the fight for abortion access is far from over, the fact that this victory was won and that clinics will stay open is something to truly celebrate.
Sunday night Jesse Williams (Dr. Jackson Avery on Grey's Anatomy) delivered a powerful acceptance speech to the BET's Humanitarian Award.
Over the past couple years Williams has participated in various Black Lives Matters protests including in Ferguson after the murder of Michael Brown. Last month he starred in and produced in a BET documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement.The nearly five minute speech powerfully condemned this system. Early on his speech Williams stated, "a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do. "He poetically delivered an indictment against the system of police terror and repression saying,
Yielding to pressure from critics of his killer drone practice, President Obama released fictional figures on civilian casualties this past Friday. In a classic "bury the news over the holiday weekend" move, and after delaying the promised disclosure for many months, the Obama administration said that, since 2009, the combined CIA and military assassination targeted killing programs had claimed the lives of "between 64 and 116" non-combatants and about 2,500 suspected terrorists (military-aged males in designated war zones). Both tallies are ridiculously low compared to estimates compiled by independent watchdogs at the Long War Journal and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
Like many of you, we are aghast at the fascist freak show in Clevend, watching extreme racist caricatures like the guy from Duck Dynasty be lifted up to the main stage and allowed to bolster the "law and order" platform of the Republicans. This "new" platform is both coded as racist oppression to all who have ears to hear it, as well as the height of hypocrisy since these same forces enthusiastically support serious crimes against the people: championing police who murder, the extrajudicial killings by drones, and torture as a sort of governing principal rather than one of the most heinous forms of crimes against humanity.
"Brothers and sisters, this is the real world that we live in," says Bernie Sanders. Indeed. And Sanders' fidelity to the imperialist system that enforces U.S. hegemony over that world promises ever greater hardship and misery for all of humanity.