I urge you all to listen to a live radio interview with Mumia, who rarely talks about his own case, yesterday on WURD radio in Philadelphia, just after the news was announced. You can read and listen to his past commentaries at PrisonRadio.org.
His action goes against the science. There is no medical or ethical reason to impede a woman of any age, who, for whatever reason, wants to avoid an unplanned pregnancy. How does it help the future of that young woman to put her through more hoops, including a doctors' visit, potentially leaving her vulnerable to all the complications of a pregnancy for a young person?
My blog on this continues here. This president, this government, just acted against the interests of all of us who are women, or who care about women’s’ lives, in a craven way which will only give encouragement to those on the right who want to enact even worse measures, including bans on abortion and all birth control.
Rita Maran, Commissioner, Peace & Justice Commission, City of Berkeley, CA says, "I suggest that the Resolution be circulated broadly, with a recommendation that people use the Resolution to propose a similar resolution in their home cities."
December 15, the Chicago City Council will hear a resolution to make Chicago a "torture-free" city.
* meet at 1 PM at Federal Plaza (Dearborn & Adams, Chicago) in orange jumpsuits and black hoods.
* procession to LaSalle and Jackson to rally with Occupy Chicago about the Declaration of Human Rights and the sharp contrast with U.S. human rights violations
* procession on multiple paths, converging on State St. shopping district (State & Washington) (leafletting along the way)
* procession to Obama 2012 re-election campaign headquarters (Prudential Bldg, 130 E. Randolph) for a "Nobel Peace Prize Revocation Ceremony"
The culmination of the action will take place at Obama's 2012 re-election headquarters, where the "King of Norway" will revoke the Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded exactly two years ago (on December 10, 2009) to Barack Obama, on account of his violations of human rights and crimes against peace, including:
* Failure to close Guantánamo
* Expansion of indefinite detention at Bagram and other detention centers throughout Afghanistan
* Assassinations, including assassinations of U.S. citizens, among other violations of due process
* Widening of the the war of terror into Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia
* Expanding America's secret empire of drone bases
* Threats of war against Iran
Last week, my friend Louise Gordon nominated an article of mine, “Mocking the Law, Judges Rule that Evidence Is Not Necessary to Hold Insignificant Guantánamo Prisoners for the Rest of Their Lives,” for the 2011 3 Quarks Daily Prize in Politics and Social Science, which also includes a cash prize of one thousand dollars.
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