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Ex-Madison woman had well-publicized run-in with Nixon, J. Edgar Hoover

By Doug Moe

I heard about Clint Eastwood's new film, "J. Edgar," starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the late FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, and right away I thought of Debra Sweet.

Debra grew up a block south of me on Woodside Terrace. She graduated from West High in 1969. A year later, near the end of Hoover's life, she had an encounter with Hoover and his boss, President Richard Nixon, that made headlines around the world.

The episode prompted a memo from Hoover, in which the FBI director noted that Sweet was from "Madison, Wisconsin, which ought to have made us stop, look and listen."

Sweet was 19 then. She's 60 now, living in New York City. When I reached her by phone one morning last week, and asked if she intended on seeing Eastwood's Hoover movie, Sweet said, "I probably should."

It may be hard for her to find time. All these years later, she's still making waves. On Oct. 21 Sweet was arrested in Harlem with a group that included the civil rights activist Cornel West. They were protesting the New York City Police Department's "stop and frisk" policy.

When we spoke last week, Sweet was operating on little sleep, having spent the night helping people get out of jail after yet another "stop and frisk" protest, this one in Brooklyn, where Debra lives.

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Occupy Wall Street puts spotlight on police stop-and-frisk tactics

by Ryan Devereaux

The police officer wanted him to dance. "Do the chicken noodle soup for me," he said. The officer claimed it was the only way he'd let John Hector go.

It was supposed to be a joke, but Hector didn't find it funny. After all, he and his friend were handcuffed in full view of the public. The pair were driving to get some food when they were pulled over by the police, who then forced them to sit on the kerb with their hands bound. They were never arrested, let alone charged with a crime. That's because they hadn't committed one. They were simply caught in an NYPD stop-and-frisk operation.

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Dozens Arrested at the 28th Precinct in Harlem to Stop "Stop & Frisk"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21, 2011
 
DOZENS ARRESTED AT 28TH PRECINCT IN HARLEM TO STOP “STOP & FRISK”
 
Cornel West, Professor, Author, Public Intellectual
Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party
Rev. Stephen Phelps, Interim Senior Minister of Riverside Church
Rev. Earl Kooperkamp, Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Debra Sweet, Director of World Can’t Wait
Rev. Omar Wilks, Unison Pentecostal Church
Prof. Jim Vrettos, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Elaine Brower, Military Mom and World Can’t Wait
 
According to the New York Civil Liberties Union, 33 were arrested, including Occupy Wall Street protesters.
 
The NYPD’s notorious program of STOP & FRISK was the target of hundreds of demonstrators who marched from the Harlem State Office Building to Harlem’s 28th precinct this afternoon. At the station, Cornel West, author and Princeton professor, Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party, Rev. Stephen Phelps, interim senior minister of Riverside Church, and dozens of others were arrested in an act of non-violence civil disobedience. Among those arrested and protesting was a large contingent from downtown’s Occupy Wall Street.
 

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Press Release: Ministers, Others to Engage in Civil Disobedience to Stop NYPD “Stop and Frisk”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21.2011
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Civil Disobedience in Harlem Demands:
STOP NYPD’S STOP & FRISK
 
Who:  Cornel West, Professor, Author, Public Intellectual
Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party
Rev. Stephen Phelps, Interim Senior Minister of Riverside Church
Rev. Earl Kooperkamp, Rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Debra Sweet, Director of World Can't Wait
Rev. Omar Wilks, Unison Pentecostal Church
Prof. Jim Vrettos, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Elaine Brower, Military Mom and World Can't Wait
 
Joined by “OCCUPY WALL STREET” & others
 
When: Friday, October 21
1:00 PM Rally at Harlem State Office Building, 125th St. & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
1:30 PM Non-Violent Civil Disobedience at the NYPD 28TH Precinct, West 123rd Street & Frederick Douglass Blvd.
 
New York, N.Y., October 21, 2011 The NYPD’s notorious program of STOP & FRISK will be the target of a new movement of non-violent civil disobedience tomorrow as professor and author Cornel West and Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party are joined by the Reverend Stephen Phelps (interim senior minister of Riverside Church) and several other clergy, professors, teachers in front of the 28th NYPD precinct in Harlem to stop what has been documented to be a “racist, illegal, illegitimate and unconstitutional policy.”

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Protesters around the planet: A better world is possible!

Occupy EverywhereIn cities all over the world and across the U.S., thousands of protesters gathered yesterday inspired by Occupy Wall St - hundreds were arrested in various cities around the U.S. More reports to come!

Photos are being posted here.

New York City

The day started with an anti-war march through Manhattan ending at Zuccotti Park / Liberty Plaza (which still hasn't been shut down). An estimated 15,000 people shut down Times Square, chanting, "We are unstoppable - another world is possible!" Thousands more gathered in Washington Sq. Park and marches and rallies popped up across the city. World Can't Wait organizer on the scene reported "people are high on struggle like I haven't seen in decades." 

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Snapshots of resistance to war and empire

See World Can't Wait on Facebook for the latest, including videos, links to news coverage, and more photos from the occupation of DC and protests in Chicago, LA, and San Francisco.

Cornel West speaks out against the war

Cornel West speaking in LA.

Protesting the drone exhibit at the Air and Space Museum in DC.

In Chicago.

In Los Angeles.

The Museum of Torture on display in DC.

San Francisco
San Francisco Bay Guardian
: Protesters blast Wall Street and war; support OccupySF

San Francisco: Protesting Ten Years of U.S. War in Afghanistan (video)

Los Angeles
At Los Angeles Anti-War Protest, Anti-War Religious leaders get arrested (KTLA Video)

Washington, DC

Anti-War, Anti-Wall St. Protest Hits DC (The Progressive)

Debra Sweet at Freedom Plaza, Occupy Washington (thepeoplesvoice.org video)

Wall Street Protest Spreads to DC (AP Raw Video)

Photos of the drone protest October 7

March against drone warfare in DC: Protesters disrupt business at General Atomics (October 7 video)

Antiwar activists storm General Atomics, maker of Predator drones (LiveLeak video)

Pepper spray used on demonstrators at Air and Space Museum (CNN October 8)

Pepper-Sprayed for Peace (warisacrime.org)

DC Occupation takes Freedom Plaza Drone Protest to National Air and Space Museum, with a Pepper Spray Coda (Irregular Times)

Reporter and Occupy Wash DC Protesters Pepper Sprayed at National Air and Space Museum, But Protest Shuts it Down (OpEdNews)

 

Chicago
Anti-war protesters demonstrate downtown (ABC News)

Protesters rally in downtown Chicago (Chicago Tribune)

Fremont, CA
Afghan Community Marks War Anniversary in Fremont, CA (ABC News video)

Crowd in downtown Oakland protests execution of Troy Davis

Carrying signs that read, “Execute Justice not People,” and hoisting a large peace sign embellished with yellow, pink, and white flowers, about 40 people gathered Friday at Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland to protest the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia.

Davis, who was put to death Thursday night after more than a decade of controversy over his case, was convicted of the murder of an off duty police officer, Mark MacPhail, on August 19th, 1989 in Savannah, Georgia.  He was sentenced to death two years later.   Objections over the case’s resolution emerged as seven out of the nine eyewitnesses recanted their testimonies, and Davis’ impending execution gained national and international attention from organizations such as Amnesty International, and the NAACP. World leaders, including Desmond Tutu, urged the court to review his case, and it was reported that “Pope Benedict XVI’s US envoy sent a letter pleading for his life.” Former US President Jimmy Carter, called the decision “unjust and outdated” and urged Georgia’s Board of Pardons and Parole to review Davis’ conviction. Global protests commenced in the streets and online, where Twitter users exchanged messages under the hash tag “Too much doubt.” The board ultimately denied Davis clemency and he was put to death by lethal injection at 11:08 pm on Thursday.

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Bay Area Protest of Obama

Women from World Can't Wait and Code Pink agitating and bannering from on top of plywood submarine at gate of Moffett Field.

Silicon Valley, California. On Sunday Sept. 25, an emergency protest called by Code Pink Women for Peace, World Can't Wait, and the ANSWER Coalition was at the gate of Moffett Field when Obama landed for a campaign fundraising trip here.

Obama's motorcade took him right past our signs and shouts and banners, and the "Guantanamo prisoner" in jumpsuit, hood and chains. An activist from San Jose arrived with a pile of bold antiwar picket signs that covered the fence the motorcade drove right by. Some of the protesters climbed up on a large plywood fake submarine displayed at the Moffett Gate with our banners and bullhorn.

We shouted at the Commander-in-Chief as he drove past: "War Crimes are War Crimes No Matter Who Does Them!" "Ten Years of U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan!" "Torture Is A War Crime!" “Drone Attacks – War Crimes!” "Got Security? Stop Drone Attacks!" "The War In Afghanistan Is Still Wrong!” "Obama, Obama, There's blood on your hands -- From Iraq and Libya to Afghanistan!"

In her White House press pool report, Carol Lee wrote about our demonstration: Some people were outside along the route from the airport to the highway, waving and snapping photos. There were also some anti-war protesters who held signs like, "Stop the wars," "The war in Afghanistan is still wrong," "Endless War" and "Afghanistan 10 years of war crimes."

Despite lack of mainstream press coverage, the action WAS covered by major Chinese language media (KTSF-TV, and key newspapers Sing Tao, World Journal, and Ming Pao). So, even if you can’t speak Chinese, get a sense of the protest as told to this audience from this KTSF news clip (Channel 26)

Sing Tao's coverage:

Photos from Sing Tao:

奧巴馬來籌款 示威者難接近

( 本報記者王碩舸莫菲特基地報道 )
總統奧巴馬為明年競選連任前來美西地區吸金,昨日到訪灣區,今日會在南灣舉行社區大會。昨日下午接近6點,總統乘坐的空軍一號專機從西雅圖抵達山景城的莫 菲特基地(Moffett Field),南灣官員及一批民眾前往迎接。此前,反戰人士則在基地外抗議總統奧巴馬未有兌現競選承諾去結束長達10年的阿富汗戰爭。
反戰人士在莫菲特基地附近的國家太空總署(NASA)門外抗議,但人數不多。來自World can't wait、Codepink等反戰團體的幾位人士在現場高舉標語,指奧巴馬沒有兌現其競選承諾,敦促他趕快從長達10年的阿富汗戰爭中撤軍,不要再誤導年 輕士兵、謀殺美國青年。抗議者不滿警員以「聯邦財產不允許抗議」為理由,讓示威者移步較偏僻處的停車場。
總統一行下機時,聖荷西市長喬克力(Chuck Reed)、山景城市長Jac Siegel及太空總署Ames中心主任Pete Worden還有大約70名民眾在機場迎接。奧巴馬花了幾分鐘與前來歡迎他的民眾和官員握手、簽名,之後就乘車前往籌款會場地。
據知,他昨晚先到Symantec總裁John Tompson在林邊市(Woodside)舉行的籌款會,之後又到Facebook營運長Sheryl Sandberg為他在Atherton舉行的籌款會。
今日上午,奧巴馬將在山景城參加LinkedIn組織的社區論壇,討論創造就業、振興經濟方案。為此,LinkedIn特設網上討論區,屆時若想通過網絡直擊會議,可登陸LinkedIn.com或者到WhiteHouse.gov/live參與。
............(更多新聞,請閱 <<星島日報>>)

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World Can't Wait mobilizes people living in the United States to stand up and stop war on the world, repression and torture carried out by the US government. We take action, regardless of which political party holds power, to expose the crimes of our government, from war crimes to systematic mass incarceration, and to put humanity and the planet first.