Reports on Protest & Resistance

Taking to the Streets on April 19: NO to Mass Incarceration!

from Revolution 

On April 19, in cities around the country, people took to the streets to BREAK THE SILENCE in response to the reality that "Mass Incarceration + Silence = Genocide." What is the significance of these actions? And why do many more people need to join this movement?

The U.S. has the highest rate of imprisonment of any country on earth: 2.4 million people in jail or prison, almost one person per 100. Nearly five million more under "supervised control"—on probation or parole. Black and Latino people, who are 30 percent of the U.S. population, are over 60 percent of those in prison. One in nine young Black men are in prison.

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War Crimes Indictment Served at Hancock Air Base: Thirty-three Preemptive Arrests

Press Release from the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars:

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Ed Kinane, 315-478-4571
Mary Anne Grady Flores, 607-280-8797

Today, in an action that included three women successfully reading a War Crimes Indictment at Hancock Air Field in Mattydale, NY, thirty-three members of the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones were preemptively arrested by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Dept. two blocks from the entrance to the base. Those arrested included an 87 year old woman in a wheelchair, parents (accompanying their children), a member of the press, and the group’s attorney Ron Van Norstrand. Cameras, camcorders and phones were confiscated by the Sheriff’s Department.  To view a video of the action, see upstatedroneaction.org.

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Stanford Students Protest CIA on Campus

Students at Stanford protested recruiters for the CIA on campus April 11.
CBS San Francisco reports:

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Shutting Down a Military Recruiting Office Near Little Kabul: Afghans for Peace Protest US War on Afghanistan

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by Stephanie Tang

Friday, March 30, Fremont CA:  Outraged by the March 11 massacre of 17 villagers in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province, people took to the streets of Fremont, California in a bold anti-war march and direct action that shut down the local Armed Forces Career Center (recruitment office) for the afternoon.  

Fremont, an affluent suburb south of Oakland, is home to the largest Afghan community in the U.S.  There’s been no anti-war protest there for as long as anyone can remember, either by Afghans or anyone else. But last fall, a few dozen Afghans held a community peace walk and vigil against the U.S. war and occupation of their homeland on its tenth anniversary.  Now the Kandahar massacre has electrified new outrage, with emergency anti-war vigils initiated by Afghans for Peace spreading to 15 cities.* On March 17 a public rally in downtown Fremont drew 200 people from the wider Afghan community to denounce the massacre and although political views from the stage were mixed, the war itself was powerfully denounced by young members of Afghans for Peace, and others. 

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San Francisco, March 19: Protesting 9 Years of War and Occupation

from the San Francisco chapter of World Can't Wait  

March 19 marks nine years since the invasion of Iraq. This invasion was illegitimate, immoral, unjust, and based on lies when George W. Bush began it, and the continued U.S. domination of that country remains so.

The occupation of Iraq has caused the worst humanitarian crisis of our time: massive slaughter, displacement, wholesale destruction of infrastructure and dismantling of governing structures. Iraq's economy, politics, and military remain subordinate to and dominated by American imperialism. Thousands of U.S. diplomats, military contractors, CIA operatives, and other support personnel remain in Iraq. 

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Protesting the Wars in Chicago: Making the Chicago-Pakistan Connection

by Joe Scarry 

Yesterday - Sunday, March 18, 2012 - people took to the streets of the Devon neighborhood in Chicago to protest continuing U.S. wars in the Mideast and South Asia.

The occasion was the 9th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and people protested the continued U.S. presence there, even after the so-called U.S. "withdrawal" from Iraq in late 2011. There were also sizable contingents protesting U.S. threats against Iran, the continuing U.S. occupation and militarization of Afghanistan, the expanding U.S. practice of indefinite detention in places like Guantanamo, the persecution of Bradley Manning, and other U.S. abuse

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Protests Against Massacre in Afghanistan

Vigil held at UC Berkeley for Afghan victims (ABC)

Oakland Memorial for Afghanistan Killings (Occupy Oakland Media)

Report from the SF Bay Area Chapter of World Can't Wait:

Oakland Monday March 12 2012 An emergency vigil was called tonight in Oakland, CA by Afghans for Peace, joined quickly by Iraq Veterans Against the War, World Can't Wait, and Veterans for Peace.

We gathered at the Obama campaign office, an appropriate place to meet since the commander-in-chief himself has only outraged people even more with his disgusting and imperially arrogant so-called "apology."

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NYC: Standing with Occupy! February 28, 2012

via Revolution

Four hundred people rallied in New York City to say: "We stand with Occupy! Don't Suppress the Occupy Movement." The rally was infused with the spirit of "The Call for Mass Resistance Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement." An Occupy activist led the crowd in "a mic check" of a portion of the Call, and occupiers perched on ladders in the crowd told their stories of repression.

A significant diversity of prominent speakers took the stage in Union Square with a sense of gravitas, because they felt a real need for a platform to say to the world—and to express to the Occupy movement—how important it was that Occupy cracked open a huge public conversation about inequality and injustice, and that it must not go away and the suppression must be stopped. Actor Susan Sarandon said that Occupy "opened up a very public debate... and it exposed brutal practices of suppression." Noam Chomsky, in a recorded message, told Occupy that "one sign of their success is the suppression," and that suppression must be resisted.

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San Francisco Protests Obama Visit

Thursday, February 16, 2012, World Can't Wait was there, with an enlarged version of the ad placed in publications around the country in 2010, Crimes are Crimes, No Matter Who Does Them:

Photo from MercuryNews.com.

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