Saturday, November 22, 2008

2008 School of the Americas Watch: Breaking the Silence: Torture Survivors Speak Out


Columbus, GA; November 22, 2008

Sorry about the poor audio quality. I was standing at the back of a noisy room, using an on-camera microphone, and the translator was very soft-spoken. If you can get past this technical deficiency, this is a riveting video.

2008 School of the Americas Watch: Legislative Training Session


Columbus, GA; November 22, 2008

Top 10 Tips for Lobbying:

10. Relationship building
9. Strategic Group
8. Put it in writing
7. "Share the wealth"
6. Do your homework
5. Know your history by calling the
SOAW Legislative office in DC:(202) 234-3440
4. Chain of command
3. Thanks!
2. Follow up
1. Escalating tactics

Sign the petition!

View/Print the SOAW's "Legislation 101" flyer:
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You can also join SOAW's email list by following this link:
Bring the Vigil Home!

Pam Bowman, Jack Gilroy

2008 School of the Americas Watch: Nightwind: Theatre of the Opressed


Columbus, GA; November 22, 2008

With Hector Aristizabal

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

An Evening with Father John Dear, S.J.


St. James Church, Johnson City, NY; November 12, 2008

Visit Father John Dear's website
Visit National Catholic Reporter

Binghamton, NY Area Peace Groups:

BCCC Peace With Justice Committee

81 Main St
Binghamton, NY 13905
Janice Ulangca 607-797-4595

Binghamton - El Charcon Sister Cities Project
Suzanne Geoghegan: suzanneg at

Bread for the World
Terry Woodnorth: t.woodnorth at

Broome County Peace Action

Citizen Action
Mary Clark 607-723-0110
cabing at

Justice & Peace Advisory Council (JPAC)

Amy Fleming: 607-754-3621

League of Women Voters

School of the Americas Watch
Jack Gilroy 607-748-8105

Student Action Collective

Teachers for Peace
twolcott at

Tioga Peace & Justice

Saturday, November 8, 2008

David Schenck: War Tax Resistance


Binghamton University; November 8, 2008

David Schenck spoke at the 2008 SUNY Social Justice Conference.

Labor Organizing Workshop


2008 SUNY Social Justice Conference; November 8, 2008

Panelists: Steve Early, Paul Poulos, Melvin Dubovsky, Lee Conrad, Victor Rosado

Keywords: Alliance@IBM, IWW, Teamsters, union, unions

Leon Hebrink: Anarchism Toward Social Justice


Videotaped at the 2008 SUNY Social Justice Conference

Binghamton University, November 8, 2008

Keywords: WalMart Watch, Jacques Ellul

Related Link: Jesus Radicals

Abandon Corporate News! Become the Media


Videotaped at the 2008 SUNY Social Justice Conference

Binghamton University; November 8, 2008

The National Conference for Media Reform

Prometheus Radio Project

Presenters: Tarik Abdelazim, Stephen Schweitzer, Peg Johnston

Keywords: Hera

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Making Sure We Get It Right: Health, Land, Law & Natural Gas Production


Statement From the Organizers: "The Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition (BRSC) is a grassroots, democratically-run organization, dedicated to increasing civic participation through education and collaboration to achieve enduring social, environmental and economic well-being. The Coalition recently formed a Gas Drilling Task Force in order to focus our research and educational outreach on an issue that has many community members both hopeful and concerned. Though we acknowledge the economic value of gas drilling, we want to ensure the proper regulatory mechanisms are in place - with dedicated resources for enforcement - to protect the health and safety of our families, water resources, and landbase. We hope this forum contributes to our regional discussion..."

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Free Trade & the Struggle for Human Rights in Colombia


A Talk by Freddy Caicedo

Johnson City, NY; October 11, 2008

Freddy Caicedo is a human rights investigator who works alongside unionists under death threat, runs a community center to remember war victims, and charts strategies for peace. Freddy holds a degree in economics, has taught human rights courses, and has organized with Christian base communities.

Speakers: Ben Beachy, Freddy Caicedo, Lina Saunders

Witness For Peace - Colombia Program

When you hear the phrase "free trade," do you feel that George Orwell was uncannily prescient? What does the word "free" have to do with gargantuan state-subsidized corporations competing against peasant farmers, dispossessing them of their lands by the millions and forcing them into slums? And often the word "trade" doesn't really apply either, since the goods in question are merely being shipped from one corporate outpost to another, taking advantage of less than subsistence level wages, non-existent environmental regulations, and corrupt despots ever willing to sell their people out for a quick buck.

Another term one hears is "economic integration," which conjures up images of long-suffering third world masses steadily progressing toward some consumer nirvana. In reality, these people are being integrated into the global economy in a manner similar to the way formerly free Africans were integrated into American society prior to the Civil War. "Economic exploitation" seems a more descriptive term.

Meanwhile the proponents of "free trade" and the "invisible hand of the market" are now dipping their very visible hands into our pockets to the tune of $700 billion, a figure which will no doubt soon grow to several trillion dollars. This is greed and theft on an almost unimaginable scale. The U.S. is well on it's way to becoming just another corporate-fascist colony, where the only thing the public owns is the debt, and, to paraphrase Theodore Roszak, the trains run on time, especially those bound for the concentration camp.

This whole process can be viewed as a continuation of the enclosure movement which began centuries ago in England, whereby the commons were privatized and the people dispossessed (sound familiar?). But even the Tudor Kings might be taken aback to see what corporations in the 21st Century have enclosed (privatized), including for example, the genetic makeup of various species. In 1999, the Bolivian government even attempted to privatize rainwater, forbidding citizens from collecting it after selling the city of Cochabamba's water system to a foreign corporation. They eventually had to back down on that one after a public uprising.

Hmmm....."public uprising." Now there's a phrase I like!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Derrick Jensen: Civilization & Resistance

Derrick Jensen spoke at Binghamton University on September 21, 2008.

Contains language some may find offensive.

Download the audio (minus the Q&A) at the a-Infos Radio Project.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Landowner's Rights Forum: Marcellus Shale Gas Leasing


A public meeting held at Broome Community College on September 16, 2008.

About 400 community members turned out to hear local officials discuss the possible financial, environmental, legal, and aesthetic ramifications of gas leasing in the Marcellus Shale formation. The focus, to the chagrin of some attendees who felt we should first question the wisdom of signing at all, was on how to protect one's rights when entering into a gas leasing agreement.

As an aside, this forum was the first at which BCC ran a live webcast. Because of the large numbers in attendance at the gymnasium and also the importance of the event, I thought the webcast might draw an audience in the thousands, However, at the end of the night when I asked the technicians what the peak on-line audience had been, they said..."Forty." They also told me that because of a technical snafu they were unable to save the video and post it on-line as planned.

Speakers: Dennis McCabe, Donna Lupardo, Lindsay Wickham, Michael Danaher, Roberto Barbosa

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror

Federal Public Defender Steven T. Wax talks about his defense of accused terrorists held at Guantanamo, and the threats to our civil liberties due to governmental abuses such as arbitrary arrest and detention without trial.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Hiroshima Remembrance 2008

This is the 2008 version of the annual Hiroshima Remembrance, observed every year at the First Congregational Church in Binghamton, NY.

Keynote speaker Frida Berrigan is Senior Program Associate of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Right to Dissent


Binghamton University; May 1, 2008

Sponsored by the Binghamton Political Initiative

This highly informative event grew out of the March 18, 2008 protests at Binghamton University.

Moderator: Francine Montemurro

Speakers: Barrie Gewanter, Grace Ritter, Danny Burns, Tarik Abdelazim

Related Videos: The St. Patrick's 4

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Veterans For Peace Demonstration

Armed Forces Recruiting Center, Vestal, NY. April 5, 2008

The demonstration at Binghamton University to which the interviewer refers can be found here.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

John Zerzan: On Modernity and the Technosphere

Binghamton University; April 2, 2008

John Zerzan is a prominent proponent of primitivism (aka green anarachy). Video of the Binghamton University protests to which he refers can be seen here.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Candlelight Vigil for Peace


Binghamton, NY; March 19, 2008, the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War.

A moving candlelight vigil is observed at Peace Park.

Some of the Participants: Douglas Taylor, Jim Clune, John Patterson, Matt Ryan, Stephen Schweitzer, Sue McAnanama, Susan Davis, Tarik Abdelazim, Tim Taugher

Protests on the 5th Anniversary of the Iraq War

Syracuse, NY; March 19, 2008

Contains scenes of street theater and civil disobedience.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Health Care and Public Policy in the 21st Century

Endwell, NY
March 12, 2008

Sister Marilyn Perkins, RN, MSN, Vice President of Mission Integration at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, NY gives a PowerPoint presentation on healthcare reform.

This video is from the 5-part Lenten Series 2008 sponsored by the Peace With Justice Committee of the Broome County Council of Churches.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Faith and the Environment

Endwell, NY;  February 20, 2008

Chris Burger gives a PowerPoint presentation relating stewardship of the environment to spiritual and religious values.

This video is from the 5-part 2008 Lenten Series sponsored by the Broome County Council of Churches.