Sunday, March 20, 2016

Kevin Martin - Love Can Conquer Suffering



Seeking Wisdom, Joy and Effectiveness from Gandhi and King

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton, NY; March 20, 2016

Kevin Martin is the Executive Director of Peace Action.

Download the audio at the a-Infos Radio Project.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

UNAC Day of Peace and Solidarity


 
New York City, March 13, 2016

Sponsored by the United National AntiWar Coalition (UNAC).

Contains language which some may find offensive.

Featuring (in order of first appearance):

Debra Sweet, Peace Poets, Joe Lombardo, Al Marder, Margaret Kimberley, Nat, Nina Macapinlac, Ann Wright, Sara Flounders, Monica Moorehead, Kathy Kelly, Dr. Khaldoun Makhoul, Walid Fidama, Terrea Mitchell, Raymond Nat Turner, Mohammed Mujumder, Alicia McWilliams-McCollom, Naomi Jaffe, Julia Willebrand, Narciso Castillo, Jessica Coco, Shahid Comrade, Larry Hamm, Ray Laforest, Imam Abdul Rashid Talib, Les Jamieson, The Raging Grannies, Lynne Stewart, Ralph Poynter, Milos Rackovich, Radmila Milentijevic, Nick Maniace

From the Organizers:

What happens when there are endless wars accompanied by militarized policing, spreading racism, erosion of civil rights, and concentration of wealth, but the only news is election news, and none of the candidates wants to talk about shrinking the world's largest military?

We happen. That's what. We turn out for a Day of Solidarity and Peace in New York City on Sunday, March 13th. We start by signing up at http://peaceandsolidarity.org and inviting all of our friends to do so. If we can't come, we invite all of our friends anywhere near New York to sign up and be there. We sit down and think of every person we remember hearing ask "But what can we do?" and we tell them: You can do this.

We stopped the war mongers who wanted to rip up the agreement with Iran last year, and the political progress in Iran reflects the wisdom of diplomacy as an alternative to yet more war. We stopped a massive bombing campaign of Syria in 2013. Our brothers and sisters just this month stopped the construction of a U.S. military base in Okinawa.

But U.S. weapons and bases are spreading across the globe, ships are sailing provocatively toward China, drones are murdering in numerous nations with a new base just opened in Cameroon. The U.S. military is assisting Saudi Arabia in bombing Yemeni families with U.S. weapons. The U.S. war in Afghanistan is being accepted as permanent. And the U.S. wars in Iraq and Libya left behind such hell that the U.S. government is hoping to use more war to "fix" it -- and to add another overthrow in Syria.

Why will no candidate propose a serious reduction in military spending and war making, foreswear the use of killer drones, commit to making reparations to the nations recently attacked, or agree to join the International Criminal Court and to sign onto the many treaties limiting warfare on which the United States is a holdout? Because not enough of us have turned out and made noise, and brought new people into the movement.

Will you join us in New York City on March 13th to say "Money for Jobs and People's Needs, not War! Rebuild Flint! Rebuild our Cities! End the wars! Defend the Black Lives Matter movement! Aid the world, stop bombing it!"

Peace Poets, Raymond Nat Turner, Lynne Stewart, and other speakers will be there.
Will your organization help spread the word? Please let us know and get listed as part of this effort by emailing UNACpeace [at] gmail.com. Can you help in other ways? Have ideas for how to make this stronger? Please write to that same address.

In a presidential debate in December a moderator asked one of the candidates: "Could you order air strikes that would kill innocent children by not the scores, but the hundreds and the thousands? Could you wage war as a commander-in-chief? . . . You are OK with the deaths of thousands of innocent children and civilians?"

The candidate mumbled something in response instead of shouting Hell No, as any decent person was obliged to do and as we will do on the Day of Peace and Solidarity. How are your lungs? Ready to make some noise? Join us!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ground the Drones! - Press Conference and Sentencing


DeWitt Town Court, DeWitt, NY

From the Organizers:

Ed Kinane welcomes press and supporters, introduces Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones, and provides an update about the Jerry Berrigan Memorial Blockade and upcoming "Mass Mobilization to Stop the Drone Wars" at Creech air base in Indian Springs, Nevada.
 
Mary Anne Grady Flores, who was released from the DeWitt County jail on Monday [3/7/16], discusses the scope of Pres. Obama’s drone program, the impact on victims, and the attempt to silence witnesses to the drone assassinations internationally.  She provides an update on the stay of her jail sentence for violating an unconstitutional Order of Protection and the appeals to the NY Court of Appeals that have been filed to challenge the legality of the Orders of Protection, supposedly to protect the air base commander from nonviolent protesters. 
 
Beth Harris, Ithaca Jewish Voice for Peace, shares the ACLU's call to limit the next president's power to wage drone warfare and the importance of breaking the government’s silence about the selection of drone targets and accounting for the actual killings that have occurred due to this policy. 
 
Harry Murray, who will be sentenced at 8pm, discusses the prohibition during his trial of disclosures to the court the impact of drone warfare on children. He concludes that quashing this evidence hampers democracy and governmental accountability.  He addresses the need for civil disobedience to counter the human rights abuses inflicted by drone policy.