Archive for November, 2011

Who’s wrecking America?

Posted: November 24, 2011 in Fight Back, We fight on

In today from The Brave New Foundation:

Which of the richest 1% are using their wealth and power to keep down the other 99%? Vote now. We’ll make videos exposing the ones that you choose. Go to who are the 1 percent.

We have a small bit of a problem with saying that only the 1 % at the top are to blame for making our lives miserable. There are many more hiding all through out the 99% that are and must be exposed for what they are.  But that is an essay for another day.

The Brave New Foundation makes wonderful videos and should be supported any way folks can.

Three Prisoners Die in Hungerstrike Related Incidents: CDCR Withholds Information from Family Members, Fails to Report Deaths.

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Hunger strike news is reporting on November 20, 2011 that three prisoners have died in hunger strike related incidents.

“According to reports from prisoners who were housed in surrounding cells and who witnessed the deaths, guards did not come to the assistance of one of the prisoners at Pelican Bay or to Blanchard, and in the case of the Pelican Bay prisoner (whose name is being withheld for the moment), apparently guards deliberately ignored his cries for help for several hours before finally going to his cell, at which point he was already dead. “It is completely despicable that prison officials would willfully allow someone to take their own life,” said Dorsey Nunn, Executive Director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, “These guys were calling for help, their fellow prisoners were calling for help, and guards literally stood by and watched it happen.”

Furbirdsqueerly sends our condolences to the families of these men and our love and well wishes to the prisoners in California. Remember that many of us here on the outside support you and stand with you.

A police officer uses pepper spray as he walks down a line of Occupy demonstrators sitting on the ground at the University of California, Davis on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011.

quote for this week

Posted: November 19, 2011 in for your reflection

“When I was in the Navy, I was stationed for many years in Japan. And one thing I know from living there: the greatest single acts of terrorism to date were not perpetrated by Osama bin Laden, but by the US military when it dropped atomic bombs on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

….Moonanum James from his speech at the 32nd National Day of Mourning.

 

42nd National Day of Mourning

Thursday, November 24, 2011

12 Noon

Cole’s Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Since 1970 Native Americans have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National day of Mourning on the US thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native Peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.

The 42nd National Day of Mourning is dedicated to Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier. Add your voice to the millions world-wide who demand his freedom. Help us in our struggle to create a true awareness of Native Peoples and demonstrate the unity of Indigenous Peoples internationally. Help shatter the untrue glass image of the Pilgrims and the unjust system based on racism, sexism, homophobia and war.

For more information Contact: United American Indians of New England/LPSG. Phone: 617-522-6626. See for information and some very good reading: HERE. Donations are accepted via Metacom education Project, 284, Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA. 02130.

My fasts have been minor compared to the folks who have fasted against war, for the right to vote and for justice and equality and for the right to live freely. We end our series on FOOD with this posting on hunger strikes / fasts sometimes resulting in gains and sometimes resulting as in the case of the brave freedom fighters in Northern Ireland in death. We salute all from our brothers today who are on a hunger strike against prison conditions in California to those who have taken this road in our stories past. This posting is an appropriation collage, meaning we have gleaned from places that struck our fancy, we have cut and pasted to produce it.

HUNGER STRIKES / FASTING: FOOD NO FOOD (more…)

“The fact is that there is enough food in the world for everyone. But tragically, much of the world’s food and land resources are tied up in producing beef and other livestock–food for the well off–while millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and starvation.”

“The American fast food diet and the meat eating habits of the wealthy around the world support a world food system that diverts food resources from the hungry. A diet higher in whole grains and legumes and lower in beef and other meat is not just healthier for ourselves but also contributes to changing the world system that feeds some people and leaves others hungry.”…Dr. Walden Bello