Archive for May, 2012

Oh Penny where have you been? An appropriation collage for your viewing pleasure.

Today when I was sorting my coins from my change purse I came upon a 1935 penny. Oh penny, penny where have you been in all these years of circulating around this country? Where have you been you little dirty old thing. 77 this year and now your stopped in the name of art. Our first picture in this essay is a shiny new penny from 1935.

1935 Wheat Penny

The 1935 Wheat Penny was minted in 1935 at the Philadelphia Pennsylvania mint. In 1935 there were 245,388,000 1935 pennies minted in all. Of course this figure doesn’t reflect the mint proofs that could have been minted that year at the Philadelphia mint and only includes the amount of 1935 Wheat Pennies that were poured into circulation.

Our dear little penny that we hold in our hand could have been anywhere, and nowhere we write about. Where it went out from the mint and into the bank and out into the street is any person’s guess. (more…)

Check out over at Questioning Transphobia Katherine Cross from The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, speaking out for Reproductive Freedom at a conference, Abortion Rights to Social Justice, Building the Movement for reproductive freedom 26th annual conference CLPP & PopDev, Hampshire College, April 13-15.”

Katherine opens her talk this way:

“So. Just what is a right? You see, there is something about rights, those things we keep fighting and dying for, those amorphous evanescent phantoms of liberty that keep us striving toward the infinite horizon of change. Rights are what movements like ours are built on. And so what are they? The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a nonprofit that provides free legal services to low-income trans people and trans people of color in New York City, has a rather novel idea of what rights are.”

“We believe that a right is something that you can touch. Can taste. Can live and breathe. It is something tactile, material, with a size and shape that is known and something that is more than a phantom of a whisper of a thought on parchment, a right is the recognition of your humanity.”

You will be blown away by Katherine’s presentation.

See HERE.

FORWARD!!!

Posted: May 22, 2012 in For your information

The United States launches airstrikes on Afghan residential locations under the excuse of combating terrorism. However, the main victims of the US-led offensives are civilians.

No amount of “spin,” rationalization can attempt to portray THIS act of evil, this abomination, as anything else but Satanic and those responsible will be known to themselves, their families, their “associates” forever as murderers.

A US airstrike has killed at least nine school children and wounded several others in an area of the troubled eastern Afghanistan, locals say.

The causalities come after US forces dropped bombs in a mountainous village of Nangalam in Kunar province on Tuesday, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The US Media Information Center in Jalalabad has confirmed the strike, claiming that all the killed were the Taliban militants. However, eyewitnesses say the victims of the air raid were innocent children.

Once again young anarchist activists are falsely portrayed as criminal terrorists — and their political repression is used to manipulate public opinion against resistance movements. Last month Cleveland, now Chicago….

The following is a press release from the Chicago Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

National Lawyers Guild decries terrorism charges against Occupy activists protesting NATO summit

For Immediate Release: May 19, 2012 — Preemptive raids, terrorism and conspiracy charges are common characteristics of National Special Security Events

Chicago, IL — After holding NATO protesters for up to 48 hours, and releasing 6 out of 9 arrestees without any charges, the City of Chicago filed state charges last night against 3 Occupy activists from Florida, including possession of explosives or incendiary devices, material support for terrorism, and conspiracy. On Wednesday night at approximately 11:30pm, police raided a house in the Bridgeport neighborhood, detained several people in multiple apartments, and arrested 9 activists. Police broke down doors with guns drawn and searched residences without a warrant or consent.

“The National Lawyers Guild deplores the charges against Occupy activists in the strongest degree,” said Sarah Gelsomino with the NLG and the People’s Law Office. “It’s outrageous for the city to apply terrorism charges when it’s the police who have been terrorizing activists and threatening their right to protest.”

NLG attorneys are questioning why it took the city 48 hours, the limit on holding arrestees without a court hearing, to impose such serious charges. Although some accusations of Molotov cocktails have been made by police, they have provided no evidence of criminal intent or wrongdoing on the part of the activists. On Thursday, when asked about the raid at a press conference, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy knew so little about the alleged terrorism investigation that he said he would have to gather further information before commenting.

The 3 activists charged are Jared Chase, Brent Beterly, and Brian Jacob Church. Last week, all three defendants were surrounded by several police squad cars outside of a CVS, detained for no apparent reason and asked questions about why they were in Chicago and what they planned to do during the NATO summit. One of the defendants recorded the encounter and posted an edited version on YouTube. When Superintendent McCarthy questioned the validity of the footage in the media, the entire video was quickly posted.

More than 20 people have been arrested so far in the lead up to the NATO summit, which begins tomorrow. At least 3 arrestees in addition to the ones charged tonight are still in custody. “Preemptive raids meant to intimidate and stifle dissent are all too common during National Special Security Events, such as the NATO summit,” said Gelsomino.

NLG attorneys will be representing the 3 defendants in their criminal cases and will be at their bond hearing Saturday at 12pm at 2600 South California Ave.

As folks gather in Chicago to protest NATO here is a song that still sings true today. ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

Attend the big protest

for peace at 12 noon

Sunday in Grant Park

Petrillo Bandshell ~ Jackson & Columbus

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Don’t let them Intimidate you from exercising your rights!

A serious attack on the civil rights of every person in Chicago is currently under way.

It is an attack which should disgust every thinking Chicagoan for its brazenness and the fact that it’s coming from the highest reaches of government.

The run up to the May 20-21 NATO summit has seen an effort by some to spread unnecessary fear of violence.  The intention of this fear-mongering is to scare people from exercising the right to protest, a fundamental enshrined in the 1st Amendment to the Constitution.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s proposal to reopen the long-shuttered Joliet Prison for mass protest arrestees is simply the most bone-headed idea in a series of dumb and irresponsible statements from people whose years on this planet should have made them adults.

The federal government’s announcement of a “Red Zone” of troops in battle gear, to be deployed in the south Loop beginning a few days before the summit falls into this same category.  So does the Red Cross sending out a mass email about putting the City of Milwaukee on alert for the possible evacuation of Chicago, as reported by CBS News. (more…)

Stop NDAA

Posted: May 15, 2012 in Call to Action

Friends,

Indefinite detention is about to become the law, and RevolutionTruth and Demand Progress are teaming up with Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg and others to try to reverse it.

Will you click here to show your support as we seek a restraining order to block the implementation of the NDAA?

http://www.stopndaa.org

On January 1, 2011, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA).

The National Defense Authorization Act is a bill passed into law each year. It allows the government to continue funding national security interests and the military for the next fiscal year. This year’s bill, however, was different.

The 2012 NDAA greatly expands the power and scope of the federal government to fight the so-called “War on Terror”. The law authorizes the US military, for the first time in more than 200 years, to carry out domestic policing.

You can click here to support our lawsuit to block its implementation. (You’ll also be generating emails to your lawmakers asking them to overturn this law.)

http://www.stopndaa.org

The language of this law is dangerously vague. It grants dictatorial powers to the federal government to arrest any American citizen without warrant and indefinitely detain them for life anywhere in the world without any charge.

Suspects can be shipped by the military to our offshore prisons and kept there until “the end of hostilities.” It is a catastrophic blow to civil liberties.

In a nation where the definition of “terrorist” seems to be ever-expanding, and where a series of laws passed since 9/11 have severely undermined Constitutional protections, the NDAA has gone too far.
It is time to unite and stand up to this assault on our fundamental rights and freedoms.

Help stop the NDAA: Sign up to email your lawmakers to let them know that you support this lawsuit against the United States government — Just click here:

http://www.stopndaa.org

Thanks.

Why we Oppose NATO

Gay Liberation Network.

NATO is one of a handful of guises used by American politicians and their hangers-on to give the illusion of broad consent for policies whose real aim is to boost U.S. government power over other nations, peoples, and their resources.

It would be bad public relations for the U.S. government, which claims to speak for only 4% of the world’s population, to nakedly assert its “right” to rule over the majority. History has shown that the most efficient way to rule is to fool populations into believing they have a stake in being ruled, rather than baldly asserting that rule through force. And so phrases like “international opinion” and “the world community” are bandied about by politicians and commentators to cover for a system ruled by a tiny minority, and driven by greed and contempt for real democracy. When George H. W. Bush announced his grand coalition to launch the first U.S.-Iraq war, he dubbed it “the coalition of the willing.” In the anti-war movement, we dubbed it “the coalition of the bribed and bullied,” a motley collection of dictators and “elected” rulers whose “willingness” was purchased through arms deals and threats. In supporting the war, they were thumbing their noses at the express wishes of the overwhelming majorities of their populations.

Today NATO has taken on much the same character, with smaller nations providing funding and handfuls of troops to an essentially American enterprise. In this it is more reminiscent of Roman Empire legions, and its tributary hangers-on, than it is of any grand democratic experiment.

Our primary objections to the U.S. government, and the NATO and other military alliances it leads, can be boiled down to five points:

1) The U.S. and other foreign troops have no right to occupy and coerce people in countries who do not want them. U.S. troops are currently in at least 130 countries around the world, and poll after poll shows that the overwhelming majorities of most of these countries do not want them there.

The profoundly anti-democratic nature of these occupations can be seen in places like the Philippines, where a clause of that country’s constitution expressly prohibits stationing of foreign troops on their territory. The toothless Pakistani parliament has outlawed U.S. drone attacks and bases on their territory time and again, without effect.

This abrogation of the popular will of other nations, in concert with corrupt leaders bolstered by the U.S., goes a long way to explain why the U.S./NATO “war on terror” is ultimately a fruitless exercise. It’s really not concerned with opposing terror per se, but about using NATO terror to coerce other nations to do the United States’ bidding.

The peoples of the Third World are but chess pieces on the “great game” of the U.S. government versus other emerging economic/military powers such as China, and the peoples of the world largely know this. Hence, the U.S. government is the single best recruiter for terrorism that there is. (more…)

This in today from Cuentame posted on their blog site by Alex Caballero. This important video will tell us what LA waste workers and waste workers around the country face. Folks we are a long long way from justice you you will know it when you view this story. Talk about the working class, talk about the working poor, talk about abuse. When one stops and thinks about it the workers who do this work have one of the most important jobs in Amerikkka. It’s time to treat them as such.

“Few industries have a greater impact on neighborhoods, residents, workers’ rights and environment than the waste and recycling industry…” – Don’t Waste LA Coalition.

One of the worst offending companies is American Reclamation. A company that represents precisely what is wrong with the industry – abuse, neglect and indifference. It is emblematic of the problems in the industry throughout the country – with dozens of health and safety violations that have resulted in official investigations. Even so, these companies are on the brink to secure major contracts.

Take action: Cuentame.

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