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CONTINUE THE FIGHT!!  IT IS RIGHT!!

Excellent points and call out from A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition.

The Trump administration is waging a new U.S. war of aggression in the Middle East. The target this time is Syria. More than 70 U.S. cruise missiles hit Syria tonight.

The ANSWER Coalition is calling on people and organizations to mobilize nationally coordinated protests Friday at 5:00 p.m. and throughout the weekend to demand an end to the U.S. war against Syria. These protests will be taking place in cities across the country, including Washington, D.C., at the White House.

It is noteworthy that in the hours before Trump ordered military strikes on Syria, Hillary Clinton emerged back into the public spotlight to demand that Trump carry out military strikes against Syria. The Trump-led Republican Party and the Democrats will now reunite on the basis of a new U.S. war in the Middle East.

Again, following a tried and true script, U.S. imperialist military actions against an independent, sovereign Middle Eastern government takes place under the pretext of protecting civilians from weapons of mass destruction.

The hypocrisy of the war-mongering politicians and media is astounding. The United States has been bombing Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere daily, killing hundreds of civilians in Mosul, Iraq in one attack alone. Scores of families, including their children, were murdered by American bombs. The U.S. media has been virtually silent about this crime.

In March, the Pentagon carried out 70 bombings of Yemen, more than in all of 2016, and continues to provide the bombs and bombers for the genocidal Saudi-led war on that country.

Now, the U.S. government is bombing the secular government of Bashar al-Assad at the moment that the Syrian national army was defeating al-Qaeda, the so-called Islamic State and other terrorist armed organizations. The Syrian government denies using chemical weapons. Instead of bombing first and asking questions later, shouldn’t there be an objective investigation into the facts?

Again, the U.S. government describes its war motives as humanitarian. Again, the U.S. government asserts that the targeted government possesses and has used weapons of mass destruction as the rationale for another bombing campaign.

At this point, every person in the United States should assume that the U.S. government, the Pentagon, and the CIA are lying when they seek to justify this new military aggression.

Let us not forget that the U.S. government insisted that it was required to go to war in Iraq to prevent the government of Saddam Hussein from using weapons of mass destruction. No such weapons existed in 2003. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died, tens of thousands of American troops suffered life-changing injuries or were killed, and the country of Iraq was fragmented, allowing ISIS to come into existence.

Trump’s military strikes against Syria pose a grave danger of escalating into a regional or even global confrontation. The Syrian government, in its battle against al-Qaeda, ISIS and other armed groups, has the support of Russia and Iran.

The ANSWER Coalition is calling on people and organizations to mobilize nationally coordinated protests Friday at 5:00 p.m. and throughout the weekend to demand an end to the U.S. war against Syria. These protests will be taking place in cities across the country, including Washington, D.C., at the White House.

Many thanks to a couple of readers who sent this in to us. We apologize for not posting sooner.

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In from Color of Change an important appeal.

Yesterday, Trump stripped federal funds from “sanctuary cities”–targeting places that are taking a stand to make sure immigrants do not live in fear.With this and other executive orders coming down the pike, Trump is following through on a dangerous promise that intends to rip families apart, affecting the 3.8 million Black immigrants who deserve safety and full protection. There is no “wait and see,” we have to fight for our people now. 

We can’t let our cities’ mayors give in. Already, mayors in cities like Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles are vowing to fight against Trump’s hate.2 But we have to call on them to do more and to never give up. Currently, at least 300 cities in the U.S. consider themselves Sanctuary Cities. That means local governments do not report, give information about nor turn over immigrants to U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE).3 But we need the mayors of these cities to do more. Too many “sanctuary cities” still grapple with state sanctioned violence against and pervasive criminalization of Black and Brown people.

Trump thinks he can make sure all immigrants live in fear and are banned, detained, deported, and ostracized indefinitely–but he’s mistaken.

Here to sign the petition: https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/mayors-dontgivein-trump-support-sanctuary-cities/?sp_ref=264674042.176.178208.o.1.2&source=c2c

This affects the 3.8 million Black immigrants who seek and deserve safety and full protection. And in the coming days, Trump plans to sign an executive order that will place a temporary ban on refugees and a suspension of visas for immigrants from Muslim-majority countries such as Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.4 (more…)

This song has long uplifted us here at Furbirds. Something inside so strong was written by Labi Siffre. The song was written in 1984, inspired by a TV documentary on Apartheid South Africa seen by Siffre in which white soldiers were filmed shooting at black civilians in the street. He told the BBC’s Soul Music program in 2014 that the song was also influenced by his experience as a homosexual child, adolescent, and adult.

We want to send it out today to all our readers and tell them take a listen. We as a queer group of people know we are and can be very strong. That we have faced over the years so much and fought our way through it. We as queers know that we are connected to all other struggles and we send this song out to those struggles. To the Black Lives Matter Movement, to the Indingeous peoples fighting for our mother the earth, to the immigrants detained and deported, to our Trans sisters in Familia Trans Queer Movement, to our sisters in the women’s movement, to the Muslim community under threat from the regime in DC, to our young queers struggling on the streets, to the homeless and to those who are becoming homeless due to greed and gentrification of their neighborhoods, to the workers everywhere who fight for justice and to those who remind us that war is not only wrong but unhealthy for our planet, and to the people all around the world who are being pounded daily by war. We remember all of those giants on whose shoulders we stand, those who have come before and paved the way for us to enjoy that which we have today. We promise them we will be strong and we will not give up the fight. Nor will we become hopeless and dishonor them.

We are fully aware that we all will have a fight on our hands and we are fully aware that we can not do this alone and succeed.  Be strong sisters and brothers and as the line in the song Solidarity Forever say, We can bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old, and we add for together we are strong. Let’s make it happen.

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