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... Bring Them Home!
Today is Memorial Day in the US. Today we recognize the soldiers who have been killed throughout US history in battles and wars around the world. It's a very sobering day.
Obviously the US is embroiled in a few conflicts right now, including Colombia and Afghanistan. For better or for worse though, the war in Iraq is the main one, and that's the one where we unequivocally say Support the Troops, Bring Them Home! In 1971, future Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry asked the Senate, "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" That terrible question is the one we must ask ourselves, our neighbors, and our Congress critters, and demand action right now!
Here are some resources for current military members and people who are considering joining the military.
Many more links to counseling, counter-recruitment, and activist groups can be found on the CCCO Links page.
The planned 'star march' is one of the initiatives that is affected by these measures. With the motto, 'taking the protest to Heiligendamm', the star march is intended to end with a closing rally in Heiligendamm. Today, the star march coalition is lodging an urgent appeal against the ruling. A decision is expected at the end of next week. "If necessary, we will have our right to protest confirmed by the federal courts", a speaker for the star march coalition said. The prohibited area stretches from the camp in Reddelich almost all the way to the camp in Wichmannsdorf. A speaker of the BAO "Kavala" has declared that a congregation of 3 people within this area is illegal under the ruling. "This means that we can't even leave the camp in groups of 3 and walk next to one another without the police breaking us up", says a camp participant of the WomenLesbianTransgender Network. The rationale for the ban, according to "Kavala", lies with the foreign policies of the G8 countries. A "latent threat situation" exists for the representatives of the G8 countries because of the wars in "Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Palestine". Even the German Government is perceived as endangered, because of its "increasing engagement in conflict regions". What is meant is the war in Afghanistan.
Hanne Jobst of the Gipfelsoli Infogruppe finds this reasoning absurd: "Protest is forbidden because it would have negative effects for foreign decision-makers. The G8 makes decisions that affect the lives of millions of people every day, without the legitimacy to do so, yet in the opinion of the police, the G8 should not have to be subjected to these people's anger".
Even popstar Herbert Groenemeyer has to admit this: "There is real anger", he explained in the German newspaper 'taz' the day before yesterday. Conicidentally, this week in Scotland, charges against five activists who were arrested and detained on their way to a closing demonstration at the conference hotel in Gleneagles during the 2005 G8 summit, were dropped. "As always during summit protests the police use arbitrary and often illegal measures to prevent protest from reaching those it seeks to criticise", Gerda Achterhuis of the Dutch Dissent network argues. "The move to ban the demonstration does not surprise us. However, we will not let ourselves be intimidated and will continue to mobilise for the star march and all other actions against the G8 meeting."
You can read the Rostock Police Departments justification for banning public protest (this page is in German).
"we are gathered here tonight to pay tribute to our lord and money unto me.
you call yourselves the moral majority
you say, 'god loves you. come and buy the good news'
circus-tent con-men and southern belle bunnies
stodgy ayatollahs in their double-knit ties
blow it out your ass, jerry falwell
you don't want abortions, you want battered children
you're planning for a war with or without iran
blow it out your ass, terry dolan
In April 1997, there was a "gas out" conducted nationwide in protest of
gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight. On May 15th 2007, all internet users are to not go to a gas station in protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most places. There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on the internet network, and the average car takes about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up.
For more ways to ditch the fossil fuel habit, perhaps permanently, check out How To Live Well Without Owning A Car, bio-diesel, and car-sharing .
In Berlin at least seven flats and office spaces are being searched, amongst which two offices in Bethanien, a social centre in Kreuzberg, Berlin, and the Fusion shop in the same district. The latter is a space used by an antifascist organization and the Interventionist Left. Moreover, a bookshop in Mehringhof and the office spaces of several alternative media projects in Lausitzer Straße have been searched.
The criminal investigation police was putting special attention on the alternative Internet server so36.net. Many left and alternative projects have their websites, mailing lists and mail adresses hosted there. This way, the communication structue of the anti-G8 movement is hit on a sensitive point.
In Hamburg the repression is aimed against the social centre "Rote Flora" and diverse housing projects. Also in the surrounding of Berlin searches are taking place. And there are first reports about searches in the city of Bremen.
The orders for the searches are based on § 129a: "Formation of a terrorist association with the aim to stop the G8 summit". The random selection out of many left housing and infrastructural projects makes clear that the investigation is used as an excuse in order to weaken the mobilization against the G8. "Probably diverse cases of property damage serve as an excuse for these investigations", so the impression of the Campinski Press Group. One of these cases occured at the Kempinski Hotel, where the G8 summit is going to take place. The hotel was targeted with paint balls some months ago.
The context of a §129a investigation are instrumentalized in order to gather data about the protest movement. Besides, such measures have, most likely intended, intimdating effects. Only 2% of all $129a investigations result in sentencing.
However: "Who invites the G8 summit, also invites the protest against it", explains Hanne Jobst of the Berlin Bethanien office. "All attempts to criminalize this movement will not prevent us from exposing worldwide inequalities during the G8 summit."
The repressive acts of the criminal investigation police are not entirely surprising. The left and radical left resistance against the G8 has reached an uncontrollable level for the police. "So far, the police only tried to split the resistance in the public media through hallucinating about an army of 'anarchists'. Now they will try to sabotage the organizational structures", Jobst explains further.
"It is noteworthy that the searchces are targeted agaist all those parts of the resistance that refuse to direct claims to the G8, because they refuse the G8 in general as an illegitimate institution", explains a spokesperson of the Gipfelsoli Info Group."
More info here, here, and here!
This Expo DIY Workshop will focus on:
When: Thursday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.-ish
"What does taqwacore mean to you?
What is the future for taqwacore?
How her words would fare with Michael Muhammad Knight, author of The Taqwacores and an unwitting idol to the young and restless, is anyone's guess. Knight, who is 29 and lives in New York with his dog Sunny - "not as in Sunni Muslim" - downplays his achievement of single-handedly inspiring this subculture that has produced artists such as the Kominas, Secret Trial Five, Vote Hezbollah, Al-Thawra, 8-Bit and Diacritical.
"There was a scene already," says Knight modestly, whose next novel will be titled Osama Van Halen. "I just gave it a name. There were kids out there, doing their thing. I don't think of it as a movement, though, just a group of friends supporting each other."
Knight wrote the book to deal with his own issues. He converted to Islam as a teenager and admits he "burned out" from being so religious. "I was so intense. I felt Islam was so black and white and there were no grey areas. These Muslim kids, who are punks, they are in these grey areas." The kids he refers to have all devoured Knight's work, some taking it literally.
"One kid," he says, "thought the book was non-fiction and thought that stuff in the book actually happened. He got in touch. He said if it wasn't real, that he would make it real." He sounds worried by the suggestion that his book will be a manifesto for Muslim punks. "If the scene develops, I don't want it to be based on my book."
The words stable, door, horse and bolt spring to mind. Some Muslims are deeming his book to be nothing short of a revelation. "When I read The Taqwacores," says Basim Usmani, frontman of The Kominas, "all my reservations about Islam melted away."...
During their planned tour of around 1300 kilometers the activists will take part in bicycle demonstrations ("critical masses"), theatres, and other political actions. On the route through cities like Antwerpen, Nijmegen, Gronau/Ahaus, Muenster, Hamburg and Gorleben they will deal with subjects related to the upcoming G8 meeting. These are for instance the racist migration politics of Fortress Europe, genetic manipulation and exploitation of the earth, and the involvement of the G8 in wars all over the world, including in Afghanistan & Iraq.
The events and actions are prepared by supporters hosting the caravan at different stations."We want to use our time together for exchange and to build networks with various local groups from different backgrounds" Paula Farin explains. The cyclists do not want to take part in the whole neoliberal circus and the division of people along racist and economic criteria. They consider the caravan as a place for experiments where they can realize their ideas and ideals (even if only temporarily). The aim is to create a non-hierarchical structure during the ride, allowing people to learn and act in a self-organized manner. The caravan wants to make it possible for all people to participate, regardless of money, bicycle, physical condition or papers.
Bicycle Caravan Info-Office Rostock, Knut Rassmussenstr. 8, 18106 Rostock,
Churchill was pulled into the national spotlight after an essay he published following the World Trade Center attacks, where he referred to the victims as "technocrats" and "little Eichmanns." As a result of these comments, and a campaign by right-wing pundit Bill O'Reilly, Churchill was threatened and his career put in jeopardy.
He had originally been scheduled to appear at the University of Winnipeg, but his appearance was canceled. G7 has asked Churchill to deliver the keynote address at the Fort Garry Lectures in History V, Annual Graduate Student Conference on Friday, April 27th (admission is free). His presentation is entitled Kill the Indian, Save the Man: U.S. and Canadian Residential Schools in Context. The event will take place at Rudolph Rocker Cultural Centre at 91 Albert St."
Local alt.weekly S.F. Weekly says:
First, Pansy Division is playing with The Avengers (yes, THAT Avengers!) and Southern Girls (featuring ex-PD guitar hero Patrick), for the first time in more than a year! It's all happening Saturday April 21st at the Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco. It's 21+ and not wheelchair accessible, unfortunately, but you can get tickets at the Cafe Du Nord website.
2. Pansy Division is going into the studio to lay down a few new tunes! It's unclear where these will eventually end up, but rest assured they'll be rockin' a few of them @ the 4/21 show in Frisco.