Truth-lite in Honduras
Morales & Movements
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Prelude to Depression?
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WINESS TO WAR
Fellman's Terrorism History
Engler's Black Book
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The Good Out of the Misery in Gaza
December 27, 2009 marked the first anniversary of the beginning of "Operation Cast Lead," Israel's 22-day assault on Gaza. The attack:
- Killed 1,400 people; one-third were children
- Injured over 5,300 and destroyed over 10,000 buildings and 4,000 homes
- Rendered nearly 72,000 civilians homeless, most of whom now live in tents or in the ruins of what had been their homes
In the brutal invasion, the already impoverished, mostly refugee population, was assaulted with white phosphorous bombs that destroyed the infrastructure of civil society, including homes, hospitals, water wells, sewage systems, farms, police stations, the Islamic University of Gaza, the Ministry of Education, and both the American International and UNRWA schools, one of which had been clearly sheltering innocent civilians.
Epstein in Cairo—photo by Angela Sevin
While world leaders and the mainstream media continue to turn a blind eye to the ongoing misery in Gaza, international activists converged in Cairo in December 2009 to bring humanitarian aid to the innocents in Gaza and to participate in the Gaza Freedom March. They planned to march to Gaza on New Years Eve to demand an end to the siege on the Gaza Strip. When the Egyptian government denied the over 1,300 activists entry into Gaza, hundreds of them began a hunger strike on December 28. Among them was Hedy Epstein, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor who was part of a delegation of participants from 43 countries.
In 1939, when Epstein was 14, her parents sent her to England (they perished in Auschwitz in 1942). After World War II, she worked as a research analyst at the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi doctors who performed medical experiments on concentration camp inmates. After moving to America, Epstein became an activist for peace and social justice causes: "It is important to let the besieged Gazan people know they are not alone. I want to tell the people I meet in Gaza that I am a representative of many people in my city and in other places in the U.S. who are outraged at what the U.S., Israeli, and European governments are doing to the Palestinians and that our numbers are growing."
The Gaza Strip has been under an illegal siege ever since Israel closed all of Gaza's borders in June 2007 and trapped 1.5 million civilians there—half of them children under 17. Additionally the United States directly supported Israel's deadly assault on Gaza Strip, supplying and paying for the F-16s, hellfire missiles, and ammunition used by the Israeli military. Also, U.S. corporations directly profited from Operation Cast Lead. American-made Caterpillar bulldozers were used to demolish the civilian infrastructure.
Dorothy Day, a 20th century Christian anarchist, agitator around church, state, and media issues, said, "Love is not the starving of whole populations. Love is not the bombardment of open cities. Love is not killing."
Eileen Fleming is the founder of WeAreWideAwake.org, a feature correspondent for Arabisto.com, and author of Keep Hope Aliveand Memoirs of a Nice Irish American "Girl's" Life in Occupied Territory. She also produced 30 Minutes with Vanunuand 13 Minutes with Vanunu.
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CUBAN 5 - From May 30 to June 5, supporters of the Cuban 5 will gather in Washington DC to raise awareness about the case and to demand a humanitarian solution that will allow the return of these men to their homeland.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
BIKES - Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 24th annual Bike- A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, MA on June 3, with several bike rides, music, exhibitors, and more.
Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222; mailbikesnotbombs.org; www.bikesnotbombs.org.
LEFT FORUM - The 2013 Left Forum will be held June 7-9, at Pace University in NYC.
Contact: 365 Fifth Avenue, CUNY Graduate Center, Sociology Dept., New York, NY 10016; http://www.leftforum.org/.
VEGAN FEST - Mad City Vegan Fest will be held in Madison, WI, June 8. The annual event features food, speakers, and exhibitors.
Contact: 122 State Street, Suite 405 B, Madison, WI 53701; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://veganfest.org/.
ADC CONFERENCE - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) holds its annual conference June 13-16 in Washington, DC, with panel discussions and workshops.
Contact: 1990 M Street, Suite 610, Washington, DC, 20036; 202-244-2990; convention @adc. org http://convention.adc.org/.
CUBA/SOCIALISM - A Cuban-North American Dialog on Socialist Renewal and Global Capitalist Crisis will be held in Havana, Cuba, June 16-30. There will be a 5-day Seminar at the University of Havana, plus visits to a co-op and educational and medical institutions.
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NETROOTS - The 8th Annual Netroots Nation conference will take place June 20-23 in San Jose, CA. The event features panels, trainings, networking, screenings, and keynotes.
Contact: 164 Robles Way, #276, Vallejo, CA 94591; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.netrootsnation.org/.
MEDIA - The 15th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 20-23, in Detroit.
Contact: 4126 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48201; http://alliedmedia.org/.
GRASSROOTS - The United We Stand Festival will be hosted by Free & Equal, June 22 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The festival aims to reform the electoral process in the U.S.
LITERACY - The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will hold its conference July 12-13 in Los Angeles.
Contact: 10 Laurel Hill Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003; http://namle.net/conference/.
IWW - The North American Work People’s College will take place July 12-16 at Mesaba Co-op Park in northern Minnesota. The event will bring together Wobblies from across the continent to learn skills and build one big union.
PEACESTOCK - On July 13, the 11th Annual Peacestock will take place at Windbeam Farm in Hager City, WI. The event is a mixture of music, speakers, and community for peace. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace.
Contact: Bill Habedank, 1913 Grandview Ave., Red Wing, MN 55066; 651-388-7733; email@example.com; http://www. peacestockvfp.org.
LA RAZA - The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 18-19 in New Orleans, with workshops, presentations, and panel discussions.
Contact: NCLR Headquarters Office, Raul Yzaguirre Building, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-785-1670; www.nclr.org.
ACTIVIST CAMP - Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp will have sessions in July and August in Ben Lomond, CA; Portland, OR; Charlton, MA. YEA Camp is designed for activists 12-17 years old who want to make a difference.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://yeacamp.org/.