Tuesday, May 13, 2014

We urge you to endorse  and support this Call from the Stop Mass Incarceration Network


A Call For A Month Of Resistance To Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression And The Criminalization Of A Generation!
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For 2 generations, Black and Latina/Latino youth in the U.S. have been shipped off to prison in numbers never before seen anywhere in the world at any time. More than 2 million people, of all nationalities languish in prison -- ten times the number 50 years ago. The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prison population! More than 60% of those in U.S. prisons are Black or Latina/o. 32% of Black men between the ages of 20 and 29 are in prison or on parole or probation on any given day. More than 80,000 people in prison are held in solitary confinement under conditions that fit the international definition of torture.

The incarceration of women has increased by 800% over the last 30 years. They, along with those whose sexual orientation is not “mainstream” or who are gender non-conforming -- lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex prisoners -- face extremely harsh and abusive treatment in prison, including widespread rape. Alongside this has risen a massive program of criminally prosecuting undocumented immigrants, essentially hidden from public view. As a result of the devastation of their homelands, these immigrants have been driven to this country to work without papers, and today they are being criminalized. The US chastises other countries for human rights violations, yet it enmeshes the lives of tens of millions of people in its criminal “injustice” system. The courts, cops, prisons and La Migra all play a part in enforcing mass incarceration. There are genocidal aspects and a genocidal logic to this program, and it has been gathering momentum. All this is intolerable, and, if it isn’t stopped, it will get much worse!

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Recent Protests Against Drones, Guantanamo, and War Criminals:
Chicago May 9
The Chicago Chapter of World Can't Wait:

Drones, Dirty Wars & Guantanamo came to Federal Plaza in Chicago on Friday, May 9. World Can’t Wait Chicago, Voices for Creative Non-Violence, and the Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo drew the links, with a model Predator drone, pictures of drones’ real victims, and people in orange jumpsuits and hoods. This was part of the national Spring Days of Action 2014. Several WCW activists reported a more receptive response than usual as we distributed hundreds of “Drones Mean Danger” cards and flyers for our upcoming May 23 Global Day of Action to Close Guantanamo.

There were a lot of questions about the impact of drones and why their use is growing. One young woman was glad to get our information because she was in Europe last year and didn’t understand why people seemed so anti-American. A middle school teacher took extra “Drones Mean Danger” cards for students, another woman took extras for her congregation, and one young Mexican-American couple stayed for more than a half hour to go deeply into what’s driving these crimes. We collected over $50 in donations, including from one man who would say only that he was “from the Middle East” and personally thanked several of us for bringing this message to the people here.

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Berkeley May 10
Photos by Bindu Desai
Fire John Yoo:

Saturday May 10th a core of 15 anti-torture activists anchored the seventh annual protest of University of California accommodation and promotion of Boalt Hall 'Torture Professor' John Yoo.

Defying the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility finding that professor Yoo and his boss, now federal district court judge Jay Bybee, were guilty of 'professional misconduct,' Berkeley Law administrators continue to harbor an unrepentant advocate for illegal policies deployed by the Bush regime.

Many graduates and their guests accepted and wore orange ribbons in support for repudiation of U.S. torture practice.

World Can't Wait applauds the potential of this new generation of lawyers and judges to prosecute the crimes of arbitrary detention, torture, and suppression of civil rights prescribed by John Yoo's 'Unitary Executive' theory (that "if the President does it, it's legal").

Professor Yoo not only supports U.S. targeted assassination policy; he complains that President Obama isn't being hawkish enough in the War on Terror:
"Yoo's flippant attitude toward killing civilians is noteworthy in two ways. First - the obvious -

is that it reveals a truly sick disregard for the killing of innocent human beings...

The second reason it is noteworthy is that Yoo argues trying to avoid killing civilians who are in the vicinity of enemy combatants doesn't apply 'to wartime operations.' Leave aside the legal reasoning for a moment and consider if Yoo would support the same standard in reverse."
(John Glaser)

A university that allows a war criminal to teach constitutional law under prejudice of 'academic freedom' is protecting war crimes.

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Rutgers University Teach-In May 6
Rutgers Teachin
Rudy Bell, François Cornilliat and Uri Eisenzweig - professors who organized the opposition to Rice:

It was an event that will be remembered because there has not been one like it for a very long time. The lecture room of the Student Activities Center was packed by a crowd of more than two hundred students and faculty members, many sitting on the floor, others standing anywhere they could, all listening with the utmost attention to the poignant speech of human rights attorney Jumana Musa, then to the illuminating exposés of our panelists, to whom Rutgers University – the real Rutgers  – is forever indebted. And we all stood up to applaud the six students who represented the “No To Rice” movement that organized the demonstrations of the last ten days: the enthusiastic commitment they expressed to humanistic values was a reminder that there is real hunger among our students for more knowledge of history, of foreign cultures, of the very notion of “culture,” of political science, of economics, as well as a deep interest in questions related to ethics, public policy and the place of media in our culture. Students like these give a special meaning – and responsibility  –  to our teaching and research. Regardless of any artificial “strategic plan,” with students like these there is a future for our University.

The event, that began at 5:30 p.m. concluded at 11:30, with the screening of excerpts from the 2007 film “Taxi to the Dark Side,” followed by a moving discussion of torture.

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Death of US Citizens by US Government Drones with Guest Debra Sweet
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World Can't Wait Conversations:

Thursday May 15: 10pm Eastern / 7pm Pacific
Conversation with Carlos Warner, a federal defender and attorney for Guantanamo prisoners, as we prepare for protests
May 23 to Close Guantanamo NOW.
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May 14 Obama: Humanity & the Planet Come First! NO Keystone XL Pipeline
Gather at 5 pm at 79th and 5th Ave. (NYC)
May 28 Protest President Obama Speaking at West Point Graduation
May 31 – June 1 World Can't Wait at the Left Forum
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