Friday, September 19, 2014(14 comments)
Important victory in case of Ray McGovern's brutal arrest
The original 2011 incident took place, ironically, at a speech by Hillary Clinton where she admonished other governments for repressing free speech. Mr. McGovern stood up and silently turned his back to her, at which point officers rapidly and brutallly removed him from public view, took him to jail, and left him bleeding with bruises and contusions. All charges were subsequently dropped.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Iraq/Syria Air Strikes and Arms Shipments Opponents Host Press Conference
In the past six weeks, President Obama has dragged the US into deeper into war by launching more than 150 airstrikes in Iraq and threatening to bomb ISIL in Syria. Congress will vote on Wednesday to send weapons to Syrian rebels, which will stoke the internal conflict in Syria even more.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014(9 comments)
Occupy National Gathering 2014 -- We Gather Again!
For the third year, the Occupy movement invites all to gather together to review the year, share knowledge and skills, celebrate successes and analyze disappointments, and prepare for another year of fighting for the better world that we all know is possible. We are going back to our roots; we know that the world is watching: This Occupation Is Not Leaving! Come join us!
Thursday, July 10, 2014(1 comments)
Israeli Offensive on Gaza Continues
In the past 24 hours, Israeli forces have escalated their offensive on the Gaza Strip. Israeli warplanes have increasingly targeted houses, civilian-populated areas and civilian facilities. The Israeli tanks have fired dozens of shells at Palestinian communities located near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, and Israeli gunboats have fired dozens of shells along the Gaza Strip coast.
Friday, June 27, 2014(68 comments)
Disastrous Iraq Policies From a State Department Hostile to Truth-Telling
Three former State Department officials -- Ann Wright, Matthew Hoh and Peter Van Buren -- are among those who continue to speak out against ongoing U.S. policies in Iraq. All three are on the advisory board of a new organization for whistleblowing and independent journalism, ExposeFacts.org, part of the Institute for Public Accuracy.
Thursday, June 5, 2014(1 comments)
"Reset the Net" Announcement at #PDF14
On the first anniversary of Snowden's whistleblowing, Internet users and the largest tech companies in the world including Wordpress, Google, Mozilla, Tumblr, Twitter, Dropbox, Sendgrid and CloudFlare turn off weak security and turn on privacy, all over the web. Today as part of Reset the Net, tens of thousands of Internet users and the Internet's largest companies rallied to protect billions.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014(1 comments)
Peace Activist, Broadcaster Acie Byrd Dies at 77
Peace activist and radio commentator Acie Byrd has died at the age of 77 following a battle with cancer. Byrd was among an estimated quarter of a million U.S. military personnel exposed to radiation from U.S. nuclear tests that took place from 1945 to 1962.
Saturday, April 12, 2014 2013 Polk Journalism Awards Announced
One of the most prestigious journalism awards honored the reporters who broke the Ed Snowden story. Plus other winners for other topics.
Friday, March 28, 2014(1 comments)
Is MoveOn Breaking Faith with the Progressive Community?
MoveOn.org's "Open Platform" policy on its petition site allows use by individuals & groups with values that are antithetical to MoveOn's stated progressive values, an issue not fully understood or supported by MoveOn member & volunteers.
Thursday, March 20, 2014(1 comments)
Flight Into Egypt
Gaza, with a population of l.7 Palestinians, mostly youth, has been cut off from the rest of Palestine, as part of Israeli policy of dividing the Palestinian people. Its Port, which has been closed for over 40 years, its airport destroyed by Israel and its border crossing both through Eretz, Israel, and Rafah, Egypt, often closed, makes Gaza the largest open air prison in the world.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 Silent But Deadly -- Chernobyl-Fukushima-San Onofre
When the Fukushima nuclear power plant was overwhelmed by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, three reactors melted down and Japan's Prime Minister considered ordering the evacuation of Tokyo, which could have displaced tens of millions of people. The horror continues as is depicted in this California meeting of artists, journalists and photographers.
Sunday, January 12, 2014 International Scholars, Peace Advocates and Artists Condemn Agreement To Build New U.S. Marine Base in Okinawa
Gavan McCormack of the Australian National University described the intrusions of militarism that threaten Okinawans' lives and health, "from military accidents, crimes including sexual violence for which U.S. forces are not held fully accountable, to intolerable military aircraft noise and chemical pollution. Okinawans' struggle to finally end the military occupation deserves the support of people around the world."
Wednesday, December 4, 2013(2 comments)
Gaza kids were heard worldwide -- mini-Arks a huge success
Like messages in a bottle, the boats were tasked with the awesome responsibility of carrying the children's cry for help to the outside world. Trapped in a small stretch of land that is the Gaza Strip, children there want their freedom, just like all the adults do. They want the brutal siege of their land to end.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Survivor of US Military Rape in Japan Wins US Court Judgment Against Perpetrator
In a landmark case, Milwaukee, Wisconsin County Circuit Court Judge Michael D. Guolee entered a judgment in favor of Catherine Jane Fisher, an Australian citizen, recognizing and enforcing a Japanese civil judgment for rape that Ms. Fisher obtained against Bloke Deans, a former U.S. Navy service member now living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Monday, November 18, 2013(13 comments)
A Call For a Crowdsourced Worldwide Wave of Action ~ #www
The decentralized movement toward freedom is raging across the world. It cannot be stopped. The tipping point is near. Despite the lack of coverage in the mainstream media, actions are springing up on an increasing basis. A wave of transformation is rising. The zeitgeist is shifting in our direction.
t's Time For A Worldwide Wave of Transformation
Sunday, August 25, 2013(5 comments)
Give Peace A Chance!
Arming rebels and authorizing military action by USA/NATO forces will not solve the problem facing Syria, but indeed could lead to the death of thousands of Syrians, the breaking-up of Syria, and it falling under the control of violent fundamentalist jihadist forces. The entire Middle East will become unstable and violence will spiral out of control.
Monday, July 8, 2013 PCHR Concerned For Deterioration Of Humanitarian Conditions In The Gaza Strip
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is deeply concerned for the deterioration of humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip. This situation reveals again the reality of the situation in the Gaza Strip under the policy of collective punishment and the closure of all border crossings by Israeli authorities for more than six years.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 Manning Judge Rules Against RSN, Media Access
Minutes matter when trying to get out a story. Laptops are the pens and pencils of the journalist's trade. Currently, the media operations center is limited to 70 individuals. Even though this center has been sparsely attended since the first day of trial, RSN is still not permitted to enter the center.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013(6 comments)
Pundits vs. Edward Snowden
Informing public of government spying 'self-indulgent' and 'grandiose'
Thursday, May 16, 2013 Justice Department Attacks the Press
Whatever the government's rationale for this extreme action, it sends an unmistakable signal: When government officials talk to journalists about matters of compelling public interest, the Justice Department will go to extreme lengths to find out who they are and prosecute them, even if it this requires the kind of government surveillance of journalism that is incompatible with a free press.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013(7 comments)
"March Against Monsanto" Planned for Over 30 Countries
On May 25, tens of thousands of activists around the world will "March Against Monsanto." Currently, marches are being planned on six continents, in 36 countries, totaling events in over 250 cities, and in the US, events are slated to occur simultaneously at 11 a.m. Pacific in 47 states.
Thursday, April 25, 2013(2 comments)
Insured but unable to afford health care
"Obamacare is making underinsurance the new normal," said Woolhandler. "It will reduce the number of uninsured from 50 million to 30 million, but the new coverage is full of holes. Americans deserve the kind of first-dollar, comprehensive coverage that Canadians already have. But that's only affordable under a single-payer system that cuts out the private insurance middlemen."
Friday, January 18, 2013(5 comments)
Professor Faces Punishment for Dissing NRA Head
Erik Loomis is a gifted young scholar of labor and environmental history & blogger. Many of us have tangled with him, most recently over whether leftists should vote for Obama.
But now we must stand by Loomis's side. This past Friday, in the wake of the grief
& outrage millions felt over the Newtown mass shooting, Loomis tweeted:
I was heartbroken in the first 20 mass murders. Now I want Wayne LaPierre's head on a stick.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013(11 comments)
Idle No More-- The Indigenous People's Revolution Begins
Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth.
Monday, December 24, 2012(8 comments)
FBI Documents Reveal Secret Nationwide Occupy Monitoring
FBI documents just obtained by PCJF via Freedom of Information Act demands reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat even though the agency acknowledges in documents that organizers explicitly called for peaceful protest and did "not condone the use of violence" at occupy protests. The FBI began surveillance
Thursday, December 20, 2012(1 comments)
Feinstein Releases Statement on "Zero Dark Thirty"
Senators sent a letter to Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio distributing the upcoming film "Zero Dark Thirty," as
"grossly inaccurate and misleading," particularly graphic scenes of CIA officers torturing detainees that "credits these detainees with providing critical lead information" on the courier who led to the bin Laden compound.
Thursday, November 29, 2012(2 comments)
Wikileaks: European Commission enabling blockade of WikiLeaks by U.S. hard-right Lieberman/King
European Commission documents released today by WikiLeaks show that hard-right U.S. politicians were directly behind the extrajudicial banking blockade against WikiLeaks. In the heavily redacted documents, MasterCard Europe admits that Senator Joseph Lieberman and Congressman Peter T. King both "had conversations" with MasterCard in the United States.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 Panetta, Barak Discuss Iron Dome Success, Israeli Defenses
Barak thanked the United States for the funding to deploy the Iron Dome
The U.S. provided $70 million in fiscal year 2012 funds for the system, on top of the $205 million previously allocated, Panetta said, noting DOD will continue to support the system in the future. The secretary pinned the DOD Medal for Distinguished Public Service on Barak.
Thursday, October 25, 2012(1 comments)
Anti-Drone Protest Shuts Down Hancock Air Base, 17 Arrested, 13 Held in Jail
Forty concerned citizens created a blockade this morning of Hancock Air National Guard Base outside Syracuse, NY. MQ-9 Reaper drones are operated by remote control from the base, and are used to carry out attacks in Afghanistan and possibly other countries. The activists say this use of drones violates International and domestic law, and amounts to war crimes.
Monday, October 8, 2012(1 comments)
American delegation will fast in Islamabad to atone for U.S. drone strikes
More than a dozen American peace delegates visiting Pakistan to witness the damage wrought by U.S. drone attacks will fast from sunrise to sunset Tuesday, Oct. 9, in front of the Islamabad Press Club, Sector F-6. They will sing songs of peace, display pictures of the more than 160 Pakistani children who have been killed by American drones, and extend a message of peace and solidarity to passersby.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012(2 comments)
Bold Civil Disobedience Actions Blockade Entrance to Site of TPP Negotiations in VA
Two people were detained this morning after a tense stand off with police while blockading international trade negotiators from entering the Lansdowne Resort, site of the secretive Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations takingplace this week. Other activists greeted the arriving international negotiators with a 75-foot high banner suspended by weather balloons shaped like giant buttocks that read "Free Trade My Ass...
Thursday, August 30, 2012(3 comments)
Carter Center Calls for Accountability After Corrie Verdict
Rachel Corrie's parents Cindy and Craig stated "We are deeply saddened and troubled by what we heard today in the court of Judge Oded Gershon. This was a bad day, not only for us, but for human rights, for humanity, the rule of law, and the country of Israel...Rachel was a human being who deserved accountability, and we as her family deserve that too."
Friday, August 10, 2012(2 comments)
Small Business Owners Take "Papa" John to Task on ObamaCare
Last week, John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John's Pizza - a Mitt Romney supporter and fundraiser - announced that Obamacare will raise the cost of his pizza 11 to 14 cents each, or 15 to 20 cents per order.
But small business owners disagree.
Philly pizzeria owner Brian Dwyer says "As a pizza consumer, I will gladly pay 20 cents more per pie if that meant that people and their families got health insurance."
Sunday, July 1, 2012 Occupy National Gathering-- First Day, Sunday Schedule and Livestream Embed
The Occupy National Gathering kicked off on June 30th, 2012 with a myriad of workshops, speakers, and a peaceful march against corporate personhood, making stops at Wells Fargo to protest racist predatory lending, Fox News to confront corporate profit at the expense of the peoples' airwaves, and ended with an attempt to set up a space away from Independence Mall in a park behind the Second Bank of the United States,
Wednesday, June 27, 2012(1 comments)
Ecuador Will Cease Participation in School of the Americas
This Wednesday, June 27, Ecuadoran President Rafaeal Correa, after hearing from a delegation of SOA Watch, has taken the decision to cease sending Ecuadoran soldiers to the School of the Americas.
Sunday, June 24, 2012(3 comments)
Vigil for Political Asylum for Wikileaks Julian Assange
Human rights activists will vigil at 6pm, Sunday, June 24, 2012, at the Embassy of Ecuador to urge President Correa of Ecuador, to grant the petition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for political asylum from the threat of prosecution by the United States under the Espionage Act for his role in publishing leaked U.S. diplomatic cables.
Monday, June 18, 2012(3 comments)
Join the protest Vigil: No to the Demolition of Susya
After their village is demolished, the residents of Palestinian Susya will simply be tossed into the desert, and not for the first time. Since the establishment of the nearby Israeli settlement of Susya, the residents of Palestinian Susya have been evicted from their lands four times.
Monday, June 11, 2012 ADC Announces Additional Award Recipients
OEN contributor retired Colonel Ann Wright will receive the
Rachel Corrie Award at this year's ADC Convention in Washington D.C. Wright is known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She was also one of the passengers on the flotillas which tried to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip in June 2010.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 New Study What Fires Young Progressives' Views On Activism And Race
Through a series of focus groups in key cities with Occupy participants and other activists aged 18-30, the Applied Research Center today released findings on young people's motivations for engaging in activism, concerns about electoral politics, and thoughts on the extent to which race and racism should be an explicit part of current struggles for economic justice.
Monday, May 21, 2012 House Passes Back-Door Attempt to Force Tar Sands Pipeline Approval
The House of Representatives passed a back-door attempt that would force lawmakers to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline as part of an unrelated transportation bill -- once again holding the legislation for improving our roads, bridges and public transit hostage to partisan ideology.