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 Action Alert: Commute Bradley Manning's Sentence to Time Served

Action Alert
PETITION STATEMENT: President Obama, commute Bradley Manning's sentence to time already served.

By Robert Naiman (Contact)

To be delivered to: President Barack Obama

Petition Background

On August 21, U.S. citizen Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified information to the public about the killing of civilians in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; drone strikes in Yemen; torture in Guantanamo, Iraq, and Egypt; the coup in Honduras; corruption in Tunisia, the U.S. use of cluster bombs, and the blockade of Gaza,

Manning has already served more than three years in pre-trial detention, including 11 months in conditions described by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture as cruel and inhumane. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Thursday, August 22 @ 21:45:32 EDT (1615 reads)
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 Action Alert: Marching for Justice with Peace

PeaceFrom: United For Peace & Justice

A national mobilization is being called for Saturday, August 24th to commemorate the historic 1963 Civil Rights Movement March on Washington. This mobilization called by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King III, the National Action Network (NAN) and many other partners including the King Center and Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC) is coming at a critical time with the attack on voting rights and the recent Trayvon Martin verdict. United for Peace and Justice, has been participating on the national mobilizing calls and is working with the march organizers to insure that peace is an important part of the message.

In 1967 after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his now famous Beyond Vietnam -- A Time to Break Silence speech, other Civil Rights leaders and King’s detractors told him he had no business speaking out against the war. They said he should stay in his lane and only talk and work on Civil Rights. But King understood that, “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” He chose to be unambiguous and loud about his opposition to the war in Vietnam. However, King had already spoken out about the evils of war in his 1964 Noble Prize Lecture. He talked about the triple evils of racism, poverty and war. He warned the world that, “mankind's survival is dependent upon man's ability to solve the problems of racial injustice, poverty, and war…”

These words are just as important today. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Friday, July 26 @ 19:14:57 EDT (942 reads)
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 Action Alert: March on Wall Street South!

PeaceFrom: United For Peace & Justice (unitedforpeace.org)

The Republican National Convention began yesterday and we are less than a week away from the Democrat’s convention. Both parties will claim to have the right medicine to heal the sick U.S. economy and put the nation on the road to prosperity. And while there are importance differences between the parties, both will ignore key issues which affect all American, but especially the poor, working and middle classes, the unemployed, and people struggling to keep their homes . There will be little talk about the ongoing eleven years of war in Afghanistan and State Department/contractor occupation of Iraq. There will be no discussion about peaceful means to solve differences with Iran and there will be whispers if any talk about reigning in the power of Wall Street, banks and big corporations. This is why we, the peace and justice community, must make our presence felt and our voices heard.

March on Wall Street South September 2nd 2012 at 11 A.M.

Join activists from across the country to use the spectacle of the Democratic National Convention as a platform to raise people’s demands for justice on the world stage. Converge on Charlotte to March on Wall Street South and to say No to Democrat policies that favor banking, Wall Street and the 1% on the backs of the 99%. An opening rally will begin at 11A.M. and the march will step off at 1 P.M. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Wednesday, August 29 @ 19:47:38 EDT (604 reads)
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 Action Alert: Another 10 years for our military in Afghanistan?

You've got to be kidding!

From: United For Peace and Justice, unitedforpeace.org

On May 1st President Obama and Afghan President Karzai signed a 10 year Strategic Partnership Agreement paving the way for U.S. military involvement beyond the scheduled 2014 troop withdrawal date. Presented as a way to end the war, the plan continues to rely on military solutions rather than the peaceful alternatives desperately needed by the Afghan people.

Meanwhile the House of Representatives is poised to vote on a FY 2013 Defense Authorization bill, which contains another $88.4 billion to continue the war in Afghanistan.

Over the course of more than a decade, almost 2,000 U.S. troops have died and over 15,000 have been injured (many maimed for life) trying to create a stable Afghanistan at the cost of over half a trillion dollars. In the year since Osama bin Laden was killed, 381 more soldiers have died. The toll of death and destruction for the people of Afghanistan has been far worse. With all the loss of blood and treasure the U.S. has not been able to stop the Taliban nor create an effective Afghan government. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Tuesday, May 08 @ 20:29:18 EDT (470 reads)
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 Action Alert: A Call for Nationwide Response to Entergy Nuclear's Attack

Vermonton the People of Vermont

Entergy Nuclear of Lousiana is giving those of us who care about our futures a golden opportunity to exercise our power. This multi-national corporation is a poster boy for the callous pursuit of profit at the expense of health, safety and even state sovereignty.

Consider the current pox that Entergy has brought down upon the people of Vermont. In their negotiations to get permission to buy Vermont Yankee, corporate officials agreed to abide by future state statutes, and promised to forgo the right to sue the state over any statutes that might be contrary to Entergy's interests. But they were lying through their teeth, have sued the state, and have just won the first round in a federal court suit that reverses the state legislature's refusal to extend Vermont Yankee's operating license. The judge has empowered only the Public Service Board to decide the reactor's fate.

In the last few years, Entergy has lied repeatedly in testimony at the Vermont State House, from topics as varied as the aforementioned promise, to the non-existence of underground pipes that turned out to not only exist but also to be leaking tritium. Entergy lobbyists have been a noxious presence in our citizen legislature's House, cajoling and threatening but not succeeding in having their way. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Friday, January 27 @ 19:12:42 EST (893 reads)
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 Action Alert: Jobs Not Cuts National Week of Action

Business NewsFrom: JobsNotCutsProtest.org

This past summer congress manufactured a crisis around the raising of the debt ceiling, which gave the US government the power to pay the debt it accumulated in the bank bailouts of 2008 and the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This manufactured crisis was used as a smokescreen to push through the biggest budget cuts in American history. $1 trillion of those cuts were put into effect immediately.

For the other $1.5 trillion congress formed an unelected Congressional Super Committee who have until November 23rd to propose these cuts in a bill to congress. This bill cannot be amended, revised, or filibustered, only passed or vetoed in an up or down vote by congress. And if it is voted down, this will automatically trigger massive cuts to social services anyway! These trigger cuts are designed to intimidate congress into passing anything this super committee brings forward. Neither option is acceptable and Jobs Not Cuts opposes cuts to social services of any kind.

This past Wednesday Rueters reported on a first draft of the bill proposed by the Democrats, which already contains 100s of billions in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and it is only going to be worse once the Republicans weigh in. This demostrates that not only is congress prepared to sacrifice serives working people depend on to keep America profitable, it means that we cannot depend on the Democrats to defend the intrests of working people. We will have to defend ourselves. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Friday, November 04 @ 20:53:06 EDT (761 reads)
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 Action Alert: Scholastic Lies to 4th Graders

Business NewsPatrick Schmitt, Change.org

Let's say you're the CEO of McDonald's. You know kids love to eat your food, but their pesky teachers keep telling them it's not healthy. Don't worry! You have options.

Scholastic (the company that publishes tons of children's books) has a program where companies like McDonald's, the American Coal Foundation, and SunnyD can pay to have teachers teach kids about their products to create "brand awareness" and "consumer loyalty."

It's called Scholastic InSchool Marketing –– and it has nothing to do with education.

Here's how the program works: A corporation gives Scholastic a pile of money. In turn, Scholastic creates a curriculum designed to further "client interests," cleverly masked as actual learning opportunities for students. (For example, Scholastic sometimes says these materials will help improve students' scores on standardized tests.) ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Tuesday, May 17 @ 19:34:57 EDT (655 reads)
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 Action Alert: The Possible Planet

Opinionby: Winslow Myers, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

I still recall the shock of reading the philosopher Krishnamurti's bald assertion, in his little book "Freedom from the Known," that I was personally responsible for everything. The book was recommended to me by a remarkable man named Albert Bigelow. In 1958, Bert sailed his small ketch, the Golden Rule, into an American nuclear testing area in the Marshall Islands in an act of protest. Bert took seriously the obligation of being a global citizen long before the phrase "global citizen" was coined.

In 2010, the burden of trying to act responsibly for the planet as a whole has become overwhelming, almost paralyzing. There are so many huge challenges, all interrelated, and the cause-and-effect relationship between what I do personally in my daily life and those planet-wide challenges has become infinitely clearer than it was to all but a few in 1958. Now we can see how the two are connected - between my diet and the effect of industrial agriculture on the land, between my energy consumption and global climate change, between the chemicals in my laundry detergent and the health of the oceans - and between my political commitments and the world-destroying weapons built with my tax dollars.

How can we find a way to live with these inescapable realities that is not just bearable, but liberating? Many are tempted to retreat fearfully into supposed certainties, which have become obsolete in this painful new world of awareness - short-sighted nationalism, xenophobia, security by imperial domination, denial of the limits to growth and judging prosperity exclusively by how much we buy. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Tuesday, December 28 @ 00:57:55 EST (620 reads)
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 Action Alert: The Peace Vision

Peaceby: Peter G. Cohen, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

We are losing the war. Not just the war in Afghanistan, but the war against war itself - the Peace War.

One hundred and fourteen members of Congress voted against the Afghanistan emergency supplemental. To secure the end of these unnecessary wars, we must change that number to a majority in the House of 218. The others who voted billions for more war will be encouraged by campaign contributions from individuals and corporations that benefit from the war budget and the spending it makes possible. Many incumbents run unopposed. Their challengers must come from the people they are supposed to represent, the people of their election districts. Every single one of those who have voted for the wars should be challenged in elections.

The Vision

The whole peace movement needs to be far more active, more vocal, and reach out to the unemployed, to all who are being cut back, threatened and limited by this huge military boondoggle. We must work far more diligently to form coalitions that enhance our clout and theirs. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Tuesday, August 10 @ 22:20:18 EDT (763 reads)
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 Action Alert: Witnessing Against Torture: Why We Must Act

War Newsby: Kathy Kelly, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances--US Constitution Amendment I.

An old cliché says that anyone who has herself for a lawyer has a fool for a client. Nevertheless, going to trial in Washington, DC, this past June 14, I and 23 other defendants prepared a pro se defense. Acting as our own lawyers in court, we aimed to defend a population that finds little voice in our society at all, and to bring a sort of prosecution against their persecutors.

Months earlier, on January 21, we had held a memorial vigil for three innocent Guantanamo prisoners, recently revealed to have been in all probability tortured to death by our government with what would turn out to be utter impunity - and because we had wished the culpable parties to take notice, we'd staged a vigil where they worked, specifically, on the Capitol Steps and in the Rotunda of the US Capitol Building. We had been charged with causing a "breach of the peace," a technical legal term for a situation that might risk inciting people to violence. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Monday, July 05 @ 14:01:03 EDT (589 reads)
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 Action Alert: Enough of This Crap, Part II: This Note's For You

Rantsby: William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

The other day, in Part I of "Enough of This Crap," I wrote the following:

Reports have been coming out of the Gulf for days about British Petroleum blocking access to beaches and animal-cleaning stations, in some instances using private Blackwater-style mercenaries to do so. Journalists as well as citizens have been thwarted in their attempts to see for themselves the extent of the damage being done by the runaway Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Know what I'd like to see happen? I would like to see a thousand people, ten thousand, a hundred thousand, just show the hell up down there and demand access. Citizens and reporters alike, just get down there, link arms, and walk to the beaches and the marshlands with digital cameras and cell phones for instantaneous blogging of what they see, hear and smell. Pile into as many rented, borrowed and begged boats as can be mustered and plow out there to the scene of the crime. Dare the gendarmes to stop us.

As it turns out, I was not the first person to have this idea. If you are tired of watching in paralyzed fury as the underwater oil spigot from the Deepwater Horizon vomits doom into the sea, if you have the time and ability to do more, then my friends, this note's for you. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Saturday, June 19 @ 21:10:13 EDT (617 reads)
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 Action Alert: A Bomber Jacket Doesn't Cover the Blood

War NewsBy Norman Solomon

President Obama has taken a further plunge into the kind of war abyss that consumed predecessors named Johnson, Nixon and Bush.

On Sunday, during his first presidential trip to Afghanistan, Obama stood before thousands of American troops to proclaim the sanctity of the war effort. He played the role deftly--a commander in chief, rallying the troops--while wearing a bomber jacket.

There was something candidly macabre about the decision to wear that leather jacket, adorned with an American Eagle and the words “Air Force One.” The man in the bomber jacket doesn’t press the buttons that fire the missiles and drop the warheads, but he gives the orders that make it all possible.

One way or another, we’re used to seeing presidents display such tacit accouterments of carnage. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Tuesday, April 06 @ 17:03:31 EDT (632 reads)
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 Action Alert: YOU vs. VT Yankee!

VermontFrom: Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG)

The Vermont Senate Finance committee voted late Thursday to send the Vermont Yankee relicensing bill to the full Senate! This means that the Senate will vote, next Wednesday, on whether or not to close Vermont Yankee on schedule in 2012. We are doing everything we can to win, from getting hundreds of calls into Senators to airing a TV ad starting on Saturday, and that means we need as many people as possible to be at the Vermont State House for this vote on Wednesday.

Join us for the vote next Wednesday: RSVP here.

You've gotten countless emails on Vermont Yankee. You've probably sent a few to your elected officials too. Maybe you even made a call or wrote a letter calling for Vermont Yankee to be closed. Unfortunately, all of that work could be undone in the next few days. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Saturday, February 20 @ 16:25:25 EST (1118 reads)
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 Action Alert: Losing Hope, Taking Action

PoliticsAction Alert from: CODEPINK

Sign the Letter:

President Obama,

Your administration and your party are in trouble. That is clear from the elections in Massachusetts and Virginia, from the drop in your approval rating, from the rise of conservative opposition groups.

This is a time when progressive forces in this country need to mobilize to prevent a backlash that will take this country further to the right. But progressives are disappointed and demoralized. Look at me.

In 2008, I was one of millions united for hope and change. As 2010 dawns, change looks to me like more of the same. Instead of peace, we got more war. Instead of healthcare reform, we have an industry win that requires Americans to buy health insurance without any real cost controls. On the environment, one of your top priorities, you came back from Copenhagen with yet another non-binding resolution and more clean coal, to boot. Instead of helping struggling homeowners and small businesses during the financial crisis, bank executives were rewarded and we have yet to see reform. Wall Street firms ended 2009 with record bonus and profits while unemployment remains in double digits. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Wednesday, January 20 @ 18:49:07 EST (706 reads)
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 Action Alert: What Can Individuals Do To Oppose Warfare State?

PeaceBy Sherwood Ross

Americans who voted for peace last November but are getting only more war are increasingly disillusioned as “change we can believe in” pans out to be mere “chump change.”

The majority of Americans, polls show, would slash the military budget by over 30 percent yet President Obama has increased it by four percent. A majority of Americans want U.S. troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan but the Pentagon will garrison 50,000 in the former indefinitely and dispatch perhaps 20,000 more to escalate the war in the latter.

Since voting doesn’t bring the desired change in national policies, people wonder what they can do individually. The answer is quite a lot. “Things have gotten bad enough in the minds of enough Americans that there is an opening for creating a mass movement for real change, and that movement is already growing all around us,” writes citizen/activist David Swanson of Charlottesville, Va., in his new book “Daybreak”(Seven Stories Press). Swanson is cofounder of the anti-war After Downing Street Coalition.

He ticks off a number of examples where grass-roots citizen groups won a round vs. the Establishment:

Posted by Blue1moon on Tuesday, September 22 @ 22:39:30 EDT (724 reads)
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