Sunday, June 28, 2009

Court Case Dismissed Against Activists

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A review of something new possible in Israel and Palestine mediated by Egypt and brokered by US, EU, and UN?

On January 20, 2009 seventy people came to Washington DC with a message for the 111th Congress: End the war. End the Killing. They were referring to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and US sanctioned bombings of Gaza. The group marched in a solemn procession which ended in the atrium of the Hart Senate Building, where they respectfully spoke the names of those who had perished prematurely and unnecessarily.

Police disrupted this Constitutionally protected speech on the grounds of illegal assemble and disorderly conduct.

The court case was dismissed on June 22. On the phone are three activists Pete Perry, Michelle Grise, and Robert Diesu who were in the courtroom.

Also, a brief look at Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, "drones" and what they promise for the future of war.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Policy Analyst Conn Hallinan on US in Afghanistan and Central Asia

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Conn Hallinan is a policy analyst with Foreign Policy in Focus, an arm of the Institute for Policy Studies. He is also a lecturer in journalism at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a columnist with city of Berkeley Ca's newspaper The Daily Planet. In this wide ranging conversation he discusses US policy in Afghanistan and Central Asia.

Monday, June 15, 2009

People Power: Sustainability and Activism

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Lisa Di Piano is a member of Northampton MA's business Pedal People, a municipal trash collection effort powered by people on bicycles.

Francis Crow has been an activist for peace all her adult life. At 90, she talks about her life: US culture during the atomic bomb testing and after dropping the bomb on Japan, her early efforts to counsel Vietnam era troops about the draft, and how she brought Amy Goodman's show Democracy Now to Northampton MASS. (This involved pirate radio on a local hilltop and, eventually, raising funds that would normally have gone to a local radio station.)

Monday, June 8, 2009

War Resister Seeks Asylum and Rebuilding after War

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US Army enlistee André Shepherd applied for asylum in Germany in 2008. This because on the grounds of conscience he refused to redeploy to Iraq. He now lives with other asylum-seekers, mainly Iraqis and Afghans, in a facility provided by the German government.

Not for profit organization Rebuilding Alliance rebuilds homes and communities in regions of war and occupation and advocates for government policies towards these regions based on human rights and international law. Executive Director Donna Baranski-Walker talks about their projects which are symbols of hope that help rebuild shattered communities and offer people around the world immediate ways to make peace, starting with the tangible support of a family's right to a home.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Mary Tillman on Lt. Gen. McCrystal

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Sean Cahill on Lesson 9 of the Alameda Unified School District: the LBGTQ language offends some parents. The AUSD agrees to move it forward and roll it out to students.

Devin Slavin works as a regenerative design consultant and mentor through his permaculture business - Abundance In Balance Design. His inspiration for creating a world in which we all thrive led him to founding the Grow Food Party Crew.

Mary Tillman mother of Arizonas Cardinal Football star Pat Tillman as well as Kevin Tillman who served with Pat in a US Army Ranger unit in Afghanistan. Pat Tillman died by fratricide on April 22 2004. Mary Tillman authored Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My tribute to Pat Tillman published in 2008. She talks about President Obama's choice to be the next United States military commander in Afghanistan: Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal goes before the Armed Services Committee Tuesday June 2.