One Billion Women Rising

This Valentines Day, women around the world will rise up to celebrate their own experience.   They will rise up to demand security and empowerment.   I have said this many times.  It isn’t enough to allow women to participate in the patriarchal power structure.   Until women are respected as women; until women’s values are respected and privileged above […]

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Network Neutrality Struck Down

I woke this morning to the news that Network Neutrality had lost to an appeal by the corporate providers.   This is a big setback, and personally raises in me a sense of despair.   Yes.  The decision can, and surely will be appealed yet again.  But look at the Supremes.  these are people who upheld the Citizens United decision. […]

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Class and Race: What Happens When the ‘Have-Nots’ Become ‘Haves’?

SAVE THIS DATE: Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 How are human rights affected by class and race? The International Human Rights Day Committee invites you to a discussion of “Class and Race: What Happens When the ‘Have-nots’ Become ‘Haves’?” through a Dramatic Reading of “Palmer Park” written by Joanna McClelland Glass ***  Dear human rights supporters: Every year we gather as […]

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Drone Wars, P3: Who Will Tell the Emperor He Has No Clothes

A year ago October, around the same time I went to Pakistan to meet some Drone victims, visit the countryside where they live, two academic studies were released explicating concerns about the impact of Drone strikes on the civilian population in the Federally Administrated Tribal Area (FATA) of Pakistan along the Afghan border. One was published by a team from […]

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Drone Wars, P2: The Empire Strikes Back

A widening discussion of the use of Drones for targeted assassination in war and in covert actions in countries where we are not at war, has developed since early 2010 when I first began actively protesting their use in these contexts.   When I first began tracking news on drones for the Upstate Drone Action website in late 2010, it […]

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Drone Wars, P1: A Victory for the Home Team?

On Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013,  9 protesters were arrested at the front gate of Hancock Air Base, a control center for MQ-9 Reaper drone attacks in Afghanistan, a country enduring the largest number U.S. drone strikes in the world.  Starting with the arrest of 39 people at Hancock in April of 2011, there have been 7 or 8  Civil […]

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Reports From The War Zone

I’m posting below the videos of Kathy Kelly, Buddy Bell and Cathy Breen presenting at the Flying Squirrel Community Space.   They bring us the reality that we have bestowed on other peoples through our imperialist wars and occupations in their countries. They have with them a ‘Bean Poll’.    Two jars, labeled “Pentagon, Continued War” and “Reparations and Reconstruction” and a […]

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Reports from U.S. War Zones Coming to Rochester

Reports from War Zones by  Kathy Kelly and Buddy Bell, Voices for Creative Nonviolence and  Cathy Breen, New York Catholic Worker Kathy and Buddy have travelled extensively in Afghanistan, speaking to war victims, including drone victims. Cathy has travelled in Syria and Iraq. They will report on the people and situations they have found in those countries.   Flyer Oct […]

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Ironies of the National Security State

A couple of days ago, a man walked into an important Naval Base in Washington DC carrying a high power military weapon and started shooting.   He killed 12 people and injured 8 more before being killed himself.    Live by the sword;die by the sword.   It would appear to be a viable lifestyle choice in our ‘free’ society.    On investigation, it […]

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