Reports on Protest & Resistance

Iraq Veterans Against the War Report from Debate Protest

By Kristofer Goldsmith

On Wednesday, October 15th 2008, a peaceful protest outside the third Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on Long Island was met with violence and misconduct by police.

Iraq Veterans Against the War had a clear mission that night: to ensure that the issues most important to Veterans would be at the forefront of the debate. With over 4,183 service members having been killed in Iraq (at the time of the protest), it's unforgivable that the candidates have been allowing the Occupation of Iraq and it's casualties to fall into avoidable talking points instead of focused attention.

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Debate Protesters Attacked by Police

By Debra Sweet

protesteronpavement.jpgA group of us from World Can't Wait were out at Hofstra University last night before the debate. Several different groups of immigrant rights activists (Hempstead has a large Salvadoran community) student anti-war groups, the Long Island Alliance of peace/environmental groups, and about 50 Planned Parenthood supporters, along with a mix of Obama supporters marched and rallied in a kind of fluid mix across a wide turnpike from where the debate was held.

Iraq Veterans Against the War had announced last week that they had questions for Obama and McCain, and wanted their representatives allowed in. At 7pm, the deadline of when they expected an answer from the debate moderator and the candidates, about 15 members of IVAW led a march across the street. 100 of us followed at that point, into the street, backing them up at the entrance of the campus, shouting "Let them in!" They were met by a solid line of police on horses, with nearly 100 riot police. The activists were non-violent, and announced a peaceful protest.

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Outside the Debate: No to Endless Wars!

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Director, The World Can't Wait

I'm headed out to Hofstra University on Long Island for the last presidential debate, along with a group from World Can't Wait.  The Iraq Veterans Against the War is doing a rally at the Long Island railroad station this afternoon with the message:
{xtypo_quote}We the People, will have our voices be heard! We the People, Do Not Want War!{/xtypo_quote}
We will walk together for a mile to where The Long Island Alliance and other peace groups are holding a rally in a "free speech cage" at Hofstra. Until recently, some peace groups did not want to have a rally against the war, for fear of damaging Obama's campaign, but have changed their plans as both candidates have been calling for more troops to Afghanistan.  See Larry Everest's article "A War for Empire - Not a "Good War" Gone Bad."

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American Psychological Association: New Policy Prohibits Participation in Interrogations as Unlawful

WASHINGTON-The American Psychological Association sent a letter today to President Bush, informing him of a significant change in the association's policy that limits the roles of psychologists in certain unlawful detention settings where the human rights of detainees are violated, such as has occurred at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and at so-called CIA black sites around the world.

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Historians Against the War Call for an End To U.S./Nato Occupation of Afghanistan

The following statement was recently sent out by the Steering Committee of Historians Against the War

1. Whatever views we hold on the initial US military intervention in Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11 attacks in the US, it is now clear that the US/NATO presence in this country has become an occupation, increasingly resented and opposed by large sections of the population.

 

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NorthCom's Counter Insurgency Army Unit in US

Leahy Concerned About NorthCom's New Army Unit

by Matthew Rothschild in The Progressive

Senator Patrick Leahy is concerned about the Pentagon's decision to designate an Army unit to Northern Command.

On October 1, the Pentagon, for the first time ever, dedicated an Army force specifically to NorthCom, which is in charge of securing not some foreign region but the United States of America.

The unit it assigned is the 3rd Infantry, First Brigade Combat Team, which has spent three of the last five years in Iraq. It was one of the first units to get to Baghdad, and it was active in retaking and patrolling Fallujah. One of its specialties is counterinsurgency.

This marks a change for NorthCom, which was established on October 1, 2002. Its website still says it "has few permanently assigned forces," and that "the command is assigned forces whenever necessary to execute missions, as ordered by the President and the Secretary of Defense."

Leahy "asked for a briefing from his staff" on this development and "wants to monitor the situation," an aide to Leahy said.


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Interview: Is Posse Comitatus Dead? US Troops on US Streets

Democracy Now

In a barely noticed development, a US Army unit is now training for domestic operations under the control of US Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command. An initial news report in the Army Times newspaper last month noted that in addition to emergency response the force "may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control." The military has since claimed the force will not be used for civil unrest, but questions remain. We speak to Army Col. Michael Boatner, future operations division chief of USNORTHCOM, and Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive magazine. [includes rush transcript]

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Protesting Palin in SF Bay Area

Sister SarahHundreds of protesters gathered across the street from the Hyatt-Regency in Burlingame, CA Sunday, when Sarah Palin made an appearance at a fund-raiser.  Union members, Obama supporters, womens' rights activists and people against theocracy had great signs and energy.  World Can't Wait was there. 

People brought posters with a lot of substance!  Coverage at indybay.org

 

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Violent Police Deny Free Speech at RNC

by Jodin

The following describes my experience as a protester being mistreated by the St. Paul police during the RNC. My name is Jodin Morey, and I'm a Cofounder of Impeach for Peace.The police abuse I'll describe includes the use of concussion grenades, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and batons.

I joined the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign in a march from Mears Park On September 2, 2008 at 4 p.m. Having heard that some peaceful protesters had been arrested the day before, I was concerned about joining this march. I had been the one to reserve a one-hour slot on the protest stage at 1 p.m. on the following day. National speakers had come from around the country (Ray McGovern, John Nichols and Debra Sweet from the World Can't Wait). The St. Paul Park and Rec. had made it clear the stage would only be available if I were physically present with my driver's license at the time reserved. I therefore had decided to join the march with the idea of being extremely cautious to avoid any interactions with the police that could result in my arrest.

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Cops' DNC Shirts Raise Ire

From RockyMountainNews.com

A tongue-in-cheek T-shirt poking fun at Democratic National Convention protesters is selling fast and creating some minor controversy along the way.

The shirts were created and distributed by the Denver Police Protective Association, the union that represents most of Denver's 1,400 police officers.

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