A campaign against Muslims
By LEE SUSTARhttp://www.isreview.org/issues/46/campaign.shtml
THE CONTROVERSY over a Danish newspaper’s publication of caricatures of Muhammad is the result of an anti-Muslim campaign by the West that justifies everything from Washington’s imperialist “long war” against “terrorism” to vicious crackdowns on immigrants across Europe and the United States.
Moreover, the crisis highlights the failure of the antiwar movement in the U.S. to defend the civil rights of Arabs and Muslims—the contemporary equivalent of the “red scares” used historically in the U.S. to criminalize dissent. The unwillingness to meet this challenge threatens to undermine the movement at a time when the White House is moving to ideologically retrofit the occupation of Iraq as part of the global war on terror—which may soon include both a military strike against Iran and sanctions on the Islamist Hamas party in the Palestinian Authority. ( Read more...Collapse )
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Once You've Sanctioned Torture, Anything Else is Possible
By SHARON SMITH
Those who worry that the world's Arab and Muslim populations pose a threat to free speech in Western democracies need not fear. The first Amendment remains intact-particularly, it seems, when it comes to the "right" to inflict racial slurs. Indeed, the last few weeks have witnessed a spate of pundits and politicians exercising their right to freely engage in racist demagoguery against Arabs and Muslims without repercussion.
Celebrity hatemonger Ann Coulter did not disappoint the rabid crowd at the annual gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. last month. The highlight of Coulter's address, sandwiched between speeches by Dick Cheney, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Newt Gingrich, was, "I think our motto should be post-9-11, 'raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences.'" Journalist Max Blumenthal remarked, "This declaration prompted a boisterous ovation" from the overflow crowd. ( Read more...Collapse )
Portrait of a witch-hunter
February 24, 2006 | Pages 8 and 9http://www.socialistworker.org/2006-1/577/577_08_Horowitz.shtml
“COMING TO a Campus Near You: Terrorists, racists, and communists--you know them as The Professors.”
The lurid opening line on the inside cover of David Horowitz’s new book, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America, sounds like the tag line to a bad Hollywood spoof. The publicity-hungry Horowitz tried to push book sales by spewing hot air on Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes for a full week.
Unfortunately, Horowitz’s new witch-hunt against the left is no joke. In the last two decades, this right-winger has dabbled in everything from support for the murderous right-wing contra army in Nicaragua, to pushing legislation to dismantle affirmative action, to waging an all-out assault on the right of progressive voices to be heard on college campuses. ( Read more...Collapse )
Socialists at SF State
by Christy Ercolino, staff writer
February 3, 2006 11:16 AMhttp://xpress.sfsu.edu/archives/breaking/005187.html
Mostly boos and hisses filled the crowded room in response to a student
saying that 2005 began with the reelection of President George Bush.
“We need to not give up power, we need to put up a fight,” said Alex
Schmaus, 21, a member of the International Socialist Organization (ISO) at
SF State. “Do we still have hope?”
Schmaus was part of nearly 40 students who attended the ISO's first meeting
of the semester Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Rosa Parks Room A, which is
located at the lower level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.
The group discussed hot topics such as the war in Iraq, abortion and
capitalism. ( Read more...Collapse )
Feinstein may encounter Green challenge in'06
San Francisco activist Todd Chretien hopes to make Senate race a referendum on war in Iraq
Oakland Tribune article
FROM STAFF REPORTS http://www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/localnews/ci_3283275
A co-author of San Francisco's successful ballot measure opposing military recruiters on public high schools and college campuses has announced he might run as a Green Party candidate against U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Activist Todd Chretien, 36, of San Francisco has formed an exploratory committee and expects to announce a final decision in the next 10 days. In a news release, Chretien said he wants to make the election a referendum on the war in Iraq, forcing Feinstein to come to grips with polls showing a majority of California voters oppose the war. ( Read more...Collapse )
Interview with Stan Tookie Williams
Speaking out from death row
December 2, 2005 | Pages 6 and 7
PHIL GASPER is a professor of philosophy at Notre Dame de Namur University in California, a member of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty and one of the leading spokespeople in the campaign to win clemency for Stan. On the day after Thanksgiving, Phil interviewed Stan by phone from his specially secured “death-watch” cell in San Quentin.
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SOME PROSECUTORS, police and prison officials have been trying to discredit you by saying that you are still an active gang member. What’s your response?
IT’S QUITE a spurious allegation that these people are putting out. The fact of the matter is that I have a report from the San Quentin Institutional Classification Committee from 2004, which quotes a lieutenant saying that he hadn’t observed anything that was gang-related about me for the past 10 years. It also commended me for 10 years of a positive program.
So it’s quite contradictory for a San Quentin spokesperson--or anyone else, for that matter--to state that I’m still involved in gang activity, when that same person’s superiors say I’ve been programming positively for over 10 years.( Read more...Collapse )
The struggle spreads...
Standing up for Tookie!
By Eric Ruder | November 18, 2005
THE STATE of California is racing to execute Stan Tookie Williams, its most famous death row prisoner. And in response, people from all walks of life--Hollywood stars, anti-death penalty activists, former gang members, educators and more--are now racing to save his life.
On October 24, a California court fast-tracked Stan’s execution after the U.S. Supreme Court refused his final appeal. He was given a December 13 execution date--ahead of two other death row prisoners whose last appeals had already been turned down.( Read more...Collapse )
The California Green Party’s Perfect Storm: A Million Votes for Peace in 2006
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A perfect storm is converging for the Green Party in the 2006 Senate race against Dianne Feinstein. Her unyielding support for Bush’s war in Iraq has deeply alienated her from millions of Californians who want peace. Her vote in favor of the Patriot Act has angered the Arab and Muslim communities and frightened everyone who cherishes civil liberties. Now is the time for the Green Party to strike. We need to show that we are capable of challenging one of America’s most important pro-war politicians and demonstrate why the Green Party should be the electoral expression of the peace movement. We need to win A Million Votes for Peace in California in 2006.
Is it possible?( Read more...Collapse )
Colombia: Campesinos Attacked by Military
Paramilitaries Continue to be a Key Arm of the Colombian Government.
November 2, 2005 -- by Pablo Serrano
North-Eastern Antioquia. “Here in the region we are living the severe violence of the military and the paramilitaries,” stated a campesino* who did not wish to give his name. He continued, “At the moment we are being harassed by the military battalion ‘Demolisher Platoon No.1, Battalion Calibio of the 14th Brigade’, which is under the command of Sergeants Setina and Blanquiceth. The Battalion presents themselves as official military and then the next minute they change their armband and are the paramilitaries. Lately they have been detaining, intimidating, torturing, and assassinating local campesinos and community leaders. ”
On August 7th, 2005 the same Battalion Calibio assassinated a known community leader, Luis Sigifredo Castaño. A member of the community remembers him, “He was a kind man. We had known him for over 15 years. He was part of CAHUCOPANA, a new campesino human rights organization. Sigifredo was not an insurgent as the military accused.” Denouncements made by a local campesino association, the ACVC, stated that, “[Sigifredo] was found dressed in camouflage, even though everyone in the region knew he was a campesino and was disabled.”( Read more...Collapse )
Student antiwar activists chart way forward
By Michael Smith | October 28, 2005
Socialist Worker http://www.socialistworker.org
BERKELEY, Calif.--More than 650 college and high school students, parents and community activists from across the country participated in this past weekend’s On the Frontlines counter-recruitment conference at the University of California-Berkeley.
Cosponsored by the Campus Antiwar Network (CAN) and Military Out of Our Schools-Bay Area, the conference reflected both the recent reawakening of the antiwar movement and the increased role of counter-recruitment in that movement.
The conference brought together community organizers with years of experience in educating youth about alternatives to military service; CAN activists at the heart of the counter-recruitment movement on college campuses nationwide; and high school students interested in getting involved in or starting counter-recruitment activities on their campuses. ( Read more...Collapse )