2019-07-05: Social Media Postees

US is a Classic Empire and Is Becoming a Repressive Police State at Home
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-05
As I set out to fly home from the UK on Monday following a short film project in Cambridge, I found my boarding pass, which I had been blocked from obtaining online the night before, carrying a bold-faced SSSS stamp in the lower right corner. Asking about it I was told by the British employee…

U.S. is a classic empire and is becoming a repressive police state at home
Dave Lindorff | nationofchange.org | 2019-07-05
As I set out to fly home from the UK on Monday following a short film project in Cambridge, I found my boarding pass, which I had been blocked from obtaining online the night before, carrying a bold-faced SSSS stamp in the lower right corner. Asking about it I was told by the British employee at the …

Anti-Trump 4th of July Protest in DC Features 'Baby Trump' Blimp
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-05
The peace group CodePink organized a protest on the Washington DC Mall, just prior to Trump's militarized Independence Day extravaganza. The protest featured the 'Baby Trump' balloon from London, many speakers, and a reading of Frederick Douglass' speech, "What To The Slave Is The 4th Of July?"

Join the Global BDS Week of Action Against HP
ziyaad | bdsmovement.net | 2019-07-05
Join the Global BDS Week of Action Against HP: UpdateFrom July 10th – 15th, groups from across the world are coming together to send a powerful message to HP companies, HP Inc and HP-E, demanding that they stop profiteering from Israel's apartheid, occupation and colonisation. | Boycott HPJuly 5, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) …

Venezuela: Amid crisis and sanctions, LGBTI activists continue to demand change
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-05
One of the sectors hardest hit by Venezuela's economic crisis is the nation's LGBTI community. Lacking access to life-saving medicines and denied certain rights, activists say there is still much to be done within the revolution. | A recent report by the Washington-based Centre for Economic and Policy Research found that there are more than 300,000 people at risk of death in Venezuela due to a lack of access to medicines or treatment. This includes about 80,000 people living with HIV, many of whom are LGBTI or sexual and gender diverse — the term commonly used in Venezuela. | United States sanctions ha…

Tenants Continue to Protest Deteriorating Living Conditions at Bolton House
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-05
The Bolton House Tenants Coalition of Baltimore held a rally outside their apartment complex demanding safe and affordable housing. Activists argue that city officials and housing authorities are reluctant to renovate the building because they want to make way for a large-scale cityscape project across the street…

Civil Disobedience and Policing in the Anthropocene
Aidan O'Sullivan | commondreams.org | 2019-07-05
Extinction Rebellion climate change activists lie on the floor as they perform a mass "die in" in the main hall of the Natural History Museum in London on April 22, 2019, on the eighth day of the environmental group's protest calling for political change to combat climate change. (Photo: Tolga Akmen / AFP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/extinction_rebellion.png

The Declaration of Independence Is Sexist, Racist, Prejudiced
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-04
It is painful to write about the shortcomings of the Declaration of Independence. The historic document was officially approved by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776 — a mere two days after the Lee Resolution formally declared the American colonies to be independent of the British Empire. Because the American colonists ultimately prevailed in their revolution against King George III, the document has been immortalized as one of the opening salvos in the ongoing fight for human freedom that continues to this very da…

Climate Strike: Youth Activism Is Giving Their Parents' Generation a Second Chance
Jeff Biggers | commondreams.org | 2019-07-04
Climate change activists take part in the international Strike for Climate protest in Los Angeles on May 24, 2019. (Photo: Getty/Frederic J. Brown) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-07-04_at_11.16.34_am.png

S.Africa's Court Rejects Bid To Abandon Apartheid Anti-Riot Law
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-04
South Africa's opposition party leader Julius Malema lost a court bid Thursday to declare unconstitutional an apartheid-era anti-riot law, under which he has been charged with incitement. | RELATED: | Pro-Palestine Activists Occupy Israeli Weapons Factory in UK | Used during white-minority rule to prevent and clamp down on anti-apartheid rallies, the 1956 Riotous Assemblies Act defines conditions under which public gatherings can take place. | It also makes it an offense to inc…

City of Sydney joins 600 others declaring a climate emergency
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-04
On June 24, Lord Mayor Clover Moore called on the City of Sydney council to declare a climate emergency. The motion passed unanimously, and Sydney joined a snowballing list of councils globally that have made similar declarations. | But as the dust of the federal election settles and a sleepy giant begins to stir in the Galilee Basin, what will be the significance of Sydney council's words? | The language surrounding climate has changed over the last year or so. "Emergency", "crisis" and "breakdown" are now being used by activists, politicians and even the media. While it might seem like the "emergency" has came…

Mexican Police Protest Against Joining National Guard
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-04
Officers of the Mexican federal police protested Wednesday against the newly created National Guard, saying their superiors had threatened firings if they did not join the security forces, in which they face pay cuts and loss of seniority benefits. | RELATED: | Mexican Activists Warn of Migrant Persecution as AMLO Deploys National Guard | The demonstrations spotlighte…

"Her Days Are Numbered": Calls Grow for Hong Kong Leader to Resign as Protesters Storm Legislature
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-02
Riot police used tear gas to forcibly remove hundreds of protesters occupying a Legislature building early Tuesday morning. The activists began their occupation on Monday when they stormed Hong Kong's Legislative Council and smashed the glass to gain entry, tearing down portraits of officials and spray-painting the walls. The action took place as hundreds of thousands flooded the streets Monday to mark the anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese control 22 years ago. It was just the latest mass demonstration since millions took to the streets in a series of marches last month to protest a contested bill that…

Interview with Jose "Cha Cha" Jimenez on original Rainbow Coalition
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-07-01
There are many 50-year anniversaries being celebrated these days, including the founding of the Young Lords on September 23, 1968, and the Rainbow Coalition in April 1969. | Fight Back! interviewed the founder of the Young Lords, Jose "Cha Cha" Jimenez, about the original Rainbow Coalition. The powers ruling Chicago were struck with fear when the Rainbow Coalition came together. The United States government and the FBI repressed the groups of the Rainbow Coalition with the courts and violence in the form of COINTELPRO, the counter-intelligence program. The Rainbow Coalition inspired many activists in the late 196…

"We Will Not Be Quiet! Stonewall Was a Riot!": Queer Liberation March Returns Pride to Radical Roots
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-01
Four million people took to the streets of New York City Sunday in the largest LGBTQ Pride celebration in history. There were two marches to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that sparked the modern day LGBTQ movement. Revelers marched down Fifth Avenue cheered on by millions for the WorldPride parade. And in Sheridan Square, at the very site where gay and trans people clashed with police on the early morning of June 28, 1969, tens of thousands of activists gathered for the anti-corporate Queer Liberation March. Their chant was "Stonewall was a riot! We will not be quiet!" Democracy Now!'…

Community members rally after police beat and arrest political activists
San Diego PSL | liberationnews.org | 2019-07-01
Eddie Alvarez and Georgina Mercado will need ongoing court support as they fight for justice in the legal system.

Do I look like a Tall Gray from Honduras?
Todd Smith | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-30
The year was 1947, a decisive turning point in our National Security State's history. The Hot War was over: Nazis shot down, Japanese bombed out. Democracy had been saved, but there was a problem: a massive War Machine still smoking, smoldering like a Lucky Strike left over in the ashtray of our World War effort. …

The Military Industrial Complex Loves Left Wing Hawk Adam Schiff
John Kiriakou | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-28
If there was any doubt at all that Adam Schiff is in the grip of the military-industrial complex, one doesn't have to rely just on his stated positions on Iran, Venezuela, and China to make the situation any clearer. Just take a look at his donors.

Activists Still Want a Separate Debate on Climate After It Received Just 7 Minutes in First Debate
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-27
As the Democratic debate took place in Miami, climate activists from the Sunrise Movement protested the Democratic National Committee's refusal to host a climate change-centered primary debate. Climate activists are still camping out in front of DNC headquarters in Washington, D.C. At last night's two-hour debate, about seven minutes focused on climate issues.

Protecting encryption is about protecting democracy
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-27
Lawyer, writer and digital rights activist Lizzie O'Shea has been named a 2018 Human Rights Hero by Access Now for her leading role in highlighting, analysing and protesting expansive surveillance laws in Australia. Below is an edited version of her acceptance speech on June 11. | *** | Thanks so much to Access Now for this wonderful award. It's such a great initiative to support activists in the field doing important work. Awards usually go to famous people at the top of their fields, and the challenging activist work of mobilising people and community building is rarely acknowledged. I feel honoured, especially…

British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Endorses Palestinian Call to Boycott Complicit Israeli Academic Institutions
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-06-26
British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Endorses Palestinian Call to Boycott Complicit Israeli Academic Institutions: UpdateIn a historic vote, the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies joins a growing number of academic associations refusing to be complicit in Israel's grave violations of international law. | Academic BoycottJune 24, 2019 | By:…

Are Campus Activists Missing the Point?
Adam Szetela | progressive.org | 2019-06-26
From Harvard to UW-Madison, students are protesting the wrong people.

Near-war on Iran: US war machine 'cocked & loaded'
Mazda Majidi | liberationnews.org | 2019-06-25
Liberation News: The notion that Trump called off military strikes out of concern for 150 Iranian lives stretches the imagination. This is especially true when Trump threatens Iran with "obliteration like you've never seen before."#NoWarOnIran #NoSanctions…

Bureau of Land Mgmt gives Big Oil permits to drill Chaco Canyon, ignores courts
Carmen Gucwa | liberationnews.org | 2019-06-23
Activists will continue to fight for permanent protections for Chaco Canyon.

Milton Nascimento fans urge him to cancel Israel show
SAMIR | bdsmovement.net | 2019-06-20
Milton Nascimento fans urge him to cancel Israel show: UpdateFans attending European tour dates join Palestinian and Brazilian arts organizations in urging star to cancel apartheid Tel Aviv show | Cultural BoycottJune 20, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) …

Puma is devoted to universal equality and apartheid. Wait…what!?
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-06-14
Puma is devoted to universal equality and apartheid. Wait…what!?: Action AlertTake action to tell Puma: You can't be devoted to "universal equality" while supporting Israel's apartheid regime. | Boycott PumaJune 14, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) …

240 Jewish and Israeli scholars to German government: boycotts are a legitimate and non-violent tool of resistance
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-06-12
240 Jewish and Israeli scholars to German government: boycotts are a legitimate and non-violent tool of resistance: In the News"We reject this motion, which is based on the false allegation that BDS as such equals anti-Semitism. We call on the German government not to endorse this motion and to fight anti-Semitism, while respecting and protecting freedom of speech and of associa…

Milton Nascimento: Cancel your show in apartheid Tel Aviv!
SAMIR | bdsmovement.net | 2019-06-12
Milton Nascimento: Cancel your show in apartheid Tel Aviv!: Open LetterPalestinian cultural organizations urge Brazilian musician to cancel his scheduled performance in apartheid Tel Aviv | Cultural BoycottJune 12, 2019…

More Than 100 Commercial, Cultural and Sporting Activities in Italy Declare Themselves Free of Israeli Apartheid
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-06-05
More Than 100 Commercial, Cultural and Sporting Activities in Italy Declare Themselves Free of Israeli Apartheid: In the NewsTrade unions, movements, artisans, businesses and cultural, recreational and sports centers join campaign for Palestinian rights in what is also a clear stand against the mounting racism and nationalist closure that is fomenting hatred and intolerance across Europ…