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Coddling of Palin is False Feminism, Disguised Sexism, and Right-Wing Anti-Working-Women Thatcherism
The call of so-called feminists to coddle Palin is really disguised sexism and based on a medieval, male-chauvinist mentality that women are weak and fragile and should be protected. We don’t need an American Margaret Thatcher, an icon and poster child for right-wing policies that harm poor and middle-class working women, the majority of women. It’s time to expose Palin for what she really is.

Some women groups and advocates are screaming that media bashing of Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is sexism. In truth, their call for media and the rest of the public to go slow in critiquing Sarah Palin is driven by real sexism. They are virtually saying: She’s a woman, who have been oppressed, and so don’t bash her, don’t allow the media and the public to grill her and criticize her sharply, like they do the male candidates. Actually, this kind of thinking smacks of a medieval male chauvinist, sexist mentality that said: Women are weak and fragile, so they should be protected, and put on a pedestal.
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10 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Environment : Gender : Politics : War and Militarism
Riot Police Target Journalists at the RNC
arrest-bush_9-2-08.jpgBy the last count, as many as 818 protesters, journalists, and bystanders were arrested previous to and during the Republican National Convention. Journalists and videographers were particularly targeted as they tried to document the protests, largely peaceful, and random acts of civil disobedience. On Saturday, two days before the convention, multiple house and office raids took place and people were detained for hours, most prominently members from I-Witness and the RNC Welcoming Committee. Some from the committee, eight in total, were charged with “conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism” based on a Minnesota law that was shaped after the Patriot Act.

“Cops came and served warrants in several houses, arrested several people, and seized a lot of equipment,” said Kris Hermes from the Coldsnap Legal Collective, an organization created to help release many of the protesters that were expected to be arrested. “Not only personal belongings were seized, but also political propaganda by the box load. There was no criminal activity happening at either of these houses or the convergence space.”
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05 Sep 2008 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
DNC Protest, Split, and the Principled Stand of Cynthia McKinney
123 r68-logo.jpg"As the United States activated Navy ships and the Air Force to begin an airlift of non-specified goods into the former Soviet state of Georgia, and military exercises began in the Persian Gulf near Iran, I received communications from certain individuals among the Colorado Greens who were organizing campaign support events there, suggesting that I not participate in an anti-war program being organized by other individuals in Colorado." -Cynthia McKinney

In addition, the Green Party of Colorado has issued false statements to the press and all over the internet claiming that Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney will not be participating in the Recreate ’68 events. Here is one such statement from Dave Chandler, co-chair of the Colorado Green Party, Green Party candidate for U.S. Congress in the Seventh Congressional District, and supporter of a Denver ballot measure that would seize the vehicles of illegal immigrants:

“Cynthia McKinney, Green Party candidate for President, and Rosa Clemente, Green Party candidate for Vice President are NOT participating in any Recreate ‘68 activities. Both candidates, and the Green Party of Colorado, are refuting this announcement and are stating that neither candidate, nor the Green Party of Colorado, are in any way associated with Recreate ’68, nor will any of their candidates be speaking at or attending any event, nor are they in any way associated with the group Recreate ’68.”

This is a blatant lie. Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente will be speaking at the Recreate ’68 events.
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17 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / DNC : Environment : Politics : Race : War and Militarism
Think Outside the Bomb 2008 Youth and Grassroots Conference for Nuclear Abolition
totb2.JPGTo take place in Boston August 14-17, the conference will provide a backdrop for nuclear abolitionists, peace activists, ecologists, and other advocates of social justice and a livable planet to learn in-depth about the threat of nuclear weapons, the destruction caused by the nuclear fuel chain, and current political opportunities to move toward nuclear disarmament.
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23 Jul 2008 Modified: 12 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Announcement / Education : Environment : Organizing : War and Militarism
Counter Military Recruitment Action in Boston
New_Boston Counter- military recruitment action Aug. 2 2008 024.jpgAbout 200 anti-war activists picketed in front of the Boston armed forces recruitment center on Tremont Street. Protesters had a picket line directly in front of the center on the sidewalk. Across the street info tables were set up from Troops Out Now, Veterans For Peace, IrawqVeterans Against the War, and other peace groups. There was a small pro-war counter demonstration there with no incidents.

The picketers shouted spirited chants against the wars and the recruiting center. This action was part of a series of local actions across the country to stop a war against Iran. For more photos go to:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/protestphotos1/
for video go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcjcGAfPkHw
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03 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Obama Lays Out Plans for Continued War
123 7934e2a8-d224-4b72-9d51-a12df659f832.jpgIn a July 14, 2008 New York Times Op Ed, Barack Obama says:

"As I’ve said many times, we must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in. We can safely redeploy our combat brigades at a pace that would remove them in 16 months. That would be the summer of 2010 — two years from now, and more than seven years after the war began. After this redeployment, a residual force in Iraq would perform limited missions: going after any remnants of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, protecting American service members and, so long as the Iraqis make political progress, training Iraqi security forces."

In other words, he does not plan to get all of the troops out of Iraq and he will only get most of the troops out in two years. And what does he explain he will do with these troops? Redeploy them. Redeployed where? His rhetoric has been clear: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran.
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15 Jul 2008 | Filed under: News / DNC : International : Labor : Politics : War and Militarism
Corey Glass' Deportation Halted; Canadian Court Rules on Asylum Case
soldier_sm.jpgThe day before he was scheduled for deportation, Corey Glass, a former sergeant with the National Guard, was granted a review of his case. Meanwhile, the pressure in Canada mounted to allow US war resisters seeking refuge to stay in that country, when Canada’s Federal Court ruled that the Immigration and Refugee Board should reconsider the asylum case of Joshua Key. The ruling was based on the right of soldiers to refuse improper orders that would violate the Geneva Conventions. A third war resister, Robin Long, was arrested that same day and is facing deportation Monday for failing to notify immigration officials of an address change.

LISTEN TO AUDIO: Interview with Adam from Courage to Resist, an organization set up to support soldiers who refuse to fight in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
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11 Jul 2008 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Dick Cheney Met By Protesters on 4th of July
New_July 4 Cheney Visits Boston 001.jpgAnti-war and impeachment protesters met Dick Cheney as he visited Boston July 4th. The "president of vice" , Dick Cheney, came to Boston, MA this July 4th--he was present at a military re-enlistment ceremony aboard the revolutionary war era ship the USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides"). About 50 anti-Cheney and anti-war protesters greeted his motorcade entering the Charlestown Navy Yard with protest signs and jeers.
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05 Jul 2008 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
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