Posts Tagged ‘human rights’

We will also devote next week’s podcast to the current events in the Middle East, their context, and history (Live radio show every Wednesday 2-4PM on WPRK91.5FM in Central Florida)

The event is tomorrow (Friday 25th) I’m one of the “Renowned Speakers” LOL

Qods Day Solidarity with Gaza

Amphitheater side, Rosalind and Washington intersection

195 N Rosalind Ave, Orlando FL

Capture
Note: the map is North pointing down

Program of Events

PART 1: 4:00 p.m-5:30 p.m

Road Protest

PART 2: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m Honorary Speakers

Introduction on “Qods Day, Oppression around world and Palestine” by Sheikh Azhar Naseer

Speaker One: Rasha Mubarak, Jobs with Justice “Why are we still protesting?”

Speaker Two: Alexus Morales Students for Justice in Palestine “Recent Events and why justice is so important”

Speaker Three: Miguel Rodriguez CoFounder of Peace Builders and Justice of Florida “This is a humanitarian issue, not a religious one. Silence is not an option”

Speaker Four: Reverend Jeffrey DeYoe of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Advocacy Chairperson of the Israel-Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church “Zionism destroying culture and personal experiences, why we as Americans should boycott and speak out against US Support for Israel”

Speaker Five: Benjamin Balak, Economics Professor at Rollins “Political elements of the conflict, US Aid to Israel and Involvement”

VIGIL:

Shabeer Kirmani Spoken Word titled “Sleep Well”

Azra Dhanji “Speak”

Taha Baig “Pain of Gaza” Rap

Zahra Dhanji “Encountering Freedom”

Sameer Jagani

Yasmeen Virji and group singing “Palestine, tomorrow will be free”

Candle Light Vigil Remembering the Innocent Lives of Gaza- Moment of Silence

CONCLUSION: by Laila Abdelaziz Emerge USA: How has the US been involved (US Aid to Israel in comparison to aid elsewhere and within our  country, how much of our taxes go to funding genocide, President’s support, congressional vote 100-0), recent events recap (death count in Gaza) and what we can do to help stop this (3 objectives).

End with (standing up, everyone repeats): We stand, “one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.

Qods Day Guidelines & Protocols

The rally will take place at the amphitheater side of Lake Eola Park from 4pm to 6:30, at the intersection of Washington St. and Rosalind Ave.

1. All participants must respect and observe all local, state, and federal laws. This includes but is not limited too:

a. No blocking sidewalks

b. No disrupting moving traffic

c. No trespassing on private property

d. No disruption of local business

2. In the event of hostilities from onlookers or those opposed to the peaceful rally, all participants must restrain from any reaction of any kind. Contact a volunteer organizer if hostilities are encountered. Local law enforcement presence is expected and will be contacted in the event of hostilities.

3. Safety of everyone is of the utmost importance. Please be mindful of your surroundings. The area is a busy intersection with walkers and commuters. Please stay in the designated area only. Participants should stay near the amphitheater at all times.

4. Please make note of volunteer organizers as they will have the most up to date information and procedures. They will be wearing  white&black armbands.

5. Umbrellas and ponchos are recommended as there is a chance of rain. In the event of severe inclimate weather, the protest will be suspended in order to safeguard all participants. Volunteers will announce suspension.

6. Those attending with children should maintain safe distance from the roads.

7. Please do not litter the area with trash/posters/brochures. All participants should dispose of trash in designated areas.

 

Whatever one thinks of Venezuelan policies, does anybody actually buy any of this BS?!?

The U.S. should always be on the side of human rights around the world

(Florida Republican senator Marco Rubio; a lead supporter of these sanctions)

http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/10695

[to download right-click here and select “Save link as…” ]

Victimas del genocidio en la zona militar de CobanWe discussed

> recently digging up civilian victims of genocide in Guatemala that were “supposed” to be guerrilla fighters (see previous references to this: 123)

> her new job helping agricultural wage-slaves in Florida

BUT THEN the WPRK91.5FM recording equipment died! I have now set up an antique notebook in my office running Ubuntu and recording the shows so this crap doesn’t happen anymore–ridiculous >:/

Note: this photo is from the investigation of genocide in Guatemala (1982-83) in which the US and the Reagan administration was heavily implicated.


 

[previously appeared in East Orlando Post (http://www.eastorlandopost.com/)]

>:/ Punkonomics responds >:/

321560_368414886596952_1288271004_n

Game of Threads: 2 of the over 1100 dead workers in the recent collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh

Game of Thrones Viewers get their Panties in a Bunch

I’m shocked! Just shocked… at how shocked people are about The Red Wedding episode of Game of Thrones (season 3 episode 9). What’s your problem? You don’t seem to mind the slow-motion ballet-like torrents of blood in Quentin Tarantino’s film, or the mechanical butchery in a typical horror movie, or the gruesome pictures of victims in your run-of-the-mill TV crime drama? Where did this sensitive outrage come from?

Allow me to speculate that it’s all about the narrative: the story the authors tell us about the images we see and our own interpretation of it. Unlike in most media today, in this excellent gritty fantasy-drama, the heroic noble “good guys” get slaughtered randomly along with copious collateral damage (innocent bystanders). There is no cathartic moment in which justice is served and not even an overarching meaning to all the senseless suffering. Sort of like in the real world eh? The problem is that we are deeply conditioned to believe that if we do the right thing and behave well then we shall be rewarded. Really? Can I see some statistics please? Maybe there are just rewards in the afterlife, but there certainly aren’t any in this world.

If this rant is beginning to sound somewhat anti-religious then let me say that religious institutions do often behave deplorably, dupe people into submission, and justify horrible violence. However, every serious theology has a strong element of doubt built into it–read the book of Job in the Old Testament if you don’t believe me. Religion is what we make of it and what I’ll call the “media religion” is 3rd rate. It’s a rare pleasure to enjoy a highly entertaining, action packed, TV drama that bulks this trend. Whether the ubiquitous nudity is there for rating or is a valid element of the gritty realism I’m not quite sure but I ain’t complaining.

Now we need to deal with the two stinking bloated rotting elephant cadavers in the room: The Games of WAR and POVERTY. These games are not in an imagined medieval fantasy world. They are happening in the real world every day from the African Americans gunned down on our streets (one every 36 hours on average), through the torture centers and death squads in Iraq, and the mass sexual mutilation in the Congo, to the regular drone attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen (often on weddings BTW), to name just a few recent theatres of operations. Are these distasteful things we have to do to protect ourselves? Well the character Lord Walder Frey who orchestrated The Red Wedding massacre also had good reasons: revenge, sending a message, geo-political advancement, etc.

A little less obvious to our sensitive modern minds is the violence of poverty. Despite popular belief, people don’t just happen to be poor–a sad but inevitable human condition. The vast majority of human suffering is avoidable and is perpetrated by the powerful against the weak using violence. I’m thinking about the almost third of Americans who are hungry and half who are poor, the over billion people worldwide who are starving, the over 40,000 Americans who die each year from illness due to denied medical coverage, the generation(s) poisoned by our agricultural industry, and the many thousands of workers dying while crafting our cherished consumer goods in poor countries. These “savings” that cost so many lives do not go to the consumer as much as to the executive pay of our beloved leaders (North Korean pun intended). I am convinced that most Americans would be willing to pay a few percent more for our cheap apparel and electronics, but that option is not on the table because that’s not where the blood money goes. Instead we are offered crocodile tears, fake apologies, and public-relations campaigns that will have no positive effect on the suffering multitudes. Just like in the Game of Thrones: no happy ending, no justice, no balance .

So now you’re probably thinking I’m a socialist right? Well maybe I am but that’s not the point. Adam Smith is the greatest advocate of the free-market system (aka capitalism), and his concept of the Invisible Hand is constantly invoked to argue that unregulated individual self-interest leads to the best social outcomes. Sadly the people who use this to justify murder seldom read the great man himself, and if they do, seem to ignorantly or willfully misunderstand him. Smith argued that a free-market system could potentially yield such benefits if and only if it maintains an ethical balance by enforcing strict moral behavior. Wealthy and successful people must hold themselves ethically responsible and society as a whole must enforce a social ethic upon them. For example: insurance executives bragging that they denied coverage to so many thousands of people would not be celebrated by their peers nor rewarded with a monstrous Christmas bonus. Under Smith they would be socially ostracized by an elite that values entrepreneurial excellence and hard work and not economic warlordism, corporatism, and kleptocracy. Furthermore, their companies would be shut down for being destructive and criminal by a government representing the long term interests of all the people. Yeah, I know, this sadly sounds way more fantastical than anything Game of Thrones has to offer but my point is that a successful free-market economic system depends on a game of balance.

As the red witch Melisandre keeps telling everybody in Game of Thrones: “the night is dark and full of horrors.”

no such thing as a humane concentration camp

i learned this important lesson early in life from my dad who escaped the Nazis, then growing up in Israel, and now growing old in the US. Sad. Very sad.

SOA Watch is Looking for a Development and Operations Coordinator!

Please forward widely to help us spread the word about this opportunity through your networks and contacts.

School of the Americas Watch is hiring a Development & Operations Coordinator to be based in Washington, DC, for a minimum of 2 years. The position is full-time with health benefits, paid vacation and holiday time, and there are opportunities for skills development. Salary: $35,000 per year.

Mission Statement
School of the Americas Watch is a nonviolent grassroots movement that works to stand in solidarity with the people of Latin America, to close the SOA/WHINSEC and to change oppressive U.S. foreign policy that the SOA represents. We are grateful to our sisters and brothers throughout Latin America for their inspiration and the invitation to join them in their struggle for economic and social justice. Visit www.soaw.org for more information about the SOA/WHINSEC and SOA Watch.

Women, people of color and differently-abled persons are encouraged to apply.

Please send resume, a cover letter explaining what qualities you would bring to this job and 3 references by email to arturo@soaw.org. If you have questions about applying, call Arturo Viscarra at202-234-3440.

Applications will be received on a rolling basis. We hope to fill the position as soon as possible.

Job Description
– Research and apply for grants and other sources of funding
– Develop and distribute donor mailing appeals, online fundraising appeals, and other fundraising materials to supporters
– Supervise and coordinate bookkeeping tasks including managing bank accounts, payroll, benefits, and payment of other bills
– Organize and handle logistics for local fundraising events

For further information and additional requirements click here


El Movimiento por el Cierre de la Escuela de las Américas (SOA Watch) está contratando un/a Coordinador/a de Operaciones y Desarrollo, con sede en Washington, DC para un mínimo de 2 años de compromiso, para comenzar tan pronto como sea posible. La posición es a tiempo completo (40 horas / semana) con beneficios de salud, vacaciones y días festivos pagados; también hay oportunidades para el desarrollo de habilidades. Sueldo $ 35,000 / año.

Declaración de la Misión
Escuela de las Americas Watch es un movimiento popular no violenta que aboga por estar en solidaridad con los pueblos de América Latina, para cerrar la SOA / WHINSEC y para cambiar opresiva política exterior de EE.UU. que la SOA representa. Estamos muy agradecidos a nuestros hermanos y hermanas en toda América Latina por su inspiración y la invitación a unirse a ellos en su lucha por la justicia económica y social. Visita www.soaw.org para obtener más información acerca de la SOA / WHINSEC y SOA Watch.

Las mujeres, las personas de color y personas con capacidades diferentes son alentados a aplicar.

Por favor enviar su hoja de vida, una carta explicando cuáles son las cualidades que aportaría a este trabajo y 3 referencias por correo electrónico a arturo@soaw.org. Si usted tiene preguntas acerca de la solicitud, llame a Arturo Viscarra al 202-234-3440.

Las aplicaciones serán revisadas en la medida que los recibamos. Esperamos llenar el puesto lo más antes posible.

Descripción del Trabajo
– Investigar y solicitar becas y otras fuentes de finanación
– Desarrollar y distribuir solicitudes para fondos a donanates, solicitudes en linea, y otras materiales para recaudar fondos que puedan utilizar activistas de base
– Supervisar y coordinar tareas de contabilidad, incluyendo mantener cuentas bancarias, nómina de sueldos, beneficios, y pagos de otras facturas; hacer seguimiento a bienes y obligaciones financieras;
– Organizar logística para eventos locales de recaudación de fondos
– Compromiso de al menos 2 años al puesto

Para más información: soaw.org/work