From Ferguson to Staten Island
Building Resistance to Police Terror
withMichael McPhearson, Ex. Dir. of Veterans for Peace,
Carl Dix, co-founder, with Dr. Cornel West of the Stop Mass
Shahid Buttar, Exec. Dir., The Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Arguably the most significant uprising in many years in this country, in response to the national phenomena of police terrorizing communities of color has been taking place in Ferguson Missouri. Ferguson residents, despite a virtual military style occupation, by local, state and federal law enforcement, in the aftermath of the police shooting death of Michael Brown simply won’t back down even in the face of military tactics and weapons which are being used to suppress dissent in violation of constitutional rights.
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From Ferguson to Staten Island
Standing Against Israel’s Ongoing War Crimes
Against the People of Gaza
Laila El-Haddad, author of Gaza Mom blogger & journalist
Ilan Pappe, historian/activist/author The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
Fida Qishta, Film maker, Where Should the Birds Fly?
Ares Mansour, Gaza Journalist
Josh Ruebner, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, author
"Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace"
Highlight’s of the World Can’t Wait’s extraordinary event bringing together diverse voices of dissent, with varied perspectives, but all of who are determined to seek justice for the people of Gaza. Join us and listen to people across the globe to hear how unjust and intolerable the occupation of Gaza is, and how impossible all that would be were it not backed by the U.S. government.
NYC Rallies with International Community to Stand with Gaza!
Millions of people have decried Israel’s crimes against humanity and marched in solidarity with the people of Gaza. In Europe, activists have turned out in 12 countries, including in France, where thousands defied a government ban. One hundred and fifty thousand were reported to have marched in great Britain. Tens of thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in the Occupied West Bank in solidarity with their Gaza sisters and brothers. Inside Israel 5,000 rallied in Tel Aviv, while 700 marched in Haifa and others in Jerusalem. Some 50 Israeli reservists refuse to serve in the military’s invasion of Gaza. Elsewhere in Asia, demonstrators came out in many countries, and Australians and New Zealanders marched too. Protests have also occurred throughout Northern Africa and several cities in South Africa, where government expelled the Israeli ambassador and 50,000 marched in Cape Town. Several Latin American countries have broken diplomatic relations with Israel. Now in New York we’ve come together with the international community to say we too Stand with Gaza!
The Peril for Postal Workers and Post Offices, Why We’re Boycotting Staples and Opening a Window for "Postal Banking”
Mark Dimondstein, Pres. American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
In the battle to save the Post Office and good union jobs, protests have escalated into a national boycott of Staples for the proposed deal with the Post Office to privatize retail postal services. Internal USPS documents reveal that the Staples deal is an attempt to reduce the cost of “traditional” postal union labor and shift it to low-wage labor. While the Post Office tries to save money by degrading their workers' remuneration, it ignores a proposal by its own Inspector General - postal banking. President Dimondstein said "basic, non-profit banking would be a great and real benefit to the people of this country,and a good answer to what I call "the Wall Street Banksters,' who devastated the economy and with it the lives
of millions of people."
Danny Glover Joins the Battle to Save the Post Office
Danny Glover gave an impassioned speech on the final day of the APWU’s Convention, declaring that he would be part of the fight to keep the Postal Service in the hands of the people. As the son of postal workers, Glover described how his parents’ involvement in the union influenced his life, pointing out that they became postal employees shortly after the U.S. armed forces and federal employment were integrated in the midst of a great movement in the country. He said the fight against turning over postal duties to Staples and the campaign to use the USPS “for the many varied services it has the capacity to perform” are important. “We, the
people, own our post office, And we’re going to fight for that and we will win.”