Thursday, February 22, 2007

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ON FEBRUARY 22, 2007



Harriet Washington, a medical historian, will present
her groundbreaking work that uncovers the sordid
history of medical experimentation on African
descendants from colonial times to the present,
including the current use of unethical methods to
provide health "care" to Black people. She will sign
her new book
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of
Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from
Colonial Times to the Present

Frederick Newsome, M.D., an attending physician at
Harlem Hospital, will present his paradigm-shifting
analysis and examination of unique and profound issues
regarding the meaning of clinical practice for the
African- descendant professional health provider. He
will sign his new book
An African American Philosophy
of Medicine

Ajamu Sankofa, a national organizer for
Healthcare-Now! will offer brief remarks of why a
national single-payer health system (H.R. 676) in the
United States is urgently relevant to the quality of
life of all people of African descent residing in the
United States.

Torian Easterling, a fourth-year medical student at
the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New
Jersey, will moderate the event.

Books will be available for sale. Information is

DATE: Thursday, February 22, 2007
PLACE: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
521 West 126th Street New York, NY 10027
TIME: 7 PM-9:30 PM

Co-sponsors: New York City Chapter of Healthcare-NOW!;
Latinos for National Health Insurance; Million Worker
March; Muslim Women’s Institute for Research and
Development; Brenda Stokely of the NYC Katrina
Solidarity Committee; National Coalition of Blacks for
Reparations in America (N’COBRA); NYC Chapter of
National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL); Student
National Medical Association-Region IX; The Institute
of the Black World, 21st Century, and Physicians for a
National Health Program--NY Chapter.

339 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10012-2725

That's today. It was passed on yesterday and I only saw it this morning. If you're in the NYC area, check it out.

China's Xinhau is reporting:

A U.S. helicopter crashed in an area north of Baquba City, 65 km northeast of Baghdad, on Thursday, the Qatar-based al-Jazeera satellite TV channel reported.
The helicopter went down in a clash between gunmen and U.S. troops, the report quoted witnesses as saying, without specifying location of the crash.
If confirmed, it would be the ninth U.S. helicopter crashed or shot down by insurgents' fire since Jan. 20, which has killed 28 soldiers and civilians so far.

On the subject of war resistance, specifically Ehren Watada, Eddie notes this from Ryan Elsey's "Lt. Watada-an American Hero" (Foreign Policy in Focus):

A tentative new trial is set to begin on March 19, a symbolically important date as it will be four years from day the U.S. invaded Iraq. However, Lt. Watada's lawyer is hoping to invoke the principle of double jeopardy to argue that a second trial cannot lawfully take place.
Just as many members of
Iraq Veterans Against the War stood by Lt. Watada as he spoke before the Veterans for Peace convention, the organization stands by him now. Even though everyone in uniform is a volunteer, it is absurd to think that a contract can relinquish a human being of the responsibility to act in a just way. It is equally abominable to claim that service members should lack the right to free speech. Those who give up so much--time, energy, blood, sweat, and even their lives--to serve deserve the right to free speech more than anyone; service members have clearly given the most to earn free speech.
Service members of all ranks have the right to contribute to the public debate on any war and to provide a tempering voice when issues of war are discussed. They have perspectives that are vastly more valuable than armchair punditry. And when they are ordered to carry out unjust acts and fight in immoral wars, if they choose to resist, they at the very least have the right to a fair defense.
Yet, the Army is still attempting to prosecute Lt. Watada for speaking out about the Iraq War and for refusing orders. The silent majority of Americans opposed to the Iraq War must stand up and support Lt. Watada. Now is the time to praise the war's objectors as equally as we have praised the heroes who have fought and died. If we all had Lt. Watada's courage, we could finally facilitate an end to this war and steer our country toward a foreign policy based on cooperation, diplomacy, and a respect for international law.

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