For the first week: July 5th to July 9th we will be concentrating on the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle issue around the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and drone manufacturers. Obama has dramatically escalated the use of these weapons since he has been president.
July 12th-16th we will be focusing on counter-recruitment efforts.
July 19th-23rd we will focus our energies on Congress before it recesses for summer break and going back to their home districts to campaign for November elections.
We do have some good POTA news to report. We have a fundraiser on board: Teri Perticone from Berkeley, who is fundraising for no compensation to herself, but for “love,” so let’s give Teri lots of love! Teri can be reached at TeriPerticone@noliesradio.org
We are also wading through many offers from activists who want to volunteer to be our Webmaster.
POTA will continue whether we have Summer Camp OUT NOW, or not. Peace of the Action is an organization dedicated to ending the empire through direct action. We are not interested in symbolic actions or Federal electoral politics.
Even though we are encouraging activist to do actions locally, we must have a strong presence in Washington, DC, too.
We are organizing for Summer Camp, but we need to have a certain number of people signed up to be able to go ahead with Camp.
If you are planning on coming to Summer Camp, please send an email to Cindy Sheehan: Cindy@PeaceoftheAction.org with the dates that you are planning on attending.
If you are planning on scheduling actions in your community, please also email Cindy.
If you would like to donate to help us work for peace, please click on the link.
Please RSVP for Summer Camp by May 10th.
1) WE NEED YOU TO RSVP BY MAY 10TH–IF WE DON’T GET ENOUGH PEOPLE TO SIGN-UP BY MAY 10TH–WE WILL NOT HOLD SUMMER CAMP.
2) THERE WILL BE NO CAMPING AT CAMP. WE ARE TRYING TO GET PERMITS TO HAVE A CONVERGENCE CAMP, THOUGH–HOUSING WILL PROBABLY BE AVAILABLE AT ST. STEPHEN’S AGAIN.
3) NO ACTIONS ON THE WEEKENDS, UNLESS SOMETHING INTERESTING AND UNEXPECTED COMES UP TO PROTEST.
Love & Peace
Cindy Sheehan and POTA Team
If you're planning on attending, RSVP. They need to know how many people they can count on. Cindy Sheehan continues speaking out against the illegal wars and Project Empire. This Saturday, she'll be taking part in the Socialism Conference at Seattle University (starts at 10:30 a.m. and lasts through six thirty p.m.) and Ralph Nader's 2008 running mate Matt Gonzalez will also be among those participating. The day's events will include a debate between Tea Party activist Keli Carender and Socialist Alternative's Ramy Khalil. If you're able to donate $10, the organizers will happily accept it and use the money to fight the illegal wars; however, they also note that this is a public event and that they will not turn anyone away due to lack of funds.
It's these events that will end the wars. It's not electing Democrats. The Democratic Party proved what a lie 'Elections End Wars!' was. Campaigning during the 2006 mid-terms, they promised if you gave them one house of Congress, control of just one house, they would end the Iraq War. The American people gave them control of both houses of Congress and the Iraq War did not end. They lied to the American people again. They claimed they didn't have enough people in both houses and that they didn't have the White House. But, by golly, if they did, they'd end the Iraq War. They were given all of that in the November 2008 elections and yet still the war continues.
Politicians don't end wars, citizens end wars.
They're just there to try and make the people free,
But the way that they're doing it, it don't seem like that to me.
Just more blood-letting and misery and tears
That this poor country's known for the last twenty years,
And the war drags on.
-- words and lyrics by Mick Softly (available on Donovan's Fairytale)
Last Sunday, ICCC's number of US troops killed in Iraq since the start of the illegal war was 4393. Tonight? 4394. is what they say but it's 4395 and yet again ICCC's caught sleeping. As we noted at Third, it does matter. It especially matters when a month ends and a little more people do check to see the figures. If ICCC had it's act together yesterday, it would have updated. In which case, maybe it would be noted in some 'monthly wrap stories' that April saw an increase in the number of US service members killed in Iraq (up one to 9 -- not news? They sure thought it was news when it fell to five).
In Iraq today, the big news is a n attack on college students -- predominantly Christian ones, just outside of Mosul. Sam Dagher (New York Times) reports that at least 1 person died in the bombings and at least seventy were injured and Dagher quotes Jamil Slahuddin Jamil stating, "We were going for our education and they presented us with bombs. I still do not know what they want from Christians." Jamal al-Badrani and Matthew Jones (Reuters) note 10 wounded (citing police sources) and quote Hamdaniya mayor Nissan Karoumi stating, "All of them were Christian students. They go in buses like that to Mosul's university after the troubled times when Christians were targeted in the past."
New content at Third:
- Truest statement of the week I
- Truest statement of the week II
- A note to our readers
- Editorial: It matters
- TV: Moyers even lies when quoting the classics
- Terry Gross Hates Women (Ava, C.I. and Ann)
- Coca Cola's latest consumer attack
- In The Spirit now available at Amazon
- On boycotts and tea
- Ty's Corner
- Rebuttal to a Butthead
Isaiah's latest goes up after this. Pru notes Charlie Kimber's "Greek crisis could be Britain's future" (Great Britain's Socialist Worker):
Greek workers are at the centre of the global battle to decide which class will pay for the economic crisis – workers in Britain would do well to watch the outcome with care
Greek workers are at the centre of the global battle to decide which class will pay for the economic crisis.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU) are moving in to police another massive wave of cuts. That is their price for arranging a loan so that the Greek government can fend off the bailiffs for another few months.
And the Greek ruling class is eagerly enforcing the move. Britain is not at the same pitch of crisis yet—but do not rule it out after the election.
Figures last week showed rises in unemployment and inflation in Britain—and anaemic economic growth. Despite this, the main political parties are acting like medieval doctors by prescribing further bloodletting for the ashen patient.
A Financial Times analysis suggested that implementing the cuts implied by both Tory and Labour policies would mean utter devastation for many services (see box below).
Greece is an example of such strategies. Its government has to offer interest rates up to 10 percent more than those of other European countries in order to borrow money. This drains money from public services towards the bankers.
If the belief grows that the Greeks will not be able to pay back £6 billion of loans that are due on 19 May, then the instability will become even worse.
It will put at risk several German and French banks that hold large portions of Greek debt. The disease will also spread to Portugal, which has massive debts, and perhaps to Spain.
Financial Times columnist Wolfgang Münchau wrote this week that this “is Europe’s equivalent of the US subprime crisis. Unless we hear some implausibly good news from Athens by Friday, it will soon blow up.”
So most European leaders are prepared to see the EU and IMF advance emergency funds to Greece, although sections oppose the move.
All the leading politicians agree that the assault on wages, jobs and pensions that has already provoked a series of general strikes did not satisfy the bankers. They demand Greek workers must accept still greater cuts.
The IMF’s medicine of “structural adjustment”—loans with conditions such as cuts and privatisation—is spreading from the world’s poorest to the next tier of the poor.
The policies inflicted mainly on the Global South in the 1980s have recently been enforced, disastrously, in Lithuania and Hungary. Now they are to be imposed at the centre of Europe.
But there is also resistance.
Thousands of workers and students marched on the Greek parliament on Thursday of last week beating drums and chanting: “No more illusions, war against the rich.” The protest was part of a strike by public sector workers.
Pensioner Aspasia Aretaki said, “The rich and the corrupt politicians should pay for the crisis, not me.”
On Monday shipping workers struck for 24 hours and on Tuesday Athens public transport workers brought the city to a standstill.
Trade union leaders are half expressing the popular anger, and half holding it back. They are calling strikes, but not on a scale that can match the crisis.
The ADEDY and GSEE union federations have called another general strike for Wednesday of next week. Teachers and media workers will strike for two days next week.
“Opposition to the cuts is increasing since the IMF announcement,” said Panos Garganas of Socialist Worker’s sister paper in Greece. “It is significant that more sections of workers are striking on their own initiative.”
Greek and British workers are engaged in the same process, even if they are at different points along it. We need to organise for the fightback—urgently.
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