[Ed. Comment: Obama’s victory offers opportunities for organizing with grassroots activists for real change. The Obama organization, meanwhile, is planning to continue to organize Obama’s followers using their massive private web networks and databases. We may see something we have not seen before where the President has his own private system of communicating and organizing that works around – and against – Congress, various levels of government and NGO’s, MSM and the Administration itself. Read more
[PeaceJournal.org Editor’s Note: This website supports the right of return of the Palestinian people to their confiscated properties in Israel. Lasting peace can only be achieved if justice is achieved, starting with a recognition of all Palestinian rights. Let’s be clear as well that this website abhors and condemns the recent suicide bombing in Israel. At the same time, we recognize that the State of Israel has subjected the Palestinian people to terrible and tragic aggression over the years. Israel has committed war crimes, and it appears that it used so-called depleted uranium munitions in Lebanon. Israel is causing a deadly toll in Gaza. We condemn Israel’s ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people. Israel must recognize the right of return; and we urge all sides to stop violence and negotiate a lasting peace with justice.]
Transcript of remarks by Senator Barack Obama
AIPAC Policy Forum (Chicago, Illinois)
March 2, 2007
SENATOR OBAMA: Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Read more
Sherry Wolf, Editorial Board member of the International Socialist Review, asked activists to join the long term struggle at the plenary session of the Midwest Socialist Conference on November 3rd. [googlevideo]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4124556379331288380[/googlevideo]
There are no quick solutions, she said. Making a commitment to the long term struggle is “the only way we are going to win,” she said. The Midwest Socialist Conference was hosted at the University of Illinois of Chicago from November 3-4, 2007. It was one of the regional socialist conferences taking place that weekend across the country.
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Filed under: "The 'Movement", from Socialist Worker, Iraq, Politics
Why is the antiwar movement so weak?
October 12, 2007
ERIC RUDER analyzes the state of the national antiwar struggle and what lies ahead.
SINCE THE start of the Iraq war, antiwar sentiment has grown dramatically in the U.S. In 2003, 23 percent of the U.S. population thought the U.S. invasion was a mistake. Today, that figure stands at 58 percent.
Yet the antiwar movement had its largest mobilization before the war began, and more recent demonstrations have been smaller than those held several years previously, before public opinion had turned dramatically against the occupation. Read more
Organized Money v. Organized People
by Cindy Sheehan
“At a time like this, scorching iron, not convincing argument, is needed.” Frederick Douglass“
Cindy’s campaign will prove that organized people can beat organized money” Reverend Lennox Yearwood; founder of the Hip Hop Caucus Read more
Andy Jacobs, former Indiana Congressperson, decried the unconstitutional and illegal war against Iraq and exposed the bi-partisan sellout of the US to foreign investors. Foreign investment – and US budget deficits – have financed US wars, including the war against Iraq. This sellout – started during the Reagan administration – rescinded tax withholding from foreign investments. This reduced interest rates, but also led to a skyrocketing of foreign debt. Most media – such as Washington Post and the Today Show – chose to remain silent on this sell-out. See Time article.
Jacobs further examined the unconstitutional abdication of war powers authority by Congress in October, 2002. Unilateral war making by rulers is the most oppressive of the kingly oppressions, said Jacobs.
Jacobs, a Koren War veteran, spoke on April 18, 2007 on “US Policy in the Middle East: Diplomacy, Foreigh Debt and War Powers.” He spoke in the General Pershing Room of the War Memorial, Indianapolis, Indiana. He shared the podium with Scott Ritter, former Major of the US Mariens and former UN Chief UNSCOM Weapons Inspector in Iraq. See Ritter’s talks at http://www.youtube.com/TraprockPeaceTV
The program was sponsored by Veterans for Peace, Indiana Chapter #49, Indianapolis Peace House & Plowshares, Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center, and Traprock Peace Center.
Moderator: Pierre Atlas
Political Science Professor and Director of Franciscan Center for Global Studies at Marian College
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