Emergency Gaza Protest!
SATURDAY Nov. 17th @4pm
There will be an emergency Gaza protest on Saturday November 17th at 4pm at the South Carolina Statehouse.
Demonstrators call on President Obama, Israel, Hamas to end escalating violence & a ceasefire in Gaza!
Escalating violence in Gaza between Israel and Palestinian militants took a decided turn for the worse on Wednesday as Israel broke a tenuous truce and assassinated Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari in a string of airstrikes in Gaza. Hamas and Palestinian militant groups have retaliated by firing rockets deep into Israel, including at Tel Aviv. Over twenty Palestinians including children have been killed in the ensuing Israeli airstrikes and; three Israeli civilians were killed when rockets launched by Palestinian militants struck an apartment in Israel, the first Israeli civilian fatalities from rocket attacks this year. Israeli troops are massing on the border with Gaza and a ground invasion.
“It is well-known that Israel’s targeted killings of Palestinian militants in Gaza provoke rocket attacks in retaliation,” says President David Matos, who has traveled to Israel/Palestine twice on peace missions. “Israel deliberately escalated the violence by carrying out this targeted assassination .” At the same time, Matos notes that “an all out war in Gaza will be literal murder on both Israeli and Palestinian civilians caught in the cross-fire; it will take de-escalation on both sides to avoid that disaster.”
While the parties on the ground must de-escalate to avert further bloodshed, the US has considerable influence over Israel via the over $3 billion in military aid the US furnishes Israel every year.
“We call on President Obama to pressure Israel to stop its escalations and step back from the brink of war,” says Matos. “If President Obama goes along with more violence, blood will be on his hands.”
Institute for Middle East Understanding Timeline of Escalating Violence~
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To Listeners of SiriusXM Left satellite-radio channel (Sirius/XM 127)
Currently, if any sound-bite is used in an on-air ad or station-ID for SiriusXM Left, it is invariably something taken from one of President Barack Obama’s recent speeches, press-conferences, etc.
Obama, however, is not the sole spokesperson or representative of the U.S. left/liberal/progressive political movement. In fact, many of us have come to believe that Obama does not wish to represent our viewpoints in any significant way on any significant issues (war/international-relations, the economy, taxation, education, civil rights/liberties, healthcare, etc.)
- Shawn Poole
We propose using a new collection of sound-bites that still may include the occasional appropriate Obama quotation but, more importantly, would be expanded greatly to include many more statements issued by various well-known (and perhaps some not-so-well-known) activists/speakers/leaders from the U.S. left/liberal/progressive section of the political spectrum, both past and present.
Shawn Poole, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania & Ryan Hilligoss, Chicago, Illinois | SiriusXM Left subscribers/listeners/occasional-callers
As you may know SC SB 20 is on the Governor’s desk awaiting signature. We’re asking her to veto this legislation. Please reach out to community leaders, businesses, local organizations, etc. and ask them to add their name to this letter. I will add names as you send them to me. Since Governor Haley is expected to sign this bill ASAP, please send names/organizations by close of business Monday, June 27 so that we can get this letter to her quickly.
Thank you all!
Amanda N. Jackson
Church World Service
2062 N. Beltline Blvd
Columbia, SC 29204
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Once again, please help to spread the word to people who would be interested and interesting to be part of Kopkind this year. Your nominations of participants is always important, never more than this year, because I have had a few hiccups along the road, including losing many, many email addresses in a hard drive meltdown. Many apologies, also, for sending this a bit late. Those interested in attending the session for journalists and activists should send a letter of intent to my email address by Saturday, June 18. The call follows.
Love and thanks,
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First round draft pick Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers
Proverbs 24:17-18 | “Do not rejoice when your enemies fall, and do not let your heart be glad when they stumble, or else the LORD will see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from them.”
On May 1st, 2011, the announcement was made of the “official” death of Osama bin Laden. This provoked many responses, one being the lawn of the White House covered with 100′s of students chanting U.S.A., and waving flags.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Menendhall tweeted: “What kind of person celebrates death?” It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side…”
After being heaped by scorn he tweeted: “This controversial statement was something I said in response to the amount of joy I saw in the event of a murder. I don’t believe that this is an issue of politics or American pride; but one of religion, morality, and human ethics. During 9/11 we watched in horror as parts of the world celebrated death on our soil. Earlier this week, parts of the world watched us in horror celebrating a man’s death.”
“I want people to understand that I am not in support of Bin Laden, or against the USA…my heart goes out to the troops who fight for our freedoms everyday, not being certain if they will have the opportunity to return home, and the families who watch their loved ones bravely go off to war.”
In a day or two he lost a major endorsement contract with the sports apparel company Champion.
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