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NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT: Summaries of the statements made by the Transform Now Plowshares

Originally posted on PAX CHRISTI USA:

Below is a summary of each pre-sentencing statement delivered by the Transform Now Plowshares (courtesy of Art Laffin of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in Washington, D.C.)

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Summary Notes of Michael Walli’s Pre-Sentencing Statement

  • Stated that he was offended by the fact that the Nazi regime had a legal right to exist and that either by silence or overt support Catholics consented to it.
  • Quoted St. Thomas Aquinas: “Laws that do not serve the common good are unjust.”
  • Quoted St. Augustine: “An unjust law is no law at all.”
  • Stated that he acted in accordance with Jesus. Jesus’ declaration, “Blessed are the peacemakers,” was a call to action.
  • Stated that his actions at Y-12 did not constitute a violation of law, but rather his obedience to God’s law. “I am a citizen of heaven. We engaged in our lawful, missionary work at Y-12. I committed no crime. I have no…

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Watch the #BigGame commercial the NFL would never air. Get involved by contacting the Washington Professional Football Team, the NFL and the Washington Post.

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Washington Post, DC’s hometown paper is still using the R-word in its coverage of the team.

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February 2, 2014 · 5:57 pm

The Black Misleadership Class v. the Movement and Its Legacy

Black Agenda Report Fundraiser & 7th Anniversary Celebration

Join BAR, Cornel West and Other Special Guests for our 7th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser in Harlem's Historic Riverside Church

Join BAR, Cornel West and Other Special Guests for our 7th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser in Harlem’s Historic Riverside Church

Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford, Nellie Bailey, Bruce Dixon & Margaret Kimberley join Cornel West, Kevin Alexander Gray, Marsha Coleman-Abedayo, Ajamu Baraka and other comrades to delve into the vast gulf between the pretensions of the black misleadership class and the promise of the movement past yet to come. 

Join us Friday, October 18th at Harlem’s historic Riverside Church, 400 Riverside Drive, NYC, as the Riverside Church Social Justice Ministry & Black Agenda Report proudly celebrate the 7th anniversary of BAR. Reception & program from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

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Our black misleaders pretend to be the successors and fruits of the historical black Freedom Movement.  But Wells Fargo or Comcast or the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation didn’t fund the Freedom movement.  

The Freedom Movement successfully called our people to stand against war and empire.  Our current crop of black misleaders and TV talking heads are “cruise missile liberals” eager to line up behind the drone bombings of Somalia, Libya, Syria or anyplace else, prepared to ignore or excuse the persecution of whistleblowers, the coddling of banksters, the unleashing of the NSA or pretty much anything else as long as the president is black and/or a Democrat.  

Black unemployment was double white employment 45 years ago when there were only handfuls of black elected officials.  But today with more than ten thousands black elected officials on every level, relative black unemployment is has not changed, although black incarceration rates have skyrocketed.  In the last few years, with our black misleadership class supposedly at the height of their power and influence, black family wealth has plunged from a tenth that of the average white family to a twentieth.

Activists of the Freedom Movement era fought for quality education for all children, while our current black misleaders are champions of for-profit charter schools.    Our black misleaders have no answers to the housing crisis or black mass incarceration because they no longer believe social justice is possible.  From the president on down, our black misleaders, instead of “representing” the voices of our people in the halls of power, govern us on behalf of those powerful interests. 

If President Obama and the rest of our black misleadership class truly stood upon the shoulders of MLK, Ella Baker, Malcolm X and Fannie Lou Hamer, they’d be standing somewhere else.  

Since our beginning in 2006, we at Black Agenda Report have focused our attention the black misleadership class and its role in normalizing punitive and unfair policies that white authorities could not implement without them.  

Join us as we celebrate and organize to fight back!

Reception & program: 6 PM to 7 PM, minimum donation $100

Program only: 7 PM to 9:30 PM, minimum donation $30

 

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Are You Ready? Remembering Alexander Cockburn | June 6, 1941 – July 21, 2012

Alex CockburnRadical journalist and author Alexander Cockburn, who passed away July 21, 2012, was celebrated at a memorial in New York last September attended by (among others) Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali and the extended Cockburn family. Laura Flanders has put together a very nice tribute video from the memorial.  It includes many of the Kopkind extended family like Kevin Alexander Gray, JoAnn Wypijewski, Najla Said and some great pictures.

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Originally posted on The New Liberator:

Frederick Douglass
July 5, 1852

Frederick DouglassMr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens: He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assembly more shrinkingly, nor with greater distrust of my ability, than I do this day. A feeling has crept over me, quite unfavorable to the exercise of my limited powers of speech. The task before me is one which requires much previous thought and study for its proper performance. I know that apologies of this sort are generally considered flat and unmeaning. I trust, however, that mine will not be so considered. Should I seem at ease, my appearance would much misrepresent me. The little experience I have had in addressing public meetings, in country schoolhouses, avails me nothing on the present occasion.

The papers and placards say, that I…

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Kevin Alexander Gray:

Happy Birthday Brother Shabazz! ~ May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965

Originally posted on The New Liberator:

SPEECH TO SNCC WORKERS, SELMA, ALABAMA

FEB.4,1965

To understand this, you have to go back to what [the] young brother here referred to as the house Negro and the field Negro — back during slavery. There was two kinds of slaves. There was the house Negro and the field Negro. The house Negroes – they lived in the house with master, they dressed pretty good, they ate good ’cause they ate his food — what he left. They lived in the attic or the basement, but still they lived near the master; and they loved their master more than the master loved himself. They would give their life to save the master’s house quicker than the master would. The house Negro, if the master said, “We got a good house here,” the house Negro would say, “Yeah, we got a good house here.” Whenever the master said “we,” he said “we.”…

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Kevin Alexander Gray:

Celts are looking good so far…

Originally posted on The New Liberator:

SC Native Plays in Championship Again

Mauldin (Greenville County)

Professional (NBA) basketball player – Power forward

(May 19, 1976)

Kevin Garnett was born in Greenville to Shirley Garnett and O’Lewis McCullough (who his mother never married).  Shirley later married and divorced Ernest Irby. Garnett has two sisters, one older (by six years) one younger: Sonya and Ashley, respectively.  His half-brother, Louis McCullough, played basketball for the ABA’s Syracuse Raging Bullz

Garnett, or “KG” to his fans, is notable for his rise to stardom emerging as a high school pro draftee – first with the Mauldin High School Maverick and, then with the Farragut Career Academy Admiral (named after Civil War naval hero Admiral David Glasgow Farragut) in Chicago – to a star player with the storied Boston Celtics basketball team’s as part of “Big Three” combo of Paul Pierce (forward), and Dalzell, South Carolina native Ray…

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