Hear about the situation in the area directly ruled by the Saudi dynasty and the countries like Yemen and Bahrain who are victimized by this ally of the U.S. elite. Reports on human rights situation and resistance to Saudi intolerance, aggression and intervention. View a section of "Bahrain Witness" and talk to the filmmaker.
After the recent Gaza disaster, international unity for non-violent actions that transcend, race, ethic and national origins becomes even more urgent and . . . necessary.
Those events reflect a manifestation of the grim racist, ethnic cleansing ideologies advocated by a recent surge of demagogues that have gripped the world including the Holy Land, the epicentre of world conflict and potential world peace.
As such, it is essential to build coalitions with activists worldwide, linked to Holy Land activists to fight this trend, to enlighten the world by bringing it to a place of equality and justice and at the same time pushing the reactionary demagogues back into obsolescence.
Conveners of the Coalition for Peace, Revolution, and Social Justice will review the formation of a new Los Angeles anti-war coalition: How it was formed, how it operates, what sort of progress has been made, where is it headed?
In this session, writers directly involved in the struggle for Palestinian rights will read from their work and discuss the present situation. We'll read from the new anthology of Palestinian poetry, 'A Blade of Grass', and Sam Friedman and others will read their 'poems of rage and grief'.
Following the attacks of 9/11, the U.S. government embarked on a domestic “war on terror” which has employed a policy of preemptive prosecution that targets individuals and organizations based on their beliefs and ideology. In these cases, the actual crime is manufactured by federal law enforcement officials who almost always create and foil their own terrorist plots. This panel will discuss the questionable tactics and strategies by the government, such as discriminatory surveillance of American Muslim communities, infiltration of mosques by undercover agents and paid informants, and flawed counter-extremism programs, which undermine our fundamental freedoms. Murtaza Hussain, a journalist at The Intercept, will discuss government overreach in these national security cases. Attorney Kathy Manley, the legal director of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms, will further present on these abuses documented in a report she co-authored titled Inventing Terrorists. Ashley Young will discuss the unjust prosecution of her brother, Nicholas Young, a victim of FBI entrapment and the first law enforcement officer to be charged with terrorism.
Ill-perceived nefarious Globalized geopolitical agendas seem to be coming to a harsh conflict with local National States and local communities interests.
The mythology behind the invisible hand of globalization creating a rising tide that would raise all boats has come to a rude awakening, with the palpable destruction of the middle/working classes with the simultaneous brutalization of impoverished native populations of resource rich yet cash poor countries forced into migration to the benefits of an infra-national rent-extraction elite which funnels its illicit rent profits into usurping national democracies by undoing election/referendum results while arm-twisting elected governments into fire-sales of National wealth, enslaving the national working class , while empowering global criminal narcotics and slave trafficking networks.
Many otherwise well intentioned professional activists and career Politicians (mostly on the Left) are duped into euphemistically masqueraded elitist anti-human strategems: Killing human beings in the womb is subverted into a "Woman's undeniable human right to abortion"! "Spreading Democracy" is code-word for war-crimes, war-mongering and hate-peddling... "Open Border Immigration" is another code-word for enhanced human trafficking, enslavement of workers and sexual exploitation of women... "Pro-Social Welfare" is another masqueraded campaign to pour more public funds into the coffers of Rent-Seeking Real Estate Elites and Government contractors.
In this panel we examine multiple aspects Global Geopolitical Economic arena and discuss the battle between Sovereign National Communities against Neo-Colonial, Neo-Imperial Globalized Rent-Seeking elites. Humanity is at the crossroads... one road leads to perennial globalized conflict while the other to an empowered bottom-up cooperative prosperity for all.
The Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has grown by leaps and bounds over the past year, attracting the endorsement of two flagship organizations of the Democratic left, the student body of Barnard College, and authoritarian backlash from the Netanyahu regime in Israel. Panelists will evaluate the past year's highlights from their own diverse backgrounds and how BDS can achieve success as a coalition.