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Announcement :: Peace & War

June 25: March Against War, Empire, & Capitalism in Downtown Palo Alto

There's a war on - a war between the United States government and the vast majority of the world's population. This war has many faces - the struggles over globalization, corporate empire, and the invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan - but everywhere the same lines are drawn. Everywhere the US government is acting in the interests of corporations, and everywhere people are being slaughtered, are starving to death, and are watching their lives be torn apart and sold for profit.

This war has to stop. The occupation must end, neoliberalism must be buried, and any attempt to invade Iran must be prevented. The prediction that the US may not have the military or political capacity to wage another war must be fulfilled. Already well over five thousand soldiers have deserted and recruitment is falling far short of the military's goals. It's up to us to ensure that the US government does not maintain a political or social capacity to continue its war on the world's population.

Photos: Anarchist Action in the streets of Palo Alto
Video: Anarchist Action Palo Alto: March Against War, Empire and Capitalism
Audio: Rockin' the Boat: No Ordinary Night in Palo Alto

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Peace & War

Rebuilding the Home Rachel Corrie Stood to Safeguard

Cindy and Craig Corrie are the parents of Rachel, the young woman from Washington State who was killed in March 2003 while standing to prevent demolition of a home in the Gaza Strip.

Khaled and Samah Nasrallah, members of the extended family living in the home at the time it was destroyed by an Israeli bulldozer, will join the Corries at the event.
  • Sunday, June 12
  • Presentation at 7:00pm, Reception at 8:45pm
  • Veteran's Memorial Hall, 856 Front St., Santa Cruz
Funds raised will be used to help reconstruct the Nasrallah home in Rafah.

Photos: Grafitti in Rafah, Gaza Strip, in memory of Rachel Corrie

Photos: Cindy and Craig Corrie at SC Vets Hall
Audio: Sprouts: Rebuilding Homes in Palestine

[ Rachel Corrie Memorial Website || Resource Center for Nonviolence ]

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News :: Environment & Food : Peace & War

Vigil at Lockheed Martin in Bonny Doon

Local Activists Protest Their Neighbor, the World's Largest Weapons Contractor

Early on the morning of Thursday, June 9, a small group of peace activists assembled in Bonny Doon, CA outside the main gate of Lockheed Martin, the world's largest weapons contractor. Located behind a wrought iron gate and barbed wire fences on 4,400 acres of pristine woodlands in rural Santa Cruz County, sits the sprawling complex of wherehouses, and labortories, which are used to test components and subsystems of the US Navy's Trident II missile. Vinny Lombardo reports.

Audio mp3s: Self-contained report. (2:23) || Vinny speaking with the deputies... || Grant Wilson from SCWIT speaks with the deputies...

[ Santa Cruz Weapons Inspection Team (SCWIT) || Community Concerned about Lockheed Martin (CCALM) ]

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News :: Education & Youth : Peace & War

UC Regents Ignore Massive Resistance, Vote to Build Nukes

UC San Francisco, 03/25/05 - Today witnessed a passionate display of concern and anger at the decision that the University of California will bid with corporate war profiteer, Bechtel, for the nuclear labs at Los Alamos.

In a time when many schools are on break, more than four dozen students, mostly organized by UC Santa Cruz's Students Against War (SAW), woke at 4:30am to attend the UC Regents meeting in San Francisco. With strong words and strong actions, these students did everything in their power to ensure that they would not be silenced and that the interests of the globe would not be ignored. However, the UC Regents voted unanimously to bid with Bechtel and two other suspicious corporations on the management of Los Alamos labs.

The University of California has been responsible for every nuclear weapon in the U.S. stockpile, including those dropped on Japan. This year will be the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. (Pre-Action Info: 1 | 2)

Photos and Reportback: 1 | 2

[ Students Against UC Exploitation | The Regents | Military Research | UC investments || UC Nuclear Free || Waging Peace || TriValley Cares ]

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News :: Arts & Culture : Peace & War : Womyn

CodePink Women For Peace: Stop the Next War Now!

On May 22, Alli Starr and Medea Benjamin spoke at Bookshop Santa Cruz on behalf of CodePink Women For Peace and a new book called "Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism." Local Folk-Goddess Diane Patterson got the evening started by singing and playing guitar.

Audio: Download the mp3 (44:22 minutes / 15.2 MB)

A discussion time followed the presentation and Medea talked about her experience at the Halliburton Shareholders meeting which took place on May 18, 2005 in Houston, Texas. She also talked about her experience at the Iraq War Protest which took place in Fayetteville, North Carolina on March 19, 2005 and included Iraq veterans, military families and resisters. Medea says that one good thing going on these days is that the U$ Imperial Forces have been too busy to stop the momentum of Latin American social movements.

Alli talked about the Art in Action camp which takes place each summer in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Q and A: Download the mp3 (11:05 minutes / 3.8 MB)


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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights : Globalization & Capitalism : Government & Elections : Peace & War : Resistance & Tactics

The Iron Cage that has Descended upon Modern Humanity


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Commentary :: Peace & War

Anatomy of a Bullshit Article Published Just When Bush Needed It

The New York Daily News blows another story out its ass.

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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights : Globalization & Capitalism : Government & Elections : Peace & War : Resistance & Tactics

Peace, Truth. and Ramsey Clark

Why, the question is being asked, does a high profile American defend people and causes that are not only anti-Establishment, but anti-American as well?

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News :: Peace & War

Solo deseamos justicia

Soy profesor de Simbiodiversidad de la Universidad de Málaga, Andalucía, España, desde donde me he tenido que exiliar a México, porque de nuevo pretendían encerrarme en un manicomio, como en Febrero pasado. Mi "locura": luchar, con mis compañeros por la vida, los derechos humanos y sobrehumanos, los pueblos indígenas y la ecología.

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LOCAL Interview :: Civil & Human Rights : Peace & War : Police State

Rockin' the Boat: DoD Spying on Counter-Recruitment Organizers

Interview with Josh Sonnenfeld of UCSC Students Against War, discussing recent revelations of Pentagon surveillance activities targetting peace activists.

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