Saturday, November 29, 2014


Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace and Justice.

OMNI National/International Days Project

What's at stake:  In the struggle for human rights we find grounds for hope.  In the history of humankind, and now including all species, the imagination of international rights is relatively new. Not until 1948 was what is now called human rights an established part of world politics.  Structures of international justice are coming.  Now many international human rights conventions and laws are legally in force in many nations, and laws to prevent cruelty to animals and the extinction of all creatures.  International agencies exist to watch individual nations, to hold nations to high standards of respect and dignity.  In 1979 Amnesty International cited nine countries for an "unblemished record."     UNESCO proclaimed a World Day of Animal Rights.  But the struggle continues.  Progress is not inevitable.  The revelations by Edward Snowden of the repudiation by bipartisan US leaders of the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment prohibition of unwarranted searches and seizures shows how quickly and thoroughly rights can be lost.   The Bill of Rights, and rights throughout the world, depend upon the insistence for justice by the people.

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Contents of Prisoners for Peace Newsletter #3, Dec. 1, 2014
Four Arrested in Fayetteville, AR, Protesting Ferguson, MO, Police Violence
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Fayetteville Flyer protest Ferguson grand jury decision in Fayetteville
·         By Todd Gill · 23 Comments
November 25, 2014
Fayetteville Police Sergeant Shannon Gabbard stops traffic while four protesters kneel in the crosswalk on College Avenue in front of the Washington County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon.
Photos by Todd Gill, Flyer staff
A peaceful protest began at around noon Tuesday in front of the Washington County Courthouse at the intersection of College Avenue and Dickson Street in Fayetteville.
The event was one of many demonstrations planned around the world in protest over the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury’s decision not to charge Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown’s Aug. 9 death.
About 75 people gathered in Fayetteville for Tuesday’s demonstration, including “The Fayetteville Four,” a group of local residents who’d previously announced plans to be arrested during the event.
The group – Jared Carter, David Garcia, Nik Robbins and Jane Stitt – waited about 30 minutes before entering the College Avenue crosswalk and kneeling on the street with their hands in the air while protesters chanted, “I’ve got my hands above my head, please don’t shoot me dead.”
The four people were escorted into the crosswalk by Fayetteville Police Sergeant Shannon Gabbard, who later said he’d helped coordinate the protest before the event began Tuesday.
Gabbard and a group of police officers stopped traffic and waited several minutes before Carter, Stitt, Robbins and Garcia were handcuffed and escorted out of the street toward a police van.
The officers waited through about three traffic signal cycles before taking any action. Gabbard said the plan was to give the group enough time to make sure they were certain they wanted to be arrested.
“They were very passionate about the cause, but they were also very cooperative,” said Gabbard. “They really wanted to get their message across.”

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 Prisoners for Peace Day 2014
1 Dec 2014
Write to peace activists in prison - find the details you need here, or download this list
Each year on 1st December War Resisters' International and its members mark Prisoners for Peace Day, when we publicise the names and stories of those imprisoned for actions for peace. Many are conscientious objectors, in gaol for refusing to join the military. Others have taken nonviolent actions to disrupt preparation for war. This day is a chance for you to demonstrate your support for them.

WRI has a permanent Prisoners for Peace list, and we make a special effort to update for Prisoners for Peace Day on December 1st.

We invite you to put aside some time on December 1st, or a day close to it, to send cards that express your solidarity. You can find the names and address here:

Many groups organise events around Prisoners for Peace Day, such as vigils, street stalls and write-ins. We will list them on this page. Write to  if you are planning an event for Prisoners for Peace Day and we will advertise it here.

Edinburgh, Scotland: The Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre will organise Letter Writing to Peace Prisoners on Saturday 6 December from 11am - 3pm
Mainz, Germany: Card-sending evening of DFG-VK Mainz. Join us writing and sending cards to the Prisoners for Peace, with live music, food and drink, films and photos showing peace actions in 2014: Thursday, 4th December 2014, 19 h, B├╝rogemeinschaft, Walpodenstr. 10.
Paris, France: 12 December in Paris, Union Pacifiste de France letter-writing evening
Seoul, Republic of Korea: Card-writing event on 6th of Dec. There will be songs, poems, a short video and letters from prison as well as from here to prison.

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Posted on June 13, 2013
The Nuclear Resister networks the anti-nuclear and anti-war resistance movement while acting as a clearinghouse for information about contemporary nonviolent resistance to war and the nuclear threat. Our emphasis is on support for the women and men jailed for these actions.  This blog is the online companion to the quarterly Nuclear Resister newsletter, a more comprehensive chronicle.
Posted on November 23, 2014

Photo by Anne Dowling
Photo by Anne Dowling
from SOA Watch
November Vigil Concludes with Solemn Funeral Procession to Fort Benning (home of the School of the Americas) & Two More Civil Disobedience Arrests
Mass Mobilization to Shut Down Latin American Security Forces Training School, For-Profit Immigrant Detention Center; Grassroots Mobilizations Connect Struggles against State Violence and Injustice
Columbus, Georgia – 2,500 human rights activists braved the rainstorms on Sunday, November 23 and converged at Fort Benning to call for an end to militarized state violence in the US and abroad. Featured presenters came from Mexico, Colombia, Honduras, Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Venezuela, and the US.
Posted on November 16, 2014
April 2009 action at Creech Air Force Base.  Photo by Jeff Leys.
April 2009 action at Creech Air Force Base. Photo by Jeff Leys.
by Brian Terrell
Political language can be used, George Orwell said in 1946, “to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” In order to justify its global assassination program, the Obama administration has had to stretch words beyond their natural breaking points. For instance, any male 14 years or older found dead in a drone strike zone is a “combatant” unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving him innocent. We are also informed that the constitutional guarantee of “due process” does not imply that the government must precede an execution with a trial. I think the one word most degraded and twisted these days, to the goriest ends, is the word “imminent.”
Posted on October 31, 2014
McGovern leaving the police station
McGovern leaving the police station
from The Dissenter,
by Kevin Gosztola 
Friday, October 31, 2014, 1:04 am
(update below)
Former CIA analyst and activist Ray McGovern was arrested [on October 30] as he attempted to attend an event in New York City featuring former CIA director and retired military general, David Petraeus. He was charged with resisting arrest, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
At 92nd Street Y, which describes itself as a “world-class cultural and community center,” Petraeus was to appear with John Nagl, who recently wrote a book, Knife Fights about being an army tank commander in the Gulf War of 1991. Neoconservative commentator Max Boot was to join them as well.
Posted on October 30, 2014
photo by Guarionex Delgado
photo by Guarionex Delgado
My Daughter and I Were Arrested Today By Military Police Guarding The World’s Most Hated Weapon
by Mauro Oliveira
It was a familiar and warm exchange of greetings and spirited talk. The small group of activists I was with had called out to the military gate guards with a question concerning the spider web like substance that seemed to be everywhere around the base; on cars, vegetation telephone poles, fences, floating in the air and across the land. Men with sidearms and radios in camo fatigues approached us.
Posted on October 23, 2014
Cape Cod Times/Christine Hochkeppel
Cape Cod Times/Christine Hochkeppel
Medical expert testifies in trial of Pilgrim nuke plant activists
October 23, 2014
PLYMOUTH — It’s not safe to live on Cape Cod, according to an internationally known expert on the medical and environmental dangers of nuclear power.
During the final day of the trespassing trial of four anti-nuclear activists from the Cape, Dr. Helen Caldicott testified that it isn’t simply the potential for a major nuclear meltdown at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station that should have people worried. Cancer-causing chemicals are constantly escaping from the reactor into the air and water, she said.
Posted on October 22, 2014
From left, Jim Hannah, Mark Bartholomew, and Henry Stoever crossing the line at NNSA plant.
From left, Jim Hannah, Mark Bartholomew, and Henry Stoever crossing the line at NNSA plant.
Nuclear resisters go to court in Kansas City
by Jane Stoever
Two folks who crossed a forbidden line, all to say they oppose nuclear weapons, came to Municipal Court in Kansas City, Mo., for a hearing Oct. 21. Mark Bartholomew, of Holy Family Catholic Worker House, pleaded “guilty” of stepping across the line, and Judge Elena Franco sentenced him to 40 hours of community service and two years of probation. Henry Stoever, peace lawyer, pleaded “not guilty,” and Franco will try him for his resistance Friday, Dec. 19, at 1:30 p.m.
Posted on October 13, 2014
Sung-Hee  (third from right) shortly before going to prison, with other members of the Gangjeong International Team
Sung-Hee (third from right) shortly before going to prison, with other members of the Gangjeong International Team
by Sung-Hee Choi
(Sorry for my hurried translation)
I, Sung-Hee Choi, enter 12 days’ prison as of today’s date, October 13, refusing to judicial oppression and enforcement of fines on me. (600,000 KRW, about $600 USD), even though I think that I am no-guilty. It is not because I agree with imprisonment but I intend to expose the coercion of the judicial oppression on the protesters against the Jeju naval base project through my unjust imprisonment.
Posted on October 9, 2014
16035263-standard by Ellen Barfield
A quick but comprehensive trial today in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Maryland for three women who protested drone targeting at the National Security Agency at Ft Meade, Maryland, resulted in acquittal on one charge and conviction but low fines on the other two charges.
Posted on October 8, 2014
Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker speaking with supporters
Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker speaking with supporters
by Kathy Kelly
On October 7, 2014, Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker appeared before Judge Matt Whitworth in Jefferson City, MO, federal court on a charge of criminal trespass to a military facility. The charge was based on their participation , at Whiteman Air Force Base, in a June 1st 2014 rally protesting drone warfare. Kelly and Walker attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to the Base Commander, encouraging him to stop cooperating with any further usage of unmanned aerial vehicles, (drones), for surveillance and attacks.
Posted on October 2, 2014
Australian peace activists inside Swan Island  Military Facility.  Swan Island Peace Convergence Photo
Australian peace activists inside Swan Island Military Facility. Swan Island Peace Convergence Photo
Before dawn on October 2, eight peace activists entered the top secret Swan Island military base near Queenscliff, Australia. The group entered in the early hours of the morning to nonviolently disrupt preparations for the imminent war in Iraq. Four of the activists were discovered, detained and assaulted by SAS soldiers on the base. The treatment of the activists by the SAS bordered on torture.
The experiences of the four were:
- Forcibly stripped naked, handcuffed, struck on the face and choked
– Activists’ clothing were cut off with knives
– Hessian bags were placed over their heads and they were told “welcome to the bag, motherfucker” and asked “do you want to go for a swim” before being dragged naked across the ground
– SAS personnel stood on activists’ heads and backs causing injury and said “If you move we will kick you in the face”
– Dragged and dropped on the ground when they didn’t respond to questions

POLITICAL PRISONERS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE 2014, Google Search, Nov. 29, 2014, first page.
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Document - Iran: “Justice is an alien word”: Ill-treatment of political prisoners ... This briefing concerns an incident that occurred on 17 April 2014 in Evin Prison in .... currently serving an 11-year prison term for his peaceful journalistic activities, ...
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Political Prisoners and Trials: A Worldwide Annotated Bibliography, 1900 Through 1993
Front Cover
McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub, 1995 - Reference - 363 pages
As defined by Amnesty International, a political prisoner is one who is detained because of her or his belief, color, sex, sexuality, ethnic origin, language, or religion, and has not employed or advocated violence. Arranged by country, over 3,500 articles from journals, pamphlets, organizational reports, and books on political prisoners and their trials. Each entry includes a brief, descriptive annotation. Sources were gathered from the OCLC database, bibliographies of standard works in the field (e.g. Totten and Kleg's Human Rights and Harlow's Barred), the Reader's Guide from 1900 through 1991, and the Alternative Press Index.  Introduction pp. 1-25, “Political Trials and Prisoners in the Twentieth Century.”   Pp. 267-305 on US:  The U.S. has imprisoned tens of thousands of its citizens for their beliefs—trade unionists, suffragettes, communists and socialists, conscientious objectors, anti-war demonstrators, civil right protesters, and many more.     For  MORE on political prisoners see OMNI’s newsletters on the subject  (#1 June 18, 2012; #2 Jan. 18, 2013)

Contents Prisoners for Peace Day 2012

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Prisoners for Peace Day Google Search
Contents Prisoners for Peace Day 2013
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