The SOAPBOX/Weekend Edition November 21-23, 2014 --
CINDY SHEEHAN'S SOAPBOX
THE STARK REALITY OF POLICE BRUTALITY
With the pending grand jury decision in the Michael Brown murder in Ferguson, MO, The Soapbox is replaying a show we did with four extraordinary people whose lives were devastated and changed when a loved one was murdered by cops.
Learn about their stories, the stories of their loved ones and the inspiring heart-connection they have made to do something that I know is not easy.
None of us asked for "this," let's hear stories that are so difficult to hear, but even harder to tell.
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Christina Arechiga – Sacramento, CA– Prison right activist for over 15 years then changed focus to police brutality when her first cousin Ernest Duenez Jr was murdered by John Moody of the Manteca PD. Now works full time as a private investigator and in the CA Statewide Coalition Against Police Brutality for all families who have been victims of law enforcement corruption and working on changing procedures and laws allowing such corruption.
Rosemary Duenez – Lathrop, CA – a mother and grandmother whose son Ernest Duenez Jr. was murdered by John Moody of the Manteca PD on June 8, 2011 – Ernest 34 yrs old was a father of an 11 month old son at the time, the Duenez family maintains weekly Sunday protests at the Manteca PD and is actively working with the CA Statewide Coalition Against Police Brutality. They fought to have the dash cam video released to them and they in turn released to the public in their fight for justice. Their civil case is currently in the federal courts in Sacramento, Ca and trial will begin in early 2014. The officer was cleared by the DA’s office but the family maintains an ongoing investigation and continues to put pressure on law enforcement to be accountable and file murder charges.
You can view the video here:
Denika Chatman – Vallejo, Ca – mother of Kenneth Harding 19 years of age was murdered on July 16, 2011 by San Francisco Police and then left to bleed out while medical personal was not allowed through police barricade – she moved her family back to California from Seattle to fight for justice for her son and holds monthly feeds for the homeless in the spot that still is stained with the blood of her son. Aka the Kenny Feeds held by the Kenneth Harding Foundation – they have recently been blessed with a new location in a church to continue their work. She is currently in a civil trial.
You can view the video here:
Cephus Johnson aka “uncle bobby”– uncle of Oscar Grant murdered by Johannes Mehserle on a BART platform in Oakland, works nationally to organize and unite families who have been affected by the injustice system, their story is on screens nationwide in the film FRUITVALE STATION – you can read reviews here:
U.S. Broadens Military Mission in Afghanistan Next Year
Nov 22, 2014, 12:45 PM ET By LUIS MARTINEZ Luis Martinez
Soldiers with the U.S. Army's 2nd Battalion patrol on the edge of a village near Pul-e Alam, Afghanistan on March 29, 2014. Scott Olson/Getty Images
President Obama has authorized the military in Afghanistan to continue to target Taliban fighters next year, a move that broadens the scope of the training mission that is to begin in 2015.
The NATO and U.S. combat mission is slated to end at year's end and convert to a training mission for Afghan security forces that is expected to last two more years.
Original plans called for the 9,800 U.S. military trainers who would remain in Afghanistan next year to also have the authority to conduct limited counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Those operations would be conducted by part of the 2,000 Special Operations forces that will remain in Afghanistan next year.
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21 November 2014
Police arrested at least five people late Wednesday evening at a demonstration outside a Ferguson, Missouri police station. The arrests are an escalation of the police crackdown on protesters ahead of an expected grand jury ruling in the coming days on whether or not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August.
The arrests, conducted by police in riot gear, were the first in about a week. One of those arrested was streaming the protest live on the Internet, and he appears to have been deliberately targeted by police. Three of the five people arrested were from Missouri, one was from Wisconsin, and another was from Illinois.
'West has no Idea What a Dictatorship is'--Che Guevara's Daughter to RT
November 20, 2014
The West keeps calling dictators those leaders who are raising cultural, healthcare and educational standards, Che Guevara’s daughter Aleida told RT, adding that her father would certainly give a hand to those changing peoples’ lives for the better.
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November 21, 2014
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Members of Intelligence Committee say White House is stalling release of torture report as high-level disagreement over what American people can know about abuses by CIA reaches boiling point; Transparency advocates tell lawmakers with access to report, 'Just read it into the record.'
"The public has to know about it. They don’t want the public to know about it."
That's what Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) told the Huffington Post on Thursday night regarding continued White House stalling over release of a report that catalogs the internal investigation of CIA torture during the Bush years. The comments followed a close-door meeting between Senate Democrats and Obama administration officials that took place just hours before the president gave a much-anticipated speech on another subject, immigration reform.
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“If you believe in corporate accountability, environmental health and justice, social justice, reproductive justice, human rights and a toxic-free future for all, the Bhopal gas disaster is an issue that should matter to you.”- Reena Shadaan
What does the name “Bhopal” mean to you?
Considered to be the world’s worst industrial disaster, here’s a brief description of the events of Dec. 2-3, 1984, from the Bhopal Medical Appeal: “On the night of Dec. 2nd, 1984, a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, began leaking 40 tons of the deadly gas methyl isocyanate. None of the six safety systems designed to contain such a leak were operational, allowing the gas to spread throughout the city of Bhopal. Half a million people were exposed to the gas and 25,000 have died to date as a result of their exposure. More than 150,000 people still suffer from ailments caused by the accident and the subsequent pollution at the plant site. These ailments include blindness, extreme difficulty in breathing and gynecological disorders.”
November 19, 2014
Legislation is waiting to be passed, but it's not even on the calendar right now. Anyone want to take bets on whether or not Congress will act in the few days they have left to get anything done?
If Congress does not pass legislation that would save the Postal Service from financial collapse before the end of its current session, the future of the country’s mail service will be in the hands of a senator who opposes government unions and thinks the Postal Service should be privatized.
New York Times
By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
NOV. 19, 2014
The day unfolded as a showdown between Mr. Brown, who holds himself out as a force for fiscal restraint, and Janet Napolitano, the president of the university system, who has insisted that only more money from the state can head off the tuition increase. Mr. Brown has countered that if the regents went ahead with the increase, they would get less from Sacramento, not more, and he bolstered his position by appointing two allies this week to vacant seats on the board.
But even as sign-waving protesters tried to block entrances to the building, which led to shoving and jostling as officials tried to make their way in, Ms. Napolitano got her way: Under the plan, undergraduate tuition and fees for California residents would rise from $12,192 a year to as much as $15,560 in 2019-20.
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