March 2012 Archives

National Day of Protest, March 26
c/o Patricia Jackson, Indybay:

We gathered on the steps of SF's Hall of Justice to send our condolences to the family of Trayvon Martin. Mothers, including Denika Chapman and Mesha Irizarry spoke of loosing their sons to gun violence. We questioned why George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, became a "self-appointed vigilante", followed Trayvon as he walked home form a store, and confronted him with a 9-millimeter handgun. 

On Feb. 26th, in Stanford FL., 911 recorded a murder. We hear shouts for help then a gun shot. Zimmerman who had called 911 earlier to report a "real suspicious" person-Trayvon-was told to cease following him, but kept on.

Zimmerman was taken into custody, released, not arrested, or tested for gun residue, and remained free as of this National Day of protest day, March 26.
Why 60 years after the murder of Emmitt Till are children still gunned down as "suspicious" for lacking a MUNI pass, or judged guilty for the innocence of walking in a neighborhood? 

The parents of Trayvon Martin, and their attorney will deliver 100,000,000 petitions to the city commission of Stanford. More voices are needed; sign the petition

. The Department of Justice has announced that its Civil Rights Division, and the FBI will investigate Trayvon Martin's death. We will continue to stand up and demand justice. 

More photos here
VIDEO from March 21st rally here

"warfare against students"


'Total Information Awareness'


Obama pushes ahead on Keystone XL


Iraq war anniversary



March 19/20 was the 9th anniversary of Shock & Awe; the US invasion of Iraq.  U.S. troops, at least those under the Defense Department, have been moved out. Thousands of private contractors and State Department troops remain. The country was destroyed. Nothing good has come of the invasion and occupation. 

In San FranciscoBay Area Iraq Veterans Against the War, Civilian Soldier Alliance, and American Friends Service Committee presented

EYES WIDE OPEN: the Human Cost of War

City Hall Plaza

481 pairs of Combat Boots, each one representing a California service member who died in Iraq, and civilian shoes to represent the at least 864,531 Iraqi Civilians who have lost their lives.

After reading names of the dead, vets observed one second of silence for each soldier suicide since 9/11, blocking the street in front of City Hall for an hour and 45 minutes.

March 11, 2012 a U.S. Army sergeant methodically killed at least 16 civilians, 9 of them children, in a rural stretch of southern Afghanistan. After murdering these innocents one by one, the soldier set fire to some of the bodies. 



story here


On February 27, several dozen community members involved with Occupy Santa Cruz joined in a solidarity march with occupies across the country protesting repression of the occupy movement and the associated police violence. Photo c/o Alex Darocy

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