Nonviolent Resistance Acts
Hancock 17 Drone War Crimes Resisters Released from Jail February 14
They say that any penalty the court imposes is trivial compared to the death sentences imposed on drone victims
In a week in which the National Security Administration’s role in the assassinations of drone victims was revealed, Pakistani anti-drone activist Kareem Khan was freed after being abducted from his home, and President Obama is considering a drone strike on yet another U.S. citizen, the twelve sentenced members of the Hancock 17 Drone War Crime Resisters were released from the “Justice” Center Jail in Syracuse, NY on Friday, February 14.
Kareem Khan is free!
You can add your voice to the call to free Kareem Khan by signing this petition, which will be hand-delivered to Pakistani and US government officials. Take further action by calling the Pakistani embassy in Washington, DC at (202) 243-6500 and the Pakistan desk at the State Department at (202) 647-9823.
The 4 were sentenced to 10 hours of Community Service and a $10 fee
Judge Claire warns of harsher consequences next time due to “ban & bar” orders served to them at the time of arrest.
Barry,Toby, Martha, Robin and Bill: the original “Wheatland 5” on April 30, 2013, the morning of their arrest
The defendants were prepared for whatever sentence the judge imposed. In the words of Ed Kinane, “Any penalty this court can impose on me is trivial compared to the death sentences imposed on the drone victims.”
Dr. King in Dari
This month, from Atlanta, GA, the King Center announced its “Choose Nonviolence” campaign, a call on people to incorporate the symbolism of bell-ringing into their Martin Luther King Holiday observance, as a means of showing their commitment to Dr. King’s value of nonviolence in resolving terrible issues of inequality, discrimination and poverty here at home. The call was heard in Kabul, Afghanistan.
On the same day they learned of the King Center’s call, the young members of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, in a home I was sharing with them in Kabul, were grieving the fresh news of seven Afghan children and their mother, killed in the night during a U.S. aerial attack - part of a battle in the Siahgird district of the Parwan province. The outrage, grief, loss and pain felt in Siahgird were echoed, horribly, in other parts of Afghanistan during a very violent week.
In general, any kind of assertion that, that the election would be, certainly free and fair is a little bit naïve. I think that you’re going to have a certain amount of fraud no matter what, and this has, this has kind of been a pattern in many countries that, where the oligarchy has held power for, for a very long time. So you have people who have been in struggles for many years, who for, for instance, have been trying to stop mining companies from taking over their land without their consent, from using open-pit mining methods, which contaminate the water with arsenic, like communities that have lived on the coast for several hundred years and now are being pushed out by multinational tourism companies, who want to create such an entity as a “model city”, which is essentially sovereign, outside of Honduran authority yet part of Honduran land. These people would say, you know, they expect the election to have some level of fraud, just because these interests are very entrenched, and they’re going to try to influence any kind of election result that could make it harder for them to continue the status quo.
“Through these gates pass America’s finest warriors”: Megan in light blue, crossing the line into Creech AFB
“On some positions, cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ And vanity comes along and asks, ‘Is it popular?’ But conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’” she wrote.
“And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but one must do it because conscience tells one it is right.”
Dear friends on Jeju Island : Sung Hee, Paco, Silver, Sister Stella, Dr Park and many others at Gangjeong Village,
I lived in a gorgeous agricultural village in Bamiyan Province of Afghanistan for seven years and like yourselves on Jeju Island in South Korea, every morning, I woke up to a window scene of ‘heaven’.
No eyes would believe that wars had brought ‘hell’ to occupy this land.
My window scene in Bamiyan
by Hakim and the Afghan Peace Volunteers
On the 22nd of October, 2013, the Afghan Peace Volunteers ( APVs ) in Kabul, Afghanistan, had a Skype conversation with peace activists at Gangjeong Village on Jeju Island, South Korea, during which they shared solidarity in saying ‘No!’ to the U.S. war apparatus in Afghanistan and South Korea.
Save Jeju Now: resisting the construction of a U.S. military naval base
They represent the ‘small people’ of the world, ordinary Afghans who are opposed to the establishment of nine U.S. military bases in Afghanistan through the Bilateral Security Agreement currently being negotiated, and ordinary South Koreans opposed to the construction of a Korea/U.S. naval base on Jeju Island…