Monday, October 29, 2012

Julian Assange's Lawyer Updates Us On The State Of The Assange and Bradley Manning Cases

Luke Rudkowsk of ran into and got the chance to talk to Michael Ratner, the President of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Michael currently is the attorney for Julian Assange in the U.S and gave WeAreChange an update on the case.

Friday, October 26, 2012

New York #EnemyOfTheState Teach-in Features High Profile Civil Liberties Journalists and Activists

Today protesters, journalists, activists, legal council and supporters gathered on the steps of the Public Library at Bryant Park in New York City for a teach-in about the state of affairs we find ourselves in as a nation and the ramification of that on individuals like PFC Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the defendants known as the 'Pay Pal 14'.

The teach-in speakers also addressed the work of 'anonymous' and individuals and groups throughout the world who are being persecuted by governments and law enforcement for whistle-blowing about the corruption and criminal behavior of governments.

The teach-in was facilitated by #enemyofthestate and featured Alexa O'Brien, journalist and NDAA lawsuit plaintiff, Chase Madar, author of The Passion of Bradley Manning, attorney and journalist and Stanley Cohen, Attorney and Political Activist.  Here are some highlights of the teach-in captured via live-steaming video. Please excuse the commercial interruptions.

Video features Chase Madar, Stanley Cohen and a performance by the street theater group 'Bradass47'.

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Video features Alexa O'Brien (Her official remarks begins at approximately 17:50)

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Are Voters Today As Manipulated Demoralized And Confused As They Were In 1972?

Chesar Chevez Meets With McGovern During Hunger Strike in May 1972

George MCGovern Died Sunday at the age of 90. 

In 1972 I was 25 years old working as an organizer for a labor union. I appeared on local TV during the presidential campaign in a town hall meeting in Seattle with McGovern and worked on his campaign in Washington State. In many ways McGovern defined what a politician with integrity  acted like and in retrospect history has shown that on almost all the issues he championed he was 100% right on.

Of course all but one state (MA) voted for "I'm not a crook" Nixon, in the 72 election and Nixon eventually was forced to resign in disgrace over Watergate.  
I guess all this proves Americans were as easily manipulated, demoralized and confused then as they apparently are today.