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Indigenous Peoples Day at Global Justice Center – updated

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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY
South Tucson, AZ
Monday, October 10, 2016

GLOBAL JUSTICE CENTER
BLOCK PARTY BEGINS 10AM to 9PM
225 E. 26 ST. (between 3rd and 4th Avenues)

“Live Art, Music, Dancers and Speakers throughout the day. Featuring hip hop crew Barrio Mindz, art collective Neoglyphix, and various traditional dancers of the Tohono O’odham, Yaqui, and Calpolli traditions.  See tentative schedule below, subject to change.

Come show your support to make this day a holiday celebrating and honoring Indigenous Peoples’ everywhere!”

RSVP via FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1807907432762158/

Carolyn’s note: I hear that Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin will be making an appearance at this event sometime in the afternoon. See our Calendar for more of her activities while in Tucson.

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Egyptian Police Detain, Assault, & Deport Peace Activist Medea Benjamin

Dolores Huerta and Medea Benjamin at the DNC Women's Caucus meeting, 2012.

Dolores Huerta and Medea Benjamin at the DNC Women’s Caucus meeting, 2012.

On route to a women’s conference in Gaza, Code Pink founder and peace activist Medea Benjamin was detained by Egyptian police and held in an airport prison cell for several hours without being charged. During her detention, the petite Benjamin said she was “jumped on” by Egyptian police and “violently handcuffed” resulting in a  fractured my arm, dislocated my shoulder, torn ligaments.

From Democracy Now

Benjamin: … When I gave in my passport, I was taken aside, brought into a separate room, where I was held for seven hours without anybody ever telling me what was wrong. Then I was put into a jail cell in the airport, held overnight. And in the morning, five very scary-looking men came in and wanted to take me away. And I said, “The embassy is coming. The embassy is coming.” They were supposed to have arrived. Instead, they dragged me out, tackled me to the ground, jumped on me, handcuffed my wrists so tight that they started bleeding, and then dislocated my shoulder, and then kept me like that, grabbing my arm. The whole way, I was shouting through the airport, screaming in pain. Then the—I demanded to get medical attention. The Egyptian doctors came and said, “This woman cannot travel. She’s in too much pain. She needs to go to the hospital.” The Egyptian security refused to take me to a hospital and threw me on the plane. Thank God there was an orthopedic surgeon on the plane who gave me another shot and put the arm back in its shoulder. But they were so brutal, and, as I said, Amy, never saying why.

Egypt has deported Benjamin to Turkey, where she is seeking medical treatment. Check out the full story on Democracy Now… here.

Code Pink flash mob: ‘Arms are for hugging’ (video)

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by Pamela Powers Hannley

You've gotten hand it to Code Pink. They're everywhere (1, 2, 3) protesting for peace and an end to corporate domination of our country. Check out the video of their flash mob protest over inauguration weekend after the jump.

 

Medea Benjamin on drone warfare: Aug 2 in Tucson

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by Pamela Powers Hannley

Remote-controlled warfare with flying drones is the United States' new no-muss, no-fuss way to minimize US casualities and maximize remote destruction.

Although around the world the US is using drones to destroy lives and property, here at home, there is increasing concern over the use of drones to spy on US citizens.

Drones are also big business; thousands of jobs nationwide are attached to drone building, drone training, drone research and development, and drone flying.. In recent months, both Tucson and Phoenix have vied for pieces of the drone killing war machine.  As cities and airforce bases compete for drone jobs, activists have been rallying against the killing machines.

To learn more about drones, drone warfare, and how this seemingly remote problem affects your life, come hear author and activist Medea Benjamin at a free event on August 2 at the Main Library downtown.

Benjamin is the co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, founding director of the human rights and social justice group Global Exchange, and author of Drone Warfare, Killing by Remote Control

For background on drone-related activities at Davis Monthan Airforce Base and other bases, check out this document.

More details about Benhamin's talk after the jump.

Here is ther press release from the organizers…

Free Public Educational Forum on Drones

Drones, those unmanned remotely-controlled aerial surveillance devices, are at the center of partisan rancor with Republicans accusing President Obama of using them as an electioneering technique to win favor with voters. Technological advances have sped the development and deployment of drones into public as well as private realms, and the impacts, though far-reaching, have not been adequately explored and publicized.

Tucsonans will have the opportunity to pose questions to Medea Benjamin, an internationally renowned activist who has recently written a book on drone warfare, at a free public educational forum on Thursday, August 2, 2012, 3:30-5:30 pm, at the lower level conference room of the downtown Joel Valdez Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue.

A panel of local media and political personalities will pose questions, their own and those from the audience members, to Medea Benjamin. This non-partisan event is not hosted by any group or organization. Invitations for a representative to serve as a counterpart to Medea were issued to Davis Monthan Air Force Base and Raytheon, but both refused the offer.

This forum is intended to serve as a role model for respectful civic engagement over an issue that is of extreme importance to all of us. It is an attempt to identify objective data that will serve as a foundation for future policy decisions.

Any questions can be directed to Mary DeCamp, mdecamp@q.com.