Former CIA head of clandestine services Jose Rodriguez destroyed tapes evidencing CIA torture in 2005, evidence that a federal judge ordered the agency to turn over. So what happened to him in light of his cover up? A judge demanded he turn over the evidence and it could have potentially been crucial to building a case against Former President Bush but President Obama let him go as free as a bird. Then, yesterday the Washington Post reported that Rodriguez is set to profit off his misdeeds. On April 30, he will be releasing a book about his involvement in the CIA’s torture program and the subsequent cover up. Twitter: twitter.com Facebook: www.facebook.com
Minnesotans to march in Downtown Minneapolis to demand justice for Trayvon Martin and an end to racial profiling in the state of Minnesota What: March and protest to demand Justice for Trayvon Martin and an end to racial profiling, both in the State of Minnesota and nationwide When: Thursday, April 26 at 6 pm Where: Gather
Facilitator: Amanda (from DC) Stack: David Minutes: Greg Time: Bruce Jimmy and Greg read the revised Opening Statement. It is agreed that more work is needed. Anyone interested in joining a ‘revise the opening statement ‘workgroup, please see Greg and David. Karl and Amanda go over hand signals. Bob mentions last Saturday anti-nazi rally in Lexington. Good turnout. David mentions new chant against the Nazi rally members, including, “Sit down Bitch”. Eddie reiterates his love of the new chant. Karl mentions talking to occupy members while there who are very involved in occupy just in other cities. David on Finance says that 3 months has been paid ahead to the Braden center. Unable to contact Robin who still has card to account. Finance workgroup consists of David, Linda and Karl. David in contact with Kendra Clark, Improv for a fundraiser. David on Braden center workgroup. One PC is online? One laptop (David’s) but still need printer cartridges. Karl is still getting network going at Braden. 3 of the 4 PC machines DON’T have wi-fi cards so hardwiring is needed which is a delicate issue since this is a second floor operation. But the idea of a real, working media hub is still the goal. Eddie wants a open house fundraiser at the Braden center. Eddie asked to await open stack session. Tai Chi in Jefferson park, Tuesday morning at 9:15am. Every week. David speaking for Direct Action. Asks about occupying the infield. David feels its a good media idea. Mary concerned about access. John mentions Occupy committed to walk with 350 environmental group at Oaks and Derby. Karl doesn’t see a lot of good from occupying infield at Derby. Not a visibility ‘place’ due to the prtying demographic. Offers counter proposal to contact Lark and PLAN demonstrations against Humana, ALEC and various ‘targets’. Eddie says not either or but both. 30-50 people in infield and working the media is important. Free air time. Doable. Taco suggests a select group with signs. Proposals… Bob suggests GA at Braden center in addition to library GA’s. Mary says bring are own beverages. Amanda asks to clarify actual day(s) suggested. Bob would like to see more branch out Greg doesn’t feel building numbers happens via adding more GA meetings. In fact, history shows the opposite. Karl suggests actions around parks with single person tents and signs and reading material and demonstrate/be visible at differing parks, based on themes relevant to the park community. All day conversation. Could hit each park. Doesn’t foresee police interference. David suggests using the Saturday GA (which is in the park) as a venue for accommodating Karls idea. David likes rotating Wednesday GA between Braden center and Library. Eddie mentions gazebo at Shawnee good for said events. Bob: Day camps would be good exposure, basically endorses Karl’s proposal for Park demonstrations. Bob and Eddie raise voting registration issues at park. Bob’s proposal then is to have bi-weekly park demonstrations at various parks. Saturday’s only. Discussion ensues. Greg supports proposal and would like to keep the issue to vote on simply as support idea or not instead of hashing out every detail of how. How can be worked out once consensus is reached on the question of should we or not. Taco raises transportation issues for those without such. Karl offers rides and also expands idea of planning. REWORDED GA: GA’s every saturday, with demonstrations and GA at various other parks when possible. This is a biweekly goal with times, dates and parks to be announced later. GA at 6th and Jefferson regularly. Proposal passed unanimously. Taco proposes protest signs at Derby be with small, pocket size signs that when united would create a larger sign. Still feels derby action a good idea. Karl likes idea. Greg suggests everyone interested in derby action, see Taco immediately and work out this action. Taco suggests being visible, raise public interest. Dave feels support in city is there. Larry asks about MayDay action. Wants to see occupy involvement. International movement and important. Bob moves to adjourn. Words of encouragement. AMANDA PLEASE STAY!! Meeting ends with laughter and hugs. ? ? ? ?
IFEX’s guide to 3 May, World Press Freedom Day, one of the most important days for honouring free expression. via IFEX – Filed under: English, HumanRights
By spring of each election year, most prospective House candidates have decided whether to jump into the frying pan, and the fundraising race is well under way. The first quarter FEC reports give some clues about how the races are shaping up. Two main factors define the 2012 House campaigns: The huge Republican freshman class (lawmakers are usually most vulnerable in their first re-election bids) and the effect of redistricting/reapportionment after the 2010 census, which scrambled the compositions of many members’ districts — even, in some cases, pitting some lawmakers against each other, as in Tuesday’s primary contest in Pennsylvania between Democratic Reps. Jason Altmire and Mark Critz. Overall, House candidates brought in $570 million between January 1, 2011 and March 30, 2012, up almost 13% from the same time period in 2010. That may not tell us much, though — at this point in 2010, which turned out to be a huge year for House turnover, overall receipts were up only 8 percent. Parsing the money by party is more revealing: The total for the Democrats is down 10.5 percent from 2010, to $231 million, while Republicans have boosted their total 37 percent, to $338 million. Those changes are all about the number of incumbents running in each party; with 62 fewer Democrats and 66 more Republicans seeking reelection, the shift was inevitable.
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Kenneth Roth talks about the role of philanthropy in furthering human rights causes and why India is an important region in this respect.
A 2006 video that describes the work of Human Rights Watch in pressing to bring Charles Taylor to justice. www.hrw.org
Via CardboardRoses : Our eviction from Liberty Plaza on Nov. 15th 2011 has only strengthened our resolve. The winter has passed and we are still on Wall Street. We are occupying the steps of Federal Hall. We have occupied the sidewalks of Wall Street and we promise to continue to challenge the unjust power of Wall Street. Join us this Friday April 27th and invite others.
Protesters have taken to the streets of Bahrain to demand political reforms – and the cancellation of the country’s Grand Prix race. Thousands of protesters took to the streets across Bahrain on Friday to demand political reforms, as the country’s Formula One weekend got underway with drivers hitting the circuit for their practice runs. Some of the protesters flooded part of a major highway that links the capital, Manama, with Bahrain’s F1 track. “We demand democracy,” and “down, down Hamad,” the protesters chanted, in a reference to the country’s king, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Security forces decked out in riot gear moved in with tear gas and stun grenades to stop a group of protesters that tried to move towards a traffic roundabout, which had been a rallying point during an uprising that led to the cancelation of last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix. The Reuters news agency reported that police moved on the crowd after masked youths had pelted them with petrol bombs. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Bahrain’s leadership stands firm However, following the practice session, which took place behind a cordon of security forces, Crown Prince Salman bin Hammad rejected the protesters’ demands that the F1 event be canceled. “For those trying to navigate a way out of this political problem, having the race allows us to build bridges across communities, to get people working together,” the prince said. Security forces were out in high numbers along major routes leading to the racetrack to ensure that the F1 event could go ahead despite the protests, which were organized by some of the country’s Shiite political groups. Sheikh Isa Qassim, a leading opposition Shiite clergyman used his Friday sermon to denounce the government’s decision to go ahead with the event despite the objections of much of the country’s population. “Whether the (F1) race is canceled or not, whether someone supports it or not, the people’s choice is clear,” he said at a mosque in a village north of the capital. “And nothing will deter the people,” he added. pfd/mz (dpa, Reuters, AP)