School of Americas Watch (Day 3) | Fort Benning, GA | November 24th, 2013
On Sunday, November 24, thousands walked in a solemn funeral procession and commemorated those who have been killed by SOA/ WHINSEC graduates and U.S. militarization. The procession transitioned into an upbeat celebration of life and resistance, after Oscar Romero’s last sermon was blasted through the stage speaker system, and a banner with our message, and thousands of soap bubbles crossed over the barb-wired fence. The vigil weekend included for the first time a Peoples Movement Assembly (PMA) on Saturday morning. As part of the PMA, hundreds of movement activists gathered in small groups and discussed questions about the role of nonviolent direct action in the context of an increasingly militarized prison system. SOA Watch activists are taking the discussion back to their communities. The questions that we are focusing on are: is there a need to shift to other creative ways of continuing the tradition of direct action? What are your thoughts on nonviolent direct action and prison witness considering both our movement’s history and today’s context? The other main question focused on our grassroots organizing strategies. The conversations continue and we are looking forward to everyone’s input.
The School of the Americas (SOA) is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2001 renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC).
It was initially established in Panama in 1946 however it was expelled from Panama in 1984 under the terms of the Panama Canal Treaty (article iv) and reinforced under the Treaty Concerning the Permanent Neutrality and Operation of the Panama Canal (article v).
Former Panamanian President, Jorge Illueca, stated that the School of the Americas was the “biggest base for destabilization in Latin America.” The SOA have left a trail of blood and suffering in every country where its graduates have returned. For this reason the School of the Americas has been historically dubbed the “School of Assassins”.
School of Americas Watch (Day 2) | Fort Benning, GA | November 23rd, 2013
Thousands gathered on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia. The rally to close the SOA and to resist U.S. militarization was preceded by a People’s Movement Assembly (PMA) at the Columbus Convention Center, where hundreds of people discussed important movement questions, and shared hopes, dreams and strategies for the future of SOA Watch in 20 groups. That night they gathered in the Columbus Convention Center for workshops, panels, trainings, film screenings and a concert.
Since 1946, the SOA has trained over 64,000 Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques, sniper training, commando and psychological warfare, military intelligence and interrogation tactics. These graduates have consistently used their skills to wage a war against their own people. Among those targeted by SOA graduates are educators, union organizers, religious workers, student leaders, and others who work for the rights of the poor. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans have been tortured, raped, assassinated, “disappeared,” massacred, and forced into refugee by those trained at the School of Assassins.
School of Americas Watch (Day 1) | Lumpkin, GA | November 22nd, 2013
Working Poor DC | Washington, DC | November 19th, 2013Working Poor DC (WPDC) provides free food without restriction. We believe that proper nourishment is a human right. With the economic conditions in shambles many families are not able to afford the basic necessities. The recent food stamp cuts have caused a high demand in food bank supplies. By providing food to our communities in need we create an atmosphere of empowerment by respecting peoples individualistic goals and livelihoods. We must remember that poverty is the offshoot of hunger and starvation. WPDC is taking initiative by breaking bread in a safe and productive environment.
Projects/Programs of The Peace House: Working Poor DC | Washington, DC | November 15th, 2013
Working Poor DC (WPDC) provides free food without restriction. We believe that proper nourishment is a human right. With the economic conditions in shambles many families are not able to afford the basic necessities. The recent food stamp cuts have caused a high demand in food bank supplies. By providing food to our communities in need we create an atmosphere of empowerment by respecting peoples individualistic goals and livelihoods. We must remember that poverty is the offshoot of hunger and starvation. WPDC is taking initiative by breaking bread in a safe and productive environment.
DC Free School: Introduction into Logic and Reasoning | Washington DC | November 10th, 2013
The intention of this course series seeks to provide an insight into classical Aristotelian logic in order to strengthen critical reasoning/rhetoric skills amongst the activist community. This course allowed for individuals to better represent themselves and the struggles they support in interviews, and will better allow for participants to hold-their-own in media interviews and in conversation amongst detractors from causes actively supported by Peace House/Affiliates.Each course will be structured into a two-hour block containing two parts: theory and application. The first hour will contain teachings from varying works of antiquity, from Aristotle’s Logic to the Socratic dialogues and orations from Cicero & other distinguished rhetoricians. From here, theoretical knowledge will be applied in addressing/critiquing potent arguments through the history of philosophy, from Descartes Cogito Ergo Sum to Immanuel Kant’s metaphysical theory. The second one-hour block will deal with the application of technique acquired in the aforementioned block. Through consensus, we will decide which topic those in attendance would like to address, and will allow for a demonstration of informal logic and constructive criticism relative to the presentation of said argument (Note: if it is felt that there should be scheduled topics by course attendees, methodology for topic selection is subject to change).-Presentation One: Introduction to Logic/Rhetoric: Presentation One will address one-third of Aristotle’s triangle-of-rhetoric: Logos1) Layman’s Logic vs. Logic as a Math/theoretical science (If everyone has opinions and they’re all equally valid, why does debate exist?) -This section will cover the distinction between logic and Logic, as well as an introduction to the syllogistic form/ overview of the structure of argument. The distinction between Formal and Informal Logic will be made.2) Logic in Practice; a reading of Plato’s Euthyphro.-A group reading of Euthyphro will demonstrate how to address an opponent’s argument on an opponent’s terms. This will further explain the structure of argument and how many disputes remain unresolved due to axiomatic non-concessions.-Follow-Up to Presentation One; Debate using per-determined axioms
Action Against the National Policy Institute | Washington DC | October 26th, 2013
The Whitefish, Montana-based National Policy Institute (NPI), whose efforts include a campaign to make the Republican Party exclusively white, plans to hold their conference on Oct. 26th, 2013. Among its speakers will be retired Sam Dickson of the Council of Conservative Citizens and Tomislav Sunic, a former Croatian diplomat and longtime white supremacist who recently was listed as one of the instructors in the Soldiers of the Cross Training Institute, that took place Aug. 23-29th, 2013 in Harrison, AR and organized by Pastor Thom Robb’s Ku Klux Klan Knights Party.
NPI, a politically-connected white supremacist organization whose leader is calling for the “European world” to adopt eugenics to prevent those like Trayvon Martin friend Rachel Jeantel from becoming humanity’s future, plans to hold a conference for the second time at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade in Washington, DC.
NPI is listed as a hate group via the Southern Poverty Law Center. SPLC stated that “The institute has published two studies: a critique of affirmative action, which the institute opposes; and “Mass Deportation is a Viable Solution to America’s Illegal Immigration Crisis,” written by Edwin Rubenstein. Who happens to be affiliated with VDARE which is an anti-immigration hate organization “dedicated to preserving our historical unity as Americans into the 21st Century.”
ALAIN DE BENOIST is a French philosopher and social and political commentator. In 1968, he established the nationalist think-tank GRECE (“Research and Study Group for European Civilization”) and became one of the leading minds of the European “New Right” (a term Benoist does not wholeheartedly accept). His books include The Problem of Democracy, Beyond Human Rights, On Being a Pagan, as well as studies of Friedrich Nietzsche, Carl Schmitt, and Ernst Jünger.
PIERO SAN GIORGIO is a Swiss author and former businessman and software executive. For the past decade, Giorgio has dedicated himself to studying the global economic system and its dependence on ever-expanding populations, debt, and resource exploitation. His book on the fundamental unsustainable of the system was published in French to wide acclaim in both economic and “identitarian” circles; in September of this year, the English translation will appear, Survive—The Economic Collapse. Survive is both an economic and social analysis as well as a practical manual for successful, sustainable living in the “interesting times” that lie ahead.
TOMISLAV SUNIC is a Croatian-America author, translator, and former professor. He is best known for his history of the “Conservative Revolution” and European “New Right”—Against Democracy and Equality. His other works include Homo Americanus, Postmortem Report (a collection of essays), as well as other volumes in English, Croatian, and French.
RICHARD SPENCER is President of The National Policy Institute and Washington Summit Publishers. He was formerly an Assistant Editor at The American Conservative magazine (2007) and Editor of Taki’s Magazine (Takimag.com) (2008-2009). In 2010, he founded AlternativeRight.com and edited it for its first two years. Currently, he is Editor of Radix Journal, a biannual journal on culture and critical theory, and the host of Vanguard Radio, a weekly podcast.
ROMAN BERNARD is a French journalist and blogger. From 2007 to 2010, he edited Criticus, a widely-read political and cultural blog in France. In 2010 and 2011, he was editor-in-chief of Le Cri du Contribuable, a Paris-based monthly magazine on fiscal and financial issues. Since 2012, he has been involved at the same time with the “Identitarian” movement in Europe and the Alternative Right in America.
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Emergency Action Against The National Policy Institute at Club Quarters Hotel
October 25th, 2013 (Washington DC) - Anti-racists took to the streets of DC with an emergency action. After finding out one of the hotels that the white supremacist group (The National Policy) was staying at they stormed Club Quarters Hotel. They inspected every floor on the hotel. After the police were called they spotted one of the members of NPI, KKK Lawyer Sam Dickson leaving the hotels restaurant and confronted him and his associate.
200 Anti-racist and anti-fascists protestors confronted the KSS on Leif Erikson day | Philadelphia, PA | October 19th, 2013 KSS memorialized the “first European to land in America” because they felt that it justifies their ludicrous claims that the US is a “white nation” belonging only to people of “pure” European Descent.Keystone United, known until 2009 as the Keystone State Skinheads (KSS), is one of the largest and most active single-state racist skinhead crews in the country. While its members attempt to project a mediagenic image of being part of a new breed of more sophisticated and less spasmodically violent skins, the truth is that the group’s members have been convicted of a string of remarkably violent attacks dating back to at least 1998, ranging from bar brawls to murder. Keystone United frequently sponsors white-power picnics and music festivals across Pennsylvania, including the annual “hatecore” event known as “Uprise.”
Aamer Appeal & Tube-feeding of Andrés Thomas Conteris | October 18th, 2013 | Washington, DC
Beginning last February, more than 100 men at Guantánamo engaged in a hunger strike to protest their indefinite detention. To try to break the protest, the US military subjected dozens of the hunger strikers to the cruel and degrading practice of nasogastric force-feeding. On October 18, the Federal Court of Appeals in Washington, DC heard a case, first ruled on in July, seeking an injunction against force-feeding at Guantánamo on the grounds that it violates human rights and the right of religious worship. This case goes to the heart of the evil of the prison, as it argues that the purpose of force-feeding is to sustain an illegal and immoral policy of indefinite detention.Anti-torture groups packed the courtroom to show there support for the attorneys arguing the case and their clients at Guantanamo.Andrés Thomas Conteris — on day 103 of a water-only fast — will undergoed a nasal tube feeding in solidarity with the men at Guantánamo and to dramatize the cruelty of force-feeding. Conteris, who has lost 57 pounds, has undergone nasogastric feedings at the White House, in Oakland, California, and at US embassies in Uruguay and Argentina. Conteris, age 52, began his fast at the height of the Guantánamo hunger strike July 8, when thousands of US prisoners began hunger striking to protest the use of extended solitary confinement at Pelican Bay and other prisons.Seventeen men remain on hunger strike at Guantánamo, with sixteen force-fed. Senators Dianne Feinstein and John McCain, the American Medical Association, and the United Nations have all denounced force-feeding. Prompted by the hunger strike and the global outcry against Guantánamo, President Obama on May 23, 2013 renewed his pledge to close the prison. Since that time, only two prisoners, both among the 86 long cleared for release by the US government, have been freed.Witness Against TortureClosegitmo.net