Sunday, August 07, 2011
-- Cynthia McKinney speaking at Atlanta's Church of the Black Madonna about the Libyan War, played last week on Black Agenda Radio.
-- Antiwar.com's Angela Keaton, speaking with Martha Montelongo on Gadfly Radio (here for Angela's segment, here for full episode).
Another Sunday. And we're late again.
First up, we thank all who participated this edition which includes Dallas and the following:
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.
We'll see you next weekend.
Now we're going to crash. We are exhausted.
-- Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess, Ava and C.I.
And as we watched both the silence and the limited response, we found ourselves thinking back to 2008. Specifically to March 7, 2008. That's when the BBC aired their interview with Samantha Power where she confessed that Barack would not be bound to any promise on the Iraq War he made during the campaign, that he'd decide what he'd do after he got into the White House.
And, as we noted in our March 9, 2008 editorial ("Editorial: The Whores of Indymedia"), oh, how the whores of the Beggar Media stayed silent. John Nichols -- true to form -- didn't stay silent, he lied. But they lied or they stayed silent.
And it's repeating. The Nation worked hard to ignore the announced negotiations. This from the magazine that once announced -- on their cover -- that they would support no candidate who didn't call for an end to the Iraq War. Democracy Now! gave it two lines from Amy Goodman (plus a military official being quoted) in a headline. Two lines from the woman who rode the Iraq War into national fame. Tom Hayden had nothing at all to say. And while that's usually something we like from Tom-Tom, he really needed to speak up on the Iraq War.
All the usual suspects played the quiet game as the White House moved to extend the war.
Then there was Matthew Rothschild of The Progressive. As noted in Wednesday's "Iraq snapshot,"
Rothschild was able to blame the Pentagon but he couldn't blame Barack Obama. He couldn't call out Barack. But negotations are not done by the Pentagon. And a decision to extend the war would be Barack's call.
Barack broke his promise and they all pretended to ignore it. Still babying him, still hoping some day soon he'll walk on his own and go potty like a big boy.
All the liars who swore one day they'd hold Barack's feet to the fire proved that "one day" still hadn't arrived for them and never would.
He keeps breaking promises and trashing the left because so many on the left let him get away with it.
Illustration is Isaiah's "Pinocchio Obama."
Contrast that with this fall's prime time schedule. We're counting 97 shows on five networks (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox and NBC). That does not include shows on NBS listed as "Repeats." If you can't even name what show you're airing, we're not counting it. In fall 1951, women were the leads or on 9 prime time TV shows. This fall, they'll be leads in 25 prime time TV shows: 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, Hart of Dixie, Body of Proof, Unforgettable, Ringer, New Girl, Patricia Heaton's The Middle, The New Girl, Revenge, America's Next Top Model, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Up All Night, Free Agents, Charlie's Angels, Bones, Parks and Recreation, Whitney, Nikita, Fringe, Harry's Law, The Good Wife, Pan-Am, Once Upon a Time and Desperate Housewives. While it's true that back then there were 15-minute programs airing (not anymore) and that there is actually less network prime time than there was then, we're still not seeing 25 (and we're being very generous in that count) out of 97 shows as something worth singing about.
And then we thought about the, yes, laughable Emmy Award nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy Series this year. No, we're not just rolling our eyes over Tina Fey who used the live episodes in the past season of 30 Rock to demonstrate she cannot act (cannot even handle blocking) and her performance is created in the editing room. We're also referring to the two Showtime nominees: Edie Falco and Laura Linney.
Now both women are great actresses. But they aren't nominated for comedies. In Nurse Jackie, Falco's dealing with a drug addiction and trying to avoid urine tests at work and, by the way, Showtime's original promotional material described the show as "a medical drama." Laura Linney's starring in The Big C playing a woman with cancer whose doctor's told her this season that the radiation treatments are not working and who has dreams featuring dead people chasing her, offering pithy lines like, "Slow down, sweetie, I can't run that fast I'm dead!"
Premium cable can do comedy (see Curb Your Enthusiasm) but The Big C and Nurse Jackie are not comedies. At best, they're very special episodes of Blossom. It's really not fair to allow Linney and Falco's dramatic turns to compete with comedic actresses. If you're going to do that, just have "Best Actress." But if you're going to have Best Actress in a Drama and Best Actress in a Comedy as categories, start honoring the latter by only including women in comedies.
For I Love Lucy, Lucille Ball won the Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy twice. If she were just starting out with I Love Lucy today, chances are she'd be like Patricia Heaton (The Middle) and Courtney Cox (Cougar Town) -- a worthy nominee who instead got overlooked. And it's also unfair to the three worthy nominees: Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope) and Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly). All three gave amazing comedy performances and now they have to compete with actresses who are scripted with dramatic scenes where they battle cancer and drug addiction and we're supposed to pretend it's a fair playing field?
Now it was bad enough last year when Edie Falco actually won. At the Emmys, there was a WTF buzz. Deservedly so. She should have been nominated . . . for Best Actress in a Drama.
It's interesting, as one sitcom producer noted to us Saturday while we were calling around for reactions for this piece, that the quality of acting doesn't really matter. For example, he thinks Falco's been "spotty" in the second season of her show and can't believe she got a nomination. Linney? "I haven't been so depressed after watching a 'comedy' since The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd." So why the nominations?
Because of the Water Cooler Set. 12 writers, 9 producers all swore it was because of the United States no longer has TV critics, they have a Water Cooler Set that's not interested in what's funny, just in what they hope is 'edgy.' The consensus was that the Water Cooler Set can't judge funny because they're scared to go against the pack. Boo-hoo. Poor little cowards, trying to be edgy and uptown and repeatedly glomming on broadcast network shows that don't last the season because they can't deliver the ratings. But they deliver the buzz and that's what gets the word of mouth going -- especially for those who fill out the ballots for their spouses.
When it's not about the whole industry but about actors deciding on acting (Screen Actors Guild Awards), life gets a lot harder for non-actresses trying to pass for comedic ones (no nomination for Tina Fey) and for dramatic actresses trying to pass for comedic performances (in other words, Linney got no nomination). Edie Falco got nominated.
But she lost.
To Betty White.
In a country that really appreciated what Lucille Ball accomplished -- demonstrating women could be funny and that the country would watch funny women -- Betty White would be the subject of a lot of entertainment pieces right now. But, again, we no longer have TV critics, just the Water Cooler Set. And they can tell you all about Louis CK -- except, of course, what a homophobe he is (using the term "fa**ot" repeatedly on his show was your first tip, your second was his passionate defense of Tracy Morgan's homophobic remarks).
But they can't tell you tht Betty White may have one of the biggest achievements in comedy.
In 1951, Betty White got her first Emmy nomination (national nomination). In 1952, she won a local Emmy the live -- and then local -- Life With Elizabeth (which had started as comedy sketches for KLAC's Hollywood on Television). Life With Elizabeth would go on to be a nationally syndicated sitcom. How long ago was that? Two years after Betty White was first nominated, one year after she won an Emmy, Lucille Ball would win her first Emmy (Best Comedienne).
Not only was Lucy the star, but she had a best friend, Ethel (Vivian Vance). They were a comedy team, one of TV's first female comedy teams. Many have followed including Laverne and Shirley, Christine and Barb, Cybill and Maryann, Mary and Sandra, Nell and Addy, Fran and Val and Mary and Rhoda. But Lucy and Ethel remain the template. Hot In Cleveland expands the comedy team from a duo to a quadruple.
What is so revolutionary about Hot In Cleveland is that no one has to be pretty and sweet. Not even Valerie's character. She gets in the mix, with a glued-on beard one episode, groping a female rock star another, breaking up with her son's girlfriend via text (while posing as her son), and on and on. Valerie being funny isn't an obstacle to overcome, it's the reason she's on the show. And Wendie Malick was hilarious as Nina Van Horn (Just Shoot Me!) that it was painful to watch her on Jake In Progress as the writers did nothing with her character over and over. Big Day offered her even less of a character but she flooded the role and had you believing that the show might take off (it never did). As the one-time soap opera star Victoria Chase, Malick's striking comedy gold in every episode. Jane Leeves will forever be Daphne Moon, the character she played on Fraiser, but we always thought she was allowed to show off her chops better as Blue on Throb ("That's not Carly Simon, it's Mick Jagger!"). Blue was more central to the action and so is Jane's new character Joy who has a love-hate relationship with Betty White's Elka.
And we're back to Betty White. From 1952 to 1955, she did Life With Elizabeth. White had no female co-stars. In the 70s, she found new applause and recognition as Sue Ann on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, following that in the 80s with the female ensemble of The Golden Girls. Now she's in all new female ensemble and still winning laughs and applause. To be a comedy legend, and Betty White is one, means you do things that shock, that stun and that never stop being funny. Lucille Ball understood it and that's why she remains America's beloved Lucy, all these years and years later.
Jim (Con't): Okay, first up, the Libyan War. Most interesting development there?
Mike: I'll go. I think it was, I'm pulling up Friday's snapshot, give me a second. Okay, on the second hour of Friday's Diane Rehm Show, James Kitfield of National Journal said, "People aren't really talking about but I believe it's in September the UN resolution that really okayed this runs out and given that NATO has gone way beyond what it originally said it was going to do which was just to protect people from massacre from the air to bombing command centers and taking out tanks, it's very hard for me to imagine that they get an extension of that [resolution] through the [United Nations] Security Council so that means that there might be a due-by-date on NATO airstrike and power for this and the further complicates it." I did not know the UN resolution ran out next month. To me, that's the biggest development.
Elaine: I'd agree with Mike but note that another important story is Reuters' report that the so-called 'rebels' were supplied with ammunition yesterday by a Qatari plane. The coverage from Al Jazeera has been one-sided and pro 'rebels.' That plane owned by the government of Qatar? Al Jazeera is also owned by the government of Qatar.
Ann: While those are both important points, I think the points we made last Sunday in "How's that Libyan War going?" were the biggest issue because, all last week, throughout the whole week, the death of Abdul Fatah Yunis continued to have an impact.
Kat: I'll jump in and note that Pope Benedict XVI today declared, "My thoughts also go to Libya, where the use of weapons has not resolved the situation. I urge international organisations and those with political and military responsibilities to search again with conviction and resolve a peace plan for the country, through negotiations and a constructive dialogue."
Jim: The Libyan War has not been a popular war with the people of America. You four that answered -- Mike, Elaine, Ann and Kat -- why do you think that is? Kat, let's start with you and go backwards.
Kat: Okay. Why are we at war with Libya? That's never been properly explained. Supposedly it was to protect civilians from a massacre and only for protection. That's not been what's taken place on the ground. NATO has bombed food warehouse and medical care facilities. So that's one reason why it's unpopular.
Ann: Going back to the roots of it, as Kat did, Barack didn't announce it clearly to the American people or to the Congress. He started the war while he wasn't even in the US and he promised it would be over in a couple of weeks. That was back in March.
Mike: Elaine's waiving for me to go. I'll drop back to James Kitfield again. He said that the US didn't take the time to get to know the people they were getting in bed with. Qatar just flew in ammo to the 'rebels,' France has given them money and weapons. They were CIA backed. As the people hear about these issues, they are less and less likely to see the Libyan War in the rosy tones Barack painted it.
Elaine: Picking up with what Mike just spoke of, a lot of that is similar to the Iraq War, CIA backed exiles -- in both wars. There's also the Iraq War, the Afghanistan War and the drone war in Pakistan. Those are ongoing wars that are sending the country spiraling into debt. For Barack to declare the Libyan War when Libya is no threat the United States and when the US cannot afford another war, that guaranteed there would be little support for his illegal war.
Jim: Libya was the big issue in the e-mails. Okay, second biggest topic. On Friday, Barack announced a new program which they predict will cost $120 million for the next two years alone. Apparently discretionary spending has not, in fact, been cut. This program will pay employers who hire veterans. Thoughts on this?
Ruth: We did not have that at the end of WWII. We made sure women were sent home and that freed jobs for the returning but we didn't have that kind of a program that I recall, I was a small child but we never studied in program in school. And that was a prosperous time. This is not a prosperous time. If you want to look at unemployment figures for the American population and so many put the number of unemployed at 30 million, the idea that 2 million are going to be given a break while 28 are not is not in the least bit fair.
Trina: Agreed. I don't have to work now, first time in my life that's the case. Pretend though that it was ten years ago. And the White House tried to do it. We had eight kids living in our home. You want to tell me that every job I go up for I will most likely lose if a veteran applies because the government will pay the company to employ a veteran? I would be furious. My attitude would be, I have eight kids. I don't give a damn about what you did or didn't do overseas. I know damn well you've got education money you can use for college, you've got basic health care being a veteran and I'm not going to waive you through the line and say cut in front of me. I've got eight kids to feed. If you beat for a job, it better because you were more qualified and not because the government bribed the company to hire you.
Stan: I agree completely with Trina and, as C.I. noted in Friday's snapshot, African-Americans have been hard hit by this economy. Barack's done nothing for us. And we're a classification that has faced historical discrimination. And right now, our employment rate is at Jim Crow levels. But Barack's going to rush in and do something for the veterans and nothing for us? He's estimating 2 million veterans will be helped by that. Do you get that?
Betty: I get it, Stan, but I don't understand it. Supposedly we have one million veterans unemployed right now. The drawdowns -- not withdrawals -- in Iraq and Afghanistanin 2011 are, the White House estimates -- going to create another million seeking jobs. That's two million people. They're going to spend -- correct me if I'm wrong, Wally -- $120 million on this program?
Wally: Betty raises a great point. And, Betty, you're right. To gain employment for 2 million veterans the government is going to spend $120 million. Those numbers don't make sense. I'm surprised Republicans aren't ripping Barack apart over this lie. 2 million times 60 gives you $120 million. So the White House's estimate means they only plan to spend sixty dollars for each veteran to be employed? The minimum the government is going to pay an employer for hiring a veteran -- pay in terms of a tax break -- is $2,400. That's the minimum on the sliding scale. With just the minimum, that's only going to cover 50,000. That's the smallest tax break, 2,4000. The numbers don't add up and if this program truly were to help 2 million veterans -- at the lowest amount possible of $2,400 -- the cost would be $4,800,000,000. I didn't realize we had four billion, nearly five, to spend on new programs.
Betty: So, yet again, Barack's getting us into a program and lying about the true cost. So why isn't he being called out on this on either side of the aisle? And then there's also the other issue that Trina and Ruth raised. And to echo Trina's point, I'm a single-mother with three children and no help from their father. If I lose my job, don't you dare tell me that I'm going into interviews with strikes against me because the government is paying employers to hire veterans. Don't you dare. I mean my attitude would be, "Barack, don't make me put my heels on and come down to the White House."
Stan: And this gets to my point. Another lay off's coming at work. Fiscal year starts October 1st. Layoffs will be announced right before it. And supposedly I'm safe for this lay off. But I already have to live in fear of losing my job --
Betty: Because Barack won't do his.
Stan: -- because Barack won't do his, yes. Now I've got to worry that if I do lose my job and have to look for a new one, I'm going to suffer because the White House isn't going to be paying any employers to hire me. The proposal just sews dissension and animosity in the republic. That alone makes it a bad policy.
Trina: And a disadvantage already exists and is only going to get worse. For example, no sooner did Barack make his speech than the Lt. Governor of Maryland, Anthony Brown, issued a statement, "In Maryland, Governor O'Malley and I are working to help veterans find employment, including creating a veterans preference in State hiring and launching the innovative Mil2FedJobs web portal to connect veterans to jobs with the Federal Government. But we must work together at every level to right this wrong." I'm sorry, I'll fight for your right to get all the benefits you were promised when you signed up but this nonsense, I don't support and I won't. The economy is too bad for anyone to be shown a preference. And you didn't defend the country because the US was not under attack from Afghanistan or Iraq so don't give me that s**t. You signed up because you believed in lies or you needed a pay check. But the reality is that we were attacked on 9-11 not by Iraq, not by Afghanistan, not even by the Taliban. We were attacked by al Qaeda -- and most of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. Repeating, if the government tries to slash your benefits, I'll gladly protest that. But I'm not going to support you being given any hiring preference. The whole damn country's suffering. If it's your country too, if you believe in the flag and believe in democracy, stop trying to cut in line ahead of others and grasp that we're all in the same boat together.
Jim: Marcia, Cedric, Ava and C.I. haven't spoken yet. This is a quick roundtable. I'm sure Ava and C.I. will gladly waive speaking time. And Rebecca texted me that she had to leave the roundtable to take care of something with her daughter. If she comes back before the end, we'll gladly make time for her. But we are running out of time so Marica and Cedric do you want to jump in on this.
Marcia: I agree with everything that's been said. But let me grab Trina's last remarks. We have never, in this community, placed the military above any other group in America. That was true long before I started blogging. Look at the pieces on the peace movement -- when the country had one -- repeatedly, this site stated that veterans had a place in the marches and rallies but that they weren't the only ones who did. On the left there's been a desire for some to hide behind the military and on the right there's been an attitude that I won't characterize because I'm not sure I'd be fair. And this has all led to the glorification of the US military. I don't do that. I don't support it.
Cedric: I agree with Marcia. She's completely right. I don't believe in a standing army. I don't believe that anything was accomplished by sending the US military into Iraq or Afghanistan. C.I. had a point a few months back about how she'll say, "I'm sorry you were sent over there." But she opposed to illegal war and she's not going to say, "Thank you for your service." I agree with that completely. I did not ask for these wars. These were illegal wars based on lies. I take no pride in these wars and consider them criminal activities. But we seem bound and determined to say that there are "heroes" in illegal wars. There are no such things. I'll even go further and note that the US didn't win the Iraq War and didn't win the Afghanistan War. The US military hasn't won a war since WWII. So why don't we try getting honest.
Rebecca: And until we do get honest, in the way Cedric's talking about, stop pretending that the billions and trillions spent on war will ever be spent on anything else. As long as this lie of 'success' is used to conceal what is clearly failure, do not expect anyone to speak of cutting the war funds.
Jim: Okay, Rebecca jumped in and joined us just as we were winding down. We have run out of time. This is a rush transcript.
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Robert Altman's 1980 film H.E.A.L.T.H. is a commentary on the nonsensical presidential campaigns and elections. If you ever doubt how good the film was, note that Ronald Reagan pronounced it the worst film he ever saw. Lauren Bacall plays a Reagen-esque figure in the film and that might have gotten Ronnie bent out of shape. Glenda Jackson plays a Jimmy Carter type. Paul Dooley plays a John Anderson type.
Carol Burnett plays Gloria Burbank, arriving at the convention to deliver a message from her employers at the White House and Gloria quickly gets swept away in the campaign of Glenda Jackson leading to the moments where the press asks her questions and she notes that, as a White House employee, she must remain "bi-partisan." Yes, she means impartial. But color Altman psychic, Jimmy Carter would drop out of a debate because independent candidate John Anderson was invited to it. Carter, too, wanted to remain "bi-partisan." (H.E.A.L.T.H. was filmed in 1979.)
She attempts to explain what she likes about Glenda Jackson's campaign but Burbank quickly moves on to challenging Bacall and her credentials, "How do we know she's 83-years-old? For all we know, she could be 33 and have lived hard. We don't know. Right? They tell us that her records were burned in the San Francisco fire. Well, let's go find that fire and let's put it out."
Again, color Altman a psychic.
For example, in 2008, Hillary Clinton was savaged for her eyes welling up. She didn't cry in New Hampshire. She was speaking about issues and how important they were and her eyes welled up. Didn't spill over, no tear ran down her face.
But she was mocked and trashed by Bill Moyers, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Jesse Jackson Jr., Chris Matthews and so, so many more.
And Governor Perry thinks he can run for the GOP nomination in 2012?
Though many are unaware, back when Bully Boy Bush occupied the White House, Perry called a press conference in Austin. The networks and major dailies sent people in for this conference. The belief was that Rick Perry was going to address the rumors swirling around that he was gay. Texas media carried the press conference live. There are hundreds and hundreds of copies of it.
Perry didn't declare himself gay (and may not be) but he visibly weeped while he repeatedly spoke about "the rumors" without ever explaining what the rumors said. He visibly weeped as he insisted that "the rumors" needed to stop and that they were hurting his family.
Does he really think that footage isn't about to come out the second he declares?
Regardless of anything else, the footage proves that he's a big cry baby. He really thinks that won't bite him in the ass?
McKinney Libya Tour now to 19 Cities
Anti-war & Black activists unite against Libya war
A continuing mobilization against the U.S. war on Libya has taken place in cities across the country. Packed, standing room only audiences at major meetings have heard former Congressperson Cynthia McKinney report on her June fact-finding trip to Libya with the Dignity delegation. In every meeting the message rings out: Stop the U.S./NATO bombing of Libya.
In the coming ten days Cynthia McKinney is scheduled to speak at meetings in Boston on Saturday, August 6, in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 7, in Vancouver on Tuesday, August 9. McKinney will speak at the Millions March in Harlem of August 13 along with Minister Farrakhan and other opponents of war and sanctions on Libya and Zimbabwe. She is scheduled to speak at 2 meeting in North Carolina on Sunday, August 14 hosted by the Black Workers for Justice in Rocky Mount and later at a historic civil rights church in Durham.
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The destructive bombing attacks on Libya by the Pentagon and NATO are highly unpopular in the United States, although you wouldn’t know it from corporate media coverage.
Proof of this can be seen in a speaking tour that has now grown to 19 cities. The tour is coordinated by the International Action Center, in coordination with a broad range of other organizations. It is this unified approach of working with a whole range of other progressive political, religious and community organizations that has defined meetings in every city.
Mass meetings in St Louis MO, Pittsburgh PA, Baltimore MD, Detroit MI and Denver CO are now on the upcoming agenda.
In New York City on July 30 McKinney spoke at historic Riverside Church. An overflow crowd of more than 500 people packed a room that seated more than 400.
A link to the NYC Riverside Church meeting is available at: http://www.ustream.tv/
The meeting was well attended by activists from various anti-war organizations. It also attracted an equal number of community organizers and leaders from nearby Harlem.
When she was in Congress, McKinney represented a largely African-American district in Georgia. She and other speakers characterized the attack on Libya as a “racist war” that is part of an imperialist strategy to recolonize Africa.
In her talk, McKinney put the war against Libya in the context of the continuing brutality in the U.S. against people of color, despite the election of a Black president. She called out the names of half a dozen innocent young Black men who have recently been gunned down by police, from San Francisco to New York.
Sharing the podium with McKinney were prominent fighters for justice in the New York metropolitan area, including Larry Hamm of the People’s Organization for Progress and Saleem Muhammad Aktar of the Muslim American Alliance and Muslim American Taskforce.
Minister Akbar Muhammed, International Representative of the Nation of Islam, who visited Libya numerous times, stressed at the New York meeting and at previous meetings, the importance of the developing alliance among African-American forces, the anti-imperialist left and Muslims in opposing U.S. aggression in Africa and the Middle East.
Ramsey Clark who spoke at several meetings, including NYC and Atlanta, stressed the responsibility of anti-war forces in the United States to stand up against the Pentagon and the corporate-military-industrial complex, especially at a time when the public treasury is being looted to pay for ever more frequent and costly aggression against poor countries.
Sara Flounders of the International Action Center the coordinator of the tour, now to 19 cities, focused in her talks on the role of corporate media and government propaganda to demonization the Libyan government and justify war crimes and massive destruction. It is an effort to create a racist Pentagon lynch mob mentality to recolonize Africa. It must be resisted.
Khalifa Elderbak, a young Libyan studying in the U.S., told the New York City and Northampton MA audiences he was astounded by the media lies about what was happening in his country. He described how, seeing on the news that the Gadhafi government of Libya had bombed his hometown, he called dozens of relatives and friends back home, only to be told that the story was totally false. But days later it was all too true that NATO jets were bombing his hometown. Khalifa Elderbak will also speak in Boston on August 6.
The New York program also featured speakers who raised issues of unemployment, hunger and homelessness, which are endemic in communities of color. High school student Dinae Anderson spoke eloquently about the hunger already gripping poor areas. She informed about a campaign in New York to restore and expand food stamps under the slogan “Feed the hungry, not the Pentagon.”
Johnnie Stevens, speaking for Workers World Party, got a warm response as he urged participation in an Aug. 13 protest in Harlem against imperialist intervention in Africa. He then recapitulated decades of deadly U.S. imperialist intervention in Africa, from the assassination of Congo’s independence leader, Patrice Lumumba, to today’s build-up of U.S. forces on the continent. He compared the “rebels” in Libya to the “rebels” in the U.S. Civil War who tried to perpetuate the enslavement of African people.
Glen Ford, of the Black Is Back Coalition, analyzed the role of President Barack Obama in carrying out the program of the financiers and warmongers. He reminded the audience that Obama, even while campaigning on the slogan of change, had said two weeks before his election that he would be a compromiser, and he certainly has kept that promise.
Teresa Gutierrez of the May 1 Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights, Rocio Silverio of the IAC and Professor Asha Samad co-chaired the rally, which opened with a welcome from the Rev. Robert B. Coleman of the Riverside Church Prison and Imam Aiyub Abdul Baqi of the Islamic Leadership Council of NY. Rocio Silverio, thanked CUNY student, Sasha Murphy of the ANSWER Coalition for her talk in support of "Libya for Libyans" and "money for education, not the bombing of Libya".
In Newark, N.J. two days earlier, McKinney had spoken to another standing-room-only meeting in Newark at Abyssinian Baptist Church organized by the Peoples Organization for Progress. At the meeting the Newark City Council gave McKinney an award for telling truth to power. Members of the Newark City Council were part of the program along with the New Black Panther Party and representatives of major African American churches in Newark.
Large crowds in Atlanta, other cities
A week earlier, McKinney had spoken before another large crowd of over 500 in Atlanta on Sunday, July 24 at the Shrine of the Black Madonna in her home state. There, too, turnout was massive from the Black community, whose youth are constantly besieged by recruiters for the armed forces — often seen as the only alternative to nonexistent jobs and education for those in the U.S. who suffer racist oppression. The Atlanta meeting was organized by a broad coalition including the World African Diaspora Union (Georgia), the Nation of Islam, All-African Peoples Revolutionary Party (Georgia), the African Community Centers and the International Action Center.
The current tour began in Houston TX on July 7. It included a meeting organized by Veterans for Peace at the annual Peacestock in Hager City City WI and by Women Against Military Madness and Stop FBI Repression and others in Minneapolis MN on July 9. In Albany the Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Women Against War, Veterans for Peace organized a large meeting on July 10. A Meeting in Washington DC was organized by the American Muslim Alliance and American Muslim Taskforce. It was followed by a standing room only meeting on July 14, held at the historic Friends Meeting House in Northampton MA organized by Western Mass IAC and the Northampton Committee to Stop the War in Iraq.
The coalition of forces sponsoring the present tour of 19 cities and earlier six meetings showed that the active anti-war movement, especially those groups affiliated with the United National Antiwar Coalition and the Answer Coalition, had recognized the imperialist, predatory character of a war that the Obama administration claimed was to “protect civilians.”
A Full listing of the current tout is listed below
National-tour, now to 19 cities, organized by International Action Center in coordination with many antiwar and community organizations from July 7 to August 28, 2011.
July 7 Thursday- Houston, TX
July 9 Saturday - Peacestock, Hager City, WI & Minneapolis, MN
July 10, Sunday – Albany, NY,
July 11, Monday –Washington DC,
July 14, Thursday – Northampton MA,
July 24, Sunday –Atlanta, GA
July 28, Thursday – Newark, NJ,
July 30, Saturday – New York City, NY
August 6, Saturday – Boston, MA
August 7, Sunday – Los Angeles, CA
August 9, Tuesday – Vancouver BC, Canada
August 13, Saturday - NYC with Millions March in Harlem
August 14, Sunday - Rocky Mount, and Durham, NC
August 19, Friday – St Louis MO
August 21, Sunday - Pittsburg, PA
August 25, Thursday - Baltimore, MD
August 27, Saturday – Detroit, MI
August 28, Sunday – Denver CO
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July 7, 2011, 7:00 PM
Texas Southern University,
Public Affairs Building, Auditorium 114, Houston, TX
Sponsored by the Black Justice Coalition, the National Black United Front, Houston 2011 Peace Camp, and the Harris County Green Party
Saturday, July 9, 2011 - 12 noon to 5pm
Organized by Veterans for Peace, Chapter 115
Bill Habedank, Executive Director C firstname.lastname@example.org
Peacestock address is N2934 750th St., Hager city WI 54014
Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 7pm
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Ave South Minneapolis, MN
Sponsored by: Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, Twin Cities Peace Campaign and Women Against Military Madness.
Sunday, July 10, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, Channing Hall 405 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY
Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Tom Paine Chapter of Veterans for Peace, Women Against War, Upper Hudson Peace Action, The Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Guilderland Neighbors for Peace. Donation of $10 requested, $5 unemployed and students, no one turned away.
for information: Beth
Monday, July 11 from 5:30 to 8:30pm
LIBYA: Contemplating Long-Term Consequences of the NATO Invasion
At: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,
1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20036.
Sponsored by: American Muslim Alliance, AMA Policy Forum,
National Director,AMA Foundation (AMA-F) Muhammad Salim Akhtar
Thursday, July 14th, 7:00 pm,
The historic Friends Meeting House,
43 Center Street, Suite 202, 2nd floor, Northampton, MA, 01060.
Organized by Western Mass IAC and the Northampton Committee to Stop the War in Iraq. Co-sponsored by: Alliance for Peace and Justice, Pioneer Valley Code Pink and the Pioneer Valley Green/Rainbow Local Party
Contact: Nicholas Camerota, (, or email: email@example.com
/Sun, July 24 at 4:00 p.m.
At the historic Shrine of the Black Madonna Culture Center,
West End Neighborhood
946 Ralph David Abernathy, Atlanta, GA 30310
Donate $ at iacenter.org/africa/
Sponsored by: Africa Ascension, World African Diaspora Union (WADU)-ATL, The Nation of Islam, All African Peoples Revolutionary Party (AAPRP)-ATL, the Religious Heritage of the African World – Pan African Ministers, the African Community Centers, UNIA/ACL, The Georgia Green Party, International Action Center, African Association of Georgia, the New Black Panther Party, The Dignity Delegation, Sankofa United Church of Christ, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), The Shrine of the Black Madonna, First African Church, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, The Congo Coalition…
Thursday, July 28 6:30 pm
Abyssinian Baptist Church
224 West Kinney St, Newark, NJ
Between Broad St & Irving Turner Blvd.
#5 Bus from Newark Penn Station
Organized by POP – Peoples Organization for Progress
(come prepared to contribute)
NEW YORK CITY, NY
JULY 30 • SAT • 5 pm
AT THE RIVERSIDE CHURCH
Assembly Hall, 122nd St & Riverside Dr, NY, NY (Enter at 91 Claremont Ave entrance) Light refreshments served
NYC Program is in coordination with:
The Riverside Church Prison Ministries and Stop the War on Libya Coalition: (List in formation) AMA American Muslim Alliance, American Muslim Task Force, Nation of Islam, Freedom Party, Answer Coalition, Black Is Back Coalition December 12 Movement, The Dignity Delegation, International Action Center.
With support from:
Bail Out the People Movement ,BAYAN-USA, Colia Clark, Green Party Candidate U.S. Senate 2012, December 12 Movement, FIST • Fight Imperialism Stand Together, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC), Haiti Liberté, Harlem Fightback Against War at Home & Abroad, Harlem Tenants Council, Honduras Resistencia USA, International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Jersey City Peace Movement, Manhattan Local of the Green Party, May 1 Workers and Immigrants Rights Coalition, Pakistan USA Freedom Forum, Peoples Organization for Progress, SI • Solidarity Iran, Committee to Stop FBI Repression, UNAC • United National Antiwar Coalition, Washington Heights Counter - Recruitment Group, Workers World Party, World Can’t Wait,
SATURDAY AUGUST 6 - 4 p.m.
St. Katherine Drexel Church, 175 Ruggles St., Roxbury, MA
Cosponsored by International Action Center • Fanmi Lavalas Boston • Boston United National Antiwar Committee • Minister Don Mohammad, Temple 11, Nation of Islam* • Veterans for Peace, Chapter 9, Smedley Butler Brigade • Chelsea Uniting Against the War • Women’s Fightback Network • Bishop Filipe Teixeira, OFSJC, Diocese of St Francis of Assisi, CCA • Steve Gillis, VP, USW 8751 Boston School Bus Union* • Ed Childs, Chief Shop Steward, UNITE-HERE local 26* • N’COBRA (Reparations), Manchester, NH (list in formation)* for id only
LOS ANGELES, CA
SUNDAY, August 7th at 2pm
SEIU Local 721 Auditorium, 500 S Virgil Ave, (At 6th & Virgil) L.A.
Cosponsored by: All African Peoples Revolutionary Party-S, International Action Center, UNIA, BAYAN-USA, ALBA-USA, KPFK Unpaid Staff Union, Black August Organizing Committee, Southern California Immigration Coalition, Latino Caucus of SEIU Local 721,
VANCOUVER BC, CANADA
Tuesday, AUGUST 9 7pm
Vancouver Heritage Hall
3102 Main St., Vancouver, BC, Canada
Organized by Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO) -
Sat. Aug 13 NYC Speaking at the Millions March in Harlem
ROCKY MOUNT, NC
Sunday, August 14 at 3pm
Booker T. Washington Theatre, 170 East Thomas Street, Rocky Mount, NC.
Event sponsored by Black Workers for Justice. In the Name of Humanity, International Action Center, FIST – Fight Imperialism Stand Together.
Sunday, August 14 at 7pm at
St. Joseph's AME Church, 2521 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC
St Louis MO
Friday, August 19
(Details to follow)
Sunday, August 21
(Details to follow)
Thursday, August 25
(Details to follow)
Saturday, August 27 - 4 PM to 7 PM
University of Michigan Detroit Center
Ann Arbor Conference Room, 3662 Woodward Avenue, at M.L King Blvd
Detroit, MI 48201.
Sponsored by: MECAWI - Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, , the National Conference of Black Lawyers Michigan Chapter, the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shut-offs, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Workers World Party, Green Party of Michigan, Detroit Greens, and the Pan-African News Wire.
Sunday, August 28
(Details to follow)