Philadelphia: Day of Protest on Ferguson Outrage, November 25, 2014.

"A long day of demonstrations started at City Hall with a march to Temple University, followed by a march to the 9th Police District to free two activists arrested in yesterday’s protest, before a final march through Center City streets ended in Rittenhouse Square."

Photos and report by Joe Piette

We’re in a world now where it’s not enough to be smart. You have to be curious. Curiosity is rare. That level of intelligence is rare. Probably the further up in a business you are, the less intelligent you need to be. At the entry stage, the sieve grows ever tighter and education can only do so much. The truth is we don’t manufacture that many really smart people.

Fullerton, California: Justice for Kelly Thomas protest, January 15, 2014.

"This was a protest supporting Kelly Thomas and fighting against police brutality. 6 officers brutally murdered this unarmed homeless man with one of them saying "we’re going to f*** you up" and kept beating him while he cried out to his dad 39 times and pleaded for them to stop until he went into a coma and died hours later. This is very cruel and inhumane what these men with badges have done to Thomas and gotten away with it. We have to stand against injustice because as Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." One of the most painful horrendous videos I had to watch. 33 minutes of sick corrupt officers killing a homeless man."

Report and photos via Bao-Hanh Tran

New York City Emergency Protest: STOP Obama’s New War on Iraq & Syria!

Friday, Sept 12 - 5pm to 6pm

Times Square, 43rd St & 7th Ave, Manhattan

Alert! Stop Obama’s new war on Iraq AND Syria 

On eve of 9/11 President Obama will announce a new U.S. war of aggression. We must mobilize to oppose this new war for oil and corporate profit. Emergency response actions are urgently needed. 

Obama will lie tonight just like Bush and Colin Powell lied in 2003 and Lyndon Johnson did in 1964. He will tell us how terrible ISIS is, how barbaric. He will announce a new “Coalition of the Willing”. He is using the Big Lie to launch another war. 

But ISIS is not the “reason” the U.S. is going to war. ISIS is the PRETEXT. It is the latest of a string of pretexts from the Maine in 1898 to Vietnam’s Gulf of Tonkin in 1964 to “weapons of mass destruction” in 2003, pretexts/lies to maintain an empire. 

ISIS is barbaric? It is the Pentagon that is barbaric. What are more barbaric than U.S. bombs in Syria and Iraq? U.S. drones wipe out whole wedding parties from Pakistan to Yemen, slaughtering men, women and yes, children. 

It was U.S. war and occupation that killed more than a million Iraqis and destroyed that country. It was U.S. arms that fed Syria’s civil war, killing hundreds of thousands and half-destroying that country. Now Obama wants to destroy the other half. 

ISIS grew from the poison of U.S. wars, arms and the cynical policy of enflaming sectarian divisions. Stop the Pentagon from waging war on the people and the people there will take care of ISIS. Continuing to wage war will arouse a billion people against the U.S. and its war machine. 

The Bush “War on Terror” militarized every police force in the U.S. targeting people of color. The prison population soared. It globalized invasive surveillance and locked thousands in secret detention and solitary confinement. Now Obama promises a new “war on terror” reaching years into the future. We say NO! 

The Climate Change march on Sept 21 must address this new war. It is the worst enemy of the climate and our future. The Pentagon is the greatest polluter on the planet and the greatest purveyor of violence. 

Initiated by:
International Action Center