Israeli / zionist occupation forces murder Palestinian official Ziad Abu Ein, during olive tree planting

December 10, 2014 On this human rights day Ziad Abu Ein, Palestinian Authority minister and head of the Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, was murdered at a protest and olive-tree planting in Turmusayya village outside Ramallah after being hit, choked and tear-gassed by Israeli occupation forces today.

As we can clearly see here, vicious Israeli/zionist occupation forces train American police in every major city, with the same brutal tactics as used on Palestinians.

It doesn’t even matter that this man was a Palestinian minister that collaborated with the farce of a peace process and system to the extent in which the PA legitimated them. Still, the moment he stood up, even in the most symbolic way, they were quick to murder him as they do with so many other Palestinians. . with complete impunity.

STATEMENT: Murder of Ziad Abu Ein, Palestinian official and former political prisoner, must mean end to security cooperation.

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#ShutItDown #PalestinianLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatter  #JusticeForEricGarner

Bay Area Community’s Declare Decisive Victory Over Apartheid Israel!

October 28, 2014

San Francisco Bay Area Community’s Decisive Victory Over Apartheid Israel

Oakland has made history once again with another BDS victory for Palestine against the Israeli Zim shipping line. This latest round of organizing has been the most momentous and historic. Members of ILWU Local 10 informed Block the Boat organizers that the Zim Beijing which was headed to the Port of Oakland, has been re-routed to Russia to avoid disruptions at the SSA terminal. For the first time ever, an Israeli ship has been completely turned away before reaching its port of destination due to sustained overwhelming community organizing.

The damage to Israel’s credibility can’t be exaggerated–the Zim line, though privately owned, is an Israeli “security asset.” Israel exerts control over the corporation through a “golden share” which it uses to prevent the sale of the company into foreign hands. The Zim line is mandated to be part of Israel’s critical supply chain during protracted military conflicts. The brand and economic impact on Zim has yet to be calculated, but is surely devastating. Goods have been rerouted, and undelivered for months. ILWU workers have honored our pickets and sided with the community against US complicity in Israeli apartheid. Zim has been disrupted and confronted by anti-Zionist protests in Seattle, Tacoma, Los Angeles, Vancouver, New Orleans, New York and Tampa. Ports all over North America are making it clear that Israel can no longer conduct business as usual because Zionism is simply not welcome on our coasts.

Zim‘s Maneuvers

The Zim Beijing, which was scheduled to arrive in Oakland on the morning of Saturday October 25, 2014, instead broke from its heading soon after it reached the north western coast of Mexico on Wednesday, October 22nd, and headed further northwest. Several sources, including Zim’s own online schedule, and port and union authorities confirm that the Beijing’s intended destination was Oakland, but that it changed its itinerary to avoid yet another humiliating defeat. In an article published on 10/26, headlined “Zim Beijing Avoids Oakland” the GulfShip News reported, “The ship was due to call on Saturday, but then delayed its call to today [Sunday]. Reports from Oakland suggest Zim has now decided to cancel the call altogether. Zim has been hit by protests at Oakland in August and September, disrupting its schedules.”

We also tracked the ship via satellite using an online marine tracking service and documented that the ship listed its destination as Oakland just minutes after it left the Panama Canal–the norm for Zim ships on the Asia Pacific line, which stop at either Los Angeles or Oakland before heading to China and Russia. Just days into its 9 day journey from the Canal, however, Zim abruptly removed Oakland from its online schedule, and headed northwest, taking it ever farther from Oakland.

Confronting Global Repression

It is clear that the Zim Beijing diverted course in response to the powerful Block the Boat organizing. In August, Block the Boat organized and inspired a series of historic night and day pickets, which with the support of ILWU workers, prevented the Zim Piraeus from unloading for 4 days, and eventually forced the ship to leave before even a fraction of its cargo could be unloaded. In September, Zim faced another set of pickets that forced the Zim Shanghai to offload in Los Angeles, rather than its intended Oakland destination. The Block the Boat coalition along with the broader Bay Area community has made it clear that we can determine what takes place in our towns. And business with the racist, exclusionary, Zionist state of Israel, which works alongside local and federal law enforcement to repress our communities, will not go unchallenged.

Activists remained focused throughout Zim’s obfuscations, organizing for a large turnout to picket the Beijing whenever it would arrive–Saturday, Sunday, or any day of the coming week. Given the convoluted maneuvers Zim used in August, in which it left the port under the cover of an Israeli consulate press release, only to return to another terminal less than an hour later, organizers now know to be thorough and patient. After tracking the Zim Beijing for several days, Block the Boat prepared for a week of possible pickets by staging a late day march of hundreds on Sunday to the Port of Oakland to show the strength and focus of this movement. It was a warning to Zim to keep going as it reached the 1000-mile mark from Oakland and a promise that the gates would be lined again with unstoppable anti-Zionist picketers if it returned.

As the Beijing sails beyond the horizon, it still bears the destination of Oakland, though it is over 1200 miles away from San Francisco Bay at the time of this statement. Our efforts have paid off; Zim Beijing does not appear to be turning around. Even if it did reverse course and head back to Oakland at this point, it would be a week late, and it would find us once again, prepared to stop it at the port.

BDS Victory

We are declaring a historic victory in our effort to block the Beijing. It is very likely that Zim has been completely prevented from doing any future business at the Port of Oakland. Only time will tell if Zim’s changes to its schedule reflect the real re-routing of its ships, or simply just another ruse to fool opponents of Israeli apartheid. Obviously, here in Oakland, we are ready for Zim’s return any time. Together with our brothers and sisters from Ferguson to Palestine, we are fighting back against state violence and apartheid and we are prepared to bring it down brick by brick, wall by wall, port by port.

Community organizing.

The damage to Israel’s credibility can’t be exaggerated–the Zim line, though privately owned, is an Israeli “security asset.” Israel exerts control over the corporation through a “golden share” which it uses to prevent the sale of the company into foreign hands. The Zim line is mandated to be part of Israel’s critical supply chain during protracted military conflicts. The brand and economic impact on Zim has yet to be calculated, but is surely devastating. Goods have been rerouted, and undelivered for months. ILWU workers have honored our pickets and sided with the community against US complicity in Israeli apartheid. Zim has been disrupted and confronted by anti-Zionist protests in Seattle, Tacoma, Los Angeles, Vancouver, New Orleans, New York and Tampa. Ports all over North America are making it clear that Israel can no longer conduct business as usual because Zionism is simply not welcome on our coasts.

Zim‘s Maneuvers

The Zim Beijing, which was scheduled to arrive in Oakland on the morning of Saturday October 25, 2014, instead broke from its heading soon after it reached the north western coast of Mexico on Wednesday, October 22nd, and headed further northwest. Several sources, including Zim’s own online schedule, and port and union authorities confirm that the Beijing’s intended destination was Oakland, but that it changed its itinerary to avoid yet another humiliating defeat. In an article published on 10/26, headlined “Zim Beijing Avoids Oakland” the GulfShip News reported, “The ship was due to call on Saturday, but then delayed its call to today [Sunday]. Reports from Oakland suggest Zim has now decided to cancel the call altogether. Zim has been hit by protests at Oakland in August and September, disrupting its schedules.”

We also tracked the ship via satellite using an online marine tracking service and documented that the ship listed its destination as Oakland just minutes after it left the Panama Canal–the norm for Zim ships on the Asia Pacific line, which stop at either Los Angeles or Oakland before heading to China and Russia. Just days into its 9 day journey from the Canal, however, Zim abruptly removed Oakland from its online schedule, and headed northwest, taking it ever farther from Oakland.

Confronting Global Repression

It is clear that the Zim Beijing diverted course in response to the powerful Block the Boat organizing. In August, Block the Boat organized and inspired a series of historic night and day pickets, which with the support of ILWU workers, prevented the Zim Piraeus from unloading for 4 days, and eventually forced the ship to leave before even a fraction of its cargo could be unloaded. In September, Zim faced another set of pickets that forced the Zim Shanghai to offload in Los Angeles, rather than its intended Oakland destination. The Block the Boat coalition along with the broader Bay Area community has made it clear that we can determine what takes place in our towns. And business with the racist, exclusionary, Zionist state of Israel, which works alongside local and federal law enforcement to repress our communities, will not go unchallenged.

Activists remained focused throughout Zim’s obfuscations, organizing for a large turnout to picket the Beijing whenever it would arrive–Saturday, Sunday, or any day of the coming week. Given the convoluted maneuvers Zim used in August, in which it left the port under the cover of an Israeli consulate press release, only to return to another terminal less than an hour later, organizers now know to be thorough and patient. After tracking the Zim Beijing for several days, Block the Boat prepared for a week of possible pickets by staging a late day march of hundreds on Sunday to the Port of Oakland to show the strength and focus of this movement. It was a warning to Zim to keep going as it reached the 1000-mile mark from Oakland and a promise that the gates would be lined again with unstoppable anti-Zionist picketers if it returned.

As the Beijing sails beyond the horizon, it still bears the destination of Oakland, though it is over 1200 miles away from San Francisco Bay at the time of this statement. Our efforts have paid off; Zim Beijing does not appear to be turning around. Even if it did reverse course and head back to Oakland at this point, it would be a week late, and it would find us once again, prepared to stop it at the port.

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DANCING IS NOT A CRIME: JUSTICE FOR NUBIA!!!

Nubia Bowe, a 19-yr old Oakland resident and two of her friends were arrested and assaulted by BART police officers and Santa Rita guards after being FALSELY accused for… get this…alledgedly DANCING ON BART!!

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This case represents another example of racial profiling by BART police,” said civil-rights Attorney Dan Siegel, who represents Bowe. “Although the end isn’t as tragic, its similar to the Oscar Grant case. Some person made a complaint about dancing on BART, Nubia and her friends were not the people dancing, and yet, she still faces two sets of charges for allegedly fighting with police and resisting arrest.”

“She will forever have to deal with the trauma of her experiences,” said Carroll Fife, Bowe’s godmother. “We want justice for Nubia and those young men who were arrested. The district attorney is pressing for jail time, so we have to get prepared for a long fight with help from the community to get the word out.”

She now faces jail time for felony & misdemeanor charges. Her family has started a campaign called One Shot Away Coalition to highlight the fact that people of color are all one shot away from incarceration and/or death. PLEASE SHARE HER STORY! We can not afford to let this keep happening to our young people! Stay tuned for more updates on Nubia’s horrific experience with the criminal injustice system from BOP!

TAKE ACTION, BOYCOTT STARBUCKS! OCCUPATION PROFITEERS

Earlier this year, groups working for Palestinian rights globally celebrated following the announcement that shares of SodaStream, whose main production factory is located in an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank fell by 25%.

But today, SodaStream shares are up by 14%, following a report that the company may be a buyout target of coffee giant Starbucks.

An Israeli news site, said SodaStream is discussing selling a 10% stake to Starbucks. Starbucks spokeswoman Lisa Passe says the company doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation. However, the leaked report alone was enough to lift Soda shares from $5.66 to $46.09 in trading volume nearly triple daily average.


Send a message directly to Howard Schultz via e-mail, telephone, or physical mailing address using the information below.

Email Contact Information for CEO Howard Schultz: Howard.Schultz@starbucks.com & info@starbucks.com

Telephone Number to Use to Talk to Howard Schultz:

206-447-1575

Number to Use to Send a Fax to CEO Howard Schultz:

206-682-757

Physical Address to Send Mail Directly to Howard Schultz:

Starbucks Coffee Company

2401 Utah Avenue South 

Seattle, WA 98134-1436
USA

National Day of Action against Fusion Centers

Bay Area and LA event information below about three California protests on Thursday April 10, the National Day of Action Against Fusion Centers! -Art Persyko

SHUT DOWN THE SPY CENTERS
National Day of Action against Fusion Centers

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April 10th is the National Day of Action against Fusion Centers. Protests, rallies, and teach-ins will take place in cities all over the country to draw attention to the spy centers in our midst. Fusion Centers facilitate the gathering, storing, and sharing of intelligence data that bares our lives and violate our basic human rights to privacy and civil liberties. There are an estimated 85 fusion centers all over the United States.

There will be two Bay Area events:

Press Conference at NCRIC Fusion Center in San Francisco

11:00am – Thursday, April 10
Northern California Regional Intelligence Center
450 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Oakland Press Conference / Rally at City Hall

6:00pm – Thursday, April 10
Oakland City Hall
14th & Broadway
Oakland, CA
And please see below for additional information about tomorrow’s protest in LA (with suggestions for actions that anyone who lives in California can take) from a forwarded message from the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition:

National Day of Action Against Fusion Centers -

Boston- Charlotte- – Dallas- Los Angeles- Oakland*- San Francisco*- Washington D.C.
Today April 10th, community members across the nation will be gathering to protest and expose Mega-Spy Centers that are infiltrating our communities. These Mega Spy Centers a.k.a Fusion Centers collect and store information supplied by various law enforcement agencies and share this information to local, state and federal agency including private contractors. There are approximately 85 fusion centers in the U.S. -the Norwalk, CA Fusion Center is one of the largest in the country -known as Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC). On March 11, 2014 the New York Times revealed that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) approved the sharing of raw NSA data with the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the agency oversees that programs like fusion centers. NSA spying has come home to roost; through fusion centers, local police may have access, without a warrant, to all the data the NSA has on you.

We will be live streaming, check it out here:

Live STREAM 1

Live STREAM 2

CALL, FACEBOOK, EMAIL, TWEET now to demand all Fusion Centers be de-funded, shutdown, and all secret files released!

VIA PHONE
Governor Jerry Brown at (916) 445-2841
CA Controller John Chiang at (916) 445-2636
CA Assembly Public Safety Chair Tom Ammiano at (916) 319-2017
CA Senate Public Safety Chair Loni Hancock at (916) 651-4009

It looks to me like sport hunting: the killing of 14 year old Yusef a-Shawamreh

[The following article is an unpublished op ed by Mondoweiss editor-at-large Annie Robbins.]

It looks to me like sport hunting: the killing of 14 year old Yusef a-Shawamreh
unpublished op ed Annie Robbins on April 6, 2014

A lot has been written about the killing of 14 year old Yusef Shawamreh. Investigations have taken place. Some people have called the manner of his death a war crime, a term wielded against Israel so often, and nary one impending retribution, the term has become almost meaningless. But to me, Shawamreh’s killing looks like another hunting incident. Under different circumstances, more commonly known as sport hunting.

Let’s begin with the photo of “a small boy, blue-eyed”, next to a fence on his father’s land. He is on one of his many plant-foraging excursions. “It was taken a few days before his death at the very spot at which he was killed.”

To arrive at the spot in which he was killed, the boy follows a descending dirt trail. The boy has followed the trail innumerable times, daily during the plant-picking season.

How Sport Hunting Works:
To be truly successful, a hunter studies its prey and learns its behaviors, habits and tracks. Off in the distance the soldiers, camouflaged, watched the boy and his friends. Two days before, other boys were beaten by police in this very same spot for traversing the very same area.

It was nothing personal:

The trio walked the same trail we did this week, alongside olive trees, wheat fields and a peach grove. The soldiers spotted them from a long way off; the whole area is exposed. It is also rife with security cameras. But the soldiers waited until the three went through the barriers and started to walk toward the field on the other side, which belongs to the dead boy’s family. Then they started shooting – using live ammunition, it must be emphasized.

Yusef ran for his life. A bullet struck him in the back of the thigh as he tried to get over the safety railing. He collapsed, bleeding badly.

The boy bled to death.

photo: Hazem Bader/AFP/Getty Images

Relatives of Palestinian teenager Yussef Shawamreh mourn outside his house in the West Bank village of Deir al-Asal, 15 kilometres from Hebron on March 19, 2014 after he was shot by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials and the Israeli military said. Witnesses said the victim had been foraging for local plants when he was shot.

How Sport Hunting Works

As hunting is no longer a necessary means for survival, its presence in our society is under scrutiny. While some want to maintain the time-honored tradition, others want to see a pastime they feel is unfair restricted by law. Hunting has evolved into a sport and gained a fan base and an opposition. Those who enjoy the sport can find its positive attributes, but anti-hunting organizations see it as cruel treatment of animals.

….Whether you’re for or against sport hunting, it seems that a consensus won’t be reached anytime soon.

The mentality of the hunter and his fan base:

“This is mine, I am the law here, I am the sovereign.”

McRobbed On the Job!!! #FightFor15

Yesterday I had the privilege of driving these workers around to support this action, and their important campaign for $15 and a union, and against wage theft.

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They are easily the hardest working people I’ve ever met, yet get paid minimum wage to serve people all day and get treated like shit by their bosses.

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As if that’s not bad enough, while the fast food industry is one of the most profitable in the U.S. and their execs are raking in millions, the criminals in charge have the nerve to systemically practice stealing these workers money, by not paying them for all their time worked.

In the past, McDonald’s has tried to shield itself from liability,” said Joseph Sellers, one of the attorneys bringing suit. But “we found evidence that McDonald’s has indeed exerted control over the daily operations” of the franchised stores that “makes it legally jointly responsible” for the alleged crimes.”

In exactly the same manner that “our” officials say there is NO money for social services and programs, meanwhile they have endless money for war and occupation – corporations have plenty of money to pay their employees a living wage – they simply choose not to. The only chance we stand is if we continue to stand up, and support and build the labor / movement in stregth and power, and fight back to demand our rights!

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#SupportTheWorkers #FightFor15 #WageTheft #RobbedOnTheJob #BoycottFastFood