The Violence Of The Status Quo

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Michael Brown, Ferguson and Tanks Years ago I thought about writing a paper I would call “The Violence of the Status Quo.” I never wrote that paper. Perhaps now is the time—although it would have been appropriate any time in the last 500 years of US history. Michael Brown, yes, and as of August 19…more »

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Politics And Policing Do Not Reflect Santa Cruz Values: Say No To Homeland Security Grant

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Not in Santa Cruz Take Action! Sign On To the Letter Below! Add your signature to this letter requesting Santa Cruz City Council rescind their vote to partner with Homeland Security. The militarization of Santa Cruz, California, like many cities across the nation, is being called into question, as well as the transparency between the…more »

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Sexual Torture: US Policy and Culture

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Today, sexual abuse is not only used in US prisons abroad, but also in its domestic gulags. In many ways, sexualized torture has even become commonplace in pop-culture. Sexual violence is firmly imbedded in US society; its institutions and cultural mechanisms reinforce the appalling concept that sexual torture is acceptable, exciting, even predictable in certain…more »

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Give Back The Bearcat – Stop Militarization Of Local Law Enforcement

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Take Action Today! Sign the petition and stay informed about upcoming local actions to stop escalating militarization of the Santa Cruz Police Department. Letter to City Council To: Santa Cruz City Council On December 9 the Santa Cruz City Council passed a Resolution to accept a Homeland Security Grant in the amount of $251,293 for…more »

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Torture And International Law

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Torture and International Law Chapter II in: Kahn, P., Sacred violence, torture, terror and sovereignty (pp. 42-69). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2008. Paul Kahn is Professor of Law and the Humanities at the Yale Law School and Director of Yale’s Center for International Human Rights, teaching constitutional law and theory, international law,…more »

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Urgent Phone Call: Demand Congressional Investigation of CDC, IDSA and ALDF

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Urgent Action December 1st, 2nd, or 3rd! Help patients with Tick Born Illness, yourself and your families! Please place a call and signing the petition. Find a phone number below that isn’t busy and leave the unified message below…… Representative Chris Gibson’s phone numbers: (voicemail is available in all locations 24×7) Washington DC office (202)…more »

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Calling For A Congressional Investigation Of The CDC, IDSA And ALDF

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Take Action Today! End a Public Health Crisis! Sign the petition to protect yourself and others from being improperly tested, misdiagnosed, and untreated (or under treated)for tick born illness and place a 2-minute call. Petitioning The US House of Representatives and 8 others This petition will be delivered to: United States Senator for Connecticut The…more »

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UN Torture Watchdog Urges US To Crack Down On Police Brutality

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U.N. Committee against Torture The U.N. Committee against Torture urged the United States on Friday to fully investigate and prosecute police brutality and shootings of unarmed black youth and ensure that taser weapons are used sparingly. The panel’s first review of the U.S. record on preventing torture since 2006 followed racially-tinged unrest in cities across…more »

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Reparation Journey In Iraq

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November 4, 2014 “This is community land” says a man herding his cows in this valley. “They have plans” says a farmer about the cement factory being built in this valley. “They are building there, and there, and soon our land will be surrounded. They promised electricity and benefits, but it never came.” “Come, let…more »

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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is NOT A Religious Struggle

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By Don Wagner, Dr. Hatem Bazian, and Rabbi Alissa Wise To end this struggle Israel must end injustice! TAKE ACTION Dear Friends, The violence and tension in Jerusalem have hit a breaking point. Commenters and politicians would have us believe it’s an intractable conflict between religious extremists, but a look behind the headlines makes it…more »

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