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Congressman Farr: Justifying Violence Through Trade

Introduction Below is Congressman Sam Farr's response to constituents who actively appose passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA.) They understand, in spite of Farr's claim, that this bill supports corporate interest not California jobs, safe food, and the environment. Furthermore, his position places him in clear opposition to international, human rights law by legitimizes the … Continue reading Congressman Farr: Justifying Violence Through Trade

Stephen Zunes: Farr Backs Trade Bill Supporting Occupation, Settlements

Monterey Bay-area peace and human rights activists are expressing dismay that Rep. Sam Farr was one of only 28 Democrats to support a trade bill that for the first time formally defines “Israel” as including Palestinian and Syrian territories seized by Israeli forces recognized by the international community as under foreign belligerent occupation. Part of … Continue reading Stephen Zunes: Farr Backs Trade Bill Supporting Occupation, Settlements

Rep McCollum's Letter Asking John Kerry To Make Palestinian Children's Rights A Priority

Last Monday, Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-04) began circulating a "Dear Colleague" letter asking fellow representatives to sign on to her letter to Secretary John Kerry urging him to make the human rights of Palestinian children a priority in the US bilateral relationship with Israel. Her letter cites the March 2013 UNICEF report Children in Israeli … Continue reading Rep McCollum's Letter Asking John Kerry To Make Palestinian Children's Rights A Priority

Palestinian Children In Israeli Military Detention Need You To Raise Your Voice

ACTION ALERT Jewish Voice for Peace Letter to John Kerry Ask your Representative to add their name to Rep. Betty McCullom’s sign-on letter to John Kerry. Find your Representative Sample Letter Language: Dear Representative- As one of your constituents, I am writing to urge you to sign on to Rep. Betty McCollum's letter to Secretary … Continue reading Palestinian Children In Israeli Military Detention Need You To Raise Your Voice

Turn Back The BearCat Congressman Farr: Stop Militarization Of SCPD

Sign the Petition Below Join in asking Congressman Farr to consistently oppose militarization at home as well as abroad. Sign the petition asking him to rescind his request for a Homeland Security grant to purchase a Lencon Bearcat (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck) for the Santa Cruz Police Department. This procurement would be … Continue reading Turn Back The BearCat Congressman Farr: Stop Militarization Of SCPD

AIPAC Gnashing Their Teeth

 "I'm going to address Congress in Washington, not only as the Prime Minister of Israel but also on behalf of the entire Jewish People," declared Netanyahu, at one of the highlights of the intensifying public debate in Israel and the United States. J-Street, the left-wing American Jewish lobby, was quick to respond with a … Continue reading AIPAC Gnashing Their Teeth

The Dahiya Doctrine: Evidence of Israel's Intentional Mass Slaughter In Gaza

BIO Michael Ratner is President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York and Chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin. He is currently a legal adviser to Wikileaks and Julian Assange. He and CCR brought the first case challenging the Guantanamo detentions and continue in their … Continue reading The Dahiya Doctrine: Evidence of Israel's Intentional Mass Slaughter In Gaza

Sam Farr Offers Take On Local, Foreign Violence At Santa Cruz Town Hall

More than 50 people gather to hear local lawmaker SANTA CRUZ Community policing and not the militarization of local police forces is what this country should be moving toward, Rep. Sam Farr told an audience of more than 50 people Thursday evening. Citing Humvees responding to protesters over the police killing of Michael Brown earlier … Continue reading Sam Farr Offers Take On Local, Foreign Violence At Santa Cruz Town Hall

Friends of Israel

The lobbying group AIPAC has consistently fought the Obama Administration on policy. Is it now losing influence? On July 23rd, officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee—the powerful lobbying group known as AIPAC—gathered in a conference room at the Capitol for a closed meeting with a dozen Democratic senators. The agenda of the meeting, … Continue reading Friends of Israel

AIPAC Member Threatens To Sue Code Pink Over Parody Video

AIPAC Video This AIPAC parody video seems to have hit a nerve. An “influential” AIPAC member thinks it was created by the group Code Pink and is threatening litigation. A Code Pink press release says: On February 25th, an AIPAC member called a CODEPINK staffer threatening legal action in response to a controversial video clip … Continue reading AIPAC Member Threatens To Sue Code Pink Over Parody Video