Tag Archives: Military Industrial Complex

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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Give Back The Bearcat – Stop Militarization Of Local Law Enforcement

Military Bearcat on its way to the Santa Cruz Police Department

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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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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Chris Hedges: Defending Our Civil Liberties

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“A culture that does not grasp the vital interplay between morality and power, which mistakes management techniques for wisdom, and fails to understand that the measure of a civilization is its compassion, not its speed or ability to consume, condemns itself to death.” ~ Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion: The end of Literacy and the…more »

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Israel War Profit: Palestine As Experimental Sites For Arms Dealers Backed By Intellectuals.

IDF tanks gather near Gaza Strip in preparation for a possible ground invasion. The Israeli government has authorized drafting 75,000 reservists for the next stages in the military campaign (photo: Actiestills)

War in Israel has become a constant source of profit, with the West Bank and Gaza Strip used as experimental sites for arms dealers backed up by intellectuals. These are the protagonists of ‘The Lab,’ a new film by Yotam Feldman. In its exceptional interviews, the film reveals that the image of the arms dealer…more »

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The University Is Unsustainable

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Photo by ~Bradley Tuesday Jun 10th, 2008 8:49 PM

On June 2nd, the Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) class at UC Santa Cruz hosted an evening entitled “The University is Unsustainable: militarism, nuclearism, corporatism and the UC.” Student researchers Jono and Leah presented on UCSC’s Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) while UCSC alumni Will Parrish and Darwin BondGraham focused on the University of…more »

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Student Denounces University Of California As Part Of Military Industrial Complex

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Dear Community Studies, I want to start off by thanking each of you three wonderful women for all of the work you do. Each of you have inspired me in different ways to continue on my path towards helping make the world a better and more peaceful place. I am disappointed, but also excited, to…more »

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University Of California Rejects Student Call To Divest From Fossil Fuels

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Straying from the precedent set by Stanford and Harvard, university’s board of regents will continue to invest in fossil fuels The University of California voted on Friday to maintain its investments in fossil fuels, frustrating a student-led effort to divest its portfolio in oil, natural gas and coal. UC is among the major college endowments…more »

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Why Is The United Nations Doing Business With G4S, Notorious Prison Supplier?

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees In early September, I accompanied an Iraqi friend to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in Amman, Jordan to help register him officially as a refugee. It was a bittersweet day: my friend had reached safety, but he was now registering as a stateless person. I trusted…more »

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