Peter Staley, hanging an Act Up banner at the Food and Drug Administration headquarters in Rockville, Md., in 1988.
Silence = Death
Masked guerillero reads magazine. Chiapas, Mexico, 1994.
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- We demand free quality education as a right guaranteed by the US Constitution.
- We demand the dismantling of Bloomberg’s Panel for Educational Policy. We demand a new 13 member community board to run our public schools (comprised of parents, educators, education experts, community members, and a minimum of 5 student representatives).
- We demand quality instruction. Teachers should ethnically, culturally, and racially reflect the student body. We demand experienced teachers who have a history of teaching students well. Teacher training should be intensive and include an apprenticeship with master teachers as well as experiences with the communities where the school is located.
- We demand stronger extra-curricular activities to help stimulate and spark interest in students. Students should have options, opportunities, and choice in their education.
- We demand a healthy, safe environment that does not expect our failure or anticipate our criminality. We demand a school culture that acknowledges our humanity (free of metal detectors, untrained and underpaid security guards, and abusive tactics).
- We demand that all NYC public school communities foster structured and programmatic community building so that students, teachers, and staff learn in an environment that is respectful and safe for all.
- We demand small classes. Class sizes should be humane and productive. We demand that the student to teacher ratio for a mainstream classroom should be no more than 15:1.
- We demand student assessments and evaluations that reflect the variety of ways that we learn and think (portfolio assessments, thesis defenses, anecdotal evaluations, written exams). Student success should not depend solely on high stakes testing.
- We demand a stop to the attack on our schools. If a school is deemed “failing”, we demand a team of qualified and diverse experts to assess how such schools can improve and the resources to improve them.
- We demand fiscal equity for NYC public schools: as stated in the Education Budget and Reform Act of 2007 by the NYS Legislature, NYC public schools have been inadequately and inequitably funded. We demand the legislatively mandated $7 billion dollars in increased annual state education aid to be delivered to our schools now!
— Ernesto “Che” Guevara
— Jeremy Varon. Bringing the War Home: The Weather Underground, the Red Army Faction, and Revolutionary Violence in the Sixties and Seventies (Kindle Locations 437-442). Kindle Edition.
— Jeremy Varon. Bringing the War Home: The Weather Underground, the Red Army Faction, and Revolutionary Violence in the Sixties and Seventies (Kindle Location 332). Kindle Edition.
— SDS, More power than we know.
Here, farmers and their band of globalist shovel-toting supporters are locked into what they see as a life-or-death struggle to resist an illegal land grab.
More than half a million olive trees have been uprooted or destroyed by Israeli civil and military forces in the past 10 years, according to the Palestinian ministry of agriculture, while the fates of hundreds of farming communities are tied to the humble plant - a tree renowned for its symbolism since before the time of Noah. The Palestinians’ largely agricultural economy has traditionally been dependent on its harvest - olive oil, soap, lamp fuel - let alone the fruit itself - as well as the olive wood Nativity carvings sold to tourists in Bethlehem’s old city - they have all been central to the Palestinian economy for hundreds of years.
“When I saw them cutting down the trees I felt as if my heart was being uprooted from between my lungs,” said Izzat Abu Latifa, a farmer from Jab’a, near Bethlehem.
At 7 am on Tuesday, February 22, Abu Latifa got a phone call to tell him that Israeli troops were on his family’s farmland - adjacent to route 367, a road between illegal Israeli settlements - and were taking chainsaws to the trees.
When he arrived at the field that his family had cultivated for the past 40 years, he said he found soldiers had cut down 150 trees and were poisoning the roots.
“I planted every year as many trees as I could manage and now they come to destroy what I have been working on,” he said. “Olive trees are holy; what faith, what religion allows this to happen? How does any human being have the heart to kill trees like this?”
There is a law dating from the Ottoman empire in 1853, says Hilo, which states that any land left uncultivated for three years reverts to state ownership. “This law was introduced to boost tax revenues - because the Ottomans wanted food producers to produce,” Hilo told Al Jazeera.
“But Israel applies the same law and blames the Ottomans in order to confiscate land within the occupied West Bank - except that the land becomes ‘property’ of the state of Israel, not the Ottoman empire.
“Our campaign is to help Palestinian farmers maintain ownership of their property - and once olive trees are planted, it is evidence that the land is being cultivated.”
In the course of her arrest, security forces broke columnist Mona Eltahawy’s left arm and right hand [Photo: Twitter]
The last tweets from Egyptian columnist and activist Mona Eltahawy in the early hours of November 24 paint a scene of escalating chaos.
First, shortly after midnight, Eltahawy, positioned across the street from the American University in Cairo - less than a five minute walk from Tahrir Square - described the confusion in the area [sic]:
Can’t believe it. A cacaphony sirens, horns, flashing ambulance lights.
Then, shortly thereafter, she continued the narrative she’d been weaving via tweets on her Android phone:
Pitch black, only flashing ambulance lights and air thick with gas
But then, Eltahawy went silent for three hours or so. And then, a final tweet, via a phone that was not her own,
Beaten arrested in interior ministry
She sent out a tweet around eight hours later announcing that she had been freed and posting a photo her injured right hand, and almost immediately started issuing a rapid-fire, blistering series of tweets detailing being groped, blindfolded and being “subjected to the worse sexual assault ever”.
Magdy Abdel Hamid, head of the Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement, said that the current crackdowns on journalists, bloggers and even doctors who are treating injuries at Tahrir Square are consequences of “living in the second round of the revolution”.
“The military council are fighting against Egyptian people … they want to send a message for Egyptian people, that we are returning stronger, more tough than in the past,” Abdel Hamid said.
“But on the other side, the Egyptian people answered them - we have more courage and we are ready to stand against you. We will not go back.”
A spokesman for the interior ministry could not be reached for a response.
Eltahawy’s detention - which almost immediately got the #freemona tag on Twitter - has served to further anger activists who want the ruling military council to relinquish power.
After all, she is only one on a long list of bloggers, activists and journalists to be detained in the latest round of protests in Egypt.Blogger Maged Butter, after his release from jail [Photo: Twitter]
Jehane Noujaim, a journalist and filmmaker, called a colleague to say she had been arrested for filming protests in Tahrir Square on Tuesday, while Maher Iskandar, a photographer for the Youm7 newspaper, was shot in leg while documenting clashes in Cairo that started on November 18.
Since then at least 38 protester have been killed and over 3,000 have been injured.
Maged Butter, a blogger who was with Eltahawy on the night she was detained, was also arrested. He has not posted any updates on Twitter.
Photos of Butter, looking bloodied and battered, have been posted by fellow bloggers and activists. One photo shows him with a dazed expression and a gash on his skull, receiving medical help.
Butter was witness to the Maspero killings in October, when clashes between protesters and security forces turned violent, resulting in at least 26 deaths.
Butter Wrote a testimony on a site dedicated to gathering witness reports of that night, describing how people in civilian garb were throwing stones at the protesters and beating them with stick.
Reporters Without Borders and The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) have been collecting information about the steady stream of assaults and arrests targeting journalists in Egypt - 10 at one go around Tahrir Square on Sunday, six more in Alexandria and more.
“People are taking tremendous risks,” Mohamed Abdel Dayem, the Middle East and North Africa programme co-ordinator for CPJ, said of the journalists and bloggers chronicling what is happening on the streets of Egyptian cities.
“The number of deaths of injuries over the past few days attests to that.”
Concerned that the pattern of suppressing free speech will continue in Egypt, Abdel Dayem said the tactics employed by security forces cracking down on journalists have not changed since Hosni Mubarak’s rule.
Even some of the targets, such as blogger Alaa Abdelfatah, who was arrested in 2006 and was arrested again in October and remains incarcerated.
Arresting and mistreating civilians is not an effective tactic, Abdel Dayem said, referring to the tactic of arresting and mistreating civilians and silencing them as a losing ”cat and mouse game with one cat very big, very brutal, very heavy-handed cat and a million mice”.
Furthermore, as with Eltahawy, who started sharing her experience post-haste, in the case of Abdelfattah, who actually managed to write a piece for publication while in prison, it is clear that when activists, bloggers and journalists survive, the first thing they do is document what they witnesses.
Indeed, journalists and citizens in general have not only been emboldened, they have succeeded in expanding the margin for free expression out of the authorities’ grip. And they are not going to give it up easily.
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One of the worst things to happen to Islam is the Islamic revolution in Iran.
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