FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UTAH ASIAN FESTIVAL DISCRIMINATES AGAINST FALUN DAFA DUE TO CHINESE INFLUENCE When Patrice Loung a practitioner of an ancient self-cultivation practice out of China, called Falun Dafa, submitted an application to this years Utah Asian Festival, she foresaw no difficulties. She and other Falun Gong practitioners had been there two years ago, … Continue reading UTAH ASIAN FESTIVAL DISCRIMINATES AGAINST FALUN DAFA DUE TO CHINESE INFLUENCE
Torture on Trial: Ft. Huachuca
The Torture on Trial Protest at Ft. Huachuca in mid-November was held in tandem with the Close the School of the Americas Vigil. Ft. Huachuca, located 70 miles southeast of Tucson, Arizona, houses the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School (USAICS). Ft. Huachuca has a long history of complicity in U.S. crimes of torture. Read … Continue reading Torture on Trial: Ft. Huachuca
Petition to Close the School of the Americas
Sign the petition to our new President Barack Obama on-line. to issue an executive order to Close Down the School of the Americas (renamed the Western Hemisphere Insititute for Security Cooperation). Go to http://www.SOAW.org/petition This petition will be presented to the new president in person following his inauguration.
The Sanctuary of Presente
This poem was created by Kenneth Kennon in Arizona, organizer of the Ft. Huachuca event, sister action to the Close the School of the Americas vigil:The Sanctuary of Presenteby Kenneth KennonThe fence was transformed Once again Into an unseasonable sacred spaceA sanctuary of nonviolence By the power of the spiritFestooned on chain-links and barbed wire … Continue reading The Sanctuary of Presente
On The Seventh Anniversary of 9/11
This came across my email desk from the group Peaceful Tomorrows, a group of families of victims in the World Trade Center Bombings on September 11, 2001, that formed just after that horrific tragedy to turn their grief into action. Here is there message today on teh 7th anniversary of that incident:September 11, 2008 Dear … Continue reading On The Seventh Anniversary of 9/11
Tasers: A Form of Torture?
A man who posted a YouTube video of himself being tasered by a Utah Highway Patrol Officer has generated controversy according to an article in today's Deseret News - mostly due to the comments that people have made in response to it. (NOTE: I personally do not condone the violent commments made in response to … Continue reading Tasers: A Form of Torture?
Cynthia McKinney Seeking Green Party Presidential Nomination
I had the great fortune of seeing Cynthia McKinney speak at the Annual National Meeting of the Green Party of the United States this past summer and then meeting her at the SOA Watch event last weekend. She will be working with me and others here in Utah towards a visit in the spring of … Continue reading Cynthia McKinney Seeking Green Party Presidential Nomination
School of the Americas Watch Event – My Experience
There is so much to tell it's hard to know where to start. The good news is that five Latin American countries are now officially School of the Americas "dropouts" (they will not be sending any more of their military to the SOA for training). The bad news: It's still open and operating. But it's … Continue reading School of the Americas Watch Event – My Experience
I found these articles on Torture in today's news: Accessories to Torture - Editorial, The Nation Uncomfortably Numb to Torture - JoAnn Wypijewski, Los Angeles Times On Torture- Ed Kinane, Common Dreams Terror Suspects Tortured, Claims Amnesty Report - Declan Walsh, The Guardian UK
Utah Religious Community Issues Statement on Torture
Today's Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune have published the statement from the Utah Religious Community disavowing the use of torture by the U.S. The statement urges our legislators to pass H. R. 2863 ("Anti-Torture Provisions" - amendments to the Defense Appropriations Act of 2006). There is one prominent religious community visibly missing from the … Continue reading Utah Religious Community Issues Statement on Torture