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(Photo: A. J. Muste sitting in at the Atomic Energy Commission headquarters with Miriam Levine, left, and Judith Malina, 1963. Photo courtesy National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee.)
"The problem after a war is the victor. He thinks he has just proved that war and violence pay. Who will now teach him a lesson?" ~ A. J. Muste (Chair, FOR National Council, 1926-29; FOR Executive Secretary, 1940-53; in honor of what would have been his 129th birthday)
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Statement on the Killing of Andy Lopez – The Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County
By Susan Lamont, Center Coordinator
“He shouldn't have been carrying that replica of an AK-47.” Sounds just like, “She shouldn't have been wearing that short skirt,” doesn't it? Blame the victim.
“He was just a child!” doesn't factor in that children now shoot and kill.
Maybe this is more complicated than either reaction.
Andy Lopez was growing up in a country that was sending him some very conflicting messages. This is a gun worshipping country. This is a country which believes strongly in violent solutions. The Santa Rosa Police Department encouraged small children to play with real weapons in a local park. The culture assigns god-like status to its law enforcement and military. Capitalism says that we can't infringe on the rights of a company to sell replica “toys.” Parents dress their babies in camo! How can we then turn to a young boy and tell him he's not supposed to be influenced by this culture? You really can't have it both ways.
Submitted by pjcsonoma on Fri, 12/20/2013 - 11:21pm
The Sonoma County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has issued a statement in support of the Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez , listing seven proposals in the wake of the tragic shooting of the 13-year-old.
The ACLU Chapter calls for the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office to take a new approach to community policing, recommends a thorough reassessment of the use of force by law enforcement agencies throughout the county, and demands an immediate independent review of the facts in the fatal shooting of Andy Lopez on Oct. 22 with full public disclosure of the results of all investigations.
Submitted by pjcsonoma on Fri, 12/20/2013 - 11:17pm
Ten years ago we celebrated the 20-year-old friendship of Donald Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein by walking through the Santa Rosa Mall reenacting their handshake. Now it's the 30th anniversary! That's Concetta Pirello, Debra Birkenshaw Harrow, Heidi Fantacone, and April Hurley.
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WASHINGTON — A Federal District Court judge ruled on Monday that the National Security Agency program that is systematically keeping records of all Americans’ phone calls most likely violates the Constitution, and he ordered the government to stop collecting data on two plaintiffs’ personal calls and destroy the records of their calling history.