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Issue Points for Ald. Munoz's G8/NATO Ordinance

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  • Sheila Rosenthal
    FYI Sheila ... From: Don Washington Date: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 3:25 AM Subject: Issue Points for Ald. Munoz s G8/NATO Ordinance To:
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 13, 2012
    FYI> Sheila

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    From: Don Washington <jorhanbear@...>
    Date: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 3:25 AM
    Subject: Issue Points for Ald. Munoz's G8/NATO Ordinance
    To: midwest-anti-war@...

    Good People,

    Attached are issue points on an Ordinance that Ald. Rick Munoz will be
    introducing within the week. It will outline the following:
    1. Prevent the  CPD/City of Chicago from shutting down cell towers.
    2.  Prevent the  CPD/City of Chicago from selectively or completely
    blocking social media & websites.
    3.  Prevent the  CPD/City of Chicago from selectively blocking
    individuals from accessing internet/social media.
    4.  Prevent the  CPD/City of Chicago from "track-tracing" going
    through confiscated PDA's & phones & computers to locate others to
    subject to selective blocking of internet access.
    5.  Prevent the CPD/City of Chicago from engaging in preventive detention.
    6. Expand credentialing of independent media and citizen media by
    establishing a media committee composed of the reform caucus,  civil
    rights, human rights, social justice organizations and the Mayor's
    office to credential media sources.

    Please read the points and disseminate them as far and as wide as you
    can. The more people expect this coming the better the chance we will
    have of making it happen.

    On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 1:01 AM, <ccawr@...> wrote:
    > Hi everyone,
    > I tried to amalgamate the various edit suggestions as best as I could.  Below is what I came up with.
    > Understand please that not everyone's requests could be accommodated -- the text was already overly long, and so I just did the best that I could.   Also - the text for the poster will have to be probably no more than 1/4 of this.
    > Andy
    > March Against the Wars
    > On the 9th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq
    > Sunday, March 18
    > March in Chicago's leading South Asian neighborhood
    > Assemble 3 PM:  Devon Avenue & Hoyne Street
    > The Obama administration is peddling a myth:  That the wars are over and peace is on the horizon.
    > But the facts tell a different story:
    > ++ U.S. and Israel are threatening war on Iran, recycling many of the lies used to justify the war on Iraq.  With Iraq, George W. Bush claimed the country had "weapons of mass destruction." With Iran, Obama supports crippling sanctions, the same precursor to war that Bush used against Iraq.  He hypocritically threatens war against Iran for its alleged nuclear arms program – while supporting nuclear-armed Israel with billions of dollars in arms each year.
    > ++ Annual drone strikes in Pakistan have tripled since Obama became president, and have expanded to Yemen and Somalia.  At the end of January, Obama said his drone strikes target only "people who are on a list of active terrorists" – as if you can identify who is a "terrorist" from 20,000 feet.  Last year was the fifth year in a row of increased deaths by U.S. drone strikes.
    > ++ The U.S. keeps silent about human rights abuses against minorities in countries that it is allied with, while hypocritically lecturing about human rights abuses by governments it opposes.  In U.S.-allied Pakistan, over 4000 Baluchis have been "disappeared" in the tribal areas of that country by the security services. In U.S.-allied Kuwait, immigrants – the overwhelming majority of the population – have virtually no rights.  In U.S.-allied Saudi Arabia, women have few rights and gays are subject to execution, yet millions of U.S. arms flow there each year.
    > As the Wikileaks revelations of U.S. diplomatic cables showed, the U.S. government, regardless of which party controls it, supports the 1% and opposes the democratic aspirations and self-determination of the 99% in all nations.
    > ++ The U.S.-sponsored Iraq war continues – subcontracted to private military contractors and an unpopular puppet regime instructed by the world's largest embassy and its huge "diplomatic" corps.
    > ++ Obama announced that his "surge" of troops into Afghanistan would end this September, but that would still leave 70,000 U.S. troops there, along with other NATO troops and the forces of a regime which stole the last election and is widely viewed as among the most corrupt on the planet.  Last year was the deadliest year yet for civilians in Afghanistan, up 8% from the year before.
    > ++ Obama continues to sell arms to Gulf dictatorships such as Bahrain (recently invaded by the U.S.-armed Saudi Arabian dictatorship), which stands accused by its own human rights commission of gunning down non-violent protesters and torturing prisoners to death.
    > ++ The U.S. continues to support the military dictatorship in Egypt while hypocritically calling for regime-change in Syria and ignoring reports of systemic torture and pogroms by its new client regime in Libya.
    > ++ Obama continues to arm Israel at a rate higher than any other country in the world, even though it is responsible for systematic human rights abuses including theft of Palestinian land, widespread imprisonment without charge or trial, torture, and refusal to allow refugees to return to their homeland.
    > At a time when social services from mental health services to libraries to public transit are being slashed, the U.S. spends as much on war as the rest of the world combined.  Demand an end to this insanity.  Support our march for peace on the 9th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
    > 3 PM, Sunday March 18
    > Devon Avenue & Hoyne Street
    > For information, email ccawr@...
    > Cosponsored by: Pakistan Fedration of America, Pakhtun Jirga, Pakistan United Parade Committee and the Midwest Anti-War Mobilization

    Is your cause a lost one? You've only to ask and he will rush to
    defend you with wit and audacity, with valor beyond mankind's normal
    capacity. This dreamer whose vigor, whose kindness and whose verity
    are greater than imaginable.
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