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STOP the Police State Bill

forwarded by Skinny John | The Senate will vote this week (as early as Tuesday) on two critical measures: The Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act and the Peru Free Trade Agreement. Already passed in the House, both bills will be taken up in the Senate this week and both issues need your attention. Read more below and use the links to take action!
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Battle for New Orleans. HANO to Demolish Public Housing.

NOLA Solidarity | Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) is set to demolish public housing city-wide. If there is any question on the stance of New Orleanian residents on the imminent destruction of 82% of public housing, watch this video to hear affected peoples speak out for themselves. This is an ongoing struggle for the right to return home for the peoples of New Orleans.
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Annapolis Hypocrisy Hides Occupied Palestine Reality

Stephen Lendman | Sham peace process denies Palestinians what they want most. more...  0 Comments

Fighting for Justice, One Building at a Time

Stephanie Basile | Movement for Justice in El Barrio has been fighting the effects of neoliberalism in East Harlem. Two years ago they decided to connect their struggles to struggles all over the globe when they became adherents to the Zapatistas' Sixth Declaration. They recently conducted a presentation explaining their own work and their relationship to the Zapatistas. more...  3 Comments

Iran, the young gay man Makwan sentenced to death; urgent campaign

EveryOne Group | PRESS RELEASE
December 4, 2007

IRAN, YOUNG GAY MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH

EVERYONE GROUP: “WE ONLY HAVE A FEW HOURS TO SAVE MAKWAN’S LIFE”

THE SENTENCE FOR THE 21-YEAR-OLD HOMOSEXUAL WAS SUSPENDED TWO WEEKS AGO AFTER THE INTERNATIONAL “FLOWERS FOR LIFE IN IRAN” CAMPAIGN CARRIED OUT BY “EVERYONE”. THE CASE HOWEVER HAS BEEN RE-EXAMINED BY THE IRANIAN JUDGES AND THE SENTENCE CONFIRMED. THE EXECUTION HAS BEEN FIXED FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. HIS FAMILY’S DESPERATE APPEAL: “SAVE OUR MAKWAN”

GRUPPO EVERYONE CALLS ON THE IMMEDIATE INTERVENTION OF THE ITALIAN GOVERNMENT AND THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, AS WELL AS ALL CIVILIZED SOCIETY, AND LAUNCHES THE CAMPAIGN “HEARTS FOR MAKWAN’S LIFE”

Makwan Moloudzadeh is 21-years-old (he was born on March 31st, 1986) and he was sentenced to death for the crime of “lavat” (sodomy) according to the Iranian Criminal Code that foresees the death penalty. According to the motivation adopted by the Iranian Government, the young man, at the age of 13 had sexual intercourse with another boy.
Makwan, who was the object of the international campaign “Flowers for live in Iran” initiated by Gruppo EveryOne (www,everyonegroup.com) – with hundreds of red and white roses being sent to President Ahmadinejad, and the mobilization of liberal and progressive Islam – had obtained on November 15th of this year, the suspension of the death sentence by the Iranian Head of Judiciary, Ayatollah Seyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi. The judge had defined the sentence – first issued last June 7th by the Criminal Court of Kermanshah, in West Iran and later confirmed on August 1st – “a violation of Islamic precepts and human ethics”
This evening, December 3rd Makwan’s family phoned Ahmad Rafat, a journalist of AKI – ADN Kronos International and member of the EveryOne Group, and gave the alarm: Makwan’s case has been re-examined by the Judiciary Authority of Teheran, and yesterday, Sunday December 2nd, the dramatic sentence reached Kermanshah prison, where the young man has been held for some time.
“There is a need for immediate international protest action from the Italian Goverment, the European Parliament and civilized society. We have to make Iran listen to our request for Marwan to be spared. Marwan is innocent, he has been sentenced to death for his homosexuality”. This is the appeal launched by Roberto Malini, Matteo Pegoraro and Dario Picciau, the leaders of the EveryOne Group, which recently fought this year to prevent the deportation from Great Britain of the Iranian lesbian Pegah Emambakhsh. “We hoped Iran would show some compassion for Marwan” they continue “but the campaign for Makwan’s life carried out by thousands of GLBT activists all over the world has been ignored. We are also amazed at how some people, even in the international press, defined Makwan a “child offender”, when he was only a child himself when he loved a boy of the same age.”

“Makwan’s family are distraught” says Ahmad Rafat of EveryOne. “Any day now could be Makwan’s last, because the Iranian judges only notify the time and place of the prisoner’s execution the night before it takes place.” EveryOne Group asks everyone to send postcards, letters and e-mails to the Minister of Justice and the Iranian President. On every postcard draw a heart with the words “We love Makwan. Makwan is innocent and must be spared”. A campaign of love, launched by EveryOne Group, because in Iran those people who love in a different way – gays and lesbians – are considered criminals who are given the harshest sentences, and are sometimes even sentenced to death.

“We don’t have long” say the leaders of EveryOne. “Act immediately, ask friends and acquaintances to send the Iranian authorities as many letters and postcards as possible because the judges and President of the Islamic Republic of Iran must know they are killing an innocent person - that every year they imprison, torture and kill thousands of innocent people.”

For the EveryOne Group: Roberto Malini, Matteo Pegoraro, Dario Picciau, Ahmad Rafat, Glenys Robinson, Arsham Parsi, Christos Papaioannou, Steed Gamero, Fabio Patronelli, Laura Todisco, Alessandro Matta

For further information:
Gruppo EveryOne
(+ 39) 334-8429527
www.everyonegroup.com ::  info@everyonegroup.com


Send postcards, letters, fax and e-mails to:

Head of the Judiciary
His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Ministry of Justice, Panzdah Khordad (Ark) Square, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email:  info@dadgostary-tehran.ir
(In the subject line: FAO Ayatollah Shahroudi)
Fax: 011 98 21 3390 4986
(If the call is not answered first time, please keep trying. When it is answered, say “fax please”.)

Leader of the Islamic Republic
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, The Office of the Supreme Leader Islamic Republic Shahid Keshvar Doust Street, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email:  info@leader.ir

President His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – The Presidency
Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: 011 98 21 6 649 5880
Email:  dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir
E-mail: via web:  http://www.president.ir/email/

Speaker of Parliament
His Excellency Gholamali Haddad Adel Majles-e Shoura-ye Eslami
Baharestan Square, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: 011 98 21 3355 6408
Email:  hadadadel@majlis.ir

Majlis-e Shoura-e Islami’s President (Islamic Assembly):
 hadadadel@majlis.ir

Embassy of Iran in UK
 info@iran-embassy.org.uk

Ambassy of Iran in Turkey
Tehran Street, No.10 Davaklidere, Ankara - Turkey P.O.Box: 33
Fax +90-312 4632823
Email:  iranembassy@hotmail.com
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Roque de Pablo opina-entrevista

Emily Anderson | REPORTAJE A ROQUE DE PABLO EN PARAGUAY*

Hace algún tiempo, leímos por Internet un reportaje a Roque de Pablo,
posiblemente había sido hecho en Buenos Aires, luego algunos escritos,
opiniones y su paso por Bolivia. Actualmente reside en Paraguay, su país
natal y desde allí, después de mucho tiempo, se decidió a hablar sobre
algunos temas que seguramente desatarán nuevamente la polémica.
Escritor, cantautor, es un personaje muy influyente sobre la opinión de
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Adalah-NY Responds to Leviev, Plans Additional Protest

Adalah-NY | “Leviev claims that we are ignorant of his activities. We know that he is destroying West Bank Palestinian communities like Bil’in and Jayyous with the Israeli settlements his companies are building,” said Ethan Heitner of Adalah-NY. “The five settlements where he has built homes threaten to derail the negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians that started in Annapolis last week. They carve the West Bank into disconnected enclaves, seize valuable resources, and isolate Jerusalem, rendering the creation of a viable Palestinian state impossible. Leviev’s philanthropy in other parts of the world is small compensation for his contribution to inflaming arguably the world’s most important political conflict.”
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Empty Buildings, Crowded Shelters

Supporter | On November 26th, Picture the Homeless and the Charles H. Revson Fellowship co-sponsored a panel at Columbia University entitled "Empty Buildings, Crowded Shelters." A packed house came to hear about the intersections of homelessness, housing policy, and vacant property. more...  2 Comments

PRESS CONFERENCE: Was P.O. Daniel Faulkner really "Murdered By Mumia"?

Abu-Jamal-News.com | Journalists and activists will present evidence of Mumia's innocence and an unfair trial at NOON, Tuesday, December 4, 2007, at The A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave, in West Philadelphia. Come see a slide-show presentation of newly discovered crime scene photos, as well as presentations by local journalists David A. Love and Dave Lindorff, and Pam Africa of The International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal(viewable online).

Coverage of "Murdered By Mumia" began in Sunday's Inquirer, and will continue with the Dec.6 Today Show, and beyond. Please contact the media, urging them to attend our press conference, so "the other side of the story," can be fairly presented (download press release).

While waiting for an official reponse from NBC's The Today Show (hear KPFK report), ICFFMAJ urges supporters to continue emailing NBC, and to publicize the Dec.6 NYC picket and Dec.8 protest at Philadelphia City Hall (download "MURDERED BY MUMIA?" flyer).

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Am I a Terrorist?

Scott Creighton | To make things easier on the new "Center for Excellence" being formed when S 1959 passes (let's not kid ourselves. They will pass it.),I have decided to interrogate myself to determine if my "extreme views" would qualify me as a "homegrown terrorist". And so far, it isn't looking good. more...  3 Comments

Facing Fascism: New Yorkers Remember the Spanish Civil War

Socialist Party USA (NYC Local) | The Socialist Party USA (NYC local) invites you to a viewing and discussion of a recently produced documentary entitled “Facing Fascism: New Yorkers Remember the Spanish Civil War.” more...  0 Comments

The Lie Of American Capitalism

Bill Gallagher Hachita NM | There is no capitalism in America. more...  1 Comments

Pam Africa Update, New Petition & Flyer, Press Conference, NYC Protest, and More

Abu-Jamal-News.com | On Friday, Pam Africa (of ICFFMAJ) had a scheduled telephone conference with NBC's Today Show and reports that she spoke with the show and provided them with our Press Pack. The Today Show did not make an official decision regarding our request, but said they would look at the information and contact Pam Africa this week.

The time is now to write an email, sign the new petition, distribute the new "Murdered by Mumia?" flyer, and to publicize the Dec. 4 Philadelphia press conference, the Dec. 6 protest outside The Today Show, and the Mass-Demonstration in Philadelphia on Dec. 8.

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Yes! Venezuela Bolivariana

posted by F Espinoza | Be informed! more...  3 Comments

ABU-JAMAL CASE SPAWNS CREATIVE PROJECTS

Linn Washington Jr. | Few events in Philadelphia’s storied history from colonial to contemporary times match the contentious case of death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal for spawning creative projects across the globe.

This case now nearing a 26-year-mark is the subject of a new round of projects from locally produced feature-length films to a book about Abu-Jamal’s life written by a professor in France. more...  0 Comments

Live African Revolutionary Programming

UhuruRadio.com | On Omali Yeshitela Speaks this Sunday, 10:00 - 11:00 (10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.) U.S. Eastern Time, Uhuru Radio presents a speech by African People's Socialist Party Chairman Omali Yeshitela in Oakland, California on November 10, 1985 at an Uhuru House banquet to raise money for the case of Freddie Roberts. Roberts was a young African facing false charges for the murder of an Oakland cop. more...  0 Comments

SUNDAY! Holiday Card-Writing for Political Prisoners!

NYC Anarchist Black Cross | Send Love Through the Walls!!!

Resistance in Brooklyn and
NYC Anarchist Black Cross

invite you to a

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Filipino Workers Vow to Continue the Struggle

PM & APL | PHILIPPINES: Statements by the Workers Party (PM) & Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL)

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12/2: Day of Action in Support of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution!

Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of NY | At 11:30 AM, there will be AN EMERGENCY RALLY IN SUPPORT OF VENEZUELA'S BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION in front of the Venezuelan Consulate in Manhattan. The Venezuelan opposition will be there holding a protest against Constitutional reform at the same time - come show your support for the democratic process taking place in Venezuela! At 3:30 PM, there will be an event at El Maestro in the Bronx in support of the CONTINENTAL BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION (VENEZUELA, CUBA, ECUADOR, BOLIVIA, NICARAGUA). This event will feature special guests, as well as music, poetry, and video clips. more...  0 Comments

"A People Under Fire"

posted by F Espinoza | VENEZUELA, whose people inherited from Bolívar ideas that transcended their time, now face an international dictatorship a thousand times more powerful than the Spanish colonial power and the newly-formed republic of the United States, which, via Monroe, proclaimed its right to the continent’s natural resources and the sweat of its people... more...  0 Comments

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