The Price for Justice: Resettlement of the Chagos Islands
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The Price for Justice: Resettlement of the Chagos Islands

Published on Truthout In over 40 years, despite multiple court cases in two different countries (some lost, some won, some won and later overturned), hunger strikes, protests, media events, petitions to the UN, and even Kickstarter campaigns, the exiled people of the Chagos Islands, some 300 miles south of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, … Continue reading

“Stealing A Nation” – Resettlement of the Chagos People
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“Stealing A Nation” – Resettlement of the Chagos People

Film Screening and panel discussion of John PIlger’s “Stealing A Nation” and the struggle for justice of the Chagossian Islanders. The Chagossians were forcibly removed from their islands during the late 1960s and early 1970s by the U.S. and U.K governments in a brutal campaign to make way for the U.S. military base, “The Footprint … Continue reading

Where the F*** Are YOU? Are You Coming?
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Where the F*** Are YOU? Are You Coming?

The following is a re-post of an article by Anna Kaminski at CodePink. My organization at American University – the US Foreign Policy Activist Cooperative – is now partnering with CodePink to fight the very issue that Anna addresses in her piece. It is vital that we build the next generation of activists. The University … Continue reading

Shoving Freedom Down Our Throats: Guantanamo Force-Feeding
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Shoving Freedom Down Our Throats: Guantanamo Force-Feeding

Here’s one story: September 11, 2001, terrorists from al-Qaeda who hated the American way of life hijacked four passenger airlines and drove them into buildings in a coordinated attack against America and all it stands for. In response, America launches a war against these terrorists as a way to protect our homeland. Here is another … Continue reading

Human Rights Open Mic @ Lamont Street Collective
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Human Rights Open Mic @ Lamont Street Collective

I’m still so inspired by the folks that participated in the Human Rights Open Mic last Friday at the Lamont Street Collective (a truly amazing place)! Some photos below and a teaser. I will soon be launching a page called Mad Catz: The DC Beat, which will feature radical DC poets. Stay tuned, Black Cat readers! Continue reading

Hedges: Get In the Damn Streets!
Human Rights / Israel / Politics / Revolution / War / Whistleblowers

Hedges: Get In the Damn Streets!

Yesterday, Chris Hedges came to American University to discuss the Obama administration’s war on whistleblowers and the targeting of journalists. He began, “Over my own lifetime, 30 years as a reporter, I started covering the war in El Salvador in 1983, you’ve seen an assault against not only the press but basic civil liberties that make … Continue reading

Marjorie Cohn: Reframing US Foreign Policy
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Marjorie Cohn: Reframing US Foreign Policy

This Tuesday, Marjorie Cohn spoke at American University on the topic, “Reframing US Foreign Policy” as part of Human Rights Awareness and Activism week. She is a professor of law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA, and has written on torture and incarceration, and most recently on drones and targeted killings in … Continue reading

International Peace Day – Changing the Narrative
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International Peace Day – Changing the Narrative

I spent International Peace Day in one of the best ways possible – eating pizza while having a round-table with other peace activists on how we can work for peace and against violence, militarism, war, and greed. The round-table was led by two bastions of peace activism in the US – Barbara Wien and David … Continue reading