Don’t You Dare Conflate MLK and Obama
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
If Dr. King were alive today, there might be a Black president, but he or she would certainly not get MLK’s support if he behaved like Barack Obama. Dr. King would oppose Obama’s wars, “make Wall Street scream, and attempt to render the nation ungovernable under the dictatorship of the Lords of Capital.”
So that his death is not in vain, let it lead to an awakening about how off-track the United States has become on prosecutorial power and loss of privacy; and let's all work so the issues he stood for, Internet freedom and free sharing of information, gain strength as his legacy.
Who knows what more Aaron Swartz would have contributed to the world. He did so much in such a short time. Swartz was cofounder of the social media sharing site Reddit, a co-author of RSS, a co-creator of Creative Commons, and founder of Demand Progress — which successfully rallied millions to fight SOPA and PIPA. Swartz was mercilessly prosecuted, threatened with over 30 years in prison, for actions which — were he guilty — had no real victims, were not done with intent to benefit financially, and whose main target requested the case be dropped.
By Malachy Kilbride
An estimated one hundred people assembled outside the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters today expressing their opposition to the US presidential assassination lists, killer drone death squads, illegal rendition, torture, and the continued confinement of prisoners at the Guantanamo prison camp in US-occupied Cuba.
Photo Credit: Brian Stansberry under CCA 3.0 Unported license.
Many people will be in Washington the weekend of Jan.19th and Monday Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Day, to celebrate President Obama's second inauguration.
Many others will be there to protest his policies and hold him accountable. Here are two actions that we know of that weekend in Washington. If you have others, please let us know.
Idle No More, the Indigenous Peoples Movement that started on Nov. 10, 2012 in Canada has spread around the world. On January 11, 2013 there will be global solidarity actions.
This charter was started on Nov. 11, 2011. You are invited to read it, sign it and share it. Here is the website if you would like to read more about it and see who else has signed on.
THE PEOPLE’S CHARTER TO CREATE A NONVIOLENT WORLD
On Monday, January 7, the Tar Sands Blockade kicked off a new campaign to supplement their physical blockades of the Keystone XL Pipeline. This campaign targets TransCanada and their subsidiaries, financiers, investors and construction corporations.
It is difficult for some people to take the time and afford the travel to Texas to be part of the Tar Sands Blockade. Now people can participate in the new campaign locally. For a list of offices, click here.
The following report is from the National Day of Action and more information can be found on the Tar Sands Blockade website.