UFPJ Opposes New Request for Authorization for Use of Military Force

On February 17, 2015, Code Pink organized a press conference at the Oakland, California Federal Building, calling for opposition to a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force and the end to endless war in the Middle East and beyond. Speakers included WSLF executive director Jackie Cabasso, who also spoke on behalf of United for Peace and Justice, Emily Yates, Iraq War veteran, Cat Brooks of ONYX/Black Power Network, Paul Cox of Veterans for Peace, Stephen McNeil of American Friends Services Committee, Janet Weil, CODEPINK staffer and military family member, and a member of Congress member Barbara Lee’s staff, whow read a statement from Congress member Lee.

Video of the press conference

Jackie Cabasso’s statement 

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2 Responses to “UFPJ Opposes New Request for Authorization for Use of Military Force”

  1. toto che handala
    July 8, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    Dulce Et Decorum Est III & A Taste of Armageddon
    (Or the Empire has no Clothes but a Disposition Matrix)

    In due homage
    to Horace, Owen & Mikhail
    i humbly nod

    for how sweet & glorious
    it must be to kill or die
    for God & country
    via pompous duty
    in faux honor
    and a fools pride

    so c’mon kiddies,
    any up for good jingo sport?
    who’s hungry & poor,
    who wants to play
    the hubris ‘anything for profit’ killing game?

    As newspapers rah rah
    pied piper patriotism
    with journalistic integrity
    & objectivity ha ha!
    as a new battle/fear lies just around the corner
    & armed forces day just weeks away hooray!

    rally loyal citizens
    to whitewash warm innocuous blood
    off disgraced musket & sullied polluted flag
    strike up the marching parade
    manifested by destiny down main street usa hey hey!

    Awaken & open thine eyes
    chauvinistic folk
    come & see
    your overseas deeds of nefarious brutality

    As you’re liable
    for this appalling
    tax-paid supported violence
    you’ve exported to hamlets & villages

    Assaulting families
    who’ve never
    did you any harm
    in lands you’ve never heard of
    or care less for
    so step on up
    one & all

    Take a trip
    to the overflowing morgues
    filled with small smashed bodies
    once toddlers
    full of laughter & life

    Deeply inhale
    the rancid stench
    of scorched flesh
    crispy burnt
    to a black bubbly mass
    by phosphorus

    Gaze into doll dead eyes
    frozen forever
    by shock & awe
    via your God blessed terror from above

    From atop a cold gurney
    a stiff finger of a tiny hand
    amidst a mish-mosh of mangled flesh
    bulls-eyed at you war supporters

    as grief-stricken father’s
    in shattered silence
    sifting through ragged debris
    devastating destruction
    for lost sons
    missing daughters

    ripped wet mangled body parts
    strewn out as pieces of a human jig-saw puzzle
    taking home
    the ear, the hand, the foot
    to be quietly buried
    while 6000 miles away
    heroes giggle and snicker
    calling this crime

    to the heart-piercing shrieks
    as soul-torn asunder mothers
    wail like howling wild animals
    as they find their loves buried
    broken & bloody
    in the rubble
    of your glorious works

    Then if you can
    please explain
    to the unresponsive moaning
    neonatal orphan
    why your armed forces
    just murdered his parents
    by accident
    then wave a condolence payment
    like juicy bait in his face

    as your special op-forces
    silently & quickly
    dig out bullets
    from civilian bodies
    to cover their tracks
    from being at the wrong address

    Declare as a national holiday
    murdered women at a bridal shower
    or when
    4 kids are droned to smithereens
    while tending sheep
    in exported evil exploits
    as great american victories
    for which your war crimes always are

    Trust flim-flam,
    the PR propaganda spin
    from subjective mass media
    obey leaders and church leaders
    pay your taxes
    which finances anglo-terrorism
    through illegal & immoral aggressive violence

    Raise your filthy faux flag
    higher higher ever higher
    to cover the rising pile where the butchered lie
    dear good christian citizens
    no civic rag
    could ever soar over
    the sick slaying of the innocent

    Consider Fallujha
    surrounded & caged
    as the cowering cringing unarmed civilian inhabitants
    are shot, burned & barbequed
    like slaughtered sitting ducks
    in a ‘free-fire zone’ shooting gallery

    upon your sanctimonious attack
    at a school in Bajour
    where 69 children are massacred by joystick
    as you deceive yourself
    into believing
    it did not happen
    washing your hands
    turning as you walk away

    This is Sand Creek
    Wounded Knee
    My Lai
    too many other mass-media
    contorted & distorted great triumphs

    To wit
    no doubt in my mind
    the next war crime called
    a ‘battle’
    or a ‘humanitarian bombing’
    will be patriotically anointed too
    of course
    ta ta

  2. toto che handala
    July 8, 2015 at 9:32 am #

    vision of humanity

    by toto che handala

    i see
    a time
    when all of humanity
    becomes one nation
    a species
    living in harmony
    by symbiosis
    a race
    no longer
    at war with itself
    the community of humanity
    united by their love
    not separated by their hate

    i no longer see
    the extremes of rich and poor
    the inequity
    of the have and have not’s
    when a population
    is no longer consumed
    by its hedonistic pursuits
    its fidelity and allegiance
    is to humanism and compassion
    tolerance and unselfishness

    A vision of humanity
    by which today
    you may say
    i am
    just a wide-eyed dreamer and unrealistic
    but I state unequivocally
    that this day is nigh
    and coming bright
    as a mid afternoons sun
    though you may not perceive it
    since it is your reality
    that is a temporal allusion

    The epiphany
    when humanity discovers its humanity
    Is no longer
    a mass of locust
    consuming blindly into obesity
    when we clean up our mess
    return this place
    back into the garden
    that it once was

    This day
    is irrefutable
    it is inevitable
    is the strength
    but foresight is lucid as chi
    for are we destined
    for goodness not evil
    are we not
    scattered seeds
    of an immeasurable mystery?

    each and everyone of us
    you deem judged
    the most vile
    the most divine
    we are all destined
    to walk the same path
    that path
    is back
    to the source of the infinite cloud
    to the Dao, maker of light

    What amazes me
    by far
    is this future
    so few embrace
    At the tips of their fingers
    they feel it not
    in front of their faces
    still they see it not
    but I know
    its there
    just as surly as you are here
    and I am not
    it is you