Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mexico: 28 Protestors Burned Alive; Others Still Missing.

At least 28 bodies have been unearthed from a mass grave near Iguala, in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero. The bodies, which show clear signs of torture, were laid over branches and logs that were sprayed with fuel and set fire.

The victims appear to have been burned alive, a guard at the site told Spanish newspaper El Mundo. A total of 28 scorched bodies were exhumed so far, though some unconfirmed reports pointed to a higher number of 34. Some of the remains were complete, while others were in pieces.

The authorities are conducting a variety of forensic tests to conclude if the human remains belong to 43 education students from the community of Ayotzinapa who went missing on September 26, after their bus was shot at by police agents and members of organized crime.

According to the authorities, the identification of the victims will take between 15 days and two months. Argentinian specialists are taking part in the process at the request of Ayotzinapa students.

I├▒aky Blanco, the state of Guerrero's public prosecutor, claimed that “several of the police agents had links to organized crime, and in some cases were active drug trafficking hit men.” Later on during a press conference in Acapulco, he added that it was the “Director of Public Security of Iguala Francisco Salgado Valladares who gave the order to detain the student teachers from Ayotzinapa; and an individual known as ‘El Chuky' from the criminal group Guerreros Unidos would have ordered the kidnap and murder of the young students.” The name United Warriors plays off the name of the state, Guerrero, which means warrior in Spanish.

The students, who were taking part in a protest against job discrimination against teachers from rural areas, were traveling in a bus when they were ambushed by police. Three of the students were killed at the scene, as well as a football player who was in another unrelated bus, a bus driver and a woman who was in a taxi.

 More here.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Return To Ferguson, MO. And YOU Can Help!


All Power To The Positive [dot] Info! is looking to return to Ferguson, MO for a weekend of action October 10-13th. 

But not just that, to also expand our reach on the internet, and beyond the internet!


And we can only achieve this goal with the assistance of generous donations from distinguished members of our extended, international community.



As some of you may or may not know, I have been invited back, in the capacity of independent media. Like the Zapatistas of Chiapas, a recurring refrain from the people of Ferguson has been “the corporate media is not telling our story accurately”.
So, more than just marching in circles, begging the racist/backward/arrogant/indifferent for "justice", or loudly co-signing to what the astute say publicly to (or about) these political forces, I will be actually capturing even more of the voices (and music) of those the system seeks to segregate, humiliate, and silence; plus the usual "shake-a-hand/make-a-friend" activity that is the cornerstone of this work.
 

Some of you had the unique opportunity to hear/see all about it at the presentation I did at Black Coffee Co-Op. Since that event, I have also had the opportunity to share what I’ve put together with students at a local alternative high school; with more invitations pending upon my return from this trip. 

Something you may or may not know is the additional media coverage (beyond the numerous pod-cannon episodes) I helped with; like Al-Jezeera America and The Anti-Media


But this only continue, and grow, with YOUR help! We rely exclusively on the generosity of individuals like YOU.

 

For those who are not familiar, All Power To The Positive! was first recorded and posted online in December of 2010. New episodes have been produced EVERY WEEK (sometimes two in a week), without fail, no matter what was going on; covering issues and events that effect working people from all over the world.

Today, we can be heard 24/7/365 on our new server at All Power To The Positive [dot] Info, and also on Stitcher, ITunes, Radio Rage, Hollow Earth Radio, UCY.TV, and many more.



Please consider a donation to this effort. Every little bit helps. Go to this link to add-on financially to this endeavor.



Thank you in advance for your generosity and solidarity.





Sincerely,


Sensei Gregory C. Lewis

Producer/Host

Monday, October 6, 2014

Detroit U.S. Attorney threatens supporters of Rasmea Odeh: Bizarre DOJ accusations.

In a bizarre and desperate move, prosecutors in the case of Palestinian American leader Rasmea Odeh filed a motion in Federal Court Oct. 3, which characterized the efforts of an important leader of the Rasmea Odeh defense campaign, Hatem Abudayyeh, as “jury tampering” and “almost certainly criminal.”

The prosecution then asks Judge Gershwin Drain for an “Anonymous Jury,” which means that the names of the jurors are kept secret from the defense attorneys, and that an array of security measures are put it place during the trial that make it seem like 67-year-old Rasmea Odeh is a dangerous person.

There is no evidence at all for the baseless accusations against the movement in support of Rasmea. The prosecutor’s motion is a clumsy attempt at intimidation and should be condemned by everyone who is concerned about civil liberties.

Here are the facts. Rasmea Odeh is a beloved leader of the Palestinian community in Chicago who is facing trumped up immigration charges. Imprisoned by the Israelis in the late 1960s, due to her work to free Palestine, Rasmea was tortured and sexually abused. She is well-known and respected across the world. The federal government is threatening her with jail and deportation. As a result, a powerful and effective movement organized protests around the country, demanding “Justice for Rasmea.”

Now the prosecutors are waging an attack on everyone involved in this movement to support and defend Rasmea.


They talk about ‘jury tampering.’ Until there is a trial, there is no jury, so how could a jury possibly be tampered with? In any event, at no time have we ever tried to improperly influence a jury. Not once. What we are doing is organizing protests, having people sign petitions and holding educational events. We are encouraging people to attend Rasmea’s court appearances. We are shining a light on the unjust prosecution of Rasmea. We want the government to drop the charges.

In the prosecutor’s motion we are told, “Hatem Abudayyeh has orchestrated a concerted effort to influence the criminal proceedings against defendant, which has resulted, at each proceeding, in a large group outside the Courthouse protesting and parading, carrying signs demanding dismissal of charges and 'Justice for Rasmea' and displaying the Palestinian flag.” Imagine that. Palestinians, Arabs and progressive people responding to an injustice by holding a protest and engaging in activity that is protected by the First Amendment. In the world that the Detroit U.S. Attorney wants, speaking out as we have is, “almost certainly criminal.” On the contrary - it is criminal for the prosecutors to attempt to restrict our constitutional rights.

It is worth noting that there is a distinctly racist, anti-Arab undertone to the prosecutor’s motion, where spirited and dignified protests, with a majority of Palestinian American participants, are described as “hordes” and “mobs.” Again, the federal government is trying to sow fear among people in the U.S. by criminalizing and stereotyping Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims. As one of Rasmea's lawyers said when he was informed of the motion, it, " is only intended to play the 'terrorism' card and is unacceptable."

The prosecutors also have a problem with people who want to petition the government for a redress of grievances, so they complain in their motion that those who want the charges against Rasmea dropped “have previously attempted to flood Department of Justice telephone lines in an attempt to influence these proceedings.”

We will continue to hold call-in days and we will organize even more people to participate in them.

We take the threats of the prosecution seriously. We urge all of our supporters to keep their eyes on Detroit and to be ready to respond to any attacks on leaders of the Rasmea defense campaign.

We see these threats as a sign that our campaign to defend Rasmea Odeh is working. We were successful in getting Zionist Judge Borman off the case.

There are now thousands of people across the country engaged in organizing for Rasmea. We will not allow the government to intimidate us. This attack will bring more supporters and strengthen our work further. We will redouble our efforts to make sure the charges against Rasmea are dropped!

More info: http://www.stopfbi.net/