This weekend , a social justice music festival, initiated by Harry Belafonte, is taking place just west of Atlanta on a farm in Chattahoochee Hills.
The line-up of performers is long and varied, ranging from the Dave Matthews Band to Carlos Santana to Rebel Diaz to T.I.
Cornel West will be speaking also.
GPJC will have a table in the Social Justice Village, giving us an opportunity to engage with thousands of people potentially.
We will have a variety of literature including a flyer about the upcoming Oct. 13 program with Black Agenda Report founder, Glenn Ford, analyzing the real danger of expanded war under Trump or Clinton.
We encourage you to check out the website for Many Rivers to Cross and join us at this multi-faceted progressive event.Here is the link to their website: http://www.manyriversfestival.com
And please stop by the GPJC table and say hi (or volunteer to help staff for a while).
A call to action from the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR):
As people of conscience and nonviolence we go to the Pentagon, the seat of the United States military might, to call for an end to the ongoing wars and occupations waged and supported by the US. War is directly linked to poverty and the destruction of the Earth’s habitat. The preparations for more war and a new US nuclear arsenal are a threat to all life on the planet.
This September as we observe the United Nations International Day of Peace, the great many actions around the country for Campaign Nonviolence, and the “No War 2016” conference in Washington, DC we call upon our political leaders, and those at the Pentagon to stop the planning and waging of war.
September 11, 2016 marked 15 years since the Bush regime used the criminal terrorist attacks as an excuse to wage a series of unending wars and occupations continuing still under President Obama. These wars and occupations waged by the US are in fact illegal and immoral and must end.
We demand that the planning and production for a new nuclear arsenal stop. As the first and only country to use nuclear weapons on civilians, we call upon the US to take the lead in real and meaningful nuclear disarmament initiatives so that one day all nuclear weapons will be abolished.
We demand an end to NATO and other military war-games around the world. NATO must be disbanded as it is clearly hostile to Russia thus threatening world peace. Military plans commonly referred to as the US’ “Asian Pivot” are provoking and creating ill will with China. Instead we call for real diplomatic efforts to address conflict with both China and Russia.
We demand that the US immediately start closing its military bases abroad. The US has hundreds of military bases and installations around the world. There is no need for the US to continue to have bases and military installations in Europe, Asia, and Africa while expanding its military alliances with India and the Philippines. All of this does nothing to create a secure and peaceful world.
We demand an end to environmental ecocide resulting from war. The Pentagon is the largest single polluter of fossil fuels in the world. Our dependence on fossil fuels is destroying Mother Earth. Resource wars are a reality we must avoid. An end to war and occupation will lead us on a path to saving our planet.
We demand an end to US military and foreign aid and support for proxy wars. Saudi Arabia is waging an illegal war against the people of Yemen. The US is supplying weapons and military intelligence to this corrupt undemocratic country ruled by a despotic and extremist royal family which oppresses women, LGBT people, other minorities, and dissidents within Saudi Arabia. The US gives billions of dollars in military aid to Israel where the Palestinian people have faced decades of oppression and dispossession. Israel has continuously used its military might on the unarmed Palestinians of Gaza and the West Bank. It imposes an Apartheid state and prison camp conditions on the Palestinian people. We call on the US to cut off all foreign and military aid to these countries violating international law and human rights.
We demand the US government renounce regime change as a policy against the Assad government of Syria. It must cease funding Islamic extremists and other groups attempting to overthrow the Syrian government. Supporting groups fighting to overthrow Assad does nothing for peace and even justice for the people of Syria.
We demand the US government support refugees fleeing from war-torn countries. The unending wars and occupations have created the largest refugee crisis since the last world war. Our wars and occupations are causing human misery by forcing people to leave their homes. If the US cannot bring about peace in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and the Middle East then it must withdraw, end military funding for proxy wars and occupations, and allow others to work towards stability and peace.
Since September 11, 2001 US society has seen its local police forces become militarized, civil liberties attacked, mass surveillance by the government, the rise in Islamophobia, all while our children are still recruited in the schools by the military. The path to war since that day has not made us safer or the world more secure. The path to war has been an utter failure for almost all on the planet except for those who profit from war and the economic system which impoverishes us all in so many ways. We don’t have to live in a world like this. This is not sustainable.
Therefore, we go to the Pentagon where the empire’s wars are planned and waged. We demand an end to this madness. We call for a new beginning where Mother Earth is protected and where poverty will be eradicated because we will all share our resources and redirect our economy towards a world without war.
To join us, sign up at http://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2016
We will also be delivering to the Pentagon a petition to close Ramstein Air Base in Germany, as U.S. whistleblowers and Germans together deliver it to the German government in Berlin. Sign that petition at http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12254
The event at the Pentagon at 9 a.m. Monday, September 26, follows a three day conference, with a planning and training session at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 25. See the full agenda:
No War 2016 Agenda – World Beyond War
For more information click on the following link:http://worldbeyondwar.org/must-go-pentagon-september-26-2016/
The movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline is growing stronger by the day, and it’s time for all of us to rise up and play a role in this fight – no matter where we live.
Join us on Tuesday, September 13 for a solidarity action and rally at Georgia Sierra Club at 12 PM calling on President Obama to instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke the permits for this dirty oil pipeline. Our office is right next to Avondale MARTA station.
Come to learn other ways you can take action. We will have small signs or bring your own for a group photo at 12:30 PM. Please bring art and banners — and be sure to share on social media with #NoDAPL. Some sample messages for art include:
- People over Pipelines
- In Solidarity with Standing Rock
- Obama: Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
Press is invited.
Let us know you’re coming — sign up on the followubg page to receive action updates.
is a feature-length documentary that exposes America’s prison problem and explores ways to unshackle the Land of the Free through vital criminal justice reforms. With 2.3 million people behind bars, the U.S. has the largest prison population in the history of the world.
For more information go to http://www.incarceratingus.com
Thursday at 6:30 PM – 9 PM
Little 5 Points Community Center
1083 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
In commemoration of the historical Attica Prison Strike of September 9th, 1971, the Anarchist Black Cross is hosting a film screening of this documentary that details this historic uprising and what it means for the fight against our tyrannical, inhumane, unjust, and ineffective prison system. Our modern fight against our “justice” system is one of abolition, as slavery still exists in our society under the umbrella of our prisons, and we must fight this system in order to ensure a brighter future for our children and society as a whole.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Link to the Facebook page for the event:https://www.facebook.com/events/1685933118394885/?active_tab=posts
ANNUAL ATLANTA PALESTINE CONFERENCE
with Keynote Speakers Max Blumenthal and Tarek Abuata
Saturday September 24, 8:30am-4:30pm (includes lunch)
Trinity Presbyterian Church
3003 Howell Mill Rd.
Registration Fee: $35.00, includes lunch
Students with I.D. free, includes lunch
For more info : https://www.facebook.com/ events/1775711046044419/
Organized by Joining Hands for Justice in Israel and Palestine