Rally for Medicare for All and Medicaid Expansion — this Saturday

Rally for Medicare for All and Medicaid Expansion
2:30 – 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 8
Grady Hospital
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE, Atlanta 30303

President Trump wants to go backwards and take health insurance away from 24 million Americans. We think it’s time to go forward and provide Single Payer, Improved Medicare for All, cradle to grave. Let’s Make America Great by making sure NOBODY falls thru the cracks. Everybody In, Nobody Out!

Until we have Medicare for All, let’s keep fighting to expand Medicaid for the ~600,000 Georgians who need it. Georgians are already paying for expanded Medicaid – in OTHER STATES which were smart enough to expand it. Why should Georgians’ federal tax dollars pay for healthcare coverage in other states while many Georgians have no health insurance and rural Georgia hospitals are closing in record numbers?

Join us! We will have signs, but feel free to bring your own. Everybody In, Nobody Out!

Sponsored by
HealthcareNow-GA (www.healthcare-now.org); the Campaign for Guaranteed Healthcare (https://campaignforguaranteedhealthcare.org) Health Students Taking Action Together (H-STAT) (https://www.hstatga.org) and Physicians for a National Health program (www.pnhp.org)

 

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NO MORE WAR! Rally Thursday in downtown Atlanta

NO MORE WAR!
Noon-1pm, THURSDAY, APRIL 6
191 Peachtree Street 30303
(in front of the office of Sen. David Perdue)

From vicious attacks on immigrants and refugees to threats of preemptive military strikes on North Korea to sending hundreds more Special Forces on the ground in Syria, the Trump administration is ramping up the militaristic policies that are destabilizing the world.
The Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition calls on all those passionate about peace and justice to unite on THURSDAY, APRIL 6 for a demonstration against US military occupation and intervention around the globe.
The peoples of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, Palestine and Ukraine currently are being displaced, killed or injured by US bombs, missiles, bullets and drones.
Other countries from Iran to Venezuela face open threats of military attack and economic sanctions while conditions for working and poor people in the US grow more dire by the day.

Join us as we demand:
NO MORE WAR! Bring ALL the troops home NOW!
No Militarization of Police!
Money for People’s Needs, not the Pentagon!

Sponsored by
Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition. http://www.GeorgiaPeace.org
Georgia WAND. http://www.Gawand.org
UUCA Peace Network, http://www.uuca.org

Link to the Facebook page for the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/271682096616832/

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April 7-8- Call to Action: Black and Palestinian Liberation at First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta

 

April 7 & 8, 2017

First Iconium Baptist Church

542 Moreland Avenue SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30316
 
Noura Erakat-Human Rights Attorney and Activist
 
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Reuven Abergel, Founder of the Israeli Black Panthers and Mizrahi Activist

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Lucas Johnson, International Coordinator of the Fellowship of Reconciliation

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Carleton Mackey, Professor, Filmmaker and Activist, Emory University

In these dangerous and divisive times, no person, no race, no organization can afford to stand alone. Black lives do not matter to militarized police forces or to the bigoted vigilantes patrolling our streets. Six thousand miles away, Palestinian youth and adults are shot dead by soldiers and settlers in occupied Palestine. Geography may separate us, but the struggle against systematic injustice unites us. April 7 and 8 will be a weekend to come together in community and to strategize.

On the evening of Friday, April 7

Plan to arrive after 6:30 pm

  • We will have a delicious meal catered by Suryana: Cuisine from Damascus, owned and operated by Syrian refugees
  • we will see an amazing exhibit of photographs and artifacts by collected by Emory University professor, filmmaker, and activist Carlton Mackey, exploring linkages between Black and Palestinian cultures and struggles
  • and we will learn more about the struggles on 2017

OnSaturday, April 8, beginning at 8:30 am

we will learn from each other, particularly from those who have wisdom and experience in organizing for Black and Palestinian liberation. 

Keynote speakers include:

  • Noura Erakat – human rights activist and attorney
  • Reuven Abergel – Mizrahi activist and founder of Black Panthers of Israel (see below), and
  • Lucas Johnson – International Coordinator of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. 

Afternoon workshops will inform our solidarity and prepare us for liberating actions.

For workshop details and for free registration please see below.

Afternoon workshops on Saturday, April 8 (tentative list):

·      Policing and Police Exchange in Georgia

·      BDS: the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement

·      Participating in Delegations to Palestine: Experiencing the realities of life under occupation

·      White Supremacy and Racism: hierarchies in Israel, Palestine and the US

·      Dealing with militarized police in the US – Tools and techniques for protecting yourself and others

·      Nonviolent Direct Action as a tool for social change

·      A Palestinian tells his story

·      The National Platform for Black Lives, and how it connects struggles in the U.S., Israel and Palestine

Sponsoring organizations (List in formation)

Alliance of Baptists

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) – Atlanta Chapter

Create Community 4 Decatur: Black Lives Matter

Fellowship of Reconciliation

First Iconium Baptist Church

Friends of Sabeel North America – Atlanta Chapter

Friends of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, Inc.

Interfaith Peace-Builders-Atlanta Network

Jewish Voice for Peace – Atlanta Chapter

Joining Hands for Justice

Oakhurst Baptist Church

Oakhurst Presbyterian Church

Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace

Presbytery Peacemaking Partnership

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta

We will strategize, we will act together,
and WE WILL RESIST!

Registration is free. Please register so we know how many to plan meals for. Also, childcare will be available – please let us know if needed when registering. To register,  please go to http://conta.cc/2mPI6jn

Contributions are greatly appreciated. Whether or not you are going, you can donate at:

https://www.crowdrise.com/a-call-to-action-for-black-and-palestinian-liberation

For more information:

https://www.facebook.com/BlackandPalestinianLives

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Protest U.S. Imperialist WARS, THURSDAY, APRIL 6

NO MORE WAR!
Noon-1pm, THURSDAY, APRIL 6
191 Peachtree Street 30303
(in front of the office of Sen. David Perdue)

From vicious attacks on immigrants and refugees to threats of preemptive military strikes on N. Korea and engaging hundreds more Special Forces on the ground in Syria, the Trump administration is ramping up the militaristic policies that are destabilizing the world.

The Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition calls on all those passionate about social and economic justice to unite on THURSDAY, APRIL 6 for a demonstration against US military occupation and intervention around the globe.
The peoples of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, Palestine and Ukraine currently are being displaced, killed or injured by US bombs, missiles, bullets and drones.

Other countries from Iran to Venezuela face open threats of military attack and economic sanctions while conditions for working, poor and marginalized people in the US grow more dire by the day.

Join us as we demand:
NO MORE WAR! Bring ALL the troops home NOW!
NO Militarization of police! Money for People’s Needs, Not the Pentagon!

Co-sponsors by Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, International Action Center, WAND and UUCA Peace Network.

Link to the facebook page for the event:https://www.facebook.com/events/271682096616832/

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Today, March 20 is the 14 anniversary of the US “shock and awe” criminal attack on Iraq

Today, March 20 is the 14 anniversary of the US “shock and awe” criminal attack on Iraq, an invasion of hundreds of thousands US, British and other troops, accompanied by massive air strikes. By May 1, 2003, the end of major combat operations was declared by the Bush administration and the military occupation began.

The US had openly declared its policy of “regime change” in Oct 1998 with the passage of the “Iraq Liberation Act.”

With George W. Bush’s election in Nov. 2000, the plan to remove Iraqi President Saddam Hussein picked up steam, particularly following 9/11 in 2001.

The drumbeat of war focused on charges that Iraq possessed “weapons of mass destruction,” which the US media promulgated relentlessly at the behest of the administration and the Pentagon despite evidence to the contrary.

14 years of massive destruction, untold millions of civilian deaths, injuries and displacement, ongoing political chaos that has spread throughout the region, and the ongoing military engagement of thousands of US troops. Not to mention billions and billions of dollars spent to pursue policies of aggression and domination.

Not to be forgotten, yesterday, March 19 marked the 6th anniversary of the US/NATO war on Libya, an exercise of political and military intervention that has similarly left that northern African country in unending spiral of death and misery for its people.

Literally, not a word is spoken in the news media about these two continuing horror stories, the result of imperialist ambitions to control oil resources and markets.

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Boycott Wendy’s! Atlanta March for Farmworker Justice, March 17 @5PM

Join Freedom University students and Atlanta’s diverse social justice community in welcoming the farmworker leaders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers! We will march to demand that Wendy’s return to the fields of Florida and make a real, verifiable commitment through the Campaign for Fair Food to guarantee respect, dignity, and justice for farmworkers.

Please bring your voices, your friends, and musical instruments in an exciting picket at Wendy’s!

*Please note that the new meeting place is Wendy’s at 660 Boulevard. Please park on nearby Charles Allen Drive, other street parking, or arrange other transportation. Parking is not available at Wendy’s.*

CAMPAIGN BACKGROUND:
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a farmworker-led human rights organization based in Immokalee, Florida. The CIW has transformed human rights standards in the agricultural industry and led the fight to end modern day slavery and human trafficking in the U.S. through its internationally-recognized Campaign for Fair Food. The “Return to Human Rights Tour,” a 2-week, 12-city tour, is the longest protest action in the last ten years of the Campaign for Fair Food. The tour will mobilize thousands of consumers in the national boycott of Wendy’s fast food restaurants. The boycott, launched by the CIW last March, has garnered tremendous support from tens of thousands of students, faith leaders, human rights activists, and consumers of conscience across the country. In spite of the growing pressure, Wendy’s has dug in its heels and defended its decision to shift purchases away from Florida’s tomato industry — hailed in the New York Times as the “best working environment in American agriculture” — and towards a Mexican industry, riddled with inhumane working conditions.

This March, the Fair Food Nation will call on Wendy’s to return to the fields of Florida and join the Fair Food Program, where “quality” is defined not simply by the guarantee of tasty produce, but also by the guarantee of respect and dignity for the human beings who harvest our nation’s fruits and vegetables.

 

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International Women’s Strike on March 8th, 2017

The International Women’s Strike on March 8th, 2017 is an international day of action, planned and organized by women in more than 50 different countries.

In the spirit of solidarity and internationalism, in the United States March 8th will be a day of action organized by and for women who have been marginalized and silenced by decades of neoliberalism directed towards working women, women of color, Native women, disabled women, immigrant women, Muslim women, lesbian, queer and trans women.

March 8th will be the beginning of a new international feminist movement that organizes resistance not just against Trump and his misogynist policies, but also against the conditions that produced Trump, namely the decades long economic inequality, racial and sexual violence, and imperial wars abroad.

We celebrate the diversity of the many social groups that have come together for the International Women’s Strike. We come from many political traditions but are united around the following
common principles.

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