CAIR has emerged as a defender of the Muslim people in the United States in response to the backlash from the World Trade Center 9/11 attacks & to balance the intense lobbying of our Congress by AIPAC. One of their spokespersons co-hosted a show called True Talk on the community radio station here (WMNF) and this has given people in this part of the state a better vision of realities for Muslim-Americans. It’s not unusual for them to visit their relatives in the Middle East or other parts of the world during school vacations.
Such is the case of young Tariq Abu Khdeir, the 15-year-old Palestinian-American from Tampa who visited family in occupied Palestine. This trip became a nightmare for him & the rest of his family when his cousin, Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was abducted & burned alive by Israelis. Tariq, himself, was then severely beaten and held under house arrest. This all in revenge for 3 Israeli youths having been kidnapped & murdered ———— never mind that these 2 young men had nothing to do with that. Israel has encroached on Palestinian land for 60 years now & has made the daily lives of the Palestinians more torturous than we here in the US can imagine.
A vigil for Tariq was held here in Tampa on July 5th, ironically right after we here celebrate Independence Day, along with a massive phone call effort to the state department in DC.
Tampa area Green
Jennifer has been a West Coast Florida activist for the Green Party, since 1996.
On July 10, the 2014 Convention of the Florida Press Association/Florida Society of News Editors will be holding its gubernatorial candidate forum at the Biltmore in Coral Gables. In an all too familiar story, the Libertarian candidate for governor, Adrian Wyllie, will be denied his rightful place at the rostrum. The sponsors claim he lacks public support, even though he is polling between 5% and 6% of the vote. Lacks public support? Catch 22: how can a candidate gain support when he or she can’t be heard?
Over the years, minor party candidates have been systematically excluded from the public dialogue by the two-party system, but Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is fighting back. In his statement below, he declares, “I refuse to accept your rules, and I present you with the following ultimatum. I will attend the FPA/FSNE Gubernatorial Forum on July 10th in Coral Gables. You may either allow me to participate in the forum, or you may have me arrested.”
In fighting for his right to speak, he is fighting for all minor party candidates who have been shut out of the public eye for so many years. The Green Party of Florida therefore insists that his voice be heard on an equal footing with all the gubernatorial candidates.
A friend of a friend, Mimi Eicholtz, shared this on Facebook, and I wanted to share it here.
By now many of you have read or heard about the Supreme Court ruling in favor of CEO Dave Green of Hobby Lobby. There were five male Justices who voted in favor of Mr. Green, allowing him to personally choose what insurance services are available to his female employees. This is a fiasco and a threat to individual rights. To protest this decision here is what I’m doing: To both Dave Green and to the Justices that voted against a woman’s reproductive rights, I am sending a brief letter. One to Mr. Green at his corporate headquarters and another to the group of Justices. I am simply writing that I protest this choice and am enclosing a hermetically sealed condom. Continue reading “SCOTUS and Hobby Lobby”
Friday May 9th is a Day of Action to help John Kiriakou, the CIA agent serving a prison sentence for whistleblowing against the C.I.A. torture program. The day is being organized by FireDogLake. The Green Party of the United States has consistently called for a halt to the prosecution of whistleblowers. Though perhaps less known than others such as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, Broward County Greens believe that Kiriakou has performed a service to his country by his defense of the Constitution.
Friday May 9th is a Day of Action to help John Kiriakou, the CIA agent serving a prison sentence for whistleblowing against the C.I.A. torture program. The day is being organized by FireDogLake. All concerned members of the public are encouraged to visit their local Representatives’ and Senators’ offices to lobby for Kiriakou’s release to a half way house. For those unable to visit an office, FireDogLake recommends calling the Bureau of Prisons to ask them to move Kiriakou, or to donate to a fund for Freedom of Information Act requests concerning the case.
Kiriakou is a former C.I.A. analyst and case officer. In the wake of September 11, 2001, he refused to be trained in “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which many understand to be a euphemism for the cruel and unusual punishments inflicted upon detainees of the United States in violation of the 8th amendment of the Constitution. These actions include waterboarding, a crime for which the United States has been said to have executed Japanese soldiers for, after World War II.
Kiriakou, after leaving the CIA, was the first CIA officer to confirm that the agency waterboarded prisoners as part of official U.S. policy. Subsequently, the U.S. government investigated and prosecuted him. It has been noted ironically, that the sole C.I.A. officer to be jailed in relation to the torture program was the one to publicly oppose the program. He is currently serving a thirty month sentence under the Espionage Act. Reports by writers such as Kevin Gostolza have described his ill treatment by the Bureau of Prisons and repeated attempts to silence his public communications which have become known as the “Letters from Loretto.”
Kiriakou has been honored in the well known portrait series by Robert Shetterly “Americans Who Tell the Truth.” Other honors he has received include the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civil Courage. While with the C.I.A. he received 10 Exceptional Performance Awards, the Sustained Superior Performance Award, the Counterterrorism Service Medal, and the State Department’s Meritorious Honor Award.
The Green Party of the United States has consistently called for a halt to the prosecution of whistleblowers. Though perhaps less known than others such as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, Broward County Greens believe that Kiriakou has performed a service to his country by his defense of the Constitution.