January 20, 2023 – Noon- a protest on the steps of the well known, Fifth Ave NYC Library.
Statement from Peace Action NYC :
“We will gather to celebrate the second anniversary of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and then march to the U.S. Mission (1st Ave & 45th St) to deliver the message that the U.S. must join the Treaty”
They also stated, “It’s been quite a year for Peace Action New York State! From advocating for peace in Yemen and Ukraine, to holding our leaders accountable for our nation’s excessive military spending, our growing network is organizing a strong and impactful peace movement across New York State!” https://www.icanw.org/
Flickr slide show: As members of the Peace Action NYC, The Raging Grannies sang a bunch of protest songs, holding banners and signs, as a couple of speakers followed on the steps of the Main NYC Library.
VIDEO: The speaker is Seth Sheldon, he serves as the United Nations Liaison for ICAN in New York, but continues to teach and practice law, and to perform in music and arts.
Excerpted speech re the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty,
“… what we are celebrating … if you don’t know about the U.N. Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons, you are to be forgiven. In all of the media coverage on international war and brewing dangers we have not seen much mentioned that the only realistic solution for nuclear weapons – nuclear weapons which pose the greatest existential threat to humanity – including for posing the most acute existential threat to our climate (and global food supply)The solution is the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. [… ] It is the first and only global treaty that categorically prohibits … everything to do with nuclear weapons; also providing a framework for their total elimination.
It is historic … in seeking to prevent future harm, but to to address past harm. […] If you don’t know about it, why do you think that is. […] True experts on international security, science and health care calculate that the the (… ) policies have slept walked humanity into the highest risk ever … higher that at the height of the cold war. And it will get worse quickly, without a major shift. That shift is this treaty, the treaty on the prohibition on nuclear weapons. It is our best hope. Our only hope.”
.(the video continues … with claims of nuclear racism) NYrs find a way to support this treaty….after all it was here where nuclear weapons began. (…) and many NY communities, primarily in black and brown and under served NYC communities continue to suffer from the radio active legacy of that program … many NYrs not knowing this. […] many do not know that NYC, prior to 1980’s legislation, was surrounded by Nuclear Missiles [… ] that made NYC more of a target [….] Thank you for your support … (let’s) see the rest of the world join is.” [End Video]
“We cannot underestimate the power of our solidarity. Bearing witness to the violence and fear the Taliban is unleashing on Afghanistan will send a powerful message to the Afghan people – and women specifically – that they are not alone.”
“ Just as importantly, it will remind the Taliban that we see what they are doing and will not back down until all Afghan people live with the full human rights they deserve.“
Led by Afghan activists and artists Fatima Rahmati, Leeza Ahmady, Farah Arjang Vezvaee, Matin Maulawizada (co-founder Afghan Hands), Halema Wali (Afghans for a Better Tomorrow), poet Wazina Zondon, Sonita Alizada…
… with women’s rights activists “V” (formerly Eve Ensler) (founder of V-Day/One Billion Rising), Zainab Salbi, Jodie Evans (co-founder of CODEPINK), Manira Alva (Vice President, Political and Civic Engagement, of Vital Voices) and NYC Public Advocate, Jumaane Williams, musicians Morley Shanti Kamen, Chris Bruce, Neel Murgai, Trina Basu, Arun Ramamurthi, Broadway stars Kathryn Gallagher (Jagged Little Pill), Anastacia McCleskey (Waitress), and Gerianne Perez (Waitress).
Factoid: Re the woman now called “V” : Since the ‘V’ in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina, she chose this as her new name, no longer wishing to use the surname of the father who abused her.
But, why no mention of the criminal actions of Biden and Company that caused this crisis. Biden restored the Taliban to power, causing the death and torture of the people of Afghanistan – not just the women. Their whole country was handed over to the tyranny of the Taliban.
No surprise, since they PRAISE the murderous Winnie Mandela as a woman to be admired. However, since she has been exposed as “Mugger of the Nation” this is a stunning delusion (as is their belief that the Taliban will listen to their demands …. and change their ways).
Keeping with their delusional mindset, Ensler said, today she is “Rising to Cut the Pentagon Budget;stop… (to stop) war and destruction until we create a feminist world foreign policy which really is reflecting human security and care and connection.”
Tell the U.S. Congress and the White House toSTOP funding the Department of Defense and use those funds to create change and better lives for its people.
Put the funds into education, housing, transportation, environmental needs, end mass incarceration.
Time for a Reality Check, ignoring their touchy-feely gobbledy-gook: “President Biden’s policy pronouncements may look great on bumper stickers, but they have fewer calories than Coke Zero.”
“When the Global War on Terrorism started, the US identified something like 300 key al Qaeda leaders to be taken out. By the end of Obama’s presidency, we had killed about 3,000 of them.
Yet the core of al Qaeda hid in Iran and now are coming out to repopulate the movement. Donald Rumsfeld was right — you can’t just kill your way out of global terrorism.
In addition to hunting terrorists, what really kept al Qaeda and their ilk down all these years is that we deprived them of safe havens in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.”
(Didn’t have my better video camera, couldn’t adjust camera for intense back light off the East River.)
Concluding with this statement from “Rise For Revolution”: “Women of the world and our allies stand with the women – and all vulnerable groups – of Afghanistan against imperialism, militarism, fundamentalism, and fascism. None of us are free until the women of Afghanistan are free. We believe the women of Afghanistan have the right to education, to travel, to freedom of movement, to jobs, to security, just having freedom to be able to breathe and be. We cannot underestimate the power of our solidarity at this moment.”
#1BillionRising told the United Nations NOT TO recognize #Afghanistan as a country! Told the world to be BETTER and not forget the Women of Afghanistan! We Are A Witness; We Are A Threat; We Are A Refusal; We Are A Wail; We Are A Joining; We Are A RISING!
August 16, 2015. Going through some old pictures files from 2011, that I hadn’t posted on The Peoples Republic of China, left me asking, “How are things in China since the 1989 murders in Tiananman Square?”
“How is that New (Communist) Economic Model working out?” For “The People” and for the U.S. Are we concerned? Should we be?
“According to current news reports the Chinese are making major acquisitions in the U. S., even with their stock market concerns. New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel n midtown Manhattan has been sold to a Chinese insurance company company for nearly $2bn… causing some concern amongst the UN as well as the US government.” (Worried about ‘hacking of emails? Spying. Eavesdropping on phones?)
Part One – Is There Hope For “the People” in this “Free” Market?
With the Chinese people in mind, I revisited more files taken with my circa 2011 cell-phone (the cell-phone that skipped). Files from June of 2011.Chinese students (just like those murdered by the Chinese government in 1989) gathered in Times Square for a memorial on the Red Steps of Duffy Square because they CAN’T in Red China. Remembering those murdered by the Communist Chinese; massacred in Tian An Men Square on June 4, 1989.1989 was a very Big Year. The Fall of the Berlin Wall – a big fail for The Hammer and Sickle – giving HOPE to so many, including the students in Red China. But, the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) autocratic rule shut their student protests down. Quickly. Murderously.Whether in 2011 or 2015, the CCP continues to rewrite history, Communist-style. Today. Every day. Denying the massacre at Tiananmen ever happened.
” Six weeks of protests (in 1989) ended with the Beijing massacre. The exact number of fatalities is still disputed. Some say a few hundred, others say a few thousand.”
…”the 25th anniversary…
(and) we’re still not allowed to speak. It’s despicable. It’s because they’re guilty and afraid,” said activist Zhang Xianling, referring to the Chinese authorities’ attempts to contain her dissent ahead of the 25th anniversary in 2014.
The Peoples Republic of China has effectively erased this ’embarrassment’, their Crimes-Against-Humanity, from the collective consciousness. With government control of the history books and the media: Obfuscating. Denying the murders in Tiananmen.
The Chinese students gathered in Times Square were calling for “FREEDOM of Speech”, “Freedom of Conscience”, “FREE INTERNET”, Freedom from a despotic government, just like the students in 1989.I couldn’t understand the speeches, almost all were in Chinese, but near the end, the man in the wheelchair also spoke and must have been a student in 1989. As a young man, his legs were probably crushed by a tank in Tiananmen Square.
(You can see in the video that one of the hosts gestures towards his “legs”)
Tiananmen Freedom fighters speaking now to a new generation of young Chinese – VIDEO
.Slide show of pictures
Books that record what actually happened in Tiananmen Squareare NOTavailable in China. Rallies that attempt to commemorate the 25th and 26th years anniversaries are NOT allowed. No Google allowed in The Peoples Republic. (Google is where I easily looked for this book, that recorded the TRUTH about Tiananmen.)
A book, “The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited” By Louisa Lim. Oxford University Press; 248 pages; $24.95.Amazon.com, ON THE night of June 3rd-4th 1989 the Chinese army unleashed its tanks in the centre of Beijing to crush a protest that had begun seven weeks earlier against the Communist Party’s autocratic rule. Ever since, Chinese officials grow nervous in the run-up to the anniversary of the crackdown.…. a new generation of young Chinese has since grown up that knows little of what happened, and appears not to care. The party’s memory-eradication campaign has been so effective that only 15 out of 100 of them correctly identified the iconic photograph of the man standing in front of a column of tanks ... many young Chinese see today’s prosperity as justification for the crackdown.
“The students were peacefully protesting on June 4. They loved their country. However the government is choosing to ignore the facts, using lies to cover the truth,” said Zhang, who is now 76 years old.
Zhang’s 19-year-old son Wang Nan was shot in the head on June 4, 1989, while taking photographs of the clash between students and soldiers on Chang’an Avenue. Almost three decades later, Zhang is still waiting for answers to her son’s death.
Part Two – Still No Hope For Some
The Chinese Communist Government has destroyed the lives of millions. Murdered millions. The Tibetans, Falun Gong. The Citizens of Shanghai and Hong Kong. I have seen them desperately protest the despotic policies of the Communist Chinese Government. Here. In The U.S. (Where they CAN protest) They want Freedom from Tyranny.
For the first time, the Chinese have become the biggest foreign buyers of apartments in Manhattan, real estate brokers estimate, taking the mantle from the Russians – Wealthy Chinese are pouring money into real estate in New York… as they seek safe havens for their cash and also establish a base for their children to get an education in the West. “They’re looking for trophy properties,”
The motivation for purchasing by Chinese buyers appears to be driven by a need to ‘park’ cash in an appreciable asset. Buying land in high quality property markets is akin to keeping savings in a bank, thus ‘land-banking’ is a term often used to describe the activity… the underbelly of China’s high net worth investment industry.
Chinese hackers penetrated the U.S. government’s personnel files in 2014, potentially gaining access not only to the files of nearly every government employee, but also to the sensitive and private information of Americans holding government security clearances. Some believe that American intelligence has been gutted by this invasion.
Chinese cyber spies have been accessing the private emails of top US national security and trade officials since April 2010, according to an NBC News report on Monday, citing a U.S. intelligence official and top secret document…
the US official… said it was still going on… saying all top national security and trade officials were targeted.
The targeted officials were not publicly identified. (but…) The hacking coincides with Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.
Really? In 2010… 2014 … and we’re only just hearing about it?