In this series of interviews by the United National Antiwar Coalition, Joe Lombardo speaks with Margaret Kimberley who is an author, editor of Black Agenda Report and coordinating committee member of Black Alliance for Peace. She speaks about the Black Alliance for Peace's campaign to make peace an election issue. The demands include cutting military spending, losing military bases, stopping sanctions and ending militarism domestically. Margaret Kimberley explains why this is an important issue and what people can do to support the campaign.
Tourism is on the rise in the picturesque city of Oaxaca, known for its smoky mezcal, activist art scene, and diverse patchwork of Indigenous cultures. This year, visitors to the tiny airport in southern Mexico—where traffic is up 34 percent—were greeted by a billboard depicting smiling miners in a verdant field. “Welcome to Oaxaca,” the sign read, “where progress and nature coexist. Cuzcatlán Mining Company.” Cuzcatlán is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Fortuna Silver Mines, a Vancouver-based company that operates a gold and silver mine an hour south of the airport.
"We can never co-habitate and co-exist with an empire," the head of the School of Anti-Imperialism said during the graduation ceremony. Bolivian President Evo Morales has attended the graduation of 407 military officers from the School of Anti-Imperialism in Bolivia, highlighting the importance of the Bolivian Armed Forces in defending sovereignty. "We are convinced that the liberation of a people comes with the anti-imperialist struggle not only in Bolivia, but rather in the whole world," Morales said during the ceremony Friday. "Why must humanity struggle? Because there is injustice, there is inequality. Some models only seek hegemony, only seek natural resources to take them."
By Michael Caster for Waging Nonviolence - On October 17, Hiroji Yamashiro was arrested for cutting a wire fence at a protest against a U.S. military base in Okinawa. He has been held in detention ever since. Yamashiro, the chairman of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, has been a fixture of the nonviolent opposition to military base expansion on the island for years. The 64-year-old Yamashiro had undergone cancer treatment in 2015, and medical tests two months into his detention revealed a decline in his health. Nevertheless, since his arrest almost five months ago, he has been held in pre-trial detention — mostly in solitary confinement, denied bail and any contact with his family.
. . . permeated the SOAW Youth Encuentro in Venezuela this July, where I had the privilege of joining 33 amazing young leaders from 18 countries across the Americas. Each of these incredible young people are on the front lines of struggles for justice and self-determination in their communities, standing up against militarization and empire. Day-to-day they are defending their communities from being poisoned by multinational mining companies, calling for justice for their disappeared family members, prosecuting military officials responsible for human rights violations, demanding respect for Indigenous autonomy, organizing against deportations and deaths on the border, and constructing alternatives to corporate looting and militarization of our hemisphere.