WATADA WATCH: Victorious in historic battle with US Army, Watada will be free man in October
After two years in an unjust, Kafkaesque limbo, Ehren Watada is about to regain his freedom. -- The U.S. Army had been refusing to let him go, despite a 2007 decision
by U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle barring a second court-martial. -- The constitutional ban on double jeopardy applied to Lt. Watada's case because Lt. Col. John Head, the Army judge at his court-martial, "abused his discretion" and improperly declared a mistrial
when the case was going badly for the army. -- His then-attorney, Eric Seitz, predicted
on the day of the mistrial that Watada would never be tried again, and he was right. -- Now, more than three years after he defied military authorities and on Jun. 7, 2006
, announced his refusal to obey orders to deploy to Iraq on the grounds that the war there is illegal under U.S. and international law, U.S. Army Lt. Ehren Watada says he is "grateful" to be allowed to resign from the military with a discharge "under other than honorable conditions," AP reported Friday. -- Thus Watada has "won his three-year legal battle with the Army," the Honolulu Star-Bulletin
declared in its lead. -- Gregg Kakesako reported that Watada "will be discharged during the first week in October." --&nsp; In an effort to minimize publicity, "Joseph J. Piek, Fort Lewis spokesman, said 'this is an administrative discharge and the characterization of Lt. Watada’s discharge is not releasable under the privacy act.'" -- Watada said he was "“thankful to the people from all walks of life that supported me and agreed with my stand.” -- Kakesako said the Army's final approval of Watada's resignation came on Sept. 18. -- It was reported
in May that Watada intends to go to law school....
CALENDAR: Chomsky to keynote Oct. 2-4 Portland conference on ecological & economic crises
The first weekend in October 2009 will see a major conference on the economic and ecological crises in downtown Portland, OR. ...
VIDEO: 'Eating Locally in Pierce County' (2009)
The growing movement to eat locally in one county in Washington State's Puget Sound region is documented in "Eating Locally in Pierce County" (Kendle Bjelland and Joseph La Sac, 2009), a high-quality 34-minute video. -- Univ. of Puget Sound Prof. David N. Balaam, co-author of International Political Economy (4th ed. 2007), explains the global context of a global food system that sacrifices food security to the pursuit of corporate profit; then the filmmakers portray local producers, consumers, and the farmers' markets that link them, as well as groups like the Tacoma Food Co-op Steering Committee, which is working toward the creation of a local food co-op in Tacoma....
CALENDAR: Evening with Dahr Jamail in Seattle on Sept. 27 supporting Coffee Strong
On Sept. 27, 2009, at 6:30 p.m., a "Seattle Evening with Dahr Jamail to support Coffee Strong" will be held at the University Temple Methodist Church in Seattle. -- Admission costs $15.00. -- Details below....
NEWS & COMMENTARY: DHS says WA State Fusion Center 'did not know of Towery's report'
"The Department of Homeland Security said today that reports on antiwar groups gathered by John Towery, an undercover Army spy in Washington State
, did not make their way into DHS intelligence data banks," CQ Politics
reported Tuesday. -- "'The DHS intelligence operations specialist assigned to the Washington State Fusion Center did not know of Towery's report, consequently, the report was not forwarded through any channels,' said department spokeswoman Amy Kudwa, in response to a query," said Jeff Stein. -- NOTE:
In evaluating this denial, it should be remembered that, as Stein pointed out, a similar denial concerning the Maryland State Police turned out to be false when "Maryland police investigative files subsequently obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union revealed that in 2005 DHS had actually been sending intelligence it collected on the D.C. Anti-War Network, known as DAWN, to the Maryland police, who had also targeted the group." -- Moreover, the Washington State Preparedness Report
prepared by the Washington Military Department Emergency Management Division, dated Mar. 31, 2008, states on page 45 that "WAJAC [the Washington Joint Analytical Center, a fusion center] continues to facilitate the implementation of the Washington State Fusion Center that will be co-located within the FBI's Seattle office," suggesting the possibility that DHS may be artfully looking in the wrong place. -- Moreover, it appears that there is no clear understanding of these terms. On page 21 of the Region 6 2008 Homeland Security Strategic Plan
WAJAC is described as the same entity as the Washington State Fusion Center. -- Still another official document (Washington State Patrol 2006 Annual Report
, page 30) describes WAJAC as a part of the Washington State Fusion Center....
LOCAL NEWS: GEO pepper-sprays NWDC detainees for 'not responding to orders to go to bed'
AP reported Friday that on the evening of Sun., Aug. 8, GEO guards "used pepper spray to control immigrant detainees" at the Northwest Detention Center on the Tacoma Tideflats. -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said detainees "weren't responding to orders Sunday night to go to bed." -- This came to light, it seems, "after some detainees did not make scheduled court appointments following the incident." -- "Dankers says the sprayed detainees — all male — were checked out by doctors at the detention center." -- BACKGROUND:
As Dr. C. Gregory Smith of the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and Dr. Woodhall Stopford of Duke University Medical Center have written in a detailed study entitled "Health Hazards of Pepper Spray
," "During the past decade, OC [oleoresin capsicum] sprays have become popular with law enforcement and corrections personnel as non-lethal deterrent agents. But there is no real scientific basis for the claim that OC sprays are relatively safe." -- COMMENT:
It is therefore NEVER appropriate to use pepper spray on a human being in response to a failure to respond to an order. -- Based on the ICE spokesperson's account, GEO's conduct is prima facie abuse and those responsible should be held accountable. -- The NWDC is located in the district of Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA 9th); he can be reached at 253-583-6600 or by email
. -- Complaints to GEO (formerly Wackenhut), which earned 13% of its operating revenue from ICE in 2008, can be addressed to its Boca Raton headquarters (621 NW 53rd St., Suite 700, Boca Raton, FL 33487; 866-301-4436 or 561-893-0101)....
COMMENTARY: Tacoma paper calls on US Army to explain John Towery's role
Last Updated on Sunday, 09 August 2009 14:45
On Sunday, the News Tribune
(Tacoma, WA) called on the U.S. Army to "be forthcoming — and soon" about John Towery, the Fort Lewis spy who was outed by Port Militarization Resistance activists
two weeks ago. -- "Until [the Army] starts talking, the public will be left to assume the worst: that the military is spying on civilians," the paper said. -- COMMENT:
In fact, the public already knows this. -- Although the News Tribune
said that "all that is known so far comes from antiwar activists" and that perhaps Towery "was a rogue agent" or "a disaffected Army employee who really does have anarchist leanings," Fort Lewis effectively admitted two weeks ago that Towery was a spy. -- As Democracy Now! reported when it broke the story, "the base’s Public Affairs office publicly acknowledged . . . that Towery is a military operative. The statement says, quote, 'John Towery performs sensitive work within the installation law enforcement community, and it would not be appropriate for him to discuss his duties with the media.' Fort Lewis also says it’s launched an internal inquiry." -- Moreover, as Democracy Now! reported on Jul. 28, "government documents also show that intelligence officers from other government and military agencies inquired [of] Olympia police about the Washington state peace activists. In an email to an Olympia police officer from February 2008, Thomas Glapion, Chief Investigations/Intel of New Jersey’s McGuire Air Force, writes, quote, 'Good Morning, first let me thank you for the effort. To the contrary you were quite the help to me. You are now part of my Intel network. I’m still looking at possible protests by the PMR SDS MDS and other left wing anti war groups so any Intel you have would be appreciated . . . In return if you need anything from the Armed Forces I will try to help you as well.'” -- Towery was obviously not a "rogue agent." -- One more significant omission: the News Tribune
did not mention the issue of fusion centers (whose existence the paper has never acknowledged, unless we are mistaken), though it did allude to them by speaking of "about the intelligence-sharing networks created in the wake of 9/11" and the "concerns that civil libertarians have voiced for years." -- Still, the editorial is surprising and remarkable in the sense that any criticism of the military is rare in the News Tribune
, which publishes Fort Lewis's official newspaper and usually confines itself to the role of cheerleader....
LOCAL NEWS: National & international press report on Ft. Lewis infiltration of antiwar group
Last Updated on Monday, 03 August 2009 00:33
On Saturday, the New York Times
reported on the infiltration of Port Militarization Resistance (PMR) by a spy reporting to the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis. -- Unless we are mistaken, it is the first time the Times
has mentioned PMR, and UPI ran a squib
on the Times
story Sunday afternoon. -- William Yardley added little to what has already been published, except to identify the means of livelihood of two PMR members. -- Stephen Dycus of Vermont Law School told the Times
that "the Army [is] prohibited from conducting law enforcement among civilians except in very rare circumstances, none of which immediately appeared to be relevant to the Fort Lewis case. Mr. Dycus said several statutes and rules also prohibited the Army from conducting covert surveillance of civilian groups for intelligence purposes. -- 'Infiltration is a really big deal,' he said. He said it 'raises fundamental questions about the role of the military in American society.'" -- Oddly, the Times
did not mention fusion centers, whose problematic relation to the U.S. military was the subject of an editorial
on Jul. 30. -- The Irish Times
, which also reported on the PMR story Saturday, did mention fusion centers. -- Nothing in Denis Staunton's article was new, since it was based on the Jul. 28 Democracy Now! broadcast by Amy Goodman that broke the story (which the Times
neither mentioned nor used as a source). -- Staunton also gave context, as the Times
did not, by mentioning the history of government spying on antiwar groups during the Vietnam War, but it mentioned only the FBI and failed to say that the military had been massively involved as well....
COMMENTARY: Fusion centers are 'a police state waiting to be born'
Last Updated on Friday, 31 July 2009 22:16
"Unable to get anywhere near Al Qaeda, [fusion centers] have to produce something to justify their funding, and naturally began to broaden the definitional limits of the 'terrorist' label to include an ever-widening array of 'suspicious' activities," commented Justin Raimondo on this week's revelation of a military spy in the antiwar movement in Western Washington State. -- "What every local activist, and anyone who’s ever signed their name to an antiwar petition or attended a meeting, needs to ask themselves is: how many other 'John Jacob's are hanging around — and to what purpose?" ...
LOCAL NEWS: Smith subcommittee hears NORTHCOM chief
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 17:01
At a hearing on "Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosives Consequence Management
" of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities
on Tuesday, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA 9th), who chairs the subcommittee, called for a "framework of guidance" to lay out the "roles and responsibilities of local, state, and federal responders” to a CBRNE event this week, Talk Radio News Service reported Tuesday. -- Smith said that integrating the FBI, DoD, DHS, and FEMA is the cornerstone of efficient disaster prevention and relief in the U.S. -- Rep. Smith's subcommittee heard testimony from Gen. Victor Renuart, Commander of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), created in 2002 and equipped, since Oct. 1, 2008, with first active unit with a dedicated assignment to Northern Command: the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Stewart, GA, a CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force serving as an on-call federal response force for terrorist attacks and other natural or manmade emergencies and disasters. -- ISRIA also devoted an article to the Smith subcommittee hearing. -- Mickey McCarter of HS Today also reported on the hearing, emphasizing the Dept. of Defense's lack of "the means to assess" its readiness to respond to CBRNE events (perhaps with the intention to spur even more federal anti-terrorism funding). -- COMMENT:
The hearing was altogether ignored by the mainstream media, as far as we have been able to divine. Even Rep. Smith's website makes no mention of it. -- None of these reports mentions fusion centers, despite their obvious relation to the subject at hand. -- For an idea of the rapid and vigorous expansion of fusion centers being funded under the radar by the U.S. national security state, see the Apr. 17, 2008, testimony
to a congressional committed from Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis Jack Tomarchio. -- It would appear that the fusion center system is bent on creating what is in some ways a unified national police force deputized to fight terrorists (or more likely, given the scarcity of domestic terrorists, other undesirables) on the domestic front. -- "[W]e are engaged with a variety of efforts, as part of the Information Sharing Environment to standardize and institutionalize suspicious activity reporting (SAR) nationwide," Tomarchio said. -- "Internally, we are developing a process that will ensure SAR reporting across the Department and component agencies is standardized and information is ready for distribution to fusion centers." ...
BACKGROUND: Christopher Pyle, on Ft. Lewis spy, warns 'history is repeating itself'
In a follow-up to Tuesday's broadcast breaking the story of the exposure of a military spy who infiltrated Western Washington antiwar groups and reported to Fort Lewis and the nationwide fusion center network of intelligence sharing, on Wednesday Democracy Now! featured an interview with Christopher Pyle, who as a captain working for U.S. Army intelligence in 1970 played a key role in exposing and bring to an end massive military surveillance of American citizens active in the antiwar and civil rights movements. -- "[H]istory is repeating itself," said Pyle. -- "I think the significance is less that the Army is monitoring civilian political activity, than that there is a network — a nationwide network of fusion centers — these state police intelligence units, these municipal police intelligence units, that bring together the services of the military, of police, and even private corporations to share information," he said. -- "And there’s an area of this which has not yet become publicly known, and that is the role of corporations working with the intelligence agencies, corporations which do data processing and data mining, which are totally exempt from any state or federal privacy laws. There’s no control on them at all." ...
LOCAL NEWS & COMMENTARY: Local media ignoring fusion center dimension of Fort Lewis spy case
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2009 22:15
In reporting on the unmasking of a Fort Lewis spy inside the Olympia PMR group, local mainstream media are failing to mention or are downplaying the most important aspect of the case: the issue of the massive and little-reported growth of fusion centers that is endangering privacy and civil liberties in the United States.[1,2] -- There is no mention, either, of the fact that the story has become national news, with Democracy Now!
devoting 45 minutes of its hour-long broadcast Tuesday morning on the issue, raising important issues of national concern. -- COMMENT:
This non-coverage is part of a pattern of silence relating to every issue of importance that pertains to the growth of militarism and the U.S. national security state in recent years that is particularly visible in the coverage of the News Tribune
of Tacoma, WA, located next to one of the nation's largest military bases. -- UFPPC has corresponded with the management of the News Tribune
regarding a conflict-of-interest concern created by the paper's relationship to the defense establishment (the News Tribune
earns a substantial share of its income from a Dept. of Defense contract making it the publisher of the Northwest Guardian
, the Fort Lewis newspaper); management argues that it maintains a firewall between its editorial and its business practices, but the pattern of its coverage does not support this conclusion. -- Regarding fusion centers, UFPPC has documented in recent years that the very existence of fusion centers is being systematically downplayed by our corporate-owned media — perhaps because the corporations themselves are part of the fusion center networks. -- Clearly, a congressional investigation is called for if Americans still care anything about their freedoms. -- In her Truthdig column on Tuesday, Amy Goodman wrote: "Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Rush Holt, D-N.J., and others are pushing for a new, comprehensive investigation of all U.S. intelligence activities, of the scale of the Church Committee hearings, which exposed widespread spying on and disruption of legal domestic groups, attempts at assassination of foreign heads of state, and more. -- Demands mount for information on and accountability for Vice President Dick Cheney’s alleged secret assassination squad, President George W. Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program, and the CIA’s alleged misleading of Congress. But the spying in Olympia occurred well into the Obama administration (and may continue today). President Barack Obama supports retroactive immunity for telecom companies involved in the wiretapping, and has maintained Bush-era reliance on the state secrets privilege. Lee and Holt should take the information uncovered by Brendan Dunn and the Olympia activists and get the investigations started now." ...
LOCAL NEWS: Fort Lewis spy unmasked in Olympia PMR group (Democracy Now!)
Democracy Now! devoted 45 minutes of its news broadcast Tuesday to breaking the story of the revelation of an informant reporting to the U.S. military who over the last two years infiltrated and spied on the Port Militarization Resistance group in Olympia, WA. -- Documents turned up by a FOIA request led the group to the realization that "John Jacobs," a purported anarchist who gained the confidence of the group and acted as an adminstrator of its listserv, was really John Towery, a member of Fort Lewis's Force Protection Service. -- When confronted, Towery confessed his spying, shocking activists who considered him a friend. -- Fort Lewis acknowledged the spying for the first time in a statement to Democracy Now! -- Commentators believe that there are many more such spies, and some are calling for a full-scale investigation into domestic spying programs, including the mysterious system of "fusion centers" set up nationwide of which Towery's spying was a part, instituted by the Bush administration, saying that these programs may involve breaking existing laws like Posse Comitatus. -- Mike German of the ACLU appeared on the broadcast, saying the U.S. military appears to regard fusion centers as a "method of circumventing Posse Comitatus and the restrictions on military intelligence gathering in the United States." -- Eileen Clancy of I-Witness told Amy Goodman: "[I]t’s very clear that this problem is national in scope." -- BACKGROUND:
UFPPC has worked with PMR and has supported most of their actions. -- See "A Protest in the Best American Tradition
" (March 15, 2007): "Just as the young Abraham Lincoln and Henry David Thoreau opposed the U.S. war of aggression against Mexico as a perversion of American values, so protesters at the Port of Tacoma stood this month against a war so illegal, so immoral, and so disastrous that it endangers the very health of the American body politic. . . . This legitimate protest has occasioned lamentable and disturbing behavior on the part of the Tacoma Police Department. . . . [W]e must work to understand why our local authorities chose the line of conduct that we were dismayed to witness this week. There must be an investigation. Those responsible must be held to account. What happened is not acceptable." -- The militarization of the police response to legitimate public protest deserves new attention in the light of the latest revelations. -- See also UFPPC's other statements related to port militarization resistance, "Statement on Olympia Port Militarization Resistance
" (November 15, 2007), and "The Failure of Democrats to Stop the War Is a Crisis of the Republic Legitimating Civil Resistance
," (December 20, 2007) emphasizing that it is protesters, and not our militarized police, who are on the side of the rule of law in the present matter. -- DEEPER BACKGROUND:
See also the following material on fusion centers posted on the UFPPC website: 1) "Fusion center mission creep deserves more attention than it's getting
" (June 9, 2009); 2) "The return of Total Information Awareness — EPIC's backgrounder on 'fusion centers'
" (May 18, 2008); 3) "Fusion centers 'have potential to be privacy nightmares'
" (May 13, 2008); 4) "Why do media censor WAJAC's involvement in Seattle 'mystery men' case?
" (May 10, 2008); 5) "Media mostly mum about terror drills and fusion centers
" (May 4, 2008); 6) "'Martial law training' of unprecedented scope gets no national press
" (April 21, 2008)....
LOCAL NEWS: Fort Lewis killer had record of stalking and making threats
In the aftermath of the slaying of 33-year-old Sharlona White at the Fort Lewis PX Wednesday, a number of stories Thursday detailed the violent past and propensities of the man who killed her and then killed himself, U.S. Army (ret.) Sgt. 1st Class Lafayette Meminger, 59. -- By far the best-researched was a Seattle Times article by Christine Clarridge and Charles E. Brown. -- “According to White's mother and daughter, she had been introduced to Meminger about a year and a half ago by a member of the victim's church,” Clarridge and Brown wrote. “‘The pastor lady . . . introduced them,’ said White's 14-year-old daughter, Zeunna Woodruff. ‘She said she had a vision that they were meant to be together.’” -- The murderer and the woman he would later kill dated for about ten months. -- After she broke up with him, Meminger became threatening and obsessive. -- “About a week before she was killed, White and her two children had moved in with her parents for protection. The night before her death, she had bought a dog. White's family believes that the man must have recently learned that White had reunited with her high-school boyfriend, who was planning to move from another state to Washington.” ...
LOCAL NEWS: Murder-suicide at Fort Lewis PX
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2009 01:23
A woman in her thirties who was a mother with two children was shot and killed at around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday as she worked at her clothing and jewelry kiosk at the Fort Lewis PX, the News Tribune
(Tacoma, WA) reported Wednesday. -- She was killed by a 59-year-old retired sergeant first class living in Lakewood who then "fatally wounded himself," causing "panic in the Wal-Mart-size shopping center" that serves Pierce County's immense army base, Scott Fontaine and Mike Archibold said. -- The victim's mother said she believed her daughter was killed "by a former boyfriend who [Sharlona] White had left seven months ago." -- Because both of the dead were civilians, the FBI has taken over the case, Fontaine and Archibold said. -- The Seattle Times
reported around midnight that the murderer shot himself in the head but died only around 4:00 p.m. -- He had retired in 1992 and lived in Lakewood, Sanjay Bhatt and Charles E. Brown said. -- Commentators on the KING 5 website
added a few details. -- One said that the woman killed "was the nicest person you could ever meet. . . . She sold Christian items for the exchanges as a vendor." -- Another claiming to be the daughter of the murderer, apparently provoked by idle speculation on the part of some others, posted a statement that said of him that "He was a very nice man, a great father and a loving friend. He was my father and we will never understand why he did this. He hurt his children, his loved ones, and his family. He also hurt a very nice young lady's family as well and has left two beautiful children without their mother. My father has never been to the Middle East and was retired. You don't have to deploy to be able to do something like this. Whatever my father's reasons were, they were too much for him to bear. We send our prayers and condolences to her family for their loss. We love our father and nothing could ever change that. Nothing has ever happened like this in our family and no family deserves the pain that is left for all of us to deal with. I understand that everyone has their opinions or their reasoning on who my father was and what caused him to do this. That is a answer that we will never know. Do know that this could happen to anyone and no family is safe from a tragedy like this. I never imagined this would happen but it knocked on our door. Be blessed, love your family, listen, pay attention, and never think it won't be the last time. That knock may visit your doorstep one day. By the grace of GOD I pray it doesn't because the pain is unbearable for any family to handle whether your loved one was the suspect or the victim. We will always love our father and our prayers go out to her and her family. May God help and bless us all." -- BACKGROUND:
In the several dozen reports on this incident that I reviewed, only one used the term "murder-suicide," though this case seems to conform to a common pattern in such crimes. -- According to the Wikipedia article on the murder-suicide
, "Though there's no national tracking system for murder-suicides in the United States, medical studies into the phenomenon estimate between 1,000 to 1,500 deaths per year in the U.S., with the majority occurring between spouses or intimate partners, males were the vast majority of the perpetrators, and over 90% of murder suicides involved a firearm. Depression, financial problems, and other problems are generally motivators." ...
LOCAL NEWS: WA AG McKenna meets with group denouncing letter on Gaza
On Wednesday a group of fourteen citizens including members of the Save Gaza Campaign met with Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna "to discuss his earlier signing of a controversial letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton supporting Israel's attacks in Gaza during December and January," a press released prepared by Peter Lippman and Linda Frank said Thursday. -- "McKenna listened cordially and promised to consult with the group in the event that future questions arise relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. . . . The group meeting with McKenna presented several requests including that he publicly withdraw his name from the Attorneys General letter . . . The Attorney General indicated that he would respond to the requests within a few weeks." -- Linda Frank represented United for Peace of Pierce County at the meeting....
CALENDAR: 'Sir! No Sir!' with Randy Rowland & Seth Manzel -- Jul. 16 @ 6:30pm @ King's Books
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2009 23:17
The remarkable documentary film "Sir! No Sir!
" (2005, directed by David Zeiger) will be shown on Thurs., Jul. 16, at King's Books in a fundraiser for Coffee Strong, the GI coffeehouse near Fort Lewis. -- Randy Rowland, who appears in the film as a member of the Presidio 27, will be present and will speak after the film. -- "Sir! No Sir!," which won an audience award at the L.A. Film Festival and the Golden Starfish Award for best documentary of 2005 and which enjoys a Rotten Tomatoes
rating of 88% "ripe," tells the not-well-enough-known story of resistance to the Vietnam War from within the military and makes the case that this resistance played a key role in ending the Vietnam War. -- NOTE:
For more materials on GI resistance to the Vietnam War (not a topic the mainstream media is willing to feature, for obvious reasons), see here
CALENDAR: Public forum on health care reform in Tacoma -- Tues., Jun. 23 @ 7pm
Washington Public Campaigns is sponsoring a public forum on health care reform that will be held at First United Methodist Church (621 Tacoma Ave. S.) at 7:00 p.m., preceded by a social hour. -- More details below. ...
ACTIVISM: Appeal from the Corries
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 17:24
Following a meeting with Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA 3rd) on Sat., Jun. 6, in Olympia, at which the congressman spoke about his second trip to Gaza, the Corries are appealing for your help in encouraging our representatives in Congress to take a fresh look at the Israel/Palestine situation. ...
ACTIVISM: Caterpillar protest at Union Station/Fed. Bldg in Tacoma -- Mon., Jun. 8 @ 4:30pm
Last Updated on Saturday, 06 June 2009 16:17
Nancy Farrell reminds you to turn out if possible for the protest
against sales of militarized bulldozers to Israel by Caterpillar, Inc., on Mon. afternoon, Jun. 8, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. -- Nancy recently sent a letter to the News Tribune
(Tacoma, WA) on Caterpillar; the text is posted below. ...