Feb 082014

German Television Channel NDR does an exclusive interview with Edward Snowden. (ENGLISH).

Uploaded on LiveLeak

Media Blacks Out New Snowden Interview The Government Doesn’t Want You to See

by Jay Syrmopoulos, at BenSwann.com

This past Sunday evening former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sat down for an interview with German television network ARD. The interview has been intentionally blocked from the US public, with virtually no major broadcast news outlets covering this story. In addition, the video has been taken down almost immediately every time it’s posted on YouTube.

In contrast, this was treated as a major political event in both print and broadcast media, in Germany, and across much of the world. In the interview, Mr. Snowden lays out a succinct case as to how these domestic surveillance programs undermine and erode human rights and democratic freedom.

He states that his “breaking point” was “seeing Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, directly lie under oath to Congress” denying the existence of a domestic spying programs while under questioning in March of last year. Mr. Snowden goes on to state that, “The public had a right to know about these programs. The public had a right to know that which the government is doing in its name, and that which the government is doing against the public.”

It seems clear that the virtual blackout of this insightful interview is yet another deliberate attempt to obfuscate the truth from the view of the American public. The media has continually attempted to shill the official government lies about mass domestic surveillance programs, justifying them as necessary to fight the “War on Terror”, while attempting to painting Mr. Snowden as a traitor.

In regards to accusations that he is a traitor or a foreign agent, he states, “ If I am traitor, who did I betray? I gave all my information to the American public, to American journalists who are reporting on American issues. If they see that as treason, I think people really need to consider who they think they’re working for. The public is supposed to be their boss, not their enemy. Beyond that as far as my personal safety, Ill never be fully safe until these systems have changed.”

The attempt to bury this interview by the government/corporate symbiosis has extremely dark implications. Additionally, the fact that government officials have openly talked about assassinating Mr. Snowden cannot be taken lightly, and Mr. Snowden obviously takes these threats to his life very seriously. Sadly, the reality of the US government assassinating an American citizen is not beyond the realm of possibility in the age we live in.

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Jan 282014

In conjunction with the Day of Day of Solidarity in Support of Boston School Bus Drivers Union – USW 8751:

Friday, January 31, 12:00 Noon

500 Griswold, downtown Detroit (Guardian Building)

Demand Veolia rehire the fired drivers now—B of A stop profiting from union-busting!

Say NO to Union-buster Veolia

See endorsement letter from the Massachusetts AFL-CIO: Day of Solidarity

Reinstatefired union leaders

On October 8, 2013, Veolia Transportation suspended five Boston school bus drivers after they engaged in legally protected union activity. In November four of them were fired. Veolia currently holds the contract for the privatized school transportation system in Boston. Veolia is a giant French company with a global reach. Veolia oppresses and exploits, busts unions, and harms the environment all over the world. Unions in California, Florida, Arizona, England, Sweden, Finland and France have all had disputes with Veolia and currently Veolia Super Shuttle workers at the Baltimore-Washington airport are protesting sub-minimum wage and deplorable working conditions. The company’s “environmental services” division has been blamed for the release of toxic chemicals and is involved in “fracking.” By providing transportation and waste removal services to illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine Veolia profits from Israeli apartheid. These are just a few examples.

The Dutch group BankTrack has identified seven banks who are major Veolia investors: Deutsche Bank, JPMorganChase, UBS, Barclays, MorganStanley, the Belgian bank Belfius and Bank of America.

Most of of these banks just happen to be the same banks who are destroying Detroit!

First the banks created the racist subprime mortgage crisis, forcing mass numbers of Detroiters out of their homes. Then they bled the city dry with exorbitant interest rates. Bank of America and UBS are the culprits in the now-infamous interest rate swap swindle. Barclays wants to saddle Detroit with another high interest loan to pay of B of A and UBS. Union retirees’ pensions are threatened. From Boston to Detroit to Palestine, these criminal bankers and corporations must be challenged!

The Boston School Bus Union Five have called on supporters around the country to stand with them on or around February 1.

Sponsors: Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice, mecawi.org, Moratorium NOW! Coalition, moratorium-mi.org

For more information, call 313-680-5508

Massachusetts AFL-CIO

Date: Sat. 02/01/2014 – 1:00pm
Location Name: Veolia Bus Yard and Corporate Offices
Address: Hoyt and Dorchester Street, Dorchester, MA


Sponsored by the United Steelworkers International, USW 8751 and endorsed by the Mass AFL-CIO, Greater Boston Labor Council, Coalition for Equal Quality Education, City Councilor Charles Yancey, Chuck Turner, Charles Clemons, Founder TOUCH 106.1 Radio and a broad coalition of Labor and Community.

Let’s Drive Veolia’s Union Busting Out ot Boston!

Despite signing an agreement to honor all terms and conditions of the USW 8751 contract on June 18, 2013, since Veolia took over management of the Boston School Bus transportation on July 1, 2013 they blatantly and systematically violated nearly every article regarding wages, benefits and working conditions and repudiated the established grievance and arbitration procedures. From July to October over 175 individual and class action grievances were filed. In September the Steelworkers filed 18 Unfair Labor Practices charges with the National Labor Relations Board. On October 7th the company attempted to force the drivers to fill out new hire applications. The members also knew that due to the Federal Government shutdown at the time they had no redress available. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

On the morning of October 8th the drivers reported to work and demanded a meeting with Veolia, whose top management as well as BPS officials were onsite at the bus yards, concerning their total failure to honor the contract. They refused for hours, then at 11:00 am locked the gates and evicted the drivers under threat of arrest for trespassing. The workers request for a meeting is protected concerted union activity and the company’s lockout was not only a violation of the contract but of federal law. There never was a wild cat strike. This was a cruel hoax perpetrated against the union by Veolia with the aid of former Mayor Menino and his School Department and the Boston media. When Boston City Council called a hearing to investigate the events of October the 8th Veolia, the Administration and Boston Public School officials boycotted. The City Council has vowed to continue the investigation. Veolia in a clear attack on the organizational backbone of the union singled out the four leaders for firing. They have been out since the first week of November.

For more info:

 January 28, 2014  Posted by  Uncategorized No Responses »
Dec 302013

“Union busting is disgusting”

Please support our sisters and brothers fighting anti-worker austerity and repression in Boston. Local 8751 supported the International People’s Assembly held in Detroit on October 5 and 6 in Grand Circus Park with a generous donation. It’s now our turn to show them our support and solidarity with a donation, however large or small.

young Boston school bus 5 supporter

Happy New Year!

The last few days of the year are also the last few days of the fundraising campaign for the wrongly fired Boston school bus drivers.


These union leaders were singled out for their consistently progressive, pro-union and pro-people stand – as well as for the rights and benefits they’ve been able to win for their members over the years.

We’re making a big push to try to reach $10,000 by January 1. Please help by forwarding this email to your contacts. Feel free to donate, but make sure to spread the word!

January will see the fightback against union-busting shift into high gear, with two major Boston events: a follow-up city council hearing investigating Veolia’s breach of contract, and “Solidarity Day 2,” another major demonstration in support of Local 8751. The dates are to be determined, and will be announced soon!

This fundraising campaign is what will allow the fired leaders of the union to keep fighting.

Boston is the latest hotspot of a union in battle with the vicious union-busting tactics of Veolia Transportation. In Phoenix, Veolia provoked a strike with public transportation unions and bilked the city for tens of millions of dollars. In Florida, Veolia flew scabs in from all over the country and hired round-the-clock armed security when the bus drivers there went on strike.

Veolia has also been singled out by UN officials for its support of illegal settlements in Palestine. Veolia is well established as a despicable corporation — but it is not operating on its own. It was brought into Boston by forces who have wanted to decapitate the leadership of Local 8751 for decades. After the October 8 lockout, Boston’s outgoing Mayor Menino held multiple press conferences calling for the drivers to be fired.

If you already have donated, please share this message with your friends by email, twitter, facebook or other social media.

Union-busting, illegal-settlement-supporting Veolia has been defeated before. In Florida, St. Louis, Indianapolis and other cities, Veolia has been kicked out. Keep up the pressure — the next peoples’ victory against Veolia will be in Boston!

Go to bostonschoolbus5.org
for updates and information.
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 December 30, 2013  Posted by  Uncategorized Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Sep 112013

Victor Toro and Rebel Diaz

Garage Cultural, 3439 Livernois, Detroit

6 pm – 10 pm

VICTOR TORO is an activist and community organizer who has lived in the South Bronx (New York) since the 1973 military coup in Chile. He has participated in campaigns against housing eviction, and has resisted federal court efforts to deport him, thus visibilizing the plight of undocumented immigrants.

REBEL DIAZ is a rap group that denounces social injustice and proposes paths of organization and transformation. They are founders of the RDAC-BX collective, which offers artistic events, educational workshops, and spaces for creative expression against racism and discrimination.

There will also be videos, photography, and art presentations by several local artists.

Victor Toro and Rebel Diaz

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Aug 272013


Thursday, August 29, 6 PM

Dearborn City Hall
13615 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, Michigan

Called by the Syrian American Forum

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/436137686505275/

No war on Syria





Statement from the International Action Center

WAR ALERT: Syria in danger of U.S. bombing

John Kerry has just made an ominous announcement that the U.S. intends to take “action” against Syria, and that Syria will be “held accountable.” Talk of a chemical weapons attack in Syria is filling the airwaves. The U.S. is blaming the Assad government for it and openly talking of direct military intervention.

We, as the antiwar movement, have a duty to denounce any military action against Syria by the United States. If U.S. war begins against Syria, be in the streets. Make plans.

We must make clear that we will not be tricked into another war designed to make profits for the Wall Street military contractors and oil profiteers. Such a war will take thousands of innocent lives. There is no justification for such a criminal act.

The billions of dollars that such a war would cost should be spent on education, schools, healthcare, and other basic societal needs. The fact that another foreign war is being considered, at a time that food stamps are being cut, record numbers of homes are being foreclosed, and schools are being shut down and privatized in the name of a “budget crisis”, is outrageous. Austerity is continuing in the U.S. and public sector workers’ jobs are being eliminated. Basic infrastructure within the U.S. is crumbling. Bridges are insecure. Water is not being properly purified.

A new war will be disastrous for people of the Middle East, the U.S., and the entire world. According to a Reuters poll, 89% of the population is opposed to U.S. support for Syrian opposition.


  • There is absolutely no evidence or confirmation that the Assad government carried out the alleged chemical attack.
  • United Nations weapons inspectors are in Syria at the direct REQUEST of the Syrian government to prove that they have not used chemical weapons. The attack took place a mere ten miles away from the inspection team, on the very day they arrived.
  • Carla Del Ponte, a United Nations Human Rights investigator, has stated that the Syrian government has not used chemical weapons but the rebels have.
  • In May, 12 members of the Syrian rebel forces were arrested in Turkey. The rebels possessed 4.5 pounds of Sarin, the neurotoxin gas alleged to have been used in the recent attack.
  • In January, the “Daily Mail”, a prominent British newspaper, reported that the Syrian rebels were planning a chemical attack which they would blame on the Syrian government in order to justify U.S. intervention. The report was based on leaked emails from military contractors.
  • The Syrian rebels are receiving direct weapons and funding from the United States, despite their record of atrocities including rape, murder, and torture. The U.N. has reported that they are actively recruiting young children, in addition to other violations of international law.
  • The Assad government has fully cooperated with the weapons inspection teams.
  • Members of the United Nations inspection team have openly stated their doubts about the chemical attack. Dr. Ake Sellstrom, the leader of the team, called the reports of the alleged attack “suspicious”.
  • Reports on the attack are extremely inconsistent. Some reports said over 1,300 were killed. Other reports have said less than 200. Still other reports say over 350. The numbers are unclear and totally unsubstantiated.
  • The report being circulated by “Doctors Without Borders” is not based on their own information, but based on reports they received from a Syrian rebel group by their own admission.
  • Videos of the alleged attack were posted on the internet by allies of the Syrian rebels, BEFORE the attack took place.
  • The credibility of the video of the alleged chemical attack is being widely questioned by chemical weapons experts. The victims are not displaying the proper symptoms of having been struck by a Sarin nerve gas. The people shown treating them are not wearing proper equipment.
  • The U.S. is currently urging the U.N. weapons inspection team to halt its work. The U.N. weapons inspectors insist that they must be allowed to continue their investigations and to determine actual facts.

Despite all of this confusion and inconsistency in the claims about this alleged attack, the U.S. government, along with its corporate allies in Britain and France are openly pushing for an attack on Syria.

We have seen all this before:

  • The Spanish-American War was justified with an alleged attack on the U.S.S. Maine. In reality, the ship was sunk by an internal explosion.
  • The U.S. entrance into World War I was justified with the “Zimmerman Telegram”, claiming Germans were plotting to invade the U.S. with Mexico. The telegram was later proven to be a fraud.
  • The Vietnam War was justified with the “Gulf of Tonkin”incident claiming Vietnam had attacked a U.S. ship. It was later proved that the alleged attack never actually took place.
  • In 1983, the U.S. invasion of Grenada was based on allegations that the government was planning to murder U.S. medical students. This was proven to be complete fiction.
  • In 1989, the U.S. overthrow of the government of Panama was based on false allegations about drugs and attacks on U.S. troops.
  • The U.S./NATO bombing of Yugoslavia was justified with reports of with unsubstantiated reports of genocide in Serbia. A great number of these reports have been totally discredited.
  • The Gulf War of 1991 was justified with false reports of Iraqi War crimes in Kuwait. The “babies thrown from incubators” stories that filled the TV news, were proven to be totally false.
  • In 1991, the U.S. used satellite photos to claim that Iraq was amassing soldiers to invade Saudi Arabia. The photos were proven later to have been complete forgeries.
  • The U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan was justified in the name of fighting a “war on terror” after Sept.11. None of the people who allegedly carried out the 9/11 attacks had any connections with Afghanistan or its government.
  • The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 was based on reports of “weapons of mass destruction” and “chemical and biological weapons.” After the U.S. invaded, killing thousands of innocent people, it was proven that Iraq never had any such weapons.
  • The U.S. intervention in Libya was justified with claims of genocide and rape. Now that the Libyan government has been overthrown and thousands innocent Libyans killed, many of these reports have also been thoroughly discredited.


Emergency actions will take place at Federal Buildings around the country, and in Times Square in New York City in the event of such an attack. Be in the streets. Demand an end to U.S. support for the Syrian rebels.

The International Action Center urges united actions of antiwar, community and progressive forces to organize for anti-war people’s assemblies, rallies, and protests against another war!


 August 27, 2013  Posted by  Uncategorized No Responses »
Aug 182013


ASOTRECAL demo at GM Building in  by Frank Hammer





A solidarity delegation from Detroit has just returned from the encampment in Bogota. Rev. Charles Williams and Debra Simmons of National Action Network and former UAW Presidents Frank Hammer and Melvin Thompson spent their days with the fired workers in the tents and stayed in the homes of their families. They met workers from other industries who were also fired after being injured on the job, who together with Asotrecol are building a movement for justice against the profiteers who forced them to work without basic safety protections.

Members of this delegation will be giving a presentation at the next weekly meeting of MECAWI/Moratorium Now! Coalition.


The U.S. Embassy had ordered an eviction of the tent encampment of the injured GM workers who have been struggling for justice for more than 2 years in the tents in front of the Embassy. The order came after the workers launched a symbolic crucifixion, erecting a wooden cross within the bounds of their existing structure, and binding injured worker Carlos Trujillo to the cross. Later the eviction was cancelled and ASOTRECOL issued a public statement which said in part:

Last night (8/13/13), ex-GM worker Carlos Trujillo came down off the cross just across the street from the massive, double-gated entry into the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.   He thus discontinued a 15 hour ordeal where he was bound to a cross in the manner of a crucifixion. He was surrounded by some of the other members of the Injured and Ex-workers of GM Colmotores (ASOTRECOL), standing in front of the tent in which they had been living for two years.  They decided to suspend their action upon getting a commitment from GM to meet with ASOTRECOL for the purpose of a mediation, and after hearing confirmation that the police would not evict their tent encampment.

In order for GM to take the mediation seriously, we need to increase the pressure that GM is feeling.  Please keep calling GM, posting to their facebook page, sharing photos and articles through social media, visiting dealerships, holding rallies, etc. Please call the U.S. Embassy Labor Attaché Andrea Aquilla at 011-57-1-275-2413 or email her at AquillaAL@state.gov to say that it is not their place to order evictions of peaceful protests by Colombians on Colombian soil, exercising rights guaranteed under the Colombian Constitution.

 August 18, 2013  Posted by  Uncategorized No Responses »
Aug 012013


International Day of Al Quds

Friday, Aug. 2, 3:30 PM

Dearborn City Hall

13615 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI


From: Al-Quds Committee <info@freealquds.org>

Subject: PROTEST!! International Day of Al-Quds – Aug. 2nd

The way (to blame) is only against those who oppress men and revolt in the earth unjustly;
these shall have a painful punishment. (Holy Qur’an Ash-Shuraa:42)


Let’s unite in solidarity with the OPPRESSED OF THE WORLD!

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Al-Quds 101: An Interview with            Sheikh Muhammad Ali Baig

Dear Brother/Sister,


The Day of Al-Quds is an internationally observed day of protest which occurs on the last Friday in the blessed Islamic month of Ramadhan. This day is intended to bring people together, regardless of their background, to stand up against the injustices being perpetrated all over the world, and specifically in Palestine. It’s a day of remembrance and an expression of solidarity with all those who are oppressed. This Day is a reminder to always stand against the oppressors whatever form they take.

The Holy Prophet (SAW) said:

“One who gets up in the morning and is not concerned 
about the affairs of other Muslims, is NOT a Muslim.”


The International Day of Al-Quds Protest

WHEN: 3:30pm on Friday, August 2nd

WHERE: Dearborn City Hall (13615 Michigan Ave)

Keynote Speaker: Shk. Usama Abdulghani

Poetry: Various youth from the community

Facebook Event Page

Organized by: The Al-Quds Committee

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For more info on Al-Quds Day Events being held nation-wide, please visit:

A Must Watch Video About why we must organize and participate in Al Quds Day



 August 1, 2013  Posted by  Uncategorized No Responses »
Jun 252013

NO U.S./NATO/Israel War - Hands Off Syria

Say NO! to U.S.-NATO-Israel war

Hands Off Syria!

Dearborn City Hall – Michigan Avenue at Schaefer Ave.

Gather at 5:30 PM, Rally at 6 PM

Join us in protesting the U.S. war against the sovereign government of Syria. Demand no U.S. aid to their puppet rebels. Stop CIA and NATO support to the rebels. No to U.S. troops. No to “no-fly zones.”

Initiated by the Syrian American Forum:    SAF and MECAWI Rally Opposing US Military Intervention in Syria – Read the SAF statement here.

Endorsed by the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI).

For more info, call 313-680-5508 or visit mecawi.org.

Below is the joint statement from UNAC (United National Anti-war Coalition) and ANSWER:

United Statement and Call for Action to Oppose

U.S./NATO and Israeli War on Syria

No more wars – U.S. out of the Middle East!

The White House’s June 13th announcement that it would begin directly supplying arms to the opposition in Syria is a dramatic escalation of the U.S./NATO war against that country.  Thousands of U.S. troops and intelligence personnel are training opposition forces and coordinating operations in Turkey and Jordan.  Israel, the recipient of more than $3 billion annually in U.S. military aid has carried out heavy bombing raids against Syria. The Pentagon has developed plans for a “no-fly” zone over Syria, threatening a new U.S. air war.

The pretext for this escalation is the assertion, presented without any actual evidence, that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in the conflict that has been raging for more than two years.  Like their predecessors, President Obama and other top U.S. officials pretend to be concerned about “democracy” and “human rights” in Syria, but their closest allies in the campaign against Syria are police-state, absolute monarchies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  Once again the so-called ‘Responsibility to protect’, R2P, is used as a pretext for NATO to dominate this region.

Just as the false claim of “weapons of mass destruction” was used as justification for the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, the allegations that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian military is meant to mask the real motives of Washington and its allies. Their aim is to carry out “regime change,” as part of the drive to create a “new Middle East.”

The invasion of Iraq in 2003, the U.S.-backed Israeli war in Lebanon in 2006, the 2011 NATO bombing of Libya, the now-escalating war in Syria and the growing threats against Iran are part of a coordinated regional effort by the United States, Britain and France to dominate this oil-rich and strategic region.

The U.S. government cuts basic services and has eliminated hundreds of thousands of public sector workers jobs in the last three years in the name of  a discredited austerity which has destroyed the economy, but has unlimited billions available for wars of aggression and NSA surveillance of almost every American.

We join together to call for National Days of Action, June 28- July 15, 2013, to demand:

  • Stop the U.S./NATO/Israeli war and forms of intervention against Syria!
  • Self-determination for the Syrian people!
  • Fund people’s needs, not the military!
  • U.S. Out of the Middle East!

Sponsors:  UNAC, ANSWER

 June 25, 2013  Posted by  Uncategorized Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »