I also had a meeting this morning but did catch most of Tavis Smiley on The Tom Joyner Show. When I tuned in he was thanking Tom Joyner for the platform given, for the friendship and explaining that his plate was full and he had many other things to do including finishing another book, the State of the Black Union, an annual symposium, the Tavis Smiley Foundation, his PBS show, his radio show and something new entitled My America 2008. He spoke about "heat" and "light" and how he would prefer to offer light but sometimes you had to provide the heat. He spoke about how the truth was all a critic had and that's what he had offered, without concern over whether it was popular or not. I thought he did a very wonderful job.
I think it's indicative of the kind of campaign Barack Obama has run that Tavis Smiley, someone who has always been there and will always be there, is made to feel unwanted by some. The thugs and groupies of the Bambi campaign are frightening.
Meanwhile BET's Bob Johnson has declared today that Geralding Ferraro was correct in her critique of Barack. You know I agree with that and good for Bob Johnson for saying it. It's really important that someone of his stature stands up and calls crap out because otherwise, who will stand up?
We're all going to be talking about Refugees International's new report ("Uprooted and Unstable," links in the snapshot) tonight. On page 16, this is what stood out to me, is the story of Haidar who has moved with his family repeatedly since the start of the illegal war. At first, it was out of Abu Ghraib (a town, not the prison) because they were Shi'ites in a Sunni area. They moved into the eastern part of Baghdad but then they had to move again. When they got their current home (which belongs to a Sunni that Shi'ites have run off, and which they share with two other Shi'ite families), they were still expected to pay rent for their previous dwellings. Haidar's brother was a police officer killed by Sunnis. Haidar is now a member of Moqtada al-Sadr's militia and dreams of avenging his brother's death. Such is the chain of events (and events to come) that the illegal war has set off in Iraq.
Here's Howard Wolfson's "HUBdate: Opportunity for All Americans":
Opportunity for All Americans: Today, Hillary discusses her own approach to the presidency that will expand opportunity for all Americans at the Newspaper Association of America’s Annual Conference in Washington, DC.
New Ad in the Keystone State: Hillary supporters speak out against Sen. Obama’s small town America comments in a new TV ad that will air in Pennsylvania…From supporters: “I'm not clinging to my faith out of frustration and bitterness…I find that my faith is very uplifting…The good people of Pennsylvania deserve a lot better than what Barack Obama said…Hillary does understand the citizens of Pennsylvania better.” Watch Here.
“A Can’t-Miss Event for Clinton Supporters” in Bristol, PA: Yesterday in Bristol, PA “[t]he gymnasium was filled with red, white and blue signs that read ‘Hillary Rocks,’ ‘Letter Carriers for Hillary’ and ‘Hillary for President.’…‘The economy is the worse I’ve ever seen it,’ the Bristol resident said. ‘Oil prices are bad. She’s the one who can do something about that. I’ve always been a Clinton supporter. They haven’t let me down.’” Read more.
PA Endorsement Watch: Hillary received the endorsement of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, earning her the endorsement of mayors from Pennsylvania’s “three largest cities”: “I support her candidacy and ask Democratic voters in Allentown to do the same.” Read More.
MT Endorsement Watch: “Yellowstone County Commissioner Bill Kennedy says he is endorsing Hillary Rodham Clinton…[Kennedy said:] ‘In Montana, going to church or going hunting is part of our heritage, not something we ‘cling to’ out of bitterness or frustration…Sen. Obama showed a real disconnect with rural Montana. It might work to look down on us from San Francisco, but it won’t sell when he comes back to Montana.’” Read more.
Save The Date: Hillary will appear on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” on Thursday. The program will be broadcasted from Philadelphia and will air at 11:30pm ET. Read More.
In Case You Missed It: West Virginians aren’t happy with Sen. Obama’s characterizations about the people who live in America’s small towns. Read More.
So we had some news of Tavis, of Bob Johnson, of Hillary, of Iraq. I'm tired today and did do my video posts earlier so I will call that it for the day. Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
There is a growing movement of resistance within the US military which includes Matt Mishler, Josh Randall, Robby Keller, Justiniano Rodrigues, Chuck Wiley, James Stepp, Rodney Watson, Michael Espinal, Matthew Lowell, Derek Hess, Diedra Cobb, Brad McCall, Justin Cliburn, Timothy Richard, Robert Weiss, Phil McDowell, Steve Yoczik, Ross Spears, Peter Brown, Bethany "Skylar" James, Zamesha Dominique, Chrisopther Scott Magaoay, Jared Hood, James Burmeister, Eli Israel, Joshua Key, Ehren Watada, Terri Johnson, Clara Gomez, Luke Kamunen, Leif Kamunen, Leo Kamunen, Camilo Mejia, Kimberly Rivera, Dean Walcott, Linjamin Mull, Agustin Aguayo, Justin Colby, Marc Train, Abdullah Webster, Robert Zabala, Darrell Anderson, Kyle Snyder, Corey Glass, Jeremy Hinzman, Kevin Lee, Mark Wilkerson, Patrick Hart, Ricky Clousing, Ivan Brobeck, Aidan Delgado, Pablo Paredes, Carl Webb, Stephen Funk, Blake LeMoine, Clifton Hicks, David Sanders, Dan Felushko, Brandon Hughey, Logan Laituri, Clifford Cornell, Joshua Despain, Joshua Casteel, Katherine Jashinski, Dale Bartell, Chris Teske, Matt Lowell, Jimmy Massey, Chris Capps, Tim Richard, Hart Viges, Michael Blake, Christopher Mogwai, Christian Kjar, Kyle Huwer, Wilfredo Torres, Michael Sudbury, Ghanim Khalil, Vincent La Volpa, DeShawn Reed and Kevin Benderman. In total, at least fifty US war resisters in Canada have applied for asylum.
Information on war resistance within the military can be found at The Objector, The G.I. Rights Hotline [(877) 447-4487], Iraq Veterans Against the War and the War Resisters Support Campaign. Courage to Resist offers information on all public war resisters. Tom Joad maintains a list of known war resisters. In addition, VETWOW is an organization that assists those suffering from MST (Military Sexual Trauma).
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Join us on April 22nd for this very important follow up to Pacifica's groundbreaking Winter Soldier live coverage. We will be following the San Francisco trial involving wounded vets and the Department of Veterans Affairs. In this first class action lawsuit U.S. Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder sue the VA, alleging a system wide breakdown in the way the Government treats those soldiers.
During this special broadcast we will be bringing our listeners live updates from the San Francisco federal courthouse, we'll speak with wounded Veterans attorney Gordon Erspamer, (taking this case pro bono because his father was permanently disabled in World War II and never received proper health care) and speak with Veterans advocates including Veterans for Common Sense, and Vets for America.
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We are still repeating history in a sense that during the 1970's and 1980s, our streets were crawling with Vietnam War veterans with the same issues. The only difference today is our veterans are not being ignored by society and the government is being held accountable. For the first time Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are being recognized as issues and they are abnormal conditions caused by combat trauma and combat stress. We live in a society that does not accept murder as something "normal". We live in a society that is spiritual and compassionate by nature regardless of religious beliefs. When these horrific acts are witnessed or are performed by an American soldier in a time of war, it breaks the spirit in a way that can't be defined. However, we are expected to act "normal" when we arrive back to our home soil. In addition our peers are forced to look at us different and weak because of the mentality of our senior military leadership, we are "STRONG" warriors that aren't supposed to feel, yet we must follow the rules of the Geneva Convention because our morals and beliefs as a nation dictate. Yes there are services in place for those who "need it" but there is a silent voice that is extremely loud that puts those who "need it" in a corner. Fortunately, the American population as a whole is finally pushing back because they understand what our eyes see across the water is not "normal" however; there is still an uncomfortable stigma that is associated with this. Society as a whole wants to help, but that help must happen away from their children and their neighborhoods. We are making a difference however, the flood gates have been opened and an enormous amount of water has fractured the backbone of our infrastructure. It is up to those who can speak for the ones who can not. WE MUST INFORM, EDUCATE AND PROMOTE AWARENESS. The blind eye approach is NOT working; it is MUCH bigger than us, so we must take a different approach.
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