Submitted by pjcsonoma on Fri, 12/20/2013 - 11:21pm
The Sonoma County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has issued a statement in support of the Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez , listing seven proposals in the wake of the tragic shooting of the 13-year-old.
The ACLU Chapter calls for the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office to take a new approach to community policing, recommends a thorough reassessment of the use of force by law enforcement agencies throughout the county, and demands an immediate independent review of the facts in the fatal shooting of Andy Lopez on Oct. 22 with full public disclosure of the results of all investigations.
Submitted by pjcsonoma on Fri, 12/20/2013 - 11:17pm
Ten years ago we celebrated the 20-year-old friendship of Donald Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein by walking through the Santa Rosa Mall reenacting their handshake. Now it's the 30th anniversary! That's Concetta Pirello, Debra Birkenshaw Harrow, Heidi Fantacone, and April Hurley.
Submitted by pjcsonoma on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 10:27pm
WASHINGTON — A Federal District Court judge ruled on Monday that the National Security Agency program that is systematically keeping records of all Americans’ phone calls most likely violates the Constitution, and he ordered the government to stop collecting data on two plaintiffs’ personal calls and destroy the records of their calling history.
Submitted by pjcsonoma on Wed, 12/11/2013 - 11:22pm
Anger is reasonable and justified in the face of abuse and exploitation. What matters is what we do with it.
By Stephanie Van Hook, Director of the Metta Center, Petaluma
As Leymah Gbowee  stood in front of a crowd of women at her church in Monrovia, praying for an end to the civil war that was raging in Liberia, she had no idea of the consequences that were about to unfold.
Submitted by pjcsonoma on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 9:49pm
A new, powerful coalition of Latino, social justice, green, progressive Democrats, student, civil liberties, peace, and other groups has emerged in Sonoma County, California. The killing of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by sheriff’s deputy Erick Gelhaus on October 22 unites them.
Over forty members of diverse groups met–many who had never been in a room together–on November 19 to strategize about how to keep the strong momentum going in response to the slaying of Lopez. Many of those who spoke identified themselves as mothers or fathers, who felt the pain of the parents whose son was taken from them......
Submitted by pjcsonoma on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 9:35pm
When Barack Obama became president, there were 32,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. He escalated to over 100,000 troops, plus contractors. Now there are 47,000 troops these five years later. Measured in financial cost, or death and destruction, Afghanistan is more President Obama's war than President Bush's. Now the White House is trying to keep troops in Afghanistan until "2024 and beyond."
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is refusing to sign the deal........
Submitted by pjcsonoma on Thu, 11/14/2013 - 10:41pm
Photograph by Jane Jarslberg
On Saturday, November 9th, the Peace & Justice Center honored whistleblowers, past and present. Daniel Ellsberg, of Pentagon Papers fame, gave an impassioned speech in defense of whistleblowing in the name of freedom. He accepted an award for himself and for John Kiriakou, formerly of the CIA, who is in prison for releasing information about the use of water boarding by the CIA.
Submitted by pjcsonoma on Thu, 11/14/2013 - 9:51pm
Bill McKibben's 350.org has submitted the following agencies accepting donations for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Below is a partial list of relief agencies accepting donations to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan:
Submitted by pjcsonoma on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 10:31pm
It must be very painful for the family of Andy Lopez to hear and read the incredible amount of victim blaming that has been directed at an unarmed, innocent boy. We are grateful that, in spite of this, the Lopez family has found such overwhelming support from the community and we are in awe of the ability of his parents to be so present within that community in their time of great sorrow.
“He shouldn't have been carrying that replica of an AK-47.” Sounds just like, “She shouldn't have been wearing that short skirt,” doesn't it? Blame the victim.
Yet, “He was just a child!” doesn't factor in that children now shoot and kill.
Maybe this is more complicated than either reaction.
Submitted by pjcsonoma on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 10:24pm
Open Letter from Anthony Rodrigo Lopez
Dear Friends of Andy,
My name is Anthony Rodrigo Lopez and I am the brother of Andy Lopez who was murdered by a sheriff in Santa Rosa, California on October 22. My brother was carrying a toy gun in broad daylight and in ten seconds was shot to death right down the street from our house. This sheriff, Erick Gelhaus, is supposed to be an expert in guns. This was not a mistake for him. He knew what he was doing. Andy was just a kid going to play with friends. And because of Erick Gelhaus, he will never come home again. I miss my brother. And I am learning more about what happened to Andy and I see what has happened to many other people around the country who have been murdered and tortured by police. All of the other families who are left with an emptiness because of police brutality. There is police brutality everywhere. We must have justice for Andy and all police brutality must be stopped.