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Anatomy of a Mexican Massacre

Anatomy of a Mexican Massacre

Originally Published in The Daily Beast on 10.18.14 by Jason McGahan

For almost a century a teacher’s college in rural Mexico has been training educators and activists. Last month, dozens were abducted and slaughtered—by the police.
MEXICO CITY — Twelve days ago, police and unidentified gunmen believed to be members of a drug cartel ambushed a caravan of college student activists in the state of Guerrero, about half way from Mexico City to Acapulco.

Emmett Till, Michael Brown and the Ongoing Struggle for Racial Justice

By Peter Dreier

Originally Published in Truthout.

In 1964, at the height of the civil rights movement, the great organizer Ella Baker said, "Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother's sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest."

“There Is No Military Solution” — But Obama Launches a New U.S. War in Syria

by Phyllis Bennis

Originally Published in CommonDreams

President Obama’s decision to bomb Syria stands in stark violation of international law, the UN Charter, and the requirements of the U.S. Constitution. It contradicts his own commitment, stated a year ago in the UN General Assembly, to reverse Washington’s “perpetual war footing.”

And it portends disaster for the people of Syria, the region, and much of the world.

Not Another "War on Terror" Educational Resources

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Like many of you, the Washington Peace Center has been appalled at the violence and chaos in Iraq and Syria.  ISIS’s tactics and agendas are awful and frightening.  However, we also know that more US air strikes and military intervention are not the path to safety and justice for those living in those areas. We've started collected educational resources for you to inform yourselves and your community and take action for peace.  We'll try to keep this page updated with upcoming events as well. 

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Call for Immigrant Rights Advocates to Boycott White House Meetings

President Obama met with three Central American presidents at the White House Friday afternoon to address the influx of unaccompanied child migrants. According to The Hill, Obama claims to have come to agreement with El Salvador’s Salvador Sánchez Cerén, Honduras’ Juan Orlando Hernández, and Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina to “address poverty and violence” in order to stem the immigration tide.

A Summer of Activism

Carlo and Erin protesting in solidarity with D.C. taxi drivers.

This page is a compilation of reportbacks from actions attended by the Peace Center's Peace Organizing Interns, Carlo Chavarria and Erin Riordan, Summer 2014. Thanks for all you do to further peace and justice!

May 28th
Author Event: Missing Class
Written by Erin Riordan

Washington’s Role in Triggering the Child Migrant Crisis

Rare is the occasion that power systems voluntarily expose the true character of their policies. Mountains of disinformation and distortion are critical to keep the prying eyes of the public at bay. President Obama recently broke with this norm on the White House lawn. In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulous he angrily denounced Central American parents for sending their children to the US border. “Don’t send your children to the border … they’ll get sent back,” he inveighed.

Urgent call from Gaza Civil Society: Act Now!

Originally published in Electronic Intifada

We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on conscientious people all over the world to act, protest and intensify the boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel until it ends this murderous attack on our people and is held to account.

Don’t Go Back to Iraq! Five steps the U.S. can take in Iraq without going back to war.

By Phyllis Bennis Originally Published by the Institute for Policy Studies

This is how wars begin.

Barack Obama says we’re not going back to Iraq. “American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq,” he said on June 19th, “but we will help Iraqis as they take the fight to terrorists who threaten the Iraqi people, the region, and American interests as well.”

Slave Labor? Mass Prisons? FIFA Mangles the World Cup and the Beautiful Game

Is it possible to be sickened by everything that goes into staging the World Cup while also loving the tournament itself? For eighty-three years the answer to that has been a resounding yes. The thinking, from FIFA, soccer’s ruling body, down to fans, has been that if a few eggs must be broken, then that’s the price we must pay for a brilliant global frittata. But, with two stories that broke this week, FIFA is truly testing the limits of what people will swallow.

What's the Difference Between Force Feeding and Waterboarding?

03/24/2014
Guantánamo Hunger Strike
By Zak Newman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office

The Department of Defense this month publicly released its newest rationalization for the abusive force-feeding program at Guantánamo Bay. In this latest memo on hunger strike policies, the abusive force-feeding program is referred to as "medical intervention."

Nothing could be further from the truth.

No Place Like Home D.C.'s population of homeless families exploded this winter. The city wasn't ready.

Don't Forget About Us - Photo of young child with sign
 
For two weeks, Donnell Harris begged every morning for a motel room. Last Friday, he got his wish.

Harris, his wife, and their two young children were bouncing between two recreation centers that the city had converted to makeshift shelters for a swelling population of homeless families. The conditions weren’t good. While most homeless families slept in private rooms at the former D.C.

Obama Wrong to Isolate Venezuela

The George W. Bush administration had a stated policy of trying to isolate Venezuela from its neighbors, and the strategy ended up isolating Washington instead. President Obama, in his first meeting with hemispheric leaders in Trinidad in 2009, promised to turn a new page. But today, his administration finds itself even more isolated than that of his predecessor, and for much the same reasons.

This Week in ‘Nation’ History: The Horrific Legacy of the Invasion of Iraq

A US soldier in Iraq, March 22, 2003 (AP Photo/John Moore)

This Monday marks the eleventh anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq—a solemn punctuation mark to the steadily increasing violence that has gripped that country over the past two years. Sectarian violence claimed more than 8,000 Iraqis in 2013 alone, and this year’s toll has already surpassed 2,000.

My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish, and Cheap

My plunge into poverty happened in an instant. I never saw it coming.

Then again, there was no reason to feel particularly vulnerable. Two years ago, I was a political reporter at Politico, and I spent my days covering the back-and-forth of presidential politics. I had access to the White House because of my reporting beat, and I was a regular commentator on MSNBC. My career had been on an upward trajectory for 30 years, and at age 50 I still anticipated a long career.

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