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Construction of U.S. Base on Okinawa Delayed

On Oct 13, after 15 months of a sustained 24-hour protest presence that has interrupted construction crews and constantly delayed the entrance and exit of U.S. marines to their new base at Henoko, the governor of Okinawa ruled the construction illegal. This has become a routine affair where Governor Takeshi Onaga finds some technical legal issue to stop construction, and a week or so later Tokyo overrules him. Yet, protesters on Okinawa take it as one more sign they are having an effect.

Reject Plan to Continue War on Afghanistan

The U.S. air strikes on the Kunduz hospital have generated more attention than many other U.S. atrocities committed in Afghanistan. Yet horrific attacks have been the mainstay of this war which was begun illegally and without U.N. authorization. The motivation of revenge for 9-11 is not a legal justification for war, and also ignores the Taliban’s offer to have bin Laden face trial in a third country. This war has killed many thousands of Afghans, tortured and imprisoned, wounded and traumatized many more. The top cause of death among members of the U.S. military who have gone to Afghanistan is suicide. We shouldn’t allow continuation of this madness to be depicted as reasonable and cautious. It is criminal and murderous. A third U.S. president should be given no opportunity to continue “ending” this war for additional years.

The Obscenity of Our War

Before the 2003 Shock and Awe bombing in Iraq, a group of activists living in Baghdad would regularly go to city sites that were crucial for maintaining health and well-being in Baghdad, such as hospitals, electrical facilities, water purification plants, and schools, and string large vinyl banners between the trees outside these buildings which read: “To Bomb This Site Would Be A War Crime.” We encouraged people in U.S. cities to do the same, trying to build empathy for people trapped in Iraq, anticipating a terrible aerial bombing.

Tragically, sadly, the banners must again condemn war crimes, this time echoing international outcry because in an hour of airstrikes this past Saturday morning, the U.S. repeatedly bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, a facility that served the fifth largest city in Afghanistan and the surrounding region.

VCNV Calls for Emergency Protest of Airstrike on Afghanistan Hospital

Press Release

When: 3:00pm Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015 Where: In front of Stroger Hospital (Ogden/Damen)

During the 2003 Shock and Awe bombing on Iraq, and afterwards, anti-war campaigners with Voices for Creative Nonviolence were encouraging people around the country to go in front of hospitals with signs and banners saying, “To bomb this site would be a war crime!”

At around 2 a.m. on Saturday morning, Oct. 3, 2015, U.S./NATO forces carried out an airstrike that hit a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Medical staff immediately phoned NATO headquarters to report the strike on its facility, and yet strikes continued on for nearly an hour. At least nine medical staff were killed and seven patients including three children. At least 35 more people were injured…

…VCNV is mobilizing activists to gather in front of hospitals around the U.S. and beyond, under the message, “Dropping Bombs Here would be a War Crime!” and “The same is true in Afghanistan.”

Coalition demands Koocher’s removal at press conference

From the DePaulia
Sept. 30, 2015

A coalition of students, faculty and human rights groups called for Dean Gerald Koocher’s removal as dean of the College of Science and Health at a press conference Thursday morning over his alleged role in the American Psychological Association’s (APA) collusion with the Department of Defense in crafting interrogation guidelines that allowed for torture to take place during the Bush Administration.

The coalition, calling themselves Vincentians Against Torture, spoke for around 30 minutes in front of about 25 supporters outside the Lincoln Park Student Center. This is the latest in a series of developments following the release of the 543-page Hoffman Report, which details APA’s collusion with DoD.

Speakers included DePaul emeritus professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, who helped found the College of Law’s International Human Rights Law Institute, as well as Northwestern professor Frank Summers, who was past president of the Division of Psychoanalysis in the APA.

Representatives from human rights organizations like World Can’t Wait and Voices for Creative Non-Violence as well as someone who represents tortured prisoners were also present.

Anti-Drone Demonstrators Arrested at Beale AFB Early Tuesday Morning After Protesting Killer Drones

Peace Activists Also Tied Migrant Crisis to U.S. Global Wars

PRESS RELEASE

MARYSVILLE/BEALE AFB – Nine anti-drone protestors were arrested here early Tuesday morning at the gates to Beale Air Force Base… those arrested were from Redding to Sacramento, Stockton, Bay Area to Nevada City and were released with pending federal court appearances…

Crossing the line at Beale AFBCrossing the line at Beale AFB

…A giant cardboard boat was used to show solidarity with refugees fleeing war, and also signs with images of people drowning, gasping for air, calling out: “I CAN’T BREATHE!!!”

The protests was a solidarity action for global refugees. Activists publicly read tragic stories of refugees fleeing war in Syria, Yemen, Libya. They were arrested while demonstrating the urgency for a reverse in U.S. policy, calling for diplomacy, humanitarian aid, and money for human needs to solve conflicts.

Can Gangjeong Become an Incubator for the Peace Movement?

by Jason Rawn

Gangjeong and Jeju are at a crucial point. With the naval base - almost everyone I’ve met calls it a US base - nearing completion and slated to open in December, everyone’s wondering, What’s Next? To answer that question in part, I’ll tell you that the St. Francis Peace Center just opened here, with 700 people in attendance. The Jesuits are also nearing completion of their own facility, indicating that the Catholics are prepared for long-term, committed resistance to further militarization of this “Peace Island” as it was once known and could be known again.