Two Important Protests

Hi all, there are two important protests coming up in the next few days -- spread the word and see you there!

  • SAT 12-1:30  - International Human Rights Day March and Rally
  • MON 3:30 -  Protest Government Censorship of Wikileaks at Amazon Headquarters

Imagine HumanRights
International HumanRights Day
Saturday 12/11/2010

March 12pm-1pm
Hing Hay Park (King & Maynard) to Downtown Seattle

Rally 1pm-1:30pm
Victor Steinbrueck Park (north of Pike Place Market)

On Saturday, December 11, 2010, we peacefully gather for a march and rally in downtown Seattle to commemorate the 30 articles of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.  Vast accounts of human rights violations are committed everyday, with no respect or regard for human rights.  On this day, we demand those responsible for crimes against humanity to be held accountable.

Please join us in a peaceful demonstration, where we honor victims of human rights violations at home and abroad.  We march towards a new daywhen the ideas of justice, freedom and human rights are no longer confined to our imagination but realized throughout the world.

Gather at Hing Hay Park (King & Maynard) in the International District at 11:30am.  We will proceed with a march through downtown Seattle along 4th Ave to Victor Steinbrueck Park (north of Pike Place Market). 
 For more information & endorsers visit pusoseattle.wordpress.com 


Monday Dec. 133:30pm
Amazon's Headquarters 
410 Terry Ave N. (South Lake Union)

Under pressure from the US government, Amazon cut Wikileaks from their Internet servers, the first in what has become a string of companies who are restricting our rights to know what the government is doing.  This is an egregious attack on our freedom of information - a crucial foundational element of democracy.  This also represents an attack on opposition to the unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as many of the cables reveal a concerted effort on the part of the US government to deceive the US population in order to wage its wars.

Veterans For Peace has issued a national call for a boycott of Amazon, Paypal and and Ebay:


December 9, 2010
Yesterday, the Executive Committee of Veterans For Peace voted to break all commercial ties with the Amazon Corporation and call for our members to boycott eBay Corp. and PayPal Corp.  This includes, but is not limited to,
  • Removing the Amazon link from the VFP website.  Previously we had encouraged our members to use this link when making purchases from Amazon Corp., as a fundraising method for our organization.
  • Urging our members, supporters and the public to boycott Amazon, eBay and PayPal corporations.
  • Urging Julian Assange and the Wikileaks team to continue their fight in the most important area of free speech: government secrets.

The U.S. Justice Department is reportedly considering charging Assange under the Espionage Act.  This much-discredited and little-used law was last invoked against journalists, unsuccessfully, in the failed Pentagon Papers case in 1971.  However, prosecution and conviction under this act, passed in 1917 to stifle dissent during WWI, may have little to do with espionage and everything to do with government repression.

For example, the federal government used the Espionage Act to prosecute Gene Debs, the great union organizer and socialist presidential candidate, for a 1918 Canton Ohio speechagainst U.S. involvement in the “Great War.” 

Another citizen prosecuted in the same period under the same law, according to Kevin Zeese, director of Voters for Peace, was Rose Pastor Stokes, sentenced to ten years in prison for a letter to the Kansas City Star, saying “no government which is for the profiteers can also be for the people, and I am for the people while the government is for the profiteers.”

The government-war-private corporation axis is exposed fully in this case.  Credit card companies Mastercard and Visa, along with giant online retailer Ebay Corp., owner of PayPal Corp., have voluntarily joined Amazon Corp. in answering the government’s request to block WikiLeaks’ funding in an effort to keep additional information from a citizenry increasingly fed up with war, secrecy and corporate power. 

VFP gave imprisoned Army PFC, Bradley Manning, its Courage of Conscience award earlier this year for releasing documents detailing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Resistance to the attack on WikiLeaks and Assange is also growing and VFP considers it important to do what we can to join that resistance.