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Anti-drone events in Central New York

first_imgApril 27 protest at Hancock Air Base.WW photo: Minnie Bruce PrattSyracuse, N.Y. — In a determined protest against the U.S. use of drone warfare, 150 people marched to the gates of Hancock Air Base in Syracuse, N.Y., on April 27. The multinational march was part of a regional day of education and action linking poverty, racism and war.People in Afghanistan, for example, are targeted by Reaper drones piloted out of Hancock Air Base. Soldiers in the 174th Attack Wing, New York National Guard, fly the drones. The 174th previously flew F-16s; it is the first U.S. squadron to convert to all-unmanned combat planes.Human rights groups estimate that U.S. drones have killed thousands of people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen since 2002. On April 7, a drone strike killed more than a dozen people in Kunar province, Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border. Eighty people have been arrested in recent protests at the Hancock gates. In 2011, protesters delivered a “War Crimes Indictment” to the base.Some demonstrators held up photographs of individuals, many of them children from these same four countries, who were killed by U.S. drone bombings. Some activists carried photographs of Trayvon Martin and Troy Davis, and other Black youth and adults, who were killed by vigilante attacks, racist police and state execution.The Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, with members in Buffalo, Binghamton, Ithaca, Rochester, Saratoga, Syracuse and Utica, called the action, which was coordinated locally by the Syracuse Peace Council.A people’s declarationAt this action, protesters declared “A People’s Order of Protection Against Drone Terrorism” ordering the 174th Attack Wing to stop all bombing of “the children of Afghanistan, their families and their villages.”An “order of protection” is a legal tool used by victims of domestic violence to keep their abusers at a safe distance. A court typically issues such an order against someone who harms or threatens to harm another person.Military and local authorities have recently attempted to limit and repress anti-drone actions by issuing “orders of protection” against more than 50 demonstrators.These orders prohibit those anti-drone activists from coming within sight of Hancock under penalty of arrest.Some activities usually covered by an order of protection include ordering an abuser to stay away from a person and her children, move out of the family home or not carry a gun.Currently “protected” by such an order — and thus placed in the role of “victim of abuse” — are Hancock Air Base, its 2,000 personnel and armed soldiers, and its commander. All are part of Air Combat Command, one of the ten major commands of the U.S. Air Force.Activists are fighting in court to overturn this state abuse of an “order of protection.”Poverty, racism and dronesA standing-room-only, multinational crowd of more than 600 people attended a pre-march event that focused on connecting the links between poverty, racism and drone warfare.The event took place at Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, a historically Black congregation on the South Side of Syracuse.Dr. Cornel West, a featured speaker, is a noted African-American scholar and professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary. Dr. West stressed the connections between Wall Street, U.S. “imperial crimes,” the prison-industrial complex and the failure to meet people’s needs.The audience cheered loudly when he said, “There is always money for wars and for prisons but not for health care and education.”He added, “Capitalism is a failed system when it comes to the poor and working people.”Sponsors of both events included United National Anti-War Coalition, local chapters of the Catholic Worker, the Green Party, the National Action Network, Veterans for Peace, and many Western and Central New York peace and justice groups.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Appeal hearing delay for journalist under sentence of death

first_img News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific RSF_en Organisation Receive email alerts Follow the news on Afghanistan May 14, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Appeal hearing delay for journalist under sentence of death RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan June 2, 2021 Find out more Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says to go furthercenter_img May 3, 2021 Find out more News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific News Reporters Without Borders calls on the Afghan authorities to cooperate with the lawyer of Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, a young journalist under sentence of death, to allow him to submit his client’s appeal. Nearly two months have gone by since the case was transferred to Kabul, but his lawyer has still not been given the case file, which is preventing him from preparing the appeal.“The case has not progressed since it was transferred to the Kabul court of justice,” the press freedom organisation said. “We urge the authorities to speed up the procedure so that Kambakhsh’s appeal can receive a fair hearing, far from the influence of religious fundamentalists. This was not the case when he was tried and sentenced to death for blasphemy in Mazar-i-Sharif. We call on foreign governments to continue to intercede on Kambakhsh’s behalf.”The authorities finally acceded to the calls for Kambakhsh’s transfer to Kabul on 27 March. Since then, he has been held in Pul-e-Charkhi prison, in the eastern part of the capital. His brother, fellow journalist Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi, told Reporters Without Borders “the case has still not been sent to the lawyer to prepare his defence and no date has yet been set for the appeal hearing.”A journalism student who wrote for the newspaper Jahan-e Naw (“New World”), Kambakhsh was arrested on 27 October and was sentenced to death by a court in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif at the end of a summary trial on 22 January in which he was not defended by a lawyer. A dozen lawyers were approached by his family but they refused to represent him for fear of reprisals.Jawed Ahmad, a young Afghan journalist who works for the Canadian television network CTV, has been held without trial by the US military at Bagram airbase, north of Kabul, since 2 November. The Americans accuse him of being an “enemy combatant” because of his alleged contacts with the Taliban.The US military recently freed two other journalists after holding them for several years. They were Sami Al-Haj, a Sudanese cameraman employed by the pan-Arab TV station Al-Jazeera, who was freed from Guantanamo on 1 May, and Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein, who was freed in Baghdad on 6 April. Ahmad is the only journalist still being held by the US military. Help by sharing this information March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

AJS program to explore judicial selection reform

first_img February 1, 2006 Regular News The American Judicature Society’s 2006 Midyear Meeting will present “Rethinking Strategies for Judicial Selection” February 24-25 at the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama.The event, cosponsored by The Florida Bar and others, will expose participants to a wide range of judicial selection methods and reforms, including but not limited to:• Merit selection and retention elections.• Public financing of judicial campaigns.• Judicial campaign oversight committees.• The prospects of and likely challenges to reform efforts.Participants also will be able to interact with and engage national experts on judicial selection issues and be exposed to other states’ experiences through small group discussions.Among those scheduled to appear at the program are Bert Brandenberg, executive director of Justice At Stake; Anthony Champagne, professor of Political Science, University of Texas at Dallas; Sen. Robert Duncan, Texas State Senate; Chris Heagerty, executive director, North Carolina Center for Voter Education; Frank Sirnoneaux, president, Louisiana Organization for Judicial Excellence; Chief Judge James W. Smith of the Mississippi Supreme Court; Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama; and Judge Peter Webster of Florida’s First District Court of Appeals.Current cosponsors for the program include: the state bar associations of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi, and the League of Women Voters Judicial Independence Project.The registration fee for the event is $150. For additional information, or to register online, visit www.AJS.org. The deadline for registration is February 15. AJS program to explore judicial selection reformcenter_img AJS program to explore judicial selection reformlast_img read more