"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety derserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin
When my eyes could not beleive the amount of force used in Shock and Awe, I thought OK we as a country have sunk pretty low. It was haunting me just to listen to the news. But now things have progressed so far that if we do not start doing something to stop all of the treachery in our government, American and human freedoms and rights worldwide will be forever lost.
Once the government is allowed to step all over civil and human rights like in the following instances, and we as a people do not take a stand to stop the encroachment, we will have nobody to blame but ourselves when we have to be indoors by 8 by threat of death from an MP, we pay $20/gallon for gas and we have no free press - well, we don\'t really have a free press anymore, so I guess we better start fixing things soon.
Taking liberties Leader Wednesday December 21, 2005 The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/leaders/story/0,,1671571,00.html George Bush has not yet convinced Americans that he was right to authorise secret surveillance of phone calls and emails - without warrants - as part of the "war on terror" that has become the centrepiece of his presidency.
Undercover New York City police officers have conducted covert surveillance in the last 16 months of people protesting the Iraq war, bicycle riders taking part in mass rallies and even mourners at a street vigil for a cyclist killed in an accident, a series of videotapes show. In glimpses...
US intelligence service bugged website visitors despite ban · Agency apologises for use of \'cookie\' tracking files · Exposure adds to pressure over White House powers
AND YOU KNOW WHY WE HAVE THESE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS?
Bush\'s impeachable offense Yes, the president committed a federal crime by wiretapping Americans, say constitutional scholars, former intelligence officers and politicians. What\'s missing is the political will to impeach him. By Michelle Goldberg http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2005/12/22/impeach/
Please join us for a Dramatic Reading of "Voices in Wartime." This literary performance is a poetry slam presented in the idea of a play - a night filled with lights, images, sound, music and the spoken word. "Players" (readers) include: Guerin Barry (formerly Tito of Sha-Na-Na), Bob Foster, Lee Rossi, Laurel Ann Bogen, Suzanne Lummis, Antonieta Villamil, Sherman Pearl, Andrew Himes, Akima Hus, David Krieger, Joe Montoya, Juan Nevarez, Robert Carroll, Muna Coobtee, Kriss Perras, more talent to come as casting continues. . .
The proceeds from this event will go to "An Opening of the Heart Education Project" where students are taught to find alternate solutions to conflict other than violence.
The dramatic reading sharply etches the experience of war through powerful images and the words of poets - unknown and world-famous. Soldiers, journalists, historians and experts on combat add diverse perspectives on war's effects on soldiers, civilians and society. This is a multi-cultural event where poets from around the world share their views and experiences of war that extend beyond national borders and into the depth of the human soul.
The night will bring to life how poetry and war have been intertwined since the beginning of recorded history --from ancient Babylonia and the fields of troy--to the huge conflicts of the 20th century and the current war in Iraq. The stirring words of poets of the past - Homer, Wilfred Owen, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman and Shoda Shinoe from Hiroshima are combined with more recent voices: a Vietnam vet and poets in war-torn Baghdad. The poetry moves us to the emotion of war explained to us by soldiers, journalists and a doctor who have experienced the effects of combat firsthand. The poetry illuminates the reality of war\'s devastation on society.
Directed By: Kriss Perras Executive Producer: Andrew Himes Executive Producer: Terence Davis Producer: Kriss Perras Producer: Wolfgang Santner Producer: Claudia Farrokhnia Composer: Richard Kosinski
OTHER SPONSORS: www.poetsagainstwar.com Blasé Bonpane World Focus Show KPFK Mario Solis-Marich Show KTLK Dr. Firpo Carr KTLK Code Pink Los Angeles Cobalt Poets
Syriana is a film that today\'s American audience needs to see. If you\'re in the small percentage of folks still supporting our countries lies and warmongering for oil, watching people die day in and day out just so some corrupt corporate leaders and the current administration can get rich, then please take the time to go see this film.
Maybe if my words do not move you to see what is really happening behind the scenes, then maybe Syriana will show you what is truly happening in our government. Supporting an administration that is not transparent in a country where democracy is supposed to be our way of life has led us into the corrupt times we live in today.
While I may not have much hope that things can change and that peace will rule at some time, maybe others can find some hope in the film - Maybe enough hope to make them find identification enough to feel included in the 60+% who no longer support the illegal war in Iraq.
Tune in to Blase Bonpane\'s World Focus Show on KPFK 90.7FM (Democracy Now!) this Sunday January 22 at 10:00am (PST) where the dramatic reading of Voices in Wartime Director, Kriss Perras, and Executive Producer, Andrew Himes will be interviewed on poetry, how we should not study wars to glorify them, how it is so hard to deal with the fact that both sides are never the same in a war - one side is usually the aggressor and this makes negotiations so difficult and is the challenge in conflict resolution.