Monday, March 13, 2017

Join us at City Council on March 27

Mon. March 27, 2017, at City Hall, 6-7 pm – Please join the Defenders' Sacred Ground Project as we present a statement on the Community Proposal for a Nine-Acre Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park to Richmond's City Council during the Public Comment Period.

Let us know you're coming: https://www.facebook.com/events/1198728803567961/

Sunday, February 12, 2017

As we build toward the June UNAC Conference ...

... it is our responsibility to understand how the US acts on its foreign policy just as we need to do with its domestic policy. That's why the theme of the conference this year is STOP THE WARS at HOME and ABROAD!

Today's topic is the Crisis in the Congo.


Excerpt from Friends of the Congo's
Congo Primer Questions and Answers: Congo Conflict

What is the source of the conflict in the Congo? The source of the conflict in the Congo is the scramble to control Congo’s vast natural wealth of gold, diamonds, coltan, copper, cobalt, uranium, tin and many other precious and strategic minerals. Nobel Laureate Wangari Mathaai says “these wars when you look at them, they are all about resources and who is going to control them.”

Is this an ethnic conflict between so-called Hutus and Tutsis? No. It is a resource war. Ethnicity is being used as a pretext to access and control Congo’s natural resources. Former Chief of the UNHCR famously warned in an interview he gave to the Financial Times of London, that “we must not forget that the international community has systematically looted the Congo.”

Has the United States or other Western powers been involved in this conflict in any way? Yes! Rwanda and Uganda are allies of the United States, some would even say they are client states to US and British interests. Both countries receive financial and military aid from the United States, World Bank and other Western institutions. This aid has continued unabated even during the invasions of the Congo. During a Congressional Hearing in 2001 held by Congresspersons Tom Tancredo and Cynthia McKinney, it was documented by experts under oath that the US provided military aid to Rwanda during its first invasion of Congo in 1996. Click here to read minutes from the hearing. Also, read the 2006 London Telegraph article “British Ally Behind World’s Bloodiest Conflict”.

United Nations Mapping Report (2010) - Report of the Mapping Exercise documenting the most serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed within the territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo between March 1993 and June 2003

Please read the rest of the Congo Primer at http://friendsofthecongo.org. 

Look for registration updates on the 2017 UNAC conference at UNACpeace.org and on Facebook. Meanwhile, Save June 16-18, 2017 on your calendar.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

!Presente! Fidel Castro 1926-2016


Coverage from Russia TV
https://www.rt.com/news/368238-fidel-castro-dies-90/

and ABC News USA
http://abcnews.go.com/International/cuban-leader-fidel-castro-dead-90/story?id=43787601

and ABC News Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-26/fidel-castro-former-cuban-leader-dies-at-90-state-tv-reports/8060614

Monday, May 2, 2016

US Delegation part of Memorial for May 2 Massacre in Odessa Ukraine


US observers, including Phil Wilayto of The Virginia Defender and the United National Antiwar Coalition, documentary filmmaker Regis Trembly and activist Bruce Gagnon, were of the 3-4,000 people attending today's 2nd anniversary memorial of the massacre of pro-federalist Odessans which took place at the Trade Unions Building of Kulikovo Square in Odessa, Ukraine on May 2, 2014.
".... the May 2 memorial has emerged as an important focus in the fight to keep fascist forces in Ukraine from being able to intimidate their opponents into retreating from political struggle and at the same time strengthen their own role in the post-coup government. Another focus is a WWII veterans march planned for May 9 in the capital city of Kiev to mark the end of Nazi occupation. The march is being threatened by the paramilitary Right Sector organization. The elderly veterans, who often display socialist symbols, are saying they will march anyway and, if threatened, will defend themselves. There's also a lot of politics involved, but too much to get into here."

Monday, March 7, 2016

8th Annual Virginia People’s Assembly for Jobs, Peace & Justice

Make your plans now to attend the 2016 Virginia People’s Assembly For Jobs, Peace & Justice!

The 8th Annual Virginia People’s Assembly for Jobs, Peace & Justice will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church (1720 Mechanicsville Turnpike) in Richmond, Va. Doors open for onsite registration at 8 am, with the conference starting at 9 am.

The VPA is an annual gathering of people from many communities across Virginia who are engaged in a broad range of struggles. We are union members, community activists, ex-prisoners and prisoner advocates, immigrants, students, youth, elders, women, antiwar organizers, veterans, members of Black Lives Matter, members of the LGBT community, the physically and mentally disabled, environmentalists and more.

We are fighting against police abuse and for a $15 wage for fast-food and other low-wage workers. We are defending our unions and organizing the unorganized. We are struggling against war, racism, classism, and sexism in all their many forms. And with the VPA we help to bring together all those who are working to win justice for our local communities and for the world as a whole.

At the VPA we meet people from other communities and learn about their struggles. We share our own experiences. We make friends and allies, pass resolutions and plan future actions. Together, we help to build the progressive movement in Virginia.

Read the full announcement, with the call for resolutions and workshop proposals here. You can also register online today!


Please use our contact form if you would like to work with us in building a people’s movement in Virginia!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

February 20 Solidarity Forum

The Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality will be holding a Public Forum on Saturday, Feb. 20, to promote solidarity among local communities and struggles now under attack.

Please think about joining us - to learn what our sisters and brothers are going through now, and how we can come together in mutual defense.

https://www.facebook.com/events/616893275115539/

This forum represents a major theme for this year's Virginia People's Assembly, scheduled for April 23, 2014.