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We Have Nothing to Lose
What is he scared of
the one who has no life?
What is he scared of
the one who grew up under embargo,
the one who just came back from combat,
the one who spent years in prison,
the one who experienced exile?
What is he scared of
the one who
What is he scared of
the one who
What is he scared of
the one who is
and sees no future?
What is he scared of
the one whose life
has no color,
no taste at all?
Poetry by: Yassin Aref
Yassin is currently serving a 15 year sentence for conspiracy and terrorism in a prison in Marion IL. He is a Kurd from Northern Iraq. A few years after coming to this country as a refugee, he became Imam of the mosque in Albany. His crime was to witness a business loan one of his friends got from an FBI agent provocateur. He has a wife and 4 children.
Suggested donation of $5, no one turned away
Food and refreshments will be served
“Best of” slide show begins at 7:00 pm
Anti-Drones March and Demonstration in Syracuse
Sunday, April 25th, 2010
Join the Carpool from Rochester!
Predator and Raptor Drones are flying over upstate NY!!!
These are exactly the drones that have killed thousands of innocent civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq and are leading the “secret” war on Pakistan’s northern provinces.
***Protest at the Hancock Air National Guard Base entrance - E. Molloy Rd., Mattydale.
****Hosted by the Syracuse Peace Council
Carpool leaves Rochester at on Sunday, April 25th, at 10:30 am from the Brueggers Bagels parking lot
(corner of Monroe Ave and South Goodman Street)
Solemn march to remember victims of drone attacks: 1-2pm
Picket at the base, followed by music and speakers: 2-3 pm
Light food at ArtRage Gallery and organizing meeting: end by 5pm
For more information contact @ RochesterAgainstWar.org
OR Join us at our Next meeting!
Police Attack Peace March, At Least Three Wounded
For Immediate Release:
On Wednesday October 7, 2009 Rochester Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) called for a protest of 8 years of war and occupation in Afghanistan. This protest was coordinated in conjunction with other chapters of SDS throughout the country as a national day of action. At 5:30pm the march left from Washington Square Park and made its way to Main Street in downtown Rochester. At Main Street, the march headed west.
At about 5:45 pm the peaceful march was disrupted by approximately thirty police cars. The police made their first arrest by wading through the group of protesters to pick out the only African-American student in the vicinity. This is a blatant example of the kind of racism and discrimination carried out daily by the Rochester Police Department. A press videographer who was filming the arrest was then attacked by police, wrestled to the ground, and arrested. The police began to attack and arrest community members and students, nearly all of whom were standing on the sidewalk. The police shoved and hit people with clubs, used pepper spray, slammed people into the ground, and punched protesters. Twelve people were arrested in total. At least three protesters sustained injuries; two were hospitalized and received stitches.
Despite local media reports of a protester throwing a drum at police, we are not aware of any action of this kind and we strongly suspect the police fabricated the accusation to justify their egregious behavior thereafter. The police claim the alleged drum thrower was charged with “obstructing governmental administration,” yet according to police statements, the only person charged with “obstructing governmental administration” was arrested while filming. The fact is, this person had no possession of a drum. Additionally, police have claimed that they acted the way they did because protesters failed to let a fire truck through an intersection. This is also a fabrication. Video posted on rochester.indymedia.org shows protesters clearing the intersection long before the fire truck approached.
The Rochester Police Department has since been harassing members of SDS and sympathetic community members with a series of intimidating tactics, surveillance, and pulling over arrestees for seemingly random traffic stops.
Stay tuned for more details to come. Again, SDS is holding a PRESS CONFERENCE on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 3:15pm at the Public Safety Building on Exchange Blvd. Contact: Jake Spezio - 585.802.2585
National Mobilization to Washington, DC.
Saturday, March 21st, 2009
GET ON THE BUS
Seats $50 (Ask about Scholarships) -- Drop money off at the Anti-War Storefront 658 Monroe Avenue to the Storefront Volunteer on staff
Riders under the age of 18 need to have their parent or guardian fill out a release form in order to be allowed onto the bus
==> Click ehre to download it (PDF)
No more business as usual! MARCH 19th, 2009 PARADE & RALLY
End the War(s) Now! 6th Anniversary of Iraq Invasion
Please join MoveOn/PIA, RAW, IVAW, & PDAGV* for an area-wide march and rally to raise public awareness over the continuing war in Iraq and Afghanistan and other military conflicts.
THURSDAY, 19 MARCH 2009
Parade Assemble between 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Corn Hill Landing, Exchange Street, Rochester, NY
March north on Exchange St. and State St. to the Genesee River Crossroads Park
*Progressives In Action, Rochester Against War, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Progressive Democrats of Genesee Valley.
The War Memorial
Military Recruiting Station
Federal Building and Courthouse (Bush & Cheney trials)
RALLY AT GENESEE RIVER CROSSROADS PARK
Rally at Genesee River Crossroads Park will include sentencing of George W. Bush and Richard “Dick” Cheney. The sentencing will culminate in a shoe throwing at Bush and Cheney, with each participating organization given time to speak on their reason for participating.
Please bring a pair of new or gently-used shoes. Shoes will be donated to charity by IVAW.
PLEASE JOINS US AND MARCH with your contingent, or individually, and rally at Genesee River Crossroads Park. Then plan on joining the bus to Washington on Saturday, 21 March 2009, for the Nation-wide rally and demonstration at the Pentagon.
Co-sponsors: Peace Advocates, First Unitarian Church, Military Families Speak Out-Upstate NY, CAN (Campus Anti-War Network), RAW Theater (Rochester Against War Theater), SDS Rochester (Students for a Democratic Society: Rochester), Students For Peace and Justice at SUNY Brockport
To sign on as a co-sponsor please contact:
Jim (jlswarts @ pdagv.org), Dawn (dawn8 @ frontiernet.net),Bryan (bryancasler @ rochesterivaw.com), or Robin (robin @ pdagv.org)
For nearly two years, major polls have shown that a majority of Americans want an end to the war in Iraq. The war has not “brought democracy” to the Middle East. It has not improved the lives of the Iraqi people, nor has it reduced violence in the region. In fact, it has done exactly the opposite.
IVAW's North East Winter Soldier in Rochester was a big success!!
Northeast Winter Soldier at Monroe Community College on October 4, 2008 was a resounding success. Over 250 people listened to testimony by two panels, both moderated by Iraq Veterans Against the War Director Adrienne Kinne. The two-panel format provided interesting contrast between previous wars and the current war in Iraq. The first panel consisted of Elliot Adams, former Korea and Vietnam paratrooper and current president of Veterans for Peace, Michael Schwartz, a sociology professor at SUNY Stonybrook due to publish a book War Without End, and Tod Ensign, Director of Citizen Soldier and author ofAmerica's Military Today: The Challenge of Militarism.
The second panel consisted of veterans who served in Iraq. Tim Braley described what it was like driving a tank through populated urban war zones. Chris Grohs, a former medic, described the horrors he witnessed. Geoff Millard described the military health care system. “The military medical system isn't there to heal us, they're there to get us well enough to fight their wars." Robynn Murray described how she was promised college and a position in Civilian Affairs by her recruiter; instead was made a machine gunner.“ They made me a poster woman for females in the military.” “Now I'm 23 and I have to walk with a cane.” The last testimony was given by Bryan Casler, a former Marine Corps rifleman and now Northeast Regional Coordinator for IVAW. He described the dehumanization of the Iraqi people and loose rules of engagement that said “get anything done no matter the consequence.”
Following the discussion, 200 people took to the streets and marched carrying signs and chanting to the Veterans Administration on Westfall Road to call attention to the fact that that facility is closed on weekends. Intitially intending to walk back to MCC, another march ensued at times taking over a five-lane highway. Many drivers honked their horns in support and some even got out of their cars to congratulate the marchers.
The march was organized by Rochester Against War, IVAW and 15 other local groups.
Exclusive Interviews with IVAW members!!
Active Duty Soldier Healthcare Horor Stories
A currently serving soldier stationed at Ft. Drum talks about living conditions and his experience with the military healthcare system. * Video by Adriano Contreras, interview by Brian Lenzo
Interview with Rochester, NY IVAW member Bryan Casler
Interview with Iraq Veterans Against the War member Bryan Casler. Bryan is in the Rochester, NY IVAW chapter. Shot outside the Different Drummer Cafe, in Watertown, NY (home of Ft. Drum) during a weekend of antiwar events surrounding Armed Forces Day. * Video by Adriano Contreras, interview by Brian Lenzo
Confronting Colonel Riddle about the Veterans/Soldier Healthcare Crisis in Watertown, N
IVAW members Mike Totten and Bryan Casler approach Colonel Riddle at Armed Forces Day Parade
The rally will be the culmination of a number of actions happening throughout March
-- Live Screenings of the Winter Soldier II: Iraq and Afghanistan feed from Washington, DC
-- 5th Anniversary of the Iraq War Public Art Installation and Open House Reception at the Storefront Anti-War Crisis Center
Is your group interested in sponsoring / co-sponsoring this demonstration?
Current List of Co-Sponsors:
Iraq Veterans Against the War, Rochester Against War, MoveOn.org / Progressives in Action, The Antiwar Storefront, Peace Action and Education Task Force of Metro Justice, International Socialist Organization, Campus Antiwar Network (CAN), Declaration of Peace Affinity Group, Food Not Bombs, Rochester Indy Media, Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), House of Mercy, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, The Public Policy Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, Brockport Amnesty International Group #191, Veterans for Peace.
Rochester Against War (RAW) and Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) would like to thank everyone who made this event possible and all those who attended. Over 130 people attended the movie screening and most stuck around for the panel discussion.
Here is a report that RAW member Rianne Mitchell wrote:
-- Braving single digit temperatures, on Wednesday, Feb 27th, about 140 people came out to a local movie theatre to view the Vietnam era documentary Winter Soldier and participate in a panel discussion with anti-war veterans from the Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The local chapter of IVAW organized the fundraiser to help send members to the upcoming Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan in Washington DC.
Rochester Against War and other civilian organizations such as the Anti-War Storefront, Peace Action & Education, and Military Families Speak Out provided support for the event that raised more than $1,000. Panel members fielded questions on a range of issues including the military’s treatment of veterans, the war in Afghanistan, and how they came to be against the war. Before, after (and sometimes during) the film, impromptu discussion about soldiers issues could be heard in the lobby, at the concession, and among the staff.
Speaking from the front, local activist Roberto Resto, who was wounded in the Vietnam War and came back to the US and joined the GI resistance movement, underscored the urgency of the tasks facing the anti-war movement, "Forty years later, we haven't learned. We are back in the same quagmire, the same war. Only this time, our weapons are more powerful. We have to stop this nightmare. We cannot continue to send young men and women to die in a war for oil and profit." --
We raised a bunch of money that will help make the IVAW members trip to DC to the national Winter Soldier event possible.
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle wrote a very good article on the event: ==> click here to read <==
Rochester resident TJ Buonomo: Officer discharged for speaking out
TJ is a local member of Iraq Veterans Against the War and has participated with many groups in Rochester including Rochester Against War. Recently he spoke at a Veterans Day Observance in downtown Rochester (pics coming soon!).
We'll save him the embarrassment of a "profile in courage", instead we'll let him speak for himself. He just gave a wonderful interview with the national war resisters organization, Courage to Resist which is published on their website.
Exclusive Interview with Independent, "Unembedded" journalist Dahr Jamail
Brian Lenzo of Rochester Against War and Jeff DeToro of the International Socialist Organization were able to sit down with Dahr for a discussion of his book, his experiences in Iraq, and the future of the antiwar movement here in the United States.
Exclusive Interview with war resisters Eli Israel, Camillo Mejia, and Phil Aliff of Iraq Veterans Agaisnt the War!!
Brian Lenzo of Rochester Against War and Kyle Brown of the International Socialist Organization were able to sit down with Camillo, Eli, and Phil for an exclusive soldiers round table discussion on resistance, the war, and the antiwar movement.
450+ Rochestarians Pour Down Main St. on July 2nd!
Stand Up Rochester! Its time to End the War!
Commuters leaving downtown Monday encountered more than 400 protesters calling for an end to the war in Iraq. Some motorists honked and waved in support. Others held their horns continually in hope of moving traffic, which was delayed as the protesters crossed streets with police escorts. Another amazing action that shows the Antiwar Majority has taken to Main St America!
Over 500 people turned out to demand: Bring the Troops Home Now! People lined east avenue and held signs to an overwhelmingly friendly parade of cars and passersby. Click here to see photos from the event
Rochester Activists stage a Sit-In inside Hillary Clinton's office in the Federal Building
Stop the Escalation!
Tell the New Congress: Bring the Troops Home Now !!
On Election Day the voters delivered a dramatic, unmistakable mandate for peace. Now it's time for action. On January 27, 2007, we will converge from all around the country in Washington, D.C. to send a strong, clear message to Congress and the Bush Administration: The people of this country want the war and occupation in Iraq to end.
Pictures of RAW members at the rally have been posted on the RAW in DC page
But remember, we've only just begun
"5 years of Torture: Close Guantanimo Now!,"
Over 150 people showed up to demand
"No More Troops",
"Bring Them Home Now!",
"De-fund the war", and "Close Guantanamo Now!"