Posts in: civil liberties & police

Obama unmasked: The president of dashed hopes

August 2013

The president helped end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that locked LGBT military service members in the closet. During his 2012 campaign, he reduced deportations of undocumented youth who came to the U.S. as children. But, with few other exceptions, his actions have served the wealthy elite and expanded the attacks on working people… Read more »

Whistleblower Manning: an inspiration to other brave secret-busters

August 2013

When Private First Class Manning blew the whistle on U.S. war crimes and imperial foreign policy, the Obama administration and its military went ballistic. It persecuted and prosecuted Manning for high treason and “aiding the enemy” and espionage. They jailed and tortured this brave whistle blower for three years before the June court martial began…. Read more »

Release Lynne Stewart!

August 2013

After a recent Bureau of Prisons’ rejection Stewart wrote, “This crass bureaucratic denial of the request that you all, by your signatures and letters and phone calls, demanded is an affront. How can they shunt aside a 73-year old woman who IS dying of cancer (maybe not on their timeline), her life one of good… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor

August 2013

GUN VIOLENCE — BIG RESPONSE! Gutsy piece I appreciated the article on guns and self-defense [Vol. 34, No. 3, “A socialist take on gun violence, state violence, and workers’ right to self-defense”]. It’s a gutsy piece, given how easily it can be misinterpreted or misused. I just read the book, The Rebellious Life of Mrs…. Read more »

Russia’s new anti-LGBT law denounced; Government bans public protests while human rights violations increase

October 2013

The anti-gay legislation enacted in Russia on July 29 has galvanized international condemnation. And, in its wake, violations of human rights have been booted out of Russia’s closet for all to see. New amendments to federal law mandate imprisonment and hefty fines for “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors” that aims to form “misperceptions… Read more »

Manning movement builds

October 2013

The brave battle of Private Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley Manning) against the U.S. military has exposed and clarified a great deal more than she probably ever imagined. It blew open the vault doors of hidden war crimes by the very non-humanitarian USA. It exposed how appallingly far the government will go to snuff… Read more »

Lynne Stewart needs final push to win freedom

October 2013

On June 24, Director of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Charles Samuels denied radical lawyer Lynne Stewart’s petition for compassionate release because she was expected to live longer than 12 months. In August, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the BOP has adopted a new policy changing the life-expectancy requirement to 18 months. Stewart’s prison… Read more »