Seattle police are prepared to use tear gas again to disperse May Day protesters. If you believe that we the people have the right to assemble, call the Seattle Police Department and the Seattle City Council members, and tell them why tear gas is a violation of constitutional rights and a danger to innocent bystanders. If you will be protesting this year, no matter the city, please stay peaceful, and help those around you. If tear gas is deployed, seek medical attention, even if you don’t feel the effects right away. It is a chemical weapon, and there is no such thing as safe use of tear gas. Please share and translate if you are able.
On Friday, The Guardian reported the deaths of at least 37 Egyptian prisoners, who were tear gassed in a police van after being locked in for several hours in sweltering heat. Please read the original article, and share widely with friends. Tear gas is deadly, and we’ve seen time and again those who claim it is safe if used properly don’t even follow their own made up safety rules: i.e., don’t use in enclosed spaces. The perpetrators deserve to be brought to justice, as do the producers of this weapon.
Ban tear gas now!
Happy New Year! Thank you to everyone for your support.
Even though there is still much to be done, I am proud of my accomplishments this year, and I hope that you are as well.
In 2014, we will launch new initiatives to increase our cause’s awareness. I hope that you will join me and other activists working to rid the world of chemical weapons.
Best wishes to you in the coming year as you fight your own battles and win your own victories.
Friends have written to say that right now, protesters in Bangkok and Kiev are being met with tear gas. We stand with the people: you have the right to be heard without being exposed to CS gas or any other chemical agent.
As a reminder, if you have been exposed, rinse your eyes and skin with cold water, discard exposed clothing as soon as is practical, and seek medical attention.
If you are pregnant or have other health concerns such as asthma, ask others for help, leave the area immediately and seek medical attention.
If you are able, help others who may be more prone to the effects to safely exit the area and get medical treatment.
Stay strong, stay safe.
THE RECENT RELEASE OF the aptly-titled ‘Contempt for Freedom’ by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) documents in great detail the disproportionate use of force by the Turkish state police in response to the anti-government protests this year. The unparalleled demonstrations in June were ignited by the ferocious police attacks on a sit-in in Taksim’s Gezi Park in late May. Over the course of one week, what began as a peaceful occupation to halt an unauthorized dig to make way for a controversial shopping mall, rapidly escalated into nationwide unrest, driven by shocking reports & images of excessive police action flooding social media, alongside a largely silent mainstream Turkish media &, not least, by an overly blunt reaction from the ruling AKP.
As the accompanying press release from the New York-based NGO outlines, police “attacked independent medical personnel who courageously provided care to the injured in accordance with international medical ethical…
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This video from the USA says about itself:
In a national address from the White House Tuesday night, President Obama announced he is delaying a plan to strike Syria while pursuing a diplomatic effort from Russia for international monitors to take over and destroy Syria‘s arsenal of chemical weapons. However, Obama still threatened to use force against Syria if the plan fails. We get reaction to Obama’s speech from world-renowned political dissident and linguist, MIT Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky.
“The Russian plan is a godsend for Obama,” Chomsky says. “It saves him from what would look like a very serious defeat. He has not been able to obtain virtually any international support, and it looked as though Congress wasn’t going to support it either, which would leave him completely out on a limb…
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