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Charlottesville can take pride in having started something important.
Rick’s guests this week were Brandon Collins and David Swanson with Charlottesville’s Center for Peace & Justice.
On the last day of 2011, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which allows the government to imprison anyone—even a US citizen—in military detention indefinitely and without trial. This law threatens the very fiber of our nation, and We the People must demand that our rights to trial and due process be restored.
And Virginia has a chance to do just that. State Delegate Bob Marshall recently introduced H.B. 1160, which “prevents any agency, political subdivision, employee, or member of the military of Virginia from assisting an agency or the armed forces of the United States in the investigation, prosecution, or detainment of a United States citizen in violation of the Constitution of Virginia.”
On Monday, February 6, the Virginia House Courts of Justice will vote on whether to send the bill for a full House vote. To make sure the bill moves forward, the committee members need to hear from you.
Is your state delegate a member of the House Courts of Justice? If so, call to ask them to (1) amend H.B. 1160 to restore the due process rights of "all persons in the US," and (2) vote on Monday to send the bill to the House floor for a vote. » read more »
This campaign is starting to pick up, and we all need to help.
A 24-member delegation from Japan is in Washington, D.C., this week opposing the presence and new construction of U.S. military bases in Okinawa. Participating are members of the Japanese House of Councilors, of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, and of city governments in Okinawa, as well as leading protest organizers and the heads of several important organizations opposed to the ongoing U.S. military occupation of Okinawa.
The famously stingy U.S. tax payer, frequently seen bitterly protesting outrageously wasteful spending of a few million dollars, is paying billions of dollars to maintain and expand some 90 military bases in Japan (and to make those who profit from such business filthy rich). Thirty-four of those bases, containing 74% of their total land area, are in Okinawa, which itself contains only 0.6% of Japanese land. Okinawa is dominated by U.S. military bases and has been for 67 years since the U.S. forcibly appropriated much of the best land.
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