BLM and the Reaction to Dallas

Hope everyone managed to attend the BLM rally in Spokane this past Saturday. Today we want to point out that, more than ever, movements like BLM need our support, even if it’s just a post on Facebook. After Dallas, we’ve heard the usual suspects with the usual slander (calling BLM a terrorist group or equivalent to the KKK). This is not surprising, but we must stand against it. And this article only shows how this is more than name calling. They’re arresting people for words.

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BLM

We here at VFP stand by BLM. Black Lives Matter.

Here is an event this Saturday, July 9th from 12-1 at Spokane County Courthouse

https://www.facebook.com/events/1135742613151018

 

Stand with everyday people who believe BLACK LIVES MATTER!

Join the NAACP, YWCA, Musicians Union, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane, Sierra Club, Center for Justice, Greater Spokane Progress, Spokane Socialist Alternative, Spokane Regional Labor Council, and PEOPLE LIKE YOU!

We’re coming together for this vigil to share our grief and anger about the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philondo Castile, and to demonstrate our commitment to acting together to expose and transform this racist system of violence and oppression, not just policing but the entire criminal justice system, everywhere it reaches, and all the other systemically racist systems that it co-perpetuates, and the ideologies that power them.

Bring your families and friends to be part of this a powerful coming together to demonstrate our shared grief, anger, deep valuing of Black Lives!!!! and give folks in our communities a chance to connect with each other as well as to learn how THEY can be part of campaigns like the local police accountability & oversight organizing, the statewide John T. Williams Initiative 873 to change WA’s deadly force law by gathering signatures to bring it to the legislature, efforts to end the school-to-prison pipeline with a restorative justice and culturally appropriate schools approach, AND MORE.

Let us mourn together and ORGANIZE together, bringing people together around shared needs & values, with ways to experience and assert OUR OWN SHARED POWER, and push to change policies while changing the balance of power in our communities and society.

Want to help organize and spread the word? Please do!

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Encrypted Apps

And on the note of privacy, here are a couple encrypted apps: Whatsapp vs Signal. If you have any suggestions, please add them in the comments

 

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Privacy

However you pronounce the word, privacy is an important part of real freedoms here in America. That the state is so willing to take it away from us is not a matter of them caring about our safety but, first and foremost, watching us to make sure that we the people don’t challenge them (to say nothing of power within the government being highly skewed away from voted representatives and towards men in the shadows of government with little or no oversight). History is rife with such examples.

 

Nevertheless, here are Chomsky, Greenwald, and Snowden talking about the matter at hand.

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Peace in Our Times

Order your copy of Peace In Our Times Summer Edition 

Here’s the front page of the upcoming summer issue. Twenty-four pages packed with great articles, poems and graphics. Bundles are mailed out via media mail so can take a week or more to arrive and sometimes, rarely, but it does happen, the post office loses a bundle or two.  Then we have to send out a replacement bundle. The paper will go to print mid-July and be mailed out immediately. We want you to get the papers before the VFP convention in Berkeley so please do not order late!

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Some Numbers for Your Consumption

U.S.- STOP TERRORIZING PEOPLE !!

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF DEATHS IN OTHER NATIONS SINCE 1945

DUE MOSTLY TO U.S. INTERVENTIONS

AFGHANISTAN 1-1.8 million The U.S. recruited young Islamic men to fight the Soviet invaders

and now those recruits are among the terrorists we fight.

ANGOLA 300,000 – 750,000 U.S. gave aid to help overthrow the government.

CHAD 40,000 CIA helped bring to power a leader responsible for killings.

COLOMBIA 87,000 U.S. supported Colombian state terrorism.

CONGO (formerly Zaire) 5 million U.S. helped to assassinate Patrice Lumumba and provided

millions of dollars in arms to all sides.

EAST TIMOR 200,000 U.S. approved use of its arms in Indonesian invasion of East Timor.

EL SALVADOR 75,000 $6 billion was given by the U.S. to crush a social justice movement.

GUATEMALA 200,000 CIA orchestrated a coup to stop the redistribution of land to peasants.

HAITI 30,000 – 100,000 U.S. sent millions of dollars to Duvalier to suppress his opponents.

INDOCHINA (VIETNAM,

CAMBODIA, LAOS) 3 – 7 million U.S. blocked a required election to unify North and South Vietnam.

INDONESIA .5 – 3 million CIA provided names to Indonesian death squads.

IRAN-IRAQ WAR (Iran: 262,000 and Iraq: 105,000) U.S. supported both nations at different times.

IRAQ 350,000 (1 st war vs. U.S.); 1,455,000 (2 nd war vs. U.S.) U.S. violated international law.

ISRAEL vs. PALESTINE 100,000 – 200,000 U.S. provides billions of dollars each year in aid to Israel.

KOREA 1.8 – 4.5 million U.S. paranoia about communism was the cause of this war.

LIBYA 100,000 Muammar Gaddafi was assassinated by rebels in 2011. The U.S.

had tried to assassinate him 25 years earlier.

PHILIPPINES 100,000 U.S. helped Philippine government repress indigenous movements.

SUDAN 2 million Human Rights groups said U.S. helped to topple the government.

SYRIA 250,000 – 450,000 U.S. wants to control oil and the route of a future pipeline.

U.S. 80,000-120,000 Deaths due mainly to Korean, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

YUGOSLAVIA 100,000 – 300,000 U.S. used coercive methods to promote privatization.

25,000 OR FEWER DEATHS

Operation Condor: The U.S. facilitated communication against political opponents in a joint effort with ARGENTINA,

BOLIVIA, BRAZIL, CHILE, PARAGUAY and URUGUAY resulting in 13,000 deaths.

INDIVIDUAL NATIONS: BOLIVIA: 400 – Hugo Banzer, an oppressive leader, was trained in the U.S.; CHILE:

3,000 – CIA plot led to the death of President Salvador Allende; CUBA: 1,800 – 4,000 – U.S. organized the failed

invasion of Cuba to oust Castro; DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: 3,000 – Juan Bosch, advocate of land reform, was

deposed by a CIA coup; GEORGIA: US trained Georgian army invaded South Ossetia, killing several hundred people;

GRENADA: 277 – U.S. deposed Maurice Bishop who opposed the quarantine of Cuba; HONDURAS: 400 – U.S.

supported Battalion 316 which kidnapped, killed and tortured citizens; HUNGARY: 3,000 The U.S. Radio Free Europe

gave rebels against Soviet rule hope for Western aid, but this did not happen; NICARAGUA: 25,000 – U.S. provided

military aid to the Contras to overthrow the government; NEPAL: 8,000 – 12,000 – U.S. provided arms and advisers

to the Nepalese government; PANAMA: 500 – 4,000 – U.S. kidnapped Pres. Noriega, leaving devastation behind in

Panama; SOUTH AFRICA: The CIA was responsible for the capture of Mandela and violated the arms embargo

against S. Africa. 21,000 deaths during apartheid; UKRAINE: 8,000 – Activities of the U.S. ambassador led to the war.

Killer drones: U.S. has used them to kill about 4,700 people in AFGHANISTAN, ALGERIA, IRAN, IRAQ,

LIBYA, PAKISTAN, SOMALIA, and YEMEN, in violation of international law.

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Where We Work

Here we are at the Pride Parade!

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On Vietnam:Full Disclosure

The United States Government, the most powerful military force ever
known to mankind, indiscriminately bombed the holy hell out of Vietnam,
one of the poorest countries in the world. If you were to throw a dart
at a large map of Vietnam, wherever that dart landed, the U.S. probably
committed an atrocity. If the American people knew that truth, national
shame would be a mental illness.
Mike Hastie
Army Medic Vietnam
June 17, 2016

Photo by Mike Hastie
Vietnam April 2016
Full Disclosure

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Truth in Recruitment

As you may or may not know, we work hard to properly inform those who have yet to join the military about all the fact that the recruiters will not tell them. Case in point is this article. Check it out.

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On Ukraine

It should be obvious to any one that by now the war mongering over Russia has been getting out of hand. Yes, Putin is no angel, but for us to escalate the situation is beyond irresponsible. Here is a video on the matter.

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