Saturday, April 30, 2011

Incompetent NY Post Journalists Can't Google

How many New York Post journalists does it take to perform a Google search on the exact location of a NYC public school?  More than three, it would appear.

In my last post I referred to the article written about Amy Woda and other teachers by NY Post journalists Carl Campanile, Reuven Fenton, and Yoav Gonan with a photograph by Gregory P. Mango.
The article reported that Amy had been brought up on charges for nine specifications of incompetence, and I promised to come up with at least nine specifications of incompetence against the journalists.

 The article states, "In the case cited above, tenured second-grade teacher Amy Woda--a 14-year veteran working at PS 62 in Forest Hills, Queens -- had received nine specifications ... blah blah blah "


What's the difference?  Well, as anyone who can use Google Maps can see, FOREST HILLS is to the north of Jackie Robinson Parkway and is indicated by the little red balloon marked "A".  Richmond Hill is south of Jackie Robinson Parkway, south of Forest Park and on the other side of the Long Island Railroad tracks.  The purple balloon indicates the location of PS 62.

Don't get me wrong.  Richmond Hill is a very nice neighborhood full of very nice people.  It's just not Forest Hills where the US Open takes place.  Compare house prices if you don't believe me.

To place Amy's school in Forest Hills is to mislead the reader into believing that she was serving a very different population of students and parents.  New Yorkers who read this article will have a blink of a think--barely noticable to the thinker--"Well, if she can't teach in that neighborhood, she can't teach anywhere".

SPECIFICATION OF INCOMPETENCE #1 -- NY POST journalists misled their readers as to the location of PS 62 and the type of student population attending PS 62 by failing to use Google or any other search engine to verify the correct neighborhood where said school is located. 

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Public Pillorying of Amy Woda

It would seem that the NYC DOE was not finished with Amy Woda when they finally terminated her last year.  It wasn't enough to put her through a grueling 46 days of hearings. No,  they needed to turn her over to the NY Post's Yellow Journalists, Carl Campanile, Reuven Fenton, and Yoav Gonan for slicing, dicing, and liquifing.

They even sent Gregory P. Mango to lie in wait for Amy outside her house.

Now if anyone ever googles her name, the Post will help determine their opinion of her.  The picture will erase anyone's doubt about whether she is the same person as the Amy Woda in the article.

What did she do to deserve this?  According to the article, she had
9 specifications of incompetence.

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

I'll bet I can come up with 9 or more specifications of incompetence against Carl Campanile, Reuven Fenton, and Yoav Gonan based on this article alone.  And that's just what I'm going to do.

Moriah Untamed

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Parents Sue Bloomberg for 100 Million

For immediate release:  APRIL 27, 2011    
Also In This Release
ADVISORY: Albany Court Argument This Thursday Regarding Cathie Black Waiver
Advocates for Justice
            212-228-6320 x 8
Arthur Schwartz, Esq.            917-923-8136
Chris Owens, Exec. Dir.         718-514-4874
New York City Parents Sue Bloomberg for $100 Million 
Over Cathie Black "Damage" 

"This Mayor Has Committed Misfeasance and Our Children Have Suffered"

Advocates for Justice, a public interest law firm, today filed initial papers for a civil lawsuit against Mayor Michael Bloomberg on behalf of a class of all New York City public school parents .  The Mayor is charged with committing "misfeasance of office" through the appointment of Ms. Cathleen P. Black as Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education and thereby damaging the education of public school children in the City of New York. 

The 14 Claimant parents, along with the newly formed New York City Parents Union, are demanding $100 million in compensatory damages from Mr. Bloomberg personally as the individual now held accountable under New York State's education law for the performance of the public education system, as well as a public apology from the Mayor for his handling of Ms. Black's appointment and brief tenure in office.

A Notice of Claim setting forth the nature of the lawsuit was filed today by Advocates for Justice with the Office of New York City Comptroller John Liu.  This legal action -- possibly the first of its kind in the history of New York City -- claims that the Mayor had or should have had full knowledge of Ms. Black's inability to perform at an appropriate level in the position of Chancellor.

Section 3(f) of the Notice Claim states that "Michael Bloomberg, as Mayor, has a fiduciary obligation to act with the utmost of prudence and responsibility in running the New York City school system.  He either knew, or should have known, that the appointment of Black was not in the best interests of the system, but he appointed her nonetheless.  By so acting, Michael Bloomberg breached his fiduciary duty to the parents of all school children in New York City public schools and is guilty of 'misfeasance of office.' "

The parents want Mayor Bloomberg to place $100 million of his own money -- or approximately $1 million for each day of Ms. Black's nearly 100-day tenure -- into a fund used exclusively for the training and development of teachers and supervisors as compensation for the damage to the morale and performance of staff and teachers, which therefore impaired the education of students.

Arthur Z. Schwartz, attorney for the Claimants, emphasized that the Notice of Claim was a precursor to a lawsuit against Bloomberg personally, not one against the City of New York.  "The Mayor's ego, and his insistence on 'selling' the school system rather than building it from the ground up, led to this disaster.  The Mayor took a lot from the City's school children with this error, and he should be required to make repairs - in a sum that he is uniquely qualified to do."

Ms. Mariama Sanoh, an active Brooklyn parent who is a Claimant and a founder of the New York City Parents Union, said that Mayor Bloomberg abused his power.  "When outraged parents stated that Cathie Black was unqualified to be Chancellor, Mayor Bloomberg accused us -- the real stakeholders in our children's education -- of playing politics.  But it was Mayor Bloomberg who abused his power by appointing someone with no education experience to lead the nations largest public school system.  And it was Mayor Bloomberg who played politics with the New York State Education Commissioner to get unqualified Cathie Black approved for the job.  The Mayor has committed misfeasance and our children have suffered.  There have to be consequences for these bad choices."

Ms. Shino Tanikawa, a Claimant and member of Manhattan's Community Education Council 2, demanded consistency in how education matters are treated.  "Accountability has been the foundation of Mayor Bloomberg's alleged "reform" agenda, yet he himself has not been accountable to us for any of his misguided decisions.  Our children have suffered his arrogance and egotism enough, and we, the parents, demand that the Mayor now be held accountable."

Central Brooklyn parent Muba Yarofulani is a founding member of the New York City Parents Union, Co-President of the Coalition for Public Education (CPE), and President of the District 18 Presidents Council.  She objected to Mayor Bloomberg's dominance over the public education system.  "The 1.1 million students in New York City's public schools deserved a qualified Chancellor.  Mayor Bloomberg refused to hear the cries of parents from communities like mine; we knew that Cathie Black should not be appointed.  This Mayor's dictatorship over our education system is failing our children, and I am one of those mothers who will continue to battle his wealth and political might.  Mayor Bloomberg must be held accountable for his failures.  Our children must see that there are consequences for the rich just as there are for the poor."

Ms. Mona Davids, a Bronx charter school parent, and a founder of the New York City Parents Union, pronounced Mayor Bloomberg's behavior as corrupt.  "Outside of New York City, when an elected official appoints a friend, family member or crony with no relevant experience to a high profile job, it is called 'graft' and an abuse of power," said Ms. Davids.  "Mayor Bloomberg's appointment of his friend, Cathie Black, without first conducting a national search or ensuring that she had the qualifications to lead the nation's largest school system, was pure corruption and disrespectful to NYC parents, students and educators.  Mayor Bloomberg's appointment showed our children that, even when you are not qualified for a job, it's not what you know but who you know."

Hon. Chris Owens, a Brooklyn Claimant and former Community School Board President, focused on the need for unorthodox measures.  "This Mayor has bought three elections, including a third term in office!  The political process has not provided recourse for concerned parents because the Mayoral elections have been corrupted by the power of money.  So we have to do something to show everyone that the disastrous ramming of Cathie Black down our throats warrants more than a few days of critical media stories.  The Mayor owes this City and he has the means to compensate our public education system for a portion of the harm that he inflicted upon it."

Ms. Julie Cavanagh is a teacher in Brooklyn who supports the parents' lawsuit.  "I am glad to see legal action being taken directly against Mayor Bloomberg.  Mayor Bloomberg speaks about accountability for schools, students and teachers, but never is he held accountable for the disastrous and devastating decisions he has made for our schools and our children. It is time for this Mayor to be held accountable.  As if over-testing, overcrowding, and overtly ignoring the voices of stakeholders were not enough, Bloomberg appointed and vigorously defended a Chancellor we all knew was unqualified for our children. The Mayor's actions have caused irreparable harm to our school system, and it is time for him to answer to the people he was elected to serve." 

A copy of the Notice of Claim may be requested by contacting Chris Owens.

# # #

ADVISORY:  Albany Court Argument To Take Place This Thursday Regarding Cathie Black Waiver
 Deny Waiver Coalition Continues Challenge To 
 Black Waiver As A Dangerous Precedent

Representing the Deny Waiver Coalition, Advocates for Justice President Arthur Schwartz will argue that,
for serving as a superintendent of schools as the Chancellor does in New York City, the minimum qualification of a Master's Degree and the requirement that candidates for Chancellor have work experience in the educational field cannot be cast aside in the future. 

New York State Education Commissioner David Steiner's disastrous dismissal of these requirements in granting a waiver of employment qualifications to an unqualified Chancellor nominee, Cathleen P. Black, in November, 2010 may have created a terrible precedent.

The case will be heard in the Appellate Division, Third Department, located in Albany on Thursday, April 28th at around 1:00 PM. 
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Come to Walcott's 1st PEP Meeting

Can Bloomberg cut down the opposition that has been building against his destructive policies simply by replacing his salesperson? We say NO!
Tomorrow, April 28th at the PROSPECT HEIGHTS CAMPUS  at  6pm,  the Panel for Educational Policy will hold a meeting and then vote to co-locate 13 more charter schools in public school buildings.
Charter schools are a threat to everything we hold dear about education: they are privately-run education corporations that divert money from the public schools, underserve our highest-needs students, and do not offer the protections we know teachers need to be good at their jobs.  Many charters encourage rote memorization instead of real learning and often times they engage in military-like discipline practices. Additionally, co-locations divide communities and create separate and unequal learning opportunities within one building.
Please join the
Grassroots Education Movement
at this PEP Meeting to demand an end to these disastrous policies and to Mayoral Control.
Thursday, April 28th
Prospect Heights Campus
Washington & Eastern, 2/3/4/5 to Franklin or Shuttle to Brooklyn Museum
Sign up to speak: 5:00
Meeting begins: 6:00
6 Reasons YOU should attend the Panel for Educational Policy Meeting TOMORROW, April 28th:

1. We must come out and make a public statement against the mayor's destructive policies, especially because we have a new chancellor. Anything less and Bloomerg will argue that all the opposition we have built against his policies was nothing more than dislike for Cathie Black.

2. Charter schools often get significant turnout at these meetings to support them, particularly from teachers whose principals can require them to attend and say what they demand with threats of firing. They use school funds to pay for buses for parents and students, and provide t-shirts and glossy signs. We must counter with our own message and our own voices.

3. Mayoral control is a neoliberal policy that removes power from communities and places it in the hands of one wealthy individual. This is not progress! This is not justice! But only the people can demand a change, and PEP meetings are one place to make that demand.

4. As the DOE gears up to layoff 4,658 teachers in the upcoming budget, funding for charters is planned to increase by $139 million.

5. The panel will also be voting to close the country's first dual language Arabic middle school, the Khalil Gibran International Academy. This is occurring despite the fact that a federal panel concluded that the DOE discriminated against the founding principal when they removed her. The panel stated that the DOE "succumbed to the very bias that creation of the school was intended to dispel and a small segment of the public succeeded in imposing its prejudices on D.O.E. as an employer."

6. You may actually enjoy yourself! While it's true that PEP meetings can be pretty devastating, they can also be entertaining and inspiring as well. You'll hear amazing speeches from students, parents, teachers and elected officials. Join GEM at the mic for our anti-privatization song if you fancy. Sign up to speak and make your case to the new Chancellor. Meet interesting, inspiring people. It can be a really invigorating experience to stand up to the powerful forces we are facing. And who doesn't enjoy a little adrenaline rush at a blood boiling event once in a while?
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Teacher Bashing Taking a Quantum Leap

Teachers are being jailed and killed in Hondouras by a regime that has partnered with the New Orleans charter school system.  It can't happen in America?  The support for the new Hondouran regime comes from within America.

More at The Real News

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Teacher Bashing Is Bloomberg's Smokescreen

As teachers across New York City prepare to take a needed vacation, I wish you well.  Each and every one of you deserves to take a break from the most stressful part of your job:  serving as a Bloomberg Scapegoat. 

Have you ever had one of those kids who loves to play tricks and then points to someone else when you look at  him, hoping that he will divert your gaze and the blame onto an innocent bystander?  That's what Bloomberg is doing every time he starts talking about the Baaaaaad Teachers.  Other mayors have learned his trick, and it's become a tactic used across the nation. 

Perhaps we should chip in and buy this tee shirt for him so his finger doesn't get tired.  On second thought he doesn't need it.  He has bought hundreds people to do the pointing for him.

One of them is Sydney Morris who bills herself as Co-founder of Educators 4 Excellence.

Sydney has done Bloomberg the big fat favor of being the little finger that points at which teachers should be laid off first in the event of a budget crisis.  Take note that her job is to point away from the person responsible for the budget crisis and every other crisis in the DOE--He Who Controls It All--Voldebloom.  On Tuesday of this week I went to a Panel Discussion on LIFO hosted by Teach for America.  She was one of the people on the panel.  I won't go into detail because Norm Scot has done a much better job over at Education Notes On Line.

According to Sydney, "a team of 11 New York City teachers" have taken responsiblility to write  "the first research-based proposal for conducting layoffs based on merit rather than seniority".  She calls it the Educators 4 Excellence Layoff Policy Team White Paper.

These are the little Bloomberg fingers who signed this policy paper.

Christine Casher teaches 9th and 10th grade literature in Manhattan.
Esther Chu teaches middle school science in Brooklyn.
Michelle Costa teaches high school mathematics in Brooklyn.
Margie Crousillat teaches kindergarten in the Bronx.
Elizabeth Doctor teaches 3rd grade in Harlem.
Jamie Ferrel teaches 6th and 7th grade special education English in the Bronx.
Laura Frazier teaches high school mathematics in the Bronx.
Jarell Lee teaches 3rd grade in Brooklyn.
Evan Piekara teaches middle school ELA and Social Studies in the Bronx.
Jane Viau teaches AP Statistics and Economics in Harlem.
Val Lorie Wilson teaches middle school special education in the Bronx.

I'm not going to go into an analysis of which teachers would be first on the chopping block according to the "White Paper".  That would be looking in the direction that the little fingers are pointing, and therefore validating their purpose. 

No, I would like to list all the things that we are NOT supposed to look at while we get all riled up about their "research-based proposal".

The "Policy White Paper" came out in the middle of February:

We weren't supposed to look at:
  • the PEP meetings that were voting on school closings and charter colocations.
  • the horrible job Cathie Black was doing.
  • Cairo
  • Wisconsin
Now what are we NOT supposed to be looking at?
  • the fact that What's-His-Name, Cathie Black's replacement, has a total of only one and one-half years of teaching experience, in kindergarten, and also had to be granted a waiver.
  • the fact that Bloomberg has wasted billions of dollars in DOE money in dozens of failed enterprises.
  • the fact that the Rubber Rooms still exist.
  • the fact that the ATR pool is growing exponentially due to continued school closings.
  • the fact that charter schools are invading public schools all over the city.
  • the fact that we have opened a Third Front in the never-ending, and extremely expensive, War on Terror.
 As any teacher--or parent for that matter--knows, when the guilty kid tries to blame the innocent kid by pointing away from himself, it's important not to look in the direction of the pointing finger, but to focus directly at the perpetrator, giving him a look that says "I know all, it is impossible to fool me". Once he gets caught, he usually stops the misbehavior, at least for a while.

Have a good vacation.  Relax. Enjoy.  You deserve it.   But when you come back, I suggest you get together and find a way of focusing the eye of truth on the real guilty party in the New York City Department of Education.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

UFT Rally Against Layoffs Thursday, April 14 in Queens

·         The City has a $3.1 billion surplus
·         Tax revenues are up $2 billion
·         The City has lost 5,000 teachers in the last two years
·         Class sizes have been skyrocketing; programs and services have been slashed
·       Mayor Bloomberg is playing political games at the expense of our children!

Michael Mulgrew, President
United Federation of Teachers

Protect our children, protect our schools.  Join Michael Mulgrew and other education advocates in our fight to stop layoffs. Parents, Educators, Politicians and Community Members

Date:                   Thursday, April 14, 2011
Time:         4:30 PM
Place:        Queens Borough Hall
                   120-55 Queens Boulevard
                             Kew Gardens, NY  11424

Sponsored by the UFT’S Queens Borough Office

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Images from April 9 Antiwar Rally and March

I made the same observation here.  I mean, what would you do if someone bombed your house and killed your whole family?

Now this is what I call style!

I heartily agree -- only war isn't an investment.  Health care is.

A beautiful day in the neighborhood.

Military Families and Chelsea neighbors were there.

Transport Workers were there.

 Marching Drummers....

 ...of all ages

If I were still a Democrat, a sign like this would make me worried.

But I'm not.  I'm looking for a party that runs on this slogan.

Images for April 9 Rally - Children

Most of the people who have been killed in the Iraq war look like this:

Iraqi Civilians Killed, Estimated - On October 22, 2010, ABC News reported "a secret U.S. government tally that puts the Iraqi (civilian) death toll over 100,000," information that was included in more than 400,000 military documents released by

 A UN issued report dated Sept 20, 2006 stating that Iraqi civilian casualties have been significantly under-reported. Casualties are reported at 50,000 to over 100,000, but may be much higher. Some informed estimates place Iraqi civilian casualities at over 600,000.

Troops in Iraq - Total 47,000 U.S. troops as of Jan 31, 2011.
All other nations have withdrawn their troops.

U.S. Troop Casualties - 4,442 US troops;
98% male. 91% non-officers; 82% active duty, 11% National Guard; 74% Caucasian, 9% African-American, 11% Latino. 19% killed by non-hostile causes. old. 72% were from the US Army.

54% of US casualties were under 25 years old

Photos from April 9 Rally--UFTers to Stop the War(s)

UFT wasn't there, but UFTers were.  Yeah UFTers!!!!!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Maps for April 9 Rally and March for Peace and Justice



Meet this Saturday, 12:00 Noon at Washington Irving High School, Irving Place at 17th St, one block east of Union Square.  
At 1pm, we will move to Union Square East Between 15th & 16th St.- (Babies R Us) in order to hear the speeches. 
2:30 - 3:30 PM March down Broadway to Foley Square where there will be a Peace Fair.  Drums, whistles, instruments are welcomed. Signs, banners, chants too. 

3:30-5 pm- Second Part of the rally at Foley Square (with speakers, tables, etc.) 


(Note from Moriah:  If you are a New York City teacher, parent, or student, I recommend joining this contingent for a safe, fun way to experience this march)

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Meet this Saturday, 12:00 Noon at Washington Irving High School, 
Irving Place at 17th St, one block east of Union Square.
At 1pm, we will move to Union Square East Between 15th & 16th St.-
(Babies R Us) in order to hear the speeches.
March will set off at 2PM down Broadway to Foley Square where there
will be a Peace Fair. Drums, whistles, instruments are welcomed.
Signs, banners, chants too.

Schedule for the day-
12-2 pm- First Part of the Rally at Union Square
2:30- 3:30 pm- March begins from Union Square to Foley Square
3:30-5 pm- Second Part of the rally (with speakers, tables, etc.)

Check NY Activist Calendar frequently:

How Do We Stop the Charter Invasions?

You are invited to attend a meeting sponsored by the Grassroots Education Movement (GEM) 

CUNY Grad Center 34th St. and 5th Ave. Rm 5414
picture ID required

The rapid growth of charter schools around New York City continues unabated.  As the DOE gears up to layoff 4,658 teachers in the upcoming budget, funding for charters is planned to increase by $139 million. As Mayor Bloomberg shutters large public high schools, like JFK in the Bronx or Brandeis in Manhattan, they are rapidly replaced with charters which receive public money but are privately operated and are largely nonunion. Co-located charters receive more per pupil funding than the public schools they are sitting in.

From the invasion of PS197M by Democracy Prep and PS123 by Eva Moskowitz's Success Academy in Harlem, to the prevention of the expansion of the successful Central Park East public school by the forces of KIPP* charters in Washington Heights, to the robbery of therapy classrooms in Fort Greene from special needs schools PS369K by an expanding charter, to the cramming of four schools into a single building to accommodate a charter in Coney Island's IS303, schools all over the city are facing overcrowding and declining enrollment because of the charter explosion. 

At the same time, the United Federation of Teachers has agreed to allow two schools in the Bronx to be managed by charter operator Green Dot, while half their staff is moved to other schools regardless of seniority, and Green Dot operatives brag of long breakfasts and multiple dinners with national and local union leaders.

However, there are things that we can do to fight back.  The successful struggle by PS9 parents and teachers to prevent the expansion won a victory last week as State Education Commissioner David Steiner overturned the city's Panel for Education Policy vote to allow a charter colocation in their school.       

Join GEM in a discussion on how we can build a movement to take a stand against privatization of public education by mobilizing against charter co-locations.

Discuss:  What can we do in NYC to stop charter co-locations?  What are the tools that teachers and parents can use to defend their local schools?  How can we build solidarity with others under attack?  How can we build networks within our schools and in our communities? How can we push the UFT to reverse it's accommodationist policy to the charter invaders?

Take part in activist breakout sessions after the discussion, including about how to mobilize against the charter co-locations on the agenda at the April 28th meeting of the Panel for Education Policy.

Become a GEM member and discuss how WE can put children first! 

MONDAY, April 11, 5PM, 
CUNY Grad Center 34th St. and 5th Ave. Rm 5414
picture ID required

*Study Finds High Dropout Rates for Black Males in KIPP Schools
Education Week
KIPP charter middle schools enroll a significantly higher proportion of African-American students than the local school districts they draw from, but 40 percent of the black males they enroll leave between grades 6 and 8, says a new nationwide study by researchers at Western Michigan University and Teachers College, Columbia University.
“The dropout rate for African-American males is really shocking,” said Gary J. Miron, a professor of evaluation, measurement, and research at Western Michigan University, in Kalamazoo, and the lead researcher for the study. “KIPP is doing a great job of educating students who persist, but not all who come.”

*Study Says Charter Network Has Financial Advantages Over Public Schools
New York Times
Most charter schools receive less government money for each student, on average, than traditional public schools.
But the KIPP network, one of the fastest-growing and most academically successful charter groups, has received more taxpayer dollars per student than regular public schools, according to a new study, which also noted that KIPP receives substantial amounts of private philanthropic money.

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April 4 Rally - Who Showed Up?

These are some of the unions and organizations that showed up.  There were many more that I was not able to photograph, but the UFT was not among them. 












Saturday, April 9--HUGE Anti-War Rally

Writing to your congressman is not going to stop the war or the budget cuts that fund it.  Come out to Union Square on April 9.  People are coming in from all over the East Coast and the Nation.  Your presence matters.

All Out on April 9th, New York City at noon, Union Sq.

Call to Action

 And Request for Endorsement
April 9, 2011
New York & San Francisco
from the
United National Antiwar Committee


THEY are the government, corporate, and financial powers that wage war, ravage the environment and the economy and trample on our democratic rights and liberties.


WE are the vast majority of humanity who want peace, a healthy planet and a society that prioritizes human needs, democracy and civil liberties for all.

The Warmakers spend trillions of dollars yearly on endless wars in pursuit of global domination and profit while murdering millions of innocent people, installing corrupt and hated governments and funding occupations that displace millions from their homelands – trampling on the right of oppressed people to self-determination.

THEY send our youth – victims of the economic draft – to fight over the very fossil fuels whose unrestrained use threatens the future of the planet while corrupt and virtually unregulated oil giants dump billions of gallons of death into our rivers and oceans.

THEY wage a fake “war on terrorism” at home – the new McCarthyism – that promotes racism and Islamophobia aimed at destroying civil liberties and democratic rights.

THEY grant repeated and untold trillions in bailouts to banks, corporations and financial institutions while breaking unions, robbing pensions, destroying jobs, foreclosing homes, de-funding education and vital social services and are once again threatening Social Security and Medicare.

THEY offer no solutions to the current crises other than more of the same.

THE PEACEMAKERS DEMAND a better world. Only a massive, united, inclusive and independent movement has the power to bring it into being.

WE DEMAND Bring U.S. Troops, Mercenaries and War Contractors Home Now: Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan! End the sanctions and stop the threats of war against the people of Iran, North Korea and Yemen. No to war and plunder of the people of Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa! End U.S. Aid to Israel! End U.S. Support to the Israeli Occupation of Palestine and the Siege of Gaza!

WE DEMAND trillions for jobs, education, social services, an end to all foreclosures, quality single-payer healthcare for all, a massive conversion to sustainable and planet-saving energy systems and public transportation and reparations to the victims of U.S. terror at home and abroad.

WE DEMAND an end to FBI raids on antiwar, social justice, and international solidarity activists, an end to the racist persecution and prosecutions that ravage Muslim communities, an end to police terror in Black, Latino and Native American communities, full rights and legality for immigrants and an end to all efforts to repress and punish Wikileaks and its contributors and founders.

WE DEMAND the immediate end to torture, rendition, secret trials, drone bombings and death squads.


All Out April 9, 2011