Chris Hedges: Our Only Hope Will Come Through Rebellion

Chris Hedges giving the keynote address at the Connecticut Conference: One Nation–Under Surveillance: Building Networks of Solidarity In Defiance of NSA Spying and the Erosion of Democratic Rights

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Chris Hedges: Our Only Hope Will Come Through Rebellion

Chris Hedges was the keynote speaker for One Nation–Under Surveillance, a conference held in defiance of NSA Spying and devoted to creating networks of solidarity that could build the power of the fights against spying, domestic drones, mass incarceration, mass deportation, preemptive prosecution of Muslim Americans, and attacks on the movements for social change.

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Hear Hedges Keynote Talk at One Nation Under Surveillance Conference

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Journalist Chris Hedges to Keynote March 29, 2014 CT Conference

Chris Hedges is a former New York Times reporter, Pulitizer-Prize wining journalist, columnist for Truthdig, author of 12 books, and was a plaintiff in the historic lawsuit “Hedges vs. Obama,” a court challenge to the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act. Hedges left the Times shortly after they issued him a formal reprimand for publicly denouncing the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Hedges is the author of the best-sellers American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, Death of the Liberal Class, and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. He co-authored with Laila Al-Arian, Collateral Damage:  America’s War Against Iraqi Civilians.  His most recent book is Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, a collaboration with comics artist and journalist Joe Sacco, is a brutally honest account of their travels through America’s “sacrifice zones” — areas of the country that have suffered and decayed as a result of exploitation in the name of profit and corporate power. Hedges is currently a senior fellow at the Nation Institute, and has taught at Columbia University, New York University, and Princeton University. He received his B.A. in English Literature from Colgate University and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. 

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Tuesday at Amherst – Malalai Joya of Afghanistan

evening with Joya

She spoke this week on Democracy Now!

Meet her Tuesday, October 8
7:30 pm
Food for Thought Books
106 North Pleasant St.
Amherst, Massachusetts

Joya is a courageous Afghan woman who was elected to the (U.S. installed) Afghan Parliament.  In her first speech she spoke out against the warlord government and was silenced.  She never stopped and was eventually thrown out of the parliament.  She faces death threats and cannot live openly in Afghanistan.  Yet she continues on.

Sponsors: United National Anti-War Coalition

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Medea Benjamin July 13 and July 14

Medea Benjamin, who received international attention for interrupting President Obama during his May national security speech, will be speaking in CT on July 13 and July 14.  She is an anti-drone and anti-Guantanamo activist and is author of the book “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control”

She is just back after leading a fact-finding Code Pink tour of Yemen, the site of many U.S. drone and cruise missile strikes and the home of scores of Guantanamo prisoners who have been “cleared for release”,  but who still are imprisoned in Guantanamo.

She will be in Hartford, on Saturday, July 13 at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St.  She’ll appear after a showing of the film “Dirty Wars” which highlights Jeremy Scahill’s investigations about secret warfare engaged in by the U.S. government.  Benjamin will share the stage there with Rick Rowley, the director of “Dirty Wars”.  The Rowley/Benjamin 3:45 talk is free.  There is the usual charge for the movie at 2 p.m. at Real Art Ways.

Medea Benjamin will also be speaking on Sunday. July 14 at 5:00 p.m. at the Center Church on the Green just opposite the New Haven Green, located at 250 Temple St.

Upon returning from Yemen Medea Benjamin took part in a demonstration against Guantanamo in front of the White House on June 26.  During the protest she was flung to the ground when assisting an elderly hunger striker who was having difficulty walking.  More here.

Cosponsors of her talk are:     CT United for Peace, Middle East Crisis Committee, CT Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union , CT Coalition for Peace and Justice, Promoting Enduring Peace, ANSWER, CT Socialist Action, International Socialist Organization (CT), , Seminarians for Democratic Society(Yale Divinity School),Tree of Life, CAIR-CT, Amistad Catholic Worker

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April 3 – CT Forum on Drone Attacks

A Forum to Mark the April 2013 Days of Action:

Stop the Drone Attacks on Pakistan!


Will US Drone Attacks on Waziristan Bring Peace, Democracy, Women’s Rights, and Economic Well-Being to the Working People in Pakistan?

A Panel of Pakistani Researchers and Intellectuals Who Support the Unions and the Farmers’ Movements of South Asia Respond.

–Shahram Azhar is a Pakistani Marxian economist, activist, and singer, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics at  UMass Amherst.

–Waqas Mirza is a graduate in Political Science from UMass Amherst who lectures on drones and the “War on  Terror.” He is a member of Occupy Boston.

–Usman Khan Yusufzai is a radical economist pursuing his doctorate who recently spent six months in Pakistan researching the impact of drone attacks.

April 3, 8:30 p.m –Sprague Carlton Room,

Student Center

Central Connecticut State University, New Britain CT—860 478-5300


The national group United National Anti-War Coalition has joined with other peace groups to create the “No Drones Network“.

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