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Invest in Caring, Not Killing
Date Thursday October 25
Time 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location Details
No life is "collateral damage" Anti-war picket outside CNN 50 California (nr Market)
Event Type Protest
Organizer/AuthorLori Nairne
The new war depends on the media trumpeting the government's lies and hiding the truth. We are targeting CNN because: -CNN has refused to show images of the dead and wounded, victims of the bombing in Afghanistan. Their lives are dismiss3ed as "collateral damage", but they are no less valuable than those who died on Sept 11. Their mothers and other loved ones also grieve and seek justice. -It also censors news of the massive opposition to the war in every country --including in the US. -CNN is the main TV news internationally. CNN has marketed the government's response to September 11th as "America's new war" as though we should be proud of it. While the people of Afghanistan are bombarded with missiles, we are bombarded with figures that supposedly prove the US supports the war. In fact, many of us, including relatives of those who died on Sept 11th, have been saying "Not in Our Name!. But our protests are given no coverage. Instead of broadcasting the truth, CNN along with most of the uS media, repeated the governments propaganda, which originates from the board rooms of Texas oil companies. Most of the US remain uninformed and misinformed about the role of the military in enforcing policies which benefit not them but US corporations and have cost the lives of millions around the world. From Afghanistan, where the US funded and backed the Taliban regime it is now attacking, to Palestine, Iraq, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Indonesia, Turkey, Mozambique...and of course Vietnam and Korea -- the list is endless. The message the US sends is that poorest peple are disposable. And what is this "American Way of life"? While a tiny minority are obscenely rich, millions of us have no access to health care, inner city communities have infant mortality rates as high as Bangladesh, the prison population is the biggest in the world, there are frequent mass killiings from Oklahoma to shootings in schools and other public places,etc. Why women are protesting: Women and children are the majority of those killed and wounded in armed conflicts worldwide and 80% are refugees. Women invest our lives into children who are used as canon fodder for the military. In peace and war, women are the ones whose work maintains community and life itself. While the government lavishes obscene amounts of money to bomb people abroad, it can find no money to feed women and children at home who are going hungry and lack housing. Welfare "reform" cuts are throwing thousand os welfare moms into destitution, prostitution and homelesness. This is the American way of life CNN in not showing. Nor does CNN tell us that poverty in the US foirces those with no income into the army, which is now 60% people of color.
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