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Palo Alto No Keystone Project with Occupy Gezi (Solidarity with Turkey)

Thursday, June 06, 2013
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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Middlefield Rd. and University Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94301

Palo Alto needs to remind Obama that we'll get in the streets to demand an end to Keystone. Join us at an exciting rally with Frostpaw and other Center activists to be seen and heard by President Obama.

On June 6, starting at 4:30 p.m., hundreds of activists will welcome President Barack Obama with a simple but crucial message: Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline and its toxic tar-sands sludge and keep your promises on climate change.

Don't miss this opportunity to be seen by the president and have your voice heard on the Keystone Pipeline.
The corner of Middlefield Rd. and University Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301


To All Democracy and Free Speech Supporters in the World,

There is an ongoing public uprising in Turkey which one might call as the Turkish Spring against the anti-democratic regulations of the current government. The uprising was sparked by a police attack against peaceful protestors in Taksim, Istanbul who were gathered in a public park (Gezi Park) to protest the planned shopping mall construction by removal of the park, one of the few remaining green areas in downtown Istanbul. The peaceful sit-in protestors who were in the area since beginning of the week were attacked by the police forces on Friday May 31, 2013 around 5 am by tear gas and water cannons without any warning. These protestors were just ordinary people who were there to save trees from being toppled down by bulldozers, to voice their opinions about the fate of their city by exercising their constitutional right to a peaceful demonstration. The unnecessary and excessive use of police force against demonstrators and non-demonstrators alike in the area have caused an outrage among the public drawing more crowds to Taksim area.

Ongoing police brutality and reports of injuries sparked even more protests all over Istanbul and spread to other cities turning into country wide demonstrations against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his "increasingly authoritarian and uncompromising tendencies" as Associated Press has called it. In many cities, people from all parts of the society, believers, non-believers, different ethnic backgrounds, different party voters have gathered on the streets demanding the police violence against public to come to an end and chanting for Mr. Erdogan's resignation.

The major media either supporter of the government or oppressed by the government is turning a blind eye on the developments. The main source of communication is basically the social media such as facebook, twitter and civil people broadcasting from the streets to various sites using their cell phones. People of Turkey is reading reports or watching videos about what is going on in their country from international press coverage due to lack of local media reports. There is also growing concern among the public that internet access will be banned by the government.

Please us help to spread the outcry of public in Turkey to stop the police violence against public and anti-democratic regulations.
Added to the calendar on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 8:58PM

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