That’s one of the questions I asked Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin on the show this morning. It was actually an inaccurate question, as she certainly is. Her new book is called Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control and, as usual, she’s on the road out and about protesting against all the things that are wrong with our nation… from unjust wars to environmental ruin and beyond.
We talked about Medea’s surprising but wonderful appearance protesting at Wayne LaPierre’s sickening “press conference” after the Newtown massacre, President Obama’s nominee for CIA director John Brennan and his complicity in torture and the Drone war, the bloated Pentagon budget, the 11th anniversary of the first prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay and lots more…
Medea is in South Florida through the weekend at a few different protests and events:
Tonight, 7PM she’ll be the speaker at the Miami PDA meeting at the Mid Bay Club Apartments – 11950 N Bayshore Drive – North Miami, FL 33181. RSVP, map and directions here.
And tomorrow, a number of activities:
Protest action: Friday, January 11, 2013, 7:00-8:30 a.m. at NW 87th Ave and 36th St., Doral. This will be followed by a march to the gates of the United States Southern Command, where a press conference will immediately follow (at approximately 9:00 a.m.) Activists will be wearing orange jumpsuits and black hoods, and we will have a puppet parade on political themes.
Press conference speakers: Michael Ratner, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, Women for Peace; Bill Quigley, Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Clinic and Gillis Long Poverty Law Center, Loyola University School of Law, and member of Pax Christi.Forum: Thursday, January 11, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at Cor Jesu Chapel, Barry University, 11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33161-6695, 800-756-6000 (a campus map is included below). The forum will include: Michael Ratner, Medea Benjamin and Bill Quigley (affiliations noted above). The moderator will be Laura Finley, Professor of Sociology, Barry University.On the eleventh anniversary of prisoners being taken to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, local peace and human rights activists will call for closing the prison, and either trying its detainees in civilian courts or repatriating them to countries where their human rights will be respected.Miami for Peace and Justice; Code Pink, Miami; The National Lawyers Guild, South Florida; SOA Watch, South Florida; Amnesty International, Miami; Progressive Democrats of America, Miami; Veterans for Peace, Chapter 32, Miami; Miami-Dade Green Party; Food Not Bombs, Fort Lauderdale; Saint Maurice Catholic Church and other concerned citizens will take our protest to rush hour commuters and later march to the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command, which oversees Guantanamo, where a press conference will be held. That evening, we will hold a forum on this subject at Barry University.It is long past time for President Obama and the Congress to close Guantanamo and ensure that there will be no indefinite detention either there or at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, which should not become a “New Guantanamo”. No detainee should be subject to torture or any other form of inhumane treatment. America must reclaim its reputation as a protector of human rights under law and stand as a positive example to the world.Further information on Guantanamo is at http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/campaigns/security-with-human-rights?id=1011329 and http://ccrjustice.org/illegal-detentions-and-guantanamo