From March 22, 2009, that's "Celebrity President." That's Barack appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
I usually post on Thursday. The Thursday snapshot noted war resister Kimberly Rivera would be holding a press conference today and I knew C.I. would cover that (and she does) so I wanted to my weekly post on the day when Kim Rivera's words would be included.
Please pay attention to her story and let's all hope she's not kicked out of Canada September 20th.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Kim's someone I would be friends with. She's someone I would make a point to go up and hug when I saw her in church on Sundays. She's a regular person like you or me and that came out in her blog where, like me, she'd write about food or about her kids.
And now this woman who was so glad and so grateful to be in Canada and so wanting to become a Canadian citizen may be forced out of the country.
Kim is not a person who tried to grab the spotlight. She's just a mother who couldn't live with returning to what she saw in Iraq, couldn't live with herself if she returned. And she also had to make sure that whatever did happen, it kept her family together. Canada was the best possible answer and I just can't believe that Canada's going to force her to leave.
Michelle Robidoux: We're just absolutely desperate and we're just sort of pleading with you. If there's anything you can do to stop the petition. The family has been here for almost two years.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 5, 7:00 PM
WHERE: Parkdale United Church, 171 Dunn Avenue, Toronto
WHY: STOP THE DEPORTATIONS!
When Kimberly Rivera saw with her own eyes the devastation of war, and the trauma it inflicts on children and families, she followed her conscience and refused to go back. Instead, she and her husband and their (then) two children came to Canada.
Since that day in 2007, the Riveras have been fighting to live their lives in peace. But despite the widespread support of the Canadian people for U.S. war resisters, and despite two votes in Parliament calling on the government to let war resisters stay, the Harper Government continues to target war resisters for deportation.
Kim and her family - which now includes two children born in Canada - now face deportation on September 20. In the U.S., Kim faces court martial, jail time, and a felony conviction that will follow her for life. All for the "crime" of refusing to participate in the invasion, destruction, and occupation of Iraq.
Kim stood up for peace at great risk to herself. Now we must stand up for Kim, and for other war resisters who face the same struggle. Please join the War Resisters Support Campaign for an emergency community meeting to support the Riveras, and to call on Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to stop the deportation.
Please share this information with your friends and neighbours. We hope to see you there!
In peace and solidarity, the War Resisters Support Campaign
"Protesters drown out Obama"Posted by Amy Gardner on August 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm
"CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — An outdoor political rally erupted into a moment of chaos as protesters drowned out President Obama's speech at a downtown amphitheater here — and then the rest of the crowd drowned out the protesters. It was unclear what the protesters were saying, but several members of the crowd said a few minutes later that they heard 'Get out of Afghanistan!' The shouts prompted a flurry of Secret Service activity, and they also prompted an enthusiastic crowd of more than 7,000 to shut down the protesters with two cacophonous chants: 'Four more years!' and 'O-ba-ma!' Obama couldn't continue for a long moment, but when the noise finally died down, he said: 'I couldn't hear what those young people had to say, but that's good that they got involved.' To the rest of the crowd, he said: 'Don't just chant! Vote!'"
It was during the discussion on the debt ceiling last year that Stein became more involved with the Green Party. She said both political parties made proposals to cut the debt that dismantled programs like Medicare and Medicaid and removed the social safety net.
Attached to the Stein ticket as vice president is Cheri Honkala -- a renowned anti-poverty activist based in Philadelphia.