August 27, 2014

They Turned Her Water Off. Now She is Fighting Back


Originally posted at AcronymTV

AtPeace Makita is a single mother of five, a life long resident of Detroit, and the Creative Director of the Detroit Water Brigade. She wants you to know that the push for the privatization of the water supply in Detroit could be coming to an area near you soon.

“If Detroit can be used as a prototype,” asks Makita “why can’t it happen in LA, Chicago, or New York? On top of the bankruptcy, on top of the foreclosures, on top of the mayoral issues and emergency manager, on top of all of it – now you want to take our life source?”

Watch the clip below, or you can watch the full episode here.



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August 23, 2014

From Ferguson To Palestine Occupation Is a Crime


Originally posted at AcronymTV

After five hours of rallies and marches on justice for Palestine and Ferguson, 1,500 protesters were in Union Square park in Manhattan, all with their hands up for Mike Brown. When the crowd took their hands down, a voice from the crowd told them “Mike Brown never took his hands down. The dead children in Gaza did not get to take their hands down.”

And so it was on this dramatic ending to a long day of complimentary marches in New York Wednesday: the NYC Solidarity with Palestine March over the Brooklyn Bridge and the Hands Up/ Turn Up march in remembrance of Mike Brown energized activists and community members who stood up to racism and oppression “from Ferguson to Palestine.”

A highlight of the solidarity with Palestine march came when activists were able to drop a large banner with the colors of the Palestinian flag from the Manhattan Bridge (facing the march on the Brooklyn Bridge). Text in the flag read “Gaza in our Hearts. Boycott. Divest. Sanction.”

Pictures of the flag billowing from the Manhattan Bridge quickly went viral on social media.

Protesters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to One Police Plaza in order to call out Mayor De Blasio and NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for what organizer Nastaran Mohit called “their criminal silence on the issue of Palestine” even as they coordinate and train with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

Many of the protesters from the Palestine march joined the #HandsUp #TurnUp on NYC march.

Joel Northam, a past contributor to Acronym TV, was among them. He described the link this way: “we have people of color living in def-acto internal colonies in the United States. There are no borders. There are only the oppressed and the oppressors.”

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August 19, 2014

Detroit Water Crisis - a Prelude to the Privatization of Water


Atpeace Makita, a single mother of five children who turned to activism after her water was shut off by the Detroit Water and Sewage Department, talks with Dennis Trainor, Jr. about the Detroit Water Brigade and what it is like to living during the current push for the privatization of the water supply.


 
Only the Polar Ice Caps contain more fresh water that The Great Lakes.
 
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, The Great Lakes are the largest surface fresh water system on the Earth, providing 84% of North America's surface fresh water and 21% of the world’s supply.
 
AtPeace Makita is at the center of a growing wave of activism fighting what the UN has called a clear violation of human rights: “Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to lack of means constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human rights,” U.N. officials said in a news release. “Because of a high poverty rate and a high unemployment rate, relatively expensive water bills in Detroit are unaffordable for a significant portion of the population.”
 
“If Detroit can be used as a prototype,” asks Makita “why can’t it happen in LA, Chicago, or New York? On top of the bankruptcy, on top of the foreclosures, on top of the mayoral issues and emergency manager, on top of all of it – now you want to take our life source?”
 
Under the “stewardship” of emergency management, shutting off the life source of many Detroiters is exactly what is happening.
 
In March of this year, more than half of all the customers of Detroit Water and Sewage department were more than 60 days delinquent on their water bills.Including businesses, schools and commercial buildings the department has about 323,900 Detroit accounts. As of March 6, nearly 165,000 of those accounts were overdue to the tune of $175 million. There are also more than 296,000 residential accounts –more than 154,000 of which are delinquent for $91.7 million
 
As Carl Gibson, writing for Occupy.com, points out: “The water shutoffs in Detroit, which is currently in the middle of a bankruptcy fight, are merely a prelude to the outright privatization of water and other public assets. Defenders of Kevyn Orr’s water shutoffs claim that residents need to simply pay their bills to avoid losing their water. Others argue that water infrastructure needs to be paid for – and if it isn’t, the only logical conclusion is that those who don’t pay for the infrastructure will lose their water.”
 
Makita describes her work with the Detroit Water Brigade, where she serves as Creative Director, as working towards a cultural shift. The system, says Makita, is not working and “we need to create another system that works for all of us.”
 
Noting that the Detroit t Water and Sewage Department is a public utility that in now under the oversight of an unelected emergency manager, Makita’s message to people outside of Detroit is both a warning and an invitation.
 
“What if your water is cut off, “ she asks “what if you are not controlling that spigot? Then what?”
 
About the guest |
 
AtPeace Makita is the Creative Director of The Detroit Water Brigade. A mother of six children, she is a native Detroiter and an honorable veteran of the U.S. Military.
 
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August 17, 2014

The 'Totally Weak,' 'Totally Pathetic' Tactics of Governor 1%

Gov. Andrew Coward Cuomo (Tammany Hall Democrat-NY) has long had the reputation of a dirty trickster.  Now, his re-election operation admits its interns have posed as average New Yorkers who are so angry about Democratic gubernatorial primary candidate Zephyr Teachout's former home in Vermont as to independently demonstrate about it at her public appearances.

Signs held by the planted protesters suggest Teachout, a Fordham University law professor, was dishonest to affirm she meets the residency requirement to be the Empire State's chief executive.  That argument was set forth in a lawsuit whose official plaintiffs were two interns of Cuomo's campaign.  The suit was dismissed in a court decision that is being appealed even though the New York State Board of Elections has already submitted the design of the primary ballot to print with Teachout's name on it after rejecting a challenge, whose official complainants were two interns of Cuomo's campaign, to Teachout's nominating petitions.

Referring to the fact that these interns are asked to pretend to be random individuals while taking action on behalf of their organization, Teachout campaign manager Mike Boland told Business Insider, "It's totally weak.  It's totally pathetic."

When credentialed reporters questioned one of the not-actually-concerned citizens as to whether he was representing anyone when protesting against Teachout and why he was doing so, he responded, "You're going to take out your phone and you're going to take my picture, I should break your f**king phone right here!  ...F**k you!  You are the worst member of society...  I don't need to speak to you...  Have a nice f**king life."

Despite being awash in funding from the monied interests it serves, Cuomo's operation is astonishingly so incompetent as to employ sloppy tactics that make him look more like the bully that he is and generate more publicity for an opposing candidacy that needs it, and as to neglect to forbid its own interns from addressing the media -- even from hurling foul language at journalists.  Given this, it would be fitting for the Cuomo team to adopt a franker slogan...


August 15, 2014

Is BuzzFeed a Mouthpiece for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)? | Mnar Muhawesh 2 of 2


Originally posted at AcronymTV



While Benjamin Netanyahu has practically been given an anchor chair at CNN during Operation Protective Edge to pound home a narrative that almost everyone else in the world (save for 100% of US Senators) has rejected; namely that Israel is a victim of terror and not a perpetrator, telling the counter narrative is left to media outlets without ties to major corporate interest and/or ties to the duopoly here in the United States.

In this interview with Dennis Trainor, Jr. of Acronym TV, Mnar Muhawesh, editor in chief of Mint Press news says she sees the role of journalism as protecting the people from the State. “The role of journalism is to inform he public and hold those in power accountable. (What we have today) is a journalism outfit that does not work in the interest of people, it is working in the interest of the government, corporations and these lobby groups.”

Muhawesh claims that it is not only CNN, FOX, and MSNBC, but popular websites like BuzzFeed, who, according to Muhawesh, serve as a “mouthpiece for Israeli Defense Forces.”


About the Guest |

Mnar Muhawesh is founder, CEO and editor in chief of MintPress News. Ms. Muhawesh is also a regular speaker on responsible journalism, sexism, neoconservativism within the media and journalism start-ups. She is also regularly interviewed on nationally and internationally syndicated networks like RT about the need for independent journalism and neoconservatism in the media. She started her career as an independent multimedia journalist covering Midwest and national politics while focusing on civil liberties and social justice issues posting her reporting and exclusive interviews on her blog MintPress, which she later turned MintPress into the global news source it is today.

In 2009, Muhawesh also became the first American woman to wear the hijab to anchor/report the news in American media, and Muhawesh is currently the first American Muslim woman to work as an editor at large for an American newsroom.

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August 14, 2014

The Genocide of Palestinians is Israel’s Long Term Goal | Mnar Muhawesh (1 of 2)



In launching Operation Protective Edge, Israel has stated it has a goal of achieving “sustained calm in the region.” To achieve this, they maintained, they needed to destroy the tunnels and do anything required to protect Israeli citizens.

It is hard to reconcile the destruction of over 134 factories in Gaza (and counting) with sustained calm in the region.  A Palestinian Union said recently that Israel’s attacks have caused:

“Severe damage to an already fragile industrial sector. The union of Palestinian industries said that most factories stopped operations for over 30 days, with reported losses of at least $70 million. Over 30,000 workers were made redundant due to the closures. “The Israeli war machine deliberately destroyed the infrastructure of the Palestinian national economy by targeting factories which posed no security threat to the occupation,” the union said. The industrial sector had already suffered major damage during previous Israeli military offenses in Gaza in 2012 and 2008. The ongoing Israeli blockade has also severely limited the productivity of the industrial sector since it was imposed eight years ago, forcing factories to close or fire workers to remain in operation. “

According to Mnar Muhawesh, Editor in chief of Mint Press News (interviewed in the video above) these actions and more add up to Israel being a Terrorist and Apartheid state actively engaged in genocide.

Calling Israel a Terrorist, Apartheid state engaged in genocide is not hyperbole, according to Muhawesh; those terms reflect the situation on the ground. “Netanyahu said he was going to bring darkness on Ramadan for the Palestinian people, and that is what happened in Operation Protective Edge. That is why we saw the killing and murder of over 500 children and the destruction of over 10,000 homes.”

Muhawesh went on to call what Israel calls a “security fence” in the West Bank an “Apartheid Wall.”  When it comes to genocide, Muhawesh said: “Israel has been committing ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population since its inception. (…) Israel is doing everything in its power to make sure Palestine does not exist. That is what we have been seeing and it is a part of Apartheid, genocide and essentially, colonialism.”

About the Guest |

Mnar Muhawesh is founder, CEO and editor in chief of MintPress News. Ms. Muhawesh is also a regular speaker on responsible journalism, sexism, neoconservativism within the media and journalism start-ups. She is also regularly interviewed on nationally and internationally syndicated networks like RT about the need for independent journalism and neoconservatism in the media. She started her career as an independent multimedia journalist covering Midwest and national politics while focusing on civil liberties and social justice issues posting her reporting and exclusive interviews on her blog MintPress, which she later turned MintPress into the global news source it is today.

In 2009, Muhawesh also became the first American woman to wear the hijab to anchor/report the news in American media, and Muhawesh is currently the first American Muslim woman to work as an editor at large for an American newsroom.

August 11, 2014

Israel’s Operation Protective Edge Spurs Growth in BDS Movement

Originally posted at AcronymTV



Awareness of, and commitment to the movement of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is growing both here in the United States and around the world.

Describing BDS in an early 2014 piece, Beth Perry wrote:

“It’s a broad tactic aimed to pressure the state itself to change. But it also reserves a special focus for companies that are actually involved in — and make hefty profits from — occupation policies. These organizations may be forced to pay attention to the boycott very soon — and they may not be the ones you’d expect.”

That was before Operation Protective Edges.  On August 2, The National reported:

“Soros Fund Management, the family office of the billionaire investor George Soros, has sold its stake in SodaStream, the soda making appliance producer that profits from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and was made popular by actress Scarlett Johansson’s endorsement.

The decision comes as a number of big international investors, including the fund linked to the Microsoft founder Bill Gates, join in a burgeoning financial boycott of Israel amid a push by the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and other groups seeking more rights for Palestinians.

SodaStream, headquartered in the Israeli city of Lod, has its main factory in the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.

According to the BDS movement website:

“The broad consensus among Palestinian civil society about the need for a broad and sustained Campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resulted in the Palestinian Call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel that was launched in July 2005 with the initial endorsement of over 170 Palestinian organizations. The signatories to this call represent the three major components of the Palestinian people: the refugees in exile, Palestinians under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the discriminated Palestinian citizens of the Israeli state.”

“We want to make ethical investments and divest from companies that are complicit in the occupation in Palestine, Gaza and the West Bank who profit off of occupation, declares Kash Nikazmrad of Students for Justice in Palestine in this interview with Acronym TV’s Dennis Trainor, Jr.

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