Objective evidence has been obtained of the murder and torture of Armenian prisoners of war and civilians held by the Azerbaijani armed forces, as well as cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment with them, the press service of the Armenian Prosecutor General’s Office reported.
Biden’s foreign policy team will need a special kind of confidence to confront the most serious challenge they face: the controlling and corrupting power of the Military-Industrial Complex, which President Eisenhower warned our grandparents about 60 years ago.
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Whatever the results of the November election, it will be important for the Massachusetts peace, climate, and racial and economic justice movements to come together to assess the new conditions after November 3. Regardless of the outcome, we will require sustained, collaborative and strategic action if we are to seize the moment for the struggles that lie ahead.
Our virtual gathering on December 5-6 will bring together key activists to consider "where do we go from here" with as much organic collaboration as possible. On the 5th we will hear from and have the opportunity to question a wide variety of speakers, and in the afternoon we will hold two breakout sessions with over 20 topics to be announced soon. On the morning of the 6th we will reconvene for a Continuations Plenary.
The United States is in the midst of multiple crises that have exposed the fault lines of injustice and inequality as never before. The election results will shape the terrain for responding to these crises and seizing the opportunities they present.
The Pandemic – The critical need for a competent, coordinated national response to COVID-19 is paramount. We must control the pandemic before a safe and equitable recovery can begin, as a first step toward a well resourced public health system to prepare to avoid future pandemics.
The Economic Crisis – The first action of the new administration should be the enactment of a major economic relief package responding to the economic needs manifested by the pandemic. We need an emergency Green New Deal public jobs and infrastructure program. No longer should your access to health care be dependent on what job you have; health care should be provided to all as a human right. We need to guarantee affordable housing, food security, child and family support and education as human rights and social goods.
Racial Injustice –The murder of George Floyd has sparked a nationwide movement against racist violence, police brutality and mass incarceration. We must fight with fierce urgency to end, repair and redress the centuries of institutionalized oppression of Black and Brown people that have plagued our history and poison our present.
Climate Change – As apocalyptic fires consume the West, hurricanes assault the South, and melting ice caps flood the coasts, the US must embrace the Green New Deal and the THRIVE Agenda NOW to save the planet before it is too late.
Endless War – We must re-define national security by promoting international cooperation, not endless warfare to defend a far-flung empire. We must reverse the new cold war with Russia and China and dismantle life-threatening nuclear weapons. We must redirect resources from the Pentagon and militarized police to combat actual threats to our security from extreme poverty, inequality, and climate disaster.
Political Polarization – We must address the explosive political polarization that will continue regardless of who wins the election – and consider any role we may be playing in that polarization. Our Movement must stand with the vast majority of people, represent their interests, and build a society based on truth, science, and justice. This is a unique moment in history. From the ashes of disease, depression, dystopia and disaster, let us gather in December to take stock, join forces and build a powerful movement for radical yet winnable social transformation based on our shared vision of hope, justice, equity and peace.
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