War, Militarism and the Prison Industrial Complex

Sound files from the War, Militarism and the Prison Industrial Complex plenary:

  • Faleh Abood Umara from the Iraqi Federation of Oil Workers’ Unions
  • Panelist Eli Painted Crow
  • Julian Moya on anti-war organizing in public schools
  • Kai Lumumba Barrow on Imagining a World Without Prisons
  • Yifat Susskind on Hamas, Palestine and US influence on "democracy"
  • Judith LeBlanc of UFPJ

Thursday June 28th

When the U.S. government launched the "War on Terror" and established the Department of Homeland Security, this meant an increased use of military might by the government against all critics of U.S. domination - at home and abroad. Today, the United States continues to flex its murderous, military might all around the globe. Meanwhile, under the guise of security, local, state and federal governments pump more money into building more prisons, detention centers, and border walls, and directing an increasing number of police and agents to the streets to conduct raids and to squash the peoples' opposition. As the U.S. government threatens to invade, bomb and sanction more countries, and as more and more people in the United States are thrown into prison or
subjected to state violence, we have to answer the question of what it will take to stop the U.S. government's war on the peoples of the world.

Speakers:

Eli Painted Crow, a new network of women Iraqi Veterans

Faleh Abood Umara, Iraqi Federation of Oil Workers’ Unions

Kai Barrows, Critical Resistance

Julian Aguon, Nasión Chamoru

Julian Moya, SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP)

Yifat Susskind, MADRE

Judith LeBlanc, United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ)

Moderator:

Linda Burnham, Women of Color Resource Center

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