[act-ma] TWO BIG EVENTS SATURDAY FEB.23!
sar8 at verizon.net
Mon Feb 18 16:26:38 PST 2013
Special CME event on Robert F. Williams and the Deacons for Self-
Defense, with James Smethurst, African-American Studies, UMass-Amherst
Place: The Center for Marxist Education, 550 Mass. Ave. 2d Fl., in
Cambridge near the Central Square MBTA Station on the Red Line
Massive racist violence challenged the Civil Rights Movement in the
1950s and 1960s. Robert F. Williams, leader of the NAACP in Monroe,
NC, and a WWII and Korean War veteran, organized and advocated armed
defense of the Movement against this racist violence, which emanated
not only from the Klan but from police and sheriff departments (often
closely connected to the Klan).
Williams placed a special emphasis on recruiting veterans. The NAACP
removed him from his position, and the federal government persecuted
him, forcing him into exile, first in Cuba then in China. From Cuba
and China, he edited the radical black newspaper, The Crusader, and
broadcast the radio show, Radio Free Dixie. He had a profound
influence on the Black Liberation movement. Excerpts from a recent
documentary on Williams will also be shown.
The speaker, Jim Smethurst, teaches African-American Studies at the
University of Massachusetts-Amherst and has written many articles and
books on the African-American struggle and culture. Don't miss this one!
Also on Saturday February 23:
PROTEST 1,000 DAYS OF DETENTION OF US ARMY PRIVATE BRADLEY MANNING
Place: Pardon Bradley Manning Square, Park Street MBTA Station-Boston
Common, Boston, Ma
Organized by the Bradley Manning Support Network
(www.bradleymanning.org) who reports:
When he returns to court in Fort Meade, MD, for a pretrial hearing
from February 26 to March 1, Judge Denise Lind will rule on the
defense’s motion to dismiss charges for lack of a speedy trial.
Defense lawyer David Coombs has laid out the ways in which the
government has violated the 5th and 6th Constitutional Amendments,
Rule for Court Martial 707, and Uniform Code of Military Justice
Article 10 in taking this long to try Bradley Manning. Prosecutors
were supposed to arraign Manning within 120 days but took well over
600. They’re also supposed to remain actively diligent throughout the
proceedings, but Coombs has showed substantial periods of their
inactivity and needless delay. Bradley’s due process rights have been
clearly violated, and the only legal remedy is to dismiss charges.
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