The Call

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For more information email: OpposeRepressionNDAA@gmail.com

The Call was published as an ad in the November 5, 2012 issue of The Nation. Press Release available here.

http://opposerepressionndaa.net/pdf/NDAA_FullPage-REV.pdf
 

List of Signatories

A-M

Jon B. Abrahamson, American Citizen and USMV Veteran

Lois Aceto

Judith Ackerman

Maribeth Ackerman

Elliott Adams, Veterans For Peace, past President, Creating a Culture of Peace, Secretary

Daniel Adel, San Francisco State University, Student

Vanessa Adel, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Margaret Albert

Mark Aleshnick

John Alexander

Nick Alexandrov, George Washington University

Robert Alft

Jerrold E. Allen

Mike Amato

Aris Anagnos, Peace activist

Cherrie Andersen

Gregory R. Anderson

Jeremy Anderson, Liberal

Vic Anderson

Irving H. Anellis, Ph.D., Institute for American Thought, IUPUI

Rafael C. Angulo, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Southern California School of Social Work

George N. Appell

Chuck Armsbury, Retired

James Arnold

Steve Asay

Margarita M. Asencio-López, VFP Lifetime Member

D. Ashby

Lo Auer

Rose Avakian

Margaret Avery-Trujillo

Barbara Nimri Aziz, Independent scholar, anthopologist, former Fulbright professor

David Baca

Enrique Bachinelo

David Bacon

William Bacon, Jr.

Nellie Hester Bailey, Activist, Occupy Harlem

Paul Baker

Bob Baldock, KPFA Radio, 94.1FM, Public Events Producer

Mike Baldwin

Jean Balibrera

Br. Joe Balkis, Teamster Defense Guard

Susan Balmer

Harry Baltzer

Jane Bark

Brandon Barnard, Brandon Barnard Window Cleaning Service

Fr. Luis Barrios, Co-Executive Director, Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization-IFCO

Christine Bartley

Thomas F. Barton, Publisher, Military Resistance Newsletter

M. Theresa Basile, United Methodist Church

Michael Bass, SOA Watch - San Francisco

Anne Woodworth Bassingthwaite

M. Cherif Bassiouni

Deb Bazell

Roberta Beach

Don Belanger

Liane Bellmann

Al Benford

Sara Bermudez

Marion Bernstein

Marc Beschler

Robert W Beverly, Old VVAW

John Biddle

Elisabeth Bilien

Dr. Cyrus Bina, University of Minnesota

Clyde M. Blackmon, Lawyer

Arthur Blakey II, Activist, musician, writer

Dave Blalock, Vietnam Veteran, Stop The War Brigade (Europe)

Larry Blalock, Citizens for Social Responsibility

Brad Blanton, Center for Radical Honesty

Ronald Bleier

Vicki Bleus

Toby Blomé, Bay Area CodePink

Robert Bloom

Jerry Bloomer

James Bochenek

Judith Bohler

Diana Bohn

Leah Bolger, President, Veterans For Peace

Sherry Bommer

Pamela Bond

Ken Bonetti, Colorado Coalition Against Attacking Iran

Laura Borst

Fr. Robert Bossie, SCJ

Herb Boyd, Author, activist; Harlem, NY

Robert Bradford

Clare Bratten

Patricia Taylor Braxton, Urban educator

Richard Brender

Timothy Brennan, University of Minnesota

Andrea Breuer

Frances Bridgeman

Maure Briggs-Carrington

William Brighenti, The Barefoot Accountant

Luis M. Brignolo, Center for Learning and Growth

John Bromer

Billy Brooks

Lee Brotherton

Elaine Brower, Military Families Speak Out, World Can’t Wait

C. Wayne Brown

Christopher T. Brown

Francine Brown

Art Browning, Harris County (TX) Green Party

Julie Brudlos-Nussbaum, Supporter

Dianne Budd, MD, CodePink

Lyla Bugara

Michael T. Burns

John Burton, Past President UNA USA, Sacramento Chapter

John Butler, National Education Association-Retired

Rev. Richard D. Byrd (Meri Ka Ra), KRST Unity Center of Afrakan Spiritual Science

Christopher Byrne

Scott R. Cade, Ex-prisoner, from COINTELTRO

Claude Calame, Prof. Dr., EHESS, Paris

Richard Caldwell, The Lottery Party

George Cammarota

Lorraine Caputo, Documentary poet

Susan Rose Carey

M. Carlisle, Pledge of Resistance, Baltimore

Sadia Carone

Bill Carpenter

Betty J. Carr

Rand Carter

Ferdinand Cesarano

Gaye Chan

Susan Chandler

Christine Chaplik

Ed Charles, El Mundo no Puede Esperar, WCW Spanish website

Claudia Chaufan, University of California San Francisco

Eric Cheyfitz, Cornell University

Matthis Chiroux, Writer, veteran, and antiwar activist

G.V. Christensen

Peter von Christierson, Veterans for Peace

Glenn Christman, Green Party

Edward Ciaccio

Zeljko Cipris, University of the Pacific

James Cirile

Bob Clark

Donna Clark

Nick Clay

Alexander Clayton

Rosemary Clifford

Robert Cliver, History professor

James Cockcroft

Alice Coffey

Avra Cohen, Fight Slavery Now!

Gail Colletta

David B. Collins, Harris County (TX) Green Party

Julee Collins

Kim Compoc, University of Hawai'i

Karl Cordoza, Peace and Freedom

James Cordray, Retired on social insecurity

Vicky Cosgrove, Retired teacher

Daniel Costa, ACLU

Chris Courtheyn

Joe Courtney

Carol Thayer Cox

Peter Coyote, Actor, Writer, politically engaged human

Juliette Crellin

Joanna Crocker

Cliff Cummings, Salvation Army

Edwina Cunningham

Rasool Cunningham

Benjamin Curl

John Curotto

C. Currey

Norman Curtis

Professor Susan Curtiss, Department of Linguistics, UCLA

Rose Daitsman, ACLU

Richard C. Daniels, Attorney

Judy B. Danielson, Quaker

E. Daniggelis

Bunny Daubner

Katherine Davidson

Hugh (Buck) Davis, Attorney, Constitutional Litigation Associates, Detroit, Michigan

Patricia Davis, Writer

Colin Dayan, Vanderbilt

Sheila Dean

Clark Dedrick

Philip Dennany

Rachael Denny, Fellowship of Reconciliation

Jolie De Pauw

Tom Derr

Judith Deutsch, Independent Jewish Voices

David Diamond, Seacoast Peace Response

Jenna DiFeo

James Dildine

Peter Dillard, MD

Stephen DiLorenzo

Charles Dineen

Edward Dingilian

Roger Dittmann, Scientists without Borders

James Dixon

J.D. Dixon, Veterans For Peace, Ch. 156

Randy Dixon

David Dobry

Lawrence Dobson

Rhonda Dobson

Bernardine Dohrn

Pete Doktor

Brian Dolinar

Perry Dorrell, Harris County (TX) Green Party

Emory Douglas, Former Minister of Culture, Black Panther Party, revolutionary artist

Carol Downer, Board of Directors, Women's Heath Specialists, webmaster of Women's Health in Women's Hands

Elisabeth T. Dreyfuss

Brian Drolet

John DuBois

Tim Duda, American Federation of Teachers (ret)

Frances Dunham

Margaret Dunn

Ramona Dvorak, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School

Danny Dyche

Hayne Dyches

Waldron Dyches

Robert Eckel

Richard Edholm

Michael Ehrenreich

Dick Eiden, North County Forum

Noelle Elia

Bernard Franklin Elias

Daniel Ellsberg

Tyler Enyedi

Aleksandar Eror, VICE Media

Robert Eustace

Lee Evans, Environmentalist and anti-nuclear activist

Michael W Evans

Larry Everest, Revolution correspondent, author

Norman Ewers

Shepard Fairey, Obey Giant Art

Kenneth Fairfield

Don Fanning

Ronald Fecher

Lee Feldman-Redick, Retired math professor

Larry Felson

Carl M. Fender, Retired

Mr. Fish

Edward Fisher

Bob Fitrakis, Co-Chair Ohio Green Party

Michele Flanagan

Pat Flierl

John Flys

Dr. Hassan Fouda, Council for National Interest

Miller Francis, Writer

Norman Francis, Occupy Known Universe, Grants Pass, OR

Cynthia Franklin

Dustin Franks

Bill Freind, Rowan University

Susan Friedwald

Heather Fussell

Sharon Gadberry

Walter Gafforio, Veterans For Peace

Dr. Hatem Galal

Rhett Gambol

Carol Garman

Alison Gauthier

Richard Gawel, First Estate Realty

Jack Gerson

Nick Ghnouly

Carol Giardina, National Women's Liberation

Scott Gilbert, Physician Assistant

Earl Gilman

Steve Gilmartin

Ann Fagan Ginger, Author, human rights attorney (ret.)

Lois Gish, Nurse midwife, pacifist

Catherine Gnader

Tom Goetzl

David Gold

Leigh Golterman, Peace Please

Michael Gomel

Fitzgerald Gonzalez

Trevor Goodger-Hill

Louise Gordon

Cherie Gorman, Green Party

John Gorman, IWW

Bob Gorringe

Joshua Goubeaud

Tracy Grayson, Hueman Foundation

Alice Green, A Caring Human Being

Richard S. Green

Linda Greene

Patricia Greiss

Richard Greve

Alobar Greywalker

Allen Grieco

Scott Griffith

Colin R. Grimes

Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Eldon Grossman, Veterans For Peace

Andrew Grover

Robert Gruber, Jr.

Pedro Anillo Guevara

John Peter Gulino, Oakland Special Educator

A. Gunderman, WIIU

E. Gundlach

Peter Gunther

James K Hadcroft

Michael G. Hadfield

Kurtis Hagen, SUNY Plattsburgh

L. Michael Hager

Micheal Hailey, University of Arizona

Kent Haldan

Allen Hallmark, Occupy Grants Pass

Terry Hamilton

Stephanie Hamm

Benjamin Hammond

Sherman J. Handberg, Retired

Belinda C. Hanley

Donna Haraway, University of California Santa Cruz

Jaguonna Hardy, Open Alliance Club, Hostos Community College, Bronx, NY

Tom Harker, Retired teacher

Amy Harlib

Harriet Harmon

Barbara Harris, CodePink NYC

Laura Harrison

Dana Harvey

Mark Haskins, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth

Bob Hauser, Published author and Chief of R/D Spectronix

Alan Hausman, Hunter College (retired)

Joseph Hawkins

Peter Hawxhurst, Education Equals Making Community Connections

Eric Hayden

Joseph Hayes, Veterans For Peace

Rudy Hazucha, Fox Valley Peace and Justice

Nancy Heacock

Suzanne Hedrick, Veterans For Peace

Marc Heineman

Christian Heinold

Terry Heiss

Lyn Hejinian, Poet and Professor, Department of English, University of California, Berkeley

Dave Heller

Branden Hellman

Roger Hemmings

Joseph Hempfling

Gretchen Hendrie, University of Chicago

Jaime Hendry

Axel Hernandez, Administrator, Academic Advancement Program, UCLA

Caroline Herzenberg

Marta Hidegkuti

William E. Hill III

Deborah Himes

Stephen Hines

Courtney J. Hoekstra

Rusten Hogness

James E. Holdman, PhD

Richard Edholm

Majia Holmer

Donna K. Holsten, RN, Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition

Sheila Holt

Cynthia Bertrand Holub

George Holz

George Homanich, Binghamton, NY

Hostos Community College, Three professors

Rodney G. Howe

J. Hudson

Patrick A. Huey

Mickey Huff, Director, Project Censored/Media Freedom Foundation

James Hufferd, 911 Truth of Central Iowa

Davina Hunter

Sikivu Hutchinson

John Hutnyk, Professor, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Karen Isaacson

Price Izen

Dot Jackson, Mean Old Women, USA

Jay Jackson

Kyle Jacobs

Ron Jacobs, Writer and journalist

Robert Jacobson

Phyllis Jacoby

S. Jahangeer

Hadi Jawad, Activist, Dallas, TX

Patty Jay

Richard Jenkins, Hemp in the fields

Christopher Jennings

Russ Jennings, Common Soul Productions

Kurt Jensen, LAUSD, retired teacher

Ken Johnsen

Bertha E. Johnson

Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

Dwain Jones

Larry S. Jones, Revolutionary activist

Lois Jordan

Valerie Joseph

Danny Josepher

Elvia Juarez

Emmerich  Juhas

Marc Kadetz

David Kaspersin, Dynamic Recording Indie Label

Chuck Kaufman, Executive Director, Alliance for Global Justice

Martin Kellerman

Steve Kellerman, Industrial Workers of the World

Jane Kelsberg

Jeroen Kenis

D.H. Kerby, www.DHKerby.com

Haila Kimball

Amie King

Celes King IV, Vice Chairman, Congress of Racial Equality of California

Joan Payne Kincaid

Kathleen Kirwin, Legal Revolutionary Front

C. Clark Kissinger, Revolution Books, NYC

David Klein, Professor of Mathematics, California State University, Northridge

Thomas Kleven

James Klimaski

Sean Kneese

Michael Koch

Sharon Koch, Veteran

Gregory Koger

Glen Kohler

Ulle Koiv

M.J. Kolb

Robert J. Kolkebeck

Michael F. Kolassa

The Rev. Dr. Earl Kooperkamp, Pastor, Church of the Good Shepherd, Barre, VT

Bud & Fran Korotzer

Jake Kosek, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley

James Koss, MD, FAAEM, MobileMD

Jon Krampner

Tim Kraus, Retired teacher, pacifist

Stuart Kremskyr

Steve Krevisky, Congress of Conn. Community Colleges: 4C's/SEIU

Ronald L. Kuby

Susan Kuehn

Kevin Kumashiro, University of Illinois at Chicago

David Kunzle, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Art History, UCLA

Mike and Miriam Kurland

Jim Lafferty, Director, National Lawyers Guild, LA

Greta LaFleur, University of Hawai`i

Susan Lamont, Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County

Cindy Lance, The World Can't Wait

Agent Lance

Debbie Lang

Michael Lange, Actor, educator

Dorothy Larco

Paul Larude, International Solidarity Movement-Northern California

Lillian Laskin

Paul Laudun

Gabriel Lautaro

Tanner Ledenbach

G. Lehman

Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton, Soto Zen Buddhist Teacher and Scholar

Josie Lenwell, CodePink

Linda LeTendre, Saratoga Peace Alliance

Suzanne Levin

Sensei Gregory C. Lewis, All Power To The Positive!

Karen Lind, Fellowship of Reconciliation

David Lindorff, ThisCantBeHappening.net

Nathan Linn

Christopher Lish

Rudy List

Joan Livingston, Veterans For Peace

Lynne Lokken

Fred Lonberg-Holm

Dennis Loo, Prof. of Sociology, Cal Poly Pomona

Bob Loren

Gerald R. Lotierzo, Chair, Central New York Alliance for Retired Americans

Raymond Lotta, Revolution newspaper, advocate of Bob Avakian’s new synthesis of communism

Catherine Loudis

Victoria Loudis

Fran Luck, Executive Producer, Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio at WBAI

Judith Lutfy

Mary Luong, Bay Area Artists Unite

Barbara Lyons

Edd Mabrey

Ethel MacDonald

Sergio Macias

Thomas Henry Madison

Janet Maker

Alan L. Maki, Director of Organizing, Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council

Jerry Malamud, Political activist

James Mansfield

James Marden, Professor and scientist

Richard J. Marini

Rocco Marino

Chris Mark

Surinder Markanda

Bill Markel

Abby Martin, Journalist & TV show host, Breaking the Set

Jorge Gabriel Martinez

D.L. Masonry

Rolf Maurer, CT Green Party

Sherri Maurin, Occupy Be The Change

Wakeel Mayhenmahr

Bill McAfee, Retired

Tammy McCannon

Mark McCarron-Fraser

Tracy McCowan

Margaret McDowell

Barry McGuire

John McIntyre, U S Army Corps of Engineers

Sarah McKee

Colin McKellar

Steven Charles McKinney, Clements Unit

Jill McLaughlin, World Can't Wait

Robert B McLaughlin, VFP&VVAW

Susan McLucas

John McMahan

Steve McRoberts, World Can't Wait

Thomas Meacham

John Mead

Richard C. Mehl

Alice Melendez

Martin Melkonian

Carol Mellom, Green Party of MN

John Melrose

Ann Catherine Menninger

Bob Meola, Courage to Resist, War Resisters League

Adele Meyer

David Meyerhof, Retired Teacher

James R. Miles

James Miller

Mark Miller

Anna Minkiewicz, Civilian long-term working in Afghanistan

William Minneman

Leo Mintek

Karen Mixer

Nobuko Miyake-Stoner

Robert Miyake-Stoner, United Methodist

Ronelle Moehrke

Dr. Allan Mohl

Gwen Moore

Hugh Moore

Carol Morrison

David Moskow

Isaac Motola

Denis Mueller, PhD, Filmmaker

N. Muller

Jeffery Mullins

B.E. Murphy

Carol Murry

Comments

I believe the entire spectrum of political speech needs to be protected in order to ensure a rich dialogue and debate within our society. Dissent is essential to progress.

--Political artist

I’ve watched this coming for a long time. What frightens me most is Americans ignoring the warnings, just as did Germans with their fascism experiment in the ’30s.

--Doctor of emergency medicine

The NDAA goes against the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, which are there to protect the citizens from injustice. There is no way the so called leaders who support it can even suggest they are in support of the U.S. citizens and taxpayers, who would be harmed most by this legislation.

--Human rights activist

The Bill of Rights is clear about the right of the RCP, and any other group, to speak out as it sees fit. ANY assault on its constitutionally-provided and -protected right to speak freely represents a step towards fascism and is fundamentally-unAmerican.

--Signer

My parents escaped from Germany and survived the Holocaust. The Obama Administration is bringing us the same repression exercised by the Nazis when they came to power in Germany.

--Retired teacher

Under the guise of protecting the rule of law, the Obama Administration has asserted repeatedly and outrageously the right to act entirely independent of the law and oversight. Revealingly, it was Obama’s White House that asked Congress to insert into the NDAA the inclusion of American citizens as subject to the annihilation of due process and the indefinite detention of someone merely on the basis of an accusation.

--Sociology professor

The current U.S. Government is a rogue, criminal and unconstitutional organization. All of the root causes to the major suffering in the world in the last 15 years can be traced back to the U.S. Government or their close affiliates. George W. Bush and Barack Obama and many of their staffers are clearly war criminals according to the standards of the Nuremberg Trials, Geneva Conventions, Hague Treaty, and the U.S. Constitution.

--Military veteran

Indefinite detention without trial leaves us dangerously open to torture. It is much easier to treat a prisoner abusively once you have stripped away his or her right to a trial. It is a human right not to be held in indefinite detention.

--Anti-torture activist

Thank you for this. As a former federal prosecutor, I am appalled.

--Signer

There is no difference between Democrats and Republicans. They are both guilty of an assault on due process and the fundamental right to live in peace.

--Advocate for retirees

I oppose the dangerous (and sloppy) mis-characterizations of Bob Avakian, the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, and of their supporters.                                 

--Retired teacher

Those who speak of the U.S. Constitution should tremble after the Bush-Cheney political coup of post 9/11. This blanket “executive power” would eventually put any medieval monarch to shame.

--Economics professor

Freedom? Liberty? Justice for all? Freedom from unreasonable search and seizure? Due process? Justice for all? What country is this?

--Retired teacher

NDAA represents that latest assault on human rights granted originally by the Magna Carta of 1215 and more recently by the U.S. Bill of Rights’ First, Fourth and Eighth Amendments. Empire is trying hard to reestablish the powers once granted absolute rulers of yore and more recently to those in Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Santiago, Buenos Aires, and elsewhere during Humanity’s more sordid historical moments.

--Activist against threatened attack on Iran

Don’t be a sucker for their divide & conquer strategy. They’ll use any trick in the world to cling to their sick & dying system . . .

--Vietnam veteran and anti-war activist

We shouldn’t need to feel threatened ourselves before we act. We shouldn’t need to wait for others to act before we do. Every single human being on this earth has exactly the same human rights as we do. Or should have . . .

--Worked long-term in Afghanistan

If the Obama administration had chosen a path other than to “not investigate the past”, there would be a long list of inside-job false-flag terrorists, torturers, propagandists and stock market manipulators with which the DOJ could have legitimately busied itself for years. It’s not too late to do the right thing.

--Professor and scientist

I seek to encourage creative expression as this is individually self-affirming and socially may result in inspiring others to be creatively expressive. Repression of free expression is contrary to our Constitutional rights and the path to a healthier more sustainable future. Artistic and political expression should be encouraged by our society not repressed.

--Peace activist

*%&^%#$#%. At 76 I must be going blind because I can no longer see the America I once knew and respected.

--Retired on social insecurity

What we’re experiencing in the U.S. today must be very much like what the Germans experienced prior to WWII as civil liberties were steadily eroded and people began being “detained” and secretly tortured. It’s past time to nip it in the bud; fascism is already in bloom. We must speak up and take a firm stand against it now before it becomes unstoppable.

--Anti-war activist

I am deeply disturbed by Obama’s violent policies. I had expected better but I guess he’s doing what is considered “manly” in the US of A.

--Woman veteran

Thank you for speaking out about these vitally important issues! We must never be silent re the undermining of civil liberties, the right to due process, free speech, and the humane treatment of prisoners! Otherwise, we too will be complicit in tyrannical actions of our supposed “leaders” who are, in fact, undermining our rights as citizens!

--Environmental and anti-nuclear activist

What this administration is doing is shocking and completely unjustifiable! I am completely disgusted that I was one of the people to vote for Obama only to find out that he is a lying snake with a hidden agenda. I won’t be making that mistake again!

--Signer

Nonviolent political groups cannot be designated as unacceptable in a democratic society.

--Radio host

It is important to allow dissenting viewpoints in our society.

--Nurse midwife

I see this administration as being little more than GWBush-lite, or maybe even a simple continuation . . . of the policies THIS VOTER voted AGAINST when I voted for Obama!! Far too long, now, I’ve voted AGAINST one party way far more than casting a favorable vote for a person I truly believe will do this country proud. I’m hoping, but somehow doubting, October will present me with a REAL POSITIVE choice. . . .

--Signer

“If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.” Harriet Tubman

--Writer

I am a person who values free speech & the right to assemble & the right to share ideas! That is the foundation of America’s principles! Even if we disagree with each other-we all are allowed to have different views!

--Hip Hop artist

I will not stand silent on this issue as this country slides into post-9/11 fascism. We are not safer when the government is granted free reign over its citizens in the name of national security. I will not stand mute as groups such as the RCP-USA is singled out so as to silence any opposition to U.S. imperialism. The future depends on our ability to analyze and speak out openly.

--Urban educator

The continued escalation of the brutality by the Obama regime and the system it represents and legitimizes is criminal, outrageous and devastating. It must be opposed by all of those who deeply care about human rights and social justice. The matter is urgent and critical. We cannot in good conscience standby in silence when so much of life and liberty is at stake.

--Medical doctor

President Barack Obama has not only shown that he is a corporatist but a tyrant, removing habeas corpus for all Americans. Welcome to our new corporate totalitarian state and say goodbye to our democracy.

--Accountant

This is certainly one of the issues of our time and I appreciate your call to “stand against attempts to divide progressive, radical, and revolutionary forces” and to step forward to oppose the assault on dissent. What's the next step forward is the next question. Thanks for the call.

--Grant writer, environmental activist

I’m 80 years old and am saddened by the way freedoms are slowly being whittled away. I remember clearly the second world war--and how we all pulled together and we all cherished our freedoms--the ’60s “revolution” which was so refreshing politically--and then the “dark” is discerned again--like a dank, dark fog--and we MUST--AGAIN--assert ourselves--Vigilance where Freedom is concerned must be ongoing.

--Signer

. . . I wish to support and stand in solidarity with both the specifics and the spirit of your words to stand together against the eroding of our constitutional rights under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama. . . .

--Professor

. . . RCP’s advocacy and organizing should be protected by our constitutional rights, and we can not allow them to be singled out for persecution. . . .

--Climate Justice Activist

I have been following NDAA and Hedges' case. I can sign this statement.

--Iraq War Veteran

N-Z

Majia Nadesan

Fred Nagel

Ellen Naney

Chuck Nasmith

Pedro V. Natividad, American citizen

Bub Nelson

John Nettleton, Veterans For Peace

Brad Newsham

Brian Nichols, University of Illinois at Chicago

Carl J. Nigro

Joyce Niksic

Dee Noblett

Theresa Nona

Luther R. Norman, Refugee Women's Alliance

Susan Nussbaum

Tom O'Brien

Cameron O'Connor, Military Veteran, MBA Student

Victor Odlivak, University Friends Meeting (Quakers)

Frank O'Gorman, People of Faith

Lucienne O'Keefe

Jon Olsen, Green Party

Scott Olsen, Iraq Veterans Against the War

Daniel Olson

Gwynn O'Neill

Ricardo Ortiz, People of Color Caucus Occupy Boston

T.S. O'Sullivan

William Ota

David Padilla, University of California

Enoch Page, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Robert Redwoodhippie Palmer, Peace Activist

John Parsons

Kathy Parsons

Janet Patel

Suzanne Patzer, Free Press

Sharon Pavlovich, World Can't Wait

Frances Payne

Constance Penn, SEIU

Paulo Pereira

John Perry

Art Persyko, SF99% Coalition

Mark Phelan

Bruce Phelps

Richard Phelps, Center for Biblical Economics

Lamont Phemister, Vietnam veteran and former US naval officer

Jon Phillips

Peter Phillips, President, Project Censored/Media Freedom Foundation

Charles Philp, OWS

Craig Pickering

Virgiliana Pickering

Cecile Pineda, American author

Paola Pisi

Alan Podber

Diane Pontius

Al Porter Jr., V.P. Black on Black Crime Inc & Chairman HipHop Workshop

Gareth Porter, Independent journalist

Dianne Post, Phoenix Women Take Back the Night

Timothy Post

Ralph Poynter, Lynne Stewart Defense Committee

Miguel Prietto

Theodore Radamaker

Dorli Rainey, Women in Black

Arlene Rakoncay

Marvin Ramirez, El Reportero newspaper

Phillip Ranelli

Klaus Rasch

Anthony Ratcliff, Professor, Cal State University, Northridge

Farideh Razavi

Michael D. Rectenwald, Ph.D., Professor, Liberal Studies/Global Liberal Studies, NYU

Tim Redfern

Daunte Reed

Joe Reilly, Veterans For Peace

Teresa Reinhardt

George Reiter, Co-Chair, Harris County (TX) Green Party

Thomas J. Reke, ACLU

Doug Renton

William K. Rentz

Eric Resnick

Theodore Reuter

Karen Reyes, UIC

Sally Richardson

Linda Rigas

Walter Riley, Activist, Attorney

Steve Rippe

Joseph Rivera

Blake Roan

Joyce Robbins

Nancy Roberts

Brian Robertson

Sarah Roche-Mahdi, CodePink

Lisa Rock, MSW student at CSU East Bay

Thomas C Rockriver, Veterans For Peace

Sheila Rogers

Stephen Rohde, Civil liberties attorney and author

Jelica Roland

Philip Roman

Steven Rood

Michael Rosa

Janet Rose

Ben Rosenfeld, Attorney

Rima Rosenthal

Andrew Ross, NYU

B. Allan Ross, UsQueers.com, Xe

Albert L. Rossi

Jerome Roth

Rob Rotman

David Rovics, Singer/songwriter

Candice Rowser, Hunter College CUNY

Anne Rowthorn

Shirlee Rubenstein

Mark Ruffalo, Actor and director

Gene Ruffini, Playwright, writer, teacher, actor

Julie Rufo

Doug Russell

James W. Russell, Author, Eastern Connecticut State University

Dmytro Ryazanov

Kenneth Sabroff

Ediberto Saldana, Hostos Community College Student Government Association, Treasurer, Bronx, NY

Kenneth Saltman, DePaul University

Bill Samuel, President, Consistent Life

Sababu A. Sanyika, MuslimBilalianAmerican

Marc Sapir, MD

Kathie Sarachild, Director, Redstockings Women's Liberation Archives for Action

Saratoga Peace Alliance

Rosemarie Sawdon

Robert D. Schaffer, Libertarian

Craig Schamel, Progressive Front

Samuel Scharff, Veterans For Peace

Carol J. Schmidt

Ben Schoenbachler, MD, University of Louisville

E. Schussler

Bob Schwartz, Gay Liberation Network

Len Schwartz, University of Delaware

Eric Schwing

Sandee Scott

Mike Seguin

Carole Seligman, Co-Editor, Socialist Viewpoint

Adam Shapiro, Radio talk show host and freelance writer

C. Zadik Shapiro, Attorney

Jodie Shapiro

Joann Shapiro

Nandita Sharma, Sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Joshua Sharp

Diane Shaughnessy

Tammy Shaver

Madeline Shaw

Cindy Sheehan

Kathlyn J. Sheffield, Progressive

Gale & Joe Sheflin, Retired

Bonnie Sherrell, Director/cinematographer

Doorae Shin

Ty Shlackman

Julia Shpirt

Marina Shpirt

Jeffrey Shurtleff, Amnesty International USA 466, and SF99%Coalition

Benjamin Sibelman

Tasha Sibley-Grimes

Amanda Joy Sidell

Rafael Sieber

Evan Siegel, Independent researcher on Iranian history

Carol Simon

Rick Simonson

David B. Simpkin

Ted Sirota, Musician

Melani L. Skybell

Kelli Sladick

Skip Slavik

Anthony Smith

Don Smith, President, ACAT-USA (Action by Christians Against Torture)

Kevin Smith

Linda D Smith, Occupy Grants Pass, OR

Michael Smith

Michael Steven Smith, National Lawyers Guild and Center for Constitutional Rights

Patricia Smith, Roger Williams University

Sandra Smith, UC Berkeley, Sociology

Zeke Smith

David Smokler, National Lawyers Guild

Dr. Michael Snoek

Denise Snyder

Eugene Sobel

Stephen Soldz, Psychologists for Social Responsibility

Kellis Solomon

Hoon Song, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Justin Sorci, DisclosureProject.org

Michael Sorgen, Civil Rights Attorney

Win Southworth

Bonita Staas

John Stachel, Center for Einstein Studies, Boston University

Edward Stanke

Mark D. Stansbery, Columbus Campaign for Arms Control

James Stapp

Janiece Staton

Michael Stavros

Hubert J. Steed

Bob Stein, Institute for the Future of the Book

Carol S. Steiner

Darren Stephens

Maura Stephens, Park Center for Independent Media, Coalition to Protect New York, FrackbustersNY, No Surrender NY

Robert H. Stiver

John St. Lawrence

Connie Stomper

Christine Stone, World Can't Wait volunteer

David Stovall, University of Illinois at Chicago

Marcia Strean

Carol Strickman, Attorney

Bruce Summitt, Disabled

David Swanson, Author, warisacrime.org

Dennis Swanson

Debra Sweet, Director, World Can’t Wait

Michael Sweimler

Howard Switzer, Architect & Green Party of Tennessee delegate to the GNC

Brian Tataryn

Tony Taylor

Belle Teitelbaum

Dorice Tentchoff, University Professor, Emeritus

Catin Thehaight

John F. Thielking, Peacemovies.com

Roy Thielking, retired

David Thomas

Efrem Thomas

Jim Thomas, Duke University

William Thomas

Larry Thompson, AFSCME

Lowell Thompson, Author and artist

Robert Thompson

Robert Thoms

Lina Thorne

Glenn Thureson

Diane L. Timko

Tim'm

Kerstin Todd

Kathy Tolman

Ann Tompkins

Cesar A. Torras, MD, Brooklyn for Peace

Lana Touchstone

Bill Tower

Steve Tran, Violence Prevention & Women's Resource Center

John Trauger

Susan Trechak, Ph.D., Whistleblower Advocacy Group, In Defense of First Amendment

Michael Treece, MD

Leonie Tremaine

Terry Triplet, US Citizen, believer in rights and the rule of law

Taylor Trowbridge, Southern California Federation of Scientists

Lance Truong

Darwin Tsen

William Tucker

Gabriella Turekr

Betty Turner

Trent Turner, Corporate worker

Elton Tylenda

Sue Udry, Defending Dissent Foundation

William H. Ulbricht

Albert Valencia

Hector Valenzuela, Univ. Hawaii at Manoa

Norberto Valle, Jr.

John VanderMolen

Nancy Van Ness

Paul D. Van Ness, Metro Justice, Inc.

Mario Venegas, Illinois Coalition Against Torture

Veterans For Peace, Chapter 147

Mark Vermeulen, National Lawyers Guild

Margaret Viers

Sergio Vinti

Louis Vitale, OFM, Franciscan Friars

Faith Voigt

Donna Volatile

Paul Von Blum, UCLA African American Studies Program

Steve Wagner, Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace

Donna Wallach, Justice for Palestinians

Jack Walsh, Realist

Steve Wasserman, Professor of Constitutional Law, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NYC

Tim Weaver

Curt Wechsler, Editor, FireJohnYoo.net

Janet Weil

Mark Weimer

Tes Welborn, D5 Action, Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council

Mary Wentworth, Women in Back

Cornel West

Bill Weston

Crystal Whetstone

John Whitman

Rich Williams

Kevin Williamson

Linda Wilscam

Karen Winer

Gwen Winter

Patricia Witt

Jarret Wolfman

Nancy Woolley

Jenny Wright

Paul Wright, Human Rights Defense Center

Ken Wyant

William H. Wyttenbach

Clyde Young, Revolutionary communist & former prisoner

Leslie Young

Ruth Zalph, WILPF

Colin Zampier-Enwright

Richard Zaslow

Andy Zee, Revolution Books, NYC

David Zeiger, Displaced Films

Maggie Zhou, PhD, Boston, MA

Lee Zimmerman

Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics, University of San Francisco

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Radio interview with Raymond Lotta: The NDAA and the Need to Resist, WKVR, August 30, 2012

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Radio interview with Peter Phillips & Raymond Lotta on The Michael Slate Show, KPFK, November 2, 2012

A Call To Stand Together To Oppose The Obama Administration’s Dangerous Assault On Fundamental Rights

The administration of Barack Obama, which had promised to put an end to torture and other outrages committed by the Bush Administration, is in fact putting into place a dangerous system of repression and control. This is a serious assault on fundamental rights, and it must be answered not with silence and complicity but with heightened awareness and more determined opposition.


The record of the Obama Administration is a chilling one. President Obama has preserved Bush's rendition program, which relies upon torture, and has extended the Patriot Act. His Administration has adopted a quasi-official assassination policy, complete with secret "kill lists" reviewed by the President, which Attorney General Holder has brazenly asserted meets Constitutional standards of due process. In the 2010 case of Holder v HLP [Humanitarian Law Project], the Obama administration successfully argued before the courts that the "crime" of "material support" to "terrorists" be broadened to include merely speaking with and advising (even on some legal matters) any group designated by the government as terrorist. The ruling has already been applied to pro-Palestinian activists and endangers many others, including prominent public intellectuals, as well as groups upholding or advocating fundamental social change.


The most recent expansion of dangerous and illegitimate government authority is the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This law grants to any U.S. president the power to detain any person, including U.S. citizens, indefinitely and without charge or trial, for the alleged crime of associating with a broad and vague category of people, which could include people who have nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks or with terrorism in general.


The pattern is disturbingly clear: not just a continuation but a further leap in the draconian measures taken by the Bush administration--under the pretext of the open-ended, so-called War on Terror--to detain, torture, and assassinate. . . not just a continuation but a further leap in measures to restrict and criminalize dissent and opposition to the status quo.


This must not go unanswered--nor be allowed to continue to grow increasingly worse. In opposing these repressive moves, it is imperative that people not allow anyone, or any one group, to be singled out or targeted for repression. In this regard, the lawsuit Hedges et al. v Obama et al. that is challenging ominous provisions of the NDAA is quite salient. On May 16, a federal district court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and issued a temporary injunction blocking the government from implementing Section 1021 of this law. But insinuated into this mainly positive ruling is a reference to the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA and its Chairman Bob Avakian which is an erroneous and potentially harmful characterization that could be used as a pretext to criminalize what is constitutionally protected freedom of speech and association and potentially sweep the RCP and its Chairman into a category of organizations identified by the government as terrorist.


Those of us signing this statement cannot speak for the RCP and indeed have various levels of familiarity with and a variety of views on its philosophical and political principles and objectives. But we do not countenance--and recognize as very dangerous--the designation by the powers-that-be of groups as politically "acceptable" and "unacceptable." History teaches, by negative and positive example, that we must stand against attempts to divide progressive, radical, and revolutionary forces along any such lines.


In this there are very important lessons to be drawn from the self-critical summation by Pastor Martin Niemoeller of his experience when confronted with the heightening repression carried out by the Nazi regime in Germany during the 1930s:


"First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak out because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak out for me."


The signatories of this statement call on people to step forward and stand together to oppose the assault on dissent and the moves to restrict and criminalize oppositional speech, association, and political activity, which are being carried out by the Obama Administration and which continue and expand dangerous precedents and mechanisms which can also be utilized by any future Administration.