Author Archives: Robin Hood

September 6th: Japanese-American Internment and State Repression Today

Japanese-American Internment and State Repression Today  

With Lorraine Leiko Miyahara Author of:

Internment
A True Story
Memories of a Thirteen Year Old Girl, 1941-1944
September 6th at 7pm
New Britain Public Library Community Room 20 High Street New Britain, CTAs war hysteria swept the west coast in 1941 Japanese American Families were forced from their homes and lands by presidential decree, which gave them only forty-eight hours to leave their homes and abandon their businesses. The government confined more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans in internment camps around the country. Both American citizens and resident aliens were treated as grave security threats. Large signs in bold letters were posted everywhere for all persons of Japanese ancestry, listing the areas and boundaries that were affected.Hear author Lorraine Leiko Miyahara describe her experience in the internment camps as a child and what present assaults on civil liberties mean for people in the U.S. today. To be followed by a discussion.

Sponsored by the Connecticut Coalition Against Indefinite Detention

For more information contact Dan at 860-985-4576                       http://www.CTStopIndefiniteDetention.wordpress.com

CCSU Faculty Senate passes resolution against Indefinite Detention

Resolution opposing indefinite detention

whereas, the indefinite military detention of any person without trial violates the 5th and 6th amendments of the Constitution of the United States; and

whereas, the indefinite detention of any person, including US citizens, could be allowed by sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA); and

whereas, the NDAA erodes the right of presumed innocence and right to a fair trial; and

whereas, the NDAA’s detention provisions could target activists, journalists, and others exercising their First Amendment rights in the crucial struggle to defend free speech; and

whereas, the NDAA’s detention provisions could allow the recurrence of torture in military detention, in violation of the 8th amendment; and

whereas, officials such as the FBI Director, the Defense Secretary, the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Defense and many military leaders have opposed the NDAA’s detention provisions; and

whereas, it is in keeping with the mission of Central Connecticut State University to extend and defend academic and intellectual freedom,

therefore be it resolved that the Faculty Senate of Central Connecticut State University strongly affirms our defense of rights and liberties enshrined in the Constitution of the United States. We join with the CT Coalition to Stop Indefinite Detention and other concerned groups in urging the US Congress and Senate to repeal the NDAA’s detention provisions and restore fundamental rights and liberties embodied in the U.S. Constitution.

Endorsed by Peace Studies on 4.26.2012
Adopted by CCSU Faculty Senate on 5.7.2012
Submitted by Mike Alewitz

8/8/12 CT Coalition to Stop Indefinite Detention Picket line and Rally

Call put out by the coalition
UPDATE: The CT Coalition to Stop Indefinite Detention condemns the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin.  We stand in solidarity with the Sikh community.  Shootings such as this one are a predictable results of government policies that single out immigrant, Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities for spying, harassment, and frame-up operations that are widely covered in the press as if they were uncovering actual terrorist plots.  These campaigns erode our civil liberties, create the false appearance of widespread terrorist organization within the targeted community, and make hatred and indiscriminate violence against these communities socially acceptable.  It is this climate that fosters the racist attitudes and beliefs that have led to over 700 hate crimes against the Sikh community since September, 2001.
End government sponsored racism!
SOLIDARITY WITH THE SIKH COMMUNITY!!!

Original Call:

HANDS OFF PEACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVISTS!!!

End the grand jury repression in Portland, Seattle and Olympia!
Bring justice to those that ransacked the Los Angeles office of ANSWER!
Stop FBI harassment and intimidation in Vermont!
Demonstration at the Federal Courthouse
450 Main St, Hartford
Wednesday, August 8 at 5pm

On the night of July 23 the Los Angeles office of ANSWER was broken into and ransacked. All the computers, sound equipment and bullhorns were stolen and the office was trashed. It is very likely that this was done in retaliation for ANSWER’s support of protests in Anaheim against numerous police shootings including the killing of an unarmed man.

On July 25 coordinated raids were conducted by the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force at three locations in Portland, Oregon. The raids were part of a larger investigation that also targeted activists in Seattle and Olympia, Washington. At least three people were issued subpoenas to appear before a federal grand jury. The search warrants authorized the FBI agents to seize hard drives, cell phones, address books, anarchist literature, black clothing, flags and flag making materials.

On July 26 two FBI agents attempted to question activists in Burlington, Vermont. Those targeted had been active in planning the People’s Convergence to coincide with the Northeast Governors’ Conference.

We condemn all attacks, repression, harassment and intimidation of activists and stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the struggle. An injury to one is an injury to all!

Join the CT Coalition to Stop Indefinite Detention for a demonstration in Hartford on Wednesday, August 8 at 5:00 pm at the federal courthouse, 450 Main St.

For more info or to endorse contact Toka, 860-680-7247 or tokujiokamoto@gmail.com