After the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown, people across the country took to the streets in protest of police brutality and the criminal justice system that fails time and time again to hold police officers accountable for their violent actions. In New York, after the announcement of the verdict, hundreds of people gathered in Union Square and marched through the streets of Manhattan in support of Mike Brown and his family, as well as countless others who have lost lives to police brutality.
We bring you voices of those who could no longer take the state’s continued criminalization of black and brown people, particularly youth. These are voices of those who refuse to accept policing practices that lead to officers playing the role of judge, jury, and executioner. We are also joined by a Kristen Jackson from AF3IRM Los Angeles who will discuss the feminist response to the national protests that have been sparked by the non-indictment of Darren Wilson.
As the internationally coordinated and annual, 16 Days Against Gender Violence Campaign continues from November 25 to December 10, we discuss the theme of militarism as it pertains to institutionalized gender-based violence. In AF3IRM's recent press statement on the 16 Days, the numbers show a stark reality that those most impacted by gender based violence and the onslaught of an increasingly militarized world, are women. "64,000 black women missing in the US; 328 women murdered in Honduras this year alone; 530 women murdered in Mexico in 2012-2013 with 1,200 disappeared between 2012-2013; 1,200 mostly First Nations women missing and murdered in Canada; 6,000 women murdered in Guatemala over a ten-year period; 20.9 million trafficked globally, 55% of them women."
APF continues our conversation with Kristen Jackson a representative from AF3IRM Los Angeles about the often overlooked links between militarism and gender violence.
We look at the broad movements for peace and de-militarization in the Asia Pacific region, especially from the forces of the U.S. military industrial complex. We are joined by Asia Pacific Islander activists and organizers who provide their views on U.S. militarism in the Asia Pacific. They discuss the need for not only to show solidarity to resistance movements across the world, but also to uncover the faces of local movements that resist or struggle against the many manifestations of U.S. militarism both within this country and abroad.
This segment was made possible by BAYAN-USA, International League of Peoples Struggle ( ILPS), Iraq Veterans Against the War ( IVAW), and a newly-formed coalition known as, Asia Pacific Islander Peoples’ Solidarity (APIPS).
Asia Pacific Islander Peoples' Solidarity will host, Bridging Resistance: U.S. Militarism in Asia-Pacific & New York City. It will feature a talk from four panelists, each representing a region affected by on-going U.S. military presence under the auspices of the so-called "U.S. Pivot to Asia."
The event will be held this coming Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 6:30 PM in the Sociology Lounge, Room 6112 of the CUNY Graduate Center on 5th Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets.