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SOA Watch Convergence at the US/Mexico Border from October 7-10

We are excited to announce that the Puente Human Rights Movement, an amazing grassroots migrant justice organization based in Phoenix, Arizona, is organizing the Convergence kick off vigil with us on Friday, October 7th.

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  17, 2016 | After discussions with Puente, we decided to start the convergence weekend with the vigil at the Eloy Detention Center at 5pm, and to include the welcome and opening into the program there, instead of having it in Nogales. The Eloy Detention Center is located about half-way between Phoenix and Tuscon. A separate opening event is going to take place on the Mexico side of Nogales, Sonora.
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Schedule of Events below and check the webpage for updates.

march on the US/Mexico border on Saturday morning at 8:30am, followed by the rally with music and speakers at the border wall will be the first convergence event that is going to take place on the U.S. side of Nogales.

We've set up a facebook community page for people to post rideshare informationFor travel considerations for Nogales, Arizona, which requires passing a Border Patrol checkpoint, or traveling to Tucson, Arizona, which is reasonably accessible to undocumented folks, please see the full Travel Considerations and Know Your Rights Resource page.

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Innocent? Don't talk to the police.

Don’t talk to the police—except to tell them, respectfully, that you will not answer any questions and that you would like a lawyer.

James Duane, Los Angeles (CA) Times Kash Register begins to cry after realizing he'll be freed after spending 34 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, in Los Angeles in Superior Court in Nov. 2013. (Los Angeles Times)

August 26, 2016 | Someday soon, when you least expect it, a police officer may receive mistaken information from a confused eyewitness or a liar, or circum­stantial evidence that helps persuade him that you might be guilty of a very serious crime. When confronted with police officers and other government agents who suddenly arrive with a bunch of questions, most innocent people mistakenly think to themselves, “Why not talk? I haven’t done anything. I have nothing to hide. What could pos­sibly go wrong?”


Well, among other things, you could end up confessing to a crime you didn’t commit. The problem of false confessions is not an urban legend. It is a documented fact. Indeed, research suggests that the innocent may be more susceptible than the culpable to deceptive police interrogation tactics, because they tragically assume that somehow “truth and justice will prevail” later even if they falsely admit their guilt. Nobody knows for sure how often innocent people make false confessions, but as Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski recently observed, “Innocent interrogation subjects confess with surprising frequency.”

James Duane is a professor at Regent Law School in Virginia Beach, Va. This essay is adapted from his book “You Have the Right to Remain Innocent,” forthcoming from Little A in September.

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Book review |‘ Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption’ ~ Bryan Stevenson, Rob Warden, Washington (DC) Post

  • Criminal justice in America sometimes seems more criminal than just — replete with error, malfeasance, racism and cruel, if not unusual, punishment, coupled with stubborn resistance to reform and a failure to learn from even its most glaring mistakes. And nowhere, let us pray, are matters worse than in the hard Heart of Dixie, a.k.a. Alabama, the adopted stomping ground of Bryan Stevenson, champion of the damned.
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption | Ebook PDF Free Download
  • Prison Without Punishment

Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern: Obama Is ‘Afraid’ Of The CIA And The NSA

McGovern says he believes the president can’t hold either agency accountable for their violations of the law and human rights because of the power they hold over him.

MintPress News Desk, Mint Press News

Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter. 10, 2016 | A former CIA analyst believes the CIA and National Security Agency have become so powerful that the president is afraid to act against them when they break the law.

Ray McGovern retired from the CIA in 1990, following nearly 30 years of service to the agency. He was awarded the Intelligence Commendation Medal, which is given to agents who offer “especially commendable service” to the agency.

Outraged over the CIA’s open use of torture, he returned the medal in 2006 and became an antiwar activist. He was arrested in 2011 for a silent protest against a speech by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

MintPress News is an independent watchdog journalism organization that provides issue-based original reporting, in-depth investigations, and thoughtful analysis of the most pressing topics facing our nation.

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The Roots of Unrest in Milwaukee, WI

  • The growth of poverty and inequality, the eruption of social anger, and the build-up of the police forces are interrelated components of the same class dynamic.
  • “The reality is that … this is a city where there are 27,000 households that have an income less than $10,000,” said Howard Fuller, a longtime civil rights activist and former Milwaukee schools superintendent who lives one block from the BP gas station that was burned during the unrest Saturday night.
  • Part 1: The social roots of unrest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Part 2: Why Milwaukee boiled over with violence after police shooting death

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Part 1: The social roots of unrest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The growth of poverty and inequality, the eruption of social anger and the build-up of the police forces are interrelated components of the same class dynamic.

Niles Niemuth, World Socialist Website The location where Sylville Smith was fatally shot Saturday by police in Milwaukee. (Jeffrey Phelps/AP)

16 August 2016 | Once again deeply rooted social anger has boiled over in an American city against police violence. This time protests erupted in the Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin following the killing of 23-year-old African American Sylville K. Smith by an as yet unidentified African American police officer Saturday afternoon.

Approximately 100 people gathered Saturday night to protest near where Smith was killed. The night ended with a handful of nearby businesses looted as well as a gas station, a bank branch and an auto parts store torched. A handful of cop cars and other vehicles were damaged or destroyed. The police arrested 31 people during protests Saturday and Sunday night.

Niles Niemuth is the 2016 US vice presidential candidate of the Socialist Equality Party and a writer for World Socialist Web Site.

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Part 2: Why Milwaukee boiled over with violence after police shooting death

“The reality is that … this is a city where there are 27,000 households that have an income less than $10,000,” said Howard Fuller, a longtime civil rights activist and former Milwaukee schools superintendent who lives one block from the BP gas station that was burned during the unrest Saturday night.

Wesley Lowery, Washington (DC) Post

August 16, 2016 | After two nights of violent clashes between police and residents following a fatal police shooting of a young black man, Police Chief Ed Flynn stepped to the microphone late Monday night to declare a small victory.

“We’ve seen great improvement over yesterday,” Flynn said. The night had produced 10 arrests, but no rioting or property damage after officials instituted a 10 p.m. curfew. “This community is not interested in doing damage to where they live,” he said.

Wesley Lowery is a national reporter covering law enforcement and justice for the Washington Post. He previously covered Congress and national politics.

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SOAW Video: Oct.7-10 Convergence at the Border

SOA Watch Convergence at the US/Mexico Border in October

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August 2, 2016 | After holding an annual vigil at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, the human rights group SOA Watch is moving its convergence to become bi-national at the U.S./Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona/ Sonora Mexico.


Activists throughout the U.S. and Mexico will gather on both sides of the US/Mexico border from October 7-10, 2016, in the lead-up to the November elections. Our goal is to:

  • highlight US intervention in Latin America as one of the root causes of migration
  • stage protests, cultural events, and nonviolent direct action against racism, xenophobia and US militarization at home and abroad. 

We understand these two go hand in hand and that U.S. state violence is not particular to United States.  Communities are being targeted for assassination and state repression throughout the Americas by U.S. trained military and police forces.

People from Latin America continue to be forced to flee from U.S. trained repressive security forces, only to be confronted with a militarized border, racist immigration laws, and xenophobic rhetoric in this election cycle. Black and Brown bodies in the U.S. continue to be targeted and systematically imprisoned and killed in the same way. We can no longer separate the issues and today we say enough!  We cannot look at immigration reform without looking at its root cause. We cannot discuss police brutality or the prison industrial complex in the U.S. without discussing its root purpose. State violence is used to exert control and oppress our communities in order to maintain an exploitative racist system that benefits the few.

We need to build broad-based grassroots power across borders, and push back against neoliberal politics of privatization of the commons, the militarization of our communities, and the upholding of profit interests over life, that permeate today’s political discourse.  Stand on the side of mutual aid and solidarity, join us from October 7-10, 2016 in Nogales, Arizona/ Sonora to build power for a culture shift.
Our choices can no longer be the lesser of two evils.  Today we choose ourselves. We stand on the side of dignity and against neoliberal politics. 
To make the Convergence at the Border a success, we need you to 
mobilize your communities to take a stand for justice and against militarization from October 7-10, 2016 at the border wall in Nogales, Sonora / Arizona. The convergence will include workshops and events on both sides of the U.S./ Mexico border, as well as art, music, and resistance. To learn more about why SOA Watch is moving from the gates of Fort Benning to the border, read the article From the School of the Americas to the Border, watch the documentary The Empire’s War on the Border, and share the mobilizing video with your friends on twitter and facebook.

We need to build grassroots power to change our culture and the challenge the racist status quo, and we need to take action:

Waves of Refugees and a Worldwide System of Exploitation and Oppression

  • “American Lives Are Not More Important Than Other People’s Lives” --Bob Avakian, BAsics 5:7
  • Wars, Refugees And The Complete Lack Of Leadership Everywhere

Revolution Newspaper

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Louis Berne for this contribution. Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter.



July 25, 2016 | There has been throughout this election endless discussion of how trade deals like NAFTA have hurt Americans and nothing about what the treaties and trade deals that the U.S. has imposed have done—whole economies have been dominated, plundered and gutted by the very same powerful interests dictating what is being discussed in these elections. This is pointing people in the entirely wrong direction and distorting the character of the problem—and offering NO solution.

Want to understand why waves of refugees are streaming across borders and what this has to do with a worldwide system of exploitation and oppression? The following are some of’s recent coverage.

Revolution Newspaper: The voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA

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Wars, Refugees And The Complete Lack Of Leadership Everywhere, Alan Hart, Countercurrents

  • If Obama had demonstrated real leadership … I think the countdown to catastrophe for Syria, the region and possibly the whole world could have been stopped.
  • A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII


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