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Vigil for Peace in the Mideast – This Friday July 25th from 5-7pm at Vogel Plaza in Downtown Medford
Join us every Saturday morning in the Medford Library for our General Assembly at 10am
Rally on the River – For Salmon, Southern Oregon and No Export Pipelines!
Join Rogue Riverkeeper, Occupy Medford, Rogue Climate and KS Wild
Join Rogue Riverkeeper and friends for a fun, friendly day of action against LNG export proposals in Oregon. Together, with groups in northern Oregon we will rally for healthy rivers and forests, private property rights, renewable energy jobs, a stable climate and not turning Oregon into a fossil fuel export hub! The proposed Jordan Cove and Oregon LNG gas export projects are not in the best interest of Oregonians, our lands, our rivers or our state. Come help us send the message that Oregon deserves better! When: Saturday April 19th, 10am – noon (Occupy carpools leaving Medford Library at 9:30am)
Join Occupy Medford in supporting Health Care for All Oregon's Concert featuring George Mann and Pete Herzog
Thanks to everyone who attended the Rogue Valley Community Press Fundraiser on March 1st – and thanks again to Jason and Vanessa for keeping independent media alive in Southern Oregon.
Join us in the downtown Medford Library every Saturday at 10am.
We're changing some of our General Assembly Meeting times through the Fall. Here's the upcoming schedule:
Saturday, November 23rd - 10am – noon at the Medford Library Meeting Room
Saturday, December 7th - 10am – noon at the Medford Library Meeting Room
Saturday, December 14th - 10am – noon at the Medford Library Meeting Room
Saturday, December 21st - 10am – noon at the Medford Library Meeting Room
Saturday, December 28th - 10am – noon at the Medford Library Meeting Room
Don't Miss CPJ Film Night: 'Water Water, Black Gold' at 7 pm Tuesday, Oct. 8th
A Brief Argument Against War in Syria
The consequences of intervention are unknown because they are unknowable.
In Washington, D.C., most politicians have a terrible track record anticipating how wars will unfold. Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf War, Vietnam: As often as not, America's wars of choice proceed in ways that no one in charge imagined, and the best intentions of hawks do nothing to make up for the lives and treasure squandered on missions that were never likely to succeed. But no hawk ever says at the time that he or she has no idea what will happen if they get their way.
President Obama has no clue how an American act of war against Syria would unfold, because it is unknowable. Intervention poses tremendous risks, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey explained. "We must anticipate and be prepared for the unintended consequences of our action," he told Congress. "Should the regime's institutions collapse in the absence of a viable opposition, we could inadvertently empower extremists or unleash the very chemical weapons we seek to control." In other words, we don't know what will happen. But it could be awful. U.S. efforts to stop atrocities could even make the situation worse.
"Once we take action, we should be prepared for what comes next," he added. "Deeper involvement is hard to avoid." What would the U.S. do if the regime collapses and Islamist extremists take its place? Is it fair to ask American soldiers to risk their lives for that possible outcome?
The U.S. government could spend millions helping Syrian refugees. It could help pay for tsunami-warning systems across the Indian Ocean, or spend more funding the development of a malaria vaccine, or stop dumping agricultural commodities on poor countries in a way that stunts their economic development. There is no shortage of humanitarian suffering for us to address, if that's how we want to spend our money, and I am fine with spending more of it helping people.
But injecting bombs and cruise missiles into a civil war probably isn't the most cost effective way to help people. It is certainly the sort of humanitarian assistance most likely to make us bitter enemies, which inevitably happens when you pick a side and start killing some of the people on it.
Intervening in Syria could have catastrophic consequences for America and for the region. Non-intervention would pose no threat to us, and wouldn't preclude us from alleviating suffering elsewhere on a huge scale (and with no risk of accidentally killing innocent civilians in the process).
Hawks are most interested in humanitarian causes that can be carried out by force. There is no reason the rest of us should share their world view, given how many times it has resulted in needless slaughter on a massive scale. It's impossible to know for certain what war would bring. That is the strongest case against going to war.
Pulled from the News (alternative news that is… mainstream media is too busy wondering why they traded their souls for another ad from BP and Exxon-Mobil):
- Checkout this YouTube video on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Lack of Public Transparency:
- Following the example set by Occupy Gezi, thousands of Brasilian youth protest against corruption and social inequality. The following political cartoons are by Carlos Latuff and their source is from:
On left: Veterans and Occupy members march with Veterans for Peace at the Memorial Day Parade in Grants Pass, Oregon.
On right: From Reuters News Service – photo of Turkish Occupy Group.
A group of Occupy members attended the Rural Organizing Project Caucus & Strategy Session in Woodburn, Oregon.
Community presentations from the March 30th Occu-Feast event:
Our thanks to all attendees and presenters at the Occu-Feast in March
And thanks to all those who brought food to share with our community.
Last Saturday's OCCU-FEAST featured Food, Fun and People Making a Difference.
Plans are underway for a June or July outdoor barbeque blow-out – Stay tuned for more information.
This Saturday's GA will start at 11am (instead of 10am) in the meeting room of Medford's Downtown Library. We hope you are able to join us.
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