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Six arrested at BP headquarters five years after gulf oil disaster

On eve of shareholder meeting, protesters stage sit-in to demand BP addresses their grievances from biggest marine disaster in history.

U.S. AWOL Soldier André Shepherd’s Request for Asylum

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The European Court of Justice: Having published its preliminary ruling, what is the next move?

by Rudi Friedrich

On February 26, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), having been asked by the Munich Administrative Court (Verwaltungsgericht) to submit a decision on U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd’s request for asylum, published its preliminary ruling. As many media observers now believe that Mr Shepherd’s prospects of being granted asylum status are very remote, Rudi Friedrich from Connection e.V. has now summarized his initial thoughts on whether pessimism is indeed justified and what ramifications the court's preliminary ruling will have. (ed.)

New Resistance Project murals

Two new projects featuring a broken AK-47 (based on WRI's famous broken rifle logo), have been created by artist Ralph Ziman in Los Angeles and Cape Town. The mural in Los Angeles featured 408 names of victims of gun violence, while the Cape Town piece was painted in the middle of the Manenberg district, an area of Cape Town that has endured years of gang violence.

For photos and other information see the Resistance Project's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Resistance-Project

Kathy Kelly

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Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 23 Jan 2015
End of detention:
  • 23 Apr 2015
Country:
  • United States of America
Description:
  • Three-month sentence for her June 1, 2014 protest of drone killings at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

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Kathy Kelly

Country:
  • United States of America
Activist type:
  • Nonviolent activist


Rodney Watson

Country:
  • United States of America
Activist type:
  • Conscientious objector
Status:
  • Declared objector


United States of Emergency: from Ferguson to Jalalabad

For over 100 days, a black-led movement for justice in Ferguson, Missouri, has come out every single night in response to the murder of Michael Brown. Today, 400 National Guard troop members stand ready—under the “state of emergency” banner— as a militarized force ready to repress and intimidate a peaceful resistance movement.

This “state of emergency” has allowed for the Department of Homeland Security to spend over $3 million dollars in the St. Louis area through the Urban Area Security Initiative. These millions have allowed more than 1,000 officers to undergo some 5,000 hours in crowd control trainings, and have outfitted these officers with $172,000 worth in riot gear, tear gas, grenades, pepper balls and plastic handcuffs (Democracy Now!)

Report from the week of action for military-free education and research

The first ever international week of action for military-free education and research was held between 25-31 October 2014. This follows on from a day of action last year. Antimilitarists across the world took action to raise awareness, and challenge, the role the military has in education and research in educational institutions. This role gives them access to young people - to lay the groundwork for recruitment later in life, and to promote military values.

Demilitarize McGill students disrupt space militarisation eventDemilitarize McGill students disrupt space militarisation eventDifferent groups used the week of action in different ways. Some challenged military presence in schools through direct action, some publicly debated the presence of the military in education, others showed films, wrote articles, and campaigned on social media.

U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd: European Court of Justice Advocate General Reinforces Rights of Refusers

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by Connection e.V. and Pro Asyl

In the legal case of U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd (37) the European Court of Justice Advocate General, Eleanor Sharpston, today published her final opinion. This official statement contains guiding deliberations for the interpretation of the so-called Qualification Directive of the European Union.

Military Service to Be Made Path to US Citizenship for 'DREAMers'

A small group of undocumented young immigrants have been given the right to apply for enlistment into the army as a fast-track to citizenship if their deportation has already been deferred under the DREAM act and they have special language skills.

Source:Latin Post

More information on the DREAM Act can be found at: NNOMY

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