BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) is Free Speech

Download the App buycott on your iPhone or iPad or on whatever app supports it to scan barcodes while shopping
Download the App buycott on your iPhone or on whatever app supports it to scan bar codes while shopping

BDS Movement Full List: here is an up-to-date and handy reference to the players: who they are, where they are and why they matter. Their game is gaining your participation through witting or unwitting complicity.

BDS Marin: here is one of the many local groups thinking global. The list above does not include Nestle among boycotted products but this Marin County movement does include them. So it’s good to cross compare.

BDS Movement on Twitter: here is another social media avenue for learning, teaching or contributing.  I’ve just received an article that delves into the HP security matrix. Life is an ongoing dystopia for Palestinians. HP has really earned it’s place on the BDS list. I’m looking into their other products but do not want to make it overly complex, or less focussed, at this moment.

Please feel free to contact me (ziegler.bill@gmail.com) or leave a comment on this post. Truth and accuracy are important, let me know if something isn’t correct. Participation is vital.

Methodist BDS Consultation
Methodist BDS Movement Consultation

Yesterday I attended a screening of Ghost Town – The Story of Hebron. A well attended event successfully delivered by the Cincinnati Palestine Solidarity Coalition. A fellow supporter of the Palestinian cause noted that I had a bottle of Tradewinds Tea in front of me. Nestle, a Swiss company of notable size, owns Tradewinds: they have plants in the West Bank.

We are presently working on a locally based BDS Movement for the Cincinnati area. Look for us at local businesses that unknowingly contribute to the massive human rights violations in territories occupied by Israel since 1967: the Naksa.

I was a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati at the time of the Six Day War, working on my B.A. in Geography: it was a subject topic in Human Geography that became the stuff of current events in the classroom. In 1971 I completed my M.A. in the same field at Kansas State University. I was born 8 months before the Nakba, so my personal hallmarks coincide in memory with the hallmarks of Palestine these 68 years now. A difference: I have never been a refugee but 6 million Palestinians from Palestine still are. BDS helps everyone.

https://boycottzionism.wordpress.com/2010/08/01/carlos-latuff-images-for-bds-activists/
Cultural boycotts are an integral part of BDS

No time is a good time to support an Apartheid state. I am personally complicit in supporting Apartheid by continuing my American citizenship. Rather than renouncing my home land I am at this moment exercising First Amendment rights, rights that are not available in the State of Israel. Lucas Koerner learned firsthand what may occur if you stand on a public square in Jerusalem. No one should feel discomfort at taking a stand, whether by #StandWithIsrael or #StandWithPalestine.

The First Amendment is one resilient set of words. I like its resonance. It’s available to the most marginalized people. Majority rule makes the world safe for the already comfortable. The Tyranny of the majority (dated 23 February) seeks to restrict basic human rights that already belong to the marginalized, on those less powerful. Just keep repeating this lie: “Majority Rules” from the playground to adulthood and you’ll think it’s truth.

Meanwhile, in this age of one dollar one vote you can still use the dollars at your discretion to cast a BDS vote.See you in the marketplace.

 

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.702383
Tyranny of the majority taking place in the Knesset. In this case Arab-Israelis, the one who “came out in droves” according to Binjamin N.

Stanley Cohen in Canaan… Part Four

Linked below is the fourth installment in Stanley Cohen’s new series on Prison America. It is an account told firsthand from within the walls, cells and bunks of Canaan Prison in north-east PA.

Here is Canaan. It looks rather like the Apartheid Wall of Israel.
Here is Canaan. It looks rather like the Apartheid Wall of Israel.

A direct witness account of a system of justice steaming along in a totally broken system. The economy of our nation relies on a dead-set devotion to a Kafkaesque/Orwellian existence within institutional walls, inside the cells on the bunks. Among the complicit are highly placed, comfortable and secure community pillars, known by many as nice people.

The war on drugs began with Prohibition; it’s driving itself to an ever darker gulag state. Dick Cheney underlined the “need to go to the dark side.” Our sense of justice in on track to drive our country deeper into the darkness.

In this installment Stanley brings us evidence of our darkening national spirit. Being alive black is enough to qualify you for prison, the whims of the “justice” system assures that you rot there or sell out your cell neighbor in exchange for freedom. The year is 2016, the year is 1984. What Stanley Cohen writes is terrifying to anyone not a psychopath or a sociopath. What he writes is truth. May it rouse us to action.

Remember Kalief Browder.

Source: It Ain’t The Promised Land… Part Four

Stanley Cohen in Canaan…Part Three

I stand with Stanley Cohen. Human rights attorneys are as marginalized as the oppressed they represent. Truth does not need multiple billion dollar infusions to move dark agendas forward. Grassroots are strong.

Would that our prison industrial complex could disappear like this sand castle
Would that our prison industrial complex could disappear like this sand castle.

I’m there with my fellows in fertile soil. We are growing together. We flourish: you and I in solidarity. Hello Mensch!

Source: It Ain’t The Promised Land…Part Three

Stanley Cohen in Canaan… Part Two

Part Two of a view behind the eyes of a fertile mind and an amazing soul. This is a second look at daily existence in Prison America. It’s dark and it’s depressing and it’s real: the cancer that blooms in the darkness of our prison industrial complex.

This reminds me of our justice system interpreting the 14th Amendment.
This reminds me of how our justice system interprets the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Equal protection under the law obtained by avoiding the shovel.

A grinding mill for human beings who do not belong there, but we read here about institutional employees working jobs respected by the community. I live in a country  where the seemingly nice people of society gorge themselves, their families and their beloved systemic organs with the riches that camps of concentration manufacture. These camps may be found in every corner, but they are hidden from view. My understanding of our “criminal” justice system leads me to think that it may as well be a factory for lamp shades. Stanley Cohen spent eleven months of 2015 in Canaan. Milk and honey? You won’t find it.

Source: It Ain’t The Promised Land… Part Two

Stanley Cohen in Canaan

The first part of a new series in the annals of Prison America. Where many of you did not live through the year 2015, Stanley Cohen did. At great cost but with an unbroken spirit, Stanley remained caged but undaunted. I am reminded of Gandalf the Grey and his extended time battling a balrog. The stuff of optimism for us in these not so innocent times.

The natural response of Lady Justice contemplating our "criminal" justice system. Sociopaths and psychopaths might respond differently.
The natural response of Lady Justice contemplating our “criminal” justice system. A sociopath or a psychopath might respond differently.

What you may read if you click that link below may disquiet your serenity. This is no fictional account with an actor playing a convincing role in a docudrama. Welcome to complicity.

Source: It Ain’t the Promised Land