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34 countries, 17 states represented "100,000 Tweets for Oscar" Campaign Reaches over 500,000 people

Over 500,000 people were reached on January 6, 2015, Oscar's 72nd birthday, as the National Boricua Human Rights Network and La Respuesta coordinated the "Social Media Campaign for Oscar López." Using various hashtags (e.g. #freeoscarlopez, #gift4oscar, #regalopaoscar) on Twitter primarily, but also Facebook and Instagram, the campaign publicly brought together a broad spectrum of supporters, from Calle 13's René Pérez to actor Luis Guzmán; from NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito to Congress members Nydia Velázquez and Luis Gutiérrez, from blogs like Latino Rebels to newspapers like El Nuevo Día.

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Elected city and state elected officials from three different states also supported the social media campaign: State Representative Leslie Acosta and Philadelphia Councilwoman Maria Quiñonez in Pennsylvania; Chicago Alderman Roberto Maldonado, and State Representative Cynthia Soto in Illinois. Organized labor contributed: 1199 and Labor Council For Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)'s Facebook page also carried the message.

 In Puerto Rico, the campaign was tweeted and posted on Twitter and sometimes Facebook by former governor Aníbal Acevedo Vila; the Puerto Rico Department of Labor; pro-independence organizations, including the Movimiento Pro-Independencia Nacional Hostosiano; and the committees working for Oscar's freedom: the Human Rights Committee of Puerto Rico and 32x0scar.

 Popular blogs/newspapers also mentioned the campaign in the days leading up to January 6. Thanks go out to Latino Rebels, 80Grados, El Nuevo Día online, Telesur, and Primera Hora, as well as the German online blog "Derstandard," the Japanese "AppleDaily," and Mexico's APIAvirtual.net.

 Activist and movement-based organizations such as Jericho Network, Leonard Peltier Support Committee, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Committee, and Irish and Palestine support committees also posted to Facebook and Twitter.

 Community-based and educational organizations that also contributed are: El Puente in Brooklyn, Taller Puertorriqueño in Philadelphia, Roberto Clemente Community Academy, The Puerto Rican Cultural Center and Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School. Tweets came from IN, NY, CA, HI, OH, FL, CT, TN, MD, MN, GA, WDC, MI, MA, RI, PA, and IL.

 The international community was present with Tweets from 34 countries: Malaysia, Austria, Romania, Peru, Panama, Sri Lanka, Australia, Turkey, Portugal, Kosovo, Uruguay, Lebanon, Ghana, Netherlands, Israel, Brazil, Guatemala, Algeria, Spain, Venezuela, Canada, Dominican Republic, Argentina, United Kingdom, Bangladesh, Romania, Morocco, Mexico, Chile, India, France, Ecuador, Italy, Puerto Rico, and the United States.

 Many people also participated in creative by highlighting their talents such as writing songs, sewing puppets, baking cakes, and producing original artwork as their 'gift' for Oscar.

 La Respuesta and the Network would like to thank everyone for this amazing act of solidarity and faith, a small step on the long road to Oscar's freedom.

 

Audio from after the HB2 hearing in NOLA.

 Audio from after the HB2 hearing at the 5th circuit court of appeal in New Orleans. People showed up from all over : Donna, McAllen, Brownsville, Austin, Houston, Jackson MI.

 

For video visit youtube.com/houstonindymedia

For audio of the hearing go to http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/OralArgRecordings/14/14-50928_1-7-2015.mp3

Argentina Debt Resolution Possible As Contract Clauses Expire; Concerns Continue Over Global Impacts of Debt Dispute

An Argentina bond contract clause expires on December 31 raising the possibility that hold-out hedge funds and Argentina could settle a long running debt dispute. After defaulting in 2001, Argentina restructured its debt with 92% of its bondholders and put in place the Rights Upon Future Offers or RUFO clause.

Countries Affected by Ebola Lose $1.4 Billion Annually to Debt, Corruption and Tax Evasion; Outflows Dwarf Money in Health Care

New reports show that the Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone lose an average of $1.4 billion each year to corruption, debt payments and tax evasion. Global Financial Integrity (GFI) calculates the three countries lost about $1.3 billion per year to corruption and tax evasion in the decade leading up to the Ebola outbreak.

Texas Soon May Detain 3,500 Immigrant Family Members at Private Prisons with Sexual Assault Histories

 

United Nations Votes for Process to Create Global Bankruptcy Framework

UN Process Could Limit Default and Stop Predatory Funds

African Mayors Call for Debt Cancellation for Ebola-Stricken West Africa

G20 Moves Forward on Ebola Debt Relief Plan. 

Snehal Shingavi on Fear, Hatred, and State Terrorism

A discussion led by Sheikh Islam Mossaad and Professor Snehal Shingavi on Islamophobia and State Violence. The talk highlights how Israel uses Islamophobia to justify its aggression and violations of international law. Israel is not alone, however, in using this narrative of the Muslim terrorist to rationalize militarization of police, mass surveillance, and the broader war on terror. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. Sheikh Islam currently serves as Imam for the North Austin Muslim Community Center. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and his Islamic education came through sitting with people of knowledge and scholars from an early age until the present. He is a dynamic speaker who engages audiences and genuinely enjoys open and respectful discussion. Professor Snehal Shingavi received his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008 after earning BAs in English and Economics from Trinity University in 1997. He won the Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, has published articles in several journals including International Socialist Review, and has appeared as a commentator on programs such as Hardball on CNN. He teaches Global Indian Literature and Literature of Islamophobia at the University of Texas. Sponsored by: - Society for Islamic Awareness - Muslim Students' Association - Palestine Solidarity Committee Produced / Edited by Grace Alfar. Videography by Grace Alfar. An Austin Indymedia Production. http://Austin.Indymedia.org

Interview with Raj Patel on Nutrition Gender and Food Security in Africa

Raj Patel, the author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and The Value of Nothing, will speak on “Nutrition, Gender and Food Security in Africa." Patel is a Research Professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, a Visiting Professor at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University in South Africa, and a Fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy. His current writing and film project is “Generation Food.” The event is sponsored by UT’s Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. Produced / Edited by Jeffry Zavala. Videography by Grace Alfar, Jeff Zavala, & Ellie Main. An Austin Indymedia Production. http://Austin.Indymedia.org

Raj Patel on Nutrition, Gender and Food Security in Africa

Raj Patel, the author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and The Value of Nothing, will speak on “Nutrition, Gender and Food Security in Africa." Patel is a Research Professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, a Visiting Professor at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University in South Africa, and a Fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy. His current writing and film project is “Generation Food.” The event is sponsored by UT’s Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. Produced / Edited by Jeffry Zavala. Videography by Grace Alfar, Jeff Zavala, & Ellie Main. An Austin Indymedia Production. http://Austin.Indymedia.org

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