Join SOA Watch & allies to remember Gary Webb, the CIA-Contras-Crack story that he broke (more info below), and to call out the media for their continued failure to adequately cover U.S. complicity in “Drug War” human rights violations.
From Dec. 10 (International Human Rights Day) to Dec. 15 (Bill of Rights Day), a coalition of organizations from across the US are co-sponsoring a week of grassroots action to highlight crimes by government intelligence agencies and the media that help them get away with them.
For a nationwide list of sponsors, vigils, protests, workshops, and other events from December 10-15, click here.
On Wednesday December 10 at 6 pm, we will kick things off in NYC by holding a vigil outside of the New York Times commemorating Gary Webb on the 10th anniversary of his death. Webb was the journalist attacked and blacklisted by the U.S. gov and media for exposing CIA collusion with drug-trafficking rings linked to the brutal US-funded and trained Nicaraguan Contras. The U.S. gov looked the other way as cocaine and crack flooded U.S. streets in the 80s, ravaging mostly poor and black communities.
Instead of investigating the U.S. government’s actions, the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times and others attacked Gary Webb. On this International Human Rights Day, we will remind them of their role in not only destroying Gary Webb, but of their continued role in covering up and cheer-leading for the destruction of lives and rights by the U.S. at home and abroad.
To learn more about the issues, click here and watch the recent major film about Webb’s life and death “Kill the Messenger.”