February 3, 2024

The crew of a U.S. aircraft carrier direct warplanes conducting airstrikes against Houthi fighters on January 22, 2024. (Photo: U.S. Central Command)

As Biden Bombs Syria and Iraq, 80 Groups Push Gaza Cease-Fire to Avert Wider War

US Forces kill nearly 40 people, including civilians, in Iraq and Syria Friday after bombing 85 targets. Iraq promises retaliations. Israel continues assault on Gaza.

Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams

As U.S. forces on Friday launched intense airstrikes against Syria and Iraq in retaliation for this week’s deadly drone strike on an American outpost in Jordan, scores of advocacy groups urged President Joe Biden to avoid a wider Mideast war by pressing Israel for a cease-fire in Gaza.

According to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), American warplanes struck Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force and “affiliated militia groups” in Syria and Iraq—countries that have suffered various degrees of U.S. bombardment since 2014 and 1991, respectively.

Read More: 80 Groups Urge Biden for Ceasefire

Black History Month Feature: Claudette Colvin

If you’ve never heard of Claudette Colvin, you are not alone. About nine months Rosa Parks took the famous protest action to refuse to “move to the back of the bus,” she had taken also refused to move and was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama.

Then 15, Claudette was mentored by Rosa Parks, and was pregnant during the when she refused to give up her seat to a white woman on March 2, 1955. The above video  interview features Ms. Colvin’s story of courage and self-determination.

Watch Claudette Colvin Interview
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Get to Know BASE: Black Alliance & Social Empowerment Feb 6

“Get to Know BASE: Black Alliance & Social Empowerment” is a free public discussion on Tues., February 6, 4:00-5:30 p.m., in the Gresham Room at Ashland Library, featuring speaker Sabrina Prud’homme, BASE’s inaugural Board Chair. The event is being presented by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Ashland Branch and Jackson County Library Services as a part of their Big Ideas series.

BASE “serves to create a welcoming, supportive community where Black people in Southern Oregon feel safe, respected and comfortable being themselves when expressing any aspect of their many cultural ethnicities.”

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