Judge tosses frivolous lawsuit by heiress Sulome Anderson seeking to destroy The Grayzone

Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton·June 29, 2021

Entitled heiress Sulome Anderson waged a McCarthyite lawfare campaign to destroy The Grayzone. We can now expose her and the powerful forces behind her deranged legal assault.

“Because of the lawsuits my family won against Iran, I had all the money in the world to spend on drugs, and I made some dealers a lot of money.” –Sulome Anderson, 2016

“I’ll destroy him :)” –Sulome Anderson on defendant Ben Norton, 2017

“I’m not stupid enough to take it this far without legal grounds.” –Sulome Anderson on her plans to sue The Grayzone, 2018

The District of Columbia Superior Court has rejected a frivolous, million-dollar lawsuit claiming libel, defamation, and tortious conspiracy filed by writer Sulome Anderson against The Grayzone’s editor Max Blumenthal and assistant editor Ben Norton.

Judge William M. Jackson’s June 16, 2021 decision put an end to the entitled heiress’ three-year-long campaign to smear and bankrupt The Grayzone with the help of a powerful DC lawyer closely linked to the Israel lobby.

It was a humiliating resolution to a legal assault that threatened to impose a serious chilling effect on independent media and press freedom had it been successful.

Sulome’s suit was triggered by a May 2018 article for The Grayzone by Norton, entitled “Sulome Anderson Admits Her Supposed Hezbollah Source Is ‘Incredibly Unreliable,’” which showed how she published blatant misinformation falsely alleging Iranian attacks on Israel-occupied territory that, if true, could have triggered a regional war.

A clearly embarrassed Sulome retaliated against the report – which consisted primarily of her own admission that her sources were not credible – with a Twitter tirade defaming The Grayzone as a “Russian propaganda conspiracy site.”

She subsequently taunted and threatened William Moran, Blumenthal’s friend and long-time personal attorney, with the coming lawsuit: “I wish I could see your faces when your client is served and you see the letterhead. You’re playing with the big boys now, Moran.”

Read entire story at The Grayzone.com

The Current State of the United States Postal Service

By Chuck Zlatkin for Big Apple Coffee Party

“The Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal services to bind the nation together through the personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people. It shall provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas and shall render postal services to all communities.”
—Title 39. U.S. Code as adopted in the
Postal Reorganization Act

On March 23, 2021, the United States Postal Service released “Delivering for America —  “Our Vision and Ten-Year Plan to Achieve Financial Sustainability Service Excellence.”  The 57-page document begins with a Letter from the Postmaster General and the Chairman of the United States Postal Service Board of Governors.  The two of them signed the presentation. Louis DeJoy is the 75th Postmaster General of the United States.  Ron A. Bloom is the current Chair of the Postal Board of Governors, this is their plan.   

Members of the press and elected officials in Congress have studied the plan.  The plan clearly calls for policies that will slow delivery of the mail dramatically, while raising prices, shortening hours at post offices, and with the promise of more cutbacks  in service to come. Ostensibly, the plan is to help the Postal Service deal with the expected financial shortfall over the next ten years. The implementation of this plan as written will drive people away from using the Postal Service, eventually bringing about its demise.  What is billed as a rescue plan is actually the de facto privatization of the Postal Service. DeJoy and Bloom make one think of the ancient proverb, “A fish rots down from the head.” And the more that is learned about who Louis DeJoy and Ron A. Bloom are, how they got into the positions they now hold, and how they do business, the more we can understand that the public Postal Service is right now threatened most by those in charge of it.  

Big Apple Coffee Party Supports May Day General Strike 2020 Movement

Big Apple Coffee Party has agreed to support the May Day General Strike 2020 Movement.

This national movement, which began on May 1, 2020, is actually a collection of local, grassroots actions by workers, students, activists who understand that our leaders and elected officials have let us down, and it is time that we must take action ourselves.

During the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, the value of working people, who keep our society functioning, has become clear. These workers are now called “essential workers.”  Many of these workers are low-paid, working without the benefit of heath care, sick-leave, vacations or personal leave.  And when the pandemic hit, these workers were expected to keep working, even if their employers didn’t supply them with personal protective equipment (PPE)—gloves, masks, hand sanitizers.  They work in unsafe and unhealthy environments, with their employers making no efforts to make their workplaces clean and safe.

Many of these workers are forced to protest, walkout and/or strike to force their employers to provide them with basic health and safety protections. They aren’t the first workers to take such action. Prior to the pandemic, many workers were protesting against hostile treatment they were receiving from their employers.

There is a growing, grassroots movement that is convinced that the only way to have impact on this society is to withhold their labor. According to PaydayReport.com, there have been 220 wildcat strikes since March 1. Safety for front-line workers is an important call for many of the participants in the May Day General Strike 2020 Movement.

The May Day General Strike 2020 Movement is not limited to people who are withholding their labor because of grievances on the job. The COVID-19 Coronavrus has led to 30 million Americans filing for unemployment insurance as the pandemic crisis directly led to the loss of their jobs. In the United States, where healthcare is directly linked to job-related medical insurance, millions of Americans have also lost their healthcare. The call for universal health and Medicare for all has gained momentum.   

With the loss of income, many Americans are faced with the fact that they now cannot pay their rent or mortgage payments.  Add to that the crushing student debt and we can see why there have been calls for Rent Strikes and Debt Strikes.

Big Apple Coffee Party is active on issues that are important to us. Learning what grassroots groups around the country are doing on issues, is a major reason why we have aligned with the May Day General Strike 2020 Movement.

Big Apple Coffee Party Suspends Physical Meetings

Greeting from Big Apple Coffee Party. We hope everyone is healthy and safe. It should be clear by now that BACP will not meet in person for the foreseeable future.

The country still has and will continue to have many problems that will require solutions. We should not feel alone during this trying time. Please feel free to communicate with us with ideas to help us get through this together. It is our opinion that this is a major inflection point in history, and our society will be more open to new ideas than at any time in our lifetime.

Stay safe and feel free to reach out to us.

BACP Meeting: Tuesday, March 10, 6pm, UWS

Join us Tues., March 10, 6:00 pm for our next Big Apple Coffee Party general meeting. Please RSVP, and we will send the location of the meeting at a member’s home on the Upper West Side.

Some topics we may want to explore:
Are propaganda and the corporate media narrative unduly affecting the presidential primaries?  Let’s discuss.

What do you understand about the Coronavirus?  How are you responding, and are you confident of the information you’re getting?

Julian Assange’s treatment during the first phase of his extradition hearing was unconscionable.  A lot of reporting is being done from London and around the world.  What can we do to help apply pressure on the British court for the second phase of the hearings in May? 

Bring your issues and concerns.

Thursday, March 12, 2020: Vigil to Free Julian Assange & Chelsea Manning: Grand Central Terminal Main Concourse, 4:30 – 5:30 PM

(Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at a member’s home.)

Thurs., March 5, Vigil to Free Julian Assange & Chelsea Manning 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Join us at the main concourse information booth clock!

The first phase of the extradition hearing of Julian Assange at Woolwich Crown Court in the UK ended on Thursday, February 27, with all indications that he was not receiving a fair trial.
Assange was held in a sealed, glass-fronted dock at the back of the court hindering his ability to participate in the proceedings. A request to enable him to sit with his attorneys was denied by the court. The four-day hearing adjourned to resume in May when there will be approximately four weeks of witnesses and evidence.
We need to keep up the pressure on the UK, the US, the public, and the press. Let’s continue to make our presence felt for Julian Assange at our weekly vigil at Grand Central Terminal. Please join us this Thursday from 4:30-5:30pm.  

NYC Free Assange Vigil February 27, 2020. Photo Pamela Drew

Let us know you’re coming to the Vigil at our FB Event Page at https://www.facebook.com/events/553834805228434/

Global Protest for Julian Assange, Monday, February 24

There will be a Global Protest the day Julian Assange’s Extraditon Hearing in the U.K. is scheduled to begin. Join us Monday, February 24, 11 am – 1:00 pm at the British Consulate, 885 Second Avenue at 47th Street, NYC.

Speakers include Deborah Hrbek, media lawyer and member of WikiLeaks legal team; Margaret Kunstler, civil rights lawyer and co-editor of In Defense of Julian Assange; Ben Norton, journalist, The Grayzone; Kim Ives, writer and editor of Haiti Liberté; John F. O’Donnell, actor and writer; and John Tarleton, editor-in-chief, The Indypendent.

The protest is in solidarity with NYC Free Assange; Big Apple Coffee Party; Veterans for Peace; Glen Ford, Executive Director, Black Agenda Report; Joel Kupferman, Director Environmental Justice Initiative; Haiti Liberté; Manhattan Green Party; Socialist Action; Margaret Kimberley, Editor of Black Agenda Report; Courage Foundation; Freedom Socialist Party; Cuba Si; Rev. Juan Carlos Ruiz, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church; Larry Hamm; activist. (list in formation) and with over 26 cities around the world.

The Prosecution of Julian Assange: His Right to Publish is Our Right to Know

Big Apple Coffee Party and NYC Free Assange invite you to:

Let us know you’re coming at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/prosecution-of-julian-assange-his-right-to-publish-is-our-right-to-know-tickets-91717356081

Jim Goodale, former NYT General Counsel
Max Blumenthal, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
Renata Avila, human rights attorney
Glen Ford, executive editor, Black Agenda Report
Also featuring new video statements from Noam ChomskyAlice
, and Daniel Ellsberg

Anya Parampil, journalist, the Red Zone

Global Protest Nov. 24

Monday, February 24, 11 am – 1:00 pm at The British Consulate
885 Second Avenue at 47th Street, NYC
(The date the U.K. Extradition Hearing is scheduled to begin.

Drop Charges Against Venezuela Embassy Protectors

Trump prosecutors move to ensure Embassy Protectors are convicted!

Support Venezuela Embassy Protectors! Friday, January 24, 2020, 7:00-9:00 pm at The People’s Forum, 320 West 37th Street, NYC.

This event is being hosted by the Embassy Protectors Defense Committee. Please contribute what you can to the Defense Committee. Suggested contribution is $10-$20, but no one will be turned away.

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers, Adrienne Pine and David Paul, the four arrested Embassy Protectors will be at The People’s Forum as part of a speaking and fundraising tour. Join Big Apple Coffee Party in their support.

Big Apple Coffee Party Adopts Resolution to End All U.S. Economic Sanctions

U.S. imposed economic sanctions kill and are a form of warfare which punishes civilian populations. Thus, Big Apple Coffee Party considers economic sanctions a crime against humanity and has adopted the following resolution with the determination to end all economic sanctions.

24. In Support of An End to All United States Imposed Economic Sanctions

WHEREAS, sanctions are imposed by the United States and its collaborators against countries that resist U.S. regime change efforts and/or neoliberal agendas, and

WHEREAS, in every U.S. imposed sanctioned country, the most vulnerable—infants, children, the chronically ill and the elderly—suffer the worst impact of this economic warfare, and

WHEREAS, U.S. imposed sanctions are economic warfare, create severe economic disruption and chaotic hyperinflation, result in chronic shortages of basic human necessities, lead to famine, disease, and poverty, and

WHEREAS, U.S. imposed sanctions are a crime against humanity, currently impacting 39 countries—a third of humanity—and are in violation of international law, and

WHEREAS, U.S. imposed sanctions, as deadly as military intervention, are often used to topple autonomous and democratically elected governments by undermining successful social programs that improve health, nutrition and education, by blocking access to fuel, raw materials and replacement parts interfering with the functioning of critical infrastructure i.e. electrical grids, water treatment and distribution facilities and hospitals, while lending false credulity to the slander against popular leaders and social movements, and

WHEREAS, the U.S. uses its economic and military influence to force other nations to end established financial and trade relations with the targeted country or risk retribution. According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, in 2019, U.S. sanction violations have resulted in civil penalties imposed by the U.S. exceeding $1.28 billion. Additionally, violators of U.S. sponsored sanctions are subject to U.S. criminal charges, and

WHEREAS, the banks and financial institutions, responsible for the devastation of our communities at home derive benefit from the plunder of countries abroad, when asset freezes and property seizures, create massive redistribution of public wealth from these sovereign countries into the accounts of U.S. banks and financial institutions, therefore be it

RESOLVED, that Big Apple Coffee Party will work along with SanctionsKill.org and other allies to end all United States imposed economic sanctions.