Charges Dropped Against Max Blumenthal

Max Blumenthal, one of the featured presenters at Big Apple Party’s PROPAGANDA: How Propaganda Manufactures Consent on November 19, 2019, had false charges of “simple assault” against him dropped by the US Government. Journalist Max Blumenthal, who had been arrested on a 5-month-old warrant and jailed for nearly two days on trumped up charges, was exonerated when the U.S. Government dropped the bogus charges against him.

“The Grayzone has learned that Secret Service call logs recorded during the alleged incident were either not kept or destroyed. The mysteriously missing evidence included print documents and radio recordings that may have exposed collusion between Secret Service officers operating under the auspices of the US State Department and violent right-wing hooligans in an operation to besiege peace activists stationed inside Venezuela’s embassy in Washington, DC.”

As reported in “US Government drops case against Max Blumenthal after jailing journalist on false charges” by Ben Norton, The Grazyzone, December 7, 2019, “Blumenthal, who is the editor of The Grayzone, was arrested at his home on October 25 by a team of DC cops who had threatened to break down his door. He later learned that he was listed in his arrest warrant as “armed and dangerous.” a rare and completely unfounded designation that placed Blumenthal at risk of severe harm by the police.”

Norton continues, “The government’s case rested entirely on a false accusation by a right-wing Venezuelan opposition activist, Naylet Pacheco, that Blumenthal and Benjamin Rubinstein had assaulted her while they were delivering food to Venezuela’s embassy in Washington, DC in the early morning on May 8. (Rubinstein is the brother of journalist and Grayzone contributor Alexander Rubinstein who was reporting from inside the embassy at the time.)”

The Grayzone has reported extensively on the corruption of coup leader Juan Guaido, whom Washington recognizes as “interim president” of Venezuela, as well as the scandals plaguing Guaidó’s “ambassador” to the United States, Carolo Vecchio.

Meeting December 3, 6:00 pm, UWS

We had a great turnout for PROPAGANDA: How Propaganda Manufactures Consent at Community Church on November 19.  Over 350 people had the opportunity to see panelists Max Blumenthal, Margaret Kimberley, and Aaron Maté with moderator Lee Camp deliver exciting and provocative presentations on various aspects of how propaganda is pervasive in our society today. If you weren’t lucky enough to be there, you can watch the entire forum by clicking the logo on the right.

Join us Tuesday, December 3, at 6:00 pm for our next Big Apple Coffee Party general meeting. Please RSVP to this notice, and we will send the location of the meeting at a member’s home on the Upper West Side.

We will do an analysis of the impact of the November 19th event and discuss developments in the efforts to free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning. We continue to follow up on the issues of U.S. sanctionsclimate crisisNYCHA housing, privatization of the Postal Service, and the growing threat of war.

The Thursday Vigils to Free Julian Assange & Chelsea Manning continue after our Thanksgiving break. The next vigil will be Thursday, Dec. 5, at The New York Times Building, 8th Avenue @ 40 Street, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm.  are growing as is the visibility and support of NYC Free Assange. (Please support NYC Free Assange by “liking” our FB page here.)

We look forward to seeing you at our meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Please RSVP to let us know if you can or cannot attend.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, December 17, at a member’s home.

PROPAGANDA: How Propaganda Manufactures Consent Forum

It was an electrifying evening at Community Church of NYC as Max Blumenthal, Margaret Kimberley, and Aaron Maté with moderator Lee Camp delivered an unforgettable forum on how propaganda is pervasive in our society today. A video of the event is available now. Click Propaganda logo on right

Thank you all, panelist, moderator, and enthusiastic audience for making this evening a huge success.

PROPAGANDA: How Propaganda Manufactures Consent

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Community Church of New York
40 East 35 Street, NYC
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
(doors open 6:30 pm)

PANELISTS:
Max Blumenthal, Award-winning Author and Journalist and Founder of the idependent news website, The Grayzone.

Margaret Kimberley, Editor and Senior
Columnist at Black Agenda Report.

Aaron Maté, Journalist, Host of Pushback airing on The Grayzone.

MODERATED BY;
Lee Camp, Stand-up Comedian, Writer, Activist and the Host of the national TV show, Redacted Tonight.

BACP Meeting Tues., November 5, 6:00 pm UWS

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

The Thursday Vigils to Free Julian Assange & Chelsea Manning are growing as is the visibility and support of NYC Free Assange. (Please “like” our FB page here.) 

The next vigil will be Thursday, Nov. 7th, at The New York Times Building, 8th Avenue @ 40 Street, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm.  Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are languising in prison.  They need our help.

We will share more news (and volunteer opportunities) for PROPAGANDA: How Propaganda Manufactures Consent. See flyer below! There is no reserved seating, but do let us know if you plan to attend at bigapplecoffeeparty@gmail.com and on our FB event page.  The venue is large, and there should be no problem getting in.  Doors open at 6:30 pm. Invite your friends.  Don’t miss this important and amazing forum.

We continue to follow up on the issues of U.S. sanctionsclimate crisisNYCHA housing, and the growing threat of war.

We look forward to seeing you at our meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Please RSVP to let us know if you can or cannot attend.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 12, at a member’s home.

Special Notice: Final Meetin at All Souls Unitarian Church

Big Apple Coffee Party Meeting, Tuesday, October 22, 6:00 pm, All Souls Unitarian Church.

It is with regret that after four years of holding a monthly BACP meeting as guests of All Souls, our next BACP meeting on Tuesday, October 22, will be our last at 80th St. and Lexington Ave.  We are grateful for the time we enjoyed at All Souls and invite you to join us for this final meeting there.

We are excited to announce that our plans for Propaganda, our next BACP forum, are just about finalized.  Please Save the Date: November 19, 2019, 7-9:00 pm.  We can’t wait to share the details with you.  We will, as usual, need your help to make this event a huge success.  We will discuss needs and volunteer opportunities on Tuesday.

We have been organizing, promoting, and attending Thursday Vigils to Free Julian Assange & Chelsea Manning and have joined with others to create NYC Free Assange. (Please let us know if you’d like to be added to the NYC Free Assange email list. Please “like” the NYC Free Assange FB page here.)  

The next vigil will be Thursday, October 24th  at The New York Times, 8th Ave. @ 40 Street, 4:30 – 6:00 pm. 

We look forward to seeing you at the BACP meeting on Tuesday. Please RSVP to let us know if you can or cannot attend.


(While we explore other meeting locations, we will meet twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesdays at a member’s home. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 5th on the UWS.)

Meeting Wednesday, Sept. 11, 6:00 pm

Wednesday at 6:00 pm, Upper West Side

Please RSVP to this notice, and we will send the location of the meeting at a member’s home on the Upper West Side.

We have been organizing, promoting, and attending Thursday Vigils to Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning and have joined with others to create NYC Free Assange. (Please “like” our FB page here.) 

The next vigil will be Thursday, September 12, at The New York Times Building, 8th Avenue @ 40 Street, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm.  The U.S. seeks Julian Assange’s extradition where he will face a 17-count indictment under the Espionage Act.  On July 31, The DNC lawsuit against WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was dismissed. The judge declared Julian Assange “a publisher” and Wikileaks “an international news organization.”  Chelsea Manning, the whistle blower who revealed the Collateral Murder video, is in prison and is now receiving fines of $1,000 a day. She refuses to participate in the framing of Assange.  Imprisoned whistle blower Jeremy Hammond has been called to testify against his will at the same grand jury as Chelsea.  He will also refuse, but it will add a year to his 10 year sentence due to end later this year.

The facts surrounding the “suicide” of Jeffrey Epstein are being unexplored and the case itself is being buried by the mainstream media. As we plan for the next BACP forum on Propaganda, we will discuss the implications.

We continue to follow up on the issues of U.S. sanctionsclimate crisisNYCHA housing, and the growing threat of war with Iran.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday. Please RSVP to let us know if you can or cannot attend.

(We meet twice a month split between Tuesdays and Wednesdays and between a member’s home and All Souls Church. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 24th at All Souls Church.Lexington Avenue and 80th Street.)