Resolution in solidarity with Local 8751

first_imgThe following resolution was passed unanimously on Nov. 17 at the national conference of Workers World Party. It grew out of a workshop on waging a campaign against the criminal, transnational conglomerate Veolia, which is attempting to bust the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, Steelworkers Local 8751.Leaders of the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, Kiette Baptiste, Stevan Kirschbaum and Andre Francois, as well as all the Local 8751 members present received standing ovation at the conference.Whereas the Boston School Bus Drivers Union Steelworkers Local 8751, is comprised of hundreds of mostly Black and Brown immigrants who have, since the local’s founding in 1976, been closely linked to Boston’s communities, especially its many communities of color, through the children whom they care for daily on their way to and from school;Whereas over the last 37 years Local 8751 has shown class solidarity with many local, regional, national and international workers’ and community struggles — including the current struggle to stop the resegregation of Boston’s schools, as well as many struggles against war, racism, sexism, anti-LGBTQ bigotry, and all forms of oppression and exploitation – which provides a living example of social unionism that should be emulated by the entire labor movement;Whereas Veolia has since it took over management of Boston’s school bus system in July 2013 consistently and willfully violated numerous terms of Local 8751’s contract, which were detailed in a complaint filed in September with the National Labor Relations Board;Whereas Veolia’s sudden illegal lockout of Local 8751 on Oct. 8 and the subsequent firing of four leaders of the union — who are responsible for carrying out all activities that benefit union members, including defending the contract — must be viewed as a racist attack on an exemplary union and an outright attempt to bust the union in order for the city to proceed with its plans to resegregate Boston’s school system;Therefore this national conference of Workers World Party resolves: That Grievance Chair Stevan Kirschbaum, Vice President Steve Gillis, Recording Secretary Andre Francois and Steward Garry Murchison be immediately reinstated as school bus drivers so they can resume their elected offices and continue to serve the rank and file of Local 8751;And be it further resolved: That Workers World Party will organize a national educational campaign, including fact sheets, demonstrations, forums and social media, to expose Veolia’s criminal, anti-social activities, including its history of bribery, corruption, embezzlement, contempt for workers and their unions, environmental destruction, profits from the illegal and inhuman Israeli occupation of Palestine, and privatization of public services through its energy, water, transportation and environmental divisions.And be it further resolved: That Workers World Party will build a broad coalition with other unions and environmental, faith-based, social justice and community groups, both in the U.S. and around the world, to internationalize the struggle against Veolia as a prime example of greedy, ruthless, global monopoly capitalism that seeks to impoverish and tyrannize all peoples around the world.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Haiti protests continue despite U.N. troops’ bullets

first_imgHaitians in Port-au-Prince demand president resign.All over Haiti, people by the tens of thousands are putting their bodies in the streets and their lives on the line. They are demanding the departure of President Michel Martelly and the 6,500 Minustah troops currently occupying the country under a United Nations mandate.The resignation of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and 40 members of his cabinet on Dec. 13 made no difference to the size or intensity of the protests.This struggle has been ignored or minimized by most of the corporate media. For example, the BBC on Dec. 16 commented on a protest by “hundreds of people in Haiti” that it said had turned “violent” when protesters threw rocks. Videos and photos of that protest show tens of thousands of Haitians in the street, demanding the departure of Martelly and Minustah.A video shot at a Dec. 12 protest shows Minustah troops firing on protesters. (tinyurl.com/pyeeeq8) It has been viewed over 1 million times.How the protesters reacted to this live fire is significant. They took cover but didn’t disperse and kept on chanting and throwing rocks at the soldiers. When an officer with a pistol began firing at protesters, a Haitian journalist with a microphone and camera moved towards the officer and asked him what he was doing. As the confrontation developed, several other journalists rushed forward and a soldier with a rifle extracted the officer.At least one protester was killed Dec. 12 and a half dozen were so seriously injured that they had to be taken to the hospital.December 12 and 13 saw large demonstrations outside Port-au-Prince in Cap Haïtien, Gonaïves, Ouanaminthe and Petite Goâve, where daily demonstrations for the last month have blocked National Road #2 to the south. In every city, the main demand is the departure of Martelly. In many places, using official cars for a fast getaway, Martelly supporters have fired on protests. A number of injuries were reported.Radio Kiskeya has videos of large demonstrations that took place in Port-au-Prince on Dec. 18.While the Haitian people have united to demand the departure of Martelly, U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Pamela White supports him. “We believe he was elected for a certain period of time,” she told Le Nouvelliste, the largest daily Haitian newspaper. “He must stay until his mandate ends.” His term is not up until May 14, 2016.However, the U.S. still denies interfering in Haiti’s internal affairs.Probably planning to rule by decree, Martelly has refused to hold the constitutionally required elections that would keep the Haitian parliament functioning. For public consumption, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Haiti to hold elections as soon as possible in order to put an end to the crisis.Despite all the bloody Minustah and Haitian police attacks, and the political pressure the U.S. exerts covertly, the anger of the Haitian people is so strong that some optimism is being expressed.“We are definitely witnessing the final days of the regime,” said Haitian Sen. Moïse Jean-Charles, a leader of the anti-Martelly protests. “We do not expect to celebrate Haiti’s independence on New Year’s 2015 with Martelly still in power. We are not going to negotiate now with Martelly. We simply want Martelly and Lamothe to go.” (Haïti-Liberté, Dec. 10-16)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

What Obama left out

first_img‘Hands up, don’t shoot’, Ferguson, Mo.The “State of the Union” is the annual presidential speech that is supposed to report on how things are going for the people of this country.In thousands of protest rallies and marches over recent months, especially since the events in Ferguson, Mo., people have vented their great anger and pain over police killings of youth of color and the official cover-ups that have followed. Major highways have been shut down and countless die-ins held in public places. To an amazing extent, a large number of those on the sidelines, including people directly inconvenienced by traffic tie-ups, have cheered and waved in approval.A historian of this period would certainly expect that, of all the promises made by the president, bringing justice to those targeted by police terrorism would have been at the top of the list of his State of the Union.Plus, in the last two presidential elections, a majority of voters cast their ballots for a Black president, indicating they want to see an end to the brutal, racist history of this country. Being for racial justice and reining in police brutality are popular in the United States.So how to explain that Obama made only one mention of Ferguson and the police in his 28-minute speech, and that came toward the very end? Here’s what he said:“We may have different takes on the events of Ferguson and New York. But surely we can understand a father who fears his son can’t walk home without being harassed. Surely we can understand the wife who won’t rest until the police officer she married walks through the front door at the end of his shift.”He didn’t even mention the brutal killings of so many Black youth by the police. Just “harassment.” But as for the police themselves, the message is that their lives are in grave danger.It should be remembered that, according to the government’s own figures as compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, police don’t even appear in the 10 most dangerous occupations.If the White House is truly concerned about protecting the lives of those most likely to be killed on the job, then Obama should have mentioned the fishers, lumberjacks, construction workers, trash collectors, miners, agricultural workers, pilots, roofers, iron workers and truck drivers who take their lives in their hands every time they go to work — and generally earn much less pay than the police.We all should know that presidential speeches are very carefully vetted by the people who wield real political power. Their decision to treat the issue of racist police violence in this minimalist way reveals so much about the true character of the U.S. government. In many ways, the elected officials, both the presidency and the Congress, are just civilian window dressing for the state and its brutal role of suppression.Because of the many battles fought by workers and oppressed peoples over centuries, the government does perform a number of useful services: Medicare and Medicaid, the postal service, inspections of meat and produce, the establishment of parks and schools, to name just a few. But these useful things constantly get underfunded and subverted in order to put more resources into what the ruling class — the one-tenth of the 1% — consider the real function of the state: repression.The police, the National Guard and the prison-industrial complex are a vital part of internal repression, just as the Pentagon, the CIA and other bodies, some of whose budgets are totally secret, carry out external repression. The lion’s share of our taxes are spent on state violence against those who have the most reason to rebel because they are exploited and oppressed by capitalism here and imperialism abroad.Not even a president is allowed to criticize these bodies, no matter how blatantly they carry out systematic terror — whether in the dungeons of Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo, in Rikers Island and all the “supermax” U.S. prisons, or on the streets of Ferguson and Oakland, Calif.That leaves it up to the workers and oppressed themselves to organize and make the revolutionary changes that will never be made by the political machine of the billionaire class.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Why Iran’s Revolution is still a threat to U.S. imperialism

first_imgAnti-Shah demonstration in Tehran, Iran, estimated at over a million strong, Dec. 10, 1978.Flounders gave the following talk in New York City at a Feb. 21 forum on the 37th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution and upcoming elections.Today’s Iran Forum in New York City is a historic event because it involves Iranian leftists with very different views in the U.S. celebrating and analyzing the Iranian Revolution — a revolutionary upheaval that dramatically and abruptly changed history.There are big hopes and expectations today in Iran and also great apprehension of what an end to sanctions, the upcoming elections and  changing economic patterns will mean.The people of Iran will not be left alone, not for one minute, to sort this out for themselves. They have to take into account U.S. imperialism’s plans.The perspective I was asked to contribute to today’s discussion is to explain why U.S. imperialism has for decades been so hostile to the Iranian Revolution. The Iranian Revolution was one of those rare social explosions, an uprising of the most oppressed and disenfranchised, that succeeded in breaking totally with the past.Republican or Democratic administrations, there is small difference. Every bourgeois current in the U.S. is determined to use every possible tactic to overturn the Iranian revolution. U.S. imperialism supports, defends, reinforces the forces of reaction everywhere in the world. Global domination needs puppets, proxies and totally corrupt collaborators.The difference in U.S. relations with Iran during the decades of the Shah — the Mohammad Reza Pahlavi monarchy — and the 37 years since the Iranian Revolution are night and day.Every revolution is targetedTo help put intervention in the Iranian Revolution in perspective, consider the Haitian Revolution, which began 225 years ago. It was an earth-shaking event, a revolution in which enslaved workers freed themselves.Haiti was a fabulously wealthy French colony based on enslaved labor that produced export cash crops of sugar, coffee and cotton. The Haitian Revolution faced a series of invasions — by France, Britain, Spain and U.S. France imposed onerous reparations on the Haitian people for freeing themselves. Haiti suffered the longest sanctions imposed in history — 60 years of U.S. sanctions.The richest colony in the Western Hemisphere became the poorest country.Every election in 200 years of Haitian history has had to deal with U.S. imperialist intervention. Two hundred years of assassinations of leaders and kidnapping of leaders from Toussaint Louverture to President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.Haiti was isolated, unlike the Cuban Revolution, which came 160 years later. Of course, neither country was a military threat. But revolutionary ideas are contagious. The capitalist owners of property well understand that nothing is more dangerous.So it is not surprising that the Iranian Revolution is hated by U.S. imperialism. Every accomplishment by Iran is a dagger pointed at imperialist domination. U.S. imperialism will never wish Iran well. Nothing Iran does will change that historic reality.Iran’s accomplishmentsIt was the revolutionary overturn of the brutal, U.S.-imposed Iranian monarchy in 1979 that fundamentally decreased U.S. corporate and military influence in the entire region. They have tried to regain their footing ever since.The Iranian Revolution decisively broke from the unequal contracts serving the giant oil corporations — Exxon, Mobil and Shell. But its greatest danger is that it served as a revolutionary example.Iran has a capitalist class that is anxious to increase its own profits and position. But the Iranian Revolution was forced to make a sharp break with imperialist domination — as the only way forward.A radical Muslim clerical leadership with a strong anti-imperialist focus has maintained this fundamental break for 37 years. This is quite an accomplishment.By developing its economy independent of Wall Street theft and domination and controlling its own resources, Iran has transformed itself within three decades from an underdeveloped country with massive poverty into a modern state with a highly educated population.While capitalist relations prevail, the aroused population was able to win free medical care; free education, including at the university level; a modern infrastructure; and housing with full electrification. Women’s education has improved from majority illiteracy to full literacy. More than 60 percent of university students are now female.Upcoming electionsThe class struggle continues in Iran and so do the raging wars in the region fueled by U.S. imperialism. The class struggle at this time is reflected in this round of elections taking place in Iran. The elections are for parliament and for a smaller but far weightier body — the Assembly of Experts. This elected body will decide the Supreme Leader, if 76-year-old Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dies or steps down.Will the U.S. attempt to intervene in these elections in Iran?There is no country in the world today in which U.S. imperialism does not interfere in the elections — from Moldova and Ukraine to Venezuela to the Philippines.U.S. corporate and CIA-funded nongovernmental organizations operate in every country. Media stations beam into Iran and also into Bolivia, Russia, the Philippines, Ukraine, Serbia, Syria, Turkey. This is a global empire.William Blum in “Rogue State” documented that since 1946 the U.S. has attempted to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments and attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders. It has bombed the people of 30 countries and suppressed revolutionary parties in at least 20 nations.Its tentacles are everywhere. It seeks out the most reactionary and corrupt forces, those most willing to make a deal and the forces that are the most naive.U.S. imperialism especially seeks to use youth movements. Youth are always interested in change and in the wider world and don’t yet have political memory. So it is possible to masquerade as an exciting force for change. This is a big challenge for embattled countries attempting any independent development to which they must constantly be on guard.Imperialism uses religionThe Iranian Revolution is one of the most complex developments. It was and still is fiercely nationalist, religious and anti-imperialist.U.S. think tanks worked overtime to shape a thoroughly reactionary religious response in the Muslim world to counter the influence of the Iranian Revolution. They partnered with the totally reactionary feudal monarchy in Saudi Arabia to use reactionary religious-based forces in Afghanistan more than 30 years ago.Imperialists are more than willing to use religion in its most reactionary form. These tactics led directly to the creation of al-Qaida and today of the Islamic State group, or DASH.The CIA orchestrated and funneled military equipment, advisors and paychecks, beginning shortly after the Iranian Revolution in 1979, to turn back the Afghan Revolution. Neighboring Afghanistan was far poorer and less developed, the rural peasantry far larger.Iraq, Syria and Libya were each modern, officially secular states. But they were attempting to develop independently of Wall Street domination. There can be no greater crime!U.S. weapons provided to both sides played an important role in the Iran-Iraq War from 1980 to 1988. Henry Kissinger said, “I hope they both kill each other.”The U.S. war on neighboring Iraq in 1991 and the years of bombing, invasion and occupation of Iraq, beginning in 2003, spread shockwaves of destruction through the entire region.The NATO destruction of Libya with seven months of bombing in 2011, and the past five years demanding regime change in Syria by arming more than 100,000 fighters, has dislocated millions of lives.Massive U.S. bombing campaigns in each of these countries destroyed the infrastructure — electrification, schools, roads, industries, irrigation, health clinics — painstakingly built over decades. Years of instability and the chaos of war, while the U.S. pumped in weapons and military advisors, have enabled hundreds of reactionary armed groups to flourish.Sanctions to destabilizeSanctions on Iran began shortly after the Iranian Revolution, long years before Iran restarted the program for nuclear energy. Iran’s original nuclear energy program dated from U.S. assistance during the Shah dictatorship.Like the 60 years of U.S. sanctions against Haiti 200 years ago and U.S. sanctions against Cuba, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Zimbabwe, Sudan or earlier against the Soviet Union, the purpose of sanctions on Iran is to frustrate the development of productive forces that will improve the life of the general population.Always the imperialist thinking is that shortages will fuel opposition, dislocate the economy and help efforts at regime change. The calculation is also that the struggle to get sanctions lifted will lead to concessions and that the pressure they create will lead to divisions among governing coalitions.Sanctions are a form of warfare. They are economic extortion by a group of nuclear-armed pirates.These U.S. imposed sanctions against Iran were followed by U.N. Security Council sanctions, imposed under U.S. pressure in 2006, 2008 and 2011, and by European sanctions in 2010 and 2012.Finally, U.S. sanctions legislation demanded that every country in the world participate in a blockade of Iran or face severe U.S. penalties and be cut off from the vast network of U.S. banking, loans and credits.The agreement reached July 14, 2015, between Iran and the “5+1,” the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China) plus Germany, is a huge achievement — for Iran.Whenever any oppressed country, besieged by imperialism, is able to gain a treaty, gain even a temporary agreement or forestall an outright war while maintaining its sovereignty, it should be acknowledged as a victory over U.S. intransigence.But it is not the end of the struggle. Not at all.Just as international sanctions were lifted, new U.S. sanctions were imposed in January. It was a new warning to every corporation seeking to do business with Iran.The Green MovementU.S. imperialism is always looking for a weak spot. For example, Iran has every right to hold elections and have different contending views. But in 2009 U.S. imperialism intervened directly in the Green Movement in Iran and championed the movement in the West. Every Western politician came forth to give it support.That does not mean that the Green Movement was an imperialist movement; it was not. It means that imperialism will use every possible crack and difference to drive a wedge into.There are moderate forces in Iran who are so anxious to lift religious and social restrictions that they ignore the far greater threat of U.S. imperialism.We should remember the collapse of the Soviet Union, a powerful socialist country that survived 70 years of imperialist encirclement. But the hope of loosening the enormous pressure of the Cold War, and decades of nuclear standoff, led a grouping under Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to believe Secretary of State James Baker, who promised that NATO would not expand one mile east if Soviet troops were withdrawn from East Europe and the Warsaw Pact dissolved.Of course NATO expanded to every country in Eastern Europe, to several former Republics and today encircles and threatens Russia.Losing sight of the most dangerous threat — U.S. imperialism — can have horrendous global consequences.War in SyriaThe only time it’s possible to resist an imperialist onslaught is when there is some unity. In this period, when socialism has suffered enormous setbacks, it is not socialist solidarity, as in Vietnam. Now it is targeted countries understanding their basic national self-interest.The Syrian War is not about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It is an imperialist demand for the total surrender of Syria. That is what “regime change” means. There will be no “peace” unless there is total surrender.But war in Syria is about much more than Syria. It is a proxy war against Iran. It is a war to decide total U.S. domination of the region. Saudi Arabia, the gulf monarchies, Turkey and of course Israel all consider Iran a rival for power and influence.U.S. policy has been a massive, horrific failure because Iran came to Syria’s support. Russia and Hezbollah in Lebanon came to Syria’s support. This has led to the incredibly dangerous standoff we are in today.The U.S. failed spectacularly in maintaining sanctions on Iran, failed in its conquest of Iraq, and is failing in its war in Syria.But the threats continue. There is no end in sight to war in Afghanistan. This keeps an enormous U.S. military presence right on Iran border.Yesterday the U.S. bombed Libya, which they have brought to total ruin.Economic penetrationU.S. imperialism has attempted through decades of ever-tightening economic sanctions, endless forms of industrial sabotage, political subversion, assassinations, isolation, military encirclement, destabilization campaigns and endless media vilification to bring down the Iranian government and restore a subservient regime such as the one which ruled Iran before the 1979 Iranian Revolution.So continued U.S. hostility has to be part of every calculation of the Iranian government. It is the big issue in every election.There are large militarist factions in the U.S. ruling class that are still determined to push for war with Iran. Other forces want to use economic leverage.The struggle against Iran seems, at this juncture, to have shifted from a political and military struggle to an economic struggle. That means that the race is on for economic penetration. The challenge is for Iran to keep the economy independent of imperialist domination, yet continually developing and modernizing.We need a strong, conscious movement here in the center of imperialism that defends Iranian sovereignty and economic development in the face of endless threats and provocations.This does not mean agreement with everything Iran does. There are many different political currents. It means at every step we need to demand: Hands Off Iran! Defend the gains of Iran!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Murders of protesters in Oaxaca condemned

first_imgIn response to the police killing of eight activists and injuries to more than 100 others at a teachers’ protest in Nochixtlan, Oaxaca, Mexico, on June 19, people rallied outside the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia on June 20. The Philadelphia Solidarity With #Oaxaca protest demanded that the police assassins be brought to justice, and that all the teachers and unionists arrested be released alive and unharmed, including leaders of National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE).Teachers in CNTE are resisting President Enrique Peña Nieto’s education reforms that would impose mandatory testing on teachers and leave schools in rural areas unable to function. Police opened fire as teachers and their supporters blockaded roads, staged mass marches and set up encampments. Mexican Federal Police are notorious for scores of political disappearances, murders and cases of torture. In November 2014, some 43 students at a rural teachers college in Ayotzinapa were disappeared by police in collaboration with a drug cartel. This crime led to massive protests against government violence and corruption that continue to this day.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Iowa’s Good Park Rebellion celebrates 50 years — led to local Black Panther Party’s founding

first_imgFifty years ago the “Good Park Rebellion” helped inspire the founding of the Black Panther Party in Des Moines, Iowa.On July 4, 1966, nearly 200 Black youth at Good Park stood up to police brutality. Police cars were rocked and the park was barricaded. The outrage started the night before when two cops rough-handled two Black youth for staying at the park past 10 p.m.The Des Moines Register reported that tension had been “brewing for several nights.” On the night of July 5, the cops conducted a random sweep of the area, arresting seven teenagers.Dr. Reynaldo Anderson said, “Although Des Moines did not have a major ghetto like Los Angeles, the heartland city had serious urban problems such as racial unrest, segregated education and police brutality.”Whites and Blacks in Des Moines traditionally lived in separate worlds, according to historian Victor Cools. Urban renewal threatened the city’s Black neighborhoods when the federal government funded two slum clearance and construction projects in a Des Moines “model cities” area.Center Street in northwest Des Moines was mostly inhabited by members of the Black community. By the early 1960s, most of the neighborhood was torn down. “Many Center Street residents lost their homes. Businesses closed or moved to new locations and the city lost a vibrant business district.” (Iptv.org)Later that year, the national Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was founded in Oakland, Calif.Iowa State Historical Society scholars Bruce Fehn and Robert Jefferson conclude, “The July 1966 Good Park riots were a prelude to the emergence of a new, more radical politics, later mobilized by members of the Des Moines chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.”In 1967, shortly after graduating from high school, Des Moines resident Mary Rem went to Oakland to visit relatives. She met Bunchy Carter, head of the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panthers, and other revolutionaries.As noted by Dr. Anderson, “Rem yearned for a new kind of organization in the Midwest that would organize for political change and mobilize against the oppressive conditions in the Black community.”Shortly after returning to Des Moines, Rem’s meeting with activist Charles Knox led to the founding of the Des Moines, Iowa, Black Panther Party, with an official branch established in 1968.At the group’s peak, the Des Moines Panthers had over 100 members. They operated a successful Free Breakfast program to feed children of elementary and junior high school age.Even though that particular chapter in history is closed, revolutionary-minded workers should remember the following from the Black Panther Party’s Ten-Point Program:“We want education for our people that exposes the true nature of this decadent American society. We want education that teaches us our true history and our role in the present-day society.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Philly activists demand: Take ‘Racist Rizzo’ statue down

first_imgAround 40 people descended on the Frank Rizzo statue in Philadelphia on Oct. 23 on what would have been Rizzo’s 96th birthday. The crowd — organized by the Philly Coalition for R.E.A.L. Justice (REAL = Racial, Economic And Legal) — threw a mock party for the former police commissioner and mayor. The bash was highlighted by activists placing a shirt on the statue that read, “Happy birthday, Frank ‘the racist’ Rizzo.”Rizzo was Philadelphia police commissioner from 1968 to 1971 and mayor from 1972 to 1980. In both roles, Rizzo targeted Black activists, including the Black Panther Party and MOVE, with harassment, beatings and arrests. A Pulitzer-Prize-winning expose by the Philadelphia Inquirer exposed that rampant police brutality was covered up under the Rizzo administrations.His statue has been the subject of intense criticism. Many take objection to this homage to a man whose bias against the African, Latinx and LGBTQ communities is well documented. A petition to remove the statue has been created by the Philly Coalition for R.E.A.L. Justice: campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/frank-rizzo-downFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Mensaje de condolencias de la Red de Mujeres en Lucha del Centro de Acción Internacional

first_imgLas y los miembros del Centro de Acción Internacional y de su organización hermana, la Red de Mujeres en Lucha, nos unimos al dolor de nuestras queridas compañeras de la Federación de Mujeres Cubanas y de la Federación Democrática Internacional de Mujeres por el fallecimiento del siempre presente Comandante Fidel. Extendemos también estas condolencias a todo el pueblo de Cuba.El legado de Fidel no es solo histórico.  Sus enseñanzas están vivas y son materia de diario estudio y ejecución en la lucha por un mundo con justicia social. Particularmente ahora que vivimos en un tiempo de tanto peligro a la humanidad.Fidel, el Fidel sabio, el humilde, el generoso, el Fidel ameno y conversador, el interesado por todos los aspectos de la vida y del ser humano. ¡Cuánto se crece al estudiar a Fidel, al escuchar sus profundos discursos o leer sus análisis!¡Qué fortuna haber vivido en tiempos de Fidel! Un hombre que soñó con una revolución para transformar la miseria que su pueblo vivía bajo la terrible dictadura de Batista, en una sociedad humana, generosa, igualitaria. Que luego junto a sus camaradas de lucha logró hacer la revolución y después desarrollarla en revolución socialista. Y cuando su condición física no se lo permitía más estar al frente, se retiró, no de ser revolucionario, eso nunca dejó de serlo. Entonces se dedicó al análisis político. A cementar las experiencias. ¿Cuántos seres en la historia de nuestros pueblos han tenido esa dicha de haber podido realizar tantas funciones durante su vida?El imperio quiso eliminarlo, pero con cada acción hostil estadounidense, Fidel se crecía, se agigantaba.Su sueño de una Cuba justa para su pueblo se extendió hacia todas las latitudes.  La salud, la educación, el apoyo a las luchas por la independencia, contra la explotación, tuvieron a nivel internacional el apoyo siempre activo y solidario de Cuba y de su pueblo.En Estados Unidos, el pueblo consciente que conoce a Cuba, jóvenes pobres estadounidenses que han podido llegar a ser médicos gracias a la generosidad del pueblo cubano al estudiar en la Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina, personas y activistas progresistas que ven a la Revolución Cubana como un Norte, recuerdan y lloran la partida física del Comandante.Fidel, ¡siempre estarás presente! ¡Gracias por todo Fidel!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Protest in Indonesia hits U.S. attack on immigrants

first_imgIndonesian workers say, ‘Capitalists make Americans poor and jobless, not Muslims and immigrants.’The following edited excerpt is from a Feb. 6 press release by the Indonesian Front of People’s Struggle (Front Perjuangan Rakyat — FPR).U.S. President Donald Trump has issued an executive order prohibiting the entry of citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries to the United States for 90 days, and suspending admission of refugees. The decision clearly hurts the long-suffering people of Muslim-majority countries, which bear the stamp of “terrorism.”Earlier, Trump issued a decree regarding the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall at a cost of more than $8 billion. The construction is a continuation of the Border Security Act of 2006, which was supported by [President Barack] Obama and [Senator] Hillary Clinton. Trump wants to proceed more intensively and is threatening people who offer protection to undocumented workers and refugees.Trump’s immigration policy criminalizes immigration and scapegoats refugees, immigrants and Muslims. In fact, the U.S. is the main source of the crises of war and aggression, poverty, unemployment and refugees. Refugees and immigrants are the victims of aggression and plunder by the U.S.-led imperialists, and destabilization and neoliberal economic policies of both Democratic and Republican U.S. governments. It is the root of the global refugee crisis and forced migration.The Trump regime is supported by entrepreneurs of the world oil monopoly, which earned huge profits from invasion during the George H.W. Bush regime. Trump is continuing the anti-Islamic panic and the War on Terror championed by the U.S. during the Bush administration since the events of 9/11.The seven countries banned entry to the U.S. have been vandalized and bombed by the U.S. to master those countries’ natural resources. The attack recently carried out in Yemen is part of a U.S. scheme to take control of Yemen.Trump, along with a handful of the elite and the giant corporations, is trying to divert popular anger in the U.S. to Muslims, Mexico and immigrants. It is a way of creating multiple benefits for elites and corporations on the shoulders of the working class and the exploited and oppressed people all over the world.In Indonesia, Trump has a resort and amusement park in Tanah Lot Bali and Lido, West Java. Naturally, Trump will build on community land. His policy will speed up the expropriation of land in Indonesia and other semicolonial countries trying to save themselves from the crisis in monopoly capitalism.The Front of People’s Struggle (FPR), which consists of anti-imperialist, democratic mass organizations and is a member of the International League of People’s Struggle Indonesia chapter, conveys this statement:We condemn the immigration policies of the U.S. imperialist government under Donald Trump, and demand:Exempt the citizens of the seven countries that are still detained by U.S. immigration and give them permits to visit, study and go back to school and work. Give refugees the right to live and be protected.Revoke the Executive Decree, which discriminates and promotes anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiment. Revoke immediately the development of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. Stop all forms of criminalization of refugees and immigrants conducted by the U.S. government.Reject all forms of U.S. imperialist intervention and war aggression. The imperialists evoke anti-Muslim sentiment to grab these countries’ natural wealth and to completely dominate politically, economically, culturally and militarily.We demand that the Jokowi government [of Indonesian President Joko Widodo] provide protection for Indonesian citizens who live in the U.S. but are threatened by the discriminatory policies of Donald Trump. The Jokowi administration must also provide protection for Indonesian migrant workers in various countries, most of whom work to improve their livelihood amid a worsening chronic crisis in Indonesia.FPR calls for all Indonesian people from various ethnic groups, races, and religions and all people of the exploited and oppressed workers, peasants, semi-proletariat, intellectuals, professionals and others to:Unite and give solidarity to Muslim and immigrant brothers and sisters who face the policies of the U.S. imperialists.Fight against all schemes and U.S. imperialist policies to grab and plunder the nation’s sovereignty through intervention and wars of aggression.Oppose all policies of the Jokowi-JK government that implement U.S. neoliberal schemes that attempt to dominate the homeland of Indonesia.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Huelga estudiantil responde a ataques de la Junta de control Fiscal en Puerto Rico

first_imgEl pasado viernes 31 de marzo, la Junta de Control Fiscal – la agencia de cobro – que bajo la ley PROMESA (Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act of 2016 ) impuso el Congreso estadounidense al pueblo boricua para cobrar la ilegítima deuda producto de la venta de bonos municipales, se reunió por sexta vez desde su inicio. Ésta vez en PR, para pasivamente “recibir ponencias y presentaciones sobre el tema de desarrollo económico de parte de diversos representantes de entidades de gobierno, privadas y del tercer sector”, según lee su página juntasupervision.pr.gov.Como parte de su solución al pago de la deuda, la JCF impone un recorte de $450 millones a la Universidad de Puerto Rico, conllevando además el cierre – o “consolidaciones” de algunos de los 11 recintos de la universidad.  Este gigantesco recorte supone un grave golpe a la educación superior y además hará perder las acreditaciones a la institución.Fuera del edificio donde se reunía la junta, sin embargo, se encontraban cientos de estudiantes y organizaciones solidarias que activamente exponían la criminalidad de dicha junta y exigían el cumplimiento de sus demandas. Habían marchado temprano en la mañana desde el conocido Parque Muñoz Rivera hacia el Centro de Convenciones donde estaba la Junta, caminando incluso por dentro de la fuente a la entrada del Centro, que estaba fuertemente resguardado por centenares de policías y bomberos.En su mayoría, las/os manifestantes eran estudiantes de la UPR, y exponían lo que en estos momentos es la verdadera misión de la JCF – destruir a PR como país. La UPR, siendo la única institución pública de enseñanza superior, encarna el futuro mismo del archipiélago. Allí se preparan las y los futuros maestros y científicos, las y los profesionales que pueden llevar al desarrollo del país para el provecho de su pueblo.De hecho, la UPR está catalogada como una de las más prestigiosas del Caribe, y de ahí se han nutrido importantes entidades de los Estados Unidos, incluyendo educativas e incluso la NASA, entre muchas otras. La UPR, al ser subsidiada por el gobierno, le brinda más posibilidad de obtener una carrera a las/os estudiantes sin recursos.Huelga estudiantilEse último día de marzo era ya el cuarto día de la huelga decretada por las/os estudiantes el 21 de marzo. En asamblea general, las/os estudiantes del Recinto de Río Piedras habían aprobado con 1.312 votos a favor y 253 en contra, un paro de las labores académicas desde el 28 de marzo hasta el 5 de abril.El día 5, se reunirán en Asamblea Nacional las/os estudiantes de los 11 recintos de la UPR más las/os del Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico y de la Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico. Después, el 6 de abril, el Recinto de Río Piedras estará en huelga indefinida. Esta decisión de huelga indefinida se hizo el 21 de marzo y no está sujeta a los resultados de la Asamblea Nacional del 5 de abril.Los reclamos de las/os estudiantes en huelga son primeramente que se audite la deuda. Esta no ha sido auditada e incluso el gobernador actual, Ricardo Roselló del Partido Nuevo Progresista que aboga por la estadidad y quien por tanto tiene una relación de subordinación a la Junta, eliminó la junta independiente para la auditoría. Los otros reclamos son que no haya recortes en el presupuesto de la UPR ni aumento de matrícula, y que se haga una reforma universitaria.Contrataciones obscenas de la JCFLa JCF – léase el imperio estadounidense – ha decidido destruir a su colonia, Puerto Rico y convertirla en su patio para la diversión y sitio de inversiones de sus multimillonarios, que reciben en PR una enorme exención contributiva. Más que antes. Al mismo tiempo que decreta hondos recortes educativos para estudiantes boricuas, además de otras medidas de austeridad como el alza de impuestos a granel, cierre de 300 escuelas públicas, y una larga lista de recortes y “ajustes” que empobrecerán aún más a la población, la JCF derrocha impune y obscenamente el dinero del pueblo puertorriqueño en contratos millonarios.Con lágrimas de cocodrilo, José Carrión, presidente de la JCF dijo: “Debido a la crisis en que está el país, “cada cheque que firmo me da vergüenza”, afirmó en un mensaje ante el capítulo de Puerto Rico de la Asociación de Contratistas Generales de Estados Unidos”. (elnuevodia.com, 30 de marzo) Esta aseveración fue en respuesta a las masivas críticas luego que la junta nombrara a Natalie Jaresko como su directora ejecutiva. La Jaresko es nada menos que una mujer ucraniana que nació en Chicago y  que el Departamento de Estado de EUA envió a Ucrania donde fungió como Ministra de Finanzas, ejerciendo un papel predominante en el esfuerzo de EUA para controlar el gobierno de Ucrania, según un artículo de Claridad, ‘Jaresko: ¿Por qué llegó al Caribe?’ del 29 de marzo.Jaresko está íntimamente asociada además con la infame USAID, y según el mismo artículo “Sobre el manejo que Jaresko (junto a su entonces marido) hizo del fondo (de la USAID) hubo imputaciones de corrupción porque se auto asignó sumas millonarias a modo de “bonos”, muy superiores a su salario básico”.Mientras la JCF reduce las pensiones de boricuas, les aumenta los impuestos y toda clase de contribuciones, les recorta beneficios y acceso a servicios de salud, le regala a Jaresko un sueldo de nada menos que $650.000 al año, además de viajes a Kiev, chófer, vivienda, etc. ¡Todo pagado por el empobrecido pueblo de PR!A esta contratación se suma la de una ‘oficial de ética’ de la JCF. “Junto al salario que estará ganando la nueva Directora Ejecutiva de la Junta de Control Fiscal (Jaresko), se sumará también la compensación de $750 la hora por las labores de la oficial de ética, Andrea Bonime Blanc”. (noticel, 1 de abril)El pueblo tiene la última palabraMientras el imperio con su criminal Junta intentan decidir el futuro de Puerto Rico, la juventud estudiantil, unida a otros sectores, sindicales, ambientalistas, sociales,  y otros, incluyendo a las y los boricuas en exilio – la llamada diáspora – se aprestan a arreciar la lucha. Es un tiempo crucial para Boriké, y sus hijas e hijos lo sienten en sus venas.  Y se están preparando. Desde Estados Unidos, unamos nuestras voces y acciones en repudio a la Junta dictatorial y en defensa y solidaridad del pueblo boricua.¡Viva Puerto Rico Libre!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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