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Ohlone people protest mall

first_imgWW photo: Terri KayIndigenous people and their supporters gathered in Emeryville, Calif., on Nov. 23 at the site of the Emeryville Shellmound, the oldest and largest shellmound burial site of the Ohlone people. The annual event here is in protest of a shopping mall that has been built on top of the sacred shellmound, destroying and desecrating it. Now the mall owners call it private property and refuse to allow the Ohlone people and their supporters to distribute fliers on the sidewalks of the “private” open-air mall. Security guards called police on community supporters who were asking shoppers to take their business elsewhere.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img

Long live a free Puerto Rico!

first_imgBerta Joubert-CeciWW photo: Bert Joubert-CeciExcerpted from a talk by Berta Joubert-Ceci to the Workers World Party national conference in New York City, Nov. 15-16.We are seeing the effects and the consequences of this stage of capitalism — what we have called “capitalism at a dead end.” The intensification of the attacks at all levels on working people, on the oppressed and on the masses in general. The U.S. wars against the peoples abroad.The racist police murders of our Black and Brown youth, carried out with impunity. Attacks on migrant children and workers, layoffs and, in general, a war on the poor. And the pauperization of the population.But how does this manifest in the only “formal” colony of the United States in the Latin America-Caribbean region? In Puerto Rico, my homeland. Why is it important for us to study this?While many Latin American countries are gaining independence from Washington’s domination, Puerto Rico is slipping backwards. It’s losing  population to Florida and Texas, while many people from the U.S. buy low-priced property on the island. It’s like a substitution of the population, similar to Hawaii’s history. Some 3,000 people a month migrate to the USA from Puerto Rico. Many are youths, often graduates of higher education — the future of the island! More Puerto Ricans live in the U.S. now than on the island.Puerto Rico’s experience concentrates all the effects of capitalism at a dead end.There is an economic but also a social crisis.The amount of the country’s external debt gives an idea of the economic crisis: It’s close to $76 billion and unpayable! As a colony, we have no sovereignty — we cannot even file for bankruptcy. The U.S.-imposed constitution establishes that the bondholders must be paid first — before the needs of the population. The government of the island is just a servant of U.S. corporate interests and does not challenge that inhumane law.With few exceptions, the whole island has been privatized. Telephone, health care, roads, the international airport, our precious pineapple plantations.The cost of utilities has risen. Sales taxes have been imposed in a futile effort to pay the debt. Salaries are much lower than in the United States while most products are more expensive. Why? Because U.S.-imposed  shipping laws forbid shipping with non-U.S. vessels. More than 80 percent of the food is imported.The people of Puerto Rico are being squeezed, resulting in an increase of violence at all levels.Solidarity needed nowComrades, it is a profound crisis. And that is why we should discuss it so we can give the solidarity that is needed now.The Boricuas have always been a fighting people. Starting with our Taíno warriors — Urayoán, Guarionex, Agueybaná — who revolted against the Spanish colonizers.U.S. colonization suppressed our real history and our heroes. These included Ramón Emeterio Betances, an internationalist, the father of the homeland and the independence movement. He organized the uprising against Spain and against slavery both in Puerto Rico and Haiti, and he participated in the French revolts. He advocated unity of the Antilles, much like Simón Bolívar did in Latin America. However, most Puerto Ricos don’t know him.The colonization process was meant to belittle the people, to make them feel dependent on Washington. Yet, an independence movement has always existed. With figures like Albizu Campos, Lolita Lebrón, Rafael Cancel Miranda and so many others.The colonizers always penalized those fighting for independence. Local police, FBI and all U.S. repressive forces target independence activists. We will never forget how in 2005 an FBI team was sent to the island to kill Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, the leader of Los Macheteros, an independence group. On a special day for the independence movement, Sept. 23 — known as Grito de Lares — the FBI shot him and let him bleed to death. And we will never forget how all Puerto Rican political prisoners have been charged with the same “seditious conspiracy” to overthrow the U.S. government.Recent movements like “the peoples’ strike” to prevent the privatization of the telephone company, the “U.S. Navy out of Vieques” and the University of Puerto Rico student strike demonstrate the people’s will to come together and fight back. Something similar is happening now with the  demand for freedom for Oscar López, who has been 33 years in a Yankee cell.Along with the independence movement itself, now with the capitalist crisis two of the most militant and active movements on the island are the one headed by the UTIER — the electricity workers who are defending the electric company from privatization — and the teachers fighting against public school closings, both part of the anticolonial struggle. The Boston Consulting Group is demanding the schools close.It is important that we here show full solidarity with these struggles, as we did during the successful struggle to get the U.S. Navy out of Vieques.The people of Puerto Rico will continue fighting, but remember: The majority of Puerto Ricans are part of the working class inside this country. We have to join them in solidarity both here and in Puerto Rico. And demand the freedom of political prisoner Oscar López Rivera and Norberto González Claudio.I summon the forces of Urayoán, Guarionex, Betances, Filiberto and Lolita to help me say ¡Viva Puerto Rico Libre!¡Free Oscar and Norberto!Long live international solidarity! Workers of the world, unite!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

¡A Defender a Venezuela y poner fin a las sanciones!

first_imgEl Presidente Nicolás Maduro de Venezuela merece los mayores elogios y el apoyo por rechazar firmemente la última ronda de presiones de Estados Unidos diseñada para socavar y derrocar a la Revolución Bolivariana.El 9 de marzo, la administración Obama anunció más sanciones contra Venezuela, calificando al país y a sus dirigentes como “una extraordinaria amenaza a la seguridad nacional de Estados Unidos”.Esta declaración no es sólo una increíble y crasa mentira. También es la clase de lenguaje que permite que las ramas del gobierno estadounidense aumenten sus esfuerzos subversivos contra Venezuela de modos muy materiales – a través del sabotaje económico, operaciones clandestinas e incluso movimientos militares.El presidente Maduro respondió a este ataque, diciendo: “El Presidente Barack Obama, representando a la élite imperialista de Estados Unidos, personalmente ha decidido asumir la tarea de derrotar a mi gobierno e intervenir en Venezuela para controlarla”. Lo calificó como un “error colosal” y una “arrogancia imperialista”, felicitando a los funcionarios venezolanos que enfrentan las sanciones de Estados Unidos como “héroes”. “Los felicito”, dijo el ex conductor y líder sindical, agregando que “es un honor” ser incluidos en la lista de sanciones de Estados Unidos.¿Qué es la Revolución Bolivariana de todos modos? Es un valiente esfuerzo por las masas venezolanas y sus dirigentes de romper con la dominación del capital estadounidense y reorientar su país hacia la construcción de cooperación con otras naciones en la región. Es una lucha para superar la terrible herencia de siglos de explotación, saqueo de la tierra y el exterminio de los pueblos originarios que caracteriza a todas las Américas. Se trata de un movimiento para unir a todos aquellas/os que han sido oprimidos y explotados para establecer nuevas relaciones basadas en la solidaridad y el respeto mutuo.Fue la elección de Hugo Chávez por cuatro períodos como Presidente, con apoyo de las masas para sus planes revolucionarios, que abrió la puerta para que Venezuela asumiera este papel. Durante décadas, este país rico en petróleo había estado bajo la dominación de los EUA. Estaba marcadamente dividido entre una clase pequeña, muy privilegiada de funcionarios bien pagados haciendo la licitación de los monopolios imperialistas petroleros y millones de pobres urbanos y rurales, que carecían de alimentos, escuelas, atención médica y participación política.Chávez mismo se había reforzado en su oposición a los gobiernos entreguistas cuando, como oficial en el ejército, fue llamado a sofocar disturbios sobre alimentos en Caracas en febrero de 1989. El pueblo venezolano, incluso aquellos en la ciudad capital, se moría de hambre.Hoy en día, el subsidio del Gobierno Bolivariano sobre los precios de los alimentos, para que todo el mundo se alimente, es criticado en los medios de comunicación imperialistas como una fuente de la crisis económica. No, son las sanciones estadounidenses y el precio decreciente del petróleo en el mercado mundial que han creado dificultades para el pueblo venezolano – esto y el sabotaje deliberado de la economía por elementos contrarrevolucionarios quienes quieren volver a los terribles viejos días cuando la clase rica dominaba las masas despóticamente. Esta élite ha recibido todo tipo de apoyo clandestino de las agencias de inteligencia de Estados Unidos.La acusación de Maduro que EUA ha estado tratando de derrocar a los gobiernos progresistas bolivarianos no es ninguna fantasía, a pesar de los constantes desmentidos estadounidenses y los reportes por los medios corporativos. Cualquiera interesada/o en los detalles los puede encontrar fácilmente en venezuelaanalysis.com, que publica entrevistas extensas en línea con expertos como el ex-oficial de la CIA Philip Agee, que describe detalladamente cómo tal subversión trabaja.Por ejemplo, la USAID—conocida durante mucho tiempo como un frente de la CIA—ha desarrollado elaborados planes de cambio de régimen a través de su Oficina de Transición Alternativa. Envolviendo siempre sus esfuerzos contrarrevolucionarios sangrientos en términos como “la promoción de paz y democracia”, estos documentos, disponibles a través de Wikileaks, confirman lo que Maduro y otros venezolanos dicen.¡Ahora es el momento! ¡A la calle para apoyar a la Revolución Bolivariana de Venezuela!Workers.org 10 de marzo de 2015FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Morgantown, West Virginia, activists for unity here, worldwide

first_imgBuilding left unity was on the agenda in Morgantown, W.Va., where the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Solidarity Conference was held April 18. The conference was coordinated by the Left Alliance at West Virginia University. Members of the following groups in the region attended the conference: the Appalachian Left, Workers World Party, Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST), Kentucky Workers League, Fairmont State Gay/Straight Alliance, FIRSTHAND Coffee Co-op, Mountaineers for Fair Labor, Gender Equality Movement, GetEqual, WV Mountain Party, Sierra Club and Planned Parenthood.Workers World Party held a panel titled “Empire in Crisis: Uniting the Struggles to Defeat Racist State Terror, Austerity and Endless War” featuring three speakers: Sara Benjamin, Scott Williams and this writer.The Left Alliance hopes to make this event a regular occurrence and looks forward to building a unified left movement in the region.The following day on April 19, the Left Alliance, Appalachian Left, Kentucky Workers League, Workers World Party and FIST demonstrated in front of the Mountainlair Student Center at WVU as part of the International Day of Solidarity with Venezuela. Protesters received a great deal of favorable feedback as they waved a Venezuelan flag and held signs calling on President Obama to remove the sanctions on Venezuelan officials. The protesters also called for the U.S. to immediately cease activity aimed at undermining the Bolivarian Revolution, such as the recently defeated coup attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Activist in Freddie Grey uprising acquitted

first_imgMorgan Malachi, one of hundreds of activists facing charges for having protested the Baltimore police killing of Freddie Grey, won an innocent verdict on July 23 in front of three dozen supporters from the Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly and the Philadelphia Coalition for Racial, Economic and Legal Justice.Malachi was part of the “Philly Is Baltimore” contingent during an April 25 mass uprising in Baltimore against police brutality. She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and refusal to obey a lawful order. City officials later called in the National Guard and state troopers to enforce a curfew as they tried to crush the justified people’s rebellion by arresting scores of youth.Since then, officials have been conducting a witch hunt against the protesters, increasing the number of charges against many arrestees. Aljebu-Lan (Key) Marcus, a Philly REAL Justice Coalition activist from the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee, has had charges of resisting arrest and interfering with an arrest added to charges of disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.All this was for protesting racist police killings, which are all too common not just in Baltimore but also in Philadelphia, New York, Oakland, Ferguson, Cleveland and many more U.S. cities. Marcus’ trial is scheduled to take place in Baltimore on Aug. 10 at 8:30 a.m. at Hargrove District Court, 700 East Patapsco Ave. Supporters are encouraged to call or email Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s office to demand that all charges be dropped: 443-984-6000, [email protected] is not alone. Many arrests have taken place in Philadelphia, too, including that of the Mayfair 10, for protesting the police refusal to release the names of the cops who killed Brandon Tate Brown. Another five were arrested at a peaceful #SayHerName vigil when cops rioted, breaking the wrist of a 62-year-old woman.Hundreds of arrests have taken place wherever outraged youth have protested the killings of Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Rekia Boyd, and many more — over 600 Black and Brown men, women, transgender people and even children killed by cops in 2015 so far. The arrests appear to be part of a campaign of repression being coordinated from the ruling circles of capitalist society against the Black Lives Matter movement.Right to rebel put on trialMalachi’s trial was preceded by plea bargain proceedings for another young Black protester, Terry Smith, 26. He has a five-year-old child and his partner is expecting with another child. He was sentenced to 60 days in prison for his part in the uprising against police terror.During Malachi’s trial, prosecutor Andrew Costinett relied on the testimony of four SWAT team cops. He also exhibited portions of three videotapes in a failed effort to prove that the young Black woman had refused to obey orders to disperse or was disorderly.The videos showed Malachi using a bullhorn. Baltimore City District Court Judge Flynn M. Owens eventually agreed with Malachi’s attorney, Steve Beatty, that using her First Amendment rights was legal. The judge dropped the disorderly conduct charge.Beatty further argued that the prosecution’s own tapes from their Foxtrot helicopter revealed that Malachi had been in the intersection facing off against a line of police at 7:18 p.m., but was on the sidewalk when she was arrested at 7:40. The officer on the copter testified that he broadcast: “You must disperse. You cannot block the intersection or you will be subject to arrest,” three times between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Two defense witnesses swore they did not hear the police orders to disperse, perhaps because of the overwhelming noise of chanting, yelling and bullhorns in the chaotic scene.At the end of the proceedings, while Judge Owens praised the police “for their thankless job,” he had to admit that no testimony proved the order to disperse was broadcast between 7:18 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. so there was reasonable doubt. Therefore, he could not find the defendant guilty.Outside the courtroom, Beatty told reporters this was a victory “for the right to free expression at a time when courts are trying to limit those rights.”Photo: Supporters outside courthouse after ‘not guilty’ verdict.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Resistente expone asesinatos por drones EUA

first_imgDocumentos clasificados del Departamento de Defensa de Estados Unidos fueron publicados el 15 de octubre por un “denunciante muy valiente y con grandes principios” en el sistema guerrista de EUA. Los informes secretos destacaron la muerte y la destrucción causadas por el amplio uso de drones por EUA en Afganistán, Irak, Yemen, Somalia y otros lugares. (The Guardian)

 

Los Documentos Drone, publicados en el sitio web The Intercept, revelaron que el ejército de EUA habitualmente clasifica a las personas no identificadas que mueren en los ataques dirigidos, como “enemigos muertos en acción”. Eso significa que todas las víctimas son llamadas “enemigos”, incluyendo miembros de una familia, amistades, vecinas/os y transeúntes anónimos. El informe afirma que este etiquetado es una estrategia deliberada para ocultar la muerte de civiles.

 

Según los Documentos Drone, en un período de cinco meses, casi el 90 por ciento de las personas asesinadas por los drones murieron debido a su proximidad a los “objetivos”. 

 

El informe también pone seriamente en duda la exactitud y fiabilidad de los métodos estadounidenses utilizados para señalar a la gente como “enemigo legítimo”.



El denunciante explica: “Es impresionante el número de casos cuando los selectores son erróneamente atribuidos a ciertas personas. Y no es sino hasta varios meses o años después que de repente nos damos cuenta de que cuando pensabas que ibas tras un objetivo muy importante, terminamos dándonos cuenta de que era el teléfono de su madre”. (Theintercept.com, 15 de octubre)

 
Desarmar a EUA de drones 

Mientras los Documentos Drone eran publicados, un grupo de manifestantes llegaban al final de una jornada de 165 millas con la intención de organizar una resistencia al terror armado de los drones.El 19 y 20 de octubre manifestantes llegaron a la Estación de la Reserva Aérea en las Cataratas del Niágara después de comenzar su viaje el 7 de octubre en la Base Aérea de la Guardia Nacional Hancock en Syracuse-NY.  La caminata fue organizada por la Coalición Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones. (upstatedroneaction.org)

 

Los soldados en ambas bases operan los drones MQ-9 Reaper / Predator que lanzan bombas “Hellfire” en Afganistán y otros lugares. El cuerpo de ataque 174 de la Guardia Nacional Aérea de Nueva York está basado en Syracuse y el 107 está en las Cataratas del Niágara.  Al declinar el capitalismo estadounidense, la clase gobernante se basa más y más  en la expansión militar para dominar y controlar áreas del mercado global. Al mismo tiempo, EUA no puede contar con un reclutamiento militar para suplir soldados y mandarlos al frente para estas impopulares “guerras sin fin”. Esto significa que debe basarse más en las guerras de alta tecnología: como las bombas inteligentes, robots, sistemas de satélites, naves de misiles de alta tecnología y drones.Los contratos militares-industriales relacionados con el desarrollo de drones son un gran negocio en el centro y el norte de Nueva York y en todo EUA. El presupuesto del Departamento de Defensa de 2016 asigna $1.94 mil millones para la investigación, producción, mantenimiento y municiones para los drones MQ Reaper como los manejados en Syracuse y las Cataratas del Niágara.

 

El presupuesto total para los drones es exponencialmente mayor porque el Departamento de Defensa intenta aumentar el uso de ellos en un 50 por ciento en los próximos cuatro años.Por ejemplo, la Fuerza Aérea de EUA planea construir una base de aviones a control remoto en Agadez, Nigeria, además de su base de drones actual en Niamey, Níger. Esto permitirá una extensa vigilancia y ataques por drones estadounidenses en el África oriental y septentrional. (dronecenter.bard.edu)Pero el uso de la guerra de alta tecnología también abre la posibilidad de nuevas formas de resistencia.Se necesitan muchas más personas en la cadena de mando para un arma de alta tecnología como el MQ Reaper/Predator – con más oportunidades para un rompimiento en esa cadena.Micah Zenko, un alto miembro del Consejo de Relaciones Exteriores, señala que para volar el MQ Reaper se necesitan más de 130 personas, la mayoría para mirar pantallas de video y analizar la recopilación de datos del drone.La Coalición Upstate to Ground the Drones ha corrido anuncios de televisión instando a los operadores de drones de la Reserva del Ejército a negarse a cometer crímenes de guerra piloteando remotamente los drones.Respondiendo a esa clase de llamado en las filas militar-industrial hay personas en la cadena de mando como el denunciante anónimo de Drone Papers, quien decidió que “ya basta” y liberó los datos críticos al uso de drones.Daniel Ellsberg, resistente de la guerra contra Vietnam, elogió la fuente de los documentos sobre los drones como parte de una cadena denunciante que incluye a Edward Snowden y Chelsea Manning, quienes filtraron documentos clasificados por EUA relacionados con las guerras recientes. Ellsberg publicó los Papeles del Pentágono clasificados en 1971 que ayudó a incitar una resistencia popular a la guerra de EUA en Vietnam.Ellsberg dijo sobre la larga cadena de mando vinculada a los crímenes de guerra de EUA: “Todo se reduce a esto. Cientos pudieron haber hecho lo que hice, literalmente. … [Snowden, Manning y la fuente de Drone] hicieron lo correcto. Los demás estaban equivocados en mantener esos secretos”. (The Guardian, 15 de octubre). FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Para el 1° de Mayo: No a la guerra EUA contra inmigrantes

first_imgA medida que se acerca el 1° de Mayo, migrantes y refugiadas/os en EUA y el mundo permanecen en una crisis humanitaria de proporciones épicas. El giro continuo del presidente Donald Trump hacia la derecha está exacerbando esta situación.En EUA, las redadas en los juzgados y lugares de trabajo han aumentado. La Guardia Nacional ha sido enviada a la frontera sur para militarizar aún más el área. El fiscal general de EUA ha reforzado medidas legales represivas para aterrorizar a las/os trabajadores inmigrantes y dividir a la clase trabajadora.Ahora más que nunca, las luchas por los derechos de las/os migrantes y refugiados deben estar vinculadas a la lucha contra el terror de la policía estatal y para ganar los derechos de las/os trabajadores.Es fácil alejarse del espectáculo que es la administración Trump o reírse de Trump por ser un payaso naranja sin talento en un circo barato. Pero Trump es extremadamente peligroso. Aliado a una facción ultraderechista, ha convertido a su administración en un régimen militarista y de supremacía blanca.Esto tiene consecuencias desastrosas para las/os trabajadores y oprimidos en todas partes. Esto debe combatirse con uñas y dientes.Agenda racista de línea duraEste mes, Trump una vez más decretó su agenda antiinmigrante a través de una serie de “tuits de Pascua”, afirmándose a su base “cristiana” de supremacía blanca. (CNN, 5 de abril)Pidió nuevas leyes para que sea aún más difícil que inmigrantes puedan obtener el estatus de refugiado. Logró la enorme cantidad de $1,6 mil millones de un Congreso dispuesto a construir su muro racista en la frontera con México, y exigió más aún. Pidió a los gobernadores de derecha que enviaran sus tropas de la Guardia Nacional a la frontera. También declaró que asignaría tropas militares de EUA para patrullar allí, aunque por ley, esa acción requiere la aprobación del Congreso.Para avivar las llamas contra las/os inmigrantes, Trump afirmó nuevamente que las políticas de inmigración “han debilitado al país” y “han conducido a riesgos de seguridad pública”. (Washington Post, 3 de abril) Pero esa retórica racista es realmente una cortina de humo para confundir a las/os trabajadores blancos sobre el origen de la embestida real a sus salarios, salud y educación.Por ejemplo, el costo total estimado del muro supremacista blanco de Trump sería de aproximadamente $25 mil millones, dinero que podría y debería destinarse a la atención médica, los salarios de las/os docentes y otras necesidades de trabajadoras/es y oprimidas/os.La verdad es que la migración a EUA se encuentra en uno de los niveles más bajos en años. El  aumento del clima antiinmigrante desde 2006 significa que cada vez menos trabajadoras/es mexicanos ingresan a EUA, mientras más regresan a sus países.A principios de abril, Trump amenazó verbalmente a una caravana de inmigrantes que viajaba de América Central a México, con el objetivo de llegar a la frontera de Tijuana. Cubierta por Fox News con retórica de miedo, la caravana fue retratada como una horda de delincuentes peligrosos “serpenteando” y abriéndose paso sigilosamente en los EUA.Muchas de esas honrosas caravanas han recorrido el camino por México durante décadas, ya que las/os defensores de los derechos migrantes crearon apoyo para las/os millones de trabajadores desplazados en la región. Cada año, las caravanas viajan por todo México. No son solo para las/os centroamericanos, sino también para las familias en México que han perdido el contacto con sus hijas/os u otros parientes migrantes y están tratando de averiguar qué les sucedió.Estas familias no saben si sus seres queridos llegaron a EUA o están detenidos. Tal vez perdieron la vida montando “La Bestia”, el tren de mercancías en el que las/os inmigrantes brincan para dirigirse hacia el norte, y donde cientos mueren o pierden extremidades en el intento.Trump demonizó específicamente una caravana organizada por Pueblo Sin Fronteras. Destacando las preocupaciones de los centroamericanos, muchos de Honduras, Guatemala o El Salvador, la caravana comenzó con más de 1.000 personas. La logística de organizar el transporte, la comida y el alojamiento a esa escala muestra el valor y la determinación del movimiento para las/os migrantes en México.Creciente militarización de EUA¿Por qué hay tantas caravanas al norte? No para hacer mal, como dicen los racistas, sino porque el militarismo y el imperialismo de EUA han desestabilizado sus tierras natales, destruido sus hogares y quitado su sustento. Por ejemplo, Honduras se ha convertido en un escenario de inestabilidad y represión generalizadas desde el golpe de 2009, cuando se derrocó el régimen progresista del presidente Mel Zelaya. Ese golpe ilegal tenía huellas de los EUA, particularmente las de la entonces secretaria de estado Hillary Clinton.El que Trump y los de su clase nieguen el racismo que dirigen a estas/os migrantes es pura hipocresía. Negar el asilo político a los cientos de refugiadas/os forzados a huir de su región no solo es erróneo, es una sentencia de muerte.El imperialismo estadounidense ha militarizado a México y América Central, y ahora Trump intenta militarizar aún más la frontera de EUA. No la frontera norte con Canadá, por supuesto, sino la frontera de EUA con México.Tras el llamado de Trump, los gobernadores conservadores de Arizona y Texas desplegaron sus unidades de la Guardia Nacional (Newsweek, 7 de abril), aunque todavía en números más bajos que los convocados por el presidente republicano George W. Bush y el presidente demócrata Barack. Obama. Arizona desplegó 150 miembros y Texas prometió 250. Se prevé que el total de todos los estados fronterizos llegue eventualmente a 4.000.El gobernador de California, Jerry Brown, anunció el 11 de abril que enviaría tropas a la frontera. Esto es alarmante, ya que el movimiento por los derechos de las/os migrantes ha sido muy fuerte en California. Que un gobernador supuestamente liberal sintiera la presión de estar de acuerdo con los gobernadores reaccionarios muestra que la campaña antiinmigrante de Trump está cobrando impulso. El anuncio de Brown es también un ejemplo de cómo los demócratas continúan traicionando a inmigrantes y sus defensores.Redadas aumentan en lugares de trabajo La solicitud de soldados por parte de Trump está destinada a afectar tanto a migrantes como activistas. Esto sigue a otras políticas para aterrorizar a la comunidad migrante y refugiada. El 5 de abril, Trump emitió una directiva según la cual las agencias de aplicación de la ley de inmigración de EUA cesen cualquier práctica de “captura y liberación”. En este procedimiento degradante, las/os inmigrantes indocumentados que habían sido arrestados en la frontera eran liberados mientras se procesaban sus casos.Además, el Departamento de Justicia, administrado por el ultra racista Procurador General, Jeff Sessions, ahora establecerá cuotas para los jueces de inmigración en un esfuerzo por acelerar las deportaciones. Según la Radio Nacional Pública, “para obtener una calificación satisfactoria en sus evaluaciones de desempeño, se requerirá que los jueces terminen al menos 700 casos al año y revoquen menos del 15 por ciento de sus decisiones en apelación”.Las/os abogados de inmigración criticaron el plan. “Las decisiones en un tribunal de inmigración tienen consecuencias de vida o muerte y no se pueden gestionar como una producción en cadena”, dijo Jeremy McKinney, secretario de la Asociación Estadounidense de Abogados de Inmigración. (NPR, 3 de abril)Mientras tanto, en lo que podría ser la mayor redada en un lugar de trabajo bajo el ataque de Trump, 97 personas fueron detenidas y procesadas para su deportación o detención el 7 de abril, luego de una redada de Inmigración y Aduanas en una planta procesadora de carne de Tennessee.Esto sigue las incursiones de ICE sincronizadas en más de 100 tiendas 7-Eleven a principios de enero. En un solo día, los agentes de ICE irrumpieron en 100 tiendas en busca de trabajadoras/es indocumentados. (Newsweek, 10 de enero)El director ejecutivo en funciones de ICE se jactó en el momento de que esto era solo el comienzo: “No se limitará a grandes empresas o cualquier industria en particular, grande, mediana y pequeña. … Esto es lo que nos estamos preparando para este año, y lo que vas a ver más y más”.Sin lugar a dónde irLas/os inmigrantes y refugiados en EUA viven ahora en estado de sitio. Ya sea que salgan de compras o vayan a servicios religiosos, ya sea en la escuela, en la corte o en el trabajo, mientras conducen o caminan a cualquier lugar, las/os migrantes y sus familias viven en completo terror. El riesgo de estrés postraumático es real, especialmente entre las/os hijos de familias migrantes, con consecuencias permanentes.Las/os migrantes se ven obligados a abandonar sus países de origen y emigrar a los Estados Unidos debido a las condiciones intolerables, que resultan directamente del militarismo imperialista de EUA. Sólo al vencer de una vez por todas el sistema depredador y racista de este país, terminará esta guerra contra las/os migrantes.El Primero de Mayo de 2018 debe dedicarse una vez más a la lucha de las/os migrantes y refugiados, ya sea que vengan de Honduras o Haití, Siria o Somalia.¡No hay fronteras en la lucha de las/os trabajadores!Teresa Gutiérrez es una veterana activista por los derechos de los inmigrantes.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

New! 3 free pamphlets from Workers World: Red revolution, women, workers

first_imgA library of revolutionary literature is available for free download at workers.org under the “Books” tab.This spring, three new important pamphlets were added to that digital collection. All are collections of articles that appeared in the pages of Workers World newspaper. All have crucial, timely insights to offer about how to advance on the road to socialist liberation.100 Years Later: Some Lessons of the Great Bolshevik RevolutionHope and interest in revolutionary change that can bring down capitalism and result in socialism is growing in the U.S. Such a historic event occurred in Russia in 1917. These articles, “100 Years Later: Some Lessons of the Great Bolshevik Revolution,” written by Deirdre Griswold, editor of Workers World newspaper, mark the centennial of that event.The series examines the Bolshevik Revolution within the framework of Marx’s view of social evolution and also looks at some of Lenin’s theoretical contributions on the transformation of capitalism into its final stage, imperialism, and the impact on the working-class movement. Other topics covered are the social gains within the early USSR, the relation between the state and nationalities there, as well as internal and external advances and setbacks. The pamphlet ends with an “Open Letter to Revolutionaries Everywhere” from Larry Holmes, first secretary of Workers World Party.Every Struggle Is a Woman’s StruggleThe Workers World 2016-2018 articles selected for “Every Struggle Is a Woman’s Struggle” show the wide range of organizing that women in the U.S. are actively involved in: against racism and white supremacy; for the right to quality, comprehensive health care and self-determination of our own bodies; for ending the pay gap and for union representation and workers’ rights; and for recognition of transgender people’s rights. Articles on women in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Cuba reveal what’s possible for women building socialist workers’ states.The editors say in their introduction: “These articles … reflect a Marxist perspective about the role of women in society. Women are seen as a vital, integral component in the overarching struggle to end capitalism and classism. The basis of women’s oppression and inequality is rooted in patriarchy, which arose at the same time as classes developed.”Today’s fight for women’s liberation is essential to the overthrowing of patriarchal capitalist class society and establishing egalitarian socialism. Check out this Marxist perspective on women rising up, as a resource in that united struggle.Class War in West Virginia: Education Workers Strike, WinThe uprising of education workers in spring 2018 began with the thrilling, relentless and victorious West Virginia strike.This pamphlet — most of its articles written by organizers on the ground — documents each step of the rank-and-file actions.All spring in West Virginia, famous for earlier pitched battles between union miners and coal barons, class war raged. It was teachers, school workers, students, parents and communities on one side and right-wing capitalist politicians and owners on the other. The struggle was for the right to public education, for better wages and health care for school workers, for improved funding for students and against union-busting attacks. In addition to the pamphlet’s nitty-gritty organizing reports, its articles include a moving open letter to West Virginia educators from an out-of-state teacher, an inspiring look back at the historic 1920s’ “Battle of Blair Mountain” and its impact today on worker organizing, and a pithy “Lessons of the West Virginia strike.”Download this pamphlet as a resource in making your workplace and community organizing more effective. Use it to get ready since, to quote the old labor song, “Which Side Are You On?”: “There are no neutrals.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

New evidence of Castille’s bias in Mumia Abu-Jamal case

first_imgAs supporters demonstrated in the streets outside Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Center on Oct. 29, inside the courthouse attorneys for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal presented new arguments of substantive bias by former District Attorney Ronald Castille as grounds for granting Abu-Jamal’s petition.Abu-Jamal’s initial petition, filed in August 2016, is based on the 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Williams v. Pennsylvania that found due process was violated when Castille participated in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s consideration of William’s appeal in a capital postconviction case. Castille, in his previous position as district attorney of Philadelphia, had approved decisions to seek the death penalty. The SCOTUS ruling established that a petitioner is entitled to relief when a reasonable observer could conclude that a judge harbored disqualifying bias against the petitioner.Representing Abu-Jamal, Judith Ritter and Samuel Spital, asked Common Court of Appeals Judge Leon Tucker to vacate Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decisions that denied Abu-Jamal’s right to appeal his 1983 capital conviction, stemming from the death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. The appeal is asking for Abu-Jamal’s right to a new evidentiary hearing.The petition was first heard on April 24, 2017. Since January 2018, when Philadelphia’s current district attorney, Larry Krasner, took office, six additional hearings have been held. At each the Commonwealth has sought to deny Abu-Jamal’s petition, claiming “no evidence exists” of Castille’s direct involvement in Abu-Jamal’s case while he served as district attorney.New evidence surfacesThe lawyers’ new amendment is based on two pieces of evidence that came to light during searches of hundreds of boxes of files looking for a letter written by DA Castille in June 1990 to then Gov. Robert P. Casey. An initial search of files in September 2017 uncovered a draft for a letter written on Castille’s behalf by former Deputy DA Gaele Barthold. Her June 1, 1990, memo to Castille states, “As discussed, I have drafted a letter to Governor Casey for your signature, Ron, requesting that death warrants be issued in appropriate Philadelphia County death cases.”In his June 15, 1990, letter to Casey, Castille used Barthold’s draft but inserted a paragraph urging Casey to sign death warrants to send a message to “all police killers.” At her recent deposition, Barthold confirmed that the paragraph concerning “cop killers” was not in her draft and was not in language she would have used. While the Commonwealth uncovered Barthold’s draft, which refers to a copy of Castille’s letter being attached, they maintain that Castille’s final signed letter to Casey cannot be found.Castille’s letter referred to a list of capital cases then before Casey. Because he had not exhausted his appeals before the DA’s office, Abu-Jamal’s case was not on the list. However, his attorneys hold that Castille had to have examined the status of Abu-Jamal’s case as of June 15, 1990, to determine that it was not ready for a death warrant. They charge that this reflects substantial, personal involvement in a critical decision in Abu-Jamal’s case.Support for pro-death penalty legislationA few days before the Aug. 30 hearing regarding the status of their search for the missing letter, the Commonwealth notified the court that they had also uncovered evidence of communications between DA Castille and former Pennslyvania State Senator Michael Fisher regarding passage of legislation to further restrict state appeals of death penalty convictions.The evidence was a letter, on letterhead identifying Ron Castille as district attorney, from then Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Kathleen McDonnell sent “pursuant to Sen. Fisher’s request, in order to provide him with, the current status of certain death row inmates.” Abu-Jamal’s name was the first of nine capital defendants.As with the Barthold memo, the “request” that gave rise to McDonnell’s letter was not provided, and the Commonwealth could not verify to whom Fisher addressed his request. Abu-Jamal’s attorneys charge that if Fisher’s letter was addressed to Castille, it would be additional evidence of his personal significant involvement. The Commonwealth claims that, even after searching more boxes of files, it cannot locate the request letter.The attorneys further argued that there can be little doubt of Castille’s ardent support for capital punishment and his frustration that it wasn’t being implemented during his term as DA. According to their new amendment, “Fisher had introduced a new death penalty statute designed to bring capital punishment back to Pennsylvania after an earlier statute had been declared unconstitutional.”The amendment also notes that “on Sept. 23, 1988, DA Castille wrote directly to Fisher urging passage of an amendment to the death penalty law and conveying his fears about the impact of Mills v. Maryland.” Castille feared that “Mills may lead to the vacating of scores of death penalties.” Abu-Jamal’s case not only contained a Mills claim — it became the basis for his eventual sentencing relief.Failure to secure evidence is grounds for appealAbu-Jamal’s attorneys have argued that despite the Commonwealth’s failure to find missing records, “The newly discovered evidence in these proceedings establishes that a reasonable observer could conclude that Justice Castille harbored disqualifying bias against Mr. Abu-Jamal as a person convicted of killing a police officer.”Speaking in court today, Samuel Spital again raised that the Commonwealth’s proven inability to secure evidence favorable to the defendant constitutes adverse interference that arises under the state court’s spoliation doctrine. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court holds that “spoliation of evidence is the non-preservation or significant alteration of evidence for pending future litigation.”Noting that Abu-Jamal and the DA’s office have been involved in postconviction litigation for most of the last 30 years, Spital stated that the Commonwealth had the duty to preserve these documents, yet failed to do so. The amendment also notes that, after having obtained a two-month continuance and assigned a paralegal to work full-time to search for it, the Commonwealth has recognized that the missing memo is central to this case. To date the Commonwealth admits that many boxes of files remain unaccounted for.Abu-Jamal’s case was the most important capital case in Philadelphia’s history. It involved the killing of a police officer, allegedly by a former member of the Black Panther Party. The case remains important, not just to Philadelphia, but to an international liberation movement.To argue that DA Castille was wholly uninvolved in the decisions around the response to Abu-Jamal’s first appeals lacks credibility. During Castille’s term as DA, his office aggressively fought Abu-Jamal’s initial appeals. As DA in 1988, Castille received a “Man of the Year award” from the Fraternal Order of Police, which has arduously sought Abu-Jamal’s death.Spital noted that as DA, Castille’s focus on sending a message to “police killers” could be seen as either bias against a particular defendant or a class of cases. Under the Constitution, claims of judicial bias do not require proof of actual bias. The question for the court is whether the judge is likely to be neutral or whether there is unconstitutional potential for bias. The PA Supreme Court has held that recusal is required wherever there is substantial doubt as to the judge’s ability to preside impartially. Castille had denied repeated requests from Abu-Jamal to recuse himself.FOP intimidationFor the third time in as many hearings, the Faulkner family and dozens of FOP members were given priority seating in the small courtroom, leaving little space for Abu-Jamal’s family and supporters. Former Assistant District Attorney Joseph McGill, who produced a training video for prosecutors to keep Black people off juries, and former police officer Gary Bell, who lied about hearing Abu-Jamal’s confession, were part of today’s FOP contingent — a clear effort to intimidate the court.Abu-Jamal’s lawyers requested a one-month extension to await the results of their right-to-know request to the Pennsylvania State Senate Judiciary Committee for documents. Tucker granted the request and was determining that the court would reconvene on Dec. 3 when Maureen Faulkner, Daniel Fauklner’s spouse, stood up to denounce the extension. When she refused to stop her outburst, Tucker had her ejected from the court.Tucker ended the session noting, “The court is not going to rush to judgment in this matter. Just to be clear, no matter how long it takes, this court is going to do the right thing.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

NYC: Subway protest vs. cop brutality

first_imgOver 1,000 militant activists streamed into main streets in downtown Brooklyn on Nov. 1 to protest recent police attacks on people of color and young people.A few days before, a video went viral that exposed New York Police Department cops attacking a group of teenagers at a Brooklyn subway stop. The Metropolitan  Transit Authority, which oversees the city’s subway system, and the NYPD have increasingly targeted young working people of color for minor offenses, arresting them as they attempt to get to school and work. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced he’ll increase cops patrolling the MTA by 20 percent, allegedly to deal with “homelessness” and “fare evasion.”The four-hour march, called by Black Lives Matter, the Peoples’ Power Assemblies/NYC and others, was an outpouring of anger at police violence. Marchers chanted, “NYPD, how do you spell racism?” and “No justice, no peace!” Protesters flooded one subway station, some jumping the fare turnstiles to assert that free public transportation should be the people’s right.In an on-the-scene interview with New York Pix 11, Nate Peters of the PPA said: “We are here to protest NYPD violence, both in the subways and on the streets. The NYPD are modern-day slave catchers. They go around the city beating and killing people. We came out here to say, “We’ve had enough of that!” Many of the demonstrators posted “Evade” stickers from Chile in solidarity with youth there, who helped spark the current uprising by protesting fare hikes.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more