France: Thousands defy ban on pro-Palestinian protests

first_imgIn the Paris suburb of Sarcelles.According to the French newspaper Le Monde, on July 19 between 6,000 and 8,000 people showed up at a banned demonstration in Paris to support the Palestinian resistance in Gaza. Their main slogan was “Israel is an assassin, [French President] Hollande is an accomplice.” (Reuters, July 19)  Demonstrations, likewise officially banned, also took place in Sarcelles, a small city north of Paris, and Nice in southern France and in a number of other cities where they weren’t banned.The previous Sunday, July 13, a pro-Palestinian march of 30,000 in Paris was brutally attacked by the Jewish Defense League. Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve used this attack as an excuse to claim the projected demonstration was “a threat to public order” and supported the decision of the prefect of police, the official in charge of the cops in Paris, to ban it.Speaking from the former French colony of Niger, President François Hollande said: “France cannot allow conflict to be imported.  It cannot have demonstrations which confront each other, risking public disorder.” (Libération, July 19)A number of protesters told the semiofficial television chain TV2 that the people of France have the democratic right to protest and march.  Street protests and marches are a very important and normal part of French political life.Both Libération and l’Humanité media outlets ran live tweets of the protest as it took off so it is possible to reconstruct what happened.When the CRS [French national] riot police blocked the protest from marching, some of the protesters threw rocks and bottles, and the cops responded with tear gas and stun grenades.  The cops used so much gas that the polluted air made it hard to breathe.As the confrontations with the cops were becoming sharper and more intense, most of the families and left-wing political leaders left the march.  The only party to officially call for the march on July 19 was the New Anti-Capitalist Party, but leaders from most of the left parties were present.Along with some Israeli flags, some cop cars and some other official vans were burned by the protesters. Libération reported 44 arrests and 17 cops injured.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Obama in East Africa: U.S. imperialism sows turmoil throughout region

first_imgJuly 27 — President Barack Obama’s first visit to Kenya and Ethiopia highlighted Washington’s imperialist intervention in Africa. U.S. policy is aimed at pulling the two countries into a U.S.-led military alliance and increasing U.S.-based firms’ exploitation of Africa’s mineral resources.Obama’s trip followed a visit to Washington by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who held high-level meetings with Obama and officials from the State Department and Pentagon.U.S. intervention during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations has decreased stability in the region and increased dependence on the Pentagon. On July 26, the same day that Obama arrived in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, a car bomb exploded outside the Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, killing 13 people, at least one of whom was a Chinese national.The president attended a business development conference in Kenya. He emphasized during his trip the much-touted, phenomenal economic growth on the continent.Kenya is a capitalist country that is heavily dependent upon the marketing of agricultural products, clothing and tourism to the U.S. and West Europe. The East African state has been a longtime U.S. ally since the early days of independence in 1963 under the leadership of Jomo Kenyatta, its first president.Increased exploitation of natural gas and other strategic resources in East Africa failed to relieve economic problems. Unemployment and poverty continue to trap millions, while economic relations with the imperialist states offer no significant prospects for the absorption of large segments of the population into the urbanized labor market. Most people still work in the agricultural sectors of the economy in the production of tea, coffee, sisal and other products.During the 1990s, Kenya was unable to pay back its high-priced loans to the international financial institutions, which forced it to institute “reforms” that made the country more lucrative for investment from transnational corporations and banks. Following the passage by Congress of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act under the Clinton administration, Kenyan workers began to produce clothing for export to the U.S. and Europe.Mineral exploitation in Kenya is limited at present. Offshore, there has been exploration for oil resources near the border between Kenya and Somalia. These new areas of potential investment by transnational petroleum firms may be clearly related to the Kenya Defense Forces’ (KDF) intervention in Somalia, which was carried out in late 2011 at the aegis of Washington through the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM).While in Kenya, Obama opened the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi and pledged over $1 billion in investments from the U.S. government, along with U.S.-based banks, foundations and donors. Some 50 percent of the investments will go to women and young people, who face obstacles when trying to start businesses, says Obama. They will have to satisfy the demands of the investors.U.S. intervention increases, instability growsWhile Obama spoke of human and especially women’s rights, the major thrust of U.S. policy in Kenya, Somalia and other East African states has been to increase U.S. military intervention and the extraction of minerals, while exploiting labor and importing commodities from these countries.An article in the Sept. 23, 2014, Somalia Current explained that “Kenya recently awarded six oil and gas blocks to the international oil companies, within Somali offshore territory approximately 120,000 km2 [46,300 square miles]. Italy, Norway, the USA and France are tended to be exploiting the trans-boundary area. It was apparent that those greedy alliances’ aim is to plunder Somalia’s offshore hydrocarbon resources and this has become more obvious since Kenya started invading southern Somalia in October 2011 while its allies such as France, Italy and Norway kept quiet about the invasion.”In December 2006, under the administration of President George W. Bush, the U.S. encouraged the Ethiopian government to invade Somalia in order to overturn the growing influence of the Islamic Courts Union. After a two-and-a-half-year occupation, the Al-Shabaab guerrilla movement emerged from the ICU and has continued a war of insurgency against the U.S. and European Union-supported regime in Mogadishu.At present some 22,000 troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are still occupying the Horn of Africa state. The CIA and the Pentagon regularly conduct drone strikes in Somalia, where they have bases of operation.Ethiopia, South SudanThe 1974 Ethiopian Revolution and its socialist orientation were overthrown in 1991, just months prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Under the Mikhail Gorbachev government, Soviet support for national liberation movements and national democratic revolutionary governments in Africa had decreased, creating a crisis throughout the international community.The post-1991 counterrevolutionary government in Addis Ababa has been closely aligned with the U.S. and other Western states. Although temporarily withdrawn from Somalia after defeats in early 2009, Ethiopian troops have re-entered the country.The presence of both the KDF and Ethiopian troops are a cause for concern even within the Somalia Federal Government, which is recognized by Washington and Wall Street.Obama also addressed the security and political crisis in the newly independent Republic of South Sudan. This state is the result of a Western-supported secessionist movement that split up the Republic of Sudan, based in Khartoum, which was previously the largest geographic nation-state in Africa.South Sudan leaders have themselves been split over the future course of the country since December 2013. President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Reik Machar have led separate warring factions in the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army. This has resulted in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people and the deaths of several thousand in a civil war in the continent’s, and the world’s, most recent state recognized by the United Nations and the African Union.A joint statement by Obama and Ethio­pian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn praised AMISOM and the others fighting in Somalia against al-Shabaab and announced an agreement for “intelli­gence cooperation,” ostensibly against “terror­ism.” (White House press release, July 27)Obama was scheduled to address the AU Commission based in Addis Ababa on July 28, but has no plans to meet with President Robert Mugabe of the Republic of Zimbabwe, who is the sitting chair of the continental body. This reflects U.S. imperialism’s hostility to Zimbabwe, particularly since its land reform program of 2000 redistributed white-owned farmland to Africans who had been expropriated during the colonial wars of the late 19th century.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Police terror, sexual violence against Black women

first_imgOn Dec. 11, former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, was convicted of 18 counts of rape and other charges associated with attacks against 13 Black women.Danielle BoachieThis conviction stands as a rare legal victory for Black rape victims as well as victims of police violence. Many rapes are never reported, and the few that are seldom result in convictions. Cops who terrorize Black people — harassing, raping, torturing or murdering at will — are even more rarely convicted.While appalling, these low rates of conviction should come as no surprise to anyone with an understanding of the repressive role the capitalist state — the police, courts and prisons — plays in society. Instead, this case is symbolic of the worst aspects of the sexist “rape culture” of the United States — the system of culture, custom and law that promotes and normalizes rape and violence against women.As the trial continued and more women testified, a harrowing picture of the officer’s predatory exploitation of authority, power and privilege emerged. Holtzclaw methodically targeted the most vulnerable — poor women, including sex workers with “criminal” or drug addiction histories who he assumed would be unlikely to be believed if they brought forth accusations against him. Using the threat of violence or arrest, Holtzclaw coerced the women into sex acts with him. One woman reported being forced to perform oral sex on the officer while he made his firearm visible on his belt. Another victim, a 17-year-old girl, testified that he threatened her with an outstanding warrant before raping her on her mother’s front porch. “What am I going to do?” she asked. “Call the cops? He was a cop.” (The Guardian, Nov. 27)Much of the mainstream media coverage of the case applauds the verdict as an example of justice served against a single “dirty cop.” Holtzclaw’s crimes, however, must be considered in the broader context of the generalized police war on Black people and all people of color. The sheer number of Black men lynched by police can, at times, lead to the invisibility of the tremendous crimes perpetrated by the state against Black and Brown women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer community. (Trans* is used with an asterisk to indicate the spectrum of all the different genders of people who do not conform to the either/or of male/female or masculine/feminine.) Normative discussions of power are constructed to embody cisgender (not transgender) masculinity, leaving the contextualization of the violence inflicted on Black women’s bodies a peripheral concern. Certainly, this tendency erases the fact that Black women are the fastest-growing incarcerated demographic in the United States. While the conviction of this cop should be applauded, the state cannot be relied upon to bring justice for Black women or any oppressed peoples. Far more often, the state is the perpetrator of violence, as in the case of Wanda Jean Allen, a Black woman executed by the state of Oklahoma in 2001. The state apparatus is complicit with racist, historical repression that criminalizes and dehumanizes Black women.Because of rape culture, gender-specific violence and anti-Black misogyny, police brutality against Black women is often synonymous with sexual assault or harassment. Yet, in order to dismantle systemic and racialized state violence and in order to achieve the liberation of all Black people, it is essential to not only include, but prioritize, the voices and lives of Black women. Holtzclaw’s conviction, though a symbolic victory, is not enough to end institutionalized racist violence against women of color. The struggle must continue until #BlackWomensLivesMatter. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Low-wage autoworkers reject rotten contract, walk out

first_imgOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADetroit — As the clock struck midnight on Dec. 8, members of United Auto Workers Local 699 at auto parts supplier Nexteer began streaming out of the plant and heading to the picket lines. The strike began after workers at the plant, in Buena Vista, Mich., voted a whopping 3,103 to 80 against a new contract that maintained a multitier pay scale and kept everyone’s wages low while increasing worker health care costs.Some Nexteer workers make as little as $12 an hour on physically demanding and mind-numbing repetitive jobs. They say they went on strike because their pay is too low to support a family. Increased health care premiums would wipe out the small raises in the contract.The plant, where workers make steering components, was originally part of General Motors and then became a Delphi plant when GM spun off its parts division. Wages fell under the 2007 contract negotiated during the Delphi bankruptcy. GM then took the plant back from Delphi but the workers were not brought under the UAW-GM master contract; wages were kept below what most GM workers make. Then, to allow the plant to be bought by Nexteer and avoid a plant closing, the UAW agreed to let Nexteer cut wages again and have an even lower wage for future hires.“We’re making history right now. We’re standing together as a union,” striker Marcus Bush told ABC News on Dec. 8. The strike was effective, causing GM to cancel a shift at one of its assembly plants. The strike ended after 20 hours when Local 699 announced a new, better contract. Workers will vote on the new agreement on Dec. 17 and 18. This contract has bigger raises and bonuses, eliminates temporary worker classifications and does not increase worker health care contributions. However, it maintains a multitier pay structure. The top rates still fall far below what a GM worker makes.It is possible that the second contract will also be rejected. Whichever way the vote goes, this strike — which follows the resistance to two-tier contracts at Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler and a monthlong UAW strike against two-tier at Kohler — demonstrates that autoworkers are part of the global resistance to the low wages that have fueled the recovery for the capitalists.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Young Cubans to ‘box on the bridge’

first_imgBoxing champ George Foreman with Pittsburgh youths who will box with the Cubans on July 30.An international spotlight will shine on youth sports July 30, when young Cuban boxers meet their Pennsylvania counterparts for an exhibition match on Pittsburgh’s Roberto Clemente Bridge. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has called “Boxing on the Bridge” one of 2016’s “can’t miss sporting events.”The match is sponsored by the nonprofit 501(c)3 Hibernian Celtic Athletic Fund. In its appeal for grass-roots financial support through, the fund states: “By staging this event on the Roberto Clemente Bridge we celebrate the bridge we have established between Pittsburgh and Cuba. … We want to turn the page and usher in a new, post-Cold-War era of friendly relations brought on by the recent opening of diplomatic relationships. … Aside from helping to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba, this event will provide some very hardworking and deserving young athletes a chance to shine on the international level.”A T-shirt gift for donating on the gofundme site recognizes Cuban revolutionary leader Che Guevara’s Irish roots. The Hibernian Celtic Athletic Fund was established to make sports accessible for low-income Pittsburgh youth of all nationalities. For the past three years on St. Patrick’s Day, the fund has sponsored an exchange with Irish boxers called the Donnybrook.The Cuban Constitution guarantees “access to study, culture and sports.” But in the U.S., youth sports, as well as art and music, are among the first to be cut when school district funding shrinks. “Boxing on the Bridge” builds on decades of work by the Pittsburgh-Matanzas Sister Cities Partnership. It will help build bridges with Cuba and public support for congressional action to finally end the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba, which continues, despite President Obama’s March visit to the island.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Fidel: ‘I shall be a Marxist-Leninist to the end of my life’

first_imgWith the death of one of the greatest revolutionaries of modern times, many recollections will be penned: of the incredible revolutionary deeds he carried out with his comrades; stories illuminating his personality; political recollections, etc.Collectively these will all add up to a rich picture of an indomitable revolutionary. It is also helpful to bring out the role of revolutionary theory in Fidel’s historic achievements.In a lengthy speech carried on television and radio throughout Cuba on Dec. 2, 1961, the fifth anniversary of the landing of the Granma, Fidel gave a background to the development of the Cuban Revolution. The transcript of the speech was published by Fair Play for Cuba in February 1962 and republished by Walter Lippmann in Cuba News in 2007. As part of this background, Fidel told the Cuban people the following:“What is the socialism we have to apply here? Utopian socialism?“We simply have to apply scientific socialism. That is why I began by saying with complete frankness that we believe in Marxism, that we believe it is the most correct, the most scientific theory, the only truly revolutionary theory. I say that here with complete satisfaction (applause) and with complete confidence: I am a Marxist-Leninist, and I shall be a Marxist-Leninist to the end of my life (prolonged applause).”Fidel had already declared for the socialist revolution the day before the Bay of Pigs invasion in April 1961, but Dec. 2 was his first public, personal declaration for Marxism-Leninism.Fidel’s declaration of his adherence to Marxism-Leninism is not in isolation. In the broadcast, Fidel revealed his thorough familiarity with revolutionary and social history. He cites Karl Marx and his collaborator, Frederick Engels. He cites V.I. Lenin as the theorist who adapted Marx to the 20th century; he discusses primary communism, slavery, the rise of the bourgeoisie and the rise of the proletariat; the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution and many other aspects of history that show his theoretical mastery of Marxism-Leninism.He urges leaders to study theory and to be able to apply it. He summed up his appreciation of Marx: “What is the historical merit of Marx? Marx writes something, a correct interpretation of what was going to happen, not simply because people wanted it, but because the very laws of historical evolution predetermined it. This is the great merit of Marx, the founder of scientific socialism, which gives the working class a theory.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Protesters at football events say #NoDAPL

first_imgMinneapolis, Jan. 1.Two important protests against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near Standing Rock, N.D., gained national attention during football-related events.On Jan. 1 two protesters courageously hung a “No DAPL” banner high in the rafters of the U.S. Bank indoor stadium during a Minnesota Vikings/Chicago Bears National Football League game in Minneapolis.The banner demanded that U.S. Bank, a major investor in the pipeline, divest from the project. The banner drop was captured by spectators on social media. The climbers, Karl Mayo, 32, and Sen Holiday, 26, were arrested for their heroic act.Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 2.Then, on Jan. 2, activists joined the Rose Bowl Parade to express support for the anti-DAPL struggle. The annual parade in Pasadena, Calif., which precedes the Rose Bowl college football game, attracts hundreds of thousands of people and millions more on television. The activists’ visibility included a float, a 150-foot-long replica of the pipeline, banners and placards. The slogans read “Water is sacred,” “We are the water protectors” and “Water is life.”The DAPL has been a major focus of national and international protest since last spring, led by hundreds of Indigenous Nations. The oil pipeline, being built with the backing of Wall Street money estimated to be close to $3 billion, is to go underground and under the Missouri River near the Standing Rock reservation, violating sacred ancestral lands of the Lakota Sioux Nation and threatening the river. If the pipeline were to suffer an oil leak, which has happened elsewhere, the water supply of at least 17 million people would be poisoned.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Women march against Washington

first_imgThis is a tran­scrip­tion of a Jan. 24 Prison Radio broadcast.They covered the streets like rain: women — in hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands — millions.Millions marched in almost 700 cities in the U.S. and in world capitals. Millions against Trump. Millions against Trumpism.I’d read that it was planned to follow the bleak and blustering inauguration, but who knew that it would be this vast?To paraphrase Trump, “It was huuuuuggge!”If ever anyone wondered what millions of women thought of the new American president, they answered with a thousand thunderclaps.From toddlers in strollers, to crones in wheelchairs — and everywhere in between — women poured into the streets of the capital, and in hundreds of cities, to denounce President Trump.Not since President Bush announced his invasion of Iraq have we seen such sheer spectacle. Seldom have people demonstrated so clearly against an elected politician. To anyone who saw it, such a sight will not be soon forgotten.Their signs ran from the silly to the serious, but almost all referenced women’s demands for equal rights and freedom.They demonstrated, by their incredible numbers, that women are a force to be reckoned with.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Los Angeles neighborhood self-defense stops cops

first_imgSome members of the L.A. Block Club that defeated the cops, with Edith Simpson in the middle, Joe Crosby, club president, second from left, and Sekou and John Parker on the right with Diamond.Los Angeles, July 14 — Tonight in my neighborhood I witnessed yet another example of the police as the occupying force in Black and Brown communities.About 10:30 p.m., I was alerted to the situation when my dog barked — because cops were outside our window. There were nine cop cars in front of my house and my neighbor’s house, with about 13 cops in my neighbor’s yard.Self portrait, D’Andre Coleman.In a later conversation with my neighbor’s grandson, D’Andre Coleman, I found out what had happened. D’Andre , who is about 28 and Black, was going to his car, parked in front of his house, to get his shoes. As he was putting them on by his car, another car rolled up to him and flashed a light in his face, so he knew it was the police. The cop asked if it was his car and he said it was. She asked again and he repeated that it was. When he began walking back to his house, she told him he couldn’t leave. He asked her if he was being detained and she didn’t answer, so he continued to walk.Without warning and before he could reach his porch steps, the cop got out of the car, ran towards him and pulled on his leg, making him trip and hit his head on the mailbox. He managed to get into his house, but the cop and another cop pulled him out, handcuffed and detained him in the driveway.Then the sergeant cop said to D’Andre Colman: “It’s all fun and games until I shoot you. Then they have to call for backup.” The lieutenant cop was standing there and heard the sergeant but said nothing.When I saw the cops outside, I went over to my neighbor and heard the young man’s grandmother, Edith Simpson, distressed and angry, trying to explain to the cops her concern. She said she’s seen many Black young men shot by the cops in the funeral parlor where she works, so she was concerned about her grandson in handcuffs who had just been assaulted.I told my neighbor I’d get help from the other neighbors, and I went and got my son Sekou and also our Harvard Blvd. Block Club president, Joe Crosby, who then got others to stand in our neighbor’s yard even though the cops were trying to get us to leave.We repeatedly told the cops that the person they had in handcuffs lived here, in our neighborhood, and it was his car. He even had the keys to the car in his pocket. Their excuse was that he was suspected of stealing the car.So, we asked, now that they knew who he was, why were they still here and why was he still in handcuffs?The fact is they wanted to escalate the situation and probably arrest him. If it were not for the community coming out to show “we ain’t havin’ it“ that would have happened.Finally, after about 30 to 40 minutes and lots of insults hurled their way, the cops let him go. D’Andre emphasized to me: “If it wasn’t for everyone coming out, I’d be dead because there were a lot of cops refusing to de-escalate, which is part of the problem.”The cops didn’t care about any legal rights or laws they were breaking. Not only did they threaten to kill D’Andre Coleman, they also searched his car with no warrant. D’Andre told me: “While I was on the porch, I saw them searching my car and I told them, when I was in handcuffs, that I did not consent to that. Later, I found things from my glove compartment and trunk on the floor and seat of my car.”As for cops standing around and watching injustice happen during this and many other incidents of police terror, D’Andre commented to me: “If you simply watch someone get pushed and fall off a cliff without helping, then you might as well have been the one pushing.”D’Andre noted that the police have gotten worse in our community: “Having it happen here, it’s unnerving and unsettling. I live here and they [cops] live 30 miles away.”It really is a frightening thing when 13 trigger-happy cops are targeting a young Black or Brown person. But, most importantly, we gathered as many people as possible together to show solidarity and “discourage” the cops’ rabid instincts.This victory was a good education in solidarity and the power of communities coming together in self-defense against these pigs. Our block club is now in the process of organizing a rapid response network for any future violations by the cops, and the family is getting legal help from Justice Warriors for Black Lives organizer Nana Gyamfi.John Parker was Workers World Party candidate for the U.S. Senate in California in 2016, and WWP candidate for U.S. president in 2004. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Palestinos solidarios con huelga de prisión de EUA

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this La siguiente declaración fue publicada por palestinos del Frente Popular para la Liberación de Palestina que han sido encarcelados por el colonialismo sionista por su papel en la lucha por la liberación de su pueblo. Están entre los casi 6.000 palestinos actualmente encarcelados por la ocupación israelí. Su solidaridad extiende puños de resistencia y manos de la unidad a través de los barrotes de la prisión para apoyar la huelga nacional de prisiones de EUA que comenzó el 21 de agosto. Escribimos hoy como palestinos encarcelados del Frente Popular para la Liberación de Palestina, detenidos en cárceles israelíes por nuestra participación en la lucha por la liberación de nuestra tierra y nuestro pueblo. Hoy, extendemos nuestra solidaridad a los prisioneros en las cárceles de EUA que participan en la huelga nacional de prisiones que comienza el 21 de agosto, luchando contra la explotación, el racismo y el capitalismo desde el corazón de las cárceles imperialistas.Comenzamos expresando nuestro luto por George Jackson, el revolucionario y mártir encarcelado de la lucha de Liberación Negra. La huelga comienza en el 47º aniversario de su muerte, un evento que fue reconocido en Palestina y en todo el mundo en ese momento como un asesinato de una verdadera voz de lucha por parte de la clase dominante de EUA. Como prisioneros palestinos, también sabemos que George Jackson era un internacionalista y que las obras del poeta palestino Samih al-Qasem, que aborda el encarcelamiento y la resistencia, fueron encontradas en su celda después de su asesinato. Hoy, les escribimos para forjar una vez más esa conexión de lucha, a pesar de nuestras diferentes circunstancias.La huelga en prisión es una lucha de trabajadores oprimidos y explotados, ante todo, enfrentando la brutalidad desenmascarada del capitalismo tras las rejas. En todo el mundo, los presos han protegido sus derechos humanos y han obtenido victorias mediante la lucha. Sabemos que están exigiendo mejores condiciones, el derecho a luchar en el tribunal por sus derechos y el fin de las sentencias excesivas y de por vida. También están exigiendo que se ponga fin a la nueva forma de esclavitud que se encuentra en las cárceles de EUA, donde a los trabajadores penitenciarios se les pagan centavos para producir bienes y prestar servicios a algunas de las corporaciones más grandes del país.También saludamos su lucha contra el racismo. El colonialismo de asentamiento e imperialismo de EUA practican su racismo vicioso tanto interna como externamente, y el sistema penitenciario refleja esa realidad. Comunidades negras, comunidades latinas, comunidades árabes están siendo atacadas, enfrentando encarcelamientos masivos y un sistema que busca encarcelar y explotar en lugar de apoyar y alimentar a jóvenes y ancianos.Hoy, los trabajadores penitenciarios son algunos de los trabajadores más explotados en EUA, y la misma clase dominante que se beneficia de la confiscación de tierras y recursos palestinos y del bombardeo de niños en Yemen también se beneficia del trabajo forzado de los prisioneros. Su lucha es una lucha de los trabajadores que es parte de nuestro conflicto global contra la explotación cruel que nuestros pueblos enfrentan hoy en día. Esta lucha dentro de las cárceles pone de relieve las profundas conexiones entre el racismo y el capitalismo y cómo la lucha contra ellos nunca puede desvincularse.La campaña de boicot que es parte de su huelga también enfatiza el papel crítico del boicot al enfrentar la explotación y la opresión. Si bien nuestras circunstancias y vidas pueden variar mucho entre sí de muchas maneras, también nosotros enfrentamos la explotación económica a través de un sistema de “cantina” que busca sacar provecho de nuestro encarcelamiento como palestinos. Sabemos que los aprovechados de las prisiones en EUA también se benefician de las cantinas en prisiones, llamadas telefónicas y otras compras, y saludamos su campaña de boicot. Esta es la misma razón por la que hacemos un llamado a las personas de todo el mundo para que se unan al movimiento de boicot, desinversión y sanciones contra Israel. No podemos ni debemos ser consumidores de quienes se benefician de nuestra miseria y opresión.Al ingresar a su huelga, les saludamos a ustedes y a su lucha, e instamos a todos los que aún no se han comprometido, a unirse a la huelga. Extendemos un especial saludo revolucionario a los luchadores encarcelados del Movimiento de Liberación Negro y otros movimientos de liberación, incluido Mumia Abu-Jamal, cuyo internacionalismo consistente y lucha de principios se conoce y resuena en todo el mundo. Exigimos la libertad de estos luchadores por la libertad en las cárceles de EUA, desde Leonard Peltier a Mutulu Shakur.Sabemos por nuestra experiencia que es a través de la lucha y el enfrentamiento que se puede realizar la verdadera libertad. Su huelga se inicia dentro del corazón del imperialismo estadounidense, el mayor peligro que enfrentan nuestros pueblos palestinos y la gente del mundo. Sabemos que su victoria también será una victoria para Palestina, así como nuestras victorias en Palestina serán una victoria para todas las luchas contra el imperialismo, el racismo y la opresión en EUA y en el mundo.Con saludos revolucionarios,Los prisioneros palestinos del Frente Popular para la Liberación de Palestina dentro de las cárceles israelíes, yLos prisioneros liberados palestinos del Frente Popular para la Liberación de Palestina20 de agosto de 2018last_img read more