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On Dec. 9, 1981, Abu-Jamal was driving a taxi when he saw that police had stopped his brother. He got out of the car to make sure police were not violating his brother's civil rights.In the altercation that followed, Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was shot and killed. Witnesses saw a man flee the scene who did not look like Abu-Jamal. But when police arrived, they arrested Mumia Abu-Jamal, who had also been shot....
Leonard Peltier will be 63 years old on September 12, 2007. It's an international day for demanding the immediate, unconditional freedom of this Native American artist, writer, and activist--one of the most widely recognized political prisoners in the world....
everal United States congressional representatives have called for a ban on travel into the U.S. from the three West African states which have been the most severely impacted by the recent Ebola Virus Disease outbreak. These proposals demanded that President Barack Obama prohibit travelers from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia from entering the U.S....
Historic Riverside Church in New York City was the location for the send-off on Oct. 10 of the “National Caravan in Solidarity with the Children and Families at the Mexico and Texas Borders.” The enthusiastic crowd of nearly 100 supporters cheered on caravan organizers and participants, jumping to their feet several times during the program....
Thomas Eric Duncan died on Oct. 8 at a Dallas hospital from the Ebola virus. He had traveled to Dallas from his home country of Liberia to see friends and family members....
With the death of Thomas Eric Duncan in the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on Oct. 8, the political dynamics of the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak have taken on wider dimensions....
An unprecedented weekend of mass resistance took place in St. Louis, Ferguson, Clayton and other parts of Missouri on Oct. 10-13. Many actions demanded an end to police terror and for real justice for Michael Brown, John Crawford III, Vonderrit Myers Jr. and countless others who have lost their young lives at the hands of the police....
The following is a press release from the Anti-Privatization of Healthcare Coordination, centered in Madrid, that was issued on Oct. 7 following the announcement that a nurse at the Carlos III Hospital had contracted Ebola after contact with an Ebola patient brought back from West Africa....
More often than not college commencement speakers are corporate CEOs, bankers or politicians — the people who will exercise control over students’ futures by exploiting their labor, piling mountains of student loan debt on them or starting endless wars that threaten the very futures of them and their families....
Justice was finally served on Oct. 1 when a Florida jury convicted Michael Dunn of the first-degree murder of Jordan Davis, 17. The unarmed African-­American youth was fatally shot by Dunn in November 2012....
A special session at the 69th U.N. General Assembly discussed the spread of the Ebola virus in several West African states on Sept. 25. African Union Commission Chair Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan spoke on the worsening crisis and the need for assistance from the international community to effectively address the burgeoning impact of the disease, which has killed more than 3,100 people since March....
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Eight experts and journalists visiting the West African state of Guinea were found dead in Nzerekore on Sept. 20. They went there to educate about preventing the spread of Ebola. Reports from Guinea say the delegation met with community elders, then was later attacked by youths....
Recent revelations about athletes and domestic abuse imply that these horrific acts are particular to sports culture in the United States. This is not so. This phenomenon stems from the oppression of women in class society, which exists side by side with racism, worker exploitation and other forms of inequality and discrimination....
Activists in over 2,808 cities in 166 countries participated on Sept. 21 in the first international Peoples Climate March. The events took place two days before more than 120 world leaders will convene for the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City on Sept. 23 to plan for a new global climate treaty in 2015....
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The National Football League’s Baltimore Ravens’ running back, Ray Rice, has been indefinitely suspended from the NFL, and then cut by his team as of Sept. 8 due to a February domestic violence incident involving his then fiancee Janay Palmer....
The foreclosure crisis has had a negative impact on the people of the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., the epicenter of a rebellion for justice springing from the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, at the hands of cop Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. ...
The scene could have been scripted by Hollywood, except this time the prison guards and cops were certainly not the heroes. In the late night hours of Labor Day, Sept. 1, during a guard shift change, 32 young men, Black, Brown and white, broke through the walls of their dorms and slipped out underneath the fence of the Woodland Youth Development Center, a state-run youth prison in Nashville, Tenn. Since then, all but six of the youth have been apprehended....
The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Sept. 3 that it will conduct a civil rights investigation beginning Sept. 4 into the Ferguson, Mo., police department in the wake of the Aug. 9 police murder of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. As he held his hands up to surrender, Brown was shot at least six times and killed by Darren Wilson, a white cop....
The “crime” of walking while Black — and driving, shopping, sitting, standing and merely existing while Black — in the United States is often punishable by death.  This means death by police bullets from cops trained to shoot and kill....
Preparations are underway for an evening of “Love and Resistance for Imam Jamil Al-Amin,” on Sept. 12 in New York City. Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown, is suffering from serious illnesses and is currently being held at the Butner Federal Medical Center in North Carolina....
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Just one day after U.S. President Barack Obama hosted leaders from across Africa, African Americans exploded in rebellion in Ferguson, Mo....
The call for justice continues not only in Ferguson, Mo., but around the United States since the Aug. 9 brutal murder of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old African American who was shot in broad daylight by a white police officer, Darren Wilson. Not since the 1992 Los Angeles rebellion has there been another one like the one that erupted in Ferguson on Aug. 10 and lasted for over a week. And never before has so much national and international scrutiny been paid towards the racist scourge of police terror inside the U.S....
Protests in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Mo., in response to the police murder of African-American youth Michael Brown continued in cities across the U.S. for a second week. Demonstrators echoed common demands for an end to racism, for justice for all victims of police brutality, and for charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who fired six bullets killing the unarmed teenager on Aug. 9....
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At least 15,000 people demonstrated in Staten Island, N.Y., on Aug. 23,  demanding justice for Eric Garner, an African American, slain on July 17 by New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo.   A video of Pantaleo applying a chokehold to Garner, killing him, has been widely disseminated, and been seen by millions of people worldwide....
Many thousands of people, the majority of them standing outside the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, gathered here in solidarity today to comfort the family of Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9....
Michael Brown was killed by white police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9 while he walked through the streets of his neighborhood. His brutal death from six gunshot wounds fired at close range sparked immediate mass demonstrations in Ferguson that have continued for over two weeks. The protests and rebellion in Ferguson highlight the growing intolerance for police repression among African-American working-class youth. In response to the unrest in this suburb outside St. Louis, tens of thousands more have gathered in solidarity in cities across the U.S. Police and government responses to the demonstrations in Ferguson are designed to violently suppress dissent. Military equipment and law-enforcement deployment tactics used in this majority African-American town of 21,000 resembled those utilized in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Palestine and other regions of the world where U.S. imperialism is seeking directly or indirectly to oppress and exploit the people....
Anti-racists from all over the world fighting against police brutality have expressed their solidarity with the embattled African-American community of Ferguson. Many have come to Ferguson since cop Darren Wilson gunned down 18-year-old, unarmed Michael Brown on Aug. 8....
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Once again, a Black unarmed youth has been killed by a cop....
This Aug. 14 message, posted at cwa-union.org, is from Claude Cummings, Communication Workers of America vice president of District 6 and Executive Board Diversity Committee chair of the same union....
Black and Brown people in the United States are righteously fighting for freedom and justice. So are the Palestinian people....
The situation in Ferguson is by no means an isolated incident. Since the time of slavery, Africans have resisted national oppression, racist violence and economic exploitation. To even suggest that the oppressed and the oppressor have equal responsibility in a situation that was clearly provoked by the police, the authorities in St. Louis County and the state of Missouri is disingenuous, to say the least....
The following message of solidarity was issued Aug. 19 by the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home coalition, which is organizing for the freedom of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.  ...
Vigils and demonstrations involving thousands took place the evening of Thursday, Aug. 14, in at least 90 cities across the United States to protest the police killing of Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson, Mo. Organized quickly on social media, the somber and angry gatherings included a moment of silence for Brown at 7:20 p.m. Eastern time. Other demonstrations against the racist killing and in solidarity with the ongoing rebellion of the African-American community in Ferguson have taken place before and since....
Atlanta — The crowd had been organized by college and high school students. Estimated by the Atlanta police at 5,000, they gathered at CNN on Aug. 18 to denounce its scurrilous news coverage of the killing of Mike Brown by a Ferguson cop — with sensationalized images of “violent” protesters in the face of heavily militarized police forces and repeated character assassination of the dead youth....
The great struggle for justice by the African-American people of Ferguson, Mo., comes after a white cop there gunned down young Michael Brown. Witnesses say the 18-year-old was unarmed and calling “Don’t shoot” with his hands in the air when officer Darren Wilson repeatedly shot and killed him....
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A Wayne County jury on Aug. 7 found Theodore Wafer, 55, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., a Detroit suburb, guilty on all charges, including second-degree murder, in the death of 19-year-old ­African- American Renisha McBride. Wafer could face up to life in prison after a sentencing hearing scheduled for Aug. 25....
Aug 13, 2014
The blue plague
The grim news that police have killed yet another unarmed African-American youth comes this time from Ferguson, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis. Michael Brown, just 18, had expected to enter college in a few weeks. Police have not yet come up with any explanation for why officers riddled Brown’s body with 10 bullets after stopping him as he walked with a friend to his grandmother’s house. Nor has the Ferguson Police Department even released the name of the killer cop, who has been put on “administrative leave.”...
Against the illuminating backdrop of the Dred Scott Decision of 1857, there exists disturbing parallels between the cowardly New York Police Department’s racist killing of Eric Garner and the on-going, genocidal assault against the heroic Palestinian people by the Zionist garrison state of Israel. These parallels are fervently anchored in the ideology of exceptionalism, imperial expansion and white supremacy. They go to the very heart of how the United States developed into an unprecedented empire, along with the creation of Israel  as an extension to that end....
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The Detroit Water & Sewerage Department announced at a federal bankruptcy court hearing before Judge Steven Rhodes today that there would be a 15-day suspension of water shutoffs while policies were enacted to address the current crisis in the city. Additional measures are purportedly being designed to address the massive termination of water services for thousands of households in this economically distressed majority African-American city....
The International Action Center demands along with many others the long-overdue freedom for Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown), who is currently housed at the U.S. Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colo....
Activists put a sardonic but accurate twist on the Fourth of July so-called celebration.  It is called the “Fourth of You-Lie.”

This is certainly apropos of the current crisis on the U.S./Mexican border, which played out in Murietta, Calif., on July 4 and earlier on July 1....

Under the banner of “Moral Freedom Summer” — drawing on the 50th anniversary of “Freedom Summer” in 1964 — the North Carolina NAACP announced at the final Moral Monday in Raleigh on June 23 plans to “turn mass mobilization into mass organization.” While much of the effort will be focused on voter registration, young organizers in counties across the state will be engaged in a number of organizing initiatives aimed at deepening the unity built between struggles by the Moral Monday movement and engaging more people in the broader fightback....
On June 19, 2014, twelve years after the filing of a lawsuit by the Central Park 5 — five innocent Black and Latino teenage boys who in April 1989 were arrested, interrogated for hours without an attorney, coerced into confessing, tried, convicted and imprisoned for a crime they never committed — New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio officially settled the lawsuit in their favor, awarding them $40 million....
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At his Escambia County polling site on June 3, 93-year-old African-American Willie Mims was disenfranchised by Alabama’s strict new voter ID law. Mims was turned away because he did not have a photo ID....
The Veolia Corporation’s campaign to break the Boston School Bus Drivers Union and rip up their contract is part of a broader austerity attack that targets the unions, public education and Boston’s African-American, Latino/a and immigrant communities....
Her name was Yuri, a Japanese woman born in the United States. I hesitate to call her a Japanese-American, for to do so suggests she was a citizen.  In light of how she, her family and her community were treated during World War II, especially after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, to call any of them citizens would be an exaggeration....
Boston’s school bus drivers are entering the most intense phase yet of their struggle against the notorious labor-busting Veolia Corporation. Four leaders of the drivers’ union, United Steelworkers Local 8751, remain fired and have exhausted their unemployment benefits. Veolia and the city of Boston have blatantly violated contract rules in giving out more than 100 summer jobs to non-union companies. The current school bus drivers’ contract expires on June 30. Hanging above everything are massive austerity cuts in education for Boston schoolchildren. Among the responses by Team Solidarity — the voice of United School Bus Union Workers — is a call for a mass rally, called Solidarity Day III, on June 30 in front of Veolia’s corporate offices....
Elombe Brath was a revolutionary Pan African. Seventy-seven years old when he made his transition, Elombe was a walking encyclopedia of African history....
It came on the heels of a powerful sit-in at the office of North Carolina’s Speaker of the House Thom Tillis on May 27, during which 11 fast food workers and four clerics were arrested after nearly 12 hours of sitting in at the speaker’s office. This time the Moral Monday movement rallied nearly 1,000 people at the North Carolina Legislature — called the General Assembly — on June 2 around the theme of environmental and health justice....
The following is based on releases that the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA) issued on June 5. They concern the deteriorating health of long-term political prisoner Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, who  in the 1960s and 1970s, under his name at the time, H. Rap Brown, was a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) for six years and was briefly in the Black Panther Party....
Youth and students from successive generations were influenced by Maya Angelou’s widely read book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” The autobiographical work addressed the formative years of the author, who died May 28 at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., at the age of 86....
Elombe Brath, a world-renown Pan-Africanist who promoted the national liberation of all African people from racism, neo-colonialism and imperialism, died at the age of 77 in Amsterdam Nursing Home in Harlem, New York.  Born and raised in Harlem, Brath suffered a number of strokes since 2009. It is ironic that he died on May 19 — on what would have been the 89th birthday of the great Black Nationalist and internationalist, Malcolm X, whom Brath admired greatly, as he did Marcus Garvey....
Once home to some of the most violent racists in the U.S., Jackson, Miss., is now a key training ground for self-determination and organized “people power” throughout the U.S. South....
Ras Baraka — the son of the late Amiri Baraka, a world-renowned poet, playwright and activist, and Amina Baraka, also a poet and activist — became the new mayor of Newark, N.J., on May 13. He won 54 percent of the vote in the largest city in New Jersey and a city which, according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, is more than 52 percent African American....
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Union Square, New York City — Since a migrant upsurge in 2006 revived May Day in the United States, Union Square in this city has attracted those most unequivocally in defense of worker and immigrant rights — who call not merely for immigration reform but for legalization of the undocumented, without conditions. Union Square has drawn together the most militant and anti-imperialist forces in this huge, multinational city....
He was born in New Jersey 76 years ago as Rubin Carter, but most people knew him as “The Hurricane,” his ring name earned after a dizzying career as a ferocious middleweight boxer with a mean left hook....
The owner of the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, was caught on audiotape April 9 making undeniably racist remarks demanding that a female friend — who happens to be Black and Latina — not bring Black men to Clippers’ basketball games. That this tape was released in the midst of the playoffs and immediately involved some of the best-known present and former stars has made it national news. It has become the subject of a national discussion that even involved President Barack Obama....
It seems almost too good to be true. On April 15, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced the creation of a new Conviction Review Unit to investigate disputed homicide convictions that have legitimate claims of new evidence and where defendants have declared their innocence...
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On April 24, political prisoner and world-renowned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal turns 60. He has spent over half his life in solitary confinement on Pennsylvania’s death row, and most recently, since early 2012, he has been in general population at SCI Mahanoy where he still faces life in prison despite ample evidence of his innocence....
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In Africa women have been in the forefront of movements toward national liberation, social and environmental justice, and gender equality....
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People across the country are outraged by Florida State Attorney Angela Corey’s recent decision to retry Marissa Alexander, a Black woman and a survivor of intimate partner violence who defended herself against her attacker, with the possibility of a 60-year prison sentence....
Black Reconstruction represented the aspirations of millions of formerly enslaved people to win bourgeois democratic rights. This radical period was violently cut short by a terrorist counterrevolution, led by the former slavocracy with complicity from the federal government....
International Women’s Day was marked in Providence, R.I., by a “Women of All Colors Assembly,” a wonderful gathering of 100 amazing women representing dozens of organizations. Convened by mostly...
The origins of women’s oppression in the rise of class society and the historic need for socialism were raised as well. Two of the speakers gave a call to “Shut it down!” on April 1, the day when objectors to the Detroit emergency manager’s bankruptcy plan of austerity and giveaways to the banks will turn in their objections and rally outside the federal bankruptcy court....
The atmosphere was electric and filled with optimism on March 8 as a dynamic march took over the sidewalks of the East Village and then went up Sixth Avenue toward midtown Manhattan. The march commemorated the 104th anniversary of International Working Women’s Day....
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Providence, R.I. — A multinational grouping of women came together on Feb. 8 for the first Women’s Assembly Planning Committee meeting. The committee is organizing a Women of All Colors Assembly in Providence on International Women’s Day, March 8....
The United States supported repressive reactionaries in Haiti even before its independence in 1804. The first foreign aid granted by the U.S. — $750,000, a tremendous sum then — was sent to French slave masters in Haiti to put down the rebellion. This was done during slave-owning George Washington’s administration, under the direction of slave-owning Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson....
National elections will be held in the Republic of South Africa on May 7. The ruling African National Congress, after two decades in power, hopes to maintain control of the post-apartheid state....
With the death of Nelson Mandela on Dec. 5, 2013, the impact of his life and political work was recognized not just by the people of South Africa and the African continent but oppressed and struggling peoples throughout the world. People of African descent outside of Africa cherish the legacy of Mandela that remains an inspiration to the African-American people’s movement for genuine equality and self-determination....
“I’m a college graduate, African-American, and I’m gay.” With these words spoken on Feb. 9, Michael Sam, an All-American college defensive back with the highly ranked Missouri Tigers in 2013, could potentially make history as the first openly gay male recruited to a National Football League football team....
More than 1,000 student volunteers, along with rank-and-file workers and professionals from the northern and western cities of the U.S., traveled to Mississippi and southwest Tennessee in the summer of 1964 to assist African Americans in their decades-long struggle to acquire the right to vote....
Feb 12, 2014
MASSIVE MARCH
The appeal went out: “Just like Dr. King said in 1965, ‘Come to Selma!’; we’re saying in 2014, ‘Come to Raleigh!’” And come they did. Over 80,000 demonstrators took part in the Moral March on Raleigh, Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Assembly on Feb. 8....
Despite bitterly cold temperatures, more than 100 people — chanting “Not one more!” — protested Jan. 30 outside New York Police Department headquarters in lower Manhattan to demand justice for Islan Nettles. Nettles, an African-American transgender woman, was brutally beaten in Harlem on Aug. 17. She died from her injuries five days later.

Eyewitnesses reported that a man named Paris Wilson attacked Nettles, shouted anti-trans and anti-gay slurs, and beat her while she lay helpless on the ground....

With 55.9 million television viewers watching the National Football Conference championship game on Jan. 19, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman sealed his team’s dreams of going to Super Bowl XVIII by tipping away a last minute pass to San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree in the end zone. This game-changing play occurred within seconds of the end of the game. This tremendous show of athleticism should have been the main headline, but due to the corporate media, the attention of millions of people was diverted to his postgame interview....
We are asking people to make at least one call to demand that Clarence Moses-El be released from prison, where he is in the 27th year of a 48 sentence for a crime he did not commit.Your calls are important and will have an impact....
On Jan. 17, dozens of people gathered for a press conference and protest outside Fox News in Philadelphia to denounce the attacks of Fox analysts and the Fraternal Order of Police on political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and on Debo Adegbile, President Barack Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Department of Justice, because of Adegbile’s legal advocacy work for Abu-Jamal....
Amiri Baraka — an award-winning poet, playwright and Black revolutionary — died on Jan. 9 at the age of 79 in Newark, N.J., following a short illness. He was a supporter of many left-wing causes, including the ongoing struggle to free political prisoners like Mumia Abu-Jamal. In 2009, the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture held a 75th birthday tribute event for Baraka in Harlem, N.Y. A memorial and funeral were held for Baraka at Newark Symphony Hall on Jan. 18, where thousands of people attended to celebrate his life and immeasurable political and cultural contributions. The following are excerpts from the obituary that was distributed at the memorial....
The name Amiri Baraka has been known to me since my teens, when I was a member of the Black Panther Party....
Clarence Moses-El has been in prison since 1987, when he was sentenced to 48 years in jail for a crime he did not commit. He has maintained his innocence since the beginning. The three people originally identified as suspects by the victim were never arrested nor were they ever questioned....
The federal holiday that commemorates martyred civil rights, social justice and peace activist Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. takes on added significance this year in light of the renewed attacks on municipalities throughout the United States. Workers and students in public educational institutions are facing massive layoffs and school closings, while local government employees are threatened with job elimination and the theft of pensions and health care programs....
Amiri Baraka, a longtime Black revolutionary who was very influential in the struggle against racist and class oppression for over five decades, died on Jan. 9 at the age of 79, following a short illness in Newark, N.J.  At a Jan.10 public forum in New York City, Baraka used his status as a spoken word poet, writer and playwright to help elevate the Black liberation struggle starting in the 1960s — when he was first known as Leroi Jones — until his death....
Supporters demanding justice for Andy Lopez, led by the Mothers in White, packed a Sonoma County Board of Supervisors (BOS) public hearing on Jan. 7. Thirteen-year-old Andy Lopez was killed by Deputy Erick Gelhaus, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Department, on Oct. 22 as Andy was returning a replica AK-47 BB gun to his friend’s house. Ever since the killing, the streets of Santa Rosa have been filled by young, mostly Latino/a students demanding justice for the loss of his young life....
The US government is now using the IRS as a weapon against us since they have failed to defeat us with OFAC -- the Office of Foreign Assets Control (the government entity that enforces the blockade of Cuba). For the past twenty-two years we have stood firm in our faith and our conviction as we have organized our US-Cuba Friendshipment caravans. It is our faith which calls us to offer "a cup of cold water" (Matthew 25:35) to our brothers and sisters suffering as a result of US policies. This is an attack on people of faith and conscience and IFCO is standing firm and fighting back, as we have done for nearly half a century....
Taken from a Dec. 5 statement which can be read in its entirety at Native News Online at tinyurl.com/q7rcsnp. Political prisoner Leonard Peltier has been incarcerated for 37 years....
Taken from a Dec. 8 audio column recorded by political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal on prisonradio.org....
Taken from a speech given by Army Gen. Raúl Castro Ruz, president of the Councils of State and Ministers, at the funeral honors for the historic leader of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg, Dec. 10, 2013, Year 55 of the Revolution....
South Africa’s masses poured into the streets and assigned venues to mourn the death and celebrate the life and struggles of Nelson Rohlihahla Mandela. From formal memorial services in Johannesburg to Mandela’s remains lying in state in Pretoria, to community gatherings and those at his residences, all culminating in the state funeral in Qunu, people from inside the country and internationally expressed their grief and appreciation for the heroic contributions of one of the most notable political figures of the 20th and early 21st centuries. At the official memorial services on Dec. 10, which took place at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg where the 2010 World Soccer Cup was held, more than 100,000 people gathered inside and around the stadium to express their condolences. There was live streaming of the memorial as well as activities surrounding the stadium....
Millions for Mumia, an anti-death penalty project of the International Action Center since 1999, strongly urges its friends and allies to support the important efforts by the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home especially the $60 for Mumia's 60th birthday appeal. The Campaign stresses that $60,000 can be raised if 1,000 people donate $60; there is an incentive for the first 100 people who donate. Also $60 is around the cost of one dinner for two or movie tickets for four adults....
We, the undersigned, call on Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal and recommend that Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania immediately release Abu-Jamal from prison. In 2011, the death sentence of this world-renowned journalist was declared unconstitutional and commuted to life without parole for allegedly murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. Abu-Jamal is an outstanding citizen, who has been racially profiled and targeted for his political affiliations by a Philadelphia police department with a long history of brutality and corruption. For thirty years, he has been denied basic rights. ...
People came out on a day’s notice in freezing weather to protest New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s appointment of arch-racist William Bratton as the next police commissioner....
We join the billions who are grieving for Nelson Mandela, who died on Dec. 5 in Johannesburg, South Africa. We reprint below an article published last July when Mandela was hospitalized....
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine expressed its deep condolences upon the death of the South African national symbol of struggle and solidarity against the apartheid regime, a friend of liberation movements around the world, the leader Nelson Mandela....
Nelson Mandela’s death has drawn responses from throughout the U.S. and the world. To oppressed and working people, Mandela was a symbol and example of self-sacrifice and lifelong commitment to revolutionary change....
The Congress of South African Trade Unions joins all South Africans, and millions more all over the world, in mourning the sad loss today, 5 December 2013, of the greatest ever South African and most inspirational leader in our struggle for liberty and democracy, our beloved Comrade, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela....
Just after an extended period of time in lockdown, one of the Cuban Five political prisoners inside the U.S., Hero of the Republic of Cuba Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, dedicated this short message to the memory of Nelson Mandela....
Last night, the millions of the people of South Africa, majority of whom the working class and poor, and the billions of the rest of the people the world over, lost a true revolutionary, President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Tata Madiba....
Africans were enslaved by Britain and the United States in continental North America for nearly 250 years (1619-1865). The profits accrued from the Atlantic slave trade led to the rise of industrial capitalism and the worldwide exploitative system of imperialism. (See “Capitalism and Slavery” by Eric Williams, 1944)...
Marissa Alexander, the 34-year-old African-American woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for defending herself against her abusive former spouse, was released on $200,000 bail on Nov. 27.  She will remain under house arrest and electronic monitoring in her Jacksonville, Fla., home until her retrial, which is tentatively set for this coming March 31....
The multinational working class of New York City — who seemed to have been submerged as a political factor during the long reign of Wall Street billionaire Michael Bloomberg — have elected a new mayor who gives the appearance, at least, of being Bloomberg’s opposite. And that is what was important about this election....
Thousands of students and community members have taken to the streets to protest the killing of 13-year-old Latino student Andy Lopez, who was gunned down by a Santa Rosa sheriff’s deputy on Oct. 22, as Lopez was returning a replica AK-47 BB gun to his friend’s house....
In an inspiring event Nov. 1 at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury’s Dudley Square, the heart of Boston’s African-American community, about 200 people, many of them Boston school bus drivers, attended the Boston premiere of the documentary film “Mumia Abu-Jamal: Long Distance Revolutionary.” The event was emceed by Miya X of the Women’s Fightback Network....
The controversial documentary “Let the Fire Burn” had its Philadelphia premiere on Oct. 26 during the 2013 Philadelphia Film Festival. Introducing the film, which is about the 1985 bombing of the MOVE house by Philadelphia police, director Jason Osder described it as “one of the most relevant films to be shown during the festival.”...
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Beginning at 2 p.m. on Oct. 3, all the ruling-class media ran nonstop coverage about a car chase that took place in the heavy security area of Washington, D.C. The chase involved a driver who crashed gates in front of the White House and on Capitol Hill. Cameras focused on a full mobilization of D.C. Metropolitan and Capitol Hill police, along with the FBI and other armed federal agencies....
James Earl Rivera was only 16 years old and unarmed when he was shot to death by two Stockton police officers, Gregory Dunn and Eric Azarvand, and San Joaquin County Sheriff John Nesbitt. A total of 48 rounds hit the van that James was driving on July 22, 2010, including 18 that pierced his body. The coroner’s report found that the lethal shot was to his head....
Cupboards will be bare next year for nearly 4 million people in the United States if the bill cutting the food stamp program, which was passed by the Republican majority in the House on Sept. 19, becomes law. They voted to cut this life-saving program by $40 billion over 10 years....
Marissa Alexander, the 34-year-old African-American woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for defending herself against her former abusive spouse, has been granted a new trial. This announcement came 12 days after a Sept. 14 Nationwide Day of Rallies for Marissa Alexander. Many cities held support actions demanding “Let’s get her out!”

Even before this call was made on Facebook, thousands of people here and around the world signed petitions and held numerous protests — including the youth-led Dream Defenders who sat in at the Florida State Capitol this summer — demanding that her outrageous conviction be overturned....

We call on all activists fighting banker-imposed austerity – here in the U.S. and worldwide – to come to Detroit, Michigan, on October 5 and 6, 2013. Join the people of this city under siege in convening the International People’s Assembly Against the Banks and Against Austerity. ...
Detroiters are mobilizing to defend city workers’ pensions and city services in the wake of the municipal bankruptcy filed by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. This Wall Street bankruptcy attorney was appointed by Michigan’s reactionary Gov. Rick Snyder to essentially act as a receiver over the city, supplanting the elected mayor and City Council.

On Sept. 7, about 500 people attended a rally sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Con­yers and chaired by Professor Michael Eric Dyson, with panelists including the Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit NAACP; City Councilwoman Joann Watson; Al Garrett, president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25; and columnist Julianne Malveaux. The speakers stressed the need for mass mobilization in the streets to challenge the racist Wall Street attack on Detroit, a majority African-American city....

The People’s Power Assembly Movement held a press conference on the steps of New York’s City Hall in Manhattan today to announce a march and rally on Aug. 28 with the main demand: “Stop the racist war on youth of color.”...
He’s still glowing, days later. On Aug. 10, Ralph Poynter, spouse of “the people’s lawyer,” Lynne Stewart, visited Mumia Abu-Jamal in SCI Mahanoy Prison in Pennsylvania for the first time. Both Stewart and Abu-Jamal are political prisoners....
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A national call for Justice for Trayvon Martin assemblies in U.S. cities on Aug. 28, initiated by the People’s Power Assembly Movement, could not have come at a more crucial juncture. The devastating “not-guilty” verdict that came down on July 13 in the Sanford, Fla., trial of wannabe cop, George Zimmerman, in the Feb. 26, 2012, fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was not only a blatant travesty of justice for this young African American. It was another wake-up call about the heinous racist war on people of color, especially the youth. The verdict was also a grim reminder that, especially with growing unemployment, Black, Brown and Indigenous young people’s lives are viewed as totally expendable by the powers-that-be and their legal and extralegal apparatus like the police, the courts, the prisons and vigilantes like Zimmerman....
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A federal court here declared on Aug. 12 that the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk program was unconstitutional. The ruling in Floyd v. City of New York followed a class-action case brought by four men of color....
The momentum for Aug. 28 Trayvon Martin Justice Assemblies is building every day from New York City to El Paso, Texas to Los Angeles, California. With Aug. 28 just a few weeks away, the Peoples Power Assembly movement would like to gather and centralize as much information as possible on what is being organized in your local area. Please click here or go to peoplespowerassemblies.org - list your event to enter a summary of your event by Friday, Aug 16 including your city or town, time, location and sponsors of your event along with contact information. It will be posted the PPA website at peoplespowerassemblies.org - activities. This will allow others in your area to organize and support for your event. These assemblies can take the form of various protests including marches, rallies, speak outs, direct action, press conferences, block parties and more to help unite the struggles and movements. ...
Family members and supporters of Ramarley Graham rallied in front of the Bronx District Attorney’s office on Aug. 8 to express outrage at yesterday’s grand jury decision not to re-indict Graham’s killer, New York Police Department Officer Richard Haste.  They also rallied on Aug. 9 and 10 in the Bronx....
Trayvon Martin has become the face of the many young people of color — like Ramarley Graham, Shaaliver Douse, ­Kimani Gray, Shantel Davis and countless others — who have been stopped-and-frisked and sometimes beaten and killed by the police who never see one day of jail time for these crimes against humanity. The police and the courts have created racially motivated drug laws that have been used as an excuse to incarcerate a huge percentage of young generations of Black and Brown youth. These same youth have the highest unemployment rate, and the jobs they are forced to take are low-wage jobs without benefits, rights or union representation. The anti-youth war also includes massive cuts in education, including school closings in Black and Brown communities. We must turn our anger over the lynching of Trayvon Martin into a new nationwide struggle to stop the war against Black and Brown youth in New York City and elsewhere....
The World is Ours” reads the shirt of Phillip Agnew and his other Dream Defenders, who have been holding down and controlling the Florida state Capitol for the past 20 days. Twenty days of demonstrations in the Capitol, workshops in the governor’s office, and serious talk about revolution and social justice. Twenty days of sleeping on a marble floor, eating peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and playing the card game UNO until late at night – all to pressure Florida Gov. Rick Scott to call to session the absent Florida Legislature to pass the Trayvon Martin Civil Rights Act. The Dream Defenders started their occupation on July 16....
Ho Chi Minh, anti-colonial leader of the Vietnamese people, states in the opening paragraph of his 1924 powerful essay, “Lynchings”: “It is well known that the Black race is the most oppressed and the most exploited of the human family. It is well known that the spread of capitalism and the discovery of the New World had as an immediate result the rebirth of slavery, which was for centuries a scourge for the Negroes and a bitter disgrace for mankind....
In response to the freeing of George Zimmerman, the killer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was stalked and shot to death simply because he was young, Black and male, the students of color group — the Dream Defenders — have been sitting in and sleeping over in the Florida Statehouse here since July 16....
Statement released on July 27 by the Dream Defenders who have been holding a sit-in at Gov. Rick Scott's office in Tallahassee, Fla. since July 16, three days after the ‘no-guilty’ verdict of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin:...
Much has been written exposing the inherent racist nature of the so-called U.S. justice system and how the “not guilty’” verdict of the killer of Trayvon Martin is a perfect example of this. That George Zimmerman and his lawyers maintained that he was merely defending himself when he fatally shot an unarmed teenager has not only unleashed outrage for justice for Martin, but also highlighted countless local cases of people of color sent to jail for justifiably defending themselves....
On Wed., August 28, after we’ve marched in Washington on Aug. 24 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the great march against racism in Washington, D.C., led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the People’s Power Assembly Movement calls on activists across the U.S. to hold local JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN ASSEMBLIES, including rallies, speak-outs, marches in public squares or in front of federal buildings or local police headquarters. ...
The following resolution was submitted by Clarence Thomas and passed unanimously at the membership meeting of ILWU Local 10 on July 18....
The reaction to the July 13 “not-guilty” verdict for racist vigilante, George Zimmerman — who fatally shot unarmed 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin, last year in Sanford, Fla. — continues to evoke various kinds of protests all over the U.S., including in Florida....
Rallies, vigils, sit-ins and marches have continued across the United States in response to the July 13 jury verdict acquitting racist vigilante George Zimmerman in the 2012 slaying of Black youth Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla....
The strong response in opposition to the July 13 “not-guilty” verdict for racist vigilante, George Zimmerman -- who fatally shot unarmed 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin, last year in Sanford, Fla. – prompted a group of mainly Black and Brown youth activists  – the Dream Defenders – to occupy the office of Gov. Rick Scott in Florida's state Capitol in Tallahassee, on July 16. A week later the occupation is still going strong....
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The ongoing anger of the oppressed African-American masses and all anti-racist, justice-loving people across the United States continues to spread. These spontaneous protests are sending a strong message to the White House, the truly criminal “justice” system, the corporate moguls on Wall Street and their representatives everywhere that racism and denial of justice will not be tolerated. When news of the “not guilty” jury verdict for George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was released around 10 p.m. Eastern time on July 13, shock, sadness, rage and action spread quickly all over the country....
The following statement was issued on July 14 by Black Workers for Justice based in North Carolina....
When news of the “not guilty” jury verdict for George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin came down around 10 p.m. Eastern time the night of July 13, shock, rage and action spread quickly among justice-loving and anti-racist people across the United States. Despite the assertion of President Barack Obama in a statement that “we are a nation of laws and a jury has spoken” and appeals from him and other leaders for “calm,” righteous anger and plans for protest actions spread quickly around the country....
Plan to hold justice assemblies in downtown squares, in communities, at schools and at busy street corners in your city or town. Distribute flyers; hold youth and community speak outs, marches and protests. The murder of Trayvon Martin should be generalized with other local cases of atrocities against youth, especially youth of color. It's critical at this moment for the movement to define this issue rather than the big business media or those who have little interest in defending Black, Latino/a, Indigenous and poor youth. We are issuing this emergency call because the justice system has failed....
Plan to hold justice assemblies in downtown squares, in communities, at schools and at busy street corners in your city or town. Distribute flyers; hold youth and community speak outs, marches and protests. The murder of Trayvon Martin should be generalized with other local cases of atrocities against youth, especially youth of color. It's critical at this moment for the movement to define this issue rather than the big business media or those who have little interest in defending Black, Latino/a, Indigenous and poor youth. We are issuing this emergency call because the justice system has failed. ...
A National Call to all groups & individuals: If George Zimmerman WALKS or is convicted on a lesser charge. Plan to hold justice assemblies in downtown squares, in communities, at schools and at busy street corners in your city or town. Distribute flyers; hold youth and community speak outs, marches and protests. The murder of Trayvon Martin should be generalized with other local cases of atrocities against youth, especially youth of color. It's critical at this moment for the movement to define this issue rather than the big business media or those who have little interest in defending Black, Latino/a, Indigenous and poor youth. ...
George Zimmerman, the racist vigilante killer of Trayvon Martin, has launched a campaign through his lawyers to smear his victim. He wants to portray Martin, and indeed every Black youth, as a criminal gangster deserving of the death sentence that he, in fact, meted out to the unarmed 17-year-old on Feb. 26, 2012, in the gated community of Sanford, Fla....
When Barack Obama became the first African American to be elected president of the United States in 2008, many bourgeois pundits proclaimed that the U.S. could finally move toward becoming a “post-racial” society. This notion was reinforced when Obama was reelected in 2012....
The following column was written on July 2 by Abu-Jamal, a political prisoner at SCI Mahanoy in Frackville, Pa....
Pan American International High School will be without any African-American teachers next year, because two teachers have been fired after a Queens Principal, Minerva Zanca, made racist comments about them in closed-door meetings with her assistant principal.The third African-American teacher is leaving the school because of severe budget cuts to her hugely successful Theater program which were racially motivated. ...
On Christopher Street in New York City, the Stonewall Inn opened early on the morning of June 26. At this small, working-class bar in late June 1969, a rebellion against police raids gave rise to the modern lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer movement. Now, 44 years later and 10 years after that movement forced the U.S. Supreme Court to outlaw “sodomy” laws that criminalized homosexuality, a crowd gathered waiting for the news....
Two decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court the last week of June have provoked outrage among Civil Rights organizations and their allies ...
The following excerpted points of unity were initiated by TransJustice of the Audre Lorde Project, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, trans and gender non-conforming people of color center for community organizing....
The societal myth that the vast majority of LGBTQ-identified people in the U.S. are white, affluent men who are disconnected from the day-to-day struggles of working-class people has been completely debunked by a recent economic study. The U.S. ruling class and the right wing use this myth to ostracize lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people and economically separate them from the rest of society....
There are many historical examples of progressive political candidates who ran on a progressive platform or were buttressed by a political movement of oppressed nationalities or by a general upsurge of workers and the oppressed.  However, the recent Jackson, Miss., mayoral election victory of outgoing Black City Councilperson Chokwe Lumumba provides an opportunity for revolutionaries and progressive people not only to analyze what the victory means for Jackson, the Black Belt South, all oppressed peoples and in general but also raises the specter of the need to defend Lumumba and the people of Jackson, a city that is 80 percent Black, from right-wing reaction....
Trans Day of Action is an annual demonstration to honor, celebrate and demand justice for Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color....
In a historic election, long-time Black political activist and civil rights attorney Chokwe Lumumba was elected mayor of Jackson, Miss., on June 5, winning a whopping 87 percent of the vote. For decades, Lumumba fought for the right to self-determination for Black people. He was vice president of the Republic of New Afrika, which demanded that the southeastern region of the U.S. be ruled under the auspices of an independent Black government as part of reparations for the unpaid labor of enslaved Africans and the continuing legacy of white supremacy....
As the trial of George Zimmerman begins, it is time to gather and raise our voices. We must fight back against this rise in racism & repression....
George Zimmerman, the racist vigilante killer of Trayvon Martin, has launched a campaign through his lawyers to smear his victim. He wants to portray Martin, and indeed every Black youth, as a criminal gangster deserving of the death sentence that he, in fact, meted out to the unarmed 17-year-old on Feb. 26, 2012, in the gated community of Sanford, Fla....
Congratulations to every single person and organization that helped to make the 2013 Poor People’s Campaign March a tremendous success! For those who had the privilege of participating it was truly historical. For those of you who could not be there in person, but who sent your support and solidarity, you too were there in every one of our footsteps. There is so much to write about that inspired us: the courageous delegation of women from Selma, Alabama, who drove the entire night -- after their bus was cancelled -- to be able to speak in defense of voting rights, their rendition of Freedom Songs kept us marching and marching; the young children and participants with disabilities, seniors who walked with canes, who wouldn’t stop; the families and victims of police terror, especially the tenacious and spirited group who came from the Justice for Alan Blueford Coalition in Oakland, California; the group of occupy youth and members of Guitarmy who marched all night; the organizers like Bob Ross, Prince Georges County NAACP head, who helped keep the march going; the OUR Walmart workers who inspired marchers to defy Walmart bosses and County Police and set up a picket right at the Super Walmart’s doors....
New York — A cabal of bourgeois higher education policy wonks, media moguls and bankers have devised a scheme that undermines the academic foundation of the 166-year-old City University of New York. CUNY is the largest urban university in the United States and provides education to more than half a million students on 24 campuses....
Ramarley Graham was shot in his bathroom by police officer Richard Haste. The unarmed Bronx teenager was killed on Feb. 2, 2012, in front of his grandmother and six-year-old brother....
Despite many gains won through decades of struggle, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities are often victims of hate crimes. When the crime becomes a murder, the victim is most likely a young transgender woman of color. Three African-American transwomen were found murdered, in April alone, in Baltimore; Oak Ridge, Fla.; and most recently in Cleveland....
On May 3, the U.S. government falsely branded Assata Shakur … as a “terrorist,” placing her name as the first woman on the most-wanted terrorist list, with obvious alternative motives, but supposedly for the false charges 40 years ago. This act is doubly scurrilous as it implies that Cuba, a country that has suffered nearly 3,500 deaths from relentless U.S.-based terrorist attacks since its revolution for sovereignty in 1959, harbors “terrorists” because in the 1970s and 80s it gave Shakur and other Black freedom fighters refuge. The National Network on Cuba rejects this slanderous act and demands that it be reversed immediately....
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The Poor People’s March began May 11 in Baltimore at the site of the police killing of Anthony Anderson, Sr., an unarmed African-American, and arrived the next day in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C....
Washington, D.C. — The second day of the Poor People’s March for Jobs and Justice, May 12, began with excitement as women from the National Coalition of Leaders to Save Section 5 (of the Voting Rights Act), who drove from Selma, Ala., took the lead of the march with other women on Mothers’ Day. It was Coretta Scott King who led the first poor people’s campaign on Mothers’ Day 45 years ago. A handful of marchers who had elected to walk through the night joined the larger group to applause for their high spirits. Everyone marched the last 10-mile segment of the 41-mile trek from Baltimore to Washington, D.C...
Within hours of the start of the Poor People’s Campaign and March, which headed from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., on May 11, words had turned into action. Some hundreds of marchers defied Baltimore County cops who were blocking the way at a Walmart Supercenter in Halethorpe, Md.

Most marchers wove their way past the police and made it to the doors of the mammoth retailer, where they shouted, “Walmart, union! Walmart, union!” and “Walmart, slave wages” as they blocked traffic in the parking lot. The police, who physically abused Black women marchers, made it clear they were there to protect Walmart’s “private property.”...

hen the great African-American baseball player, Jackie Robinson, broke the color barrier of the then all-white, segregated Major Baseball League on April 15, 1947, as a Brooklyn Dodger, it was a historic first. It was even more remarkable because there wasn’t a modern-day Civil Rights Movement at that time to support his efforts. In fact, it would take another seven years before the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott was launched to challenge Jim Crow racism in Alabama and throughout the South....
Saturday, May 11, 2013, community, civil rights, union and student activists will reclaim the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by staging a two-day march entitled, “2013 Poor Peoples Campaign & March,” from the city of Baltimore to Washington, D.C. Groups will plan a national strategy to fight new austerity measures along with major social issues including police brutality and mass incarceration. The demonstration will begin at 10 a.mn Baltimore at Biddle Street and North Montford Avenue, the site where Anthony Anderson Sr. was killed by Baltimore police on Sept. 21, 2012. Anderson’s death, ruled a homicide by city medical examiners, is one of many cases of the growing epidemic of police brutality across the country....
A recent report from the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement concludes that Black people in the U.S. face a crisis in their constitutional and human rights....
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On April 24, in celebration of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal’s 59th birthday, hundreds of people from several East Coast cities rallied outside the Center City office of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to demand Abu-Jamal’s release....
An inspiring and electrifying meeting was held at the Solidarity Center in New York City on April 25 featuring Mariela Castro Espín, the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) in Havana, Cuba, and a deputy of the Cuban parliament, the National Assembly of People’s Power. The meeting was sponsored by the International Action Center. ...
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Much still remains unknown about the bomb explosions yesterday at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and what was behind this disaster that has tragically hit so many individuals and families who were on the scene, the majority of them spectators....
Join young people, poor people, community and workers’ rights activists; occupy veterans and the families of police killing victims from across the region and the country that will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March for Freedom and Jobs led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by MARCHING 41 MILES FROM BALTIMORE, MD TO WASHINGTON, D.C., on Sat., May 11, 2013, which is the 45th anniversary weekend of the Poor People’s March Dr. King was to lead before he was assassinated....
As the United States commemorates the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, a document which officially ended slavery in those states and regions that rebelled against the Union during the Civil War, one is also reminded of a not-so-noble 1863 event in New York City....
By the time of his death, Martin Luther King had undergone "a radical revolution of values." ...
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Chicago — The Rahm Emanuel administration and the Chicago Public Schools, along with politically connected corporate interests, are making a calculated move to turn the clock back for Black and Latino/a students to the bad old days of Jim Crow apartheid “separate but equal” schools....
Thousands of teachers, parents and community members rallied on March 27 in the Chicago downtown area to protest Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to close 54 public schools — in the predominately African-American and Latino/a communities —  to erase a $1 billion deficit. The rally began in Chicago’s Daley Plaza and was followed by a march to City Hall that ended at the Chicago Public Schools headquarters....
Baltimore has become the capital of police killings! Since January, 2012, 16 people have been killed by the Baltimore City Police Department and not a single officer has been indicted. The epidemic of police terror and abuse are not confined to our city. The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement has documented that every 36 hours a Black person is killed by police agencies in this country. Police repression and racism go hand in hand with the mass incarceration of young people, mostly of color, who are locked away in prisons across this country. We march to bring national attention to these issues and to demand community control of police and an end to mass incarceration. On May 11, 2013 we will link arms with the families of the victims of police killings to demand that the Justice Department charge killer police....
Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland in 1820; her birth name was Araminta Harriet Ross. As a child, she was beaten daily by those to whom she was “hired out” to do domestic work. A field hand in her early teens, Tubman defied an overseer’s order to restrain another field hand, and blocked a doorway so the man could escape. When the overseer threw a two-pound weight at her, it broke her skull and left her with lifetime seizures and narcolepsy. Around 1844, she married John Tubman, a free Black man....
A coalition of community-based women's organizations that has organized events for the past eight years have announced plans for women's events in Manhattan, Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx to celebrate women's struggles. The events include a rally and march on March 9th, starting at the site of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Manhattan, and tributes to Harriet Tubman on March 10 at Harlem’s African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, in Brooklyn at Boys and Girls High on Sat. March 16 and in the Bronx at the Bronx Art Space Gallery on Sunday, March 24. All events are open to the media and are free. There will also be a special tribute March 9 to the late President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela -- the leader of the ongoing Bolivarian Revolution that promotes the rights of women especially those of African and Indigenous descent....
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Another status conference pertaining to the Central Park 5 civil lawsuit against New York City and the New York Police Department was held on Feb. 19. Supporters filled the large federal courtroom in downtown Manhattan to indicate their justifiable outrage regarding the lack of progress in bringing closure to this horrific, racist injustice....
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It is not too late to RSVP for this important fundraiser for the Mississippi Workers Center which fights for social justice in one of the poorest states in the country. No one will be turned away for lack of funds or for making a modest donation. There will also be a silent auction held during the event....
An important film documentary about the life of Mumia Abu-Jamal premiered in New York City on Feb. 1. “Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal” explores through prison interviews, archival footage and narrations, the life of a political prisoner known as “the voice of the voiceless.” It was written and directed by Stephen Vittoria and co-produced by Noelle Hanrahan from Prison Radio....
You know Mumia. You know his words, you know his voice, you know his struggle. And you know that his life's story has been obscured by the controversy of his case, by the vindictive and fallacious narrative told about him by media outlets, both mainstream and right-wing. This new documentary film is here to recast that narrative, to tell the true story of Mumia from his childhood, to the dawn of his political consciousness (as you know at a very young age), to his early career as a journalist, to his incredible output of books and commentaries from Death Row and beyond....
Philadelphia — United around the goal “Mumia, Free in 4!” — meaning his release in four years — dedicated activists from several U.S. cities, France and Germany gathered at Temple University on Jan. 26 for a conference organized by Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal....
On Dec. 31, outgoing North Carolina governor, Beverly Perdue, pardoned the Wilmington 10 — the Rev. Benjamin Chavis, Connie Tindall, Marvin Patrick, Wayne Moore, Reginald Epps, Jerry Jacobs, James McKoy, Willie Earl Vereen, William Wright, Jr. and Ann Shepard — who had sentences ranging from 15 to 34 years following their convictions in 1972. Perdue was forced to publicly admit that their sentences were “tainted by naked racism.” (CNN, Jan. 1) A prolonged national and international struggle emerged in efforts to free the nine African Americans and one white member of the 10....
Charleston, S.C. — People from the West Coast and across the country traveled to Charleston, S.C., to attend the ninth biannual Southern Human Rights Organizers Conference (SHROC) on Dec. 7-9. The conference was held in a hall belonging to Local 1422 of the International Longshoremen’s Association, which represents thousands of dock workers on the East Coast....
Violence and defense against violence are life-and-death social questions for those who are oppressed and exploited....
The FBI recently confirmed what it has stated all along: Wade Michael Page acted alone. Page, a white supremacist associated with neofascist groups, walked into a Sikh temaple on the morning of Aug. 5 in Oak Creek, Wis., 12 miles south of Milwaukee, and opened fire as the Indian worshippers, many with children in tow, were preparing for services....
Occupy Sandy and the massive grassroots relief effort show that we, the people, can take matters into our own hands...
Under capitalism, especially here in the United States, so-called “democracy” serves the wealthy. Whoever wins elections, the Pentagon and weapons industry still get funding, imperialist wars and occupations go on, the rich get tax breaks, while workers and the poor face more layoffs, cutbacks and attacks....
The distribution site was buzzing with activity. Carloads and even a small U-Haul truck of aid were contributed by many volunteers. The area was so heavy with activity that Occupy Sandy organizers had to assign traffic coordinators to make sure donations were not blocking traffic....
Many Native people do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgraims and other European settlers....
Nearly a week after Hurricane Sandy struck, as cold weather sets in and a new nor’easter storm threatens on Nov. 7, over a million households remain without power in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Some New Jersey communities are also without natural gas as a result of storm damage and may remain so for six to eight months....
“We know a tidal surge of about four to six feet came into the Reservation. We still do not have electricity. We had our Tribal burial grounds halfway covered with water. Right now it is the electricity that is needed which is the issue. It’s getting cold and some of our elders don’t have ways to heat their home,” said Shinnecock Chairman Trustee Randy King describing the situation on the Shinnecock Reservation on eastern Long Island after Hurricane Sandy. (nativestrength.com)...
Following this join the Peoples Power Assembly in a “people to people” relief effort. We will distribute water, do free blood pressure screenings at the nearby Chelsea community and help in food distribution....
“I am the proud father of Alan Blueford, murdered by the Oakland police,” stated Adam Blueford. His spouse, Jera­lynn Blueford, added, “Alan’s murder was arbitrary, unnecessary and racist.  It’s sad to say but he was shot down because of the color of his skin. They profiled him by saying he looked suspicious.”...
On Oct. 15, New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority announced the fourth round of fare hikes in four years. During that time the MTA has also been on a cutback frenzy. Dozens of station booths have been demolished. The transit agency has made it harder for people with disabilities to qualify for Access-A-Ride....
Solidarity with the victims and their families...
On Thursday, at 3:00 PM in front of the MTA headquarters, anti-war activists, Muslim clergy and others will hold a press conference to announce legal action to prevent the MTA from blocking ads countering war, hate and racism. ...
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I am dedicating the 20th-anniversary author edition of “Stone Butch Blues” to CeCe McDonald and the ever growing struggle to free her....
New York — The capitalist media waged a frenzied war campaign against Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejahd while the United Nations was in session the end of September. This propaganda campaign was designed to create popular support for “regime change” in Iran so that Wall Street can take over that country’s oil resources....
The autopsy report released Oct. 2 officially ruled Anthony Anderson’s death a homicide. The report showed he died from a ruptured spleen, severe blunt trauma injuries, six to 10 broken ribs and other injuries. The Baltimore People’s Assembly – including Anderson’s family – is calling for the jailing of killer cops....
A step forward toward building people’s power was taken in Philadelphia when activists met on Sept. 26 in the western part of the city. The People’s Power Assembly had been preceded by a series of speakouts during the summer where community residents addressed the issues that concerned them....
The International Action Center plans to submit an ad opposed to racism, anti-Muslim bigotry and war to the MTA on Friday morning, Sept. 28. The IAC ads are in response to the racist ads posted in NYC subway stations — placed by Pam Geller from Stop Islamization of America and American Freedom Defense Initiative. Geller's ads refer to Muslim community members as being "savages" among other offensive language....
Racism is a weapon of war. We stand in solidarity with victims of police, state, and racial violence and build links to people under attack – Muslims, Sikhs, immigrant workers, death row prisoners, ­African-American and Latino youth, social justice ­activists are all targets in an atmosphere of escalating racism and repression....
The International Action Center has contracted with MTA to run 10 ads opposed to racism, anti-Muslim bigotry and war. The IAC ads will be in NYC subway stations in one week, starting Monday, Oct 8. They are in response to the racist ads posted in NYC subway stations — placed by Pam Geller from Stop Islamization of America and American Freedom Defense Initiative. Geller's ads refer to Muslim community members as being "savages" among other offensive language. Two years ago around the 9-11 date Pamela Geller, in a well-funded media campaign, tried to whip up in NYC the same climate of bigotry and intolerance against Muslims with an ugly campaign against the building of an Islamic Center blocks from the World Trade Center. The International Action Center with a broad coalition of forces challenged this campaign to demonize Muslims. Many thousands of people responded with mass rallies and meetings. A strong, united public challenge to the racist, bigoted forces helped to turn the ugly climate around. It is essential that all those outraged by the racist, pro-violent message be able to see a different message. The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) publicly stated that in order to protect freedom of speech, they must accept extreme right-wing racist Geller's $6,000 for 10 ads in the largest mass transit system in the western hemisphere with 8.5 million daily riders. The IAC is an all volunteer organization without funding,a except many small individual donations. It has advanced the funds to undertake this campaign because we felt it was important to counter the 'hate messaging' of Geller. But we hope many people will step forward to help carry the costs....
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Following on what organizers describe as a hugely successful community gathering of over 2000 people at Riverside Church, a coalition of sponsoring groups is calling for a meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo at his New York office on September 26 to discuss shutting down the notorious Attica Correctional Facility....
Charlotte, N.C. — Over 300 Southern workers, trade unionists and community allies gathered for the Southern Workers Assembly on Sept. 3, Labor Day, the opening day of the Democratic National Convention. The Wedgewood Baptist Church was packed and supporters had to stand beside the pews. There was a feeling in the air that Southern labor was uniting to forge a historic new direction, towards rank-and-file-led social justice trade unionism, particularly to challenge right-to-work (for less) laws and combat racism....
As activists gear up for a Sept. 14 event in New York promoting the struggle to free Mumia Abu-Jamal, the state of Philadelphia has lodged another attack against him. On Aug. 15, this internationally revered political prisoner was illegally sentenced to life imprisonment....
On the day following the 41st anniversary of the Attica­massacre of courageous prisoners rising up against intolerable oppression, we come together to fight mass ­incarceration and to demand the closing of Attica as a symbolic commitment to this larger goal. We build on the powerful commemoration that took place last September 9 at Riverside Church....
On Aug. 13, 2012, without any notice and in violation of his constitutional rights and state law, Mumia Abu-Jamal was formally sentenced by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Pamela Dembe to life imprisonment without parole. The impact of this illegal sentencing is to prevent a possible challenge to the slow death of life imprisonment. All sentences, including "mandatory" sentences, require a formal proceeding allowing the person to be sentenced the right to be heard and to challenge his sentence....
New York — Joseph “Jazz” Hayden, age 71, is an African-American Harlem resident. On his neighborhood “cop watch” beat, armed with his camera, he videotapes police brutality against Harlem residents, including unlawful stop-and-frisks. Hayden has been a longtime community activist and police reform advocate fighting to end the racially biased harassment of people of color....
New York — Joseph “Jazz” Hayden, age 71, is an African-American Harlem resident. On his neighborhood “cop watch” beat, armed with his camera, he videotapes police brutality against Harlem residents, including unlawful stop-and-frisks. Hayden has been a longtime community activist and police reform advocate fighting to end the racially biased harassment of people of color. In December 2011, Hayden was stopped by police. He and his car were searched, resulting in his arrest. He was charged with two counts of felony possession of weapons. The weapons were a commemorative mini-replica of a baseball bat and a pen knife. Each count carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison....
The city of Anaheim is about a 40- to 50-minute drive south of Los Angeles and is the home of Disneyland. Yet the terror of police repression — so familiar in the Black, Latino/a and immigrant communities of Los Angeles — was unleashed in Anaheim twice, on July 21 and 22....
Organizing for the March on Wall Street South is going full speed ahead in Charlotte and across North Carolina and beyond....
Black Zimbabweans lost their land during the colonial era, beginning in the late 19th century. In 1998 it became clear that the Republic of Zimbabwe in southern Africa would take action regarding long-delayed promises to distribute land to African farmers...
For a brief moment in time, the name and fate of Trayvon Martin broke through the daily media fog and touched the lives of tens of thousands of people, motivating them, mobilizing them and moving them to take direct action against the gross inaction of the state. ...
The struggle for justice for Trayvon Martin, the murdered African-American youth, recently made headlines again. The 17-year-old Martin was unarmed when he was stalked and fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a self-proclaimed neighborhood watch person, in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26....
On June 23, activists from the International Action Center joined in solidarity with the Peoples Organization for Progress at a rally in Newark, N.J. Held in the heart of the city’s downtown shopping district, this rally was the 363nd consecutive daily protest. POP intends to continue until the number of days equals the number of days of the 1955 Montgomery, Ala. bus boycott that sparked the Civil Rights Movement....
A special event — “Activists want Charles Barron in Congress” — was held at the Solidarity Center in New York City June 8. Barron, a city councilperson, is running for U.S. Representative for Brooklyn’s 8th Congressional District. The primary election takes place June 26....
The Tinley Park Five — Jason W. Sutherland, Cody L. Sutherland, Dylan J. Sutherland, Alex R. Stuck and John S. Tucker — are currently imprisoned in Cook County Jail in Chicago. The Five, white anti-racist anarchists, were arrested on May 19 for allegedly physically breaking up an “economic summit” by members of the Illinois European Heritage Association at a restaurant in Tinley Park, a Chicago suburb. The Five are facing major felony charges, including “mob action, criminal damage to property and aggravated battery.”...
On May 9 – one day before 5,000 anti-NATO protesters took to the streets of downtown Chicago – 8 anti-racist activists allegedly disrupted an “economic summit” held by members of the Illinois European Heritage Association (IEHA) at a restaurant in Tinley Park, a Chicago suburb....
May 31 is the 91st anniversary of the “Race Riot” tragedy in Tulsa, Okla. It “was almost left out of history, not documented, passed over, wiped out!” stated Rep. Maxine Waters, of the Congressional Black Caucus....
On May 9, President Obama held an interview with Robin Roberts [ABC-TV host], in which he expressed his “evolved” personal belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry....
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People today [May 19] released a resolution supporting marriage equality. At a meeting of the 103-year-old civil rights group’s board of directors [in Miami, Fla.], the organization voted to support marriage equality as a continuation of its historic commitment to equal protection under the law....
On May 19, one day before the 15,000-person protest against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit in downtown Chicago, another kind of protest took place in a suburban community of Chicago known as Tinley Park. Eighteen anti-racists, with weapons in hand, confronted members of the Illinois European Heritage Association. Ten people were reportedly injured, mainly with head wounds....
Movement activists are poised to protest the frame-up of veteran Chicano organizer Carlos Montes in Los Angeles. Montes’ trial is set for May 15....
The second-degree murder trial of Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald in Minneapolis started April 30 and ended May 2. McDonald’s situation highlights the anti-transgender bigotry and racism rampant in society, as well as the inability of the “justice” system to mete out justice for the oppressed....
All around the U.S. and the world, people are reacting with justifiable outrage and shock at the harsh prison sentence leveled against Marissa Alexander, an African-American mother of three, in Jacksonville, Fla. Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison on May 11 for using the “Stand Your Ground” law to protect herself from her abusive ex-spouse. This state law supposedly upholds the right to self-defense for anyone who feels threatened with bodily harm....
he following speech was given by the late Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, on Aug. 15, 1970, on gay and women’s rights. Shelley Ettinger, a lesbian activist, wrote on her blog, “Read Red,” about Newton’s speech: “I think it's important to remember this speech because the Black liberation movement and even the Black community as a whole are so often slandered as though they're somehow more sexist and/or homophobic than other movements or other sectors of society, and here we have a great revolutionary leader speaking out just one year after the Stonewall Rebellion, far earlier than almost anyone else.” In light of President Barack Obama’s recent announcement in support of same-sex marriage, we are reprinting in its entirety Newton’s historic speech that urged revolutionary class solidarity with these oppressed groupings. ...
Larry Holmes and I have been visiting political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal for 16 years. We started visiting him when he was on death row at State Correctional Institution-Greene in Waynesburg, Pa., which is near the West Virginia border. Our trips there by car from New York City would take at least seven hours, and even longer by bus....
The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke partnered with Occupy Atlanta, the International Action Center and other organizations to stage a two-prong action at the annual Coca-Cola stockholders’ meeting, held at the Cobb Galleria in suburban Atlanta on April 25....
African-American television journalist Gil Noble leaves behind a tremendous, inspiring legacy that should continue to be deeply explored and respected. Host of the award-winning, Black-oriented show “Like It Is,” based in New York, Noble died at the age of 80 on April 5 in a New Jersey hospital. He had suffered a massive stroke last summer....
Having a “heavy heart” and being “devastated” were the main words that Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin used when the killer of their 17-year-old son, Trayvon Martin, was released on a $150,000 bond from the Sanford, Fla., jail....
Close to 1,000 people from around the U.S. protested in front of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. on April 24, the 58th birthday of political prisoner – Mumia Abu-Jamal – to demand his release. ...
On December 9, 2011 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, over 1,100 people gathered to mark the 30th anniversary of Mumia Abu-Jamal's incarceration. Archbishop Desmond Tutu asked our nation to "rise to the challenge of reconciliation, human rights, and justice" and called for Mumia's "immediate release." And when Frances Goldin--Mumia's literary agent--called on the audience to OCCUPY the Justice Department, the call was met with a roar of excitement....
A youngster goes out for a snack, simply something to munch on and a sweet drink to wash it down with. A man nearby sees him and suspicion arises. In a matter of moments, the unarmed teenager is dead and the shooter calmly claims self-defense. The cops come, called by people who witnessed the transaction. They chat with the shooter, perhaps exchange information in the way usually done at a traffic accident, put in a call to the court and leave. Imagine the dialogue:...
Activists from around the world will gather in Washington, D.C., on April 24 to occupy the Justice Department and demand the full release of radical journalist and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. Their motivation stems from the historic peoples’ victory that removed Abu-Jamal from death row and stopped the state’s repeated efforts to kill him. ...
I am going to start out with an apology. I am directing it most sincerely to Trayvon's mother who is bearing a burden no mother should ever have — the sudden, violent death of her child. But I most respectfully must disagree when she states that this is not a "white and Black thing.” It is. It is just the latest in a long series of Black and white "things" that have been happening ever since the first Black person was ripped from all he knew and loved and transported unwillingly as a chattel slave from Africa to serve the Europeans (whites) in America....
Protests have continued around the country demanding justice for the African-American youth, Trayvon Martin, who was gunned down by vigilante George Zimmerman on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. The following are news reports from some of those actions that helped to pressure authorities to arrest Zimmerman on April 11....
Students and community people marched and rallied April 16 at the Pontiac Academy for Excellence in Education to demand the school rehire teacher Brooke Harris, 26, who was terminated after her students participated in an educational project related to the struggle for justice for Trayvon Martin....
The arrest on April 11 of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin is an important victory. Millions of people in the U.S., however, agree that the struggle for justice for Martin is far from over. Those who have come out into the streets chanting “I am Trayvon Martin” — and many of them are new to the movement — have come to understand exactly what it took to get Zimmerman charged with second-degree murder. And it wasn’t putting their confidence in the racist Florida authorities....
Congratulations on being part of the historic victory which got Mumia off death row! The amazing 30-year-old international movement to free Mumia did it. Despite great efforts to kill Mumia by the state of Pennsylvania and all its backers -- the courts, the police, the corporate institutions and the politicians who hate him for telling the truth about who runs America -- we stopped them from killing our brother....
On December 9, 2011 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, over 1,100 people gathered to mark the 30th anniversary of Mumia Abu-Jamal's incarceration. Archbishop Desmond Tutu asked our nation to "rise to the challenge of reconciliation, human rights, and justice" and called for Mumia's "immediate release." And when Frances Goldin--Mumia's literary agent--called on the audience to OCCUPY the Justice Department, the call was met with a roar of excitement. ...
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Black Workers for Justice held its 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Banquet on April 7 at the North Carolina Association of Educators building in Raleigh, N.C. BWFJ has a rich history of anti-racist, pro-worker fightback in the U.S. South and especially in North Carolina, which remains the least unionized state in the country. North Carolina’s public sector workers continue to fight for the right to collective bargaining....
George Zimmerman, the killer of the 17-year-old African American Trayvon Martin, was formally charged on April 11 with second-degree murder. It took the state of Florida 45 days to make an arrest of the wanna-be-cop Zimmerman, who fatally shot the unarmed teenager on Feb. 26 because he looked “suspicious” while wearing a hoodie. The charge was announced by Angela Corey, a special prosecutor who was assigned to the case on March 14 in order to decide whether or not to bring charges against Zimmerman. A conviction can carry anywhere from a 25-year sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole....
As national outrage has grown against the racist murder of Trayvon Martin, protests have taken place around the country, many on a day or two’s notice in large and small cities and towns. Everyone who has participated is demanding justice in this case and the immediate arrest of George Zimmerman, the vigilante who killed the 17-year-old African-American youth in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26....
Even as the failure of authorities in Florida to arrest the killer of 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin continues to stoke the fires of righteous anger at racism, another killing has taken place that has touched a nerve of outrage and solidarity around the U.S....
As each day passes without an arrest of Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, the anger and outrage around the country among the grassroots masses increase tenfold. It has been 37 days since Martin, a 17-year-old African American, was fatally shot on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., as he was returning home from buying iced tea and a bag of Skittles candy. A so-called neighborhood watchman, Zimmerman stalked the unarmed teenager with a 9mm gun, then shot him in the chest as Martin cried for help. Zimmerman’s “excuse” for going after Martin was that he looked “suspicious” because he was wearing a hoodie....
“Pam Africa, Our Revolutionary Daughter of the Dust, Her Life and Work” was celebrated in her home city of Philadelphia on March 30-31 in commemoration of International Women’s Day. The tribute began March 30 with a reception at the Charles L. Blockson Collection at Temple University. Speakers featured fellow activists in MOVE and the International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, two representatives of the Black Panther Party, as well as family members, including her mother, Bessie Knighton....
A rally and march denouncing Wall Street’s war on women took place March 31 in New York City in commemoration of International Working Women’s Day, March 8. Despite cold, windy, damp and drizzly weather, women activists and their supporters rallied at the bull, a tourist attraction on Wall Street that represents the interests of the 1% — the bankers and bosses....
Picture the Homeless was "informed" by the NY Post on Friday, March 30, that The Post had obtained a leaked letter from the New York City Council directing the Department of Housing Preservation and Development to freeze PTH funding in the wake of a misleading and racially-charged article the Post ran last Sunday. Picture the Homeless has not received any letter or other communication from the City Council regarding this matter, though HPD officials contacted PTH on Thursday and directed PTH to turn over certain business records....
Monica Moorehead, a March 31st organizer, states, “Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, has told the world that her son is everybody's son. It is in this spirit that our coalition encourages all mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, cousins, nieces, girlfriends and spouses of all ages, nationalities, gender expressions and sexual preferences to attend along with men.”...
Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Black youth killed by racist vigilante George Zimmerman, was robbed of any opportunities that the future may have held for him. His parents were robbed of their son, his younger stepbrother a guiding hand, his girlfriend, other family members and friends a person who brought them immense joy, laughter, heartache — all the gifts and frustrations that a loved one brings....
March 26 — The Million Hoodie marches calling for justice for Trayvon Martin and an end to institutionalized racism are spreading like wildfire, with protests from coast to coast....
March 26 — Exactly one month ago on Feb. 26, Trayvon Martin was just another unknown African American whose young life was tragically and brutally cut short. What a difference a month makes. Today Trayvon Martin’s name has become a universal rallying cry for justice in every nook and cranny of the unjust U.S....
Special prosecutor, Angela Corey, stated on April 9 that a grand jury will not hear the case of vigilante, George Zimmerman, who lynched by bullet our brother and son, Trayvon Martin, on Feb. 26. Therefore, the investigation will continue without an arrest. Trayvon Martin was just another unknown African American whose young life was tragically and brutally cut short. What a difference a month makes. Today Trayvon Martin’s name has become a universal rallying cry for justice in every nook and cranny of the unjust U.S.His death has come to symbolize every young person of color’s nightmare as they rightfully fear becoming a victim of senseless violence — be it at the hand of a police officer, a prison guard or a racist vigilante — because of how they look and dress. Martin was stalked by vigilante George Zimmerman as he was returning home from picking up a can of iced tea and a bag of Skittles for his younger brother in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., where he was visiting his father. On 911 tapes, Zimmerman said that Martin looked “suspicious” because he was wearing a hoodie. The police dispatcher told Zimmerman not to pursue Martin, but he did so anyway. Zimmerman later revised this to claim that Martin was pursuing him. The armed Zimmerman outweighed the unarmed 17-year-old Martin by 90 pounds. ...
The People’s Power tour was launched in New York on March 11. The tour seeks to bring working, poor and oppressed people into a nationwide discussion to help develop a unifying fightback program of action. Its literature points to the life-and-death social issues that are intensified by the current global capitalist economic crisis, such as “unemployment, low wages, foreclosures, police and ICE terror, racist incarcerations, hunger and homelessness.”...
March 21 — Thousands of outraged people from all walks of life gathered at Union Square in New York City tonight to protest the brutal murder of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American, on Feb. 26. Martin was shot to death by a racist vigilante, George Zimmerman, in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., near Orlando. Zimmerman stalked Martin, claiming that he looked “suspicious” because he was wearing a hoodie....
TRAYVON MARTIN a 17-year-old African-American youth, was shot in the chest and killed at point-blank range by a vigilante on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. Martin was unarmed as he was returning from a store when his young life was tragically cut short. The man who shot him, George Zimmerman — who lived in a gated community — has not been arrested as of this writing...
Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American youth, was shot in the chest and killed at point-blank range by a vigilante on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. Martin was unarmed as he was returning from a store when his young life was tragically cut short. The man who shot him, George Zimmerman — who lived in a gated community — has not been arrested as of this writing....
Demonstrators chanted, “Tear down Jailhouses! Build up School Houses!” outside Heery International Inc.’s Philadelphia office as part of a national call from Occupy Oakland to Occupy for Prisoners on Feb. 20....
Demonstrators rallied at the Alabama State Capitol on the afternoon of March 9, after completing the final leg of the 54-mile, week-long march between Selma and Montgomery. Marchers protested Alabama’s toughest-in-the-U.S. immigration law, for workers’ rights and against laws in 31 states requiring voters to show some form of identification at the polls....
Poet, essayist, editor, teacher, radio host, political activist and union organizer, Louis Reyes Rivera willingly served as a bridge between African- and Latino/a-American communities. No wonder his unexpected death on March 2 in Brooklyn, N.Y., initiated a crescendo of accolades and reminiscences from those communities as well as many cultural and activist groups....
On that day we will say that we are all Mumia, we are all immigrants, we are all prisoners, we are all Bradley Manning, we are all poor, we are all Palestinian, we are all Troy Davis, we are all political prisoners, we are all occupiers!!! ...
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The 84th Academy Awards announcements for the acting categories held little surprise for three out of the four categories. Front-runners Octavia Spencer, Christopher Plummer and Jean Dujardin were all expected to win and did. The only other category that wasn’t a shoo-in was for best lead actress. ...
Under capitalism — a system that puts profits before human needs — genuine support needed for developing one’s talent is generally not made available, much less encouraged. Luck, along with having influential connections, plays a central role in many instances on whether the individuals become famous or not. What usually happens is that many talented people are left to figure out on their own how best to display their creativity to others as opposed to hoping to be “discovered.”...
Atlanta, Feb. 11 – Blustery, frigid winds buffeted the crowd gathered in support of Brandon White, a 20-year-old gay man whose videotaped beating at the hands of reputed gang members outside a corner store shocked millions of viewers nationwide. Just a week earlier, the slight youth was viciously attacked by three young men, who used anti-gay slurs as they punched and kicked him repeatedly, while two others videotaped the assault....
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Dr. Huey Percy Newton, the co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, was born in Monroe, La., on Feb. 17, 1942, the youngest of seven children born to Walter Newton and Armelia Johnson....
Political prisoner and revolutionary journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal was transferred Jan. 27 to general population in SCI-Mahanoy in Frackville, Pa. He had spent almost 30 years on Pennsylvania death row since he was convicted of first degree murder July 3, 1982, for the 1981 killing of a white police officer in Philadelphia. Mumia has proclaimed his innocence since his arrest on Dec. 9, 1981, which was followed by a sham of a trial. His state and federal appeals for a new trial to prove his innocence have been systematically denied by the courts. While on death row, none of his visitors could physically touch him, an unimaginable form of torture....
Educators for Mumia, Millions for Mumia, the International Action Center and other grassroots organizations joined Concerned Family and Friends at the Calvary Church in Philadelphia to discuss the next steps to win Abu-Jamal’s release from prison. Major initiatives have been established for local, national and international actions around the Free Mumia Campaign....
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 83 years old on Jan. 15. In honor of this iconic civil rights, anti-war and social justice activist, the federal government and other public agencies close every year on the Monday following his birthday. King was martyred in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968....
Since December 14, Mumia has been kept in solitary in SCI Mahanoy's dungeon. Its restrictions and conditions belie its modern construction. On January 6 Mumia told us that he wants all of his supporters to broaden this call, to not just focus on his case, but to understand that all torture units must be shut down....
Mumia is being kept in solitary in SCI Mahanoy's dungeon. Its restrictions and conditions belie its modern construction. Mumia just told us on Friday [Jan. 6] that he wants all of his supporters to broaden this call, to not just focus on his case, but to understand that all torture units must be shut down....
Although Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams dropped the death sentence on Dec. 7, Mumia Abu-Jamal remains in administrative custody since being transferred from SCI Greene to SCI Mahanoy on Dec. 14. He has been kept isolated from the general population, with limited phone access and visits with family still conducted behind glass walls....
The “libertarian” movement has never been friendly to the 99%. Its members are not apologetic about wanting to abolish all social programs that aid the people, from Medicaid to food stamps. They want to shut down every government department that in any way limits the excesses of the 1%. These include the Departments of Labor, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, among others....
I visited Mumia Dec. 15, in the new prison that houses him, SCI Mahanoy. Even though he has been released from death row, he remains in Administrative Custody while he awaits transfer to general population. Because he is still in Administrative Custody and not yet in general population, visits still take place behind the plexiglas barrier characteristic of the no-contact visits to prisoners on death row....
Dangerous provisions inserted into the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 (NDAA-2012) have created great alarm among civil liberties organizations, Muslim organizations, groups that defend anti-war activists and many activists of the Occupy Wall Street movement who have recently been targeted across the country....
The police campaign to wipe out the Occupy Wall Street movement across the country should drive home a truth that has long been experienced by oppressed communities, workers on strike, fighters for civil rights, immigrant workers and many others. The regime of capitalist democracy in the United States has a violently repressive character — side-by-side with its controlled “democratic” institutions....
After nearly three decades on Pennsylvania’s death row, former Black Panther Party member and world-renowned journalist, Mumia Abu-Jamal, was moved into transitional area at SCI Greene maximum security prison on Dec. 11, following an announcement by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams earlier in the week that he would no longer seek Abu-Jamal’s execution....
"Now that it is clear that Mumia should never have been on death row in the first place, justice will not be served by relegating him to prison for the rest of his life"yet another form of death sentence. Based on even a minimal following of international human rights standards, Mumia must now be released. I therefore join the call, and ask others to follow, asking District Attorney Seth Williams to rise to the challenge of reconciliation, human rights, and justice: drop this case now, and allow Mumia Abu-Jamal to be immediately released, with full time served."...
Having survived two execution orders and 30 years on death row in solitary confinement, never being able to touch his dying mother or sister, his spouse, children or grandchildren (let alone anyone else, other than the prison guards who handcuff and shackle him), Mumia Abu-Jamal, an innocent man, now faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison....
Friends do not beat up on other friends. Friends do not open cans of pepper spray into the faces and throats of their friends. Friends do not trample each other purposely on horseback. Friends do not stab one another. Friends do not arrest one another. Friends do not bring one another to court — or threaten to imprison one another. Friends do not purposely injure each other so severely that it leads to hospitalization....
The Occupy Wall Street movement at Zuccotti Park in New York City heard the powerful voices of women activists, the majority of them immigrants from Latin America, at a rally organized Nov. 20 by a broad coalition led by Women Workers for Peace and La Peña del Bronx....
We’re sure you were relieved on October 11, 2011, as were we, when the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed several lower court rulings since 2001 that Mumia should never have been sentenced to death. That decision is a tribute to the amazing international movement that has fought all these years for justice for Mumia. But wae write to you now calling on you to help in this critical next stage of the struggle to gain Mumia’s final release from prison....
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Calling all people of conscience: Following numerous Associated Press reports about NYPD programs that profile, investigate and entrap American Muslims not even suspected of committing a crime ...
A People’s Assembly held Nov. 5 at Hostos Community College in the South Bronx launched an exciting fightback program for jobs, against racism and for the rights of workers and poor people to unions, food, healthcare, and public education....
A public memorial and cultural tribute was held for Consuela Lee — an African-American jazz pianist, composer, arranger and teacher — at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem in New York City on Oct. 29. Lee passed away from a long illness associated with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83 on Dec. 26, 2009, in Atlanta....
People’s Assembly Sat. Nov. 5 to be Live-Streamed from Hostos College, 12noon – ...
The scene was a perfect storm of organized chaos. Here were the young and old, students and workers, immigrants and oppressed, all addressing the failures of capitalism’s current worldwide crisis, outlining the destructive forces of global banking systems and highlighting the lack of communal values in a place that loves to cry patriotism....
On Tuesday, Oct. 25, a pre-dawn police raid tore up and destroyed the Occupy Oakland camp. It was a war zone. More than 500 police from at least 12 jurisdictions took part in the paramilitary operation, arresting more than 130 by day’s end, beating many and sending one Iraqi war vet to the hospital in critical condition....
Nov. 1 — Like a force of nature that astonishes everyone with its power, Occupy Oakland has inspired bold actions by youth and workers across the United States, electrifying the political climate and forcing city officials and police authorities to constantly revise their plans for dealing with this broad-based people’s movement....
Early Tuesday morning 900 police from a dozen police agencies in the Bay Area, along with Homeland Security, brutally cracked down on demonstrators who marched in support of Occupy Oakland....
The chain reaction of protest occupations that has swept the United States has already reinvigorated the struggle for equality and for participation in decisions that affect the lives of the 300 million people the demonstrators call the 99 percent....
Despite all the nice words by U.S. officials in world forums about their support for “peaceful” protests, despite all the sympathy expressed by politicians, from President Barack Obama on down, regarding the dire conditions that have sparked the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, despite all the efforts by many demonstrators to show good will to the authorities, the riot police have now been called out in many cities and the crackdown has begun....
Will it develop a strong and independent, working class-centered orientation with an understanding that inequality based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and class are realities that must be confronted as part of the process of forging real solidarity amongst the 99%?...
The prisoner hunger strikers at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison called off their protest action on Oct. 13. Two days later, prisoners at Calipatria State Prison decided to “temporarily” end their hunger strike....
On Friday, October 21, the Council on American Islamic Relations New York Chapter (CAIR-NY) will be joining the Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York in hosting Friday Prayer (Jummah) at Occupy Wall Street. Jummah will begin at 1pm in Zuccotti Park. A sermon will be delivered on social justice in Islam by Imam Aiyub Abdul Baki of the Islamic Leadership Council....
These are hard times. There doesn’t appear to be any respite coming soon. The political atmosphere has shifted in response to the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression. This crisis, because of how the changes in technology, communication and production have made the world smaller, is global in its impact....
On Saturday, October 29, 2011, the life and work of accomplished pianist and theatrical performer, Consuela Edmonia Lee (aka Consuela Moorehead), will be honored at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York by an impressive list of renowned filmmakers, musicians and artists....
Here's a prediction: Seth Williams, the district attorney of Philadelphia, will decide not to seek to reimpose the death penalty on Mumia Abu-Jamal, the world-famous journalist, former Black Panther and condemned prisoner who has spent the last almost 30 years of his life on Pennsylvania's overcrowded death row....
Today the United States Supreme Court rejected a request from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office to overturn the most recent federal appeals court decision declaring Mumia Abu-Jamal’s death sentence unconstitutional. The Court’s decision brings to an end nearly thirty years of litigation over the fairness of the sentencing hearing that resulted in Mr. Abu-Jamal’s being condemned to death. Mr. Abu-Jamal will be automatically sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole unless the District Attorney elects to seek another death sentence from a new jury....
Sept. 26 — The outrage over the state of Georgia’s execution of Troy Davis at 11:08 p.m. on Sept. 21 has not abated. Rather, his name has become a code word for resistance and struggle....
Despite the Sept. 15 visit to Libya of British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the struggle for control of the oil- producing North African state of Libya is far from complete. Battles for control of Bani Walid and Sirte illustrate that supporters of Muammar Gadhafi’s government still represent a disciplined fighting force against the U.S./NATO fighter jets and military operatives backing the National Transitional Council “rebels.”...
Stop-and-frisk, harassment, marijuana busts – all directed disproportionately at African American and Latino youth – is a constant feature in neighborhoods where unemployment is the highest. And when people come out to demand jobs and justice, or to protest the racist execution of Troy Davis, they get kicked, tripped, punched and pepper-sprayed....
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the 2001 U.N. Durban (South Africa) World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. To commemorate the event there will be a high-level United Nations General Assembly meeting on racism in New York City on Sept. 22. ...
The International Action Center strongly condemns the state-sanctioned murder of inmate, Troy Davis, by the racist state of Georgia Sept. 21 at 11:08 p.m. Davis maintained his innocence while strapped to a gurney in the 1989 killing of an off-duty police officer for which he was sentenced to death row in 1991....
Last year there was an overwhelming response to the International Action Center’s call for an anti-racist demonstration on Sept. 11....
Extreme right-wing, racist forces — who last year whipped up a climate of racism against the Islamic Prayer Center at 51 Park Place — are planning to use the tenth anniversary of September 11 for another anti-Muslim hatefest....
New York City Mayor Bloomberg has announced that in the event of a hurricane, that he will not evacuate prisoners at Rikers’ Island, claiming instead to have a “contingency plan” in place. The experience of prisoners in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina shows that city authorities will abandon the basic rights of prisoners in the face of disaster....
Our next planning meeting for an Anti-racist Unity Rally on Sept 11, will be this Wed. August 24 at 6:30pm at 55 West 17th St, 5C. NYC(between 5th & 6th Ave). Please make every effort to attend.
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On August 20, the African community of the world will register our condemnation of and resistance to the wars being made against our people and our freedom everywhere.We will oppose the heinous bombing of Libya and the violent attempt to overthrow that government....
We are writing to you on an urgent matter. As you know, the streets of London and other British cities erupted in rebellion earlier this week, following the police killing of a young Black man and father of three, Mark Duggan, in the Tottenham area on August 4....
Wednesday's (Aug. 10) first Planning Meeting of the Emergency Mobilization Against Racism, War and Anti-Muslem Bigotry to counter the racist, right-wing forces on Sunday, September 11 was a tremendous step forward. We discussed plans for a Rally, March and Cultural Exhibition....
Extreme right wing racist forces, who last year whipped up an ugly climate of hate against the Islamic Prayer Center at 51 Park Place, have announced new plans for Sunday, September 11 this year at the same location....
In the past year the British government has announced and implemented huge cuts in education and social service programs in the face of growing unemployment and poverty. Now Black and working-class youth are responding with direct action and mass rebellion.<...
Extreme right-wing, racist forces, who last year whipped up a climate of hate against the Islamic Prayer Center at 51 Park Place, have announced ugly new plans for this year -- the 10th anniversary of 9/11 -- at the same location near the World Trade Center site. This is a very dangerous threat. Anders Breivik, the racist, right-wing Norwegian responsible for the recent mass murder of 77 mostly young people in Norway, has quoted extensively from the writings of Pamela Geller of Stop Islamization of America and Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch. These are the two organizations opposing the Islamic Prayer Space at 51 Park Place....
RALLY for UNITY & SOLIDARITY
MANIFESTACIÓN POR LA UNIDAD Y LA SOLIDARIDAD
Sun • SEPT 11, 2011
NY City Hall • 1 pm 
RALLY Broadway & Park Pl.
Dom • 11 de sept • 1 pm
La MANIFESTACIÓN
el lado oeste de la ALCALDÍA
Broadway y Park Pl.
Be there!
Volunteers & Activists needed...
Leaders of the hunger strike in the Security Housing Unit at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison accepted an offer July 20 from the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation and have ended their weeks-long action. Members of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition confirmed reports of the hunger strike’s end after speaking with some of the prisoners involved. ...
Right now there are 200 prisoners at Pelican Bay on a hunger strike.  They are experiencing life-threatening health conditions according to an urgent update received by the Hunger Strike Prisoner Solidarity Coalition and from medical personnel at the prison. The California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation continues to refuse to negotiate. It is urged that phone calls be made to the following authorities immediately, demanding they enter into negotiations before they have (more) deaths on their hands: ...
Urgent bulletin: On July 13 it is reported by the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition that 200 of the Pelican Bay hunger strikers are experiencing life-threatening health conditions according to an urgent update received by the coalition from medical personnel at the prison. The California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation continues to refuse to negotiate. It is urged that phone calls be made to the following authorities immediately, demanding they enter into negotiations before they have (more) deaths on their hands:...
On June 28, as the New York City Council was scheduled to vote on a pro-banker, anti-people budget deal, more than 100 residents of the “Bloombergville” encampment marched around City Hall. They had been sleeping on the sidewalk nearby for 16 days trying to stop Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s impending cuts....
June 19 — Launched on the heels of a massive public workers’ rally on June 14, and inspired by gigantic occupations of public squares in Egypt, Tunisia, Spain, Greece and Wisconsin, the Bloombergville encampment near New York’s City Hall has withstood police intimidation and inclement weather to mount a spirited and sustained protest against the current onslaught of anti-people budget cuts in New York City and state....
Prisoners earning 23 cents an hour in U.S. federal prisons are manufacturing high-tech electronic components for Patriot Advanced Capability 3 missiles, launchers for TOW (Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided) anti-tank missiles, and other guided missile systems. A March article by journalist and financial researcher Justin Rohrlich of World in Review is worth a closer look at the full implications of this ominous development. ...
They couldn’t break Geronimo ji Jaga. The FBI and Los Angeles district attorney framed the Black Panther Party leader for murder and jailed him for 27 years....
Consider these horrific facts provided by the National Organization for Women: Every year approximately 132,000 women report they have been violently violated by rape or attempted rape. More than half of that number knew their attackers. It’s estimated that two to six times that many women are raped, but do not report it. Every year 1.2 million women are raped by their current or former male partners, some more than once....
We, the undersigned, are alive today because some individual or small group of individuals decided that our insistent and persistent proclamations of innocence warranted one more look before we were sent to our death by execution. We are among the 138 individuals who have been legally exonerated and released from death rows in the United States since 1973. We are alive because a few thoughtful persons – attorneys, journalists, judges, jurists, etc. – had lingering doubts about our cases that caused them to say "stop" at a critical moment and halt the march to the execution chamber. When our innocence was ultimately revealed, when our lives were saved, and when our freedom was won, we thanked God and those individuals of conscience who took actions that allowed the truth to eventually come to light....
On April 26 the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia unanimously issued a ruling upholding its earlier decision calling for a new sentencing hearing for Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1982. On Pennsylvania’s death row for almost 29 years, Abu-Jamal — a world-renowned political prisoner and former Black Panther Party member — has consistently maintained his innocence....
The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has unanimously declared that Mumia Abu-Jamal's death sentence is unconstitutional. In today's decision, the Court of Appeals reaffirmed its 2008 finding that Mr. Abu-Jamal's sentencing jury was misled about the process for considering evidence supporting a life sentence. The Court found that, in violation of the United States Supreme Court's 1988 decision in Mills v. Maryland, the jury was improperly led to believe that that it could only consider unanimously agreed upon evidence favoring a life verdict. This mistake rendered Mr. Abu-Jamal's death sentence fundamentally unfair. ...
In the early morning of March 31, the state Legislature of New York passed an austerity budget that cuts more than $1 billion from education. Cuts to state spending on Medicaid will lead to a loss of federal matching funds that will total $5 billion. Hundreds of millions more were cut from other vital social services....
The union movement has called for “We Are One” actions across the country to mark this important anniversary and to call for solidarity with Wisconsin workers and the struggle for justice every where.  Thousands of actions both big and small are being called not only by the unions but by community and student groups who are joining on this day....
In the most recent racist and reactionary link in the vicious chain of the politically motivated frame up of Boston African American City Councilor and community leader Chuck Turner, Federal Judge Woodlock denied Chuck's motion for a stay of execution of sentence pending the appeal of his conviction, effectively appointing himself judge jury and executioner, thus proving that Capitalist judges are always more class conscious than constitutionally minded....
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In the USA we hope we are experiencing that groundswell of a time when events and history come together; that the protest against what is happening to civil service workers will result in such a wave of people power that change will start breaking out for all of us....
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The following is a statement from Jason Campbell, an inmate in Ohio State Penitentiary, where Lucasville uprising prisoners Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Bomani Shakur and Jason Robb recently won significant improvements in the terms of their confinement through a 12-day hunger strike and an international campaign of support. ...
Honor the right of Native American Prisoner Jason Campbell (Vo'kome Nahkohe) to practice his religion! All of his religious freedom hunger strike demands are just and legitimate. They must be granted immediately! His religious necklace, which was confiscated from him illegally, must be immediately returned. Remove him from isolation and restore all privileges. No reprisals for his just hunger strike action!...
On Jan. 28, Mumia Abu-Jamal retained the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. to represent him in the ongoing appeal of his capital murder conviction and death sentence. LDF will serve as co-counsel in the case with Judy Ritter, Esq., of Widener Law School in Wilmington, Del., who has represented Mr. Abu-Jamal since 2003....
On January 28, 2011, Mumia Abu-Jamal retained the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) to represent him in the ongoing appeal of his capital murder conviction and death sentence.  LDF will serve as co-counsel in the case with Judy Ritter, Esq., of Widener Law School in Wilmington, Delaware, who has represented Mr. Abu-Jamal since 2003....
The Pima County Tea Party Patriots are holding a rally Jan. 28 in Tucson, Ariz., to launch a campaign to oust County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. The Tea Party and right-wingers all over the country have opened a campaign of vilification against Dupnik because he pointed the finger at the ultraright in his press conference on the day of the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, an attack that claimed six lives....
On Oct 29 a predominantly white and suburban federal jury falsely found African-American Boston City Councilor guilty of one count of attempted extortion and three counts of lying to the FBI.  The community has shown its unwavering support for Chuck, voting for him, packing the trial and turning out hundreds strong at a rally on October 30 at the District 7 office in Roxbury. saying "We Stand with Chuck Turner. Chuck is Innocent! The verdict is the crime!"...
“So much energy coming is from all over. I’m just trying to hang on and ride the wave,” wrote political prisoner Bomani Shakur Jan. 6, the third day of his hunger strike at Ohio State Penitentiary. Convicted as Keith LaMar, Bomani and two other death-sentenced prisoners started refusing food on Jan. 3 to demand that they be treated like other prisoners facing execution....
The Martin Luther King Day protest focuses on Woodlawn management’s announced plans to outsource 23 of the remaining 38 union jobs at Woodlawn, as an act of vengeance against the workers for choosing a fighting union to represent them. Woodlawn management told the union it has contracted with the Brickman group, a Westchester-based firm that exploits immigrant labor, underpaying them and then abandoning them when they stand up and ask questions....
The anti-racist movement celebrated an important victory when it was announced on Dec. 30 that the prison sentences of Jamie Scott and Gladys Scott would be suspended by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour....
Dec. 30 — Gov. Haley Barbour calls the impending release of the Scott Sisters an “early” release. A release from 16 years of wrongful incarceration is most certainly not an “early” release....
On Jan. 3, four prisoners held in Ohio State Penitentiary, a supermax prison started a hunger strike to protest the highly restrictive conditions they have been subjected to since they were moved to the prison in 1998. These prisoners are Bomani Shakur aka Keith LaMar, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Jason Robb and Namir Abdul Mateen aka James Were, all received death sentences as the result of wrongful convictions on charges related to the 1993 prison uprising in Lucasville, Ohio. Hasan and Robb helped negotiate the settlement of the Lucasville uprising, preventing a massacre such as the one in Attica in 1971 which resulted in more than forty deaths....
Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Bomani Shakur (Keith LaMar), Jason Robb and Namir Mateen (James Were) will start a hunger strike on Monday Jan. 3 to protest their 23-hour a day lock down for nearly 18 years. These four death-sentenced prisoners have been single-celled (in solitary) in conditions of confinement significantly more severe than the coniditions experienced by the approximately 125 other death-sentenced prisoners at the supermax prison, Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown....
THEY are the government, corporate, and financial powers that wage war, ravage the environment and the economy and trample on our democratic rights and liberties....
he myth of a post-racial U.S. society in light of the election of President Barack Obama was shattered once again when the body of Frederick Jermaine Carter, a 26-year-old Black man, was discovered Dec. 3 hanging from a tree in a predominantly white area in the town of Greenwood, Miss....
What conclusions or lessons can be drawn from the historic Georgia prisoners’ strike that lasted close to a week and involved as many as 10 institutions across the state?...
Five Somali nationals were convicted of piracy in a U.S. federal court in Norfolk, Va., on Nov. 24, with their sentencing set for March 2011. Based on slave-era laws and criminal statutes that have not been enforced since the 1820s, the Somalis could be sentenced to life in prison....
For over week, since December 9, thousands of Georgia prisoners have refused to work, stopped all activities and locked down in their cells in a peaceful protest for their human rights. It is urgent to support this heroic act of resistance to inhuman prison conditions and racism....
According to reports from family members and prisoner rights advocates, thousands of incarcerated men throughout Georgia engaged in a coordinated strike starting Dec. 9. They refused to go to work or participate in other assignments or activities, but stayed in their cells, calling it a “lockdown for liberty.” Using unauthorized cell phones, the prisoners have been able to organize among themselves and to communicate with news media and supporters. What is so extraordinary about this action besides its statewide character is its unity among the prisoners — Black, Latino, white, Muslims, Christians, Rastafarians — to achieve their central demand to be treated as human beings, not slaves or animals. ...
Students and faculty at the City University of New York, in opposition to another tuition increase, held two disruptions at meetings of the Board of Trustees in November. The board had proposed a 5 percent tuition increase, which would amount to $125 more per semester, to begin in the spring of 2011. On top of that, the BOT proposed an additional increase of $500 per semester for the Hunter College School of Social Work. CUNY tuition had already been raised by 15 percent in 2009. Since 2003, tuition has increased 44 percent....
In 2009, as a result of an investigation of the State of North Carolina’s Crime Laboratory, two former FBI agents concluded that false forensic evidence had been used, and exonerating evidence hidden from the defense, in 280 criminal cases over 16 years. In three of those, cases men were executed before the truth was uncovered....
The only legal options that were considered by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, a federal court immediately below the US Supreme Court, at the November 9 hearing were whether Mumia Abu-Jamal is to be executed or get life in prison without parole. The question of Mumia's guilt or innocence and the opportunity of a new trial was not part of this hearing. The Third Circuit decided that issue in March 2008 in a decision made by the same three judges who conducted this hearing....
On Oct 29 a predominantly white and suburban federal jury falsely found African-American Boston City Councilor guilty of one count of attempted extortion and three counts of lying to the FBI. The community has shown its unwavering support for Chuck, voting for him, packing the trial and turning out hundreds strong at a rally on October 30 at the District 7 office in Roxbury. saying "We Stand with Chuck Turner. Chuck is Innocent! The verdict is the crime!"...
A United Nations Human Rights Council gathering in Switzerland heard testimony from oppressed groups inside the United States who exposed Washington’s official state policy of gross violations against peoples of color and workers in general....
“I voted for Obama because I felt his message and wanted to be a part of a change in America. This year it’s different. All the confusion with the Tea Party, all the negativity against the president and the Republicans who want to take back their country, all my hope is gone,” said Brian Henderson, a 22-year-old Washington, D.C., resident. “But I’m still going to vote and encourage others to do so also. It’s hard to get excited when you don’t feel like the options are any better than the devil and Satan in some places.” (finalcall.com, Nov. 1)...
A recent decision by the Federal Reserve to provide the bankers another $600 billion in bailout funds demonstrates the government’s continuing failure, even under Democratic Party leadership, to provide any relief for working people and the oppressed....
More than 500 people, mostly African Americans and youth, mobilized for a noontime outdoor rally Nov. 9 in support of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. The rally lasted through a hearing of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that argued on whether the death sentence would be reinstated against Mumia, who has maintained his innocence since being railroaded to death row in 1982. The court’s ruling will be announced at a later date. Supporters for Mumia included a delegation from the Transport Workers Union Local 100; Charles Barron, the New York gubernatorial candidate for the Freedom Party; Free Mumia Coalition (NYC), International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal and the International Action Center. Activists traveled from as far away as California, Texas, Arizona, Germany and France to stand with Mumia....
On November 9, 2010, Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia Will Consider Reinstating Death Sentence on Internationally Renowned Death Row Political Prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal...
Mumia Abu-Jamal is innocent. He’s spent over 28 years on death row after being unjustly convicted. Mumia was framed because he exposed police brutality as a radio journalist and for helping to found the Philadelphia chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1969.The real criminals are the FBI and cops, who bombed the MOVE house on May 13, 1985, burning to death six adults and five children. The MOVE 9 are innocent political prisoners who must be released. A “Tea Party” majority on the U.S. Supreme Court has virtually ordered the Federal Appeals Court to reinstate Mumia’s death sentence. Don’t let the bigots lynch Mumia Abu-Jamal. Show the Federal Appeals Court that we demand justice. Mumia must not die! RALLY in Philadelphia Nov 9. For more information: Free Mumia Coalition (NYC) 212.330.8029 www.freemumia.com...
he way ahead is uncharted. But all of history tells us that material conditions determine consciousness. It was the wretched conditions for labor in the 1800s that led to the development of Marxism, scientific socialism, the first unions and the first international organizations of the working class. It was the whip of racist reaction that led to the movements for civil rights and Black liberation. It was the oppression built into capitalism that led to the struggles for women’s rights and LGBTQ liberation....
Most political pundits and leading corporate-oriented publications are predicting significant gains by right-wing Republican candidates across the United States in the midterm elections taking place Nov. 2. This possible shift in power within ruling-class politics is attributed to two main factors: the so-called conservative backlash as represented by the Tea Party and the lack of enthusiasm among key constituents within the African-American and Latino/a communities, as well as among working women, who voted overwhelming for the Democratic Party in 2006 and 2008....
The anniversary of the birth of a cherished freedom fighter occurred recently. On Oct. 6, 1917, Fannie Lou Townsend was born and grew up on a Mississippi plantation in a sharecropper family. She began picking cotton at the age of 6. She was the youngest of 20 children and the granddaughter of an enslaved African. After marrying, she became Fannie Lou Hamer....
Bail Out the People is mobilizing 110% to get out the vote for the Freedom Party citywide. We could use a hand....
Clarence Thomas, long-time ILWU Local 10 member and labor activist who co-chaired the rally with Jack Heyman, another ILWU dockworker, proudly announced, “All of the Bay Area ports are shut down today in honor of the fight for justice for Oscar Grant.”...
The Black and Latino/a-led Freedom Party is attempting to get a minimum of 50,000 votes in the Nov. 2 midterm elections in New York State in order to secure ballot status. One of the FP’s main goals is to challenge the decades-long, oppressive stranglehold that the big business, pro-war Republican and Democratic parties have had, a hold that keeps workers and oppressed peoples economically and politically powerless....
Koch Oil Industries, Donald Trump, Rupert Murdoch, ExxonMobil and the super rich are all telling us to hate Muslims, hate immigrants and blame them for everything. They don’t like speaking in their own names so they get the Tea Party to do it for them....
he recent revelations of massive fraud in the processing of foreclosures by major banks demonstrate the urgent necessity for activists to press the demand for an immediate declaration of a two-year moratorium to halt all foreclosures and evictions in the U.S....
The 16-year struggle to free Jamie and Gladys Scott from a Mississippi prison has caught the significant attention of a progressive African-American journalist. Bob Herbert, who writes for the New York Times on a regular basis, penned two op-ed pieces within three days of each other exposing the injustice that the African-American sisters have suffered and calling for their immediate release....
A critical hearing is scheduled Nov. 9 in the nearly three-decade-old case of journalist and activist Mumia Abu-Jamal, who sits on death row in Pennsylvania. Mumia was severely wounded and arrested on Dec. 9, 1981, in Philadelphia and was later charged, tried and convicted of the murder of police officer Daniel Faulkner....
The World Day Against the Death Penalty was commemorated on Oct. 10 with a major emphasis on the United States, where more executions take place than any other industrialized country. Since the death penalty was reinstituted by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976, 1,229 executions have taken place, with 41 in 2010 alone and counting. (Death Penalty Information Center, Oct. 6)...
DeAsia Bronaugh, a Black high school student, was acquitted on all charges on Oct. 7 in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court....
There's a great opportunity this Monday [Oct. 18, 2010] to gather friends together and support the Freedom Party's NY State campaign....
Nearly 80 demonstrations in 25 states were organized on Oct. 7, the second National Day of Action to Defend Education, as thousands of students and workers took to the streets to fight back against the attacks on education being leveled across the country in the form of devastating budget cuts, tuition hikes and the growing threat of privatization....
Passage of stringent anti-woman restrictions on abortion funding in the new health care system isn’t enough to satisfy Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ). Chair of the so-called Pro-Life Caucus for 28 years, Smith introduced HR 5939, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” on July 29. As of Oct. 10 there were 183 cosponsors.

Smith’s law seeks to change the Hyde Amendment — which has denied more than 1 million poor women Medicaid funding for abortion since 1976 — into a permanent law. In 2008 one in eight or 7.5 million reproductive-age women, who are disproportionately women of color, qualified for Medicaid health coverage....

n exciting event launched the Freedom Party campaign on Oct. 3 at the Church of the Resurrection, which also serves as home to the South Bronx Community Congress. Charles Barron and Ramon Jimenez, candidates for governor and attorney general, respectively, both spoke eloquently about the emerging Black and Latino/a alliance that sees well beyond the Nov. 2 elections to a new “people’s power bloc” that can genuinely fight for and protect the interests of working people in the city and state of New York....
The plans in New York are connected to the October 7th National Day of Action to Defend Public Education, the continuation of the national movement that began on March 4th 2010....
The nearly 29-year struggle to free political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal faces a critical juncture with the announcement that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will review Abu-Jamal’s death sentence on Nov. 9. It is imperative that all who stand for justice and against racism and state repression pack the courtroom in Philadelphia....
At the rally on Saturday, Oct. 2, for jobs,peace and equality, many critical issues will be raised by the International Action Center and Bail Out the People Movement and other organizations, such as the need for a real WPA jobs program. However in the wake of the FBI raids and Grand Jury subpoenas against activists last week, the IAC and BOPM want to make sure that there is very visible opposition to FBI repression, with the understanding that the attack on these activists is an attack on all who are fighting against war, racism and for economic and social justice....
On Oct. 7 there will be a citywide rally including students, educators, workers and community activists to defend public education at 4 p.m. at the Harlem State Office Building, followed by a march across Harlem, ending at the City College of New York....
Anti-war, anti-racist and left political activists in the United States have responded with unprecedented energy and outrage against nationally coordinated FBI raids on the homes of well-respected political organizers. Within 72 hours of the Sept. 24 raids, protest demonstrations were held or scheduled in 32 cities across the country....
On Thursday October 7th, 2010, students, educators, workers, and activists from community organizations across New York City will rally at 4pm outside the Harlem State Office Building at Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd and 125th street before marching across Harlem, finally ending at City College New York (CCNY)....
The thousands who united on Sept. 11 to say no to the Tea Party and its racist allies have given a new impetus to the anti-racist and workers’ struggle. They faced a right-wing opponent with a month’s head start, big funding and enormous media publicity. But they stood strong to defend their Muslim sisters and brothers and confront the hate-mongers, resisting pressure from the government and corporate media. In the end, they outnumbered and out-shouted the elements who follow Glenn Beck, Newt Gingrich and their ilk. Even the rightist New York Post had to admit that the anti-racists out-organized the right-wing gang....
A series of 85 fires struck several Detroit neighborhoods on Sept. 7. High winds of up to 50 miles per hour hit the city that day and blew down power lines, sparking fires that spread rapidly....
The hullabaloo and objections to the proposed building of the Islamic Cultural Center, also known as Cordoba House or the Park 51 project, as being “insensitively” located in lower Manhattan near the World Trade Center site, are not due to concern for “the feelings of the 9/11 families.” That is not the real issue at hand....
On September 11 the Tea Party and its racist and right wing allies plan to again demonstrate at the World Trade Center site. For months these bigots have attempted to whip up hysteria against a proposed Islamic masjid (mosque) and community center several blocks from the WTC. ...
Sep 12, 2010
WHERE WAS THE 70%?
By any estimate, the people who came out against racism and bigotry far outnumbered the Tea Party crowd. Forced into action by a vicious anti-Muslim rally meant to stop construction of a downtown Islamic Center, on September 11 thousands of people took to the streets of New York to say no to racism....
On September 11 the Tea Party and its racist and right wing allies plan to again demonstrate at the World Trade Center site. For months these bigots have attempted to whip up hysteria against a proposed Islamic masjid (mosque) and community center several blocks from the WTC. On September 11 right wing, Christian fundamentalist plan a “Burn the Quran” day at a Florida Masjid. These same forces targeting masjids around the country are waging a national hate campaign against all people of color and immigrants....
On the ninth anniversary of September 11, thousands of people marched against racism in a diverse show of solidarity that far outnumbered the Tea Party-led hate rallies.“We had at least 10,000 people,” said Sara Flounders, one of the coordinators of the Unity and Solidarity Rally. “And the rally program – with speakers from the labor movement, immigrants' rights coalitions, and clergy from synagogues, churches and mosques – featured the dynamic diversity of almost every community in New York.” Once the opponents of Park51 had made September 11 into a racist attack on Muslims, the question was whether progressive forces were going to allow this poisonous hate campaign to go unchallenged.Today that question was resoundingly answered in a dynamic anti-racist rally that attracted over fifty speakers and featured noted personalities such as anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, former Congressperson Cynthia McKinney, and former U.S. Attorney Ramsey Clark....
hursday afternoon the top media story was racist Pastor Terry Jones in Gainesville, Florida announcing that he was cancelling his planned 9/11 Quran burning. This came after heavy pressure from the White House and Pentagon fearful of the response in the Muslim world. It is also a grassroots victory based on the mass mobilization against this ugly threat taken on in Gainesville, Florida by the local Students for a Democratic Society – SDS....
Wednesday night’s organizing meeting in New York City for the Saturday, September 11 march against the ugly racism & Islamophobia leveled by the right wing Tea Party against a Muslim Community Center near Ground Zero was truly amazing and inspiring.The plans for a racist rally on September 11 against an Islamic Community Center have galvanized a united anti-racist response. About 100 organizers and activists from dozens of groups attended the meeting to plan a massive show of unity and solidarity. Here are some highlights:...
The Emergency Mobilization Against Racism and Anti-Islamic Bigotry is organizing a rally for civil rights and religious freedom on Saturday, September 11th. This rally is a response to the ugly and violent attacks, both verbal and physical, which are happening more and more frequently around the country. It is also a specific response to the hate-filled protest being called by a coalition of racist and anti-Islamic organizations on September 11th....
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Tens of thousands of teachers in Puerto Rico held a one-day work stoppage Aug. 26 to protest the neoliberal Gov. Luis Fortuño’s offensive, which has left the island’s education system in shambles. This historic stoppage shut 90 percent of the island’s schools. Teachers showed great resistance, as the recent successful student strike of the University of Puerto Rico also did....
The French government of Nicolas Sarkozy is attacking the country’s large and diverse immigrant and foreign communities, which it calls the sources of delinquency and crime, with expulsions and deportations, loss and denial of French citizenship, and new laws imprisoning parents for the crimes their children commit, as well as increased police violence. According to many French political analysts, the Sarkozy administration is using this approach to repair its public standing, which has been battered by the worldwide recession, growing unemployment and the anger of France’s combative unions....
Uniting under the theme, “Moving forward the militant global women’s movement in the 21st century,” more than 350 women from 32 countries participated in the Montreal International Women’s Conference, held Aug. 13-16. The conference resulted in the formation of an International Women’s Alliance. The IWA will hold its first assembly in 2011 to adopt a constitution of principles of unity and an action proposal....
Activists here and around the country have begun mobilizing to stop cold those who promote racism and hatred of Muslims. They plan to confront a vicious demonstration and rally scheduled for the World Trade Center site on Sept. 11. A rally and counterprotest near the WTC site on Aug. 22 showed that the confrontation is gaining momentum....
he economic crisis has hit the workers in Michigan, a state of heavy industry, especially hard, and has also brought with it an intensified struggle against racism. These brief reports cover three different areas of the state....
On September 11 the Tea Party and its racist and right wing allies plan to again demonstrate at the World Trade Center site. For months these bigots have attempted to whip up hysteria against a proposed Islamic masjid (mosque) and community center several blocks from the WTC....
Aug 11, 2010
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On July 29 the racist, anti-immigrant law SB1070 went into effect in Arizona. On July 28, federal judge Susan Bolton temporarily blocked the worst parts of the law from being implemented. Nonetheless, July 29 was a day filled with nonstop protests and bold actions as people took to the streets to show their outrage at this bigoted attack against immigrants and workers....
Despite a continuous onslaught of attacks against immigrant workers, resistance and opposition continue to grow in the U.S. — not only against Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, but also against the entire campaign to criminalize and drive workers born outside this country underground....
A political firestorm erupted on July 20 when Shirley Sherrod, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural development director for Georgia, was terminated as the result of a false accusation made against her by a right-wing propagandist. A deceptively edited video of a speech, delivered by Sherrod at an NAACP event in March, was used as the pretense for her firing and public vilification....
Organizations from Arizona’s three major population centers — Tucson, Flagstaff and Phoenix — met on July 17 to prepare coordinated activities for July 29, the date of SB 1070’s implementation. SB 1070 is a racist, anti-immigrant state law that is opposed by immigrant rights advocates, progressives and justice-loving people in Arizona and around the country....
LGBTQ organizations, Immigrant Rights groups & progressive allied organizations are being asked to please circulate the following email widely to their internet networks as soon as possible. They ask that your constituents and members sign on to the online petition in support of the boycott and circulate it widely as part of Week of Solidarity against the anti-immigrant attacks in Arizona & Call to Action for Human Rights July 23-30, 2010...
hereby demand the immediate repeal of Arizona's unconstitutional and racist anti-immigrant law SB 1070, which legalizes racial profiling by law enforcement and makes failure to carry immigration documents a crime....
From Friday, July 23 to Sunday July 25 the International Action Center will be joining hundreds of other anti-war and community activists at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany, NY for a National Conference to Bring the Troops Home Now. This United National Antiwar Conference will be an intense weekend of plenary sessions, workshops, education, resolutions and networking....
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Activists supporting African-American political prisoner and revolutionary journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal held a lively street meeting on the corner of Sixth and Market near the Liberty Bell monument in Philadelphia on July 4....
There are no vacations yet for the students who won a two-month strike at the University of Puerto Rico. Instead, they have continued organizing and demanding that the administration fulfills the agreement....
President Barack Obama gave a major address on immigration on July 1, after much anticipation by the immigrant rights movement.

If immigrants and supporters expected anything positive to come out of the speech, they were greatly disappointed. In fact, what President Obama endorsed as proposed policy is everything the movement has been fighting against, not only since 2006, but historically....

July 3rd is the day that political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death for a killing he did not commit. This year’s July 4 theme is “ancestral uprising!” featuring dramatic presentations through performances of heroic anti-slavery fighters. The protest will also include a special presentation on the year-long struggle to demand a civil rights investigation for Mumia on the part of the U.S. Justice Department...
To reverse the destructive changes at WBAI over the past year, it is crucial that the Justice & Unity Campaign win back its majority on the Local Station Board....
The heroes and heroines of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, so brutally attacked by Israeli commandos on May 31, have transformed the struggle to break the siege of Gaza and raised it to a higher level. They are the new Freedom Riders....
The matter of reparations for African Americans is one that the U.S. government has forever refused to address. Yet the condition of second-class status of persons of color, particularly Black people, is a matter of record in this country, ruled and dominated by white supremacy....
A massive march filled the streets of downtown Phoenix on May 29 as close to 200,000 people gathered to denounce the racist SB 1070 law and show their determination to fight back against this anti-immigrant attack. The streets were packed from curb to curb for over three miles as demonstrators made their way along the six-mile route that began at Steele Indian School Park, snaked its way through downtown and ended at the state Capitol building....
At 12:35 a.m. on May 16, more than 20 Detroit police officers staged a raid at a two-family dwelling on the east side where they said a warrant was to be served for a suspect in a recent murder case. The police threw a flash bomb through the front window of the frame house. It caused a fire in the bed where 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley Jones was sleeping alongside her grandmother, Mertilla Jones....
At approximately 1 p.m. on May 21, more than a dozen people occupied the Tucson Headquarters of the U.S. Border Patrol to draw attention to impacts of border militarization in Indigenous Communities. Six people, including Alex Soto, a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation and a volunteer with the group O’odham Solidarity Across Borders, locked themselves together for up to three and a half hours. “Indigenous voices have been ignored. In our action today we say NO MORE!” said Soto....
Momentum is growing for the national march to stop SB 1070 to be held May 29 in Phoenix. The march will demand the repeal of SB 1070, Arizona’s “Show me your papers” law, and an end to racist immigrant-bashing and the blaming of immigrants for economic and social problems which in reality result from the capitalist economic crisis....
When a supposed attempt to set off a car bomb in New York City fizzled in early May, with no one injured, a massive government investigation was launched to bring the alleged “terrorists” to justice....
On May 11, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law House Bill 2281, which eliminates ethnic studies programs from the state’s K-12 schools. This came just three weeks after she signed the repugnant anti-immigrant Senate Bill 1070.

The HB 2281 bill, which was pushed through the state legislature by the same racist forces that pushed SB 1070, not only eliminates the Tucson Unified School District’s popular Mexican American Studies and Raza Studies programs but also slanders TUSD’s programs with outright lies. It states that the ethnic studies programs teach students to “resent or hate other races” and that they “promote the overthrow of the United States government.”...

n a powerful, energetic and inspiring day of action, activists, unemployed people, students and youth, and community organizers from across the East Coast and Midwest converged on the Department of Labor on May 8 to honor the 75th anniversary of the Works Projects Administration — by demanding a concrete jobs program, now. They then held a meeting to strategize around their demands and plan future events.

Proposed actions resulting from the meeting include the creation of People’s Assemblies to be held in various cities to help link struggles and movements together; national days of outrage and local speak-outs against unemployment; community-labor action committees inside local unions to support the fight for jobs; and connecting with student and youth calls for an Oct. 7 day of action in support of public education....

This week nationwide press conferences are being held in various cities by leading coalitions in the immigrant rights movement to collectively denounce attempts to criminalize immigrants, from the recent bill in Arizona to the Schumer plan. Included in the media events are the May 1st Coalition in Tucson, Arizona; the May 1st Coalition in New York, New York; the Miami May Day Coalition in Miami, Florida; and here in Los Angeles the Southern California Immigration Coalition (SCIC)....
On Saturday May 1, 2010, a diverse coalition of immigrant rights advocates, community and union leaders, artists and youth-based community organizations will gather in Union Square at midday for a rally, march and Hip Hop concert in support of immigrant and worker rights. In light of legislation passed in Arizona last week, the Union Square event will emphasize condemning this racially charged legislation that will terrorize not only immigrants but all communities of color....
Ten years ago, the International Action Center initiated a major demonstration focused on the prison industrial complex. It was held on in front of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. The march was called to take place on April 15, the day before militant actions to oppose the criminal policies of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, which were meeting in that city; thousands of youth took part in those protests....
April 23 — When the Arizona Senate passed a sweeping, racist anti-immigrant bill on April 19, it unleashed a firestorm of outrage from Arizona’s oppressed communities. The bill legalizes racial profiling and criminalizes all undocumented people as “trespassers.” It also contains provisions attacking day laborers, allows for the seizure of any vehicle used to transport an undocumented person, and calls for the arrest of anyone who provides assistance to an undocumented person....
The Arizona law targeting all immigrants, and all Latinos/as, has been passed by both houses of the Arizona Legislation. The governor has three days to either veto, sign or let it pass into law without action. We must let the Arizona state government know that this racist attack will be answered by not only protests, but a full-scale tourism and convention boycott of Arizona...
On April 17, the openly Nazi group NSM held a rally at Los Angeles City Hall. Many groups, including socialist, anti-war and anti-racist organizations, mobilized to challenge their so-called right to free speech that motivates violence, racism and genocide against non-European peoples and the LGBTQ community....
In the early morning hours of April 15, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the FBI and other Homeland Security agencies launched a military operation against Tucson’s mostly Latino/a and Indigenous south side neighborhoods....
In 2006, May Day was revived in the U.S., the country of its origin, as a result of the upsurge of immigrant workers. This was a great step forward for the workers' struggle....
This is a critical moment in the long battle to save the life of world-renown African-American political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has been on Pennsylvania’s death row for almost 28 years. Millions of people worldwide know that he has never had a fair trial or appeals process before a jury of his peers—that he has been denied his basic legal and constitutional rights....
Among the many so-called “Tea Party” actions mobilizing right-wing forces on the pretext of opposing paying taxes was one called by a local New York City group, which seemed to be based in Staten Island. The Tax Day rally, however, was set at the Central Post Office across from Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.<...
April 3 was “Call to Action Day” at Columbia University — a day to inform, mobilize and organize to save the life of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. The theme was “Live from Death Row: Mumia at the Crossroads in the Age of Obama.” It was organized by Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal....
A visit of the “Tea Party Express” to cities in the Midwest — a region of the country that has been most devastated by the economic crisis of capitalism — did not go unchallenged. Rather, activists and community members confronted them at several stops to denounce the right-wing attempt to divide working and oppressed people and to show that the racist, sexist, anti-lesbian-gay-bi-trans, anti-immigrant, corporate-funded Tea Party does not speak for working people....
The corporate media may give it a different spin, but for Palin and Wall Street’s Tea Party, Boston was a bust....
Writers for Mumia, an afternoon of readings and testimonials by poets, playwrights, journalists, book authors, wordsmiths and activists, will be held April 24 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 512 W. 126th St. in Harlem. The New York Chapter of the National Writers Union and the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition of New York City are co-sponsoring the event, which precedes a rally in front of the Justice Department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., on April 26....
The Boston chapter of the Bail Out the People Movement will be holding a protest against Sarah Palin and the Tea Party on April 14 at 9:30 a.m. The protest will take place at the Boston Common Bandstand, where these extreme ultraright reactionaries will be holding a rally. ...
With 30 million unemployed or underemployed, the failure of the just-signed health care law to meet the needs and expectations of the population, plus its giveaway to the health care industry, is bound to add to the frustration and alienation of the workers....
On March 21 a multitude of immigrants and their supporters amassed in the largest demonstration for immigrant rights in Washington, D.C., in decades, if not ever....
Renee Washington DeFreitas, a 51 year old state employee and mother of five did everything she was supposed to: she worked hard long hours, volunteered for overtime when it existed, saved her money, and bought a home with the hope that she would have something as she grew older, both for herself and her children and grandchildren....
The International Action Center will be traveling to DC this weekend with activists from Bailout the People Movement, BAYAN, FIST-Fight Imperialism Stand Together, Peoples Organization for Progress, May 1 Coalition for Workers and Immigrant rights, Women’s Fight Back Network, Free Mumia Coalition and many others in cars, vans and buses.

Saturday, MARCH 20...

On March 4 more than 100 demonstrations were organized in 33 states against the devastating cuts, layoffs and tuition hikes as part of the National Day of Action to Defend Education, including campuses such as the University of Maryland and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The following reports are examples of some of these significant protests, which are signs pointing to the potential of a revitalized national youth and student fight-back movement reminiscent of the 1960s....
Students protested cuts in education in over 100 cities across the U.S. on March 4th, 2010, a day of National Student Action. This is the first national student protest involving thousands of students and workers. These are some of the videos from that event....
On March 4 students and workers from all around the country will take action to defend education against increased privatization of pre-kindergarten through 12th grade schools, budget cuts, layoffs, furloughs and tuition increases at college and universities — especially the public institutions....
Across the country, students, teachers, faculty and other workers, along with concerned parents, community activists and organizations, will be using the week of March 4 to strike decisively to defend public education and the right to pursue higher learning. The effects of the economic crisis have been felt in all sectors. Hundreds of thousands have faced having their homes foreclosed on or being evicted. Millions have lost their jobs and have added to the ranks of unemployed, especially people of color. Many families face hunger on a daily basis....
Activists from the U.S. and worldwide organized a day-long teach-in in Philadelphia and online to demand: No death penalty; No life sentence and for a Civil Rights Investigation in support of the award-winning journalist and political prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal. The following videos will help to summarize the legal and political issues connected to Mumia's case along with action proposals to build a broad fightback movement to win his freedom....
In light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened the door for reinstatement of the death penalty for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, activists from the Philadelphia region, across the U.S. and around the globe will take part in an important teach-in in Philadelphia on Feb. 13, to take up the next stage in the struggle to free Mumia....
Activists from Philadelphia, across the U.S. and around the globe will take part in an important video streaming, video conferencing and live teach-in to take up the next stage in the struggle to free Mumia Abu-Jamal....
The plight of Mumia Abu-Jamal is included in this Black History Month forum because what’s happening to him is part of the history of Black people in the U.S. and throughout the African Diaspora. This includes a history of oppression, repression, enslavement, apartheid, domestic terrorism, exploitation, racial discrimination, marginalization, resistance, and a continuing struggle for liberation, civil and human rights, social justice and equal protection under the law....
On Jan. 19 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that has opened the way for the reinstatement of the death sentence for Mumia Abu-Jamal. The federal court’s ruling, which moved away from earlier rulings regarding sentencing phase regulations, was the latest in a long history of state, local and federal courts changing or even reversing their own legal precedents in the case of this world-renowned journalist and political prisoner....
Demand a Two-Year Moratorium on Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs in Michigan and a State of Emergency in Detroit....
On April 6, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal asking for a new trial for death row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, based on evidence of racist prosecutorial misconduct during his original 1982 trial in Philadelphia. An important aspect of this misconduct is based on the 1986 Batson issue=97a legal decision that says that prospective jurors cannot be selected or unselected based on their race....
Haiti has suffered a terrible natural disaster at the cost of hundreds of thousands of precious lives. This natural disaster however, has been bitterly aggravated by racism and imperialist domination....
On January 16th at 1:45 AM three vans left the International Action Center/Bail Out People Movement office in Los Angeles to make a 7-hour trip to Phoenix, AZ to join with 20,000 activists protesting racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio....
The Supreme Court has tossed out a lower court ruling that nullified the death sentence for former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal. He has been an outspoken activist from behind bars, claiming there were procedural errors during his capital sentencing, and that too few blacks were on the jury....
Consuela Lee, an African-American jazz pianist, composer, arranger and music educator, passed away on Dec. 26 in Atlanta, Ga. She was 83 years old.

Ms. Lee had dedicated her life to helping preserve the integrity of African-American culture, which she consistently traced to the resistance to slavery, for future generations....

On March 4, students and workers from all around the country will take action to defend education against increased privatization of K-12 schools and budget cuts, layoffs, furloughs and tuition increases at the college and university level—especially the public institutions....
All the same, Mumia is still on death row because the prosecution filed an appeal wit the Supreme Court in order to push through his execution. Mumia is now in the greatest danger to be executed since his arrest on December 9, 1981....
As Wall Street prepares to lavish its bankers and traders with billions in year-end bonuses, the MTA is getting ready to worsen the economic crisis for millions of New Yorkers....
A White House Summit on Jobs is scheduled for Dec. 3. But instead of a jobs program, the president is sending tens of thousands of troops to war in Afghanistan at a cost of 50 billion more dollars on top of the fortune already wasted on war. Join us on Dec. 3 in a protest in front of the White House during the Jobs Summit to demand a real jobs program that can put the 30 million workers who are either unemployed or underemployed to work at jobs that pay a living wage....
n Oct. 28, President Barack Obama signed the 2010 Defense Authorization Act, the largest military budget in U.S. history....
Why is Bloomberg, the 8th richest man in the U.S., spending $100 million to buy this election? Yes he’s arrogant and enjoys controlling the lives of 9 million people in NYC....
The International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (ICFFMAJ) coalition convened an urgent meeting here on Oct. 17. Mumia supporters from Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C., were in attendance. It was a fightback strategy meeting of critical importance. Mumia, who has been on death row for over 27 years, is now, more than ever, faced with having his life snuffed out by the political powers that be....
On Oct. 3, more than 200 people attended a conference in Chicago on the deepening economic crisis in the United States. The event, whose theme was “They Say Cut Back, We Say Fight Back,” was held at the Teamster City building on the city’s West Side....
Over a thousand people gathered in Arsenal Park in Pittsburgh to resist the G-20 countries meeting in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center downtown. Young activists representing struggles against racism, gentrification, imperialist wars, gender oppression and environmental destruction gathered together in an effort coordinated by the Pittsburgh G-20 Resistance Project. ...
The International Action Center is proud to join with the following organizations that are in the forefront of community organizations of struggle and resistance in NY/NJ area and are endorsing and supporting the Justice & Unity Campaign at WBAI radio in the Local Station Board elections. Justice & Unity will UNDO THE COUP supported by the current WBAI board majority and will help save WBAI and protect community voices on the air...
More than 1,000 protesters marched through the streets here on Sept. 20 demanding a real jobs program, like the public works program the Roosevelt administration enacted during the Great Depression of the 1930s. It was the first demonstration related to the G-20 summit, a gathering of Treasury officials and central bankers from 20 countries that is to take place in the city later in the week. The goal of the G-20 is to protect bank profits. ...
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As we write, caravans are already on the road to Pittsburgh, some from as far away as California and Florida. Over the next few days, community organizers, activists, students, veterans, unemployed people and trade unionists will be arriving in Pittsburgh for the March for Jobs and Tent City. As the G20 assembles to discuss the global financial crisis, this broad coalition of people across the U.S. is building for this major protest to ensure that the voiceless are heard. This will be a week-long effort, starting on on Sunday, September 20 with a March for Jobs, and continuing with the Tent City which will last through Friday....
Students face a devastating new reality. Along with the usual back-to-school jitters, students across the country must cope with massive budget cuts, higher tuition rates and decreased financial aid. Those students who manage to scrape together the extra funds necessary to graduate face a terribly bleak job market when they leave their campuses....
Over the next few days, community organizers, activists, students, veterans, unemployed people and trade unionists will be arriving in Pittsburgh for the March for Jobs and Tent City.? As the G20 assembles to discuss the global financial crisis, this broad coalition of people across the U.S. is building for this major protest to ensure that the voiceless are heard. This will be a week-long effort, starting on on Sunday, September 20 with a March for Jobs, and continuing with the Tent City which will last through Friday....
As the G-20 summit prepares to descend upon Pittsburgh, the city has been thrust into the spotlight and is being highlighted for its "commitment to employing new and green technology to further economic recovery and development". It has been and is being denoted as the city that got it right, where pollution has been eroded, the rivers cleaned and the jobs in industry have thoroughly been replaced....
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United Steel Workers Union and United Electrical Workers have endorsed and are mobilizing....
Both the United Steel Workers and the United Electrical workers unions have endorsed the March for Jobs in Pittsburgh, September 20....
New York—On Aug. 21 the Solidarity Center here was filled with five hours of inspiring sounds: music and spoken word from talented artists (photo right) brought together to support the case of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, known worldwide as the “voice of the voiceless.”...
It's a group of Treasury officials and central bankers from 20 countries, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Its goal is to protect bank profits, whatever it costs the people of the world....
We are excited about our upcoming Katrina Anniversary Program! We hope you will join us and our allies for this program to honor our volunteers, reflect on on our positive change and progress, and share in fellowship with those that have made this possible....
The push for meaningful health care reform is in peril. Congressional Democrats have advanced flawed legislation that fails to live up to their campaign pledge of universal health care reform. Republicans allied with right-wing “Blue Dog” Democrats have worked overtime to derail any attempt at reform....
The arrest of Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. by a Cambridge police officer after showing two forms of identification after he, along with a Black limo driver, had unjammed the lock to the front door of Gates' own house in a predominantly white, upscale neighborhood known as "Harvard Square" has brought the struggle against racism to the front pages of newspapers throughout the US and around the world....
If the U.S. government was interested in supporting democracy or in building respect for the will of the people in a democratic election, it should have started by respecting the outcome of the 2006 Palestinian election. The Palestinian people voted in large numbers, electing Hamas candidates to parliament with large enough votes to form the Palestinian government. In Gaza, Hamas had a total sweep....
For the better part of the last 75 years, revolutionary peoples’ artist Irving Fierstein used his immense talent to depict the many struggles of working and oppressed people for social and economic justice and against imperialism. In the early 1980s Fierstein created a unique genre of art—striking full-color revolutionary banners thoughtfully composed and painstakingly painted by hand....
In September the eyes of the world will be on Pittsburgh, where the G20 countries will meet to consider what to do about the biggest global economic crisis since the 1930s. The heads of governments, finance ministers and central bankers that will be in Pittsburgh for the summit hear the concerns of bankers and corporate executives all the time. They need to listen to the voices of the millions of people who have lost their jobs and their homes because of the crisis. The Bail out the People Movement, a coalition of community, labor, religious, and grassroots activists, wants to help dramatize the crisis of joblessness, and the need for action both in the U.S. and worldwide to the G20 summit. It is now clear that the stimulus legislation passed by the U.S. Congress in March has done little to stop the loss of jobs. There is no recovery for the unemployed, the underemployed and the poor; and things are only getting worse. This is why we're asking you to help make the idea of a Global Week of Solidarity with the Unemployed from September 19 through September 26, the week of the G20 Summit, a reality....
The plight and suffering of children and teenagers who are subjected to sexual and other forms of abuse cannot be relieved by a reactionary campaign to foment racism, anti-gay bigotry and hatred of gender and sex variance....
There is a war going on inside this country—a war against immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants. This war is escalating, and like most wars, it is taking many casualties. The casualties are innocent children, women and men whose only crime is the need to survive, to find a way to live and work in the United States....
One the eve of America's Independence Day celebration, American Muslims (with the support of concerned members of non-Muslim communities) will spearhead a three-part initiative to draw attention to, and to educate the public on, the enormous gulf that still exist between promise and fulfillment, and how this socio-political deficiency within the American body-politic has impacted the Muslim community (globally) post 9/11....
The People’s Summit and Tent City in Detroit was by far one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. It was like going to Cuba, or Venezuela, and seeing the level of solidarity that exists among the people in those countries—solidarity that is borne of the struggle to build, in the case of Venezuela, or retain, in the case of Cuba, socialism....
In 2004, the NAACP voted unanimously (with one "nay" vote) to "reiterate its support of the international movement for a new and fair trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal." Yet the organization has done nothing since that time to ensure justice for Mumia....
Wells Fargo, a recipient of $25 billion in bailout funds, has cut off financing to Quad City Die Casting, throwing over 100 out of work. This is a devestating loss to the workers, but the effect ripples out. It's a loss of over $6.4 million a year in lost wages and tax revenue to our community....
June 16—Hundreds of poor and working people have gathered at the National People’s Summit and Tent City in downtown Detroit to put forward the people’s vision of a future with guaranteed jobs and income, universal health care, housing and utilities, and all rights that working class people are currently denied under the capitalist system....
Jun 13, 2009
Take back WBAI
For decades, New Yorkers have relied on WBAI 99.5 FM, in the Pacifica Radio Network, for radio broadcasting that provides real news and perspectives not filtered by corporate media. Now, the station is under attack....
An interview with Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke aired June 7 on the CBS television program “60 Minutes.” The Fed head talked about the multi-trillion-dollar bailout of the U.S. economy that has propped up financial institutions, banks, and corporations such as insurance giant AIG. Bernanke glibly stated he was prepared to double the amount if necessary in order to stave off a collapse of the system....
Home foreclosures soared in April to a record-high rate. One of every 374 homes, or 342,000 homes in the United States, received a foreclosure filing: a notice of default, auction or sale notice, or bank repossession. Filings were up 32 percent from April 2008. ...
More than 100 vigils, rallies, marches and other actions were held across the U.S. and in other countries worldwide on May 19 in support of Troy Anthony Davis, the Georgia man facing execution for a crime he has always denied committing....
“Immigrant,” a bilingual community event on immigrant rights in Syracuse, held in the Blodgett High School cafeteria, drew a standing-room-only, multinational crowd of more than 110 people on May 14. ...
Immigrants and their supporters have marched, rallied, picketed and even met with the mayor’s staff to express their opposition to the enforcing of immigration laws by Houston cops....
Although pressure and hostility on the part of some G20 governments has resulted in the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development being postponed from June 1 to 3 until June 24 to 26, the People's Economic Summit this Sunday, May 31 will go on as scheduled....
Based on the global capitalist economic crisis which is wreaking havoc on the lives of hundreds of millions of people world wide, United Nations General Assembly President Miguel D'Escoto-Brockman is organizing an urgent Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development, to take place on June 1-3 at the United Nations in New York City....
Organizers of the People's Summit, including a tent city, in downtown Detroit June 14-17 report momentum is building for the event. It's billed as "four days of active resistance" to counter the National Business Summit held June 15-17 at the GM Renaissance Center....
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On May 19, from Alaska to West Virginia and from Argentina to Uganda, high school and college students, faith-based groups and progressive community organizations are organizing vigils, rallies and petition drives as well as the vital means of communication to bring worldwide pressure on Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and the Pardons and Parole Board to stop the execution of Troy Anthony Davis....
The struggle to free death-row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal is heating up in New York City. On May 8, an emergency, militant street meeting took place in front of Harlem’s Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building to demand that elected officials call upon U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department to conduct a civil rights investigation into constitutional rights violations against Mumia. Congressperson Charles Rangel, who represents the Harlem community, has come out in support of the call for the investigation....
Organizing for the June 14-17 People's Summit and Tent City in Detroit is building fast. A planning meeting April 25 was attended by representatives from a broad base of progressive organizations. They included the Autoworkers Caravan, which has been in the forefront of challenging the massive attacks on auto workers' wages and benefits; the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions; disabled activists from Warriors on Wheels; Call 'Em Out; the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization; the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality; and the National Lawyers Guild. Two UAW members from Toledo, Ohio, also attended....
Over the last several months, a series of dramatic cases involving police killings of civilians has brought to light the essential role of law enforcement within capitalist societies. Numerous cities throughout the United States have seen a dramatic increase in the murder of African Americans by cops as well as the escalation of raids and deportations against immigrants both documented and undocumented....
Fear of a swine flu pandemic is spreading much faster than the virus itself. While it's too soon to predict how widespread and deadly this new variation of influenza virus will be, information about the likely origin of the outbreak is starting to surface. A huge factory-farm pig operation owned by U.S. corporate giant Smithfield and operated by its Mexican subsidiary, Granjas Carroll de Mexico, may have spawned this new threat to public health....
Reports from Berkeley, CA where the Pacifica National Board met this weekend are that the Interim Executive Director, Grace Aaron has sanctioned the decision taken by the WBAI Local Station Board last Monday at its hastily called "executive session" to fire General Manager Tony Riddle and Program Director Bernard White....
There have been two "walkouts" from the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Geneva. It is instructive to observe which countries walked out....
In the aftermath of the April 12 sniper killings of three Somali teenagers by the U.S. Navy, several U.S. agencies met on April 17 to conduct a review of military and foreign policy toward this Horn of Africa nation. The State Department, Pentagon and Justice Department have outlined a series of options to ostensibly fight "piracy" in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean....
A citywide rally and sendoff were held here in mid-April for the December 12th Movement International Secretaria's delegation to the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. The conference takes place from April 20-24 in Geneva, Switzerland....
Former congressman Tom Tancredo, a national symbol of hate, racism, sexism, bigotry and the scapegoating of immigrants, was invited to speak at UNC Chapel Hill on April 14 by Youth for Western Civilization, a newly-formed white supremacist organization on campus....
Following are excerpts from an e-mail campaign launched on April 15 by the New York Free Mumia Coalition, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Millions for Mumia and the International Action Center. To date hundreds of thousands of emails have been sent to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, President Barack Obama, congressional leaders, and the media to demand that the Justice Department initiate a civil rights investigation addressing a 27-year history of prosecutorial and judicial violations of Mumia's constitutional rights....
Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal will be 55 on April 24. His family, friends and supporters are observing the day with a worldwide "Honk for Mumia" and other displays of resistance to demand freedom for this world-famous African-American journalist held on Pennsylvania's death row....
While May Day has historically been a day of workers solidarity and a celebration of labor power, this is not a day or year like any other....
Review of progress and assessment of implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action by all stakeholders at the national, regional and international levels, including the assessment of contemporary manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance...
We participants of the Civil Society Forum for the Durban Review Conference 2009 held in Geneva 17 to 19 April strongly welcome the holding of the Durban Review Conference and reaffirm our full and dedicated support for the Durban Declaration and Plan of Action (DDPA) adopted by the 2001 World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance....
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Review of progress and assessment of implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action by all stakeholders at the national, regional and international levels, including the assessment of contemporary manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance...
We, the representatives of local, national and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other civil society groups from around the world gathered in Durban/South Africa during the week of 28 August – 3 September 2001 for the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR), guided by our commitment in the struggle against racism and racial discrimination and inspired by the recommendations of the NGO Forums held in Strasbourg/France, Santiago de Chile/Chile, Dakar/Senegal and Tehran/Iran and the related sub-regional NGO meetings held in Warsaw/Poland, Kathmandu/Nepal, Cairo/Egypt and Quito/Ecuador, in preparation for the World Conference, hereby make the following Declaration:...
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We express our full support for a strong Durban Review Conference, the NGO/Civil Society Forum, the Conference on Palestine, and other similar activities being held before and during the Review Conference that support the Conference and the goals for which it stands....
Between 20-24 April 2009 the world will take either an important step forward towards prohibiting discrimination, especially racial discrimination, or an unfortunate step backwards, if governments are unwilling to confront or even to discuss the core issues. Which way the international community will go will depend largely on the activities of states, and to a lesser extent civil society, participating in the Durban Review Conference to be held at the UN European headquarters in Geneva....
The decision by the Obama administration to boycott the Durban Review Conference Against Racism has raised a torrent of petitions, protests and criticism. An actual boycott of the upcoming April 20-24 meeting would be the first time that the United States has refused to participate in a United Nations conference. This has come as a shock to many who expected a fundamentally different attitude toward an international conference on racism from the Obama administration....
Please sign a petition to President Obama urging the United States to participate in the Durban Review Conference and its remaining preparatory meetings. The United States is currently refusing to participate in the Durban Review Conference, a United Nations Conference to discuss the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances....
On April 6, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Mumia Abu-Jamal's appeal for a new guilt-phase trial. The Supreme Court has not yet decided whether to consider the Philadelphia DA's separate appeal, which is attempting to execute Abu-Jamal WITHOUT a new sentencing hearing. In response to yesterday's rejection, Abu-Jamal's lead attorney, Robert R. Bryan, will be filing a "petition for re-hearing" in the U.S. Supreme Court....
In an early sign of what promises to be a growing movement, 1,000 people defied a torrential downpour to rally on Wall Street on Friday, April 3 in response to a national call from the Bail Out the People Movement. The central demands of the demonstration were: 1) a real jobs program; and 2) an immediate moratorium on foreclosures and evictions. Participants included unions, community groups, youth and students from Detroit, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Buffalo and dozens of organizing centers throughout the country....
At the Bank of America Plaza spirited demonstrators echoed chants off the towering Bank of America corporate building calling for an end to bank bailouts and foreclosures and evictions. A picket line of dozens of protesters rallied around a large tent set up to dramatize the epidemic of "Hoovervilles" or tent cities in California due to the housing and job crisis. ...
Enter area at Pine and Broadway go East one SHORT block to Nassau This is just a block from the Friday Rally site. We will join United for Peace and Justice as they come by at Pine and Broadway, about 1:00pm. One block further at Wall and Broadway the whole march will turn Left down Wall Street, turn Right at Broad Street and the NY Stock Exchange, then turn Right on Exchange and go back to Broadway. From there the march will proceed South to Battery Park....
It has been brought to my attention that you have issued an order today to change the locks on the WBAI transmitter room in the Empire State Building tomorrow. I have several questions that deserve honest answers:...
BAIL OUT THE PEOPLE now has VERY exciting Friday and Saturday plans. We have just confirmed BOTH Friday and Saturday Rally Permits for Wall Street....
Rally Friday, April 3: Gather at 1:00 pm on Wall Street at Broadway. Rally on Broadway from Wall Street south to Exchange and block further South on Broadway to the 'Bull'. There will be contingents of youth, women, worker and immigrant rights, and more. ...
On Friday morning, just a few hours before the Wall St. rally, the bureau of labor statistics is going to announce that another two-thirds of a million workers got laid off in March....
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The following statement was issued by members of the December 12th Movement, who held a press conference on March 21 in Harlem on the U.S. government's refusal to attend the United Nations World Conference against Racism-Durban Review in April....
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I strongly support the participation of the United States in the Global UN Conference Against Racism scheduled to be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 20 - 24 April of this year. It is an embarrassment for the Obama Administration to continue the Bush Administration's practice of refusing dialogue with others. Moreover, given the painful history of racism in the U.S. it is shameful for America to refuse to participate in a conference against racism. ...
No event is so tragic that U.S. financiers and brokers won't look for a way to make money from it. It's a relief when someone exposes them for the vultures they are....
Members of immigrant groups, unions, laborers, students, human rights activists, and workers in general who are part of the May 1st Coalition Worker and Immigrant Rights will announce the next steps on the path to achieve the same success of past demonstrations of immigrants in the city of New York and other American cities....
The U.S. government is threatening to expel 30,000 Haitians living inside its borders. Among the millions of undocumented workers in the U.S. who live each day with the fearful possibility of deportation, the Department of Homeland Security has made undocumented Haitians a special focus....
The New York Post maligned President Barak Obama in an overtly racist cartoon depicting two police officers, one is pointing a smoking gun at a large chimpanzee, lying on the ground clearly shot dead.The caption reads "They'll have to find someone else to write the stimulus bill."...
In collaboration with the International Action Center, City Councilor Chuck Turner has launched a new phase of his "Campaign for Truth, Light and Justice," focusing national and international attention not just on frame-up charges against Turner but also on eight years of corrupt practices by the Bush administration's Department of "Justice."...
The central issue in this case is racism in jury selection. The prosecution systematically removed people from sitting on the trial jury purely because of the color of their skin, that is, being black. The bigotry that killed Martin Luther King, Jr., so many years ago, has been rampant in the case of my client and is a central part of the state's quest to murder him in the name of the law....
On July 9, 2007 City Council Speaker Christine Quinn illegally fired Viola Plummer, who was then City Councilman Charles Barron’s Chief of Staff. The firing was in retaliation for Mrs. Plummer's and Mr. Barron's opposition to Speaker Quinn's racist intervention in the City Council's naming of 4 blocks in Bedford-Stuyvesant after famed and respected Black Nationalist Sonny Abubadika Carson....
In the early morning of the first day of the new year, as celebrations around the country were waning and millions were clinging to a hope of change coming soon with the first African-American president, the police of Bay Area Rapid Transit demonstrated the brutality of the capitalist state in Oakland, Calif....
The International Action Center and Fight Imperialism-Stand Together (FIST) strongly condemn the fatal shooting of 22 year-old African-American father, Oscar Grant, by BART cop Johannes Mehserle, Jan. 1 at the Fruitvale station in Oakland, Calif. Grant was forced off the train at 2 a.m. with others and forced to lie face down on the ground. While he was laying face down, Mehserle pulled his gun from its holster and shot Grant in the back....
The more than 300 conference delegates came mainly from the South, but also traveled from other U.S. regions, representing local, state and regional labor, community, and youth and student struggles and campaigns. The social composition of the conference was Black, Latin@ and white of all ages and political experiences....
In an investigative article released this week, a reporter who spent a year and a half in New Orleans connects the dots on reports that have circulated ever since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 showing that Black people were dying from indiscriminate shootings as well as from drowning after Katrina....
Life-long civil rights advocate Ramsey Clark, winner of the 2008 United Nations Human Rights Award and founder of the International Action Center, held a press conference in front of the JFK Federal Building here on Dec. 17 to defend Chuck Turner, an African-American community leader and five-term Boston city councilor, against racist frame-up charges from U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan....
Mumia Abu-Jamal remains on Pennsylvania’s death row. Last week marked the 27th anniversary of his unjust imprisonment. Racism, fraud and politics have been threads that have run through the case since its inception, and continue today....
The Bail Out the People Movement invites you to come together on Jan. 17, 2009 to talk, share and plan to fight back. If there was ever a time for us to recommit ourselves to Dr. King's struggle for economic and social justice, there can hardly be any doubt that now, 80 years after his birth, is that time....
Hundreds of people participated in the 39th National Day of Mourning here, organized by the United American Indians of New England, on Nov. 27. The event is held on every U.S. "Thanksgiving" Day to tell the truth about that myth and uncover the real experience of Native peoples in this area since 1492....
Dec. 6 will be a day of international solidarity to free Mumia Abu-Jamal. It is sorely needed. Lynne Abraham, the Philadelphia district attorney known as “the deadliest D.A. in the U.S.,” is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate Abu-Jamal's death sentence despite mounds of evidence showing his innocence....
The government's witch hunt and persecution of the San Francisco 8 continue unabated despite growing public support to drop the charges and release the former Black Panther Party members....
There is a new political situation in the U.S. and in the world. Even though Barack Obama's sweeping electoral victory was not entirely unexpected, now that it has happened -- the reality of it -- the way in which it demonstrated to the world that something big has changed about the working class in the U.S., is so stunning that many still find it hard to believe....
To: President Bush, Senator McCain, Governor Palen, Attorney General Mukasey, Governors of Key States, Congressional and Republican Party leaders and members of the media...
There are new developments in the case of my client, Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is on Pennsylvania's death row, that are the most significant and deadly since his 1981 arrest....
The stock markets are crashing, the world economy is headed into a deep recession or even depression, and the U.S. government and its top bankers, along with their counterparts around the world, are giving what's going to amount to trillions of dollars to bailout the richest 1 percent of the people ...
Click the link below to send a message directly to presiding Judge Larry Stephen, Mayor Bloomberg, Gov Paterson, Senators Clinton and Schumer, the New York State Legislature, and members of the media!...
Foreclosure fighters took on Deutsche Bank Sept 25 in Boston, in the latest eviction blockade organized by the City Life Tenant Organizing Program and its supporters. Four protesters were arrested, including this writer, while trying to prevent the Boston police and a constable from evicting the Esquival family in Boston's Roslindale neighborhood....
In the week since Bush announced plans to use $700 billion in public funds to rescue Wall Street banks, nearly 200 demonstrations have been organized throughout the U.S. to oppose the bailout and express the righteous anger of workers and poor. Many were organized by grassroots groups taking advantage of the Internet to get the word out....
The Jersey 4 are young African-American lesbians from Newark, N.J., who were convicted of "gang assault" charges in June 2007 after defending themselves against a man who attacked them and three of their friends in August 2006....
As banks fail, jobs disappear and the economy sinks deeper into a horrific crisis of poverty and misery, the television channels and political campaigns have suddenly become full of the most unlikely people denouncing "big business."...
President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Timothy Geithner and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson have been huddled in round-the-clock meetings, hammering out deals. It has been done in secrecy, behind the backs of the workers and the middle class, who will get stuck with the bill. They have been working out these deals with the same loan sharks of high finance whose orgies of speculation, gambling and deception in pursuit of profit led to the crisis in the first place....
The Senate has just voted to pass a US$700-billion financial bailout for corrupt financial institutions, while ignoring the real needs of working people. In addition to an unprecedented giveaway to Wall Street, the bill also includes $100 billion dollars in tax breaks for corporations - but no relief for working people who are facing foreclosure and who need health care, jobs, and education....
Chanting "Bail out the people, not the banks," hundreds of poor and working people from across Michigan converged on the Capitol here on Sept. 17 demanding the State Legislature enact SB 1306, a two-year foreclosure moratorium bill. The action was sponsored by the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions. Protesters were outraged that the federal government has pledged hundreds of billions of dollars to bail out the same mortgage, banking and insurance companies that caused the foreclosure crisis. Activists were serious and determined to win relief by forcing the state and federal governments to pass a moratorium to immediately halt foreclosures....
Anti-war activists need to address the latest phase of the war - the war against working people here!...
Labor Day weekend is always an important time in Detroit, known as the "Motor City," home to hundreds of thousands of organized and unorganized workers....
I have watched with keen interest and renewed hope as your campaign has mobilized millions of Americans behind your message of changing a political system that serves a small economic elite at the expense of the peoples of the United States and the world. Your election as president of the United States, where slaves and Indians were long considered less than human under the law, will undoubtedly constitute a historic moment in race relations in the United States....
Foreclosures and evictions are devastating working families around the country. One in nine homeowners nationwide is either behind in their mortgage payments or their family homes are in foreclosure. Over 72,000 homeowners have lost their homes in the Detroit area alone. The vacant home rate in Detroit is 18 percent, second only to New Orleans. ...
There has been extensive news attention to the ongoing federal proceedings concerning my client, Mumia Abu-Jamal, on the hotly contested issue of racism in jury selection and the ordering of a new jury trial on the question of life or death. (Abu-Jamal v. Horn, 520 F.3d 272 (3rd Cir. 2008).) The massive issue of racism will be presented to the U.S. Supreme Court later this year. However, few are aware that we have been actively litigating separate issues concerning fraud and the subornation of perjury by the Philadelphia Police Department and the District Attorney of Philadelphia. We are now before the Supreme Court regarding this governmental misconduct which resulted in Mumia being convicted and sentenced to death. ...
Today our Petition for Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc, submitted on behalf of my client, Mumia Abu-Jamal, was denied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Simply put, we did not receive the needed majority vote from the nine sitting judges; at least five votes for a rehearing were necessary. However, Justice Thomas L. Ambro continues to urge the granting of relief on the issue of racism in jury selection. ...
"For a long time, others spoke on our behalf. Now we speak for ourselves." The message was clear: the time for the voice of the grassroots migrants has come with the resounding success of the International Migrants Alliance (IMA) founding assembly....
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Philadelphia On June 27, 2008, I submitted on behalf of my client, Mumia Abu-Jamal, a Petition for Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Yesterday it was deemed "filed" by the court following rulings on related motions. The focus of the Petition is the issue of racism in jury selection. If unsuccessful, we will proceed to the United States Supreme Court...
With the attainment of the required delegates to claim the Democratic Party's nomination for U.S. president, Sen. Barack H. Obama (D-IL) has written a new page in American history....
When I was growing up in the U.S. South in the racially turbulent 1960s, it would have been impossible for a Black politician to become a viable Presidential contender. Nothing a Black candidate could have done or said would have prevented him (or her) from being excluded on the basis of skin color alone. Many of us never thought we would see in our lifetime a Black person with a real possibility of becoming President of the U.S....
There apparently is still confusion regarding the March 27 federal decision. A new jury trial was ordered on the question of whether the penalty should be life or death. The court did not rule that Mumia should receive a life sentence as some have stated. The penalty-phase was reversed because the trial judge gave misleading and unconstitutional jury instructions. Nonetheless, I expect far greater gains. ...
The Dalai Lama claims that China is committing "cultural genocide" against the Tibetan people, and his claims and news of the events unfolding in the regional capital of Lhasa have captured a great deal of attention in the major media outlets in the U.S....
A delegation of Detroit activists traveled to Washington, D.C., on April 16 to participate in the national demonstration called by the Ad Hoc Network to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions. The action took place outside the Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Policy Summit held in a hotel just two blocks away from Capitol Hill....
Many hundreds of people carried out massive protests and civil disobedience today, during the afternoon of a work day, in at least six key bridge and tunnel crossroads of New York City to demand justice for Sean Bell, the 23-year-old African American who was killed in a hail of 50 New York Police Department bullets in November 2006 in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y....
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WORLD EVENTS have made May Day 2008 a turning point. AT NO OTHER TIME in our lives has it been more critical to march together and work together. WE NOW FACE AN ECONOMIC CRISIS the likes of which we have not seen in our lifetimes that is throwing millions out of their homes, jobs and making it more difficult to get healthcare, an education or even gas and food....
Rainbow Flags for Mumia is a coalition of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people and organizations that came together in 1999 to demand a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal. The following are excerpts from a call issued by RF4M organizers Imani Henry and LeiLani Dowell to help raise awareness and solidarity with the Free Mumia rally in Philadelphia on April 19....
In his new book, O'Connor argues that Abu-Jamal was clearly framed by police, and that the actual shooter was a man named Kenneth Freeman. O'Connor criticizes the local media, who, he says, "bought into the prosecution's story line early on and has never been able to see this case for what it is: a framing of an innocent and peace-loving man."...
The Ad Hoc National Network to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions brought people, many facing foreclosure, from as far away as Boston, Raleigh and Miami. Sharon Black, a Baltimore organizer who chaired the rally, pointed out that the billionaire bankers were in D.C. to lobby for more tax breaks and concessions from Congress....
On Nov. 30, 2007 African-American police brutality and anti-war activist Larry Hales was arrested after 10 cops illegally busted into his home without a warrant and without permission, physically attacked him and handcuffed his partner to a chair. He is facing frame-up charges of "interfering with the police" and faces extended jail time for being the victim of a police attack. ...
The following statement was issued on March 29 by Pam Africa, coordinator of the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, on the March 28, 2008 court ruling by the three-judge panel of the Third Circuit of Appeals....
Emergency protests took place in a number of cities March 28, 2008, the day after a 2 to 1 court ruling March 27 made by the 3rd Circuit of Appeals that upheld the guilty verdict in the case of death row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and called for a resentencing hearing due to flawed jury instructions in the original trial....
A ruling by the three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals rejecting Mumia Abu-Jama's appeals has left supporters outraged and convinced that, for this internationally known political prisoner, there is no chance for a "fair trial" within the U.S. injustice system....
The campaign demanding justice for Larry Hales is gaining momentum. People around the country are outraged at the action last Nov. 30 of the Denver police, who stormed the home of Hales, a prominent anti-police brutality and political activist in Denver, as well as a central organizer for upcoming protests at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver....
hareef Aleem, Larry Hales and African-American police brutality and anti-war activist Larry Hales was arrested after 10 cops illegally busted into his home without a warrant and without permission,physically attacked him and handcuffed his partner to a chair. He is facing frame-up charges of interfering with the police" and faces extended jail time for being the victim of a police attack....
On March 8, 1908, working women in the needle trade industry took to the streets of New York City demanding better working conditions, higher wages, shorter workdays and the overall improvement of women's lives in this country. These women marched through New York City demanding justice for women workers and immigrant workers; they were in fact working immigrant women. The message and militancy of these women were so inspiring to women around the world that in 1910 the International Socialist Congress meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, officially declared March 8 International Women's Day....
No one should be awakened by armed squads bursting into their homes in the dead of night with shotguns and automatic weapons drawn taking away parents and relatives leaving children alone....
Workshops will coordinate with the activities of the International Action Center and Troops Out Now Coalition. Trainees will have a chance to gather footage from demonstrations, meetings and forums and will learn to edit that footage and stream it on YouTube and Facebook....
One hundred and fifty anti-racist activists continued the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 21 as they confronted members of the white supremacist organization, the Nationalist Movement, in Jena, La. The event took place on Martin Luther King Day in this small Louisiana town that has been the stage for what is being called the new civil rights movement....
Reports of demonstrations against racism on Martin Luther King Day from cities around the United States. Demonstrators called for cutting the military budget and using the money for jobs, housing, education and health care....
A small clique of WBAI board members and their friends, led by multimillionaire marketing huckster Steve Brown and variously called "ACE" and "independents," have escalated their illegitimate efforts to take control of the station. In November, they sued Pacifica and got a judge to stop the board elections that were almost complete....
On Monday, January 21, from coast to coast, thousands took to the streets to march against racism.The Martin Luther King March Against Racism Coalition called for nationwide actions, saying, "There is a time for celebrations and there's a time for fighting. Now is a time that we need to fight. And fight like hell. On this King Holiday we must organize and march against the forces of racism, reaction and war, not just the war abroad but the war raging here at home. To know what's happening, is to know that nothing is more important than jump starting a multi-racial movement against racism."...
Puerto Ricans have resisted U.S. culture and the imposition of English-only in schools, and over the years have formed liberation organizations such as the Nationalist Party, the FALN and the Macheteros. Now the movement and its allies are calling for the FBI and the U.S. Navy to get out of Puerto Rico. International solidarity is needed....
Fascistic groups like the Nationalist Movement should not have the right to free speech in order to spread their vile, hateful venom especially against Black and other people of color....
This year, let's help put the meaning back into the Martin Luther King holiday on January 21st by marching against racism, oppression, war, poverty and division. In New York, the march will assemble at 1 PM for an opening rally at 32nd Street and 7th Avenue, near the offices of radio station WABC (which recently put Don Imus back on the air!). Then we will march to Columbus Circle and rally outside of CNN's offices (located inside the Time Warner building)....
Fighters for reproductive justice for poor women are stepping up their campaign to overturn the Hyde Amendment, a reactionary law enacted by Congress in 1976 and signed by Democratic President Jimmy Carter in 1977. The Hyde Amendment denies women on Medicaid the right to funding for abortions. It is named for its archreactionary sponsor, Henry Hyde, a former long-term Republican congressman from Illinois. ...
On Dec. 20th, just five days before the Christmas holiday, residents and supporters of New Orleans public housing were denied their right to speak regarding the demolition of 4,700 public housing units. The housing is to be replaced by :mixed income housing," which really means upscale and expensive housing....
The Coalition to Stop the Demolitions is calling for National Days of Action on Jan. 25 and 26. The call is to rally activists around the country to show solidarity with public-housing residents in New Orleans and to save four public-housing developments from being demolished by private developers in favor of more expensive luxurious developments....
Victor Toro Ramerez fought the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Now he is fighting deportation from the U.S., and is linking his own struggle to that of all undocumented workers....
Monday, Jan 21, in New York City and across the nation: The International Action Center and the Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) youth group are initiating an important call to action around the U.S. for Jan. 21, 2008, the official Martin Luther King Jr. birthday holiday. The call motivates people for solidarity and unity in the struggle against racism and all forms of injustice at home and abroad. It also calls for a national march in New York City along with other mobilizations around the country on this day focusing support for the Black community and immigrant rights:...
Resolution calls for federally-funded public works program (like WPA of the 1930s) with prevailing wages and the right to organize...the Right of Return of evacuees...and an end to state repression, racial profiling and police brutality in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast....
Mumia Abu-Jamal has been on Pennsylvania's death row for over a quarter of a century. His 1982 conviction for the shooting death of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, has been contested by jurists, human rights organizations, and peoples of conscience the world over. Even though he is arguably the most famous political prisoner in the United States, his case and struggle for justice distills many of the issues that racially stigmatized groups and others have faced in the United States for decades: police brutality and violence, racist applications of the death penalty, prosecutorial misconduct, suborning of witnesses, and the use of wealth and political privilege in criminal justice systems to service the ideological interests of groups and classes in power. ...
Hundreds of Native people and their supporters gathered in Plymouth, Mass., on Nov. 22 to commemorate the 38th National Day of Mourning. Day of Mourning has been held annually since 1970 on U.S. thanksgiving day to provide a forum for Indigenous people to speak the truth about the history of this country and to speak out about current conditions in Indian Country. Participants, led by members of United American Indians of New England, marched to protest the lies told about thanksgiving and the European theft of the Americas and held a rally at the site of Plymouth Rock....
The Haitian Revolution is a singular event in history. Never before or since has an enslaved people risen up, broken their chains, and established a new state. Haiti was a beacon of hope and inspiration to the enslaved Africans of the United States. Haiti's history has been turbulent, but not for the reasons given by mainstream historians. ...
Since 1970, hundreds of other Native Americans from across the country and their non-Native allies have been converging on Plymouth Harbor to let people know that Thanksgiving is a "Day of Mourning" that marks the genocide of thousands of Native Americans, the theft of Native Lands and the assault on Native Cultures. On Thursday, November 23, 2006 despite the cold and rainy weather, hundreds of people gathered and marched on Plymouth Harbor and joined in solidarity as various tribal elders and members spoke about the hypocrisy of the current U.S. government's attack against immigrants and spoke of the importance of Unity among all Indigenous Peoples. Elder Bert Waters read the following statement from Leonard Peltier: ...
Last fall, when two Black high school students sat under the "white" tree on their campus, white students responded by hanging nooses from the tree. When Black students protested the light punishment for the students who hung the nooses, District Attorney Reed Walters came to the school and told the students he could "take [their] lives away with a stroke of [his] pen." Racial tension continued to mount in Jena , and the District Attorney did nothing in response to several egregious cases of violence and threats against black students....
We the undersigned--lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender-nonconforming, and other activists fighting oppression based on sexuality, gender and sex--express our support for the right of the Black community in Brooklyn to decide to rename an avenue for the late Black community activist Sonny Abubadika Carson, who some called the "Mayor of Bed-Sty" for his long-time community activism....
There are many developments on the legal and other fronts concerning my client, Mumia Abu-Jamal. We remain in active litigation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and also have issues pending in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Mumia has been honored by fellow writers through acceptance into a prestigious organization, a Nobel Prize winner recently visited him, an excellent new book was released in France, a leading British newspaper has published a major article on Mumia, and a superb film recently premiered in London and Rome. The following are the highlights....
We continue to await a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Philadelphia, concerning my client, Mumia Abu-Jamal. This complex case was orally argued before a three-judge panel on May 17, 2007, following extensive litigation which included voluminous briefing and motions. In my experience of successfully defending a large number of murder cases involving the death penalty, it was a great day....
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