This panel marks the 50th anniversary of the Attica rebellion. The racism, abuse, and dehumanization of prisoners at Attica prison sparked a heroic uprising on September 9th, 1971. The rebellion, which resulted in a massacre, exposed state violence and white supremacy, and showed that prisoners’ struggles cannot be delinked from the long history of Black national liberation and international anti-imperialism. The panelists will examine the history of prison rebellions in the United States and the Global South namely, Palestine and Brazil. They will discuss prison rebellions as vital sites of resistance against state violence and racial capitalism. These rebellions, then and now, are interconnected, and should be understood as outposts of struggle against neoliberalism, heteropatriarchy, white supremacy, Zionism, and carceral regimes.
The Other Afghan Women - Anand Gopal
and the archive on Afghanistan on The Struggle
Flash Social Media Hour - suggested by RAWA
Three 5 minute speakers on Afghanistan, Syria and Palestine
Michael Merli - (pronouns he, him, his) is a proud Muslim revert from Milford, Connecticut. He hosts every 3rd and 5th Sunday of the weekly public affairs program Mic Check on WPKN community radio, which broadcasts out of Bridgeport, Connecticut. On Mic Check, he helps to amplify local grassroots struggles and the voices and stories of people fighting for justice. He's involved with the No Rugers to Israel campaign, and is a volunteer with Abolition Ummah, a Muslim Women-led organization working to support incarcerated Muslims in Connecticut.
Suzanne Meriden - Suzanne Meriden is the executive director of the Syrian American Council. In her role, Suzanne advocates the U.S. government to drive U.S.-Syria policy and support those on the ground in Syria, as well as works with members of the international community. Suzanne is fluent in Arabic, English, and French.
Stanley Heller - host of The Struggle Video News, on the Board of RPM, author of "Zionist Betrayal of Jews"
Spend 45 minutes tweeting, and sending other social media posts
Register for this meeting:
See examples of things to tweet and share below
#InTheStreetsSept25forAfghanWomen #NoNormalizingWithTaliban #CancelDroneStrike #StopKillingAfghans #ReachOutToResettlementGroups #PublicBenefits4HumanitarianRefugees #WelcomeWithDignity #OpenAHumanitarianCorridor
Over 125,000 have signed this petition
About Afghanistan going back to the '70's
a furious Afghan woman
Sept. 1 Taliban conduct
All they had was pork to give to Afghan refugees?
How the US Left Bagram Not Even Telling their Allies
FB posts to share:
Aug 29 drone attack symbolizes U.S. war in Afghanistan
Statement by Womens' Collective
Aug. 31 panel on Afghanistan starts
with RAWA speaker Sahar Saba
#RememberTheDisappeared #EmptyAssadsPrisons #Donate2TheWhiteHelmets
#Food2Rukban #SyriasDisappeared #SaveDaraa
FB posts to share:
#SaveSheikhJarrah #EndNecroKidnapping #ArrestKillersOfShadiShurafi #FreePalestine
Essential Sites: NoRugers2Israel.org TheStruggleVideo.org TakeDownTheIsraeliFlag.org imemc.org
the killing of Shadi Shurafi
Stop weapons to Israel - start with Rugers
how to thank Ben and Jerrys
A new generation of young union activists in this country is inspired by Palestinians
About the PA killing of Nizar Banat
settlers kidnap and torture teenager
@RPMrevive @AfghansTomorrow @87films @_HalemaW @AfgDiasporaEP @syrianACD @SyriaCivilDef @grannies4equal @swilkinsonbc @sahloul
@juangon68 @democracynow @strugglevideo @GarnetOakMag @NickKristof @diaahadid @ikershner @nytimes @nytimesworld @cbcnews @france24_en @newsweek @ajenglish @cnnbrk @bbcworld @time
start with a short message, add hashtags and twitter handles and links
Support Afghans #WaiveApplicationFees4AfghanRefugees #HumaneFacilities4Refugees #OpenAHumanitarianCorridor US owes Afghans Big Time 125k signed this petition https://tinyurl.com/sn9j2su8 #WelcomeWithDignity @AfghansTomorrow @nytimes @democracynow @NickKristof @RPMrevive
#InTheStreetsSept25forAfghanWomen #NoNormalizingWithTaliban Expose 50 yr history of US government collaboration with extreme Islamists #AfghansOwedBigTimeByUS @RPMrevive @democracynow www.facebook.com/RAWA.Afghanistan @strugglevideo @AfghansTomorrow @87films @_HalemaW
Easiest thing to do is to find a good tweet and "retweet" it. RPM tweets are found at: @ReviveRPM Syria Campaign tweets at: @TheSyriaCmpgn
Two Events on Cuba
Democracy Now reports on coup threats in Peru here. We know that coups in Latin America don't take place without a public or private nod from the power brokers of the U.S. We know the disasters these coups (think of recent ones in Honduras and Bolivia) have been for the people of the Latin America. We know how this has contributed to the flow of immigrants to the U.S.
*** Biden, announce that the U.S. will respect the will of the people of Peru
*** Biden, tell the generals to Stand Down
Hopefully we'll be able to get you articles from the Peruvian Left.
Here's an article on "International Viewpoint"
A number of articles on Peru from "In Defense of Marxism" are here.
Farmers' struggles: From India to U.S.
The world's food is grown by the world's poorest people. About 70 percent of the world’s food is grown by small scale peasant farmers who also live in the world’s impoverished and rural areas. How did farmers become the epicenter of global poverty and protests against capitalism? And how can we think of our present and future politics of food, land, livelihood through ecologically sustainable, viable and socially just frameworks? This panel will bring speakers from India and the U.S to discuss the contemporary protests and alternative economy experiments.
Saturday, February 27
Noon EST-----10.30pm IST-----5pm GMT
Watch on Youtube
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Dr. Vikas Rawal is a Professor of Economics at Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His research interests straddle agriculture, inequality, food security & issues in human development in India. Professor Rawal has worked with the Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Thiruvananthapuram, FAO, the Food Safety Standards Authority of India, among others. He has closely followed the most recent wave of farmers protests in India since its inception.
Rohini Hensman is a writer, independent scholar and activist working on workers’ rights, feminism, minority rights and globalization. Her most recent books are Workers, Unions, and Global Capitalism: Lessons from India and Indefensible: Democracy, Counterrevolution, and the Rhetoric of Anti-Imperialism.
LaShauna Austria is a member of the Executive Committee of the National AfroSocialist & Socialists of Color caucus within the Democratic Socialists of America. She is a community organizer, farmer and ordained faith leader with a fierce commitment to and deep experience in building strong, vibrant, and sustainable communities. She collaborates with rural communities, faith-based and secular organizations to address race, food justice and equity issues. LaShauna devotes her current professional life to promoting racial equity and building better food systems.”
Swati Birla is a member of the Sanhati collective and Revive the Peace network. She is a doctoral candidate in Sociology in University of Massachusetts Amherst who works on histories of ethnic nationalism in the South Asian subcontinent. Her work examines the links between nation formation and violence perpetrated against Dalits (lower castes) and Muslims in contemporary India.
sponsors: Revive the Peace Movement (RPM), Afro-Socialist Caucus (DSA), Sanhati, Dwight Hall Peace Initiative (Yale), Boston South Asia Coalition, Solidarity (socialist, feminist & anti-racist), Transnational Solidarity Network, System Change Not Climate Change.
Saturday, January 30
10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, 11:30 p.m. IST
In a mass uprising, India’s farmers, with supporters from labor, have been blocking key highways connecting the capital of New Delhi with the vast country’s north for months. The angry farmers know that agricultural “reform” legislation adopted in September make them vulnerable to predatory corporate cartels and may well reduce them to destitution.
Their protest tactics have included sit-ins, rallies, and warehouse and railway blockades.
How have 15 million farmers and their supporters mobilized so quickly to fight back against new corporate-friendly laws being imposed by the Modi government? How are they facing some of the biggest corporations in the nation, which clearly have friends in high places? Might farmers and workers actually maintain solidarity and gain a bigger say in decision-making? What lessons have they learned, abandoned, adopted?’
In this webinar, Aarti Sethi, a leading researcher on the impacts of economic exploitation on India’s farmers, will share her insights into the roots of the farmers' uprising and its prospects for success on any level. Given the enormity of the country and size of its diverse population, that's a lot to ponder.
Dr. Sethi teaches anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. A socio-cultural anthropologist, her primary interests are in agrarian anthropology, rural life, political economy, and the study of South Asia.
This year the Gandhi Peace Award will be on Zoom on 1 p.m. Eastern on Sat. Nov 21.
It will be given in honor of the White Helmet rescue workers and the doctors and medical workers of Syria.
Register for the free event and find out many details about these amazing people at the PEP website.
... While some protesters are calling for a complete defunding of the police and the use of those resources instead to help communities that have long been exploited, neglected and targeted with state violence, most are demanding much more. At a rally in Minneapolis on 30 May 2020, activist Tamika Mallory made a powerful speech: “This is not just a few cops doing things across the country. This is not a good cop versus bad cop situation. This is Ahmaud Arbery being shot down by white men on the streets of Georgia. Breonna Taylor being killed in her home. This is in New York City ...
See the complete statement here.
... This pandemic compels us to create a global prison abolitionist movement that comprehends and confronts the connections between prisons, refugee camps, detention centers, surveillance infrastructures, and racism, heteropatriarchy, sexism, imperialism and the inhumanity of the global capitalist system. It demands that prison abolitionists offer alternatives to all forms of state violence, exploitation and domination. ...
See complete statement here
The U.N. and virtually all reputable scientists say we have to cut back 50% in the carbon we're throwing into air by 2030 or face catastrophes that may be permanent.
See the extensive archive of articles on climate and nature