Whom do police serve, and what do they protect?

https://fighting-words.net/2019/10/25/whom-do-police-serve-and-what-do-they-protect/

When we see the brutality of Hampton’s killers, the Vallejo police force, or any other agencies in the Imperial core, we are not seeing a righteous institution violated from within, we are seeing the nature of the beast.  U.S. police are inseparable from their historic and present functions of serving the bourgeois class. They have never broken from their function of keeping workers down, protecting capitalists’ property, and keeping oppressed nationalities and peoples from gaining the strength needed to overthrow the oppressors. The leftist slogan “All Cops Are Bastards,” often shortened to ACAB, is not contradicted by the aunt or uncle with a badge who loves their children and takes care of their neighbor’s dog when they’re out of town. It is an acknowledgement of the truth that the function of the police is to repress Black, Brown and Indigenous peoples and the entire working class, uphold the systems of our exploitation, and protect the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie.  All police, to the last, serve this function. They avoid accountability through ever evolving means, from herding white kids away from Black neighborhoods to selective use of body cams. Theirs is an institution that can never be reformed under capitalism, as our current state of late capitalism relies on them to hold the system together. They are enemies of the working class and oppressed peoples and are irreconcilable with our liberation. We will challenge the police, and as is their nature. some of us will be hurt. But on the other side of this struggle, we will free ourselves of their brutality as we topple the bourgeoisie and build a world by us for us.

Oscar Grant was pulled off the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train by transit police

In January 2009, Oscar Grant was pulled off the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train by transit police after a reported fight, thrown to the ground and shot to death. Grant was unarmed. | Photo: The Weinstein Company

US Bans Flights To All Cuban Destinations Except Havana

https://orinocotribune.com/

The measure will reduce U.S. national travelers to the island just before the Caribbean nation’s turist high season.

The Donald Trump administration will ban all flights from the United States to different destinations in Cuba, except Havana, news agency Associated Press reported Friday. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that JetBlue and American Airlines flights to Santa Clara, Holguin and Camaguey will all be canceled by December 10th.

The move responds to Washington’s interests to intensify the blockade against the island and reverse all the diplomatic advances between both governments promoted under Barack Obama’s administration.

The decision came after a U.S. State Department request to the Department of Transportation specifying that the new rule will take effect in 45 days. Through a letter, the top U.S. diplomat, Mike Pompeo, requested the suspension of flight authorization to strengthen sanctions against the Cuban government. The purpose seems to be to stop or reduce as much as possible U.S. tourism to Cuba, just as the island is on the cusp of its touristic high season.

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Cuban President, Miguel Diaz-Canel firmly rejected Washington’s announcement, calling them not just an attack on Cuba but on U.S. people.

Havana represents the principal Cuban destination for U.S. tourists and flights to the capital will remain legal. Separating those who travel to the Caribbean nation for vacations purposes, this ban will most directly affect Cubans residing abroad who want to visit their relatives. Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez denounced through a tweet once again the unilateral and oppressive politics against Cuba promoted by the White House.

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Furthermore, General Director for U.S. matters, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, wrote that imperialism attacks regular flights to Cuba “in an effort to punish the unshakable rebellion of Cuba.”

Fernández de Cossío added that Washington doesn’t care about undermining family contacts or creating unfair inconveniences to those traveling to his nation. “Our response is unwavering,” he concluded.

Source URL: Telesur English

Milwaukee, October 28, 2019: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am – MKE Film Festival

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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am – MKE Film Festival

Join the African American Roundtable and the Milwaukee Film Festival as we partner to host Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am during this years Milwaukee Film Festival.

Check out this short trailer and decide which date you’ll join us for the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8sUwXTWb4M&feature=youtu.be

The world lost one of the greatest writers of our time when Toni Morrison died this year. This doc, filmed before her death, is an ode to her groundbreaking work as a multi-award-winning writer and her life story from childhood through the civil rights movement and beyond, offering an intimate look at race and humanity in America. Both a meditation on African-American art and Morrison’s story in her own words, this film reminds us that the strength of her spirit remains.

Note there are three different opportunities to see this film:
Saturday, October 26th at 10 a.m. at the Times Cinema, 5906 W. Vliet Street
Monday, October 28th at 6 p.m. at the Oriental Theater, 2230 N. Farwell
Wednesday, October 30th at 1:45 p.m.m at Rivoli Theatre, W62N567 Washington Ave, Cedarburg

Ticket info:
Tickets and voucher redemption: Starts Oct. 3 (Oct. 1 for Members)
Individual tickets: $13 ($12 student/senior/military, $11 Members)
Premium screening tickets: $18 ($16 Members)
Opening Night film and party: $26 ($21 Members)
Opening Night party only: $16 ($14 Members)
Festival Passes: $475 ($425 Members)

October 29, 2019: Incarcerating Communities: A Panel on the Realities of Prison

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Incarcerating Communities: A Panel on the Realities of Prison

IDOC (Indiana Dept of Correction) Watch is an organization in Indiana, composed of people directly affected by the prison system and prison abolitionists, that is organizing to expose and stop the widespread abuses in the Indiana prison system, with the long-term objective of dismantling the prison system. (check out IDOC Watch at idocwatch.org)

This event will be a panel discussion on the base-building IDOC Watch is doing in prisons and communities affected by incarceration, prisoner struggles and counter-insurgency in Indiana, and the effects of the prison-industrial complex on individuals, families, and communities.

Featuring:

Zolo Agona Azania, former Black Liberation Army activist and long-term New Afrikan political prisoner from Gary, IN, who beat two death sentences after being falsely accused and convicted of murdering a Gary police officer during a bank robbery. Zolo was released from prison in 2017, after serving over 35 years. He is currently working to establish re-entry housing for people being released from prison in Gary, through the Gary Alliance for the Empowerment of the Formerly Incarcerated.

S.T. : A mother and grandmother from Gary who organizes with IDOC Watch and currently has a son incarcerated at Indiana State Prison, a maximum-security facility in Michigan City, IN.

An organizer with FOCUS Initiatives LTD, an abolitionist re-entry project in Indianapolis, IN: focusreentry.com.

Location
1845 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL 60208
217 Fisk Hall

Milwaukee, October 31, 2019: Rally / Public Hearing for ICEoutofMKE

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Rally / Public Hearing for ICEoutofMKE

(ESPAÑOL ABAJO)

Please join us! Your voice has the power to change how the Milwaukee Police Department interacts with ICE.

What: Rally and Public Hearing at City Hall

When: Thursday, October 31st at 5pm (hearing at 5:30pm)

Why: Finally, after months of community pressure, the Fire and Police Commission (FPC) has scheduled a hearing to consider our recommended changes to SOP, changes that would bar collaboration between MPD and ICE unless there is a judicial warrant.

There will be an initial vote on SOP130 to determine if it passes to the full committee for another and final vote. We are so close to getting this pass and seeing a policy change that would protect immigrant families in Milwaukee.

Last public hearing we were limited to only 5 speakers. Not this time, so let’s get our message across!

Pre-fill out your name below to make a public comment:
http://bit.ly/2BwbMLB

Sign petition: https://vdlf.org/iceoutofmke/

Photo Credit: Joe Brusky
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Acompáñenos (una vez más) para una manifestacion en el Ayuntamiento para exigir que la Comisión de Bomberos y Policía (FPC) tome una posición definitiva sobre la colaboración de los Departamentos de Policía de Milwaukee (MPD) con Inmigración y Control de Aduanas en el arresto de un padre de tres y único proveedor de su familia, José de la Cruz.

Como muchos de ustedes saben, la Comisión de Bomberos y Policía originalmente estaba planeando votar sobre esta política el 26 de septiembre, sin embargo, decidieron cancelar su reunión el día anterior y finalmente, despues de semanas de manifestaciones en el ayuntamiento, votaran sobre nuestra poliza. Si votan a favor, despues avanzara a un voto final.

Por favor registrese para dar comentario publico: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vTDjPNwNESJtTqkSION9412KiQGjKWEShuZlGCwLTfA/edit?usp=sharing

Firma nuestra peticion si aun no lo ha hecho: https://vdlf.org/iceoutofmke/

Invader or Invaded: “WE DIDN’T CROSS THE BORDER, THE BORDER CROSSED US.”

https://fighting-words.net/2019/10/16/invader-or-invaded/

By Cassandra Devereaux

Vicente Guerrero was the first descendant of African slaves to serve as a North American head of state. He was a general in the war for Mexico’s independence from the Spanish Empire, and was Mexico’s second President. Under his administration, he issued a decree abolishing slavery throught Mexico’s territories. The idea of ending their use of chattel slavery did not sit well with everybody. In late 1835, one of the northern territories declared independence and through force of arms, successfully seceded from Mexico several months later, and continued to use slave labor. In 1845, this former Mexican territory was annexed into the United States as the State of Texas. It was in El Paso, a city on the border of Texas and its former national home of Mexico that a white 21 year old killer named Patrick Crusius came with assault rifles and body armor. He carefully targeted Latinx shoppers and murdered 22 individuals, wounding dozens more. The shooter, a white man, left behind a manifesto which repeatedly referred to the Latinx population as “invaders….”

Vicente Ramón Guerrero Saldaña (1782 – 1831), Mexican revolutionary leader and President

Vicente Ramón Guerrero Saldaña (1782 – 1831), Mexican revolutionary leader and President. | Image: wikiquote