Implications for the Deepening Political Crises in the United States

By Abayomi Azikiwe – Nov 26, 2020

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Detroit Demonstration After The Election November 2020

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Efforts by the Trump administration requires us to remain mobilized and vigilant

Note: These remarks were delivered by Abayomi Azikiwe at the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) Virtual Forum held on November 12, 2020. The event was entitled: “What Now? A Post-Election Town Hall Meeting.” The program featured Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire and former Chairperson of the MCHR Board of Directors, now a board member-at-large, as moderator. In addition, there were presentations by Prof. Charles Simmons, retired educator at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and currently the Co-Director of the Hush House in Detroit; Merissa Kovach, Political Strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan, and Kim Redigan, Vice Chairperson of the MCHR Board of Directors and a member of the Meta Peace Team of Michigan.

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Our Commitment to Halting the Attempted Coup

As MCHR and other organizations, we must work tirelessly to prevent the consolidation of the attempted coup by the Trump forces which are dedicated to overturning the outcome of the elections. There are many avenues of struggle in this regard. Nevertheless, it is clear in regard to what the stakes are in the immediate crisis.

For it is not just Trump and his administration as personalities which constitute the major threat to working people and the oppressed in the U.S. and worldwide. The consequences of the triumph of a Trump coup would undoubtedly result in even more reversals of the gains made in the fields of Civil Rights and Labor Relations. Environmental degradation would accelerate along with the attacks on healthcare workers and scientific inquiry.

Consequently, under these troubled circumstances we have no other alternative than to escalate our campaigns connected with the objectives of achieving full human rights, while concurrently, seeking solidarity with all progressive forces in U.S. We are fighting not just for ourselves. Our efforts will play an instrumental role in the genuine liberation of billions around the world who have the same interests as the majority of those living in the U.S.

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire, https://panafricannews.blogspot.com/
Thursday November 12, 2020
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Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast

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Listen to the Sat. Nov. 28, 2020 edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. The program features a PANW report with dispatches on the recent border deal between the Republics of South Africa and Zimbabwe in the sub-continent; the Ethiopian government has announced that the armed forces have captured the provincial city of Mekelle in Tigray; Pentagon Defense Secretary of the United States made a sudden visit to the Horn of Africa nation of Somalia; and many U.S. Governors are seeking assistance amid a worsening infection rate for COVID-19. In the second hour we continue our coverage of the conflict in Ethiopia in light of recent developments. Finally, the media workers at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) are waging a struggle to maintain their jobs after threats of major lay-offs.

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United States Imperialism Threatening War Against Iran During Contested Administrations Struggle

By Abayomi Azikiwe – Nov 26, 2020

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Antiwar and peace activists must demand that no military actions be taken during the transitional process and beyond

There have been serious threats to the Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies in the aftermath of the contested presidential and congressional elections in the United States.

Inside the U.S., the incumbent administration of President Donald J. Trump has refused to concede electoral defeat in the November 3 elections where challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden and California Senator Kamala Harris won both the popular vote and the electoral college.

During this uncertain period there is a threat of the launching of yet another military assault on the peoples of West Asia and other geo-political regions of the world. Iran has been singled-out as purportedly conducting research which could lead to nuclear weapons capability.

What is not assertively emphasized by the Trump administration, President-elect Joe Biden, Congressional spokespersons and the corporate media is that the existing regime walked away from the negotiated agreement which was signed by several European states, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the former President Barack Obama and the Iranian Foreign Ministry. With the suspension of participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by the Trump administration, Washington then enacted additional sanctions against Tehran. (https://bit.ly/3lfF1ad)

In fact, more sanctions against Iran were announced on November 18 by the Trump White House which has sought to disenfranchise tens of millions of people within majority and near-majority municipalities and rural areas where African Americans and other oppressed peoples reside. What legitimacy does any government within an imperialist system have in relationship to threatening and waging military conflict directed towards other independent states? Sanctions are acts of war and the impact of such economic measures are illustrated clearly in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Cuba, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Sudan and other geo-political regions of the world. (https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/months-before-biden-sworn-in-us-imposes-new-sanctions-on-iran-20201119-p56fxp.html)

The administration has been discussing plans for the attempt at “regime change” in Iran. Such discussions should not be taken lightly since only earlier in the year during January, two leading military officials from Iran and Iraq, Maj. Gen. Qasem Suleimani and the leader of the Popular Mobilization Forces, Abu Mahdi a-Muhandis, were killed in Baghdad by a Pentagon targeted assassination. These military actions and the further boisterous propaganda against the Tehran are contributing to the escalation of tensions in West Asia, including Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Palestine.

These military threats are based upon falsehoods related to the role of Iran in the region and the existence of a resistance axis which extends from Palestine to South Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Tehran. These anti-imperialist forces in West Asia are continuing to be on the frontlines against the aggressive policies of the State of Israel bolstered by Washington and its allies in the Gulf monarchies such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. These states recently signed “peace accords” with Tel Aviv while the Palestinian people remain imprisoned by the racist apartheid regime which is funded by Washington and Wall Street…

Burlington Coalition for Dismantling Racism – Prayer Vigil and Car Caravan November 30, 2020

Hosted by Sophia

The Burlington Coalition for Dismantling Racism will have a socially distanced, mask-wearing prayer vigil at:
Echo Lake Park
589 Milwaukee Avenue
Burlington, WI 53105

3 P.M.

We’ll then caravan in our cars past the homes of the Burlington Area School District’s (BASD’s) board members and superintendent to call on them to:

– Publicly denounce racism and bigotry
– Protect the safety of students of color
– Collaborate with the Burlington Coalition for Dismantling Racism for the adoption of a strong anti-racism policy / curriculum
– Hold those who perpetuate racism accountable

In the meantime, you can still contribute to meaningful change by writing letters, sending emails, and making phone calls to the Burlington Area School District.Remind them to keep their word by allowing BCDR to have a voice in the creation of an antiracism policy for the district. (This was promised repeatedly by Superintendent Plank, in writing). Remind them that an anti-racist curriculum must reflect the voices and concerns of the people who will mostly be impacted by them.When you contact them, express your concerns with the racism and inequitable practices that they are contributing to and upholding within their school district.

Demand and stress the importance of their moral and legal obligations to keep black and brown children safe.Tell Burlington Area School District to take action!

Send correspondence to:

Superintendent: Stephen Plank splank@basd.k12.wi.usBurlington Area School Board Members:

President: Rosanne Hahn rhahn@basd.k12.wi.us
Vice President: Kevin Bird kbird@basd.k12.wi.us
Treasurer: Peter Turke pturke@basd.k12.wi.us
Taylor Wishau twishau@basd.k12.wi.us
Susan Kessler skessler@basd.k12.wi.us
Barry Schmaling bschmaling@basd.k12.wi.us
Diane Wood dwood@basd.k12.wi.us

Our fight against the Tories is a fight against racism ...

Diego Maradona: Comrade of the Global South

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By Dave Zirin

The world mourns today the passing of Diego Maradona, the soccer god and revolutionary from Argentina whose play inspired all manner of poetry and prose. The best description of Maradona’s abilities came from the late Eduardo Galeano, who wrote of Maradona in his book Soccer in Sun and Shadow,

No one can predict the devilish tricks this inventor of surprises will dream up for the simple joy of throwing the computers off track, tricks he never repeats. He’s not quick, more like a short-legged bull, but he carries the ball sewn to his foot and he’s got eyes all over his body. His acrobatics light up the field…. In the frigid soccer of the end of the century, which detests defeat and forbids all fun, that man was one of the few who proved that fantasy can be efficient.

That Maradona died of a heart attack at the too young age of 60 seems preordained for multiple reasons. He lived a life of excess and addiction; of cocaine and massive weight fluctuations that undoubtedly placed a mammoth stress on his heart. He also lived a life of passionate, rebel intensity, always standing against imperialism; always standing for self-determination for Latin America and the Global South, always speaking for the children growing up in conditions similar to the abject poverty of his own upbringing in the Villa Fiorito barrio of Buenos Aires. He was the fifth of eight children, living without running water or electricity, and never forgot it for a moment. His heart may have simply been too big for his chest.

Maradona took political stances throughout his life that were never easy. A Catholic, he met with Pope John Paul II and told the press afterward, “I was in the Vatican and I saw all these golden ceilings and afterwards I heard the Pope say the Church was worried about the welfare of poor kids. Sell your ceiling then, amigo, do something!”

He tried to form a union of professional soccer players for years, saying in 1995, “The idea of the association came to me as a way of showing my solidarity with the many players who need the help of those who are more famous.… We don’t intend to fight anyone unless they want a fight.”

Maradona always stood with the oppressed, particularly with the people of Palestine. He made sure they were not forgotten, saying in 2018, “In my heart, I’m Palestinian.” He was a critic of Israeli violence against Gaza, and it was even rumored that he would coach the Palestinian national team during the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

Maradona had tattoos of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, and likened himself to Guevara, calling him his hero. Maradona credited the Cuban medical system with saving his life, when he arrived there, addicted and dangerously overweight, only to emerge looking like he could still take on the next generation of competition. He supported Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez, at a time when Chávez was undertaking radical plans to redistribute income and education to the country’s poor. He was a steadfast opponent of the Bush regime and the Iraq war and sported T-shirts proclaiming Bush as a war criminal. He once said, “I hate everything that comes from the United States. I hate it with all my strength.” That sentiment made him a hero to the billions who live under this country’s boot.

Many will surely write about Maradona’s prowess on the pitch; his legendary World Cup runs, his “hand of God” goal against England, his ability to go the length of the field with the ball “sewn to his foot.” Others will dwell over his torments, his pain, and his demons. But let’s take a moment and raise a glass to Diego Maradona, comrade, friend, and fierce advocate for all trying to eke out survival in a world defined by savage inequalities. Many are writing today that Maradona is now resting in the “hand of God.” I prefer to believe that he is hard at work organizing the angels. Diego Maradona: ¡Presente!

Dave Zirin is the author of the book: “Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports” (Haymarket). You can receive his column Edge of Sports, every week by going to dave@edgeofsports.com.
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