Monthly Archives: December 2020
Black Activists on the Protests That Were and the Work That’s Still to Be Done in 2021
Black activists organized for racial justice for years, but the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police pushed a large, diverse swath of protesters to support them.
To say that 2020 has been rough is putting it mildly. But even amid the death, division, and chaos, people have stepped up and shown us that there is still good in the world. While some of them reject the “hero” label, the sacrifices of these Americans deserve recognition for their impacts on our lives. Today, we are shining a spotlight on those who’ve fought against racial injustice during a pandemic that disproportionately killed Black people.
The movement for Black lives emerged as the most influential cultural change agent of 2020.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, as many as 26 million people attended demonstrations in support of Black lives. In June, public support rose to a height of 67%, according to a Pew Research Center survey. The accomplishments of the more than 1,000 protests from city to city have been underrated but notable.
Minneapolis has since banned chokeholds, and other cities, including New York, have followed suit. The protests put a renewed focus on criminal justice reform. Confederate statues, painful reminders of America’s racist legacy, came down from their pedestals. From Dallas cracking down on deadly police force to Minneapolis, Portland, and Denver taking police officers out of schools, activists in the Black lives movement took the momentum of the year’s tragic events and turned it into power.
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News links – Dec. 31, 2020 – ‘Hypocrisy and Horror’: Outrage After Trump DOJ Clears Cleveland Cop Who Killed 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice
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The World Embraces Cuba
Dear Compañeros and Compañeras:
An extremely difficult year for humanity is finally coming to an end. It has been marked by the Covid-19 pandemic where the world’s health systems collapsed and where privatization of health services prevailed before life, economic crisis, reduction of jobs, and near paralysis of air and sea transport and the accelerated destruction of the environment. As if that were not enough, the odious Trump administration intensified the aggression against Venezuela and the inhumane blockade against Cuba as never before.
During the Trump administration Cuba has been levied with120 economic sanctions of all kinds, including shipping and insurance companies, an attempt to stifle the island’s economy, leaving it without fuel, food and medical supplies, even banning the purchase of ventilators to deal with the pandemic.
The recent soft coup that was launched with a set of destabilizing actions: economic warfare, a fierce media attack on Cuban medical collaboration; promotion of disrespect for patriotic symbols, especially the Cuba flag; the infiltration of cultural spaces by mercenaries to wound the soul of the nation; the hiring of criminals to provoke riots and attacks on shops that, calls for confrontation and protest against the government. It doesn’t stop there, There has also been media attacks against socialism while ignoring the fact that Cuba is one of the 30 countries in the world that has vaccine candidates to combat the pandemic and despite the terrible aggression has left no one abandoned, not even 10,000 people have been infected and 150 killed by COVID.
While the world is asking for the Nobel Peace Prize 2021 for the Cuban doctors of the Henry Reeve Brigade in recognition of their altruism and humanism, for their extraordinary help during the pandemic in 39 countries and territories in Europe, Africa, Arab countries, Latin America and the Caribbean, the big business media is not only silent but follows the perverse matrix of discredit, slander and lies against Cuban medical collaboration.
Despite the attempt to destroy it and bring it back to capitalism, the Cuban Revolution is celebrating 62 years of heroic resistance and social achievements this January 1st, giving valuable lessons to many developed countries in the Americas and around the world.
Dear friends and solidarity activists, we call on you to give a great and warm embrace to the heroic people of Cuba and its revolutionary government.
An embrace that will make our international solidarity be felt from 12:01am on the 62nd anniversary of the Cuban Revolution and during January 1, through messages on social networks using the hashtag #ElMundoAbrazaACuba
We ask you to send messages to the twitter and Facebook accounts:
@PresidenciaCuba, President Miguel Diaz Canel Bermudez: @DiazCanelB, Cuba Minrex @CubaMINREX, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla: @BrunoRguezP, ICAP: @ICAP_cuba, Siempre con Cuba: @siempreconcuba, to the media of your countries and as a reference account to retweet @CubaPlatform
We will start at 12 Cuba time, or 12:01 in the morning of January 1, 2021
We look forward to seeing each other in Cuba in 2021! Good health to you, your families and all those who work for the happiness we deserve as people.
Long live Cuba!!
Long Live International Solidarity!!
December 30, 2020
International Committee For Peace, Justice And Dignity, P.O. Box 22455, Oakland, CA 94609 – https://www.facebook.com/TheInternationalCommittee
January 18, 2021: Virtual MLK Day Manitowoc, WI Ceremony
Event by MLK Day Manitowoc
4 P.M. Central
Join us in this virtual celebration commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and dream! We will have several guest speakers and we will announce the winners of our MLK Day contests. You can also find out how to get more involved, honoring this national day of service.
Don’t Let The Kenosha District Attorney Let Cop Rustin Sheskey Get Away With Attempted Murder! Call NOW! Justice For Jacob Blake!
More info and email: https://www.kenoshacounty.org/148/District-Attorney
Don’t let the Kenosha District Attorney let Rustin Sheskey get away with attempted murder!
Call D.A. Michael D. Graveley NOW to demand Sheskey is charged/indicted: 262-653-2400.
Mail letters: District Attorney Michael D. Graveley, 912 56th Street, Molinaro Building, Kenosha, WI 53140
Left Lens Live: Affirming Black Socialism amid the American Nightmare w/ Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly
2020 has been a living embodiment of what Malcolm X called “the American Nightmare” for majorities of humanity. Dr. Charisse Buden-Stelly joins The Left Lens live to discuss the nightmarish conditions oppressed peoples face in 2020 and the necessity of Black socialism in addressing them.
Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly is the 2020-2021 Visiting Scholar in the Race and Capitalism Project at the University of Chicago. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Political Science at Carleton College. A scholar of political theory, political economy, and intellectual history, Dr. Burden-Stelly is the co-author, with Dr. Gerald Horne, of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Life in American History.
Michael Honey – Dr. Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice
January 18, 2021: 36th Annual Madison-Dane County King Holiday Observance
Event by King Coalition
Due to public health concerns, this year’s event will be virtual. We we promise just as dynamic of a commemoration of Dr. King as always! Instructions to join the event will be posted here in early January. King Coalition
Stand For Justice! Money For Real People’s Needs Not the U.S. War Machine! (Saturday Protest Locations)
Event by Milwaukee Protests
12 NOON – 1 P.M., 27th & Oklahoma, Milwaukee, WI
Stand for Justice
Let’s ALL exercise our right to support Black Lives Matter in ways both large and small. Come “Stand” with us rain or shine every Saturday from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on 27th & Oklahoma. Bring your own sign and chair if you like. This small protest is perfect for folks who are unable to attend long protests and rallies. Remember: EVERYTHING WE DO MATTERS.