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Monthly Archives: January 2023
International Dockworker Unions Gather in Durban
|A delegation of international and local dockworker trade unions and academics have descended on Durban to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Durban strikes that preceded the formation of South Africa’s powerful trade union movement. […]|
Amilcar Cabral – The Weapon of Theory
“…. When the African peoples say in their simple language that “no matter how hot the water from your well, it will not cook your rice,” they express with singular simplicity a fundamental principle, not only of physics, but also of political science. We know that the development of a phenomenon in movement, whatever its external appearance, depends mainly on its internal characteristics. We also know that on the political level our own reality — however fine and attractive the reality of others may be — can only be transformed by detailed knowledge of it, by our own efforts, by our own sacrifices. It is useful to recall in this Tricontinental gathering, so rich in experience and example, that however great the similarity between our various cases and however identical our enemies, national liberation and social revolution are not exportable commodities; they are, and increasingly so every day, the outcome of local and national elaboration, more or less influenced by external factors (be they favorable or unfavorable) but essentially determined and formed by the historical reality of each people, and carried to success by the overcoming or correct solution of the internal contradictions between the various categories characterising this reality. The success of the Cuban revolution, taking place only 90 miles from the greatest imperialist and anti-socialist power of all time, seems to us, in its content and its way of evolution, to be a practical and conclusive illustration of the validity of this principle….”
Racine, WI January 29, 2023: Unite to Fight for Women’s Rights!
Monument Square, Racine, WI – 11 a.m. – 12 NOON
We’re back at it again protesting the overturning of Roe V. Wade, commemorating what would’ve been the 50th anniversary of Roe, and demanding action to repeal Wisconsin’s archaic 1849 abortion ban. Stand up for your rights and the rights of your fellow human beings! Use your voice!
Baltimore, January 28, 2023: Justice for Tyre Nichols and all victims of police terror!
Event by Peoples Power Assembly
Milwaukee, Feb. 18, 2023: Abortion is Not a Crime! Rally and March
920 N Water Street, Milwaukee, WI – Dontre Hamilton (Red Arrow Park) – 1 P.M.
District Attorney John Chilsholm still has yet to sign the people’s pledge, pledging that him and his team will not prosecute abortion cases. Join us for a march to continue the pressure on February 18, 2023 at 1pm at Dontre Hamilton/Red Arrow Park! Abortion is Not a Crime and we will not stop fighting to overturn State Statue 940.04 and demand all humans have access to free abortion services on demand!
𝙰𝙽𝚃𝙸𝙲𝙰𝙿𝙸𝚃𝙰𝙻𝙸𝚂𝚃𝙰 – Justice For Tyre Nichols! Coverage From Memphis
Milwaukee January 29, 2023: Justice For Tyre Nichols!
On January 7th, 2023, Tyre Nichols was brutally assaulted by Memphis Police. He died three days later. The body cam footage is horrific and unwatchable. Our hearts go out to Nichols’s family and loved ones and all those impacted by police violence.
Join us on Sunday, January 29, at noon. We will be marching from Dontre Hamilton (Red Arrow) Park to District One Police Department. We are demanding justice for Nichols and all victims of police violence. We are demanding accountability and transparency from the police.
Say his name!! Tyre Nichols!!
Dead Prez – Police State
Thousands in Peru’s Capital Demand Resignation of Military-backed Regime
By Abayomi Azikiwe, January 21, 2023
As the political situation becomes even more intense in the capital city of Lima in Peru and other regions of the South American country, the western-backed administration of Dina Boluarte has called for dialogue among the contending political forces.
Nonetheless, despite Boluarte’s stance in running as vice-president with detained ousted President Pedro Castillo during 2021 on the left-wing ticket of the now fractured Peru Libre Party, the current right-wing and military-installed leader soon allied with the armed forces in attempts to consolidate a regime which was immediately recognized by the White House and the United States State Department.
In continuing the legacy of supporting military coups against progressive and socialist-oriented movements throughout Latin America, President Joe Biden has not been pressured by his political party as to why he has backed a coup against an elected leader. Castillo, a former school teacher and trade union leader, has won the allegiance of the people located largely in the rural areas of the south of the mineral-rich state.
On December 7, then President Castillo called for the dissolution of the Congress so that elections could be held in Peru. This proposal was rejected by the majority of the legislature who in turn voted to remove the president from office. As Castillo was leaving the area where some claimed he was to take refuge in the Mexican embassy, he was arrested by the security forces and detained where he remains until this day despite calls from numerous regional governments demanding his release, echoing the mass sentiment within Peru among the farmers and workers.
Over 50 people have reportedly been killed as a direct result of the uprising against the ouster and detention of Castillo. A state of emergency has been declared in six district regions of the vast country as Boluarte and the military have pledged to end the demonstrations through brute force.
During the week of January 16, thousands of people took to the streets in the capital of Lima where workers and farmers demanded the resignation of Boluarte, the release of Castillo and the immediate holding of national elections. Although Boluarte has repeatedly reimposed states of emergency, the demonstrations are growing in their participation and militancy.
A Reuters press agency report from January 20 says that:
“Dozens of Peruvians were injured after tensions flared again on Friday [Jan. 20] night as police clashed with protesters in anti-government demonstrations that are spreading across the country. In the capital Lima, police officers used tear gas to repel demonstrators throwing glass bottles and stones, as fires burned in the streets, local TV footage showed. In the country’s southern Puno region, some 1,500 protesters attacked a police station in the town of Ilave, Interior Minister Vicente Romero said in a statement to news media. A police station in Zepita, Puno, was also on fire, Romero said. Health authorities in Ilave reported eight patients hospitalized with injuries, including broken arms and legs, eye contusions and punctured abdomens. By late afternoon, 58 people had been injured nationwide in demonstrations, according to a report from Peru’s ombudsman. The unrest followed a day of turmoil on Thursday [Jan. 19], when one of Lima’s most historic buildings burned to the ground, as President Dina Boluarte vowed to get tougher on ‘vandals.’”
In the south of the country where Castillo is greatly admired among the Indigenous and rural population, since the December 7 impeachment in the Congress, people have blocked highways and airports to demonstrate their commitment to removing the present government. The historic tourist attraction of Machu Picchu, the 15th century citadel of the ancient Inca civilization, was closed to the public on January 20 due to the escalating anti-government unrest.
Prior to the pandemic, approximately one million people would visit Machu Picchu making it a major source of revenue for the country. The site illustrates the advanced social character of South American Indigenous civilizations prior to the arrival of the European colonialists and enslavers who viciously oppressed and exploited the people….