About wibailoutpeople

We are a part of the national Bail Out The People movement which formed in 2008 to fight against the bailouts to the banks. Since then we have been in numerous fights against poverty, racism and war. We demand that the people be bailed out not the banks, a moratorium on all foreclosures, a federal jobs program now and other demands. We have been participating in the Wisconsin people's uprising, Bloombergville in NYC and numerous other people's actions.

Wet’suwet’en People

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UNIST’OT’EN – PEOPLE OF THE HEADWATERS

The Unist’ot’en (C’ihlts’ehkhyu / Big Frog Clan) are the original Wet’suwet’en Yintah Wewat Zenli distinct to the lands of the Wet’suwet’en. Over time in Wet’suwet’en History, the other clans developed and were included throughout Wet’suwet’en Territories. The Unis’tot’en are known as the toughest of the Wet’suwet’en as their territories were not only abundant, but the terrain was known to be very treacherous. The Unis’tot’en recent history includes taking action to protect their lands from Lions Gate Metals at their Tacetsohlhen Bin Yintah, and building a cabin and resistance camp at Talbits Kwah at Gosnell Creek and Wedzin Kwah (Morice River which is a tributary to the Skeena and Bulkley River) from seven proposed pipelines from Tar Sands Gigaproject and LNG from the Horn River Basin Fracturing Projects in the Peace River Region….

Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, December 2018

Mistrial in Trump admin’s biased case against Venezuelan embassy protectors is win for sovereignty

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The Trump administration’s case against Venezuelan embassy protectors was severely biased, but ended up with a hung jury. The mistrial is a victory for sovereignty and democracy, and another failure in the coup attempt.

By Leonardo Flores / CODEPINK

A hung jury in the Donald Trump administration’s case against activists who were arrested protecting Venezuela’s internationally recognized embassy in Washington, DC is being heralded as a major win for sovereignty, amid the US government’s floundering coup attempt against the Chavista government in Caracas.

On February 14, a jury of 12 DC residents were deadlocked over the issue of the embassy defenders, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial — in a blow to the federal government and to a judicial system that had stacked the odds against them.

The embassy defenders — Adrienne Pine, Margaret Flowers, Kevin Zeese, and David Paul — had been accused of “interfering with the protective functions” of the US State Department after they, as part of the Embassy Protection Collective, had spent 37 days in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC in the spring of 2019, protecting it from an illegal takeover by the US-backed supporters of coup leader Juan Guaidó.

Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell overtly favored the prosecution by severely limiting the scope of the case, ruling that the defendants were limited to speaking only about events between May 13 and May 16.

For context, the Embassy Protection Collective began staying in the building on April 11. All was peaceful until April 30, when coup supporters surrounded the embassy and attacked the protectors with physical and verbal abuse, as well as death threats.

The protectors were then put under a joint siege by the police and coup supporters — the latter of whom did all they could to prevent food from being delivered into the premises. On May 8, the electricity and water were cut off.

On May 13, they subsequently received a trespass “notice” — a piece of paper with no official letterhead, signature or seal that was most likely written in Spanish and translated. They were then asked, but not ordered, to leave the premises by police.

Finally on May 16, the protectors were arrested, when, in violation of international law, US federal agents in swat-style gear raided the sovereign Venezuelan embassy.

Judge Howell’s pre-trial decisions to severely limit the defense from putting the arrest in context ensured a bias that many observers considered impossible to overcome in a jury trial. The embassy defenders were not allowed to say that Nicolás Maduro is the president of Venezuela.

The defense was not allowed to talk about international law, including the Vienna Convention (which prohibits entry into another country’s embassy, even in times of war). They were not allowed to talk about the protecting power agreement (an agreement for third countries to ensure the safety of embassies in Caracas and DC) that was being negotiated by the US, Switzerland, Turkey, and Venezuela.

They were not allowed to mention that President Maduro, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, Vice Minister Carlos Ron, and UN Ambassador Samuel Moncada had all authorized the activists’ stay in the embassy. They were not allowed to discuss the fact that the Trump and Maduro administrations had been in contact throughout April and May.

They were not allowed to discuss the blatant cooperation between law enforcement and Guaidó supporters in DC. They were not allowed to discuss Guaidó’s corruption and connections to paramilitary drug cartels. They were not allowed to question Guaidó’s legitimacy.

In short, they were not allowed to tell the whole truth.

The partiality on brazen display against citizens who are supposedly presumed to be innocent made it clear that the US justice system was doing its best to ensure justice would be denied — a true kangaroo court.

The justice system’s subservience to the Trump administration’s attempt to install an unelected president in Venezuela effectively made this court that supports a coup — a kanga-coup court, if you will.

That this trial resulted in a mistrial means that US citizens saw through the farce, just as Venezuelans saw through the farce represented by Juan Guaidó….

Embassy Protection Collective

Venezuelan embassy protectors mistrial court case

Feb. 14, 2020

Palestinians stand in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en nation

February 13, 2020

 / By Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) / Canada

The TransCanada Coastal Gaslink pipeline aims to steal Wet’suwet’en land, use resource extraction to solidify control over Indigenous territories, destroy the environment and violate Indigenous laws.

From the occupied Palestinian territory, we stand in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en nation and land defenders at the Unist’ot’en Camp and Gidimt’en who continue to resist Canada’s colonial incursions of their unceded territories.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society that leads the global BDS movement, sends a message of support to your struggle.

We call on the Palestine solidarity movement in Turtle Island and elsewhere to stand with the Wet’suwet’en nation.

As Palestinians, we have firsthand experience with a colonial power, Israel’s regime of occupation, colonization and apartheid, that systemically works to dispossess, divide and strip us of our lands and resources.

We know too well, from our own experience, that the TransCanada Coastal Gaslink pipeline aims to steal Wet’suwet’en land, use resource extraction to solidify control over Indigenous territories, destroy the environment and violate Indigenous laws. We also know that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) attacks, sanctioned by the Trudeau government, against the Hereditary Wet’suwet’en leadership, matriarchs and land defenders, are used to violate Indigenous sovereignty. The RCMP is employing tactics and equipment similar to Israel’s government, including Caterpillar bulldozers, to seize indigenous lands.

We are deeply grateful for the Wet’suwet’en people for their indomitable spirit, and their tireless defence of the land and water resources. We stand firmly with you in your struggle for your land and ancestral rights.

Palestinians owe the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island a great debt for teaching us how to resist settler colonialism generation after generation through your powerful resistance, grace and indomitable spirit.

The BNC is committed to building stronger ties of solidarity between our peoples and movements, and we will work with our partners in Turtle Island to make this a reality.

From Palestine to Wet’suwet’en, we stand united with you in the struggle against settler colonialism, racism, corporate criminality and your inalienable rights for justice and self-determination.

We would be honoured to welcome you in Palestine, when the time is right.

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ADC Files Amicus Brief with the US Supreme Court Urging Damages Accountability for Religious Discrimination

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Washington, D.C. | adc.org | February 13, 2020 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) filed an amicus brief, in coordination with Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, with the United States Supreme Court supporting Respondents in Tanzin v. Tanvir. The case involves three Muslim men who were placed or kept on the No-Fly List in retaliation for refusing to spy on their communities. The men in the case were approached by FBI agents and asked to spy generally on their communities, including to visit online Islamic forums and “act extremist.” They were told that spying on their communities could keep them from being placed on the No-Fly List or get them removed. Each of the men refused because, among other things, spying on their communities, going into mosques under false pretenses went against their religious beliefs.

The Court will consider whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) allows the men to sue agents for damages for the harm the men suffered as a result of being on the list. The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to rule that the federal agents are immune from suit. ADC and the attorneys for the men, say the only way to deter future civil rights violations is to impose penalties for past violations.

Federal law enforcement continues to burden the religious rights of far too many Arab Muslims and others, with impunity. Congress passed RFRA with bipartisan and overwhelming support to safeguard the free exercise of religion. ADC argued that RFRA clearly includes a damages remedy to deter behavior that (a) violates clearly established religious rights and (b) is so shocking that it falls into the very small percentage of cases in which the federal government will not come to the defense of its employee.

ADC Senior Staff Attorney Iman Boukadoum states, “Such behavior ought to be deterred. And, contrary to the government’s claim, no ‘well-intentioned’ federal employee might unwittingly engage in it. Injunctive relief cannot fully compensate aggrieved believers nor adequately deter future violations of their religious rights. Damages are essential to make them whole and to turn the page on an era where faith so often meets suspicion.”

Read the brief filed here. The Supreme Court is set to hear the case on March 24, 2020. Please contact legal@adc.org with questions.

Funeral Arrangements for our friend and comrade Dick Reilly, Irish Internationalist

Information regarding services for Richard “Dick” Reilly: https://www.cooneyfuneralhome.com/obituary/Richard-Reilly

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It is with great sadness that the AAAN announces the passing of our dear friend and colleague Richard “Dick” Reilly last night after a two year battle with lung cancer.  Dick was a familiar face for anyone who is a part of any of the city’s numerous social justice movements, he could be found on the front lines of almost every rally and every event.  He was especially close to the Chicagoland Palestinian and Arab community where he spent years as a friend, activist, and mentor to many.  We offer our deepest condolences to his partner Christine Geovanis and to the Chicagoland community who has lost a kind, caring, and committed fighter.   Funeral arangements will be announced to our list as soon as they are made. Rest in peace dear friend you will be truly missed.

Sincerely,

The Arab American Action Network, https://www.facebook.com/AAAN.Markaz/

Dick Reilly, Center, At Pro-Palestine march

Randi Nord: ‘U.S. Imperialism and the Working Class’

The following talk was presented to over 500 people gathered in Detroit at an annual celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Randi Nord, editor of Geopolitics Alert delivered this message on January 20, 2020 at the historic St. Matthew’s/St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church. https://geopoliticsalert.com/

Many people don’t realize this, but the United States is a massive empire.

In the decades following World War II, Washington strategically replaced the British Empire as the world’s violent right-wing imperial force. This comes at the expense of innocent people just like you and me in countries like Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Jordan, and Libya. In Latin America stretching from Chile to Cuba and Mexico. In Asian countries like Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. And even in Europe.

Throughout every corner of the globe, people are denied their God-given rights to political self-determination, economic freedom, and basic human dignity so US capital can expand its empire. Trade deals like NAFTA, the TPP, and whatever Trump’s coming up with seek only to benefit the ruling class while leaving us workers fighting each other for scraps. 

We hear a lot about immigration, borders, and walls, but make no mistake, there are no borders in the chronic expansion of US capital interests. 

This global pursuit of capital also comes at the expense of the working class here at home.

For starters, the US empire is heavily subsidized by our tax dollars against our will. Every week, at least a quarter of your paycheck is seized by the US government to fund this war machine. We know all too well that money doesn’t go to food programs, healthcare, schools, infrastructure, jobs, or anything to benefit the needs of the people. It goes to maintaining the empire and subsidizing US weapons manufacturers so they can kill and infringe on the rights of people like you and meI around the world to the tune of over one trillion dollars each year.

In turn, these weapons we fund to expand the US capital empire abroad are then turned on us here at home. Sometimes when we dare step out of line in cases like Standing Rock or Ferguson. Other times, for no reason at all other than existing. 

The empire is extremely united against the working class. Not only do police departments receive surplus military and surveillance equipment, but they also routinely travel to occupied Palestine to train with the Israeli Occupation Forces and learn their genocidal tactics to use against us here at home. 

It’s also worth mentioning that the United States military is the world’s number one polluter. Drone strikes on civilian homes in Yemen and aircraft carriers floating around the South China Sea 24/7 are absolutely not eco-friendly. 

We see this destruction literally in our own backyards with the pollution of our fresh water sources with PFAS and other military runoff chemicals. And I have no doubt that the water problem is much worse than we’re lead to believe. 

The people of Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Venezuela, Mexico, and each of the countless countries hosting US military bases are not our enemies. This is why we must oppose the empire at every turn, whether in Iran, Cuba, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, or China. 

Not only for the sake of people around the world, but for us here at home and the future of the world.

Geopolitics Alert

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