Warrior Met Coal strike comes to DC

One of the nation’s longest and most bitter labor strikes moves its fight from rural Alabama to Washington, D.C. today. The United Mine Workers of America, on strike at Warrior Met Coal, will be joined by additional UMWA members and allies – including AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler — for a 10a event on K Street outside Fidelity Investments, investors with shares in the mining company (see Calendar) . UMWA members have been on strike against Warrior Met Coal for more than eight months over wages, healthcare and time-off for its workers. Today’s DC action is in conjunction with events worldwide as part of UMWA International Day of Action, including New York City, Denver, Boston, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Montgomery, Alabama, Newport Beach, California and Melbourne, Australia.  

Pastors for Peace members maintain solidarity agenda in Cuba

Havana, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) The 31st Pastors for Peace Caravan on Wednesday continues a broad exchange agenda in Cuba in solidarity with the Caribbean country and against the aggressive policy by the United States.

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Havana, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) Members of the American interreligious organization Pastors for Peace arrived today at the Denounciation Memorial, in this capital, as part of their program of activities in solidarity with Cuba.

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Release Jessica Reznicek Now!

Dear Supporters of Jessica Reznicek,

As we told you in our last update on November 4th Jessica’s legal team filed their brief appealing her sentence and the governments application of the terrorism enhancement.

In the week following the filing of Jessica’s the following exciting developments occurred:

  1. 4 Amicus (Friend of the court) Briefs were filed in support of Jessica each one elaborating additional legal arguments as to why the use of the terrorism enhancement is Jessica’s case was inappropriate. The groups that filed the briefs included the Climate Defense Project, the Center for Protest Law & Litigation, Honor the Earth, Climate Disobedience Center, CodePink, The National Lawyers Guild, Water Protector Legal Collective, Catholic Social Action, and The Center for Constitutional Rights. If you are interested in reading a summary of each brief or the brief itself please look at the bottom of this email.
  2. The Economist Published this article about Jessica titled “Two Environmentalists sabotaged an oil pipeline in America. Are they Terrorists or Heroes?
  3. The last interview with Jessica before she turned herself into federal prison 3 months ago has been published.

Below are some ways you can support Jessica and our campaign to free her:

  1. Sign the Petition
  2. For representatives of supportive organizations sign this form
  3. Purchase a T-shirt

Here is a summary of the 4 amicus briefs that were filed in support of Jessica, click the hyperlink to read the full brief:

On November 10, the Climate Defense Project, the Center for Protest Law & Litigation, Honor the Earth, Climate Disobedience Center, and Code Pink filed an amicus brief which argues that Jessica’s Reznicek’s actions do not in any way meet the legal definition of terrorism. The brief explains why the federal terrorism enhancement is doctrinally inappropriate, why the District Court’s reliance on Ms. Reznicek’s public statements violated her First Amendment rights, and why the sentence was overly harsh when considered in context of the larger movement for community self-determination and resistance to fossil fuel projects that has swept the country over the last decade. You can read the brief here.

On November, 12, The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) filed an amicus brief which argues that the sentence imposed on Jessica is unduly harsh and unjust and harms not only her but many others as well, especially Indigenous communities. In this brief they write, “A large portion of the world’s remaining natural resources—including minerals, water, and potential energy sources—are located on Indigenous lands, which means natural resource extraction increasingly occurs in or near traditional Indigenous areas. Because extractive industry and the climate crisis have a disproportionate effect on Indigenous Peoples and lands, the sentence applied in Ms. Reznicek’s case could have a disproportionate impact on Indigenous frontline defenders struggling to protect the water, Earth, and cultural survival of their communities, traditional lands, and sacred sites.” The brief writes, “Sentencing Reznicek under a federal terrorism enhancement for acts of civil disobedience targeting private property, sets an alarming and dangerous precedent for climate justice movements and endangers Indigenous and front-line defenders most impacted by worsening climate conditions.”

On November, 12, the Center for Constitutional Rights filed an amicus brief in which renowned international law scholar Professor and Dean Sudha Setty, set out in detail why Jessica’s actions are not terrorism. Looking to core international definitions of terrorism by the United Nations and others, the authors explain “Jessica Reznicek’s criminal acts are unequivocally not terrorism, as there is no evidence that she had any intent to cause death or serious bodily injury; rather the evidence suggests that she took pains to ensure her actions would not cause physical harm to any individuals.” The brief notes that “The broad United States definition of terrorism allows for problematic results.” and concludes, “If Jessica Reznicek’s acts can be punished as terrorism, the United States will have moved so far past the international consensus as to be operating in a completely different realm.”

On November 10, Catholic Social Action, a campaign for Catholic social teaching,filed an amicus brief which argued that Jessica’s actions were not terrorism. They encouraged the court to look at her actions in the context of a long line of Catholic social teaching which condemns environmental exploitation and the storied history of faith-based actions by the Catholic Worker movement.

These briefs all asks the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse Ms. Reznicek’s sentence, which used a federal terrorism enhancement to arrive at an eight-year prison term and over three million dollars in restitution in response to protests by Ms. Reznicek against the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016 and 2017. The same week Reznicek reported to prison, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change released their Climate Report signaling “Code Red” for Humanity.These amicus briefs were filed as the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) wrapped up in Glasgow, Scotland, and perceived widely as a failure to address the urgency and severity of climate change.

As always thank you so much for your support.

Love and Solidarity,

The Jessica Reznicek Support Team

Rosemary Neidenberg: A century of revolutionary struggle

Rosemary Neidenberg (center) and Mae Mallory (right) petitioning in Cleveland
Rosemary Neidenberg (center) and Mae Mallory (right) petitioning in Cleveland. Thanks to Paula Marie Seniors for sharing this historic photo.

By Greg Butterfield  – Reposted from Struggle LaLucha 4/8/20

Rosemary Neidenberg died in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 29 [2020] at the age of 99. For almost a century, her commitment to the revolutionary liberation of humanity never faltered. She was also one of the kindest, funniest, most thoughtful and hardworking people I ever knew.

Comrade Rosie was born just three years after the Russian Revolution and lived through most of the major events of the 20th century. Through the decades, she was also at the center of building an independent Marxist current in the belly of U.S. imperialism, from the harshest days of the 1950s anti-communist witch-hunt to the defense of Black Liberation fighters Mae Mallory and Robert F. Williams, from the 1970s Food Is A Right campaign led by women of Youth Against War and Fascism to ensuring the uninterrupted distribution of Marxist agitation in the difficult years following the destruction of the USSR.

She did it all in her modest, mostly behind the scenes, yet utterly indispensable way.

To give just one example of her far-reaching influence, consider that Bob McCubbin, author of the groundbreaking “Roots of Lesbian and Gay Oppression: A Marxist View,” recently wrote that Rosemary Neidenberg “won me to communism.”

In the dedication to his newest book, “The Social Evolution of Humanity: Marx and Engels were Right!”, McCubbin said: “Rosemary Neidenberg (b. 1921) is a lifelong communist and founding member of Workers World Party, whose anger at imperialism remains undiminished and whose vision of a socialist future for humankind is uncompromised after many decades of struggle with the goal of the establishment of workers’ power here in the world center of capitalism….”

Mother’s Alliance rally from the 1950s. Rosemary Neidenberg is second from left on banner.
Mother’s Alliance rally from the 1950s. Rosemary Neidenberg is second from left on banner

Sudan Coup Prompted by Failures in Washington’s Foreign Policy

By Abayomi Azikiwe

A military coup was carried out in the Republic of Sudan on October 25 as the contradictions within the Sovereignty Council (SC) burst asunder.

This coalition of political and military interests was formed in the aftermath of tumultuous political events between December 2018 and June 2019.

The Chair of the SC, Maj. Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan engineered the removal and detentions of the interim Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok along with several other leading cabinet ministers within the transitional regime. Events leading up to the military coup can be traced back to the announced arrest of 40 people including military officers and civilians on September 21 ostensibly for plotting a seizure of state power…

Sudan youth demonstrate against coup, Oct. 25, 2021
Sudan youth demonstrate against coup, Oct. 25, 2021. | Photo: AFP

Support the IFCO/Pastors for Peace 31st Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba


(We welcome the return of this feature, as Travel to Cuba is resuming November 15, with 90% inoculation of the entire population projected by mid-November, including children 2 years old & up. We plan to post information re both upcoming trips and protocols on our website, www.wicuba.org .

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To Contact Us:
Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba
P.O Box 1848
Milwaukee, WI 53233-1031
(414) 628-2547
www.wicuba.org  – wicubacoalition@gmail.com

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Two critical reviews on the involvement of social media in influencing opposition in Cuba, by Dr. Alan Macleod 

Social media, either based in the U.S. or not traceable, has promoted and influenced opposition in Cuba, writes Dr. Alan Macleod of Glasgow University Media Group, an expert on use of “fake news” in manugacturing consent in & regarding Latin America. He investigates the involvement of the private Facebook group, La Villa del Humor, in the July 11th protests in Cuba, and their plans for similar actions in November. 

His September piece analyzes how the U.S. government stokes racial tensions in Cuba and around the world.