Bed-Stuy, August 17, 2022: Resistance and Reparations

Brooklyn, NYC: Resistance and Reparations Rally
Weds., August 17 – 4 – 7 pm
Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY (A, C to Nostrand Ave.)
Please join the December 12th Movement for this important event. Our demand is for an executive order for reparations with a $50 billion dollar down payment to repair the health care delivery system in our communities.

December 12th Movement

IFCO/ Pastors for Peace denounces FBI Attack on African People’s Socialist Party

IFCO/Pastors for Peace

August 2, 2022

Uhuru means freedom in Swahili and it is the call that friends of the African People’s Socialist Party make throughout their struggle for a better world. On July 13, 2022,members of IFCO/Pastors for Peace sat with comrades from the African People’s Socialist Party and Uhuru Movement on their Black Power Radio Station 96.3fm, to talk about the 30th anniversary of the Friendshipment Caravan and our long standing support for the Cuban revolution that has given so much to people all over the world.

One thing is clear about the work our friends are doing in St. Petersburg, St. Louis, Huntsville, Philadelphia, Oakland, Sierra Leone, South Africa and elsewhere, they are uplifting and empowering the dispossessed and disenfranchised and they are doing it block by block for the people and by the people.

The recent news of the FBI raid on the APSP headquarters and solidarity office as well as their leaders in St Petersburg and St Louis is appalling. It is an egregious reminder of more than a century of attacks against the Black Liberation Movement for freedom and the current growing Fascist response of the United States government towards anyone who dares to think differently. We at IFCO/Pastors for Peace know all too well the danger of that attack especially when it is linked to sovereign and independent nations.

Today it is APSP, but tomorrow it could be any of us because we are friends of Cuba, Haiti, Venezuela, Mali, Nicaragua and so on. History has shown us the ploys of the FBI which have been unleashed for decades upon our communities and leaders. We know how these intimidations have resulted in family disruptions, sabotage, imprisonment of movement leaders and state assassinations.

We denounce the attack on the APSP, demand justice, and a return of all of the organization’s illegally seized technology and personal effects immediately.

National Network on Cuba: Update on MatanzasÂ

National Network on Cuba

UPDATE from ICAP: Today the flames that remain will be extinguished; its intense orange lights will remain in the memory, the thick black smoke will be a shadow in the minds. Already the anonymous heroes of the country walk through what was hell hours ago.

Now comes the most painful part: the search for the bodies of firefighters who offered their lives in the lofty honor of doing their duty.

Then to assess the damage, outline a recovery strategy and analyze the experiences to learn from the lessons of this moving event.

#FuerzaMatanzas

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US Complicit in Killing Children – Join Global Call to End U.S. Aid to Apartheid Israel!

Alaa Abdallah Qadoum and Momen Mohammad al-Neerab were both five years old. Hazem Ali Salem was nine years old. Khalil Jameel Shobeer was ten. They were killed by the Israeli Occupation Forces during 48 hours of Israeli air strikes and rocket attacks on Gaza’s residential neighborhoods. We’re thinking about all the things they were looking forward to in life, and all the birthdays they will never celebrate — all extinguished by politically motivated executions funded by our tax dollars. The United States is the leading provider of weapons to Israel — enabling these murders is part of its foreign policy. 

In fact, the U.S. has committed nearly $40 billion over the next decade to fund the Israeli occupation, with some of our tax dollars paying for Israel’s purchase of F-35 fighter jets capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

Join our global call to President Biden and the U.S. Congress to end all military “aid” and weapons sales to the Israeli occupation forces! 

Alaa, Momen, Hazem and Khalil weren’t the only people killed in the most recent assault on Gaza. There’s Ahmad Mohammad al-Neerab (11), Muhammed Iyad Muhammed Hassouna (14), Fatma Aaed Abdulfattah (15), Ahmed Walid Ahmed al-Farram (16), and so many more. Three siblings Ahmed (9), Muhammed (12) and their sister Dalia (13) were killed by the occupation at the Burreji refugee camp. For them and the dozens of Palestinians killed by occupation forces this year, we need to demand a different reality. 

Around election time in Israel, attacks on Gaza happen like clockwork. Palestinian lives are used as a political tool. The occupation argues they are “defending” themselves. The very nature of settler colonialism is offensive. There can be nothing “defensive” about attempting to maintain apartheid, occupation, and the continued ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

In Gaza, two million people struggle to survive with no access to safe drinking water, scarce medical care and limited fuel resulting from the Israeli occupation by air, sea and land egress and ingress. Even when the bombings stop, the occupation routinely kills Palestinians in Gaza through a deliberately cruel deprivation policy. 

Add your name to our letter in solidarity with Palestine!

We cannot allow the U.S. to continue arming and funding the Israeli occupation. Now more than ever, we must stand in solidarity with Palestinian-led groups like the Palestinian Youth Movement, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Within Our Lifetime, and more. That can look like following them on social media to learn from them and showing up for their actions. 

A free Palestine is possible — if we fight for it.

Ann, Danaka, Farida, Justina, Jodie, Kelly, Lola, Marcy, Mark, Medea, Michelle, Nancy, Olivia, Paki, Sam, Shea, Sophie, Samantha, Stefi, Suzie, Teri, and Tim 

Matanzas Explosion Unleashes Wave of Solidarity for Cuba

By Alejandra Garcia on August 7, 2022 from Havana

The eyes of the world are upon Cuba after an enormous fire caused by a lightning strike on a crude oil storage tank in the Cuban city of Matanzas killed one firefighter and injuring more than 120 people. At least 16 people are missing while firefighters and specialized personnel are trying to contain the blaze.

The incident began on Friday night, following a severe thunderstorm in the area of the Matanzas Supertanker Base. From almost every point in the city of Matanzas, the black smoke could be seen contrasting with the light blue of the Caribbean sky.

At around 7pm local time the tranquility was interrupted by a massive explosion. Immediately afterwards, water trucks and ambulances were driving from one side of the area to the other. A little while after, Armed Forces helicopters could be seen carrying water from the bay and dropping it over the affected area….

Photo: Raul Navarro, Periodico Giron de Matanzas

“Keep Defending Our Homeland After I’m Gone” – Ibrahim Nabulsi, Lion Of Nablus

All our lives, we wonder what our last words might be at the moment of our martyrdom. Ibrahim Nabulsi’s were:

“I love my mother. Take care of homeland after me. I request for the sake of our honor, no one abandon the gun. I am here besieged, and I am going to be martyred. Pray for me.”

The Lion of Nablus, Ibrahim Nabulsi was beloved by all in the city, emerging from an early age as one of its foremost defenders and resistance fighters. Nabulsi gave his life to protect and guard Nablus from zionist incursion. He is a prime example of the sacrifice routinely given by the youth of the city to ensure its continued freedom from the occupation.

“To the contrary, there are hundreds of Ibrahims among us here today!” cried Nabulsi’s mother at his funeral procession. “We are all Ibrahim!” For however skilled a resistance fighter he was, Ibrahim Nabulsi himself did not wish to be seen as an individual symbol, but rather, as one among hundreds of heroes in his city and across his land tasked with defending it and liberating it from the evils of the occupation.

Glory to Ibrahim Nabulsi. Glory to every martyr. Palestine will be free.

#IbrahimNabulsi#Nablus#PalestinianMartyrs#FreePalestine

Stop All Provocations Against China!

Stop All Provocations Against China!

Statement from the U.S. Peace Council, August 4, 2022

The U.S. Peace Council condemns in strongest terms the latest U.S. government provocation against the People’s Republic of China and against peace in the world.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi imposed herself into the Taiwan Province of China without an invitation from the Chinese government. We have to examine the questions of why such an imposition and why now in light of U.S. imperialism’s increasing global weakness and its attempt to retain global hegemony through war and militarism. We have to understand this provocation as part of the stated U.S. policy of “Full Spectrum Dominance.”

Pelosi’s provocative trip is in violation of the One-China policy established between China, the U.S. and the rest of the world, which recognized Taiwan as a province of China, not an independent country. This trip makes it clear that the present U.S. administration gives only lip service to the One-China policy while its actions are aimed at undermining it.

We view Nancy Pelosi’s provocation in the context of the long-term and now accelerating U.S. and its allies’ militarization of the Indo-Pacific region. The hundreds of military bases surrounding China; the recently signed AUKUS Pact, which expands U.S. and UK nuclear weapons into Australia; the Quad military alliance between United States, India, Australia and Japan; and the RIMPAC multinational war exercises — are all aimed at threatening China. We must view the U.S. government provocation in light of nuclear war fighting exercises the U.S. runs annually against North Korea, and the THAAD first-strike missile systems situated in South Korea that also threaten China. What the U.S. has been trying to do against Russia in Ukraine, is now being replicated against China in Taiwan. What the United States government and monopoly corporations are attempting to accomplish is to deny China’s sovereignty.

The U.S. government is attempting to distract the people’s movements from demanding an end to these crises so that they agree to more vast military spending that in total destroys the quality of life of the people. At the approach of the November elections, the U.S. government, including Speaker Pelosi and the Biden Administration, is trying to distract the citizenry from responding to the huge array of unresolved crises, very limited victories and giveaways of huge subsidies to monopoly capital by voting their party out of office.

Among the crises the U.S. government and private capital are incapable of solving and that led to this latest distraction and provocation — from ensuring affordable food and housing, child care and livable wages, to providing efficient and inexpensive mass transit, to providing universal health care, to guaranteeing civil rights and ending official police violence, to creating a sustainable energy system and livable environment, among others.

On the occasion of the current United Nations review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the world’s leaders that we are a single misstep away from nuclear annihilation. Yet the United States is prepared to take that misstep by provoking China.

We call on the people of the United States, the people’s movements, and people’s leaders to actively oppose this latest provocation against China, which brings with it the threat of yet another war and the use of nuclear weapons.

We must put an end to the belligerent foreign policy of the United States against China, Russia and the other nations of the world.

Statement condemning Nancy Pelosi’s dangerous and provocative visit to Taiwan

Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was meant to cause tension in the region, and especially between the US and China.  It was unnecessary and provocative and puts the entire world in danger.  After the defeat of US imperialism and NATO in Afghanistan, they provoked a war in Ukraine that is destroying that country, causing many deaths, and has created an economic crisis throughout the world and notably in the US and Europe.  That war is uncontrollably headed for defeat of the US and its NATO allies but it appears the US can wait no longer to try and provoke another war, this time with China.  As always, the arms industry and the energy industry are making unprecedented profits and the working people of all countries are being made to pay.

It is in this context that UNAC has joined with many other organizations to put forward the statement below protesting Nancy Pelosi’s dangerous and provocative visit to Taiwan. Please read the statement below.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the provocative and war-mongering visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to China’s territory of Taiwan. [read more]