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Pompeo, Trump unleash new phase of aggression vs. China

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On July 22 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered the latest blast of aggressive rhetoric against China in a speech at the Nixon Library in California. Pompeo openly called for regime change in China, saying that “if we don’t change China, China will change us.” In almost hysterical language Pompeo made it clear that the U.S. ruling corporate and political elites are terrified of China’s socialist development and its emergence as an independent country with its own interests and capabilities.

Pompeo’s choice of the Nixon Library as the venue for his speech was no accident. In a maneuver to isolate the Soviet Union, former President Richard Nixon pursued a “thaw” in relations with China beginning in the early 1970s that led to the integration of China into the global market. Pompeo cast his speech in historic terms — the Trump administration was reversing the fundamental policy set into motion by Nixon nearly five decades prior and instead turning to unmitigated hostility. “President Nixon once said he feared he had created a Frankenstein by opening the world to the CCP [Chinese Communist Party]. And here we are.” Pompeo said, invoking crude, demonizing imagery.

He characterized China as a country of oppression, with no freedom of expression or human rights. In Pompeo’s presentation, it is a place so steeped in the evil domination of the Communist Party that only an American-led campaign to end the current system and bring Western “freedom and democracy” to the country will save the Chinese people from their fate.

 U.S. aggression ramps up

In the past two months the already harsh turn of imperialist policies and actions directed against China, which has been building for years under both the Obama and Trump administrations, dramatically intensified.

Congress has passed several measures interfering in the internal affairs of China and considering legislation which would abrogate the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act. This could set the stage for military confrontation over the island, which is rightfully claimed by China as part of its national territory. U.S. naval provocations have continued in the South China Sea, with ships of the Australian navy recently joining in as part of their country’s increasing subordination to U.S. military power.

U.S. diplomats and agents of semi-official bodies like the National Endowment for Democracy have pushed a vision of regime change in Hong Kong, an integral part of China, seeking to destabilize the territory and promote a radical separatist agenda which has little actual support among the local population. The U.S. Defense Department has spearheaded a campaign to force the closure of Confucius Institutes, which provided support for Chinese language education at universities and other schools across the country.

And the drumbeat of lies and distortions about the origins and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, through which the Trump White House seeks to cover up its catastrophic failures in managing this public health disaster, has sought to demonize China and frighten U.S. workers into hostility towards their supposed enemies. This has led to racist attacks on people of Chinese or other Asian ancestry in cities across the United States.

In just the last two weeks, anti-China aggression has further accelerated. Federal agents have been arresting both American and Chinese academics at universities like Harvard and Stanford for ties to China in an effort to stifle scientific research and other intellectual activities. Four scholars have been arrested in the last week alone. The Trump administration is planning a ban on travel to the United States by any member of the Chinese Communist Party or their families, which would affect over 270 million people.

The Chinese consulate general in Houston was forcibly shut down on 72 hours notice, a symbolic gesture aimed at the first diplomatic office established when the two countries normalized relations in 1979. As with Pompeo’s speech at the Nixon Library, these moves make clear that the U.S. government intends to terminate the policies of engagement with China which have underpinned the last 40 years, and put the United States and China on a collision course which threatens to break out into open warfare.

China poses no threat

This portrayal of China as a nightmare of oppression and as an aggressive, expansionist empire is a ridiculous parody of reality. Since the end of World War II it has been the United States that has sought to dominate and exploit working peoples wherever they could be brought under U.S. control. U.S. corporations have extracted resources and drained profits from the labor of hundreds of millions of people in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as well as at home.

The U.S. military machine has maintained a network of bases, and has conducted active, often clandestine, operations, in more than 100 countries to repress any social or political movements which do not conform to American policy interests. Wars have been fought from Iraq and Afghanistan to Somalia and the Caribbean. The CIA and other secret agencies have overthrown, directly or through proxy “color” movements, governments from Iran and Nicaragua to Indonesia and Ukraine. All of this has been to secure and maintain the profits and power of U.S. corporate and political elites.

Over the last 70 years China has devoted itself to developing its modern economy according to the principles of what the Chinese leadership refers to as market-socialism, with public ownership of the core industries and infrastructure. It has greatly enhanced the livelihood of its 1.4 billion people, more than doubling life expectancy, drastically reducing infant mortality, providing comprehensive public education and lifting more than 800 million people out of poverty.

The stark contrast in the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in China and the U.S. clearly highlights China’s achievements, as they have created a country in which public health is a human right, not a source of profits for private corporations. China does not maintain a global web of military bases. Its only overseas facility is part of a UN sponsored effort to control piracy off the east African coast, a multinational program to which China contributes forces.

China has become a significant provider of development assistance in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and its Belt and Road Initiative is even helping European states like Italy and Serbia to improve their trade infrastructure. In the COVID-19 pandemic China has become a major source of medical assistance to poor countries struggling to cope with the virus. And China has made it clear that when it develops a safe and effective vaccine for the Coronavirus it will make it available as a public good.

China had a long history of being the most advanced economy in the world, as a source of highly valued goods and as an inspiration for others to emulate. Western imperialism overpowered China in the 19th century, and China fell into a long era of humiliation and economic decline. The revolutionary struggle which led to the creation of the People’s Republic in 1949 gave China the ability to once more control its own destiny, and the Chinese people have worked long and hard to bring their country back to a place of respect and responsibility in the world. China’s rise does not constitute a threat to other peoples or countries.

The anti-China campaign which is being pushed by the U.S. ruling class and their political minions in both major parties is a dangerous and irrational response to what they perceive as a threat to their continued power and domination of global affairs. In the current context of increasing authoritarianism in the federal government under Trump, the possibility of a real outbreak of military confrontation with China as a way to manipulate domestic politics is growing.  

The threat of war is real. We must oppose it with the truth about China, and with the facts about American imperialism’s aggressive policies and actions. We must speak out against war, and push for peace, whenever and wherever we can.

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Six teacher deaths at start of fall semester heighten public health concerns

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Stephanie Kenefic

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As schools across the country begin to reopen this fall, news of teacher deaths due to COVID-19 has heightened concerns for students and school staff safety. Teachers and school staff are faced this year with serious health risks and minimal resources to protect themselves from contracting the virus.

In July, Kim Byrd who was teaching distance learning from the classroom in rural Arizona died of COVID-19. She was sharing a room with two other teachers who also contracted the virus. They had taken many precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

The same month in rural Leon County Florida, Jordyn Byrd, a Black college student working as a custodian to pay his way through college, died of COVID-19.  The school had not reopened to students; administrators were working on sites over the summer. The principal of the school, who is white, also contracted COVID-19 but recovered. In August Jordyn’s mother Jacqueline Byrd, who formerly worked for the same school, also died of COVID-19. 

Karen Bradwell, the mother of Jordyn’s girlfriend, died of the virus as well. Bradwell was an after school program coordinator. The Byrd family tragedy highlights the disparity in COVID-19 deaths in the United States, where novel coronavirus fatalities of Black people is three times that of whites. 

This fall, COVID-19’s toll on educators has continued. Since early August, six teachers in at least five different states have died after contracting COVID-19; the majority of these deaths claimed the lives of teachers under the age of 50 in states such as Oklahoma, South Carolina, Missouri, Mississippi and Iowa. 

Communities lose beloved teachers 

Demetria “Demi” Bannister, a 28-year-old third-grade teacher in South Carolina, had spent no more than two weeks in her classroom before she had been diagnosed with the virus. Bannister was diagnosed with COVID-19 on a Friday and died three days later, according to a school district spokesperson. 

In spite of Bannister’s alarming death in August, school districts continued to ignite public health concerns and reopen across the nation. 34-year-old AshLee DeMarinis, a special education teacher in Missouri, died on September 6 due to complications from the virus. DeMarinis, who had asthma, spent three weeks in the hospital on a ventilator before ultimately losing her battle with the virus. Thomas Slade, a high school teacher in Vancleave, Miss. also died on September 6 from complications due to COVID-19. 

In Mississippi, a 42-year-old teacher and assistant football coach, Nacoma James, died in early August after continuing to coach football throughout the summer. At the time of James’ death, Mississippi had the highest number of COVID-19 cases, yet Governor Tate Reeves opted to reopen schools against the advice of top medical experts. Reeves’s decision to reopen schools, decried by the Mississippi Association of Educators as “reckless and irresponsible,” places education workers in an impossible position that will undoubtedly claim more lives as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the country. 

On August 30, 62-year-old Theresa Horn, a special education teacher at Tahlequah Public Schools in Oklahoma, died after contracting COVID-19. Tahlequah Public Schools responded by announcing two days of virtual learning, followed by a return to in-person instruction shortly thereafter. Since Horn’s death, Tahlequah Public Schools has announced near-daily reports of new COVID-19 diagnoses and community exposure among students and teachers. 

In Iowa, a longtime special education teacher died after contracting COVID-19 in early September. The teacher, whose name was not released to the media, represents the first known COVID-related death of an Iowan educator. In Iowa, school districts must follow a statewide mandate to conduct 50 percent of classes in person. 

All six of these teachers have been memorialized in outpourings of support and grief from students and educational workers alike. The loss of a teacher in any community constitutes a traumatizing experience; the death of a beloved teacher forced to work in unsafe conditions compounds the tragedy. 

Political motivations unmasked

While school reopening is often framed in terms of “student needs,” it is clear that student needs regarding safe and consistent education continue to be unmet and ignored. There is no doubt that for most students in-person education is much more preferable to remote learning, which exacerbates systemic inequities with regard to technology access and housing crises. However, the deaths of these six teachers–and the haunting reality that the death toll will not stop at six–represent a public health emergency which must be immediately addressed by state and federal governments.

Reopening schools is by and large not a response to the needs of young people in the United States. The historic neglect of public schools is evidence enough that education is not the motivator for this political decision. Public schools in U.S. working-class communities are criminally under-resourced, often lacking basic necessities such as soap in student bathrooms or clean drinking water. Teachers and staff who work in these institutions are underpaid and overburdened, serving far more students than their suburban counterparts. These conditions were disturbing well before the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, and reopening schools in communities ravaged by the virus creates a scenario in which community spread is inevitable.

The true motivation for reopening schools is an attempt to force working-class people back into the workplace. It is an attempt to ameliorate the disastrous failure of the U.S. government to adequately address the crisis through public health and economic relief measures. The United States government, which has eroded social safety nets throughout the previous four decades, is unwilling and structurally unable to provide for families in need throughout the duration of the pandemic. 

Unions fight back

Strong unions are the last line of defense for education workers. It is important to note that four of the five states where teachers have died from COVID-19 in 2020 are so-called “right to work” states which restrict the ability of workers to form unions and engage in collective bargaining. Unions with political power, on the other hand, are better able to advocate for educational workers’ and students’ needs.

In Syracuse, NY, teachers successfully lobbied for a delayed reopening; Syracuse City Schools are now conducting remote learning until a review of the situation in October. Until the Syracuse Teachers Association began to organize in response to teacher and student health, SCSD planned to reopen in September along with other suburban districts in the region.

“Remote education is not perfect, but it is a reasonable choice to help bridge the gap in districts where educators and parents are not yet confident that reopening buildings is safe to do,” remarked NYS United Teachers President Andy Pallotta. 

State and federal governments in the United States have demonstrated a consistent, criminal negligence towards public schools. In light of this situation, unions are a crucial tool for the working class to protect the health and safety of children, families and the community.

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U.S. cops kill at 100 times rate of other capitalist countries

Richard Becker

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(This article was first published in Liberation News in January 2015. According to multiple sources, reported police killings in 2019 and the first four months of 2020 continue to average three per day, far in excess of any other advanced capitalist country and many others as well.)

Capitalist politicians here often promote the reactionary and dangerous idea of “American exceptionalism,” by which they mean that the United States is superior to all other countries. In May 2014, President Obama told graduating West Point army cadets, “I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being.”

One area in which the U.S. is unquestionably exceptional is the level of state violence directed against African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and working and poor people of all nationalities. U.S. police killings outnumber those in other developed capitalist countries by as much as 100-1!

How many people are killed every year by the police in the U.S.? The exact number is not known. There is no federal agency that keeps track. The FBI compiles annual statistics for “justified homicides” by police—and all reported police killings are registered as “justified” by the FBI.

But participation in reporting homicides to the FBI by police and sheriff’s departments is voluntary. Of approximately 18,000 police agencies, only about 800 provide statistics. The murder of Eric Garner on Staten Island last summer will not be counted in the FBI statistics for 2014, because the notorious NYPD has chosen not to participate in reporting.

According to FBI statistics, there were 461 “justified homicides” by police in 2013. However, the website KilledByPolice.net reported that U.S. non-military police killed 748 people in just the last eight months of 2013, and 1,100 in 2014. The KilledByPolice numbers were compiled using mainstream media sources. Actual totals are undoubtedly higher, as not all police killings are reported, and it is virtually impossible to check all of the tens of thousands of media sources in the country.

By contrast, in England, also a capitalist country with a long history of racism, police reportedly fired guns three times in all of 2013, with zero reported fatalities. Police do not carry guns on patrol in England.

From 2010 through 2014, there were five fatal police shootings in England, which has a population of about 52 million. By contrast, Albuquerque, N.M., with a population 1 percent of England’s, had 26 fatal police shootings in that same time period!

In 2011, the FBI reported 404 “justifiable homicides” by U.S. police. Based on the data collected by KilledByPolice for 2013 and 2014, the real number of police killings for 2011 was likely over 1,000. There were two reported police killings in England, meaning that the rate of killing by U.S. police was about 100 times that of English cops in 2011.

The same year, German police, who do carry guns, reportedly killed six people. Germany, another racist, capitalist country with large numbers of oppressed minorities, has a population about one-quarter that of the U.S. So on a per capita basis, U.S. police were 40 times as likely to kill as German cops.

Canada, another multi-national state with about 12 percent the population of the U.S., also reported six fatal police shootings in 2011, meaning that U.S. cops were 20 times as likely to kill as their Canadian counterparts.

Why so many more police killings in the U.S.?

What explains this huge disparity in rates of police killing between the U.S. and other capitalist countries?

Contrary to the myths propagated by politicians, mass media and schoolbooks, extreme racist, anti-worker and anti-poor violence has been a central feature of U.S. history since the country’s founding. U.S. capitalism was constructed on a foundation of genocidal extermination of Native people and the unpaid labor of millions of enslaved Africans.

The first police forces were the “slave patrols” established in the early 1700s to suppress revolts, capture runaways and protect white property. Whippings, beatings, rape and other forms of torture and murder were standard operating procedures for the patrols as well as the slave owners they worked for.

The overthrow of Radical Reconstruction following the Civil War (1861-65), saw new forms of terror to suppress the formerly enslaved Black people. A “legal” network of racist sheriffs, police departments, courts and prisons worked hand-in-hand with its extralegal arm, the Ku Klux Klan lynchers. Among other features, the “Jim Crow” system provided unpaid Black labor to the plantations and industries of the South.

Along with the rapid growth of cities in the 1800s came the rise of urban police departments. The role of the police was to protect capitalist property using whatever violence they deemed necessary, especially against the organized labor movement. When the local cops couldn’t handle the job, the National Guard and army could be called in, along with violent, extra-judicial organizations like the Pinkerton Detective Agency and other thug organizations, including the KKK. Thousands of workers were killed and severely injured, and hundreds of thousands beaten and jailed fighting for basic rights.

Today, the cops, sheriff’s and other state and federal police agencies function as the violent defenders of a racist system of extreme and growing inequality. Every day they uphold the interests of the banks, corporations and super-rich against the interests of the people. Every day, sheriff’s departments across the country throw tenants out of their homes at the behest of landlords. Never do they do the opposite.

The extraordinarily violent history of the U.S. has not ended, either internally or externally. U.S. military forces are engaged in seemingly endless war, with bases in more than 100 countries. And the police inside the United States have been heavily militarized, provided with a vast array of battlefield weaponry.

In city after city, town after town, police killings continue on a daily basis. The police in the U.S. have a virtual “license-to-kill” in defense of the vicious capitalist system that they protect and serve. No matter how blatant their crimes—even when captured on video—cops are almost never charged, much less convicted.

Along with extraordinarily violent police, the U.S. has an “exceptional” and truly monstrous prison system. There are more people jailed in the U.S. than any other country, over 2.4 million. Next is China with 1.5 million in prison, but China has a population four times greater than the U.S. The U.S. rate of imprisonment is 737 per 100,000 people; China’s is 128 per 100,000.

The U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s population but 24 percent of all the prisoners in the world! It not only has the largest number of imprisoned human beings but the highest rate of incarceration of any country on the planet.

Reflecting the racist nature of the system as a whole, African Americans make up about 12 percent of the U.S. population but nearly 40 percent of those in prison. African Americans are more than six times as likely to be imprisoned as whites.

What can bring about an end to police abuse and mass incarceration?

In recent months, there has been an unprecedented outpouring of opposition to police murder. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in hundreds of cities, towns and campuses. Nothing could be of greater importance.

As in all other progressive struggles throughout history, it is the movement of the people in the streets, schools and workplaces that is the key to real change.

In the long run, it will take the revolutionary socialist transformation of society to end the racism, exploitation and police brutality on which the capitalist system depends.

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Movements in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe: Free the Denver anti-racist organizers!

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Note from the PSL: We are deeply appreciative of the many solidarity statements we have received from around the country and the world. The statement below comes from movements and member organizations of the International Peoples’ Assembly, which is active across Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. If your organization would like to offer a statement, please send it to info@pslweb.org. We will be collecting and posting more statements soon. Individuals can also sign the petition demanding freedom for the arrested organizers here and make a donation to provide support for their case here.

Statement in Solidarity with the Political Prisoners of the Anti-Racist Struggle in the USA!

The movements and member organizations of the International Peoples’ Assembly make an international call for solidarity with the political prisoners of Denver, USA, arrested on September 17, for leading in the massive anti-racist protest movement that has taken to the streets demanding justice for George Floyd, Elijah McClain and other victims of racist police brutality in the United States.

In complex and repressive operation, four members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) who have organized large Black Lives Matter protests have been arrested: Russell Ruch, Lillian House, Joel Northam and Eliza Lucero. They are still in jail, except for one person. All four face multiple felony charges and many misdemeanours (including the bizarre and ridiculous charge of “kidnapping”), which can sentence them to many years in prison.

These political prisoners have not committed crimes. They are being criminalized only for exercising their right to protest for justice and because they have worked closely with other activists and relatives of victims of police brutality to expand their cases.

Their imprisonment is a trap aimed at stopping the PSL and the anti-racist movement in Denver, which is part of a wave of nationwide repression against the Black Lives Matter movement, promoted directly from the White House, in coordination with the governors and local police chiefs and police departments across the country.

Furthermore, this is a political attack against the entire international anti-racist movement. Therefore, it is essential that we mobilize solidarity with the political prisoners of the anti-racist struggle in the United States in all regions of the world, demanding the immediate release of the people arrested and the dismissal of the multiple charges against them. Click here to sign the petition to drop all the charges.

Coordinating Committee

International Peoples’ Assembly

September 18, 2020

SIGNATORIES

International networks

1.      ALBA Movimientos

Arab Maghreb

2.      Democratic Way, Morocco
3.      Tunisian Workers´ Party, Tunisia

Asia

4.      Nepal Communist Party, Nepal
5.      Workers Party of Bangladesh, Bangladesh

Europe

6.      Askapena, Euskal Herria
7.      Izquierda Unida, Spanish State
8.      Potere al Popolo!, Italy
9.      Russia Communist Workers’ Party, Russian Federation

Latin America

10.  Central de Trabajadores de Cuba (CTC), Cuba
11.  Comité de Unidad Campesina (CUC), Guatemala
12.  Frente Francisco de Miranda (FFM), Venezuela
13.  Frente Pátria Grande, Argentina
14.  Levante Popular da Juventude, Brazil
15.  Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST), Brazil
16.  Movimiento Popular La Dignidad, Argentina

North America

17.  Popular Education Project (PEP), USA

Sub-Saharan Africa

18.  National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, South Africa
19.  Socialist Forum of Ghana (SFG), Ghana
20.  Socialist Party of Zambia, Zambia
21.  Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party (SRWP), South Africa

¡DECLARACIÓN EN SOLIDARIDAD A LOS PRESOS POLÍTICOS DE LA LUCHA ANTIRRACISTA EN EEUU!

Los movimientos y organizaciones miembros de la Asamblea Internacional de los Pueblos hacemos un llamado internacional a la solidaridad con los presos políticos de Denver, EE. UU., arrestados el último día 17 de septiembre, por participaren en el movimiento masivo de protesta antirracista que ha tomado las calles del país exigiendo justicia para George Floyd, Elijah McClain y otras víctimas de la brutalidad policial racista en EE. UU.

En complejos operativos de represión, han sido arrestados cuatro miembros del Partido por el Socialismo y la Liberación (PSL) que han organizado grandes protestas de Black Lives Matter: Russell Ruch, Lillian House, Joel Northam y Eliza Lucero. Todavía están en la cárcel, con la excepción de una persona. Los cuatro enfrentan a múltiples cargos por delitos graves y muchos delitos menores (incluido el cargo extraño y ridículo de “secuestro”), que pueden condenarlos a muchos años de prisión.

Estos presos políticos no han cometido delitos, ellos están siendo criminalizados solo por el hecho de ejercer su derecho a la protesta por justicia y porqué han trabajado en estrecha colaboración con otros activistas y familiares de víctimas de brutalidad policial para ampliar sus casos.

La prisión de ellos es una trampa dirigida a detener al PSL y el movimiento antirracista en Denver, que hace parte de una ola de represión a nivel nacional contra el movimiento Black Lives Matter, impulsado directamente desde la Casa Blanca, en coordinación con los gobernadores y los jefes de policía locales y departamentos de policía de todo el país. Además, esas prisiones son un ataque político en contra todo el movimiento internacional antirracista.

Por ello, es fundamental que movilicemos la solidaridad a los presos políticos de la lucha antirracista en EE. UU. en todas las regiones del mundo, exigiendo la liberación inmediata de las personas arrestados y la desestimación de los múltiples cargos en su contra. Haga clic aquí para firmar la petición para retirar todos los cargos.

Comisión Articuladora
Asamblea Internacional de los Pueblos
18 de septiembre de 2020

DECLARAÇÃO EM SOLIDARIEDADE COM OS PRESOS POLÍTICOS DA LUTA ANTIRRACISTA NOS EUA

Os movimentos e organizações membros da Assembleia Internacional dos Povos fazemos um chamado internacional em solidariedade com os presos políticos de Denver, EUA, encarcerados no último dia 17 de setembro, por participarem dos protestos massivos antirracistas que tomaram as ruas do país exigindo justiça para George Floyd, Elijah McClain e outras vítimas da brutalidade policial racista nos EUA.

Em um esquema de repressão bem articulado, quatro membros do Partido pelo Socialismo e Liberdade (PSL, Party for Socialism and Liberation) que organizaram os protestos massivos do Black Lives Matter foram presos: Russell Ruch, Lillian House, Joel Northam y Eliza Lucero. Ainda estão na prisão, com a exceção de uma pessoa. Os quatro enfrentam diversas acusações de crimes graves e muitas outras por delitos menores (incluindo a estranha e ridícula acusação de “sequestro”), as quais podem condená-los à muitos anos de prisão.

Estes presos políticos não cometeram nenhum crime, eles estão sendo criminalizados pelo fato de exercerem seu direito de protesto por justiça e porque trabalham em estreita colaboração com outros ativistas e familiares de vítimas da brutalidade policial.

A prisão deles é uma armação para conter as mobilizações impulsionadas pelo PSL e pelo movimento antirracista em Denver, sendo parte de uma onda de repressão a nível nacional contra o movimento Black Lives Matter, impulsionada pela Casa Branca, em coordenação com os governadores e chefes das polícias locais e departamentos de polícia de todo o país. Além disso, estas prisões são um ataque político contra o movimento antirracista a nível internacional.

Portanto, é fundamental que estejamos mobilizados em todas as regiões do mundo em solidariedade aos presos políticos da luta antirracista nos EUA, exigindo a liberdade imediata das pessoas encarceradas e a revogação das várias acusações contra elas. Clique aqui para assinar pela revogação de todas as acusações.

Comissão Articuladora
Assembleia Internacional dos Povos
18 de setembro de 2020

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Communist Party of Turkey: Justice for George Floyd! Solidarity with the uprising!

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The following solidarity statement was issued by the International Relations Department of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP)

Dear comrades,

On behalf of the Communist Party of Turkey, we express our heartfelt support for the working people of the United States who took to the streets protesting the brutal murder of George Floyd by racist policemen. In the past weeks, people’s anger has already grown because of the devastating social effects of the pandemic. The Trump administration’s failure in containing the spread of the disease and its outcomes has deepened the vast social inequalities in the United States, marked by unemployment, poverty and homelessness.

The Party for Socialism and Liberation is struggling at the forefront of the manifestations. With their creative efforts and efficient campaigns, comrades of the PSL reveal the bonds between racism and exploitation, which is as we all know in its essence a problem of labour. We are witnessing how powerful the working people can become, when they are united and organized against the dominant classes, regardless of which bourgeois party they are represented by.

Communists in Turkey are and will remain in solidarity with communists of the USA and with the great struggle of the working people there, aiming for justice for Floyd and equality for all.

With comradely greetings,
Communist Party of Turkey
International Relations

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Communist Party of Turkey: Solidarity with Denver anti-racist organizers!

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Note from the PSL: We are deeply appreciative of the many solidarity statements we have received from around the country and the world. If your organization would like to offer a statement, please send it to info@pslweb.org. We will be collecting and posting more statements soon. Individuals can also sign the petition demanding freedom for the arrested organizers here and make a donation to provide support for their case here.

We learned that the leading PSL members of the anti-racist movement have been arrested in a police crackdown in the Denver area on September 17th. This is obviously a futile and cowardly attempt of the U.S. administration to intimidate the movement and repress the communist activists.

The Trump administration is showing its worst face to the people as its last stand in the forthcoming elections while the powers that be are ultimately trying to absolve US capitalism. Under these circumstances the PSL is giving a rigorous political struggle with its activists at the forefront.

We are aware that U.S. police brutality at home and U.S. imperialism around the world are inseparable. We reiterate that all anti-imperialists and anti-racists around the world should join in the final struggle for socialism as is also indicated by the PSL.

We express our strong support to the anti-racist struggle in the United States, send our sincerest feelings of solidarity to our comrades in PSL who are arrested by the police and call on the U.S. administration to drop all charges and to release them immediately.

Communist Party of Turkey
International Relations

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Double Victory: ‘Israeli’ ship blocked for 2 days

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The weekend of August 16 and 17, it was no more business as usual for the apartheid state of Israel in the Bay Area.

On Saturday a mass mobilization stopped the unloading of an Israeli cargo ship. The Zim Piraeus was scheduled to dock and unload at the Port of Oakland on Saturday, August 16.

A rally at the West Oakland BART train station was followed by a march of more than 4,000 people to the port gates. The march to the port was spirited with chanting led by members of the Arab Youth Organization. The rally at the port also showed solidarity with the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old African American man shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and the people of Ferguson, Missouri. Demonstrators lined up facing the police line with their hands up chanting, “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

The Zim ship actually arrived in the Bay Area in time to dock on Saturday. But in spite of the full backing of the Oakland police and other law enforcement agencies which “protect” the port, it did not. It was the powerful mobilization of the people that forced the Zim Piraeus to stay at sea in hopes of avoiding the wrath of the movement against Israeli apartheid and the latest genocidal invasion of Gaza. 
On Sunday, August 17th, the Zim Piraeus finally docked at the Port of Oakland and was scheduled to be unloaded in the evening. A rapid mobilization of organizations and activists brought hundreds of people back to the port by 5:30pm to picket the Stevedore Services of America (SSA) entrance gates.

 Chanting, “Long Live Palestine,” and “Zim ship you can’t hide, you support genocide,” militant picket lines at four gates lasted for several hours. In the spirit of solidarity, the workers who unload the ships, represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 10,  refused to cross  the picket lines and did not go to work.  An  important tradition of solidarity by the ILWU dates back to struggles against many fascist and repressive governments, including  apartheid  South Africa in 1984, when the ILWU workers refused to cross picket lines protesting the unloading of goods from the South African regime.

Lara Kiswani of the Arab Resource Organizing Center read a statement to the crowd Sunday evening stating:

On August 17th, 2014 Palestine was once again victorious in Oakland, California. For the second day in a row the Bay Area community held off the Israeli Zim ship from unloading at the Port. Thousands of people rallied on Saturday and successfully kept the ship at Bay on its regular scheduled day. Today we got word that the ship had arrived and workers were being called to unload it. Within 30 minutes we mobilized over 400 people back to the Port. And we won!

Workers honored our picket and stood on the side of justice, as they historically have. Oakland said no to Zionism and blocked the boat for an entire weekend. This is the first time in history that this has happened. Israeli apartheid is falling one port at a time!
Palestine will be free from the river to the sea. Long live international solidarity and the struggle for liberation!

A coalition including the Arab Resource Organizing Center, ANSWER Coalition, Arab Youth Organizing, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and other organizations and individual activists mobilized people from across the Bay Area. . The call was to “Stop Israel at the Port, Zionism isn’t welcome on our Coast! The action was endorsed by over 125 organizations.

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Haiti Liberté solidarity statement to the PSL

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In the last decade, U.S. imperialism has become more clever. In the years leading up to 2008, the “Democratic” wing of the U.S. ruling class nurtured, from the political nursery which is Harvard Law School, a Black man to become the U.S. president. In this way, the U.S. bourgeoisie tricked the U.S. population, particularly oppressed people, into thinking that they had a friend in the White House, a man who would oppose exploitation, oppression, and injustice.

In Haiti, we are familiar with this tactic. We call it the politics of “doublure,” meaning hiding one thing behind another. Today, it has become clear to everyone that Obama is as zealous and deadly a champion of U.S. imperialism as his predecessor, George W. Bush, ever was, and certainly more articulate and effective.

The PSL’s clear-eyed analysis, especially when many were mistaking their hopes for reality, is exactly what the U.S. working class needs, and that is why we at Haiti Liberté are glad that the PSL came into being and proud to call PSL militants our comrades. We in the Haitian struggle face many challenges and obstacles, but the PSL has always been quick and competent in offering solidarity and advice. Their revolutionary professionalism and internationalism are refreshing and indispensable.

On this 10th anniversary of PSL’s historic founding, we at Haiti Liberté salute all the PSL comrades and look forward to years of collaboration and revolutionary victories ahead.

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Syria: 16 ISIS members killed in clashes in rural Al-Raqqah

16 ISIS members were also killed in the clashes and bombardment on the area.

Squadron of Russian jets executing several airstrikes on ISIS positions in Jabal Al-Beshri in the Syrian desert, near the administrative border between Deir Ezzor and Al-Raqqah.

It is worth noting that Russian jets executed dozens of airstrikes in the past few days.

Also four civilians working in gas fields, 11 shepherds and four other people were killed in the same period, from late March 2019 until today. They were killed in attacks by ISIS cells. While 358 ISIS members were also killed in attacks and bombardment in the same period.

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Syria: Engineering teams dismantle IED, planted in car

Engineering teams detonated an IED in Al-Taybah village in Daraa countryside. It is worth noting that ED the Ihad been planted by unknown individuals in the car of a judge.

Yesterday, engineering teams dismantled a homemade IED placed earlier in Panorama park in Daraa city.

Since the beginning of security chaos in Daraa in early June 2019, we have documented more than 676 attacks and assassination attempts by gunfire and detonations of IEDs, motorcycle-bombs and car-bombs. These attacks and assassinations claimed the lives of 449 persons, and they are as follows:

  • 122 civilians, including 12 women and 15 children
  • 209 Soldiers, and security services
  • 79 fighters of the faction who struck “reconciliation and settlements” deals with the government and became in the ranks of the government security branches, including former commanders
  • 23 Syrian militiamen affiliated to the Lebanese Hezbollah and Iranian forces
  • 22 members of the 5th Corps which was established by Russia.

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