(English) In honor of Jamala Rogers

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(English) Whites Protest in Solidarity with Black Youth in Ferguson

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(English) Reparations: What’s the Idea of an African-American Nation Got to Do with It?

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(English) Reflections On Ferguson, One Month On: Heroism, Lessons, What Next?

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SOSPECHADO DE SER NEGRO/A

Cada vez que sucede un asesinato extrajudicial de un/una afroamericano/a tengo dos respuestas inmediatas. Una es la intensa ira ante la ausencia de gobierno democrático legítimo en los EE.UU. demostrado por la capacidad del Estado, o de grupos de odio, para apagar la vida de los/as afroamericanos/as con impunidad. La otra respuesta es el reconocimiento de que ésta es una experiencia de terror que envuelve a cada persona que se identifica como negro/a, y a todas las personas de las ‘razas oscuras’.

Dos asesinatos recientes, lo de Eric Garner en Nueva York y Michael Brown en Ferguson, Missouri, hablan de una distinta realidad experimentada por los/las afroamericanos/as en comparación con los/las blancos/as en los EE.UU.. Sin hablar de los detalles, hay ciertas preguntas que se puede hacer a cualquier persona en los EE.UU. y, en función de la respuesta, se puede determinar lo que yo llamaría el ‘índice racial de terror’. Aquí hay algunos ejemplos:

  • ¿Generalmente, tiene usted miedo a la policía?
  • ¿Hasta qué punto se puede esperar que haya una posibilidad de que usted será detenido/a por la policía? ¿Alguna vez ha sido entrenado/a sobre cómo responder si lo/la detiene?
  • Si estuviera en un coche fallado, ¿qué tan probable es que usted tocaría a la puerta de alguien en busca de ayuda?
  • Si usted es hombre, ¿qué probabilidad hay que conducirías largas distancias con una mujer de ‘otra raza’?
  • Si tuviera dificultades para entrar en su propia casa, ¿qué tan probable sería de ponerse en contacto con la policía y pedir su ayuda?
  • ¿Cuántas comunidades hay en que tiene tener cuidado en transitar por temor a que la policía lo detendra?

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(English) Hip Hop and Ferguson

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(English) Protests erupt in Missouri after another police murder

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(English) Take action now for Palestine!

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Stand up for Palestine!

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Israel’s illegal occupation and apartheid domination of Palestine continues this month with a renewed round of escalated bloodshed.  Those of us who have been looking on with horror from the US, those hailing from the Middle East, and anti-imperialists everywhere, are being joined by new segments of society, especially youth. Meanwhile, the mainstream media outlets are counting the Palestinian dead, putting Israeli explanations in quotes, and delivering coverage that is more even-handed than maybe ever before.  The BDS movement has won significant victories, with the Presbyterian church decision to divest, and the EU issuing a business warning against linking with the settlers.  The tireless organizing to make Palestine free, in the last eight years especially, combined with this terrible moment of violence, may be opening a new window for dissent.

In response to the Israeli bombing operation, comrades in the Tennessee district helped to organize a rapid-response demonstration. The street-corner sign-holding action took place simultaneously in three cities in the state where we have comrades. Thanks to sharp organizing work as well as the alertness and internal organization of some of our local Arab communities, the action drew between 120 and 150 people across the state with only 24-36 hours notice.  This made the event one of the biggest protests of its kind that we could recall. Media coverage was also less sluggish and less unsympathetic than any of us could remember it being to a Palestine solidarity action.

After the action, several participants asked when the next one would be. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said this bombing campaign “could take time.”  We may need to be open to using this simple tactic again.  The need to build-out awareness and opposition to apartheid Israel continues, and grows in urgency alongside the death toll. Whatever form our organizing takes, FRSO/OSCL will continue to stand with the Palestinian people in their struggle for justice and self-determination.

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Karega Hart, presente!

 

Joe Navarro wrote this poem to commemorate the passing of Karega Hart, a beloved comrade and lifelong revolutionary.

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That Was Karega

Anyone who knew Karega
Knew that his baritone voice, even though soft,
Was full of courage and commitment.
His even tone, calmly, but articulately
Addressed injustice and national oppression
With working-class charismatic humility.

His revolutionary passion, embellished
With socialist compassion, condemning
Those blood-sucking capitalists,
Even in his poetry. From the
Assembly line to the bus line
Karega organized for peace
Equality, Justice and Socialism.

From the point of production
On the factory floor to
The point of understanding how
Systemic oppression undermines the physical
And mental health of human beings.

That was Karega. A father and grandfather
Who believed that we could live
In a better society that was driven by
Human need instead of corporate greed.
That’s the world he wanted for his family.

He is the spirit that
Lives in my heart and soul, because
He was always a compass for human dignity.
It’s nation-time…if justice cannot be achieved.
Liberation for the Black-belt South,
Ending police violence,
Self-determination,
Self-defense,
Freedom!

That was Karega. Even in his poems.
If you are man or woman, African-American,
Chicano, Latino, Native-American,
Asian, immigrant, poor, working-class,
Karega stood with you, side by side.

That was Karega. A revolutionary
Who broke-it-down, from
His heart, explaining why capitalism
Is contradictory to democracy,
Self-determination, human and civil rights.
His soft spoken humility was always
Overshadowed by his revolutionary prowess.

…From his heart…that was Karega.
Whose love for humanity,
Drive for human dignity,
Vision for a better world…
Lived his life as he spoke it.

That was Karega, my brother, my comrade…
Who leaves a void in my heart,
But whose revolutionary insights
Will remain etched in my mind
For as long as I live.

Brother Karega Hart…¡Presente!

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