Fight Back! - News and Views from the People's Struggle http://www.fightbacknews.org/es This newspaper exists to build the people's struggle! We provide coverage and analysis of some of the key battles facing working and low-income people. es New Orleans FRSO announces MLK Day Virtual Rally http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8746 <p>New Orleans, LA - Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) will host a Martin Luther King Day Virtual Rally this Monday, January 18. In support of a call from the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, New Orleans FRSO demands a mass release from prisons during the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. The rally will also demand justice for Jacob Blake and an end to police crimes everywhere. The gathering will take place over Zoom, as the city recently transitioned to stricter COVID safety measures.</p> <p>After a long holiday season, this will be an opportunity for the community to regroup. “I’m just excited to get things going again,” says Antonia Mar, who will read excerpts from MLK’s <em>Letter from Birmingham Jail</em>. “This winter has been isolating, but Zoom events at least give us a chance to see some familiar faces, talk, and strategize about what’s going on!”</p> <p>Even during COVID challenges, the people continue to be creative and resourceful with what resources we have. The MLK Day Virtual Rally aims to relate the struggle of the Civil Rights movement with the political energy of today. History is vital to the fight against racism and police repression. Speakers will reflect on resistance to police crimes in the city, including the work of college students fighting police presence on school campuses. Other topics will include the history of the Black liberation movement and calls to action, giving special attention to the words and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.</p> <p>As he said in his <em>Letter from Birmingham Jail</em>: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."</p> <p><a href="https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pcuCopjgvEtBtmEIubEX70oKiDYdAlmx0?fbclid=IwAR0Iq7h1ykVY4dRwnNOGEYS8t65oYbxDrBaSn4HL64LGRs7yRUMDx8BaAIM">Register to participate</a> in the MLK Day Virtual Rally.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8746#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Anti-racism Louisiana MLK MLK Day New Orleans Sun, 17 Jan 2021 02:05:41 +0000 Fight Back 8746 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Unemployment insurance claims make biggest jump since March http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8745 <p>San José, CA - The U.S. economy showed more signs of weakness as the COVID-19 pandemic rages and Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed” vaccine rollout crashes and burns amid finger-pointing, lies and incompetence. New claims for regular state unemployment rose by more than 20% in the week ending January 9, the biggest gain since the dark days of March when the economy hit a brick wall.</p> <p>The number of people actually collecting benefits also rose by 200,000 for the week ending January 2, despite more and more people being timed out of the regular state unemployment insurance programs which only pay out for six months. This was the first increase since November.</p> <p>The number of new claims for the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, for self-employed and gig workers jumped by 75%, also for the week ending January 9. However much of this increase was because the PUA, along with the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, or PEUC, for workers who have been timed out of regular state unemployment benefits, was allowed to lapse at the end of the year because of opposition to aid in the Republican Senate. Jobless workers who would have applied during the previous week had to wait until the programs restarted.</p> <p>The increase in unemployment insurance claims was broad based, with 36 states reporting increases. This weakness in the economy follows earlier reports that 140,000 net jobs were lost in December, and that online job postings fell towards the end of December. The report on retail sales for December fell again, for the third monthly drop in a row. In addition, the data on retail sales for November was revised down to a larger fall.</p> <p>While unemployment insurance claims have fallen, the rate of absenteeism because of illness or family illness or lack of childcare has not. About 1.9 million workers were reported absent in December, almost the same as the 2.0 million in April during the first surge in the pandemic.</p> <p>No wonder as the COVID-19 pandemic continues at record levels, with hundreds of thousands of new infections each day and daily deaths spiking to over 4000. The much hoped for rapid rollout of the vaccine has been a mess, with the latest news that the Trump administration held up plans for vaccine distribution for two months in September and October, paving the way for the chaos seen today. The lies continue from the Trump administration up to the very end, as the so-called “second dose vaccine reserves” that were to be distributed turned out to be non-existent - they had already been given out.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8745#comments Capitalismo y Economía Capitalism economy Unemployment Sun, 17 Jan 2021 01:51:20 +0000 Fight Back 8745 at http://www.fightbacknews.org MN: Progressive groups plan inauguration day rally to demand a People’s Agenda http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8744 <p>Minneapolis, MN - A broad coalition of progressive organizations will rally and march in Minneapolis on the day of the inauguration of the Biden-Harris presidency, January 20. Demonstrators will call for a People’s Agenda that immediately reverses the policies of outgoing President Trump and meets the demands of working people, immigrants and oppressed nationality communities.</p> <p>Protesters will gather near South High School in Minneapolis at 5 p.m. The list of demands compiled by the coalition highlighted not only the failures and racist attacks from the Trump administration, but also what they see as omissions and shortcomings of Biden’s platform during the campaign.</p> <p>As one of the protest’s initiating groups, the Anti-War Committee (AWC) called on the new administration to end U.S. intervention overseas. "It's important for folks to come out on January 20 to send a strong message to the Biden administration to pressure for money for human needs, not war. Biden didn't make many progressive promises on the campaign trail, so he needs to hear that we demand peace with justice," said Meredith Aby-Keirstead of the AWC.</p> <p>The action comes after a year which saw both a deadly pandemic as well as a mass rebellion against police violence. Organizers said the inauguration marked an opportunity to renew calls for real change that thus far have failed to materialize.</p> <p>The action was initiated by the AWC and the Climate Justice Committee, and endorsed by AFSCME 2822, AFSCME 3800, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities Metro, Brown Berets MN, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence, Good Trouble for Justice, Justice4MarcusGolden, May Day Books, MIRAC, MN Peace Action Coalition, MN Workers United, MN Youth for Justice, Native Lives Matter, Nukewatch, Racial Justice Network, Students Against Pipelines, Students for a Democratic Society at UMN, TCC4J, Twin Cities Peace Campaign, UMN Climate Strike, Veterans for Peace Chapter 27, Welfare Rights Committee, Women Against Military Madness, and others.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8744#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Biden inauguration J20 Trump Fri, 15 Jan 2021 15:54:36 +0000 Fight Back 8744 at http://www.fightbacknews.org SEIU Local 73: Statement of support for Human Rights Day 7 in the Philippines http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8743 <p style="line-height: 1.2; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 1.2; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span></p> <p style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">On International Human Rights Day, December 10, the Philippine National Police raided the homes and jailed Dennise Velasco of Defend Jobs Philippines; Romina Astudillo, Deputy Secretary-General of Kilusang Mayo Uno-Metro Manila; Mark Ryan Cruz, Regional Executive Committee of KMU-Metro Manila; Jaymie Gregorio Jr. of KMU-Metro Manila; Joel Demate of Solidarity of Labor Rights and Welfare (SOLAR); Rodrigo Esparago of Sandigang Manggagawa sa Quezon City (SMQC), and journalist Lady Ann Salem, Communication Officer of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television and editor for the online news site Manila Today. The raids allegedly generated an armory of high-powered rifles and explosives in each of the residences searched.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span></p> <p style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's repressive regime has killed at least 8,000 people in an alleged “war on drugs” targeting opponents of the regime, including human rights defenders, trade unionists, and land rights activists. In July, Duterte imposed a draconian anti-terror law making it even easier to crush his opponents.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span></p> <p style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Duterte’s repression has been enabled by supplies of U.S. weaponry and military aid in excess of $500 million since 2016, the year Duterte took power.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span></p> <p style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We strongly condemn the repression unleashed against leading trade unionists in the Philippines and demand the immediate release of the Human Rights Day 7.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></p> <p></p> <p style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We call on Congress to immediately pass the Philippine Human Rights Act (PHRA) which would "suspend United States security assistance to the Philippines until such time as human rights violations by Philippine security forces cease and the responsible state forces are held accountable.”&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></p> <p></p> <p style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Dian Palmer</span></p> <p style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span></p> <p style="line-height: 1.2; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">President, SEIU Local 73</span></p> <div><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span></div> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8743#comments Human Rights Day 7 Filipinas Rodrigo Duterte SEIU SEIU Local 73 Fri, 15 Jan 2021 15:17:12 +0000 Fight Back 8743 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Minnesota: Line 3 resistance continues http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8742 <p>Palisade, MN - A contingent of anti-war organizations including Woman Against Military Madness (WAMM) and the Climate Justice Committee (CJC) visited the Line 3 encampment on the edge of the Mississippi River in Palisade, on January 10. </p> <p>The encampment is an 80-acre land trust from Akiing Purchases (Akiing translates to “the land to which we belong to”) that runs parallel to an Enbridge Line 3 drill pad construction. The tar sands oil pipeline is currently proposed to cross under the Mississippi River. </p> <p>The mood around camp was calm. An action of 300-plus water protesters took place the day before, where a total of nine water protectors were arrested.</p> <p>During the visit, the contingent received a tour of the grounds and bore witness to the pipeline construction that is currently underway. </p> <p>Among some of the recent projects that had been completed at the camp were a full compost waste system, in addition to more permanent structures such as yurts. The beginnings of a second camp is starting to be built along the Mississippi. </p> <p>Water protectors have come from across the country - New York, across the Midwest and New Mexico - to resist the pipeline construction.</p> <p>Just two months ago on November 12, the last key permits for Enbridge's Line 3 were approved by state environmental regulators. </p> <p>This encampment is one of several encampments throughout northern Minnesota.</p> <p>The main message the water protectors wanted to leave the anti-war contingent with was to urge spreading the word, as more water protectors are needed to slow down and halt pipeline construction by way of direct action. One water protector told us, “This is such a beautiful country and our water is so important to us. We must do everything possible to stop this pipeline.”</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8742#comments Akiing Purchases Pueblos Indígenas Water Protectors Woman Against Military Madness (WAMM) Fri, 15 Jan 2021 15:01:53 +0000 Fight Back 8742 at http://www.fightbacknews.org FRSO condemns U.S. State Department for Cuba ‘terrorism’ designation http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8740 <p>Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) condemns the January 11 U.S. State Department designation of socialist Cuba as a “State Sponsor of Terrorism.” In the few days it has left to remain in power, the Trump administration is trying to implement every reactionary measure it can dream up, all the while calling good “evil” and evil “good.”</p> <p>The State Department announcement of the ‘terrorism’ designation faults the Cuban government for some of the great things it does. For instance, Cuba helps the national democratic government of Venezuela, and provides a refuge to fighters for Black Liberation such as Assata Shakur. The announcement also complains that Cuba does not respect the State Department’s absurd and stupid listing of national liberation organizations, like the National Liberation Army (ELN) of Colombia, as “Foreign Terrorist Organizations.” FRSO salutes Cuba for this correct and principled stand.</p> <p>As a practical matter, putting the “State Sponsor of Terrorism” designation on Cuba will add another layer of sanctions and serve to strengthen the U.S. blockade. Since the moment that the Cuban people broke the chains of U.S. domination, and embarked on the socialist road, Washington has done everything in its power to strangle the Cuban revolution. Like the Bay of Pigs invasion, attempting to assassinate President Fidel Castro umpteen times, and the U.S. blockade - the U.S. has failed in the past and it will continue to fail in the future.</p> <p>Socialist Cuba stands as a beacon of hope to the oppressed peoples of the Americas. Its health and education systems are models that the whole world can learn from. Cuba has contained the pandemic. Compare that to the United States where the for-profit health system and the anti-science attitude of the Trump administration is responsible for a death toll nearing 400,000.</p> <p>Hypocrisy is never in short supply in the United States. Trump sent a racist mob to the Capitol building with the intent of negating the election. The idea that this government should ever lecture anyone on democracy is a joke. The U.S. sponsors torture states around the world, like the regime in the Philippines or the Zionist occupiers of Palestine. U.S Airforce drones, controlled from Nebraska, kill families in Afghanistan. ‘Sponsors of terrorism’ is what U.S. policy makers see every time they look in the mirror.</p> <p><em><strong>Long live socialist Cuba!<br /> End the U.S sanctions. End the U.S. blockade! Return Guantanamo to Cuba!</strong></em></p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8740#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Cuba Cuba frso Fri, 15 Jan 2021 02:39:11 +0000 Fight Back 8740 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Marx, the Civil War and the U.S. today http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8739 <p>Chicago, IL - Karl Marx observed over a 150 years ago that “the biggest thing happening in the world today are on the one hand the movement of the slaves in America started by the death of John Brown and on the other the movement of the serfs in Russia.”</p> <p>According to Marx, the defining event leading up to the Civil War was not the Slaveholders’ Rebellion announced by the cannon fire on Fort Sumter but the raid on Harpers Ferry led by John Brown and Shields Green - a Black and white band of abolitionists. In other words, the movement of the slaves inspired by Harpers Ferry, and the election of a president - Lincoln - who was opposed to the unbridled expansion of chattel slavery, were the indispensable preconditions for Civil War.</p> <p>In a certain sense the movement of the slaves was already fermenting revolution. The secession of the slave states was really a counter-revolution before the revolution. This is precisely why Marx characterized the secession as the “Slaveholders’ Rebellion.” He understood that what the South was fighting for was the liberty to enslave Black people and to turn the United States into a slave republic.</p> <p>Marx writes that “the North, after a long hesitation and an exhibition of forbearance unknown in the annals of European history, drew at last the sword not for crushing slavery, but for saving the union, the South, on its part, inaugurated the war by loudly proclaiming ‘the peculiar institution’ as the only and main end of the rebellion. It confessed to fighting for the liberty of enslaving other people...”</p> <p>Harriet Beecher Stowe also clearly stated the aims of the slaveholders, said she: “The slave party, finding they could no longer use the Union for their purposes, resolved to destroy it.”</p> <p>The slave party, in alliance with the northern Democratic Party and its precursors, had a diplomatic history of one compromise after another, from inscribing in the Constitution that Black people were three-fifths human, to the Fugitive Slave Acts, to the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision, and right on up until the Union was made the “slave of the slaveholder.” </p> <p>War was inevitable because the slave party was hell bent on removing every legal barrier to the expansion of slavery into the territories. The movement of slaves and their allies were uniting with the “Free Soilers” to stop the expansion of slavery. Now it became a question for the South not only to taint the democratic institutions of the North and Northwest with the stench of slavery but to overturn the democratic institutions all together. The war waged by the South was not a war of defense but a war of conquest.</p> <p>Hence a new era of revolutionary struggle is born in the raid on Harpers Ferry and the blast of cannon fire on Fort Sumpter.</p> <p>Marx understood, way before Lincoln or before anyone except for Frederick Douglas and the revolutionary abolitionists, that not only was this a war fought for slavery; he recognized the revolutionary role of the slaves in winning the war and ending slavery. Being that he gave detailed attention to the movement of the slaves and the program of liberation of Black people, he supported their demands for emancipation, the right to bear arms, the demands for land and social equality. </p> <p>Once the Emancipation Proclamation was issued and freed slaves were inducted into the armed services, Marx and the revolutionary abolitionists knew that the death knell of slavery had been sounded - that the Civil War had went from being a constitutional war aimed at keeping slavery in the Union to a revolutionary war aimed at smashing the Slaveholders’ Rebellion, thus liberating the slaves.</p> <p>I have taken the liberty of sharing Marx’s analysis of how the Slaveholders’ Rebellion had to be defeated by revolutionary means, bringing about Black liberation, because I believe this can help us in understanding what needs to be done today. </p> <p>There has been a lot of popcorn analyses comparing the events of January 6, when white supremacists stormed the Capitol, with the launching of the Civil War in 1861. This is because the Civil War was also clearly a fight for the ‘liberty’ to enslave our people. And like the white supremacists then, Trump and his crew were hell bent on ignoring every barrier prohibiting them from wielding power.</p> <p>Since the overthrow of Reconstruction, i.e., the ending by violence and terror the revolutionary gains of the Civil War, there is a whole other history of alliances and compromises between the old former slaveholding South and the high finance northern capitalist to continue the oppression and super-exploitation of Black people. The Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution - abolishing slavery, granting citizenship as a birth right, equal protection of rights and the right to vote - were kept on paper but not fully enforced ‘til this day.</p> <p>The white supremacist attempted coup on January 6 had the explicit aim of overturning the presidential election of November 3, 2020 by disenfranchising millions of Black and brown voters. It is not enough that the ultra-right has already reversed affirmative action and gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965, they want the total use of government to enforce their extremist white racist agenda. They want undisputed power to continue police tyranny in our communities, to perpetrate mass incarceration as the New Jim Crow, to plunder the national treasury, give tax cuts for the rich and budget cuts for the poor and so on. When the masses rise up and fight back not only with protests in the streets but in the electoral arena at the ballot box, the MAGA white supremacist thugs are unleashed by their commander in chief against the very government that up to now has been loyal to them and has given their leader, Trump, unprecedented executive power.</p> <p>This is not 1861. This 2021, but we live in the shadow of the unfinished revolution started by the last Civil War. To go forward we must muster the masses the get Trump and his racist regime out, we must do so while at the same time firmly and unequivocally putting forth an agenda for Black, and Chicano/Latino liberation, along with a class struggle agenda for hundreds of thousands of workers who are dying and suffering from this COVID-19 health crisis and economic devastation</p> <p>It is incumbent on us to demand that Congress must end this white-supremacist revolt, by fully restoring the Voting Rights Act, expanding the Civil Rights Act to mandate that Black and brown people have the right to determine who polices their communities and how their communities are policed and to defund the police. They must end mass incarceration and grant reparations for the slavery and genocide perpetrated against our people. We don't just want Trump and his cohorts held accountable, we want to end this racist tyranny with Black liberation.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8739#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Socialism African-American Anti-fascism Anti-racism chicago Civil War impeachment Marx Us Sistema de injusticia Nacionalidades Oprimidas Wed, 13 Jan 2021 23:47:19 +0000 Fight Back 8739 at http://www.fightbacknews.org CWA, supporters urge Lumen Technologies CEO to honor MLK Day http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8738 <p>Washington, DC - A delegation of African American workers from the Communications Workers of America sent a letter to Lumen Technologies CEO Jeff Storey, January 11, asking that he designate the federal Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a paid holiday for all Lumen workers.</p> <p>In November, Lumen, formerly known as CenturyLink, announced that the company would, for the first time, be giving non-union workers the holiday in an effort to make Lumen more “diverse and inclusive.”</p> <p>“We are deeply disappointed by Lumen’s recently announced decision to give the MLK Holiday to everyone except union members,” the letter reads. “In your announcement, leadership cited listening to employees and the significance of Dr. King’s message. Yet this decision directly undermines Dr. King’s legacy of fighting for civil and labor rights. We are asking you to make it right and extend the MLK paid holiday to all Lumen workers.”</p> <p>The letter was accompanied by signatures from 1500 Lumen workers and community supporters who signed a petition asking Storey to include union members in the holiday.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8738#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Communications Workers of America (CWA) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Obreros Wed, 13 Jan 2021 17:24:08 +0000 Fight Back 8738 at http://www.fightbacknews.org FRSO online event to mark Martin Luther King Day http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8737 <p>The <a href="http://frso.org">Freedom Road Socialist Organization</a> (FRSO), is proud to sponsor the upcoming program “<em>The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr: The George Floyd Rebellion, Black Liberation, and the Struggle for Socialism</em>.”</p> <p>The program will draw lessons from the rebellion and offer direction for the peoples’ struggle in the year to come. It will feature Frank Chapman, speaking for the Central Committee of the FRSO and Aislinn Pulley, of Black Lives Matter-Chicago. The program will be moderated by Michael Sampson of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression or NAARPR, from Jacksonville, Florida.</p> <p>2020 was a disastrous year for the people of the United States, with tens of millions thrown out of work in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, and hundreds of thousands dying in the country’s worst pandemic since 1918. Both of these catastrophes were aided and abetted by President Trump who anti-science views combined with incompetence made the United States number one in COVID-19 infections and death in 2020.</p> <p>But 2020 was also the year of the historic uprisings after the murder of George Floyd as millions of people across the country protested continuing killing by police. The cases of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia had already led to protests in African American communities who have suffered from police crimes dating back to the slave era.</p> <p>The program will be at 5 p.m. Central Time (3 Pacific/4 Mountain/6 Eastern) on Sunday, January 17. It will be hosted by the FRSO on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/FreedomRoadSocialistOrg">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/FreedomRoadOrg">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCta_go_6lDaXt9h1IMfr3PQ">YouTube</a>.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8737#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo African-American Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Wed, 13 Jan 2021 00:22:08 +0000 Fight Back 8737 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Milwaukee car caravan says: “No to COPS grant, yes to CPAC!” http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8736 <p>Milwaukee, WI - On January 9, nearly 100 people joined a car caravan starting at Kops Park put on by the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (MAARPR) to say no to the COPS grant and yes to CPAC (Civilian Police Accountability Council). </p> <p>The COPS grant would give the Milwaukee Police Department $9.7 million to dedicate 30 officers to Operation Legend, a program that unfairly targets Black and Latino communities. The Milwaukee Common Council voted no to the COPS grant in December only to have Alderperson Nikiya Dodd put it back up for reconsideration. That revote is scheduled for later this month.</p> <p>The People’s Revolution, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Los Brown Berets Milwaukee and the Martin Luther King Coalition all came out to join the caravan.</p> <p>The line of cars stretched out three blocks with protesters honking to show solidarity. The caravan first stopped at Alderperson Nikiya Dodd’s house to demand that she vote no to the COPS grant. The crowd chanted “No justice! No peace,” and “CPAC! Fight back!”</p> <p>“Today is a new day. It's a new age and the people are watching now. Every major vote from now on will be looked at,” said Ulysses Thomspon, a member of MAARPR and a rank-and-file trade unionist with Teamsters Local 200. “If your records aren't to our liking, the people will vote you out of office or make you want to leave office because there will be no peace as long as there is no justice.”</p> <p>The caravan continued toward Common Council President Cavalier Johnson’s house. A speaker from The People’s Revolution, Kamila Ahmed, stated, “Cavalier Johnson has misled many people. He misled us. He told us his constituents said they wanted him to vote yes. We’ve been all up through this neighborhood, I’ve not met one person that says they need more police on these streets.” The caravan remained on Alderperson Cavalier Johnson’s block to make some noise and make sure his neighbors knew that he’s not listening to the community’s demands.</p> <p>The caravan circled back to Kops Park to hear veteran organizer and founding member of the original Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Brian Verdin, give a speech. Verdin stated the importance of showing up to stand for what’s right. Verdin also gave praise to the Alliance. </p> <p>“On the heels of the anti-war movement, there was the struggle to free Angela Davis. After that was the founding of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression in 1972 and, when I heard that the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression was going to be refounded, I was so proud,” said Verdin. “We need unity more than ever,” he added, “and that is why I love the Alliance so much. It’s strong ideologically and it’s strong organizationally. And we need national organizations more than ever. Stick with the Alliance, stick with the movement because the movement will never let you down.”</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8736#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Brutalidad Policial civilian police accountability council (CPAC) Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression Sistema de injusticia Tue, 12 Jan 2021 19:54:08 +0000 Fight Back 8736 at http://www.fightbacknews.org