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 Tally 19 commemorate anniversary of arrests http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9275 <p>Tallahassee, FL - On September 5, the Tallahassee Community Action Committee (TCAC) held an event in remembrance and solidarity for the #Tally19, a group of Black Lives Matter activists arrested for protesting in favor of the indictment of the officers responsible for the deaths of Tony Mcdade, Wilbon Woodard and Mychael Johnson. These three men were murdered by Tallahassee’s police department and none of the police responsible have faced any real punishment for their crimes.</p> <p>Community members gathered at the Smokey Hollow Memorial and discussed the ongoing events of the Tally19 cases and their struggle to get the charges dropped.</p> <p>“It was amazing to see so many faces with warm smiles and big hearts come out and support us in the remembrance of that day. It brought tears to my eyes, receiving the love and care we so desperately needed,” said Trish Brown, community outreach chair of TCAC.</p> <p>Some of the Tally19 discussed their feelings towards the charges and urged people to continue organizing to get them dropped. “We gathered to acknowledge continuing trauma and political repression, and to re-energize ourselves and our supporters,” Satya Stark-Bejnar, one of the Tally 19, said. “For the past half hour we’ve been playing four corners! All this trauma and repression, but they can’t rob us of our playfulness and our joy.”</p> <p>Tally 19 and TCAC member Timothy White explained their feelings on the events that transpired last September 5. “The police came in ready for a riot that never took place, with a strawman excuse to quell the protest for Black American lives. Locally and nationally, that is an issue that cannot be allowed to fester any longer.”</p> <p>TCAC members ended the event with an Assata Shakur quote and passed out materials for future events to support the Tally19. Members urged attendees to come out to the protest on October 28 at 12 p.m. in support of Ben Grant, the only Tally 19 member still facing felony charges. TCAC President Regina Joseph spoke of the effect of political repression on the Black Lives Matter movement in Tallahassee.</p> <p>“The political repression in Tallahassee exists to stifle the growing movement of working-class Black people and student leaders in our town. It isn’t just the governor trying to attack our movement, it’s also State Attorney Jack Campbell. The implications of our case are statewide. That’s why we have to stand with Tally 19. That is why cannot give up.”</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9275#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Political Repression Tally 19 Sat, 18 Sep 2021 04:07:57 +0000 Fight Back 9275 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Pooch walk protests cop assault on Nikkita Brown http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9274 <p>Chicago, IL – On Sunday evening, September 12, a group of concerned Chicagoans and their dogs gathered at North Avenue Beach for a Pooch Walk to reclaim the space where a Chicago Police Department (CPD) officer attacked African American woman Nikkita Brown while she was walking her dog on August 28 at 12:12 a.m.</p> <p>The cop, who has had 24 misconduct allegations against him, approached Brown under the pretense of her being in the park after it closed, despite there being several white people still present in the park. When she began to film him, the officer moved toward her. She asked him to keep a social distance, which he refused, then as Brown was walking away, he grabbed her, knocking her phone out of her hands and her shoes off her feet. Ms. Brown stood firm and remained upright, despite the officer’s attempts to wrestle her to the ground.</p> <p>Brown decided to pursue disciplinary action and charges against the officer involved, helping bring light to the violence against women perpetrated by CPD, an aspect of the police terror plaguing Black and other nationally oppressed communities.</p> <p>Sunday’s action was organized by the Women’s All Points Bulletin (WAPB) and co-sponsored by the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR), Justice for Families, and the 411 Movement for Pierre Loury. </p> <p>Brown and her loved ones came to join the crowd of more than 20 people and their dogs, which included several survivors of police sexual violence and their supporters.</p> <p>Trina Townsend, a board member of WAPB, and a survivor of sexual assault by CPD stated, "We as survivors, we all feel when another sister goes through a traumatic experience like that. How can I heal if things like this keep happening? I'm here to support Nikkita and all women, especially all Black and brown women. We have to be able to feel safe, to be able to walk anywhere without the fear of the police doing something to us. I support Nikkita all the way."</p> <p>Crista Noel, a founder of WAPB, put the situation in the context of the police’s pattern of abuse against women, saying, “We have Miracle Boyd that the CPD popped in her mouth and broke her teeth. We have Mia Wright where they snatched her out of the car and put a knee on her neck at the Brickyard Mall. We’ve got Alexis Wilson that was shot to death by some cops over a bad order at Baba’s restaurant. We just have too many occurrences that are happening against women and it’s like a run by the police on women. And we want this to stop." </p> <p>The WAPB listed out the demands of the action in a press statement: “We demand that the City of Chicago quickly resolve the lawsuits in the Anjanette Young case and the Nikkita Brown case, as well as quickly investigate and terminate police involved in these incidents and others under their purview. Additionally, we demand that Cook County consider an Oversight Agency for incidents of police violence outside of the city but within its borders, as well as a State agency to escalate complaints to and for review, investigation, and auditing.”</p> <p>The officer who attacked Ms. Brown has been placed on administrative duties, pending an investigation by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA). Individuals and organizations have been gathering outside of COPA headquarters since the incident went public on September 1 to pressure COPA to act swiftly and decisively to strip this predatory cop of his police powers and charge him with assault. The WAPB and CAARPR are mobilizing people to participate in public comment at the upcoming police board meeting on Thursday, September 23 at 7 p.m.</p> <p>Another survivor of CPD violence, Erica Kadel, said that the assault of Nikkita Brown “can't go without a response, not only in the form of the courts convicting the cop who assaulted this woman and her dog. But also, the response of the community in support of Ms. Brown and making sure that we're showing her and showing other people that we can make spaces safe for each other." The Pooch Walk showed that communities across Chicago are ready to stand with Ms. Brown as she seeks justice and accountability. </p> <p>COPA, the superintendent, and the Police Board are all part of the unjust police accountability system in Chicago. The Empowering Communities for Public Safety (ECPS) ordinance that the movement against police crimes in Chicago fought to pass, is designed to change the power relations of this system. When ECPS is fully implemented, those targeted by police terror, like Brown, will have a structure through which to seek justice in the form of local district councils and a city-wide Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability. The Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability is a citywide commission nominated by locally-elected District Council members in each police district with the power to hire and fire the head of COPA and review its operations. </p> <p>The Community Commission will also have the power to review and oversee the operations of the superintendent and Police Board, the bodies with the power to fire CPD officers. The movement is also fighting to pass an ordinance that will get a referendum on the ballot to increase the powers of this commission. These expanded powers would include the ability to hire and fire the superintendent and members of the Police Board. The WAPB expressed support for the ECPS referendum in a press statement.</p> <p>Jazmine Salas, an organizer with CAARPR stated, "The fact of the matter is the Chicago police, not only are they responsible for murdering countless dozens of folks from the city, they’re also responsible for sexual assault, they’re also responsible for abusing and mistreatment of women. And that is unacceptable and must end today."</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9274#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Brutalidad Policial Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression Women’s All Points Bulletin Sistema de injusticia Thu, 16 Sep 2021 16:06:22 +0000 Fight Back 9274 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Milwaukee SDS holds day of action on UWM campus as the semester starts http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9272 <p>Milwaukee, WI - On September 9, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at UW-Milwaukee, in conjunction with chapters across the country, held a day of action demanding justice for victims of police violence. The day of action consisted of a call and email campaign to pressure Chancellor Mark Mone to adhere to the demands of SDS.</p> <p>SDS is calling for a defunding of the campus police, which has a budget of $3 million, making it the highest in the UW system. This entails a hiring freeze of campus police, demilitarization and a repurposing of campus police assets.</p> <p>The only response received by SDS from the chancellor has been that he will “respond substantively by the end of the week,” which he has failed to do at the time of this writing. </p> <p>In addition to call of action, the recruiting efforts taken by SDS yielded favorable results. There was a high interest amongst new students who also recognized that $3 million for a campus police budget, especially on a campus such as UW-Milwaukee, is just way too high.</p> <p>One student stated, “If last year showed us anything, it’s that higher police funding just makes crime worse.”</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9272#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Brutalidad Policial Milwaukee SDS Movimiento Estudiantil Thu, 16 Sep 2021 15:44:29 +0000 Fight Back 9272 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Hennepin County union members rally for real raises http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9270 <p>Minneapolis, MN - On Tuesday evening, September 14, around 100 union members who are part of AFSCME at Hennepin County in Minnesota rallied in front of the Hennepin County Government Center calling for real raises in this year’s contract negotiations. </p> <p>Many folks from various AFSCME locals in the county spoke passionately about the need for raises and wage adjustments across multiple areas, before leading a short march around the perimeter of the building.</p> <p>Some of the issues at stake for the workers: They say inflation has gone up 4%, yet many of their workers have not seen raises that keep up with that inflation or rising costs of living. They say that many of their jobs require a master’s degree level of education, yet the pay is in the lower end of the $20 range, and that most make $21 to 23 per hour. They have also seen staffing cuts, including around 400 positions so far, while the work has not decreased, so, in addition to not keeping up with rising costs, their workload has significantly increased at the same time. </p> <p>The rallying workers pointed out that there is in fact not a shortage of money at the county right now. They say that Hennepin County has $199 million in their general fund, and $144 million in Health and Human Services. It has also have received $246 million in federal dollars in assistance, which it has broad discretion over what to do with.</p> <p>The union members say that Hennepin County is using the COVID-19 pandemic to pass on the costs of providing services to the workers, and that it is time for real raises.</p> <p>Ali Fuhrman is the president of AFSCME Local 2822, one of the locals that organized the rally, and she had the following to say, “Point-five percent won’t pay the rent! That’s why we need a 7% cost of living adjustment, a $5 increase to top pay, and 5% step increases for annual performance reviews. On top of the rising costs, many of us are doing the work previously done by two or three workers.” She went on to say, “If we let them pass the costs on to us now, if we accept our current working conditions as the new normal, it will be very difficult to fight in the future. There is no reason to be discouraged! We just need to show them that we will not accept it!”</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9270#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo AFSCME AFSCME Obreros Thu, 16 Sep 2021 15:19:18 +0000 Fight Back 9270 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Entrevista a Carlos Montes y Marisol Márquez sobre la 51ª Moratoria Chicana http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/2021/9/14/entrevista-carlos-montes-y-marisol-m-rquez-sobre-la-51-moratoria-chicana <p><em>¡Lucha y Resiste!</em> entrevista al organizador del Centro CSO y activista chicano de derechos humanos Carlos Montes y Marisol Márquez, miembra chicana de la Organización Socialista Camino a Libertad sobre el próximo 51 aniversario de la Moratoria Chicana.</p> <p><strong>¡Lucha y Resiste!: </strong>¿Qué se está planeando en Los Ángeles para el 51 aniversario de la Moratoria Chicana?</p> <p><strong>Marisol Márquez:</strong> Una gran marcha y mitin está prevista para el domingo 29 de agosto. Nos reuniremos en Atlantic Park en East LA, marchando hacia el sur en Atlantic Boulevard, hasta Whittier Boulevard. La marcha continuará hacia el oeste en Whittier para terminar en el Parque Rubén Salazar para un mitín. El 51 evento conmemorativo será divertido, enérgico y todo incluido.</p> <p><strong>¡Lucha y Resiste!: </strong>¿Quién esperan que participe y cuáles serán los principales temas a abordar?</p> <p><strong>Carlos Montes:</strong> Nuestro evento incluye oradores de muchos grupos, incluyendo CSO Youth, Black Lives Matter - LA, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, padres y maestros que luchan por la educación pública, familias que han perdido a sus seres queridos a causa de los asesinatos del Sheriff del Este de Los Ángeles, y otros grupos y organizaciones. Los principales temas serán denunciar y exigir el fin de la pandilla Bandidos / Banditos dentro del Sheriff de ELA, que está fuera de control y está matando a muchos chicanos y afroamericanos.</p> <p><strong>¡Lucha y Resiste!:</strong> ¿Podría decir algo sobre la primera Moratoria Chicana y cómo surgió?</p> <p><strong>Montes:</strong> La Moratoria Chicana del 29 de agosto de 1970 fue una marcha masiva en el este de Los Ángeles para protestar por la alta tasa de muertes de chicanos en la guerra de Vietnam, y para exigir el fin de la guerra. La moratoria pedía el fin del racismo contra los chicanos y exigía la igualdad, así como la auto determinación de los chicanos. Esta fue la manifestación anti guerra más grande de la década de 1970 por chicanos. La manifestación pacífica fue atacada por el LAPD y el LASD puesto que arrestaron a los participantes con palizas, gases lacrimógenos y detenciones masivas. Rubén Salazar, un conocido periodista, fue asesinado por el LASD, con un disparo en la cabeza con un proyectil de misil de gran tamaño. También murieron el día 29 Lynn Ward y Ángel Díaz.</p> <p><strong>¡Lucha y Resiste!: </strong>¿Por qué la Moratoria Chicana es relevante para el movimiento actual por la liberación chicana?</p> <p><strong>Márquez: </strong>La moratoria chicana es relevante hoy en día porque es un día histórico de chicanos que luchan por la igualdad en los Estados Unidos, específicamente en el suroeste, la nación chicana. Muchos chicanos en el este de Los Ángeles no saben lo que fue la moratoria chicana de 1970, y mucho menos por qué ocurrió. Varias personas están mal informadas al pensar que los chicanos no se enfrentan a la brutalidad policial. ¡Una gran mayoría no saben que hemos estado luchando contra la brutalidad policial hacia los chicanos desde la década de los 1930! Es hora no sólo de educar, sino también de inspirar a las nuevas generaciones a asumir la tarea de la libertad y la autodeterminación de los chicanos. ¡Únete a nosotros!</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/2021/9/14/entrevista-carlos-montes-y-marisol-m-rquez-sobre-la-51-moratoria-chicana#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Chican@s y Latin@s la moratoria Chicana Wed, 15 Sep 2021 02:53:34 +0000 Fight Back 9269 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Entrevista a Carlos Montes y Marisol Márquez sobre la 51ª Moratoria Chicana http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/2021/9/14/entrevista-carlos-montes-y-marisol-m-rquez-sobre-la-51-moratoria-chicana <p><em>¡Lucha y Resiste!</em> entrevista al organizador del Centro CSO y activista chicano de derechos humanos Carlos Montes y Marisol Márquez, miembra chicana de la Organización Socialista Camino a Libertad sobre el próximo 51 aniversario de la Moratoria Chicana.</p> <p><strong>¡Lucha y Resiste!: </strong>¿Qué se está planeando en Los Ángeles para el 51 aniversario de la Moratoria Chicana?</p> <p><strong>Marisol Márquez:</strong> Una gran marcha y mitin está prevista para el domingo 29 de agosto. Nos reuniremos en Atlantic Park en East LA, marchando hacia el sur en Atlantic Boulevard, hasta Whittier Boulevard. La marcha continuará hacia el oeste en Whittier para terminar en el Parque Rubén Salazar para un mitín. El 51 evento conmemorativo será divertido, enérgico y todo incluido.</p> <p><strong>¡Lucha y Resiste!: </strong>¿Quién esperan que participe y cuáles serán los principales temas a abordar?</p> <p><strong>Carlos Montes:</strong> Nuestro evento incluye oradores de muchos grupos, incluyendo CSO Youth, Black Lives Matter - LA, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, padres y maestros que luchan por la educación pública, familias que han perdido a sus seres queridos a causa de los asesinatos del Sheriff del Este de Los Ángeles, y otros grupos y organizaciones. Los principales temas serán denunciar y exigir el fin de la pandilla Bandidos / Banditos dentro del Sheriff de ELA, que está fuera de control y está matando a muchos chicanos y afroamericanos.</p> <p><strong>¡Lucha y Resiste!:</strong> ¿Podría decir algo sobre la primera Moratoria Chicana y cómo surgió?</p> <p><strong>Montes:</strong> La Moratoria Chicana del 29 de agosto de 1970 fue una marcha masiva en el este de Los Ángeles para protestar por la alta tasa de muertes de chicanos en la guerra de Vietnam, y para exigir el fin de la guerra. La moratoria pedía el fin del racismo contra los chicanos y exigía la igualdad, así como la auto determinación de los chicanos. Esta fue la manifestación anti guerra más grande de la década de 1970 por chicanos. La manifestación pacífica fue atacada por el LAPD y el LASD puesto que arrestaron a los participantes con palizas, gases lacrimógenos y detenciones masivas. Rubén Salazar, un conocido periodista, fue asesinado por el LASD, con un disparo en la cabeza con un proyectil de misil de gran tamaño. También murieron el día 29 Lynn Ward y Ángel Díaz.</p> <p><strong>¡Lucha y Resiste!: </strong>¿Por qué la Moratoria Chicana es relevante para el movimiento actual por la liberación chicana?</p> <p><strong>Márquez: </strong>La moratoria chicana es relevante hoy en día porque es un día histórico de chicanos que luchan por la igualdad en los Estados Unidos, específicamente en el suroeste, la nación chicana. Muchos chicanos en el este de Los Ángeles no saben lo que fue la moratoria chicana de 1970, y mucho menos por qué ocurrió. Varias personas están mal informadas al pensar que los chicanos no se enfrentan a la brutalidad policial. ¡Una gran mayoría no saben que hemos estado luchando contra la brutalidad policial hacia los chicanos desde la década de los 1930! Es hora no sólo de educar, sino también de inspirar a las nuevas generaciones a asumir la tarea de la libertad y la autodeterminación de los chicanos. ¡Únete a nosotros!</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/2021/9/14/entrevista-carlos-montes-y-marisol-m-rquez-sobre-la-51-moratoria-chicana#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Chican@s y Latin@s la moratoria Chicana Wed, 15 Sep 2021 02:53:34 +0000 Fight Back 9269 at http://www.fightbacknews.org UT Austin students rally to stop police crimes and racism http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9268 <p>Austin, TX – On the evening of September 9, a small group of students rallied in front of the University of Texas at Austin’s Littlefield Fountain to protest against police crimes and racism. Austin Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) called the rally as part of the national SDS day of action to stop police crimes.</p> <p>Students demonstrated both against police crimes and also against the university’s practices that uphold racism on campus, with an emphasis on the need to organize and demand change.</p> <p>In their speech, SDS member Soaring Falcon said, “After thousands of students petitioned last year to stop singing the racist school song, <em>The Eyes of Texas</em>, to remove of racist statues and monuments, and to defund UTPD, what has UT done in response? Nothing! But we refuse to take no for an answer! We will keep organizing until our demands are won. Instead of increasing UTPD funding by $8 million, the university should use that money for things like creating a scholarship fund for Black students, or increasing funding to UT’s Black Studies department.”</p> <p>Chants included, “Black lives matter, brown lives matter, blue’s a job, that shit don’t matter!” and “Hey hey, ho ho, <em>the Eyes of Texas</em> has got to go!”</p> <p>The vast majority of passersby took flyers from SDS members and expressed enthusiastic support for the rally.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9268#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Brutalidad Policial Students for a Democratic Society Movimiento Estudiantil Tue, 14 Sep 2021 02:27:06 +0000 Fight Back 9268 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Milwaukee: Activists rally to say ‘Hands off Afghanistan’ on 20th anniversary of 9/11 http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9267 <p>Milwaukee, WI - A group of anti-war students and community members gathered in downtown Milwaukee in the early afternoon of September 11 to protest continued U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. Speakers acknowledged the significance of the withdrawal of U.S. troops, but pointed to history and actions taken since the evacuation of the U.S. embassy as a sign of things to come.</p> <p>“It’s a good thing that the U.S. has removed its forces, but we know that they’re not going to allow the unimpeded expression of Afghan self-determination,” said Ryan Hamann, speaking on behalf of Freedom Road Socialist Organization - Wisconsin.</p> <p>“We see this in the drone strikes ordered by Biden which resulted in the deaths of ten civilians, seven of whom were children. We should expect to see sanctions against ‘the government’ in the near future,” Hamann continued. “Sanctions kill people, too, and the U.S. government knows this. It’s all a part of their plan to continue the war on Afghanistan.” </p> <p>Attendees chanted, “Hands off Afghanistan!” and “No justice, no peace, U.S. out of the Middle East!” as cars drove by honking their approval for the anti-war demonstration. Downtown Milwaukee was alive with foot traffic due to SummerFest, a major annual music festival. A few people stopped to join or ask questions.</p> <p>After the event, people were asked to purchase a book detailing the lives of women in Afghanistan. The proceeds raised would be donated to the Afghan refugee resettlement efforts in Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, an area that falls roughly halfway between Madison and the Minnesota state line. The event was organized by the FRSO - Wisconsin and the Milwaukee branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation together with a handful of Iranian graduate students.</p> <p>FRSO - Wisconsin is hosting a study on imperialism and national liberation, with the current events in Afghanistan serving as a backdrop for discussions. This study is open to all who want to learn more about these topics. It’s set to take place via Zoom on September 19 at 5 p.m. Central Time. The link for the Zoom call can be found on the FRSO - Wisconsin Facebook page.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9267#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Antiwar Movement Afghanistan Afganistán Asia September 11 Tue, 14 Sep 2021 01:10:36 +0000 Fight Back 9267 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Denver students demand defunding and disarmament of ACPD http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9266 <p>Denver, CO - About 50 students and campus community members gathered at Tivoli Commons for the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) National Day of Action: “Cops Off Campus, Black Lives Matter!” Demands included the disarmament and defunding of Auraria Campus Police Department (ACPD) and more information regarding their participation in the Federal 1033 Program. Members of SDS and Freedom Road Socialist Organization gave speeches about strategies for community control of police and recounted stories of police violence, all while leading chants of “Down with mass incarceration, up, up with education!” and “Black lives matter!”</p> <p>“No one is gonna do it for us, we have to continue to show up and say enough is enough. We don’t want a $4 million police department. We don’t want the same officers who were gassing us and beating us in the streets last summer to be policing our campus. We want our tuition dollars to go towards benefitting students, not a bloated, militarized police force,” says Shaine Carroll-Frey, SDS treasurer.</p> <p>This National Day of Action comes on the heels of the recent indictment in the police murder case of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black youth who was killed by Aurora PD and paramedics in September 2019. Aurora Police officers Randy Roedema and Nathan Woodyard, former officer Jason Rosenblatt, and Aurora Fire Rescue paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Peter Cichuniec were each indicted for manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. The 32-count indictment also included an additional charge of assault and one count of crime of violence against Roedema and Rosenblatt, as well as three counts of crime of violence and six counts of assault levied against Cooper and Chicuniec. Aurora Police used a chokehold to restrain McClain and directed paramedics to use ketamine to subdue him. </p> <p>The indictment comes almost two years after the incident occurred - between protests in the wake of Elijah McClain in 2019 and the George Floyd Uprising in 2020, public outcry and militant organizing helped bring about this indictment.</p> <p>While ACPD has an annual budget of $4.3 million, there is little to no transparency as to how these funds are being utilized. While it is publicly known that ACPD participates in the 1033 Program, the extent of their participation has been kept vague. The 1033 Program is a product of the "National Defense Authorization Act of 1990" and authorizes the transfer of excess military equipment to police departments, sheriff’s offices, and other civilian law enforcement agencies. After student attempts to gain this information via the Colorado Open Records Act, the request was deemed “contrary to public interests” to tell the public what firearms and other weapons the campus police possess. Given that police murder innocent people across the country, it begs the question what these “public interests” are.</p> <p>SDS member Katherine Draken said in her speech, "The police don't serve us - they serve the rich and their politicians. Police don't protect the people - they protect the status quo of white supremacy and oppression of the working class. We need to continue organizing for community control of the police so we can change this corrupt system." </p> <p>Students for a Democratic Society says they will continue to organize and mobilize the campus community until their demands for community control of ACPD have been met.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9266#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Denver SDS Movimiento Estudiantil Tue, 14 Sep 2021 00:09:27 +0000 Fight Back 9266 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Vote ‘No’ on the recall of California Governor Newsom http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9265 <p>Los Angeles, CA - Right-wingers, racists and proponents of anti-COVID-19 measures are leading a recall election of Governor Gavin Newson. California voters will vote Yes or No on the recall and also pick who they would prefer if the recall is successful. The last day to decide is on election day, September 14.</p> <p>Larry Elder, a South Central Los Angeles native who is known for his racist, elitist, sexist and homo-phobic statements, is Newson’s main threat. Elder graduated from Crenshaw High School in 1970, five years after the Watts uprisings, and at a time when the Los Angeles Police Department was once again under heavy public scrutiny. Elder is a huge Donald Trump fan and believes that racism does not exist. Among his ridiculous statements are that he fully believes in reparations, but for the descendants of the white slave owners and farmers who during slavery “lost their property,” and that the minimum hourly wage should be decreased to $0.</p> <p>The COVID-19 pandemic has further divided people into two categories - those who believe measures to protect against COVID-19 must remain in place or increase, and those who believe the opposite. The recall election has a lot to do with the pandemic which began in the spring of 2020. But if Newsom is successfully recalled, and if contender Elder is elected, the Democrats will lose their longstanding hold of California. </p> <p>Sometimes the enemy can look like us, like in Elder’s case. And sometimes Chicanas like us have to come out in favor of people who don’t look like us, like in Newsom’s case. The fight is also much more than about Newsom, it is also about the safety and future of the population of California - both voters and nonvoters. If Newsom loses, the Democrats lose, and California will return to being in the stronghold of racists and anti-working class people like Elder and his supporters. This cannot happen, and therefore if you can vote in California, be sure to vote No on the recall.</p> <p>For vote ballot box locations in your area (instead of waiting in line during the pandemic), go here: <a href="https://lavote.net/home/voting-elections/voting-options/vote-by-mail/vbm-ballot-drop-off" title="https://lavote.net/home/voting-elections/voting-options/vote-by-mail/vbm-ballot-drop-off">https://lavote.net/home/voting-elections/voting-options/vote-by-mail/vbm...</a>. We stand in solidarity with all of the working class within California who are under threat of having their minimum wages lowered to $0 an hour. Vote No.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9265#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo California Recall Election Elections Governor Gavin Newsom U.S. Sun, 12 Sep 2021 16:33:33 +0000 Fight Back 9265 at http://www.fightbacknews.org