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 Stocks fall around the world http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7807 <p>San José, CA - Stock markets around the world fell on Monday, January 27, with U.S. stocks down about 1.5%, the biggest fall since October of last year. The headline Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) fell more than 450 points, wiping out all the gains made earlier in the year. Many overseas markets saw even deeper declines, with European stock off 2.5%.</p> <p>Up to now, the U.S. stock market had shrugged off bad news to reach record highs over and over again. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, an index of stock prices of large corporations, was up 20% for the year. The most widely cited reason for the stock drop was fear that the new coronavirus, and China’s efforts to slow the spread of the disease, would slow the Chinese economy and through trade, slow much of the rest of the world’s economy. But behind this trigger were the historically high stock prices relative to the corporate profits that those prices ultimately rest on.</p> <p>But even more fundamental than overoptimistic and greedy investors are the continuing signs of economic weakness that just keep on coming. The latest sign is a worldwide slowdown in housing markets, leading to a slowdown in new home construction over the last year. While not enough to indicate that a recession is around the corner, it still increases the likelihood for this year.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7807#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Capitalismo y Economía Donald Trump Donald Trump Dow Jones stock market U.S. Tue, 28 Jan 2020 17:06:22 +0000 Fight Back 7807 at http://www.fightbacknews.org FRSO Venezuela delegation meets with women in Bolivarian Militia http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7806 <p>Caracas, Venezuela - During the World Anti-Imperialist Congress, members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation talked with women in the Bolivarian Militia. The Bolivarian Militia was created in 2005 in response to U.S. intervention. As of December 2019, President Maduro said he is moving toward making the Militia into “combat units” within the Armed Forces. In 2019, with multiple U.S.-backed coup attempts to install Juan Guaidó in place of democratically elected President Maduro, the Bolivarian Militia nearly doubled to 3.3 million members in a country of around 30 million people. Their role and responsibilities have increased in that time as Maduro assigned them to the food distribution program in May 2019. </p> <p>When asked about the role of the Militia in resisting the recent attacks by U.S. imperialism,<br /> First Lieutenant Marisol Lira said it was “basically, the perfection of the civic-military union for the defense of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. And for women, of course, they can incorporate themselves into the Militia and become a member. It is important for us to integrate ourselves into this civic-military union because of the imperialist attacks. We know they are criminals. We give our lives here and they want to choke us. They want to control us, to dominant us. But us women, we are involved because we are defenders of peace.”</p> <p>Second Lieutenant Carolina Ugas added, “We know they’re trying to mess with us psychologically. So it is important to fight against that by becoming involved in the fight against imperialism, to defend our country.”</p> <p>Most members of the Bolivarian Militia are women. When asked what it was about the Militia that made women what to join, Second Lieutenant Ugas said, “The army and the police have age restrictions. In the Militia, you can join at age 18 until you can’t participate anymore. You can use whatever capacity you have. For example, our older comrade here, she’s not going to carry a weapon. But she has the capacity to help us in other ways to defend ourselves against imperialism. Yes, we carry weapons. But with love and care, we are here to defend our country and our people.”</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7806#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Antiwar Movement Américas Bolivarian Militia Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) Internacional Venezuela World Anti-Imperialist Congress Women's Movement Tue, 28 Jan 2020 17:03:23 +0000 Fight Back 7806 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Milwaukee: Rally against war on Iraq, Iran http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7805 <p>Milwaukee, WI - On January 25, around 40 people gathered at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and North Avenue to protest the ongoing U.S. war in Iraq and the threat of war with Iran. The protesters occupied each of the four street corners and took to chanting before running through a short lineup of speakers.</p> <p>“Organization and numbers are the two greatest weapons at the disposal of the working class. We must use them if we’re gonna win,” said Ryan Hamann, a speaker from Freedom Road Socialist Organization. “Here’s to building a strong, united, firmly anti-imperialist anti-war movement in Milwaukee!”</p> <p>Demonstrators marched in the crosswalks with massive flags, chanting for peace and calling for passersby to show their support. The anti-war action marked the second called this month in opposition to rising tensions with Iran and in support of the people of Iraq as they seek to send U.S. forces home.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7805#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Antiwar Movement Donald Trump Donald Trump Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) Internacional Irán Medio Oriente No War With Iran U.S. Tue, 28 Jan 2020 16:55:39 +0000 Fight Back 7805 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Milwaukee: Rally against war on Iraq, Iran http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7805 <p>Milwaukee, WI - On January 25, around 40 people gathered at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and North Avenue to protest the ongoing U.S. war in Iraq and the threat of war with Iran. The protesters occupied each of the four street corners and took to chanting before running through a short lineup of speakers.</p> <p>“Organization and numbers are the two greatest weapons at the disposal of the working class. We must use them if we’re gonna win,” said Ryan Hamann, a speaker from Freedom Road Socialist Organization. “Here’s to building a strong, united, firmly anti-imperialist anti-war movement in Milwaukee!”</p> <p>Demonstrators marched in the crosswalks with massive flags, chanting for peace and calling for passersby to show their support. The anti-war action marked the second called this month in opposition to rising tensions with Iran and in support of the people of Iraq as they seek to send U.S. forces home.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7805#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Antiwar Movement Donald Trump Donald Trump Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) Internacional Irán Medio Oriente No War With Iran U.S. Tue, 28 Jan 2020 16:55:39 +0000 Fight Back 7805 at http://www.fightbacknews.org South Florida protest demands: No war on Iran http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7804 <p>Fort Lauderdale, FL – Hundreds of protests took place across the world on January 25, to demand no new U.S. war in Iran, an end to Trump’s violence and sanctions against Iran, and the removal of U.S. troops from the Middle East. In Fort Lauderdale, 35 activists gathered outside of the federal courthouse to join the global day of protest.</p> <p>The diverse and energized group rallied on the busy intersection of Broward Boulevard, blasting protest music from speakers, holding signs and banners, and chanting loudly. People driving by opened their windows to share peace-signs and fists of solidarity, truck and bus drivers honked loudly in approval. </p> <p>The activists at the rally held bright signs that read, “We need union jobs, not a war on Iran,” and “We need universal healthcare, not a war on Iran,” along with a super-sized red banner with the words, “Forward without war and capitalism.” The activists took part in an interactive art display by local social-justice artist Huong, who was also in attendance. Huong created double-sided painted canvases with messages of peace and justice, one piece taking five activists to spell out the words, “No war.” </p> <p>After an hour of chanting, the activists gathered to listen to local grassroots organizers speak about the importance of continuing to oppose U.S. wars. Those in attendance were also encouraged to call and email their senators when they returned home to demand Senators Rubio and Scott vote “Yes” on the war powers resolution that passed the House. The resolution would force the president to get congressional approval before conducting military strikes against Iran. The group also signed onto a letter of apology being circulated by CodePink addressed to the people of Iran, by the people of the United States, apologizing for our government’s decades of intervention in their country.</p> <p>While the global day of action was endorsed by most national and international anti-war organizations, the local South Florida rally was organized largely by People’s Opposition to War, Imperialism, and Racism (POWIR) and Dream Defenders.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7804#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Antiwar Movement Donald Trump Dream Defenders Internacional Irán Irak Medio Oriente No War With Iran People's Opposition to War Imperialism and Racism U.S. Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:31:54 +0000 Fight Back 7804 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Philippines: Scrap Visiting Forces Agreement for national sovereignty http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7803 <p><em>Fight Back News Service Is circulating the following Jan. 26 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines. </em></p> <p>The Communist Party of the Philippines challenges GRP President Rodrigo Duterte to walk his talk and actualize the termination of the 1999 Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). For decades, the Filipino people have demanded the abrogation of the VFA which has allowed for the trampling of Philippine sovereignty by US military forces, as well as numerous human rights violations including rape and murder.</p> <p>However, the Filipino people are keenly aware of Duterte's tirades against the US government while playing up China and Russia with the aim of being prized with economic and military aid. Now, Duterte traitorously dangles Philippine sovereignty as a bargaining chip for more US weapons and military funding to be used in his counterinsurgency and fake drug war. His recent histrionics are aimed at securing these funds currently being held off amid widespread condemnation of his regime's gross human rights violations.</p> <p>For many decades, US military forces have dominated the country through unequal pacts as the Mutual Defense Treaty, the VFA, the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) and Operation Pacific Eagle-Philippines. These have allowed the US military to exercise operational control over the Armed Forces of the Philippines and maintain secret facilities and stockpile weapons within military camps which are off-limits even to the top brass of the AFP.</p> <p>Duterte has for several times now, declared his intention to abrogate the EDCA or the VFA only to recant soon afterward. The Filipino people must vigorously push Rodrigo Duterte to finally scrap the VFA and other unequal military treaties. They must also call for the pullout of all foreign troops from Philippine territory. The Filipino people must express outrage at another Duterte backtrack.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7803#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Antiwar Movement Anti-fascism Asia Communist Party of the Philippines Internacional Filipinas Rodrigo Duterte Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:06:47 +0000 Fight Back 7803 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Grand Rapids rallies against U.S. war on Iran, joins worldwide call for U.S. to leave Iraq http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7802 <p>Grand Rapids, MI - 45 people rallied in Grand Rapids on January 25 to demand “No U.S. war on Iran! U.S. out of Iraq!”</p> <p>“We are part of an international day of protest, with more than 100 protests in U.S. cities alone. People are sick of the endless wars that Trump promised to halt. The U.S. needs to leave the Middle East and let the people of those countries decide their own destiny,” said Barbara Howard of the Anti-War Committee.</p> <p>Howard continued, “Trump’s assassination of the respected Iranian General Soleimani was outrageous. We think it is good Trump backed down quickly from a regional war. Now it is time for U.S. troops to leave Iraq, including the 3000 soldiers Trump just sent. That is clearly what the people of Iraq want, and so do the people of the United States.”</p> <p>“U.S. intervention hurts the international working class. Domestically, it diverts money away from the public good and forces working-class people into fighting wars of imperialism that benefit the 1%. Abroad, every day people are exposed to violence, occupation and political instability, while the elite reap the benefits of U.S. expansion and hegemonic domination,” said Emily Butt of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.</p> <p>Stepping off from the Union Soldier monument at Division and Fulton, the protesters marched and chanted through downtown to the Gerald R. Ford Federal Building carrying signs reading, “No to war, yes to peace, U.S. out of the Middle East!”</p> <p>Millions of people rallied in Iraq on January 24 to demand U.S. forces leave Iraq. The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) is holding a conference at the People’s Forum in New York on February 21 -23. Then on July 13 in Milwaukee, the Coalition to March on the DNC will be calling to “End U.S. wars and interventions,” at the protest that will coincide with the opening of the Democratic National Convention.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7802#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Antiwar Movement anti-war Mon, 27 Jan 2020 01:35:58 +0000 Fight Back 7802 at http://www.fightbacknews.org NYC demands: “No War on Iran” http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7801 <p>New York, NY - Over 200 attended a rally at Columbus Circle in New York City on January 26 to demand no war on Iran. The protest was part of a global day of action demand U.S. hands off Iran, weeks after President Trump assassinated Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian general.</p> <p>The action was called by Answer Coalition and United National Antiwar Coalition, with endorsements and speakers from various organizations, including International League of People’s Struggles, International Action Center, December 12th Movement, BAYAN, and many others.</p> <p>Despite the rain, the crowd was passionate in calling an end to the United States’ attacks on Iran, as well as an end to wars and sanctions against counties around the world. Along with speaking out against the U.S. history of and present day of aggression against Iran, the speakers highlighted the various other countries the U.S. has interfered in and how we must stand together to fight back against all the U.S. attacks.</p> <p>“There is no entity on earth as savage as the United States,” said Suzanne Adely of the National Lawyers Guild. “It is our job to expose, and to challenge that savagery.”</p> <p>Along with demanding U.S. out of Iran and everywhere, there was a call to build the anti-war movement in the United States. Nina Macipinlac from BAYAN USA said, “We must also build the anti-war movement here and support the people here in the U.S. We must see our struggle as one against U.S. imperialism.”</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7801#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Antiwar Movement Anti-war movement Mon, 27 Jan 2020 01:31:40 +0000 Fight Back 7801 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Minneapolis builds solidarity with Iraq’s mass movement against U.S. occupation http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7800 <p>Minneapolis, MN - On January 25, around 150 anti-war activists and members of working class and community groups united to protest the U.S. military in Iraq and threats of war against Iran. Part of a global day of protest, the action came two days after millions of Iraqis overcame political disunity to fill the streets of Baghdad and demand an end to 17 years of U.S. occupation.</p> <p>The Minneapolis event was held in front of the K-Mart at the busy Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue intersection. Protesters chanted, gave speeches, held banners and brought their message of peace and anti-imperialist solidarity to thousands of neighborhood passersby.</p> <p>Dakota academic Chris Mato Nunpa led the speakers with a land acknowledgment, saying, “I welcome you to Dakota homelands, and I have to add this negative note: we are on stolen Dakota homelands. We have not been paid for this land.”</p> <p>He explained, “My people, the Dakota people, are well aware of the history, and we’ve gotten to know the imperialism and the warlike nature of the United States of America. Our Native peoples, our indigenous peoples, our First Nations peoples, fought for four centuries against the Western Europeans who eventually became the U.S. Euro-Americans, and against the United States, to keep them from stealing our lands.”</p> <p>A letter from longtime Twin Cities resident Sami Rasouli, an Iraqi American organizer with the Muslim Peace Makers Team who is currently living in Najaf, Iraq, was read to the protesters. The letter read in part, “The U.S. administration is continuing its ‘maximum pressure’ campaign to pressure the Iranian regime, which is by its nature an escalatory policy. As evidenced by all of the provocative measures Tehran has taken since the United States withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal, maximum pressure is bringing the United States closer to another war in the Middle East and has certainly done nothing to make the negotiations more likely.</p> <p>Rasouli’s letter continued, “To be honest, more stress puts us one accident away from total conflict. The presence of American forces – seen as potential targets by anti-American actors, including Iran’s agents – makes this scenario more likely. The United States should abandon these risks and exit Iraq. War with Iran will be disastrous.”</p> <p><strong>Workers against U.S. wars</strong></p> <p>The latest round of war threats began with the January 3 assassination of Iranian anti-imperialist hero Qassem Soleimani by a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad, which was met with widespread condemnation around the world. In Minnesota, one organization to denounce war with Iran was AFSCME Local 2822, which represents hundreds of Hennepin County workers. Soon after the assassination, while politicians were beating the drums of war, the union local unanimously passed a Resolution of International Solidarity against Wars of Aggression.</p> <p>“They tell you that ‘politics stops at the water’s edge.’ What the hell does that mean?” AFSCME Local 2822 co-chief steward Shane Clune said to the protesters. “We know that their war doesn’t stop at the water’s edge. Their war knows no bounds. Their ‘war on terror’ is used not just as an excuse to terrorize people in other countries, but to terrorize our communities in this city.”</p> <p>Clune continued, “The good news is even though their war knows no bounds, our solidarity knows no bounds either. Because we recognize that the worker in America has more in common with the worker in China, or in Cuba, or in Venezuela, or in Iran or Iraq, than we do with any American capitalist.”</p> <p>Daphne Brown of Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar connected working-class internationalism to the struggle against police crimes. “We must keep fighting against U.S. wars,” she said. “This is the time when people all over the country, all over the world, are standing together to fight for us. As working people, as family, we need protection, and as we see, the police are not protecting us. Our governments and politicians are not protecting us. It will be the workers protecting the workers.”</p> <p>Brown led protesters in a chant of “No more war crimes! No more police crimes!”</p> <p>The action was organized by the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, and endorsed by the Anti-War Committee, Women Against Military Madness, the National Iranian American Council (MN), as well as several socialist organizations and community peace groups.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7800#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Antiwar Movement Anti-War Committee Iran Iraq Mon, 27 Jan 2020 01:18:13 +0000 Fight Back 7800 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Tampa says: No war with Iran and U.S. out of the Middle East! http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7799 <p>Tampa, FL - Activists and community members came together January 25 to demand “No war with Iran and U.S. out of the Middle East.” The protest took place in downtown Tampa and coincided with hundreds of protests around the United States and the world in an International Day of Action against the Trump administration’s war mongering. The event was hosted by ANSWER Suncoast, Tampa Bay SDS and the Tampa Anti-War Committee.</p> <p>Gareth, a member of Tampa Bay SDS, explained why they attended the protest: “We need to center the people living under these conditions and having to face these horrible atrocities carried out by U.S. imperialism. If I’m not here, then I’m not standing with them.”</p> <p>The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), an organization leading the International Day of Action, is hosting a conference this February 21-23 in New York City. The conference which is titled “Rise Against Militarism, Racism and the Climate Crisis – Building Power Together” will feature activists from around the United States coming together to build the movement for the next stage of struggle. Information for the conference can be <a href="https://www.unacconference2020.org/">found here</a>.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/7799#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Antiwar Movement Irán No War With Iran Mon, 27 Jan 2020 01:04:53 +0000 Fight Back 7799 at http://www.fightbacknews.org