Fight Back! - News and Views from the People's Struggle https://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 Justice for George Floyd! Indict and convict the killer cops! Community control of the police now! https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8145 <p>The people of Minneapolis have taken to the streets the past 72 hours, demanding the arrest of the killer cops who murdered 46-year-old African American George Floyd on Monday night, May 25. Eyewitness video was released Tuesday morning showing now former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground, with Chauvin’s knee directly on the back of his neck - the video shows Floyd’s last gasps for air. You can hear him telling the killer cop that he can’t breathe and calling for his mother before you see his body going limp. Three other cops on the scene stand by, with two other cops actively helping to restrain Floyd on the ground, all ignoring the pleas of bystanders to let him breathe. Since then, tens of thousands in Minneapolis and have taken to the streets, demanding justice and retribution, which prompted the Minneapolis police to immediately terminate the four officers involved with Floyd’s murder and finally to charge and jail Chauvin May 29.</p> <p>We can’t forget that Twin Cities area police have been the target of recent high-profile struggles involving police murders, including the murder in 2015 of African American man Jamar Clark by two killer Minneapolis killer cops, which prompted a wave of protests; the murder of Philando Castile in the suburbs of Minneapolis on video, as well Justine Damond in 2017, which also prompted mass protests.</p> <p>The question of killer cops targeting African Americans isn’t just a story of Black people being more oppressed workers, it’s also the result of the system of national oppression, a system that chains down African Americans and subjects them to the most intense methods of brutality at the hands of the ruling class and its police force. From Minneapolis to Louisville, we see a disregard for Black life at the hands of the police, with the Minneapolis rebellion becoming a breaking point for the Black liberation movement, sparking nationwide protests.</p> <p>As Martin Luther King Jr, once said, “A riot is the language of the unheard.”</p> <p>We must continue the call to demand community control of the police as well as the indictment and convictions of all killer cops, especially those who murdered George Floyd. We must also, as what we’ve seen in Chicago with the LaQuan McDonald cover-up, fight to kick out government attorneys and prosecutors who refuse to prosecute killer cops and racist vigilantes, as they did initially in the case of Ahmaud Arbery’s lynching in Brunswick, Georgia.</p> <p>On May 30, the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression is calling for a day of nationwide protests against the murderous policies of police departments nationwide as well as demand the mass release of inmates in prisons due to COVID-19. We unite with this call and know that the more people that hit the streets, the shakier the foundations of national oppression in this country becomes. Protests have already started taking place in cities like Memphis and Los Angeles, with many cities planning protests through the week leading into the weekend.</p> <p>Our job is to organize, agitate and connect the struggle for Justice for George Floyd, Justice for Ahmaud Arbery, Justice for Breonna Taylor to our own local struggles for justice and community control of the police. We need to build organization on both local and national levels to consolidate the power of the people into a fighting force against national oppression and the criminal injustice system.</p> <p>The streets are on fire for action and our job is to continue to fan the flames.</p> <p>Justice for George Floyd! Indict and convict the killer cops! Community control of the police now!<br /> All power to the people!</p> https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8145#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Socialism Brutalidad Policial African-American Anti-racism Asiaticos Chican@s y Latin@s civilian police accountability council (CPAC) FRSO Joint Nationalities Commission Hawaianas Nación Pueblos Indígenas Justice for George Floyd Puertoriqueños Sistema de injusticia Nacionalidades Oprimidas Sat, 30 May 2020 02:57:58 +0000 Fight Back 8145 at https://www.fightbacknews.org Continue the fight to get justice for George Floyd! https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8143 <p>The brutal police killing of George Floyd has sparked a powerful uprising that will settle for nothing less than justice. It is a case of murder. George Floyd, an African American man, was killed in broad daylight in front of witnesses who videotaped the crime. The crime was carried out by Officer Derek Chauvin and three accomplices from the Minneapolis Police Department. And everyone knows that the Minneapolis Police Department has a history of killing Black people for being Black. </p> <p>The response from the community in the Twin Cities has been nothing short of an inspiration to all who yearn for equality, freedom and liberation. A day after the killing, 20,000 people marched through the streets of South Minneapolis, a protest that included large numbers of African American youth and others of all nationalities and ages. The Third Precinct Police Station - where the killer cops operated from - was surrounded. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets. Rocks, bricks and bottles were thrown. Thousands gathered at the police station on May 28. The police were compelled to abandon the station. It was taken over and burned. </p> <p>At big retail outlets, like Cub Foods and Target, the urban poor of all nationalities are “shopping for free.” Many small Black and Latino business owners, who have been adversely affected by the uprising, are expressing their approval of the fight to end police crimes. This struggle is just and enjoys widespread support across the Twin Cities. </p> <p>City, state and law enforcement officials have made much about “outside agitators.” In truth, this rebellion was not conjured into existence. It is product of police crimes, racist discrimination and systematic inequity. People have had enough and are taking things into their own hands. That one of the cops involved in the killing, the now ex -Officer Chauvin, has been taken into custody shows the power of our movement. Given that his accomplices are still loose, that Chauvin needs more charges, and that police crimes need to be curbed means that battle needs to continue. More of what we have had this past week is what we need.</p> <p>Everyone who is concerned about our right to protest needs to insist on the withdrawal of the Minnesota National Guard. It is not part of any solution. The Guard is here to make sure the problem remains. It was wrong to use the National Guard against demonstrators at the Republican National Convention in 2008 and it was wrong to use the Guard to break the Hormel strike in 1986. They need to leave. Now. </p> <p>We need to defend our democratic rights and oppose measures that are contrary to those rights – like the curfew implemented May 29. Unjust laws are meant to be broken and those that stand up for justice must be defended.</p> <p>The United States is a jail house for the oppressed. The time has arrived where large numbers of people want to escape. There must be justice for George Floyd. Nothing short of that will do. Right now, in our community there many who have lost loved ones to police crimes. This must be addressed. We need community control of the Minneapolis Police Department. Things must change. They will change. In the streets of the Twin Cities, we can make that change happen.</p> https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8143#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Socialism Brutalidad Policial African-American Anti-racism Freedom Road Socialist Organization Justice for George Floyd Police Brutality Sistema de injusticia Nacionalidades Oprimidas Sat, 30 May 2020 02:43:18 +0000 Fight Back 8143 at https://www.fightbacknews.org BAYAN and ILPS call for end of U.S.-Philippines arms deal https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8141 <p>New York, NY - On May 28 members of BAYAN USA and the International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS) gathered in Midtown Manhattan for an action against the U.S-Philippines arms deal. </p> <p>Earlier in the month, Mayor Bill De Blasio signed an order that made protesting illegal in New York City, so organizers had to be strategic about their plans and how to get the messaging out. What they did, was host two speeches, one at the Philippines Consulate and the other at the Army Recruiting Station in Times Square. </p> <p>The first speech was given by Maria Bustamante of BAYAN, who spoke about the people of the Philippines under the duress of U.S. imperialism. </p> <p>The second speech was given by Michela Martinazzi of the ILPS, who stated “We're here. We're strong. And we're angry. The pandemic may have driven us indoors, but we haven't stopped fighting. We stand with the people of Minneapolis taking back their communities. We stand with the people of the world fighting to tear down imperialism. We fight with you!”</p> <p>This event was a method to raise awareness against arms sales and to encourage people to sign on to the call.</p> https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8141#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Antiwar Movement Asia BAYAN USA ILPS Internacional Filipinas US-Philippines arms deal Nacionalidades Oprimidas Sat, 30 May 2020 02:33:52 +0000 Fight Back 8141 at https://www.fightbacknews.org Over 1000 march in Los Angeles demanding justice for George Floyd https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8140 <p>Los Angeles, CA - More than 1000 people marched here, May 27, to demand justice for George Floyd, an African American man who was murdered by Minneapolis police. Protesters were also demanding justice for two others who were murdered by LAPD within the last 48 hours. The action was organized by Black Lives Matter-LA and assembled at the Hall of Justice in downtown. Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey has refused to prosecute police killings, and her office is located at the Hall of Justice.</p> <p>The protest then marched onto the 101 Freeway, blocking traffic temporarily. The protesters chanted, “Black lives, they matter here!” along with various other chants. While on the freeway, California Highway Patrol drove through the crowd. They purposefully left a protester injured and unconscious until paramedics arrived on the scene 30 minutes later.</p> <p>From the 101 Freeway, the protest continued, eventually marching to the Federal Metropolitan Detention Center. Protesters were angry about police terror and abuse both in Los Angeles and all over the country.</p> <p>Minneapolis, Minnesota has faced several days of uprisings. Fires and damages to businesses have become commonplace. On May 28 the Minneapolis Police Third Precinct building was set on fire, and cops disappeared for hours. 500 National Guard troops have been called into duty .Trump even tweeted that the protesters should be “Shot.”</p> <p>Protests have taken place nationwide including in Phoenix, Tucson, Denver, Albuquerque, Louisville, New York and Ohio. May 30 will see even more protests after the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression has called for a national day of protest in solidarity with George Floyd and countless others. Under the slogan “Mass release now,” participants will also be demanding the release of prisoners and detention center detainees who are at very high risk for contracting COVID-19. </p> <p>Centro CSO in Boyle Heights will be organizing an event May 30 at 3 p.m. at Mariachi Plaza.</p> https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8140#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Brutalidad Policial African-American Anti-racism Black Lives Matter - LA Chican@s y Latin@s Justice for George Floyd LAPD Sistema de injusticia Nacionalidades Oprimidas Sat, 30 May 2020 02:26:38 +0000 Fight Back 8140 at https://www.fightbacknews.org 2.1 million new claims for unemployment insurance bring total to 40 million https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8139 <p>San José, CA - On Thursday, May 28, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that there were 2.1 million new claims for state unemployment insurance in the previous week ending May 23. This was down from 2.4 million new claims the week before, showing that the wave of layoffs from the pandemic and efforts to control it is going down. At the same time this is still more than ten times the pre-recession level and brings the total number of new applications to 40 million in the last ten weeks.</p> <p>The total number of people receiving benefits through both the regular state unemployment and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA program rose to 31 million for the week ending May 9. This number is almost three weeks old, and the total is bound to higher given the number of new claims and the fact that many states are just starting up their PUA payments. </p> <p>While the new claims for unemployment insurance and the continuing claims provide the most up-to-date hard data on the economic crisis, they have always understated the actual number of unemployed. For example, at the peak level of people receiving benefits in June of 2010, just as the last recession was officially ending, only 44% of the unemployed were being paid benefits. In February of this year, right before the recession began, only 29% of the unemployed were getting insurance payments.</p> <p>At the same time, more and more companies, large and small, are declaring bankruptcy or announcing mass layoffs. The biggest news in the last week was that the rental car giant Hertz had filed for bankruptcy. Discount retailer Tuesday Morning also filed for bankruptcy and said that it was closing a third of its stores permanently. Airplane maker Boeing announced 13,000 job cuts, and its suppliers are cutting even more jobs as Boeing cuts back production. One such company was General Electric, which is laying off thousands of workers. Many more workers are facing cuts in their wages or hours.</p> <p>Another sign of a weakening economy is that the National Association of Realtors said that pending home sales fell 21.8% in April from March, and were off 33.8% from the year ago month. This slump in pending home sales means that a large drop in actual home sales will come this month or in June.</p> <p>Amtrak also said that it was cutting 20% of its workers, or about 3600 people, in the next fiscal year that begins October 2020. This is just one of the many state, local and federal layoffs that are spreading as tax and sales revenues decline. Smaller cities and towns are facing a double whammy of being left out of the CARES Act - which only gave aid to cities with populations over 500,000 - and generally weaker medical facilities to fight the pandemic.</p> <p>The recession is also speeding up the use of automation and artificial intelligence to reduce the number of workers that a company needs. Technology workers, who have not been hit as hard by the pandemic so far as most are able to work from home, are much more concerned about this than non-tech workers.</p> <p>Hunger and homelessness are also on the rise. Millions of school children are going without free or subsidized lunches as schools close down. The government program set up even before the CARES Act has reached only 15% of the eligible children, leaving 25 million in danger of hunger. Courts in Texas and other states are ruling for landlords and banks that are evicting tenants and foreclosing on homes in the midst of a pandemic. </p> <p>As people line up at food banks and/or being put out on the street, the struggle to expand food stamps, expand eviction bans, and to extend unemployment insurance benefits can only grow in the weeks ahead.</p> https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8139#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Capitalismo y Economía COVID-19 Healthcare stock market crash Unemployment U.S. Fri, 29 May 2020 20:34:52 +0000 Fight Back 8139 at https://www.fightbacknews.org Milwaukee protests planned in wake of Minneapolis Uprising https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8138 <p>Milwaukee, WI - The police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis not only sparked a 20,000-person protest, but appears to have given rise to a broader uprising the likes of which haven’t been seen since the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson in 2014, Freddie Gray in Baltimore in 2015, and, albeit to a lesser extent, the killing of Sylville Smith in Milwaukee in 2016.</p> <p>This uprising has led to communities across the country organizing solidarity actions or shutting down major roadways, as was the case in Los Angeles. In Milwaukee, just a five-hour drive on the interstate from Minneapolis, the events have inspired the organization of two separate but important actions.</p> <p>Community Task Force MKE, a group based on Milwaukee’s predominantly Black North Side which focuses a lot on issues relating to violence prevention and providing basic services, is hosting a “Justice for George Floyd” rally to demonstrate solidarity with the family of Floyd and the people who are taking a stand in the wake of his murder. The rally is being organized just on the edge of the symbolic Sherman Park neighborhood.</p> <p>Sherman Park is relevant because it was the site of the police murder of Sylville Smith in the summer of 2016. The Milwaukee Police Department’s response to the peaceful protests of the community was very similar to the response of the Minneapolis Police Department: firing rubber bullets and using violence to quell their dissent. And, just like we’ve seen in Minneapolis, the people rose up. For nearly a week, the Sherman Park neighborhood was visited with the righteous anger of a community that had had enough. Smith’s killer was fired from MPD, but ultimately was acquitted of all charges. He later served time in prison for an unrelated sex crimes conviction.</p> <p>Vaun Mayes, the lead organizer with Community Task Force MKE, has intimate knowledge of the 2016 Sherman Park Uprising. He was shackled with riot charges in 2018 for his alleged role in the revolt.</p> <p>“I’m unable to travel due to the charges I’m facing. If I could, I’d be there in Minneapolis, but because I can’t be, I want to show solidarity with George Floyd here in Milwaukee,” said Mayes. “There is clear evidence for a conviction. The longer they wait, the more angry the people are going to get.”</p> <p>The second event is being held on the other end of Milwaukee, on the city’s predominantly Latino south side. The event is being organized by the family of Joel Acevedo, a man who was murdered by an off-duty MPD officer during a house party that went against the state order against large gatherings. While that officer is facing murder charges, he remains free and employed by MPD. This event, titled “Justice for Joel,” is being held outside of the officer’s home. The family remains firm that they want justice, and what that means to them is a murder conviction.</p> <p>The movement against police crimes is likely reaching a turning point as a result of the Minneapolis Uprising. People in Minneapolis are demonstrating that they’re no longer interested in living in the old way. They’ve had enough of the murders of Black, Chicano, Latino and indigenous people. Communities around the U.S. that have similar fraught histories between the police and oppressed nationality people who live and work in those places are one incident away from an uprising of their own. Milwaukee could be next.</p> https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8138#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Brutalidad Policial African-American Anti-racism Chican@s y Latin@s Justice for George Floyd Minneapolis Uprising Police Brutality La Carcel y el Racismo Sistema de injusticia Nacionalidades Oprimidas Fri, 29 May 2020 14:34:24 +0000 Fight Back 8138 at https://www.fightbacknews.org Chicanos in Boyle Heights to participate in the National Day of Action May 30 https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8137 <p>Los Angeles, CA - On Saturday, May 30 at 3 p.m. Centro Community Service Organization (CSO) will be participating in the National Day of Protest to demand the mass release of all prisoners due to COVID-19. The action is called by the National Alliance Against Racist &amp; Political Repression and CSO is an affiliated organization with the Alliance. We are protesting the murders of Ahmaud Aubery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and George Floyd in Minneapolis because they are outraging, and we must demand justice. This lynch-style, racist terrorism must stop and perpetrators must be punished.</p> <p>The Boyle Heights action will take place at Mariachi Plaza located at 1831 E 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033. Participants are encouraged to bring their own posters, masks and to practice social distancing.</p> <p>“In Boyle Heights and East LA we have our very long list of Chicano victims,” says longtime Chicano revolutionary Carlos Montes. “From 14-year-old Jesse Romero to 16-year-old Jose Mendez, both killed in 2016. Anyone who is angered by injustices to our people, should join us!”</p> <p>Questions regarding the event should be directed to Carlos Montes, Event Coordinator 213-712-0370 or Sol Marquez, Event Coordinator at 323-401-0433 <a href="mailto:marquez.j.marisol@gmail.com" target="_blank">marquez.j.marisol@gmail.com</a>, <a href="mailto:centrocso@gmail.com" target="_blank">centrocso@gmail.com</a></p> https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8137#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Brutalidad Policial African-American Anti-racism Centro CSO (Community Service Organization) Chican@s y Latin@s National Day of Protest Police Brutality La Carcel y el Racismo Sistema de injusticia Nacionalidades Oprimidas Fri, 29 May 2020 14:24:25 +0000 Fight Back 8137 at https://www.fightbacknews.org Uprising underway in Minneapolis https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8136 <p>Minneapolis, MN – A major urban uprising has entered its third day, as tens of thousands have taken to the streets demanding to demand justice for George Floyd, an African American man murdered by Minneapolis police on May 25. </p> <p>Last night more than 1000’s gathered on Lake Street at the Third Precinct police station. Police fried marking rounds, flash bang grenades, and tear gas from the roof of the fortified building. A number of buildings near the station were burned. “Shopping for free,” is underway this afternoon at large retailers like Target and Cub foods.</p> <p>Also, this afternoon, demonstrators went to the home of City Prosecutor, Mike Freedman, to demand charging the killer cops with murder. </p> <p>The National Guard is expected to arrive soon, but protesters vow to continue.</p> https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8136#comments Brutalidad Policial George Floyd minneapolis Thu, 28 May 2020 23:56:39 +0000 Fight Back 8136 at https://www.fightbacknews.org Uprising underway in Minneapolis https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8136 <p>Minneapolis, MN – A major urban uprising has entered its third day, as tens of thousands have taken to the streets demanding to demand justice for George Floyd, an African American man murdered by Minneapolis police on May 25. </p> <p>Last night more than 1000’s gathered on Lake Street at the Third Precinct police station. Police fried marking rounds, flash bang grenades, and tear gas from the roof of the fortified building. A number of buildings near the station were burned. “Shopping for free,” is underway this afternoon at large retailers like Target and Cub foods.</p> <p>Also, this afternoon, demonstrators went to the home of City Prosecutor, Mike Freedman, to demand charging the killer cops with murder. </p> <p>The National Guard is expected to arrive soon, but protesters vow to continue.</p> https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8136#comments Brutalidad Policial George Floyd minneapolis Thu, 28 May 2020 23:56:39 +0000 Fight Back 8136 at https://www.fightbacknews.org Salt Lake to protest police killings on national day of action May 30 https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8135 <p>Salt Lake City, UT – The people of Salt Lake City plan to answer the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NAARPR) call for a national day of protest May 30, demanding justice for George Floyd, Bernardo Palacios and all the people murdered by cops in the U.S. </p> <p>The country has been riven by the murder of Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer put his knee directly on Floyd’s neck while he struggled for air and said repeatedly that he couldn’t breathe. The murder was caught on film, and as a result, more than 20,000 people took to the streets of Minneapolis May 26 to demand justice, only to be met with tear gas and rubber bullets.</p> <p>Far fewer people have heard of Bernardo Palacios, shot dead over the weekend by the Salt Lake City Police Department. Officials have so far refused to release any details about the killing, other than claiming vaguely that police were responding to reports that someone in the area had been threatened with a gun.</p> <p>In response, Utah Against Police Brutality is holding a car caravan protest around the downtown police station. They are demanding the immediate release of any footage showing Palacios’ killing, as well as justice for Floyd. In addition, they demand the release of incarcerated people at risk of covid-19. Above all, they are demanding justice for all the people killed by SLCPD through community control of the police.</p> <p>The protest will take place Saturday morning. Those interested in attending can gather at the parking lot near 5th South and Denver Avenue at 11 a.m. The caravan will then circle the block surrounding the downtown police station.</p> <p>More information can be found at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/574385733215704" title="https://www.facebook.com/events/574385733215704">https://www.facebook.com/events/574385733215704</a>.</p> https://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/8135#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Brutalidad Policial African-American Anti-racism Chican@s y Latin@s National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression National Day of Protest Puertoriqueños Utah Against Police Brutality La Carcel y el Racismo Sistema de injusticia Nacionalidades Oprimidas Thu, 28 May 2020 19:03:59 +0000 Fight Back 8135 at https://www.fightbacknews.org