Fight Back! - News and Views from the People's Struggle http://www.fightbacknews.org/ 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. en Jacksonville demands a Peoples Budget - money for housing and not police http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/16/jacksonville-demands-peoples-budget-money-housing-and-not-police <p>Jacksonville, FL - As the people of Jacksonville face rapidly increasing rent hikes and evictions, local organizers and residents rallied outside of City Hall on August 9. Before entering the city council meeting, they rallied and chanted, “Peoples Budget now!” “Make housing affordable,” and “Rent stabilization now!”</p> <p>After listening to speakers outside of city hall, many people spoke at the city council meeting, demanding a People’s Budget. The proposal from the Jacksonville Community Action Committee will reallocate funds from the inflated Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) budget back into the community.&nbsp;</p> <p>The People's Budget proposal focuses on Jacksonville’s city budget and reallocating funds because, under Mayor Curry, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office currently holds nearly 40% of the $1.4 billion budget.</p> <p>Sara Mahmoud of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization stood at the podium and said, “JSO has consistently proven that they have no intention to protect our community but would rather brutalize and kill our residents. On top of that, as we witnessed over 1200 eviction filings in July, it is JSO who will enforce those evictions. Instead of funding measures that will help our residents in the middle of a pandemic and crisis, they’re choosing to fund police who will penalize the working class for simply being poor. This is why we’re demanding a Peoples Budget from city council, that includes proposals for a Tenants Bill of Rights and an Office of Tenant Advocacy to enforce the bill of rights.”</p> <p>Shayne Tremblay, a local IBEW union member said, “I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: We the workers, are what make Jacksonville the city it is. We are the ones building the homes, delivering the packages, teaching our children, making the coffee, and keeping the city clean, but we are being priced out of living in our own city, and our city officials are letting it happen.”</p> <p>Christina Kittle, an organizer with the Jacksonville Community Action Committee, stated that Jacksonville should enact a housing state of emergency, like Orange County, which was able to get rent stabilization on the election ballot.</p> <p>Kittle explained, “There have been 20,825 evictions in Jacksonville from March 2022 to the end of July 2022. It’s clear we have a housing crisis, yet more and more funding goes to the police. It is unfair when organizations have to provide numbers and data and months of research just to be considered for funding, but a department that underperforms consistently gets millions each year. No questions asked.”</p> <p>Protesters demanded that the city council focus on two initiatives that could help combat the housing crisis in Jacksonville: First, a housing state of emergency that will put in place an eviction moratorium. Second, an Office of Tenant Advocacy that will uphold a Tenant Bill of Rights to hold landholders accountable for negligence in maintenance, management or unjust rent hikes. This could be created by taking the $37million proposed for police and reallocating it.&nbsp;</p> <p>The People’s Budget proposes legislation that will provide for resources lacking in Jacksonville. This includes funding the Division of Mental Health Services to improve access to quality mental health services, funding for the construction and maintenance of new homeless shelters to reduce overcrowding in existing shelters, increasing wage raises for case managers and recruiting more shelter employees. Other legislation includes supporting Black businesses, crime reduction, and public infrastructure efforts.&nbsp;</p> <p>Protesters vowed to keep the pressure on the city council until their demands for a People’s Budget are met. You can read JCAC’s proposal for a People’s Budget at <a href="https://jaxtakesaction.org/peoples-budget-now">https://jaxtakesaction.org/peoples-budget-now</a>.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/16/jacksonville-demands-peoples-budget-money-housing-and-not-police#comments housing Housing Struggles People’s Budget Tue, 16 Aug 2022 22:38:09 +0000 Fight Back 9885 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Dallas vigil for martyred Palestinians http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/16/dallas-vigil-martyred-palestinians <p>Dallas, TX - On Saturday, August 13, 50 people raised Palestinian flags and held candles at the Grassy Knoll in downtown Dallas. They gathered to pay respects to the 49 Palestinians killed by Israel. Israel bombed people in Gaza, Palestine from August 5 to August 7.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Jo Hargis of the Dallas Anti-War Committee said, "The United States is guilty of every bomb dropped on Palestine and every murder of Palestinians," stated Hargis. "The continued occupation of Palestine is only possible thanks to the billions of dollars a year in direct funding of weapons and in favorable trade deals."</p> <p>Rick Majumdar of the Dallas Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression spoke, "The National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repressions offers its total and complete solidarity with the martyrs in Nablus, Gaza and all over occupied Palestine.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Majumdar continued, "The genocidal apartheid regime of Israel would not stand a day without the uncritical support from the U.S. The same U.S. that funds murder across the world in Libya, Syria, Iraq and the Philippines and brings back murder to its own shores through the training of Dallas police officers with the Israeli Defense Forces. The same Dallas police who murder Black people in the streets and harass oppressed communities.”&nbsp;</p> <p>After the speeches and a moment of silence, the names of the martyrs of Gaza, Palestine were read aloud. Prayers followed.</p> <p>The vigil was called by Students for Justice in Palestine at UT Dallas, Palestinian Youth Movement, American Muslims for Palestine, Dallas Anti-War Committee, Dallas Peace and Justice Center, CODEPINK, Veterans for Peace, and DSA North Texas.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/16/dallas-vigil-martyred-palestinians#comments Gaza Palestine Palestine Tue, 16 Aug 2022 17:24:00 +0000 Fight Back 9884 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Red Theory: Constant and variable capital http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/14/red-theory-constant-and-variable-capital <p>To understand Marx’s critique of capitalism, it is essential to understand capital dialectically. We see again and again in <em>Capital</em> itself that Marx breaks things down into their contradictory aspects. We’ve already seen this with value, which considers both use-value and exchange-value. Now, as we look at capital itself, we will see Marx’s dialectical method of analysis at work again, as Marx shows how capital is divided into constant and variable capital.</p> <p>Let’s dig a little deeper into the value of a commodity. Remember that the value of a commodity is determined by the socially necessary labor time that is required to produce it. This was dealt with in our last article on the Law of Value. Marx’s conception of constant and variable capital helps make this clearer.</p> <p>According to Marx, “Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.” The relationship between capital to labor is parasitic, and this parasitic relationship is well-illustrated by this relationship between constant and variable capital.</p> <p>Constant capital is what the capitalist spends on raw materials and fuel consumed in production, the machinery used, and the factory buildings. The capitalist builds, buys, maintains and repairs the factory, pays for materials, supplies, and the fuel needed to power the machinery. All of these things make up part of the value of the commodity. The cost of this capital investment is transferred into the commodities produced as they're worn out or used up in the production process. These things are called constant capital because they don’t add any new value to the commodity. The quantity of value isn’t changed by these things - it is constant.</p> <p>Variable capital, on the other hand, is what the capitalist spends on the workers themselves, on purchasing their labor-power. The capitalist hires workers, agreeing to pay them a wage based on the socially necessary labor time that will allow them to go on living and working. Variable capital is called variable because it grows in the production process. It creates new value through creating a surplus, over and above what the worker is paid for. This is surplus value, which we’ll get into in detail later. For now, let’s give an example of how this works, as simply as possible.</p> <p>Let’s say a worker is making a coffin for his capitalist boss, who owns a coffin factory. The worker earns a daily wage of $100, and uses $1000 worth of materials to make a coffin over the course of the work day. The capitalist then sells the finished coffin for $1200. The $1000 represents the constant capital that the capitalist has invested in machinery, tools, raw material and fuel. The $100 is the variable capital that is invested in labor power. The result of the process is the $100 surplus above both forms of capital invested, which the capitalist takes as profit.</p> <p>Now, remember that a daily wage of $100 is paid to the worker. If the capitalist can get the worker to produce two coffins instead of one over the course of the day, then the capitalist will have invested $2000 in constant capital between the two coffins, and $100 in variable capital for the wage of the worker. Again, the capitalist then sells the coffins for $1200 each, totaling $2400 for both of them. Now the capitalist is ahead not by $100 per coffin, but by $150 per coffin.</p> <p>Basically, what all of this means is that if a certain quantity of constant capital and variable capital are invested by a capitalist in a process of production, then by the end of that process these values will have reproduced or renewed themselves in the final product. However, if the labor power of the worker has exceeded the socially necessary labor time required for the worker to go on living and working, then there will be a surplus created which the capitalist pockets.</p> <p>The profit, in this illustration, is made by increasing the intensity of the labor, by reducing the amount of labor time required to produce the commodity. Marx called this relative surplus value. The other method of increasing surplus value is lengthening the working day, which Marx called absolute surplus value. In either case, the capitalist is gaining from the unpaid labor of the worker. In our next article we’ll break down exactly how surplus value works in more detail.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/14/red-theory-constant-and-variable-capital#comments Marxism-Leninism ML Theory political economy red theory Sun, 14 Aug 2022 19:26:38 +0000 Fight Back 9883 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Tallahassee Police Department trains with mass murderer http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/13/tallahassee-police-department-trains-mass-murderer <p>Commentary by Ben Grant</p> <p>Tallahassee, FL - On August 4, the Tallahassee Police Department was hosted by Stronghold SOF Solutions at their facility in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, for training led by Eddie Gallagher. Gallagher is a former Navy SEAL infamous for being court-martialed in 2019 for ten offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.</p> <p>Some of the of worst things Gallagher has done include posing in a photograph with the body of a murdered Iraqi teenage prisoner, shooting unarmed civilians in 2017, and, according to the <em>New York Times</em>, “indiscriminately spraying neighborhoods with rockets and machine-gun fire.” He was also charged with obstruction of justice after he sent text messages to other members of Seal 7, saying, “I just got word these guys went crying to the wrong person. The only thing we can do as good team guys is pass the word on those traitors. They are not brothers at all.” As a result of this he was held in the military brig.</p> <p>On August 8, the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) released a statement claiming that this training was no more than its annual active-shooter response training and that Stronghold “had several of its trainers observing ... and providing input," adding that "Mr. Gallagher was one of those observers." However, that statement is contradicted by posts from both Stronghold Solutions and Eddie Gallagher himself. An Instagram post from Stronghold on August 5 reads, “Training included flat range POl, live-fire shoot house CQB/HR, and TAC MED Scenario training,” and according to an Instagram post from Gallagher that same day, “They were an extraordinary group of men who were ready to train and take on new concepts of shooting and CQB to add to their toolbox.” The abbreviations used refer to aspects of military urban combat.</p> <p>Stronghold SOF Solutions was created by a former U.S. Army Green Beret and cites the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and National Sheriffs’ Association among its clients. A quote at the top of the company’s website reads, “We preserve the warrior culture by honoring its traditions, we prepare the future warfighter by delivering innovative training solutions, so we can protect those who cannot do it themselves,” with “we prepare the future warfighter” being the key phrase.</p> <p>Training police officers as active-duty soldiers sets a dangerous precedent where officers see the civilian population as an enemy force. Instead of the police being trained for de-escalation, they are instead trained to be warriors. This “warrior” mentality is reminiscent of the “killology” training given to police departments across the country and that trains police for war in the community.</p> <p>To add insult to injury, TPD is fully embracing the idea of their police force being closer to soldiers than peace officers, as is illustrated by a new recruitment ad showing the myriad ways would-be police officers can engage in war-like scenarios. One scene depicts an officer with a sniper rifle in a camouflage ghillie suit while others are shown riding on the side of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) assault vehicles or walking in military-style formation through thick smoke. There was no attempt in that ad to recruit individuals interested in community policing, but rather showed how “badass” it is to be a police officer - appealing to people looking for a theater of war right here at home.</p> <p>What Tallahassee needs is a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC), a body made up of working-class and oppressed people that can hold Police Chief Lawrence Revell and City Manager Reese Goad accountable. We cannot have a police force training in tactics of battle under the auspices of a known war criminal.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/13/tallahassee-police-department-trains-mass-murderer#comments Police Brutality Stop Police Crimes Sat, 13 Aug 2022 22:18:00 +0000 Fight Back 9882 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Minneapolis stands with Gaza in emergency protest http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/13/minneapolis-stands-gaza-emergency-protest <p>Minneapolis, MN – On August 9, around 100 Palestine solidarity and anti-war activists packed the sidewalk outside Senator Amy Klobuchar’s downtown office to demand immediate action to end U.S. aid to Israel. The action was called on an emergency basis after several days of Israeli military attacks on Gaza as well as ongoing raids on the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank.</p> <p>This latest round of Zionist violence began on August 5 when Israel Occupation Forces (IOF) bombed a residential building in Gaza to assassinate a resistance leader. The unprovoked attack reportedly killed ten people, including a five-year-old child and several civilians, and was followed by sustained IOF bombardment of the besieged enclave for days. In total, the attacks on Gaza killed 48 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including 17 children. Several additional Palestinian were killed by the IOF in the following days amid raids and arrests in the West Bank.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Minneapolis protest was initiated by the Anti-War Committee (AWC) and American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), and quickly endorsed by more groups including the Council on American-Islamic Relations - Minnesota, Youth for Palestine MN, Women Against Military Madness, and the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition.&nbsp;</p> <p>“Since 2009, how many massacres have we had in Gaza? Countless,” said Taher Herzallah of AMP. “How many children did we lose? How many generations did we lose? How many people have become homeless or permanently wounded and injured?”</p> <p>“The people of Gaza will not let anybody break them,” he continued. “They will not let a bombardment, or the Israeli government, or Zionism, or anything that happens, break them and break their will to live.”</p> <p>Activists slammed Senator Klobuchar for her hawkish record, including strong support for U.S. aid to Israel, but the AWC’s Andrew Josefchak explained, “Even if people like Klobuchar are against us, we are still making gains.”</p> <p>“Palestine only makes the news when Israel bombs Gaza, but the fight continues all the time. There are victories all the time, not only in the rising tide of heroic resistance fighting in the West Bank, but here too,” said Josefchak, citing recent divestment announcements by U.S. corporations like Ben &amp; Jerry’s and Pillsbury after being pressured by solidarity activists.&nbsp;</p> <p>Organizers announced the next local Palestine solidarity action, a protest demanding that the Minnesota State Board of Investment divest its millions in public pension funds from Israeli companies like weapons manufacturer Elbit Systems. That action will take place Tuesday, August 23, at the Governor’s Mansion in Saint Paul (1006 Summit Ave), at 5 p.m.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/13/minneapolis-stands-gaza-emergency-protest#comments Antiwar Movement American Muslims for Palestine-Minnesota (AMP-MN) Anti-War Committee (AWC) Gaza Palestine Sat, 13 Aug 2022 18:30:18 +0000 Fight Back 9881 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Chicago’s movement to free wrongfully incarcerated gains traction as Foxx moves to exonerate 8 http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/12/chicago-s-movement-free-wrongfully-incarcerated-gains-traction-foxx-moves-exonerate-8 <p><em>Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Campaign to Free Incarcerated Survivors of Police Torture (CFIST) of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.&nbsp;</em></p> <p>The Campaign to Free Incarcerated Survivors of Police Torture (CFIST) of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression hails the announcement by the Cook County State’s Attorney Office in the cases of David Colon, Johnny Flores, Nelson Gonzalez, Marilyn Mulero and Jaime Rios —previously released – and Carlos Andino, Alfredo Gonzalez and Louis Robinson, still imprisoned. All are survivors of framed up, wrongful convictions at the hands of disgraced Det. Reynaldo Guevara.</p> <p>In the same breath, we condemn the ongoing racist attacks by the Fraternal Order of the Police, and reactionary politicians – both Democrats and Republicans - who refuse to reckon with Chicago’s history of police misconduct or the ongoing torture of incarcerated people behind prison walls.</p> <p>When Kim Foxx ran for State’s Attorney in 2016, she said Cook County was the “wrongful conviction capital of the US.” She was referring to the dark history of Chicago police detectives torturing people of color to gain false confessions.</p> <p>Since taking office in 2017, she had vacated 24 of Guevara’s wrongful convictions; 212 of Sgt. Ronald Watts; and approximately 80 of other known torture cops.</p> <p>With this announcement, and potentially three more Guevara survivors in the coming days, the total number of exonerated survivors of Guevara and his gang would reach 35 cases.</p> <p>But, as the State’s Attorney’s Office knows, these cases are only the tip of the iceberg.</p> <p>We call on the State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) to take additional measures to bring justice to the people of Chicago who have long suffered the crimes of the Chicago Police Department. Since October of last year, we have organized 1000s of people to demand that police officers with established records of torturing suspects, false confessions, perjury, and subornation of perjury no longer be called as witnesses for the prosecution; and that convictions for all those framed, tortured and wrongfully convicted, particularly in cases involving detectives where an established pattern of torture, forced confession and wrongful convictions hold, are vacated.</p> <p>We have used the examples of torture cops like Kenneth Boudreau, John Halloran, and James O’Brien to make our arguments. In recent weeks, several cases involving this trio were either thrown out, or a new trial was ordered. The judges referred to these cops having an established pattern of coercing suspects and having no credibility as witnesses. These rulings amplify our arguments, and directly reflect the campaign’s demands which are supported by our extensively researched report on Chicago police torture which can be found here:</p> <p><a href="https://www.caarpr.org/torture-report">https://www.caarpr.org/torture-report</a></p> <p>Cook County Judge Obbish said Guevara "has now eliminated the possibility of being considered a credible witness in any proceeding" due to the evidence against him and his refusal to testify. This is a judgment that is now being applied to other torturer cops such as Boudreau, Halloran and O' Brien.</p> <p>Hundreds of wrongfully convicted individuals remain behind bars for crimes they did not commit. The State’s Attorney must build on today’s action and accelerate the process of bringing all these survivors home.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/12/chicago-s-movement-free-wrongfully-incarcerated-gains-traction-foxx-moves-exonerate-8#comments Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression In-Justice System Fri, 12 Aug 2022 22:18:15 +0000 Fight Back 9880 at http://www.fightbacknews.org New York City protests for Gaza http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/10/new-york-city-protests-gaza <p>New York, NY - Over 300 people gathered in front of the Friends of the IDF building on Monday, August 8 in response to the Israeli attack on Gaza over the weekend. That attack resulted in over 300 injured and at least 43 deaths, at least 15 of whom were children.</p> <p>Organizers led the crowd with chants and speeches demanding freedom for Palestine. Zionists attempted to counter protest but were greatly outnumbered and outshined. by the supporters of Palestine.</p> <p>The rally then turned into a march, heading into Grand Central Station and through the streets of New York.</p> <p>The action was organized by Within Our Lifetime - United for Palestine, Palestine Youth Movement, Samidoun Palestinian Political Prisoner Solidarity Network, Decolonize This Place, and Existence is Resistance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/10/new-york-city-protests-gaza#comments Free Palestine Palestine Wed, 10 Aug 2022 12:53:39 +0000 Fight Back 9879 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Milwaukee Alliance holds march and vigil for Brieon Green http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/9/milwaukee-alliance-holds-march-and-vigil-brieon-green <p>Milwaukee, WI – On Saturday, August 6, the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression held a march and vigil with the family of Brieon Green and other community members. Green died at the jail on June 26. With a small but energetic crowd, the Milwaukee Alliance led people in a loop through the downtown area that began and ended in front of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.&nbsp;</p> <p>After the march, Angela Lang, executive director of Black Leaders Organizing Communities; Monique Dunlap, Green’s aunt, and Omar Flores, co-chair of the MAARPR, spoke about Green's case and the need for transparency and accountability. After the march and speeches, the crowd met at Lake Park for a vigil.&nbsp;</p> <p>Green’s family thinks it is important to keep having actions due to the lack of answers and transparency regarding the case. Monique Dunlap called for continued community support around the case.</p> <p>"Don’t let them make decisions for our lives because their decision right now is for us to remain quiet," Dunlap said.</p> <p>Milwaukee County authorities are refusing to open an investigation, and without public pushback they will continue to drag their feet on Green’s case and more general issues within the Milwaukee County jail. As long as the family and community continue to have questions regarding his death, actions will continue.&nbsp;</p> <p>News and media outlets have filed open records requests for the footage of Green inside the Milwaukee County jail, but none of the requests have been answered. Moreover, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office continues to refuse cooperation with the family’s legal team. Green’s family continues to hit frustrating roadblocks on the way to opening an investigation. However, none of these obstacles will deter the family and their supporters from seeking justice for Brieon.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Milwaukee Alliance and Brieon's family continue to demand the following: The public release of all the officer’s names who arrested Green and handled his booking; the release of the body camera footage of all seven officers who interacted with Green during his arrest inside the county jail; the release of the footage from street cameras that captured Green’s arrest; the release of the footage from the squad car in which Green was arrested; the release of the footage from the cameras inside the county jail to ensure that Green was booked, medically cleared, and alive prior to being jailed; and for Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson to open an investigation into suicide prevention and conditions within Milwaukee County Jail.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/9/milwaukee-alliance-holds-march-and-vigil-brieon-green#comments Police Brutality killer cops Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression Stop Police Crimes Tue, 09 Aug 2022 21:00:27 +0000 Fight Back 9878 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Tampa community protests for rent control amidst housing crisis http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/8/tampa-community-protests-rent-control-amidst-housing-crisis <p>Tampa, FL - On August 7, Tampa organizers rallied at city hall to demand rent control be on the ballot for the upcoming November city election. The emergency protest was called after the city council voted on August 4 against putting the rent control demand on the ballot.</p> <p>Rent in Tampa has been rising rapidly, with rents being 38% higher than January 2021. Since March 15, there have been 31,357 evictions filed in Tampa as many can’t keep up with the rising rent rates. The city council voted six to one on July 28 to declare a housing state of emergency, and the vote against rent control being on the ballot came as a slap in the face to Tampa residents.&nbsp;</p> <p>Joseph Nohava, member of Tampa Bay Community Action Committee (TBCAC), stated in a speech at the event, “What’s most appalling is the betrayal of those on the city council who can acknowledge that there’s a housing emergency, but refuse to take action.”</p> <p>Despite rain, the protesters continued to demand that rent control be put on the ballot in the November election and that more money be given to housing assistance rather than the police budget. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor proposed on August 4 the new city budget. It included $5.5 million to housing, but 40% of the general fund will be given to the Tampa Police Department. TBCAC is demanding, in its current People’s Budget Campaign, that $40 million be given to housing resources rather than the police.&nbsp;</p> <p>TBCAC and other community organizations will also be present at future city council meetings to demand rent control be added to the November election ballot. There are public budget hearings on September 6 and 22.&nbsp;</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/8/tampa-community-protests-rent-control-amidst-housing-crisis#comments housing crisis Housing Struggles rent control Tue, 09 Aug 2022 00:49:05 +0000 Fight Back 9877 at http://www.fightbacknews.org On Hiroshima anniversary, Minneapolis says no to nuclear war http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/8/hiroshima-anniversary-minneapolis-says-no-nuclear-war <p>Minneapolis, MN - Around 75 people rallied on August 6 to commemorate the deadly U.S. atomic bombings of Japan during World War II and to call for an end to U.S. wars and provocations that threaten nuclear war in the present. Activists lined busy Lake Street with signs and banners while chanting anti-war slogans and delivering speeches.</p> <p>77 years earlier, on August 6, 1945, the U.S. warplane Enola Gay detonated a nuclear bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, on August 9, U.S. forces detonated another nuclear bomb over Nagasaki. Comprising the only uses in history of nuclear weapons in an armed conflict, the two attacks killed an estimated 129,000 to 226,000 people, almost entirely civilians. The anniversaries of the bombings have been commemorated by peace activists around the world ever since.</p> <p>At the Minneapolis rally, activists highlighted the renewed threat of nuclear war stemming from ongoing imperialist U.S. foreign policies.</p> <p>Kent Mori is an organizer with the Japanese-American social justice group Tsuru for Solidarity as well as the Twin Cities-based Climate Justice Committee. “Since at least 2014, the U.S. and NATO have been meddling in Ukraine, provoking that government to serve as a proxy to fight Russia. This proxy conflict doesn't serve the interests of the Ukrainian people, only U.S. and NATO aggression. And it brings us closer to the possibility of nuclear war,” Mori explained.</p> <p>“The U.S. military is also the largest single organizational source of greenhouse gases,” he added. “You could say U.S. aggression and imperialism is climate change in action.”</p> <p>John LaForge, co-director of the Wisconsin-based peace and environmental justice group Nukewatch, also spoke at the rally. “Rehearsals for attacks on Russia by NATO forces involve nuclear war rehearsals,” he said. “The NATO exercises practice with weighted dummies to practice nuclear war attacks on Russia on a regular basis – rehearsing and preparing for nuclear weapons use on Russian territory.”</p> <p>The event was called by the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, and endorsed by Antiwar Advocates of Minnesota Congressional District 2, Anti-War Committee, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Mayday Books, Minneapolis-St. Paul Hiroshima Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, Minnesota War Tax Resistance, Movement 4 A Peoples Democracy, Nukewatch, Party for Socialism and Liberation - Minneapolis, Party of Communists USA, St. Joan of Arc Peacemakers, St. Paul Eastside Neighbors for Peace, Socialist Action, Socialist Party USA - Twin Cities Local, Twin Cities Assange Defense, Veterans for Peace Chapter 27, Welfare Rights Committee, and Women Against Military Madness.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/8/8/hiroshima-anniversary-minneapolis-says-no-nuclear-war#comments Antiwar Movement anti-war Anti-War Committee (AWC) Mon, 08 Aug 2022 13:41:13 +0000 Fight Back 9876 at http://www.fightbacknews.org