Fight Back! - News and Views from the People's Struggle 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 Panel demands ‘Stop Angela Corey's war on Black women!’ <p>Jacksonville, FL – More than 20 people gathered at Chamblin's Uptown, a bookstore and coffee shop, July 27, to attend a Jacksonville Progressive Coalition's (JPC) educational event where a panel discussed Angela Corey's war on Black women. </p> <p>Angela Corey is the State Attorney in Florida responsible for letting George Zimmerman walk after murdering Trayvon Martin and for failing to get a conviction for Michael Dunn after he murdered Jordan Davis at a Jacksonville gas station. Angela Corey is also responsible for locking up Marissa Alexander for firing a warning shot to defend herself from an abusive man. Corey is trying to put Alexander away for 60 years.</p> <p>The panel discussed how Marissa Alexander was being abused for being Black and a woman. One of the speakers said that this was not the first time Angela Corey had attacked a Black woman for defending herself. Organizers in the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition have recently uncovered another case, the case of Carolyn Barnes, which has striking similarities to Alexander's case. The common thread was that both women were targets of Angela Corey's war on Black women.</p> <p>Action News Jax sent a camera and a reporter to cover the event. The reporter interviewed JPC organizer Wells Todd about the Coalition's ongoing “Angela Corey Out Now!” campaign.</p> <p>Chrisley Carpio, an organizer with Gainesville Students for a Democratic Society and a speaker on the panel, recounted her experiences organizing rallies and marches for Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, including two acts of civil disobedience undertaken with the Dream Defenders in Florida. “Only by organizing militant actions in the streets can we hope to get justice for Trayvon, Jordan, and now Marissa,” Carpio told the audience.</p> <p>The discussion ended with a question and answer session for the panel. Activists vowed to keep fighting until Anglea Corey was out of office and justice was won for all her victims.</p> People's Struggles Angela Corey Angela Corey Out Now Anti-racism Anti-Racism Campaign Chrisley Carpio Florida Jacksonville Jacksonville Progress Coalition Jordan Davis JPC Marissa Alexander Trayvon Martin Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:15:53 +0000 Fight Back 4224 at Hundreds protest ‘Chicago Stands with Israel’ rally <p>Chicago, IL - 350 people gathered across the street from the Zionist "Chicago Stands with Israel’ rally, July 28, to stand in solidarity with Gaza. One of the more popular chants at the counter-protest was "Gaza, Gaza, don't you cry; we stand with you in the Chi!" Despite the police's efforts to physically divide the counter-protest, the Palestinians and their supporters stayed until the Zionists left. Afterwards, they marched through Daley plaza and reaffirmed their commitment to organize and protest until Palestine is free.</p> Antiwar Movement chicago Gaza Israel Palestine Palestine Protesters Protesting Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:52:05 +0000 Fight Back 4223 at Milwaukee vigil for Gaza confronts ‘Israel Solidarity Gathering’ <p>Fox Point, WI ­ 350 people gathered for a counter­demonstration against an ‘Israel Solidarity Gathering’ held at Congregation Shalom in the Milwaukee suburb of Fox Point, July 27. Supporters of Palestine gathered across the street from the pro­-Israel event for two and a half hours, at one point enduring a thunderstorm.</p> <p>This is the third large Gaza solidarity rally in as many weeks in Milwaukee. Many Palestinian families were present, as well as anti­-Zionist Jewish activists, anti­war activists and students.</p> <p>As Zionists entered their event, Palestinian community members announced the names of those killed in Gaza during the last 21 days of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge. “They were forced to see the truth,” said Reema Hamden of Students for Justice in Palestine, one of the event organizers. Over 1000 people have been killed in the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza.</p> <p>Some Zionists started heckling the crowd, shouting “terrorists.” Emotions ran high. Organizers of the pro­-Israel rally had two police forces and a private security checkpoint to search people entering the Israel event.</p> <p>As the rally came to a close, a young Palestinian girl led a loud march down the middle of Santa Monica Boulevard before it was broken up by police.</p> Antiwar Movement Fox Point Gaza Israel Milwaukee Palestine Palestine Vigil Wisconsin Zionist Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:11:30 +0000 Fight Back 4222 at U of MN SDS builds local momentum for hosting the 2014 national convention <p>Minneapolis, MN — On July 26, dozens of Twin Cities activists gathered in South Minneapolis to support the University of Minnesota’s Students for a Democratic Society (UMN SDS) chapter in its push to promote and fundraise for the 2014 SDS National Convention. UMN SDS joined with local anti-war groups in organizing the community party to generate both funds and excitement for Minneapolis’ selection as the hosting site for the SDS National Convention in mid-October.</p> <p>Over the past year, SDS has joined with veteran anti-war activists to oppose U.S. intervention in Syria, to keep war-criminal Condoleezza Rice from speaking at the University of Minnesota and to support Palestinian resistance to Israel’s recent U.S.-backed assault on Gaza.</p> <p>UMN SDS has continuously worked to build relationships with the greater Twin Cities anti-war community and as a result had a high level of support for its fundraising efforts around hosting the 2014 SDS National Convention.</p> <p>At the SDS fundraiser party, organizers spoke about the unexpected hikes in the cost of reserving rooms at the U of M and about their hope to offset the costs of travel to the convention for groups on the leading edge of student struggle across the country.</p> <p>The <a href="">Rosenberg Fund for Children</a> was also highlighted as a key sponsor of this year's convention. Jenn Meeropol, granddaughter of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, will be attending this year's convention and participating in the political repression plenary.</p> <p>Students for a Democratic Society was re-formed in 2006. UMN SDS member Matt Boynton said, “The anti-war community has supported us for years and we are happy they continue to not only support our chapter, but the national organization as well. We hope other SDS chapters can reach out to veteran activists in their own cities to both build relationships and generate a buzz around this year's SDS convention.”</p> <p>The SDS National Convention will take place on Oct. 11-12 at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Please <a href="">click here to make donations to UMN SDS</a>.</p> 2014 SDS National Convention Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) Student Movement Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:26:49 +0000 Fight Back 4220 at Stop the raids, justice for Naples, FL workers <p>Naples, FL - In the early morning of July 16, one of Florida's biggest workplace raids led to 160 employees being investigated, with at least 16 under arrest.</p> <p>Back in 2011, a former employee of Fruit Dynamics went to the doctor after an injury on the job.The doctor discovered the worker was undocumented and allegedly was using someone else's Social Security number.</p> <p>Collier County officials began investigating Fruit Dynamics, the people who worked there, and after a three-year long operation, deputies raided Fruit Dynamics.</p> <p>Naples is part of Collier County which still implements the harsh federal program 287 (g). 287 (g) allows Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to train local police. Police then act as an extension of ICE: arresting, detaining and finally taking undocumented cases to ICE who then may decide whether to deport an immigrant or continue detaining them.</p> <p>Raul Vidaurri a U.S. citizen who worked at Fruit Dynamics and was present during the raid states, "Many of those who were separated were scared and two, a man and a woman, passed out and were taken away in an ambulance. I was the only one who had a phone with a signal, so a lot of them asked me to call their families."</p> <p>While the deputies are patting themselves on their backs, these 160 employees have an unknown future. The Obama administration is still conducting the hated workplace and community raids, even though they continue issuing statements denying this.</p> <p>Many of these workers are Mexican and Central American - nationalities that are almost never able to obtain legal residency. Children of Central American are also being detained in detention centers.</p> <p>The Fruit Dynamics employees were simply trying to provide for their families. The undocumented are just trying to work. To stamp them with an ‘identity fraud’ label is pointing the finger at the wrong people. The ones who should be blamed for the inability to solve the immigration system are sitting in their cushy, political seats reaping off the profits made by these hard-working employees. Detaining or deporting the Fruit Dynamics employees is separating families and making it even harder for these employees to ever apply for residency. </p> <p> A nearby community group, Raices En Tampa, is coordinating a call-in-day to the Collier County Sheriff's office, July 29. Raices En Tampa encourages you to participate by joining in on the action. Demand, "Drop the Charges against the #NaplesWorkers, release them now!" Facebook event here: <a href="" title=""></a></p> Florida ICE Immigration Labor Naples Raices Raices en Tampa The Fruit Company Workers Immigrant Rights Labor Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:29:53 +0000 Fight Back 4221 at Salt Lake City protests Israeli military invasion of Gaza <p>Salt Lake City, UT - Over 100 people gathered in downtown here, July 25, to protest the Israeli military invasion of Gaza and the oppression of the Palestinian people. This is the second protest in the city since the start of Israel’s ground war on Gaza.</p> <p>Protester’s chanted, “Free, free Palestine!” and “Money for jobs and education, not for Israel’s occupation!” on the grounds of the City and County building during Salt Lake City’s busy rush hour. This protest took place prior to a fundraising dinner in which all proceeds will be donated to Islamic Relief Worldwide.</p> <p>Many of the protesters expressed dismay at the rising death toll of Palestinians due to Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge.” Rally leaders demanded an end to the Israeli Defense Forces’ brutal attacks on the Palestinian people.</p> <p>To end the protest, a prayer was given in Arabic to wish peace on those suffering in Gaza. Another protest is planned for Salt Lake City on July 31 to show continued solidarity with Palestine and opposition to U.S. aid for Israel.</p> Antiwar Movement Gaza Palestine Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:53:44 +0000 Fight Back 4219 at Protest set to counter ‘Chicago Stands With Israel’ rally <p>Chicago, IL - A counter demonstration to the July 28 “Chicago Stands With Israel” rally is being organized by Coalition for Justice in Palestine. </p> <p>According to a statement from protest organizers, “While millions across the world are rallying in solidarity with the Palestinian people, and for justice and peace in the region, including over 10,000 of us Chicagoans at both last weekend's protest and yesterday's - the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago is rallying in support of war, occupation and colonization right here in our city.”</p> <p>“Mobilizations across the world are important to counter Israel's offensive. Join us tomorrow to say we don't want warmongers to rally in our town,” the statement continues.</p> <p>The counter-protest will take place July 28, 10:45 a.m., at the State of Illinois building, Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street, in downtown Chicago. </p> <p>The protest will put forward the following slogans: End the Siege on Gaza, Stop Killing the Palestinian People, Peace and Justice for Palestine, End the Occupation and Colonization of Palestine, and End U.S. Aid to Israel.</p> Antiwar Movement anti-war chicago Coalition for Justice in Palestine Gaza Illinois Israel Palestine Palestine Protest Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:15:47 +0000 Fight Back 4218 at Massive Chicago march in solidarity with Gaza <p>Chicago, IL - Chanting, "Gaza, Gaza, Gaza," a crowd estimated by organizers at 15,000 people marched in Chicago July 26. Sponsored by the Coalition for Justice in Palestine, the march is the sixth mass protest sponsored by the coalition since July 5.</p> <p>At the opening rally, Hatem Abudayyeh of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network and the coalition, brought cheers from the crowd when he said, “Although we are paying a huge cost, Israel is losing. Even with the fourth strongest army in the world, and the support of our U.S. government, Israel is losing. It is losing in Palestine, and it is losing in the court of public opinion.”</p> Antiwar Movement chicago Gaza Illinois Israel Palestine Palestine Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:49:56 +0000 Fight Back 4217 at Savannah, Georgia vigil in solidarity with Gaza <p>Savannah, GA - Fifteen people attended a vigil for the 800-plus Palestinians killed by Israel's three-week assault on the Gaza strip. The July 24 event marked the beginning of “Solidarity with Palestine,” a series of events, protests, vigils and film screenings, aimed at drawing awareness to Israel's war against Palestine and the subsequent humanitarian crisis. Solidarity with Palestine is a joint partnership between the Revolutionary People's Union and Occupy Savannah.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Antiwar Movement Gaza Palestine Palestine Sun, 27 Jul 2014 03:06:43 +0000 Fight Back 4216 at West Michigan protest against Israeli war on Gaza <p>Grand Rapids, MI - A growing number of Michiganders are protesting the Israeli war on Gaza. A crowd of over 150 demonstrated at the Gerald R. Ford Federal Building in downtown Grand Rapids, July 25. Palestinian and Arab Americans were joined by larger numbers of other anti-war protesters to stand with signs reading “End U.S. aid to Israel,” and “Stop the war on Gaza!” Young people stood at one of the busiest corners in downtown Grand Rapids during rush hour traffic chanting, “Free, free, Palestine.”</p> <p>Priscilla Lin of Hope Equals, a group in Grand Rapids, said her heart burns for the children of Palestine. She stated, “The protest needs to reflect in the Congress. People should call their Michigan senators to tell them to stop the war, both Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin. The U.S. is spending more than $3 billion on Israel and whoever pays the tax is sponsoring what goes on in Gaza. Also Representatives Justin Amash and Huizinga should get calls.”</p> <p>Mahmod Abughoush, a local organizer of the protest related, “I want to let the people hear our voice. People are being killed every day, women, children, houses being bombed and destroyed, old people too. We want the Israeli government to stop the killing and terrorizing of people. Stop all the violence. The U.S. government needs to stop supporting Israel, to stop supporting the terrorists.”</p> <p>When asked how he thought the American people see the protests, Abughoush replied, “The American people in general do not know the truth because the media is not doing its job right. The media is giving false information.”</p> <p>As the White House continues to back the Israeli war against the people of Gaza, local groups around the state of Michigan are mobilizing to attend the court hearing for Rasmea Odeh on Thursday, July 31 at 1:00 p.m.</p> <p>Rasmea Odeh was tortured and imprisoned by the Israeli military in 1969, and now the U.S. is putting her on trial for not reporting it on her immigration forms. She is a prominent and award-winning leader of women in both the Chicagoland area and Palestine.</p> Antiwar Movement Gaza Palestine Palestine Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:20:19 +0000 Fight Back 4214 at