Fight Back! - News and Views from the People's Struggle http://www.fightbacknews.org/frontpage/sitemap.xml 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 MN says: “No to U.S. coup in Bolivia” http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/15/mn-says-no-us-coup-bolivia <p>Minneapolis, MN - 50 protesters rallied at the intersection of Lake Street and Bloomington Avenue in Minneapolis on November 14 in response to a call for emergency response protests. On November 8, Bolivia’s military staged a coup and ousted democratically elected President Evo Morales. Even though Morales accepted asylum in Mexico, the people’s movements have refused to back down and have been protesting in the capital. Protests internationally have been organized to show solidarity with the indigenous and workers’ movements opposing U.S. interference in Bolivia. </p> <p>Thousands of drivers returning home from work saw signs saying, “No U.S. coup in Bolivia” and “U.S. out of Latin America,” and heard chants of “Hey hey, ho ho! U.S. coups have got to go!” backed by music from the Unlawful Assembly protest band. </p> <p>Autumn Lake, representing the MN Anti-War Committee, explained the context to the crowd: “This is a coup, not by a righteous grassroots movement, but by U.S.-backed right-wing racists. This is a coup designed to undermine the social and economic gains made by the first indigenous-led government in the western hemisphere since it had been colonized by European powers. Bolivia to this day is the only country left in the Americas where the majority of the population is indigenous. The movement that led to the election of President Evo Morales is rooted in ensuring that Bolivia’s social and economic practices prioritize the majority-indigenous masses of Bolivia over the interests of foreign capital, lifting broad masses of Bolivians out of poverty. Under Morales, indigenous languages and culture have been thoroughly incorporated into Bolivia’s plurinational model.” </p> <p>Sarah Martin, a board member from Women Against Military Madness, addressed the U.S. motivations for supporting the coup, saying, “When Evo Morales and the Movement for Socialism took power in 2006, the government immediately sought to undo decades of theft by transnational mining firms and seized several of the mining operations of the most powerful firms. This sent a message that business as usual was not going to continue. The mines and gas refineries that used to be the sole property of U.S. firms were nationalized, and their revenue directed to lifting the poor out of poverty. For as long as Bolivia has existed, it has not known a period of greater collective prosperity and genuine democracy. Bolivia, along with Venezuela and Cuba, have the example for self-determination and making life better for the people and this terrifies U.S. capitalists. As it turns out Bolivia has 70% of the world’s lithium. Lithium is an essential metal in our devices as well as batteries for electric cars. When Morales was unable to make deals with Western transnational companies to fairly share the profits, he turned to Chinese firms - this was unacceptable to the main transnational mining companies, including Tesla, and made the Morales govt vulnerable. After the coup, Tesla’s stock rose astronomically.”</p> <p>The speakers, signs and chants all targeted U.S. involvement in the Bolivian coup. Lake explained, “As was the case in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Honduras, U.S. resources and training were instrumental in opposing the democratically-elected progressive government of Bolivia. General Williams Kaliman, the current head of Bolivia’s military and one of the masterminds of the coup, had previously received training at the infamous ‘School of the Americas,’ as did many others involved. Leaked audio confirmed that reactionary conservative Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were involved in planning the coup with the Bolivian right-wing opposition forces.”</p> <p>The emergency response protest was organized by the MN Anti-War Committee, MN Peace Action Coalition and Women Against Military Madness. The Anti-War Committee announced that their next protest will be a march on International Human Rights Day, December 10, starting at 4:30 p.m. at Senator Klobuchar’s office at 1200 Washington Avenue South in Minneapolis.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/15/mn-says-no-us-coup-bolivia#comments People's Struggles Antiwar Movement Americas Anti-fascism Anti-racism Anti-War Committee Bolivia Bolivia Bolivia coup Chican@ / Latin@ International Oppressed Nationalities Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:38:18 +0000 Fight Back 7687 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Movilización de Milwaukee exigirá permiso para marcha en el CND http://www.fightbacknews.org/node/7686 <p>Milwaukee, WI - El 3 de octubre, docenas de grupos y activistas en Milwaukee están organizando una manifestación para exigir un permiso para una marcha afuera la Convención Nacional Demócrata. Hasta ahora, el alcalde de Milwaukee, Tom Barrett, les niega el permiso a los activistas locales. Otros políticos y empresarios adinerados están cayendo sobre sí mismos prometiendo cerrar calles, interrumpir los horarios de trabajo y gastar decenas de millones de dólares en la celebración de la Convención Democrática. Sin embargo, a las personas locales se les niega un permiso de protesta para expresar sus problemas. </p> <p>“Nuestra intención es liderar una manifestación masiva el 13 de julio de 2020, el primer día del CND. Queremos que los demócratas sepan que la gente está enojada por el estado de las cosas y exige un cambio del estatus quo. Esa es la única forma en que venceremos a Donald Trump en 2020,” dice la Coalición.</p> <p>“Queremos nuestros permisos. Todos los ojos estarán puestos en Milwaukee cuando los movimientos populares estén protestando afuera del Foro Fiserv. Nuestra Coalición exige el fin de las guerras estadounidenses, detener el terror policial en nuestras comunidades y apoyar la legalización de los inmigrantes para que podamos cerrar los campos de concentración de Trump. Queremos Medicare para todos y acción sobre el crisis del clima. El camino a seguir para los trabajadores y los sindicatos es forzar a los ricos para que paguen por lo que necesitamos,” dijo Omar Flores, portavoz de la Marcha sobre el CND.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/node/7686#comments People's Struggles Antiwar Movement Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention DNC Elections Labor Oppressed Nationalities Poor People's Movements Student Movement U.S. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:26:36 +0000 Fight Back 7686 at http://www.fightbacknews.org LA rally marks 25 years since racist California Prop 187 http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/14/la-rally-marks-25-years-racist-california-prop-187 <p>Los Angeles, CA - On November 9, hundreds rallied in downtown Los Angeles at Los Angeles State Historic Park to mark 25 years after the defeat of the racist California Proposition 187. California Proposition 187 which was commonly referred to as the Save Our State (SOS) initiative, was a 1994 ballot initiative initiated by the Republican Party with then Republican Governor Pete Wilson attacking mostly Mexican immigrants. Prop 187 called for a state-run citizenship screening system and prohibited the undocumented from using non-emergency health care, public education and other services in the State of California.</p> <p>Prop 187 passed with a 53% vote in favor, but was met with a wave of massive protests. One such protest began at Cinco Puntos in Boyle Heights and ended at LA City Hall. It consisted of over 100,000 participants and was primarily led by SEIU 660 and One Stop Immigration. The resistance against Prop 187 also included a lawsuit. The measure was found unconstitutional on November 11, 1994.</p> <p>During this time California faced other racist attacks like propositions to ban affirmative action and bilingual education. These attacks - especially Prop 187 - led to a period of activism. Millions of Latinos became U.S. citizens and began voting. Since the 1990s, California has elected a wave of new Chicano politicians.</p> <p>The rally was organized by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and was joined by many union members. The rally included a concert to celebrate the defeat of an era of racist measures in California and to continue the struggle for legalization for all.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/14/la-rally-marks-25-years-racist-california-prop-187#comments People's Struggles Prop 187 Immigrant Rights Fri, 15 Nov 2019 04:01:03 +0000 Fight Back 7685 at http://www.fightbacknews.org UNF SDS says ‘No Nazis at UNF’ again http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/14/unf-sds-says-no-nazis-unf-again <p>Jacksonville, FL - The University of North Florida’s (UNF) chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a banner drop on November 13, condemning recent Neo-Nazi propaganda that has been posted around campus. The hand-written banner read, “Neo-Nazis not welcome here.”</p> <p>On November 5, UNF’s student newspaper released an article of students finding multiple Neo-Nazi flyers around campus that read, “It’s ok to genocide subhumans” and “The struggle never ends. Join the F.K.D.” FKD stands for Feuerkrieg Division, a splinter group of the paramilitary extremist group, Atomwaffen Division which has been linked to several murders here in the U.S.</p> <p>The posting of these fliers comes after the announcement of UNF having the most diverse class in the history of the university - after SDS demanded for the increase in Black and Brown students on campus.</p> <p>This isn’t the first time UNF SDS has dealt with Neo-Nazis on campus. In November, 2017, SDS demanded for administration to expel a local neo-Nazi and former leader of the KKK after he threatened SDS and other students on campus with gun violence.</p> <p>The current university administration has condemned the flyers and stated that the university police are still currently investigating, but UNF SDS is demanding the current administration to take action now to deal with the neo-Nazis.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/14/unf-sds-says-no-nazis-unf-again#comments People's Struggles Anti-fascism Anti-racism UNF SDS Student Movement Fri, 15 Nov 2019 03:52:55 +0000 Fight Back 7684 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Evo's Bolivia is not over http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/14/evos-bolivia-not-over <p>Chicago, IL - Events have not gone well for the coalition of generals and reactionaries that overthrew Evo Morales on November 10. Far from consolidating their control over the government and the country, the right-wing forces now stand on the back foot, facing the full force of an organized and enraged mass movement ready to defend their constitution and their elected government.</p> <p>The first setback for the coup was their failure to assassinate Evo. On the morning of November 12, Bolivia's overthrown president, along with his vice president Álvaro García Linera, arrived in Mexico where they had been granted political asylum. "The president of Mexico saved my life," the overthrown president said upon landing. It was revealed that there had been at least two attempts to assassinate the political leaders, who also head the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party. One of Evo's security guards had come forward to say that he had been offered $50,000 to shoot the president dead.</p> <p>All of this clarifies the maneuvers made by MAS on November 10. With many of their cadre being physically attacked and having their homes set on fire, the party pulled of its leadership from public office, including Morales and Linera. The ‘resignations’ were done at the barrel of a gun, but it was clear that the decision had been made by the party in order to avoid a wave of assassinations. In this they were successful - and with Evo and Linera out of the country, all of the energy of the country's revolutionary forces could now be put to defeating the coup.</p> <p>This is where the second setback for the coup comes in - MAS ensured that the coup was denied any chance at democratic legitimacy. Gleeful in their seeming defeat of the socialists, the far-right opposition anointed Yeanine Añez, the leader of the right-wing bloc in the Senate, to be president of Bolivia. Añez is a theocrat who once said, "I dream of a Bolivia free of indigenous satanic rites, the city is not for Indians, they better go to the highlands."</p> <p>Standing at her side during her inauguration was the civilian leader of the coup, Luis Camacho. A millionaire who comes from a family of mine owners, Camacho is an open fascist, leading a Catholic fascist youth organization that played the leadership role in anti-government protests in the city of Santa Cruz. Fascism is, sadly, not an alien political movement in Bolivia. During the 1970s, explicitly fascist Catholic organizations formed the social backbone for the brutal military dictatorships that ran the country on and off throughout the Cold War. Coming from the largely white oligarchy, they were driven then, and now, by a profound hatred of the indigenous workers who they exploited for their wealth.</p> <p>Unfortunately for Añez and her fascist friends, those indigenous workers now have political power in Bolivia, and they are not going to give it up. MAS, which as an absolute majority in both chambers of the national legislature, boycotted the Senate vote to recognize Morales' resignation and confirm Añez as her successor, denying them a quorum and therefore making her ascension to the presidency illegitimate and unconstitutional. In her place, MAS (and the country's constitution) put forward Adriana Salvatierra, the party's youth leader and president of the Senate, as the rightful president of the country. On November 13, police officers physically attacked her as she tried to enter the Senate, preventing her and other MAS leaders from calling a session during which they planned to reject Morales' resignation. Añez has nothing to stand on - unless the coup forces are able to brutally repress the mass movement into submission, her days are numbered.</p> <p>And this is where the final setback for the coup comes in, and undoubtedly their greatest - their arrogance has sparked a revolution. As soon as Morales was overthrown, the country's trade unions, peasant unions and indigenous councils that form the membership of MAS and give life to a mass movement of millions began to organize for the coup's defeat. The immediate base of resistance was El Alto, the twin city of the capital La Paz and the largest majority-indigenous city in the Western Hemisphere. There, the leadership of the Rural Workers Union (CSUTCB) called on all of its affiliates to "encircle La Paz" and gave Camacho and his thugs a 48-hour ultimatum to leave the country. If they do not, "they will be responsible for whatever occurs."</p> <p>One by one, columns of rural workers marched into El Alto, waving the indigenous wiphala flag and chanting, "Camacho, Mesa [the opposition's presidential candidate], we want your head" and "Now, civil war!" They were soon joined by other organizations from the countryside, and now they have done what they said they would. The capital is completely encircled by roadblocks and demonstrators, demanding the racists be cast from office and democracy restored to Bolivia. The country's largest trade union federation, the revolutionary-led Bolivian Workers Central (COB), has launched an indefinite general strike, shutting down every major economic sector in the country until Morales is returned to power. These are unions that defended themselves with the gun only a few decades prior, during the darkest days of the Cold War in South America. They will not relinquish their hard-won political power. All union and indigenous leaders have made it clear - whatever happens, to the point of civil war, lies at the feet of the white supremacists who would rather destroy democracy than recognize the dignity of indigenous peoples.</p> <p>Four days on, this coup against the Bolivian government is no settled matter. What is clear is that there will be a fight, and tragically, perhaps a brutal one, over where political power will lie in the nation's future. The Bolivian masses refuse to accept defeat. They will not allow the better world they have built to be bulldozed in the interests of imperialism and reaction. As they defiantly march in the thousands into La Paz, into the unknown, come what may, they do not do so alone. They carry with them all of us, all of the oppressed and exploited masses of this hemisphere, into a battle to determine the future.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/14/evos-bolivia-not-over#comments People's Struggles Bolivia Bolivia Evo Morales Fri, 15 Nov 2019 03:46:44 +0000 Fight Back 7682 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Evo's Bolivia is not over http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/14/evos-bolivia-not-over <p>Chicago, IL - Events have not gone well for the coalition of generals and reactionaries that overthrew Evo Morales on November 10. Far from consolidating their control over the government and the country, the right-wing forces now stand on the back foot, facing the full force of an organized and enraged mass movement ready to defend their constitution and their elected government.</p> <p>The first setback for the coup was their failure to assassinate Evo. On the morning of November 12, Bolivia's overthrown president, along with his vice president Álvaro García Linera, arrived in Mexico where they had been granted political asylum. "The president of Mexico saved my life," the overthrown president said upon landing. It was revealed that there had been at least two attempts to assassinate the political leaders, who also head the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party. One of Evo's security guards had come forward to say that he had been offered $50,000 to shoot the president dead.</p> <p>All of this clarifies the maneuvers made by MAS on November 10. With many of their cadre being physically attacked and having their homes set on fire, the party pulled of its leadership from public office, including Morales and Linera. The ‘resignations’ were done at the barrel of a gun, but it was clear that the decision had been made by the party in order to avoid a wave of assassinations. In this they were successful - and with Evo and Linera out of the country, all of the energy of the country's revolutionary forces could now be put to defeating the coup.</p> <p>This is where the second setback for the coup comes in - MAS ensured that the coup was denied any chance at democratic legitimacy. Gleeful in their seeming defeat of the socialists, the far-right opposition anointed Yeanine Añez, the leader of the right-wing bloc in the Senate, to be president of Bolivia. Añez is a theocrat who once said, "I dream of a Bolivia free of indigenous satanic rites, the city is not for Indians, they better go to the highlands."</p> <p>Standing at her side during her inauguration was the civilian leader of the coup, Luis Camacho. A millionaire who comes from a family of mine owners, Camacho is an open fascist, leading a Catholic fascist youth organization that played the leadership role in anti-government protests in the city of Santa Cruz. Fascism is, sadly, not an alien political movement in Bolivia. During the 1970s, explicitly fascist Catholic organizations formed the social backbone for the brutal military dictatorships that ran the country on and off throughout the Cold War. Coming from the largely white oligarchy, they were driven then, and now, by a profound hatred of the indigenous workers who they exploited for their wealth.</p> <p>Unfortunately for Añez and her fascist friends, those indigenous workers now have political power in Bolivia, and they are not going to give it up. MAS, which as an absolute majority in both chambers of the national legislature, boycotted the Senate vote to recognize Morales' resignation and confirm Añez as her successor, denying them a quorum and therefore making her ascension to the presidency illegitimate and unconstitutional. In her place, MAS (and the country's constitution) put forward Adriana Salvatierra, the party's youth leader and president of the Senate, as the rightful president of the country. On November 13, police officers physically attacked her as she tried to enter the Senate, preventing her and other MAS leaders from calling a session during which they planned to reject Morales' resignation. Añez has nothing to stand on - unless the coup forces are able to brutally repress the mass movement into submission, her days are numbered.</p> <p>And this is where the final setback for the coup comes in, and undoubtedly their greatest - their arrogance has sparked a revolution. As soon as Morales was overthrown, the country's trade unions, peasant unions and indigenous councils that form the membership of MAS and give life to a mass movement of millions began to organize for the coup's defeat. The immediate base of resistance was El Alto, the twin city of the capital La Paz and the largest majority-indigenous city in the Western Hemisphere. There, the leadership of the Rural Workers Union (CSUTCB) called on all of its affiliates to "encircle La Paz" and gave Camacho and his thugs a 48-hour ultimatum to leave the country. If they do not, "they will be responsible for whatever occurs."</p> <p>One by one, columns of rural workers marched into El Alto, waving the indigenous wiphala flag and chanting, "Camacho, Mesa [the opposition's presidential candidate], we want your head" and "Now, civil war!" They were soon joined by other organizations from the countryside, and now they have done what they said they would. The capital is completely encircled by roadblocks and demonstrators, demanding the racists be cast from office and democracy restored to Bolivia. The country's largest trade union federation, the revolutionary-led Bolivian Workers Central (COB), has launched an indefinite general strike, shutting down every major economic sector in the country until Morales is returned to power. These are unions that defended themselves with the gun only a few decades prior, during the darkest days of the Cold War in South America. They will not relinquish their hard-won political power. All union and indigenous leaders have made it clear - whatever happens, to the point of civil war, lies at the feet of the white supremacists who would rather destroy democracy than recognize the dignity of indigenous peoples.</p> <p>Four days on, this coup against the Bolivian government is no settled matter. What is clear is that there will be a fight, and tragically, perhaps a brutal one, over where political power will lie in the nation's future. The Bolivian masses refuse to accept defeat. They will not allow the better world they have built to be bulldozed in the interests of imperialism and reaction. As they defiantly march in the thousands into La Paz, into the unknown, come what may, they do not do so alone. They carry with them all of us, all of the oppressed and exploited masses of this hemisphere, into a battle to determine the future.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/14/evos-bolivia-not-over#comments People's Struggles Bolivia Bolivia Evo Morales Fri, 15 Nov 2019 03:46:44 +0000 Fight Back 7682 at http://www.fightbacknews.org World Federation of Trade Unions condemns coup in Bolivia http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/14/world-federation-trade-unions-condemns-coup-bolivia <p><em>Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) General Secretary, George Mavrikos, against the coup in Bolivia.</em></p> <p>The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) condemns the coup against the elected President of Bolivia, Evo Morales.</p> <p>We denounce, in the eyes of the world working class, the dirty role of the USA and the Organization of American States (OAS) as well as the reactionary forces of Bolivia that have organized the fascist coup.</p> <p>That coup against the people of Bolivia confirms that imperialism acts ruthlessly. In Bolivia, almost the same methods are implemented again as in Chile, during the coup d’etat of the dictator Pinochet; when Salvador Allende stayed there and fought against the putschists, becoming a heroic symbol.</p> <p>We express our internationalist solidarity to the working class, the indigenous, peasants and the people of Bolivia that resist against the coup and the puppets of the imperialists.</p> <p>We say out loud that murders, kidnappings, arsons against those that defend the right of peoples to decide democratically and freely about their present and future must stop now.</p> <p>We call on the affiliated unions and friends of the WFTU in Bolivia to continue on the front lines of the struggle, informing the people that the coup was perpetrated so that capitalists can plunder the wealth and destroy the civilization of Bolivia.</p> <p>On behalf of the 97 million of our affiliates in 130 countries on the five continents, we add our voice to that of the Peoples who resist against the imperialists; we believe it is a good opportunity so that those who still have illusions and believe in class collaboration draw their conclusions, if they are able to do it.</p> <p>The lesson we maintain is that the class struggle continues. It never stops.</p> <p>George Mavrikos</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/14/world-federation-trade-unions-condemns-coup-bolivia#comments People's Struggles Antiwar Movement Americas Anti-fascism Anti-racism Bolivia Bolivia Chican@ / Latin@ International Pink Tide WFTU World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) Labor Oppressed Nationalities Thu, 14 Nov 2019 14:24:59 +0000 Fight Back 7681 at http://www.fightbacknews.org “U.S. Hands Off Bolivia” protest planned for MN http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/13/us-hands-bolivia-protest-planned-mn <p>Minneapolis, MN - Several Twin Cities area peace and justice groups have called for an emergency protest to show opposition to the U.S.-supported coup in Bolivia. The protest will be held Thursday, November 14 at 5 p.m. along the sidewalks at Lake Street and Bloomington Avenue in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis action is one of many protests happening all over the world in solidarity with the progressive movements of Bolivia.</p> <p>The event is co-sponsored by the Anti-War Committee and Women Against Military Madness.</p> <p>A statement issued by organizers says, "We protest in Minneapolis to speak out against the military coup in Bolivia, and the role of the U.S. government in this coup. The people of Bolivia, who are struggling to defend economic and social gains won under the leadership of President Evo Morales, are struggling to stop this coup. The U.S. government is clearly the sponsor of the coup. The goal of the coup is to restore the absolute authority of the Bolivian elites who rule as clients of the United States."</p> <p>"The U.S. government has worked overtime to turn back the left-wing tide sweeping Latin America. The struggle in Bolivia, and all of Latin America continues between the forces that want to empower the people and those that want to maintain the power and wealth of the rich," the statement continues.</p> <p>Sarah Martin of Women Against Military Madness explains, “Evo Morales became President in 2006 on the shoulders of a powerful mass movement of indigenous people, and farmers and workers. When he used the gas and mineral wealth of the country to improve the lives of the people and not to enrich the transnational mining companies, he became a target of U.S. regime change. We stand with Bolivians in opposition to this right-wing, military coup.”</p> <p>Meredith Aby-Keirstead of the Anti-War Committee concurs, "The whole history of the U.S. in Latin America has been to maintain the interests of large U.S. corporations in the region against any attempt by the rank-and-file people to take steps to rebuild society in their interests. The coup in Bolivia is only the latest example of this whole history."</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/13/us-hands-bolivia-protest-planned-mn#comments People's Struggles Antiwar Movement Anti-War Committee Bolivia Bolivia Thu, 14 Nov 2019 01:38:13 +0000 Fight Back 7679 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Tallahassee tenant association objects to redevelopment: “We’re not at the table” http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/12/tallahassee-tenant-association-objects-redevelopment-we-re-not-table <p>Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee’s public housing tenant association is claiming that plans to redevelop Orange Avenue Apartments, the largest public housing community in the city, will result in displacement and that those plans proceeded without resident participation.</p> <p>“It’s going to be just like they did in Goodbread Hills. They let nobody back in. They give you a voucher and say you’ll be eligible when you get back in when the site is finished. Because they hire a developer to manage the complex, you are not going to get back in,” said Oliver Hill, Sr. president and founder of the Orange Avenue United Tenant Association Inc. (OAUTA).</p> <p>“No family at Orange Avenue Apartments will be displaced,” said Brenda Williams, the executive director of the Tallahassee Housing Authority, responding to concerns about displacement in an interview with WTXL ABC 27. “What I can say to the residents here at Orange Avenue Apartments is to trust the process.”</p> <p>Hill claims that this process has already been violated.</p> <p>“They violated our agreement on the Memorandum of Understanding on participation,” said Hill. “They did not give us the option to participate in the development plan, to sit at the table with the politicians and everything. We’re not at the table.”</p> <p>A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the housing authority and tenant association this June, guaranteeing funding, resources and the right of participation in operations, including new developments. By September the agreement was broken and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was urging the housing authority to meet and negotiate a resolution, warning that no local resolution would result in HUD headquarters taking over the dispute.</p> <p>“They disagree with the contract then they shut our funds off so then we can’t communicate with our residents,” said Hill. “I feel that the management found the opportunity to do this. The same time they are trying to do a development plan then they withhold the resident council funds.”</p> <p>Under HUD regulations the tenant association is recognized as the resident council and a resident management corporation representing all public housing residents in Tallahassee. HUD provides a federal subsidy to housing authorities for the proper funding of resident councils. With funding the tenant association hopes to hire staff to educate residents on the redevelopment plans.</p> <p>Lack of funding isn’t the only issue Hill has with the housing authority, “They go around and tell the residents not to participate, but they will deny that they are doing it.” </p> <p>Hill says that he still believes an agreement can still be reached, but it will require the housing authority to come to the table. “Until this housing authority sits and negotiates a good development plan with the resident participants then I will personally object to the plan. The residents elected me as the president to represent them, to be the voice of the people, and I intend to do that in good faith.”</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/12/tallahassee-tenant-association-objects-redevelopment-we-re-not-table#comments People's Struggles African-American Orange Avenue United Tenant Association Inc. (OAUTA) Tallahassee Tallahassee Housing Authority Oppressed Nationalities Poor People's Movements Tue, 12 Nov 2019 23:04:37 +0000 Fight Back 7678 at http://www.fightbacknews.org East LA students walkout for DACA http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/12/east-la-students-walkout-daca <p>Los Angeles, CA – Hundreds of students from Garfield High School in East LA have walked out of their classrooms to defend DACA. The students are taking the metro train to downtown Los Angeles where participants will rally. A group of youth gathered in downtown as early as 6 a.m.</p> <p>Today, November 12, the Supreme Court has started to hear oral arguments to determine whether Trump’s lawsuit against DACA will be upheld or not. DACA will affect over 100,000 youth in the state of California.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/11/12/east-la-students-walkout-daca#comments People's Struggles DACA Immigrant Rights Tue, 12 Nov 2019 22:18:16 +0000 Fight Back 7677 at http://www.fightbacknews.org