Fight Back! - News and Views from the People's Struggle http://www.fightbacknews.org/es This newspaper exists to build the people's struggle! We provide coverage and analysis of some of the key battles facing working and low-income people. es Minnesotans press Klobuchar to vote against Iron Dome funding http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9326 <p>Minneapolis, MN - On October 20 people rallied in the rain to protest the Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act, a proposed bill which would earmark another $1 billion in U.S. military aid to Israel on top of the $3.8 billion already allocated. The protest of over 20 people targeted Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar because the bill is coming to the U.S. Senate. The Anti-War Committee, the initiator of the protest, applauded the nine members of Congress, including Minnesota’s own Ilhan Omar, who voted against this extra $1 billion in funding.</p> <p>Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid in the world. The U.S. gave $3.8 billion in aid to Israel in 2020, most of it military assistance. That military aid is used to routinely violate Palestinian rights, to enforce illegal borders, to demolish homes and seize land, and to subject Palestinians to a system that international human rights organizations increasingly recognize as apartheid. The Iron Dome is an integral part of this.</p> <p>Some may not understand the Anti-War Committee’s opposition to the Iron Dome, a supposedly defensive missile system. AWC member Wyatt Miller explains, “The real purpose of the bill is barely hidden: to enable Israel to continue committing atrocities in occupied Palestine with impunity. The legislation justifies sending the $1 billion by stating it is needed for resupplying after Operation Guardian of the Walls, the Israeli Occupation Force’s May 2021 bombing campaign against Gaza that killed 260 Palestinians, including 66 children.”</p> <p>Miller continued, “Israel’s Iron Dome missile system is not ‘self-defense.’ Its existence enforces the siege of Gaza and protects Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank. The Israeli Occupation Force knows that Palestinian resistance to genocide and ethnic cleansing is inevitable and seeks to soothe Zionist settlers with a sense of security in the lands they stole. The Iron Dome is a part of decades of aggression against Palestine, and the U.S. is complicit thanks to our taxpayer dollars.”</p> <p>Speakers at the protest included Mnar Adley, the editor of Mint Press News and an outspoken member of the Palestinian community; Lucia Smith from Women Against Military Madness, and Autumn Lake from the Anti-War Committee. The protest was co-sponsored by the Minnesota Anti-War Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Women Against Military Madness.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9326#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Antiwar Movement Iron Dome Palestina Sun, 24 Oct 2021 02:39:55 +0000 Fight Back 9326 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Blood money off the backs of Black and brown people just keeps rolling into FSU http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9325 <p>Tallahassee, FL - First there was the $20 million regressive Blueprint sales tax money stolen from Black, brown, and poor people for tax exempt skyboxes sold to rich white people to enhance their "football experience."</p> <p>All this while the games are played in the shadow of Doak Campbell, a stadium named after a white man who despised Black people and thought they had no place at FSU. FSU refused to change the name.</p> <p>White “Indians” doing the tomahawk chop are getting old.</p> <p>Now we have Dr. Sylvie Naar, the recipient of a $6.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to study HIV among the largely Black people who, in Leon County, die at a highly disproportionate rate compared to whites. Again, more money for FSU on the backs of Black people.</p> <p>The last time I checked, more than 80% of the people in Leon County who died from HIV were Black. Ironically in multiple community Health Needs Assessments, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) has noted that it "does not plan to address violence and firearm injuries, unwed pregnancies, poverty or sexually transmitted diseases." Unwed pregnancies? Really? This is TMH judgmental nonsense from the dark ages.</p> <p>As for FSU, they could care less about the health or wellbeing of Black and brown people. Remember the biomass plant that FSU tried to place less than a mile away from overwhelmingly Black Sabal Palm Elementary School? This would have dumped tons of particulate pollution with fine particles 2.5 microns or less into the air that these children would have to breathe.</p> <p>It would have made potentially deadly asthma in the Black community even worse.</p> <p>Further, Dr. Naar has listed Big Bend Cares (Care Point) as an "external collaborator" on her Adolescent and Emerging Adult Health Equity Program.</p> <p>Both Big Bend Cares and its CEO Rob Renzi were successfully sued in federal court for defaming Jeffrey Pope, one of their own clients, who was suffering from HIV/AIDS.</p> <p>Renzi has sued Sylvia Hubbard, a Black woman who provides HIV services in the Black community, in an obvious attempt to run her out of town.</p> <p>Renzi has nothing but contempt for any Black person with whom he disagrees. He has called two policemen on me for going to a ribbon-cutting and threatened to do it again when I went to conference sponsored by United Partners for Human Services without registering.</p> <p>If the police had shot me dead, I have no doubt that Renzi would have been delighted. Meanwhile it was disclosed during a court deposition that the highest academic degree Renzi has obtained is a high school diploma.</p> <p>Does this mean that Renzi has lied about his credentials? If so, what else has Renzi lied about?</p> <p>Care Point is located in the Black community within two miles from where I grew up. Renzi and his attorney Jason Taylor have written that they will call the police on me if I ever set foot on the Care Point property at any time during the remainder of my life. He has issued the same warning to Sylvia Hubbard.</p> <p>Care Point was built in part by taking at least $1.5 million in tax money from the Black community.</p> <p>Both the FSU College of Medicine and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital have betrayed the Black community.</p> <p>The Medical School started out as a joint medical school with FAMU and remained that way from 1971 to 1975. The school was fully financed during this period by the federal government.</p> <p>In 1975 the Program in Medical Science or "PIMS" as it was called was stolen from FAMU and given in its entirety to FSU by the state of Florida. FAMU, which had taught pharmacy at the joint school, was not allowed to have any role in the medical school after FSU took it over.</p> <p>FSU promised that its main role would be to provide medical services to the underserved. TMH, as a city-owned nonprofit hospital, made a similar promise and operates via a $1 a year lease with the city of Tallahassee.</p> <p>Both institutions lied. Both TMH and the FSU College of Medicine are out to stuff as much money in their pockets as they possibly can.</p> <p>Proof of this is their plan to set up shop in Panama City to provide medical care to rich white people in Margaritaville under the auspices of real estate developer St. Joe Paper Company.</p> <p>As for Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, it is the scene of a crime. Started in 1948 by Laurie Dozier Sr. and a cabal of white men, it used tax money taken from Black people to build the hospital only to deny Black people admission after the hospital had been constructed. Black people died after having been turned away from TMH.</p> <p>White supremacy existed at TMH in 1948 and continues to this day.</p> <p>As for FSU, Dean Fogarty has kept his mouth shut regarding the refusal of Florida to expand Medicaid. Denying health insurance for the poor is killing them. Black infant and maternal mortality in Leon County have been through the roof.</p> <p>I could not even get the FSU College Medicine to assist me in my efforts to remove free infant formula from the TMH hospital delivery bags. Infant formula undercuts breastfeeding efforts which are underrepresented in the Black community.</p> <p>Even though breastfeeding lowers the incidence of sudden infant death, TMH CEO Mark O'bryant and then board chairman Laurie Dozier ignorantly claimed that breastfeeding was merely a matter "lifestyle choice." Nothing could be further from the truth. Because breastfeeding saves lives, it is a matter of public health.</p> <p>Enough of this. Got to take a break. I can only deal with so much racism coming out of FSU and TMH at a time.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9325#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Anti-racism FSU Sun, 24 Oct 2021 02:36:32 +0000 Fight Back 9325 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Dallas vigil for Atatiana Jefferson and other victims of state violence http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9323 <p>On the evening of October 19, a number of organizations gathered at Belo Garden Park in Dallas, Texas, for a vigil for Atatiana Jefferson and other victims of state violence. Atatiana Jefferson was murdered in her home while playing video games with her niece by Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean on October 12, 2019. The vigil also commemorated others killed by state violence in the U.S. and abroad.</p> <p>Some 25 people were commemorated at the vigil. Some were names well known in the United States, such as George Floyd and Sandra Bland. Others are less famous. Randall Echanis was a Filipino land reform activist tortured to death by Filipino security forces. Yousef Sobeh was a 16-year-old Palestinian boy shot several times and run over by the Israeli military. Victor Jara was a Chilean folk singer tortured and murdered by the Chilean military in 1973. Sudipta Gupta was an activist with the Student Federation of India who was beaten to death by police in Kolkata after he was arrested at a protest. Each of the individuals was commemorated by a portrait displayed in the park.</p> <p>The vigil was organized by the Dallas Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Malaya Movement, the Palestinian Youth Movement, the Dallas Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, the Dallas Anti-War Committee, and the Dallas Peace and Justice Center.</p> <p>Atatiana Jefferson's uncle, LaPaca Jefferson, addressed the gathering, as did representatives of different organizations, including did Ray Jordan, the senior pastor Central Congregational UCC, who also teaches human rights at Southern Methodist University.</p> <p>Cassandra Swart, speaking on behalf of the Dallas Anti-War Committee, tied the deaths of the people killed abroad to the victims of police brutality in the United States: "All of these people, and even more that have not been named here, have been killed as a result of U.S. foreign policy and U.S. meddling in their countries."</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9323#comments Aaron Dean African-American Atatiana Jefferson Fort Worth LaPaca Jefferson Fri, 22 Oct 2021 02:46:44 +0000 Fight Back 9323 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Students say, ‘The uprising continues’ at 15th Annual SDS Conference in Minnesota http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9321 <p>Minneapolis, MN - On the weekend of Oct. 16-17, almost 170 students convened at the University of Minnesota for the 15th National Convention of National Students for a Democratic Society. It was the first time SDS organizers had gathered together physically since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>Last year, SDS hosted a series of national webinars, but this experience was vastly different. Student organizers gathered together to discuss the four crises of the last two years - pandemic, economic crisis, police killings, and environmental disasters. Another theme was "From George Floyd to Winston Smith, The Uprising Continues!"</p> <p>On a cold Saturday morning, by a building overlooking the Mississippi River, students waited outside for a novel convention experience: to present their vaccination cards, proof of a negative test, and, for out-of-towners, to be tested for COVID-19. It took longer than the program indicated, but went well and the attendees’ enthusiasm were palpable. Masked up, the students were free to commence.</p> <p>The speakers and workshop presenters had a mighty task ahead of them: to do justice to the momentous uprisings of 2020. But they succeeded. They took the grief of the over 720,000 lives lost in the last few years and transformed it into anger and a determination to resist. They gave rousing presentations that had students thumping on tables, clapping and whooping. The halls rang with chants of, “No justice, no peace! No racist police!” and “Dare to struggle, dare to win!”</p> <p>Speakers told riveting stories of the Minneapolis uprising for Justice for George Floyd, the burning of the Third Precinct, and drummed up support for victims of police crimes across the country. They spoke up against the increase in police and state repression of protesters as a result.</p> <p>“We’re currently trying to organize people to fight all of the charges and get all of them dropped because the city can’t continue to talk a big talk about how they admire civil rights activists and how much they are inspired by community organizing and then turn to such brutal tactics of state repression,” said Jae Yates, a guest speaker from the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar Clark organizer, commenting on the arrest of over 646 protesters in November 2020 who marched in Minneapolis against police crimes.</p> <p>Students shared their own experiences of taking these fights against police to their own campuses, in student campaigns to defund, disband, or gain outright control over university police. At least one campus SDS chapter has been formally suspended by their administration as a result.</p> <p>Attendees also heard from SDS leaders about the effects of the economic crisis, the mass layoffs and unemployment. They talked of student demonstrations that stopped budget cuts, new campaigns for living wages for campus workers. They spoke of the big picture importance of solidarity between workers and students and applauded strikes such as the ongoing United Auto Workers’ strike at John Deere, and the successful Nabisco strike.</p> <p>“Each of these anecdotes indicate that improved working economic conditions must be tirelessly fought for—even on college campuses,” said Terrence Freeman of Appleton, Wisconsin Students for a Democratic Society at Lawrence University.</p> <p>Freeman continued, “Victories are won through direct action, not armchair activism. The enemy, the academic establishment, will stubbornly defend their interests. Universities are businesses run by individuals who seek to extract as much profits from their employees as possible. Thus, administrators will concede nothing unless we demand them to do so--unless we organize and create crises that they cannot simply ‘shut down’ or subdue. These people will not willingly increase our pay. They will do nothing that reduces their profit margins. The world rests upon the labor of the worker, not the idleness of the boss. It is time for folks to recognize this fact.”</p> <p>Students renewed their commitment to oppose U.S. intervention against Venezuela, Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan and more places. Moreover, students heard a full panel of speakers who talked about climate change, climate justice, and the fight to stop oil pipeline Line 3, which does not belong on Ojibwe land.</p> <p>“Go Fossil Free reports that nearly $15 trillion has been divested from the fossil fuel industry and over 200 academic institutions have been a part of this work which has become a central component of the student movement in the last decade. The University of Minnesota announced its own commitment to fossil fuel divestment. This was won after a decade of organizing on this campus and alongside organizers for this movement all over the world. We are not responsible for this planet’s destruction but we are inheriting its impacts. And we will follow indigenous leadership and stand for these lands to be returned to their original peoples because we demand a livable future,” said Emma Hjelle of the University of Minnesota Students for Climate Justice.</p> <p>On Sunday, students passed resolutions and made several calls for action to carry through the new school year, from Fall 2021 to Summer 2022. They resolved to continue the fight to get cops off campus and form coalitions to try to gain control of campus police departments.</p> <p>Ellis Howard from Texas A&amp;M University Students for a Democratic Society said, “The national SDS convention really gave us a lot of ideas for organizing in our community. For example, we are looking to talk more about Community Police Accountability Councils (CPAC) as we carry out our campaign for racial and ethnic justice on campus. We would have never had the opportunity to learn about it with such nuance without our attendance at the convention.”</p> <p>In further resolutions, SDSers stated they would say no to attacks on abortion rights from state to state. They resolved to fight racism on campus, respond to racist attacks and hate crimes, and fight for higher enrollment of Black and Chicano students. They declared support for labor and striking workers and their own campus unions. They resolved to continue to oppose U.S. wars. They announced that they would continue to fight for protections for LGBTQ+ students.</p> <p>“This convention I learned about how to stay militant in the next year and have plans to take ideas back to my local SDS chapter and make our current campaign to defund USFPD even better and more militant,” said Taylor Cook from the Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society.</p> <p>Cook continued, “I was amazed by people’s struggles across the country. I loved to hear the ways we as students and organizers in general are fighting back on all fronts, despite the difficult conditions that resulted from the U.S. government’s mishandling of the pandemic. This next year will be more militant than ever. Across the country we will land blows to our university administrations, and we will make our campuses a progressive and safe space for all students and people from oppressed communities.”</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9321#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Students for a Democratic Society Movimiento Estudiantil Thu, 21 Oct 2021 01:07:47 +0000 Fight Back 9321 at http://www.fightbacknews.org March on Minneapolis city attorney home demands dropping charges against 646-plus arrested protesters http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9320 <p>Minneapolis, MN - On Saturday evening, October 16, 300 people marched through Uptown Minneapolis to the home of the city attorney, to demand that he drop the charges against the 646-plus protesters arrested on November 4, 2020, and to demand community control over police in Minneapolis. The November arrests targeted some of the more than 1000 students, teachers, union members and activists who took to the streets in Minneapolis to demand police accountability and speak out against Trump’s attempts to steal the election. Last year’s march was part of a national day of protest initiated by the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.</p> <p>When the 2020 march entered Interstate 94, they were surrounded by hundreds of State Patrol who carried out the largest mass arrest in Minnesota history, detaining protesters for nearly six hours. Minneapolis police brutalized bystanders who attempted to document this violation of rights, while University of Minnesota police and transit police also assisted in the operation.</p> <p>The first to speak on Saturday, Jerome Hilson, tied together the fight for community control of the police and the fight to defend the 646. Hilson is a member of Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar (TCC4J), which organized the march last November and this weekends’ protest against the charges. "CPAC - Civilian Police Accountability Commission - what that does is that's going to give us control over the police, so that they can no longer abuse their power like they did that night or any other night. It is actually going to give us democratic power over the police - 646, let's do that! They cannot scare us, they cannot intimidate us; we will fight for what we need. All power to the people."</p> <p>The October 16 protest took place as the University of Minnesota chapter hosted the Students for a Democratic Society national conference. Many SDS members were arrested in the November march in Minneapolis, and student organizers have experienced police repression across the country. Speakers included members of the Tally 19, organizers who were arrested during a Black Lives Matter demonstration last September in Tallahassee, Florida. Their charges include felonies, and the state government has since passed anti-protester bill HB 1 into law.</p> <p>The protest stopped outside the home of City Attorney Jim Rowader, for speeches, dance music, noise-making and chants including, “646! Drop the charges!” The lights were on, but the city attorney never made an appearance. After nearly an hour, protesters left the otherwise quiet block, and marched the mile back to the park where the protest began.</p> <p>Arraignments for the 646-plus began October 8 and will continue for six weeks. During the first kangaroo court session, the city attempted to coerce arrestees into entering plea deals, namely participating in a “restorative justice” option or community service in exchange for dismissing the charges. While individual protesters may need to take a plea deal for a number of valid reasons, the majority want to fight these charges because the mass arrests violated protesters' First Amendment rights.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9320#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo 646 arrestees Political Repression Wed, 20 Oct 2021 01:35:58 +0000 Fight Back 9320 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Bannering for ‘Legalization for All!’ in Minneapolis http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9318 <p>Minneapolis, MN - In the early evening of October 13, a group of about 15 people gathered on the corner of Lake Street and Bloomington Avenue in South Minneapolis and held banners that read: “Legalization for all” and “No militarized border.” The action was organized by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC).</p> <p>Over the summer, U.S. Senate Democrats released a budget resolution that would include legalization for millions of undocumented people, including those with DACA or TPS status, as well as many essential workers and farm workers. The bill passed through the first four steps until it reached the Senate parliamentarian, who advised the Senate not to include legalization for immigrants in the bill. The fight is not over, as Democrats are still working on alternate proposals that would still keep some form of legalization for many in the bill.</p> <p>The bannering event was planned to raise awareness about the bill and to encourage community members passing by to put pressure on representatives to make sure legalization for undocumented immigrants is still included in the bill.</p> <p>Many passing cars honked in support of the messages on the banners and both drivers and pedestrians who expressed interest were given flyers with information about the bill and a call to action to call, email, or tweet their representatives to demand that they do all that they can to make sure the pathway to citizenship is kept in the bill.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9318#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo legalization for all Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) Inmigrantes Tue, 19 Oct 2021 03:26:21 +0000 Fight Back 9318 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Entrevista con un líder de los embotelladores Peruanos de Coca-Cola: “Vamos a parar la producción” http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/2021/10/18/entrevista-con-un-l-der-de-los-embotelladores-peruanos-de-coca-cola-vamos-parar-la-produc <p><em>¡Lucha y Resiste! entrevistó a&nbsp;Cristiano Mayta, un sindicalista peruano y un internacionalista, el 14 de octubre para aprender sobre de la lucha de su sindicato.</em></p> <p><strong>¡Lucha y Resiste!:</strong>&nbsp;¿Cuál es su organización?</p> <p><strong>Cristiano Mayta:&nbsp;</strong>Tengo el cargo de secretario de exteriores del sindicato SINATREL (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de Embotelladora Arca Continental Lindley), también soy militante de la organización política Izquierda Socialista Perú.</p> <p><strong>¡Lucha y Resiste!:</strong>&nbsp;¿Cuándo se va a comenzar la huelga?</p> <p><strong>Cristiano Mayta:&nbsp;</strong>el 20 de octubre a las 7am hora peruana, del presente año recién empezamos</p> <p><strong>¡Lucha y Resiste!:</strong>&nbsp;¿Por qué se van a hacer la huelga?</p> <p><strong>Cristiano Mayta:&nbsp;</strong>Por que la empresa no quiere dar solución a nuestro pliego de reclamos 2021-2022, llevamos en reuniones ya casi como 7 meses, pero sin resultados, la empresa aduce q no puede atender el pliego de forma integral por que fue afectado por la pandemia, esto no es tan cierto, porque durante toda la pandemia trabajamos normal, fruto de ello genero utilidades en el año 2020.</p> <p><strong>¡Lucha y Resiste!:&nbsp;</strong>¿En cuantas ciudades o plantas embotelladoras&nbsp;entraran la huelga?</p> <p><strong>Cristiano Mayta:&nbsp;</strong>La empresa donde laboramos se llama&nbsp;Arca Continental Lindley que se dedica a embotellar Coca Cola, Inka Cola, Sprite, Fanta y otros. tiene 5 plantas embotelladoras en el Perú, los trabajadores de estas 5 plantas entramos en huelga indefinida.</p> <p><strong>¡Lucha y Resiste!:</strong>&nbsp;¿Que significa una huelga nacional infinida?</p> <p><strong>Cristiano Mayta:&nbsp;</strong>Significa que dejamos de trabajar por tiempo indefinido (hasta que solucione el pliego de reclamos)&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>¡Lucha y Resiste!:</strong>&nbsp;¿Como podemos apoyar su lucha, la Huelga?&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cristiano Mayta:</strong>&nbsp;Desde hace dos meses estamos haciendo protestas virtuales y ahora presenciales, pedimos su apoyo difundiendo en las redes sociales, estas protestas las pueden encontrar en el Facebook de GLORIOSO SINATREL, con este mismo nombre en Twitter.</p> <p>Quiero pedirles su apoyo incondicional con esta medida de lucha que vamos a empezar el día 20 de octubre 2021. Pueden apoyarnos de diferentes formas como: difundiendo por las redes sociales&nbsp;nuestras protestas que serán publicadas, enviando un pronunciamiento escrito o tal vez un pequeño video de 60 segundos en respaldo y solidaridad a nuestra institución SINATREL PERU en entra en esta huelga nacional indefinida que empezaremos.</p> <p>Saludos sindicales a todos y todas.</p> <p>Que viva la clase trabajadora del mundo.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/2021/10/18/entrevista-con-un-l-der-de-los-embotelladores-peruanos-de-coca-cola-vamos-parar-la-produc#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Américas Coca-Cola Internacional Peru Tue, 19 Oct 2021 15:24:20 +0000 Fight Back 9319 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Interview with leader of Peruvian Coca-Cola workers: “We are stopping production” http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9317 <p><em>On October 14, Fight Back! interviewed Cristiano Mayta, a trade unionist in Peru, to learn more about an upcoming strike of Coca-Cola bottling plant workers.</em></p> <p><strong><em>Fight Back!</em>:</strong> What is your organization?</p> <p><strong>Cristiano Mayta:</strong> I am the International Secretary of the union SINATREL at a Coca-Cola bottling plant. I am also a member of an organization called Socialist Left of Peru (Izquierda Socialista Perú).</p> <p><strong><em>Fight Back!</em>:</strong> When is the strike set to begin?</p> <p><strong>Mayta:</strong> At 7 a.m. in the morning of October 20 this year.</p> <p><strong><em>Fight Back!</em>:</strong> Why is your union going on strike?</p> <p><strong>Mayta:</strong> Because the company does want to offer a solution to our list of demands for 2021-22. We have been meeting for the past seven months with zero results. The company claims they cannot meet our demands because of the pandemic. We do not believe this, because all throughout the pandemic we worked like normal and still generated profits for them.</p> <p><strong><em>Fight Back!</em>:</strong> At how many different plants will the strike take place?</p> <p><strong>Mayta:</strong> The company we work at is called Arca Continental Lindley and it bottles for Coca Cola, Inka Cola, Sprite, Fanta and others. It has five bottling plants in Perú and the workers at these five bottling plants will be on indefinite strike.</p> <p><strong><em>Fight Back!</em>: </strong>What does an indefinite strike mean?</p> <p><strong>Mayta: </strong>It just means that we are stopping production, withholding our labor power for an undefined time until the company brings solutions to our demands.</p> <p><strong><em>Fight Back!</em>:</strong> How can we support your struggle, your strike?</p> <p><strong>Mayta:</strong> It has been two straight months that we have put on virtual protests and others in person. We ask that you share on social media our protests and statements from Facebook and Twitter from the page called GLORIOSO SINATREL PERU.</p> <p>I want to ask you for the unconditional support in the method of struggle for our strike that starts October 20. Aside from the social media shares, send us written statements of solidarity from your organization or union, and or a short video with a solidarity message for the workers and our union SINATREL PERU. A big working-class thank you.</p> <p>Long Live The Workers of the World!</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9317#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Américas Coca-Cola Internacional Peru Tue, 19 Oct 2021 00:58:43 +0000 Fight Back 9317 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Angry mothers and students protest a proposed charter high school in East LA http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9316 <p>East Los Angeles, CA - Over a 100 students, teachers and parents from Garfield High School (GHS) held a protest in East Los Angeles on October 13, against a planned construction of a new charter high school.</p> <p>East Los Angeles unincorporated area has become saturated with private charter schools, causing a crisis in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) public schools. Mother Antonieta Garcia spoke about the damage another charter school will cause to public schools and the environment. GHS students led chants denouncing the charter school.</p> <p>Garfield High School is being threatened with the construction of a new Ednovate Charter High School only a block away. Ednovate is a corporate charter school operator with wealthy investors in its board and plans to expand. Ednovate plans to construct a two-story building with 16 classrooms for a high school a block from GHS. Ednovate used a maneuver to avoid public scrutiny, using a land planning tactic to avoid the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) study. This new high school will devastate GHS with less students, leading to less funding.</p> <p>Ricardo Rivas and Juan Garcia, two great teachers at GHS, thanked the community of parents and students for participating. They also talked about the vast history and tradition of excellence at GHS.</p> <p>Lupe Torres with Centro CSO’s Education Committee and an East LA resident talked about getting involved by doing a community door-to-door walk to reach more residents. A Centro CSO forum is set for November 4, at 5 p.m. on charters and privatization attacks on public schools. Torres urged all to contact CSO to get involved.</p> <p>Eastside Padres also joined and supported the protest.</p> <p>LAUSD enrollment is already down, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic hardships. East LA already has Esteban Torres High School and Garfield High School and both have excellent instruction programs. Also nearby are Boyle Heights’ Roosevelt High School, Mendez High School and Bravo Magnet High School. There is no need for another high school in the Eastside area.</p> <p>Garfield High School has a long history of academic and cultural excellence. Multiple generations of families have graduated from GHS. Jaime Escalante, a well-known math teacher, became famous at GHS. He is portrayed in the movie <em>Stand and Deliver</em>. The well-known rock group Los Lobos also attended GHS.</p> <p>To get involved with Centro CSO’s Education Committee, be sure to contact CSO at 323-943-2030, <a href="mailto:CentroCSO@gmail.com">CentroCSO@gmail.com</a>, or @CentroCSO on TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The next Centro CSO public meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on October 20.</p> <p><em>Carlos Montes is a graduate of GHS, a long time advocate for public education, as one of founders of the Brown Berets in ELA he was a leader of the historic ELA HS Walkouts of March 1968 a key event in the urban Chicano Movement of the late 1960’s. HBO produced the movie Walkout about these events.</em></p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9316#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Centro CSO Ednovate Garfield High School Movimiento Estudiantil Sun, 17 Oct 2021 01:25:08 +0000 Fight Back 9316 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Free Carmen Villalba! Paraguay illegally detaining political prisoner http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9315 <p>The Paraguayan government is illegally detaining Carmen Villalba despite her completion of all prison sentences. Carmen Villalba is a political prisoner under arbitrary detention. This violation of the law by Paraguayan officials is a continuation of the vendetta, often deadly, against her and her family.</p> <p>Carmen Villalba was arrested in 2004 for her revolutionary activities as a member of the Patria Libre (PL) party. Villalba was part of the struggle against the repressive Stroessner government - a bloody dictatorship, fully supported by the United States. Stroessner harshly repressed workers, peasant and indigenous communities in Paraguay. While imprisoned, Villalba joined the EPP (Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo) a guerrilla group that was formed out of the dissolution of the PL.</p> <p>Carmen remains a potent figure of the people’s movements in Paraguay. This provokes severe repression of her and her family by the government and right-wing forces. In 2010 her son Nestor was assassinated. On September 2, 2020, two nieces of Carmen, Lilian Mariana and Maria Carmen Villalba, both minors and citizens of Argentina, were killed in secret by the Paraguayan army, near the border with Argentina. Carmen’s 14-year-old daughter, Carmen Elizabeth Oviedo Villalba “Lichita”, went missing on November 30, 2020, and is presumed to be the victim of a forced disappearance. Carmen desperately needs to be released to search for her daughter.</p> <p>Carmen was convicted in three different cases for which she has served time in prison since 2004. She has completed all her sentences but the Paraguayan Court refuses to recognize her time served in one of her cases. In the case in question, Carmen was sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment.</p> <p>Under Paraguayan Law (Codigo Procesal Penal Art. 494) the court is to take into consideration restrictions on liberty when calculating pre-sentence confinement credit. Carmen was served an arrest warrant from the attorney general and detained on this case on February 28, 2005.</p> <p>Carmen’s lawyer asked the court to recognize this pre-sentence confinement credit from February 28, 2005 and produced a properly authenticated copy of the warrant. The court claimed that a copy of the warrant could not be found in its file and denied Carmen’s request.</p> <p>Additionally, the attorney general is unwilling to turn over the document from its file to the court. Because of this legal sleight of hand, Carmen is facing more than a decade of unjust imprisonment. This revolutionary is illegally detained and subject to arbitrary detention.</p> <p>Supporters of Carmen Villalba have called an international day of action for October 15, 2021. Here in the United States, you can participate by contacting the Paraguayan Embassy at 202-798-7200 or 202-798-8810, or by email at <a href="mailto:dcconsulpar@mre.gov.py">dcconsulpar@mre.gov.py</a> and say:</p> <p>Free Carmen Villalba! ¡Libertad para Carmen Villalba!</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9315#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Carmen Villalba Patria Libre Presos Políticos Fri, 15 Oct 2021 15:49:11 +0000 Fight Back 9315 at http://www.fightbacknews.org