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 Native Lives Matter holds candlelight vigil on National Day of Mourning http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/12/2/native-lives-matter-holds-candlelight-vigil-national-day-mourning <p>Minneapolis, MN - Over 100 protesters gathered in Minneapolis to stand in solidarity with Indigenous people on Thanksgiving, November 26, for a National Day of Mourning. It is a reminder of the genocide and suffering of Native Americans that still continues today. 400 years have passed since Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and colonized the land Native Americans had been living on for thousands of years. In the shadow of the Minneapolis skyline, several speakers touched on the many struggles Indigenous people face today and the erasure of their people. </p> <p>Tonia Black Elk, an organizer from Native Lives Matter, stood in front of a wall of red dresses and told the crowd, "We've got a lot of Indigenous people here in the Twin Cities who aren't getting help and who are still dealing with a big housing crisis. Indigenous people shouldn't be homeless on their own homelands. There are also a lot of families here who have lost family members to police brutality. We shouldn't be murdered on our own homelands. We're hurting every day and missing our loved ones. Ancestral genocide is embedded into our DNA. We have the highest rates of police brutality and violence against us. But we're still here together fighting this current racist system that continues to take our women, our children, our men, and our boys."</p> <p>She went on to talk about the origins of the first Thanksgiving and how the Pilgrims celebrated the murdering of Native Americans and explained that their land has been continually pillaged and their treaties broken. Line 3, a tar sands oil pipeline, is set to be replaced in northern Minnesota on Native land and activists are already being arrested as they shut down work related to the pipeline. Henry Gipp, brother of Ryan Gipp of Standing Rock, who was murdered by police in North Dakota, traveled from Fargo to speak and read a poem he wrote that concluded by engaging the crowd in a call and response to chant "We're still here." </p> <p>Francisco Sánchez from Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee addressed the crowd and spoke about solidarity and the familiar struggles that immigrants, refugees and other oppressed groups face. "Today is a day where white people gather and actively ignore the fact that their ancestors committed genocide.”</p> <p>Sánchez described the continuing oppression in terms of oil pipelines, police brutality, separation of families, locking children in cages and forced sterilization. He continued, "Their genocide has failed and has only created connection and unity because our communities have been shackled together since the beginning of colonization."</p> <p>The protesters marched through Northeast Minneapolis while carrying banners and signs that read, "No more genocide! This is Native land!" and "No more ThanksKilling!" and chanting "There's no pride in genocide!" Local residents came out of their houses and families opened their balconies with fists raised in solidarity as they marched by.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/12/2/native-lives-matter-holds-candlelight-vigil-national-day-mourning#comments People's Struggles Police Brutality Indigenous Peoples National Day of Mourning Native Lives Matter In-Justice System Wed, 02 Dec 2020 15:12:56 +0000 Fight Back 8646 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Minnesota: Car caravan to governor’s mansion protests Nov. 4 mass arrest http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/11/30/minnesota-car-caravan-governor-s-mansion-protests-nov-4-mass-arrest <p>St. Paul, MN - On November 27, the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar Clark organized a rally and car caravan to protest the mass arrests of November 4. The Black Friday protest started in the parking lot of JJ Hill elementary school, where Philando Castile worked before he was killed by police. During a brief rally, participants decorated their cars, then a caravan of 100 vehicles left for the governor’s mansion, by way of the Grand Avenue.</p> <p>Governor Tim Walz had mobilized hundreds of police from across the state to "teach a lesson" to protesters on November 4 who were part of a national day of protest called by the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. Minneapolis police brutalized supporters, observers and bystanders while state patrol and others spent the six hours arresting at least 646 protesters on Interstate 94.</p> <p>The car caravan was organized after a week of call-in actions to city and county prosecutors, as well as various politicians, including the governor. The demands for the week included the dropping of charges against all protesters, including Amina McCaskill who was singled out for multiple felony charges for allegedly shining a laser pointer in the direction of police. Organizers also reiterated the demand for community control of police.</p> <p>The caravan targeted the Grand Avenue shopping district on Black Friday, as well as Summit Avenue, one the highest concentrations of wealthy homes in the city, before arriving at the mansion, getting out of cars for chants, including, “Rain, sleet, snow or shine, protests are not a crime!” and general calls to drop the charges.</p> <p>Arrestees from multiple organizations spoke, including Chaz Neal, from Red Wing, Minnesota; Kaia Hirt of Minnetonka; Shannon Nordby of Native Lives Matter, Mohamed Ibrahim of CAIR-MN, and Loretta VanPelt, Jae Yates and DJ Hooker of Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar (TCC4J). The rally ended with a dance party that included some of the same songs that had been playing when people were arrested on November 4.</p> <p>The fight to drop the charges is ongoing. To support the arrestees, sign this petition at <a href="https://bit.ly/3lTlKfV">https://bit.ly/3lTlKfV</a></p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/11/30/minnesota-car-caravan-governor-s-mansion-protests-nov-4-mass-arrest#comments People's Struggles 646 arrestees Elections Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar Mon, 30 Nov 2020 17:33:25 +0000 Fight Back 8644 at http://www.fightbacknews.org The defeat of Trump and the road ahead http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/11/29/defeat-trump-and-road-ahead <p>It is a good thing that a decisive majority of voters in the United States rejected Trump in his run for the White House. The massive turnout of youth, African Americans, Chicanos, Latinos, native peoples and other oppressed nationalities was critical in defeating his anti-immigrant, racist, reactionary and misogynist agenda. This defeat provides a more favorable context to fight for and win things people desperately need and for revolutionaries to advance the struggle to end the existing order of things.</p> <p>We do not have a working crystal ball to predict the future, and Trump has a demonstrated capacity for the irrational, so all sorts of things are possible. That noted, since being beaten at the ballot box, Trump has made many failed efforts to cling to power by negating the vote. He will no doubt make more such efforts, but he is unlikely to succeed.</p> <p>Most people did not vote for Trump and large sections of the ruling class have deserted him. On top of this, the past six months have seen one of the greatest upsurges struggle in U.S. history after the police murder of George Floyd. From the burning of the 3rd Precinct police station in Minneapolis, to the streets of a thousand cities and towns, a storm of struggle has been unleashed. The people’s struggle has emerged a real factor shaping the country’s political life.</p> <p>But no matter what, vigilance is needed, and one can expect Trump will make all sorts of attacks on working and oppressed people, and home and abroad, before January 20. To paraphrase the great Chinese revolutionary Mao Zedong, it is the nature of all reactionaries to make trouble and fail and then do it again – that’s what they do until they are swept from the stage of history.</p> <p>U.S. monopoly capitalism is a failed system that has been in decline since the early 1970s. A deadly combination of economic weakness, the success of national liberation movements and resilience of socialist countries, particularly the Peoples Republic of China, have bedeviled the empire of the dollar.</p> <p>This process of decline accelerated rapidly over the past four years, with the Trump administration serving an ideal political representative for a sick, moribund system.</p> <p>Right now, the U.S. is in the midst of the greatest economic crisis since the 1930s and a pandemic that has been made as deadly as it can possibly be by an unholy mix of right-wing politicians and a profit-driven heath care system. Every contradiction in U.S. society is sharpening, along with political polarization.</p> <p>Joe Biden will sit at the head of the disintegrating U.S. empire, with monopoly capitalism beset by a protracted crisis. The wealthy are shifting the impact of the crisis on to the backs of working and oppressed people, while government at all levels is moving towards austerity measures. In this context, there will be an intensification of national oppression, i.e. more racist inequality and police terror.</p> <p>We need to stay in the streets. Resistance on a big scale is needed. Capitalism is a doomed system that has created its own gravediggers: the working class. But spontaneity is not going to get us to a future free of exploitation and oppression; organization is needed for that. Organization that is guided by the science of revolution, Marxism-Leninism.</p> <p>It’s like Mao stated, “Seize the day! Seize the hour! Seize the time!” Our future is bright.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/11/29/defeat-trump-and-road-ahead#comments People's Struggles Biden Elections Trump Mon, 30 Nov 2020 00:40:23 +0000 Fight Back 8643 at http://www.fightbacknews.org The defeat of Trump and the road ahead http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/11/29/defeat-trump-and-road-ahead <p>It is a good thing that a decisive majority of voters in the United States rejected Trump in his run for the White House. The massive turnout of youth, African Americans, Chicanos, Latinos, native peoples and other oppressed nationalities was critical in defeating his anti-immigrant, racist, reactionary and misogynist agenda. This defeat provides a more favorable context to fight for and win things people desperately need and for revolutionaries to advance the struggle to end the existing order of things.</p> <p>We do not have a working crystal ball to predict the future, and Trump has a demonstrated capacity for the irrational, so all sorts of things are possible. That noted, since being beaten at the ballot box, Trump has made many failed efforts to cling to power by negating the vote. He will no doubt make more such efforts, but he is unlikely to succeed.</p> <p>Most people did not vote for Trump and large sections of the ruling class have deserted him. On top of this, the past six months have seen one of the greatest upsurges struggle in U.S. history after the police murder of George Floyd. From the burning of the 3rd Precinct police station in Minneapolis, to the streets of a thousand cities and towns, a storm of struggle has been unleashed. The people’s struggle has emerged a real factor shaping the country’s political life.</p> <p>But no matter what, vigilance is needed, and one can expect Trump will make all sorts of attacks on working and oppressed people, and home and abroad, before January 20. To paraphrase the great Chinese revolutionary Mao Zedong, it is the nature of all reactionaries to make trouble and fail and then do it again – that’s what they do until they are swept from the stage of history.</p> <p>U.S. monopoly capitalism is a failed system that has been in decline since the early 1970s. A deadly combination of economic weakness, the success of national liberation movements and resilience of socialist countries, particularly the Peoples Republic of China, have bedeviled the empire of the dollar.</p> <p>This process of decline accelerated rapidly over the past four years, with the Trump administration serving an ideal political representative for a sick, moribund system.</p> <p>Right now, the U.S. is in the midst of the greatest economic crisis since the 1930s and a pandemic that has been made as deadly as it can possibly be by an unholy mix of right-wing politicians and a profit-driven heath care system. Every contradiction in U.S. society is sharpening, along with political polarization.</p> <p>Joe Biden will sit at the head of the disintegrating U.S. empire, with monopoly capitalism beset by a protracted crisis. The wealthy are shifting the impact of the crisis on to the backs of working and oppressed people, while government at all levels is moving towards austerity measures. In this context, there will be an intensification of national oppression, i.e. more racist inequality and police terror.</p> <p>We need to stay in the streets. Resistance on a big scale is needed. Capitalism is a doomed system that has created its own gravediggers: the working class. But spontaneity is not going to get us to a future free of exploitation and oppression; organization is needed for that. Organization that is guided by the science of revolution, Marxism-Leninism.</p> <p>It’s like Mao stated, “Seize the day! Seize the hour! Seize the time!” Our future is bright.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/11/29/defeat-trump-and-road-ahead#comments People's Struggles Biden Elections Trump Mon, 30 Nov 2020 00:40:23 +0000 Fight Back 8643 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Engels at 200: He transformed dreams of better world into a science for liberation http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/11/28/engels-200-he-transformed-dreams-better-world-science-liberation <p>November 28 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest revolutionaries of all times, Fredrick Engels. Born the son of a factory owner in Barmen, Germany, Engels, along with his comrade and friend Karl Marx, made immense contributions to the struggle for emancipation of the working class. In the U.S. today, monopoly capitalism has revealed itself a corrupt and criminal system that is unable to meet the needs of the vast majority of people. It rewards the wealthy with fabulous profits and unimaginable riches. As a result, there is renewed interest in socialism.</p> <p>What has made scientific socialism, the socialist theory elaborated by Engels - along with Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Mao - so powerful is both its truth and as a result, its practicality – it is a science that lays bare the laws that guide the development of society and nature. The better a doctor understands disease, the better a doctor is able to treat it. The better a revolutionary understands the enemy and the system that serves it, the sooner the revolutionary can break the power of the class enemy and bring the system of exploitation to an end.</p> <p>In the words of VI Lenin, “The services rendered by Marx and Engels to the working class may be expressed in a few words thus: they taught the working class to know itself and be conscious of itself, and they substituted science for dreams.”</p> <p>In pathbreaking works such as <em>The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State</em>; <em>Socialism: Utopian and Scientific</em> and <em>Anti-Dühring</em>, along with <em>The Dialectics of Nature</em>, which was published after his passing, Engels laid out the fundamental principles of dialectical and historical materialism. These vital works should be studied today by every communist who wants to know the world with the purpose of changing it.</p> <p>In <em>Socialism: Utopian and Scientific</em>, Engels offered the following summation of historical materialism, stating, “The materialist conception of history starts from the proposition that the production of the means to support human life and, next to production, the exchange of things produced, is the basis of all social structure; that in every society that has appeared in history, the manner in which wealth is distributed and society divided into classes or orders is dependent upon what is produced, how it is produced, and how the products are exchanged. From this point of view, the final causes of all social changes and political revolutions are to be sought, not in men's brains, not in men's better insights into eternal truth and justice, but in changes in the modes of production and exchange. They are to be sought, not in the philosophy, but in the economics of each particular epoch.”</p> <p>To apply this to today’s conditions: the capitalist mode of production and exchange in the U.S. has reached a period of decline and crisis, and this has an impact on the political and ideological superstructure that interplays with this moribund economic base. Every contradiction of imperialism, or monopoly capitalism, is intensifying, and the result is a great upsurge in the struggle between progress and reaction, socialism and capitalism, between the oppressed and oppressor. The power of that upsurge was seen over the past year, as cities across the U.S. were on fire with struggle against police terror, racist discrimination and national oppression.</p> <p>Engels’ method was to seek truth from facts. Be it investigating the peasant rebellions of the 1400s, the origins of the family, or the nature of the state, Engels always tried to ground himself in reality. But he never made the mistake of thinking what is, is what will always be. He saw the contradictions of capitalism as leading to a sharpening class struggle would inevitably lead towards the overthrow of the bourgeoisie, and the working class conquering political power, establishing socialism, and undertaking the journey to a society without classes – communism.</p> <p>A tireless builder of revolutionary organization, Engels could constantly be found in the leadership of the socialist movement. From the League of the Just to the First and then Second Internationals, Engels demonstrated how to make revolutionary theory serve revolutionary practice. His entire life’s work was based on the understanding that you cannot be communist by yourself.</p> <p>Engels coauthored with Marx the single most important piece of socialist literature ever, <em>The Communist Manifesto</em>. It would become one of the most widely translated books ever, and a frame of reference to a socialist movement that would rapidly grow following its publication in 1848.</p> <p>The <em>Manifesto</em> concludes with the stirring declaration, “The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.” From the Manila to Minneapolis to Moscow - these words reverberate in world that cries out for change.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/11/28/engels-200-he-transformed-dreams-better-world-science-liberation#comments People's Struggles Socialism Frederick Engels Sat, 28 Nov 2020 22:30:30 +0000 Fight Back 8642 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Philippines: On the murder of NDFP consultants Eugenia Magpantay and Agaton Topacio http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/11/28/philippines-murder-ndfp-consultants-eugenia-magpantay-and-agaton-topacio <p><em>Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Nov. 28 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines.</em></p> <p>November 28, 2020</p> <p>The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemns in the strongest terms the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the cold-blooded murder of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultants Eugenia Magpantay and Agaton Topacio last Wednesday in Angono, Rizal.</p> <p>Magpantay and Topacio who are in their late 60s, have recently retired from active service in the revolutionary movement due to infirmities of old age. Magpantay suffers from diabetes and severe arthritis.</p> <p>The police liquidation of the couple is the most recent in the string of killings and legal persecution against peace consultants of the NDFP in violation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).</p> <p>We reject the claims of the police that the couple resisted arrest and were killed in a firefight. In their physical state, the couple would not have been able to manage the sheer number of weapons said to be found in the scene, much less put up a rigorous gun battle.</p> <p>The police operation was treacherously carried out at 3 in the morning while victims were surely fast asleep. Police claims they were fired on their approach is absurd. Reports indicating recovered firearms are patent lies.</p> <p>The mafia-style execution of Magpantay and Topacio is reminiscent and linked to the recent murder of NDFP peace consultants Randall Echanis and Julius Giron and the killing last year of Randy Malayao.</p> <p>We hold Duterte, his National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and PNP Chief Debold Sinas as the masterminds behind the killing of Magpantay and Topacio.</p> <p>The CPP pays tribute to Magpantay and Topacio for their decades of service to the revolutionary cause and service to the oppressed and exploited masses. Both were former members of the CPP Central Committee. Magpantay was also a former member of the Party Political Bureau.</p> <p>Their contributions to building the Party and the New People's Army (NPA), especially in Central Luzon, are invaluable and will never be forgotten.</p> <p>We extend our deepest condolences to the children, grandchildren and family of Magpantay and Topacio.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/11/28/philippines-murder-ndfp-consultants-eugenia-magpantay-and-agaton-topacio#comments People's Struggles Asia Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Philippines Sat, 28 Nov 2020 14:07:40 +0000 Fight Back 8641 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Millions face a financial cliff as grim economic news keeps on coming http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/11/26/millions-face-financial-cliff-grim-economic-news-keeps-coming <p>San José, CA - On Wednesday, November 25, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that new claims for regular state unemployment benefits increased for the second week in a row, up 30,000 to 778,000. This is the highest level in five weeks and the first time since July with back-to-back increases. Adding in the weekly new claims for the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA for the self-employed and gig workers, almost 1.1 million people sought government aid in the recession.</p> <p>For the first time in almost two months, the total number of people receiving government unemployment benefits across all programs rose. For the last seven months, there has never been fewer than 20 million people getting aid, which is more than 12% of the those who are working, or who are not working and are looking for work.</p> <p>More bad news on the economy also came in the report on October income and spending. Personal income sank 0.7% as compared to September. This was mainly due to less government unemployment aid, showing that many people who lost their jobs in April are losing their benefits, as opposed to getting jobs. Personal spending rose, but at less than half the rate of growth as September.</p> <p>Weighing on the economy is the surging pandemic, with an average of more than 175,000 new infections a day for the last week. In the last day, more than 2300 Americans died of COVID-19, within striking distance of the all-time high set in April. A record 88,000 people are now hospitalized with the coronavirus, straining hospitals across the country. While many field hospitals are being built, the problem is lack of staff, especially those who are trained.</p> <p>Despite a warning from the Centers for Disease Control not to travel, 4 million people have already taken to the air for the holidays. Many doctors and public health workers are worried about a spike in the middle of the surge that could overload the health care system and lead to a rising death rate at the end of the year.</p> <p>On top of the growing health crisis, almost two-thirds of those collecting benefits, or more than 13 million people, face a financial cliff in a month. On December 26, the federal PUA and the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, for people who have hit the six-month time limit for regular state benefits, will wind down. While the Democrats in the House of Representatives passed a bill to extend benefits back in May, the Republicans in the Senate have opposed this and still haven’t passed a bill to be able to negotiate with the House.</p> <p>In addition, the moratorium on evictions, the extension of student loan payments, and the forbearance of home mortgages are also running out with the new year. According to a survey earlier in November, there are almost 30 million tenants behind on their rent, which could lead to millions of evictions in 2021. State and local governments also face hundreds of billions of dollars in budget deficits that have to be closed over the next 18 months. These will lead to even more cuts and job losses, especially in public schools and colleges. </p> <p>The Trump administration is now cooperating with President-elect Biden in a transition. But the Trump team seems to be going out of its way to hurt the economy before the administration ends. Last week, Trump’s Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin ordered the Federal Reserve to return billions of dollars to the Treasury. This money guarantees against any losses from three Federal Reserve lending programs. The Fed’s lending to large corporations, medium size businesses, and state and local governments backed by the Economic Stabilization fund will now have to wind down just as the economy turns down again and pandemic relief programs are coming to an end.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/11/26/millions-face-financial-cliff-grim-economic-news-keeps-coming#comments Capitalism and Economy Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) recession Fri, 27 Nov 2020 01:58:41 +0000 Fight Back 8640 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Jacksonville protests FL governor’s anti-protester bill, demands justice for victims of police crimes http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/11/26/jacksonville-protests-fl-governor-s-anti-protester-bill-demands-justice-victims-police-cr <p>Jacksonville, FL - On November 21, the Jacksonville Community Action Committee (JCAC), alongside other organizations and over 250 community members, gathered at the Duval County Courthouse to rally against the repressive and undemocratic legislative proposal by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, as well as the killing of 18-year-old Devon Tillman Gregory by four Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office officers: Nicholas McDonald, James Mills, Aaron Roe and Brandon Shea. </p> <p>In attendance were the family of Devon Tillman Gregory, and the mother of Vernell Bing, who was killed in 2016 by killer cop Tyler Landreville. Tawana Myrick, Devon’s mother, and other family members expressed their anger and pain over Devon being killed by JSO, with over 30 shots reportedly being fired. </p> <p>Devon Tillman Gregory’s cousin, Tina Rhiles, powerfully reflected that before the killing of Devon, it was easier to show support from a distance, but now that must change, saying, “before this, we were sharing, and were at home. But now we know. Last week we were the people that were at home, and not out here. This week, we are here with you, and every other week, and every other time we will be here.” </p> <p>The same sentiments were echoed by Ms. Shirley, who directed her words to Sheriff Mike Williams: “Leave our kids alone! Stop taking from us! And Mike I told you, Landreville was gonna kill again and that's what the hell he did, and you still let him come back in our community. But you better get him out of it, we’re tired.”</p> <p>Speakers also articulated opposition to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ proposal for the “Combating Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act,” which seeks to institute mandatory minimums for protesters, alongside other amendments, including those that seek to retroactively legalize vehicular homicide of protesters. </p> <p>Christina Kittle with the JCAC encouraged attendees to get ready to go to Tallahassee to protest this legislative proposal, reminding them that “this bill would make everything that we gained this summer, all of the momentum that we got started here in Jacksonville, illegal. So the 74 protesters who were brutalized, gassed and unlawfully detained by JSO this summer would have felony charges, trumped-up charges. The bill would also have made raising bail for them illegal.”</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/11/26/jacksonville-protests-fl-governor-s-anti-protester-bill-demands-justice-victims-police-cr#comments People's Struggles Police Brutality Jacksonville Community Action Committee (JCAC) Political Repression Ron DeSantis In-Justice System Thu, 26 Nov 2020 16:51:43 +0000 Fight Back 8639 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Chicago area nursing home workers’ strike http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/11/25/chicago-area-nursing-home-workers-strike <p>Chicago, IL - 700 nursing home workers who are members SEIU Health Care Illinois/Indiana (HCII) began a second #StrikeForOurLives on November 23. Strikers walked out at 11 Infinity nursing homes across the state of Illinois. Members of SEIU have been denied adequate staffing, PPE and hazard pay.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/11/25/chicago-area-nursing-home-workers-strike#comments People's Struggles Healthcare SEIU SEIU Health Care Illinois/Indiana (HCII) Strikes Labor Thu, 26 Nov 2020 01:46:50 +0000 Fight Back 8638 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Tallahassee students rally against political repression, demand Community Police Accountability Council http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/11/25/tallahassee-students-rally-against-political-repression-demand-community-police-accountab <p>Tallahassee, FL – On November 19, students from the Tallahassee chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a rally in front of the Westcott building on the Florida State University campus to demand community and student control of the Florida State University Police Department (FSUPD) and that the charges against the Tally19 be dropped. The students called for an end to political repression and that FSUPD be held accountable to the community and student body they police.</p> <p>Students spoke about the increasing budget of both the Tallahassee Police Department and FSUPD as well as the lack of accountability to the community and student body at large. Students also demanded justice for the Tally19, a group of protesters who were arrested on September 5 during a rally to demand justice for those who have been impacted by police brutality. These protesters were arrested by a group of approximately 300 police officers clad in riot gear and many are currently facing charges. </p> <p>Katherine Draken, member of Tallahassee SDS, said in her speech, “The police will never hold each other accountable, we need an independent board that can hold them accountable and demand real justice for the victims of police violence, that’s the purpose of a CPAC.”</p> <p>Anthony Suarez, vice president of Tallahassee SDS, also spoke about the lack of police accountability, “When police murder someone they occasionally spend a few months on leave and then go right back to their jobs. We saw this with Lawrence Revell who murdered George “Nuke” William in 1996 and is now the TPD police chief, we also saw this with Zackri Jones, who murdered Mychael Johnson, who promptly went right back to work after committing murder.”</p> <p>Students continued to speak about other cases of police brutality in Tallahassee and the U.S., ending the rally with a call for students and community members to get involved with local organizations such as Students for a Democratic Society or the Tallahassee Community Action Committee to continue the struggle against police repression and violence.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/11/25/tallahassee-students-rally-against-political-repression-demand-community-police-accountab#comments People's Struggles Police Brutality CPAC Tallahassee Community Action Committee (TCAC) Tallahassee SDS In-Justice System Student Movement Wed, 25 Nov 2020 16:22:53 +0000 Fight Back 8637 at http://www.fightbacknews.org