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We provide coverage and analysis of some of the key battles facing working and low-income people. en Michigan protest demands ‘Free Palestine’ http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/16/michigan-protest-demands-free-palestine <p>Grand Rapids, MI - 60 protesters gathered for a “Free Palestine, Stop U.S. Aid to Israel” protest in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 15, as the world observed Nakba Day amid continued Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.</p> <p>Organized by the Grand Rapids Anti-War Committee, the protest featured speakers from Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Democratic Socialists of America, Bimose Ode, Justice for Black Lives, and local Palestinian activists.</p> <p>Protesters chanted “Free, free, Palestine!” and “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!”</p> <p>“Joe Biden and the American government need to stop funding the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians immediately,” said organizer Olivia Lashley, “the entire world is waking up to the lies of the American and Israeli governments, and the people will no longer tolerate these atrocities.”</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/16/michigan-protest-demands-free-palestine#comments People's Struggles Al Nakba Palestine Sun, 16 May 2021 15:54:25 +0000 Fight Back 9045 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Solidarity rally in Madison, WI: ‘Palestinians can’t breathe’ http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/16/solidarity-rally-madison-wi-palestinians-can-t-breathe <p>Madison, WI - 200 people came out in Madison in the late morning of May 15, the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba, to stand with Palestinian people resisting genocide at the hands of the racist Israeli government. The demonstration took place on the steps of the Wisconsin State Capitol building. Over 130 people have been killed, nearly 1000 wounded, and many more thousands have been displaced from their homes in Israel’s most recent string of attacks that began on May 10.</p> <p>The event consisted first of a rally where a handful of speakers from the different cosponsoring organizations took to the microphone to share their experiences, messages of solidarity, and recommendations for how to help from here in the U.S. Many speakers spoke about the need to amplify the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement, pointing to the success of that tactic in breaking apartheid in South Africa. Others connected the Palestinian struggle against Israeli violence to the struggle of oppressed peoples in the United States against police crimes.</p> <p>“The government funding the genocide of the people of Palestine - funding the tanks and the bullets - is the same government funding the bullets that murdered Ma’Khia Bryant, that murdered Tony Robinson,” said the speaker from Black Umbrella Global, a Black liberation organization based in Madison. “Last summer, Palestinians stood in solidarity and said George Floyd’s name with us in the street, calling for liberation.”</p> <p>After the rally, the event took to the streets behind large banners reading “Save Sheikh Jarrah” and “Free Gaza.” The crowd marched around the State Capitol building several times, chanting “Free, free Palestine - long live Palestine” and “Intifada, intifada, long live the intifada.” A coward in a car flying an Israeli flag tried to interrupt the march, but supporters on bikes were quick to cut them off. Marchers rained down boos on the driver as the car passed.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/16/solidarity-rally-madison-wi-palestinians-can-t-breathe#comments People's Struggles Free Palestine Palestine Sun, 16 May 2021 15:49:22 +0000 Fight Back 9044 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Denver march demands justice for Palestine http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/16/denver-march-demands-justice-palestine <p>Denver, CO - On May 14, an estimated 2000 people gathered at the Colorado State Capitol for a Palestinian solidarity rally and march organized by the Colorado Palestine Club. The demonstration marks the biggest show of solidarity with Palestine that Denver has seen in recent memory and is a sure sign of the changing tide of public opinion against the apartheid state of Israel.</p> <p>The demonstration was called for in response to heightened aggression and brutality that the Zionist state has unleashed against the people of Palestine. In particular, Israeli settlers are attempting to illegally and forcefully displace hundreds of Palestinians in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, with the full backing of the Israeli authorities. Also, on May 10, Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, teargassing hundreds of Palestinians who were praying during the holy month of Ramadan. These grave injustices were correctly called out by event organizers as an ongoing attempt by Israel to ethnically cleanse and ultimately commit genocide against Palestine.</p> <p>After the rally concluded, protesters marched through Denver’s 16th Street Mall before ending up back at the Capitol building. The demonstration finished with a call to action to contact local and state representatives to demand action to stop the brutal violence being unleashed upon Palestine, in particular to demand that the United States immediately sever all aid to Israel. A broad coalition of organizations endorsed the action, including the Denver Peace Council, ANSWER Coalition, Students for a Democratic Society, Friends of Sabeel, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Kuwait Community of Colorado.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/16/denver-march-demands-justice-palestine#comments People's Struggles Colorado Palestine Club Palestine Sun, 16 May 2021 15:44:10 +0000 Fight Back 9043 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Lebanese protesters cross borders to occupied Palestine, face Israeli gunfire http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/15/lebanese-protesters-cross-borders-occupied-palestine-face-israeli-gunfire <p>According to a report from Lebanon's authoritative news outlet Al-Manar, a demonstration supporting the resistance in Palestine crossed the border between Lebanon and the territory under Israeli occupation on May 13.</p> <p>“A number of Lebanese protesters demonstrated spontaneously near the barbed-wire fence off the Israeli settlement of Al-Metula, storming the border an crossing shortly into the occupied Palestinian territories,” reports Al-Manar, which had a reporter on the scene. </p> <p>“The protesters held Lebanon’s, Hezbollah’s and Palestine’s flags and chanted slogans in support of Gaza against the Israeli aggression. The Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and sound bombs, injuring one of protesters,” the report continued.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/15/lebanese-protesters-cross-borders-occupied-palestine-face-israeli-gunfire#comments People's Struggles Free Palestine International Lebanon Middle East Palestine Sat, 15 May 2021 17:03:42 +0000 Fight Back 9042 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Stop Israeli terror in Palestine! Victory to the resistance! http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/14/stop-israeli-terror-palestine-victory-resistance <p>The Israeli occupiers of Palestine are adding to their long list of crimes. They are attempting to drive Palestinians from the homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem. Mobs of reactionary Zionist settlers are roaming the streets and attempting to murder Palestinian motorists. Israeli airstrikes are raining U.S.-made bombs on homes in Gaza. The death toll of Palestinians, including children, is mounting each day. The cruel and callous reality of the occupation is there for the whole world to see. The great South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela was entirely correct to identify Israeli apartheid as a “crime against humanity.”</p> <p>The people of Palestine are expressing their right to resist – and progressive and revolutionaries should welcome that resistance. Brave Palestinian youth are setting the occupation’s police stations on fire. Resistance organizations are meeting repression with rockets. Protesters from Lebanon braved Israeli gunfire and crossed in the occupied territories. We must answer the call of this mass heroism with solidarity and support. Every act of resistance is a step towards liberation.</p> <p>The Israeli occupation of Palestine is made possible by the U.S. financial, military and political support. The Biden administration is backing the airstrikes on Gaza, calling them a ‘proportioned response.’ Spokespeople of the U.S. State Department become tongue-tied when asked if Palestinians have a right to resist. The Biden administration follows Trump in recognizing the illegal annexation of Golan and Jerusalem as the capital of the Zionist state. Following in the footsteps of past administrations, the current one considers organizations that fight for a free Palestine, such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, as ‘terrorists.’</p> <p>The U.S. supports Israel because it is a tool for empire that helps corporations loot the resources, land and labor of the Arab peoples. Washington is trying to stitch together a U.S.-dominated alliance of Israel and the reactionary Arab states, such as Saudi Arabia, to ensure U.S. domination of the region. </p> <p>In the days and weeks ahead, it is vital that anti-war, progressive and revolutionary organizations go all out to support the struggle of the Palestinian people. May 15 is Al Nakba Day and major mobilizations in defense of Palestine will take place all over the world. </p> <p>Every act of resistance and solidarity is a step towards liberation. Israel exists on stolen land and borrowed time – and the occupation will be defeated by whatever means the struggle dictates.</p> <p>From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/14/stop-israeli-terror-palestine-victory-resistance#comments People's Struggles Free Palestine International Middle East Palestine Sheikh Jarrah Fri, 14 May 2021 21:47:01 +0000 Fight Back 9041 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Stop Israeli terror in Palestine! Victory to the resistance! http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/14/stop-israeli-terror-palestine-victory-resistance <p>The Israeli occupiers of Palestine are adding to their long list of crimes. They are attempting to drive Palestinians from the homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem. Mobs of reactionary Zionist settlers are roaming the streets and attempting to murder Palestinian motorists. Israeli airstrikes are raining U.S.-made bombs on homes in Gaza. The death toll of Palestinians, including children, is mounting each day. The cruel and callous reality of the occupation is there for the whole world to see. The great South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela was entirely correct to identify Israeli apartheid as a “crime against humanity.”</p> <p>The people of Palestine are expressing their right to resist – and progressive and revolutionaries should welcome that resistance. Brave Palestinian youth are setting the occupation’s police stations on fire. Resistance organizations are meeting repression with rockets. Protesters from Lebanon braved Israeli gunfire and crossed in the occupied territories. We must answer the call of this mass heroism with solidarity and support. Every act of resistance is a step towards liberation.</p> <p>The Israeli occupation of Palestine is made possible by the U.S. financial, military and political support. The Biden administration is backing the airstrikes on Gaza, calling them a ‘proportioned response.’ Spokespeople of the U.S. State Department become tongue-tied when asked if Palestinians have a right to resist. The Biden administration follows Trump in recognizing the illegal annexation of Golan and Jerusalem as the capital of the Zionist state. Following in the footsteps of past administrations, the current one considers organizations that fight for a free Palestine, such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, as ‘terrorists.’</p> <p>The U.S. supports Israel because it is a tool for empire that helps corporations loot the resources, land and labor of the Arab peoples. Washington is trying to stitch together a U.S.-dominated alliance of Israel and the reactionary Arab states, such as Saudi Arabia, to ensure U.S. domination of the region. </p> <p>In the days and weeks ahead, it is vital that anti-war, progressive and revolutionary organizations go all out to support the struggle of the Palestinian people. May 15 is Al Nakba Day and major mobilizations in defense of Palestine will take place all over the world. </p> <p>Every act of resistance and solidarity is a step towards liberation. Israel exists on stolen land and borrowed time – and the occupation will be defeated by whatever means the struggle dictates.</p> <p>From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/14/stop-israeli-terror-palestine-victory-resistance#comments People's Struggles Free Palestine International Middle East Palestine Sheikh Jarrah Fri, 14 May 2021 21:47:01 +0000 Fight Back 9041 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Minnesota Al Nakba protest and march: Say no to US aid to Israel! http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/14/minnesota-al-nakba-protest-and-march-say-no-us-aid-israel <p>Minneapolis, MN - The Minnesota Anti-War Committee and American Muslims for Palestine MN will be holding a rally and march on May 15, at 2 p.m., 4301 Central Ave NE, Columbia Heights, in order to commemorate Al Nakba and highlight the role that the U.S. plays in endorsing and funding the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine. This action follows up on the march of over 1000 people on Tuesday, May 11, in front of Senator Klobuchar’s office.</p> <p>Over the past week Israeli settlers have attempted a forced ethnic displacement of over 500 Palestinians living in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, worshippers inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque have been attacked by Israeli bombs during Ramadan services, and many Gazans have been killed in Israeli airstrikes, including nine children. The protest will draw attention to the $3.8 billion a year the United States sends to Israel.</p> <p>During the 1948 Al Nakba (Arabic for The Catastrophe) at least 750,000 Palestinian men, women and children were ruthlessly attacked, massacred or driven from their homes by Zionist terror groups. To this day they have not been allowed to return, a gross violation of international law, but the ethnic cleansing and resistance continues.</p> <p>Mariam El-Khatib, a member of American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), states, “You know sometimes we say it’s been 45 years since Land Day, it’s been 73 years since Al Nakba, it’s been all these years since all these events, but it’s really important to recognize that Palestinians have been resisting every single year, and they resist every single day. Every day they’re going through checkpoints, every day they’re having to deal with the harassment of the soldiers, every day they’re having to deal with their existence being criminalized. We all believe it: Palestine will be free.”</p> <p>Currently, 5 million Palestinians are living under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza. For decades now, the Israeli regime has purposefully destabilized medicine, electricity, housing and water in these regions, and it’s no surprise that this vindictive policy extends to the COVID-19 response. As a result, thousands of Palestinians are dying, and there is a malicious lack of a plan to distribute vaccines, even as Israel has enough vaccines to vaccinate every Israeli seven times over. This has been a year of immense hardships for Palestine.</p> <p>The protest is co-sponsored by the Anti-War Committee (AWC), the Minnesota branches of American Muslims for Palestine (AMP-MN), Veterans for Peace Chapter 27 Minneapolis, Minnesota Peace Action Coalition (MPAC), and Women Against Military Madness (WAMM).</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/14/minnesota-al-nakba-protest-and-march-say-no-us-aid-israel#comments People's Struggles nakba Palestine Palestine Fri, 14 May 2021 15:43:23 +0000 Fight Back 9039 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Tallahassee protest demands justice for Raheem Reeder http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/14/tallahassee-protest-demands-justice-raheem-reeder <p>Tallahassee, FL – On the evening of May 8, activists with the Tallahassee Community Action Committee gathered with community members at Cascades Park to demand answers for Raheem Reeder and his family. Adorned in baby blue and pink bandanas, Raheem’s favorite colors, local activists intended to honor his life while demanding accountability for his death. This action marked one month since Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) officers fatally shot Reeder. TPD has since used Marsy’s Law as a shield to protect their officers from public accountability and has refused to release the names of the officer(s) involved in the shooting. In addition, TPD has also blamed Valerie Hatton for the murder they committed. </p> <p>TCAC invited the mother of Raheem Reeder, Latonya Watkins, to speak to the crowd. Several of Reeder’s friends also drove to Tallahassee for this action. </p> <p>Watkins expressed the trauma and tragedy her family experienced with police; both her husband and son were murdered by an officer. She demanded that Jack Campbell drop Valerie Hatton’s charges and encouraged everyone to help TCAC. Latonya left the attendees with a call to action, claiming that TCAC needs “everybody to win.” She urged the crowd to write letters to help Valerie Hatton, demanding “all charges to be dropped. She did not kill my son, she should not go down for something she did not do.” </p> <p>The rally speakers insisted that the crowd and the Tallahassee community continue to organize to fight the criminal injustice system and win for Black liberation. The speakers also extended their gratitude to Raheem Reeder’s family, “it was an honor to be in their presence,” said Trish Brown. </p> <p>“While we gather and organize rallies for people killed by police, we cannot help but realize that the killing of Black men like Raheem Reeder by TPD officers demonstrates the futility of the toothless ‘citizens police review board’ that the Tallahassee city government recently put together. This appointed board can only review and advise on TPD policy and conduct, but cannot hold the police accountable to the people. Despite thousands of people taking to the streets last summer demanding a democratically elected Civilian Police Accountability Council, CPAC, which would have full oversight and authority over TPD policies and budgets, the city government is trying to call its ‘citizens police review board’ a job well done. But the people know this review board is a sham substitute for true democracy and accountability. And we will not stop until we get accountability for the officers who killed Raheem Reeder and for all the victims of police violence in Tallahassee. CPAC now!” spoke TCAC Vice President Delilah Pierre.</p> <p>When asked about the importance of also supporting Valerie Hatton, Trish Brown, a member of Tally 19, said, “We will not stop demanding that all charges be dropped for the Tally 19 and Valerie Hatton, the mother and main caretaker to her seven-year-old daughter, who is being framed by TPD for Raheem Reeder’s murder. Tell them to drop the charges against Valerie Hatton. Because it just doesn't make any sense that the police don’t want to be responsible or accountable for killing Raheem. They want to blame it on a 28-year-old girl.” </p> <p>Regina Joseph, district organizer for the Freedom Road Socialist Organization in Tallahassee, demanded that there be justice and police accountability in the community. In light of the Raheem’s murder by a TPD officer, she also demanded that those who have intentionally hurt and threatened Tallahassee activists at gunpoint receive an equally aggressive response and penalization by the local police as the activists in this city who have been brutalized and harassed by them.</p> <p>Joseph, who is also one of the Tally 19, pointed out, “What about the multiple cars that ran through our protests and hit people? Jack Campbell, the state attorney, is trying to jail us! This is a criminal injustice system and it is our right, our duty, and our obligation to make sure to get justice for all those victims of police crimes.”</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/14/tallahassee-protest-demands-justice-raheem-reeder#comments People's Struggles Police Brutality Police crimes Tallahassee Fri, 14 May 2021 15:39:17 +0000 Fight Back 9038 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Hundreds turn out in Milwaukee for solidarity with Palestine http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/14/hundreds-turn-out-milwaukee-solidarity-palestine <p>Milwaukee, WI - On May 12, many hundreds of people gathered at the Milwaukee Lakefront for a rally and protest in solidarity with Palestine. Crowd estimates range up to 700 people. Organized by the Milwaukee chapter of American Muslims for Palestine, the protest was sparked by this month’s attacks on Palestinian families in East Jerusalem. Israeli settlers are attempting to evict and expel hundreds of Palestinians from their neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan.</p> <p>Furthermore, when Palestinians gathered in Al-Aqsa mosque on May 7, to both observe the last Friday of Ramadan and to protest the evictions, they were attacked by police with rubber bullets and tear gas. These aggressions are part of a decades-long campaign to ethnically cleanse Palestine and make way for illegal Israeli settlements.</p> <p>The protesters marched up and down E. Wisconsin Avenue before gathering around the orange sunburst sculpture at the Lakefront. While waving Palestinian flags, they chanted “Netanyahu, you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide! Netanyahu, you will see, Palestine will be free!” Among the protesters were many families from the Muslim community of Milwaukee, including children. </p> <p>A variety of organizations showed up to strengthen this protest, including Students for Justice in Palestine (both from UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University), the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, the Muslim Student Association at Marquette, the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition, the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Jewish Voices for Peace, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement, and Freedom Road Socialist Organization.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/14/hundreds-turn-out-milwaukee-solidarity-palestine#comments People's Struggles Free Palestine Palestine Palestine Fri, 14 May 2021 15:27:33 +0000 Fight Back 9037 at http://www.fightbacknews.org 10,000 march in Chicago: Hands off Jerusalem http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/14/10000-march-chicago-hands-jerusalem <p>Chicago, IL - The Coalition for Justice for Palestine in Chicago rallied and marched to the Israeli Consulate in Chicago May 12. 10,000 people from the Palestinian community and their supporters chanted, “Free, free Palestine!” And “Netanyahu, you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide!”</p> <p>A new chant seemed to tap into the emotion of the crowd: “The only solution, Intifada revolution!”</p> <p>Overwhelmingly youth from the Arab community, the march was called in response to the attacks by Zionist mobs and Israeli police in Jerusalem, and the Israeli occupation military in air strikes against the people of Gaza. As of May 12, 65 Palestinians have been killed, including many children. Hundreds have been seriously wounded in both Gaza and Jerusalem.</p> <p>According to the US Palestinian Community Network, the violent attacks on Palestinians started with Israeli efforts to forcibly displace over 2000 Palestinians from the neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan - as part of the ongoing ethnic cleansing and ‘Judaization’ of Jerusalem. </p> <p>Frank Chapman of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and Erica Kadel of Freedom Road Socialist Organization both gave solidarity speeches at rallies before the march, and in front of the Israeli consulate, respectively.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2021/5/14/10000-march-chicago-hands-jerusalem#comments People's Struggles Free Palestine International Middle East Palestine U.S. Palestinian Community Network Fri, 14 May 2021 14:58:47 +0000 Fight Back 9036 at http://www.fightbacknews.org