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The Rise of the Migrant Workers’ Movement

By: 
James Petras
Date Published: 
September 01, 2006

Between March 25 and May 1, 2006, close to five million migrant workers and their supporters marched through nearly 100 cities of the United States. This is the biggest and most sustained workers’ demonstration in the history of the US. In all of its fifty-year history, the AFL-CIO has never been capable of mobilizing even a fraction of the workers convoked by the migrant workers’ movement.

Immigrant Justice Rising: A Chronology of Immigrant-Led Mobilizations, Spring 2006

By: 
Clare Bayard
Date Published: 
September 01, 2006
    The following list is not exhaustive, but is intended to give a sense of the scope, scale, and growing power of the immigrants’ rights movement across the country. In major urban centers, agricultural areas, and small towns, and from historical strongholds of multiracial organizing to newly emerging areas of activity—we can see a movement with deep roots coming into blossom.

Fire builds

The double asterisk (**) indicates the largest protest ever recorded in the listed city or area, or the largest protest recorded in decades.

Black Left Intro

By: 
Rachel Herzing
Date Published: 
September 01, 2006

Hurricane season is here again. Last year’s season exposed not only the fragility of human-made structures, but also the peril in which years of abuse and intentional neglect put Black people in the Gulf Coast region. While the storms affected a much wider berth than just Black communities, the response to the storms’ devastation replicated the systemic disregard so familiar to Black communities throughout this country and reinvigorated Jim Crow logic. Two systems were created—one Black (into which all people of color get swept) and one white—separate and unequal.

Storms continue to abound within the confines of the US.

Questioning the Black Left: An Opening Conversation

By: 
Rachel Herzing
Date Published: 
September 01, 2006
    On Sunday, April 23, 2006, three Bay Area organizers and activists sat down with Rachel Herzing to discuss their ideas about the current state of the Black left. What follows are excerpts from that conversation.

Roger White (RW), Sele Nadel-Hayes (SNH), Kali Akuno (KA) Rachel Herzing (RH)

Rachel Herzing: Please introduce yourselves and describe how you became politically engaged.

Roger White: I’m a criminal justice researcher at the Data Center. I’ve been doing that for about five years.

The Courage to Resist: A US Lieutenant Refuses Deployment to Iraq

By: 
Sara Olson
Date Published: 
September 01, 2006
    Ehren Watada is a 27-year-old First Lieutenant in the United States Army. He joined the Army in 2003 during the run-up to the Iraq war. He turned in his resignation to protest the war in Iraq in January 2006. He expects to receive orders to deploy in late June and will become the first Lieutenant to refuse orders to deploy to Iraq, setting the stage for what could be the biggest movement of GI resistance since the Vietnam War. He faces a court-martial, up to two years in prison for missing movement by design, a dishonorable discharge, and other possible charges. He says speaking against an illegal and immoral war is worth all of this and more.

Resistance & Repression in Mexico

By: 
John Gibler
Date Published: 
September 01, 2006

The Zapatistas’ Other Campaign (La Otra Campaña) is the largest grassroots mobilizing effort and the most stridently anti-capitalist social movement in Mexico. It is also the oddest, most creative, and most elusive political campaign around, incorporating elements of truth commission hearings, old-style political campaign stops, cultural fairs, pirate radio programming, literary readings, marches, internet activism, media spectacle, and road trip organizing.

Since January, the Other Campaign has been winding its way across Mexico listening to stories of resistance and organizing from the underdogs of the left (los de abajo y a la izquierda).

A Lavalas Mayor in Hiding

By: 
Jeb Sprague
Date Published: 
September 01, 2006

On February 29, 2004, Haiti’s popularly elected Lavalas government was overthrown as its president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was ousted and flown aboard a US airplane to a country not of his choosing, after years of economic, political, and paramilitary destabilization. For nearly three years before the 2004 coup, paramilitary rebels ran continual raids into Haiti from their safe houses in the Dominican Republic killing civilians and elected officials. A Bush Administration sponsored aid embargo starved Haiti’s financial resources, while political opposition and anti-government NGOs were heavily funded by tens of millions of dollars in grants from Canadian, US, and French government aid agencies.

Not For Sale

By: 
Nijmie Dzurinko
Date Published: 
September 01, 2006

The Anti-Displacement Solidarity Committee of INCITE Philadelphia is creating a new model for solidarity organizing that combines direct support, political education, and media making in the service of poor people’s neighborhood-based organizing. Our work aims to prevent forced displacement due to gentrification, eminent domain, tax foreclosures, and other methods of corporate takings.

Our committee was founded in October 2005 after several women who had attended the Color of Violence III conference (put on by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence in March 2005) started a listserv to begin connecting women of color in Philly under the banner of INCITE.

Letter in Support of a Black Reconstruction in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast

By: 
Catherine Jones
Date Published: 
February 01, 2007

Review of LETTER IN SUPPORT OF A BLACK RECONSTRUCTION IN NEW ORLEANS AND THE GULF COAST
BY ERIC MANN
Frontlines Press, 2006

Here in New Orleans, one year after Katrina, many of us say that we are still drowning. Entire neighborhoods remain empty of their original residents, the healthcare and education systems have been demolished, police/prison and military repression abound, and the recovery process remains rife with racism, corruption and a lack of accountability. In the midst of the despair the catastrophe has continued to create, several strong, local people-of-color-led organizations have been providing extraordinary grassroots leadership and a broad vision for liberation in our battered community.

Intifada on Trial

By: 
Kristen Ess
Date Published: 
September 14, 2004
    Free Marwan Barghouti! Hands cuffed and raised in the air in defiance, Palestinian political prisoner Marwan Barghouti shouts outside the Israeli courthouse in Tel Aviv, “I am willing to pay with my freedom for my people’s freedom, for its independence.”

The Israeli occupation government took Barghouti from Ramallah on 15 April 2002 into Israeli prisons, and held him without charge or trial until 7 June 2004 when they sentenced him to 5 times life plus 40 years essentially for being “the leader of the Intifada.” “It’s a political court. And there’s nothing legitimate under international law or otherwise about ‘trying’ Marwan in it,” says Fateh political party member and refugee, Abu Mohammad.