Archive for the ‘Imperialism’ Category
Posted by raleighfist on January 31, 2012
Gather at 9:30am at Shaw University on Raleigh! FIST will be marching with the youth and student contingent of the march behind the 14 point Peoples’ Agenda against racism, against bigotry and Amendment One, for workers rights and collective bargaining, for jobs, for better schools, to stop wars and incarceration, and to stop budget cuts being balanced on our backs! JOIN US!
Posted by raleighfist on January 31, 2012
(The Association of Student Government (ASG) will be providing transportation from every UNC system campus to bring students to Chapel Hill! Sign up for a bus from your campus here: http://edujusticealliance.org/feb10buses We are working to arrange housing for folks in Chapel Hill on Thurs, Feb 9 and Fri, Feb 10. Please contact us at email@example.com for more info.)
On February 10, the Board of Governors will be meeting at the UNC General Administration building to vote on tuition and fee increases of up to 10% for UNC system schools. For graduate students and other programs, those increases are even larger in many cases. Tuition increases of any amount will place an undue burden on students who are already struggling to pay tuition, wil force us to take out more student loan debt, and will close the doors to higher education for many young people, especially low income students and students of color.
The Board of Governors panders to corporate interests at the expense of students and workers. For example, David Powers is the Vice President of State Government Relations at Reynolds American, a company known to overlook abuses of farmworkers on tobacco fields.
Students have been shut out of the process and will no longer remain silent.
We will also be joining with thousands of people from across NC the following day, Saturday Feb 11, at 9:30am at Shaw University in Raleigh for Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ). We encourage folks to make plans to be out for HKonJ to continue to build the movement for justice.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/218546331563378/
Sign up for a bus from your campus: http://edujusticealliance.org/feb10buses
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Sign the Petition Here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/ncsustopthehikes/
Posted by raleighfist on January 24, 2012
U.S. WAR AGAINST IRAN
NO WAR! NO SANCTIONS! NO INTERVENTION! NO ASSASSINATIONS!
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 @ 4:30pm // Gather at the Federal Building in Raleigh (310 New Bern Ave)
A broad spectrum of U.S.-based anti-imperialist and anti-war organizations are calling for coordinated protests across the country on Saturday, Feb. 4. The demands will be: “No war, no sanctions, no intervention, no assassinations against Iran.” We will be holding our demonstration in Raleigh one day earlier, on Friday, February 3.
The ad-hoc group that issued this call to action decided that although there are only two weeks to organize, it will invite anti-war forces around the world to join in to make this emergency protest a global day of action.
All agreed on the need to stop U.S. imperialism and/or Israel from launching a military attack on Iran. There was also a consensus that the new sanctions President Barack Obama signed into law on Dec. 31 — with the goal of breaking the Iranian central bank — were themselves an act of war aimed at the Iranian people. The political activists that issued this call raised the danger of a wider war should fighting break out in or around Iran.
There was agreement to make “no assassinations” one of the demands to show solidarity with the Iranian population as well as to condemn the U.S. and its allies for criminal activities against Iran and its people.
As of Jan. 19, the organizations that called the actions or endorsed later included the United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC), the International Action Center (IAC), SI! Solidarity with Iran, Refugee Apostolic Catholic Church, Workers World Party, World Can’t Wait, American Iranian Friendship Committee, ANSWER Coalition, Antiwar.com, Peace of the Action, ComeHomeAmerica.us, St. Pete for Peace, Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality-Virginia, WESPAC Foundation, Peace Action Maine, Occupy Myrtle Beach, Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, Twin Cities Peace Campaign and Bail Out the People Movement (BOPM).
Individual endorsers include authors David Swanson, “When the World Outlawed War,” and Phil Wilayto, “In Defense of Iran: Notes from a U.S. Peace Delegation’s Journey through the Islamic Republic”; and U.N. Human Rights Award winner Ramsey Clark, a former U.S. attorney general.
The list is expected to grow steadily as word spreads.
Posted by raleighfist on November 24, 2011
On Wednesday, November 30, the President and CEO of Wells Fargo, John Stumpf, will be speaking on NCSU’s campus in Raleigh. With the growth of the Occupy movement across the country, fat cat bankers like Stumpf and other 1%ers have been confronted in many creative ways for their role in foreclosing on millions of working peoples’ homes, for sitting on trillions of dollars in bailouts and lining their pockets while more than 30 million people are unemployed, while people are hungry, or without healthcare, and while state governments carry out brutal austerity programs. Wells Fargo and other big banks also invest millions of dollars into the prison industrial complex, and in particular immigrant detention center, and are a primary engine behind the record number of raids and deportations of immigrant families — all in the name of profit. Raleigh FIST is circulating the following announcement from Occupy NCSU and Occupy Raleigh with important information about various actions that will take place on November 30. Please circulate this far and wide and come out to put some heat on Stumpf in Raleigh!
Make the banks and corporations pay for their crisis!
Tear down the prison industrial complex!
Stop the raids and deportations!
Expand the Occupy movement!
John G. Stumpf, President and CEO of bailout-recipient Wells Fargo is coming to NC State’s Campus next Wednesday, November 30th at 4:15pm. He’ll speak to students and the public about his career, leadership experiences, and perhaps the $19 million in taxpayer money he earned last year foreclosing on American homes. At the conclusion of his speech, he will take questions from the audience.
Occupy NCSU is calling you, all local occupations, and all citizens concerned with economic injustice to action on November 30th. Together, we will voice the message of the 99%, the message of fairness and justice to the economic majority. Occupy Durham, Occupy Chapel Hill and Occupy Raleigh will all be participating! United we are strong. Together we are stronger!
Meet at 1:00pm in the Brickyard Plaza in front of DH Hill library for an Action Orientation. There will be MANY fun ways to participate. If you want to join us, but are not sure what you’d like to do, this will be the best time to figure it out! Location: http://goo.gl/9E4qP
Our Embargo Wells Fargo demonstration starts at 2:15pm on the sidewalk on the Hilsborough Street side of Nelson Hall. Bring your favorite 99% signs. Shout your favorite 99% slogans. Let’s be heard! Location: http://goo.gl/RTw3J
Planning to Go Inside?
Be sure to arrive between 3:30pm – 4:15pm to reserve your seat inside the Nelson 3400 Auditorium (3rd Floor). The auditorium holds 350 people and is open to the public. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in the Q&A session following the speech, so come prepared!
We’ve discussed several awesome ideas, but no consensus yet. Final plans will be made at next Tuesday’s Occupy NCSU meeting. More details as they become available.
See you soon!!!
Posted by raleighfist on October 22, 2011
CELEBRATE ONE WEEK OF OCCUPY RALEIGH– ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT, ALL WEEK
NC CAPITOL- MORGAN ST SIDEWALK- RALEIGH, NC
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22
RALLY AT 11AM
MARCH AT NOON
GENERAL ASSEMBLY AT 6:30 PM
DANCE PARTY AT 8:00 PM
For one week, through rain, shine, and bitter cold, Occupy Raleigh has remained strong. Despite being barred off the Capitol Grounds, protesters have maintained an occupation on the Capitol Sidewalk, on Morgan Street between Fayetteville and Salisbury Streets. Join Occupy Raleigh, as we celebrate a full week of occupation and gain more ground in the movement. There will be food, fun, and plenty of ways to get involved with Occupy Raleigh. At 11AM, we will meet at the Occupation, on the Morgan St. side of the Capitol Sidewalk (between Fayetteville and Salisbury Sts.).
Festivities will kick off at 11AM, and will continue through the night. Participants are encouraged to spend the night at the occupation if possible. Dress warmly for outdoor weather.
This is one of more than 150 ongoing occupations in cities across the U.S. that have been expanding since Occupy Wall Street began in the heart of the global financial system in New York City last month to demand that the banks pay for the economic crisis and the crimes that they are committing against our communities every single day. From every corner of the country, occupations have begun to demand jobs, healthcare, education, housing, an end to austerity, and to fight back against this political and economic system that serves the rich and corporations, not the people and the working class.
If you would like to help but can not make it, visit http://www.occupyraleigh.org, and/or follow @OccupyRaleigh and @OccupyRalNeeds on Twitter.
Also, please read and circulate this important Letter to the Occupy Wall Street Movement by clicking here.
All power to the people!
Posted by raleighfist on September 30, 2011
By Elisa Benitez-Hernandez
Seven undocumented youths blocked traffic in front of Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 6. This civil disobedience was protesting the inaction of the Democratic Party, the harsh anti-immigrant agenda of the Republicans and Tea Party, and the outrageous out-of-state tuition imposed on undocumented students to attend community college.
The event started with a “coming-out” rally, with several youths sharing their stories and publicly announcing their undocumented status. Approximately 200 people, of all ages and backgrounds, gathered in support of their message and courageous actions. The rally proceeded to a march. Finally the youths sat in the middle of an intersection in uptown Charlotte, causing traffic to stall within minutes. At the top of their lungs they shouted, “Undocumented, unafraid! Undocumented, unashamed!”
Those arrested for civil disobedience include Alicia Torres, 25, of Carrboro, N.C.; Angelica Velazquillo, 25, of Charlotte; Manuel Vazquez, 21, of Raleigh, N.C.; Santiago Garcia, 20, of Asheville, N.C.; Cynthia Martinez, 20, of Sanford, N.C.; Martin Rodriguez, 20, of Hamptonville, N.C.; and Marco Saavedra, 21, of Cincinnati. However, the police also went on a rampage, arresting a total of 15 people that day. They included three more undocumented youths, two volunteer paramedics, a bystander and two Raleigh FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together) members.
Those who were undocumented were taken and immediately processed at a Mecklenburg County, N.C., jail. Their cases were in the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and they awaited with uncertainty as to whether they would be released or deported. Fortunately, they were all released the next night and all deportation proceedings were dropped. “I even got my alien number — everything was set for me to go and why I didn’t go I don’t know,” said Garcia.
It was no coincidence that the date the youths held their action, Sept. 6, is also the kick-off date for the Democratic National Convention next year. The youths’ goal was for the Democratic Party to know they won’t stand by and be satisfied with empty words. NC DREAM Team ally Domenic Powell said, “This is what we have to do because these are young people whose lives are in limbo. If Democrats think we’re going to go with them, they need to remember they’re dealing with idealistic young people with nothing to lose.”
The arrested youths are frustrated that things have only gotten worse for them. They are now forced to pay out-of-state tuition and can only enroll in classes after all other U.S. residents have been enrolled.
Posted by raleighfist on September 30, 2011
By a student organizer who identifies as LGBTQ
The North Carolina House of Representatives voted 75-42 on Sept. 12 to place a constitutional ban on gay marriage on the ballot for the 2012 state elections. If Amendment One is ratified, it would permanently ban all same-sex marriages in North Carolina, prevent private employers from providing health insurance benefits to same-sex couples, and render null and void in this state all same-sex marriages made in other states.
This vote comes just as the Defense of Marriage Act is close to being overturned in the courts, following popular struggles. Overturning DOMA would force states to recognize and provide full benefits to partners through the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Despite DOMA’s imminent overturn, the proposed amendment would nullify all same-sex marriages. More than 100 tax breaks, health insurance benefits, hospital visitation rights and other benefits currently available to opposite-sex married couples would continue to be near-permanently denied to same-sex couples.
The process of instilling bigotry in the North Carolina Constitution has already cost taxpayers over $150,000 for the three days in the Legislature — money that could be spent on teachers, education or other public services.
Maneuvering to suppress voter turnout
The amendment will be on the ballot, but not in the general election. It will be voted on during the state primary elections held on May 8, 2012. This is a calculated, deliberate move by the Republican bloc in the legislature to suppress voter turnout while boosting their own presidential candidates.
According to the North Carolina Board of Elections, a general election in a presidential year turns out about 70 percent of registered voters, while a primary election in a presidential year only turns out about 16 to 37 percent of registered voters, depending on whether one or both of the Republicans and Democrats have relevant primaries.
With President Barack Obama slated to run for reelection on the Democratic presidential ticket and the Republican presidential nomination wide open, the vast majority of projected primary turnout will be registered Republicans. Republicans have been the strongest supporters of this reactionary amendment.
Stand up, fight back
The struggle of the lesbian/gay/bi/trans/queer community and its allies will be the only way to defeat Amendment One and all other attacks on LGBTQ peoples. Those of us who are able to register to vote and go to the polls on May 8 must go the polls to defeat this bill. Those of us who cannot, regardless of the reason, must unify in the streets to demand full rights and equality for all people regardless of sexuality, gender identity or gender expression.
Through the struggles of LGBTQ youth and workers, this amendment shall be shot down, both in the polls and in the streets.
An injury to one is an injury to all! Full rights for all LGBTQ people!