FIST will be mobilizing to Washington DC this Saturday, Aug 2nd, across from the white house. Stand with Gaza, oppose U.S.-funded war! We urge all people to stand with us this Saturday.
Victory to the Palestinians!
Israel’s bloodthirsty siege of Gaza, based on a contrived excuse of the killing of three Israeli boys in Palestine, has nothing to do with self-defense and everything to do with elimination the Palestinian people.
Armed with $4 billion in military support from the US, Israel has invaded Palestine and killed over 1,000 Palestinians, most of which are civilians. Many thousands more have been injured and lack necessary medical care because of Israel’s devastating blockade of Gaza.
Hamas, the elected leadership of the Palestinians in Gaza with , has been the target of endless propaganda which seeks to defame it. Yet the resistance of the Palestinians is successful and growing.
Millions of people in every continent have mobilized for the Palestinians, to the point at which the UN has had to act. Last week at the UN, only one country voted with Israel as to whether they had committed violations of human rights, the United States. The people of the world have condemned Israel’s genocide of the Palestinians 77 different times at the UN. Yet the UN is not where the Palestinians will get justice. The US will never let this happen.
Zionism, much like the US colonists’ ideology of Manifest Destiny and the following annihilation of the indigenous people of the Americas, has nothing to do with religion, but everything to do with imperialism and oppression. Similar occupied territories exist because of US and European imperialism, like Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the entire United States, Northern Ireland, Golan Heights, Taiwan, and many more.
Imperialism is an economic system, the development of capitalism on a world scale in which monopolistic banks and corporations dominate the world. Expand or die, this is the rule for imperialism. US imperialism, in its attempt to lift itself out of economic turmoil, is the primary source of violence in the world today. The United States’ interest in Israel is not religious, but economic. “The dollar follows the flag and the flag follows the dollar.” This is US policy across the world. For the US wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, as well as its drone killings of mostly civilians in Somalia and Pakistan, Israel is home base and a tool of US corporate domination.
Yet we know that the power of the people is stronger than any amount of fighter jets, high-tech bombs, or occupations. The millions of people in the streets all over the world in solidarity with Gaza must continue to put pressure on Israel and the US. The struggle of the Palestinian people is foremost example for the world of people fighting back against imperialism. Together, linked in our struggle against US and Israel’s apartheid and genocide, we will win.
The young revolutionaries of Fight Imperialism, Stand Together are organizing in cities across the US, from Detroit to Los Angeles, New York to North Carolina, to support the Palestinians fight for their entire homeland. We urge all people to build unconditional support for the Palestinian people to fight back, by any means that they determine are necessary. A victory for the Palestinians is a victory for all the oppressed and the exploited!
From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free!
by Caleb Maupin
The recent controversy regarding the “border children” in the United States needs to be placed in a proper global context.
In response to the influx of children from Central America, who are fleeing the US backed devastation in Honduras and Guatemala; fascists in the United States have revealed themselves once again.
In Murieta, California, bands of right-wing extremists blocked buses filled with children from Central America. The police stood aside, and allowed these right-wingers to terrorize and threaten a group of child and young refugees who were being transported by the US Border Patrol.
The event was highly publicized, and the members of this “movement” were soon filling the airwaves, calling for similar action against people they consider to be “illegal.”
It has been revealed that the entire “movement” against the “border children” was staged in close coordination with the police and border patrol agents. Members of the Border Patrol “leaked” photographs of the children to right-wing media. Police and Border Patrol Agents even coordinated with the ultra-right wing activists as to when the buses would arrive, so that the “protest” of right-wing flag waving racists could be staged at the exact right moment.
The rhetoric of these “anti-immigrant activists” is classical fascist rhetoric. It calls for “restoring America’s greatness” by purging “undesirable” elements. It preaches extreme hatred not just for immigrants, impoverished people, and others, but also for any forces that seek to build solidarity with the oppressed. The “Tea Party”, the John Birch Society, the Ku Klux Klan, the “militia groups” now being formed in Border States, all hate labor unions, anti-racist activists, and all who call for social equality. In their hate filled rants, they often speak is obsessively about what they consider to be their ultimate enemy: Communism.
The children, who fled the horrific results of fascism in Honduras and Guatemala, are now being targeted by fascists in the United States.
Fascism in Latin America
US media talks of the recent rise in immigration to the US from Central America as if this is completely unrelated to anything else. Let’s talk about the facts.
The Central American country of Honduras is economically under the control of Wall Street, and neo-liberalism. Currently, over 51 percent of the people in Honduras are unemployed. 59 percent of the country lives in poverty, with the rate of “extreme poverty” rapidly increasing. This poverty is accompanied by crime, and Honduras has the highest rate of murder in the entire world with 90.4 homicides for every 100,000 people.
In 2009, the President of Honduras was Manuel Zelaya. Zelaya was a populist, supported by labor unions and other progressive political forces. His democratically elected government was implementing reforms to elevate poverty. He was bringing Honduras closer to Venezuela, Bolivia, and other countries in the growing Bolivarian movement of Latin American countries. Zelaya talked of writing a new constitution that would be more democratic, and ensure more representation for the masses of working and impoverished people.
This moment of hope for the people of Honduras was swept away with a brutal military coup. The elected government was removed by military force. Zelaya was exiled from the country, and a campaign of violence and terror was unleashed.
In the wave of fascist violence since the 2009 coup, 30 journalists have been assassinated. 176 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists have also been killed.
Behind this campaign of violence in Honduras, is the government of the United States. The CIA facilitated the coup against Zeleya, and US money has backed the leaders in years of violence and repression that followed. US corporations are reaping the benefits of the neo-liberalism and privatizations imposed after Zelaya were removed, getting wealthier each day. The government in place since the coup is friendly to Wall Street, and happy to do the bidding of western finance capital.
In Honduras, all who would seek to try and change the horrific economic circumstances in the country live in fear of their lives. Leftist activists frequently disappear, and are later found dead. The people of Honduras live under fascism. Fascism is nothing but capitalism, enforced by a mass campaign of violence and terror.
Guatemala is also the site of violent repression of democratic and progressive activists. Police terror is routinely unleashed on the indigenous people, the labor movement, and other forces that seek to improve the conditions for the majority of the population.
The rise in fascism on a global level is not unique to Latin America, or Ukraine. Fascism is growing in Europe with organizations like the English Defense League, the British National Party, and the Golden Dawn. Fascism exists, and is growing, in the United States as well.
The ultra-right wing activists in the US were so angered after Obama, an African-American, was elected President in 2008 that in Staten Island, New York, a group of them brutally beat a random black teenager. Ali Kamara was targeted for no other reason than that he was same race as Obama, and was nearby a group of right-wingers on election night. They chanted “Obama! Obama!” as they pummeled him with baseball bats.
When Obama’s “Healthcare Reform” law was being discussed in congress, the “Tea Party” showed up at healthcare meetings with guns. Even as Obama serves Wall Street, the ultra-right wing claims he is a communist. Some ultra-rightists have even openly called for armed acts of violence against the Democratic Party.
The nature of fascism
The groups of armed vigilantes in Honduras and Guatemala, who slaughter left-wing activists and others, are not always officially part of the police or the military. Many are right-wing political activists, who believe they are on some kind of noble mission to preserve Christianity and free market capitalism. Though they work closely with the government, getting direction from the police and the military, they are often officially independent. Government officials will sometimes symbolically condemn their actions, while giving a nod of approval and taking no action to stop them.
This is the common reality of fascism. The Ku Klux Klan in the United States, Hitler’s “Brown shirts”, the Fascisti Brigades of Italy, the Fallangists in Spain, all functioned this way. They preached a demagogic message with lots of religion and mysticism mixed in with hating leftists. Fascists call to “restore a glorious past” with vigilante violence, hateful propaganda, and targeted killings.
Fascists often spew rhetoric that sounds “revolutionary” or “radical.” They will denounce corporations or government officials they consider to be “unpatriotic.” They will bemoan worsening economic conditions. In some instances, fascists may even claim to be against capitalism.
However, the target of fascist violence is never the rich and powerful. Fascists always turn their guns against the poor, the dispossessed, and those activists who would defend them. Their funding always comes from big business. The wealthy use fascists as pawns, hoping that with their violence and terrorism, and the chaos and fear it creates, movements for social reform and equality can be pushed back.
Fascism was unleashed in Ukraine, in order to deliver the country into the hands of Wall Street, the IMF, and European Union. Fascist groups in Venezuela seek to overthrow the popular government led by the United Socialist Party.
Wall Street is unleashing fascism in Honduras, Guatemala, and other Latin American countries. The US work closely with the Guatemalan and Honduran regimes and the fascist terrorist organization in those countries, in order to secure control of those countries. Imperialism would rather see fascist terror in Latin America, than lose control of their natural resources and cheap labor.
The response of many people in Guatemala and Honduras has been to flee. They seek to escape the violence and poverty the US has imposed on their homeland. These children have been rightly called“refugees.” Just like those who flee Syria, as US backed terrorists wage a campaign of violence against the government, children, as well as many adults, are fleeing Honduras and Guatemala in response to horrific conditions.
It should be noted that very few children are fleeing the nearby country of Nicaragua. The government led by the Sandinistas is implementing progressive reforms, elevating poverty, and making life better. The people of Honduras once had a President with similar intentions, but he was swept away in US backed coup.
What the fascists fear
Fascists, in Guatemala, Honduras, the United States, and everywhere else, are shock troops for Wall Street. They attack the poor and oppressed, as well as the forces that stand for social progress, equality, and democracy. The rise in fascism is a response to the Bolivarian movement in Latin America that has broken so many of the chains of western economic domination. Fascism is a response to the rise of Russia and China as economic players on a global stage, not allow the US control the markets as it once did.
The rise of fascism is also a response to the growing discontent in the US with income inequality.
Fascists everywhere are hoping that they can turn back the clock. They long for the world of yesterday, where a small group of billionaires in the US had absolute control of the global economy. They want a United States where workers don’t have the right to form unions, and African-Americans, immigrants, and other sectors of society don’t have anything close to equality. They want a society without the strides toward social equality and economic justice that have already been won. They want nothing but absolute freedom for the billionaires and many of the so-called “libertarians” among their ranks will openly proclaim this goal.
Behind the rage of the fascists is a subconscious realization that they will fail. Time does not move backwards. Humanity is marching toward a new world of justice, equality, and freedom. The world is changing, and the age of empires and slave masters is fading away. This scares them more than anything else.
The people of Venezuela continue to rally around the United Socialist Party and the revolutionary leaders of the Bolivarian movement. The people of East and Southern Ukraine have not surrendered, despite being subject to the harshest terror and repression. Demonstrations demanding equal rights for immigrant workers in the US, and huge rallies against austerity and cutbacks in Europe, are on the rise. The hope stays that the fascists, along with the social forces they serve, will eventually be eliminated.
Originally published on RT here.
What do PALESTINE, REFUGEE MIGRANT CHILDREN, UKRAINE, & SYRIA have in common?
IMPERIALISM on the Offensive: How We Will Fight Back
A Statement and Call to Action from Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST)
The aggressive apartheid settler state of Israel is once again attacking the people of Palestine in Gaza and the West Bank. The pretext this time was the death of three Israeli teenagers, but the results are all too familiar. At the time of this writing, 167 Palestinians have been confirmed killed in the airstrikes, 1,100 injured, and hundreds arrested. This chapter in the ongoing genocide of Palestine recalls the massive bombings of 2008-2009, which killed 1,417 Palestinians.
Meanwhile, in the United States, over 50,000 refugee children and youth, primarily from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, are being held in concentration camps at the border. The U.S. governments ineffectual efforts to relocate some of them have in some areas been met by proto-fascist demonstrations of whites opposing migration.
On the other side of the world, in Ukraine, a pro-U.S./E.U./NATO government effected a coup of the democratically elected leader with the help of a growing fascist movement. At the time of this writing, the popular workers’ movement in East Ukraine is being exterminated by those same fascists who now wear government uniforms.
Syria, a nation suffering immensely from a civil war, recently re-elected its president Bashir al-Assad by a wide margin with high levels of public participation. Opposing the government is a right-wing U.S./Saudi-funded grouping of “contra” mercenaries, who are raised up as “freedom fighters” in the U.S. media while the Syrian government is demonized.
Nowhere in the capitalist-controlled media are these events portrayed as related in any way – yet they are intimately connected. Each is a product of the world system of imperialism.
IMPERIALISM IS THE ROOT CAUSE
Imperialism is not just the tendency of U.S. and European nations toward aggressive wars. It is not simply bad policies of a particular president or political party. Imperialism is a global economic system – it is the highest stage of capitalism, in which monopolies and a financial oligarchy rule, the imperial nations divide the world amongst themselves, the entire world is subjugated and exploited economically by these powers, and those nations or peoples which do not obey are crushed militarily.
Israel is imperialism’s outpost in the Middle East – a genocidal white settler nation armed with nuclear weapons, a high-tech military, funded by the U.S. Since Israel’s establishment as a state, it has served to destabilize all other independent nations nearby, halting anti-imperialist development and keeping it’s oil-rich neighbors weak and open to exploitation by the west. Were it to make peace with it’s neighbors and truly reverse the historic crime of occupation and genocide against Palestine, it would lose its utility to the imperialists. Racism and apartheid keep the flame of conflict burning, and keep the missiles falling on the oppressed peoples of the Middle East.
The poverty and conflict in Central America is a direct result of more than 150 years of U.S. imperial policy – effecting right-wing coups, halting independent development – all in order to keep the resources and peoples’ labor open to exploitation and profit. Most recently, in 2009, the U.S. supported a coup that displaced the left-leaning democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya. Popular opposition to this crime was crushed with massively increased police repression, combined with more exploitative working conditions, leading ultimately to a mass exodus – many of whom are now imprisoned at the U.S. border.
When the government of the Ukraine wavered in its resolve to strengthen ties with the E.U. and NATO and considered moving towards closer ties with Russia, a fascist-supported violent coup came swiftly after to bring the nation – and its crucial energy infrastructure and resources – back into the imperialist fold.
Syria has long materially supported the Palestinian peoples’ struggle for self determination, having had its own Golan Heights stolen and occupied by the settler state. The U.S. seized on internal turmoil is Syria to fund and support right-wing fundamentalists in their war with the Syrian government and people. Syria, Iran, Palestine, Hezbollah in Lebanon – these nations are under constant attack and pressure precisely because they oppose U.S.-led imperial domination and exploitation of the region.
HOW WE WILL FIGHT BACK
FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together) calls upon all people, particularly youth, to take to the streets against these crimes. Demonstrations against the genocidal attack on the people of Palestine have been called in many areas – we praise and support these. We connect the struggles of all people under attack – Palestine, migrant refugees, the people of Syira and Ukraine, and all independent peoples of the world. We must be clear about the root cause of the violence whenever we take a public stand: imperialism is the enemy of all humanity. It is not a particular law, lobbyist group, or president. It is the system itself, and the independent peoples across the world will only be free to follow their own path when it is defeated.
The most crucial political principle in opposing imperialism is to unconditionally support the right of oppressed peoples to self determination. We must defend the right of the Palestinian people – and all peoples across the world under imperialist attack – to fight back in whatever way they choose, by any means necessary. What kind of solidarity would we be showing if we denounce the U.S. and Israel while at the same time preaching to the oppressed how they should struggle? Our duty is to oppose imperialism!
Learn more about FIST, socialism, and how to fight back at fightimperialism.org
Early on July 1, the Israeli authorities used the death of three Israeli teenagers as the pretext to begin a major assault on Palestinian organizations and civilians in the West Bank and Gaza. Every voice should be raised against this assault.
This is already the largest Israeli military operation against Palestinians in the West Bank since the second Intifada, or uprising, ended in 2005. It is reported that in just one day, Israel has arrested more than 400 Palestinians, raided thousands of homes and shot five people dead. It has brought back the punitive demolition of Palestinian homes, a practice mostly discontinued in 2005.
While the youths’ deaths are still under investigation, Tel Aviv loudly blamed the Palestinian organization Hamas and then bombed Gaza 34 times. Hamas, elected to govern Gaza, denies any responsibility in the deaths. Israel’s last attempt to unseat Hamas, a massive bombing in 2008-09, resulted in the deaths of 1,417 Palestinians and nine Israelis. (Palestinian Centre for Human Rights)
This murderous assault has much in common with Kristallnacht, a Nazi attack on Jewish people 76 years ago.
Kristallnacht, Nov. 9-10, 1938, was massive, coordinated aggression on Jewish people living under the German Reich. The excuse was the assassination of a German ambassador by a Jewish teenager in Poland.
In the two-day rampage, 91 Jews were killed and 30,000 arrested and sent to concentration camps. Jewish homes, hospitals and schools were ransacked, synagogues were burned (95 in Vienna alone) and Jewish businesses destroyed or damaged. It was the beginning of the Holocaust.
What do today’s Israeli government attacks on Palestinians have in common with Kristallnacht?
Both used sensationalized events as pretexts to implement extermination plans already in place. Both used the media to whip up panic to justify their genocidal attacks. Both murderous assaults were against oppressed people and benefited only the ruling classes — German capitalists in 1938, Israeli and U.S. capitalists today.
The U.S. bankrolls and arms Israel to protect Washington’s and Wall Street’s interests in the Middle East. The current assault seeks to destroy the struggle of the Palestinian people to return to their homeland and regain their national rights.
Certainly the deaths of the three Israeli teens are tragic. However, the social and political context must be understood. The three teenagers disappeared on the West Bank on June 12 while hitchhiking home from a religious school in Kfar Etzion, between Bethlehem and Hebron.
Kfar Etzion is one of many illegal settlements populated by right-wing Israelis who serve as the flying wedge for Tel Aviv’s West Bank land confiscation. These settlers are extremely racist and talk about Palestinians in much the way Nazis described Jewish people.
The settlers take over Palestinian resources, harass the population and then claim they are in danger. Next, the Israeli military builds an outpost to protect them. Before you know it, the Palestinians are limited in where they can go, and more and more land is confiscated for an Israeli military zone to protect the settlers.
Often, these settlers are armed by the Israeli state. They are notorious for assaulting Palestinians of all ages: slapping children’s faces in the street and firing on farmers trying to gather their olive harvest in order to render them destitute and force them off their land. Settlers desecrate and set fire to mosques or declare them Jewish religious sites off-limits to Palestinians. For decades, the bodies of West Bank Palestinian youths have been discovered who were believed killed by settlers.
In truth, the “violence problem” on the West Bank comes from the settlers. And settler violence is increasing.
Settler violence more than tripled in the three years up to 2011. (Guardian, March 21, 2012) The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs reported that settler attacks had almost quadrupled between 2006 and 2014. Meanwhile, Israel bars Palestinian police from defending their people from settler harassment and violence.
Let’s work together to expose Israeli hypocrisy and build support for the Palestinians’ right to return to their land, be free from attack, and exercise all their national rights.
Reposted from IACenter.org
Here’s a great piece of analysis from an North Carolina FIST member’s blog Womancipation Proclamation on the fight against low wages and sexism.
NC Raise Up organizer Zaina Alsous participates in civil disobedience at the NC legislative building.
Originally posted on Womancipation :
North Carolina, as well as many states across the US, suffers from a disease I call “let’s not pay workers a living wage”. You see, NC’s minimum wage reflects the federal wage of $7.25 an hour, which means that these individuals are expected to survive on a mere $15,080 a year. Over the past 30 years, the rise in minimum wage has not paralleled inflation or the increasing cost of living. If the federal minimum wage rose at the same rate as the exploitative 1%’s earnings, it would be $22.62 an hour today. And despite the stereotypes, low wage workers are not primarily teenagers working after school and during vacations. They are adults. They have families.
Low wage workers are also disproportionately women.
In North Carolina, 61% of the lowest paid workers are women. Many of these individuals are breadwinners, single mothers and women of color. They are hard workers who probably cannot…
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