By Laurie Penny - April 06, 2013
This week, 12 van-loads of police arrived at Sussex University...to evict students who had been occupying a room on campus for eight weeks. ...The suppression of student protest by the British state has been savage and efficient over the past three years. The students of Sussex were brave even to make the attempt. They knew all too well that they were risking arrest, serious criminal charges and physical violence from police and hired security, and that is what happened.
By Bill Van Auken - WSWS
...[A]nger erupted following the deaths of a prominent Palestinian prisoner and two young protesters in the occupied West Bank...Thousands joined funeral processions Thursday for Maysara Abuhamdia...and for two teenage cousins, Amer Nassar, 17, and Naki Belbisi, 18, who were shot down Wednesday night by Israeli troops...The clashes on the West Bank follow Israeli air strikes against Gaza on Tuesday...
Detainees have few ways to resist. Refusing food challenges injustice. It's now past two months.
By Rocizela Pérez Gómez - April 02, 2013
In the first three months of 2013, a number of social leaders...have been assassinated or kidnapped...These attacks are not isolated events. They have all been directed against men and women who struggle to claim individual and collective rights and have constantly denounced the looting of natural goods on the part of transnational corporations, in complicity with the Government which has instituted policies of repression and criminalization of the organized struggle.
Robert H. King: End 41 Years of Cruel and Inhuman Solitary Confinement for Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3
Below is a new statement, just released by Robert H. King urging people to support Amnesty International's newly-launched campaign supporting Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3.
By ASHLEY SMITH - March 22-24, 2013
The dominant explanations for why the resistance forces grew are simply wrong...[T]he truth is that the Iraqi people, like any other oppressed people in history, from colonial America under the English king to Vietnam in the 1960s, were going to rise up against occupation...[The] plan to occupy and transform Iraq into a servile state actually sharpened the Iraqi resistances.
James “Buddy” Caldwell, attorney general of the state of Louisiana, has released a statement saying unequivocally that Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, the two still-imprisoned members of the Angola 3, “have never been held in solitary confinement while in the Louisiana penal system.” In fact, Wallace, now 71, and Woodfox, 66, have been in solitary for nearly 41 years.
Rachel represented the best of courageous activism. She put her body on the line for justice. She did so because it matters. She's gone but not forgotten. Ten years ago on March 16, an Israeli bulldozer driver murdered her in cold blood. She tried stopping a Rafah refugee camp home demolition.
By Alex Hundert - March 15, 2013
While I have been imprisoned at the CNCC, every attempt that I have made to act against the deteriorating conditions in the prison, though mostly in accordance with authorized structural mechanisms, has not only been negated or dismissed but also at times criminalized. This very much parallels some of my pre-imprisonment organizing experiences as well, where sometimes those efforts most in accordance with so-called “proper channels” were often those most targeted by authorities for criminalization.
By Steven Hsieh - March 14, 2013
Police arrested 46 protestors on Wednesday, during the third night of demonstrations in Brooklyn over the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Kimani Gray...“The police – whenever they murder or kill a black or Latino youth – it is always justifiable homicide. The witnesses tell a different story, and this happens again and again...”
Today Amnesty International launched an online campaign asking Louisiana Attorney General James Caldwell to not appeal the District Court's ruling to either release or retry Albert Woodfox, declaring: "After decades of injustice, let the Angola 3 ruling stand!"
By Dave Zirin - Znet
For the first time on record, hundreds of students are raising their voices against the renaming of their school’s football stadium. [Florida Atlantic University] decided to sell the stadium’s naming rights to Geo Group, a notorious private prison corporation, and students are saying, “Hell no.” Their efforts signal something even more significant than pushing back against the inviolate prerogatives of a school’s football program. It’s a high-profile sign of the growing movement against our system of mass incarceration otherwise known as “the New Jim Crow.”
By Joshua Stephens - Znet
Students of post-WWI Germany likely see little new in Golden Dawn's strategy. Fascism has historically emerged from the splintered beams of economic wreckage and failed states, mobilizing widespread anxieties, circulating a currency of idealized national identity as a buffer against shame and defeat. What's less well-understood in Greece's case is that Golden Dawn has set about this process, in part, by aping efforts on the other end of the political spectrum, dating back to the winter of 2008, when the police murder of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos sparked riots across the country.
By Chris Marsden - 1 March 2013
Mass protests have been sparked by the death of a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli detention centre, spurred on by evidence of torture and a hunger strike by other detainees...Two Palestinian teenagers were shot and critically injured by Israeli soldiers this week, along with several others who were seriously wounded. On Tuesday, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, Fatah’s military wing, claimed responsibility for two M75 Grad rockets fired on Israel, the first such attack in more than three months.
This video -- with commentary in French -- captures several minutes of footage of Montreal police charging protest lines.