Restaurant workers get support

first_imgWW photo: Anne PrudenA strong, multinational protest took place on July 19 in front of the Capital Grille on East 42nd Street, a restaurant for the 1%. It was called during “Restaurant Week” by Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY), to which some Capital Grille workers belong. The nonprofit organization seeks improved working conditions for restaurant workers throughout the city. Occupy Wall Street organizers with “99-Pickets” and activists with Community/Labor United for Postal Jobs and Services, May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights, and other groups joined the lively protest.The demonstration condemned the restaurant’s theft of wages, racial discrimination and management’s profiting from the racist exploitation of its workers. With some dressed in restaurant workers’ uniforms, protesters passed out fliers exposing “Capital Grille’s dirty dishes!” Capital Grille workers in five cities are part of a lawsuit claiming they worked off the clock without compensation and were forced to share tips with some nontipped co-workers. They have filed racial discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission because immigrant workers and workers of color have labored for almost eight years without being promoted to servers.Meanwhile, Darden Restaurants, the parent company of the Capital Grille, earned half a billion dollars in profits in 2011, which went to executives and Wall Street investors, such as JPMorgan Chase. Yet workers have no paid sick leave. They must work more than one job during a shift for the same pay and end up working for years without a raise.Capital Grille workers are fighting mad and fighting back! They will win this one with unity, solidarity and working-class strength. The growing awareness via the OWS movement and increased union-busting attempts at Con Edison, Verizon and the U.S. Postal Service have fired up many in the working class. For more information about Capital Grille’s dirty dishes, go to DignityatDarden.org and support the next ROC-NY protest!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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New York City rally demands: ‘Drop appeal of stop-and-frisk case!’

first_imgNew York City Hall protest, Nov. 6.WW photo: Greg ButterfieldPeople representing groups participating in the Communities United for Police Reform coalition held a rally and news conference on the steps of New York City Hall on Nov. 6. They called on the city of New York to drop its appeal of a court ruling in the Floyd case that struck down parts of the New York Police Department’s infamous stop-and-frisk racial profiling policy.The news conference took place one day after voters elected Democrat Bill de Blasio as mayor. During his campaign, de Blasio said he would end stop-and-frisk if elected. Speakers called on outgoing three-term mayor, Michael Bloomberg, to drop the appeal immediately.On Oct. 30, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted the city a delay in implementing remedies to the stop-and-frisk policy ordered by Judge Shira Scheindlin pending the appeal. It also stripped the case from Scheindlin after she came under heavy attack from Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and the media.Either Bloomberg or, after Jan. 1, de Blasio could drop the appeal and order the NYPD to comply with the judge’s ruling.The case has national implications, with stop-and-frisk or similar policies being implemented in several other major cities, including Philadelphia and Oakland.The Center for Constitutional Rights, whose attorneys led the Floyd case, has called on people to demand that Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio drop the appeal of the verdict in the stop-and-frisk trial.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Memorial for audacious GI union leader

first_imgAndy Stapp, Esquire 1969The memorial for Andy Stapp on Nov. 1 turned into a reunion of members and supporters of the American Servicemen’s Union, which he had headed, as well as of his comrades in Workers World Party, long-time acquaintances from near and far, family members and former students who thought him the best and funniest history teacher in the world.As people arrived, they were greeted by a stunning collage of photos and images showing various aspects of Stapp’s life, including the historic August 1968 Esquire magazine cover story, “Exclusive: The plot to unionize the U.S. Army.”The meeting was serious, revolutionary, passionate and rollicking as some two dozen people took the podium to give their memories of this former GI. Stapp, who died this September, had gladdened the hearts of multitudes of soldiers, sailors and marines who refused to fight the Vietnamese people and who applauded his audacious organizing against the Army officer corps.Not lost in the sometimes raucous nostalgia about army life and the stockade was the connection to today’s wars. They are products of the same imperialism that tried, and failed, to subdue the Vietnamese, but has since killed and maimed millions of people in dozens of countries, including U.S. veterans now suffering high rates of suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder.The ASU vets told how the amazing steadfastness of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam had led to the almost total erosion of discipline in the autocratic U.S. Army, often with hilarious results.Another prominent theme was the ASU’s strong stand against sexism and racism, which laid the basis for militant solidarity among the enlisted soldiers at a time when the government wanted to use its troops against the Black rebellions at home. The GI union supported these freedom struggles and the soldiers who refused to carry out the military’s illegal and unjust orders.Messages were read from former ASU members who couldn’t be there, including Richard Wheaton, one of the founders of the union, and Eddie Oquendo, an African-American draft resister who went to Fort Sill, Okla., to attend Stapp’s second court- ­martial.The memorial was held, fittingly, at a union headquarters — the large auditorium at 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, which graciously extended the time for the meeting to four hours to accommodate all those who wished to speak.Plans are underway to post online the story of Andy Stapp, including a film of the memorial, other historic visual material, messages sent to the meeting and eventually e-copies of his book, “Up Against the Brass.” People in the audience contributed to this project. Readers who would like to donate and inspire today’s youth with what is possible in the struggle to end imperialist wars should contact Deirdre Griswold Stapp at [email protected] or write to Deirdre Griswold Stapp, c/o Workers World, 147 West 24th St., 2nd floor, NY, NY 10011.For more information about Andy Stapp’s life and struggles, Google “Workers World Andy Stapp” or go to workers.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Message from Leonard Peltier, unjustly imprisoned for 40 years

first_imgFeb. 6 — Greetings friends, supporters and all Native Peoples.What can I say that I have not said before? I guess I can start by saying, “See you later,” to all of those who have passed in the last year. We Natives don’t like to mention their names. We believe that if we speak their names it disrupts their journey. They may lose their way and their spirits wander forever. If too many call out to them, they will try to come back. But their spirits know we are thinking about them, so all I will say is safe journey and I hope to see you soon.On February 6, I will have been imprisoned for 40 years! I’m 71 years old and still in a maximum security penitentiary. At my age, I’m not sure I have much time left.I have earned about 4-5 years good time that no one seems to want to recognize. It doesn’t count, I guess? And when I was indicted the average time served on a life sentence before being given parole was seven years. So that means I’ve served nearly six life sentences and I should have been released on parole a very long time ago. Then there’s mandatory release after serving 30 years. I’m 10 years past that. The government isn’t supposed to change the laws to keep you in prison — EXCEPT if you’re Leonard Peltier, it seems.Now, I’m told I’ll be kept at USP Coleman I until 2017, when they’ll decide if I can go to a medium security facility — or NOT. But, check this out: I have been classified as a medium security prisoner now for at least 15 years, and Bureau of Prisons regulations say elders shall be kept in a less dangerous facility/environment. But NOT if you’re Leonard Peltier, I guess.As you’ll remember, the history of my bid for clemency is long. My first app was with Jimmy Carter. He denied it. Ronald Reagan promised President Mikhail Gorbachev that he would release me if the Soviet Union released a prisoner, but Reagan reneged. George H.W. Bush did nothing. The next app was with Bill Clinton. He left office without taking action even though the pardon attorney did an 11-month investigation (it usually takes nine months) and we were told she had recommended clemency. George W. Bush denied that petition in 2009. And in all of the applications for clemency, the FBI has interfered with an executive order. That’s illegal as hell!Today, I’m facing another dilemma — an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). It’s the size of an AAA battery. The doctor told me if it bursts, I can bleed to death. It’s also close to my spine and I could end up paralyzed. The good news is that it’s treatable and the operation has a 96-98 percent success rate. BUT I’m in a max security prison. We don’t get sent for treatment until it is terminal.As President [Barack] Obama completes the final year of his term, I hope that he will continue to fight to fulfill his promises, and further the progress his administration has made towards working in partnership with First Peoples. It gives me hope that this president has worked hard to affirm the trust relationship with the Tribal Nations. With YOUR encouragement, I believe Obama will have the courage and conviction to commute my sentence and send me home to my family.Looking back on the 40 years of efforts on my behalf, I am overwhelmed and humbled. I would like to say thank you to all the supporters who have believed in me over the years. Some of you have been supporters since the beginning. You made sure I had books to read and commissary funds to buy what I may need to be as comfortable as one can be in this place.You made donations to the defense committee so we could continue fighting for my freedom, too. You all worked hard — are still working hard — to spread the word about what is now being called the most outrageous conviction in U.S. history. There are good-hearted people in this world, and you’re among them. I’m sorry I cannot keep up with answering all of your letters. But thanks for the love you have shown me. Without it, I could never have made it this long. I’m sure of it.I believe that my incarceration, the constitutional violations in my case and the government misconduct in prosecuting my case are issues far more important than just my life or freedom. I feel that each of you who have fought for my freedom have been a part of the greater struggle of Native Peoples — for treaty rights, sovereignty and our very survival. If I should be called home, please don’t give up on our struggle.In the Spirit of Crazy Horse…Doksha,Leonard PeltierFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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EPA ignores fire threatening nuclear waste landfill

first_imgIn 1973, thousands of tons of toxic radioactive waste from processed uranium for nuclear weapons were illegally dumped into the Westlake landfill in the town of Bridgeton, Mo., next door to Ferguson. The waste material from the Mallinckrodt Chemical Works in St. Louis originated as part of the Manhattan Project to build the first atomic bomb.The landfill, approximately 200 acres of property within the city limits of Bridgeton, was placed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund National Priorities List in 1990, when evidence of nuclear contamination began to surface. Toxic nuclear waste was polluting the creek waters and playgrounds where children played.However, while the EPA monitored the site, it has done little to contain the problem or clean up the mess.For more than 30 years, Bridgeton residents voiced concerns over cancer clusters and the prevalence of birth defects. Department of Health surveys of eight zip codes surrounding the site confirmed the higher rates of cancer, including rare forms of leukemia among children.Like many other Superfund sites, Bridgeton is predominantly a community of color with demographics much like nearby Ferguson. Many residents are low-income families forced out of St. Louis by decades of gentrification. Most are too poor to leave Bridgeton or relocate again.The Westlake landfill is one of many examples of environmental racism, largely under the radar as far as the corporate media are concerned. However, things are about to get a whole lot worse for area residents.For months, fires have been burning in 200 feet of rotting garbage in an underground landfill dangerously close to the radioactive waste fill. In a response that echoes the government’s callous treatment of Flint, Mich., residents when lead was discovered in their water, local Bridgeton officials sent letters to parents advising them to “shelter in place” should the fires reach the nuclear waste.While government officials sit on their hands for months, the fire continues to spread ever closer to the nuclear waste containment area. On top of the problem of the fire, radioactive contamination from the landfill has likely already migrated off-site, according to a study by the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity published in January.The study of more than 200 samples of soil and sediments from an approximately 75-square-mile area around the landfill found dozens of incidents of radioactive lead. The toxic lead likely came from radon gas that escaped from the site. Some of the highest lead levels came from dust samples in several homes.The EPA has claimed that putting out the fire would require extensive excavations and might increase the risk of toxic fumes should the fire breach the surface. They have ordered the landfill operator to construct a barrier between the two landfills. However, that could take years to build.The Westlake landfill fire is eerily reminiscent of the fire that resulted when the city of Philadelphia bombed the MOVE home in 1985. Firefighters were told to stand down and let the fire burn. Eleven men, women and children died and more than 62 homes were destroyed as a result.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Addie Waites Hunton: Pan-African leader

first_imgAddie Waites Hunton was a central figure in the development of the Pan-African movement. She was born in 1866 in Norfolk, Va., to Jesse Waites and Adeline Waites. Waites earned a high school diploma at the Boston Latin School, and in 1889 she became the first African-American woman to graduate from the Spencerian College of Commerce in Philadelphia.Waites married William Alpheus Hunton Sr. in 1893. He was a pioneer in Young Men’s Christian Association work among Africans in the U.S. The family moved to Atlanta, where she worked as a secretary at Clark College. After the 1906 racist terror leveled against the African-American community, the Huntons relocated to New York City.Between 1906 and 1910, Addie Hunton worked as a staff organizer for the National Association of Colored Women. She was an advocate for women’s suffrage in the campaign for the ratification of the 19th amendment, which granted voting rights to women. She urged leaders of the white suffrage movement to support access to voting for African people in the U.S.Toward the end of U.S. involvement in imperialist World War I, Hunton, along with Kathryn Johnson, served on behalf of the YMCA in Paris, assisting the hundreds of thousands of African-American troops deployed there. The women published a book in 1920 about their observations and experiences in France titled “Two Colored Women with the American Expeditionary Force.”This book provides first-hand accounts of the horrendous conditions that African-American troops were subjected to during their terms of service in France. The U.S. armed forces carried out widespread discrimination against Black soldiers who were routinely denied food, medical treatment and access to public accommodations.Hunton attended the Pan-African Congress organized by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1919 in Paris. The event has been labelled the Second Congress by historians. Du Bois requested the intervention of Blaise Diagne, a Senegalese representative in the French Assembly, to hold the gathering.According to Du Bois, “Diagne secured the consent of Clemenceau to our holding a Pan-African Congress, but we then encountered the opposition of most of the countries … to allowing delegates to attend. Few could come from Africa; passports were refused to American Negroes and English whites. The Congress therefore, which met in 1919, was confined to those representatives of African groups who happened to be stationed in Paris.” Of the 57 delegates from 15 countries, nine were from African countries with 12 delegates, 16 were from the U.S. and 21 from the West Indies. (Andrew G. Paschal, editor, “A W.E.B. Du Bois Reader,” Macmillan, 1971)Subsequently, Hunton remained active with the NACW and became an official of the NAACP. As a member of the executive board of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, she traveled with a women’s delegation to Haiti in 1926. Afterwards, she wrote a condemnation of U.S. occupation of the island and advocated for Haiti’s independence.Addie Waites Hunton died on June 22, 1943, after a life of activism.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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UAW wins election despite intimidation

first_imgWarehouse workers at Penske Logistics in the Detroit suburb of Chesterfield voted on Sept. 13 in a National Labor Relations Board election to be represented by United Auto Workers Local 1248.This vote, achieved in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, is a huge victory over the notoriously anti-labor and anti-worker Roger Penske. The 80-year-old billionaire’s Penske Corporation boasts “revenues in excess of $26 billion, operating in more than 3,300 locations and employing over 50,000 people.” (Penske.com)Penske has a history of resisting unions. Nevertheless, many successful organizing drives have been held at Penske facilities around the country by the UAW, the Machinists and the Teamsters. In 2015, two dozen customer service representatives in New Jersey had to “overcome a full-blown anti-union campaign carried out by the company’s labor relations department” to win representation by the Machinists union. (njaflcio.org)The 200 warehouse workers, who now have a voice at work, have been subjected to a ruthless disciplinary process. Workers complain about preferential treatment: Essentially anyone who doesn’t cozy up to the boss ends up in the street. Frequent firings under a hated point system have led to a high turnover rate. Under work rules that are arbitrarily applied and changed without notice, a worker can be given points for any number of infractions, such as refusing to work overtime with as little as 15 minutes notice. Seven points result in automatic discharge.Now that the facility is organized, workers will be able to challenge these oppressive conditions. While they were voting, dozens of UAW supporters gathered outside the facility at shift change to back them up. The UAW has been organizing warehouse and auto parts workers around Metro Detroit. Local 1248 currently represents Fiat Chrysler Automobiles workers at FCA warehouses in southeast Michigan.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Houston activists demand Indigenous Peoples Day

first_imgHouston activists rallied at a statue of slave owner Sam Houston, then marched to a statue of Christopher Columbus in Bell Park on Oct. 30, condemning Columbus Day and demanding it be replaced with Indigenous Peoples Day.Initiated by the Brown Berets de TejAztlan, a campaign has begun to get the city of Houston, Harris County and the state of Texas to recognize, adopt and celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.The spirited march arrived at Bell Park to find that the police had barricaded the Columbus statue, so the multinational crowd encircled the monument to the man who began the genocide of Indigenous peoples. Speaker after speaker condemned the colonization of the land by Europeans and called for unity to change the distorted history and outright lies propagated by schools, politicians and many historians.The rally was chaired by Oscar Gonzalez, a member of the Karankawa nation. Speaking were members of the Brown Berets de TejAztlan, Black Lives Matter Houston, the Carnalismo Brown Berets, Workers World Party and the Democratic Uhuru Movement.The rally ended with Native blessings, drumming and dancing by Danza Azteca Taxcayolotl.Indigenous activists and supporters will speak before the City Council on Oct. 3 to present a resolution calling on the city to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day. The same will later be presented to the county government.While neither Houston nor Harris County recognizes Columbus Day as a holiday, the state of Texas does. The committee’s long-range goal is to have Texas drop its official holiday of Columbus Day, as well as Confederate Heroes Day, and instead adopt Indigenous Peoples Day as a state holiday.Columbus Day wasn’t a federal holiday until 1937, almost 450 years after a lost Columbus landed here. In 1992, Berkeley, Calif., became the first U.S. city to adopt Indigenous Peoples Day. In the last few years, momentum has been building, and now dozens of cities, states and universities recognize Indigenous Peoples Day, including Albuquerque, N.M.; Cambridge, Mass.; Denver; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; and Tahlequah, Okla.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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#NoDAPL water protectors sent to jail

first_imgFollowing the directions of Big Oil’s Dakota Access Pipeline company, North Dakota Judge Thomas Merrick on Oct. 19 convicted and sentenced two water protectors to jail for their role in the protest at Standing Rock last year. Even the prosecution had not recommended jail time. Neither activist has any prior criminal record.Retired environmental biologist Mary Redway, 64, was sentenced to six days in jail for disorderly conduct, while school teacher Alexander Simon, 27, was sentenced to 18 days in jail for “physical obstruction” and disorderly conduct. The judge placed them in custody immediately, denying them time to make personal arrangements. They were the first Standing Rock activists sentenced to jail.Three more water protectors — Red Fawn Fallis, Little Feather and Dion Ortiz — remain in jail awaiting trial on felony charges that could imprison them for 15 years to life. More than 850 people were arrested during the months of protests. Hundreds of activists await trial.Not coincidentally, the Dakota Access LCC “gifted” the state of North Dakota $15 million, as well as another million to North Dakota, Iowa and Illinois police agencies, which, along with company goons, brutally suppressed the DAPL protesters with clubs, pepper spray, tear gas and fire hoses. (hpr1.com, Oct. 20)The convictions of Redway and Simon stem from a peaceful protest of water protectors on Oct. 20, 2016, when 120 people were arrested while holding signs and praying in a pasture, protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline that threatens Native land and the water supply for millions of people in the region. Originally, the charges were dismissed, but with the company’s check in hand, the state recharged these and other activists.Judge Merrick tried to prevent out-of-state lawyers from assisting the Water Protector Legal Collective, the Indigenous-led legal team. In an Oct. 19 statement following the trial, the collective stated: “We see this decision as his attempt to send a message that people will face harsh sentences regardless of innocence or guilt as a means to put pressure on others with pending charges to take pleas or forgo trial. The prosecutorial discretion and conviction of some and not others has been arbitrary and targets what police and state’s attorneys call agitators.”Despite these sentences, the water protectors remain committed to the struggle. A statement from the Indigenous-led Freshet Collective on Oct. 19 quoted Eddie Bad Hand, who was acquitted at the same trial: “These people were not guilty, regardless of what [the state] said. No one should be found guilty.”Bad Hand urged his fellow water protectors to “stay strong. Continue to stand and keep believing in what you stood for.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Notables anticoloniales obtendrán audiencia en Tribunal sobre PR

first_img12 de octubreEl Tribunal Internacional de Emergencia sobre Crímenes Coloniales de los Estados Unidos en Puerto Rico se llevará a cabo el 27 de octubre en la ciudad de Nueva York. La reportera de Workers World/Mundo Obrero Cheryl LaBash entrevistó a Berta Joubert-Ceci, una boricua y organizadora central de este evento histórico, para saber los últimos acontecimientos.WW/MO: ¿Cuál es la reacción en Puerto Rico ante el Tribunal?Berta Joubert-Ceci: La reacción ha sido tremenda. La gente siente que esto es muy importante. Han sido silenciadas/os durante mucho tiempo. Quieren que sus voces se escuchen a nivel internacional para refutar tantas mentiras y conceptos erróneos sobre lo que realmente está sucediendo allí.Participantes de varias partes de Puerto Rico vienen a testificar a Nueva York. El Tribunal es visto como un vehículo para denunciar los crímenes del colonialismo, ya sea por parte del ejército, las compañías farmacéuticas o la compañía de energía AES. Cuando hablamos de crímenes de los Estados Unidos en Puerto Rico, estamos hablando de crímenes que se están cometiendo en este momento.Se necesitaría un tribunal mucho más prolongado para detallar los 120 años de crímenes coloniales de los Estados Unidos. La gente en Puerto Rico está viendo esto como un tribunal de emergencia para exponer la punta del iceberg. Las estaciones de radio puertorriqueñas han solicitado entrevistas sobre el Tribunal.WW/MO: ¿Quiénes son algunas de las personas que vienen de la isla para testificar?Joubert-Ceci: Eva Ayala, profesora del sindicato EDUCAMOS, habla sobre la lucha por la educación pública.Mariana Nogales, la abogada de Nina Droz, hablará sobre su caso. Droz es una joven que fue arrestada el 1 de mayo de 2017, acusada de intentar incendiar el edificio – de concreto – del Banco Popular con un fósforo. Es un cargo ridículo, pero ella está en una prisión federal de los EUA como un ejemplo para intimidar a la resistencia en Puerto Rico.También atestiguan sobre la represión activistas de #SeAcabaronLasPromesas, quienes están en la vanguardia de la oposición a la Junta de Control Fiscal.El gobierno ha hecho que sea un crimen resistir, luchar contra el imperialismo y el colonialismo. El caso de Nina Droz es un ejemplo de las/os muchos presos políticos puertorriqueños encarcelados o asesinados por luchar por la independencia. Los EUA lucharon por su independencia, pero nos la niegan a Puerto Rico.Representantes de varias ciudades del sur de la isla, como Guayama y Peñuelas, testificarán sobre las cenizas tóxicas de carbón y el papel de la AES en la contaminación ambiental que ahora afecta a 14 municipios de la región. Salvador Tió testificará sobre la contaminación de las empresas de bioingeniería, como el famoso Monsanto.Ismael Guadalupe, líder de la lucha de Vieques, testificará sobre las consecuencias del bombardeo de Vieques por EUA y las enfermedades que resultaron. Carlos Zenón, cuya familia fue la primera en ser desalojada para construir la base militar de los EUA en Vieques, declarará por video.La investigadora Ana María García, productora de un documental muy conocido sobre la esterilización forzada de mujeres puertorriqueñas, “La Operación”, también declarará en video.WW/MO: ¿Quiénes son los fiscales? y jurados?Joubert-Ceci: Los cargos contra Estados Unidos serán presentados por el fiscal Dr. Augusto Zamora, un abogado internacional nicaragüense. Él llevó el caso sobre violaciones de la soberanía nicaragüense por EUA ante la Corte Internacional y ganó una sentencia en contra del imperio.Un panel de jurados examinará el testimonio y emitirá un veredicto: incluyen a Nieves Moreno, una mujer chilena exiliada política que fue torturada por la dictadura de Augusto Pinochet y testificó en el juicio de éste dictador chileno instalado por los EUA; Bernadette Ellorin del capítulo de Nueva York de la organización filipina BAYAN-USA, que lucha contra la dominación de los EUA en Filipinas; Ajamu Baraka de Black Alliance for Peace, un líder internacionalmente reconocido del movimiento de derechos humanos de los EUA que ha trabajado para aplicar el marco internacional de derechos humanos a la defensa de la justicia social allí; André François, presidente de Steelworkers Local 8751, Boston School Bus Union y líder de la comunidad haitiana local.Otras/os incluyen a Deirdre Griswold, editora del periódico Workers World, autora de “Indonesia: El segundo crimen más grave del siglo”, presidenta de la investigación pública de 1966 sobre las masacres de Indonesia y una de las organizadoras del Tribunal de Crímenes de Guerra Bertrand Russell sobre el papel de los EUA en Vietnam; Gerardo Cajamarca, un organizador sindical colombiano ahora en el exilio después de amenazas de muerte; y el Reverendo Luis Barrios, profesor en el Colegio de Justicia Criminal John Jay y pastor de la Iglesia Holyrood/Iglesia Santa Cruz, que es el lugar del Tribunal y proporciona un santuario y un centro de organización para muchas comunidades de Nueva York.WW/MO: El gobernador de PR, Ricardo Rosselló, acaba de anunciar que permitiría que la ciudad de Ponce se use como área de preparación para una oposición venezolana respaldada por EUA. ¿Tu comentario?Joubert-Ceci: Históricamente, el gobierno de Puerto Rico facilita la dominación de PR por parte de los EUA. Ese es el papel de un gobernador en una colonia.Estados Unidos quiere reconquistar a Venezuela. Primero vino la campaña de desestabilización. Luego, la OEA se concentró en Venezuela, Estados Unidos impuso sanciones y Trump declaró que una invasión militar es una opción.Hay muchas teorías. Algunos especulan sobre un acuerdo entre Rosselló y Trump para avanzar una agenda pro-estadista. Creo que eso es irrelevante.Rosselló está respondiendo a pedidos de EUA. Tuvo el descaro de convocar una conferencia de prensa con Antonio Ledezma, un terrorista venezolano, para anunciar esta acción. Este es otro ejemplo de Rosselló trabajando contra el pueblo de Puerto Rico.La gente está en contra de lo que está haciendo el gobernador. La indignación contra esa conferencia de prensa vino primero del movimiento progresista, y luego otros se dirigieron inmediatamente a las redes sociales diciendo que se oponían a la declaración y la acción del gobernador. Se realizó una manifestación en solidaridad con la Venezuela bolivariana. La indignación continúa expresándose en programas de radio, en conversaciones y en las redes sociales en contra de poner los intereses de los Estados Unidos por encima de las necesidades de Puerto Rico.Venezuela no es el enemigo. Estas hermanas y hermanos ofrecieron alivio de huracanes que fue rechazado por el gobernador debido a la condición de PR como colonia de EUA. Venezuela ofreció un carguero de diesel gratuito para los tan necesitados generadores. Uruguay, México y Cuba ofrecieron solidaridad, que también fue bloqueada.Puerto Rico siempre ha sido un laboratorio de EUA para muchas cosas: experimentar con píldoras anticonceptivas; un laboratorio de militarización, como Vieques para las invasiones de Santo Domingo, Granada, Panamá. Lo que sucede en Puerto Rico no se queda en Puerto Rico.Los gobiernos de derecha instalados ahora en toda América Latina son parte del entorno en el que el gobierno colonial de Puerto Rico se usa contra Venezuela. Los Estados Unidos consideran a Puerto Rico como un laboratorio e intentarán imponer juntas de control fiscal, como la que están probando en Puerto Rico, en otros lugares.El Tribunal de Emergencia es un paso en la construcción de la solidaridad para cerrar el laboratorio imperialista.Para obtener más información o para reservar espacio en el Tribunal del 27 de octubre, vaya a PuertoRicoTribunal.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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