Street Medics — Keeping Our Movements Healthy and Safe

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This is the third segment in the Lawyers, Lockboxes and Money series, a project that explores the role shared social movement infrastructure has played in social movement uprisings and how this infrastructure has evolved over time, moving across issue areas and geographies to knit together a shared fabric of progressive social movements.

Over the past decade, people across the US and around the world have taken to the streets in wave after wave of popular uprising. They have camped out in city centers and remote construction sites through hot summers and cold winters. They’ve faced down militarized police forces with their chemical weapons, fire hoses, tasers, clubs, and rubber bullets. And in each of these uprisings, teams of medics have mobilized alongside protestors, warriors and protectors, to keep our movements healthy and safe and in the streets.

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CBSA Offices Shut Down by Migrant Justice Activists in honour of Mr. Bolante Idowu Alo and our Deported Friends and Neighbours

Found at: Solidarity Across Borders
August 30, 2018

2Montreal CBSA offices were shut down this morning in honour of Mr. Bolante Idowu Alo and of our friends, family members and neighbours who have been deported. Migrant justice activists blocked and chained all doors to the building and employees were not able to enter the building to carry on their work for two hours.

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We want to ensure that business could not go on as usual. Mr. Bolante Idowu Alo died violently at the hands of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA): we cannot let them carry on as though nothing has happened. We call on our communities to not only condemn this outrageous violence but take action to stop it from happening again.

Mr. Alo lived in Canada for 13 years. He repeatedly told Canadian officials that his life was in danger in Nigeria. CBSA nevertheless proceeded with his deportation on 7 August; Mr. Alo died shortly after he was taken off the plane that was supposed to deport him.

We took this action to challenge the normalization of CBSA violence, and of deportations and detentions of migrants and refugees. We want to hold the CBSA accountable. Mr. Alo is not the first person to die in CBSA custody. And he should never have been threatened with deportation in the first place.
We are also remembering other friends, family members, and neighbours who have been detained and forcibly deported from Canada by the CBSA, like Lucy Francineth Granados, who was deported on 13 April 2018, leaving holes in our lives and communities.

In 2016, Canada issued 11,733 removal orders: some left “voluntarily”, others were deported, still others remained to become undocumented migrants. Of the migrants who crossed irregularly into Canada to flee the Trump regime, whose cases have been heard, less than 50% have been accepted as refugees; this figure drops to 10% in the case of Haitians. People whose refugee claims are refused are ordered to return to their countries of citizenship – including to Haiti, despite the fact that Canada issued a warning against travel to Haiti.

In support of the shut down, people gathered outside CBSA offices for a public mourning of Mr. Alo and their deported friends and neighbours. A coffin was placed in front of the building. Black silhouettes with the names of friends who had been deported were lined up against the wall. The rally demanded the abolition of the new Ministry of Border Security, a moratorium on deportations to Haiti, and an end to the deportations of refugees and migrants.

#StopDeportations
#shutdownCBSA
#PortesClosesASFC

 

The mass protests in Baghdad and Southern Iraq continue

By Zaher Baher: Iraq-Sulaymaniyah 24/07/2018

The protests in Baghdad and Southern Iraq still continue and have entered the 3rd week now. So far the protesters have been able to protect their own  independency and none of the political parties or the regional governments  have been able to tame or control them.

While some of the media outlets, particularly Al Jazeera tries to discredit the protesters and describe them as foreign-backed  groups and agents of the United States of America (USA). However, the Iraqi government, to certain extent, acknowledged the legitimacy of the protesters’ demands.  The Iraqi Prime Minister, Hadier al-Abadi agreed to spend $3 million to meet some of the demands of the people.

In fact , there is no doubt that USA, Iran, and the other neighbouring states try to domesticate the protesters, as they  want to intervene in Iraq, to control it to remain in a weak position for their own interest. However, they know that the collapse of the Iraqi government under the pressure of mass protests, demonstrations or uprising is not in their interest.  The “Arab Spring” has given them a good lesson .

It is absolutely certain that the  demands of the people are legitimate. The people have been suffering for so long and now have no choice but to force the government, through their uprisings, to meet some of their demands.

The protests, which started on 08/ 07/2018 triggered when the Iranian authority switched off the electric power from Basra when the
temperature was around 50 degrees. The protests are getting  bigger and bigger and have extended to Baghdad and various other towns and cities in southern Iraq.  See the link : http://anarkismo.net/article/31071

On Sunday the 22nd for the third time, thousands of protesters gathered in Al Tahrir Square in Baghdad and confronted by the heavily armed Iraqi police and security forces. According to the Human Rights Commission report until last Friday, the 20th of July, 14 protesters have been killed,  729 injured and another 757 have been detained .

Furthermore, on the same Sunday the protesters managed to occupy an oilfield  in Nasiryah . According to Almada Daily Political Newspaper, the protesters detained 75 of the workers and other staff members of the oilfield.   The demands of the protesters were including clean water, increasing wages, and employing 270 more workers. Although, the authority claim that no one has been detained by the protesters, however, it confirmed that the oilfield has been occupied and negotiation between the authority and the protesters was going on.

In fact we do not know whether the protesters will be able to achieve all their demands or not , but we know for sure that they discredited the politicians, the political parties and the government. In my opinion the struggle of the people has progressed and left the sectarian war behind. They have begun  to realise the fact that whoever rules them is, more or less, the same. Perhaps the only difference between the  rulers is the different ways of exploitation, dictating and robbing the people.

Mass Protest in Central and Southern Iraq

Zaher Baher: Iraq- Sulaymaniyah 16/07/2018

It looks like the US and Western Countries’ propaganda, and the illusions of religion and nationalism, are no longer working for the people in central and southern Iraq. It might be that the time has arrived to end the sectarianism between Shia and Sunna.  It’s fifteen years since the collapse of Saddam Hussain and there has been thirteen years (2005) of Shia government. The failure of the election process and parliamentary system should have given both Iraqi Shia and Sunna the lesson that the real changes cannot happen through this process and establishment. This was probably also the main reason only 38% of the electorate participated in Iraq general election in May this year.

During this period the real winners were the politicians, businessmen, government ministers, heads of government departments and the foreign companies. The loser are the ordinary people who has lost everything – even the little they had under Saddam Hussein’s regime. In addition, people has been suffering badly at the hands of corruption, privatisation, injustice, unemployment, a sectarian war, the widening a gap between rich and poor and lack of gas, electric and clean water.

People in central and southern Iraq obviously don’t want to continue living this kind of life. For almost a week the people of Basra (a city rich from oil and gas and controlled by the central government and foreign oil corporations) have been fighting the authorities. The oil companies employ thirty thousand people – none of them from Basra.

Basra is the 3rd most important city in Iraq after Baghdad and Mosul where over five million people live. They have suffered terribly at the hands of the local authority and foreign companies. They have no decent health treatment or education.  According to one Iraqi report 48% of Basra’s residents have been diagnosed with a type of cancer whose cause has been linked to depleted uranium.  Because of all this, the people of Iraq, especially those in the south and central area had no choice but to fight back against both local and central government.

Protesters in Basra have occupied many government’s buildings and offices and are involved in street fighting with the police and security forces.  People have also set fire to offices and the headquarters of political parties in the city.

Since Friday 13th July protest have spread to many other towns and cities including Nasiryah, Maysan, Qadisiyyah, Karbal, Thi Qar , Babil and Najaf. In Najaf, the most Holy Shia City in Iraq, protesters managed to occupy and take control of the airport. In Basra they are trying to take control of the oil fields and refineries to stop oil being exported. On Saturday afternoon further protests started in four neighbourhoods of Baghdad very close to the Green Zone (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Zone) – a hugely sensitive place in Baghdad.  It seems that the central government has now imposed a night curfew in certain areas of Baghdad.  Other reports talk about the cutting off of the main road by the government  between Baghdad and Kirkuk.

The situation is so tense that Haider al-Abadi, the Prime Minster of Iraq, shortened his visit to Brussels so he could return to Basra on Saturday to have a meeting with the authorities, politicians, and the heads of police and security in Basra.  Protesters tried to occupy the meeting hall but they were crushed by the police and the security.

We do not know the exact numbers of people killed or injured as there are many different reports. Some reports confirm over twenty protesters killed, more than 240 injured and over 1000 protesters arrested. In the mean-time central government doesn’t want the news of protesters and their activities reaching other cities. From Saturday morning until Monday morning Facebook was down and form Saturday 6pm until after 11am on Sunday there was no internet.

We do not know what the outcome will be, but so far political parties haven’t managed to restrain or control the protests. And, at present there are no religion demand, slogans, anthems or shouting “God is Great” from the protestors.

However, if people do not organise themselves in non-hierarchical independent groups in every work places, streets and neighbourhoods to coordinate their actions it is difficult to be optimistic about the situation. There is also the possibility that protesters face the dirty policy of the government  and the bloody tactics in killing of the state that push protesters to defend themselves with weapons. This could change their mass struggle through peaceful demonstrations and protests to a civil war. Recent history of the “Arab Spring” shows that civil wars only really benefit those in authority, the rich, the corporations and the system in general.

Public meeting in Bristol: anti Trump and antifascist demonstrations

Public meeting, Monday 9th July, 7pm. The Station, Silver Street. BS1 2AG.

Resist Trump and the march of fascism!

Donald Trump, megalomaniac disgrace to humanity, epitome of all things bad and most hated man in the world, is inflicting a visit on us on July 13th.

The perfect embodiment of authoritarian state politics and ruthless capitalism, he has been welcomed by the UK government. Unsurprisingly, this billionaire friend of the super rich and unashamed enemy of the working class has the support of the UK government which is equally committed to reactionary politics.

Since Trump’s election, his bare faced sexism, misogyny, xenophobia and bigotry has emboldened racists and fascists everywhere, leading to a huge upsurge in racist attacks, police brutality and fascist violence against political opponents. His tough talking, toxic rhetoric and policies have provided a massive confidence boost to the far right both in the U.S. and elsewhere. They feel more able to show their true colours knowing they now have a fellow white supremacist in the White House.

Whether it’s more ruthless, racist border controls, abducting and imprisoning immigrant children, the attempted Muslim ban or showing support for fascist and neo nazi “Unite the Right” marchers, Trump thrives on the politics of provocation, controversy and conflict. A self obsessed tyrant, with his arrogant and aggressive tweets, inflammatory speeches and dictatorial executive orders, he shows total contempt and disdain for any attempts to stand in his way or to promote more progressive politics.

The resistance in the U.S. to Trump and what he represents has been impressive and determined. Widespread anger, outrage, demos, airport blockades and mass direct action have been largely successful in putting a brake on Trump’s totalitarian plans. Communities have come together in solidarity to defend themselves and each other against the attacks and fight back.

Let’s follow their good example and stand in the way of this tyrant and everything he stands for. Everyone out to the streets of London on 13th July!

Come to the public meeting: 7-9pm, Monday 9th July at the Station,
Silver Street. BS1 2AG.
Demo details: 2pm, Friday 13th July, BBC, Portland Place, W1A 1AA. Coach leaves from Eastgate Road (by Eastville Tescos) 10am sharp on 13th July. Book your place! Contact bristolantifascists@riseup.net

And the next day… Saturday 14th July, central London. Join the antifascist resistance!

Tommy Robinson and the march of the far right.

Ever since the formation of the racist, islamophobic English Defence League, it’s founder Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley Lennon), has been working hard to further an extreme right wing, anti muslim, racist agenda. As well as forming alliances with far right politicians, parties, groups and individuals worldwide, his latest big tent for islamophobia and far right politics is the so called “Democratic Football Lad’s Alliance”. This organisation is uniting fascist groups, neo nazis, hooligans and everyday racists under one banner and building an extreme right wing street army. Their demos often end in attacks by DFLA mobs against anti racist demonstrators and people of colour.

Publicity hungry and self obsessed Robinson was recently imprisoned for 13 months after masquerading as a journalist to harass and intimidate some muslims on trial, all under the guise of “reporting” and “free speech”. After successfully cultivating a personality cult around himself, he has now become a martyr to far right activists worldwide and will be revelling in the attention and publicity that his imprisonment has provided him and his fellow racists. He claims to speak for ordinary, white British people but we recognise his words as the voice of 21st century bigotry and fascism.

In response to the jailing of Robinson, the racists and fascists are stepping up their efforts with more angry threats, demos and political violence in an attempt to put pressure on the government to free their de facto leader. Thousands of them rampaged in London on 9th June and they will return on 14th July. We need to outnumber, demoralise and defeat the racists and fascists on the streets again. Let’s oppose and expose the DFLA for what it really is and destroy their movement with all means necessary. It’s going to take all of our efforts together to win the struggle on the streets, on the internet, in our communities and everywhere we find racism and fascism. We can’t let them grow. It’s up to us to make sure fascism doesn’t become the new “normal”. Remember history and fight for the future. Now is the time to get involved, get organised and fight back!

Join the Anti Fascist Network on July 14th!
Contact bristolantifascists@riseup.net for transport.
Check out “antifascistnetwork” on facebook for more info.

As Israeli arms company Elbit expands, activists’ resistance grows

By Eliza Egret and Tom Anderson

The number of Palestinians who have been killed or maimed in Gaza during the Great Return March protests continues to rise. The death toll currently stands at 119, and more people have been shot or injured in the West Bank.

Uday Abu Khalil

Yesterday, on the 23rd May, Uday Abu Khalil died from his wounds after a sniper shot him in the stomach at a Ramallah demonstration on Nakba day, the date Palestinians remember the Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948.

Meanwhile, Elbit Systems, Israel’s most profitable arms company, continues to expand.

Full article on: Corporate Occupation

 

 

Red And Black Telly: LONDON – SPACE OCCUPIED FOR STREET HOMELESS.