The following article is from Fight Back! News. For more on the history of the case, see the Ricardo Palmera Fact Sheet from the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera.
Tom Burke, spokesperson for the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera, urgently requests, “Help and aid from Americans, Colombians, and the international community to stop a crime.” Professor Palmera is being put on trial in Colombia while held in solitary confinement in the U.S. He is being forced to wear prison clothes, shackled at the hands and feet and then chained together around the waist, with the ever-present threat of electrical shock if he moves too quickly. This ‘trial’ is a violation of Professor Palmera’s dignity and his rights as a prisoner of war. Tom Burke says, “There is nothing fair or just about the trials and imprisonment of this brave Colombian freedom fighter Ricardo Palmera. Ricardo Palmera should be set free.”
Professor Palmera is held by the U.S. government in solitary confinement, under inhumane conditions in the Florence, Colorado Supermax prison. Tom Burke says, “We need friends and sympathizers to support freedom for professor Ricardo Palmera (popularly known in Colombia as Simon Trinidad). We denounce the wrongs committed against Ricardo Palmera by the U.S. and Colombian governments, along with the abuses and violations of human rights.”
Posted in Action Alerts, Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Colombia, Ricardo Palmera
Tagged Colorado Super Max, FARC-EP, human rights, National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera, political prisoners, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army, Simon Trinidad, Tom Burke
Students in solidarity with the Crimson Ride bus drivers
The following call to action is from the Network to Fight for Economic Justice. See also Jenae Stainer’s article Bus drivers continue fight for living wage from Fight Back! News:
In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, bus drivers are in the midst of a struggle for a living wage. Fed up with earning poverty wages, the bus drivers are demanding their first union contract. Nearly a year ago, the Crimson Ride bus drivers voted unanimously to join Amalgamate Transit Union (ATU) Local 1208.
The University of Alabama contracts out to First Transit, a division of the massive British multinational FirstGroup PLC, which runs the Crimson Ride bus service on campus. The university pays the company $55.50 an hour, and in turn, the company pays the drivers a paltry $9.50 an hour – poverty wages. The union drivers are demanding $14 per hour and benefits comparable to university bus drivers in other states.
Posted in Action Alerts, Labor Movement, Student Movements
Tagged Alabama, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), ATU Local 1208, Crimson Ride, Crimson Ride Shuttle Bus Drivers, Fight Back!, FirstGroup PLC, Jenae Stainer, national oppression, Network to Fight for Economic Justice, NFEJ, Robert Witt, Students for a Democratic Society, Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama
SK Hand Tools Teamsters strike for health care
The following article is from Fight Back! News:
‘We Say Fight Back!’ national conference to be held in Chicago
By Chapin Gray
In the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, leaders and organizers across the country are gearing up for the “They Say Cut Back, We Say Fight Back!” national conference planned for Oct. 3 in Chicago, Illinois. From California to New York, people who for the past years have been fighting back against cuts to programs that serve our communities, against home foreclosures and evictions and against plant closures will come together to share experiences and make plans to work together in the coming years.
Posted in Action Alerts, Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Labor Movement, U.S. Oppressed Nations and Nationalities
Tagged Armando Robles, Carlos Montes, Chapin Gray, conference, David Biedrzycki, Fight Back!, Republic Windows and Doors, Rosemary Williams, SK Hand Tools, Teamsters
Click on the image for a PDF flyer for the conference
The following is the call to the “We Say Fight Back” conference, a very important national working class conference that will take place October 3rd in Chicago:
We are now in the midst of the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Millions of homes are in foreclosure. Unemployment is growing. Massive cuts are taking place to the programs that benefit poor and working people, while the government tries to balance budgets on our backs. Inequality is growing, oppressed people–African-Americans, Chicanos, and Latinos are the last hired and the first to lose their jobs.
The rich and powerful are waging a war on working people and many of us have decided to respond by fighting back. In cities around the country there are sharp struggles to stop evictions and to demand a moratorium on home foreclosures. At places like Chicago’s Republic Windows and Doors there have been intense battles in response to plant closures. From California to New York, people have taken to the streets to protest cuts to programs that serve our communities.
On October 3, 2009, trade unionists, immigrant rights activists and members of low-income, community, housing, student and other progressive organizations will come together in Chicago for a conference that will help build our collective movements. We will take this opportunity to learn from one another’s experience. We will lend support to key struggles. Importantly, we will make common plans. Together we can make a difference and build a more powerful fight back.
Go to the Conference website for a list of endorsers and other important info: http://wesayfightback.com/
Posted in Action Alerts, Labor Movement, Political Economy, U.S. Oppressed Nations and Nationalities
Tagged Chicago, Class Struggle, Class Struggle Unionism, conference, economic crisis, housing, Immigrants Rights, low-income, Student Movement, Trade Unions
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Twin Cities-based Anti-War Committee (www.antiwarcommittee.org):
URGENT ALERT: Minnesota activists jailed in Israel
Please forward * Take action today
We have just learned that Israeli security forces have refused entry to three U.S. activists attempting to visit the Palestinian Territories. One of them, Karen Sullivan, is being sent home on a flight tonight, and two others, Sarah Martin and Katrina Plotz have refused to leave, and are being taken into custody. They are being treated as criminals, while their only goal was to learn about the reality of life for the Palestinian people. All three should be allowed to enter the country, as millions of tourists do every year.
The National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera issued a call to write to Colombian revolutionary and U.S. political prisoner Ricardo Palmera. The call is reproduced below. For more information on the case of Ricardo Palmera, see the NCFRP’s Ricardo Palmera Fact Sheet.
March 24, 2009
The National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera is calling on people everywhere to stand for human rights and social justice in opposition to the cruel and unusual treatment of Ricardo Palmera, a negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), now a Colombian political prisoner of the U.S. Empire held in the Florence Colorado Supermax Prison. Professor Palmera is being held in 23-hour solitary lock-down with no access to the outside world.
The following is from CISPES – the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador:
Alert: 10 days Until First Round of Salvadoran Elections – Take Action to Oppose Dirty Campaign!
Thursday, 08 January 2009
US State Department must respond to false statements threatening immigrants
On the eve of the first round of El Salvador’s most contested elections since the 1992 Peace Accords, a right-wing campaign of dirty propaganda, media misinformation, provocation and violence continues to escalate. Beginning in late October and continuing to this day, Fuerza Solidaria—a right-wing organization founded in Venezuela—has flooded the Salvadoran airwaves and streets with a series of advertisements attempting to frighten Salvadoran voters with threats of U.S. retaliation. The ads state that an FMLN victory would mean the end to good relations with the U.S. government and thus the end to remittances sent home from Salvadorans living in the U.S. They also claim that an FMLN victory would threaten the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) which allows over 200,000 Salvadorans to remain in the U.S. These absurd threats are similar to the ones made back in 2004 by members of the U.S. Congress, together with the governing ARENA party; such threats turned a close election into a decisive victory for the right-wing party. In the face of Fuerza Solidaria’s blatant misrepresentation of the ramifications of an FMLN victory, the U.S. State Department—which has privately pledged neutrality in El Salvador’s electoral process—has remained silent rather than refute these claims.
The following is from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Marxist-Leninist organization that has been waging armed struggle against U.S./Israeli occupation for 41 years:
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine called on January 3, 2008 upon the Arab people and all progressive forces in the world to escalate all forms of resistance against the Zionist and imperialist enemy.
The following is from the website of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Marxist-Leninist organization that has been waging armed struggle against U.S./Israeli occupation for 41 years:
“The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the entire Palestinian resistance and the whole of the Palestinian people is committed to confront the occupier in the face of the Israeli massacres, ground invasions and crimes. We are calling upon people around the world to occupy and take over Israeli, U.S. and Egyptian embassies and consulates around the world.”