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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Late December 2015 News about Life

This situation was a tragedy. No indictments being made in this case is very hurtful for the family of Sandra Bland and hurtful for lovers of freedom including human justice in the world. Sandra Bland just wanted to go and experience a new job in the Deep South. First, we have to show the real story. We have to let people know that Sandra Bland was a victim of assault. She was a victim. Sandra Bland was assaulted by a cop and was violated of her human rights. She was threatened by the officer. When she questioned demands from police officer Brian Encinia to put out her cigarette (an unlawful demand), she was ordered out of the car. When she protested this outrageous treatment, she was threatened with a Taser by Encinia, who yelled, “I will light you up!” This is part of the story that many people (who love the status quo) ignore. She was slammed to the ground and arrested. She was placed into jail and she passed away. We have seen this story time after time again unfortunately. The authorities demonize a victim, no one is held accountable, and a family continues to grieve over the lost of their precious child. It is so aggravating that Sandra Blands's family has been so disrespected by the authorities in Texas. A night time rally recently existed in Houston. This rally is about respecting the memory of the Sister Sandra Bland. Sandra Bland was a beautiful, very intelligent Sister who was only 28 when she passed. Her life will always be remembered. The lives of black women matter and we will unequivocally stand up and speak up for the human rights of all black women irrespective of age or nationality. Since the late 1960's, there has been a higher mobilization of police occupation of our communities. Also, we see attacks against the working class and the poor via austerity, wars for empire, and other bad policies (from the one percent). I send prayers and condolences to the friends and family of Sandra Bland. People need to know that the Waller County, TX area is filled with racism and evil policies from law enforcement members. We will not be silent. We will never stop speaking the truth and fighting for our just liberation. We are unequivocally entitled to liberty, justice, and liberation. Also, that county is still being monitored by the DOJ over voting rights issues. That tells me that over 50 years after Selma, we have to continue to advance voting rights.
RIP Sister Sandra Bland.

This is great news. Afrikan Black Coalition should receive great credit for their actions. Divesting millions of dollars that was used to fund private prison is a step in the right direction. The prison industrial complex has ruined lives, exploited people, and harmed the social fabric of communities nationwide. Therefore, we are in this fight, so revolutionary change can exist for all in the human family. Wells Fargo has been involved in private prisons and has been sued by people for accusations of predatory lending. Using economic and political power can make real solutions come about. All levels of government must be held accountable for the mass incarceration oppressive system as Sister Tajmarie has mentioned. We will confront the evil War on Drugs, and other injustices found in the criminal injustice system. We won't stop, because we can't stop.The Mall is totally wrong. Public debate even can include people debating on clothing items in a store peacefully. So, this is a blatant violation of the First Amendment. The proposal from the Mall of America is very ambiguous and can be interpreted in many different ways. The BLM members listed by the Mall are heroes. Change never comes by respectability politics or working along side the system unconditionally. Change comes by directly opposing the mechanism of the system, sacrifice, agitation, and even using actions that risk jail time. The old civil rights heroes of the past were jailed for their activism against unjust laws. We are in solidarity with modern activists who want police terrorism to end in our communities, who want a clean environment, who want economic justice, and who want oppression to end.

There is a significant amount of Americans who are xenophobes, Islamophobes, and bigots. So, I'm not surprised at the high number of Donald Trump supporters. Trump has promoted hate, bigotry, and divisive rhetoric for years. To prevent every Muslim from going into America is fascism and that policy is what dictators agree with too. These people (who are Trump supporters) say that they want "their country back." The deal is that this country is not their country. This country is our country. Not to mention that I don't want this country to regress into a land where women couldn't vote, where forced sterilization was legalized in many states, or where black people suffered Jim Crow apartheid. Hate speech against Muslims has increased including vandalism against Muslim mosques in America too. Many innocent Muslims have been assaulted and verbally abused by callous, evil people. Cruz and Jeb Bush has spoke extremist rhetoric too. There are also white supremacist terrorists in America. Anyone who defends the immoral Japanese internment camps (which was supported by FDR) is someone that I have no respect for. This atmosphere is bigger than Donald Trump. Western forces bombed a civilian hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. We have the West being caught in torture and NSA spying. Racism and political reaction have always been associated with imperialist violence and war. Fifteen years of the “war on terror”—a period of continuous war unprecedented in American history—have caused people like Donald Trump to spew his evil words. In America, we have a huge amount of Islamophobia, which is against human values. I don't support Trump or his agenda. At the end of the day, I will not back down. I will support economic justice and social justice.

The third and last Democratic Presidential debate of the year was filled with fear mongering and war rhetoric. All three of the Presidential candidates talked about the war on terror and their pledge to destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The debate took place on Saturday. This is after the December 2nd attacks in San Bernardino, California that killed 14 people. The debates talked about counter terrorism and the U.S. military operations in the Middle East. The media and the U.S. political establishment have used the attacks in San Bernardino and in Paris as a means to promote the bogus narrative of the “war on terror.” Domestic questions were not discussed very much in the debate. Senator Bernie Sanders only spoke about “inequality” only one time during the debate. Sanders have talked about terror and ISIS during many occasions of the debate too. The American media has paranoia about terrorism. The New York Times has an article that believes that more Americans want to target the Islamic State more than Wall Street executives and health insurers. America averages in one mass shooting per day. The debate between Sanders, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley underscored the fact that the mass opposition to war that exists in the American population does not find reflection in the programs of any of the candidates running in the 2016 election. This includes Sanders, whose support for both the war in Afghanistan and the bombing of Libya was pointed out during the debate. Hillary Clinton said that she wants to keep American families safe from terrorism. She said that she has a strategy to combat and defeat ISIS without getting involved in another ground war. Hillary Clinton is more hawkish than any of the Democratic candidates. She targeted Republicans on their views on Muslims and she believes in let people who are on the no fly list to not buy guns.

Clinton was referring to secret lists kept by US intelligence agencies of those allegedly suspected of terrorism. Among those named on no-fly lists were the musician formerly known as Cat Stevens, Senator Edward Kennedy and Representative John Lewis, as well as prominent journalists. So, many innocent people are in no fly lists. Hillary Clinton wants technology companies to work with the U.S. government to spy on the Internet and social media activity of their customers and turn this information over to the government. She declared, “We have to do the best possible job of sharing intelligence and information. That now includes the Internet…That means we have to work more closely with our great tech companies. They can’t see the government as an adversary; we can’t see them as obstructionists. We’ve got to figure out how we can do more to understand who is saying what and what they’re planning.” This policy is a violation of human privacy outright. In his opening statement, Sanders declared, “I’m running for president because I want a new foreign policy—one that takes on ISIS, one that destroys ISIS” and that “works around a major coalition of wealthy and powerful nations supporting Muslim troops on the ground.” Clinton promotes a no fly zone in Syria. In essence, all 3 candidates agree with U.S. President Barack Obama’s views on the Syria conflict. They want the U.S. to establish a puppet state after Assad is gone, they want regional proxy forces (like Saudi Arabia, etc.) to use their forces in the region. Sanders wants Saudi Arabia and Qatar to combat ISIS with American support. War mongering is promoted while poverty and social distress at home wasn’t talked about much in the debate. Clinton made this particularly clear in Saturday’s debate, declaring, “I don’t think we should be imposing new big programs that are going to raise middle class families’ taxes.” Asked by a moderator, “Should corporate America love Hillary Clinton?” she replied, “Everybody should,” declaring “I want to be the president for the struggling, the striving and the successful,” and “I want to be a partner with the private sector.” There is no question that both the Republican and Democratic parties in their leaderships are right wing, pro-war, militarist, and hostile to the interests of the working class.

By Timothy

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