Monday, January 31, 2011

Vigils 2/1 in support of undocumented students in NC

A bill has been proposed in the General Assembly to bar the children of undocumented immigrants from the community colleges and the UNC system.  There will be protests in Raleigh, Greensboro and other cities Tuesday evening.  Below is the announcement: 
MEDIA ADVISORY: Vigils set for Feb 1 in support of access to education
MEDIA ADVISORY: Vigils in support of access to education spring up around the state
This Tuesday, the Adelante Education Coalition [], the American Friends Service Committee and supporters will hold vigils in Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte, Greenville and Asheville
Who: Community members who support access to education
What: State-wide vigils in defense of Education
Where: Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte, Greenville, Asheville
When: Afternoon and Evening, Feb. 1, 2011
RALEIGH (Feb. 1, 2011) – On Tuesday, Feb. 1, the Adelante Education Coalition and supporters will join together to hold vigils across North Carolina in defense of access to higher education for all.
The key to creating jobs, stimulating the economy and reducing the state deficit is to invest in educating all people of North Carolina. Exclusion and re-segregation would cost North Carolina dearly now, at a time when it can least afford to do so.
The Adelante Education Coalition will join with supporters and community members on the anniversary of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins by NC A&T students to stand together for education for all.
Vigils will be happening across the state, at the following locations:
* Raleigh, 7 p.m. in front of the NC General Assembly, Jones St.
Contact Bart Evans (919) 660-0704 or Nayely Perez-Huerta (919) 433-6055
* Greensboro, 7 p.m. at New Garden Friends Meeting, 801 New Garden Rd. (at Friendly Ave.)
Contact Eric Jonas (336) 379-0037, Lori Khamala (336) 491-0039 or Wooten Gough (336) 306-3252
* Charlotte, 6pm at Marshall Park MLK statue
Contact Lacey Williams (704) 879-1298
* Greenville, 6pm at New Covenant Community Church, 1212 North Greene St.
Contact Juvencio Rocha Peralta (252) 258-9967 or Dani Martinez-Moore (919) 533-9203
* Asheville, 4pm at the Vance Memorial at Pack Square, Downtown
Contact Diego Lopéz (828) 460-8112 or Molly Hemstreet (828) 230-8937
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Bart Evans (919) 660-0704, Nayely Perez-Huerta (919) 433-6055

Thursday, January 27, 2011

News from the Tunisian Revolution

Below is the founding platform of the 14th of January Front, translated from French by a comrade:

Tunisia: The 14th of January Front

On the 20th of January 2011 a number of Tunisian radical left organisations, notably the PCOT (Communist Party of the Workers of Tunisia ) and the PTPD (Patriotic and Democratic Labour Party), constituted a Front. This Front was named the «14th of January Front» in reference to the date of President Ben Ali's rout.The object of the 14th of January Front is to undertake the organisation of the resistance against the present transitional government, which still includes leaders of Ben Ali's party the RCD (Rassemblement constitutionnel démocratique), and to build a popular alternative based on the existing vigilante committees that have been constituted in a number of neighbourhoods in Tunisia with the aim to defend the inhabitants against the terror disseminated by RCD thugs and the presidential police. The call is addressed to all the progressive political, trade-union, associative forces, asking them to fulfil the objectives intended by popular Tunisian revolution.

Here is the founding text: ( ):

In asserting our commitment to the revolution of our people who has been fighting for its rights to freedom and to national dignity, and has made great sacrifices, dozens of martyrs, thousands of wounded and imprisoned, in his struggle to overcome internal and external enemies and to thwart aborted attempts to crush these sacrifices, we have constituted the "14 of January Front", a political framework «which will work for the advancement of the popular revolution for the realisation of its objectives and oppose the forces of counterrevolution. This framework consists of parties, progressive and democratic national organisations.

The Front's immediate urgent tasks are as follows:

1 – To overturn the present Ghannouchi government or any other government that adopts the old regime's symbols and its antinational, anti-popular policy that benefited the fallen president.

2 – To dissolve the RCD, confiscate its head-office, property, assets and funds, given that they all belong to the people.

3 - To form an interim government enjoying the trust of the people and the progressive militant political, associative, trade-union and youth forces.

4 – To dissolve the House of Representatives, the Senate, all fictitious organs as well as the High Magisterial Council. To dismantle the political structure of the old regime and to prepare the election of a Constituent Assembly, which within a year at the most, is to formulate a new democratic constitution and lay the foundations for a new juridical system covering public life, and guaranteeing political, economic and cultural rights to the people.

5 – To dissolve the political police and adopt a new security policy founded on the respect for human rights and the primacy of the law.

>6 – To bring to justice all those guilty of having stolen public funds, committed crimes against the people such as: repression, imprisonment, torture and humiliating treatment – from decision taking to execution –, and finally all those found guilty of corruption and embezzlement of public property.

7 – To dispossess the old ruling family, their kin, associates and all civil servants who misused their position to enrich themselves at the expense of the people.

8 – To provide jobs for the unemployed, urgently grant unemployment benefits, improve social care, increase the purchasing power of wage earners.

9 – To restructure the national economy so that it serves the people and ensure that the State supervises vital strategic sectors. To re-nationalise the institutions that have been privatised by the previous regime and to set an economic and social policy that will break away from capitalist liberal approach.

10 – To guarantee civil and individual liberties, particularly the freedoms to demonstrate, to organise, of expression, of the press, of information and thought, the release of prisoners and the promulgation of an amnesty law.

11 - The Front salutes the support of the Tunisian revolution by the popular masses and the progressive forces in the Arab countries and internationally, and invites them all to pursue their support by all possible means.

12 – The Front calls for resistance to the normalisation of relations with the Zionist entity and its penalisation, and the support of national liberation movements in the Arab countries as well as worldwide.

13 - The Front calls all popular masses and nationalist and progressive forces to pursue the mobilisation and the struggle in all legitimate forms, particularly in the streets, in order to achieve their objectives.

14 - The Front greets all committees, associations and forms of popular auto-organisation and invites them to enlarge their area of intervention in all that concerns the exercise of public affairs and other aspects of daily life. 

Glory to the martyrs of the Intifada and Victory to the revolutionary masses of our people.

Tunisia, January 20th, 2011

** Ligue de la gauche travailliste [Left Labour League]
** Mouvement des unionistes nassériens [Nasserite Unionist Movement]
** Movement of the nationalists democrats (Al-Watad)[Nationalist Democratic Movement]
** Courant Baasiste [Baasist Current]
** Gauche Indépendante [Independent Left]
** Parti communiste des ouvriers de Tunisie [Communist Party of the Workers of Tunisia]
** Parti du Travail Patriotique et Démocratique [Patriotic and Democratic Labour Party).

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Raleigh protest on National Day of Action Against FBI Repression, 1/25

An announcement from the Triangle Committee to Stop FBI Repression:

What: Protest on 1/25 to Stop FBI and Grand Jury Repression of Antiwar and Solidarity Activists
Where: Federal Building, 310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC
When: Tuesday 1/25 at 9:00 AM.
RSVP: ncstopfbi at gmail dot com or Facebook

WE NEED YOUR HELP. Join us at 9:00 AM on January 25 for a protest in Raleigh to coincide with National Day of Action against FBI Repression

On September 24th, 2010, FBI Agents conducted coordinated raids on the homes of anti-war, labor, and international solidarity activists in Minneapolis and Chicago. Fourteen activists were served with subpoenas that demanded they appear before a grand jury in Chicago. All fourteen refused to participate in the FBI's fishing expedition. In December 2010, under the direction of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, the FBI delivered nine new subpoenas in Chicago to anti-war and Palestine solidarity activists. Patrick Fitzgerald’s office is ordering the nine to appear at a Grand Jury in Chicago on January 25.

On January 25, as anti-war activists who were resubpoenaed make their first appearance before the Grand Jury, demonstrations will be organized across the country to show solidarity with them, with all the activists whose homes were raided by the FBI, and to demand an end to FBI and Grand Jury repression of anti-war activists.

We'll be gathering in Raleigh at 9:00 AM for a press conference and rally at the Federal Building. Putting pressure on politicians and the FBI is essential to keeping these and other activists out of jail for activities--dissenting speech, travel and education--that are protected by the constitution and necessary to the democratic process. While initial media coverage of this issue was strong, continuing pressure requires action. WE NEED YOUR VOICES AND YOUR BODIES. Join us in taking the fight against the FBI's witch-hunt to the streets of Raleigh, in solidarity with those targeted and those fighting government repression in the United States and abroad.

For more info, please visit or check us out on facebook,
You can also contact us at ncstopfbi at gmail dot com. Please RSVP to let us know you plan to attend.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

An African statement on Cote D'Ivoire

I get suspicious when imperialists like the US, UK, and France (the former occupier of Cote D'Ivoire), and the UN they control interfere in the internal affairs of a small, but sovereign, country, even calling for a war to depose a leader.  Consider this statement signed by several African leftist organizations:    

NEITHER OF THE ECOWAS [Economic Community of West African States],



After the barely veiled threats of Sarkozy and Obama on behalf of the so-called "international community" made up of France, England, Germany and the United States, now there is an ultimatum from the Heads of State of Cape Verde, Benin and Sierra Leone in the Ivory Coast.

As if there had been agreement on sharing roles, the Western powers pushed ECOWAS to take the decision on December 24 2010 for an armed intervention in the Ivory Coast to dislodge GBAGBO from power if he did not yield to the injunctions brought to him by a final mission of these three Presidents in the name of the ECOWAS.

Thus, the Western powers that cannot intervene directly worked behind the scenes to push their men in power in Africa to commit the infamies that they dare not take on publicly.

The USA, EU, the IMF, World Bank, the International Criminal Court, the same ones who carried out and funded the military coup that overthrew the legal and legitimate President of Honduras Zelaya, are using servile African puppets to kill and impose a criminal war on the Ivorian people.

The same imperialist powers and financial institutions lied to the whole world about the "weapons of mass destruction and complicity with Al Qaida" to attack, overthrow and occupy Iraq and murder its Head of State

This is why the signatory organizations affirm that the solutions to the post-election crisis in Ivorian society must come first and foremost from the Ivorian people themselves.

This is why we denounce any foreign armed intervention in the Ivory Coast and demand the withdrawal of all foreign forces present on Ivorian territory, whether they are official (United Nations Mission to the Ivory Coast, 41st BIMA [Marine Infantry Battalion]) or unofficial (mercenaries).

Long live the sovereignty of the Ivorian people! Long live Pan-African and internationalist solidarity!

December 27, 2010

Signatories: Fernent/ Pan-African Workers Movement – Senegal (F/M.T.P-S), Yoonu Askan Wi Senegal, RTA [Union of African Workers] – Senegal, Revolutionary Communist Party of the Ivory Coast, Communist Party of Benin, Actus Prpe [Action for Unity and Socialism / Popular and Ecological Revolutionary Party] Chad, CP Togo, CP Tunisia, Democratic Road of Morocco, PADS [Party for Democracy and Socialism] Algeria, UP [Union of the Populations] Cameroun, Sanfin Mali, CP Congo