Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Inaugural Meeting and Declaration of Revolutionary Organizations of the Caribbean

First Meeting of Revolutionary Groups of the Caribbean
Declaration of revolutionary organizations of the Caribbean
We, the signatory organizations, having assessed the political situation in the Caribbean, consider that the survival of colonialism in the region is a relevant issue, regardless of how it is masked. Puerto Rico, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire, Anguilla, Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos and the Cayman Islands are kept under a colonial regime imposed by the United States, France, Netherlands and England, by which they guarantee their geostrategic interests, supplies of raw materials and a market for their commodities.
The peoples of these countries suffer from economic exploitation, political and cultural oppression directly by the governments and multinational corporations, but also by the local elites at the service of the domination of the former.
The peoples of these countries are carrying out a constant struggle for their immediate demands, the winning of freedom and democratic rights, and to achieve decolonization, self-determination, independence and sovereignty.
We, the signatory organizations, declare that the anti-colonial struggle is a key element in the common efforts that we have to carry forward, and therefore we are committed to developing solidarity with the peoples affected by this reality, and at the same time to educating our membership and peoples regarding this need.
We consider that the anti-colonial struggle in these countries is an important part of the anti-imperialist struggle of the peoples of Latin America.
We further note that, in the context of the conflicts among the imperialist powers for control of geostrategic areas and natural resources, U.S. imperialism is carrying out its strategy of recolonization of the countries and nations of Latin America.
In this context the Caribbean region has always had a special place for U.S. neo-colonialist interests, which explains its strategy of domination in the area that, in addition to military control, has recently had as an important element the fight to curb the economic penetration of other powers in the region.
This context explains the military occupation of the Republic of Haiti, under the camouflage of the United Nations, as has happened elsewhere.
We denounce the maintenance of the troops of MINUSTAH [United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti] in Haiti as a grave violation of the rights and sovereignty of the Haitian people, while we support the systematic mobilizations of Haitian democratic and revolutionary sectors against the occupation.
The military occupation of Haiti can only be explained by the interests of imperialism and its allies to prevent that people from defining their own destiny; to maintain a large military base in a strategic territory in the Caribbean and to serve as guarantee for the plundering of the multinationals which are advancing the work of exploration for natural resources presumed to be in the mountains of Haiti, just as is taking place in the Dominican Republic.
We denounce and condemn the military occupation of Haiti as part of the policy of plunder and oppression that the imperialist powers have historically carried out against this people, and we also denounce the collaborationist attitude of the puppet governments in the region that support and legitimize the imperialist policy in Haiti.
We call on the governments of Ecuador, Brazil and Bolivia to withdraw their troops that are stationed in Haiti as part of the MINUSTAH.
Our organizations likewise reiterate their solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico who, amidst the difficult conditions of over a century of occupation, are maintaining their dignity and persevering in the struggle for their inalienable right to self-determination, sovereignty and full independence. At this time they oppose the placing on them of the effects of the foreign debt that is weighing on the economy of that country.
We demand the immediate release of the Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar Lopez, imprisoned in the United States.
We also support the struggle of the Dominican people in defense of their natural resources, for a general wage increase, against corruption and impunity, a process that is increasing.
We express our condemnation of the destabilizing work carried out by the United States against the Bolivarian government of Venezuela, at the same time as we reiterate our support and solidarity with the Venezuelan people and their process.
We note that the developments in the region are forcing the democratic and revolutionary forces to follow them closely given the new perspectives.
We declare our will to maintain the objective of the revolution, the popular mass struggle and the building of vanguards that will lead these processes.
We agree to coordinate actions of education and political action about the reality and development of the situations in the region, in order to encourage the resistance of our peoples and assist in the definition of projects of national and social emancipation in accord with the interests of the moment and in the long-term interests of the working class, the laboring masses and the peoples of our countries.
Caribbean and Latin American Coordinator of Puerto Rico
Socialist Group for a New National Project Camp of the People (Pati Rasin Pep La) – Haiti
Political Committee of the (ML) Party of El Salvador
Communist Party of Puerto Rico (PCPR)
National Council of People's Committees (CNCP) of Martinique
Communist Party of Labor (Dominican Republic)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, December 13, 2015

Monday, January 18, 2016

#Marchfor Bernie, Dear Pyongyang showing, and other upcoming events

National events:


Next Saturday, the 23rd, Bernie Sanders supporters are rallying across the country.  There could be events around here, but so far the closest listed event is in Washington, DC.  See the Facebook group:

I'm supporting Sanders (, though I have reservations about his foreign policy views and he is not a real socialist.   I don't know of any reasons to reject former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, but Sanders seems to have a better chance of winning the Democratic nomination.  If Sanders doesn't win, I'm leaning toward Jill Stein of the Green Party ( ).  I think Workers World Party vice presidential candidate Lamont Lilly is connected to Durham. 

The leading Republican candidates are reactionary on domestic issues and probably warmongers in foreign policy, and Clinton will continue Obama's wars of aggression and probably start more if she wins, using so-called "R2P" or some other pretext, maybe with boots on the ground this time.  On the other hand, a Republican president would probably face more opposition than a Democrat even if they are both pushing the same foreign adventure.     

The primary will be March 15th in North Carolina and starting this year a photo ID will be required [there seems to be a way to cast a vote even without a photo ID, so don't let lack of ID stop you from going to the polls] (see the State Board of Elections website at and local information for Durham is online at ). 

[Social media campaign for Rasmea Odeh

A verdict in Palestinian American activist Rasmea Odeh's appeal against a conviction of Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization is expected shortly and the Rasmea Defense Committee ( ) is launching a social media campaign on Wednesday, January 27th and calls for protests if her appeal fails and she is imprisoned. 

From the Rasmea Defense Committee: 

" #Justice4Rasmea Social Media Campaign Wednesday, January 27th
Join the Rasmea Defense Committee for a social media campaign Wednesday, January 27th, in support of Palestinian American icon Rasmea Odeh—and prepare for an Emergency Response to the appellate court decision!

In October 2015, Rasmea’s legal team delivered oral arguments in an appeal of her unjust conviction for Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization. The decision is expected any day now, and we have to be prepared!

Participate on Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday, January 27th, using sample tweets, hashtags, articles, memes, and other resources that we will be sending to everyone on Monday. Rasmea has dedicated her life to the cause of a #FreePalestine and to Arab communities across the world, including the past 12 years in Chicago, so we must continue to organize to win #Justice4Rasmea.

In addition, although we are confident that we will win the appeal and have the conviction overturned, there is a chance—as we reported right before the end of 2015—that the appellate court will uphold the conviction, ruling in favor of the government. If that happens, it is very likely that Rasmea will be ordered to turn herself in to federal prison authorities, as we petition to keep her out on bail.

We have developed an Emergency Response Plan for this contingency!

If this worst-case scenario decision comes down BEFORE 12 NOON, and Rasmea is ordered to prison, we are calling for protests the VERY SAME DAY at 5 PM at federal buildings across the country.

If the decision comes down AFTER 12 NOON, we are calling for protests the NEXT DAY at 5 PM. Allies and supporters across the world will also be participating in the emergency response by protesting at U.S. consulates and embassies everywhere.

Please forward widely and look out for our follow up announcement early next week. Tell all your family, friends, and colleagues to be ready to join us on social media Wednesday, January 27th, to demand #Justice4Rasmea!

Rasmea Defense Committee
January 22nd, 2016" ]


Al Awda -  the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition - and the ANSWER Coalition are sponsoring a National March on Washington to Support Palestine Sunday, March 20th, rallying in front of the White House and then marching to the DC Convention Center, where the Zionist lobby AIPAC is meeting.

Trotsky's "Amalgams"

Montclair State University Professor Grover Furr's newest book, Trotsky's "Amalgams:" Trotsky's Lies, the Moscow Trials as Evidence, the Dewey Commission. (Trotsky's Conspiracies of the 1930s, Volume One) has been published by Erythrós Press & Media.  It is available at and .
Erythrós Press' summary:

"The Harvard Trotsky Archive was opened to researchers in 1980. In it, researchers found evidence that Leon Trotsky deliberately lied many times and about many people and events. Other evidence of Trotsky's lies comes from his own writings and in documents from former Soviet archives.

Drawing upon primary sources from the Harvard Trotsky Archive and from former Soviet archives Grover Furr subjects the testimony of Moscow Trials defendants to a source-critical check and verification. His conclusion: their testimony is genuine, reflecting what the defendants chose to say.

The same primary sources, plus Trotsky's own writings, demonstrate that Trotsky lied about virtually everything concerning the Soviet Union in his writings about the three Moscow Trials of 1936, 1937 and 1938, his writings on the assassination of Sergei Kirov, and in his testimony to the Dewey Commission in 1937.

This book will revolutionize the understanding of the Moscow Trials. Trotsky’s writings and activities during the 1930s must be seen in an entirely new light.

The results of this research reveal much about Trotsky’s conspiracies in the 1930s."

Grover Furr's previous books in English are Khrushchev Lied and )      
Local events:

Main Library renovation meeting

There will be a meeting to update the public and get feedback about plans to renovate Durham's Main Library this Thursday, the 21st at 7pm at the Main Library.  There will be a bond referendum in the November election, and they hope to start renovating in late summer or early fall of 2017 and finish by early 2019.

Asian Film Series

UNC's Carolina Asia Center is hosting an Asian Film Series this winter, and it caught my eye that they are showing Dear Pyongyang (Agapimeno Mou Pyongyang) Monday, January 25th.  It was recommended as a good film to foster understanding, so I wanted to show it for Korea Peace Week, but it was very expensive to get a copy.  I haven't seen it before, but the synopsis says it is about the filmmaker's father, who moved from the ROK to Japan, but became a Marxist leader there and sent his sons to DPRK in 1971, but now regrets splitting the family across borders.  I've heard there was or is still a sizeable amount of support for DPR Korea among the ethnic Korean minority in Japan.  There will be a reception at 6pm and the screening will be 6:30-8:30 at the FedEx Global Center's Nelson Mandela Auditorium (301 Pittsboro Street).  There should be a lot of free parking at UNC in the evening, possibly including the parking deck under the FedEx Center.  For more information, see: and there is a Wikipedia entry at

[Proposed nuisance ordinance in Durham County

Also on the 25th, the County Commissioners ( ) are considering an ordinance to penalize people for having old cars, water-filled containers, open wells, vegetation over 12" tall, etc. in their yards.  There are places in Durham where it would be beneficial for the environment if people could be forced to clean up their litter, but the proposed ordinance could also reduce habitat for wildflowers and allow excessive regulation by unelected County officials.  In the City there is a similar issue, in which one person objected to ghost bikes (roadside memorials set up where cyclists have been killed by cars), allegedly for appearances, forcing their removal, though many people wanted them to remain.] 

[Presentation on Extraordinary Rendition at the Republican Liberty Caucus of NC

Tuesday, January 26th the NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture is making a presentation to the Republican Liberty Caucus of NC on the CIA's program that sent captives to third parties for torture.  The meeting will be at 7pm at the Rally Point Sport Grill (1837 North Harrison Avenue) in Cary and is open to the public (see ). 

Reverend Barber at UNC

Reverend William Barber of the NAACP will be speaking at UNC's Sonja Haynes Stone Center auditorium on Friday, January 29th, at 5pm [my information was wrong, it is actually at 6pm]. 

Islamophobia discussion at ERUUF

From an activist calendar: "Challenging Racism and Islamophobia:  Speaker Manzoor Cheema, a human rights activist who produces short documentaries and founded the Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia (MERI), leads talk and discussion. 1 to 3 PM, Sun, Jan. 31, Eno River UU Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Rd, Durham. 919-200-3585"  MERI and others have been giving local businesses posters condemning religious profiling and welcoming refugees. 

TPP Teach-in

Tuesday, February 2nd 6-7:30pm there will be a teach-in on the Trans Pacific Partnership, in the Hitchcock Room at UNC's Stone Center.  Note that it is often argued that these trade deals won't reduce protections under US laws, but recently a lawsuit under another trade treaty overturned rules about labeling meat with place of origin.  In addition, rather than just revising the law in accordance with this court ruling, it was extended to meats that weren't covered in the lawsuit.] 

Mardi Gras in Durham

Ice prevented a local celebration of Mardi Gras last year, but it is planned to go on February 9th this year, starting at 6pm at the CCB Plaza downtown.  

10th Anniversary HK on J

The annual Mass Moral March on Raleigh and Historic Thousands on Jones Street demonstration will be in Raleigh on February 13th, rallying at 9am and marching at 10 (see ) .  There will be buses and/or carpools from other cities.  This is part of the Forward Together Moral Movement that has been holding regular and large Moral Monday rallies against the State government's reactionary agenda.  [Buses will be leaving from downtown Raleigh in the afternoon to a protest at the Republican presidential debate in Greenville, South Carolina: ]  

Creek Week and Arbor Day

Durham's annual waterway festival Creek Week will be March 12-16th (closer to March, see for event listings).  Keep Durham Beautiful is also organizing Durham's Arbor Day Celebration, scheduled for Sunday, March 15th from 1 to 3pm outside Greystone Baptist Church (2601 Hillsborough Road).  The winners of the tree contest I mentioned last year will be announced.  I hope they say something about the arrival of the non-native emerald ash borer in Durham last year, but cankerworms seem to be the noisier issue, though all these native inchworms seem to do is hang down on silken threads and get on people.  2016 is Durham's 32nd year as a certified Tree City USA.