Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Some December - February events

It is late news, but prominent NC peace activist John Heuer passed away November 16th.  He was a former president of the Triangle branch of Veterans for Peace, Eisenhower Chapter 157, and a former secretary of VfP's national board of directors, as well as a state chair and director of NC Peace Action, and participated in many anti-war events locally and nationally.  He was a columnist in Chatham County Line, including the current issue (see, advocating a peace-oriented foreign policy and economy.  I offer my condolences to his friends and family and North Carolina has lost a strong advocate for a better future, or possibly any lengthy future for humanity.  There is more information at VfP's tribute page:

UNC Library seeking commonplace items

UNC librarians are seeking photos of UNC-related t-shirts:
I plan to submit photos of some old student political and other organization t-shirts they don't seem to have yet, such as Student Action with Workers and green energy campaign shirts. 

UNC's NC Collection is looking for NC election materials, such as flyers, brochures, and letters seeking contributions, and maybe they would take signs and buttons as well:  If my voting site is representative, polling places across the state have bins full of discarded election materials the NCC could use, and I have extra materials from the Cynthia Brown for Senate campaign and others.  The Durham County Library's NC Collection also seeks donations related to local history.   

For people outside of North Carolina, there might be a public or university library seeking items like this in your area.  Things we take for granted, like t-shirts, political mass mailings, and emails could be useful to historians and social scientists in the future, and will be rare items in the future (and possibly monetarily valuable, as can be seen on PBS' Antiques Roadshow).  Archaeologists get a lot of information excavating ancient garbage pits and stone tools were once as ordinary as plastic bottles; historians are often missing useful information from the past, like the prices of everyday items; and think of all the valuable writings or paintings that have been destroyed or lost in an archive or cave somewhere.  There are also many cases where someone saves something like a painting from a dumpster or buys an object very cheaply, and later finds out it is worth thousands of dollars.  Bolerium Books ( ) specializes in ephemeral leftist items. 

NC Wildlife Resources Commission announcements

The NC's Candid Critters program is helping people set up camera traps to study the State's mammal populations.  Cameras can be borrowed from libraries or you can use your own, and cameras will be set up on public land and any private land that is volunteered, starting in eastern NC this month and statewide in March.  For more information, see: .

Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal neurological disease of deer, elk, moose, and reindeer, similar to mad cow disease, is spreading in the US and Canada and has been found in the wild in Norway and in imported animals in the ROK.  Once it reaches an area it can't be removed, so there are regulations about what people who have been on hunting trips can bring back to North Carolina: .  I thought CWD was already in NC, but apparently the closest cases are along the border of northern Virginia and West Virginia.  There is no proof that humans can get CWD, but infected animals should not be eaten and where CWD is present the most potentially dangerous body parts should be avoided.  There is more information at:      

December 7th is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor

In line with recent, mostly neoliberal, condemnations of "fake news" (for example, see the many articles on, one of the progressive websites recently smeared as propagandizing for Russia) NPR denounced the idea that the Roosevelt administration wanted a Japanese attack, so it would have an excuse to enter WWII ( ).  For an alternative view, see peace activist David Swanson's detailed article at: .  It is possible that the revisionist history of the attack on Pearl Harbor is wrong, but NPR's counter-evidence is just a few quotes from two authority figures.  On the other hand, NPR called it a surprise attack, without mentioning that Japan apparently planned to declare war before the attack, and NPR staff just can't stop repeating the unsupported elite conspiracy theory that Iran had a nuclear weapons program, as opposed to peaceful and legal nuclear technology, until recently and they rarely mention that it is an open secret that Israel has nuclear weapons already.   

Durham's Digital Divide:  Living without Internet in the Bull City

Internet access is becoming indispensable for modern life, but many people still lack access in Durham and elsewhere.  There will be a panel discussion of this problem and what to do about it Thursday, December 8th, 6:30-8pm at the Hayti Heritage Center (804 Old Fayetteville Street in downtown Durham).  There will be representatives from the community and local government, Durham Public Schools, and the Durham County Library, with moderator Leoneda Inge from WUNC (the local NPR station).  For more information see: 

Greg Palast election fraud film showing at Recyclique (

From Recyclique's announcement:

"Join us this Fri. Dec. 9, 6:30 pm for:  “The Best Democracy Money can Buy”  A  New documentary on US election fraud, by investigative reporter Greg Palast.  Before Jill Stein asked for a recount in 3 states; before Trump said the vote would be “rigged,” Palast was investigating how US democracy has been corrupted.  The trampling of voter rights in NC is one of the places he says made the difference in Trump’s surprise victory. And yes, there are real reasons to suspect hacking in some places with electronic voting. We’ll also bring you up to date with the latest on the recount. Special thanks to Rob Coffin.  Suggested donations of $5, no one turned away. At Recyclique, 2811 Hillsborough Rd., Durham. Park in rear or next door in grocery store lot-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Also: this Sat. Dec. 10, 2-4 pm –Handmade Holiday Cards & Ornamants  (or decoupage a candle, bottle or frame from the shop as a gift!)  all ages welcome! We’ll supply materials – paper, markers, paint, glue, cool pics & art magazines, old cards/ornaments, fun stamps, and more – (or free to bring a picture you’d like to use).  RSVP appreciated: [at] gmail [dot com].  $5 suggested donations (kids free w/ adult).  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------"

"Fri. Dec. 16, 6:30 pm – CommunEcos Solstice Party & Potluck meal. Open Mic. Bring a song, musical instrument, poem or other talent to share! We may have a fire-pit in the front yard weather-permitting.  RSVP to [at] gmail [dot com]  so we can coordinate food.  

Fri. Dec. 30, 6:30 pm – Report from Marrakech – Tom Fletcher will report on his experience attending the climate conference in Morocco, representing Unitarian Universalists.

Fri. Jan. 6, 6:30 pm –New film:  “Before the Flood” featuring Leonardo di Caprio, on climate change.
Fri. Jan. 13, 6:30 pm -  Film: The Four Horsemen  - a British documentary featuring Noam Chomsky, Joseph Stiglitz, John Perkins, and Herman Daly, which offers a critique of  fractional reserve banking, the debt-based economy and political lobbying by banks, which it regards as a serious threat to Western civilization.
Unless otherwise noted, events are at Recyclique, 2811 Hillsborough Rd., Durham 27705.  Most events have suggested donations, usually $5, or as noted. Park in rear or next door in Food Lion lot."

December 10th is Human Rights Day

Immigration public hearing

I don't have the details yet, but there will be a public hearing related to immigration Monday, December 12th at 1pm at the Wake County Detention Center. 

Drugs, America's Holy War

UNC economics professor Art Benavie will speak on the Drug War Monday, December 12th at 1:15pm in the Carol Woods Assembly Hall (750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill).  This is sponsored by Elders for Peace; for more information, call 919 969 4480.

Moral Monday Movement

There will be a press conference Tuesday, December 13th at 10am at the General Assembly building (3rd floor conference room) in Raleigh, followed by observing the legislative session. 

[The annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street march, HKonJ, will be Saturday, February 11th in downtown Raleigh]

December 15th is Bill of Rights Day

I'm not sure if Durham still has annual Bill of Rights proclamations by the City Council and County Commissioners , something the Durham Bill of Rights Defense Committee lobbied for, but there will be a proclamation by Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Orange County leaders on the Thursday, the 15th, at noon at Peace and Justice Plaza in Chapel Hill (in front of the post office at the corner of East Franklin and Henderson streets, opposite UNC).  Former state legislator Ellie Kinnaird will speak on freedom of speech and investigation of North Carolina's role in torture as a violation of freedom from unusual punishment.  The Raging Grannies will also be there.  This event is sponsored by the Orange County BORDC and the Orange County Peace Coalition; for more information call 919 942 2535 or 919 918 3432 

The Orange County County Commissioners will vote on a resolution proposed by the Orange County BORDC and OCPC in support of an NC commission of inquiry on torture Tuesday, December 13th at 7pm at the Southern Orange County Human Services Center (2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill).  For details, call 919 942 2535.  Carrboro's board of alderman passed a resolution on the 6th. [Orange County adopted the same resolution as Carrboro, and the Chapel Hill Town Council will probably be asked on January 9th, but I'm not sure if that is when they will have a vote.]     

John Wagner on DAPL, Standing Rock, and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Threat to NC

Balance & Accuracy in Journalism, the local Sierra Club, ECO, and the Community Church's Peace and Justice committees are sponsoring this talk about the pipeline in North Dakota and a pipeline planned in eastern NC by someone who witnessed what is going on at Standing Rock. 

Here is part of an email sent out by BAJ prior to the announcement that the Army Corps of Engineers won't allow DAPL to cross under the Missouri River after all (though activists are taking a wait and see approach): 

"There are a variety of legitimate fund raising sites that provide funds directly to different camps at Standing Rock.  To read about the main funding options, this   This site has the links below and some information about the camps.
Contribute directly to Standing Rock:
Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund:
A GoFundMe site for Standing Rock:
What to do:
Call President Obama.  The Missouri River pipeline crossing is on federal land controlled by the Army Corp of Engineers.  Obama could stop the pipeline and he could halt construction and demand an end to violent attacks on the peaceful Water Protectors.
Call the White House comment line: (202) 456-1111  It is often busy, so be prepared to keep trying until you get through and can leave your message.
Divest - There are 17 banks that are funding the pipeline.  If you can withdraw your money and start an account with a credit union or more socially responsible bank.  The primary banks are
Reliable sources of information about what is happening:
  • Indigenous Environmental Network is an indigenous group dealing with a variety of issues.  Their NoDAPL site is:
  • Their facebook page is: and is a very good source of new and information.
  • Also on Facebook, two indigenous people who give very frequent updates from the Standing Rock camp are Dallas Goldtooth and Kandi Moss.  The Standing Rock Sioux tribal chairman David Archambault has an important role and has spoken with President Obama and testified about the pipeline before the United Nations.
  • DemocracyNow and Amy Goodman has done some excellent coverage and Amy has been in Standing Rock multiple times.  Go to and search for Dakota Access Pipeline. [Democracy Now is broadcast on WNCU 90.7 FM Monday-Friday at 7pm, on UNC-TV's channel 4-4 at 8am, and on cable access in Durham and Orange counties.]
John spent several days with the native people at the 
Dakota Access Pipe Line. As someone active with 
the struggles over fracking, coal ash, climate destabilization, 
and energy policy, he is well equipped to deliver the 
significance of recent events and the issues they reveal."

[ John Wagner will also speak Monday, December 19th at 1:15pm at the Carol Woods Assembly Hall (750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill).  This is sponsored by Elders for Peace; for more information, call 919 969 4480. ]

Anti-DAPL and ACP protest in Raleigh

There will be another rally Friday, December 16th at 4pm at the downtown Raleigh Wells Fargo (150 Fayetteville Street), because of their investment in the Dakota Access Pipeline project.  People can send a selfie photo with a divestment message for Wells Fargo to the organizers and the photos will be presented to Wells Frago CEO Tinothy Sloan.  People can call Sloan's office directly at 866 249 3302.  There is a Facebook page at: , which also mentions the demand that Obama pardon long-term political prisoner Leonard Peltier, a member of the American Indian Movement (see ).  RSVP is requested for the December 16th protest and there is more information at:

Chapel Hill UPS Solidarity Rally

There will be a rally in solidarity with UPS workers in Chapel Hill Friday, December 16th 7:30-10:30am on Eubanks Road.  I don't have the exact location yet. [7:30-10am at 7411 Rex Road, near the corner of Eubanks and Mill House roads; the contact is 919 370 4114.] 

Political Party Events:

Democratic Socialists of America meetings

Thursday, December 8th the Greensboro DSA will be meeting 7-9pm at the Preyer Brewing Company (600 Battleground Avenue).  For more information, see:

The NC Piedmont DSA is meeting Sunday, January 29th 3-6pm at the Chapel Hill Public Library.  Their Facebook announcement is at:

Triangle Area Green Party meeting

The next meeting will be Saturday, January 7th 11am-3 at Raleigh's Cameron Village Regional Library (1930 Clark Avenue).  For more information, see:

Workers Assemble events ( ):

Part 1 of a weapons training workshop will be Saturday, December 17th 12-3pm, in Durham.  For the location, contact the organizers (see ). 

There will be a Peoples Assembly Sunday, December 18th 3-6pm at the Durham Central Park downtown (501 Foster Street).  The Facebook announcement is at: .

Presentation on red wolves at NHAS

Christian Hunt of Defenders of Wildlife will speak about red wolf conservation at the New Hope Audubon Society's January meeting, Thursday, January 5th at the NC Botanical Garden, 7-9pm.  Non-members are welcome and there is not a fee.  For more information, see: 

Bolin Creek Unpaved:  Saving Carrboro's Last Forest

Friends of Bolin Creek ( is showing a film about Carrboro's Bolin Creek Forest Sunday, January 15th 3-6pm at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro.  The film was produced locally and the soundtrack is by local musicians.  A ticket is required, and all proceeds go to Friends of Bolin Creek:   For more information, email FriendsBolinCreek [at] gmail [dot] com. 

Durham Main Library Closes

The Main Library will be closed for renovations at the end of the day January 15th, until 2019. 

Chapel Hill MLK Rally and March

For Martin Luther King Day (Monday, January 16th), there will be a rally at Peace and Justice Plaza at 9:15am followed by a march to First Baptist Church - Chapel Hill (106 North Robeson Street) and a service there at 11:15.  Blair LM Kelly, an associate professor of history at NCSU, is the guest speaker.  This is sponsored by the Chapel Hill/Carrboro NAACP. 

Occupy the Inauguration

There will be demonstrations around President-elect Trump's inauguration, January 20-21 ( and ).  Workers World is organizing buses from Durham, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Charlotte ( ). 

Vigils for the Earth During the Presidential Inauguration

There will be vigils across the country January 20-24, during the Trump Administration's first 100 hours, in favor of action on climate change.  This campaign comes from a religious perspective, but not all of the events are explicitly religious.  Events are listed at: 
From an activist calendar in Chapel Hill:
"RALEIGH MARCH IN SOLIDARITY WITH WOMEN'S MARCH ON WASHINGTON Unite with mission of  national march to send a bold message to our new government on its first day in office that women's rights are human rights, as we struggle for democracy and progress in NC. 10 a.m -1 p.m., Saturday, January 21, Raleigh.  Gather at City Plaza on Fayetteville Street in front of Marriott.  March to Moore Square, 200 S Blount Street, for rally program. [ ].
TURKEY TODAY  Speaker Omid Safi, Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center. 1:15 p.m., Monday, January 23, Carol Woods’ Assembly Hall, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill. Sponsored by Elders for Peace. 919-969-4480.

COMMUNITY AND STUDENT FILMMAKING IN PALESTINE  Screening of 3 student and community-made films from West Bank with discussion led by Professor Nadia Yaqub, UNC’s Department of Asian Studies. 12 noon - 1 p. m., Wednesday, January 25 , Duke’s John Hope Franklin Center, 2204 Erwin Rd.  Sponsored by John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies and Duke Islamic Studies Center. Light lunch. Park in Trent Rd. and Erwin Rd. decks; attendees given parking voucher.

RIGHTSWATCH: HEALTH CARE  What do rights to due process, health care, a clean environment, education, and living wage have in common? First panel in series focusing on health care. Participants include professors Don Taylor, Michelle J. Lyn, and Dennis Clements.  12 Noon – 1 p.m., Thursday, January 26, Duke’s Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, 114 South Buchanan Blvd, near corner of Buchanan and West Main St. Details: http://humanrights.fhi.duke.ed u/event-detail/rightswatch-hea lth-care/?utm_source=Jan+2017+ Events&utm_campaign=Jan+events &utm_medium=email ."
"TRIANGLE LABOR COUNCIL LOCAL LEGISLATIVE MEETING Come meet your NC Legislators, learn about the NC AFL-CIO’s 2017 Working People’s Agenda, and talk openly about our issues. Strong participation greatly impacts our success in state legislative work.  Catered breakfast provided. $5 per person.  Saturday, January 28th 2017 @ 8:30 am IBT 391 Hall, 6317 Angus Dr. Off Hwy 70, Raleigh, NC   RSVP NOW! For more information contact Aiden Graham at aiden [ at ] aflcionc [dot org] or call 919-833-6678
TRIANGLE PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY: We need your help to develop a People's Assembly process to serve as a fundamental component of sharing reports, learning from each other, strengthening a democratic, bottom-up grassroots movement to engage a stronger vision and struggle for working peoples power and transformative change in our communities, workplaces and society. Saturday, January 29, Noon-4pm, NC Assoc. of Educators Bldg, 700 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh. Sponsored by Triangle May Day Unity Coalition events/1784925505164852/
Labor Legislative Conference

The NC State AFL-CIO's annual Labor Legislative Conference, a planning and lobbying event, will be February 7-8 at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel (421 South Salisbury Street).  See for details.  
National Invasive Species Awareness Week

This annual campaign to highlight the harm caused by non-native, invasive species will be February 27-March 3 ( )

Durham Creek Week

Durham's annual Creek Week will be March 18-25, 2017; the schedule will be posted at closer to March (right now it has the 2016 schedule). 

Vigils in the Triangle

From a Chapel Hill activist calendar:

"ONGOING VIGILS FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE Raleigh: Stop the Arms Race and Build a Culture of Peace Vigil, 1st Wednesday of every month, Noon to 1 PM, Century Post Office on Fayetteville St (919-782-0667); Raleigh: End the death penalty (PFADP, AI-USA, NC-ACLU), 5 - 6 PM, Mondays, Central Prison, corner of Hunt Dr and Western Blvd (919-779-1912); Chapel Hill:4:30 - 5:30 PM EST [5-6 PM EDT], Fridays, corner of Elliott Rd and East Franklin St; bring your sign(s) to show your concern or take one from collection (919-942-2535)."

Statement from the water protector camp in North Dakota:

Coalition Statement: What’s Next for the Water Protectors at Standing Rock?
December 8, 2016
Contact: LaDonna Allard (CSS), ladonna [at] sacredstonecamp [dot org] (701) 426-2064
Dallas Goldtooth (IEN), dallas[at] ienearth [dot org](507) 412-7609
Tara Houska (HTE), tara [at] honorearth [dot org](612) 226-9404
Eryn Wise (IIYC), eryn.ontheroad [at] gmail [dot com], (602) 769-8444
Cannon Ball, ND -- We, the below stated, are a coalition of grassroots groups living and working in the Dakota Access resistance camps along the Cannon Ball River in Oceti Sakowin treaty lands.
The following is a coalition statement on the next steps for the #NoDAPL fight and water protectors at Standing Rock:
As we reflect on the decision by the US Army Corps to suspend the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) river crossing easement and conduct a limited Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the resistance camps at Standing Rock are making plans for the next phase of this movement.   Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II has asked people to return home once the weather clears, and many will do so.  Others will stay to hold the space, advance our reclamation of unceded territory affirmed in the 1851 Treaty of Ft. Laramie, and continue to build community around the protection of our sacred waters. They will also keep a close eye on the company, which has drilled right up to the last inch it can, and remains poised and ready to finish the project.  
We fully understand the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s desire to transition people out of the encampments and back to their homes.  The influx of people to Standing Rock as winter arrives has been an enormous strain on local resources due to the inherent challenges and dangers of travel and camping in this climate and, in many cases, a lack of necessary knowledge, skills, and experience on the part of those who have traveled to join us.  Also, the closure of Highway 1806 and the twisted media portrayals of the camp have essentially acted as economic sanctions against the tribe, denying revenue to an already impoverished nation with a long list of urgent social problems.  And, as the violence from law enforcement has escalated and caused serious injuries, we are all concerned for the water protectors’ physical safety and want to avoid further casualties.  
As such, we support the tribe’s request for a transition and are working with many different groups to design and implement that transition in a good way - one that honors our ceremonial responsibilities, the sacrifices we have made to be here, and the deep commitment we have each made to defend the land. We ask anyone that is considering traveling to join the encampments at Standing Rock to stay home for now and instead take bold action in your local communities to force investors to divest from the project.
We also support those who choose to stay, if they are able to live comfortably and self-sufficiently through a winter in the Great Plains.  We support the Sacred Stone Camp, the original encampment established in opposition to the pipeline back on April 1st, 2016.  This community space was opened on Ladonna Bravebull Allard’s private land and will continue through the winter.  Rest assured, LaDonna is not going anywhere.  “I have not changed my mind.  We stand until the black snake is dead,” she said yesterday.   But due to limited space and infrastructure, there is no longer an open call for people to come join Sacred Stone Camp unless personally invited.  
We do not have sufficient words to express the gratitude and love we have for all the people who have come to Standing Rock to protect the water.  We have traveled far, given up much, and taken extraordinary risks.  We have endured serious hardships and physical violence, and shown courage, passion, and determination in the face of impossible odds.   We have come together across the lines that divide us, and gathered in solidarity to demand an end to 500 years of oppression of Indigenous peoples - to demand respect for Mother Earth and clean water for all our relatives and future generations.  We absolutely cannot let this transition break us apart.  We must stay together, we must keep building momentum.  As warriors, we must be flexible and agile.  We must adapt to shifting circumstances without pause.  
We ask you to join us in an unprecedented divestment campaign to kill the black snake financially.  We will also ask you to engage in the development of the Environmental Impact Statement to the extent that the public is invited to participate, and guide you through that process.  But let us use this time to cut off funding for the project.  December is an international month of action focused on the 17 banks that are profiting off investments in the Dakota Access pipeline.  Shut these banks down with direct action.  Close your accounts and tell the world you’re doing it.  Pressure your local jurisdictions and philanthropists to divest.  Every day is a day of action.   
This fight is not over, not even close.  In fact, this fight is escalating.  The incoming Trump administration promises to be a friend to the oil industry and an enemy to Indigenous people.  It is unclear what will happen with the river crossing.  Now more than ever, we ask that you stand with us as we continue to demand justice.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Several events this weekend

Apparently the KKK is supposed to be marching in Raleigh tomorrow to celebrate Trump's electoral victory, and the Triangle Unity May Day Coalition and others are counter-protesting.  The KKK's plans have not been announced, so there will be an NC Rally for Unity - Shut Down Donald Trump and the KKK! 12-3pm at Moore Square (200 South South Blount Street, in downtown Raleigh).  To volunteer as a marshal, email readytheground [at] gmail and come early on the 3rd.  For more information about the event, see: 

Unrelated to the rally, there will be a People's Assembly nearby Sunday, December 4th, 2-5pm at the NC Association of Educators building (700 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh) for social movement strategizing.

The Triangle Greens will be meeting to strategize after the election December 3rd, 10am-12:30 at Cameron Village Regional Library (1930 Clark Avenue) in Raleigh.  The Facebook event page is at:

This weekend is also the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library's winter book sale ( ). 

NCSU's JC Raulston Arboretum is holding a free Poinsettia Open House December 4th, 1-5pm with an international selection of Christmas carols by the Joy Recorder Ensemble.  The Arboretum is part of a project to test new varieties of this festive Mexican native and people will be able to cast their own votes.  There is also a 9' poinsettia (probably most poinsettias could get tall if grown perennial house plants)!  For more information, call 919 513 7457 or see:

ICMLPO statement on Fidel Castro & new journal issue

ICMLPO Communiqué on the Death of Fidel Castro
On January 1 1959 the Cuban revolution triumphed. Several years of guerrilla struggle waged in the mountains of the Island, courageous fights of the working class, youth and people developed in the cities culminated in victory. Ninety miles from Yankee imperialism, the Cuban revolutionaries broke with the thesis of "geographic fatalism" according to which, because of the proximity of the United States, It was not possible to make the revolution in Latin America.
The achievements of the Revolution, the agrarian reform, the nationalization of all the US enterprises, the eradication of illiteracy, the health care and education involved the working masses and the youth; these awakened the solidarity of the workers and peoples of the world, especially of Latin America. They pointed the way to the armed revolutionary struggle. But they also unleashed the hatred of international reaction, the war-like actions of the United States, the invasion of Playa Giron {Bay of Pigs] and hundreds of terrorist actions, the trade embargo, which failed, over almost sixty years, due to the heroic resistance of the Cuban people and revolutionaries.
The heroic deeds of the workers and peasants, of the Cuban youth was able to develop and led to victory with the defeat of the tyranny and the establishment of people’s power. It succeeded in promoting the achievements, social and economic transformations and resisting and overcoming all sorts of attacks by imperialism and reaction. All this was possible due to the formation and forging of a revolutionary party, the July 26th Movement, which was able to adopt correct and timely guidelines, which was able to lead the social and political forces to struggle and victory. Among the members of the revolutionary command were many political and military leaders, Camilo Cienfuegos, Che, Frank Pais, Raul Castro. Among all of them, Comandante FIDEL CASTRO stood out as the leader, who participated actively and directly from the first combats, playing the role of organizer, strategist, popular leader and head of state.
Social revolutions are the work of the masses, but they could not be possible without the guidance of the revolutionary leaders who arise in the heat of combat but who achieve dimensions that determine the course and development of the processes.
The workers and peasants, youth, revolutionaries, the "July 26" Movement, the revolutionary commanders and Comandante Fidel Castro led a popular revolution that took place in a small country that confronted the strongest power on the planet and was able to resist.
Fidel Castro died fulfilling his duties and responsibilities. His words and deeds throughout his long life as a combatant will endure, they constitute the testimony of the courage and tenacity of a people, they express the convictions and commitment of a revolutionary.
The Marxist Leninist Parties and Organizations integrated in the ICMLPO express their communist sentiments to the working class, the people and the Cuban revolutionaries.
November 2016
Coordinating Committee of the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations, ICMLPO
The latest issue of ICMLPO's journal, Unity & Struggle, is out.  For a copy, send $5 in cash, check, or money order (the cost is more outside the US) to:

George Gruenthal
192 Claremont Ave., #5D
New York, NY 10027
Tambien disponible en español.

A Popular and Revolutionary Alternative
to the Crisis in Brazil
.......................................................... 5
Revolutionary Communist Party - Brazil
Burkina Faso
About the self-defense groups “Koglweogo”....................... 14
Revolutionary Communist Party of Volta
The Referendum and the Nobel Prize for Santos................ 19
Communist Party of Colombia (Marxist-Leninist)
Denmark: A NATO Country at War................................. 25
Workers Communist Party of Denmark APK
Dominican Republic
Between the Rule of Law and Caudillismo?....................... 33
Communist Party of Labor
Freedom and Democracy –
|Demands of the Workers and Peoples
.............................. 43
Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Ecuador – PCMLE
On the social movement in France
for the repeal of the El Khomri law
................................... 60
Workers’ Communist Party of France – PCOF
What about the International Revolution?........................ 70
Organization for the Construction of a Communist Workers’ Party of Germany
Against Keynesian and Reformist Illusions......................... 97
Revolutionary Democracy
The struggle against the reactionary transformation
of the Italian bourgeois State and
the December 2016 referendum
........................................ 104
Communist Platform
From the National Teachers Strike
to the General Political Strike
......................................... 115
Communist Party of Mexico (Marxist-Leninist)
Fourth National Congress of Democratic Way.................. 134
Democratic Way
The Britons took control! Is Denmark next?..................... 140
Call of the Peruvian Communist Party (M-L) ................. 146
Peruvian Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist)
Capital in Search of a Government.................................. 154
Communist Party of Spain (Marxist-Leninist)
On the Current Situation in the Middle East
and North Africa
............................................................. 169
Workers’ Party of Tunisia
Alternating Between a Coup and a Dictatorship............... 177
Labour Party
Continue Working for the Revival
of the Revolutionary Popular Struggle
............................. 193
Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Venezuela – PCMLV