Members of Voces de la Frontera, its youth arm Youth Empowered in the Struggle, and their allies confronted anti-immigrant racists at various locations in Milwaukee on July 18. Voces and YES called their counterprotests “Defend Refugee Children: Stop Anti-Immigrant Hate.”
Pro-immigrant demonstrators outnumbered anti-immigrant protesters 10-to-1 at opposing rallies outside the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia on July 18.
Chanting “The people united will never be defeated! El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!” a crowd of more than 100 people in Syracuse, N.Y., rallied July 18 to support migrant children. Their voices drowned out intermittent anti-immigrant shouts from about fifty right-wingers across the street.
Activists and community members gathered outside the Mexican Consulate in downtown San Diego on July 18 to tell racist anti-immigrant protesters they’ve got it all wrong. The same racists that in Murrieta, Calif., turned around buses that were carrying Central American refugees showed their ugly sentiment at the consulate.
By B. Mousa and M. Ismael
Damascus, SANA – A massive rally took place Friday in Damascus starting from the entrance of al-Hamidiyeh market towards the Umayyad Mosque marking the International al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day, an annual event held on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.
The event was first initiated by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 to express solidarity with the Palestinian people in the face of the Zionist Israeli entity and its control of Jerusalem.
Popular figures and representatives of Palestinian and Syrian forces, factions and commissions took part in the rally, expressing support with the besieged people of the Gaza Strip who have been under barbaric Israel aggression for 19 consecutive days that has left over 815 Palestinians dead and more than 5220 wounded.
Member of the Regional Leadership of al-Baath Party, Head of Media and Culture Office, Khalaf al-Muftah said that the Palestinian people in Gaza are repelling bravely the Zionist aggression waged against them in cooperation and support from the enemies of the Arab nation and their tools in the region as the Gulf countries and Turkey.
“The aggression on Gaza was not the first and will not be the last because it reflects the criminal mentality of the Zionist entity,” al-Muftah said.
He considered the aggression on Gaza a genocide against the Palestinian people, condemning the West’s double standards regarding what is happening in the region.
For his part, Assistant Secretary General of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command Talal Naji said that al-Quds Day is for the Arab and Islamic people around the world, hailing the sacrifices of the Palestinian people in Gaza in confronting Zionist enemy which seeks to liquidate the Palestinian cause.
He also called on all free people around the world to support the Palestinian people against the brutal Israeli aggression amid the silence of the countries and organizations that claim protection of human rights.
The participants said that Syria will support resistance until it achieves freedom.
Bastrop, Texas: March to free Rodney Reed, an innocent Black man on death row, July 24, 2014.
Photos by Allison Hubbard / Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement
“Judge Doug Shaver on Monday set Rodney Reed's execution date for 6 p.m. on Jan. 14. Attorneys for the Innocence Project argued there is more evidence in the case that needs to be DNA tested. Reed’s family claims prosecutors withheld evidence during the trial.”
July 23, 1908: The Bombay (Mumbai) General Strike
Bombay Strike of 1908: The first major political action by the Indian proletariat. The Bombay strike began in response to the judicial mistreatment by the colonial authorities of the leader of the national-revolutionary movement, Tilak, who was sentenced on July 22 to six years at hard labor.
On July 23, the workers of Bombay declared a general political strike, and the city’s population declared a hartal, both of which lasted until July 29, in accordance with the decision to reply to each year of Tilak’s sentence with a one-day strike. More than 100,000 people went on strike.
The Bombay strike was a highly important step in the upsurge of the Indian national liberation movement in 1905-08.
From The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd edition
Top photo: Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Indian anti-colonial leader whose sentencing led to the strike.
Bottom photo: British colonial troops brutally attack protesters outside Tilak’s trial.
Nine Jewish activists protesting the Israeli assault on Gaza were arrested today after occupying the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) office in midtown Manhattan. The protesters, members of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and Jews Say No! (JSN), stood in the office for an hour, holding a banner, singing songs in Hebrew and English and reading the names of the more than 600 dead who have been killed as a result of the Israeli attack.
The activists demanded that the FIDF stop funding the Israeli army. FIDF is a multi-millionaire dollar non-profit organization that collects funds to send to the Israeli military. Signs taped to the JVP and JSN members read: “Jews say no to the ground invasion of Gaza.”
The demonstrators were arrested by dozens of New York Police Department members—including members of the Counter-Terror Unit–when they refused to leave the premises. They are expected to be charged with criminal trespassing. The demonstrators were taken to a precinct in Manhattan.
Saturday, August 16 - 2pm to 5pm
Lund Auditorium, Dominican University, 7900 Division Street, River Forest, IL
Another wave of food stamp cuts are underway, on top of federal food stamp cuts that hit millions of poor and working people twice since November. States are reinstating work requirements and ending waivers to allow less people to qualify. But there are no jobs, especially at decent pay with benefits! And most people report they already run out of SNAP benefits after two weeks.
Help us build the August 16 ‘Food is a Right’ People’s Assembly in Chicago this summer to demand money for food and jobs, not wars abroad. We will hold panels and plan actions to demand…
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
Lund Auditorium, Dominican University
Free and open to the public
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Now, it is time to escalate the international resistance. The tanks are rolling into Gaza. The occupier’s embassies and consulates must not be allowed to operate as normal and engage in business as usual while its forces are conducting a murderous occupation.
U.S. imperial power must not continue uninterrupted around the world while it provides the economic, political and military support that runs the killing machine – in fact, the U.S. imperialists’ Congress have just passed a bill to provide more money and more funding to make the occupation’s killing machine even more lethal against the Palestinian and Arab people.
New York City: Stop the War on Children! From Gaza to Donbass to the U.S./Mexico Border, Times Square, July 17, 2014.
Photos by redguard