An enormous Palestinian flag was unfurled from the south side of the Manhattan Bridge earlier this evening as protesters marched across the nearby Brooklyn Bridge to protest Israeli attacks in Gaza. The flag, which bore writing that read “Boycott, Divest, Sanction,” hung from the bridge for at least 30 minutes before it was removed.
The march began in Brooklyn at Cadmen Plaza and was bound for NYPD headquarters, where, organizers say, a demonstration would draw “attention to the unequivocal support of Israel by NYC’s political elite, despite overwhelming condemnation from the international community… connecting Palestinian resistance to Israeli aggression to recent struggles in the U.S. against highly militarized police departments. Many of these same police departments have trained and shared ‘tactics’ with the Israeli government, including the New York City and St. Louis, Missouri Police Departments, most recently on display in Ferguson, Missouri.”
Photos by Josmar Trujillo
Houston, Texas: March and rally in solidarity with the Ferguson uprising, August 20, 2014.
"Whose streets? Our streets! Took over the streets in Third Ward, marching in solidarity with Ferguson, from the HPD cop shop on West Grey and St. Emanuel and through the hood. We out-smarted the cops who were trying to block the streets and keep us on the sidewalks. HPD, out of our community!”
Report and photos by Gloria Rubac
Those who condemn “outside agitators” are actually attacking solidarity. The oppressors want to keep every struggle isolated. Solidarity is the people’s strongest weapon.
Man waving a Palestinian flag in #Ferguson “because they supported St. Louis.”
Via Steven Hsieh 謝章仁
Manila, Philippines: March on the U.S. Embassy demands ‘Stop the war on Gaza!’, August 13, 2014.
Photo by Buhay Manggagawa
Workers World Party and International Action Center activists spoke out in solidarity with the Donbass resistance and anti-fascist fighters in Ukraine at the Aug. 9 “World Stands with Gaza” march in New York.
Protesters carried the flag of the Donetsk People’s Republic and signs linking the anti-imperialist/anti-fascist resistance of the people in Palestine and Ukraine. They also distributed a call to action from the Support Center for Antifascists in Ukraine, initiated by exiled member of the Marxist organization Union Borotba (Struggle) in Simferopol, Crimea.
According to march organizers, this was the first time the Donetsk flag was flown at a demonstration in New York. Many people asked about the flag, and this opened up the opportunity for conversations about the Ukraine struggle and similarities with the Palestinian resistance.
Russian and Palestinian television networks interviewed the activists.
Via Meghan Brophy
Howard University students stand in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, MO against police brutality and for justice for Michael Brown.
We saw this picture of him on the picket line on the We are not Leaving page and checked into the story behind it. It’s from the picket line at the Time Warner Center in New York, Nov 8th 2007. Williams along with other actors had brought bagels to the picket line of the two labor unions that represent film, television and radio writers working in the United States. Over 12,000 workers were effected.
The strike was to demand a share for the writers of the new income that was coming from internet sales. On the picket line Williams told the Hollywood Reporter that;
"This is not about millionaire screenwriters. They don’t need to be on strike. This is not about me, I’m fine. This is about a large amount of people who are simply trying to get their fair share."
His death has affected millions, and, his solidarity and activism with people is to be commended. His statement ‘I’m fine’ speaks volumes about the stigma attached to depression and suicide and how it is dealt with in Society as a whole, and has undoubtedly raised awareness of these not often enough talked about issues for all of us, and how these issues can be dealt with and challenged.
Via Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland)
In a statement, No More Deaths/No Más Muertes notes that, “Although the Israel-Palestine conflict may seem remote from the Sonoran desert borderlands, there are many southern Arizona companies and partnerships directly connected with the Israeli occupation.
No More Deaths cites Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems and Elbit Systems of America [a subsidiary of an Israeli weapons-maker] as two examples and possible targets for political pressure.”
There are significant overlaps between the Mexico-US border and Israeli repression of Palestinians, including Israeli drones being deployed in Arizona and Israeli soldiers training in tunnel detection in the US.