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Eyewitness Report of National Convergence in St. Louis & Ferguson

Monica Moorehead’s eyewitness account of the ‪#‎FergusonOctober‬ mobilization at the Workers World Party forum in NYC, October 17, 2014.

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The FBI came looking for me today at my family’s house

By Scott Williams

The author is a national coordinator and organizer of FIST – Fight Imperialism, Stand Together.

October 17 - I am writing to let everyone know that the FBI visited my father today with the intention of questioning me about my trip to Syria as an international election observer for the 2014 Syrian Presidential Elections.

In June 2014, I visited Syria (link http://www.workers.org/articles/2014/06/05/syrian-people-elect-president-wide-margin-amid-insurgent-attacks/) with the objective of learning the truth about the situation there. This trip was entirely legal and well documented. I visited along with observers representing 32 countries, many of which were members of Parliament and representatives of local governments in countries such as Bolivia, Brazil, Uganda, and beyond. Since then, I have reported on my trip in public meetings at the United Nations, as well as in Buffalo, NY, Rochester, NY, Syracuse, NY, Albany, NY, and where I live in Philadelphia, PA.

Since 2007, I have been a committed anti-war activist with many organizations, including Students for a Democratic Society, the International Action Center and several others. The FBI mentioned me as an activist with FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together), of which I am one of the national coordinators.

Why is the FBI coming after me? The FBI’s attempt to question me is not only an attack on me, it is an attack on anyone who chooses to travel the world and seek a perspective that is not represented by the corporate media. The US depends on misinformation and huge lies to perpetrate their crimes abroad. Yet the FBI has picked the wrong person, since I have strong friends and allies across the US who will stand with me in the fight against unjust government repression.

This visit is a continuation of the FBI’s attack on anti-war and international solidarity activists. The FBI has been attempting to charge 24
anti-war and international solidarity activists with “material support of terrorism.” These activist are targeted because have been targeted and face potential long term jail sentences. Please take a moment to look at the StopFBI.net (link http://www.stopfbi.net/) site for the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, the organization that has fought to defend these 24, as well as Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh. This is a 
strong example of the political fightback that is needed to defend activists from Government repression.

These activists are not alone in their treatment. Since 2001, hundreds of Muslim men in the USA have been victims of entrapment, harassment, and false imprisonment simply for their religion.

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New York City: Memorial Meeting for Andy Stapp, anti-war activist & founder of the American Servicemen’s Union 

Saturday, November 1 - 5pm to 8pm

MLK Labor Hall, 310 W. 43rd Street, Manhattan

Andrew Dean Stapp could have been an archaeologist, a historian or even a stand-up comic. Instead, he chose to focus his broad spectrum of talents on fighting the military brass and ending the Vietnam War.

Andy, as everyone called him, died on Sept. 3 at the age of 70. When only 23 years old, while a private at Fort Sill, Okla., he had gathered together a group of active-duty GIs to form the American Servicemen’s Union. This organization drew up a 10-point program of demands ranging from the right to refuse illegal orders — like the order to fight in Vietnam — to the election of officers by the ranks and an end to racism and sexism. It grew into the most audacious thorn in the Pentagon’s side.

At its height the ASU had enrolled thousands of card-carrying members scattered on bases all over the world, in all branches of the U.S. military. Its newspaper, The Bond, was read in trenches, cockpits and submarines. It was mailed out to many thousands of active-duty military personnel and then passed hand-to-hand to countless thousands more. Some mailroom clerks subscribed their entire units to this unabashedly radical newspaper. Its centerfold was devoted to unflattering descriptions of brutal officers and noncoms who had been nominated by their men to be “Pig of the Month.”

Stapp was court-martialed twice and then discharged from the Army in early 1968 after a field board hearing that declared him “undesirable.” The support he received from the soldiers in his unit was amazing. Many testified in his defense. Their testimony clearly convinced the brass that throwing Stapp in the stockade would probably instigate a rebellion. He also had extremely capable free legal defense provided by Atty. Michael Kennedy of the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee. A few years later, after winning a civilian court suit, his discharge was changed to “honorable.”

Andy Stapp, a Thorn in the Pentagon’s Side

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In Ukraine and Donbass, class contradictions come to the fore

By Greg Butterfield

October 8 is the Day of the Heroic Guerrilla, honoring the sacrifice of Latin American communist revolutionary Che Guevara. It is also the date of the founding congress of the Communist Party of the Donetsk People’s Republic, held in the capital city of Donetsk.

About 100 people attended the founding meeting, including parliamentarians, anti-fascist activists, trade unionists and members of the people’s militias, representing an initial 1,000 members.

The Communist Party becomes the first registered political party established in the newly independent Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics of the Donbass mining region, formerly part of southeastern Ukraine.

The Communist Party of the DNR is headed by Boris Litvinov, who also chairs the Donetsk Supreme Soviet, the young republic’s parliamentary body. At a news conference announcing the party’s founding, Litvinov said it will participate in elections to the Supreme Soviet, currently scheduled to take place on either Nov. 2 or Nov. 9. (Lenta.ru)

The contrast with events in the Ukrainian capital couldn’t be starker. In Kiev, an anti-communist coalition of oligarchs, neoliberal politicians and fascists illegally seized power last February with Washington’s support.

The rump parliament there recently supported a proposal by the openly neo-Nazi Svoboda Party to vote Oct. 14 on a measure formally banning “communist ideology” in the former Soviet republic.

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Zoom Eyewitness Ferguson & Crimea: Frontlines Against Racism & Fascism
Friday, October 17 - 7pm
Solidarity Center, 147 W. 24 Street, 2nd floor, New York City
You are invited to a Workers World Party Forum National convergence in St. Louis & Ferguson: Weekend of resistance vs police terrorHear: Monica Moorehead, WW managing editor & Imani Henry, anti-gentrification organizer, speak on their experiences in St. Louis & Ferguson and its impact on the struggle.Plus video footage edited by Sue Harris, Peoples Video NetworkClass struggle in Ukraine and Donbass: Exiled Borotba anti-fascists plan for the futureEyewitness report from Simferopol, CrimeaHear: Greg Butterfield, coordinator, Solidarity with Ukraine Anti-fascists Committee of Int’l Action Center; WW contributing editor Video presentation: Messages to U.S. workers & youth from Union Borotba (Struggle)Dinner served at 6:30 pm for a small donationProgram starts at 7 pmAt the Solidarity Center: 147 West 24th St., 2nd Floor, New Yorkhttp://www.workers.org/

Eyewitness Ferguson & Crimea: Frontlines Against Racism & Fascism

Friday, October 17 - 7pm

Solidarity Center, 147 W. 24 Street, 2nd floor, New York City

You are invited to a Workers World Party Forum 

National convergence in St. Louis & Ferguson: Weekend of resistance vs police terror

Hear: Monica Moorehead, WW managing editor & Imani Henry, anti-gentrification organizer, speak on their experiences in St. Louis & Ferguson and its impact on the struggle.

Plus video footage edited by Sue Harris, Peoples Video Network

Class struggle in Ukraine and Donbass: Exiled Borotba anti-fascists plan for the future

Eyewitness report from Simferopol, Crimea

Hear: Greg Butterfield, coordinator, Solidarity with Ukraine Anti-fascists Committee of Int’l Action Center; WW contributing editor 

Video presentation: Messages to U.S. workers & youth from Union Borotba (Struggle)

Dinner served at 6:30 pm for a small donation
Program starts at 7 pm

At the Solidarity Center: 147 West 24th St., 2nd Floor, New York

http://www.workers.org/

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New York City: March Against Capitalism, October 8, 2014.

Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) initiated an openly communist, youth-led demonstration against the World Business Forum in New York City on October 8. 

Along with signs targeting low wages and police terror from Ferguson to Staten Island, the internationalist marchers carried the red flag of revolutionary communism, as well as the flags of Palestine, Syria, and the Ukrainian Marxist organization Borotba. 

The march and speak-outs targeted several monopoly capitalist criminals, including Staples, Chase Bank, Apple and Fox News, before finishing at Radio City Music Hall, site of the WBF, to join the afterwork demonstration of the People’s Power Assembly Movement.

Photos by redguard

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Hong Kong protests: Why imperialists support ‘democracy’ movement

By Sara Flounders

Demonstrations in Hong Kong, China, raising demands on the procedures to be followed in city elections in 2017, have become an international issue and a source of political confusion.

The protests, called Occupy Central, have received enormous and very favorable U.S. media coverage. Every news report describes with great enthusiasm the occupation of central business parts of Hong Kong as “pro-democracy” protests. The demonstrations, which began on Sept. 22, gained momentum after Hong Kong police used tear gas to open roads and government buildings.

In evaluating an emerging movement it is important to look at what political forces are supporting the movement. What are the demands raised by the movement, who are they appealing to, and what is the social composition of those in motion? 

The U.S. and British governments have issued statements of support for the demonstrations. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to heed the demands of the protesters. Wang responded by calling for respect for China’s sovereignty. Britain, which stole Hong Kong from China in 1842 and held it as a colony for 155 years under a government appointed by London, is supporting the call for “democracy” in Hong Kong. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg summoned the Chinese ambassador in order to convey the British government’s alarm.

At the present time these imperialists may not expect to overturn the central role of the Chinese Communist Party in governing China. But Occupy Central in Hong Kong is a battering ram, aimed at weakening the role of the state in the Chinese economy.

The imperialists hope to embolden the bourgeois elements and encourage the increasingly strong capitalist class within China to become more aggressive and demand the overturn of socialist norms established after the 1949 socialist revolution, including the leading role of the Communist Party in a strong sovereign state.

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Zoom Today in New York City: March Against Capitalism!
Join us at 12 noon at Columbus Circle - March on the World Business Forum at Radio City.

Today in New York City: March Against Capitalism!

Join us at 12 noon at Columbus Circle - March on the World Business Forum at Radio City.

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Congress backs Obama’s ‘war on Islamic State’

By John Catalinotto

Washington slid further down the slippery slope toward a new major war in Western Asia as Congress voted support for arming and training 5,000 troops from the “moderate opposition” in Syria. Meanwhile the top military brass expressed their skepticism that U.S. goals would be reached without U.S. “boots on the ground.”

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From exile, anti-fascists organize for imprisoned comrades

By Greg Butterfield

Simferopol, Crimea - Members of the Marxist Union Borotba (Struggle) have gathered here in Crimea, along with others forced into exile under threat of arrest or death by the Kiev junta and its neo-Nazi footsoldiers.

Their immediate, urgent task is fighting for the lives and freedom of two of their own: Vladislav Wojciechowski and Nikolay Popov.

The two Odessa activists are being held in administrative detention for 60 days following their arrest on the night of Sept. 12-13. They are charged with plotting to create “a terrorist Ukrainian Red Army.”

Wojciechowski is a Borotba member and a survivor of the May 2 neo-Nazi massacre at the Odessa House of Trade Unions. Popov is affiliated with the Communist Party of Ukraine.

Family members report that Wojciechowski was brutally beaten during the raid on his apartment, carried out by the Security Service of Ukraine and neo-Nazis. Explosives were planted during the search. Forced confessions were taken from both men under torture.

“I associate Vladislav’s arrest with his political activity, solid citizenship and anti-fascist struggle,” says Alexei Albu, Odessa Regional Council deputy and Borotba leader. “We see how the government is trying to intimidate anyone who holds a different point of view on the events taking place in Ukraine.”

Borotba is appealing to international human rights groups and attorneys to investigate and represent the two activists.

“We encourage everyone to paste leaflets, write graffiti and post about it on the Internet,” says Victor Shapinov. “We are looking for maximum impact. The fate of our friends depends on our actions today.”

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