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Here's the Full Transcript Of Angela Davis's ~Fire~ Women's March Speech
"History cannot be deleted like web pages."

“At a challenging moment in our history, let us remind ourselves that we the hundreds of thousands, the millions of women, trans-people, men and youth who are here at the Women’s March, we represent the powerful forces of change that are determined to prevent the dying cultures of racism, hetero-patriarchy from rising again.

"We recognize that we are collective agents of history and that history cannot be deleted like web pages. We know that we gather this afternoon on indigenous land and we follow the lead of the first peoples who despite massive genocidal violence have never relinquished the struggle for land, water, culture, their people. We especially salute today the Standing Rock Sioux.

"The freedom struggles of black people that have shaped the very nature of this country’s history cannot be deleted with the sweep of a hand. We cannot be made to forget that black lives do matter. This is a country anchored in slavery and colonialism, which means for better or for worse the very history of the United States is a history of immigration and enslavement. Spreading xenophobia, hurling accusations of murder and rape and building walls will not erase history.

"No human being is illegal.

"The struggle to save the planet, to stop climate change, to guarantee the accessibility of water from the lands of the Standing Rock Sioux, to Flint, Michigan, to the West Bank and Gaza. The struggle to save our flora and fauna, to save the air—this is ground zero of the struggle for social justice.

"This is a women’s march and this women’s march represents the promise of feminism as against the pernicious powers of state violence. And inclusive and intersectional feminism that calls upon all of us to join the resistance to racism, to Islamophobia, to anti-Semitism, to misogyny, to capitalist exploitation.

"Yes, we salute the fight for 15. We dedicate ourselves to collective resistance. Resistance to the billionaire mortgage profiteers and gentrifiers. Resistance to the health care privateers. Resistance to the attacks on Muslims and on immigrants. Resistance to attacks on disabled people. Resistance to state violence perpetrated by the police and through the prison industrial complex. Resistance to institutional and intimate gender violence, especially against trans women of color.

"Women’s rights are human rights all over the planet and that is why we say freedom and justice for Palestine. We celebrate the impending release of Chelsea Manning. And Oscar López Rivera. But we also say free Leonard Peltier. Free Mumia Abu-Jamal. Free Assata Shakur.

"Over the next months and years we will be called upon to intensify our demands for social justice to become more militant in our defense of vulnerable populations. Those who still defend the supremacy of white male hetero-patriarchy had better watch out.

"The next 1,459 days of the Trump administration will be 1,459 days of resistance: Resistance on the ground, resistance in the classrooms, resistance on the job, resistance in our art and in our music.

"This is just the beginning and in the words of the inimitable Ella Baker, ‘We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.’ Thank you.”

URGENT: Why was political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal moved from his cell last night?

He only had time to tell a nearby prisoner to let Mumia’s supporters know he was being moved before he was gone. When his attorney Bob Boyle called the prison, they said he was in the infirmary for tests.

If in fact Abu-Jamal is in the infirmary:

  • Why? Numerous visitors and callers report he was in good spirits and better health after three weeks of receiving medicine that can cure his hep C infection.
  • Why did the prison administration wait until the end of the day to move him?
  • Why place him in the infirmary where he is permitted little movement, where visitors are not allowed, and where guards are more hostile to him?
  • Why are guards being told that there may be layoffs because Mumia is costing the prison a lot of money? All people have a right to humane medical care. Instead of blaming the patients who need the medicine, the state should be demanding lower prices on hep C medicines from the companies that charge up to $1000 a pill.
  • Why is he being suddenly isolated in the infirmary, just days after a court hearing which may overturn a number of appeals denied Mumia and three weeks after the DOC was forced by mass pressure and court orders to finally treat his deadly illness? Is this retaliation?
  • Will two people now on the way to visit him be allowed to see and speak to him?

When Mumia came off death row in 2011, Philadelphia DA Seth Williams and others made public threats that his life would not be safe in general population.  We must take any new threat against Mumia seriously. The people must increase the pressure to finally free Mumia.

Please call the PA DOC at 570-773-2158. Tell them to let his family and friends know where Mumia is being kept, and to let them visit him.

Mobilization4Mumia@gmail.com  l 215-724-1618

April 27, 2017

Angela Davis’ Full Speech

“At a challenging moment in our history, let us remind ourselves that we the hundreds of thousands, the millions of women, trans-people, men and youth who are here at the Women’s March, we represent the powerful forces of change that are determined to prevent the dying cultures of racism, hetero-patriarchy from rising again.

"We recognize that we are collective agents of history and that history cannot be deleted like web pages. We know that we gather this afternoon on indigenous land and we follow the lead of the first peoples who despite massive genocidal violence have never relinquished the struggle for land, water, culture, their people. We especially salute today the Standing Rock Sioux.

"The freedom struggles of black people that have shaped the very nature of this country’s history cannot be deleted with the sweep of a hand. We cannot be made to forget that black lives do matter. This is a country anchored in slavery and colonialism, which means for better or for worse the very history of the United States is a history of immigration and enslavement. Spreading xenophobia, hurling accusations of murder and rape and building walls will not erase history.

"No human being is illegal.

"The struggle to save the planet, to stop climate change, to guarantee the accessibility of water from the lands of the Standing Rock Sioux, to Flint, Michigan, to the West Bank and Gaza. The struggle to save our flora and fauna, to save the air—this is ground zero of the struggle for social justice.

"This is a women’s march and this women’s march represents the promise of feminism as against the pernicious powers of state violence. And inclusive and intersectional feminism that calls upon all of us to join the resistance to racism, to Islamophobia, to anti-Semitism, to misogyny, to capitalist exploitation.

"Yes, we salute the fight for 15. We dedicate ourselves to collective resistance. Resistance to the billionaire mortgage profiteers and gentrifiers. Resistance to the health care privateers. Resistance to the attacks on Muslims and on immigrants. Resistance to attacks on disabled people. Resistance to state violence perpetrated by the police and through the prison industrial complex. Resistance to institutional and intimate gender violence, especially against trans women of color.

"Women’s rights are human rights all over the planet and that is why we say freedom and justice for Palestine. We celebrate the impending release of Chelsea Manning. And Oscar López Rivera. But we also say free Leonard Peltier. Free Mumia Abu-Jamal. Free Assata Shakur.

"Over the next months and years we will be called upon to intensify our demands for social justice to become more militant in our defense of vulnerable populations. Those who still defend the supremacy of white male hetero-patriarchy had better watch out.

"The next 1,459 days of the Trump administration will be 1,459 days of resistance: Resistance on the ground, resistance in the classrooms, resistance on the job, resistance in our art and in our music.

"This is just the beginning and in the words of the inimitable Ella Baker, ‘We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.’ Thank you.”

On This Day: April 24
  • 1892: On the night before the trial of Ravachol, Théodule Miller bombed the restaurant in which Ravachol had been pointed out to the police.
  • 1912: Firemen on the RMS Olympic, sister ship of the Titanic, strike as they didn’t want to sail on a ship with too few lifeboats.
  • 1915: Ottoman Turkish government begins arresting and executing Armenians, leading to the genocide of millions.
  • 1916: Easter Uprising begins as 1,500 rebels issue declaration of independence and seize key points in Dublin.
  • 1932: Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout in Derbyshire, UK for right to roam led by socialist Benny Rothman.
  • 1933: The Nazis begin persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses, shutting down the Watch Tower Society office in Magdeburg, Germany.
  • 1954: Mumia Abu Jamal born. Journalist and former Black Panther, wrongly accused and sentenced to death row.
  • 1959: Birth of Eren Keskin, Turkish human rights activist and lawyer and former Amnesty International prisoner of conscience.
  • 1970: Abbie Hoffman attempted to attend a party at the White House with Grace Slick (who was invited) but was denied entry.
  • 1963: Tõnu Trubetsky, Estonian anarchist was born.
  • 1971: Vietnam War Out Now rally in Washington DC. 200,000 protesters.
  • 1999: ILWU union halts shipping on US west coast in solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal.
  • 2006: King Gyanendra of Nepal gives into the demands of protesters and restores the parliament that he dissolved in 2002.
  • 2009: Protests in Washington, D.C at the World Bank/IMF Meetings.
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In Prison My Whole Life - Mumia Abu-Jamal (Documentary)

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anonymous asked:

Can't you be anti-israel because of their negative actions? I can condemn a country's actions and violence without being anti the religion of that country.

So here’s the fun facts that mainstream media does not like to share, Israel has never deliberately attacked the Palestinians without being provoked first. For example I bet you hadn’t heard about 

January 8th 2017  A Palestinian truck driver deliberately drove his truck into a group of Israeli soldiers who had just exited a bus in Jerusalem on January 8, 2017, killing four soldiers and inflicting serious injury on over a dozen more bystanders. 

June 8th 2016  Four Israelis were killed and five injured when two Palestinian terrorists opened fire in the popular Sarona Market in Tel Aviv. The attackers were from the town of Yatta, and came from the same family. They were wearing suits to disguise themselves as ultra-orthodox Jews before they began shooting.

June 30th 2016 13-year old Israeli girl Hallel Yaffa Ariel who was stabbed to death in her bed by 19-year old Palestinian Mohammad Tarayreh, who had broken into her home.

On that same day  Rabbi Michael Mark, father of ten, was driving his car with his wife and two children along Route 60 near Mount Hebron, when they were cut off by another vehicle, and bullets started flying. Mark’s car flipped over after swerving off of the road. When police arrived they found upwards of 20 bullet casings inside Mark’s car. Michael Mark died on the scene, and his wife and children who were in the vehicle were treated at a local hospital.

February 3rd 2016  Three terrorists armed with knives, guns, and explosives, attacked a group of IDF soldiers at the Damascus Gate after the soldiers approached them. Three people including two Israeli police officers were seriously injured. 19-year old Israeli officer Hadar Cohen died of her wounds later in the day. The attackers were shot dead on scene by arriving Israeli security forces. The number and scale of the weapons recovered from the attackers made it clear that they were planning a more devastating attack, and the Israeli soldiers sacrificed themselves to protect civilians. Israeli police officers referred to this attack as an escalation, and a turning point, from the types of attacks that they had seen over the previous months.

January 17th 2016  Dafna Meir, an Israeli mother of six was attacked outside of her home by a Palestinian terrorist wielding a knife. The attacker approached from behind and stabbed Meir in the back of the head, and a struggle ensued eventually leading into Meir’s home. She was killed by the attacker in her kitchen, but none of her children were harmed

December 23rd 2015  45 year old Rabbi Rueven Birmajer was stabbed and killed by a Palestinian assailant outside Jaffa Gate

November 19th 2015 Two Israeli Jews were stabbed to death and two seriously injured by a 39-year old Palestinian from the West Bank, who was apprehended at the scene and taken to an Israeli hospital with minor injuries. The stabbing attack took place at the entrance to the synagogue next to the Panorama office building in Southern Tel Aviv, as afternoon prayers were going on.In a separate incident, a Palestinian terrorist opened fire on cars stuck in a traffic jam in Gush Etzion, killing an Israeli, an American tourist, and a Palestinian, and wounding seven others. Five of the wounded were American Yeshiva students. After the shooting the terrorist sped off in a car but rammed into another car, attempted to flee on foot, and was then arrested by Israeli security forces. The American victim was identified later in the day as 18-year old Ezra Schwartz, from Massachusetts.

November 13th 2015  Rabbi Yaakov Litman and his 18-year old son were killed after two Palestinians opened-fire into their vehicle as they were driving. The mother of the family was shot as well but lightly wounded, a second son was slightly injured, and the family’s three daughters who had been riding in the back were unharmed. Allegedly the first ambulance to arrive on scene was a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance, and after the driver realized that the victims were Jews the ambulance drove away.

October 3rd 2015  Two killed in stabbing attack near Lion’s Gate. Aharon Banita-Bennet (22) was stabbed to death on the way to the Western Wall in the Old City on Saturday evening with his wife and two young children. His wife and two-year-old son were wounded. Rabbi Nehemia Lavi (father of seven), who came to the aid of the Banita-Bennett family, was attacked and stabbed to death.

October 1st 2015  Eitam and his wife Naama were ambushed by Palestinian gunmen as they drove with their four children, all under the age of 10, in the West Bank on October 1, 2015. The gunmen shot Eitam and Naama multiple times and they were pronounced dead at the scene, while the children who had just witnessed their parents murder were only lightly injured.

April 15th 2015 The son of a prominent  Shalom Sherki was killed and his girlfriend was seriously injured on Holocaust Rememberance Day, when West Bank resident Khaled Koutineh ran his car into a bus stop in Jerusalem.

November 17th 2014  On November 17 2014 two Palestinian cousins Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal entered the Kehilat Yaakov Synagogue in Jerusalem at 7am armed with knives, meat cleavers, hatchets and guns, and began opening fire and wildly slashing at the estimated 25 individuals inside.  The attack killed five individuals including three US citizens holding dual US-Israel citizenships and a policeman responding to the attack, and injured six others including one more policeman who was injured during the shootout with the terrorists.

  July 31st 2014 - 5 young IDF Soldiers were killed 

And this is just a handful of the incidents that have occurred that we know of. Notice how all of them are focused on Jews? On Rabbis? On kids? Israel was given to the Jewish people after the atrocities that happened to our people in the Holocaust. 6 million Jews murdered senselessly, and we were finally given a SMALL portion of land to be our own. The land of our forefathers. Fun fact, Israel is so small you could literally drive from one end to the other end in a single day. So it’s really not that much land. And the only reason Israel does what it does is because we are constantly attacked. And while the News is all ‘Another Palestinian teenager or child was shot by the IDF’. What they don’t show you is the Jewish victims bleeding out while slowly dying behind that dead Palestinian child. Israel is the Jewish State of Israel. It is where our religious forefathers were buried. It is where we have stood and fought to defend it for centuries upon centuries. Israel does not want war. That is what people seem to forget.

In summary… YES being Anti-Israel is being Anti-Semetic. 

Aujourd'hui c'est une journée importante, c'est la journée nationale de la commémoration de l’esclavage en France qui sans l'acharnement de Bernard Birsinger, un des seul élu qui a rendu visite à Mumia Abu-Jamal en Prison aux Etats-Unies et Christiane Taubira durant plusieurs années pour enfin faire valider ce texte en 2001 au Sénat et ainsi reconnaître que l'esclave était un crime contre l'humanité n'aurait jamais vu le jour.
Ce jour devait être férié mais après réflexion le gouvernement a jugé que cumulé au 8 Mai ça ferait un petit peu trop de jour “off” (C'est sûr, la traite négrière et le commerce triangulaire qui fut l'organisation économique et politico-sociale la plus longue et sanglante qu'il soit est bien moins importante que la fête des œufs en chocolat…).
Cette date est importante certes mais elle n’est pas à confondre avec celle du 23, jour de la commémoration de l'esclavage pour les Français d'Outre-mer de l'Hexagone qui part ailleurs à lieu le 22 mai en Martinique, le 27 mai en Guadeloupe, le 10 août en Guyane et le 20 décembre à la Réunion.

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Activists demand freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal outside Philadelphia courthouse

April 24, 2017

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New York City: Almagro no! Hands off Venezuela! May 17, 2017

Activists held a lunch-time picket at the Council of the Americas in Manhattan May 17 to protest a scheduled talk by OAS General Secretary Luis Almagro, a stooge of the U.S. counter-revolutionary campaign against Bolivarian Venezuela. 

Protesters took over the sidewalk in front of the Upper East Side mansion housing the Council of the Americas. They chanted, “Almagro, asesino!” (“Almagro, assassin!”) “Maduroamigo, el pueblo está contigo” (“President Madruo, friend, the people are with you”) and “USA, hands off Venezuela!” 

The OAS head cancelled his appearance, apparently afraid of being confronted by Chavistas and supporters, and the picketers declared victory. 

The action was called by Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle and endorsed by the International Action Center, Workers World Party, Cuba Solidarity New York, Alianza Pais, Libre Resistencia Hondureña, Pastors for Peace, International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee, and the ANSWER coalition.

Photos and report by redguad

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The word on twitter is that legendary civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama just passed away. She dedicated her life to a variety of political causes, including freeing political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, and achieving reparations for the victims of Japanese American internment. Kochiyama held Malcolm X in her arms as he lay dying.

Here’s a reading from Sandra Oh a few years ago, in which Kochiyama describes the camps her family were forced into.

May she rest in power.

Quick action help keeps spotlight on Mumia Abu-Jamal

Dear Comrades, Mumia supporters, and friends,

Ona Move! We did it again! Our swift and forceful response, got us what we wanted and what we were entitled to: information about where Mumia was and the opportunity to see him. As I said when we left the courtroom on Monday in Philly, we’re on a roll. The immediacy of our pressure on the prison and the DOC regarding Mumia’s disappearance from our radar, and the volume of that response, with calls to the prison starting last night, and continuing all day today, forced the prison to meet our demand: tell us where Mumia is and allow Keith Cook, Mumia’s brother, and me to see Mumia. Within minutes of Mumia’s return from Geisinger Hospital where he had tests done today, he was brought to the visiting room and waited for us.

On the medical: Mumia had an endoscopy to assess whether his esophagus had deteriorated in any way. You’ll remember that the DOC’s ridiculous Hep C protocol required careful monitoring but NO treatment. Thus they were trying to assess whether Mumia had the esophageal varicies (that is, bleeding of the esophagus which is tantamount to death and warrants, according to the DOC, careful assessment). The Kafkesque logic of refusing Mumia treatment, finally being forced to provide it, and yet now still following their “protocol” which Judge Mariani had called “unconstitutional” is in keeping with the irrationality of how the DOC tried to maintain its control. Then, too, they may be trying to show how carefully they are monitoring Mumia to lighten their defeat in the face our lawyers’ pursuit of compensation for Mumia for their incompetence, inhumanity, and near killing of Mumia. Happily, Mumia’s esophagus shows no sign of deterioration, and he has no varicies.

On the arrangements for the visit: I had called the infirmary at Mahanoy early this morning and spoke to Mr./Dr. Steinhart, the Director of the infirmary. He wouldn’t give me any information, including as to whether or not Mumia was in the infirmary, as he said he could only give that to family members. I told him Mumia’s brother and I would be at Mahanoy shortly and that we wanted to see Mumia and he could then give the information we wanted to Keith, clearly a family member. Steinhart said we probably couldn’t see Mumia this morning but most likely would be able to see him in the afternoon. When I got to Mahanoy, a little before Keith did, and went to sign in, the people at the desk said Mumia was at Mahanoy and I should take a seat. Within minutes Jane Hinman, the assistant to the Superintendent, came out, greeted me graciously, and said the Superintendent had asked her to let us know that we would be able to visit with Mumia.

Soon after, the CO’s at the desk, two of whom I’ve seen many times before, told us (by this time Keith was with me) that we would be processed within 20 minutes or so, after countdown, did not look at our ID, and literally rushed us in, assuring us that we would be the last to leave and that we would have at least a 2 ½ hour visit. Given the usual prison milieu, our treatment felt regal.

Mumia was in great spirits, relieved that he did not have the varicies and that his esophagus had remained stable despite the cirrhosis. Again and again, he waxed poetic about the strength and power of our movement. We were all convinced that the “graciousness” of the prison staff, on all levels, came from a decision to not provoke us any further. They did not want trouble, and knew they would have it if they did not accommodate us.

The three of us celebrated over a lunch of organic spinach salad, tried to assess Monday’s court hearing and where it would go, and ended with part of Assata’s famous quote, the mantra of young fighters today, “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win.” We have sure had some significant victories. Onto more victories!

With revolutionary love,

Suzanne Ross