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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.”

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.”

Solidaritäts Plakat für die Freiheit Leonard Peltiers!

Leonard Peltier war führendes Mitglied des American Indian Movement (AIM), einer Initiative, die sich für die Rechte der amerikanischen Ureinwohner einsetzt. Am 26. Juni 1975 kam es im Pine-Ridge-Reservat in South Dakota zu Zusammenstößen zwischen dem FBI und Mitgliedern des AIM. Dabei wurden die beiden FBI-Agenten Ronald Williams and Jack Coler erschossen. Leonard Peltier wurde 1977 für die Morde an ihnen verurteilt, hat jegliche Schuld an der Tat jedoch stets von sich gewiesen. Eine wichtige Augenzeugin, die amerikanische Ureinwohnerin und Angehörige der Lakota Myrtle Poor Bear, hatte zunächst ausgesagt, gesehen zu haben, wie Leonard Peltier die beiden Männer tötete. Sie hat diese Aussage jedoch später zurückgezogen und angegeben, dass Angehörige des FBI sie bedroht und drangsaliert hätten. Auf Grundlage ihrer Zeugenaussage wurde Leonard Peltier von Kanada an die USA ausgeliefert und dort vor Gericht gestellt.

Die Jugend Peltiers wurde durch diese Erlebnisse sehr stark mitgeprägt. Rückblickend beschrieb er diese Zeit so:  „Hunger war das einzige, von dem wir genügend hatten; oh ja, davon hatten wir ausreichend, genug für jeden. Wenn verzweifelte Mütter ihre Kinder mit aufgequollenen Bäuchen ins Krankenhaus brachten, lächelten die Schwestern und sagten ihnen, die Kinder hätten nur >Blähungenaufgelöst March of broken Treaties<  in Washington teil. Als BIA-Beamte ihr Versprechen nicht einhielten, den Stammesältesten Unterkünfte zu besorgen und im Weißen Haus auch nicht die angekündigten Gesprächstermine eingehalten wurden, besetzten die Indianer spontan sieben Tage lang das Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) – Gebäude, nur ein paar Blocks vom Weißen Haus entfernt. Peltier wurde nun vom FBI verstärkt als Unruhestifter registriert.

Im gleichen Jahr wurde Peltier in Milwaukee in einen Streit mit Polizisten in Zivil verwickelt. Die Polizisten behaupteten, er habe sie mit einer Pistole bedroht und so wurde er  wegen versuchten Mordes angeklagt (1978 wurde Peltier vom Mordvorwurf freigesprochen).  Bis zum Verhandlungsbeginn verbrachte er 5 Monate im Gefängnis. Als er nach Zahlung einer Kaution freikam, tauchte Peltier im April 1973 unter, da er befürchtete, Opfer einer durch Polizei- und Geheimdienste angestifteten Feme zu werden. Da er nicht zum Verhandlungstermin in Milwaukee erschien, wurde erneut Haftbefehl gegen Peltier erlassen.

Zur gleichen Zeit hielten AIM-Aktivisten den Ort WOUNDED KNEE in der Pine Ridge-Reservation  besetzt. In diesem Konflikt eskalierte die militärische Gewalt der Staatsmacht. US-Marshals, FBI-Agenten, paramilitärische Gruppen des korrupten Stammesvorsitzenden Dick Wilson (GOONS) und weiße Bürgerwehr feuerten mehr als 250000 Schüsse auf die BesetzerInnen ab. Unter dem Kommando des späteren Nato-Oberbefehlshabers Alexander Haig wurden 17 Panzer, 12 Raketenwerfer, F4 Phantombomber, Kampfhubschrauber und jede Menge CS-Gas eingesetzt, um den Widerstand der Besetzer zu brechen. Die Militäroperation kostete mehr als 1 Milliarde US-$: mehr Geld als seit 1870 seitens des US- Staates für die Unterstützung der Menschen in Pine Ridge investiert wurde. 2 Native Americans wurden erschossen – eher ein Wunder, dass die Zahl der getöteten Besetzer nicht höher war. Peltier, der in Wounded Knee nicht dabei war,  engagierte sich seit seiner Flucht bei den Sicherheitskräften des AIM, nahm am Kampf um die Fischereirechte der Puyallup und Nisqually in Washington State und an AIM – Aktionen in Arizona und Wisconsin teil. 1975 kam er  erneut nach Pine Ridge.

i heard Obama talk about how Nelson Mandela was an inspiration to him.
Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in a small cell.
Chelsea Manning has 29 more to go.
Leonard Peltier has spent 40.
Mumia Abu-Jamal has spent 33.
There are countless others.
america loves political prisoners when they can serve its interests.
I don’t think it was Mandela who has inspired Obama so much as his tormentors.

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