United States unemployed workers’ protest, 2011

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Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers: “Roughly 3,000 unemployed workers from around the country are expected in the nation’s capital next week for four days of protests with labor, religious and social justice groups that say Congress cares more about America’s wealthiest 1 percent than it does the masses of struggling middle-class families. Piggybacking on the Occupy Wall Street movement, the three-day ‘Take Back the Capitol’ protest will open Monday with construction of a ‘Peoples Camp’ on the National Mall as a base of operations”: here.

More Occupy Sites Big Media Won’t Tell You About, and Other Observations: here.

Hundreds of Occupy LA Demonstrators Still Held Without Charges on $5,000 Bail in Often Deplorable, Illegal and Unconstitutional Conditions: here.

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  1. Stop Militarization of Our Communities in the US and Abroad!

    November 30, 2011

    As 2011 gives way to 2012, people’s movements for justice are met with unprecedented global militarization. From Oakland to Egypt, people are demanding democracy and an equitable distribution of wealth while attacked with tear gas and pepper spray, rubber bullets and live ammunition. We have become all too familiar with the recent images of the words “Made in the USA” on tear gas canisters used against Egyptians, thousands of whom have been injured and scores killed. Others have experienced firsthand the brutality of these weapons used against the decolonize/occupy movements in the US. Tear gas, however, is but one manifestation of this assault.

    Militarization is not new. Police brutality is not a recent phenomenon. Communities of color and poor communities have long faced the violence of systems of power. Police brutality, racial profiling, surveillance of communities, control of media and communication, and attacks on immigrants in the US are all connected to the global militarization we are seeing in Egypt and other places where people are fighting for their freedom. What we are witnessing today is an illumination of these acts of violence as thousands stand together in defiance of such assaults.

    We echo this resolve. We will not allow corporations to profit off the brutality against our people in the US or abroad! Egyptian revolutionaries have asked for the movements in the US to shutdown the manufacturing and shipment of weapons and we heed their call in solidarity. We are calling for a targeted campaign against the corporations that profit off the use of these chemical weapons. These corporations have paved the way for a systemic attack against movements for justice.

    We must also hold our government accountable for their hand in repression abroad and demand they stop military aid to Egypt. We will not allow our tax dollars to be used in supporting corporations and dictators that profit from and facilitate state violence against our people in the US and abroad!

    Endorsed By:

    Ad-Hoc Coalition to Defend the Egyptian Revolution
    Al-Awda, SF — Palestine Right of Return Coalition
    ANSWER — Act Now to Stop the War and End Racism
    AROC — Arab Resource and Organizing Center
    IJAN — International Jewish Antizionist Network
    ISO — International Socialist Organization
    LFP — Labor for Palestine
    NYCLAW — New York City Labor Against War
    SJP — Students for Justice in Palestine at UC Davis
    Syrian American Council, Bay Area
    USPCN — US Palestine Community Network
    War Resisters League, New York


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