Charlotte, USA demonstration against police violence, 24 September


This video from North Carolina in the USA says about itself:

Charlotte Clergy and NC NAACP Demand Release of Police Video in Shooting Death of Keith Lamont Scott

September 22nd, 2016 – After two nights of unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina following the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott at the hands of a Charlotte police officer, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and the NC NAACP join local Clergy to present eyewitness reports of the events and to call on the Charlotte Police Department to release the videos of the Scott shooting in order to resolve lingering questions and to discern the truth of conflicting stories.

An email today from North Carolina in the USA says:

SHOW UP IN CHARLOTTE!

A call to mobilize 1,000s against police violence

Saturday, September 24th | 1pm

March starting from Marshall Park in Uptown Charlotte | 800 East 3rd St.

All ages, rain or shine

Invitation from The Tribe CLT and Charlotte Trans and Queer People of Color Collective

Come to Charlotte this Saturday to stand with us and gather together.

On Tuesday, our brother and neighbor Keith Lamont Scott was killed by Charlotte police. He was sitting in his car, reading a book, and waiting for his son to come home on the school bus. We believe he was profiled and killed by police, and that CMPD is not telling the truth about his murder.

Tuesday night, Charlotte police attacked a grieving community with riot police and tear gas. Wednesday night, Charlotte police fired into a crowd, seriously injuring a protestor and inflaming our grief.

Today, our city is occupied by the National Guard and we are in a State of Emergency!

Charlotte, the latest city to be wrecked by police violence against Black people … is a national crisis. We need to end this epidemic now! Let’s show the nation that we stand against police violence that targets Black people and our communities. Let’s show that Charlotte, and the nation, will no longer tolerate the routine murders of Black people by an unaccountable system of policing.

Come to Charlotte to make a historic stand and to demand dignity and respect for Black lives.

We are: Charlotte Tribe, Charlotte Trans and Queer People of Color Collective, Charlotte SURJ, Ignite NC, Black Youth Project-Durham Chapter, Beloved Community Center, Youth Organizing Institute, Southern Vision Alliance, Durham Solidarity Center, Workers World Party, Queer People Of Color Collective GSO, NC TROUBLMakers, Million Hoodies, Black University.

USA: Trevor Noah Gets Real on Police Shootings: Black People Aren’t ‘Crazy’. ‘The Daily Show’ host turns serious while discussing yet another spate of police shootings: here.

Another e-mail from the USA today says:

Terence Crutcher‘s car stalled by the side of the road.1 Keith Lamont Scott was waiting for his son to be dropped off from school.2

Both men were Black. Neither posed a threat to anyone. And both were shot dead by police.

This. Must. Stop.

And, the killings won’t end until we build enough grassroots power to force change. That’s why we’re teaming up with a coalition of progressive organizations to help raise as much money as possible for the Movement for Black Lives fund.

Will you chip in $5 today? Your donation will go directly to the Movement for Black Lives fund.

The Movement for Black Lives is made up of dozens of organizations that coordinate actions, messages and campaigns, standing together for justice, human dignity, and the shared goal of ending all forms of state violence against Black people.

And the shootings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott—as well as Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, and so many other unarmed Black people—demonstrate once again why their work is so critically important.

Terence Crutcher was unarmed and had his hands up when Officer Betty Shelby killed him. Then, Tulsa police stood by and watched him die without providing help.

Keith Lamont Scott’s family members say he was reading a book in his car, and even the Charlotte police chief has admitted that the video that the police refuse to release provides no evidence that Scott pointed a gun at officers, as they originally claimed.3

Will you chip in $5 to the Movement for Black Lives fund to help demand an end to these shootings? Your donation will be used to organize and build grassroots political power needed to force an end to racial injustice and police violence.

Thanks for speaking out.

–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Megan, Libby, and Emma, the UltraViolet Action team

Sources:

1. Video of Terence Crutcher’s police shooting may be “the worst we’ve seen” yet, Mic, September 19, 2016

2. Keith Lamont Scott: Protests erupt over police killing, Al Jazeera, September 21, 2016

3. Keith Lamont Scott’s family will view police video, but the department won’t release it publicly, ThinkProgress, September 22, 2016

THE US National Guard have arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina, with armed-to-the-teeth state troopers lining the streets and turning the city into a war zone against the black working class: here.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, protests continued on Friday over the brutal police killing of Keith Lamont Scott, 43. Local and state officials announced a curfew earlier this week and have deployed riot police using tear gas and the National Guard against demonstrators. As political officials and the city’s police department debate whether or not to release police video of the shooting in an effort to defuse social tensions, a nail in the coffin of official lies came Friday with the release of cell phone video shot by Scott’s wife. Rakevia Scott can be heard pleading with police not to shoot her husband, shouting that he does not have a weapon, that he had a traumatic brain injury, and had just taken his medication. The video also shows Scott after the shooting, prone on the ground, without a gun at his feet as appeared in subsequent photos, suggesting that police may have planted evidence: here.

Banning Labourites calling Smith ‘Blairite’, OK’ing Blairite anti-Corbyn death threats


This video from Britain says about itself:

In conversation with Jeremy Corbyn | documented by Ken Loach

21 September 2016

Ken Loach is one of the greatest directors of our time. I was thrilled that he asked to follow our campaign for two days this summer.

He documented people sharing their personal stories and discussing their reasons for supporting our agenda. These stories show why Labour must transform and rebuild Britain so that no one and no community is left behind.

By Luke James:

LABOUR SPIES BLIND TO VILE ANTI-CORBYN ONLINE ABUSE

Friday 23rd September 2016

EXPOSED: Inside the rotten world of Labour’s purge

ABUSE and threats aimed at Jeremy Corbyn have been deliberately “ignored” by Labour officials, a party whistleblower has told the Morning Star on the eve of the leadership election result.

Officials overseeing the party’s “purge” have been presented with evidence of members who barracked the Labour leader online with terms banned by the party.

But they have been accused of prioritising a witch-hunt against Mr Corbyn’s supporters amid a red scare over far-left infiltration.

“People who would refer to Owen Smith as a Blairite were purged,” the source said.

Rather ambiguous. On the one hand, one might see that as an admission by party bureaucrats appointed by Tony Blair that the right-wing policies they used to support are now toxic and unpopular, and, in that sense, a term of abuse.

On the other hand, what next? Corbyn supporters being expelled for calling David Cameron David Cameron, or Theresa May Theresa May?

“Anyone who said they had previously supported or voted for the Green Party was purged.

Under Tony Blair, the Blairite Parliamentary Labour Party used to welcome as brand new Labour MPs people who had not just supported the Conservative party or voted for them, but who were Conservative MPs; like Robert Jackson and Quentin Davies.

“But anyone who calls Jeremy Corbyn a c**t or any other foul word — they are fine.”

Labour says that all evidence of abuse passed to it has been reviewed by the national executive committee and action has been taken where culprits can be identified.

And the claims come ahead of a debate at Labour conference next week over a tough new code of conduct for members.

The source works at one of two offices where a small team of staff trawl through social media posts of Labour members and supporters.

They revealed that a 250-page file containing screenshots of online abuse aimed at Mr Corbyn, compiled by members of the public, was received by the office this week but promptly shelved.

The document seen by the Star includes repeated calls for the Labour leader to be shot and hanged.

Mr Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell are compared with cancer and aids, while countless racist remarks are aimed at shadow health secretary Diane Abbott.

Over half of the comments were made by people identified as Labour members, according to the source.

One Twitter user even posts a photo of his Labour membership card with a message saying: “id rather slit my throat than vote for Scum like Corbyn (sic).”

One user called John Ferrett, who identifies himself as a Labour councillor, labels Mr Corbyn a “traitor.”

Other abusive posts were made by users with an Owen Smith leadership campaign banner on their photo.

High-profile opponents of Mr Corbyn’s leadership are also named in the document.

It shows John McTernan, former political director to Tony Blair, calling Mr Corbyn a “traitor” on Twitter last month.

Former Blair spin doctor Alastair Campbell asks one Labour supporter: “Have you always been a twat or just since Corbyn?”

Serving Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop brands journalist Owen Jones an “idiot” and Momentum organiser James Schneider an “entryist.”

The Star revealed in July how anyone found using terms such as “traitor,” “scum” or “scab” would be banned from voting in the leadership election.

The source said the document was flagged up to managers, but added: “It was put to one side and ignored … 250 of pages of abuse has just been ignored.

“They say they will try to do the Jeremy Corbyn abuse after the Owen Smith abuse.”

Blairite coup to continue despite UK Labour leadership vote outcome: here.

United States sports people’s anti-racism protests, not just Kaepernick


This video from the USA says about itself:

Megan Rapinoe Hindered in Bid for Second National Anthem Protest

8 September 2016

The Washington Spirit prevented Seattle midfielder Megan Rapinoe from kneeling again during the national anthem by altering its pregame ceremonies.

By Alan Gilman in the USA:

NFL football players spread protests over police violence, racism

20 September 2016

Following San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protests of racial oppression and inequality by refusing to stand at attention during the national anthem, many other National Football League (NFL) players have joined in similar protests during the first two weeks of the regular season.

Kaepernick, who is biracial and was adopted and raised by his white parents, began his protest in August during preseason games. He explained his actions by stating, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

There were widespread denunciations by police organizations and right-wing politicians and media pundits, denouncing his actions as unpatriotic, if not treasonous. There were a few cases of supposed “fans” burning his jersey. These efforts failed to stifle the display of political and social opposition, as support for Kaepernick among NFL players, other athletes, and the public has instead increased.

Many players throughout the NFL’s first two weeks of the season have engaged in similar protests and Kaepernick’s jersey has now become the NFL’s number one seller, even though this season Kaepernick, a starting Super Bowl quarterback in 2012, is a back-up this year.

In the regular season’s first two games Kaepernick has continued to kneel during the anthem and has been joined by teammate Eric Reid, while teammates Antoine Bethea, Rashard Robinson, Eli Harold and Jaquiski Tartt have stood with raised fists.

Miami Dolphins Arian Foster, Kenny Stills and Michael Thomas have taken a knee during the anthem in their first two games. Foster, who last year publicly described himself as an atheist, said the main purpose of their demonstration is to create a healthy dialogue on issues of systemic racism such as education, the prison system and police brutality toward minorities. “If somebody is telling you they don’t feel like they’re free, why wouldn’t you listen to them?” he asked.

Jason McCourty and Jurrell Casey of the Tennessee Titans kissed their hands and raised their fists after the national anthem before this week’s game in Detroit. Both players had raised their fists during the anthem in Week 1. Casey explained their gesture was “a small symbol showing we are looking for equal opportunity in this world, and we just need justice for all the things that’s going on around here.”

Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos took a knee during the anthem for the second week in a row, despite having lost two commercial endorsements for his first protest. “I’m not against the military. I’m not against the police or America,” Marshall said, according to the Denver Post, “I’m against social injustice. Kaep, he’s using his platform how he wants to use it, to reach the masses. We have freedom of speech. But then we use our platform, and we get bashed for it. It’s almost like they want us to only go with the grain. And once we go against the grain, it’s an issue.”

Other players who have continued to raise fists during the anthem include Robert Quinn of the Los Angeles Rams, and San Diego Chargers Joe Barksdale and Chris Hairston. A number of other players, including Martellius Bennet and Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots, Jeremy Lane of the Seattle Seahawks, and Marcus Peters of the Kansas City Chiefs engaged in similar anthem protests before their games in Week 1.

All of these players are African-Americans in a league whose players are 70 percent black.

Anthem protests have also occurred at various high school games throughout the country. In Seattle at last Friday’s game players and coaches from Garfield High knelt in unison before their game against West High, with several West High players also joining. Garfield Coach Joey Thomas said his players decided to kneel after talking among themselves about Kaepernick and social injustice. “How are you killing these African American males on camera and we can’t even get a day in court?” he asked.

Many other high school players throughout the country have engaged in similar protests and players in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Alabama are facing suspensions for their symbolic protests.

This issue has been absent during this season’s college football games only because in most college games the anthem is played before the teams take the field.

Outside of football, Megan Rapinoe, a member of the US women’s soccer national team, has been kneeling during the anthem as a gesture in solidarity with Kaepernick and others protesting social inequalities. “We need to look at all the things the flag and the anthem represent and all the things it means, and is it protecting everybody? There are people who don’t feel as protected as I do every day. I know it’s a time-honored tradition. Especially in a sports environment, it’s something the country is very passionate about, but there is a bigger conversation here that is more important than sports.”

Rapinoe, longtime advocate for LGBT rights, is also one of five players named in an equal-pay complaint filed against US Soccer and was a vocal critic of the artificial turf used during the 2015 World Cup.

… What virtually all victims of police violence have in common is their social class, as almost all are members of the working class, particularly the poorest and most oppressed sections of the working class.

Kaepernick and other NFL players who have been protesting police violence have demonstrated personal courage and have shocked the authorities, including both the billionaire owners of the football teams and their highly paid media partners.

For the time being, taken aback by the scale of the protests and the open support for the players from many fans, the NFL has hesitated to retaliate. For how long this will persist is unclear.

Fox and CBS, which have billion-dollar contracts to broadcast NFL games on Sundays, and NBC, which broadcasts Sunday Night Football, seem to have adopted a policy of ignoring the protests, giving virtually no attention to them this weekend, although more athletes were involved than in Week 1 of the season.

Since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem before National Football League (NFL) preseason games began in August, in protest of racial injustice and police brutality, his actions have continued to gain support throughout the first three weeks of the NFL’s regular season: here.

TULSA POLICE RELEASE VIDEO OF FATAL SHOOTING OF UNARMED BLACK MAN “Terence Crutcher, 40, was shot and killed Friday after officers responding to an unrelated call spotted his vehicle stalled in the middle of the roadway, Tulsa World reports. The police department earlier said Crutcher refused orders to put up his hands, but the footage appears to show him walking toward his vehicle with his hands above his head.” [Chris D’Angelo, HuffPost]

USA: The Racial Wage Gap Between Black And White Workers Is Getting Worse. Pay for black workers lags behind that of white peers more than it did in 1979. 09/20/2016 05:00 am ET: here.

‘Stop segregation of Roma schoolchildren in Hungary’


This video says about itself:

Roma living in fear in Hungary

30 January 2012

Roma people have reason to fear for their lives: seven adults and two children died in 49 attacks on Roma communities in Hungary between January 2008 and April 2011, according to the European Roma Rights Centre.

“The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) reported the four most serious incidents during the patrols to police. One involved a woman giving birth prematurely after being harassed by vigilantes using racially abusive slogans. No charges have yet been brought against the militiamen, though a Roma man was jailed for two years after a fight with the vigilantes; a further five Roma are awaiting trial over the same incident.”

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Segregating Roma pupils should end

Tuesday 20th September 2016

HUNGARY should abolish the “benevolent segregation” of Roma children in schools, experts on the protection of national minorities said yesterday.

A report to the Council of Europe said separate classes for Roma to “catch up” before continuing in mainstream education were ineffective and discriminatory.

It noted a 2015 ruling by the Kuria, Hungary’s supreme court, which “effectively declared segregation of Roma pupils legal in schools run by religious groups.”

The committee said it was “deeply concerned by this development running diametrically contrary to principles of integration and equal treatment.”

Experts also found that PM Viktor Orban’s government had “fuelled xenophobic and intolerant attitudes against refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants.”

British nazi Lord Haw-Haw, new biography


This 1945 British video says about itself:

Captured at Luneburg in Germany were William Joyce, the infamous Lord Haw Haw, and his wife Margaret Hansen.

At Luneburg, Lady Haw-Haw out of car, stands for cameramen, various shots. Elevated shot of Lord Haw-Haw being lifted out of ambulance on stretcher, carried into hospital, various shots of him as stretcher passes into hospital.

By John Green in Britain:

Tuesday 13th September 2016

JOHN GREEN recommends a biography of Lord Haw-Haw, the British fascist turned nazi propagandist in WWII. Searching for Lord Haw-Haw: The Political Lives of William Joyce by Colin Holmes (Routledge, £14.99)

FOR those familiar with the the rise of fascism in the 1930s and ’40s, the name Lord Haw-Haw —alias William Joyce — sounds familiar.

He was the man who broadcast for the nazis from Berlin during the war and was hanged as a traitor in 1947. He is a marginal figure in the political world of that period and, apart from his key role as Hitler’s radio propagandist, his impact and significance is minimal.

Yet Colin Holmes, in writing this comprehensive biography of Joyce, has produced a compelling and revealing narrative. After meticulous research and correcting inaccuracies in previous biographies, he provides an engagingly written and fascinating insight into the rise of the fascist movement in Britain.

During the 1920s, Britain was an ideal breeding ground for fascism. Society was in breakdown, the Bolshevik revolution had frightened the ruling classes and the empire was fracturing. Extreme solutions were envisaged by the ruling class.

Joyce, born in the US but brought up in Ireland before partition, was an avid loyalist who worked for Britain as an undercover agent spying on nationalists. After independence, life became impossible for him in the new republic so he and his family fled to Britain.

His association with the notorious black and tans, his fascination with all things military and his determination to defend the empire led him first to join the Young Conservatives as a student at Birkbeck college in London but by 1933 he was already marching with Oswald Mosley’s fascists. He became Mosley’s director of propaganda before later falling out with him and setting up his own organisations.

Holmes meticulously constructs a picture of fascist organisations in Britain, their wealthy and Establishment support, their links with the security services and their continuous splits and infighting. Although monitored by MI5, Joyce was also used to report on communists and supply useful information on his own former colleagues.

Obsessively ambitious, Joyce was convinced of his own leadership qualities but continuously frustrated in his attempt to build a political career, due to his paranoid view of politics and visceral anti-semitism.

In 1939, shortly before Britain declared war on Germany, he and his wife left for Berlin, where he would become Hitler’s chief propagandist, writing his own scripts and waging his own personal battle over the airwaves throughout the war with what he saw as a Jewish-controlled and effete Britain.

He remained a convinced fascist to the end.