Monday, October 22, 2007

Free Movie Night!: "The Murder of Fred Hampton" @123 Space

Tuesday October 23rd at 7pm
123 Tompkins Ave (off of Myrtle), Brooklyn

Free Movie Night!
Featuring "the Murder Of Fred Hampton" (1971)
This Documentary tells the story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Black Panther Party in Illinois. Hampton was a fiery orator and though only 21 years old at the time of his death his electrifying words and actions were inspiring young black people to demand respect and to insist that their power and voice be felt.

At the same time the FBI was implementing their notorious COINTELPRO program aimed illegally at suppressing domestic dissent and aimed especially at radical groups like the Black Panthers. Working with local police departments, the government moved against Black Panther chapters and leaders across the country.

On December 4, 196p, in a pre dawn FBI directed police raid, Fred Hampton was murdered. This film shows vividly what the police do to those who dare to openly, aggressively challenge government authority, and the courage of those who dare to fight for a better world.

Free Popcorn will be serverd!

123 community space:
123 tompkins ave (off myrtle)
G to myrtle willoughby

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Catholic Church and the Military Dictatorship: the Von Wernich case

In Argentina Catholic Priest, Christian Von Wernich, was sentenced to life in prison following his conviction for involvement in the murder of seven people as well as other acts commited in conjuction with the military government.

In 1976 a military coup ushered in the era of the Argentine Military dictatorship which from 1976-1983 waged what has been called the "Dirty War" in which an estimated 30,000 people were "disappeared', tortured and killed. The victims were leftists, students, families of the disappeared and anyone whom the government considered subversive. Recently the perpetratorsof these crimes, the torturers, kidnappers and assasins many military men, many trained by the US government have been arrested and put in jail. Now Roman Catholic Priest Christian Von Wernich has been found guilty of murdering 7 people and in aiding the military junta to disappear individuals. Wernich apparently would pass on information from confessions to military police.

During the trial Argentine Nobel Peace prize laureate, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, himself a prisoner under military rule declared in court that he had told Pope John Paul II personally that the military was kidnapping the babies of women prisoners. "The Pope put down the information I'd given him," he said. "Then he told me: 'You also have to think about the children living in communist countries."

Just one more reason to reject religion
(do you need more?)

Monday, October 08, 2007

Columbus Day? No Way!

Columbus' "discovery" of the Americas in 1492 helped spark the genocide of indigenous peoples of North America which he ushered in using an outstanding amount of brutality.

That this man is still celebrated as a hero in the US is a disgrace, though sadly typical of the USA. This "columbus Day" we offer you news and information on indigenous/ first nations struggles in North America. The Resistance continues! Reports from protests in the USA against Columbus' legacy.

American Indian Movement
Turtle Island News

Thursday, October 04, 2007

No Borders Camp 2007-Campamento Contra las fronteras 2007

Here is a short trailer for this years NoBorders camp along the US/Mexico border:

Por un mundo sin fronteras!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

October 2nd in Mexico: 39 years after theTlatelolco Massacre

October 2nd is the anniversary of the 1968 student massacre in Mexico City on the eve of the Olympics. Hundreds of students were killed and many more disappeared. The massacre was the governments response to a radical student movement which had been confronting the government. In the days preceding the massacre 15,000 students from various universities marched through the streets of Mexico City, to protest the army's occupation of the university campus. That night 5,000 students and workers, many of them with spouses and children, had congregated outside an apartment complex in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in Tlatelolco for what was supposed to be a peaceful rally. Among their chants were ¡No queremos olimpiadas, queremos revolución! ("We don't want Olympic games, we want revolution!").

The massacre began at sunset when police and military forces — equipped with armored cars and tanks — surrounded the square and began firing live rounds into the crowd. Read More.

Every year the massacre is remembered with marches and actions throughout the city often ending with police violence. See video of this years march.

INDIGENOUS ANARCHISM IN BOLIVIA: An Interview with Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui

by Andalusia Knoll, Rustbelt Radio, Pittsburgh
The South American nation of Bolivia has filled the headlines of the global press with its fight against water privatization, struggle for nationalization of gas, non-compliance with free trade policies, and the 2005 election of the continent’s first indigenous president, Evo Morales.

These struggles are rooted in the long history of indigenous resistance to colonialism and imperialism in Bolivia. In an interview conducted during her recent stay in Pittsburgh, subaltern theorist Aymara sociologist and historian Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui discussed Bolivian anarchism, the health benefits of the coca plant and the cocaleros' (coca growers) fight for sovereignty. Read the interview.