Port-au-Prince, October 10 — When former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, close adviser to the plundering police state of Haiti President Michel Martelly, died October 4 of a heart attack, the working class had only one regret — that he died of natural causes.
TEXAS, September 19 — “Racist administration, shut it down!” chanted 15 students marching through the courtyard of our community college here. Led by PLP, we crossed a major street and blocked traffic. We held this protest immediately after a PL-led panel discussion with students titled “Confronting 21st Century Racism” the racist connection between the police murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the attacks on immigrant workers at the U.S.-Mexico border. This was our college club’s way of bringing the fightback home, and we did just that!
BROOKLYN, September 21 — On the 21st of September between 300,000 and 400,000 people marched from Columbus Circle to 42nd Street in New York City. It was called The Peoples Climate March. Over 100 people from our church congregation took part as a group. Some marchers took leaflets about the Justice for Kyam Livingston demonstration in Brooklyn.
On October 9 in New York City, I joined a rally at the Mexican consulate with several members of my college faculty and staff union (PSC-CUNY), along with school teachers in the UFT, and many others. We were there to protest the murderous ambush of activist students from the Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa in the Mexican state of Guerrero.
Why are working class youth criminalized? For the last few decades, youth have been the most vulnerable sector of the working class under capitalism. With the current crisis of overproduction, the ruling class has no interest in providing education or future employment for our youth. Instead, they have implemented huge and expensive campaigns to warn us that poor and unemployed youth will be the future hired killers of organized crime. Or that youth who participate in protests are black-clad people bent on destruction and terrorizing the general population, which the system must punish harshly with jail sentences.
MEXICO, September 27 — The fascist repression against the students of the Ayotzinapa Rural Teaching College, which took place in Iguala, Guerrero on September 27, is a reflection of the violence that the ruling class has been willing to use to enforce its plans against the working class. Six people, amongst them 3 students, were killed in that police and paramilitary attack, and to this date, 57 youth are still disappeared.
Events like this has become a daily occurrence as the world capitalist crisis deepens and the imperialist rivals, such as the U.S., Russia and China get ready to fight in wider wars.
PARIS, October 10 — The French Senate is considering sharpening a new antiterrorist law passed by the National Assembly which, while ostensibly targeting “suspected terrorists” going abroad, can attack any of the nearly five million Muslims — Arab and black Africans — living in France as well as anyone at all who opposes French ruling-class policies. The measure would also re-establish a level of censorship not seen since the fall of Emperor Napoleon III in 1815.
Three trends in the Middle East are accelerating toward a broader global conflict:
A sharpening imperialist rivalry that is driving Barack Obama’s trillion-dollar revitalization of the U.S. nuclear war machine (New York Times, 9/22/14).
A growing disagreement among U.S. rulers as to how to handle the threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) amid a two-front war in Syria, the potential overrunning of a fractured Iraq, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and China’s expanding ties with Iran.
Port-au-Prince, September 15 — Several so-called progressive organizations held a sit-in at the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) today to demand justice — reparations — for the victims of cholera. They also demanded the departure of MINUSTAH, the United Nations troops that have been occupying Haiti since 2004. It was these same troops that brought cholera to Haiti in 2010, 10 months after the devastating earthquake. Over 8,500 people have died, and 350,000 have suffered from the illness.
Dozens of cholera victims, the majority women and elderly, gathered at the entrance of MSPP. They travelled hours from the Central Plateau (epicenter of the cholera epidemic) and Carrefour, a suburb of the capital. They waited over an hour in the scorching sun for the “leaders” to arrive.
A few days ago, as an active member of a community organization, I was part of a large protest in front of two fast food restaurants, one of which belonged to the giant multinational corporation, McDonalds.
The protest was part of a national campaign conducted by many community organizations and trade unions demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage for fast food workers and their right to a union, since their current miserable wage barely covers expenses to support their families. These workers, as all workers under capitalism, are exploited.