Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

January 28, 2011

Revolt across North Africa and the Middle East: Discussions and Solidarity Events this week!

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Starting with the popular uprising against the Tunisian dictator Ben Ali, a wave of rebellion has swept across a number of predominantly Arab countries. Tens of thousands of Egyptians have taken to the streets and clashed with security forces in a fight against the Mubarak dictatorship. US client states are on the defensive and the cracks in US empire are being revealed.  Join the NYC International Socialist Organization at several important events this week to analyze recent events and to stand in solidarity with the struggle for democracy.

On Friday, January 28th we will be hosting an informal discussion on the revolt in the Arab world with Matt Swagler and Mostafa Omar.

On Saturday, January 29th we will be taking part in a critical solidarity demonstration at the United Nations.  We will be demanding that the US end its support for the Mubarak dictatorship.

Later on Saturday we will also have an informal discussion at Brad’s cafe on campus about the basics of what is happening in Palestine.

On Saturday, February 5th we have organized a teach-in on the Wikileaks, and now the Palestine Papers, that will put the inspiring events of recent weeks in the broader context of the cracks in US empire.

Full details for each event are posted below.  Please spread the word.  For more info, you can check out the NYC ISO website at http://www.nycsocialist.org, email columbia.iso@gmail.com

 

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Revolt in the Arab World:

what happened, where could it lead?

Friday, Jan. 28 | 7-9pm | Puck Building (295 Lafayette), 4th Floor


As rebellion has spread from Tunisia to Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East and Africa, understanding these events is critical for the Left here in the U.S. Please bring questions and comments to an exciting discussion this Friday.


Discussion will be kicked off by presentations from:

Matt Swagler, PhD candidate in African History at Columbia, contributing author on Africa to SocialistWorker.org, member of Students for Justice in Palestine.

Mostafa Omar, Egyptian-American activist and contributing author in “The Struggle for Palestine.”


Please RSVP on Facebook! To learn more in advance of the discussion, check out the articles and videos below.


Articles


A revolution unfolds in TunisiaMatt Swagler looks at the dynamics of the mass movement inTunisia that toppled a dictator–and what could come next there and in surrounding countries.

Tunisia and the global crisisCanadian socialist David McNally, author of Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance, sets the revolution in Tunisia in the context of a global economic crisis–and the growing resistance to it around the globe.


Egypt reaches the boiling point: International Socialist Review editor Ahmed Shawki, recently returned from Cairo, and Egyptian-American activist Mostafa Omar spoke to Lee Sustar about the significance of the protests, and the social and political forces that gave rise to them.


Mubarek Faces Historic ChallengeAn article providing a sense of the breadth of protests in Egypt, as well as the role of women protesters.

Videos


Capturing Tunisia protests on video

Tunisia police joint anti-government protests

Protests in Egypt

Day of Anger in Egypt


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Stand In Solidarity with the Struggle for Democracy in Egypt

Saturday, January 29th

1pm

United Nations
47th Street and 1st Avenue

Inspired by the successful ouster of the tyrant of Tunisia and the continued mobilizations in that country for justice, the masses in Egypt have engaged in huge rallies for two days straight, fighting off vicious police attacks and mass arrests. They have shown they will not give up – even in the face of guns, tear gas and other weapons supplied and paid for by the United States.A free Egypt is key to justice throughout the Arab world.  Come stand in solidarity with the brave people of Egypt.  Tell the US government to end its support for the Mubarak dictatorship.


*****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************Saturday, 5pm, Brad’s Cafe – join the Barnard-Columbia Branch for an informal discussion about the events of the last two years in Palestine. Here are some starting places for background:

The attack on Gaza in 2008
The convoy/flotilla movement and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions:

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Wikileaks, the Palestine Papers and the Revolt in the Arab World:
The Cracks in US Empire


Saturday, February 5
6:30pm – 9:30pm
304 Barnard Hall
Barnard College
117th and Broadway

Morningside Heights, Manhattan

*US Imperialism in the Middle East * The Secret War in Pakistan * The Occupation of Afghanistan * The Rise of the US Security State * The US Government’s War on Democracy * The Rise of Resistance in the Arab World


FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Sponsored by the International Socialist Organization
contact:
nyciso@gmail.com | 646.421.2035

Also endorsed by Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine, NYU Students for Justice in Palestine, NY-Al Awda: The Palestine Right of Return Coalition and Haymarket Books

Featuring:

*MICHAEL SCHWARTZ on US Imperialism in the Middle East
(Author of “War Without End” and Professor of Sociology at SUNY Stonybrook)

*ARUN GUPTA on the US Government’s Profound Hatred of Democracy and the War on Dissent
(Founding Editor of The Indypendent)

*ADANER USMANI on the Secret War in Pakistan
(Student Activist based in NYC. Works with the Action for a Progressive Pakistan and Labour Party (LPP))

*ANAND GOPAL on the Occupation of Afghanistan
(Has reported on Afghanistan for the Christian Science Monitor and the Wall Street Journal)

*LAMIS DEEK on Israel’s War Plans
(Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right of Return Coalition)

*MOSTAFA OMAR on The Revolt in the Arab World
(Egyptian-American Activist and member of the International Socialist Organization)

December 24, 2010

Mon 12/27, 5pm: Rally & March Marking the Two Year Anniversary of the Gaza Massacre

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Greetings from the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization:

We hope everyone has finally wrapped up all their finals and is taking a much-deserved break. If you’re in New York, please join us at a protest on Monday marking the two year anniversary of Israel’s attack on Gaza. Israel’s massacre levelled many parts of the Gaza strip, destroyed major infrastructure (including 32 UN-run schools and Gaza’s only power plant), decimated agricultural production and ultimately killed nearly 1400 Palestinians.

Two years ago we were in the streets of New York many times as this horror unfolded. Students in the UK and US occupied their campuses to demand that their schools break ties with Israel, and at Columbia we restarted a Palestine solidarity group which has now evolved into Students for Justice in Palestine. Help us keep that spirit of activism and resistance alive on this anniversary.

For more on Israel’s attack, read here:
http://www.isreview.org/issues/64/feat-gaza.shtml

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Rally & March on the Two Year Anniversary of the Attack on Gaza

Monday, 27 December 2010 ~ 5:00pm
Between 33rd & 34th Street & 6th Avenue, NY, NY
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Come stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza and show them that we remember!
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Join us December 27th to demand:
Halt US Aid to Israel
End the Siege and illegal Blockade
Free Palestine
Hold Israel Accountable for War Crimes
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Sponsored by: Al-Awda NY: the Palestine Right to Return Coalition,  Hunter-SJP, Columbia SJP, American Muslims for Palestine-NJ, American Muslims for Palestine-NY, US Palestinian Community Network-NY, Palestinian Club-Brooklyn College, Siege Busters Working Group, International Action Center, United National Antiwar Committee-NY, New York City Labor Against the War, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Labor for Palestine, International Socialist Organization, Socialist Action.
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November 19, 2010

Tomorrow, Sat 11/20: The Rise of the Right and What We Can Do to Stop it

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Hello from the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization:

A reminder that we’re meeting up at 6:10pm at the 116th & Broadway gates tomorrow (Saturday) to take the train down to the LGBT center for a NYC-wide meeting on challenging the rise of the right wing in US politics. Don’t miss it:

THE RISE OF THE RIGHT!

What We Can Do to Stop It

Protests have been rising in the face of austerity measures on working-class livelihoods, environmental degradation, right-wing bigotry and hate crimes. Yet the so-called “party of the people”, the Democrats, continues to align its principles with corporate dollars and backs down when Glenn Beck and the right speak up to bash immigrants, LGBT, and Muslim people.

What gave rise to the Right was a demoralization amongst people with the Democratic party and electoral politics. Working people are looking for an actual vehicle for change alongside those in struggle ghting in solidarity for justice, equality, and democracy. What we need is a working-class alternative with its own set of demands. is meeting is about figuring out just how to do that.

Featuring Sherry Wolf!! Sherry was a national organizer of the National Equality March in 2009. She is the author of the highly acclaimed book “Sexuality and Socialism”, and currently blogs at SHERRYTALKSBACK.

Saturday, November 20, 7pm
LGBT Center, Room 101
West 13th off of 7th Ave
West Village, Manhattan

Be sure to confirm on our facebook page and invite your friends!

***For more information: nycsocialist.org; nyciso@gmail.com or call: 646-452-8662***
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November 15, 2010

Calendar of all upcoming Barnard-Columbia ISO events!

Filed under: Articles, ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 9:00 pm

Greetings from the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization:

First off thanks to everyone who came and helped us hand out fliers on Friday when the university launched its slick new attempt to sell the Manhattanville expansion. We see this land grab by the university as an outright profit-making scheme that will result in the displacement of the residents who live in the neighborhood. By the university’s own estimates, up to 3,300 residents will be affected. For more information please see the following website.

We’re also happy to see that the campus media has taken interest in what we’re doing! Check out this article in this week’s edition of the EyeHard Workers: bringing marx from the lecture hall to the streets, By Devin Briski

Most importantly, here is a tentative calendar of our upcoming events for the rest of the semester. For this week we’d like to draw your attention to a big NYC-wide meeting that the ISO is organizing on SATURDAY at the LGBT center. The topic will be how we can fight the rise of the right wing in the US. Don’t miss it…all the info below.

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BARNARD-COLUMBIA ISO CALENDAR:


* 11/16, Tuesday: SJP Film and Panel on Palestinians’ Right to Education
The ISO is co-sponsoring, “Right to Education” week, being organized by Students for Justice in Palestine. The week of events aims to reveal the various ways that Israel restricts the ability of Palestinians to receive an education, from bombing elementary schools to restricting students ability to travel to get to their university. This event will include film screening of Shooting Muhammad followed by a panel students from Palestine. The event begins at 8pm, meet us at 7:45pm outside of Math 312.

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* 11/18, Thursday: No branch meeting, protest downtown against local companies failing to pay immigrant workers in NYC. Workers from Mario Batali’s Del Posto Restaurant and Flaum Appetizing Corporation March to Stop Wage Theft! The action starts at 6 PM at Westside Market – 77 7th Avenue NYC (at 15th Street). Prayer Vigil for workers and just wages at Westside Market from 6 – 6:30 PM. Then we will be marching loud and proud along 14th Street to Del Posto Restaurant – 85 10th Avenue (at 16th Street)

Join Interfaith Worker Justice, the Labor and Religion Coalition of Greater New York, The Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, and Brandworkers International. We’ll be meeting at 5:30pm at the Broadway & 116th st gates to take the train down to 14th st together.

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* 11/20, Saturday: NYC-wide ISO meeting on Fighting the Right. The midterm elections brought gains for the Republicans and the Tea Party. With even more politicians from both parties now spouting homophobic, anti-immigrant and racist rhetoric, while pushing for further cuts to social services and jobs, its clear that we have little choice but to organize resistance. Come hear writer Sherry Wolf, author of Sexuality and Socialism (and the speaker at our first meeting of the semester) present on the possibilities of confronting the crazy bigot-party that is US politics right now. This meeting is downtown at the LGBT Center, West 13th St off of 7th Ave, Room 101, 7pm-10pm. Meet at the Broadway and 116th st gates at 6:10pm sharp to take the train together.

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* 11/23, Monday: Tabling at the Jeffrey Sachs meeting on the economic crisis
Jeffrey Sachs, who runs the Columbia Earth Institute is giving a presentation to students on “America’s Economic Crisis: Where Do We Go from Here?” and the ISO has been invited to table outside the meeting. Sachs isn’t a socialist, but he is critical of the world we live in now, and many people will come to the speech looking for alternatives to the current state of capitalism. Tabling will be a good chance for us to raise socialist ideas as just such an alternative. Time and location, TBA.

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* 11/25, Thursday: No ISO branch meeting, cuz it’s Thanksgiving break. For the real story of Thanksgiving, check this: http://socialistworker.org/2009/11/25/day-to-give-thanks

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* 11/30, Tuesday: Students for Justice in Palestine event on Home Demolitions in Palestine, and the need to boycott companies that aid Israel in these home demolitions. Details TBA.

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* 12/2, Thursday: ISO branch meeting, 7:30pm, Hamilton Hall 602.

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* 12/4, Saturday: ISO day school at Columbia on Black liberation.
This all-day educational discussion is primarily for members and those considering joining the ISO, and includes required readings. One of the main texts, is Black Liberation and Socialism by Ahmed Shawki. Please contact us at columbia.iso@gmail.com if you are interested in participating.

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* 12/7, Tuesday, 7:30pm: ISO meeting at Columbia on “The Black Power Revolt of the 1960s” w/ Keeanga Yahmatta-Taylor, historian and commentator on the African-American struggle and other movements against racism, you can read her regular columns for Socialist Worker.  You do *not* want to miss this! Click here to watch Yahmatta-Taylor speak on this subject this past summer. Room TBA

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* 12/16: Study break ISO meeting – last of the semester! Details TBA.

November 9, 2010

Thurs 11/11, 7:30pm: Lessons from the revolt in France

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This week we’ll be talking about the recent wave of general strikes by French students and workers, which ground the country to a halt. In some cases literally, as when dock workers refused to unload ships, and oil refinery workers joined the strike causing gas stations to close and planes to remain stuck at the airport. The protests are a response to President Nicholas Sarkozy’s attempts to ‘reform’ the retirement and pensions laws in France. In essence, Sarkozy’s plan pushes the retirement age back by two years as well as the age that French workers can get retirement benefits. The strikes have been accompanied by student walkouts across France. Sarkozy’s ‘reforms’ are not an isolated incident, but just one of many cuts to social programs that the French government has declared necessary to survive the economic crisis. These sorts of cuts are a model for politicians in the US who are more and more looking toward austerity measures in order to restore profits in the US economy. Are the strikes in France relevant to us here in the US? What kind of lessons can we draw from them? Join us for a discussion on Thursday at 7:30pm in Hamilton, room 603.

Here are two articles from socialistworker.org that we’ll be discussing:

Editorial
French lessons: The lessons of the struggle against Sarkozy’s pension “reform” apply beyond France.
October 27, 2010
http://socialistworker.org/2010/10/27/french-lessons

The revolt shaking France: An interview with Charles-André Udry
October 22, 2010
http://socialistworker.org/2010/10/22/the-revolt-shaking-france

See you there!

November 2, 2010

Thurs 11/4: Making sense of the 2010 elections

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Weekly ISO meeting at Columbia: Thursday, 11/4, 7:30pm in Hamilton Hall, room 602.

We’ll be having a discussion about the 2010 elections.
Come hear the socialist take on what the heck happened.

The election season that ends today has been far from encouraging for progressives and radicals. In some states, right-wing Tea Party leaders are in the running with disturbingly high poll numbers. In others, the Democrats have even abandoned their own candidates in order to support former Republicans instead. And lately, President Obama has taken to arrogantly castigating his own supporters for daring to be frustrated with the abysmal track records of the Democratic super-majority in congress over the past two years. After letting down their electoral base on almost every issue, and responding to the ongoing economic collapse only with bank bailouts and budget cuts, the Democrats are surely in for some losses today.

What does this election mean for US politics? Has the country lurched hopelessly toward the right? Did people shift to voting for the Republicans, or did they just decide to stay home rather than cast a vote for uninspiring candidates? If the Democrats have squarely committed to maintaining the status quo over the past two years, what can we do to get the kind of changes many hoped for under Obama? Most mainstream coverage of the election tonight will likely portray any Republican gains as clear sign of support for the right-wing among the US population. But as socialists, we think that this is far too simplistic an understanding of the very turbulent changes in US politics taking place right now. Come hear our take on the elections, raise questions (or debate us), and help us figure out what we’re doing to push politics to the left after the election.

Here are some recent articles from Socialist Worker to consider for the discussion on Thursday:

Not much of a choice
Every Election Day, voters in the U.S. face an incredibly narrow choice, limited to the two mainstream parties. Elizabeth Schulte argues that it’s time for an alternative.
November 2, 2010

The myths they’ll spin about Election 2010
Comment: Lance Selfa and Alan Maass
November 1, 2010

The change we didn’t get
Lee Sustar analyzes Barack Obama’s record after nearly two years in office–and explains why he failed to meet the expectations of his supporters.
October 4, 2010

See you Thursday!

October 3, 2010

Thurs 10/7, 7:30pm: ISO meeting Marxist economics

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First off, we had a great experience this weekend in Washington, DC at the Rally for Jobs, Justice and Education, organized by the NAACP and a number of major unions. Over 200,000 came to refute the Tea Party logic of scapegoating and racism – and to push for jobs programs and funding for education. We marched with a broad socialist contingent with a few hundred others, with such great chants as “Obama isn’t a socialist! We are! We are!” In the morning, look for a report at socialistworker.org. In the meantime, you can read our take on the march and why we went here.

This week we’ll be meeting on Thursday 10/7 at 7:30pm again in Hamilton 602 (our new usual place).

We’ll be reading a short, classic work by Marx summarizing his understanding of where value, prices and profits come from under capitalism. Conveniently, the text is called “Value, Price and Profit.” You might be thinking, “yikes, economics is so abstract it makes my eyes gloss over” – but this isn’t the same stuff you’ve been subjected to in class. Marx actually broke down capitalism in an easy to understand way and explained how a small number of bosses make money through the exploitation of workers. Understanding this dynamic is central to the socialist critique of capitalism even today and it will help you convince yourself, or your friends, of why we need a different kind of economic system. So, read as much as you can (it’s only about 50 pages in print) and join in the conversation on Thursday.

It’s all online: http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1865/value-price-profit/

Lastly, we’re deeply saddened by the rise in suicides due to homophobic bullying – which last week included a Rutgers student and a 13 year old young man. This is something we can’t tolerate and we’re in solidarity with all the students who took part in the vigil tonight at NYU.

You can read LGBTQ author and activist Sherry Wolf’s writing on Tyler Clementi’s suicide here. She spoke at our kickoff meeting.

See you Thursday.

September 22, 2010

Thursday 9/23, 7pm: Next campus meeting!

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Greetings from the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization:

Thanks to everyone who came out to our kickoff meeting last week with Sherry Wolf. Be sure to read the latest article from Sherry today at socialistworker.org, and follow her blog.

This week we’ll be discussing and planning some of the activism we’re involved in on campus and in the city. Everyone is invited to participate.

To get to the room tonight, enter Barnard and walk toward the entrance of the Diana Center. Instead of turning right into the Diana, turn left into Altschul. Then take a right into the room. We will start at 7pm instead of our usualy time, 7:30pm.

Here’s our agenda:

1. Palestine solidarity activism and the recent momentum of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

We’re active in Palestine solidarity at Columbia and also off campus, and we’ll be discussing what we’ve been doing and what to do next. Everyone is encouraged to read this article on what the divestment movement is all about and why it is so important to the struggle for the liberation of the Palestinian people.

Also, if anyone is interest, some of us will be going to a fundraiser tonight in Brooklyn to support an effort to sent a ship full of aid supplies from New York to Gaza, to break Israel’s siege and blockade. See the facebook event here and write us back if you’re like to come with.

2. The October 2nd March on Washington for Jobs, Justice and Peace

In less than two weeks thousands of trade unionists, civil rights activists and students will descend on Washington, DC, for a much needed march against the right-wing initiatives which have been gaining ground lately in Washington. We’d like to have as many people attend the march as possible and we’ll be discussing the plan to get there. We suggest reading this article to learn more about the importance of the march.

3. Our new readings groups on The Case for Socialism and The Communist Manifesto

In the next week, we’d like to start meetings for two reading groups on these books – both of which are excellent introductions to socialist and marxist ideas. Many people have already signed up to participate in one of the reading groups. If you need a copy of either book, you can pick it up from us at the meeting. The Case for Socialism is only $8 and the fully annotated Communist Manifesto is only $12. (Way cheaper than our books for class!)

See you Thursday!

June 1, 2010

TUES, 6/1: RALLY AGAINST THE ISRAELI ATTACKS ON THE GAZA FLOTILLA

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It’s with great sadness and anger that we’ve been following the events of the last 24hrs. Israeli military commandos launched a nighttime attack on humanitarian aid ships bound for Gaza. At this point, it appears that 19 unarmed civilians on the ships were killed and tens more injured. We went to yesterday’s protest in Times Square in support of the Palestinian aid activists and in protest against Israel’s actions (supported and armed by the United States). There will be another protest today outside of the Israeli consulate – join us!

For more background on what has occurred, we recommend this article by Glen Greenwald.

RALLY AGAINST THE ISRAELI ATTACKS ON THE GAZA FLOTILLA- PART 2!

For the facebook link, click here.

Date:    Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Time:    5:00pm – 8:00pm
Location:    Israeli Consulate
Street:    42nd street & 2nd Ave

Israeli Forces Murder over Ten Human Rights Activists and Injure Scores More, New Yorkers plan street action and demand immediate freeze of aid to Israel.

On Memorial Day, as Americans mourn the loss of lives in our nation’s wars, people in the US and around the world will be mourning and rallying against the assassination of human rights activists killed by Israeli snipers with bullets paid for by US tax dollars. While reports continue to stream in so far, ten activists are reported dead with over fifty wounded by the Israeli Military takeover of the ships early Monday morning.

The killed and wounded were members of a humanitarian aid convoy bound for the Palestinian Gaza strip sailing under the name of the Free Gaza Flotilla. The Flotilla which comprises over 700 people from 40 countries was in international waters when the Israeli Military forces boarded and began shooting passengers.

Initially, the flotilla was surrounded by 14 Israeli warships as Israeli military helicopters hovered above. In a calculated military operation, Israeli soldiers then roped down onto the boats and began shooting. Live footage from one of the boats reveals the Israeli soldiers were heavily masked and carrying live ammunition which they used on the unarmed passengers. None of the passengers or activists were armed.

The Israeli government in recent days announced its intention to prevent the Humanitarian Aid Flotilla from reaching the Palestinian shores of Gaza. Tonight, Israeli officials stated that Israeli Armed Forces opened fire because the boats refused to dock in the Israeli port of Ashdod.

Flotilla organizers have pointed out that on all prior occasions when the Israelis made this demand, the Israelis seized and refused to release the aid supplies. The organizers support their position by noting that the point of their trip is the long standing Israeli siege of Gaza which prevents Palestinians in Gaza from accessing the most basic food and medical items.

Protests have already broken out around the world. Huge numbers in Ankara and Istanbul have been demonstrating all day Sunday, and after news of the Israeli military operation leaked, the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul was occupied by Turkish activists enraged at the sniper operation.

A wide coalition of activists, including Al-Awda NY, the Gaza Freedom March, and American Muslims for Palestine are calling for rallies in NY tomorrow, Monday, and Tuesday . Organizers are asking people to call the State Department and your Congressional representatives to demand that all aid to Israel, military and economic, be cut off.

May 28, 2010

ALTO ARIZONA! National Day of Action Against SB 1070

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Last week in Harlem, we hosted a meeting entitled “Immigrant Rights are Civil Rights” with radical sportswriter Dave Zirin and civil rights activist Yusef Salaam. Although we didn’t get to post it here on the blog, rest assured we’ll soon be helping to put on a meeting for anyone who wants to do local actions that help the campaign to BOYCOTT ARIZONA!

In the meantime, this Saturday is a National Day of Action against SB 1070. Although there isn’t a big protest or action planned for NYC, tens of thousands of people are converging on Arizona to protest the racist law as I write this. Socialist Worker online published a series of articles about the boycott movement and some of the questions that have come up already in the struggle. Check it out!

Alto Arizona | May 29, 2010

National Day of Action Against SB 1070

Column: Sharon Smith
LAWS THAT NEED BREAKING
There is a new civil rights movement emerging today, with the goal of preventing a return to racist tyranny–this time on the backs of Mexican immigrants.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/28/laws-need-breaking

Comment: Eric Ruder
THE BATTLE HEATS UP IN ARIZONA
Tens of thousands of people are making their way to Phoenix for a march to condemn the state’s racial profiling law.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/28/battle-heats-arizona

Interview: Joel Olson
ORGANIZING AT GROUND ZERO
An Arizona activist explains how people and organizations are coming together across the state in the fight against the anti-immigrant law SB 1070.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/28/organizing-at-ground-zero

Statement: Nativo López
THE DREAM ACT FRONT AND CENTER
A prominent activist considers the recent protests by undocumented students fighting for the DREAM Act–and the legislation itself.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/28/dream-act-front-and-center
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You’re invited…
SOCIALISM 2010
Ideas for changing the world
http://www.socialismconference.org/

Chicago | June 17-20 | Palmer House Hilton
Oakland | July 1-4 | Oakland Marriott

These conferences will feature several meetings on the fight for immigrant rights and against Arizona SB 1070 and will bring together activists organizing on the front lines of these struggles.

Meetings include:
Arizona and the Fight for Immigrant Rights | Youths Organizing for Immigrants’ Justice | Capitalism, Borders and Migration | Here Come Los Suns: Sports and Resistance to Arizona’s SB 1070

Find out more, register today:
http://www.socialismconference.org/
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More SocialistWorker.org coverage of Arizona SB 1070 and the struggle for immigrant rights

Editorials
THIS IS A FIGHT FOR ALL OF US
A revived immigrant rights movement has the potential to turn back Arizona’s racist law, renew the push for genuine reform and inspire other struggles.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/26/fight-all-us

Comment: Jesse Hagopian
ARIZONA TEACHES THE FOUR R’S
With a new law that bans ethnic studies, Arizona schools will get back to the basics–Reading, ‘Righting, ‘Rithmatic and Racism.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/26/arizona-teaches-the-four-rs

Comment: Elizabeth Schulte
IMMIGRATION: COUNTERING THE RIGHT’S LIES
SocialistWorker.org examines the right wing’s myths and lies about immigration–and provides the facts you need to expose them.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/12/countering-anti-immigrant-lies

Column: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
ARIZONA’S “JUAN CROW”
Arizona’s draconian anti-immigrant law will create fear and intimidation–but it is also sparking resistance in the state and beyond.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/04/30/juan-crow

Comment: Dahr Jamail
DYING IN OUR BACKYARD
Even before the latest set of anti-immigrant laws, Arizona was ground zero for the federal government’s deadly war on the undocumented.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/20/dying-our-backyard

Column: Dave Zirin
ANOTHER REASON TO PROTEST ARIZONA
Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill that outlaws the Tucson school district’s academically successful ethnic studies program.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/14/reason-to-protest-arizona
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