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Feb. 16, 2012 Vol. 54, No. 6 $1
 
• Ccint psión n Honduas • Ocupa Oaland
 
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WW PHOTO: BRENDA RYAN
New Yorkers take to streets Feb. 4 against war on Iran.
By Did Gisold
Many anti-war organizations across the United Statesand in several other countries came together on Feb. 4to protest the rising crescendo of threats against Iran. Inmore than 30 U.S. states and 80 cities, large and small,groups joined forces to raise four key demands: "No war,no sanctions, no intervention, no assassinations!"Groups participating included the United National Anti- war Coalition, International Action Center, No War on Iran,Solidarity with Iran (SI) Campaign, StopWarOnIranCamp-aign.org, American Iranian Friendship Committee, Answerand World Can’t Wait.The corporate media had been reporting for weeks thatthe Israeli regime was weighing an attack on Iran aimedat dismantling its nuclear program. Yet even former U.S.
intelligence ofcers point out that Iran's nuclear develop
-ment is entirely peaceful; it is not building any nuclear weapons. (See "Divining the Truth About Iran" by Ray McGovern, commondreams.org, Feb. 2)Totally unsubstantiated claims of Iran being a nucleardanger form the basis on which Israel, which itself has a
large nuclear arsenal and has been armed and nanced by 
the U.S., has been publicly claiming its right to launch amilitary attack on Iran.The process had already begun in the major corporate
media to give credibility to Israel's charges and soften up
public opinion to accept such a criminal act, which wouldunleash yet another devastating war in this oil-rich regionso coveted by imperialism. A large crowd marched in
New YOrk
from TimesSquare to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and thento the Israeli Consulate. The French press agency AFP esti-mated the protest at 500, with people from many differentorganizations. Beside the four main demands opposingany foreign intervention, many placards and handmade
signs also ngered Wall Street and the banks as the real
enemies of the people here, not Iran.Kazem Azim, of Solidarity with Iran (SI) Campaign,told Workers World that the most important issue was thethousands of targeted assassinations that have taken placein recent years of Iranian scientists, state representativesand even parliament ministers, for which theIranian people blame Israeli and U.S. agents.“This has united the Iranian people,” Azimsaid, “against foreign intervention and war.The war has already started because sanc-tions are an act of war. Even many of those who have opposed the Iranian governmentare now seeing that their main enemy is U.S.imperialism.”
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In th U.S.
'No war on Iran' ........................................... 1Imperialism guilty’ says People’s Tribunal .................. 2Protesters demand 'Free Leonard Peltier'....................2Detroit activists force banks to back down ..................3Occupy Pittsburgh ‘far from over’ ...........................3Anti-union law protested at Super Bowl.....................3Lessons from the life of Panther leader......................4Etta James ................................................ 4Don Cornelius..............................................4An inspiring visit with Mumia Abu-Jamal....................5Community outraged by police brutality....................5Occupy Oakland police repression intensies ...............6Philadelphia solidarity with Oakland .......................6Supporters galvanize to save Atlanta shelter ................6Seattle port truckers on strike ..............................7ILWU recognized at EGT grain terminal......................7Students ght tuition hikes.................................7Repression of anti-war activists continues...................8Women beat back right-wing attack on health care ........10
Aound th old
Heaviest charges dropped against former Haitian dictator ..9Conference condemns Israeli crimes........................9Egyptians battle police after soccer massacre .............. 9U.S. escalates drone use against Somalia...................11Senegal: Popular protests confront president’s third term ..11
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U.S. owes reparations to worlds women ...................10
Noticias en español
Creciente represión en Honduras . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12Ocupar Oakland...........................................12
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Imperialism ‘guilty’
 
says People’s Tribunal
Protesters demand ‘Free Leonard Peltier
 A strong, well-attended demonstration demandingimmediate, unconditional freedom for Native-Americanactivist and political prisoner Leonard Peltier was heldon Feb. 4 in Buffalo, N.Y., at the Federal Courthouse onNiagara Square. The event was coordinated by the localchapter of the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Commit-tee in support of similar demonstrations held around the world to mark the 36 years that Leonard Peltier has beenimprisoned in the United States. Peltier was wrongfully convicted of the 1975 shooting deaths of two FBI agents atPine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Michael Kuzma,a Buffalo attorney and lawyer for Leonard Peltier, spokeon the series of crimes committed by the prosecutors, thecourts and the FBI in framing Peltier and preventing hisrelease.
— rpot & photo by elli DoitiBy Dolos Cox
 
N Yo 
The International People’s Tribunal on War Crimesand Violations of International Law was held on Jan. 14at Columbia University’s School of Law in New York City.The tribunal was sponsored by the December 12th Move-ment International Secretariat. The tribunal is part of acampaign to seek peace and ensure justice.The people’s case brought before the presiding judgescharges political and military leaders in the U.S., Hol-land, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Britain, Germany, France,Belgium, Portugal and NATO allies with war crimes andhuman rights abuses against Libya, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory 
Coast), Zimbabwe and Haiti.
The criminal acts committed were the bombing of Libya and implementing regime change in Libya; imple-
menting sanctions against Zimbabwe and attempting re
-gime change there; armed intervention in Cote d’Ivoire— a former French colony — to overthrow and arrestPresident Laurent Gbagbo, rape and ethnic cleansing;coup d’etat in Haiti and the overthrow of President Jean
Bertrand Aristide; the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade/Afri
-can Holocaust and slavery; and institutionalized racismand war on Black people in the U.S.The charges were crimes against humanity, includingmurder, extermination, enslavement, imprisonment,
torture, rape and persecution of a denable group.
The laws violated under the United Nations Charter were sovereignty of nations, political independence of na-tions, territorial integrity of nations, responsibility to pro-tect doctrine, doctrine of humanitarian intervention, andcrimes of blatant aggression, which include violation of the Geneva Convention and U.N. Charter regarding tor-ture, rape and attacks involving physical damage to civil-ians, property and appropriation of property.On the panel of presiding judges were the Hon. DavidComissiong, attorney, 2001 U.N. Durban Conference onRacism, Clement Payne Movement, Barbados; the Hon.Lennox Hinds, attorney, National Conference of Black Lawyers, Rutgers University professor; and the Hon.Rosemari Mealy, attorney, International People’s Tribu-nal vice president.The prosecuting and investigation team consisted
of Dr. Mole Kete Asante, attorney, former coordina
-tor American Civil Liberties Union’s Campaign Against
Racial Proling Project, Harvard University political
science professor, Campaign to End the New Jim Crow;
Troy Grifth, attorney, Libya; Sylvestre Kouadio, attor
-ney, African Diaspora for Democracy and Development,Cote d’Ivoire; Alfred Toussaint, attorney, Haiti; and Rog-er Wareham, attorney, December 12th Movement.
‘Might dos not ma ight!’
Court decorum prevailed throughout. Judges woreformal judicial robes, and court procedures were ad-hered to. Witness after witness was sworn in and provid-ed testimony as to the criminal acts. Opening remarks by the court secretary included the purpose of the tribunal,
a reection on what a war crime is, and the people’s right
to accuse and put ruthless capitalism, ethnic imperialismand neocolonialism on trial and to condemn and indictthe Western powers.The statement was made that “this is a moment in which we’ve claimed agency, taken a lead. We’re about tocommence on an important and sacred task. We forth-rightly condemn and indict Western powers and their weapons of mass destruction. No impunity for any nationor person for breach of international law. People here areoutraged. Might does not make right. Long live freedom!”Several documentary videos and charts were shownand entered as exhibits. They included video of Frenchrebels in Cote d’Ivoire gunning down young people;
 video of Libyan President Moammar Gadha wounded
and dying; images of the 1921 Tulsa, Okla., race riot; andexhibits pertaining to police misconduct, brutality andmurders of Black and Latino men and youth.Personal accounts by Black prisoners were submit-ted, as well as video showing the psychological effects of 
solitary connement, which is cruel and inhumane treat
-ment amounting to torture.Following the judges’ deliberations and assessment of evidence submitted, a verdict was rendered. The judges
stated that a prima facie case had been sufciently made
 with supportive evidence of an orchestrated and system-atic campaign by neocolonial powers to willfully violatethe U.N. Charter regarding sovereignty of nations, po-
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litical independence of nations, territorialintegrity of nations, responsibility to pro-tect doctrine, doctrine of humanitarianintervention, and crimes of aggression.The judges found the accused guilty of the charges levied, and will therefore bedemanding that the International Crimi-nal Court adhere to the tribunal’s decisionand take action against the guilty parties.The ICC has jurisdiction over internation-al war crimes.The tribunal closed with the followingstatement: “We’ll memorialize this his-
toric event. It’s the rst time that victims
of international crimes are taking thelead. We’re witnessing a cutting edge of international law and are convinced we’reon the right side of history. What we dothrough this international process is amemorial to the victims.”
The ndings of this case will be submit
-ted to the ICC prosecutor at The Hague,the Netherlands. The intention is to take400 delegates to The Hague from June16-20. On June 18, a press conference will be held. and the petition and verdictof the people’s tribunal will be presentedto the ICC.People or organizations interested in joining this important delegation shouldcontact the December 12th MovementInternational Secretariat at 456 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216; phone: 718-398-1766; e-mail: d12m@aol.com.
Foclosus and victions stoppd
Detroit activists force banks to back down
By kis Haml
 
Dtoit
 Activists in this devastated city have
scored four signicant victories in the last
eight weeks, each time stopping evictionsand foreclosures by engaging in mass mo- bilizations. In each case, the courts hadruled against the homeowners and evic-tions were imminent.The Moratorium NOW! Coalition toStop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs worked in conjunction with Occu-py Detroit, the People Before Banks Coali-
tion — which is ofcially endorsed by the
United Auto Workers union — and Occupy Our Homes to initiate and carry out broad- based campaigns to stop these evictions.In each case, the banks quickly cavedin when faced with mass pressure. One bank, when it backed down, expressedapprehension because the Occupy move-
ment was involved. The nancial institu
-tions — which have destroyed city aftercity with their racist, predatory, subprimemortgages — have shown a great fear of mass struggle and further bad publicity.Two of the cases involved Citibank. Aftermonths of litigation and stubborn refusal
to do loan modications or other work 
-outs, this bank rescinded the evictions and worked out arrangements to keep the own-ers in their homes permanently. The bank conceded almost immediately after callsfor rallies went out, and email and callingcampaigns were initiated to demand it dealequitably with the homeowners.One of these campaigns was to save 1515Broadway in downtown Detroit. This loca-tion is a well-known community center,theater and coffee house that is also theresidence of proprietor Christopher Jaszc-zak and his son. Jaszczak had opened thedoors to 1515 Broadway as a place for Oc-cupy Detroit to hold its meetings. Whenthe bank got wind of a scheduled pressconference and community rally, it im-mediately set in process negotiations. Thetalks allowed Jaszczak, after months of fu-tile dealings in the courts, to void the fore-closure and remain in the establishment.Support also poured out for DebraHenry and Robert Henry in the down-river Detroit suburb of Southgate. TheHenry family faced an imminent eviction by Bank of America and by Fannie Mae,a government-owned enterprise and infa-mous for being among those initiating themost evictions in the United States. A rally at the home and a subsequentdemonstration took place with strongunion participation. The demonstra-tion included a march to a local Bank of  America branch. Fannie Mae and Bank of  America then backed down, stopped theeviction and worked out an agreementthat keeps the Henrys in their home.During the last couple days of January,activists helped stop the eviction of theGarrett family in northwest Detroit. Wil-liam Garrett used to be a hairdresser formany Motown singers. Now, he is blindand disabled after suffering four strokes.He and his spouse, Bertha Garrett, werefacing eviction from the home where they had lived for many years.The mortgage on the home was held by their son-in-law and put into foreclo-sure and sold at a sheriff’s sale to Bank of New York Mellon Trust for only $12,000.This megabank had reneged on an agree-ment to allow the Garretts to purchase thehome for the sheriff’s sale price.The bank was moving forward withtheir eviction and actually had a dump-ster placed in front of the home on Jan.30 — meaning the eviction was scheduledfor that day. Activists kept vigil at the Gar-retts’ home, blocked the dumpster, dem-onstrated in downtown Detroit at a Bank 
of New York Mellon branch ofce and
started emailing the bank and servicer. Within about 48 hours, the eviction was canceled, and the bank agreed to al-low the Garretts to repurchase the homefor the $12,000 redemption amount.In early December, housing activistssaved the home of tenant Kyra Williamson Detroit’s near eastside. They movedagainst Citi Mortgage after the bank re-neged on an agreement to allow Williamsto purchase the home after they had placedits owner in foreclosure. The bank wasproceeding full-steam ahead with plans toevict until public outcry and mobilizationcaused it to about-face and allow Williamsto remain in her home.In light of these victories and the in-crease in anti-foreclosure and anti-evic-tion activity across the U.S., the Moratori-um NOW! Coalition is hosting a nationalconference in Detroit on Saturday, March31. This gathering will offer an opportu-nity for anti-foreclosure activists in dif-ferent localities to share their experiences with stopping foreclosures and evictionsthrough direct action. It will also discuss ways to step up the national campaign fora two-year federal moratorium to halt allforeclosures and foreclosure-related evic-tions across the U.S.For more information or to register forthe March 31 conference, visit nationalm-oratorium.org or call 313-680-5508.
Occupy Pittsburgh ‘far from over’
Occupy Pittsburgh, in one of the lastmajor cities in the Occupy movement witha remaining tent encampment, is facingeviction on Monday, Feb. 6. At its height,OP had close to 100 tents and maintaineda library, medical tent and food canteen.OP was ordered by a judge to vacate Mel-lon Green, which was renamed “The Peo-ple’s Park” by the movement. Located indowntown Pittsburgh, the park is owned by and located next to the Bank of New  York Mellon. Occupy Pittsburgh targetedthe infamous bank because of its allegedtheft of pensions from countless union workers. OP activists have also calledmarches, held actions and written state-ments protesting cuts to public transpor-tation, opposing the National Defense Authorization Act, and in outrage of the brutal beating of Jordan Miles by Pitts- burgh police. While it has been played up
INDIANA
Anti-union law protested at Super Bowl
By Gn Clancy
The New York Giants and New Eng-land Patriots football teams played Feb.5 in the National Football League’s 46thSuper Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind. Like itspredecessors, this spectacle was fully inthe hands of big business, notwithstand-ing the fact that more than 111 millionpeople in the U.S. viewed the event.This year, however, was different. Theannual reactionary ruling-class party wasmet by demonstrators from the Occupy movement who turned out to confront both the preparation events and the Su-per Bowl itself. The protesters includedunion workers, who were protesting thelaw Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signedfour days earlier making Indiana the 23rd“right-to-work” state in the country.The protesters have the support of theNational Football League Players As-sociation, which issued a statement de-nouncing the legislation before it waseven signed into law. When asked why the NFLPA opposes the law, DeMauriceSmith, executive director of the playersunion, was direct:“[On this issue] we are in lock step withorganized labor. … We want decent wag-es. We want a fair pension. We want to betaken care of when we get hurt. We wanta decent and safe working environment.So when you look at legislation…[thatthey want to call] something like ‘right to work,’ I mean, let’s just put the hammeron the nail. It’s untrue.“This bill has nothing to do with a ‘rightto work,’” Smith continued. “If folks … want to pass a bill that really is somethingcalled ‘right to work’ have a constitutionalamendment that guarantees every citizena job, that’s a ‘right to work.’ What this isinstead is a right to ensure that ordinary  working citizens can’t get together as ateam, can’t organize, can’t stand together
and can’t ght management on an evenplaying eld.” (The Nation, Jan. 18)
Not only are right-wingers like Gov.Daniels opposed to unions, they havealso slashed millions for public services,claiming they need to keep taxes low. Butthe Lucas Oil Stadium where the game will be played was built with $720 millionof loans underwritten by public tax mon-ey. When these loans collapsed duringthe recent economic crisis, the public wasleft holding the bag. The Indiana statetreasury paid $16.9 million to the CapitalImprovement Board, which owns the sta-dium, just to bail it out of a credit defaultscheme, and it now faces $26.3 million inadditional bailouts. This is on top of $7million that the state paid in order to is-
sue the bonds in the rst place.
The stadium and hosting the SuperBowl are defended by proponents of pro-fessional sports as promoting “economicdevelopment,” a good business climateand of course jobs. But not much of this“trickles down” to the workers. In fact,the Indianapolis Hyatt Regency hotel,
 which has made millions in prots and
expects to get $1,000 per night per roomduring the Super Bowl, just announced
plans to re 20 low-paid staffers for the“crime” of ling a federal lawsuit alleging
 wage theft.in the press that Occupy Pittsburgh had begun packing up and dismantling thecamp over the weekend, OP activists told Workers World that their movement was“far from over.”
— rpot and photo by Imani Hny
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‘guilty’
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