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Dec. 8, 2011 Vol. 53, No. 48 50¢
By Joyce Chediac
Record numbers of Egyptian voters of all ages andclasses, women and men, cast ballots for a new parlia-ment Nov. 28 and 29. Some waited in line for hours to vote in the rst election of its kind in 50 years.Many hoped that this vote would usher in a new eraof democratic politics and economic reform. Others feltthat the election was being manipulated by the military and Egypt’s rich. But all knew that having this election atall was a victory won by the struggle in the streets some10 months ago which brought down the Mubarak re-gime. And so people stepped forth to exercise this hard- won right to vote. It may be the only tangible gain of therevolution to date.The elections are supposed to mark the beginning of civilian rule. But they come after Egypt’s ruling SupremeCouncil of the Armed Forces announced it would yieldlittle authority to the new parliament, and might claimpermanent powers under a new constitution.The elections follow nine days of angry protests by hundreds of thousands of Egyptians of all political per-suasions in Cairo and other major cities. These proteststargeted the military government for betraying the rev-olution and called for SCAF to immediately step downand be replaced by civilians.The elections follow a separate deal struck betweenthe Moslem Brotherhood and the military over the headsof the protesters. The deal legitimizes military rule un-til June 2012 and secures election dates favorable to theBrotherhood, considering its current lead in the polls.Meanwhile, Washington is carefully trying to con- vince all sides that it favors them, so that no matter who wins in the elections or in the streets, Egypt will remainin the pro-imperialist camp. U.S. imperialism, which hasno permanent allies, only permanent interests, is wellaware that events in Egypt reverberate throughout theMiddle East.
New chant: ‘The police & the army are one!’
The elections were preceded by nine days of the ercestmass protests and street battles in the 10 months sincePresident Hosni Mubarak was deposed. Demonstrators,enraged at the ruling military council for hijacking therevolution, fought back as they were attacked again andagain by the hated security forces, which were as aggres-sive and humiliating as under Mubarak. This time theEgyptian army, formerly thought to be the guardian of the revolution, fought side by side with the police. Sol-diers and police red into the crowds. As of Nov. 28, some 48 people have been killed and3,100 wounded, most of them overwhelmed by the ex-tensive use of U.S.-supplied extra-strong tear gas.Ten months ago the demonstrators saw the army astheir protector against the security police and jubilantly chanted, “The people and the army are one!” Now they angrily chant, “The police and the army are one.”Most political organizations — secular, Islamist, left, youth and liberal — came out nationally in the hundredsof thousands starting Nov 18 to oppose an announce-ment by the military that it would retain decisive powerover a civilian government.This announcement was just the last straw. SCAF hasnever repealed the hated emergency laws. Some 12,000protesters were quickly tried by the military and givenharsh sentences, but SCAF repeatedly delays bringing
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Mumia Abu-Jamal: ‘State pens to Penn State’............... 2All out for Mumia...........................................2Indigenous people, supporters honor Day of Mourning.... 3Leonard Peltier: ‘Everyone is feeling colonized............. 3West Coast port blocade planned for Dec. 12 ..............4Protesters hold ban occupations on Wall Street ............4ccupy Philly threatened with eviction .....................4Manitowoc, Wis. ,worers strie............................ 5Detroit’s economic crisis heightens tensions ................5An honest conversation ....................................5Campaign aims to stop attacs on immigrants in Alabama ..6Protests roc post oce hearings...........................7Despite student protests, CUNY raises tuition ...............7NYC actions in solidarity with ahrir Square .................8Wisconsin: Lighting the res of class struggle ..............11
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From death row Mumia Abu-Jamal on
‘ From state pens to Penn State’
A OUT FO UA
Fri., DEC. 9 • Philadelphia
The 30th anniversary of his incarceration and frame up
aving survived two execution orders and 30 years on death rowin solitary connement, never being able to touch his dying motheror sister, his spouse, children or grandchildren (let alone anyone else,other than the prison guards who handcu and shacle him), MumiaAbu-Jamal, an innocent man, now faces the prospect of spending therest of his life in prison.Even though by the courts’ rulings, Mumia should never have beensentenced to death in the rst place; should never have spent one dayon death row, as his 30 years on death row were in blatant violationof the Constitution; those who have for those 30 years wanted to “fryMumia,” now simply want him to rot in prison for the rest of his life. he prosecution, resigned to the defeat of their decades-long strategythans to the powerful and consistent international movement of re-sistance — which has held on over these many years — is now saying,“ay, let him go into general population and let’s close the chapter onthis case that has caused us so much embarrassment.”We say this is totally unacceptable: the only justice that can be ap-plied at this point, after 30 years of Mumia’s connement on death rowand the torture of isolation, is Mumia’s immediate release.n December 9 — on the eve of International uman ights Day— hundreds will rally at Philadelphia’s National Constitution Centerdemanding freedom for Mumia and all political prisoners, abolition of the death penalty, an end to mass incarceration and police terrorism,and in solidarity with ccupy Wall Street.
Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia7:30 p.m. sharp to 10:30 p.m., (doors open at 7 p.m.)
No to life in prison, free Mumia now!!!No to the racist death penalty, no to the prison industrial complex,No to police terrorism, no to U.S. wars at home and abroad,Free all political prisoners, Occupy Wall StreetHear: Cornel West, Immortal Technique, Ramona Africa,Vijay Prashad, Michelle Alexander (by video),Amina & Amiri Baraka, IMPACT Youth Repertory,African Drum & Dance Ensemble, Attorney Michael Coard
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Taken from a Nov. 13, 2011, audio columnat www.prisonradio.org.
T
he shocking child sex scandal rocking Penn StateUniversity in State College, Pa., is an explosion of almost nuclear proportions.It has all the elements designed to produce a mediarestorm: fame, money, illicit sex, deception and yes, betrayal.But the core of it is betrayal of the country’s deepestreligion — sports. And of those whom we claim to adoreand revere the most — children.The scandal has shown how great wealth, fame andthe business of college sports corrupted everything andeveryone, to keep the gravy train rolling. And the PennState football program was (and is) an extremely lucra-tive gravy train, bringing in tens of millions of dollars infees from TV, advertising and sports paraphernalia sales.Penn State University itself is the biggest employer inState College, and is one of the 10 biggest colleges in theU.S. with over 45,000 students.The gravy here owed thick and heavy. And like other great, wealth-making and powerfulinstitutions, its sins were covered so as not to rock themoney-making boat.It reminds us of the great scandals that shook thefoundations of the Catholic Church in the 1990s, theripples of which are still with us.They remind us that rape is about power and sex is but a tool of domination of the weak by the powerful.That same dynamic is at work whether it’s a man anda woman; a priest and a child; or a coach and a boy.But is it the same when it’s two men? How about when one man is a prison guard, and an-other is a prisoner? When news leaked out several monthsago that rapes were widespread in the blocks of the state prison in Pittsburgh,Pa., the reaction was largely local, mostly concentrated in Western Pennsylvania.Here it has all the dynamics of the rapeculture we’ve discussed — powerful againstpowerless.Indeed, in some respects it’s more pro-nounced, for systems are in place to protect women and children (whether they’refollowed or not is another question), whichnecessitates hiding these things.But in prison, the indicted guard, Harry Nicoletti, allegedly used his power as a stateprison ofcial to threaten the men he rapedand abused with being sent to the ‘hole’ anddeath if they told.He reportedly ordered prisoners to con-taminate food with spit, urine and feces. Hepunched, slapped and spat on prisoners. Heused racist language with abandon. And these things happened for years.Schools, churches and prisons — institu-tions of immense social power, exploiting,abusing and hurting the powerless — in theplaces which seemingly attract rapeholics.
 Source: The Pittsburgh-based Human Rights Coalition at www.hrcoalltlon.org.
To read moreby MumiaAbu-Jamalread:
 JailhouseLawyers
Prisonersdefendingprisonersv. the U...
Available at: freemumia.com/?page_id=60and bookstores around the country
 
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By Workers World Boston bureau
Several hundred people came to Plym-outh, Mass., on Nov. 24 to commemoratethe 42nd annual National Day of Mourn-ing. Celebrated by some as “thanksgiving”Thursday, this is a day when Native peo-ple and their supporters stand togetherand refuse to give thanks for the genocideand theft of lands caused as a result of theEuropean invasion of Indigenous lands,in Plymouth and elsewhere.Speakers this year included MoonanumJames, Mahtowin Munro, Juan Gonzalez,Marina Diaz, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Bert Waters, Grandmother Lizzie Walker andStephanie Hedgecoke.James, co-leader of United AmericanIndians of New England, spoke about thehistory of the National Day of Mourning:“Those who started Day of Mourning in1970 spoke of terrible racism and pov-erty. Racism is still alive and well. Ourpeople are still mired in the deepest pov-erty. Whether on or off the reservation, we still mostly lack decent health care,education and housing. Our youth suiciderates, our rates of alcoholism, continue to be the highest in the nation. As the econ-omy crumbles around us, these condi-tions only continue to worsen.” [Read fullspeech at www.workers.org]The crowd laughed when James statedthat the Pilgrims were the original “1 per-cent” to arrive in the New England area.Tiokasin Ghosthorse also drew a laughand cheers when he said, “Everybody  wants a piece of the American pie, but youneed to remember that it is OUR bakery!”The Occupy movement was on many people’s minds, and people from Occupy Boston, Occupy Wall Street and Occupy New Haven were among those in atten-dance.Munro, co-leader of UAINE, spoke about how “the word ‘occupy’ has adifferent meaning for Na-tive and other oppressedpeople … because thatis what imperialists do when they colonize ourland. They occupy us. OurIndigenous lands are al-ready occupied; Palestineand Puerto Rico and many other places were re-occu-pied. So that word ‘occupy’can push some buttons,since we feel as thoughour lands actually need to be unoccupied or de-occu-pied or decolonized.”She also discussed how corporations are attempt-ing to occupy every bit of the earth and skies, andadded that the ruling class also tries to oc-cupy people’s minds.Munro concluded that “the word ‘oc-cupy’ has been reclaimed by militant workers from Egypt, Mexico and many other places to describe occupations of factories, schools and neighborhoods. In-digenous people have in the past occupied Alcatraz and occupied the BIA [Bureau of Indian Affairs] building. Further, someof the Occupy cities, including Occupy/Decolonize Boston, have taken the im-portant step of expressing their solidar-ity with Indigenous peoples and seekingIndigenous participation, acknowledgingthat decolonization needs to be part of the dialogue, not just occupation.” [Fullspeech at www.workers.org] UAINE hassupported the Occupy/Decolonize move-ment and called on other activists to doso as well.Gonzalez opened and closed the day  with prayers and carried a message fromthe Council of Maya Elders: “Let the truth be told: we the indigenous people of Cen-tro America, Sur America, Mexico, arenot illegal immigrants in this land knowntoday as United States. … We are exiledhere because of the brutal political andeconomic imperialist policies of the USA in our homelands for more than 100 years… imposing and supporting dictators; -nancing murderous armies; trafckingdrugs and weapons; money laundering;robbing our natural resources; sponsor-ing ethnic cleaning; corrupting our way of life; spoiling our future. Why do you close your eyes to the genocide against the In-digenous peoples of the Americas?”Marina Diaz, a Guatemalan womanfrom the New York May 1 Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights, spoke of the difculties encountered by Indigenouspeople who immigrate to the United States because of the destruction of their homeeconomies by U.S. neoliberal policies.Grandmother Walker spoke of going to theUnited Nations to demand rights for In-digenous peoples and nations. Hedgecoketold the crowd about an August victory in the shell mound struggle in California, where Indigenous people and their alliessuccessfully fought to stop the planneddestruction of an ancient coastal sacred burial site, Sagorea Tea, at Glen Cove. After marching through the streets of Plymouth and having a brief rally at the siteof Plymouth Rock, “a monument to racismand oppression” according to James, many of the people who attended the NationalDay of Mourning sat down and had a truethanksgiving feast together.
Leonard Peltier:
‘Everyone is feeling colonized’
Once again, the organizers of the National Day of Mourning dedicated theday to Native political prisoner Leonard  Peltier. Peltier was framed up by the FBI and has been wrongfully imprisoned since 1976.Tiokasin Ghosthorse spoke and read an update from the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee:
In September, as you know, Leonard was transferred to USP Coleman in cen-tral Florida. His conditions initially ap-peared to be an improvement over thepenitentiary in Lewisburg, but now itseems his living conditions may indeed bemuch worse. For example, Leonard stillisn’t being allowed visitors. Family mem- bers have to reapply to be put on Leon-ard’s visitors list. Even the attorneys, forthe rst time, have to be put on his visitorslist. The attorneys have another level of approval to navigate, as well, but are nd-ing it difcult to contact prison ofcials tomake all the necessary arrangements. Ittook one attorney over one month to gainaccess to his client. Leonard is being iso-lated as never before.In addition, Leonard isn’t being al-lowed to monitor his blood sugar eventhough he has diabetes. He has told usthe chaplain won’t allow supplies neededfor Native ceremonies to enter the prison.Leonard also isn’t being allowed to paint.Leonard should be placed in a unit with other older prisoners, but Colemanhas Leonard listed as being 57 years of age when, in fact, he is 67 years old. Allof Leonard’s prison records over thesemany years clearly indicate his correctdate of birth.Leonard currently doesn’t have accessto a phone or e-mail. He has to pay forthose services, but he doesn’t have accessto his commissary account (a disciplinary measure taken by USP Lewisburg that hascarried over to Coleman).
Message from Leonard Peltier
The crowd of several hundred listened quietly as elder Bert Waters read a mes-sage from Leonard Peltier tothose attending NDOM:
Greetings to all my friends,relations and supporters.
 Well, it’s that time of year again, thetime when America celebrates its fantasy about Indians and pilgrims. This is truly aday of mourning. So many paid so dear aprice so that the People may live. As an Indian man, this national “day of giving thanks” leaves so much to bedesired. Like many of you, I think a sea-sonal recounting of the truth is in order.Perhaps we can call these truths the sevendeadly Indian sins.
 Fact 
— The rst documented Thanks-giving was the celebration of an Indianmassacre. Ask any Pequot.
 Fact 
— Even the feast that is celebrated was followed by genocide, with thoseIndian participants and their descen-dants being virtually wiped out within ageneration. Ask any Wampanoag.
 Fact 
— Ninety-eight percent of Ameri-can Indians, perhaps 150 million of our relations, were killed by the onsetof reservation times. This is the largestholocaust in the history of the world.
 Fact 
— Once on the reservation, ourchildren were stolen and sent to board-ing schools or adopted out. Many of them were abused. Some were neverheard from again.
 Fact 
— Reservation-bound Indian women were commonly sterilized with-out their knowledge or consent.
 Fact 
— The life span for AmericanIndians continues to be much shorterthan for other Americans.
 Fact 
— We continue to live withsubstandard housing, education andhealth care.For this, we’re supposed to celebrate? Idon’t think so.If Indians can be so marginalized, itcan happen to anyone. We’ve said this forgenerations. Now, it seems most everyoneis feeling colonized.In a time when corporate greed is soevident and 99 percent are falling behind,and in the Indian tradition of sacrice, Iask all of you to observe a day of “(Un)thanksgiving.” Fast. Donate your meal toa person in need instead. In this America,there are forgotten people everywhere who could use a good, hot meal. Helpingothers in need is the noblest practice of atruly thankful nation.If the occupiers of America’s citiescould do this, instead of participating inthe overindulgence so common to the 1percent, how much good might be done?Fasting and praying is a powerful way for all of us to become centered, too.I remain an Indigenous political pris-oner. My sacrice is for my People. If  between the football games and turkey and dressing, you can remember me andthose like me, I will be thankful as well.
 May Wakan Tanka bless and keep you. Mitakuye Oyasin(all my relations). In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Leonard Peltier 
Indigenous people, supportershonor ay of Mourning
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