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Harlem protest says:
U.S. hands o Africa!
Some thousands of people, many from New York City’s African-American community, gathered on Malcolm XBoulevard in Harlem on Aug. 13 to protest the U.S./NATO bombing campaign against the Libyan people. People alsoraised U.S. attacks on Somalia and interventions againstZimbabwe, Sudan, Ivory Coast and other African coun-tries. Some of the organizing groups were the Nation of Islam, the December 12 Movement, the Freedom Party and many local organizations, most reecting the Pan- African activist movement. Anti-imperialist organizations
McKinney anti-war tour mobilizesmovement in 20+ cities
Sara Flounders, co-director of the International Action Center, discussed a series of meetings where former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney has spoken against the U.S./NATO war on Libya. The meetings follow McKinney’s visit to the North African country. As of Aug. 13 the tour had grown to 19 U.S. cities and Van-couver, B.C., in Canada. Following are excerpts froman interview with Flounders by Workers World Man-aging Editor John Catalinotto.
The tour, now about half over, has continued to grow in both number of cities and importance. It has already il-lustrated some important lessons and experiences in how to mobilize against U.S. wars of aggression while over-coming extremely unfavorable conditions.These conditions include the level of demonizationin the corporate media of the government of MoammarGadha, the apparent diplomatic isolation of Libya andeven the time of year, when the universities are not in ses-sion and even many movement groups and activists areon a vacation schedule.Outside of the continued slanders directed at Gadha,there is little media coverage of the war and of how the bombing is killing Libyan civilians, when the war’s of-cial justication was that the intervention was supposedto protect civilians. What hypocrisy.There has been an almost total silence in the mediaas the relentless attack continues. It’s gone far beyonda so-called “no-y zone” to bombing urban centers, kill-ing civilians and destroying the infrastructure. No othercountry in history except the U.S. has had the capacity to wreak such havoc, using cruise missiles, bunker bust-ers, drones, depleted uranium and dense inert metal ex-plosive bombs, anti-personnel razor shredding bombletsand anti-personnel mines.The corporate media can demonize the leader of acountry targeted by the Pentagon to the point that theconsequences of using the most deadly weapons againsta totally defenseless population are hidden and dismissed.On top of this, the working class here in the U.S. isabsorbed with the overwhelming problems of the capi-talist system in crisis. They don’t know what this meansfor their future. They are lled with apprehension, along with disappointment that the hopes raised by the Barack Obama administration were false ones. Almost no one is supporting the war. And they are an-gry that the government is spending money on the warand not on social services. But without lots of news on it,for many people this is not the rst thing on their mind.
McKinney conronted the war makers
Despite these difculties, the movement here has tochallenge such a criminal imperialist act of brigandageand piracy. Otherwise, it pulls the whole progressivemovement backwards. If it is going to ght on immediate, bread-and-butter issues such as the economy, the move-ment also has to show that it’s willing to stand up againstheavy-handed propaganda from the government and thecorporate media. This is a measure of its independencefrom those who rule U.S. society.Cynthia McKinney put herself at risk by going to Libya.She gave the movement an opportunity to focus on thisissue. And groups in each city took up the challenge. In eachcity the most resolute anti-war groups, including the In-ternational Action Center, often joined with or supportedPan-African organizations that reached out to all sorts of local committees. In the end, meetings of 250 to 500 peo-ple have heard McKinney and others condemn the attack.In every city, those initiating this community “teach-in”reached out consciously and discussed the issues with a wider circle of the Black movement — especially the Pan- African movement, those who have long focused on Africa.The most important role for anti-imperialist forces toplay is rst to provide clarity among their own ranks andthen to reach out and win over others who might have atrst been confused about Libya. The movement here isincredibly diverse. Each of the meetings here was quitedifferent from the others. But they all reected the move-ment in the cities where they took place.In Atlanta, there was an outpouring of Black forces. InMinneapolis, it was the people facing grand jury inves-tigations and the Women Against Military Madness. In Albany, N.Y., the United National Antiwar Coalition; inLos Angeles, a section of the mostly immigrant workers’movement from south of the border; in Boston, the school bus drivers and the Haitian community played a role. At Riverside Church in New York, the Rev. Robert B.Coleman of the Riverside Church Prison Ministries wel-like the International Ac-tion Center also support-ed the event. Workers World Party membersdistributed thousands of newspapers and leaetsthroughout the city to build for the action.
— Report and photo by John Catalinotto
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