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Jan. 8, 2008 Vol. 51, no. 1 50¢
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In an investigative article released this week, a reporter who spent a year and ahalf in New Orleans connects the dots onreports that have circulated ever sinceHurricane Katrina hit in 2005 show-ing that Black people were dying fromindiscriminate shootings as well as fromdrowning after Katrina.“Katrina’s Hidden Race War,” is ashocking investigation of racist vigilante violence written by A. C. Thompson forthe Jan. 5 issue of The Nation magazine.Thompson’s exposé focuses on the pre-dominately white neighborhood of AlgiersPoint, a national historic district made upof 150-year-old Victorian homes with freshcoats of paint and well-manicured lawns.In Algiers Point, which itself is sur-rounded by the general community of mostly African-American Algiers, a sys-tem of racist vigilante justice was estab-lished while the police turned a blind eye. After Katrina hit, the national newsmedia screamed about roving gangs of “thugs” in the Superdome and “looters”rampaging through New Orleans. There was, in fact, serious crime going on butit wasn’t in the Superdome and it wasn’t“looters”—a codename for poor, Black people. According to Thompson’s report, it was bands of whites in Algiers Point who shotmany and killed a reported 11 Black men.These murders, these serious crimes, werenever reported on Fox News and havenever been investigated by police or any 
other ofcials.
On Dec. 19, Amy Goodman and JuanGonzalez interviewed Thompson as wellas Donnell Herrington, a survivor of the vigilante violence, on Democracy Now.(www.democracynow.org)Herrington nearly died on Sept. 1, 2005,after being shot by a white vigilante while
he was heading to an ofcial evacuation
site at the Algiers Point Ferry terminal. Hisstory was featured in The Nation article. When asked by Goodman if he wouldlike to see justice brought to those who triedto murder him, Herrington said, “Yeah,of course. Of course. I would like to seeall those who participated in that horrible,horrible act of violence—I would like to seeall those people be brought to justice.”Goodman then asked him what it wouldtake to bring about justice. “You know,this is the kind of thing that many, many people can investigate: the local DA, thelocal police, the state attorney general, thefederal authorities. If the public demandsthat the authorities actually take a look atthis, it may well happen. But it’s going totake the public pushing the authorities todo something,” Thompson said.Since Thompson’s lengthy piece waspublished, many e-mail lists and Facebook sites are promoting it and proposing pres-
sure be put on ofcials to investigate.
Color of Change, an activist organiza-
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 Vigilantes, cops shot down Black people 1Moncure Plywood workers rally for justice 1
The road to build consciousness, ghtback 
2Ramsey Clark stands with Chuck Turner 3Rosa Parks Human Rights Day protest 3New School students occupy building and win! 4
Progressive journalist ghts felony charges
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International briefs 8 Anti-repression uprising takes root throughout Greece 9IAC/FIST letter to Greek gov’t 9World’s people rally to defend Iraqi journalist 10
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Excerpts from a talk given by Sharon Black at the Nov. 15-16 WWP National Conference.
Karl Marx proclaimed that“being determines conscious-ness” and already we can seethis in our own experience in theforeclosure struggle.In Baltimore on Oct. 25 weheld a “Bailout the People” dem-
onstration during a horric rain
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storm while C-SPAN lmed the
rally, which it later aired.Because of that coverage, wereceived scores of calls fromall over the country. A womanfrom Missouri called saying she wanted to help us. What couldshe do? Did we have a protestnearby that she could attend? A  Wisconsin woman explained herknees were “shot from her joband she couldn’t walk anymore,” but she could do something fromher house. She had a friend who had been foreclosed. A nonunion truck driver called several times from Arkansas to give a 10-point program for truckers who are being abused on the job. In New Jersey a young man wasthrilled to hear that we were considering a march on WallStreet.These calls were dramatically different from the ones we
received when we rst mobilized for the Mortgage Bankers
 Association conference protest called by the NationalNetwork to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions in April.The callers in April were angry about the foreclosurecrisis but most were primarily interested in seeing if thenetwork could counsel them on how to stop an individu-
al foreclosure or nd a solution to a particular problem.
Many of these calls were very moving and all of them cer-tainly important.But the calls we received after the federal bank bailout
reected a higher level in consciousness. Workers wanted
to know what could they do, how could they get involved.There were also many more questions about what wethought the solutions were.In the space of a few months, you could sense that achange had taken place.
It takes a revolutionary party 
One of Lenin’s important contributions was to gure
out what kind of organization it would take to throw outthe old regime and ultimately bring the working class topower.The old forms of organization couldn’t cut it—wherepeople sat around debating and even if they did arrive atsome conclusion, each individual did and said whateverthey wanted, without discipline of action or resolve. Thiscertainly could not successfully challenge the ruling elite withall their centralized power—withtheir secret police and jails.Lenin also saw with his owneyes that the spontaneousactions of the workers, no mat-ter how heroic they might be,couldn’t do it either. He learnedthis from history—from the ParisCommune and from the Russian workers themselves.It would take a party of revo-lutionaries who were dedicatedto distilling the lessons of work-ing-class struggle and who couldguide that struggle based onpolitical theory tempered withreal experience. Without theory—meaning anunderstanding of how capital-ism and imperialism work intheir totality—and a broadergoal of eradicating the old sys-tem and putting in place a new socialist one, the work-ers could never advance beyond small reforms that wereultimately lost.Lenin wanted the Bolshevik Party to be a workers’party. Not that everyone had to be a worker or from the working class. Everyone who was interested—includingintellectuals, youth and everyone from all walks of life—should be in the party. What was crucial was that they had revolutionary working-class politics and were doers.Lenin thought it was critical to win the workers them-
selves. And the rst party to win a proletarian revolution
made it a priority to energetically pursue winning work-ers and the oppressed. They set up underground schoolsto train new cadre. Workers World Party seeks to be the same kind of party. And since its inception we have struggled to do
this. Our great difculty is that history—particularly the
collapse of the Soviet Union and the relative strength of capitalism borne on the backs of the oppressed colonial
 world—has made this process difcult. In some sense ourmembers have had the task of keeping the re burning
rather than being able to spread the torch.But everything is changing. The time has come tospread the torch.This economic crisis has and will continue to open upthe eyes of thousands of workers to new ideas. We needto go to the workers, to be with them in their struggles, torecruit them to the party—especially the most oppressed—the Black, Latin@, Native, Asian, youth, women, LGBTand immigrant workers—everyone.Revolutionary Marxism has the answers for why andhow this could happen and it has the answers to how wecan build an entirely new world.
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WW PhOtO: Gary WilsON
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N racist frame-up! 
Ramsey Clark stands with Chuck Turner
By Frank NeisserBoston
Life-long civil rights advocate Ramsey Clark, winner of the 2008 United NationsHuman Rights Award and founder of theInternational Action Center, held a pressconference in front of the JFK FederalBuilding here on Dec. 17 to defend Chuck Turner, an African-American community 
leader and ve-term Boston city council
-or, against racist frame-up charges fromU.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan.Clark called for an investigation of Sullivan for “pursuing a prosecution that was politically and racially motivated” andgoing forward with a case that was “worsethan sloppy.” Clark cited Turner’s com-
mitment to ghting for justice and civil
rights over four decades.Clark explained that in the 1960sand 1970s, “Apparently every African- American member of the Congress wasinvestigated and rumors of criminality  were circulated. And we’ve got to do bet-ter than that. I’m honored to be here withChuck Turner. I’m convinced that he’ll be vindicated. I’m outraged that the pub-lic and he are hurt by this assault on hischaracter.”Clark, a former U.S. attorney gen-eral, pointed out the pattern of abuse of 
ofce across the country by the outgo
-ing Bush administration. He called fora moratorium on prosecutions until thenew administration can conduct an inde-pendent investigation and replace U.S. Attorney Sullivan and the current attor-ney general.People’s lawyer John Pavlos from theTurner defense team said Clark’s stature,intelligence and energy will be “a huge boost for Chuck Turner” and the effort to“vindicate him of these bogus charges.”He characterized the case against Turneras “nothing more than a false fishingexpedition.”Turner expressed tremendous gratitudefor Clark’s appearance in Boston sevendays after receiving the U.N. award forlifetime achievement in the human rights
eld. He called the prosecution’s actions
“not just an attempt to disgrace me but anattempt to discourage people standing for justice across the city, state and country.”Turner said the country’s “soul must becleansed for the sake of our children andgrandchildren.” Turner and Clark were joined by over 70 community and laborsupporters, including a security squad fromUnited Steel Workers Local 8751 BostonSchool Bus Drivers, Haitian community leaders, activists from the International Action Center, Bishop Filipe TeixeiraOFSJC and others who marched from thesteps of City Hall to the federal building.The press conference was covered by themajor TV media; the Boston Herald; andthe Bay State Banner, the newspaper of Boston’s African-American community.Meeting with activists and supportersin City Hall, Turner and Clark called fora nationwide campaign to investigate theinvestigators and prosecute the prosecu-tors, as well as a moratorium on political-ly-motivated prosecutions and dirty tricks by the outgoing administration. Theseinclude attacks on the environment,enacting last-minute executive orders andregulations, and locking in open-endedcontinuation of war.Such a campaign is being prepared. Formore information and to participate, go tosupportchuckturner.com, iacboston.orgor iacenter.org.Community support for Turner contin-ues to grow. Hundreds packed the hall fora support rally at Roxbury Community College on Dec. 9, in advance of his latestcourt appearance on Dec. 10. The event was an outpouring from the community of people of all ages, with youth culturalperformances by Miya X of FIST (FightImperialism, Stand Together) and theFoundation.Supporters also packed the courtroomand the hall outside on Dec. 10 whenTurner was arraigned in Boston. The caseagainst him has been falling apart, withthe FBI’s undercover witness contradict-
ing the FBI’s own afdavit in the case.
But in an abuse of prosecutorial power
 by the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s ofce,
 without any new facts or evidence theprosecutors filed a superseding indict-ment accusing Turner of a joint conspira-cy with State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson. Thisis an attempt to deny him the right to con-front the witnesses and case against himin a probable cause hearing.The arraignment on the new conspira-cy charge took only ten minutes in court.Turner emerged surrounded by support-ers and his attorneys, who condemnedthe prosecutors’ maneuver for the assem- bled media. The next court appearance isscheduled for late January.
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Rosa Parks Human RightsDay protest
Bishop Filipe Teixeira, Ramsey Clark and Chuck Turner, Dec. 17.
WW PhoTo: STEVE KIrSChBAUM
By Frank NeisserProvidence, R.I.
 A spirited protest of over 50 commu-nity activists was staged here on Dec. 1 tocommemorate the 53rd anniversary of thearrest of Rosa Parks in Montgomery, Ala.,for refusing to give up her seat on a city  bus for a white man. Parks’ act launchedthe modern Civil Rights Movement.The protest was sponsored by the RosaParks Human Rights Day Committee
of the Rhode Island Peoples Assembly/
 Asemblea Popular. Participating and sup-porting groups included DARE (Direct Action for Rights & Equality), DARE Youth, UMAM (Urban Men AgainstMurder), SOCK (Saving Our Club Kids),SGAW (Sisters Gathering at the Well),NOI (Nation of Islam), The George Wiley Center, the Laborers Union, and State, City and Municipal Employees Council 94.The demonstrators demanded bail outthe people, not the banks; fund humanneeds, not capitalist greed; tax the rich,not the poor; foreclose on the wars, not ourhomes; feed the people, not the Pentagon;stop foreclosures, evictions, utility shut-offs, layoffs and RIPTA (Rhode IslandPublic Transit Authority) service cuts; nocity, state or federal cuts to human needs;full employment and jobs at living wages;universal health care; affordable housingand utilities; secure pensions and socialsecurity; and a green future.The afternoon demonstration took placeon Broad Street in Providence, across thestreet from the town of Crossroads. Theprotest was kicked off and coordinated by Mary Kay Harris of DARE. A large con-tingent of DARE youth marched in with a banner to join the demonstration.
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tion that came into prominence promot-ing justice for the Jena 6 defendants, dida massive e-mail blast that included let-ters to Louisiana’s new governor, Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Attorney General James“Buddy” Caldwell and the U.S. Departmentof Justice, urging them to investigate the Algiers Point attacks.
 A reign of terror in New Orleans
Sister Krystal Muhammad told Work-
ers World, “When the Panthers rst got
to Algiers Point in New Orleans, it wasseven days after Hurricane Katrina hadhit. I remember because the headline inthe paper that day said ‘7th Day of Hell.’Sister Queen had called us. She didn’thave power. A large tree was down on herproperty on Newton Street. We had goneto get her and others who wanted to leave. When we got there, we saw somethingI couldn’t believe. A body in the road,so bloated and smelling. Right there,stretched out spread eagle. He had a bul-let hole in the middle of his head.“We saw police cars drive by, right pastthe body, and they kept on driving. They did nothing and there was a dead body inthe street with a bullet hole in his head.”Muhammad and other members of theHouston chapter of the New Black PantherParty, had gone to New Orleans to helptake people out after evacuees in Houston‘s Astrodome told them that many buses weretaking only whites out of New Orleans. What she and others found in New Orleans was desperate, hungry, hot andthirsty people living under a dusk-to-dawn curfew in an atmosphere created by former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and formerMayor Ray Nagin, where any Black person was labeled a suspected looter and becamea target not only of racist bands of vigilan-tes but also of the police themselves.“As soon as we got into New Orleans,there were spray-painted signs everywheresaying, ‘If you loot, we’ll shoot!’ MayorNagin ordered over 1,000 cops to stoptrying to rescue people and to go after so-called looters instead,” Muhammad said.The NBPP says that while they heardreports of the vigilante activity in AlgiersPoint, they also heard many in the com-munity talk about other extra-judicialkillings and those were done by the policethemselves.“The body in the street at Sister Queen’shouse—all the neighbors said that thepolice had killed him and left his body there to rot. They saw this.“We took this one family on our bus back to Houston. The boys were Mario andRoland and they were with their grand-mother and their uncles. Their motherhad been arrested walking down the street with a loaf of bread and some water. They took her like a criminal, not like a motherlooking out for her children.“Another family was a young womannamed Tasha and her little sister and hertwo daughters. They told us that whileunder curfew they watched the police drivedown the street while people were sitting intheir own yards and the cops would pointguns at them with the red beam of lightshining on their foreheads. The cops toldthem to get inside. It was hot and there was no power,” Muhammad said.The ruling classes of Louisiana and theU.S. have covered up the crimes commit-ted after Katrina because the most seri-ous crimes were committed by the gov-ernment itself. It was inept, unprepared,
uncaring and racist ofcials that caused a
reign of terror over New Orleans.There are four lawsuits pending in fed-eral court in New Orleans arising fromthe police decision not to allow peopleto walk on foot across the Crescent City Connection Bridge to leave the chaos of Hurricane Katrina. On Dec. 19 the federal judge dismissed one of the central claimsand sided with the police, saying they wereonly trying to keep law and order.Order will come to New Orleans whenthe people living there can control theirown lives free of racists, whether in City Hall or in the streets.
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