n the U.S.
Resistance grows to racist Arizona law ......................1Repression, cutbacks wrack Detroit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2U.S. Social Forum meets in Detroit June 22-26...............3 Two choices for UAW — class struggle or suicide, part 2.....4Newark, N.J.: ‘Housing is a right!’ ............................5Stop police brutality against high school students ..........5Workers picket CUNY Research Foundation .................5On the picket line ..........................................5Fightback grows against Arizona’s anti-immigrant law.......6Houston students support Arizona struggle.................6‘San Patricio’ honors Irish-Mexican solidarity ................6Indigenous activists occupy Border Patrol...................7 Texas schoolbooks to teach racism, capitalism ..............8
round the world
A Cuban reader responds...................................4African peoples challenge imperialism, part 2...............8Class struggle breaks out in Thailand........................8UPR students resolute as strike enters second month .......9Interview with Honduran resistance leader .................9S. Korea, U.S. maneuvers threaten war on DPRK ............10Anger, protests grow along with misery in Haiti . . . . . . . . . . . .11Solidarity from Panama....................................11
The unraveling of capitalism...............................10
Noticias n spañol
UPR: Represión despierta solidaridad ......................12
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After killing of 7yearold Aiyana Jones
Repression, cutbacks wrack Detroit
By Abayomi AzikiweEditor, PanAfrican News WireDetroit
Seven-year-old Aiyana Jones, who was killed by a De-troit police special unit team that raided her home onMay 16, was eulogized on May 22 at Second EbenezerChurch on the city’s east side. The city remains shockedand angered over the shooting and subsequent efforts by Mayor Dave Bing’s administration and the police to shiftresponsibility for the unprovoked killing to the recentrash in violence that has hit Detroit.Mayor Bing and Police Chief Warren Evans, who were both criticized by the corporate-owned media for notresponding quickly to the death of Aiyana Jones, haveurged the public not to “reach conclusions” about the kill-ing until all the facts are available. The mayor then ac-cused attorney Geoffrey Fieger, who is representing thefamily of Aiyana Jones in two civil lawsuits that were led just a few days after her death, of only being concernedabout money and not about revealing what really hap-pened at the home where the deadly police raid occurred. With the Detroit police facing intense criticism andscrutiny, the administration and Wayne County Pros-ecutor Kym Worthy have turned over the investigationinto the killing of Aiyana Jones to the Michigan StatePolice. On May 20 state police showed up at the Jones’family home seeking to search the premises for evidencerelated to the raid on May 16. When the family refused to cooperate and allow thestate cops to enter the home, they returned with a search warrant and a locksmith and proceeded to comb the resi-dence for clues related to the killing of Aiyana. This wastantamount to a second raid and raised tensions evenfurther between the community and the law enforce-ment agencies. When it was announced that the Rev. Al Sharpton of New York would deliver the eulogy at the memorial ser- vice for Aiyana, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, who is a Republican candidate for governor, launchedan attack and asked rhetorically, “Where was [Sharp-ton] last week when Detroit police ofcer Brian Huff waskilled?” Huff was killed on May 3 when police raided a vacant home in the same neighborhood where Jones’home is located.Four other ofcers were wounded in the May 3 shoot-ing along with a suspect, Jason Gibson, 25. Gibson, whohas been charged in the shooting of the police ofcers,had a preliminary examination on murder and assaultcharges on May 24.In response to the attack by Cox on Sharpton, the Rev.Horace Shefeld III, president of the Michigan chapterof the National Action Network, headed by Sharpton,stated, “I think it’s disturbing, disgusting and unaccept-able for [Cox] to forsake his law enforcement role for hispublic pandering trying to get elected to another ofcerole.” (Detroit Free Press, May 21)In fact, the entire apparatus of the power structure in-cluding the city administration, the police, the prosecu-tor’s ofce, the state police, the attorney general and thegovernor have been hostile and defensive in regard tocriticism surrounding the raid and the subsequent inves-tigation into the death of Aiyana Jones. A corporate-oriented consulting rm has questionedthe city administration’s handling of the political situa-tion surrounding the killing of Jones. According to theLos Angeles-based Bernstein Crisis Management Inc.:“You can’t hide behind a press release. In a case likethis one, lawyers will restrict what you can say, but thatdoesn’t stop you from doing the right thing by making a verbal statement, and reaching out to the family.”Cora Mitchell, whose son was killed in April 2009 by the neighboring suburban Warren police, said the De-troit Coalition Against Police Brutality was doing the jobof the city administration by working with the Jones’family. “Why is Ron Scott [of DCAPB] here doing War-ren Evans’ job? He should be here. Mayor Bing should behere. They should be apologizing to this family.” (DetroitNews, May 19)U.S. Rep. John Conyers from Detroit has requestedthat the Justice Department conduct an investigationinto the killing of Aiyana Jones. Conyers said, “It isimperative that we take all possible steps to calm thesituation, reassure the community that their safety is anational priority, and lessen the chance of future blood-shed.” (Mlive.com, May 21)Nonetheless, Gov. Jennifer Granholm repudiatedConyers’ call by saying that the state police are morethan qualied to handle the present situation. Granholmclaimed, “Clearly an investigation could reveal changesthat need to be made to ensure it never happens again,and that’s what the Michigan State Police are going toundertake.”
Just two days after the raid that resulted in the deathof Aiyana Jones, the Detroit City Council voted 5-3, withone abstention, to adopt a new ordinance allowing copsto work additional jobs providing security to private businesses. This ordinance was passed despite warningsfrom the DCAPB that such a measure would raise thelevel of legal claims against the city government, which would be nancially responsible in the event that law-suits charging police misconduct, brutality and wrongfuldeaths were settled against the administration. At a City Council public hearing on May 18 where theordinance was passed, the bulk of the discussion prior tothe vote was conducted by top police ofcials and councilmembers, two of whom were former law enforcement of-cials. When the DCAPB spoke during the public com-ment section, each member was given only one minute toaddress the council on their opposition to the ordinance.
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