Thursday, October 30, 2014

"Silence Mumia Bill" Signed Into Law.

  On Tuesday, Oct. 21st Pennsylvania Governor Corbett signed into law the "Revictimization Relief Act". 

On a flatbed trailer at 13th & Locust in Philadelphia, Maureen Faulkner, Gov. Corbett, and the bill's sponsors, State Rep Mike Vereb and Senator John Rafferty gathered. 
This bill was hijacked, gutted and fast tracked through the legislature with the specific intent to silence prisoners and prevent Mumia Abu-Jamal from speaking from prison. The law goes immediately into effect.  It allows the Attorney General of PA or the District Attorney on behalf of victims to sue seeking an injunction to prevent prisoners and those that assist them from broadcasting their voices.  
These forces have  tried to execute Mumia for 30 years via the electric chair and lethal injection.

More here..

Has The U.S. Lived Up To Its Convention Against Torture Treaty (CAT) Obligations? The Jericho Movement and Malcolm X Center At The U.S. Treaty Review, November 12 & 13th, United Nations; Geneva, Switzerland

The Jericho Movement for Amnesty and Freedom of U.S. Political Prisoners and  the Malcolm X Center for Self Determination are partnering to present shadow reports at the UN Human Rights Council’s Committee on the Convention Against Torture, Cruel, Inhuman, Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT).  

Mr, Jihad Abdulmumit , Jericho Chair and former political prisoner, will outline ongoing U.S. abuses against U.S. political prisoners.  

Ms. Efia Nwangaza, Malcolm X Center Director and SNCC Black Power Movement architect and organizer will give the treaty review campaign’s history and its role to free imprisoned human rights defenders and political activists, from the 1960s illegal COINTELPRO assaults on Black, Latino, and Native American movements to today’s environmental activists. 

The reports to the UN by the Malcolm X Center and the Jericho Movement are a part of a global education campaign, initiated by the Malcolm X Center for Self Determination with the United States’ first Universal Periodic Review (UPR), 2010.  

The Center’s goal is to raise global awareness of the existence of U.S. political prisoners, conditions of confinement, and the prisoner’s call for a South Africa styled Truth and Reconciliation process. Through a series of joint UN reports from the UPR Review, to the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), endorsed by the Jericho Movement and more than 100 organizations and individuals, imprisoned COINTELPRO/Civil Rights Era human rights defenders and political activists and other political prisoners are now on the global human rights agenda. 

Jericho Movement for Amnesty & Freedom of U.S. Political Prisoners, founded 1998, is the official multi-movement prisoner organized voice of imprisoned U.S.  political activists and human rights defenders (pp/pows/exiles). 

Malcolm X Center for Self Determination (MXC), founded in 1991, is a multi-issue, volunteer, grassroots, community based resource and action center for  self-determination and human rights advocacy of people of Afrikan descent.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Greek ‘Black Panthers’ Warn Racist Gangs: ‘Don’t Mess With Black People’.

“You cannot be living your life in fear because of some stupid neo-Nazi group,” said Chege to Channel 4 reporter Jamal Osman. “In WW2, they were crushed. In WW3, we will exterminate them out of the face of the earth.” 

Chege added, “And me personally? I am a member of the Black Panthers and everybody knows that. And I am giving them [Golden Dawn] a straight warning –  don’t mess with Black people, anyhow.”

Chege said he has warred with the Golden Dawn 10 times in a “kill or be killed” battle in his words. Osman asked if the encounters with the gangs are random, to which he replied, “They mostly target Black people.”

According to Chege, the police do not intervene in hate crimes because they secretly support Golden Dawn. More here

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Seattle/Tacoma Human Rights Community to Serve Israeli Shipping Company with Notice of Ongoing Boycott Action.

Seattle/Tacoma Human Rights Community to Serve Israeli Shipping Company with Notice of Ongoing Boycott Action

3:30 PM – Rally to Follow
Zim American Integrated Shipping Services
S.W. Klickitat Way, Seattle, WA  98134

Block the Boat Northwest, a local anti-apartheid coalition, will make a public delivery of a demand letter to the Seattle offices of Zim American Integrated Shipping Services Co. LLCan Israeli-owned transport company.  The letter serves notice that Puget Sound activists will continue to boycott and blockade Zim freight ships until the State of Israel complies with the demands of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS):
• End the occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantle the Wall;
• Recognize the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality;
• Respect, protect and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194. 

The Seattle action will be part of ongoing West Coast and international boycott and blockade actions targeting Zim Shipping.  

On October 25, Oakland’s Block the Boat for Gaza will once more blockade a Zim ship from unloading in the Oakland harbor. 

As a part of Ofer Brothers, Israel’s largest and most profitable conglomerate — with close ties to Israel's security apparatus — Zim is in a unique position to influence the State of Israel to comply with the demands of the international BDS movement, which are in accord with international humanitarian law.  As a shipping company, Zim should also respect several specific rights of the people of Gaza:

• Freedom for Palestinians to move freely in and out of Gaza;
• Unrestricted import and export of supplies and goods by land, sea and air; 
• Unrestricted use of the Gaza seaport.

Block the Boat NW is responding to a call by the Palestinian General Federation Trade Union for actions to end Israel’s ongoing violations of human rights and international law, including Israel’s recent assault on the captive population of Gaza, during which Israelbombed schools, several hospitals, seven UN-designated shelters, Gaza’s only power plant, and Gaza’s water purification system.  More than 2000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed by Israel during the fifty days of its assault on Gaza.

Since the West Coast campaign to blockade Zim ships began in August, Zim  is estimated to have lost thousands of dollars a day for the delays in Oakland, Los Angeles, Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver.