From the Gay Liberation Network, Chicago

 

Shut Down Racism, War & Bigotry

on 1st Anniversary of Trump

When Trump and the 1% attack, we will fight back!

A year into his and presidency, Trump, the 1% and the establishment are feeling more confident that they will not have to face resistance in the streets.

They have gone on the offensive, approving the racist travel ban, empowering racist police departments and ICE, attacking Native lands and the environment. They’re promoting the Tax Plan assault which threatens Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.

They’re threatening LGBTQ rights through phony “religious liberty” laws and a forthcoming Supreme Court decision. These moves threaten equal access to public accommodations, a basic right won by the black-led Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, today using hostility against LGBTQs as a wedge to attack a basic right that should be guaranteed to all oppressed people.

On an international front, they’re funding and escalating the Saudi genocide in Yemen, preparing for a disastrous war against perhaps Korea or Iran, backing election fraud against a progressive candidate in Honduras, threatening net neutrality, attacking the Arab and Muslim world by declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel and much, much more.

Trump and the congress of millionaire’s agenda of unrestrained capitalism and white supremacy and the warmongering and fake resistance of democratic politicians can only be defeated by a united people’s movement to stop racist police terror, imperialist war, environmental destruction, the fascist mobilization and the attacks on immigrants and all oppressed people.

We stand with and will continue to defend immigrants, LGBTQ people, Muslims, People of Color, women, workers, the youth, poor people, the disabled and all those who are under attack!

The initiating cosponsors of this action are BLM Women of Faith, Answer Chicago & People United Against Oppression. They can be contacted at 773.885.3991. Please join and share the Facebook event here.

Additional co-sponsors are: Chicago Students Union; Freedom First International; Gay Liberation Network; Illinois Green Party; Centro Autónomo de Albany Park, Chicago; Anakbayan Chicago: International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines – Midwest; Free from Harm; Chicago Chapter of Veterans for Peace; La Voz de los de Abajo; Chicago Campaign to Expose Crisis Pregnancy Centers; Kofi Ademola, an activist in the Movement for Black Lives; International Socialist Organization; Refuse Fascism Chicago; Chicago Workers World Party; The Party for Socialism and Liberation Chicago; Chicagoland Teamsters Against chump; Albany Park, North Park, Mayfair Neighbors for Peace and Justice; Chicago Socialist Alternative; Chicago Stop Moving Backwards; No War on North Korea; Party for Socialism and Liberation – Milwaukee; Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement; Southwest Suburban Activists; March 19th Anti-War Coalition; No Amazon HQ in Chicago; and Justicia en Ayotzinapa Comité Chicago.

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For information about the January 20th march in Hartford go to HERE.

From the Hampton Institute:    “The dirty truth is that the rich are the great cause of poverty.” – Michael Parenti

There are two vacant investor-owned homes for every homeless person in America.

The difference between the greed of the wealthy and the precariousness of American workers is painfully stark when looking at vacant homes.
2016 figures from ATTOM Data Solutions — which publishes comprehensive housing data — show that wealthy investors are buying up more and more real estate as a moneymaking venture while housing prices and homelessness continue to skyrocket across America.
According to ATTOM, 76 percent of all vacant homes in America are owned by investors — amounting to approximately 1.1 million vacant residential investment properties. Many of these vacant homes are in economically distressed Rust Belt cities with high poverty rates, like Detroit, Michigan, neighboring Flint, and Youngstown, Ohio. The states with the highest investment property vacancy rate also have high poverty rates. Michigan leads the pack with 10.3 percent vacancy, Indiana at 9.8 percent, Alabama at 6.9 percent, and Mississippi at 6.6 percent.

Meanwhile, in December of 2017, the Associated Press reported that homelessness increased in America for the first time since 2010 — the height of the Great Recession. 2017 data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development showed that local counts of homeless Americans reached approximately 554,000 nationwide, which is a 1 percent increase from 2016 (and roughly half of the number of vacant residential investment properties in America today). Approximately one-third of those counted as homeless had no access to nightly shelters and were sleeping on streets, and in vehicles and tents.

2017 was also a record-high year for rent prices, according to housing figures from Zillow. Tenants across America paid landlords an estimated $485.6 billion, with more than $100 billion of that coming from just the New York/New Jersey market, the Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim market, and the Chicago market. Approximately 97,000 of America’s homeless persons are in New York City (63,169 homeless) and Los Angeles (34,000 homeless). Cities like San Jose, California and Denver, Colorado are seeing double-digit rent increases on average each year, according to Forbes.

If current trends continue, affordable housing is expected to become even more scarce. CNBC reported in 2016 that 25 percent of ultra-wealthy Americans surveyed are planning on buying more real estate over the next several years. More scarcity in housing markets will drive up home prices, which will increase rent prices as a result. This could lead to future increases in the number of homeless Americans between now and 2020.

For charts and maps to see how severe this problem really is go to the main story HERE. 

To anyone who thinks that we are off base when we say, No War But Class War this we hope will convince you otherwise.

Words of wisdom from history past. She didn’t ignore them and today we are not living under a Nazi regime.  Stop it before it grows, kick it out of your town and city. These scum bags if left alone could possibly grow.

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Press Alert Jan. 15
INTERNATIONAL FOCUS JAN 17 ON PHILLY COURT HEARING FOR MUMIA ABU-JAMAL’S FREEDOM
Political, labor and international attention will be focused on Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Center this Wednesday for a decisive battle in Pennsylvania political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal’s 36 year struggle for justice and freedom.

Supporters will start gathering before the court hearing at 8am at 1301 Filbert Street on Jan. 17 with signs, banners, chants and speakers. Among the speakers will be a delegation of French political leaders. After the court hearing, a short rally will take place to discuss the ramifications of the court proceedings.
This latest court hearing is a continuation of Abu-Jamal’s Aug. 7, 2016 legal action assailing the judicial bias and conflict of interest in his post-conviction appeal denials from 1998-2012. This is a path to overturn Mumia’s conviction for a murder he did not commit and to win his freedom.

In coordination with the court date, hundreds of US and international political, labor, educational and cultural leaders, organizations and community activists signed an “International Call to Release the District Attorney and Police Files Relevant to Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Case and to Free Him Now”, initiated by the Frantz Fanon Foundation. Among the signers are Angela Davis, Danny Glover, Dr. Cornel West, Puerto Rican Nationalist hero Oscar Lopez Rivera, numerous elected officials and political activists from France, Germany, Great Britain, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, Australia, Haiti, Mexico, Canada, the US and other countries.

The document with an incomplete list of signers was delivered to Krasner’s office on Jan. 12, along with a request to meet with the DA on Jan. 15 or 16. The final list of signers plus an additional letter from the French organization Libérons Mumia! will be handed over at that time.

As described in detail in the attached document, Castille was a Philadelphia DA while Mumia’s direct appeals of his conviction were prepared and argued from 1986 to 1990. As DA, Castille was responsible for oversight of all the legal briefs and arguments presented by the prosecution to the PA Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Mumia’s conviction and death sentence.
After election to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1994, Castille refused to recuse himself from Mumia’s case and denied every one of his post-conviction appeals from 1995-2012. An historic ruling in Williams v. Pennsylvania in 2016 by the U.S. Supreme Court found that Castille’s refusal to step aside in the case was unconstitutional. In April 2017, Mumia’s newest appeal based on the Williams verdict came before Tucker’s bench.

Since Mumia’s initial hearing on this appeal, the DA’s office has repeatedly resisted full compliance with numerous orders from Tucker to produce all records related to the case. They claim there is nothing in their files showing Castille’s personal interest or role in Mumia’s case.

Yet documents the DA has produced do show evidence of Castille’s direct role. They include references to a March 1990 memo to Castille and a June 1990 letter from Castille to then-governor Casey related to death penalty cases including Mumia’s. When the DA claimed they could not locate the memo, Tucker ordered them to produce former Deputy DA Gaele McLaughlin Barthold to testifyon Jan. 17 regarding the contents of the memo.

If the court finds for Mumia, his appeals could be reinstated and his criminal conviction thrown open. That is why a mass movement is demanding the public release of ALL police and prosecution files on Mumia. As a world-renowned writer who is suffering from serious health issues, it is particularly pressing that Mumia Abu-Jamal be released, NOW!

“As through this world you travel, you’ll meet some funny men;

Some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen.

And as through your life you travel, yes, as through your life you roam,

You won’t never see an outlaw drive a family from their home.”

We need to grow and nourish many more Pretty Boy Floyd’s. We know with a stroke of that fountain pen many have lost and will lose what they have. With that stroke of a pen a law will be off the books. With a stroke of a pen people will face deportation.  With a stroke of that pen our health insurance, our Social Security, our Medicare and other benefits that were guaranteed will be gone.  Here today gone tomorrow. No telling what these bastards will do.

Yes some say that the pen is mightier than the sword we say both can be very dangerous weapons in the hands of hateful people such as those that are to take center stage in January. We need to grow and nourish more Pretty Boy Floyd’s one who can stop these folks in their tracks, can take what they have and give it to those who need it. One thing is certain we have truth on our side even if they claim god on theirs. But hey wait, don’t some on our side claim the same? Who takes the high road and who takes the low road? As things get tough love just won’t be enough. Everything that we thought to hold dear will be questioned, things will be turned upside down, the low will be made lower than before and the cooked will remain crooked. Will we continue to sing, Some day peace will come as they crack us over the heads with their beating sticks? As they jail us? Deport us? Deny us? Oppose us? We do not need long winded essays by the liberal elite. We know their wrongs, we know them by who they flock together with. We know which side we are on. We are not fooled by the crumbs shaken from their table cloths and we are no way satisfied.

We need to grow and nourish more Robin Hoods, more Pretty Boy Floyd’s we need to grow and nourish more revolutionary people who will not take this bullshit sitting down.

Notes:

Floyd began robbing banks in Ohio with a group of gangster accomplices, and soon moved on to other territories. During his crime spree, bank insurance rates in Oklahoma were reported to have doubled. He became popular with the public by allegedly destroying mortgage papers at many of the banks he robbed, liberating many debt-ridden citizens. Known for sharing money he’d lifted with others, he was often protected by Oklahoma locals, who dubbed him “Robin Hood of the Cookson Hills.”

In John Steinbeck‘s 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath, the character Ma Joad refers several times to Pretty Boy Floyd as a young man driven to a tragic fate by social injustice and the Great Depression.

This article was first posted in December of  2016. We want to re-publish it as the new year begins. Yes folks we do need more Robin Hoods, more Pretty Boy Floyd’s who know that to take from the rich which isn’t theirs is a holy act.

Image  —  Posted: January 15, 2018 in *Celebration*, for your reflection, In Remembrance, Saying it like it should be said., The Ruling Class Must Be Brought Down!