Ferguson 2 Miami, #BlackLivesMatter Report Back and Analysis

Report Back: Miami Black Lives Matter Mobilizations, NGO’s & Constructing a Movement

By Members of One Struggle

Across the nation and the world, protests, blockades, and demonstrations are proliferating in response to the non-indictment of police officers involved in the murders of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. People are mobilizing, demanding justice and proclaiming that the system be indicted.

Miami – Friday, December 5th – Activists and organizers from a number of social justice non-profits organized a demonstration in the heart of Wynwood, a gentrified part of Miami; home to upscale art galleries, restaurants, and shops. The event aimed to highlight state violence not only in Ferguson and New York, but here in Miami as well. Last year, a young graffiti artist – Israel Hernandez – was tazed to death by police officers over tagging an abandoned McDonald’s in Miami Beach. The demonstration was a vigil for Israel “Reefa” Hernandez, Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Miamians who have lost their lives to police brutality. The event coincided with the start of Art Basel, a yearly art festival designed for artists and art buyers of the bourgeoisie.

The vigil shifted into a march down NW 36th Street and headed towards interstate 195. From North Miami Ave we left the street and headed up the highway exit ramp. In solidarity with mobilizations across the country, marchers formed a blockade, shutting down traffic in both directions. People linked arms across lanes, chanted, and held their ground. Traffic to and from Miami Beach was paralyzed. After blocking east and west bound traffic, we took up all the eastbound lanes and continued to march, stopping again before exiting to Biscayne Blvd. Off the highway, we shut down traffic and intersections moving past the Midtown Mall to the main street of Wynwood – NW 2nd Avenue – a hotspot for Art Basel Events. Continue reading

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South Florida sacrificed for profit; we’ll be one of the first to drown!

frackingStop Global Warming — End Capitalism!

Climate change is no longer in the future: it is happening now. The effects are apparent all over the world: floods, rising sea levels, species extinction, droughts, wildfires, heat waves, intense storms, and the loss of drinkiing water due to salt water intrusion—all of these will only get worse if things keep going in the same direction.

We in South Florida are seeing it with our own eyes, every time it rains—the water increasingly has nowhere to go, backs up from storm drains and floods the streets to levels we’ve never seen before. Just 3 feet of sea level rise will put 1/3 of southern Florida underwater.1 If nothing is done to lower carbon emissions, the whole state and many other coastal regions of the world will be flooded and eventually permanently submerged.
There is no doubt among most scientists that global warming is an accelerating emergency that we have to deal with NOW if we are to save the Earth’s ability to support life. But capitalists (those who own, control and benefit from the profit system) only care about making money—it doesn’t matter how, or how many of us they kill in the process.

In fact, FPL, which made $1.35 billion profit in 2013, plans to build a huge power plant in the middle of the Everglades that we don’t even need, which will require 22 million gallons of water a day to run. Their Palm Beach plant already releases 9.1 million metric tons of CO2, the most of any power plant in the region.

Governor Rick Scott invested in a company involved in oil drilling and illegal acid fracking in the Everglades, while overseeing the layoff of dozens of regulators from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.2 Continue reading

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Anti-Imperialism Day 7/26

So many of us in Miami and New York, so many of our families, wound up in the US as the result of imperialism.

On the anniversary of the 1915 US invasion of Haiti, come hear several speakers talk about the effects of imperialism in various countries, and the need for international solidarity and struggle against it. Talks and discussion will be followed up by a celebration of culture and internationalism. RSVP today!

RSVP: Miami

RSVP: New York 

6p – 8p; Speakers & Discussion
8:30p – 10:30p; Music, Dance & Poetry

* Daniel, a revolutionary militant, will talk about imperialist domination of Haiti
* Lissette from the Madre Tierra Collective will speak about Nicaragua
* Kaan of One Struggle will speak about the Rapid Response Network, the global minimum wage struggle and imperialism as globalized capitalism
* Vanessa Urbina Bermúdez of Madre Tierra will perform a traditional Colombian dance.
* Kazoots will perform their brand of Afro Indie Rock
*Unity Rise will play rousing political folk-punk
* More performers TBA!

Veye Yo
39 NW 54 ST, Miami, FL 33137

Free; donations welcome (to support the organizing activities of One Struggle)

 

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JULY 28, 1915 – JULY 28, 2014: 99 Years of Imperialist Domination Since the First U.S. Occupation of Haiti

IMG_7709The 19-year U.S. occupation of Haiti, which started on July 28, 1915, is a significant marker of Yankee imperialist aggression. In the era of Big Stick policy, the U.S. invaded and/or occupied many of the countries in the Caribbean and Central America, including Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and Panama… Since the start of the 20th Century, not counting secret operations, there have been over 120 U.S. military aggressions, more than one per year on average. There are more than 865 U.S. military bases abroad in more than 63 countries. The U.S. budget for defense and security-related activities represents 41% of the world’s military budget. The U.S. Navy is larger than the combined navies of the next 13 countries, 11 of which are U.S. allies. The U.S. maintains 5,113 nuclear warheads, enough to exterminate humankind many times over. Right now, the U.S. is engaged in at least 8 theaters of war: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and the Congo and the Philippines, not counting the “Global War on Terrorism”.

While most of this country’s population has been brainwashed into believing that the U.S. is a worldwide peacekeeper and a defender of democracy, the facts prove quite the contrary. For over a century, the U.S. has been and is still today the leading international imperialist aggressor. U.S. military aggressions have been “the iron fist behind the invisible hand of the Free Market.” From neo-colonial to neoliberal, these policies have included setting up “banana republics” to privatization of state services, austerity plans, reductions in wages and living standards, cutbacks in pensions, cutbacks in education, cutbacks in healthcare, cutbacks in social services, union busting, Free Trade Zones, WTO enforced free trade agreements… The U.S. military is the enforcement arm of U.S. economic policy: the enforcer of “investor friendly” policies, orchestrated through invasions and coups, coerced, through financial crises and the accumulation of state debt, onto working peoples all over the world, including the U.S.

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Poetry for Action

Spark Through the Dark

by Ricardito Ramos

The broken rose can shatter foes

Torn pedals are rough to oppose

scarred and almost froze

Poverty makes it hard to grow

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Fighting Fascism, Fighting Capitalism

by Jeff Monson

Growing up in rural Minnesota and later in the suburbs of Seattle, my only experience with fascists and skinheads was watching the movie American History X or reading the history of the Nazis and the atrocities committed during the Second World War. For the most part I was unaware fascism really even existed anymore, and if it did exist, it was certainly not threatening or relevant. This view has certainly changed the past few years, although the complexities surrounding fascists and even more so the anti-fascist groups that oppose them has created as many questions as definitive answers.

My career as a mixed martial arts fighter has afforded me the opportunity to travel overseas with most of the recent bouts taking place in Europe and Russia. Being known as an anarchist certainly has not helped gain sponsors or get invited to participate in some fighting events, but it opened up opportunities to meet anarchists, communists, anti-fascists, and other groups identifying with the struggle against the destructive forces of capitalism, racism, sexism, and other isms that plague society.

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Thinking Around the NSA

It is no longer a question that we are being monitored. Now, the question
is how do we address the culture of acceptance regarding our loss of
privacy and our organizing?

The NSA began attempting to break old encryption technologies in 2000. Ten years later they could decode old encrypted data that, until then, was secure. As NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden’s last revelation exposed, the NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ, are investing $250 million a year in massively invasive software. This software will covertly and heavily influence the design of numerous undisclosed technological products, making them vulnerable to NSA intrusion. With this enormous budget, $230m more than that of PRISM, the government’s giant private data collection and analysis system, it seems warranted to speculate that Apple’s new technology, which allows police officers to block data (read: video/pictures) transmissions in any area, could be a result of an undisclosed partnership between the U.S. government and Apple.

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