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ENVIRONMENT

Appreciate analysis

I really appreciate the articles that have been appearing of late on the environment by Mark Drummond [Extreme energy, Vol. 34, No. 2; Global warming and the seas, Vol. 34, No. 1].

I always learn from the matters I want to be informed on, and having his Marxist perspective is invaluable. Please keep up the good work!

Luma Nichol, San Francisco


U.S. GOVERNMENT ON TRIAL

American Indians demand justice

On Oct. 2, the U.S. government will be put on trial for “malfeasance in Indian Country.”

Witnesses are being subpoenaed to appear in Oneida, Wis., for the three-day tribunal entitled “The Leonard Peltier International Tribunal on the Abuse of Indigenous Human Rights.”

It has been nearly 40 years since the uprising at Pine Ridge in South Dakota. Leonard Peltier, a leading member of the American Indian Movement, was unjustly convicted of killing two FBI agents in a battle that took place there.

Amnesty International and many international figures have denounced Peltier’s two life sentences as a gross miscarriage of justice.

“This isn’t just about one day in Pine Ridge. It’s a culmination of everything that has been done that led up to the Indian people saying we won’t take it anymore,” said Dorothy Ninham, a former Oneida Nation judge.

“We will show overall government policies that affected our people and the American Indian Movement,” said Clyde Bellecourt, of the AIM Grand Governing Council.

The Tribunal will take place Oct. 2-4, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center near Green Bay, Wis. The public is encouraged to attend to learn about the last 40 years of the fight backs in Indian Country against U.S. government repression.

Fight Back News, www.fightbacknews.org


CORPORATE RIP OFF

Staggering stats

I really loved Dennis Sanders’ cover story in the last FS [The corporate tax dodgers, Vol. 34, No 4]. It was a pleasure to read because it was sharp and witty.

The facts and staggering stats on just how much, and how, the working class is being ripped off are presented in a very understandable way.

Sanders has a way with words. Politicians being “spiders weaving a web of tax loopholes.” I can see it!

The critique of reforms is great. Transparency not only won’t work, it’ll never happen. Just recently the U.S. Congress proposed sealing the records on the current tax reform discussions for 50 years. Nobody will know what their “spiders” proposed!

And the conclusion is perfect. The call for internationalist and militant movements to trounce with ferocity upon the global elite and bourgeois politician buddies made me cheer out loud!

Kathleen Merrigan, Seattle


GREECE

Drop charges against anti-fascist organizers

Anti-fascist and anti-racist activists in Greece have been charged under Greece’s “anti-terror” laws — for speaking out against the recent police killings of two Albanian escaped prisoners.

Tell the Greek government to drop the charges now, and to stop the persecution of anti-fascist and anti-racist activists.

You can sign the petition at change.org that demands charges be dropped against anti-fascist and anti-racist activists.

James Clark, Toronto


HURRICANE SANDY

Occupy organizing

It’s hard to believe that it has been almost one year since Hurricane Sandy came ashore. For many of us, it’s almost as hard to believe that Tuesday, Sept. 18, marks the two-year anniversary of the start of Occupy Wall Street.

Occupy Sandy projects are organizing in communities across New Jersey and New York City. We’re fighting unscrupulous developers, helping to start worker-owned cooperatives, developing community gardens, organizing with survivors at the local and regional level, and serving as watchdogs of the “official” recovery process.

We are also advocates on issues that matter in our communities. One effort is the Robin Hood Tax, a call to impose a 0.5 percent tax on all financial transactions. While this tax on Wall Street would hardly dent their bottom line, it would generate upwards of $350 billion annually to be spent on the public good.

Occupy Sandy, occupysandy@interoccupy.net


PELICAN BAY INMATES

Hunger strike ended

The Pelican Bay SHU, Short Corridor Collective Representatives hereby serve notice that after nine weeks we have collectively decided to suspend our third hunger strike action on Sept. 5, 2013.

To be clear, our Peaceful Protest of Resistance to our continuous subjection to decades of systemic state-sanctioned torture via the system’s solitary confinement units is far from over. The core group of prisoners remains 100 percent committed to seeing this protracted struggle for real reform through to a complete victory.

Our decision to suspend our third hunger strike in two years does not come lightly. This decision is especially difficult considering that most of our demands have not been met.

Our goal remains: force the powers that be to end their torture policies and practices in which serious physical and psychological harm is inflicted on tens of thousands of prisoners as well as our loved ones outside.

We also call for ending the related practices of using prisoners to promote the agenda of the police state by seeking to greatly expand the numbers of the working class poor warehoused in prisons, and particularly those of us held in solitary, based on psychological/social manipulation, and divisive tactics keeping prisoners fighting amongst each other.

From our perspective, we’ve gained a lot of positive ground towards achieving our goals. However, there’s still much to be done.

Our resistance will continue to build and grow until we have won our human rights.

Excerpted from statement from the striking prisoners; read the full statement here


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