No Justice, No Peace: Families of police brutality victims speak out

July 10, 2012

We’re seeing the beginning of a new wave of opposition to the current injustice system - a new wave of civil rights protests. If you’re interested in seeing what that might look like, this incredible video starts to paint a picture. It was even more compelling in person. I realize the video is kind of long, but just share the video, press play and within the first 20 minutes you’ll realize how much you want to watch the whole thing.

A June 30 panel discussion from the Socialism 2012 Conference in Chicago, featuring family members of Alan Blueford, James Earl Rivera, Jr, and Ramarley Graham, all victims of police murder. How can we win justice for these families, and how can we continue to build a movement against the New Jim Crow?

Start at 32 minutes if you want to skip to parents and family members of recently murdered victims of police brutality.

Socialist Worker report on Socialism2012 - The People’s Record was there and it was awesome!
July 04, 2012
IMAGE: Jeralynn and Adam Blueford speak out at Socialism 2012 for their son, who was killed by Oakland police (SW)
SOCIALISTS AND activists from around the country and the world—representing the battle against austerity in Greece, to the struggle to defend the Egyptian Revolution, the fight against racist police violence, the Occupy Wall Street movement and much more—came together in Chicago from June 28 to July 1, to share the lessons of the last year and build for the resistance to come.
More than 1,300 people attended the four-day conference sponsored by the Center for Economic Research and Social Change, publishers of Haymarket Books and the International Socialist Review and cosponsored by SocialistWorker.org and its publisher, the International Socialist Organization.
The heart of the Socialism weekend was an electrifying panel discussion on Saturday night highlighing resistance to the racist justice system and featuring, among others, the mothers and fathers of young Black men murdered by police, from New York City to the West Coast. In an emotional meeting, they shared the stories of their loved ones— but also their determination to campaign for justice.
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Socialist Worker report on Socialism2012 - The People’s Record was there and it was awesome!

July 04, 2012

IMAGE: Jeralynn and Adam Blueford speak out at Socialism 2012 for their son, who was killed by Oakland police (SW)

SOCIALISTS AND activists from around the country and the world—representing the battle against austerity in Greece, to the struggle to defend the Egyptian Revolution, the fight against racist police violence, the Occupy Wall Street movement and much more—came together in Chicago from June 28 to July 1, to share the lessons of the last year and build for the resistance to come.

More than 1,300 people attended the four-day conference sponsored by the Center for Economic Research and Social Change, publishers of Haymarket Books and the International Socialist Review and cosponsored by SocialistWorker.org and its publisher, the International Socialist Organization.

The heart of the Socialism weekend was an electrifying panel discussion on Saturday night highlighing resistance to the racist justice system and featuring, among others, the mothers and fathers of young Black men murdered by police, from New York City to the West Coast. In an emotional meeting, they shared the stories of their loved ones— but also their determination to campaign for justice.

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In case you were wondering where we went for a week, we were away at the leftist conference, Socialism2012…

July 03, 2012

Things got incredibly busy and we didn’t get to do as much live work as we will in the future, mostly because of technical issues, but we’re back now and will be launching our Kickstarter on Thursday, as well as recapping/following-up on the conference.

Overall, it was a wonderful experience. CERSC and the ISO put on a great conference and we were happy to have been a part of it.

Please follow The People’s Record, as we prepare to launch our Kickstarter, which should hopefully be a vehicle to keep us devoted to developing the blog over the next year! <3

EDIT: You can follow all the posts of things that we didn’t cover while we were gone @ thepeoplesrecord.com/whileweweregone

Indigenous peoples from five countries told the UN Rio+20 summit that the green economy is a “crime against humanity” that ‘dollarises’ Mother Nature and strips communities of their rights. Native peoples gathered in Rio for a counter-summit issued a declaration blasting the goals pursued by world leaders attending the official UN Rio+20 summit on sustainable development.

But the gathering came under fire from the leftist presidents of Bolivia and Ecuador, along with indigenous peoples, who said capitalist greed lurked beneath its promotion of the green economy.

Bolivian President Evo Morales described the green economy as “a new colonialism” that rich nations sought to impose on developing countries.

“Countries of the north are getting rich through a predatory orgy and are forcing countries of the south to be their poor rangers,” he said.

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SYRIZA and the way forward
June 25, 2012

The conservative New Democracy party will lead a new government in Greece after two stunning elections in which it barely defeated the Coalition of the Radical Left, or SYRIZA, a coalition of left-wing parties and organizations committed to tearing up the &#8220;Memorandum&#8221;&#8212;the former government&#8217;s commitment to drastic austerity measures that have plunged Greece into a depression and slashed working-class living standards.
SYRIZA skyrocketed from minor party status to win 16.7 percent of the vote in the May 6 election, and 26.9 percent on June 17&#8212;outpacing other left options, including the Communist Party and the smaller anti-capitalist coalition ANTARSYA. Frighteningly, the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn also did well in the polarized vote, and will have 18 seats in the new parliament.
The Internationalist Workers Left , a revolutionary socialist organization and one of the founding groups in SYRIZA in 2004, issued this statement about the results on June 17, and what comes next for the left in Greece. It follows:
1. The results of the election on June 17 were a continuation of the political earthquake of May 6, which radically altered the balance of political forces.
The showing for the left, expressed in the decisive support for SYRIZA among the working class and the popular classes&#8212;created panic among the local ruling class, and also among its international allies. At the same time, it created a wave of hope, excitement and solidarity for the resistance movement and the left, both at the European level and globally.
This achievement of the working class of May 6 and June 17 must be defended, and it must be completed.
2. The results of this election prove that the goal of overthrowing the pro-austerity forces and electing a left-wing government that would take on the task of stopping the attacks of the capitalists, the EU and the IMF in order to protect the interests of the working class was possible. SYRIZA, by throwing all its forces in the pursuit of that goal, in a determined way and with an honest attitude based on unity, succeeded in winning massive growth on a level that is unprecedented in all the years since the military junta that fell four decades ago.
Finish the list with all seven points.
United, we can win! We can succeed in bringing a radical change in Greece, and we can fuel the fire that is simmering in Europe.

SYRIZA and the way forward

June 25, 2012

The conservative New Democracy party will lead a new government in Greece after two stunning elections in which it barely defeated the Coalition of the Radical Left, or SYRIZA, a coalition of left-wing parties and organizations committed to tearing up the “Memorandum”—the former government’s commitment to drastic austerity measures that have plunged Greece into a depression and slashed working-class living standards.

SYRIZA skyrocketed from minor party status to win 16.7 percent of the vote in the May 6 election, and 26.9 percent on June 17—outpacing other left options, including the Communist Party and the smaller anti-capitalist coalition ANTARSYA. Frighteningly, the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn also did well in the polarized vote, and will have 18 seats in the new parliament.

The Internationalist Workers Left , a revolutionary socialist organization and one of the founding groups in SYRIZA in 2004, issued this statement about the results on June 17, and what comes next for the left in Greece. It follows:

1. The results of the election on June 17 were a continuation of the political earthquake of May 6, which radically altered the balance of political forces.

The showing for the left, expressed in the decisive support for SYRIZA among the working class and the popular classes—created panic among the local ruling class, and also among its international allies. At the same time, it created a wave of hope, excitement and solidarity for the resistance movement and the left, both at the European level and globally.

This achievement of the working class of May 6 and June 17 must be defended, and it must be completed.

2. The results of this election prove that the goal of overthrowing the pro-austerity forces and electing a left-wing government that would take on the task of stopping the attacks of the capitalists, the EU and the IMF in order to protect the interests of the working class was possible. SYRIZA, by throwing all its forces in the pursuit of that goal, in a determined way and with an honest attitude based on unity, succeeded in winning massive growth on a level that is unprecedented in all the years since the military junta that fell four decades ago.

Finish the list with all seven points.

United, we can win! We can succeed in bringing a radical change in Greece, and we can fuel the fire that is simmering in Europe.