Chicago Protests Collective Punishment of Palestinians
Several hundred protesters drawn from a variety of organizations gathered at Chicago's Water Tower Park on Michigan Avenue on July 5, 2014. Their purpose was to demand an end to Israel's collective punishment of Palestinians and to call for fair and accurate reporting by the media of violence against Palestinian youth. These ongoing issues, normally not acknowledged by U.S. corporate media, in this last week burst onto the 5pm news hour due to the discovery of the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens, and the immediate collective punishment killing of an innocent Palestinian 16-year-old by right-wing Israelis, plus heavy bombing of Gaza strip and West Bank towns and villages.
At the time of the announcement for the protest, the list of endorsing organizations included: Students for Justice in Palestine's Chicago network, and co-organized with local chapters of American Friends Service Committee, American Muslims for Palestine, Jews for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestine Solidarity Group, the US Palestine Community Network, International Socialist Organization, and the Anti-War Committee.
Included are comments/speeches by: representatives from Students for Justice in Palestine/Loyla University and DePaul University; Fadi Zanayed, Former President of American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; and Ben Lorber, Jews for Justice in Palestine.
How Can We Shut Your Door
Rousemary Vega, Chicago public school parent and activist, made a two minute contribution during the public comment period at the May 28, 2014 CPS Board meeting that will probably rank among the best over the years. And the competition is formidable for that honor.
Vega confronted Board President David Vitale with his habitual dozing off, and Board members' looking at their phones during public comments (which we confirm visually). While the Board shuts the door on quality education for minority and poor students, she asked the Board the big question on everybody's minds: "How can we shut your door?"
Some like to use the expression "speaking truth to power", but others have concluded that the powerful already know the truth: that they're in power. As Rousemary Vega and her little girl are forced out of the room by a metric ton of CPS security guards (and as Board toadies laugh, which we document) we start to think more seriously about her question.
Three-Day March to Crete
This protest action that took over 3 days and 40 miles of marching from Chicago to Crete, Illinois in 2012 ended in a victory, as the Crete board of trustees voted unanimously against a proposed immigrant detention center in their town. Labor Beat believes it is important to replay this video from our 2012 archives in light of the current crisis over the huge influx of immigrant children across our southern borders.
So far, President Obama has responded to this problem by pushing to repeal Congressional protections for unaccompanied children, so it will be easier for him to get them out of the U.S. This is consistent with his policies back in 2012 of being the biggest immigrant deporter in U.S. history. The lesson for us: united action can make an impact.
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