Unión del Barrio Stands With The Families Of Ezell Ford & Omar Abrego

August 19, 2014

Unión del Barrio, a political organization based in Southern California, stands with the families of Ezell Ford, Omar Abrego and all the families of the victims who have been murdered by the Los Angeles Police Department. We are also in solidarity with the struggles across the country against police brutality.

We know clearly that these latest murders by the LAPD are not isolated incidents and that these officers are not just “a few bad apples” within the department. These murders are completely consistent with the history of the LAPD and the relationship that police departments across the country have with poor people in general and people of color in particular. This is why we must demand true change!

Today Union del Barrio demands:

  1. The LAPD to immediately release the names of the officers who killed Ezell Ford & Omar Abrego.
  2. That Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey file murder charges against those responsible for the deaths of Ezell Ford and Omar Abrego.
  3. That Councilmember Curren Price present/support a resolution to the Los Angeles City Council to create a Civilian Review Board that will have hiring and firing power over the LAPD. All members of the board would be elected by the community.
  4. That Councilmember Curren Price present/support a resolution to the Los Angeles City Council that would make it mandatory for all LAPD officers to wear “lapel cameras” while on duty.

Our political analysis is that the police act as an occupying army in our communities and that they do not represent the best interests of our community. Although many of the cops who roam our streets are people of color, they still uphold and defend a White Power system that uses brute violence to keep us at the bottom; socially, politically and economically. The police also serve the role of the modern day slave catchers but instead of plantations, today they fill privately owned prisons to make billions of dollars annually at the expense of primarily Black, Brown & poor people. ¡Ya basta!

Union del Barrio understands that while protests, marches and rallies are important, those actions alone are not enough to stop these killer cops. This “Justice” system is corrupt to the bone; cops, judges, wardens, politicians…etc. The only way to stop this system from killing/brutalizing us is to ORGANIZE! We are committed to building independent community organization that will be strong enough to create a dual and contending power that can challenge and defeat the current system. That means that we must launch campaigns to win positions of political power in order to implement fundamental changes.

Lastly, some may claim that “There are good cops” in the LAPD, we raise the question, “If they are good cops, why do they not expose the corruption and the racism that is rampant inside of the LAPD?” Unión del Barrio firmly believes that “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem!”

Statement originally issued by Unión del Barrio – Comité Local Patricia Marín

 

EN DEFENSA DE PALESTINA

EN DEFENSA DE PALESTINA

La Paz, Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia
4 de agosto de 2014
La Red En Defensa de la Humanidad (REDH), ante los trágicos sucesos que está viviendo el hermano pueblo palestino en Gaza, cumple con su deber de manifestar lo siguiente:

Declaramos nuestra adhesión a las palabras del compañero Evo Morales, fundador de la Red En Defensa de la Humanidad y Presidente del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia, por las que se declara a Israel como Estado terrorista.

Manifestamos nuestra absoluta repulsa al genocidio que sufre el pueblo palestino a manos de un Estado fundado sobre el despojo y la ocupación colonial de los territorios palestinos.

Reconocemos y expresamos nuestra solidaridad con la heroica lucha del pueblo palestino y de sus organizaciones de resistencia, especialmente en Gaza, contra el intento de Israel de exterminarlo y arrebatarle los jirones que quedan de lo que fue su patria.

Condenamos el rol imperialista de Estados Unidos que alimenta y apoya política, financiera y militarmente a Israel ante la insólita inacción del Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU, cuyas resoluciones sobre la cuestión Palestina son violadas sistemática e impunemente por Washington. Unos Estados Unidos que muestran la hipocresía y el cinismo con el que han venido actuando a lo largo de su historia, amenazando con sanciones e intervenciones a pueblos de América Latina, África y Eurasia que defienden su soberanía al mismo tiempo que respalda la
acción de Israel.

Denunciamos la complicidad con estos hechos, por omisión en algunos casos, de los gobiernos de la Unión Europea, así como la subordinación incondicional de los oligopolios mediáticos a los dictados de Washington. ¡Basta ya de llamar guerra al genocidio perpetrado por uno de los ejércitos mejor armados del mundo contra un pueblo cuyos recursos defensivos son infinitamente inferiores en número y calidad!

Animamos a sumarse a la campaña por el Boicot, las Desinversiones y las Sanciones al Estado terrorista de Israel, siendo hora de la solidaridad activa y creativa, más allá de comunicados de condena. Hemos fallado a las más de 1600 personas asesinadas en Palestina en las últimas semanas, así como a las más de 9000 heridas desde que comenzó la operación terrorista llamada hipócritamente “Margen Protector”.

Exigimos el fin del apartheid y el genocidio, así como de los muros y asentamientos ilegales. Demandamos a los gobiernos del mundo que exijan a Israel el cumplimiento de las resoluciones del Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU que lo obligan a retirarse de Gaza, Cisjordania y Jerusalén Oriental, retornar a las fronteras anteriores a la “Guerra de los Seis Días” (1967) y asegurar el retorno de los refugiados palestinos, tal cual fuera establecido por la Resolución del Consejo de Seguridad Nº 242 del 22 de noviembre de 1967, resolución incumplida hasta el día de hoy por el Estado de Israel.

Nos pronunciamos por una verdadera solución política del conflicto en Palestina sobre la base del diálogo, la negociación y la existencia de dos Estados con iguales derechos y fronteras delimitadas y reconocidas internacionalmente, solución que pasa por el inmediato levantamiento del bloqueo a Gaza y la liberación de todos los presos políticos palestinos. Saludamos la postura solidaria de los gobiernos del ALBA, Mercosur y otros gobiernos del Sur contra la bárbara conducta de Israel en Gaza.

Haciendo nuestras las palabras del revolucionario Nelson Mandela: “sabemos demasiado bien que nuestra libertad será incompleta sin la libertad de Palestina”, afirmamos que Israel ha perdido moral y políticamente esta batalla frente al valiente pueblo palestino y merece la condena creciente de los pueblos del mundo a un Estado “canalla” que viola la legalidad internacional. La indoblegable resistencia palestina tendrá su recompensa más temprano que tarde en la sonrisa de sus niñas y niños en una patria libre.

¡Contra el terrorismo israelí y el imperialismo estadounidense, en defensa del derecho de autodeterminación de Palestina y de todos los pueblos del mundo!

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IN DEFENSE OF PALESTINE

La Paz, Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia
August 4th, 2014

The Network in Defense of Humanity (REDH), in face of the tragic events the Palestinian people are going through in Gaza, fulfills its duty to manifest the following:

We declare our adhesion to the words of comrade Evo Morales, founder of the Network in Defense of Humanity, president of the Plurinacional State of Bolivia declaring Israel a terrorist state.

We further manifest our absolute rejection of the genocide against the Palestinian people by a State founded on the remains and colonial occupation of Palestinian territories.

We recognize and express our solidarity with the historical struggle of the Palestinian people and its organizations of resistance, especially in Gaza against the attempt of Israel to exterminate it and strip what is left of their homeland.

We condemn the imperialist role of the United States that feeds and supports politically, financially and militarily Israel in face of the unbelievable inaction of the UN Security Council whose resolutions on Palestine have been systematically and with impunity by Washington. A United States that demonstrates its hypocrisy and cynicism of its actions throughout history,
threatening with sanctions against the peoples of Latin America, Africa and Eurasia that defend their sovereignty while it supports the actions of Israel.

We accuse the complicity of these actions, by omission in some cases of the governments of the European Union as well as unconditional support of the media obeying the dictates of Washington. Stop Now! Calling this genocide a war perpetrated by one of the best armed armies in the world against peoples whose defensive resources are infinitely less in number and quality!

We call on you to join the campaign for the Boycott, lack of investments and sanctions against the terrorist state of Israel. It is now time for solidarity to be active and creative further from the statements of condemnation. We have failed to over 1 600 persons killed in Palestine in recent weeks as well as the 9 000 wounded since the terrorist campaign called hypocritically “Protection Margin”.

We demand an end to apartheid, genocide as well as the walls and illegal settlements. We insist on the governments of the world to demand Israel to comply with the resolutions of the UN Security Council and force their withdrawal from Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, return to the borders prior to the “Six Days War” (1967) and insure the return of Palestinian refugees as established by the Resolution No. 242 of November, 1967, a resolution that has yet to be complied with by the State of Israel.

We defend a real political solution of the conflict in Palestine on the basis of a dialogue, negotiation and existence of two equal states with definite borders and recognized internationally. A solution that requires the immediate lifting of the blockade of Gaza and liberation of all the Palestinian political prisoners. We congratulate the posture of solidarity of the governments of ALBA, Mercosur and other governments of the South against the barbarous conduct of Israel in Gaza.

Using ours the words of revolutionary Nelson Mandela who said: “we now too well that our freedom will be incomplete without the freedom of Palestine”; we affirm that Israel has lost morally and politically this battle against the brave people of Palestine and the growing condemnation of the peoples of the world against a “rogue” State that violates international law. The unyielding resistance of Palestine will be rewarded sooner than later with the smiles of the children of a free homeland.

Against Israeli terrorism and U.S. imperialism, in defense of the inalienable rights of Palestine and all the peoples of the world!

Initial signatures:

Evo Morales, Bolivia; Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Argentina; Pablo González Casanova, México; Eduardo Galeano, Uruguay; Roberto Fernández Retamar, Cuba; Federico Mayor Zaragoza, España; Silvio Rodríguez, Cuba; Luis Arce Catacora, Bolivia; Gianni Vattimo, Italia; Gabriela Rivadeneira, Ecuador; Alice Walker, Estados Unidos; István Meszáros, Hungría/Reino Unido; Samir Amin, Egipto; Alfonso Sastre, País Vasco; Nardi Suxo, Bolivia; Enrique Dussel, México; Marta Harnecker, Chile; Carmen Bohorquez, Venezuela; Cesar Navarro, Bolivia; Miguel Barnet , Cuba; Franz Hinkelammert, Alemania; Héctor Arce Zaconeta, Bolivia; Piedad Córdoba, Colombia; Reverendo Raúl Suárez, Cuba; Martín Almada, Paraguay; Fernando Rendón, Colombia; Graziella Pogolloti, Cuba; Sacha Llorenti, Bolivia; Ana Esther Ceceña, México; Luis Britto, Venezuela; Rafael Cancel Miranda, Puerto Rico; Atilio Boron, Argentina; Theotonio Dos Santos, Brasil; Alfredo Rada, Bolivia; Farruco Sesto, Venezuela; Ángel Guerra Cabrera, Cuba/ México; Juan Carlos Trujillo, Bolivia; Mel Zelaya, Honduras; Hildebrando Pérez Grande, Perú; Patricia Villegas, Colombia/Venezuela; María Nela Prada, Bolivia; Stella Calloni, Argentina; Omar González, Cuba; Hugo Moldiz, Bolivia; Pascual Serrano, España; Raúl Pérez Torres, Ecuador; Obispo Raúl Vera, México; Joao Pedro Stedile, Brasil; Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Portugal; Rodrigo Álvarez Cambras, Cuba; Socorro Gomes, Brasil; Katu Arkonada, País Vasco/Bolivia.

MNOAL demanda a la ONU detener agresión israelí en Gaza

Teherán, Iran


Tras concluir en Teherán, Irán la reunión ministerial del Comité de Palestina del Movimiento de Países No Alineados (MNOAL) para analizar la situación en la Franja de Gaza, el canciller de Venezuela, Elías Jaua, informó que los países miembros de este bloque condenaron por unanimidad la agresión de Israel en Palestina. Asimismo anunció que en esta reunión se propuso que el Comité de Palestina de este organismo inernacional tome la iniciativa de demandar al Consejo de Seguridad de Naciones Unidas que tome acciones y obligue a Israel a poner un alto al fuego en Gaza. teleSUR