Peoples Power Assembly Movement on shooting of police in Brooklyn
The police have been desperately searching or waiting for some occurrence that they can use as a weapon to crush the most powerful, widespread, national mass uprising against racist police terror and murder since the 1960s. Until yesterday, the frame-up of activists from MillionsMarchNYC on Dec. 13 was the weapon. We demand immediate amnesty for those targeted activists accused of the alleged attacks on New York Police Department detectives on the Brooklyn Bridge. But now, the police — and the powers that be who rule over society and whose interests the police “protect and serve” — have got a much bigger weapon. The Dec. 20 killing of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, allegedly by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who afterwards allegedly killed himself in a subway station, is NOW that weapon. We underscore the word “allegedly” because all we know about what happened is what the police have told us. And while at the moment we have no information that counters the police story, we always suspect whatever the police say because they lie all the time.
Dec. 19 protest against #ThankyouNYPD demonstration at NYC City Hall.
photo: Monica Moorehead
Hundreds “die-in” in Philadelphia, Dec. 7.
Victory! Cuban 5 are reunited and free at last
The government of the United States has done what it
repeatedly swore it would never do: It has freed the last of the Cuban 5.
Today Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino and Gerardo
Hernández were finally released from U.S. jails after more than 16 years
of unjust imprisonment. René González and Fernando González had
already served their full prison terms and returned to Cuba. Those whom René González termed “the jury of millions”
— who had organized, picketed, written letters, signed
petitions, collected money for newspaper ads, investigated, inveighed on
parliamentarians, climbed mountains, rode bicycles, tweeted, wrote poems,
plays, songs and more in every corner of the globe — rejoiced. The
steadfast Cuban people joyfully welcomed their heroes: the five men who
sacrificed so much to protect them from terrorist attacks launched from U.S.
territory during the 1990s. ...