May Day Event Report Back

Oakland –  Hundreds of people are taking part in a regional march in celebration of this year’s International Workers’ Day, themed Our Vote is in the Streets. Communities traveled from cities across the Bay Area to join people in Oakland for a lively march through East Oakland, beginning in the Fruitvale neighborhood. The regional May Day event this year emphasized the growing movements for workers’ and migrants’ rights, an end to the police and state violence, and international solidarity with all people resisting U.S. imperialism.

A rally began at 12PM that featured inspiring speakers from many different organizations, and exciting performances from the region’s artists and cultural workers, with the march beginning at 1PM.

“As the country is focused on the ridiculous presidential elections, we are here to say that our vote and power is in the streets. Whether Democrat or Republican, this system was not made for us, as Obama’s administration has deported over two and a half million immigrants – more than any other president in history,” said Sagnicthe Salazar of Xicana Moratorium Coalition, one of the lead organizers of the march. “We’re coming together this May Day to amplify the resistance of migrants, workers, and communities of color.”

Speakers during the march made connections between the powerful upsurge of immigrant peoples’ ongoing struggles for civil and human rights across the country, the increased outrage of Black and Brown communities against policing and state violence, and the struggles against U.S. imperialism internationally.

“May Day is a celebration of international solidarity, and the Bay Area is continuing that legacy by marching against state violence, whether that is the policing of Black and Brown communities here, or U.S. imperialism abroad,” says Lara Kiswani of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center. “We demand an end to collaborations between oppressive regimes, such as between the U.S. and Israel, and march in solidarity with oppressed people fighting for self-determination all over the world.”

“The US continues its attack on immigrants and people of color, particularly Black communities, but our struggle and organizing have intensified,” says Devonte Jackson of Black Alliance for Just Immigration. “In cities everywhere, the routine violence of the police is being challenged more than ever, and we are here to uplift that resistance, and demand our dignity.”

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Media Round-up:

  1. CBS Local 5: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/category/news-local-news/3394048-may-day-marchers-protest-across-the-bay-area/
  2. San Jose Mercury: http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_29839019/oakland-roughly-1200-people-demand-social-justice-at
  3. NBC Bay Area : http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Scattered-May-Day-Protests-Shine-Light-on-Social-Injustice-Wage-Discrepancies–377754961.html
  4. SF Gate: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-May-Day-march-fuels-economic-political-7386797.php#photo-9927907
  5. San Jose Mercury: http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_29837659/bay-area-may-day-hundreds-march-support-workers
  6. The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/02/may-day-protesters-immigration-donald-trump-seattle-los-angeles
  7. CBS: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/may-day-marches-held-across-the-us-seattle-los-angeles-san-francisco-portland/
  8. Real News Network: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=16248

We Blocked the Boat!!

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August 17, 2014

On August 17th, 2014 Palestine was once again victorious in Oakland, California!

For the second day in a row the Bay Area community held off the Israeli Zim ship from unloading at the Port. Thousands of people rallied on Saturday and successfully kept the ship at Bay on its regular scheduled day. Today we got word that the ship had arrived and workers were being called to unload it. Within 30 minutes we mobilized over 400 people back to the Port. And we won!

Workers honored our picket and stood on the side of justice, as they historically have. Oakland said no to Zionism and blocked the boat for an entire weekend. This is the first time in history that this has happened. Israeli apartheid is falling one port at a time!

Palestine will be free from the river to the sea. Long live international solidarity and the struggle for liberation!

August 16, 2014

Let the world register that on 16, August 2014, five thousand people in Oakland prevented the apartheid Zim liner for the second time from docking and unloading anywhere on the West Coast.

photo by Jackie Brown

photo by Jackie Brown

The Zim Pireaus arrived in Northern California by afternoon yesterday. It could have docked by early Saturday morning. We held the Zim off in place due to our readiness and mobilization at 5 AM. We showed up again at 3 PM to stop the scheduled work crews from unloading the ship. Our actions today have sent a clear message that genocide and apartheid does not pay in Oakland, or anywhere on the West Coast.

Our action along with the 100’s of 1000’s of people who mobilized worldwide in solidarity with the resilient Palestinian people should send a clear and resounding message that the beginning of the end for the Zionist apartheid regime in Palestine is upon us.

As South African apartheid fell, Zionist rule in Palestine and Israeli apartheid will fall.

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Photo by @marg1nal

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RISE UP: IRAQ

RISE UP: IRAQ    
By Ali Issa
The street that your question describes as ‘quiet’ is actually silent only as a result of repression, especially after the protests of February 2011 when the authorities revealed their violence openly-using the army to clamp down on nonviolent protests and firing live ammunition at peaceful protestors.
Falah Alwan – January 22nd, 2013 – The Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq Continue reading

Libya, North Africa & the “Middle East” Public Forum

General Meeting & Public Forum

 

Libya, North Africa & the “Middle East”

Thursday, February 7th

6:30-8:30pm

518 Valencia St

San Francisco

With a focus on North Africa, this month’s forum will include a discussion on recent developments in Libya taking into account the historical context and examining imperialism as a determining force in the region. We will hear an on the- ground analysis and report back about Libya, and a geopolitical analysis of the region.

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AROC has started a rotating schedule between community potluck socials, and general public forums

on the first Thursdays of the month. Our last two general meetings/public forums were followed by

rich discussions on Syria and Yemen, with themes and analysis building from each event. Our next

forum will focus on North Africa. While the focus is broader in nature, our intent is to zoom out and

talk about the greater geopolitical context and regional influences.

INFO@ARABORGANIZING.ORG | 415/861.7444 Continue reading

Dissent in Morocco: Not all for one

by Samia Errazzouki, originally appears on Jadaliyya.

When Tunisia and Libya began exhibiting what appeared to be the early stages of a popular uprising, some analysts and commentators turned to Morocco, the only remaining kingdom in North Africa, and tried to make sense of what Morocco is (or is not) experiencing:

“Morocco is a regional model.”

“Morocco is not like [insert your choice of country].”

“This King is not like his father.”

“Moroccans are not ready for democracy.”

“Morocco is the most democratic country in the region.”

“The monarchy is needed to preserve national unity.” Continue reading

Viva Egypt: Defend Egypt’s Revolution, Honor a Year of Arab Uprisings

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Arab community and allies: Join us in marking the one year anniversary of Egypt’s revolution and honoring all the Arab revolutions of 2011. This is a time for us to be together to reflect on the transformations we have witnessed across North Africa and the Middle East and build community in support of liberation for all peoples. Continue reading

A People’s History of the Egyptian Revolution

By:Rami El-Amine and Mostafa Henaway– www.leftturn.org
July 7, 2011

No matter how it unfolds, the Egyptian revolution will go down in the history books as a defining moment in the 21st century. Millions of Egyptians brought down one of the world’s most repressive regimes, that of the US-backed Hosni Mubarak, in just 18 days. Continue reading

Voices from the Arab Meedan Event Report

by Kate, originally appears on: blog.meedan.net

On Saturday March 26th, Meedan and the Arab Resource and Organizing Center co-hosted an “Voices from the Arab Meedan.” For those who aren’t familiar with the word, ‘meedan’ is an Arabic word that means town square or gathering place. With this event we created a small gathering place, enabled by technology, where activists in the Middle East North Africa region could have a conversation with Bay Area community members. Continue reading

‘Voices from the Arab Meedan: A meeting point between Arab revolutionaries and Bay Area community’

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AROC will be co-hosting ‘Voices from the Arab Meedan: A meeting point between Arab revolutionaries and Bay Area community’ with Meedan (http://news.meedan.net/). What makes this event stand out, is that it is an interactive event, and not a static panel!

With this event we aim to connect individuals actively engaged in shaping this moment history with Bay Area community members who want to understand and contribute meaningfully to Arab movements of civic engagement, political organizing, and institutional change.

Live online discussion with influential revolutionaries and participants based in Arab countries such as:

  • Ahmed Mekkawy – founder of Spirula Systems, which defended Egyptian opposition websites from DDoS attacks (twitter @linuxawy)
  • Ahmed Ragab – Egyptian revolutionary and journalist for al Masry al Youm (@Ahmed_Ragab )
  • Fatma Emam – Cairo-based researcher at Nazra for Feminist Studies and Islamic feminist interested in the intersection of gender, religion and ethnicity (@fatmaemam).

Participants will hear reflections and perspectives from the speakers and discuss as a group what people outside the region may be able to do to help – as concerned journalists, techies, translators, activists and citizens.

Saturday March 26 11:30am-1:30pm
Location: Mission Social: 972 Mission Street (between 5th and 6th) in San Francisco, 5th floor
Contact: info@araborganizing.org, kgoodin@meedan.net