March 21: Anti War Protest on 12th Anniversary of US Invasion of Iraq

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SF Anti-war Protest on 12th Anniversary of U.S. Invasion of Iraq

Saturday, March 21, 12noon, Powell & Market Streets

Stop Pres. Obama’s new 3-year AUMF – Authorization for Use of Military Force!

End War and Occupation in the Middle East and Central Asia – U.S. Out!

No to U.S. sanctions & intervention vs. Iran, Venezuela, Korea, Cuba, Mexico, Russia, Haiti, Philippines & everywhere

Free Palestine – End U.S. Aid to Israel!

Fund People’s Needs, Not Endless War!

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Initiated by the ANSWER Coalition

Endorsed by:
AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center
Aypal: Building API Community Power
BAYAN USA
Code Pink,
Critical Resistance – Oakland,
General Union of Palestine Students -GUPS SFSU
Haiti Action Committee
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Middle East Children’s Alliance
Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA)
OccupySF Action Council,
Palestinian Youth Movement – حركة الشباب الفلسطيني
Party for Socialism & Liberation,
PODER (SF)
Cindy Sheehan,
Socialist Viewpoint,
Unitarian Universalists for Peace & Justice,
WORD – Women Organized to Resist & Defend,
Workers World Party,
World Can’t Wait,
XMC: Xicana Moratorium Coalition

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Block the Boat Declares Decisive Victory Over Apartheid Israel

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Oakland has made history once again with another BDS victory for Palestine against the Israeli Zim shipping line. This latest round of organizing has been the most momentous and historic. Members of ILWU Local 10 informed Block the Boat organizers that the Zim Beijing which was headed to the Port of Oakland, has been re-routed to Russia to avoid disruptions at the SSA terminal. For the first time ever, an Israeli ship has been completely turned away before reaching its port of destination due to sustained overwhelming community organizing.

The damage to Israel’s credibility can’t be exaggerated–the Zim line, though privately owned, is an Israeli “security asset.” Israel exerts control over the corporation through a “golden share” which it uses to prevent the sale of the company into foreign hands. The Zim line is mandated to be part of Israel’s critical supply chain during protracted military conflicts. The brand and economic impact on Zim has yet to be calculated, but is surely devastating. Goods have been rerouted, and undelivered for months. ILWU workers have honored our pickets and sided with the community against US complicity in Israeli apartheid. Zim has been disrupted and confronted by anti-Zionist protests in Seattle, Tacoma, Los Angeles, Vancouver, New Orleans, New York and Tampa. Ports all over North America are making it clear that Israel can no longer conduct business as usual because Zionism is simply not welcome on our coasts.

Zim‘s Maneuvers

The Zim Beijing, which was scheduled to arrive in Oakland on the morning of Saturday October 25, 2014, instead broke from its heading soon after it reached the north western coast of Mexico on Wednesday, October 22nd, and headed further northwest. Several sources, including Zim’s own online schedule, and port and union authorities confirm that the Beijing’s intended destination was Oakland, but that it changed its itinerary to avoid yet another humiliating defeat. In an article published on 10/26, headlined “Zim Beijing Avoids Oakland” the GulfShip News reported, “The ship was due to call on Saturday, but then delayed its call to today [Sunday]. Reports from Oakland suggest Zim has now decided to cancel the call altogether. Zim has been hit by protests at Oakland in August and September, disrupting its schedules.”

We also tracked the ship via satellite using an online marine tracking service and documented that the ship listed its destination as Oakland just minutes after it left the Panama Canal–the norm for Zim ships on the Asia Pacific line, which stop at either Los Angeles or Oakland before heading to China and Russia. Just days into its 9 day journey from the Canal, however, Zim abruptly removed Oakland from its online schedule, and headed northwest, taking it ever farther from Oakland.

Confronting Global Repression

It is clear that the Zim Beijing diverted course in response to the powerful Block the Boat organizing. In August, Block the Boat organized and inspired a series of historic night and day pickets, which with the support of ILWU workers, prevented the Zim Piraeus from unloading for 4 days, and eventually forced the ship to leave before even a fraction of its cargo could be unloaded. In September, Zim faced another set of pickets that forced the Zim Shanghai to offload in Los Angeles, rather than its intended Oakland destination. The Block the Boat coalition along with the broader Bay Area community has made it clear that we can determine what takes place in our towns. And business with the racist, exclusionary, Zionist state of Israel, which works alongside local and federal law enforcement to repress our communities, will not go unchallenged.

Activists remained focused throughout Zim’s obfuscations, organizing for a large turnout to picket the Beijing whenever it would arrive–Saturday, Sunday, or any day of the coming week. Given the convoluted maneuvers Zim used in August, in which it left the port under the cover of an Israeli consulate press release, only to return to another terminal less than an hour later, organizers now know to be thorough and patient. After tracking the Zim Beijing for several days, Block the Boat prepared for a week of possible pickets by staging a late day march of hundreds on Sunday to the Port of Oakland to show the strength and focus of this movement. It was a warning to Zim to keep going as it reached the 1000-mile mark from Oakland and a promise that the gates would be lined again with unstoppable anti-Zionist picketers if it returned.

As the Beijing sails beyond the horizon, it still bears the destination of Oakland, though it is over 1200 miles away from San Francisco Bay at the time of this statement. Our efforts have paid off; Zim Beijing does not appear to be turning around. Even if it did reverse course and head back to Oakland at this point, it would be a week late, and it would find us once again, prepared to stop it at the port.

BDS Victory

We are declaring a historic victory in our effort to block the Beijing. It is very likely that Zim has been completely prevented from doing any future business at the Port of Oakland. Only time will tell if Zim’s changes to its schedule reflect the real re-routing of its ships, or simply just another ruse to fool opponents of Israeli apartheid. Obviously, here in Oakland, we are ready for Zim’s return any time. Together with our brothers and sisters from Ferguson to Palestine, we are fighting back against state violence and apartheid and we are prepared to bring it down brick by brick, wall by wall, port by port.

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Endorsed by:
Addameer: Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Organization
Advance the Struggle
Af3irm
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition USA
All African People’s Revolutionary Party
American Muslims for Palestine
Anakbayan East Bay
Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC)
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
ANSWER Coalition
ASATA
BAYAN USA
BDS collation in Illinois
BDS collation in Texas
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee
Bay Area Women in Black
Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within
Catalyst Project
Center for Political Education (CPE)
The Coalition for Justice in Palestine in Illinois
The Coalition for Justice in Palestine in Texas
Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel
Cognitive Liberty
Community Futures Collective
Critical Resistance Oakland
Critical Resistance Los Angeles
East Bay Solidarity Network
Free Palestine Movement
Freedom Archives
Freedom Socialist Party
Friends of Deir Ibzi’a
Friends of Sabeel–North America (FOSNA)
GABRIELA San Francisco
Global March to Jerusalem – North America
Gray Panthers of San Francisco
General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS)
Haiti Action Committee
Helena (Montana) Service for Peace and Justice/SERPAJ
Interdenominational Advocates for Peace
International Action Center
International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
International Jewish Anti Zionist Network (IJAN)
International Socialist Organization (ISO)
Iraq Veterans Against War (IVAW) – Bay Area
ISM – Northern California
Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
Justice for Palestinians
Labor for Palestine
Lighthouse Masjid Social Justice Committee
Marcha Patriotica Colombia – California Chapter
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Milbes Family Foundation
National Lawyers Guild
New York City Labor Against the War
NorCal Friends of Sabeel
Occupy SF Action Council
Palestinian Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions National
Committee (BNC)
Palestinian American Youth League
Palestinian American Council/ National
Palestinian American Congress /National
Palestinian Humanitarian Relief Fund/National
Palestine Poster Project Archives
Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM)
Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)
The Peace and Freedom Party of Alameda County
Phat Beets
Queers Undermining Israeli Terror (QUIT)
Real Cost of Prisons
Ruckus Society
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
SF Women in Black
Students for Justice in Palestine – Cal
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
UAW2865 BDS Caucus
US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)
WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend)
Workers World Party

AROC Opposes War, Embraces Self-determination

The Enemy of My Enemy is Not (Necessarily) My Friend: U.S. Imperialism, and IS

As the U.S. government embarks on a new form of the War on Terror, now on the Islamic State (IS), AROC asserts its opposition against all forms of U.S. imperialism, and specifically the bombardment of Iraq and Syria. Last week, Obama described his plan of action for stopping IS, invoking the moral imperative placed on the United States as the rationale for bombing. While it may be difficult to make sense of the complexity of the situation, the U.S. government must be accountable to the damage it has caused in the region, and it cannot make reparations for prior destruction through continued bombardment and violence. Nor can the brutal impact of war be disguised by the supposed absence of ground troops.

We must reject war and state violence in all its forms, whether it is drones, bombs, troops, displacement, economic and military aid to colonial states and dictators, or imprisonment and state repression. We reject the notion that the primary concern should be a contrived threat to U.S. citizens or the safety of U.S. combat troops. This is a public distraction from the real interests of restructuring power and allegiances to serve U.S. capitalist and imperialist goals in the Middle East. Any principled discussion on the matter must center on the lives and self-determination of the people of Iraq, Syria and the region. As such, we oppose U.S. bombing and war and demand that our U.S. tax dollars be used towards social and economic justice, and that U.S. foreign “aid” focus on reparations and rebuilding.

IS is a dangerous force using extreme violence. The U.S. military is a dangerous force using extreme state violence against those who reject or fall outside of its interests. What IS does on the ground, the U.S. military does from the sky and with the backing of state and military power. And it has just promised to continue to do so and further extend its reach. Are aerial bombardment, drones, forced displacement, sanctions, and paramilitary guns-for-hire the more “civil face” of extremism? This is the same violence that has enhanced the conditions and created the fertile grounds for the growth of IS. This is the same violence that continues to disrupt the lives of people all over the world.

Just as more bombing will not save Iraq or Syria, nor can or should the U.S. play any role in fighting sectarianism in the region. The U.S. has consistently fanned the flames of the current violence and sectarianism. The U.S., alongside its puppet dictators, is responsible for creating and propping up new groups serving its interests and crushing any viable social movement for self-determination in the region. Its plans to build more allegiances and dependency with whatever faction-du-jour it wagers will best serve U.S. economic and political interests, without regard for the interests of the people on the ground. We stand against the U.S. waging war on Arab lands. We stand against U.S. imperialism everywhere.

We reject sectarianism. We believe in social and economic justice. We oppose war. We embrace self-determination.

 

 

 

Celebrate International Women’s Day: Support Rasmea Odeh!

المركز العربي للمصادر والتنظيم (AROC) يهنئكم بمناسبة يوم المرأة العالمي 

في هذه المناسبة نود تذكير أعضاء الجالية برفع مستوى الوعي بخصوص رسمية عودة؛ امرأة عربية مهاجرة في عمر الـ 66 عاما، والتي تم استهدافها من قبل الحكومة الأمريكية لكونها فلسطينية قبعت في سجون الإحتلال قبل أربعون عاما ولكونها ناشطة عربية في مدينة شيكاغو.

 

On March 8th we commemorate the legacy and struggles of women around the world.  And today, AROC asks our members, friends, and allies to dedicate time to raising awareness about the case of Rasmea Odeh.

Rasmea Odeh is a long time community activist and former Palestinian political prisoner who is currently being targeted by the US Federal government as part of their ongoing persecution of political dissent.

Political Persecution

Solidarity with Rasmea Odeh Against State Repression

On October 22nd, Rasmea was arrested by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on a fabricated charge of committing immigration fraud decades ago. She is now facing up to 10 years in prison, the revocation of her US citizenship and deportation. This outrageous attempt by DHS to intimidate an elderly Palestinian immigrant woman using spurious charges is a clear attack on her social justice and community organizing work and, hence, an attack on us all. Her case is not an isolated incident but is tied to an escalation of political repression over the past decade and rooted in the historical repression of people of color communities and political dissent including COINTELPRO and various “red scares” of the 20th century.

US, Israel and Global Repression

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An activist, and advocate of immigrant and women’s rights, and the associate director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) in Chicago, Rasmea is being charged with immigration fraud for allegedly not mentioning that she was arrested by the Israeli military over 40 years ago. This is the same Israeli military that has imprisoned over 20% of the Palestinian population, and routinely tortures and violates the human rights of the current 7,500 Palestinian political prisoners. And now she is being targeted by the US government. A government that has reached record number deportations, is bolstering surveillance and militarization of communities, imprisoning more people than any other country in the world, while turning a blind eye to the ongoing extrajudicial killings and policing of the poor communities of color.

Rasmea: a Leading Arab American Community Organizer

Rasmea has dedicated her life to struggling against these systems of injustice and defending the rights of those impacted by them. For over 50 years, Rasmea has been involved in the women’s movement in Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Chicago. In Chicago, she has empowered hundreds of immigrant women through programs aimed at addressing literacy, immigrant rights, racial profiling, intergenerational trauma, and gender violence. As a recognized leading figure in the women’s and immigrant rights movement, she has worked across communities to build solidarity and community power.And today,
ayosupportsrasmeaat the age of 66, she finds herself yet again facing the brutality of a system designed to criminalize those who dare to speak up and organize for a more equitable and just society.

Take Action!

As a grassroots community organization committed to addressing the social, political and economic impacts of racism, particularly anti-Arab racism, AROC stands shoulder to shoulder with Rasmea as she challenges the judicial system and fights for her right to lead a dignified life rooted in the well-being of her community.

We call on our members, allies and partners to organize events to raise awareness about her case, donate to her legal fund and draft statements of solidarity to send a message loud and clear–our communities will not be intimated and will continue to challenge injustice everywhere!

[Sign the Rasmea Odeh Petition] 

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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.

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Unity and Accountability in the Wake of the Wisconsin Gurudwara Shootings

 

Statement by DRUM- Desis Rising Up & Moving



The members of DRUM-Desis Rising Up & Moving express our deepest sympathy and solidarity with our sisters and brothers of the Sikh community after Sunday’s shootings in the Oak Creek Gurudwara in Wisconsin. The shootings have been followed closely by an arson that burned down a mosque in Joplin, Missouri. Continue reading