Posted by copwatch | Thu, 08/23/2012 - 6:00pm story
Platinum miners outside of Rustenburg, a few hours northwest of Johannesburg, have organized wildcat strikes to demand a living wage.
As a consequence, on August 16th, South African police massacred at least 34 miners and injured 78 more.
Actions and Events in SOLIDARITY WITH THE STRIKING MINERS are being held around the world.
Far from advocating for workers’ rights, the largest mining union in South Africa, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), has openly denounced the strikers, urging them to return to work and even blaming them for last week’s violence.
Statements from President Zuma, COSATU, NUM, and the SACP blame murdered workers for their own deaths.
Why is the NUM leadership, the COSATU leadership, and the SACP refusing to denounce this ANC-ordered massacre? In some cases they are openly endorsing it.
Sections of the working class struggle are engaged in open class war.
Posted by copwatch | Mon, 07/16/2012 - 1:42pm story
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 05/11/2012 - 8:19pm story
Prisoners Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh, who started the strike and have been detained for 2 years without charges, are at grave risk of death, now entering their 74th day (5/11/12) of fasting. For reference, Mahatma Gandhi ended his longest hunger strike on day 21; Bobby Sands died on day 66.
Posted by copwatch | Tue, 10/04/2011 - 1:28pm story
CDCR Increases Isolation for California Prisoner Hunger Strikers
Families of hunger strikers were denied visits this past weekend, as the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) continues to crackdown on the hunger strike.
Before the strike resumed Under-Secretary of CDCR Operations, Scott Kernan, threatened an escalation of violence on hunger strikers. Since lawyers from the prisoner’s legal & mediation team have been banned from communicating with hunger strikers last week,rs pose a threat to CDCR’s security, denied visits are an added punishment that increase family members of hunger strikers have also been denied visits. While the CDCR claims families and lawyers pose a threat to CDCR’s security, denied visits are an added punishment that increase isolation for hunger strikers in an attempt to break the strike and conceal retaliation.
Posted by copwatch | Sun, 09/25/2011 - 10:35pm event
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 09/23/2011 - 12:13am event
Torture of U.S. solitary confinement continues.
Support the prisoners' Human Rights demands!
Posted by copwatch | Tue, 08/02/2011 - 4:04pm story
Mon, August 1, 2011
We received a letter from Todd Ashker at Pelican Bay dated July 24, 2011. He says what the hunger strikers did was to give the CDCR (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) a temporary respite, a grace period of 2-3 weeks from July 20th, to give the CDCR's top administrators the opportunity to come up with some substantive changes in response to their five core demands. If they don't follow through they plan to go back on hunger strike.
"It's very important that our supporters know where we stand, and that CDCR knows that we're not going to go for any B.S. We remain as serious about our stand now as we were at the start, and meant what we said re indefinite hunger strike peaceful protest until our demands are met. I repeat - we're simply giving CDCR a brief grace period in response to their request for the opportunity to get [it] right in a timely fashion! We'll see where things stand soon enough!!" Alice Lynd
Vigil in Solidarity with Prisoners- Oakland, 7/28/11
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 10/08/2010 - 9:13pm story