Archive for 'Resistance'
The anger provoked by Freddie Gray’s death has been building for years – the result of entrenched racism and economic inequality, not to mention the long history of police brutality and killings, mainly of African American men.
Paddy Gibson writes: Uncle Ray was a key link binding together many groups and struggles here in Sydney, across Australia and indeed across the world. His compassion and patience welcomed many people into the struggle and ensured they had a meaningful role to play. His passing is a tragic blow. But he lives on in the struggle. Solidarity sends its condolences to all Ray’s friends, family and comrades. Rest in Peace with your ancestors my dear Uncle, you have earned this rest more than anyone.
Let’s unite and fight to stop the brutal war against Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders now. Let’s start by stopping the genocidal closure of 150 Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. Let’s resist.
A strong vibrant and active left and trade union movement, with a clear understanding of the nature of capitalism and the threat respectable racism and its hidden guest, fascism, pose to the left and to working people, could act as a pole of attraction offering hope for these middle and working class people currently driven by fear. Building such a left must be our long term goal. In the medium term it means rank and file workers winning back their unions and building strikes to defend workers’ interests. In the short term we have to confront the racists and their fascist bed fellows every time they poke their slimy necks out from their sewers of hate.
Tom Orsag in Solidarity explains how the sacrifices demanded during the First World War produced mass resistance and opposition among the British working class.
Abbott may be on the ropes, but we need more strikes, protests and grassroots resistance to fight the Liberals’ agenda and finish him off write the Solidarity editors.
It’s a lockout, a sit in, a picket writes Jerome Small in Red Flag. It’s a rolling conversation. It’s woodsmoke, and chairs that fall apart. It’s the most ordinary thing that could happen, on an ordinary street, in an industrial suburb, in any city you care to name. In an ordinary, everyday way, it has paralysed the Australian operations of one of the biggest corporations on the planet.
It’s a lesson that I never get tired of learning. When workers stop working, it’s the most powerful thing on Earth.
The lockout, sit in and picket continues at International Flavours and Fragrances, 310 Frankston-Dandenong Road, Dandenong South. See Red Flag and the National Union of Workers facebook page for updates.
Christmas and the New Year is a time of hope. Yet all this Abbott government and its media spruikers offers is fear – fear of terorism; fear of asylum seekers and fear of the unemployed are its current playthings. The best way to counter the ruling class climate of fear is to resist their attacks, not fall for their racist, xenophobic and anti-working class rantings and actions.
Independent socialist and A.C.T. Senate candidate John Passant today welcomed the failure of the Abbott government to forcibly deport asylum seek Wei Lin back to harm in China. He called on Labor’s Senate appointee in the ACT, Katy Gallagher, to denounce this attempted forced deportation and to support the fight for refugees and asylum seekers.