Monday, April 28, 2008

JUSTICE FOR THE FREIGHTLINER FIVE: International Day of Action, May 9

Five fired UAW 3520 union leaders of the Freightliner plant in Cleveland, North Carolina are fighting to get their jobs back. They will be having an international day of action on Friday May 9 around the world to demand that Freightliner and the German multi-national Daimler rehire these workers. They were fired over one year ago for going on strike over health and safety issues and other conditions and benefits. This international campaign will also have an action in the bay area.

JUSTICE FOR THE FREIGHTLINER FIVE

International Day of Action, May 9

Rally at Cleveland Park, Cleveland, N.C., 11 a.m. (hotel discounts available—see below)

Featured speakers:

KEN RILEY, president, Local 1422, International Longshoremen’s Association*
DONNA DEWITT, president, South Carolina AFL-CIO*; national president, Labor Party*
TOM ADLER, works council member, Daimler AG Untertuerkheim, IG Metall, Germany
WOODY WOODWARD, president, Statesville, N.C., NAACP*

Solidarity actions at Freightliner/Daimler locations internationally
(Check with your local solidarity committee and http://www.justice4five.com for details)

As a result of a strike by members of UAW Local 3520 at the Freightliner plant in Cleveland, N.C., over health, safety and other issues in April 2007, management has fired five UAW elected officials—Robert Whiteside, Glenna Swinford, Allen Bradley, David Crisco and Franklin Torrence. All are members of their union’s bargaining committee, and three are members of the union’s executive board as well.

The struggle to prevent retaliation against union leaders is important, not only to defend their local, but also to show workers throughout the country that the labor movement believes that an injury to one is an injury to all.

It is especially critical that the labor movement support trade unionists organizing in the “right-to-work” South. These union leaders are also civil rights activists—four are members of the NAACP. We need to show our solidarity as they stand up to union busting and retaliation by Freightliner, which is owned by the multinational corporation Daimler.

Join us in taking a stand against Freightliner’s anti-union policies in an international day of action to demand immediate reinstatement with full back pay for the Freightliner Five.

Sponsored by the Freightliner Five Solidarity Committee

For more information, visit
http://www.justice4five.com

*Organizations for identification purposes only

Hotel rooms are available for $65 per night. Contact:

Holiday Inn
1215 Garner Bagnal Blvd.
Statesville NC 28677
(704) 878-9691

anti-fascist organizers shut down Paul Fromm event!

On April 12th, Michigan anti-fascists, working with Michigan Against White Supremacy (MAWS), shut-down a speaking event with Canadian neo-Nazi, Paul Fromm. Fromm was brought into town by former and present mebers of Young Americans for Freedom. The event was scheduled to happen at the Cadillac Club on Lansing's southside.

From the MAWS press release:

Fromm is major leader in the Canadian racist scene. Fromm has attended white supremacist meetings including one held to mark the anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s death; shouted “Scalp him!” at a meeting where a representative of the Native Canadian Centre was speaking; attended meetings and delivered speeches alongside well-known racists like American David Duke and Holocaust denier David Irving.

The Cadillac Club is owned by David Sheets, a Lansing businessman involved in local Republican politics. Sheets has been informed of who Paul Fromm is and has refused to cancel the event. Sheets has stated that “This event doesn’t effect him” and that “He doesn’t care if people know the event is happening at the Cadillac Club or not”. David Sheets has chosen to give white supremacists a venue for their bigotry and hate.

The event was cancelled due to the pressure.

This is the third time Fromm has vistied Lansing. Reports from the Grand Rapids based independent news service, Media Mouse, say:

In the fall of 2006, he spoke at a meeting organized by the European American Association and in August of 2007, he spoke at a conference organized by the Council of Conservative Citizens. In both cases, his appearances seem to have been organized by Evan Thomas, a racist organizer based in Michigan who has a long history of organizing in Michigan. Thomas is pictured below with Fromm (note: the "myself" in the caption does not refer to the author of this article):

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Given Michigan's proximity and its much shared history with Canada, Fromm's appearence can't be ignored. Ongoing fascist organizing here in Michigan, the continuing social crisis, and the attempts by different groups to fight over turf and resources, makes it all the more neccessary for us to develop a multiracial and radical antifascism that is rooted in everyday working peoples experiences and struggles.

Fromm represents a call for intra-class competion and war. He and the movement he wants to make have to be fought at each turn.

Below is more information on Paul Fromm. Taken from Media Mouse

Paul Fromm has a long history of involvement with the racist right in Canada. In the 1960s and 1970s, he founded three groups: the Edmund Burke Society, the Canadian Association for Free Expression, and Citizens for Foreign Aid Reform. The Edmund Burke Society, which he co-founded while still in college, was allegedly morphed into the openly Nazi Western Guard Party that fell apart in the 1980s. However, Fromm's Canadian Association for Free Expression and Citizens for Foreign Aid Reform are still active. The Canadian Association for Free Expression (CAFE) has opposed the Canadian Human Rights Commission and has defended a variety of racists, including Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel. Citizens for Foreign Aide Reform (C-FAR) advocates racist restrictions on immigration and foreign aid. He also founded the Canada First Immigration Reform Committee that advocates reduced immigration and opposes immigration by people of color.

During Fromm's life, he has also sought to enter mainstream politics. While these attempts have often been overshadowed by his involvement in racist groups like the Heritage Front, Fromm has pursued electoral office in varying capacities. In 1976, he was elected to the Metro Toronto School Board and in the 1980s; he was involved with the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. He was asked to resign his position in the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada after he made statements in the media in which he said he thought breeding a "supreme race" for intelligence was a good idea and calling for Vietnamese refugees to be sent to "desert islands" off the Philippines and Indonesia rather than be accepted into Canada where they would "upset the racial balance." In the 1990s, he was involved in the Reform Party of Canada but was asked to "disassociate" after members complained about racist comments in his speeches. Throughout this period, Fromm continued to be involved in the racist right and spoke at events including a celebration of Adolph Hitler's birthday.

More recently in 2007, Paul Fromm spoke to the Aryan Guards--a neo-Nazi group based in Calgary, Alberta:

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Fromm, who is holding the upper left corner of the flag in the picture, praised the group saying:

"There's a new group of young folks in Calgary who call themselves 'The Aryan Guard.' The name may be a little in-your-face and dramatic, but these folks have acted responsibly staging a peaceful protest against "anti-racists," leafleting about uncontrolled immigration, and, most recently, protesting against Moslem women being allowed to vote disguised in burkas."

Fromm--who was fired from his teaching position in 1997 after being reprimanded and transferred after videos showing him speaking at white supremacist rallies--also recently had his teaching certificate revoked (http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=903). The Ontario College of Teachers said that Fromm's involvement in the racist right was an embarrassment to his profession and ran contrary to the values of the Canadian educational system.

However, it's not just the Canadian and United States racist right with whom Fromm has been involved. He has also spoken to the Friends of the British National Party, a group based in the United States that provides support to the fascist British National Party (BNP). Here's Fromm addressing the group (note the "white pride" flag on his left):

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Fromm--who may try to deny that he is a racist or a "Nazi"--is clearly a part of the racist right and has worked with many groups and individuals who are openly a part of that movement. Given his numerous appearances in Michigan, it's important that folks be familiar with him in order to counter his message of racism and oppression more effectively.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

April 19th: anti-racist militants challenge and disrupt nazis

Solidarity & Defense is an anti-racist,anti-fascist group. We actively confront neo-Nazis. We support grassroots action against Nazis.

As reported previously by Solidarity & Defense, the National Socialist Movement (N.S.M.) who have recently moved their HQ to Michigan, had planned to stage a rally in Washington D.C. to protest immigration.

Early reports put the N.S.M’s numbers at 30 to 50, not the hundreds they had earlier proclaimed were gonna show up. Instead it was anti-racists who numbered in the hundreds to disrupt the Nazis. The State police agencies provided heavy protection for the Nazi’s as a result there were some arrests of anti-racists who attempted to inflict some street justice on the Nazis.

Reports have said the Nazis were punched and kicked, even pepper sprayed by anti-racists. Along with this it is being said that some of the cops who were protecting the Nazis were also assaulted with bottles, rocks and mace.

Anti-racists came as far away as the Midwest and northern New York.

Marching with the N.S.M. was Hal Turner, a neo-Nazi radio show host. Turner also participated in a rally with the N.S.M in Grand Rapids last year. Also there were associates of the group White Revolution (WR), an offshoot of the National Alliance(NA). WR is led by Billy Roper. Roper was the street organizer for the National Alliance in the late 1990’s and led several semi-mass Nazi marches in D.C. between 2001 and 2002. Roper had previously been responsible for some of the more successful organizing of Nazis. He was expelled from the NA after an internal power struggle for the that organizations leadership. WR hasn’t amounted to much since then, however. It is known that Roper and WR dislike the N.S.M. and consider them a ridiculous caricature of national socialist politics. Roper has also ridiculed the N.S.M.s lack of street fighting experience and organizational discipline.

Still, despite the poor D.C. showing for the N.S.M. it would be a mistake to write them off altogether. While the N.S.M.’s attempts to rally forces under the swastika have proven less than successful, the Nazis can still carry out clandestine attacks – vandalism, beatings, intimidation – on people, as well as lobbying politicians to inact anti-immigration laws. The N.S.M. can also work undercover with more “populist” anti-immigration groups like the Minute Men, Save Our State or the Young Americans for Freedom. Once in these formations, Nazi’s can act as a political pole by raising more extreme positions and plans for action. This allows for a broader hearing of their views and can shift the already reactionary anti-immigration/anti-working class and poor movement even further Right.

With the above said, S&D says we need to network, support, and aid in the defense of working people who find themselves as immigrants here. We reject the borders and nationalism that divides our class.

Here are links to reports on the DC action.

Washington Post article

DC Independent Media with link to audio report by WSQT Guerrilla Radio

Youtube video


The second Nazi organizing attempt was from Philadelphia, PA.

Nazis from the Keystone State Skinheads(KSS) and Maryland Skinheads(MDS) planned to disrupt a march and rally for former Black Panther, and death row prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal. Mumia, a lifelong Black liberation movement organizer and famed journalist, is facing a renewed threat to his life by the U.S. government court system. Supporters are trying to rebuild the justice movement that has stood with him and other such organizers.

The KSS and MDS stated they would counter-protest the Mumia rally. Nazis put up fliers around town the night before, which were promptly torn down by anti-racists.

At the rally 30 Nazis showed up and stood with signs. The Nazis were protected once again by the police. After the demonstration one of the Nazis was beat down as he tried to intimidate the Mumia supporters.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

2 Michigan events in April: Detroit 16th & Lansing 17th



Presentation and Discussion:


Building a Popular anarchism in Ireland

History of the Workers Solidarity Movement

As part of a 43 city speaking tour of North America Workers Solidarity Movement (WSM) member Andrew Flood presents an illustrated talk about the growth of anarchism in Ireland in the last decade and the role anarchists in Ireland have played in popular struggles there (see http://anarchism.pageabode.com).

From labor struggles to justice campaigns for those killed in police custody. From involvement in the anti-war movement to struggles to keep Irelands rural lands free from Shell Oil exploitation. The WSM has moved anti-authoritarianism from the cultural margins to a real political alternative in Ireland. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion of the WSM and the prospects for an international anarchism!

Where & When:

1) Detroit, Michigan: Wednesday April 16th, 7pm

@ Baile Corcaigh Irish Pub in the downstairs bar. 1426 Bagley, Located at Trumbull & Bagley in Corktown, Detroit (2 blocks south of old Tiger Stadium).
Free admission!
Presented by : Solidarity & Defense

2)East Lansing, Michigan: Thurs April 17th, 7-9pm

@ Lake Huron Room (3rd Floor Student Union -
http://www.hfs.msu.edu/union/about/index.html ), MSU Campus.
Free admission!
Presented by: IGNITE-SDS MSU, Students for Economic Justice (SEJ), Solidarity & Defense

More information contact: sd@riseup.net

http://solidarityanddefense.blogspot.com

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22 more US dates for Irish Anarchism tour
by Joe Black - WSM (personal capacity) Sunday, Mar 30 2008, 10:38pm
north america / mexico / anarchist movement / press release

With talks now delivered in 21 cities in the North Eastern USA and Eastern Canada the 'Building a Popular Anarchism' speaking tour continues to another 22 cities in the South East, Mid-west and the North West USA ending in the Bay Area.

Coming to a town near you
Coming to a town near you

A decade ago the active anarchist movement in Ireland consisted of little more than a dozen people in two small organizations. Today hundreds of people are active and one banned libertarian demonstration in 2004 saw 5,000 people take part. Anarchists are increasingly replacing Irish republicans as the bogeyman of the mainstream media. This talk explains how this breakthrough happened and details the various struggles anarchists have been involved in. About the speaker: Andrew is an active anarchist organizer and writer, with twenty years experience in Ireland, most of that time as a member of the Workers Solidarity Movement. More recently, he has been become a member of NEFAC and is a founder member of Common Cause, Ontario. His publishing record includes well over one hundred articles, translated into over nine languages, chapters published in three books, and articles in seven English language anti-authoritarian magazines and newspapers. As well as numerous events in Ireland he has been the speaker at meetings in Britain, Italy, Canada, the Czech Republic and the USA and attended conferences in the Netherlands, France, Spain and Mexico. Contact your local anarchists or check their websites for details of exact times and venue but over the next six weeks this is roughly where the talks will be taking place.

Florida
Tuesday & Wednesday April 1-2 - Miami
Thursday & Friday April 3-4 - Lake Worth
Saturday & Sunday April 5-6 - Sarasota at 'All power to the imagination' conference
Monday April 7 -8 Gainesville. - 6pm 4/8 at Civic Media

Georgia
Thursday 10th of April at the 11:11 Teahouse

Pennsylvania
April Saturday 12 - Pittsburgh

Ohio
Monday 14 - Kent State
Tuesday 15 - Cleveland

Michigan
Wednesday April 16 - Detroit
Thursday 17 - Lansing

Illinois
Saturday 19 - 20 Chicago at the 'Finding Our Roots' conference

Minnesota
Tuesday 22nd - Minneapolis

Washington
Fri, April 25th - Spokane
Sat, April 27th - Seattle
Mon, April 28th - Bellingham
Wed, April 30th - Tacoma
Thur, May 1st - Olympia

Oregon
Sat, May 3rd - Portland
Sun, May 4th - Eugene (possibly Mon, May 5th)
California
May 8 KBR in Arcata
May 9th in Eureka
May 11 and 12 - San Jose
May 14 and 15 - Bay Area