Palestinians send solidarity to U.S. prison strike

first_imgThe following statement was released by Palestinians of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine who have been jailed by Zionist colonialism for their role in struggling for the freedom of their people. They are among nearly 6,000 Palestinians currently imprisoned by the Israeli occupation. Their solidarity extends fists of resistance and hands of unity through prison bars to support the U.S. National Prison Strike, beginning Aug. 21.We write today as imprisoned Palestinians of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, held in Israeli jails for our participation in struggle for the liberation of our land and people from colonialism and occupation. Today, we extend our solidarity to the prisoners in the jails of the United States participating in the national prison strike beginning on Aug. 21, fighting exploitation, racism and capitalism from within the heart of imperialist prisons.We begin by expressing our mourning for George Jackson, the imprisoned revolutionary and martyr of the Black Liberation struggle. The strike is beginning on the 47th anniversary of his martyrdom, an event that was recognized in Palestine and around the world at the time as an assassination of a true voice of struggle by the U.S. ruling class. As Palestinian prisoners, we also know that George Jackson was an internationalist and that the works of Palestinian poet Samih al-Qasem — addressing imprisonment and resistance — were found in his cell after his assassination. Today, we write to you to once again forge that connection of struggle, despite our different circumstances.The prison strike is a struggle of oppressed and exploited workers, first and foremost, confronting the unmasked brutality of capitalism behind bars. Around the world, prisoners have only protected their human rights and won victories through struggle. We know that you are demanding improved conditions, the right to fight in court for your rights and an end to excessive, lifelong sentences. You are also demanding an end to the new form of slavery found in U.S. prisons, where prison workers are paid pennies to produce goods and perform services for some of the country’s largest corporations.We also salute your struggle against racism. U.S. settler colonialism and imperialism practices its vicious racism both internally and externally, and the prison system reflects that reality. Black communities, Latino communities, Arab communities are under attack, facing mass incarceration and a system that seeks to imprison and exploit rather than support and nurture youth and elders.Today, prison workers are some of the most exploited workers in the United States, and the same ruling class that profits from the confiscation of Palestinian land and resources and from the bombing of children in Yemen also profits from the forced labor of prisoners. Your struggle is a workers’ struggle that is part of our global conflict against the vicious exploitation that our peoples face today. This struggle inside the prisons highlights the deep connections between racism and capitalism and how the struggle against them both can never be de-linked.The boycott campaign that is part of your strike also emphasizes the critical role of boycott in confronting exploitation and oppression. While our circumstances and lives may vary greatly from one another in many ways, we too face economic exploitation through a “canteen” system that seeks to profit from our imprisonment as Palestinians. We know that prison profiteers in the United States also profit from prison canteens, phone calls and other purchases, and we salute your campaign of boycott. This is the same reason why we call on people around the world to join the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. We cannot and must not be the consumers of those who profit from our misery and oppression.As you enter your strike, we salute all of you and your struggle, and we urge all who are not already committed to join in the strike. We extend a special revolutionary salute to the imprisoned strugglers of the Black Liberation Movement and other liberation movements, including Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose consistent internationalism and principled struggle is known and resonates around the world. We demand the freedom of these freedom fighters in U.S. jails, from Leonard Peltier to Mutulu Shakur.We know from our experience that it is through struggle and confrontation that true freedom can be realized. Your strike is being launched within the heart of U.S. imperialism, the greatest danger faced by our Palestinian people and the people of the world. We know that your victory will also be a victory for Palestine — just as our victories in Palestine will be a victory for all of the struggles against imperialism, racism and oppression in the United States and globally.With revolutionary greetings,The Palestinian prisoners of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine inside Israeli jails, andThe Palestinian liberated prisoners of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine20 August 2018FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Hopes of breakthrough in Aer Lingus dispute

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp HOPES are rising this week of a breakthrough in the dispute which is threatening air travel over the Christmas period.The Labour Relations Commission (LRC) has intervened in a final attempt to have the IMPACT trade union and Aer Lingus management re-enter talks to avoid the imminent closure of the airline’s cabin crew base at Shannon Airport with the loss of 88 permanent jobs.However, it is understood the talks will not address issues over work rosters and crewing.This week Aer Lingus cabin crew overwhelmingly voted in favour of industrial action up to and including strike action in a row over rosters and the threatened closure of the Shannon cabin crew base.It is understood that the invitation to attend the talks came from LRC Director of Conciliation, Kevin Foley.Last month Aer Lingus announced it was outsourcing recruitment for new transatlantic routes from Shannon to an independent company, ASL Aviation.It blamed the decision on a refusal by cabin crew to fly new transatlantic flights from Shannon using smaller planes with fewer crew members.IMPACT insists that they have not refused to crew the flights and that the airline prematurely closed the door on talks about numbers.The Shannon-based staff now face the prospect of redeployment to Dublin or Cork, voluntary severance, leave of absence to work for ASL Aviation or redundancy.Meanwhile, Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea has called on Transport Minister Leo Varadkar to intervene in the dispute.“We have to do everything possible to save the jobs at Shannon and furthermore, we cannot have a protracted stand-off that could lead to strike action in the run-up to Christmas. It is obvious that management and cabin crew members at Aer Lingus are deeply divided and intervention is required.“It is vital that Aer Lingus retains a cabin crew base in Shannon, which would give a great impetus for development and growth of Aer Lingus in the region,” he said. Linkedin NewsLocal NewsHopes of breakthrough in Aer Lingus disputeBy Guest Writer – November 6, 2013 903 Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Previous articleJoint bid for National Diaspora CentreNext articleHardy men gearing up for Ethopia trip Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Printcenter_img Advertisement No vaccines in Limerick yet Twitter Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TAGSair lingusfeaturedfull-imageShannon RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New high-end jobs for Shannonlast_img read more