FIST launches in Detroit

By Derek Thacker
Detroit

Detroit FIST

The founding meeting of the new Detroit chapter of Fight Imperialism, Stand Together — FIST — was held on July 22.

Detroit has not had an active branch of the militant youth organization for about a year. But since late 2010, new youth have begun taking an interest in activism and have gravitated to work with the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs, and Workers World Party.

Some of these youth moved to form a new FIST branch in Detroit in order to combat the effects of imperialism at home and abroad. The attendance was excellent at the initial meeting and the discussions were meaningful. Introductions were conducted, and the revolutionary program of FIST was introduced and reviewed. Continue reading

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F.I.S.T. at USSF 2010 in Detroit!‏

Dear Friends of F.I.S.T.,

We are very busy preparing for the United States Social Forum next week in Detroit! We have three great workshops planned, as well as a social event we wanted to let you know about. Here they are listed at a glance, and below you can find full descriptions of the events.

  • Wednesday June 23rd, 1pm-3pm workshop, Youth and Students to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal in Woodward Academy, room 1437
  • Wednesday June 23rd, 1pm-5:30pm workshop, Capitalism is Killing Us. Fight for Socialism! in Cobo Hall room O2-44
  • Friday June 25th, 1:00pm-3:00pm workshop, The Fight for Education Rights: March 4th and Beyond in in Cobo Hall room D3-18
  • Friday June 25th, 5:30pm-7:30pm Meet F.I.S.T. social, free dinner at 5920 Second Avenue, near Wayne State University

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‘Capitalism is killing us’, U.S. Social Forum meets in Detroit June 22-26

By Bryan G. Pfeifer
Detroit

Momentum is growing internationally for the United States Social Forum to be held June 22-26 in Detroit. Tens of thousands of progressive activists are expected to attend.

According to the USSF website, the days-long event is a movement-building process. “It is not a conference but it is a space to come up with the peoples’ solutions to the economic and ecological crisis. The USSF is [an] important step in our struggle to build a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational, diverse, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms this country and changes history.” (www.ussf2010.org)

Adele Nieves, communications coordinator for the USSF, stated that over 1,000 workshops are scheduled and numerous demonstrations are being planned. Cultural contributions will be a central focus, with artists such as Dead Prez scheduled to perform. There will also be a tent city, tables for literature, grassroots food vendors, people’s movement assemblies and much more, including various art venues where progressive and revolutionary artists such as Antonio Guerrero of the Cuban Five will have their work displayed. The opening march on June 22 will have organizational contingents from all over the world. Continue reading

Building a fightback movement against racism, cutbacks, intervention & war

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David Hoskins, National leader of FIST and an editor of Left Hook newspaper, Jan 16

Theory & practice: Lenin on prisons and the state

By Vidya Sankar

Raleigh FIST

In order for a class society such as capitalism to exist, it requires a mechanism by which the ruling class can enforce its rule over the exploited class.  The workings of this mechanism, the state, were described by Vladimir Lenin in “The State and Revolution”, written in 1917. Lenin’s analysis of the state still stands valid today.  The state, which was first defined by Marx and Engels, was elaborated on by Lenin as encompassing all police, military, judicial and penal systems designed to protect the institutions of the capitalist class, such as private property and the bosses’ ownership of the means of production.

Lenin explains that, “According to Marx, the state is an organ of class rule, an organ for the oppression of one class by another; it is the creation of ‘order’, which legalizes and perpetuates this oppression by moderating the conflict between classes.”  When people are forced to work for wages, are forced into a life of being exploited in order to survive, a form of natural anger arises. Mass discontent with living conditions arises within the working class and oppressed. This natural anger represents an immense threat to the ruling class which utilizes the state to defend and perpetuate its rule.

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FIST holds anti-racism forum

By Workers World Boston bureau

 

WW photos: Liz Green

Fight Imperialism, Stand Together held a militant forum against racism and violence against women here on Dec. 15, calling for a fight back movement. Rachel Hassinger opened with a description of FIST and an invitation for all to get involved.

 

 

Jonathan Regis of the Justice for Hector Rivas Committee said, “The fight for justice for Hector Rivas is an example of Black and Brown unity and working class peoples standing up.”

 

 

Sara Mokuria discussed the growing attacks on women, focusing on the Megan Williams case. She said, “The time has come for people who are truly about revolution and anti-imperialism to understand that at the core of those struggles is dismantling of racism, sexism, homophobia.” Continue reading

WWP conference draws activists from all over

By Jaimeson Champion and Brenda Ryan

The Workers World Party national conference held here on Nov. 17-18 drew hundreds of people from all over the country, many of whom had never been to a party conference before. They were moved by the party’s linkage of the immigrant struggle to the economic crisis and rising racism and its commitment to the unity of the class struggle.

Namibia Donadio with LeiLani Dowell and<br>Tyneisha Bowens of FIST.

Namibia Donadio with LeiLani Dowell and
Tyneisha Bowens of FIST.

 

“The over-riding theme of the conference is for people to unite,” said Sandra Hines, an African American from Detroit. “This is a people’s fight to unite against capitalism, imperialism and racism. As an activist I have to pass this message along, to bring people into the movement. It’s our job to enlighten other people.” The experiences of others at the conference “fired me up to be an activist,” she said.

Hines engaged in a fierce battle this year, running for Detroit’s public school board in the Fifth District against Joyce Hayes-Giles. Hayes-Giles is vice president of the school board and vice president of Detroit’s gas and light company, DTE Energy. As part of her grassroots campaign, Hines successfully fought to keep one of the neighborhood schools from closing. Of the 15,000 votes cast, Hines got more than 5,000 to some 6,000 votes for Hayes-Giles. She is now fighting for the right of students to take schoolbooks home to study.

Many young activists and students attended the conference, sharing their experiences in the struggle and discussing ways to build class solidarity for a socialist future. Continue reading