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Resistance in Leicester’s garment district

Red Pepper - 13 hours 30 min ago
A mural outside of Highfields Community Centre. Photo credit: Bal Sokhi-Bulley

The South Indian thali we had for lunch that day was exceptional. It had been one of the first sunny, bright blue sky days of the year and as we drove through Evington and Highfields even the ‘dark factories’ glistened. Along East Park Road, Vaisakhi decorations wove through the streetlights, Holi celebrations had begun the day before in Spinney Hill park, and women in burqas pushed prams and chatted together as they walked up to the Nishan Sahibs at the mouth of the road in front of the iconic old Evington Cinema building.

This is Leicester. An exotic city, a diverse city, a city that is home to an array of racially minoritized (RM) populations. Just six months later, the city made national headlines for the ‘riots’ that took place; masked gangs marched through East Leicester targeting Muslims in what can only be described as ‘Hindutva-inspired Islamophobia’. So Leicester is also a ‘beseiged’ city, a segregated, racialised city; it is a city that has been made ‘dirty’ by the positioning of RM people as out of place in their own home. This story of Leicester, the neglect of its RM people and garment workers, became better known during the pandemic when Leicester became the first UK city to face a local lockdown in 2020. Now an ‘open secret’, Leicester’s ‘garment district’ was penned in as if plagued.

Racialised governance

This is what we call ‘re-colonisation’. On 18 March 2022 we met in a room in Highfields Community Centre that looked out over the rooftops of Highfields and Evington. The location was important. The Centre offers proximity to the factories and many RM communities, it is embedded in recolonisation – its effects and resistance. The day was important too, Holi  – the vibrant, colourful, theme of which made a stark contrast to the backdrop of a city made ‘dirty’. We sat around the table with our backgrounds in academia, activism, local politics and community action. We were there because we want to highlight the tactics of racialised governance that Leicester is experiencing, as visible in the state neglect of factory workers, and to reclaim the city from ‘the mire’  to a home for and made by immigrant communities. This can only happen through ‘community governance’, which Tarek Islam of FAB-L (Fashion-workers Advice Bureau Leicester) defines as simply ‘helping people’ through providing basic advice and support.

Such help is a powerful indictment for the role of rights in addressing Leicester’s recolonisation ‘crisis’. Rights cannot do the work of remedying the debilitation experienced by factory workers – who, according to Claudia Webbe MP, are kept in a cycle of fear and compliance. Jobs are given as a ‘favour’ and working conditions can be dire, with women working 12-hour shifts in unheated factories. The unions are unable to penetrate a system where ‘resilience’ has turned to ‘subservience’. These conditions have been extensively documented by Nik Hammer and his research team. But rights, explained Islam, take on a policing role – ‘we cannot go in as the factory police and just say “yeah – we’re here to solve your workers’ rights issues” because there’s a lack of trust from within the community’. Being paid £2 or £3 an hour and remaining silent for fear of being labeled an informant has become normalised.

Race and class

FAB-L seeks to adopt a different strategy; one that provides support and builds trust because this is the only path to empowerment for workers. Trust is about more than the conversations about rights – it’s about creating an environment where people feel safe to ask for basic help with, for example, the poor housing conditions that feed the exploitation in the first place.

These stories are not unique to Leicester: exploitation abounds in the UK’s gig economy. Leicester’s recolonisation is about race; about racialised people who have been ‘silenced’ as well as the racialised nature of capitalism and labour. ‘To what extent’ asked Jayanthi Lingham, a partner in the Co-POWeR Project ‘is this about workers and the capitalist moment rather than about [the] Asian men [running the factories]?’ How is it that Boohoo can get away with minimalist inspection practices while the problem is constructed as one of factories run by brown people?

Priya Thamotheram, head of Highfields Centre, expressed surprise that some people remain ‘hung up on the idea of skin colour… and colour consciousness’; what this is about, rather, he argued, is ‘the structural relationships that those individuals occupy in terms of their societal positions … Asian businessmen are no more generous or wicked than [others]’. But it is not just about class – for Thamotheram it is about how race is coopted into a class structure. And, as Webbe points out, the issue is also gendered. Not a single factory in Leicester is under female management. To rephrase Wendy Brown, ‘it is impossible to pull the race out of gender, or the gender out of sexuality, or the colonialism out of caste out of masculinity out of sexuality.’

Radical friendship

This poses huge challenges: How do we speak (literally and metaphorically) to those RM communities the state has abandoned? There are about 700 garment factories in Leicester (the true number is unknown and constantly changing) and around 10,000 garment workers. How do we reach them? What place do they have in a city gentrifying and recolonising around them? Webbe outlined three very clear ‘solutions’: a) a legislative change on garment trading in the form of a garment trading adjudicator b) consumer change on fast fashion; and c) a greater role for unions and community centres, such as Highfields.

It is at this latter site that we proposed something different: a response to recolonisation through radical friendship. The FAB-L project represents friendship as a set of practices that are concerned with fighting back through building relations, trust and care. ‘Through actions we want to solidify the trust’, says Islam. It is the trust and empowerment that is important, not the legal labels or limited remedies. Speaking with people, being silent so you hear them, talking to them as individuals and not statistics. Of course actual change is an objective too –speaking to one worker meant FAB-L were able to reach out t0 ‘the brand’, that reached out to the factories, and a real pay increase was achieved for all.

In contrast, calling the Leicester situation ‘modern slavery’ does not actually address working conditions; in fact, focusing on the exceptional draws attention away from systemic harm. Following our Salon, Webbe tabled an Early Day Motion about FAB-L in Parliament, praising its ‘holistic approach’, from tackling low wages, support with benefits services and domestic violence, to help with form filling. ‘Basic help’, as Islam called it, which he learned at a young age in his local community. FAB-L has since increased its own community-facing activities, working with Labour Behind the Label, to screen a documentary on the historic struggles Leicester’s fashion workers and holding a launch event. This is a making-visible, telling the story through friendships built between factory workers and their descendants. It breaks the inevitable cycle of exploitation and recolonisation through basic help, which Islam and his parents lacked. And it is more vital than ever in a deepening cost of living crisis.

There is a mural outside Highfields Centre where we all posed for a souvenir photograph of the day. Painted in a myriad of colours, showing fists raised in resistance, it says ‘Enhancing lives, Empowering Communities, Enterprise for all’. It was a fitting end to the day, to feel we had connected, that resistance to the recolonising of Leicester will continue. As the recent violence has shown, fighting harm will not come through more police powers or legal rights; it will come through trust, through community organising and friendship.

Bal Sokhi-Bulley is a senior lecturer at the University of Sussex.

Special thanks to my project partner, Ben Rogaly; thanks to the participants of the Salon event: Ben Rogaly, Tarek Islam, Jayanthi Lingham, Nik Hammer, Fatima Rajina, Priya Thamotheram, Claudia Webbe; and to Nadya Ali, Shirin Rai, Chris Slowe and Ben Whitham for their individual conversations with me.

The Project ‘Pandemic, Race and Rights: How Covid Re-Colonised Leicester’ is funded by the ESRC IAA scheme, University of Sussex.

 

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Never give up: remembering Anwar Ditta

Red Pepper - Sun, 11/27/2022 - 00:00
Sketch and poster of Anwar Ditta by Mukhtar Dar

Anwar Ditta was a British-Pakistani woman who fought – and won – a case against the Home Office after it refused entry to her three children, leaving them stuck without her in Pakistan. Her treatment at the hands of the state drove her to campaign not just for her own family but to build a coalition that fought for all those who faced similar experiences of systematic oppression and violence.

Mukhtar Dar

My dear sister, comrade and friend Anwar was a tireless anti-racist campaigner, a fearless working-class woman who out of her personal experience of racism ended up devoting her life and strength to the finest cause in the world – the liberation of black people from the scourge of racism and oppression. I first met Anwar back in 1982. I was stunned by the power of her voice, her Lancashire accent, her simple raw account of a mother’s pain. To this day I cannot recount a speech that moved me so much. Anwar had a certain dignity and strength, which was a testament to her character and her belief in standing up for what was right and what was just. In many ways, she epitomised what all our mothers and sisters have had to endure and sacrifice; she was a rock for our communities and the backbone of unconditional love.  Anwar Ditta has left an indelible mark – if there ever was an empty plinth waiting for a deserving statue, then it should be for this unsung working-class heroine. I, alongside so many others, mourn her loss. We will forever be bound by our shared history, our commitment to a better world and the continued fight for social justice that she advanced so significantly. Thank you, Anwar, we will always remember all that you have achieved.

Tariq Mehmood

I can’t remember now how many times I heard you speak, one hundred or two? One thing I am sure of: I don’t ever recall seeing a dry eye in the room. While many cried hearing your story for the first time, I often did from the continued injustice of it all. I never told you but I also cried over the pain of a child who longed to live with his mother but didn’t know how anymore. There were those who mocked you in disbelief. To them I retorted, ‘Who but a mother of these children would suffer the indignities that Anwar Ditta had been made to endure by the Home Office?’ These were, after all, the humiliating days of the racist and sexist virginity tests; of divided families; midnight immigration raids; forced deportations by both Labour and Tory Governments. But, as you continued to fight, many others hoped. There were several things I didn’t imagine would ever happen, including that I would be arrested on terrorism charges, and that you would come to the defence of the Bradford 12 and contribute to our acquittal. But I never doubted you would win, nor that in that victory you would inspire others. On Sunday 11 July 2021, I heard you speak for the last time in Bradford, and thinking back to that, I once again have a tear in my eye – but this time a bittersweet one, remembering how, even in ill health, you never gave up.

Anandi Ramamurthy

I met Anwar Ditta when I was setting up the Tandana (Glowworm) Archive to record the histories of the Asian Youth Movements. Both Bradford and Manchester AYMs were instrumental in the success of Anwar’s campaign. Even in 2005 she spoke with passion about her experience of fighting injustice and recognised the importance of this history and people’s resistance. With tears in her eyes, she asserted, ‘I will never forget, people believed me; the government never believed me but people believed me.’ She had kept everything relating to her campaign – leaflets, booklets, photographs, even bus tickets – despite living in a small terraced house. It was because the state had not believed her and it had taken her years to prove her children were hers. She never wanted to be short of evidence again. I scanned many leaflets and photographs for the Tandana Archive. More recently, Anwar donated her entire collection to the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Archive. The archive of her struggle provides an incredible record of the power of solidarity and grassroots resistance. It should be part of any anti-racist and anti-imperialist history of Britain and should be taught in schools. ‘It’s ridiculous making black people suffer: what kind of law is this?’ she argued in 1980, recognising that her case represented the wider issue of state racism. Anwar did not forget others in struggle. Following her victory, she stood up for Jaswinder Kaur, Nasira Begum, the Bradford 12, the anti-apartheid movement and the international women’s movement.

Hamera Khalid (Anwar’s daughter)

Mum believed that everyone deserved to have their voice heard and that everyone had a right to stand up for what they believed in. She felt that no one should be treated differently because of their background, race or beliefs. Mum loved fairness. She truly believed we are all equal and that the only thing that separates us is our deeds. She strongly believed in justice being done. Mum knew she had power in her voice and if she could make even the slightest difference for someone, she would go out of her way to do it. She feared no one, and the more people didn’t believe her, the more she resisted. She was a true fighter. I want people to remember mum’s enormous heart, that was filled with love and respect for all. She was the kindest and most honest person. I don’t say that just because she was my mum; everyone felt that way about her. She had so much positive impact on people’s lives, she comforted so many and always put everyone else first. I am truly honoured to have had her as my mum. She has left such a big hole in so many people’s hearts.

This tribute first appeared in Issue 235, Spring 2022, following the passing of Anwar Ditta in November 2021

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Scientists Revive ‘Zombie’ Virus After 50,000 Years Trapped in Siberian Permafrost

Common Dreams - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 11:09
Researchers documented 13 never-before-seen viruses that have been lying dormant, frozen in thick ice, over tens of thousands of years.
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Taxing the Rich Requires More Than Policy

Common Dreams - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 04:30
The Left is finally waking to the power of ballot initiatives as tools to advance egalitarian and redistributive policy.
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Biden Must Demand That Al-Sisi Release Alaa Abd El-Fattah

Common Dreams - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 04:17
President Biden should work for the immediate release of Alaa Abd El-Fattah and many more Egyptian political prisoners before granting Sisi a plum White House meeting.
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I'll Support Him If He Does—But Joe, Please Don't Run

Common Dreams - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 03:43
Apologies if I repeat myself (I've written much of this before), but, hell, I'm getting old—as is Joe.
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The Not Very Smart Elon Musk

Common Dreams - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 03:30
As Twitter implodes under Musk's rule, a lawsuit argues Tesla is vastly overpaying the world's richest man.
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Loss and Damage Fund as a Paradigm Shift

Common Dreams - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 03:06
The fight for a liveable planet will be won or lost in this decade.
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Volt Rush: The Winners and Losers in the Race to Go Green by Henry Sanderson – Review

Red Pepper - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 00:00
A lithium mine in Chile. Lithium is a vital component of many ostensibly ‘green’ technologies

About two-thirds of the way through Volt Rush, Henry Sanderson interrupts his description of the pack of corporate scavengers picking over central Africa’s copper belt to quote the first lines of V S Naipaul’s unremittingly bleak novel of post-colonial commerce A Bend in the River. ‘The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.’

In a book built around hard science and shoe-leather journalism – Sanderson was the Financial Times commodities and mining correspondent for six years – the literary excursus is unexpected. It’s nevertheless oddly congruous, in topic and in tone. Volt Rush, like A Bend in the River, is about progress’s secret kinship with collapse, and the dark paths dreams take as they turn into nightmares. Batteries, the hidden midwives of the renewables revolution, are here to save the world: that’s how Elon Musk sees it. But when viewed from the polluted deserts of Chile, the 24/7 factories of China and the half-ruined mines of central Africa, they seem like they’re here to condemn it.

Speculation meets geopolitics

We begin with a series of sacred cows, marked for the abattoir. The first conceit to the slaughter: solar, wind and tide energy are only as renewable as the batteries they depend on. Two: those batteries aren’t renewable at all. In fact, as Sanderson outlines in brisk, business-like prose, they’re reliant on a massive programme of resource extraction. Somewhere north of 40 times the amount of lithium currently in circulation – per year – will be needed to end petrol vehicles. Copper, cobalt and nickel will be required too, in unprecedented quantities. Quantities a host of variably ethical corporate entities are alternately keen to locate and happy to provide.

It’s an article of faith for some that capitalism can’t manage the climate crisis. Volt Rush demonstrates in anatomic detail how dated that view is becoming

Sanderson’s second act starts here, in the shadowy borderland where speculation and geopolitics meet. China plays a starring role, predictably enough. Unwilling to disturb the pax americana with an expensive, and quixotic, arms race, the PRC buys up supply chains instead: butter over guns. A panicked, senescent EU, desperate to smooth the electric transition of Europe’s bloated car industry – one in 20 Europeans are employed by it – is a late but enthusiastic entry to the game. And, navigating the ragged, money-spinning edges of legality and ethics, the battle-scarred condottieri of international capital – like the malignant Glencore metals and minerals company – ride again.

The prize is the galvanic heart of a future world: one running on lithium, not oil. Elon Musk and his charmless cohort of entrepreneur-seers make futurist cameos here, though prophecies of sea-floor strip mines and desert-wide refineries sound like a threat, not a promise. Mining is infamously environmentally unfriendly; the likely impact of the ‘green revolution’ ought to give pause to partisans on the left, if scope alone doesn’t do the job. The industry doesn’t play nicely with people either, inflicting reliably horrific human damage with every pound of lithium we drag from the bloodied earth. An indirect future benefit for the climate is mortgaged on a great deal of direct ecological destruction in the here and now.

Lithium-lit uplands

It’s an article of faith for some that capitalism can’t manage the climate crisis. Volt Rush demonstrates in anatomic detail how dated that view is becoming. Even the villainous Glencore is forced, by Volt Rush’s end, to reconsider its indurate love of coal. A ‘green’ transition is possible under the present system of affairs. Across the third world, as Sanderson demonstrates, it’s already beginning to unfold. But transition for whom? And towards what?

Sanderson’s smooth, limpid storytelling brightens the deadening business of commodities trading: attention to the bizarre, often unpleasant characters populating the industry gives his narrative a personable shine. It makes his eventual retreat into techno-optimism all the more striking. A grim story of profiteers and environmental collapse culminates in a homiletic reflection on the broad lithium-lit uplands opening up for the whole human race.

But surprise – at least in this case – has to be tempered with the discomfort of self-recognition. Indefinite exploitation of finite resources; the maintenance, or expansion, of the extraction economy; the overarching, non-negotiable need to keep the industrial economy functioning as it has for two hundred years – the left might have more in common with Elon Musk than we’d like to admit.

‘Net zero’ presents itself as a clean break with the bad old carboniferous era but from the perspective of a Congolese child miner, or an indigenous Colombian, it’s more of the same. From the perspective of the natural world, exploited and destroyed in methods and regions previously unimaginable, it spells the escalation, not the end, of the disaster. The environmental benefits of the battery revolution, considered outside the arid realm of emissions statistics, seem dubious. To paraphrase the old Vietnam war saying: has it become necessary to destroy the environment in order to save it?

Nowhere is safe

The ‘green revolution’, confined to a shift in the focus of the industrial economy, leaves extant structures of power – and disempowerment – untouched. It prolongs destructive patterns of consumption, attenuates parasitic corporate cartels, intensifies paleo-imperialist exploitation of the third world. Worst of all, it stops us thinking.

An opportunity to radically reimagine humanity’s relationship to the natural world is being squandered. Instead, as Volt Rush comprehensively – if not always intentionally – demonstrates, we’re offered a future that looks much like the past. Lithium-sinewed, cobalt-limbed, breathing waste, drinking air: the system continues. So will the disaster.

In the final pages of A Bend in the River, one character warns the protagonist: don’t hope. ‘Nobody’s going anywhere,’ he says. ‘We’re all going to hell, and everyone knows this in his bones. Everyone wants to make his money and run away. But where?’ Naipaul had no illusions about the world we’ve made for ourselves. Nowhere, he wrote, is safe.

Madoc Cairns is a staff writer at The Tablet

This article first appeared in issue #237, Autumn 2022, Power in Unions. Subscribe today to get your magazine delivered hot off the press!

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Why I’m Thankful For 500 Years Of Indigenous Resistance

Popular Resistance - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 15:10

Starting in 1452, under the guise of the Papal Bull Romanus Pontifex and later the 1493 Papal Bull Inter Cetera, the Christian Doctrine of Discovery, European Christians began their efforts to expand colonial rule, and the Christian Empire, throughout the world.

These Papal Bulls sanctioned European Christian Nations to “capture, vanquish, and subdue the saracens, pagans, and other enemies of Christ, to put them into perpetual slavery, and to take all their possessions and property” and were authorized “to take possession of any lands discovered that were not under the dominion of any Christian rulers.”

Early colonial efforts centered on the western coast of Africa as Portugal “claimed” lands and engaged in the trafficking of African slaves.

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In Malay, Orangutans Means ‘People Of The Forest’

Popular Resistance - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 15:05

The dust has settled at the resorts in Sharm el-Shaikh, Egypt, as delegates of countries and corporations leave the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The only advance made in the final agreement was for the creation of a ‘loss and damage fund’ for ‘vulnerable countries’. However, despite being hailed as a breakthrough, the deal is little more than the financing of the Santiago Network for Loss and Damage agreed upon at the COP25 in 2019. It also remains to be seen whether this new financing will in fact be realised. Under previous agreements, such as the Green Climate Fund established at the COP15 in 2009, developed countries promised to provide developing countries $100 billion per year in financing by 2020, but have failed to meet their stated goals.

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The US Is Determined To Drive A Wedge Between Ethiopia And Eritrea

Popular Resistance - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 14:54

Western officials and pundits never stop trying to drive a wedge between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Their screams that Eritrea must get out of Ethiopia have grown louder and louder every day since  Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) signed a peace agreement to end the two-year civil war. The US should get out of Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and outer space before it brings an end to life on earth, but of course that’s not on the table.

Instead we hear that the Ethiopian peace agreement is likely to collapse if Eritrean troops don’t leave Ethiopia. Biden, Blinken, and rabid pro-TPLF Congressmen like Brad Sherman, D-CA, continue to threaten Ethiopia, but even more so Eritrea, with sanctions.

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Haitian Women Mobilize On November 25 Against Political Violence

Popular Resistance - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 14:40

On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, peasant women, political activists, social activists, feminists, from across Haitian territory, will unite their voices on the streets. In their mobilizations to be held on November 25, they seek to publicly and internationally denounce the political violence against them, the repression and silencing of women of the working class sectors by paramilitary forces and instruments of the Haitian government.

Following in the footsteps of the three Dominican Mirabal sisters, whose brutal assassination in 1960 inspired the commemoration on the November 25, they will denounce the racist, anti-Haitian and xenophobic violence against Haitian refugee women by the Dominican government and its public policies so similar to those of the former dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina.

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Media Serve The Governors, Not The Governed

Popular Resistance - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 14:35

In his 1971 opinion in the Pentagon Papers case, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black wrote:

“In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government.”

That’s what WikiLeaks and Julian Assange have been doing since 2006: censuring governments with governments’ own words pried from secrecy by WikiLeaks’ sources—whistleblowers. In other words, WikiLeaks has been doing the job the U.S. constitution intended the press to do.

One can hardly imagine anyone sitting on today’s U.S. Supreme Court writing such an opinion.

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This World Cup Is Brought To You By Abused Migrant Workers

Popular Resistance - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 14:33

In a full-throated defense of 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in a press conference on Saturday, “Today I feel Qatari, today I feel Arab, today I feel African, today I feel gay, today I feel disabled, today I feel a migrant worker…because I know what it means to be discriminated, to be bullied.”

Criticizing the West, and Europe in particular, for migration policies, corporate profiteering off of Gulf oil, and “what we Europeans have been doing for 3,000 years around the world,” Infantino tried to draw attention away from multiple controversies plaguing the 2022 World Cup.

FIFA, the governing body for world soccer, is expected to bring in $6.5 billion in revenue from this year’s World Cup, a 25% jump from the 2018 games. Infantino himself made $3.2 million in 2019 alone.

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Kick Out Apartheid: Campaigning For Justice In Sport For Palestine

Popular Resistance - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 14:30

As the World Cup begins, Samidoun is part of a growing global campaign to demand FIFA take action to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for its ongoing crimes against the Palestinian people, including Palestinian sport. The campaign also aims to support anti-normalization efforts in support and boost sports boycott campaigns as well as #BoycottPuma and related actions in the sports world. It’s time to score a goal for Palestine!

Israel has violated the principles of FIFA in a variety of ways that would normally warrant disciplinary actions and even a suspension of its membership. However, the politics of FIFA have prevented the organization in the past from taking such action. Its internal by-laws have even been amended to make it more difficult for the Palestine Football Association (PFA) to demand such action.

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Jazz Musician Esperanza Spalding To Depart Harvard

Popular Resistance - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 14:10

Prominent jazz musician Esperanza E. Spalding, a professor of the practice in Harvard’s Music Department, will depart the University, she announced in an email to department affiliates this week that was obtained by The Crimson.

Spalding wrote in the email that she has communicated with Harvard over “many months” about a proposal for a “decolonial education” curriculum she would like to implement as a course or initiative, but said what she aspires “to cultivate and activate in organized learning spaces is not (yet) aligned with Harvard’s priorities.”

A five-time Grammy award winner, Spalding joined the Music Department as a part-time professor of the practice in 2017 and has taught courses on songwriting, performance, and musical activism.

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'Cleaner Air Is Coming' as London Expands Vehicle Pollution Fee to Entire Metro Area

Common Dreams - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 14:08
"Around 4,000 Londoners die prematurely each year because of long-term exposure to air pollution, with the greatest number of deaths in outer London boroughs," noted Mayor Sadiq Khan in announcing the expansion.
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Court Rules Against Waratah Coal Mine In Landmark Ruling

Popular Resistance - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 14:04

The Queensland Land Court has ruled human rights would be unjustifiably limited by a proposal to dig the state's largest coal mine in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland.

First Nations-led activist group Youth Verdict challenged an application by mining company Waratah Coal, owned by billionaire Clive Palmer.

The group of young Queensland activists challenged the mine on the basis it would impact the human rights of First Nations peoples by contributing to climate change.

The coal mine would remove about 40 million tonnes of coal a year for export to South-East Asia, with a forecast life span of 30 years.

It is the first time a group has successfully argued coal from a mine would impact human rights by contributing to climate change.

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Indigenous People Push Back Against US ‘Thanksgiving Mythology’

Popular Resistance - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 13:55

The United American Indians of New England and allies gathered at noon Thursday at Cole's Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts for the 53rd National Day of Mourning—an annual tradition that serves as "a day of remembrance and spiritual connection, as well as a protest against the racism and oppression that Indigenous people continue to experience worldwide."

"We don't have any issues with people sitting down with their family and giving thanks," Kisha James—who is an enrolled member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and is also Oglala Lakota—told BBC. "What we do object to is the Thanksgiving mythology."

In a Thursday speech, James—whose grandfather founded the National Day of Mourning in 1970—challenged the lies of "mythmakers" and history books, instead highlighting "genocide, the theft of our lands, the destruction of our traditional ways of life, slavery, starvation, and never-ending oppression."

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