Building Bridges: Migrants, Refugees and Workers Unite; Junípero Serra – Fabrication of a Saint; CUNY Faculty and Staff Protest for Contract
Date: 2015-09-27 08:44
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Migrants, Refugees and Workers Unite In NY To Demand Open Up the Borders! Provide Safety! *
*Stop the Violence! End the Wars!*
The plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty, inscribed with poet Emma Lazarus’s words reads:
* “Give me your tired, your poor – Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free – The wretched refuse of your teeming shore – Send these, the homeless, tempest-toss’d to me – I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door.”*
For hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees, the “land of the free” isn’t something to be found at the American border or in New York Harbor. Rather they have been risking life and limb to get into Europe.
Recently, images circulated online of a drowned 3-year-old Syrian boy, lying face down on a Turkish beach. The photograph, which many journalists and activists insisted be shown despite its graphic nature, was a stark reminder of the realities of a crisis that has gotten steadily worse.
Whether through “small wars” of destabilization or labor export programs, millions are displaced from their home countries due as the plutocracy’s drive to control markets, resources, territories, and extract super-profits.
With the drive for hegemony at the root, neoliberal economic policies and mercenary armies are unleashed on countries, in order to undermine and overturn economic and political sovereignty. While initially slow to rise to the occasion, New Yorkers are now rallying to demand:
. End Forced Migration! No to Neoliberalism!
. End Labor Export Policies!
. Stop U.S.- backed wars of destabilization in Syria, the Middle East, and Africa!
. Justice for the Aylan Kurdi and safe haven for all Syrian refugees!
. Justice and Accountability for the Ayotzinapa 43!
. Justice and Safe Haven for Rohingya refugees!
. Justice and Safe Haven for Burmese refugees!
And Building Bridges takes you there!
*The Fabrication of a Saint: Native Peoples Horrified Over Canonization of Junípero Serra, Whom They Sayis Responsible for Genocide with Christine Grabowski, author of Serra-gate the Fabrication of a Saint published in Indian Country Today
*The decision of Pope Francis to canonize 18th century Spanish missionary Junípero Serra has provoked the ire of indigenous peoples, whose ancestors were murdered and maimed during Serra’s founding nine of the 21 missions in California that later were the basis of what is now the modern state.
Hundreds of thousands of native peoples are purported to have died after the missionaries arrived. According to historian Alvin Josephy, what happened in California “was as close to genocide as any tribal people had faced, or would face, on the North American continent.”
We’ll speak with Christine Grabowski, author of serra-gate the fabrication of a saint about why indigenous people oppose Pope Francis’ decision to canonize Father Junípero Serra.
*CUNY Faculty and Staff Ready to Mount Protest in Defense of Quality Education at Chancellor Milliken’s Upper East Side Apartment with Pres. Barbara Bowen, Professional Staff Congress, CUNY *
Barbara Bowen, President of the Professional Staff Congress, as the new academic year at CUNY Colleges is under way said “news of progress on the faculty and staff contract, which expired in October of 2010 was not good.
And, after more than a year in office, CUNY Chancellor Milliken has failed to offer a single dollar for raises or back-pay. He appears to be content to allow the CUNY faculty and staff to go six years without a raise, while collecting a $670,000 salary himself”. Bowen says, we’ve been patient long enough and we don’t intend to accept any more excuses.
Pres. Bowen tells us to get our alarm clocks ready to bring the wakeup call straight to Milliken!
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