Saturday, November 17, 2012

End the New Jim Crow! Action Network Statement Against the U.S.-Israeli War on Gaza


14 November 2012

As we  meet  today  the  state  of  Israel,  funded  to   the  tune  of $3 billion  U.S.  tax  dollars  worth  of  military   equipment  and  aid  per  year,  is  engaging  in  a  military   assault  on  Gaza  City,  Palestine,  a  civilian  city  with  almost   a  million  residents.  At  the  time  we  penned  this  statement,  at  least  15  people  had  been  killed  as  a   result  of  the  assault,  including  a  one-­‐month  old  toddler  and  a  seven-­‐year-­‐old  girl,  and  over  a  100   people  had  been  wounded.  The  number  of  dead  and  wounded  is  expected  to  rise  if  this  war  is   allowed  to  continue.

Like the  racist  system  of  mass  incarceration  here  in  the  United  States,  the  U.S.-­‐Israeli  war   on  the  Palestinian  city  of  Gaza  is  an  example  of  the  gross  contradiction  between  the  priorities  of   the  vast  majority  of  humanity  who  want  to  live  peaceful,  dignified  lives  and  the  misuse  of  societal   resources  by  elites  that  should  be  used  to  meet  human  needs  but  are  instead  used  for  war,  bank   bailouts,  police  brutality,  and  mass  incarceration.

The End  the  New  Jim  Crow!  Action  Network (E.N.J.A.N.) stands  with  the  Palestinian   people  in  their  struggle  against  war  and  occupation,  and  makes  the  connection  between  the   struggle  of  the  people  in  Gaza which  M.I.T.  professor  Noam  Chomsky  called  the  “world’s  largest   open  air  prison”  during  his  recent  trip  there and  the  struggle  of  people  in  the  United  States   fighting  the  world’s  largest  prison  system.

The U.S.  system  of  mass  incarceration  directly  restricts  the  movement  and  liberty  of  over   2  million  people,  including  over  a  million  African  Americans,  just  as  Israel’s  occupation  restricts   the  movement  and  liberty  of  all  Palestinians.  It  is  the  same  racist  system  that  harasses  people  of   color  on  the  streets  of  U.S.  cities,  and  whose  police  and  racist  vigilantes  murdered  at  least  120   Black  people  in  the  first  six  months  of  this  year.  As  a  network  we  oppose  all  forms  of  racism,   including  anti-­‐Black  racism,  Islamophobia,  and  anti-­‐Semitism,  and  we  make  common  cause  with   all  those  around  the  world  who  do  the  same.

As an  organization  we  demand  societal  resources  be  shifted  towards  jobs,  housing, healthcare, and  education,  both  at  home  and  abroad,  and  away  from  prisons,  war,  and
occupation. End the  U.S.-­‐Israeli  War  on  Gaza!   Free  Palestine!   End  the  New  Jim  Crow  Now!

The End  the  New  Jim  Crow!  Action  Network (E.N.J.A.N.) Campaign  Against  Mass  Incarceration   http://endthenewjimcrow.blogspot.com/

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Meetings are  on  the  2nd  and  4th  Wednesday  of  the  month  at  the  Sadie  Peterson  Delaney  African  Roots  Library,  on   the  second  floor,  in  the  Family  Partnership  Center,  29  North  Hamilton  St,  Suite  218,  Poughkeepsie,  New  York  12601

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