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Anti-Racist Picnic Confronts Minutemen Racists

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The Colorado Minutemen, a virulently racist anti-Mexican group, held a meeting at the Englewood Library on Saturday, February 21st . RAIM-Denver became aware of the meeting less than a week in advance and was eager to oppose it. With little time to coordinate and promote a large protest, we decided instead to hold a picnic. RAIM-Denver was serving up non-alcoholic wine, cheese, and the best part: crackers.

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RAIM-Denver was joined by a couple Denver-area anti-racist comrades, making our picnic only a handful in size. That didn’t stop us from getting our point across. As was done at Denver’s last confrontation with the Minutemen, klan hoods were offered to the racists as they entered the building. We made some banners also.
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RAIM-Denver understands that the U.S. Southwest is land stolen from Mexican and Indigenous peoples. Thus RAIM comrades proudly displayed the Mexican flag. Other comrades held a banner that read,”If you don’t like Mexico, get out!”

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The event was intimate. Nick, a RAIMer, went inside the library lobby where a few Minuteman gringos were waiting. He even offered to share the picnic bounty. “Cracker?” he said as he offered each of them a saltine. Unfortunately, the Minutemen crackers were stuffed full of race pride and doughnuts and ready to get to their business of organizing against an imaginary Mexican invasion. Thus, they all declined and the meeting began promptly at 10am.

Standing outside, we could only guess how large the meeting inside was. The Englewood Library has two entrances and we only had one covered. Some wagered that the Minutemen’s numbers were at parity with our own. Others thought that the Obama election had caused a minor White backlash, leading to a higher attendance for the hate-group meeting. Still others were unsure. The issue was resolved after a RAIMer suggested we enter the library and disrupt the meeting.

The plan was set. We would inconspicuously enter the library; find the room where the meeting was taking place; burst in while waving the Mexican flag and chanting, ‘Get off Stolen Land, Deport the Minuteklan!;” and promptly exit before security could arrive. Needless to say, the plan went off without a hitch. We even left the saltines for the crackers  to enjoy. The racists were shocked at such a bold move. It was hilarious. The message was unequivocal: organized white-supremacy will be confronted.

In terms of their numbers, in the brief moment while we were in the meeting room, we estimated 15-20 crackers present. These numbers should be put into context. During the Democratic National Convention, the Minutemen had a “national gathering” in Denver of a mere 50 people. That so many racists would be at a local chapter meeting should be a wake up call to the Denver so-called left, whose opposition was all but absent.

That said, the picnic was a major success, one that belongs to both RAIM-Denver and our anti-racist allies. Through such cooperation and flexibility, not only did we put out a strong message, but we did so with deeds. We freaked out the Minutemen, who now know that they will be opposed. Next time, Fiesta!

Update: We have a video of the event too – https://raimd.wordpress.com/2009/02/26/a-raimd-picnic-confronting-the-minutemen/

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Counter the Minutemen This Saturday!

Minutemen Fascists Meeting, this Saturday!

The meeting of the anti-migrant Colorado Minutemen will be happening this Saturday, in Englewood at 10AM. Coincidentally RAIM will be holding a picnic at the same location at 9:30AM. Bring cheese and wine. There will be plenty of crackers.

What: Cheese, Wine and Minutemen Picnic

Where: Generally surrounding the

Englewood Civic Center

1000 Englewood Pkwy

When: Saturday, February 21st 9:30AM-?

Directions: I-25 to Broadway, south on Broadway, east on Englewood Pkwy

By Light Rail, C or D line to Englewood Station

Map:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1000+Englewood+Pkwy.+Englewood+CO+80110+United+States

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Boulder Peltier Events

leonard_peltier1Friday Febuary 6th 2009:

Rally for Leonard Peltier

Noon @ Boulder City Council Building

followed by:

Leonard Peltier: 33 years behind bars, 33 years looking for justice

an educational event presented by ISN, LPDOC, and 180-11

7pm @ Room 100, Mathematics Building of DU

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Report From Gaza Solidarity Protest this Saturday

Hearing about the latest Gaza rally the day before, RAIM went to show our solidarity with the Palestinian people under attack from Israel, and agitate for national liberation and against imperialism.  Here are some photos from Saturday, January 24th at the State Capitol:

Many signs correlated to the recent Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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Many signs had messages related to the recent celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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There were too many Amerikan flags here for our taste.  We understand that the organizers want to appeal to Amerikans, but we realize it's a lost cause.

There were too many Amerikan flags here for our taste. We understand that the organizers want to appeal to Amerikans, but we realize one cannot hold their breath waiting for Amerikans to care.

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"Women and Children are not Collateral Damage."

The flag of Venezuela.  Venezuela, along with Bolivia, broke diplomatic relations with Israel over it's war crimes in Gaza.  Anti-imperialist nations showing solidarity.

The flag of Venezuela. In a true spirit of international solidarity, Venezuela, along with Bolivia, broke diplomatic relations with Israel over it's war crimes in Gaza.

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A flag of Bolivia made its appearance too.

A flag of Bolivia made its appearance too.

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The RAIM bullhorn came into good use, as some younger demonstrators started leading chants.  This energized the crowd who wanted something more than the regular sign holding.

The RAIM bullhorn came into good use, as some younger demonstrators started leading chants. This energized the crowd who wanted something more than the regular sign holding.

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More families and youth were involved in this demonstration.

An impromptu march began, going all the way through 16th Street Mall.

An impromptu march began, going all the way through 16th Street Mall.

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We gave our megaphone to one of the youths, who led the chants all through the march. Some of the chants: "Gaza Gaza don't you cry, Palestine will never die." "1 2 3 4 Occupation No More; 5 6 7 8 Israel is a terrorist state." RAIM snuck in our "Down with all settler states, Israel and United Snakes," drawing some quiet agreement from a few.

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Going back to the Capitol after a long march.

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Overall it was a good action.  We helped give some energy (and some amplification) to the protest, made some mall goers aware of what’s happening in Palestine, and met a lot of new people.

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Greeley Immigration Forum, Wednesday

On Wednesday, January 21st, a Greeley forum on immigration will feature both Ricardo Romero from the Movimiento de Liberacion National Mexicano [MLMN] and prominent political hip hop artist Immortal Technique.

This free event is taking place at the University Center Ballroom, 2045 10th Ave, at 6pm.

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Pro-Palestinian Rally Confronts Zionist Settler Supporters

Today, RAIM and others again stood with the people of Gaza against Israeli aggression. The local ultra-right group Ameri[kkk]ans Against Terrorism held a “pro-Israel” rally at the State Capital. A crowd of approxamately 1,000 people gathered across from the state capitol to tell the Zionist crackers on the other side that we do not tolerate settler celebrations of mass murder.

It was great to see so many families with young kids, mostly Arabs and Muslims, stand up against a celebration of the murder of innocents. Not suprisingly, there were not many white faces in the crowd, even among the so-called radicals. This is no suprise to RAIM, as the amerikan left is a “settler-left” and has no concern for the colonized people, Palestinian or First Nations, on whose land they tread.

It was also good to see more radical chants, mostly coming from the younger protesters. Chants like “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free,” and “Down with all settler states, Israel and United $nakes,” could be heard from time to time.

Overall, it was a succesful action. We put the oppressors in their place, and stood for Gaza’s victory from imperialist rule.

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Friday Rally For Gaza

From the Colorado Palestinian Solidarity Coalition:

“Stop the Attack on Gaza!”

Please come express your solidarity with the people of Gaza,

This is the least we could do!

Friday, January 9, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Capitol Building, West Steps, Denver

Bring signs and flash lights

Please help spread the word – pass this announcement on to your contacts


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Protest Israeli Aggression, Today!

An Israeli Consul representative is flying in from Los Angeles to participate in a pro-Israel rally. It is going to be held at the Hebrew Educational Alliance building at 5:30pm today. Join a counter-demonstration in support of Gaza.

When: Today, 5 pm

Where: 3600 S. Ivanhoe (One block east of Hampton and Holly)

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Denver Protests for Gaza

In response to the recent military offensive by Israel against the Palestinian people in Gaza, an ad-hoc solidarity demonstration took place at the State Capitol building on December, 30th, 2008. Tired of waiting for a rally to be organized, RAIM-Denver and allies in the pro-Palestine movement initiated this action. A vigil was also organized by local peace groups for later that evening.

Around 60-70 people showed up at the beginning of the 3pm rally. Demonstrators brought Palestinian flags, handmade signs, some pre-made signs from national groups and a feeling of solidarity with the people of Gaza. Between the “demonstration” and “vigil”, around 200 people showed up.

Another rally was held at the same location on January 3rd, 2009.  RAIM members and supporters went to this one as well. About 50 people showed up. Despite freezing weather they were determined to show their opposition to Israel’s genocidal attacks.

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(January 3rd Demonstration for Gaza, Denver)

The composition of both crowds were to be expected. Over half were from the Muslim community with the remainder coming from the Denver-area activist scene and those into ‘leftist’ politics. Amongst the latter group, RAIM-Denver saw many familiar faces, including members of Recreate ‘68 and the Colorado Communities for Peace and
Justice.

Rather than the scheduled speakers typical of most demonstrations, the small crowd talked to each other: a welcome change in our opinion. For the most part, discussion centered around the situation in Gaza and ways to effectively end the oppression laid down by the Israeli settler-state.

RAIM-Denver did its thing, though this time without the theatrics. As usual we got into debates with fellow protesters. There were some heated arguments with more liberal participants who were angered by other demonstrators words and signs stating strong points against Israel and more solid support for Palestinian resistance.

RAIM-Denver also passed out our provocative Stand with Gaza statement to the crowd at both rallies. Already knowing most of the Denver activist ‘left,’ we made a special effort to distribute it to those in the Muslim community. It was met with cool agreement. Many expressed thanks simply for having such a statement.

Around the country similar demonstrations were held. Like those in Denver, most protesters were from Muslim communities. Some, in cities with large Muslim populations such as San Francisco and New York, reportedly drew out thousands. Because of the personal nature of these attacks, Muslims were among the more militant and radical of the demonstrators.

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In the West Bank, security forces controlled by the Fatah comprador regime have cracked down on pro-Hamas demonstrations. There is word of internal dissent in Fatah over the Palestinian Authority’s non-support for Gaza during this time of crisis(1). Israel has also backed up its military forces in the West Bank and around the northern border of Lebanon, fearing attacks. The people of Lebanon, under the leadership of Hizbollah, were successful in driving out Israel- a  feat no Arab state has done.

Back on December 30th, former congresswoman and third-party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney was aboard a boat which was rammed by Israeli coastal forces. The boat, called Destiny, was attempting to deliver aid to Gaza and amongst the passengers were surgeons and journalists. Ramming the vessel three times and causing
it to take on water, the Israeli forces threatened to open fire if they continued towards Gaza. Luckily the humanitarian mission made it safely to port in Lebanon.

Zionists have commented that the McKinney’s relief effort was an act of provocation. According the twisted logic of these pigs, McKinney and others intentionally put themselves in danger in order to potentially create a media stunt. Similarly, Israel supporters criticize Hamas for supposedly using human shields. Just as delivering aid is a bad thing, the fact that Hamas is a popular movement, that its leaders live in neighborhoods instead of walled compounds, is seen as some sort of devious anti-human tactic.

Once in Lebanon, McKinney called on Barack Obama to speak out for Gaza. Obama, who prior to the election stated his support for Israel, has refused to comment on Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip. Al-Jazeera showed footage of Obama playing golf in Hawaii while Israel commenced its slaughter in Gaza(2). Obama’s nonchalant attitude towards the people of Gaza should surprise no one. As RAIM has pointed out, Obama ran on a campaign which included calling Hamas a terrorist organization and described the relationship between the U.S. and Israel as “unbreakable.” (3)

To think that Obama would actually support Gaza or that his refusal to do so would somehow “expose” him to the Amerikan people is both wishful thinking. As noted by W.E.B. DuBois in 1915, “…a love of humanity [does not] appeal as a motive to nations whose love of luxury is built on the inhuman exploitation of human beings..”(4) DuBois has been proven right. Despite the unprecedented death in Gaza over the past week, Amerika hasn’t skipped a beat.

Latest reports indicate that the level of violence has intensified with Israel deploying ground troops and tanks into the Gaza territory.  This latest event will not be the last act of Israeli aggression. There will also be more protests in this country and around the world. These protests, however, will not stop Israel.

Only the revolutionary struggle of the Palestinians themselves, with the support of their oppressed allies around the world and in the Middle East, will bring to an end Israel and Amerika’s reign of terror and oppression. The most we can do in the First World is build wider public support for those resisting imperialist aggression. While much of the First World ‘left’ feels compelled to ride the fence and rhetorically support neither Israel nor Hamas, we at RAIM-Denver have no qualms about support those actually resisting imperialism and its repression on the ground.

Those in the Third World are forced to fight against a primary enemy. For Palestine, the enemy is becoming increasingly clear. Death to U.S. imperialism and zionism.

(1). Khaled Abu Toameh. “Fatah: Let Us Help You Fight Israel in Gaza.” Jerusalem Post, Jan. 2, 2009. http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1230733139092&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

(2).Liz Sly. “Barack Obama’s silence on Gaza bombings is galling to Arabs.” Chicago Tribune, Jan. 4, 2009. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-gaza-obama_slyjan04,0,3493387.story

(3) RAIM-Denver. “Obama Touts Imperialist Credentials, Shocks Arab World.” https://raimd.wordpress.com/2008/06/12/obama-shocks-arabs-touts-imperialist-creditials/

(4) W.E.B. Dubois. “The African Roots of War” The Atlantic Monthly, vol. 115, no. 5 (May 1915): pp. 707-714. http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/digital/dubois/WarRoots.pdf

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Support Gaza and Demonstration

Statement in Support of Gaza

Slick PDF Version –Raim-Denver: Standing with Gaza

Beginning on Saturday December, 27th, Israel once again unleashed a wave of violence against the Palestinians, this time conducting massive aerial bombings of the Gaza Strip. In what is being called the bloodiest day in the Gaza since the 1967 war, Amerikan-made F-16s rained down over 100 tons of bombs on an area of only 139 sq. miles. Since then over 315 have been killed with another 1000 injured. This will forever be remembered as another stark example of the violent and oppressive legacy of U.S. imperialism and it lackey settler-state, Israel.

Like Amerika, Israel is founded on land stolen from an indigenous population. Today, the Palestinian territory is a small fraction of its original size, existing in walled ghettos and two main geographically separated tracts: the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In the context of this historical situation, these continued attacks on the Palestinian people can be viewed as nothing less than an act of protracted genocide.

Palestinians for their part have resisted. In 2006 the Palestinian people elected, by a landslide, the Hamas movement to Parliament. Supported by the U.S. and Israel, the ruling Fatah Party launched a coup, throwing Palestine into a brief civil war. During the fighting, Fatah regained control of the West Bank and Hamas
consolidated their rule in Gaza. Since then, the U.S. and Israel have enforced a tight embargo upon Gaza, inducing food and energy shortages which some have called a humanitarian crisis.

These most recent attacks were clearly directed towards the Hamas led government in the Gaza Strip. Police stations, civil administration buildings, Hamas offices, official military outposts and even television stations were targeted for aerial bombings. Of the killed, many were functionaries of the state: police, military, bureaucrats and local officials. The real intentions of these attacks are obvious: to cripple Gaza society even further.

Israel claims that its latest actions are aimed at stopping “rocket attacks.” The attacks referred to are mortars and small projectiles shot by small handfuls of mobile combatants. Usually fired from between half a mile and a mile away, Palestinians resisting genocide aim high towards a settlement, often hitting
nothing. Rarely, such acts of resistance kill Israeli citizen non-combatants.

Beyond philosophical questions of ‘parities’ of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, there is the question of survival. For Palestinians, every settlement represents an outpost of invasion. Like the Amerikan invasion of North America before it, the indigenous Palestinians face the real possibility of complete annihilation by Israel. With meager means and an even more desperate situation, ‘indiscriminate’ mortar attacks and even suicide bombings become viable options in fighting for survival. Those who support Palestine’s right to exist must also support their right to resist the ensuing Israeli invasion.

Like the genocide of indigenous North Americans, crude acts of resistance are used to build public opinion for further aggression. The same is happening today in Gaza. While it is hard to say exactly how many in Israel and the West actually support this latest aggression towards Palestinians, it is obvious that there is very little solidarity with Palestinian victims. This should be a lesson to the oppressed masses of the world: the First World does not care if you die.

The Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist Movement joins the international chorus of outrage at this latest attack and mourning for those who lost their lives. Our sincerest condolences go out to the loved ones of those who died in this latest act of U.S.-supported Israeli aggression. We cannot imagine the pain you’ve been made to endure. Moreover, we look forward to the day when you live free, safe from aggression and oppression and in equal standing with the world community.

Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist Movement- Denver

Demonstration in Support of Gaza
Tuesday, December 30th 3-6pm
West Steps of State Capitol Building

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Nick Brown: Anti-Imperialism, Organization and Expansion

Nick Brown: Anti-Imperialism, Organization and Expansion

An Interview with Monkey Smashes Heaven

[Nick from RAIM-Denver was recently interviewed by the Maoist-Third Worldist online journal, Monkey Smashes Heaven. This is a slightly edited version of the interview.]

Nick Brown Against Empire: Monkey Smashes Heaven interviews Nick Brown from RAIM-Denver (monkeysmashesheaven.wordpress.com)

MSH: I understand that you’re familiar with Monkey Smashes Heaven and the work we’ve done. Thus far, what have you found most interesting about Monkey Smashes Heaven?

NICK BROWN: On a personal level, I have found the analysis of the Cultural Revolution to be quite interesting. I have read about the Cultural Revolution and China before in a general way. MSH is innovative in two regards. First, it is highly sympathetic towards the then-called “ultra-left” as well as overtly anti-amerikan elements. Second, it does this while taking a critical look at the role of Mao himself. Smashing dogma coming from both the ‘left’ and right, MSH is completely unique in its analysis on the Chinese Cultural Revolution. In many ways creating a new paradigm for understanding China in its revolutionary phase, MSH has set a new standard for future work to live up to. An example of this is Lin Biao. RAIM-Denver has long distributed Lin Biao’s Long Live the Victory of Peoples War! as a historical revolutionary anti-imperialist text. However, recent studies produced by MSH have cast new light on Lin Biao’s role in the Cultural Revolution. This has made Lin Biao much more favorable in my eyes.

In terms of RAIM-Denver, what we like the most about MSH is its similar analysis of imperialism. Like RAIM-Denver, Monkey Smashes Heaven is one of the few leftist or revolutionary formations that accurately describes Amerikans as exploiters of the Third World. In this fundamental aspect, RAIM-Denver and Monkey Smashes Heaven has a clear common cause. MSH has explored various approaches to calculating exploitation and parasitism. The works of Prairie Fire, Serve the People, End Imperialism and Shubel Morgan have further illuminated global class analysis. We hope that MSH publishes more political economy in the future.

MSH: Such a view is part of Maoism Third Worldism, an emerging revolutionary trend. Where does RAIM-Denver diverge from Monkey Smashes Heaven and Maoism Third Worldism.

NICK BROWN: RAIM-Denver isn’t a Maoist-Third Worldist organization. Generally we operate around a basic points of unity of 1. seeing Amerikans principally as class enemies of the world’s exploited majority and 2. support for national liberation and resistance to imperialism. Beyond this RAIMers are free to adopt whatever ideological or philosophical line they like. That’s not to say that there aren’t some RAIMers who subscribe to Maoism-Third Worldism. But RAIM-Denver itself has a broader approach and points of unity.

MSH: How successful has RAIM been in the Denver area?

NICK BROWN: That’s a trick question. It depends on what you mean by success. Is there a growing revolutionary anti-imperialist social movement just below the surface in Denver? Absolutely not. But I really think thats a bad way of going about defining success in our context.

On a realistic level, I actually think RAIM-Denver has been quite successful. We are arguably the largest nominally leftist group in Denver area with the possible exception of a couple of non-profits with paid staff. We are probably the most active group in Denver. Also, we are active in more fields than other groups. Basically, no other group in Denver has the capacity to show up to as many protests, write as many articles, put out as many original images, distribute as many fliers, etc etc. All of this is especially astonishing because we are not the typical ‘leftist’ grouping.

MSH: To what do you attribute this success.

NICK BROWN: A few things. First, we’re all very dedicated. RAIM-Denver is not a bunch of coffee shop revolutionaries. Whether its showing up for cold February demonstrations, engaging in self-education or distributing anti-imperialist materials at high schools, RAIM-Denver does shit.

Second, we are really unorthodox in terms of the way we’ve organized ourselves. On one hand, we’re not a loose collection individuals who’ve come together for a special event such as a protest. On the other, we are not a party or even a formal organization. We are more a network organized around an ongoing project and ideology: RAIM-Denver and revolutionary anti-imperialism. This has given us a lot of flexibility in terms of working styles and the activities we engage in. One person may want to do something. Perhaps everyone else in RAIM-D is busy with other specific projects or otherwise too tied up. If the idea doesn’t raise major objections, then the person can do it as RAIM-Denver. This leads to a lot of simultaneous types of work being done, fosters personal initiative and cultivates collective leadership of RAIM-Denver. That’s not to say that this type of organizing doesn’t have its limitations. It does. But overall our non-dogmatic organizing approach has been an asset, made us more fluid and freed us from being bogged down in traditional organizational restraints.

Lastly, believe it or not, our unique worldview has contributed to our success. Most of the ‘left’ sounds the same. It all boils down to some sort of program for higher living standards for Amerikans. This leaves “communists,” “anarchists” and the Democratic Party vying for the same audience while spewing fundamentally the same message. RAIM-Denver on the other hand comes out and says that Amerikans’ living standards are based on exploitation and ecological destruction. We’re not toned down in other areas either. Thus, not only are we easily distinguishable from the ‘left’ milieu but we are the only ones who are intellectually honest.

MSH: What are some of RAIM-Denver’s goals?

NICK BROWN: At this time one of our major goals is to see a larger country-wide anti-imperialist movement. We’d like to see independent, though not necessarily isolated, RAIM-like groups form in other cities and regions. Based on my experience there is limited potential for such growth.

MSH: Limited potential?

NICK BROWN: I don’t think you’re going to have groups comparable to RAIM-Denver sprouting up in many cities overnight. I would be pretty suspicious if it worked out that way. More probable is that two or three, maybe more, comrades hooks up in a city or two and begin working together. That’s how things start. Who knows where it could go from there.

MSH: What has RAIM-Denver been doing to to help facilitate such an expansion?

NICK BROWN: The first thing we did was start RAIM-Denver with this goal on the backburner. We wanted to organize in a way that could be roughly reproducible given similar conditions. Given our success thus far, I think that the founding of RAIM-Denver was an important first step in the creation of a loose, multi-celled revolutionary anti-imperialist network. Currently, we are beginning work on standardized versions of our more popular material. We want to make it as streamlined as possible for people to print out our material, makes copies and and distribute them. Keep your eye out for nicer looking, printer ready PDF versions of RAIM-Denver originals. Also, we are going to be expanding our web presence, adding an archive as a central place of find printer-ready materials and a kind-of general RAIM web portal to highlight the work of various emerging RAIM-like cells and proto-cells. Some of this stuff is still tentative, but keep your eye out for it. The idea behind a lot of this is that RAIM-Denver and its material can be used as a central reference point to build for other RAIM-like groups elsewhere. We get comments and emails from all over the country from people who say that they wish there was something like RAIM in their city. Chances area, if you are reading this and live in a large city then there is someone else in your city who is equally fascinated with revolutionary anti-imperialism. The popularization of the anti-imperialist internet sources and the distribution of their materials around the country can be used as a basis to draw more people into organized revolutionary anti-imperialist efforts. Ultimately though, its up to other people to make it happen. RAIM-Denver only do so much before the responsibility to build such a country-wide movement rests on others. We’ll see what happens.

MSH: For those who have followed your work and want to get involved, what is the first step?

NICK BROWN: Assuming that one has read RAIM-Denver’s work and has a satisfactory understanding, I would tell that person to start doing anonymous agitation work. Writing and distributing articles is an excellent place to start, or one could print up RAIM-Denver materials and start distributing them at schools and universities, coffee shops, activist events, etc. Whatever you do, do something. For myself, revolution is a moral cause worth a lifetime. However, we are asking for you to put forth a minimal level of time and dedication now. RAIM-Denver has in many ways taken the first steps. Now all that is left is for people to pick up the torch to run with it.

MSH: Last question. What happened between you and Alex Jones?

NICK BROWN: It’s a long story, but I’ll try to keep it short. The confrontation stemmed from our work with Recreate ‘68 (R68), the main coalition that organized the anti-DNC protests in Denver. RAIM-Denver was one on the main groups working with Recreate ‘68, though much of our involvement was behind the scenes. Needless to say, RAIM-Denver’s local contributions R68’s efforts were considerable. Early on, Recreate ‘68 came under attacks in incidents ranging from anonymous threats, probable infiltration and not so covert agent provocateurs, as well as a media smear campaign to go along with it. Additionally, the were divisions within Recreate ‘68. A lot of it came down to rhetoric and the right to self defense.

In walks Jonathan Elinoff. Jonathan Elinoff at first glance seems like a hopelessly devoted “Truther.” He pretentiously came to a single R68 meeting, demanded an extravagant amount of publicity during the protests for his viewpoints and was unanimously rejected. During the course of the night he talked to a RAIMer and got ahold of a Troublemaker DVD. From this, he wrote an article claiming that we told him we were stockpiling blood and urine to throw at the pigs. He also claimed that Recreate was a front group for RAIM-Denver. The wild accusations spread from there. Unfortunately, the “stockpiling blood and urine” story stuck and was circulated word to mouth and through the internet. It even spread to mainstream national media. Using the non-violence issue as pretext, groups such as Colorado Communities for Peace and Justice, Tent State, the Colorado Green Party, Code Pink, and the International Socialist Organization split from Recreate ‘68. Unable to unite around the principle of letting the pigs kick your ass, they formed a coalition called The Alliance for Real Democracy, whose main activity was wrecking the real work being done against the DNC. They were de facto Democratic Party operatives. They ended up going to far as to host as Convention watching party and a friendly delegate meet-and-greet, among other things.

But it didn’t stop there. Alex Jones, nationally syndicated crackpot and white supremacist, invited Jonathan Elinoff, whom others in the 9-11 Truth Movement have told us is shady, on his radio show. There Jonathan embellished his claims even further, saying that we were planning violent acts and claiming that he had a tape of us telling him or someone else about it. Of course no such tape exists. Jonathan couldn’t keep his lies straight. Alex Jones however went ahead repeating Elinoff’s fabrications and instructed people to watch out for us and even video tape us. A situation was being put into place were RAIM-Denver could have been taken out before the DNC began. A similar situation was used against Anarchists prior to the RNC. More humorously, the “blood and urine” story made it to the Denver City Council. An ordinance was passed barring the possession of blood and urine with the intent to throw it at a pig. We thought it was funny at least.

During the Freedom March for Political Prisoners during the DNC, someone told me that Alex Jones was at the back of the crowd. He was hard to miss. Even before I got there he was yelling and flailing his arms around. I grabbed a bullhorn and got into a confrontation with him. I exposed his white supremacist and amerika-first world view and how his view implicitly supports the police state. A few reporters were on hand and it was noted in mainstream media outlets. Because of their lies, Jones and Elinoff are, for the most part, both looked at with hostility in the Denver activist scene. They never took responsibility for their pig behavior and they have never since mentioned RAIM-Denver.

MSH: Thank you for your time. Revolutionary salute!

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KKKolumbus Day 2008: Fight Racism and National Oppression

Transform Columbus Day has several events coming up this week in the Denver area. RAIMD encourages participation against this white supremacist holiday. We will post more info as we get it.

Saturday:


Monday:

Racism 101

Student’s Walkout On Racism!

Join us on the 101st Anniversary of Columbus Day and make a stand against RACISM!

What: Racism 101 – A street view of history: join the Rally & March through Denver‘s racial history.

Where: Walkout on Auraria Campus Plaza Building Lawn

When: Columbus Day, Monday October 13 at 12:00 noon.

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R68, anti-DNC Day 1 and 2 quick reports

RAIM was a participant in the Recreate 68 Alliance formed to organize protests against the DNC. RAIM participated the R68 meetings going back over 6 months, aided with security at the events, and-as usual- did our own thing. Despite differences in politics with the many individuals and groups, and some internal antagonisms within the organizing efforts, people came together as a coalition to create space for events this week. Here is our reporting of the days events.

Anti-DNC Day 1, Sunday

This was the day before the Convention, with the theme End the Wars and Occupations. Several groups had tables at the Festival of Democracy. The Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist Movement and the Mexican National Liberation Movement (MLNM) shared a table all day. Many other groups were present. Along with local activists, national groups like Workers World/Troops Out Now/F.I.S.T., World Cant Wait/R.C.P.-U.S.A., were there. We also ran into or saw members from United States Marxist-Leninist Organization, the Seattle Anti-Imperialist Committee, and Olympia Students for a Democratic Society. Unconventional Denver coordinated various direct actions. Generally, many groups were pro-Amerikan, ultimately wanting to save Amerika rather than eliminate it. RAIM was the obvious exception.

Speakers included: Ward Churchill, Kathleen Cleaver, Cynthia McKinny, Cindy Sheehan, Larry Hales, Mark Cohen, Glen Spagnuolo, Fred Hampton Jr., and others. David Rovics performed to start off the rally. M1 and Stic.man of Dead Prez performed just before the march started. The march proceeded to the Pepsi Center, where the Democrats are scheduled for. Lots of police everywhere, making their presence felt. Despite fear-mongering by politicians, media, and liberals, no incidents happened at this march.

RAIM distributed new literature: An anthology of RAIM articles, works by Ward Churchill, J. Sakai’s Settlers and a set of interviews, Lin Biao’s Long Live the Victory of People’s War!, Mexican National Liberation literature, etc. RAIM distributed a collection of Troublemaker videos, many by Shubel Morgan. Monkey Smashes Heaven materials were also distributed. Sticking to RAIM’s usual policy, RAIM distributed a wide range of anti-Amerikan, anti-White Nation, anti-First World, pro-Third World, pro-revolutionary materials. These range from anarchist to indigenous to revolutionary nationalist to Maoist-Third Worldist literature. People were big fans of RAIM’s t-shirts designs: Great Satan, Deporten a los Pinches Gringos, and Trash Amerika.

There were many tourists who looked on to our table with curiosity, to say the least. Some looked shocked, as they never seen anything like our stuff. Lots of right wing bloggers and tourists photographed booth. Our Fuck the Troops pamphlet was as usual very popular. So was our new banner:

Thanks right wing blogger lookingattheleft.com for our free publicity.

In the after noon, there was a reclaim the streets action. A group of trouble makers fooled the pigs with a diversionary move, causing the pigs to typically overreact and form lines on the west side of Lincoln park. When the pigs had formed their lines, the trouble makers changed directions taking the street on the east side, catching the pigs off guard. Before the pigs could encircle them on the east side, the trouble makers ran down 16th Street Mall, taking several hundred people with them. RAIMD went along, giving some chants including “Hey Hey USA, For Oppression You Will Pay,” and “Dis, Dis, Disarm Amerika.” More on this at dncdisruption08.org.

Anti-DNC Day 2, Monday

At Civic Center park, RAIM was tabling all day with our comrades, the Mexican National Liberation Movement. Our literature was appreciated. RAIM appreciated Food Not Bombs delivering to our booth. RAIM also appreciated the music.

Here are some tidbits at the Civic Center festival: The Democrats tried to send in teams throughout the day. RAIM, working with security, had to kick them out a couple times, for Recreate 68 had the permit for the park. Throughout the day, RAIM witnessed undercover police coming out of police cars. They were dressed like protesters or other civilians. Snatch squads would every once in awhile grab protesters at random. In addition, RAIM witnessed predator drones and helicopters flying above the city.

This Day was in solidarity for U.$. political prisoners. There was a Freedom March and rally for political prisoners from 11am to 2pm at the Federal Courthouse. Ricardo Romero of the Mexican National Liberation Movement (MLNM) spoke. Other speakers included Pam Afrika, Kathleen Cleaver, Fred Hampton Jr., Natsu Saito, and some speakers from the American Indian Movement. A letter from Leonard Peltier was read. A recording from Mumia Abu Jamal specifically for this event was played (available here: http://www.prisonradio.org/audio/mumia/2008MAJ/Aug08/DNC8-20-08.mp3).

At one point, RAIM got into an argument with Alex “bumblefuck” Jones and his tagalong, Jonathan “Blistershits” Elinoff. Alex “bumblefuck” Jones has been lying about RAIM on his radio show for weeks now. Alex “bumblefuck” Jones was exposed as a White populist. Alex Jones complained about RAIM putting the megaphone in his face, but RAIM pointed out how this is his style.

(from denverpost.com)

As Jones has a bigger budget for bullhorning than RAIM, he held out, even admitting he supports Lakota liberation efforts so he’s not a racist. But he blew up at the end before leaving. Expect some whining from Jones on this on his blogs. Were sure we’ll run into him the next few days.

From 3pm to 5pm, RAIM led a confrontation with the Minutemen who gathered at Congress Park. RAIM and others had a sizable contingent in militantly disrupting their rally. The anti-imperialist contingent contained people from across the country. Special props go out to Olympia and Seattle. Slogans included: “John Brown! John Brown! Let’s drive the settlers out of town!”, “Don’t like Mexico, get the fuck out. Down with Amerika, that’s what we’re about.”, and the usual, “Hey Hey, Ho Ho, racist Minutemen have got to go!” One person was offering white sheets and Klan hoods in case any of the minutemen forgot their own. No takers, though. Others told the minutemen that they should go colonize Mars, which began the chant, “Send the master race to outer space.” RAIM comrade Antonio told the minutemen “while you’re all sitting on your lawn chairs here, some Mexicans are stealing your jobs; get off your asses and take them back.” None did. With the megaphone we sent messages about their contradictory stances on migration, like pointing out how the oranges they were eating weren’t picked by white people. In the ultimate of irony, some city workers who were of Latin American descent were servicing the park for the Minutemen rally. They were appreciative of our work.

Despite some provocation by the more trashy of the white nationalist Minutemen, no incidents took place. Overall, we simply make the racists feel like the scum that they are. It was a great action.

From 6:30pm to 9pm, there was an “anti-capitalist” march with a black bloc taking to the streets. The police came down hard, surrounding the whole march, and dividing it into three sections and refusing to let them leave. RAIM comrades were stuck in one of the zones for over an hour. Eventually, after pepper spraying many in the crowd, some of the march was released. Initial reports indicate that there were 100 arrests from this single action.

(photo from cocktailhour.wordpress.com)

Check our blog for future news and events. If you’re in Denver, there’s three more days of action, so come downtown.

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DNC Protest Poster and Public Enemy

RAIM’s nifty DNC protest poster:

PDF version

Also, Recreate ’68 today announced that Public Enemy will be playing a free concert on Tuesday at 2pm at Civic Center Park.

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Denver ZineFest

RAIM-Denver will be at the Denver Zinefest. This Saturday, May 31st, from 10AM to 6PM at the First Unitarian Church (1400 Lafayette)

Come by, check out our lit, grab a DVD and find out what we’re all about.

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Benefit for Big Mountain/Black Mesa Resistance

the Strength of the Earth
is my strength
the thoughts of the Earth
are my thoughts

-traditional Dine ‘song of the Earth Spirit’

Benefit will be held at the Mercury Cafe
2199 California Street
May 15th, 2008, Beginning at 9PM
Art raffle, free literature, and giveaway items included!

Hektor Munoz, Performance Artist
Sarah Morelli and gueass, traditional classical dance/music from North India
Zay and guests with World Percussion
The Asia Jazz Project
Poetry by Ted Vaca and Renee Fajardo
Raffled Art by Estevon Lucero and Eric “Elfego” Baca

Speakers include:

Elder Keith Johnson (Plingit-Alaska)
Antoinette Redwoman (Northern Cheyenne)
Glenn Morris (Prof. at UCD and AIM Activist)
Sarah Graves, member of the Villa Vilekulla collective speaking about her recent trip to Chiapas

Hosted by Big Mountain Friends and Supporters

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Upcoming Dead Prez Shows

Dead Prez has two shows coming up. Proceeds from both are going to Tent State University and Recreate 68 to support the ‘Festival of Democracy’ and other peaceful protests against the Democratic National Convention.

Tuesday, May 6, 8 pm at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
Wednesday, May 7, 8 pm at Cervantes, 2637 Welton St., Denver

As it turns out, last February Dead Prez played at show at Evergreen College. What began as a peaceful protest when campus police arrested a concert-goer, turned into a “riot” only after the Olympia Pig Department ran in brutalizing the growing crowd.

Here’s a short documentary on it.

Here’s more footage, doesn’t include any “riot” footage

Part 1

Part 2

Fuck the Pigs

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Benefit for Big Mountain at the Merc. Cafe

Benefit for Big Mountain at the Merc. Cafe

May 15th

9:30 PM

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Protest “Mad” Madeleine Albright, April 16th

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Madeleine Albright, the patron saint of UN enforced starvation, will be speaking at the “University” of Kolorado- Boulder on April 16th. RAIM-Denver is leading the charge in opposing this event:

On April 16th, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright will be speaking at the University of Colorado- Boulder. Under Bill Clinton, Albright championed the policy of UN enforced starvation upon the nation of Iraq. On national television she later admitted that the United States, through UN sanctions, killed half a million Iraqi children. In her own words such a cost in human life was, “worth it.”

Coming at a time when activists will shortly be protesting the Democratic National Convention, this appearance by Albright is a excellent opportunity to point out the destructive imperialistic nature of the Democrats.

We call on local activists to mount a protest of this engagement, both as a militant warm-up for the DNC and to let Madeleine Albright and similar war criminals know that their presence in the Denver/Boulder area is opposed. Show up pissed off and ready to be heard. This appearance by Madeleine Albright will not go unchallenged.

When: April 16th, 6:00 pm

Where: Main entrance to the Coors Event Center, 1111 Broadway St., Boulder

Bring signs, puppets, drums, extended middle fingers- whatever you need to make your point.

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Longest Walk

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Upcoming Anti-War Protests

Boulder: Saturday, 15th. Rally at 11 a.m. at the Main Branch, Boulder Public Library Lawn (Canyon between 9th and Broadway), followed by a march.

Denver: Sunday, 16th. Rally at 1:30 at the West Steps of the State Capitol.

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Slave Farm “Marade” “hijacked” … about fucking time

Slave Farm “Marade” “hijacked” … about fucking time
by a RAIMer

Okay, here’s the deal. Denver has a farce MLK celebration every year: The Marade, brought to you by State Farm insurance. Of course, local “good neighbor” corporate insurance company doesn’t give a shit about Black people. In the Marade mix are many sell-outs, reformists and city officials. The Marade is a photo-op for these greedy bastards.

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[State Farm Safety Patrol]

Now, we are not fans of King’s politics. We lean more toward Robert Williams and the Black Panther Party in its revolutionary years. But, the Marade should be opposed, if merely on the grounds of historical accuracy. The only thing the Maraders know of King’s politics is the “I have a dream” speech, incidentally, so does State Farm according to their signs: “We share the dream — State Farm.” Another irony is that King Soopers was the other major Marade sponsor. It was King Soopers security guard Deshazer, an off duty pig, who called a Black disabled elderly woman and her daughter “niggers” in 2006. When Loree McCormick Rice and her 12 year old daughter Cassidy complained, Deshazer called the pigs. (1) This led to a beat down of McCormick and her daughter behind the store. Both suffered injuries, the daughter’s collarbone was broken. Some of the images were caught on the store security tape.

In 1967, King was a critic of the Vietnam War and correctly called the U$ “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” The City banned overt political banners, so this King quote would, ironically, not be permitted in the Marade. King’s politics, which were not good to begin with, have been made worse, sanitized by liberals and reformists.

It was cold as fuck.

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[Shareef speaks at the anti-Marade]

The Marade gathered at City Park around 9AM. There was a counter gathering that attempted to draw people away from the Marade (brought to you by State Farm). A small crowd gathered to listen to anti-Marade speeches calling out the bullshit version of history spewing from the main fountain area where the Marade had gathered. A couple hours later, the Marade headed for the Capitol, Civic Center park. Several long-term stalwarts of the Denver activist scene decided to attempt to take the front of the Marade with anti-war and anti-police banners.

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[Local rebels, Daniel and Glenn, make trouble.]

Because of city security, it was not possible to take the very front of the Marade. The Marade was led by a marching band. Between the band and the bulk of Marade marchers, the local activists pushed through security with anti-war and anti-police banners. Security continued to threaten the activists, but eventually pulled back and allowed the anti-war activists to occupy a wide area of space between the leading marching band and the bulk of the Marade. The pigs followed the anti-war activists in several unmarked black blazer-type trucks the whole time of the march.

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(Larry, who was recently assaulted by the pigs, on the left.)

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This action was a good example of how groups with widely different politics and approaches can work together tactically.

1. http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_4534061

[Please credit RAIM-Denver when using photos]

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A Bunch of Eichmanns Put on Notice That They’re A Bunch of Eichmanns

In a very special event celebrating the two-faced “humanitarianism” that comes hand in hand with amerikan imperialism, Wayne ‘Dirty’ Murdy was given an “International Bridge Builders” award by the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. There to present the award was none other than Madeleine ‘Worth It’ Albright. So of course, there was a protest.

Around 100 people showed up to protest the eco-terrorist Wayne Murdy and the crazed old butcher Madeleine Albright. Of course many of the protesters wouldn’t have framed their reasons for being there in quite this manner. Needless to say, RAIM-Denver has its own politics.

RAIM-Denver upholds radicalism not liberalism. We don’t fight “opponents,” we stand against oppressors. So right from the get go we entered the protest not thinking we had to adhere to the status quo of amerikan activism. However, this mindset spilled over and altered the entire tone of the protest when someone early-on gave Nick, a RAIM-Denver member, the biggest megaphone on the block. Oh ya, it was on.

Wasting no time, this opportunity was quickly seized upon to speak some truth. Agitating to the extreme, Nick pulled no verbal punches. Among other truths, these Eichmanns were told straight up that they were Eichmanns. This of course irritated some. But Nick knew this wasn‘t the time to “tone it down.” Instead, to both the ire of Eichmanns and to the liberals, he boomed “I have the megaphone.”

A guest appearance was made by liar extraordinaire Omar Jabara, the head of public relations for Newmont Mining. Omar actually slithered up with his wife to the protesting crowd and shook the hand of this vocal RAIMer. Asked if the crowd could throw Wayne Murdy off a bridge and Madeline Albright off a taller one, a slightly overwhelmed Jabara didn’t really have an answer but instead nervously offered a fake smile. Not real smooth for a public relations department head. Needless to say, Omar didn’t stick around long.

Madeleine Albright, the mad queen of state sanctioned terror, even appeared before the crowd. This came as a shock to RAIM-Denver since we thought she was allergic to sunlight. Nick, by this time really amped up, had already encouraged the valets to slam the car doors on the arriving Eichmanns. The necessity of such an action became apparent as she arrived. Nick later said, “When she looked into my eyes I could feel the souls of half a million dead Iraqi children.” Chilling indeed.

For being such humanitarians, Dirty Murdy and Mad Madeleine sure did need a lot of security. The entire perimeter of the Marriot was guarded. A big deal was made about protestors not being on Marriot property. At one point an Indigenous womyn near the RAIM-Denver agitator was told to go back to the sidewalk by a pig. Nick pointed out that the cop was on her property and told him to get off. He didn’t listen.

It should be mentioned that not everyone was displeased by RAIM-Denver’s amplified presence. Nick drew nods and laughs from many of the protesters. Those who did express contention with Nick were all white liberals. That’s not to say that we didn’t have support from white protesters, just that those whites probably weren’t liberals. On the other hand, not a single Indigenous persyn seemed displeased. In fact, the aforementioned womyn even thanked Nick for his remarks about amerika being built on land stolen from her ancestors.

All and all it was a great event. RAIM-Denver put the spotlight on radical politics and in the process made people on both sides of the sidewalk uncomfortable. Needless to say, we don’t necessarily consider this a bad thing. And, despite Newmont’s PR campaign against RAIM-Denver leading up to the event, we are happy to report that we have not lost a single grant or big donor. Omar, you failed.

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[Photo from the kind folks at tryworks.org]

Omar, you can send your resume to RAIM-Denver. We promise to read it. But don’t call us, we’ll call you.

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Pre-TCD 2 for 1

Before the Transform Columbus Day protests there will be a very special pre-event. On August 30th the University of Denver will be will be hosting an awards dinner featuring not one, but two, modern day perpetrators of genocide.

Wayne Murdy, the CEO of Newmont Mining, is being given an award by the University of Denver. Newmont Mining is the second largest gold stealer in the world. It operates mines all over the globe. In the process it plunders the wealth of nations, devastates natural environs and poisons local, often indigenous, populations. Wayne Murdy, Newmont Mining and companies like it are waging systematic economic and ecological warfare against poor peoples of the world in what amounts to a protracted genocide.

But that’s not all. The key-note speaker for this award ceremony will be Madeleine Albright. Madeleine Albright is a psychotic terrorist who during the Clinton presidency was Secretary of State. She implemented a policy of sanctions against Iraq which led to the death of over 500,000 children. When asked about the murderous implications of such a policy she said, on national TV, that the deaths were “worth it”.

What: Protest Newmont Mining for the economic and ecological destruction it’s caused and the deaths that have resulted; Protest Madeleine Albright for being a mass murdering lunatic hiding behind the ‘legitimacy’ of the United Snakes.

Where: The Denver Marriot (17th and California)

When: August 30th at 5:00 PM

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May Day Around The World

In our ongoing coverage of Denver’s May Day events we’d also like to take the time to report on events from the rest of the world.

First to Turkey where demonstrators and police clashed. This was the first May Day protest in Istanbul since a 1980 military coup. Prior to that, in 1977 a May Day massacre left 34 radicals dead.

In Kabul student protestors burnt and beat an effigy of George Bush and shouted “Death to Amerika” type slogans. It looks like in Afghanistan students are embracing a revolutionary education.

Hezbollah attended the annual Cairo conference. There they encourage a united resistance to U.S. aggression in the middle east and also championed Iran as a main obstacle against U.S. supremacy in the region.

The Venezuelan state under the leadership of Chavez seized the last privately held oil fields in a move that has nationalized all oil production in the country. Venezuela also formally announced that they would be pulling out of the IMF and World Bank: another blow to western imperialism.

And worldwide, 24,000 people died from starvation or malnutrition.

So what will you be doing between now and next year to fight imperialism?!

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