Pakistan-US Freedom Forum supports Occupy Wall Street

by on November 19, 2011
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U.S. Listen to the Fresh Voices of the OWS Youth Before It Is Too Late

Pakistan-US Freedom Forum condemns Mayor Bloomberg for his attack on Zuccotti in the early hours of November 15.

At the end of the Second World War the US military dropped two atom bombs on Asians in the name of peace and stability, but the US government has not always been able to count on the complicity of its citizens and the world. Millions mobilized across the globe to oppose aggressive wars in Vietnam and Iraq. Millions of Americans took to the streets to challenge social inequality during the Civil Rights movement. During the Great Depression, millions of workers, including many communists, built the industrial unions against the capitalist attacks. This generation of young people and students who have occupied Liberty Plaza in the name of social justice does so in the tradition of those who came before, and does so for the future generations who will come after.

The Occupy Wall Street protesters began their demonstrations to expose the double standards of our society. A two-tiered legal system in the United States incarcerates millions of ordinary citizens for petty crimes, hundreds of thousands of immigrants for lacking documents, and refuses to prosecute the bankers responsible for the greatest fraud in history. The brave young demonstrators at Occupy Wall St. are criticized for supposedly “lacking” demands, but these criticisms are misplaced. When a child cries it is the responsibility of their parent to know why they cry. Young people are taking to the streets because our politicians, corporations, educators, and media have aided and abetted in the concentration of wealth in the hands of the 1% who now own 40 percent of the nation’s wealth and receive over 20 percent of its annual incomThe powerful have begun wars in foreign countries for their own profit, at the cost of $1,876.71 per soldier per day in Iraq and $3,287.67 in Afghanistan; with the total cost predicted to rise to $3.2 trillion in a study by Brown University. Regulators colluded with banks to hand them $700 billion in bailouts, and to prevent any prosecution for the systemic criminal conduct of Wall Street. Our leaders fail to see our children are educated, and while some schools force more than half their students to drop out, those students fortunate enough to go to college leave burdened by incredible debts that collectively mount to over $1 trillion.

Besides waging two ongoing wars, the US overthrew the sovereign government of Libya. It is now planning similar moves against Syria and Iran, and is sending soldiers to as far as Uganda and Australia. While threatening Iran for its peaceful atomic policies it is supplying the atomic industry of India. It supported Pakistan dictatorship of Musharraf and Shoukat Aziz, the coup regime in Honduras. It supports the illegal occupations of Palestine and Kashmir and is carrying out illegal wars and drone attacks all over the world.

 The students and youth, teachers and nurses, union and community members, immigrants and retirees who assemble every day at Liberty Plaza and in squares across the USA and the World are protesting because they believe another world is possible; one where the needs of humans and the environment will have more significance than the profits of bankers and corporations. The power of the 1% over the 99% is codified into the very laws of our country, and creates a system of double standards where the wealthy are above the laws of everyone else. 

The Pakistan USA Freedom Forum stands in solidarity with the demonstrators at Liberty Plaza and with all the Occupations across the USA. We will stand with Occupy Wall St. in demanding a fair and justice society with dignity and respect for all. OWS stands for peace and love and is never afraid to take a stand against the double standard of US policies. They are bringing back respect and honor because they are taking up the real problems of jobs, unions, healthcare, and the environment. We propose to the Democratic and Republican Parties, in a meaningful step towards producing a government of the 99%, the two major parties agree not to contest more than 60 percent of the seats in the 2012 Congressional elections and leave the remaining seats to independent candidates, thereby allowing room for new people with new ideas to bring them forward. The Pakistan USA Freedom Forum respectfully encourages the Democratic and Republican National Committees to consider our proposal. The young demonstrators at Liberty Plaza represent the best of human intentions, welcoming the homeless, feeding all who come, and inviting everyone to participate as equals in their General Assemblies. We want to thank everyone who has supported this movement of the 99% by their attendance at protests or their donations, and encourage everyone to join us at Liberty Plaza.

PUFF calls on every citizen of the world, and especially the youth of Pakistan, to join this movement of justice for humanity.

Dr. Muhammad Shafique                                                                                                                    Mr. Comrade Shahid

President                                                                                                                        General Secretary (917) 280-0840

LIGHTS FOR RIGHTS

by on November 16, 2011

 

International Human Rights Day

December 10, 2011

Times Square

(Red Stairs on 47th and Broadway)

Assemble at 4:40pm

Program at 4:59 SHARP

Bring your banners, signs, blue glowsticks, flyers– demand for human rights!

Lights for Rights NYC—Commemorate International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2011

REFERENCE: Yoko Liriano (New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines; Coordinator) 808-216-7191; ytliriano@gmail.com; www.NYCHRP.infowww.lights4rights.org

Greetings of peace,

This year, International Human Rights Day comes at a time when a national movement for economic equality and fairness is spreading across the US. As people from all walks of life in the US unite against corporate greed, let us also remember the millions of civilians around the world whose lives have been taken by US military and counter-insurgency operations throughout history such as Operation Condor in South America, Operation Brother Sam in Brazil, Operation Phoenix in Vietnam, Operation Enduring Freedom in the Philippines and countless other covert CIA operations in Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Under Obama, war, militarism and counter-insurgency continue to be an integral part of US foreign policy to ensure the protection and advancement of the US corporate minority’s interests worldwide.

Here in the belly of the beast, we see the effects of this minority interest through the siphoning of public funds for war, militarism, and counter-insurgency, instead of investing in jobs, our education, housing, healthcare and our other basic human needs. At the same time, the state answers growing public outcry and resistance with intensifying political repression and the denial of civil rights.

Human rights encompass ALL facets of rights which shall remain inalienable according to the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We are calling on all those who firmly believe in human rights to commemorate International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2011.  Join us as we fill the streets with flowing candlelight in honor of all those who have fought for their rights.  Call for justice for those taken victim to human rights violations.

All people have the inalienable right to:

-Life, Liberty, Dignity, and Security

-Freedom of Ideas, Belief, Expression, and Assembly

-Humane Treatment

-Adequate Land, Food, Shelter, Health Care, and Education

-A Living Wage Job, Means of Livelihood, and Decent Working Conditions

-Due Process

-Freedom from oppression and exploitation

Lights for Rights NYC aims to unite all those who stand for equal civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of all people, not just for the privileged.

  • JUSTICE FOR ALL VICTIMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS! ##
  • END TORTURE! ##
  • SURFACE THE DISAPPEARED! ##
  • FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS! ##
  • STOP FBI AND GOVERNMENT REPRESSION! ##
  • LEGALIZATION FOR ALL! ##
  • STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING! ##
  • WORKERS RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS! ##
  • MONEY FOR JOBS AND EDUCATION, NOT FOR WAR AND OCCUPATION! ##
  • US TROOPS OUT##
  • END ALL WARS OF IMPERIALIST AGGRESSION! ##

New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP) is a NYC-based grassroots community organization that shares the vision of human rights advanced by the growing mass movement for social justice in the Philippines.  NYCHRP engages in advocacy work to educate, organize and mobilize Filipinos and solidarity allies to take progressive action in upholding and supporting human rights of Filipinos and all people throughout the world.

Endorsers

May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights: A militant and organized coalition of grassroots organizations and alliances united in struggle for worker and immigrant rights.

CAAAV: Organizing Asian CommunitiesCAAAV works to build grassroots community power across diverse poor and working class Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City.  

Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment:  Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE) is a grassroots women’s organization serving New York City and its surrounding areas. FiRE connects the Filipino diaspora to the women’s struggle in the Philippines. 

Anakbayan NY and NJ: A comprehensive Filipino youth organization that aims to build unity among all sectors of Filipino youth– immigrant, US-born/raised, student, working, LGBT, women, artists, etc– for the promotion of cultural awareness and the advancement of rights, welfare, and social justice.

To endorse the Lights for Rights (individual leader or organization), go to www.LIGHTS4RIGHTS.org.

To become an individual or organizational member of Lights for Rights, send an e-mail to:  ytliriano@gmail.com.

 

Inmigrantes indignados ‘ocupan’ Queens

by on October 25, 2011

En una marcha simbólica en solidaridad con el movimiento “Occupy Wall Street”

Gloria Medina/EDLP | 2011-10-25 | El Diario NY

Nueva York — Varias organizaciones de inmigrantes realizaron una marcha simbólica en Queens para expresar solidaridad con el movimiento “Occupa Wall Street”, conocido también como los “Indignados de Wall Street”, y buscar nuevas formas de luchar por los derechos de los inmigrantes.ocupan Queens

Decenas de inmigrantes se dieron cita el domingo en la noche en el centro comunitario Bayanhihan, en la calle 69 en Jackson Heights, desde donde comenzaron a caminar por la avenida Roosevelt hasta la plazoleta de Manuel Unanue Park en la calle 83.

“Nos unimos por solidaridad al movimiento en Wall Street porque consideramos y estamos de acuerdo con la insignia que dice nosotros representamos el 99% de la población y el otro 1% es el sector financiero e industrial”, dijo Daniel Vila, miembro del Comité Laboral y Cultural Sisa Pakari, que tomó parte en la marcha.

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Occupy Queens Oct 23, 2011

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Occupy Queens

IMA to Declare OCCUPY QUEENS

by on October 22, 2011

PRESS RELEASE

WHAT: IMA LAUNCH TO DECLARE OCCUPY QUEENS IN SOLIDARITY WITH OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT

WHERE: BAYANIHAN COMMUNITY CENTER
                    40-21 69TH St. Jackson Heights, Queens (#7 to 69th St.)
                    MARCH TO PARK ON 82ND & ROOSEVELT

WHEN: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23rd 5:00PM

THE INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS ALLIANCE AND OTHER IMMIGRANT & WORKERS RIGHTS GROUPS TO MARCH SUNDAY OCTOBER 23 IN QUEENS IN SOLIDARITY WITH OCCUPY WALL STREET

March to proceed the U.S. launching of IMA (International Migrant Alliance)