Black-Palestinian Alliance Confronts Global Violence & Racism

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Above Photo: From CreativeResistance.org. Ferguson Is Everywhere by Natasha Meyers.

(ANTIMEDIA) United Kingdom — Over 60 leading Black and Palestinian artists released a video on Tuesday affirming Black-Palestinian solidarity.

Describing the project, renowned civil rights activist Angela Davis said, “Mutual expressions of solidarity have helped to generate a vigorous political kinship linking black organizers, scholars, cultural workers and political prisoners in the U.S. with Palestinian activists, academics, political prisoners, and artists.”

The two minute video features Ms. Lauryn Hill, Danny Glover, DAM, Omar Barghouti, Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Yousef Erakat, Annemarie Jacir, Boots Riley, Dr. Cornel West, and others.

Other organizations working in collaboration on the video include the Dream Defenders, BYP 100, the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival, the Institute for Middle East Understanding, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Arab Studies Institute-Quilting Point Productions.

The artists and activists claim that Black-Palestinian solidarity is neither a guarantee nor a requirement  it is a choice. They say the video is a message to the world as much as it is a commitment among themselves that they will struggle with and for one another. The powerful message is this:

We choose to build with one another in a shoulder-to-shoulder struggle against state-sanctioned violence.

A violence that is manifest in the speed of bullets and batons and tear gas that pierce our bodies.

One that is latent in the edifice of law and concrete that work together to, physically and figuratively, cage us.

We choose to join one another in resistance not because our struggles are the same but because we each struggle against the formidable forces of structural racism and the carceral and lethal technologies deployed to maintain them.

This video intends to interrupt that process  to assert our humanity and to stand together in an affirmation of life and a commitment to resistance.

From Ferguson to Gaza, from Baltimore to Jerusalem, from Charleston to Bethlehem, we will be free.

Enjoy the video below and let us know what you think.

  • Robert H. Stiver

    “Enjoy the video below and let us know what you think.” I saw the video and like it immensely. It is powerful and evocative of the differential of power and arrogance, a major percentage of which, in our Israel-Occupied WashDC and America, tracks back to the criminally psychotic monster that Zionism (typically given a free ride by the term “neocons”) and its Zionist platform Israel has become.
    How many readers subscribe to Popular Resistance? I’m disturbed that already dozens or hundreds haven’t “…let us know what you think.”

  • rgaura

    Beautiful expression of solidarity! We are one people, united in love.

  • AlanMacDonald

    Here are two articles which are focused on the same issue of a growing and logical solidarity in a Black-Palestinian Alliance, between how Blacks in the metropole of an Empire “at home” are being treated like ‘subjects’ and how Palestinians at the “point of the Empire’s spear” ‘abroad’ are also being treatedlike ‘subjects’ of the same Global Empire:

    Both these insightful articles regarding the same topic, and perhaps some of my comments relating these articles, is of value in understanding how the Disguised Global Crony-Capitalist Empire operating in what might be accurately called, “Vichy America’ and “Vichy Israel’, respectively, as the nominal HQ, and ‘border fort’ respectively in the new and first form of “truly Globa Empire’ [Milne] can be diagnosed:

    inthesetimes.com/article/18505/palestinian-lives-matter-too-blm-activists-draw-international-connections

    The attempts of a strangely integrated and hegemonic power structure to suggest that “linking differ issues or revolutionary constituencies’ together would “foster confusion or distraction” is often a hidden defense mechanism or ‘projection’ of the hegemonic power itself.

    I came across an interesting article by Rozali Telbis today [10/16] in CounterPunch, which comports with what I have been trying to explain in several ways here and elsewhere, regarding how the central and seminal ruling structure today easily divides, distracts, and conquers many ‘identity issue’ sectors of the left progressive community, to accomplish what I have described as “not seeing the forest for the trees” — or “not seeing the Empire for the issues”.

    Here’s a snipped and slightly modified version of the articles’ conclusion [with my changes in brackets] and with a link to the full article:

    “The media adheres to and upholds the corporate agenda who buys their influence, and make their voices heard while trampling on the voices of the people. The corporate agenda controls all, while disparaging and separating those on the left – creating various factions that alienate leftist factions from even each other. There are many distinct and competing leftist political ideologies. Those on the left have become soseparate from even each other [arguing in a ‘forest of issues’], and the powerful elite revels in it. The more separation there is between those on the left, the less power we have to offset the corporate
    agenda.

    The corporate elite is only one entity, whereas on the
    left, multiple factions exist [snip] “[t]he whole secret lies in
    confusing the enemy, so that they cannot fathom our real intent.”
    Confusion is key to separate and alienate the well intentioned from one another.

    In reality, the spectacle appeals to [be] the dominant
    mode of production in modern society – today that comes under the neoliberal model. Mass confusion was made possible under the current unstable climate that has been caused by neoliberal policies around the globe. This combination paired with corporate and government influence allowed for the enemy to be hidden in clear view. The enemy is the system itself. The enemy cannot be seen; it cannot be attacked, because it is everywhere and nowhere. The only way to fight back against this mass confusion and spectacle is to develop a critical mind and to seek out the truth beyond the veil. It is to unite in solidarity with others who have developed an equally rational and critical mind. It is to
    nurture our faculties of the mind, and question the dominant hegemonic narratives.” — [and those hegemonic narratives are incumbent in an unseen Disguised Global Crony-Capitalist EMPIRE.]

    [BTW, what Telbis refers to as the ‘media’, I term the ‘media/propaganda-sector ‘of the DGC-C Empire]

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/10/16/the-invisible-enemy-mass-confusion-spectacle-in-modern-society/