Iran is experiencing another wave of mass protests and strikes as economic, social, political, environmental and health problems make it impossible for the large majority of the population to have the bare minimums needed to live.
On June 6, 2021, I spoke with two amazing women about uprisings against police brutality/mass incarceration in Myanmar/Burma, U.S., Iran & pathways to solidarity. Romarilyn Ralston is a prison abolitionist scholar and activist in the U.S. Debbie Stothard is a Burmese human rights activist.
This one-hour dialogue delves into the similarities and differences between our struggles, and ways to create collaboration among activists from these countries. If there were any doubts about the urgency of addressing these connections, the latest statement of Michael Flynn, a Trump advisor about the need for a Myanmar style military coup in the U.S., shows that the Republicans are drawing connections between Myanmar and the U.S. for their own fascistic purposes. Continue reading Video of Dialogue Between Myanmar, U.S., Iranian Women on Uprisings Against Police Brutality/Mass Incarceration & Pathways to Solidarity
Why is so little explicit connection being made by activists between the Black Lives Matter uprising in the U.S., the current mass uprising in Myanmar, and the ongoing struggles in Iran? My article below will examine similarities and differences between these struggles in order to help U.S., Myanmar and Iranian activists against police brutality and carceral capitalism come together in conversation and promote solidarity.
Below is the link to my conversation with Budour Hassan, Palestinian socialist feminist journalist. Hassan is a legal researcher for the Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights. She is from Nazareth and spoke to me from Jerusalem. She talks about the latest Israeli assault on Palestinians, the role of women in the Palestinian resistance, the feminist movement against gender violence, solidarity with women prisoners, Abolitionist Feminism, and the needed regional and global socialist feminist solidarity.
My heart goes out to my Palestinian sisters and brothers who are suffering from the latest massive assault and air raids of Israel’s racist and imperialist state.