March 21 2015 – New York Against Fascism and Racism

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST FASCISM AND RACISM

Rally in Zuccotti Park
Saturday March 21 @ 1p.m.

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On March 21 we protest in many countries of the world against racism and fascism: New York, London, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Copenhagen, Vienna and Nicosia. We protest in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras and Chania.

With the new government of SYRIZA we continue our fight to finish with the Nazis of Golden Dawn and to break with racial discrimination. Our struggles brought the fall of the co-government of Samaras and Venizelos who opened concentration camps after the racist sweeps of ELAS (Greek Police), built the fence in Evros, causing the drowning of women and children in the Aegean, took back the right to citizenship and the vote of immigrants. The Police collaborated with the Golden Dawn in attacks in neighborhoods.

The murderers of Pavlos Fyssas and Sahzat Luqman have been referred to trial for instituting a criminal organization. We want them to go to jail.

We want to stop any police cooperation with the Golden Dawn. To finish with the pogroms in the neighborhoods, terminate the smashing of our shops and the burning of our mosques.

The Islamophobia in Europe after the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has flared up. For the murders committed by some Islamists not all Muslims are to blame, in the same manner that for the mass killings by both French and NATO armies not all Christians are to blame. The imperialist interventions and the wars nourished the ISIS and the hatred and sowed death and destruction to millions in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Now we demand that there will be real change with the new government of SYRIZA.

We want citizenship for children born and growing up in the country and legalization of immigrants living undocumented for years.

Equal political and religious rights for all. Voting rights for immigrants.

Close now the concentration camps and tear down the fence in Evros.

Asylum and shelter to refugees, access to schools and hospitals.

Imprison for good the neo-Nazi murderers of the Golden Dawn.

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Photos: NYC, Berlin, Cophenhagen – Against Fascism and Austerity in Greece

Protest Greek Government at United Nations

Friday, 9/27 – Videos by Stanley Heller
Part 1 (Rally & D. Lalaki) – Part 2 (N. Levis)


Part 3: Sia performs “Lysistrata Lyceum


Part 4: Peter Bratsis on the functions of violence
Ten video segments from 9/27 by SH/The Struggle

New_York_UN_9-27-13Photos from Friday 9/27 in New York by Greek Photog, Michelle Equality Kaplan, Jerry Levy, Chiu Ng Photography and Mickey Z-vegan.

From Ethnikos Kirikas/National Herald, New York, Sept. 30: "Under the aegis of Aristeri Kinisi, New York and SYRIZA, New York, a protest was organized across from the United Nations building in New York against austerity and fascism."

From Ethnikos Kirikas (National Herald), New York, 9/30:
“Under the aegis of Aristeri Kinisisi, New York and SYRIZA,
New York, a protest was organized across from the United
Nations against austerity and fascism.”

Additional video by Carlos Sabater


Friday 9/27: Also in Berlin…

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And Copenhagen – At Greek Embassy

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Breaking Sat. 9/28: Golden Dawn Leadership,
“Attack Battalion” Members Arrested in Athens

Michaloliakos_ArrestedLive Blogging:
Greece’s Golden Dawn Leader Michaloliakos, several MPs arrested
Report:
Golden Dawn head, MPs arrested in unprecedented Greek crackdown

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Friday at United Nations: For Pavlos Fyssas!

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Join Us 5pm Tomorrow 9/27 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza


ORGANIZE AGAINST FASCISM AND AUSTERITY
PROTEST GREEK GOVERNMENT AT UNITED NATIONS
STATEMENT OF PROTEST
[ FACEBOOK INVITE ] — [ PETITION ] — [ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ ]
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On the occasion of Greek government junior leader Venizelos’
Speech to the United Nations General Assembly
5-7 pm Friday, Sept. 27 at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
East 47th Street and Second Avenue


Photo album of international protests
since the murder of Pavlos Fyssas

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Images from Greece, Cyprus, London, Paris, Madrid, Stockholm, UK and France, Germany…
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Nazi Golden Dawn Murders Activist in Greece!

Statement by AKNY & Syriza – New York

Organize against Fascism and Austerity
Protest Greek Government at United Nations
5-7 pm Friday, Sept. 27

AT DAG HAMMARSKJOLD PLAZA, EAST 47th STREET AND SECOND AVE.
On the occasion of Greek government junior leader Venizelos’
Speech to the United Nations General Assembly
Banner from 18-Sept-2013 demonstration in response to murder of 34-year-old Pavlos Fyssas by Golden Dawn thugs in Piraeus, Greece.

“34-year-old dead; today fascism dies.” Banner from 18-Sept-2013 demonstration in response to murder of 34-year-old Pavlos Fyssas by Golden Dawn thugs in Piraeus, Greece. Photo: Δρομογράφος

Despite the near universal condemnation of the murder of Fyssas, there are fundamental connections between the neo-liberal regime of the New Democracy/PASOK coalition and the efforts of Golden Dawn on the streets.

On September 18th, 34 year old hip-hop artist and left activist Pavlos Fyssas was assassinated by members of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn. He was cornered in the working class neighborhood of Keratsini, in Piraeus, by approximately 30 thugs. As police looked on, a car pulled up and a well-known member of Golden Dawn jumped out and stabbed the victim; the coroner would later attest that this was not an amateur hit given the two strategically placed stabs to the chest and an upside-down L shape cut to the abdomen.

The reactions to the murder have been predictable. Golden Dawn has denied any connection to the assassination. Members of the governing coalition have condemned the violence but continue to re-broadcast their argument against the ‘two extremes’, that the far right and far left are threats to legal order and stability in Greece – thus equating the neo-Nazis with those on the left, especially SYRIZA, the leading opposition party of the Coalition of the Radical Left.
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SAMARAS IN NEW YORK AT UNITED NATIONS

Emergency Protest Against Greek
Prime Minister TODAY (August 9th)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

GREEK AMERICANS AND SUPPORTERS PROTEST
PRIME MINISTER SAMARAS VISIT IN NEW YORK
(See Facebook Invite)


On Friday, August 9 at 5pm in the Peace Park at 42nd Street and First Avenue in Manhattan, across the street from the United Nations, two groups are staging an emergency protest in solidarity with the ongoing struggles of the Greek people and against the visiting prime minister of Greece, Antonis Samaras. At that time, Samaras is scheduled to be meeting at the United Nations with UN General Secretary Ban-Ki Moon. “We want the media and the public to know what the Greek people know unfortunately all too well,” according to the protest statement from AKNY – Greece Solidarity Movement and SYRIZA-New York.

The groups’ statement blasts Samaras for leading a government that “devastates the economy, panders to the neo-Nazis, and destroys democracy.” Both groups have been active in left politics in New York since early 2012. They blame the austerity policies imposed by Greek governments, in concert with EU and IMF demands, for a staggering 28% unemployment rate. “Growing numbers of people can no longer afford to use hospitals,” according to their statement. “Poverty, hunger, homelessness and despair are growing rapidly. Suicide rates are skyrocketing.”

The statement continues, “The Samaras government has become increasingly authoritarian and repressive. It has moved the country toward the extreme right, legitimizing the neo-Nazi, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic and anti-gay Golden Dawn Party by pandering to its anti-immigrant slogans. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the international media have documented the fact that Samaras’ conservative party, the police, and the judiciary have all turned a blind eye to the rise and escalation of criminal acts of Golden Dawn, which has grown rapidly as a result of the social havoc that austerity policies are causing. We are witnessing the evisceration of Greek democracy: extreme police violence against protesters, holding camps for immigrants, torture of prisoners, arrests of journalists… Golden Dawn refers to Jews as ‘vermin,’ and a Golden Dawn member of parliament reads aloud from the anti-Semitic forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion with no protest from the government. ”

“As bailouts for the rich and budget cuts for the rest are now becoming adopted in other European countries, the U.S. and beyond, it has become clear that what is happening in Greece affects us all. For this reason, we are here to express solidarity to the Greek people and to affirm that their struggle against Samaras’ brutal austerity policies is also our struggle.”

Please DOWNLOAD the Statement:
AKNY and Syriza-NY Protest Samaras at UN - 9 Aug 2013

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AKNY-GREECE UPDATE – JUNE 14-27, 2013

AKNY-Greece Solidarity and this site are all-volunteer efforts without party affiliation or outside funding. Sometimes a lack of update here is in part because we are too busy with happenings in the real world. We plan to update the site more frequently in July. In the meantime, check out the latest!


Greece Solidarity in the News
& News from Greece


TONIGHT, 6/27: ALL ARE INVITED
Screening of the historical documentary hit, “Greek American Radicals – The Untold Story” at Brecht Forum, Manhattan, followed by Q&A with filmmakers, party, wine, pizza and live music. (FB invite)
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AKNY IN THE MEDIA – JUNE 2013
New York Turkish-language newspaper Posta 212 interviews AKNY members on the joint Turkish-Greek solidarity action at Occupy Wall Street on June 8th.
Posta 212 Link

See photo essay here.


TURKS, GREEKS, BRAZILIANS JOIN IN PROTESTS IN US
The international rallies at OWS on 6/22 were also covered on CNN Turkey and in the English edition of mass-circulation Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.
#OccupyERT at #OWS

In solidarity with #OccupyERT at simultaneous Brazilian, Turkish and Greek rallies.
In Zuccotti Park, June 23. (From Hurriyet/AA Photo, more photos below.)

#OccupyERT – RECENT EVENTS IN GREECE

(6/27) In Athens last week, one of the junior partners in the Greek government, DIMAR (center-left, pro-austerity) quit the ruling coalition over the ERT issue. The New Democracy-led government under Prime Minister Samaras was reported to be on the brink of collapse. However, the remaining junior partner, PASOK, chose to stay in as the cabinet was reshuffled to advance loyal soldiers of the two austerity parties. The coalition retains a 3-vote majority in parliament.

The Finance Minister (ND) thereupon called for the studios of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) studios to be vacated. These have been occupied by employees since Wednesday June 12th, following the government’s surprise executive order to immediately shut down the public broadcaster. ERT studios and offices have been surrounded at times by tens of thousands of protesters under the banner of #OccupyERT.

ERT employees have continued producing news programs while members of the fired ERT orchestras have played open-air concerts for the protesters. A strike also temporarily shut down the private news broadcasters. Despite a Greek Supreme Court order for the government to allow ERT to continue broadcasting until the planned reorganization, ERT is only available online. However, ratings have shot through the roof as the network has for the first time turned to frank, unvarnished coverage of the nation’s crisis. (This week, ERT also broadcast the US-Greek historical documentary, “Greek American Radicals.”)

ERT employees have refused the vacate order and called on trade unions and everyone to join the manifestations and protect the studios. Trade union leaders are considering an open-ended general strike. ERT employees called on the diaspora for “Worldwide Solidarity with ERT” rallies.

The arrival of riot police to execute the vacate order is considered possible at any time. Scenes reminiscent of the recent weeks in Istanbul may follow.


“WHO IS ROCKING THIS CRADLE OF DEMOCRACY?”
Host Jerry Ashton interviews Nikos Levis on Greek crisis, #OccupyERT
and international solidarity activity for WGRNRadio’s “15 Minutes of Fact.”


“HOW THREE COUNTRIES FOUND THEMSELVES”
(Solidarity Brazil, Turkey, and Greece)
Video by George Lyter taken at Zuccotti Park, June 23.

MORE PHOTOS FROM JUNE 23 AT ZUCCOTTI PARK:June23 #OccupyERT at Zuccotti ParkJune23_Brazil-Turkey-Greece_at_OWS_1June23_Brazil-Turkey-Greece_at_OWS_2June23_Brazil-Turkey-Greece_at_OWS_3June23_Brazil-Turkey-Greece_at_OWS_4From Hurriyet photo gallery. Credit: AA Photo.

Note: The above is a compilation from many sources. No endorsements are implied.

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AKNY STATEMENT ON GREECE UNDER AUTHORITARIAN RULE

Democracy Under Attack – The People Resist

By AKNY-Greece Solidarity Movement

As the austerity program imposed on Greece by the EU-led Troika continues to devastate the economy, tear the social fabric into shreds, and ruin the lives of workers and ordinary citizens, the Greek government increasingly resorts to patently undemocratic practices that attack basic human rights. We note three recent examples that demonstrate the tendency of brutal austerity to transform itself into an anti-democratic, state authoritarianism:

1 – This week the Samaras government issued an executive decree to immediately shut down ERT, Greece’s public television and radio, on less than 24 hours notice, without prior warning. The riot police disabled transmitters so that the programs produced by ERT journalists and workers who occupied the studios could not be disseminated. Both the popular mobilization against this outrageous decision and the ERT employees’ decision to assume control of production against the wishes of the Samaras government are heartening developments and deserve our support.


We are holding a New York action in solidarity with #OccupyERT tomorrow!
Saturday June 15, at Zuccotti Park, from Noon until 4 pm.
See here or download flyer or join the FB event:
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#OccupyERT, June 13

#OccupyERT in Athens, ERT Headquarters, June 13th:
More than 100,000 people rallied on the second day of protests to
save public broadcasting, as ERT workers occupy the studios and refuse to move.

2 – The preemptive use of civil mobilization to prevent a strike by secondary school teachers in May was the third time in a few months that the Greek government has resorted to this extreme measure, making it clear that it will no longer tolerate the basic right of Greek workers to go on strike when their livelihoods as well as their basic rights and working conditions are frontally attacked.

3 – Contrast the Greek government’s zero tolerance for strikes to its equanimity with respect to the fascist thugs of Golden Dawn. The government’s tolerance of neo-Nazi violence has most recently been confirmed by its decision to shelve the anti-racist legislation prepared by the government’s own Minister of Justice. This development makes clear that the current government will do anything to cling to power, including sacrificing the basic human rights daily attacked by neo-Nazi thugs in order to ingratiate itself to the xenophobic segment of the Greek public that is either already supporting Golden Dawn or might conceivably do so if the current government does not prove racist enough against immigrants.

As these examples demonstrate, resistance against the criminal austerity policies imposed by the Greek government is essential – not only because a stop to the continued immiseration of workers and ordinary people in Greece is long overdue comma but also because a continuation of these policies is impossible without an accelerated erosion of basic democratic rights.

For all these reasons, we declare our solidarity and unflinching support to all the political forces and social movements in Greece, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa that are fighting against the barbarism of solving capitalism’s crisis on the backs of those least responsible for it.

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TURKISH-GREEK SOLIDARITY JUNE 8 @ OWS ZUCCOTTI

Video & Photos – #ResistIstanbulAthensNYC

From New York, we hoped to do our modest part in solidarity with the ongoing Turkish struggle. Fifty people gathered at 1:30 last Saturday (6/8) outside Pace University, following one of the Greece Solidarity panel talks at the Left Forum…

Greeks Gather at Pace University July 8, 2013

Photo: Resa Sunshine

Chanting, “Istanbul, Athens, NYC – Resist in every ciiiii-ty,” we marched for a few blocks to Zuccotti Park, where 1500 Turkish Americans and Occupiers were rallying all day long.

Solidarity With Turkish Struggle Zuccotti Park

Photo: AKNY.org

They greeted our arrival with thunderous applause!

Greek Contingent Arrives at Zuccotti Park Turkish Rally

Photo: Mickey Z-vegan

Side by side, the national symbols take on a different meaning.

Greeks and Turks Together at Zuccotti Park

Photo: AKNY.org

Unprecedented in recent decades: Greeks and Turks standing together in NYC!

Turks and Greeks Stand Together Zuccotti, June 8

Photo: AKNY.org

Hundreds of people seated themselves for an assembly.

Turkish-Greek Solidarity Zuccotti: Assembly

Photo: AKNY.org


Asli Bulbul read the Taksim Square declaration of demands.

Video: Stacey Mazurek (youtube)

Despina Lalaki delivered a statement for AKNY-Greece Solidarity Movement.

Video: nothingofficial (youtube)

No one knows what happens next in Turkey. If on Facebook, follow every hour from Istanbul with frontline photographer Jenna Pope:

Gezi Park, Istanbul, June 5. Photo: Jenna Pope.

Gezi Park, Istanbul, June 5. Photo: Jenna Pope.

We hope, despite the dark threats from the Turkish government, that by next Saturday the struggle to save Gezi Park (at least) might be victorious. We pray for no more bloodshed!

We know this is only the beginning of a longer collaboration with our Turkish friends of OccupyGeziParkNYC.

Asli Bulbul. Photo: King Newyorkhacks

Asli Bulbul. Photo: King Newyorkhacks

Report: Nikos Levis
AKNY on Youtube

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Saturday at OWS: #ResistIstanbulAthensNYC #ResistEverywhere

In Solidarity With The Turkish People —
Occupy Gezi NYC & AKNY-Greece at OWS Zuccotti

With #OccupyGeziNYC #AKNYGREECE #OWS

June 8 – Saturday – All Day Starting at Noon
Media Conference and AKNY presence begins 1:50 pm (akny.org)

Special Invite to All Left Forum Participants!
Facebook Event – let’s get to 10,000 invites!

AthensForIstanbul

Protest in front of the Turkish Embassy in Athens yesterday, June 4. Sign in Turkish and Greek:
“Solidarity with the People of Turkey” Let’s do that in New York at OWS!

ISTANBUL-ATHENS-NYC: RESIST IN EVERY CITY!

At Occupy Wall Street – Zuccotti Park, we Greeks shall stand in solidarity with the people of Turkey who fight against repression for freedom of expression, democracy and justice! We shall stand side-by-side with Americans and Armenians, Arabs and Kurds, Jews and all peoples for a world free from oppression.

Today the people of Turkey face severe repression. Istanbul took to the streets in resistance because of a plan to raze the only park left in the city center and put up a mall and hotels for as-yet unspecified investors. Instead of responding to the democratic will and saving Gesi Park, the Turkish state is beating, gassing, arresting, detaining without charges and often killing people in the street.

The Erdogan government has strayed from secular assurances and made a turn to tightening social control by increasingly intervening in people’s private lives. The use of force resembles the hardline Turkish governments of the past, as well as all too many authoritarian crackdowns internationally — including in many European countries since the economic crisis began. In the background, we see the same neoliberal economic policies that bring precarity and poverty to peoples around the world and leave them no choice but to revolt.

The uprising of the people has now spread across Turkey and encompasses a popular yearning for change, for freedom, justice and economic fairness. Meanwhile, from the United States in which we live, arms and tear-gas shipments continue to flow to the Turkish state, as they have to the Egyptian state, the Greek state, and so many other sites of the “repression business.” In these ways and numerous others, the struggle of the Turkish people, the struggle of the Greek people, and the coming struggle of the American people are all related.

Join us Saturday at OWS Zuccotti Park in Solidarity with Occupy Gezi NYC. #ResistIstanbulAthensNYC #ResistEverywhere

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STATEMENT ON TEACHERS STRIKE – AKNY–GREECE SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT

We Support Greek Teachers And Our Sisters
and Brothers in the Struggle for Justice

GREEK TEACHERS APPEAL FOR INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY
AS THEY FACE A FORCED-LABOR ORDER FROM THE GOVERNMENT

Greek Teachers Strike Coming May 17th

Teachers and supporters marched in Athens
on Monday, May 14. The government is seeking
to ban the planned May 17th strike by ordering
the public servants into a “civil mobilization.”

NEW YORK CITY, MAY 15, 2013: From the United States, AKNY–Greece Solidarity Movement extends a message of support to teachers in Greece who are fighting to defend the educational system from the latest attacks by the Samaras government and the Troika.

We are responding to a call for international solidarity from the Greek secondary teachers’ union OLME, who face a dire situation this week in Greece (see the OLME statement in English, below).

The government’s new round of proposed cuts to schools poses a threat to the institution of free education for all, endangering one of the most important historic gains won by the working people of Greece. From where we sit, the importance of free public education is not lost on any of us. In the United States, education comes usually at the cost of a huge student debt.

We strongly denounce the Samaras government’s “civil mobilization orders” on teachers. By these orders, the government is effectively placing teachers under a forced-labor draft. This is an outrageous violation of workers’ rights and the constitution. We watched with alarm when the government first used mobilization orders to stop the recent strikes by Metro workers and the Seaman’s Union. This must not be allowed to happen again with the teachers. It is an attack on the labor movement and on democracy itself, without precedent in the era since the military junta.

We condemn the EU, ECB and IMF for showing no concern about the consequences of their austerity dictates. They cannot evade their responsibility for backing authoritarian rule in Greece today!

We were heartened to see that the Public Sector Union ADEDY called on its members to take the streets in support of the teachers Monday in Athens, Patras and Thessaloniki.

We hope that this example will be followed by other sectors of the union movement. We hope also that the Greek people, especially Greek students and parents, will be inspired to march alongside the teachers.

Education and teachers play a special role in Greek society. While subject to tremendous economic pressures and injustices, teachers struggle daily, not merely to offer education but also to redress the inequalities of a system that does not consider the needs of immigrants’ children. In many cases they even must battle against the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn’s efforts to infiltrate the schools.

We support the teachers’ fight against economic injustice and the authoritarian rule of the Greek government. We stand by the teacher union’s efforts to lead the way toward a true democracy, economic justice and against the working people’s unfair sacrifices for the benefit of the economic and political elites.

AKNY-Greece Solidarity Movement (Aristeri Kinisi NY)
www.AKNY.org

Campaign for Peace and Democracy
www.cpdweb.org


Below is the statement from the Greek secondary teachers’ union OLME, calling for solidarity and reporting on today’s situation.

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