Chicago, Oct. 17.On Oct. 17, the Chicago Teachers Union – 25,000 strong – struck their school district, which is the third largest in the U.S. They were joined by 7,500 education workers from Service Employees Union (SEIU) Local 73. By Oct. 21, the CTU strike had entered its third day. These education workers are advocating for their students and going on the offensive against school privatization and austerity measures. Since 2012, the CTU has prioritized rank-and-file activism, a tactic that influenced Red for Ed education actions that have rocked the U.S. and Puerto Rico since 2018. The launch of the strike is covered in this Oct. 18 article reprinted from Fightback News! (fightbacknews.org)Chicago — Picket lines went up at hundreds of schools across Chicago at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 17. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) walked out for their third strike since 2012. For the more than 7,000 members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 [joining them], this is an historic first strike, and the first against Chicago’s new mayor, Lori Lightfoot.In the afternoon, the strikers went downtown in a river of red — the color of CTU — and purple — the color of SEIU. For over two hours, more than 20,000 marched back and forth, surrounding the Board of Education and City Hall buildings. They chanted, “When education is under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!”Sarah Chambers, a special education teacher at Alcott College Prep in the Roscoe Village neighborhood, helped lead picketing at her school. She is an area captain, so she then visited the other picket lines in the nearby schools. As a member of the 40-person bargaining committee for CTU, she then sat in on the bargaining, and finally joined with her co-workers at the massive rally in the Loop, Chicago’s central business district.Talking to Fight Back!, Chambers explained, “This strike of more than 30,000 teachers, teacher assistants, clinicians, and special ed classroom assistants with CTU and SEIU is about justice for Black and brown students in the city of Chicago. They deserve all the support in their schools, [and] support to deal with the trauma they experience living in the oppressive, racist system in Chicago means full-time social workers, nurses and restorative justice coordinators.“Our students deserve class-size caps, with special education support, more resources, and fully funded schools.“Lori Lightfoot has made it clear that she is choosing to support the rich people in Chicago by giving them $2.4 billion in TIF [Tax Increment Financing] money, instead of putting money into our schools.”When asked about the outcome of this strike, Chambers didn’t pause. “We are united and strong. We know we will win.”Chicago, Oct. 17.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
June 3, 2021 Find out more October 10, 2018 – Updated on October 17, 2018 RSF refers Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance to UN Working Group News RSF_en Organisation News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and two other human rights groups, Al Karama and ALQST, have jointly referred the case of the missing dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. Between 25 and 30 professional and non-professional journalists are currently detained in Saudi Arabia, which is ranked 169th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. to go further Khashoggi’s disappearance has come amid an intense crackdown on critics of the Saudi government in which more than 15 journalists and bloggers have been arrested in a completely opaque manner in Saudi Arabia since last September. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Protestors hold pictures of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate, on October 5, 2018 in Istanbul. June 9, 2021 Find out more RSF suggests that the investigation could be carried out by David Kaye, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression and opinion, Agnès Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and by the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists DisappearancesFreedom of expressionUnited Nations Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists DisappearancesFreedom of expressionUnited Nations Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Help by sharing this information RSF is also calling for an independent international investigation to determine what happened to Khashoggi, a well-known newspaper columnist living in self-imposed exile in the United States who has not been seen since he went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a week ago.
By DVIDS/Edited by Diálogo Staff October 09, 2020 Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet, hosted leaders from the Peruvian Navy for the annual U.S.-Peru Maritime Staff Talks (MST) on September 23.MSTs support U.S. global strategy by building and strengthening working relationships between the U.S. and partner nations and improving interoperability through face-to-face meetings. Due to COVID-19, this year’s MST occurred virtually via the All Partner Access Network (APAN) and the Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange System (CENTRIXS).Representatives from the Peruvian Navy, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Coast Guard participated in the event.Rear Adm. Gabrielson led the U.S. delegation along with Brigadier General Phillip Frietze, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces South, and Rear Admiral Brian Penoyer, commander of the Eleventh U.S. Coast Guard District. Rear Admiral Rodolfo Sablich, deputy of the Peruvian Navy General Staff; Rear Admiral Jose Antonio Regalado, commander of the Marine Corps; Rear Admiral Jorge Martín Zegarra, naval attaché in Washington D.C.; and Rear Admiral Werner Meier Von Schierenbeck, commander of Coast Guard Operations, led the Peruvian delegation.MST topics included discussion of the multinational maritime exercise UNITAS LXII (62), which will occur in September 2021. Peru will host UNITAS LXII to celebrate the bicentennial of the Peruvian Navy. The two delegations also made initial preparations for the Silent Forces Exercise (SIFOREX), a biennial, bilateral anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise hosted by the Peruvian Navy. As with every MST this year, the U.S. and Peruvian delegation shared health crisis management lessons learned from each country’s respective experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.“The United States and Peru have enjoyed a close relationship at sea since 1920, when the U.S. naval mission to Peru began. Our current range of topics and the ease of discussion underscore a mature, special friendship, with subjects covering the spectrum of naval operations. We especially appreciate learning from the Peruvian Navy’s experience during the pandemic. It’s inspiring hearing their personal and professional stories of leadership and service. We have much to look forward to in 2021, especially helping Peru celebrate their Navy’s 200th anniversary.” said Rear Adm. Gabrielson.