From:   LaurenD <laurendapfraiz@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Sunday, November 13, 2011 2:27:55 PM
To:   september17 <september17@googlegroups.com>
Subject:   SPAM-MED: [september17discuss] Re: Fwd: URGENT: Communique from Cairo
 

Agreed. I understand that assisting with the monitoring of the

elections was intended to be a symbolic action of solidarity, but

after reading this message from Cairo we should urgently reconsider

this action.

 

 

On Nov 13, 1:10 pm, Leah Hunt-Hendrix <lh...@princeton.edu> wrote:

> I just want to voice my agreement.  A march on the consulate to "defend the

> revolution" is what Egyptian activists originally put out a call for.  It

> sounds like the requests for the delegation came from more mainstream, US

> backed organizations rather than from the April 6 activists with whom I

> think we, as OWS, want to be aligned.  I think this is a good chance for us

> to slow down a bit, and think about how we might do a bit more due

> diligence around our solidarity work.  Obviously there's no monolithic

> group of "Egyptians," so it's important that we take the time to build some

> actual relationships with activists there and make sure that our

> expressions of solidarity really match up to what feels helpful and

> supportive to them.

> I really applaud everyone who has put work into the delegation proposal,

> and I know everyone has had the best of intentions.  But I agree that

> sending a delegation isn't an act of solidarity if it's not what Egyptian

> activists on the front lines are wanting from us.  I would support a

> withdrawal of the proposal.

> Thanks to you all,

> Leah

>

>

>

> On Sun, Nov 13, 2011 at 3:52 PM, Doug Singsen <dougsing...@gmail.com> wrote:

> >  Whatever the value of sending people to Egypt, what definitely would be

> > useful would be to organize a protest and march at the Egyptian consulate

> > and the US consulate to the UN demanding that Egypt respect the rights of

> > protesters. I believe the POC group is discussing doing this, but hasn't

> > actually made any plans or put out a call yet. However, this is something

> > that OWS as a whole should support. OWS probably wouldn't exist without the

> > Egyptian Revolution, and the success or defeat of the ongoing revolution in

> > Egypt will have a huge impact on whether and how the movement continues to

> > grow internationally and in the US. We need to do whatever we can here to

> > defend and support the revolution. The actual call for support from Egypt

> > is pasted below, and targeting consulates and the US government are listed

> > as their first two suggestions.

>

> > --------------

>

> > AFTER THREE decades of living under a dictatorship, Egyptians started a

> > revolution demanding bread, freedom and social justice. After a nearly

> > utopian occupation of Tahrir Square lasting 18 days, we rid ourselves of

> > Mubarak and began the second, harder task of removing his apparatuses of

> > power. Mubarak is gone, but the military regime lives on.

>

> > So the revolution continues--building pressure, taking to the streets and

> > claiming the right to control our lives and livelihoods against systems of

> > repression that abused us for years. But now, seemingly so soon after its

> > beginnings, the revolution is under attack. We write this letter to tell

> > you about what we are seeing, how we mean to stand against this crackdown,

> > and to call for your solidarity with us.

>

> > The 25th and 28th of January, the 11th of February: you saw these days,

> > lived these days with us on television. But we have battled through the

> > 25th of February, the 9th of March, the 9th of April, the 15th of May, the

> > 28th of June, the 23rd of July, the 1st of August, the 9th of September,

> > the 9th of October.

>

> > Again and again, the Army and the police have attacked us, beaten us,

> > arrested us, killed us. And we have resisted, we have continued; some of

> > these days, we lost, others we won, but never without cost. Over a thousand

> > gave their lives to remove Mubarak. Many more have joined them in death

> > since.

>

> > We go on so that their deaths will not be in vain. Names like Ali Maher (a

> > 15-year-old demonstrator killed by the Army in Tahrir, 9th of April), Atef

> > Yehia (shot in the head by security forces in a protest in solidarity with

> > Palestine, 15th of May), Mina Danial (shot by the Army in a protest in

> > front of Maspero, 9th of October). Mina Daniel, in death, suffers the

> > perverse indignity of being on the military prosecutor's list of the

> > accused.

>

> > Moreover, since the military junta took power, at least 12,000 of us<http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/09/10/egypt-retry-or-free-12000-after-un...>have been tried

> > by military courts<http://en.nomiltrials.com/2011/10/egypt-end-military-trials-for-civil...>,

> > unable to call witnesses and with limited access to lawyers. Minors are

> > serving in adult prisons, death sentences have been handed down, torture

> > runs rampant. Women demonstrators have been subjected to sexual assault in

> > the form of "virginity tests" by the Army.

>

> > On October 9, the Army massacred 28 of us at Maspero<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh5F0ot_p3s>;

> > they ran us over with tanks and shot us down in the street<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbUInFMZLNg>while manipulating state media to try and incite sectarian violence. The

> > story has been censored. The military is investigating itself. They are

> > systematically targeting those of us who speak out. This Sunday, our

> > comrade and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah<http://en.nomiltrials.com/2011/10/statement-of-solidarity-with-alaa-a...>was imprisoned on trumped-up charges. He spends another night in an unlit

> > cell tonight.

>

> > - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

>

> > ALL THIS from the military that supposedly will ensure a transition to

> > democracy, that claimed to defend the revolution, and seemingly convinced

> > many within Egypt and internationally that it was doing so. The official

> > line has been one of ensuring "stability," with empty assurances that the

> > Army is only creating a proper environment for the upcoming elections.

>

> > But even once a new parliament is elected, we will still live under a

> > junta that holds legislative, executive and judicial authority, with no

> > guarantee that this will end. Those who challenge this scheme are harassed,

> > arrested and tortured; military trials of civilians are the primary tool of

> > this repression. The prisons are full of casualties of this "transition."

>

> > We now refuse to cooperate with military trials and prosecutions. We will

> > not hand ourselves in, we will not submit ourselves to questioning. If they

> > want us, they can take us from our homes and workplaces.

>

> > Nine months into our new military repression, we are still fighting for

> > our revolution. We are marching, occupying, striking, shutting things down.

> > And you, too, are marching, occupying, striking, shutting things down. We

> > know from the outpouring of support we received in January that the world

> > was watching us closely and even inspired by our revolution. We felt closer

> > to you than ever before.

>

> > And now, it's your turn to inspire us as we watch the struggles of your

> > movements. We marched to the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to protest the violent

> > eviction of the occupation in Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland. Our strength is

> > in our shared struggle. If they stifle our resistance, the 1 percent will

> > win--in Cairo, New York, London, Rome--everywhere. But while the revolution

> > lives, our imaginations know no bounds. We can still create a world worth

> > living.

>

> > You can help us defend our revolution.

>

> > The G8, International Monetary Fund and Gulf states are promising the

> > regime loans of $35 billion. The U.S. gives the Egyptian military $1.3

> > billion in aid every year. Governments the world over continue their

> > long-term support and alliance with the military rulers of Egypt. The

> > bullets they kill us with are made in America. The tear gas that burns from

> > Oakland to Palestine is made in Wyoming<http://english.al-akhbar.com/blogs/gadfly/arms-firm-behind-suppressio...>.

> > David Cameron's first visit to post-revolutionary Egypt<http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/feb/21/cameron-cairo-visit-de...>was to close a weapons deal.

>

> > These are only a few examples. People's lives, freedoms and futures must

> > stop being trafficked for strategic assets. We must unite against

> > governments who do not share their people's interests.

>

> > We are calling on you to undertake solidarity actions to help us oppose

> > this crackdown. We are suggesting an International Day to Defend the

> > Egyptian Revolution on November 12 under the slogan "Defend the Egyptian

> > Revolution: End Military Trials for Civilians."

>

> > Events could include:

>

> > -- Actions targeting Egyptian embassies or consulates demanding the

> > release of civilians sentenced in military tribunals. If Alaa is released,

> > demand the release of the thousands of others.

>

> > -- Actions targeting your government to end support for the Egyptian junta.

>

> > -- Demand the release of civilians sentenced to military tribunals. If

> > Alaa is released, the thousands of others must follow.

>

> > -- Show videos about the repression we face (military trials, Maspero

> > massacre) and our continued resistance. E-mail us for links<defendtherevolut...@gmail.com>

> > .

>

> > -- Videoconferencing with activists in Egypt.

>

> > -- Any creative way to show your support and to show the Egyptian people

> > that they have allies abroad.

>

> > If you're organizing anything or wish to, e-mail us at

> > defendtherevolut...@gmail.com. We would also love to see photos and

> > videos from any events you organize.

>

> > The Campaign to End Military Trials of Civilians

> > The Free Alaa Campaign

> > Mosireen

> > Comrades from Cairo

>

> > On Sun, Nov 13, 2011 at 2:53 PM, beka economopoulos <

> > b...@notanalternative.net> wrote:

>

> >> Forwarding a message / communique from activists in Cairo, who were

> >> concerned to learn that the OWS GA passed a proposal to designate

> >> $20,000 in funds for members of OWS to travel to Egypt to do election

> >> monitoring.

>

> >> I do not have contact info for folks in the Movement Building Working

> >> Group, perhaps this should be shared there?

>

> >> -b

>

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>

> >> To our kindred occupiers in Zuccotti park,

>

> >> When we called out to you, requesting you join us on 12 November in

> >> defending our revolution and in our campaign against the military

> >> trial of civilians in Egypt, your

>

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