Archive for the ‘Human Rights’ Category
by Jamison Maeda
In 1936, auto workers at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant Number One staged the now famous Flint Sit Down Strike. This was a dangerous time to stage a strike in the auto industry. Local politicians were controlled by General Motors, and spies were hired to work undercover in the plants to gather intelligence about anyone attempting to unionize. But on the evening of 30 December, employees stopped work, locked themselves in the plant, and the sit-down strike began.
A few weeks into the strike President Franklin D. Roosevelt urged General Motors to agree to their terms and to recognize the United Auto Workers Union. The Flint Sit Down Strike lasted 44 days and only ended when General Motors agreed to establish of a fair minimum wage scale, and improve working conditions as well as workers’ safety.
Edward Horgan was in court yesterday, 13 January, in order to have a date set for his trial for attempting to inspect US military aircraft at Shannon on 18 April 2015. Edward is a champion peace activist of long-standing, and his piece gives an interesting insight into how peace activists are treated in the Irish Courts system.
It was another long day in court, my third long day so far and my case has not even had a date set for trial yet. This represents just one of the abuses of our justice system. I was summoned to appear in court first on 18th November 2015 on a charge that on 18th April 2015, I did “enter a part of Shannon airport to which persons were not for that time permitted”.
by Daniel Kavanagh
Today, Chelsea Manning turns 28 years old. Chelsea is an MTF trans woman who was born Bradley Manning in Oklahoma 28 years ago today, in 1987. On the 21st of August 2013, Chelsea was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
She was charged under 22 different charges, 10 of which she pleaded guilty to. The most serious of these charges was “aiding the enemy”, which is a capital offence, although the prosecutors did not wish to inflict the death penalty on her.