Mar 11

Support the NWDC Hunger Strike! Rally Today!

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The struggle for justice is happening here in Washington.  People detained and held in Tacoma are on hunger strike demanding fairness, justice, an end to abuse and exploitation of prisoners, and cessation of deportations.
Last week SUPER collaborated with MEChA to stand in solidarity with people affected by borders.  The wall we built was on one side a small scale representation of the separation wall built by Israel into the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  The other side, painted by MEChA, included two panels painted with crosses in reference to the crucifixes affixed to the wall in memory of people who died crossing the border.

The struggle for human dignity and life is not only happening at the border, but in Seattle.  Deportation and detention of immigrants happens on a daily basis–tearing apart families and lives.  Right now, in Tacoma, people held in detention are on hunger and work strike in protest of their conditions and deportation.

SUPER, as we write in our mission statement, understand struggles for liberation as connected to each other. Through conversations with MEChA and research about the border walls and deportation we have seen concrete connections of how the wall is built and population control is exercised in Israel/Palestine and US/Mexico (Jimmy Johnson’s article pulls together many of these threads: https://nacla.org/blog/2012/6/29/palestine-mexico-border).

Hunger strikers are:

calling attention to the unrelenting deportations, the hunger strikers demands include

·      Improved food quality

·      Improved treatment (including medical treatment)

·      Increased pay for work in the facility (the current pay is $1.00/day)

·      An end to exorbitant commissary prices

·      Fundamental fairness and justice

(from http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/portfolio/support-the-1200-detainees-on-hunger-strike-near-seattle/)

Follow the link for signing to support hunger strikers in their demands for fairness and justice.

Signatures are needed TODAY! and there is also a solidarity rally in Tacoma this evening (Tuesday, March 11).

Feb 26

Intertwining Borders: SUPER UW and MEChA de UW Collaboration for Israeli Apartheid Week

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Photograph by Aditya Ganapathiraju

SUPER UW and MEChA de UW commemorate Israeli Apartheid Week together this year. We have built a wall to make visible the intertwining struggles for justice and liberation in the Americas and in Palestine. SUPER & MEChA invite you to visit our display in the Quad this week.

FEBRUARY 25 – 28, ALL DAY

We understand Israeli Apartheid as one element of a global system of economic and military domination, to this end we stand in solidarity with all oppressed groups around the world, in particular, indigenous communities struggling under settler colonialism, exploitation, and displacement.

In the words of Nelson Mandela, “we know too well our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” We know, specifically, that the struggle for a truly just immigration policy in North America is intimately entangled with the Palestinian struggle.

Some of the companies designing, maintaining, and profiting from the U.S./Mexico border fence are also profiteering from the illegal construction of the Apartheid wall in Palestine: Caterpillar, Israeli corporation Elbit, and Boeing to name a few.

We stand in solidarity with people across the world affected by borders, including the Palestinian and Mexican people. This wall seeks to visually represent the violence of and resistance to histories of settler colonialism, militarism, and Apartheid.

Check out more photos by from the display here!

 

Jan 26

Seattle Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. and Palestine Solidarity

Photograph by Rick Berry

Photograph by Rick Berry

This week marked the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and March in Seattle.  Nearly 6,000 participated in this year’s celebration and call to action.  Central to the 2014 theme–Rise Up! Restore the Dream!–was the push for a $15 minimum wage in the greater Seattle area.

Seattle’s is one of the largest annual Martin Luther King Day Celebrations in the U.S. In the words of the planning committee: “We honor  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for his work toward racial equality and economic justice for all people, for his commitment to nonviolence, and for his stand against war and militarism.”
 
This year, Aaron Dixon, founder of the Seattle Black Panther Party was the key note speaker for the MLK Day Rally and March starting at Garfield High School.  He also participated in a community workshop hosted by the MLK Day planning committee and sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice on the Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions movement.  During his key note address to hundreds in the Garfield gymnasium, Aaron said:  “We need to be thinking about what Martin would be most concerned about now.  And the first thing that he would be angry about is the Israeli occupation of Palestine.”  This brought some in the gym to their feet and was one of the sustained applauses that morning.  In the room to witness the growing mainstream support for the Palestinian struggle were Seattle’s unions and labor community, progressive politicians including the mayor, student activists, and communities of color.
Jan 17

Boycotts and Academic Freedom

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In December, the American Studies Association membership voted by a 2:1 margin to endorse the boycott of Israeli academic institutions, which has sparked debates about academic freedom and the place of Boycott in higher education institutions.  Critics have claimed that boycotting Israeli academic institutions violates the free exchange of ideas. Left out is the question:  why is the Israeli state allowed to prevent the academic freedom of Palestinian Academic institutions with very little criticism or protest from American Academic institutions?  Opponents claim that it singles out Israel unfairly, when there are many nations around the world who likewise commit crimes against humanity, occupy and expropriate others’ land, severely restrict freedom of movement and access to education.  But a boycott is not a general expression of moral disapproval. It is a last resort that targets a state or other institution because of the ongoing and remediable nature of the harm that it is doing. Boycotting Israeli institutions is also a way to clearly withdraw the implicit support given by keeping silent when human rights and academic freedom is restricted by those institutions.  Finally, boycott is undertaken only when those who are the victims of injustice ask us to do so, as it is they who risk bearing the brunt of its effects. The ASA’s resolution responds to the call of over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations for a global boycott of Israeli academic institutions, whose complicity with the ongoing occupation of Palestine is documented.

-Lubna Alzaroo, English Graduate Student
-Caitlin Palo, English Graduate Student

Originally published in the UW Daily – Friday, Jan. 17th, 2014

UW DISORIENTATION 2013

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 UW DISORIENTATION 2013

Students during the radical history tour learn about the founding of UW on occupied Duwamish land, Photo by Aditya Ganapathiraju

SUPER UW is excited to be co-sponsoring UW Disorientation 2013, a student-led, social justice focused alternative to orientation. We invite students, new and old, to come together to tell a people’s history of the UW, to critique our institution’s role in militarism, imperialism and structural racism, and to imagine what a liberatory education might look like. Disorientation includes a radical history tour, an art gallery, an “un-conference” and a zineCheck out the website, Facebook page and The Daily coverage for more info!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the radical history tour on Thursday, where students and faculty discussed UW’s founding on occupied Duwamish land, student Civil Rights, labor rights and anti-war movements, and the struggle to instate a diversity credit requirement.

There was also a great turnout at the “Strike Central: Arte as a form of Resistance” gallery opening last night! The show will be on display until October 30th at Parnassus Cafe (in the basement of the Art building). The multi-media work presented seeks to tell stories of resistance, to make what is invisible visible, to disrupt structures of oppression and re-imagine the university. 

Please join us for the culminating Disorientation event – the “Un-conference” – Wednesday, October 2nd – 6pm – 8pm at the Ethnic Cultural Center (Corner of Brooklyn and 39th). This event seeks to bring together students, faculty and community members in conversation about historical and current struggles at and around UW. Join us for a decentralized panel structure and breakout sessions to discuss issues of social justice, solidarity, decolonization and liberatory education.

Hope to see everyone there!

Sponsored by: Amnesty International UW, International Socialist Organization UW, Queer Student Commission, SARVA (Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Activists), Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER UW), Women’s Action Commission 

Strike Central, Photo by Aditya Ganapathiraju

 

Aug 12

Call to Artists – UW Disorientation 2013

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SUPER has been hard at work this summer along with members of Amnesty International, MEChA UW, ISO, Women’s Action Commission, Queer Student Commission, and SARVA organizing for a series of events this fall called Disorientation 2013! As a part of Disorientation, there will be a curated art show and we are looking for Seattle artists to contribute! Details below!
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Jul 12

Cycle to End the Cycle of Forced Migration–CISPES

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Si se pudo!  A week and a half ago two SUPER members joined the 2013 Solidarity Cycle with the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador  (CISPES) and biked 80 miles in Seattle’s abnormally early 80 degree weather.  With about 20 people we struggled up hills, flew down them, and had pleasant conversation on the flat portions of the road between Seattle and Carnation.

CISPES has been around for 30 years—working to prevent US political and corporate interests from interfering with democratic processes and human rights in El Salvador.  As we talked with them about their long history of solidarity, we were impressed and inspired by the organizations’ commitment to continued focus on solidarity even long after the people’s party won fair democratic elections.

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Jul 12

Treatment of Palestinians is Apartheid by Any Other Name

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Reposted from OpEdNews

by Jonathan Cook

Were it not for the razor wire, giant concrete blocks, steel gates, watchtower and standard-issue surly teenage soldier, it would be impossible to tell at what point the barren uplands of Israel’s eastern Negev give way to the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank.

The military checkpoint of Shani vaguely marks the formal demarcation between Israel and occupied Palestinian territory, but in practical terms the distinction is meaningless. On either side of the Green Line, Israel is in charge.

In recent weeks it has been intensifying a campaign to evict Palestinian farming communities summarily from their ancestral lands to replace them with Jewish newcomers.

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Jun 23

Recap of Graduation

One week ago Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights and The Rachel Corrie Foundation, along with many other groups and individuals, went to UW’s graduation at CenturyLink field to ask students to join us in addressing speaker Jon Huntsman to take the opportunity of his position on the board of Caterpillar Inc to stop sales of CAT machines to Israel until a guarantee of respect for human rights and humanitarian law is obtained.

With volunteers from Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, Voices for Palestine, St. Mark’s Mideast Focus Group, and many other people, we handed out over 3000 flyers with the open letter to Jon Huntsman. That letter had 139 signatures from alumni, faculty, and community organizations local, national, and international.

Many people took the flyers inside with them.  Several also stayed outside to talk to us and have their photos taken holding a sign repeating the request to Jon Huntsman.

We know that Huntsman’s office has been made aware of our request for a meeting, as they have been in touch with us.  While we did not meet when he was in town, SUPER and The Rachel Corrie Foundation are still in contact about a follow up phone conversation.

These things alone were our main goal: to reach out to graduating students and to address Huntsman directly.  In addition to these successes we were picked up by Kiro7 and KBCS, as well as by a number of independent news and editorial blogs (such as Mondoweiss).

Our thanks to all the community organizations, individuals, student groups, faculty, alumni, and graduating seniors who made this possible.