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Racisme

Les mouvements populaires aux États-Unis contre le racisme et les violences policière

Invitation à la discussion politique du groupe de coordination
Les mouvements populaires aux États-Unis contre le racisme et les violences policière

Lien zoom : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83942541349?pwd=SWlrL0JheXd6L0NRZEtwVE91Yk8vdz09

Jeudi 6 juin 2020

15h Paris, Johannesburg ; 14h Casablanca ; 13h Dakar ; 09h New York, La Paz ; 08h Mexico ; 10h Sao Paulo ; 18h30 New Delhi ; 21h Hong Kong ; 22h Tokyo
Durée 2 heures.

Nous assistons actuellement aux États-Unis aux manifestations populaires les plus massives depuis 1968. Malgré les couvre-feux, les lock-out, la répression policière et la menace d’une répression militaire, des mobilisations ont eu lieu dans toutes les villes du pays. Cette vague de protestation a été déclenchée par l’assassinat brutal par la police de George Floyd à Minneapolis, dans un contexte de profondes inégalités et d’un racisme systémique qui caractérisent la société américaine, comme l’a par ailleurs mis à nu l’impact inégal de la pandémie de coronavirus et de la crise économique qui a immédiatement l’a suivi. Cette vague de protestations massives a été considérée par certains analystes comme un tournant dans la politique américaine, d’autres n’en sont pas si sûrs. Mais un tournant vers quoi ? C’est une question ouverte. Quel en sera l’impact sur les élections présidentielles de novembre ? Qu’est-ce que cela signifie pour la lutte contre le racisme ? Quelles en seront les conséquences pour le reste du monde et pour la place des États-Unis dans l’échiquier mondial ? Quelle sorte de solidarité peuvent se construire avec des luttes similaires dans d’autres pays ?

La réunion débutera par une brèves présentations des orateur.ice.s suivants :

- Don Rojas - journaliste, il était le porte-parole de Maurice Bishop du mouvement New Jewel à Grenade avant le coup d’État de Reagan en 1983, il est ensuite parti travailler aux États-Unis dans plusieurs médias afro-américains et autres médias progressistes et communautaires.

- Rose Brewer - professeur d’études afro-américaines et africaines, activiste, leadeuse afro-américaine, de Minneapolis, membre de Grassroots Global Justice, GGJ

- Phyllis Bennis. Militante et activiste anti-guerre / anti-impérialiste et pro-palestinienne. Membre de l’Institut d’études politiques, l’IPS et de l’Institut transnational.

Il y aura une traduction de et vers l’anglais, le français et l’espagnol.

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Bibliographie, pour explorer plus profondément le thème (en anglais)
Police Brutality, Protests, & Pandemics : Tom Ehrlich Reifer’s New Rebooted Version of the Weekly Roundup, June 3, 2020 (largely in order of when they appeared, with some grouping of related pieces).

National Public Radio, Eleanor Beardsley, "Parisians, Inspired By George Floyd Demonstrations, Defy Coronavirus Ban to Protest," June 3, 2020 (some 15,000 to 20,000 or more protest racist police brutality in France) https://www.npr.org/2020/06/03/868469751/parisians-defy-coronavirus-ban-to-protest-in-solidarity-with-george-floyd

Wall Street Journal, Margherita Stancati, Leslie Brody & Xavier Fontdegloria, "The Pandemic Sent 1.5 Billion Children Home From School : Many Might Not Return : Authorities in the U.S. & Europe Are Desperately Trying To Stop Children From Dropping Out of School Permanently," June 3, 2020 https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-pandemic-sent-1-5-billion-children-home-from-school-many-might-not-return-11591179919?mod=hp_lead_pos6

New York Times, Thomas Edsall, "The George Floyd Election," June 3, 2020 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/opinion/george-floyd-trump-biden.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

Omar Wasow, "Agenda Seeding : How 1960s Black Protest Moved Elites, Public Opinion & Voting," American Political Science Review, 2020 https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/136610C8C040C3D92F041BB2EFC3034C/S000305542000009Xa.pdf/agenda_seeding_how_1960s_black_protests_moved_elites_public_opinion_and_voting.pdf

New York Times, Richard A. Oppel, Jr. & Lazaro Gamio, "Minneapolis Police Use Force Against Black People at 7 Times the Rate of Whites," June 3, 2020 https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/06/03/us/minneapolis-police-use-of-force.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage

New York Times, Peter Baker, et al, "How Trump’s Idea For a Photo Op Led to Havoc in a Park," June 3, 2020 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/us/politics/trump-walk-lafayette-square.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

The Guardian, Richard Wolfe, "Trump Has Reached the Mad Emperor Stage, & It’s Terrifying to Behold : He Incites Violence from the Safety of a Bunker, Then Orders Peoples Tear Gassed For the Sake of a Surreal Photo-Op," June 2, 2020 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/02/weve-reached-the-mad-emperor-stage-and-its-terrifying-to-behold

The Guardian, David Smith, "’Words of a Dictator’ : Trump’s Threat to Deploy Military Raises Spectre of Fascism," June 2, 2020 https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/02/donald-trump-george-floyd-protests-military-threat

WBUR, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson interviews Julian Zelizer, Professor of History & Public Affairs, "George Floyd Protests Draw Comparisons to 1968 Unrest Across the US," [and 1967, including a discussion of the 1968 Kerner Commission Report] June 2, 2020 https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/06/02/1968-protests-today

University of San Diego Sociology Department’s Dr. Cid Martinez, on KPBS Mid-Day edition, June 1, 2020 giving a really excellent breakdown on police brutality, protests and pandemics https://www.kpbs.org/podcasts/kpbs-midday-edition-segments/2020/jun/01/usd-professor-martinez-examines-reasons-behind-cur/

Democracy Now, June 2, 2020 (see first 52ish minutes including discussion of Trump’s Threat to Use the Military Against Protesters, by Kristen Clarke, President of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and US military analyst William Arkin, then co-founder of Black Lives Matter ; the song, $20 dollar bill for George Floyd ; and an eloquent plea for nonviolence by George Floyd’s younger brother Terence Floyd https://www.democracynow.org/

See the footage from the first 15 minutes of Democracy Now on the nation-wide and global protests, including the brutal police attack on two Black Atlanta students (9 minutes in, plus related reports on the coronavirus in the US & around the world, Trump’s Withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO) + (https://www.democracynow.org/shows/2020/06/01 and see clip of Sister Tamika Mallory, Laying it Down, on Police Brutality & the Protests, from Democracy Now, June 1, 2020 https://www.democracynow.org/2020/6/1/tamika_mallory_speech_police_brutality

The Guardian, David Smith, "’He Is a Destroyer’ : How the George Floyd Protests Left Donald Trump Exposed," June 1, 2020 https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/01/george-floyd-donald-trump-black-lives-matter?CMP=share_btn_link

New York Times, "8 Minutes & 46 Seconds : How George Floyd Was Killed in Police Custody," May 31, 2020, By Evan Hill, Ainara Tiefenthäler, Christiaan Triebert, Drew Jordan, Haley Willis and Robin Stein (replete with video-this is the best reconstruction I have seen of these horrific moments) https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/us/george-floyd-investigation.html

Kareen-Abdul Jabar, "Op-Ed : Don’t Understand the Protests : What You’re Seeing if People Pushed Over the Edge," Los Angeles Times, May 30, 2020 https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-05-30/dont-understand-the-protests-what-youre-seeing-is-people-pushed-to-the-edge

Kareen-Abdul Jabar, "If I Were Donald Trump’s Speech-Writer, This is the Team Talk I Would Suggest," May 12, 2020 https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/may/12/kareem-abdul-jabbar-covid-19-donald-trump?CMP=share_btn_link

The following grouped stories reference a series of articles that basically predicted a coronavirus pandemic emerging in Asia as early as 2017, along with the related articles :

WBUR, Here & Now : Samantha Raphelson & Robin Young, "How Habitat Destruction Creates a Breeding Ground for New Pandemics," May 20, 2020 https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/05/20/habitat-destruction-coronavirus

Forbes, Jeff McMahon, "Deforestation & Climate Change Could Unleash a Mind-Boggling Number of Coronaviruses," April 1, 2020 https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2020/04/01/there-are-30000-more-coronaviruses-environmental-disasters-are-bringing-them-to-your-door/#6992d06d9e85

Tierra Smiley Evans, et al., "Bushmeat Hunting & Trade in Myanmar’s Central Teak Forests : Threats to Biodiversity & Human Livelihoods," Global Ecology & Conservation 22, 2020 https://ohi.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/sites/g/files/dgvnsk5251/files/inline-files/Bushmeat_hunting_and_trade_in_Myanmars_central_te.pdf

The Guardian, Jonathan Watts (Global Environmental Editor), "’Promiscuous Treatment of Nature’ Will Lead to More Pandemics," May 7, 2020 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/07/promiscuous-treatment-of-nature-will-lead-to-more-pandemics-scientists

Aneta Afelt, Roger Frutos, & Christian Devaux, "Bats, Coronaviruses, & Deforestation : Towards the Emergence of Novel Infectious Diseases," Frontiers in Microbiology, April 2018, Volume 9, Article 702 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5904276/

Roger Frutos, et al, "COVID-19 : The Conjunction of Events Leading to the Coronavirus Pandemic & Lessons to Learn for Future Threats," Frontiers in Medicine, May 2020, Volume 7, Article 223 https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmed.2020.00223/full

Aneta Afelt, Audrey Lacroix, Urszula Zawadzka-Pawlewski, Wojciech Pokojski, Philippe Buch, Roger Frutos, "Distribution of Bat-Borne Viruses & Environmental Patterns," Infections, Genetics & Evolution 58, 2018 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29277555/

Aneta Afelt, Christine Devaux, Jordi Serra-Cobo & Roger Frutos,"Bats, Bat-Borne Viruses, & Environmental Changes," in Heimo Mikkola, ed., Bats, IntechOpen, 2018 https://www.intechopen.com/books/bats]]

New York Times, Roger Cohen, "President Trump is a Doughnut : Will He Concede If Beaten By Joe Biden in November ?," May 29, 2020 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/opinion/trump-2020-election.html

New York Times, Reid J. Epstein, "Trump Sows Doubt on Voting : It Keeps Some People Up At Night : A Group of Worst-Case Scenario Planners – Mostly Democrats, But Also Some Anti-Trump Republicans – Have Been Gaming Out How to Respond to Various Doomsday Options for the 2020 Presidential Election," May 24, 2020 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/24/us/politics/trump-2020-election-voting-rights.html

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