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!Presente! Fidel Castro 1926-2016

Coverage from Russia TV
https://www.rt.com/news/368238-fidel-castro-dies-90/

and ABC News USA
http://abcnews.go.com/International/cuban-leader-fidel-castro-dead-90/story?id=43787601

and ABC News Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-26/fidel-castro-former-cuban-leader-dies-at-90-state-tv-reports/8060614

US Delegation part of Memorial for May 2 Massacre in Odessa Ukraine

US observers, including Phil Wilayto of The Virginia Defender and the United National Antiwar Coalition, documentary filmmaker Regis Trembly and activist Bruce Gagnon, were of the 3-4,000 people attending today's 2nd anniversary memorial of the massacre of pro-federalist Odessans which took place at the Trade Unions Building of Kulikovo Square in Odessa, Ukraine on May 2, 2014.
".... the May 2 memorial has emerged as an important focus in the fight to keep fascist forces in Ukraine from being able to intimidate their opponents into retreating from political struggle and at the same time strengthen their own role in the post-coup government. Another focus is a WWII veterans march planned for May 9 in the capital city of Kiev to mark the end of Nazi occupation. The march is being threatened by the paramilitary Right Sector organization. The elderly veterans, who often display socialist symbols, are saying they will march anyway and, if threatened, will defend themselves. There…

8th Annual Virginia People’s Assembly for Jobs, Peace & Justice

Make your plans now to attend the 2016 Virginia People’s Assembly For Jobs, Peace & Justice! The 8th Annual Virginia People’s Assembly for Jobs, Peace & Justice will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church (1720 Mechanicsville Turnpike) in Richmond, Va. Doors open for onsite registration at 8 am, with the conference starting at 9 am.
The VPA is an annual gathering of people from many communities across Virginia who are engaged in a broad range of struggles. We are union members, community activists, ex-prisoners and prisoner advocates, immigrants, students, youth, elders, women, antiwar organizers, veterans, members of Black Lives Matter, members of the LGBT community, the physically and mentally disabled, environmentalists and more.
We are fighting against police abuse and for a $15 wage for fast-food and other low-wage workers. We are defending our unions and organizing the unorganized. We are struggling against war, racism, classism, an…

February 20 Solidarity Forum

The Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality will be holding a Public Forum on Saturday, Feb. 20, to promote solidarity among local communities and struggles now under attack.

Please think about joining us - to learn what our sisters and brothers are going through now, and how we can come together in mutual defense.

https://www.facebook.com/events/616893275115539/

This forum represents a major theme for this year's Virginia People's Assembly, scheduled for April 23, 2014.

February Updates and Announcements

MON., FEB. 1 – "TALK TO THE EDITOR" – The Defenders live, monthly, call-in talk radio show with host PHIL WILAYTO, Editor of The Virginia Defender. With this month’s special guest CAROLINA VELEZ, speaking on efforts by the local Latino/a community to defend itself from the threat of federal raids against undocumented immigrants. Plus, get the latest updates on the Shockoe Bottom campaign and other important community news. WCLM 1450 AM and online at:www.wclmradioonline.com Call in at (804) 231-7685.

FRI., FEB. 5 - The first incredible GENERATION DREAM - a moving youth production in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 7 pm, Richmond Public Library's Main Branch, 101 E. Franklin St.. Sponsored by the Richmond Peace Education Center. www.rpec.org

THURS., FEB. 11 - 38th Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. DROP ALL THE SANCTIONS NOW!

MON., FEB. 15 - MARCH FOR OUR RIVERS - Noon, Virginia General Assembly, 201 9th St., Richmond. Sponsored by NO APC. www.facebook.com/events…