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LEE BOOTH 1932-2016: A woman warrior and internationalist

first_imgBy Debbie Johnson and Cheryl LaBashDetroitLee Booth, March 14, 2009, Detroit International Working Women’s celebration.The Detroit branch of Workers World Party — and the whole party — recently lost comrade Lee Booth of Ypsilanti, Mich., whose spirit of commitment was exemplified by her 65-year relationship with Phil Booth, her surviving life ­partner. She died on Sept. 15 at the age of 84.Lee and Phil together attended demonstrations and meetings for decades supporting Palestine and Cuba and opposing the war in Iraq and other imperialist wars. During that period, Lee also traveled to both Iraq and Cuba in defiance of the imperialist sanctions against those countries.Lee was an eloquent, staunch and firm anti-racist and anti-Zionist. Whenever Zionist speakers appeared at the University of Michigan, she participated in demonstrations against them.The lead poisoning of thousands of Flint, Mich., residents was the most recent cause that brought Lee out to protest, even after she sustained a stroke. She demonstrated outside the home of Rick Snyder, the racist Michigan governor who was responsible for the Flint ­catastrophe.Content to be in the ranks, Lee’s leadership qualities and understanding of the class struggle were plain to see whenever she joined the struggle that was most important at the moment. She brought wisdom, understanding, determination and sensitivity to every activity in which she participated.The Detroit branch presented Lee with the Warrior Woman award in 2013 in appreciation for her commitment to WWP and the struggle against capitalism and imperialism.Lee and Phil contributed for more than 30 years to the national Workers World Supporter Program to help publish this newspaper and regularly made financial contributions to the Detroit branch of WWP. They attended meetings there, although they had to travel for an hour to get to the office.Lee Booth is an example of what it means to be a comrade — and what it is to join in the fight to build a Workers World. Lee Booth, ¡Presente!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Two Nicaraguan journalists held on terrorism charges

first_img Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage December 24, 2018 Two Nicaraguan journalists held on terrorism charges News News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Nicaraguan authorities to stop hounding independent media outlets and immediately free two journalists held on “terrorism” and “conspiracy” charges – Miguel Mora, the owner and director of the 24-hour TV news channel 100% Noticias, and Lucía Pineda Ubau, its news director. AFP July 29, 2020 Find out more News Organisation Gruesome death threats against Nicaraguan exile journalist Mora and Pineda, who are also accused of “inciting hatred” of the national police, were arrested on the evening of 21 December after around 40 riot police stormed into the TV channel’s premises.A few hours after their arrest, the national telecommunications regulator, TELCOR, instructed all Nicaraguan cable TV providers to turn off the signal of 100% Noticias, one of the leading sources of coverage of the political crisis in Nicaragua that was triggered by the start of anti-government protests in April.Mora’s wife, Verónica Chávez, who is one of the channel’s journalists, was also arrested but was later released. Mora and Chávez had been the targets of police harassment and death threats for several weeks prior to the arrests, which are the latest episode in a major government offensive against human rights groups, opposition activists and independent media outlets.Last week, riot police targeted the news website Confidencial, raiding and ransacking its offices and then taking up position outside.“The increasingly authoritarian crackdown by President Daniel Ortega’s government is extremely disturbing,” RSF’s Latin America bureau said. “Covering opposition political activity cannot, under any circumstances, be regarded as a terrorist activity. Miguel Mora and Lucía Pineda do not belong in prison. The charges against them are completely absurd and baseless. They must be freed without delay.”Last week, RSF asked United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres to intercede as quickly as possible with President Ortega with the aim of restoring respect for press freedom in Nicaragua and ending the escalation in censorship and attacks on independent media outlets that began last month.Nicaragua is ranked 90th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. center_img RSF_en News RSF and PEN urge Nicaraguan legislators to reject “foreign agents” bill Follow the news on Nicaragua September 29, 2020 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information NicaraguaAmericas Freedom of expressionViolence June 29, 2020 Find out more NicaraguaAmericas Freedom of expressionViolence last_img read more