It is Friday, and my promise is to only share good, uplifting news on Friday. This is one of the weeks when there is a bounty of good news.
Naturally, my thoughts go first to Greece. Beautiful, inspirational, revolutionary victory of Syriza. Greece – the place to go to *now,* to breath in the air of hope and powerful organizing. As my friend Nicola Cosmi said, “inspiration is good, imagination is better, action is best!” Here’s to action!
Check these links on how #Syriza organized:
(1) ‘Hope begins today’: the inside story of Syriza’s rise to power (The Guardian)
(2) this three-part expose by video journalist Matthew Cassel on AJ+
Then, I think of the retaliatory targeting of an occupying Israeli military convoy in the occupied Sheba’a Farms by Hezbollah on the 28th of January. A well-organized, well-executed, and empowering move. بيان رقم واحد (which I discussed here, on a debate on Press TV)
“What happened today in the Shebaa Farms is that a resistance faction has accumulated the strength and experience to retaliate proportionally against an occupier’s aggression. An eye for an eye, of sorts.
Then, there is this fighting-back spirit by the consistent and amazing Steven Salaita. Yesterday, he filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Chicago against University of Illinois officials and several university donors over the decision by administrators last August to revoke his appointment.
According to the Electronic Intifada:
The lawsuit alleges a wide range of illegal conduct before and after university officials named in the suit “suddenly and summarily dismissed” Salaita from “a tenured faculty position” for “voicing his views.”
Salaita is seeking reinstatement and unspecified monetary damages and other relief for violations of his constitutional rights, breach of contract, wrongful interference with contractual relations and “intentional infliction of emotional distress.”
“My primary motivation in bringing this suit is to join my colleagues in the American Indian Studies program and begin teaching,” Salaita said in a media conference call with his lawyers shortly after the suit was filed.
“I do not want [the university’s] illegal actions to become the norm in US universities,” Salaita added.
The Intercept has a more direct headline: Professor Fired for Criticizing Israel Files Lawsuit Against University of Illinois, and the staff at Common Dreams hit it even more directly in their coverage of this news story: ‘Uncivil’: Professor Sues University For Free Speech Rights. ‘There is neither a ‘civility’ exception nor a ‘Palestine’ exception to the First Amendment,’ says attorney
And that’s only a quick look of the power of organization, persistence, and resilience! The fighting spirit lives on.
Your turn. What is your inspirational story from this week?