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SF Rally and March in Support of Egyptian Democracy Movement
by Michael Steinberg (blackrainpress [at]
Saturday Jan 29th, 2011 4:25 PM
People from around the Bay Area and across the seas rallied in San Francisco in support of the Egyptian uprising and movement for democracy.
San Francisco, January 29—Bay Area residents from near and far rallied and marched today in support of the Egyptian Freedom Movement. The rally started at noon at Montgomery and Market, followed by a march up Market to UN Plaza. Another rally followed at the Simon Bolilvar statue there.

What follows is a sampling of the signs, chants and speeches that made up today’s high spirited action.

Hey Hey Ho Ho Mubarak’s Got To Go

2 Down 2 To Go

Over the past three days Egypt has gone through a tremendous amount of change. Over the past few days the Egyptian people have risen up and said enough is enough is enough.

The US has been sponsoring the dictator for 30 years. The US is an accomplice, a sponsor for this dictator.

Revolution Until Change, in the red, yellow and white colors of the Egyptian flag.

President Obama said when he was in Cairo that he supports democratic movements. This is your time.

1 2 3 4 Kick Mubarak Out the Door
1 2 3 4 Kick the Tyrant Out the Door

Now is the moment. It’s now or never.

Yesterday Mubarak dismissed his cabinet only to appoint another US puppet.

We are living a historic moment now. People are in the streets of the Middle East in solidarity with the people of Egypt.

Revolution starts in the streets, and we will support it until the people of Egypt get all their rights.

The media is talking about looters. What about the greedy looting of US corporations of Middle Eastern oil?

What is wrong with using the word democracy for the Middle East?

True Democracy Or Nothing

Some of Mubarak’s family is already in London. Soon he’ll be looking for real estate in Saudi Arabia.

We need to be ever vigilant. The US and Israel are making plans for the perpetuation of the regime in Egypt.

Obama and Clinton call for peaceful protest. The hypocrisy of this was in a picture of a woman in Cairo holding an empty tear gas canister reading “Made In USA.”

Oh Mubarak Can’t You See You Should Join Ben Ali.

80.000 [in red] NO [in black] on a white background

Reconnect Egypt To the Internet

A poster: on the left side are pictures of US presidents 40-44: Raygun, Bush I, Bubba, W, Big O. On the right side are pictures of Mubarak aging next to them.

The people’s uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt are literally weeks before the anniversary of the rising of the Filipino people that threw out the dictator Marcos.

My Taxes Paid For Bullets That Kill My People

They stood up, young and old, rich and poor, Muslim and Christian, across the political spectrum, to declare that Mubarak is illegitimate and has to go.

This is the kind of solidarity we’re going to have to have here to overthrow the regime in the US that is just as dictatorial as Mubarak’s.

I talked to my father this morning. He said that Mubarak has opened the prisons and they are attacking the people. He said people are out in front of their apartment building with knives and sticks defending themselves.

People are out in the streets risking their lives. We are no long passive.

It’s the same thing here in the streets where kids are getting shot by people in uniforms who are occupying our neighborhoods. We gotta stop that and that’s what they’re doing in Egypt.

We are here to tell the Egyptian people that we hear you. We see the crimes of the US government. They support every evil dictator across the world. President Obama, you’re standing on the wrong side of history. If you side with Mubarak, you will be disgraced. You will be seen as a fool, a chump.

Young people are teaching us how to use the social media to organize the movement.

When the young people join the movement, the show is over.

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by Workers of the World Unite
Saturday Jan 29th, 2011 11:18 PM
From now on, we need these kinds of signs:
Hitler Rose and Hitler Fell
Obama and Mubarak
Go to Hell

From Egypt to the USA
Workers of the World Unite
We Have Nothing to Lose But Our Chains
We Have A World to Win

US Oil Imperialism Has to Go

They Are The Same
For War and Fascism
And Always Anti-Labor

Now is the time for workers' revolution
From Egypt to the USA
And All Around the World
by Poverty to Revolution
Sunday Jan 30th, 2011 12:06 AM
From Time Almanac 2011 on Egypt:
Population is almost 83 million, one of the large countries of the world.
33% are under age 15
61% are under age 30
Such a large youth population is a sign of poverty
Life expectancy 71 for men and 74 for women.
Infant mortality per 1,000 is 16. (US is 6.5)
Birth rate: 25 per 1,000, Death rate 6.3 per 1,000.
Major Cities: Cairo 6 million people, 11.8 million in Cairo metro area; Alexandria 4 million, Al-Jizah 2.8 million, Shubra al-Khaymah 1 million, Port Said 571,000.
43% urban.
41% over age 10 have no formal schooling.
Over age 15: 56% are literate: 67% men literate; 44% women literate. THIS IS A SIGN OF MASSIVE POVERTY.
Population: 51% male, 48% female (a sign of either aborting female fetuses or killing of female babies as the natural order is the opposite. In poor societies, men are favored).
4% of the population is undernourished.
Agriculture: Sugar cane, tomatoes, wheat, dates, cotton, figs, sheep, cattle, buffalo, camels, fish.
Mining: gypsum, iron ore, phosphate, salt, kaolin.
Manufacturing: chemicals, food, textiles.
Exports: Oil, gas, food, iron and steel
Imports: wheat, machinery, mineral fuels, chemical products, iron and steel.
by Konsider
Monday Jan 31st, 2011 2:15 AM
With the current tragectory Egypt is on, Mubarak is likely on his way out, which is a definitely a good thing. How the Obama administration is going to respond is unknown, at least in some respects, but allowing freedom is certainly not an option. If someone replaces Mubarak, there's still going to be a puppet: the fact that the US has backed Mubarak for more then 30 years is testament to that fact. But now what's going to happen in Egypt doesn't, necessarily, mean the US is going to determine it. More then just the removal of Mubarak, but removal of their present, elite, colonial structure is required for Egypt actually becoming free.