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Michael Prysner (born June 15, 1983) is an American political activist. He is the co-founder of March Forward!, an organization of active-duty members of the US military and veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who encourages current active-duty service personnel to resist deployment.
Prysner is a US Army veteran who served in Iraq. His rank was corporal. According to Prysner, his duties in Iraq included ground surveillance, home raids and the interrogation of prisoners, and these experiences led him to take a radical anti-war stand.
In 2008, Prysner ran a write-in campaign for the US House of Representatives for Florida's 22nd congressional district (Boca Raton).
He is a member of Party for Socialism and Liberation. He is also a member of A.N.S.W.E.R..
In November 2011, Prysner was arrested in Occupy Los Angeles. He was released after posting bail.
Prysner is also a producer and co-writer for the program The Empire Files, with Abby Martin.
He performed the rap "Skit 6" on the album Soundtrack to the Struggle.
Reporter Ernesto Arce
June 3 at 8:17pm ·
Prysner told the standing room only crowd at a room in the First Unitarian Church on 8th street that Venezuela's 1 percenter elites are angry that they've lost full control of the country and its economics over the last two decades. While covering protests independently - although sympathetic of the government of Nicolas Maduro - he says waves of violent, anti-government protesters surrounded them. They claimed affiliation with a U.S. cable network so as not to rile the crowd.
"I have no doubt," said Prysner. "Had they known we were from TeleSur, they would have attacked and most likely killed us there on the spot."
Freddy Bernal is the ex-mayor (2004–2008) of the Libertador Municipality in Caracas, Venezuela and a member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).
The BBC described Bernal as President Hugo Chavez's "most trusted mayor in Caracas", adding that the "opposition regard him as ultra-revolutionary". Bernal was also a leader of the Bolivarian Circles.
originally posted by: Painterz
Closed/raised fist isn't necessarily a socialist or communist thing though is it? I thought it was just a general symbol of resistance to authority?
Iconography based around the fist can regularly be seen in early propaganda by labour organisations, such as a famous 1917 propaganda cartoon by the Industrial Workers of the World, a revolutionary US trade union.
But it was the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39, when the Popular Front or anti-fascist salute was used as a greeting by Republican forces fighting Franco's Nationalists, which truly popularised it.
Though the Spanish Republicans were defeated, their salutation was adopted by left-wingers and opponents of fascism in Europe. To this day the clenched fist holding a rose remains the logo of the Socialist International, to which the UK Labour party is affiliated, as well as a number of European socialist parties including those in France and Spain.
Image caption Socialists, such as Tommy Sheridan, have used it for a long time
In turn, it was incorporated into the symbolism of a range of radical groups. These included the feminist movement, whose image of a fist inside the female gender symbol was popularised during protests against the Miss America Beauty pageant.
In sum the communist probably have murdered something like 110,000,000, or near two-thirds of all those killed by all governments, quasi-governments, and guerrillas from 1900 to 1987. Of course, the world total itself it shocking. It is several times the 38,000,000 battle-dead that have been killed in all this century's international and domestic wars. Yet the probable number of murders by the Soviet Union alone--one communist country-- well surpasses this cost of war. And those murders of communist China almost equal it.