For the older big cities in North America, public transit is critical to their daily functioning. Organizing among workers and riders on public transit has a strategic importance. Buses, light rail cars and subway trains attract a diverse working class ridership. Workers in small factories, department stores, hospitals, and restaurants are thrown together on the [...]
Archive for May, 2011
In his famous 1963 speech to the March on Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr., explicitly embraced “the marvelous new militancy” of the anti-racist struggle of those years. Praising its sensitivity to what he called “the fierce urgency of Now,” he went on to contrast this militancy favorably with “the tranquillizing drug of gradualism” that continued [...]
On the morning of Friday, May 6th, President Mauricio Funes of El Salvador’s left-wing FMLN party arrived at the La Maroma agricultural cooperative in the department of Usulután for a potentially historic meeting with hundreds of small family farmers. Usulután has often been referred to as the country’s breadbasket for its fertile soil and capacity [...]
This summer (early June to late August), Knowing the Land is Resistance (KLR) Collective will be doing some traveling, to explore wild spaces throughout the Southern Ontario region and to connect with the people who love them. Over the past couple of years we’ve been giving workshops and working to deepen our knowledge of the [...]
On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, the United States Department of State unilaterally imposed sanctions against Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), for its alleged relations with the government of Iran. The sanctions are a desperate and weak attempt to link Venezuela to Iran’s nuclear energy program as part of an ongoing campaign [...]
This excerpt from A Power Sun, a Field Up Productions docu-drama on Black Panther Party members and political imprisonment, was submitted April 19, 2011, for the “Black Political Imprisonment, Here and Now!” April 23, 2011 Symposium. Click the link above to view.
Turning the Camera: Why Are Cops Allowed to Film Citizens, But Citizens Not Allowed to Film Police Brutality?
What’s good for the police apparently isn’t good for the people — or so the law enforcement community would have us believe when it comes to surveillance. That’s a concise summary of a new trend noted by National Public Radio last week — the trend whereby law enforcement officials have been trying to prevent civilians [...]
At about 6:00pm Sunday, May 22nd, Six Nations youth and supporters reclaimed the old Police Station in “Ohsweken” (on the Six Nations Grand River Territory in Ontario) following a march which demanded immediate action on what has been a 20 years+ struggle with Band Council for a youth-led, youth-directed centre for Six Nations youth to [...]
After an appearance at a recent poetry event at the White House, the rap artist known as Common was called out by Republican strategist Karl Rove as a misogynist and thug. This was a broad and mean-spirited swipe against a Black president and the Black community in general. Republicans have been doing everything in their [...]
Education is a Right: Dignity in Schools LA Car March Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Dignity in Schools LA includes ACLU of Southern California, CADRE, Children’s Defense Fund, Community Rights Campaign/Labor Community Strategy Center, Public Counsel, and the Youth Justice Coalition. What We Need for L.A. Schools: 1. School Police Reform 2. College Prep Not Prison [...]
Much love to the Crunk Feminist Collective, which offered thoughts on SlutWalk, white privilege and critiques of same. An excerpt:
There is no doubt about it. The wind that has electrified the Arab world in recent months, the spirit of the repeated protests in Greece, the student struggles in Britain and Italy, the mobilizations against Sarkozy in France . . . has come to Spain. These are not days of “business as usual.” The comfortable [...]
Whatever one’s point of view, it is difficult to deny that the referendum held in January 2011 on South Sudan — unity or independence — was a historic moment. Self-determination marks the founding of a new political order. Nationalists may try to convince us that the outcome of the referendum, independence, is the natural destiny [...]
Following up on the SlutWalk language conversation earlier this week… [youtube wD-UpHlB9no]
This is a letter brother Mike Africa wrote to Dr. Joy James and all the participants at the April 23, 2011 symposium at UT Austin. In this letter, Mike gives insight into his definition of a political prisoner.
The SWAT Team of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and members of the FBI raided the home of Chicano activist Carlos Montes.
Today, May 19, marks the birthdays of Ho Chi Minh (1890), Yuri Kochiyama (1921), Malcolm X (1925) and Lorraine Hansberry (1930) as well as the passing dates for Jose Marti (1895) and CLR James (1989). Please remember those who gave much for us.
The Georgia state motto is “Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation.” It should now be “Ignorance, Injustice, and Extremism” after Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 87, an Arizona-style anti-immigration bill that will empower the police to investigate the immigration status of “suspects.” The measure also sets new hiring requirements for employers and penalizes people who transport [...]
This piece was originally posted on Rabble.ca here http://rabble.ca/news/2011/05/slutwalk-march-or-not-march “When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” — Audre Lorde Since April, when thousands marched in a Slutwalk in Toronto in response to a [...]