Ten SOA Watch delegates just returned from a week long visit to the border between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, from February 12-19, organized in conjunction with Project Puente. Delegates visited with human rights organizations, farm-workers, students, women’s groups, parents of the disappeared and immigration activists on both sides of the border to understand more about [...]
Archive for February, 2012
Men, Feminism, Race, Movements and the Cult of Hugo Schwyzer: The F Word Interview with Ernesto Aguilar
Hugo Schwyzer, a Pasadena City College (Calif.) instructor promoted in some circles for his work related to gender, has been at the center of an online controversy since December when he disclosed an attempt to kill an ex-girlfriend. The Atlantic recently covered the story, for those not familiar with Schwyzer or the incident in question. The [...]
This is a flash transcript of the F Word interview by Meghan Murphy with Shira Tarrant, conducted Feb. 27, 2012. This transcript reflects the broadcast version [MP3] of the interview aired on Vancouver Co-op Radio. A longer form interview was distributed via the F Word podcast. Referenced in: Men, Feminism, Race, Movements and the Cult of [...]
“When the prison doors are opened, the real dragon will fly out.” –Ho Chi Minh The Internationalist Prison Books Collective (IPBC) puts together a poster every month with information about political prisoners (PPs) and prisoners of war (POWs) incarcerated in the United States, along with their addresses whose birthdays are that month. In April last year [...]
In October of 2007, mounting contention over the Central American Free Trade Agreement in Costa Rica culminated in a historic referendum, pitting the decentralized, grassroots movement of the “No” against a “SÍ” campaign supported by big businesses together with the Costa Rican and US governments. On Tuesday, February 28th, 7 p.m. (Room 5414, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth [...]
Michael Parenti speaking about the U.S. political scene, the Occupy movement and the struggle against corporate capitalism.
I recently moved to the Central District in Seattle. From talking to people, it seems like the CD is where people my age move to if they can’t afford Capitol Hill. I am getting to know my neighborhood. Assessing safe paths to walk at night, figuring out my favorite Ethiopian restaurant, (I have counted at [...]
On the night of January 18, 1958, the Ku Klux Klan, which the previous week had held cross-burnings on the lawns of a mixed-race couple and of a Lumbee Indian family who had moved into a white neighborhood, tried to hold a rally against race “mongrelization” in Robeson County, North Carolina. But when the fifty [...]
Most feminist studies of post-1979 Iran focus on the legal setbacks that women encountered and their collective strategies for regaining the formal grounds they lost with the establishment of an Islamic Republic in Iran. Iranian women’s studies should not, however, only examine social movements and elite political action in its effort to decipher the post-revolutionary [...]
Soni Sori is an adivasi schoolteacher from the state of Chhattisgarh in India. On October 2011, she was arrested by the state police under several false charges. During police custody, she was beaten, tortured and sexually assaulted. As of the writing of this post, she remains in prison with no court date set for her [...]
The “internecine ultra-left argument of the moment,” says the Wall Street Journal, is the debate over the “black bloc.” And if this debate has led the WSJ to talk about “ultra-leftism,” it’s clearly a debate we have to address. In a report called “Activists and Anarchists Speak for Themselves at Occupy Oakland,” Susie Cagle reminds us that the recent major [...]
Ally (verb): 1) to unite or form a connection or relation between, 2) to form or enter into an alliance with (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). In the realm of social justice work, an ally is generally understood to be a person who takes these actions in relation to a group or groups who have been, and continue [...]
The All Peoples Revolutionary Front hosted The Co-Optation of Hip Hop at Lincoln High School’s Black Box Theater. Charlie Rock: “Right now i think that hip hop is in a dark place… This is how the media and the capitalism of consumers treat the dancers. Watch music videos. When you see dancers in these videos. [...]
“If my protagonist were wealthy and/or white, would it make it easier to swallow that she struggles…”
‘We Don’t Have Anything to Call Our Own Yet’: Jeremy Lin and Narratives of Achievement Among People of Color
The recent surge of media coverage on New York Knicks overnight sensation Jeremy Lin has been an almost Cinderella story (replacing pretty-white-poor-female, with handsome-skilled-Asian-men’s basketball player). And though his success on the court is undoubtedly due to his athletic abilities, the narrative painted for him on the sidelines (and beyond) has brought to light the [...]
A fascinating and at times critical history of Black liberation and the Communist International.
Looking at philosophy and Critical Race Theory.
This article is a response to Michael Dawson as part of The Future of Black Politics, a forum on the potential of black liberation movements. It is posted here to stimulate conversation. Michael Dawson is right: we sorely need a national black progressive movement armed with imagination, energy, and an unswerving critique of racism, sexism, class [...]
A POCO contributor has produced the following video. She writes, “In our safe spaces, we have every right to feel welcomed and not tokenized, harassed or ignored. We ask for you to listen to us when we speak about racism because we are being effected by it daily. This video is a compilation of things [...]
Rape of women of color is not just motivated by sex and power, but it is also racially motivated.