On Sept. 16, the group Students Against Mass Incarceration (SAMI) held a rally at the flagpole on The Yard in support of Troy Davis, inviting community members and the media to protest the injustice of the impending execution. Not only was the media barred from campus, but [Howard University] PD stated that because the protest [...]
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Stigma, Precarity & the Everyday Life of Outcaste Labor: A lecture by Anupama Rao happens Monday, November 12, at 12 noon. What forms of critical thought and cultural production occur when stigmatized life and the social experience of labor intersect in 20th-century Bombay? In her latest project, Barnard College Associate Professor of History Anupama Rao [...]
Register now for The Forum Project’s 12-week Theatre of the Oppressed course. We are consistently asked to bring back this thoughtful exploration into the theory and application of Theatre of the Oppressed, and we’re excited to be able to offer it again. Register now to assure a spot! Theatre of the Oppressed Course . Facilitators: Alexander [...]
Western imperialism responded to the real threat of Black liberation praxis, which arose in the late 60’s and early 70’s, by employing a classic neo-colonial strategy of isolating Black social unrest from its roots as human insurrection against structural-inert violence and global oppression. These counter-revolutionary measures proved extremely successful in crushing any potentialities for a [...]
A California panel today takes on the issue of Richard Aoki, late Black Panther and Asian American activist, at the center of a controversy amid allegations he was an FBI informant. Information is below. COINTELPRO Attacks & Reclaiming the Legacy Sunday, September 9th 4-6 pm EastSide Cultural Center 2277 International Blvd Oakland with Diane Fujino, [...]
The Nueva Trova Movement is a distinct musical tradition that emerged in Cuba in the early 1960′s heavily influenced by the events surrounding the Cuban Revolution in 1959. One of these singer songwriters is Vicente Feliu who has performed in more than 20 countries in the Americas, Europe and Africa. He has shared the stage [...]
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in 1968 standing with striking sanitation workers in Memphis, TN demanding basic union rights. Yet, still today, workers in North Carolina are denied the basic right to collective bargaining. Charlotte City workers have been forced to work 12 hour days 6 or 7 days a week in preparation [...]
Until we confront all forms of racism, until whites confront their white skin privilege, nothing we do is ever going to be truly revolutionary or even progressive.
Reflecting on Franz Fanon’s contributions.
Some histories of racial anti-statist populism.
Conventional economic wisdom teaches that it is not in the interests of employers to drive wages down to desperation levels, since most consumers are wage earners and consumption demand generates from 66 to 72 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Were employers to drive wages too low they would at the same destroy their customer [...]
The concept of “capital” in this context must be corporate enterprise.
An exploration of culture and development.
Making a systematic effort to expose and denounce such false equalizing is long overdue.
there’s this perpetual meta conversation about what white people should/shouldn’t talk about in debunkingwhite. starting with these basics: 1) get r = p + p. don’t make debunkingwhite rehash this again. 2) get the fact that you have white privilege. 3) stop reacting immediately when called on your white privilege. you will not learn about [...]
The Khmer Rouge have become synonymous with the terror of ‘communism’. Regardless of the context in which someone today makes the case for a different society, Pol Pot and his alleged ‘stone-age communism’ is always invoked as a counter-‘argument’, along with the KGB and the Berlin Wall, Stalin and the Gulag, all of which supposedly [...]
“Wives” were an almost unrecognized entity in the first decade and a half after the revolution. An emancipated woman did not define herself by her status vis-à-vis her husband but by her work and activity outside the home. Educated revolutionary women despised housework and tended to consider the upbringing of children as a community rather [...]
Lenny Foster of the Diné Nation is the Director of the Navajo Nation Corrections Project and the Spiritual Advisor for 1,500 Native American inmates in many state and federal prisons in the Western U.S. He has co-authored legislation in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado that allows Native American spiritual and religious practice in prison and [...]
“Nobody Cared, Nobody Did Anything:” The Normalization of Violence Against Indigenous Women [#Feminist Friday]
In the summer of 2004, while working as a producer for CBC News Sunday, I undertook a road trip to research Traces of Missing Women. My intent was to gather memories of Indigenous women who had been murdered or disappeared and create a video collage of images and words spoken by mothers, daughters, aunties, sisters and other [...]
Louis Proyect writes, “I read this and smile. When I reflect on the deeply evil deeds of the men running the American government during the Vietnam War, anybody being described as “public enemy number one” deserves a badge of honor. Like the young people in Germany who formed the White Rose resistance to Hitler during [...]