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The Decline and Fall of the U.S. Empire

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies In 2004, journalist Ron Susskind quoted a Bush White House advisor, reportedly Karl Rove, as boasting, “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.” He dismissed Susskind’s assumption that public policy must be rooted in “the reality-based community.” “We’re history’s actors,” the advisor told him, “…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” Sixteen years later, the U.S. wars and war crimes launched by the Bush administration have [...]

Murder Incorporated: Book Three-Perfecting Tyranny

MURDER INCORPORATED: Empire/Genocide/Manifest Destiny Book Three: Perfecting Tyranny by Mumia Abu-Jamal and Stephen Vittoria, Foreword by Angela Davis Prison Radio, San Francisco CA, 2020, 420 pp., $20, ISBN  978-7346489-1-1 (softcover) also available as hardcover and e-book (softcover $25 including shipping from Prison Radio, PO Box 411074, SF CA 94141, https://prisonradio.org Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA-People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART) The culminating third volume in the history of US empire and the resistance to it by political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and film-maker Stephen Vittoria is "passionately [...]

Biden Administration Day One Immigration Actions

by National Immigration Law Center https://www.nilc.org/biden-administration-day-one-immigration-actions/ Excerpts   On January 20, 2021, just hours after being sworn in, President Joe Biden took several immigration-related actions that together signal a new era for immigration policy. They comprise an important first step towards redressing some of the ways in which immigrant communities have been profoundly harmed — in particular, over the past four years — and towards the United States becoming more welcoming of immigrants and refugees. These Day One actions are the first of what we will fight [...]

Don’t Let Them Use “Domestic Terrorism” to Criminalize Our People Again

Senator Biden speaks at the signing of the 1994 Biden Crime Bill as Attorney General Janet Reno, President Bill Clinton, and local law enforcement officials look on. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) By Shakeer Rahman, Pete White, and Hamid Khan Joe Biden returning to power in this moment is ominous. As Democrats retake the presidency, Trump devotees have shown they can supplement their harm toward Black and brown people with violent defiance of the political system. Across the mainstream partisan spectrum, their actions are begrudgingly referred to as “domestic [...]

February 2021 Community Calendar

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COVID, Climate & Capital Crisis: Fascism is Built from Above and Below

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles https://antiracist.org/fascism-is-built-from-above-and-below/ Those inclined to heave a sigh of relief and let down our guard about the threat of fascism because of Trump's failed Beer-Hall-Putsch of a coup attempt on January 6, or the "peaceful transition of power" on January 20, or by the eventual tracking and arrests of many of those who broke into the Capitol, or by the prospect that having been impeached a second time, Trump himself may be convicted and prevented from holding further public office, need to [...]

Commemorating the #RadicalKing

by BLMLA Black Lives Matter and Clergy 4 Black Lives celebrate the radical legacy of our beloved ancestor, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His courageous example of sacred resistance, for which he paid the ultimate price, guides us forward in today’s Black freedom struggle. Dr. King’s vision of the Beloved Community compels us to build the conditions of Black flourishing that demand the abolition of white supremacy, anti-Blackness, and racism through nonviolent, direct action. We move in the spirit of radical love that our most powerful [...]

Elaine Budin Presente – August 23rd, 1933 – January 21st, 2021

Elaine Budin was born in Philadelphia. Before coming to Los Angeles, she was active in a union organization in Chicago. She was a kindergarten teacher for 35 years in an inner city school in Los Angeles. She worked closely with Theresa and Blase Bonpane as a volunteer for The Office of The Americas from 1992 to 2010. She has two nieces. Her niece Jeanie Budin Smithers has three sons, Elaine's great nephews; David, Gabriel and Matthew. They considered Elaine their Grandma.     Here are some commemorations of [...]

By |2021-01-30T04:12:56-05:00January 30th, 2021|Activism, Heroes and Whistleblowers, Obituary, Peace, Women|0 Comments

Kiss the Ground: Eco-Optimism on Netflix

Movie Review Optimistic film proposes solutions to climate change by Christine Browning Freedom Socialist newspaper, Vol. 42, No. 1, February-March 2021 www.socialism.com The Kiss the Ground documentary, now screening on Netflix, is a breath of fresh air amongst the constant bad news about climate change. Not only is it highly informative and educational, it also reveals a plausible solution to the global warming crisis. While the film does not recognize capitalism as the culprit that has brought our planet to its perilous state, it does offer a [...]

Venezuela in the Cross-Hairs of the US Empire

Biden Continues Trump Policies Towards Venezuela https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/15100  Excerpts: New Secretary of State Antony Blinken told members of the US Senate that recently inaugurated President Biden will continue to recognize Venezuelan self-proclaimed “Interim President” Juan Guaido as that country’s legitimate leader. Blinken also claimed the Biden administration would look to use unilateral sanctions “more effectively” in its efforts to oust the Maduro government. Former White House Special Envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams told the Miami Herald he expected “no major changes” after meeting incoming foreign policy officials, while [...]

Health Corner: Slow Cooker Golden Chick Pea Soup

Slow Cooker Golden Chickpea Soup by The Kitchn / Kelli Foster https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-slow-cooker-golden-chickpea-soup-253251 Photos by Joe Lingeman As we move through the cold days of the new year, this is the soup you’ll want to keep on repeat in your meal plan. It is wholesome comfort food at its finest, with a taste and texture that’s equal parts hearty, bright, and completely nourishing. Slow cooking mellows the pungent, bitter bite of turmeric, and a dollop of yogurt partnered with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice lend a tangy [...]

By |2021-01-30T04:10:46-05:00January 30th, 2021|Food, Health|0 Comments
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