Book Review: Mowing Leaves of Grass

Mowing Leaves of Grass by Matt Sedillo FlowerSong Books, McAllen, TX, 2019 ISBN 9781733809290 www.flowersongbooks.com https://www.mattsedillo.com/ reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A.   If you haven't heard or seen Matt in person, you may not be able to hear the staccato machine gun cadence of his spit fire delivery leaping off the pages of this book of his recent poetry. Here's an example on-line: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQUAxBr1Kco of Matt presenting his poem "The Devil," which is on pages 18-22 of the book. Definitely check it out before you [...]

Delbert Africa: Revolutionary

Delbert Africa Revolutionary! By Mumia Abu-Jamal (c) 06/19/20   He was born under the name Delbert Orr, but is known in the world as Delbert Africa, a prominent member of the MOVE Organization. In the 70s in Philadelphia he was perhaps its best known and most frequently cited member. With more years than most, he was adept at using the media to spread information and promote MOVE purposes. His country accent around Chicago and his ingenious puns made his remarks interesting and gave them journalistic value. I [...]

The Power of the People is the Force of Life

The Power of the People is the Force of Life by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA/People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART) I was sent the following link to a piece worth reading by Henry Giroux: A searing and penetrating essay by Henry Giroux: https://truthout.org/articles/racist-violence-cant-be-separated-from-the-violence-of-neoliberal-capitalism/ Giroux is a powerful critic of fascist trends based on white supremacy and capitalism. But I don't know exactly why he often has a failure of nerve, or of something, when he draws towards solutions. For example in this piece, after the searing indictment, he [...]

The Coronavirus Pandemic, Capitalism, and Nation-States

The Coronavirus Pandemic, Capitalism, and Nation-States by Saladdin Ahmed http://social-ecology.org/wp/2020/04/the-pandemic-capitalism-and-nation-states/   I. State officials habitually analogize the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to a war. In addition to the typical deficiency of imagination of policy makers, the analogy exposes something characteristic of nation states, namely, their antagonistic origin and aggressive nature. The irony is that precisely because this is not a war but the very opposite of a war, governments across the world have dumfounded themselves. If it were a war, nation-states would know exactly what to do. Historically, [...]

US Fabricates Pretext for Sanctions on Cuba, Venezuela

Heraldo Cubano: Estados Unidos y su poca imaginación. Por Arthur González (English translation follows below) Los yanquis han inventado tantas mentiras contra la Revolución cubana desde 1959, que ya no tienen imaginación creativa para construir otras falsedades para acusar a Cuba. Desde asesinatos, torturas, falsas leyes para privar a los padres de la patria potestad de sus hijos, inventadas violaciones de los derechos humanos, fabricación de opositores que resultaron ser aprovechados del dinero que les asignan para sus provocaciones y al final solo buscan las vías para [...]

Sanctions Kill at All Times – End the Sanctions on Iran, Venezuela

Why Sanctions During a Pandemic are Cruel by Vijay Prashad – Paolo Estrada - March 18, 2020 Swiftly moves the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), dashing across continents, skipping over oceans, terrifying populations in every country. The numbers of those infected rises, as do the numbers of those who have died. Hands are being washed, tests are being done, and social distance has become a new phrase. It is unclear how devastating this pandemic will be. In the midst of a pandemic, one would expect that all countries would collaborate [...]

Letter to the Editor: Don’t Ostracize and Stigmatize All Cops

Letter to the Editor: Don't Ostracize and Stigmatize All Cops As "Bastards" 02-23-2020 I am writing in response to Imani Beckett’s article, “Why all Cops Are In Fact Bastards,” in the February, 2020 edition of Change Links. Throughout human history virtually all major systems of power inherently draw to them those who seek to impose their strength over others.  The fact that these systems often oppress others is particularly disdainful, because it is an abuse of that power against those less powerful who are in turn exploited. [...]

Earth Day 2020: Planet on the Brink

Earth Day 2020: Planet on the Brink by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. April 22, 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the original "Earth Day" in 1970. It is a sad commentary that 50 years on, the earth system, and the lives of hundreds of millions of people, particularly people in the global South, people of  color, and poor and working people generally, are at greater risk and in greater peril than ever before in human history. Gains in environmental regulation to insure safe water, air [...]

Poetry Corner: Still Standin’ on the Land

Still Standin' on the Land by Tashunka Raven   There is a river, call it Pit River with celebrations, at great Mount Shasta's eastern foothills; Home of the legitimate Pit River Nation, who've done justice to Captain Jack's heroic will. They've survived the "Pit River Rangers" and "Buckskin Men", PGE and the massacre at Soldier Mountain, They're still standin' on the land at Big Bend, and drinking from Raymond Lego's model fountain; Join hands like we did at Puget Sound and sacred Blue Lake, and the vic'try [...]

Narrow Impeachment Focus Shows the Problem is Not Just Trump

Op-Ed: Narrow Impeachment Focus Shows Problem Is Not Just Trump by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-L.A.   The impeachment inquiry in the augmented House Intelligence Committee has focused its attention exclusively on Trump's attempt to coerce or convince the Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden and his family, in particular by holding up military aid Congress had authorized. It may be that there will a broader focus once the panel submits its report to the House Judiciary Committee, which would draw up Articles of Impeachment (and [...]

Fight for Community Control of Police Goes National

A (Re)Born National “Black and Left-Led” Organization Fights for Community Control of Police Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report executive editor 28 Nov 2019 httpss://www.blackagendareport.com/reborn-national-black-and-left-led-organization-fights-community-control-police   On the momentum of Chicago’s vibrant anti-police movement – the most advanced in the nation – the city’s Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression has gone national after a highly successful conference.   “This movement will be ‘black-led and left-led.’”   Eight-hundred organizers from 28 states gathered last weekend at the Chicago’s teachers union hall to “re-found” the National Alliance Against Racist [...]

Echoes of Fascism: “The Terror of the Unforeseen”

Echoes of Fascism The Terror of the Unforeseen by Henry Giroux, reviewed by Stephen Rohde Reprinted with permission from the Los Angeles Review of Books Nine years before the Civil War, the former enslaved person, and ardent abolitionist, Frederick Douglass condemned a nation for stubbornly clinging to the abomination of slavery in his blistering speech What to the Slave Is Your Fourth of July. “We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must [...]