Poetry Corner: Black and Brown Fight Tonight

"Black and Brown Fight Tonight" By David A. Romero [Excerpt]   Black African-American By way of West Africa Transatlantic slave trade From American plantations To the first private prison From the prisons to the fields Fields to the factories Factories to unemployment Unemployment to poverty The inner city Smoldering Almost no way out But Sports Conditioning Fists Flying. "Black and Brown Fight Tonight" is included in My Name Is Romero, a book of poetry by David A. Romero, published by FlowerSong Press of McAllen, TX. My Name [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

100,000 People Killed by COVID-19 in the US

Don't Mourn, Organize! by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. The command to devote ourselves to getting organized in the face of death and repression rather than spending time in lamentation,  was attributed to Joe Hill in a farewell letter while facing execution, Mother Jones, discussing others rather than herself, said "Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living." Either way, it has never been more pertinent than today, in the face of the mass murder at the hands of the settler colonial-capitalist system in the US [...]

Solidarity Forever: Social Cohesion as the Antidote to Social Distancing

Social Cohesion and Social Solidarity as the Antidote to Social Distancing by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles I think we should try to rename "Social Distancing." People in the U.S. are already far too socially distanced from each other, driving in our steel cocoons, riding the buses and trains in unreceptive, unresponsive isolation, each glued to our own screen, ears filled with our own soundtrack. Let's call it socially responsible distancing, adopting it as a sacrifice, and thereby acknowledging our social connection to, interaction with, and responsibility [...]

Tricontinental: In Light of Global Pandemic, Focus on the People

In Light of the Global Pandemic, Focus Attention on the People MARCH 21, 2020 International Assembly of the Peoples and Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. httpss://www.thetricontinental.org/declaration-covid19/ SARS-CoV-2 or COVID19, now declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation, has begun to wreak havoc in large parts of the world, with other parts waiting in anticipation. We are in a real struggle, which needs total mobilization; a struggle that needs to put life before profit. We will only win this struggle – as China has already done [...]

Zapatista Women’s International Gathering & Declaration

ZAPATISTA WOMEN CALL TO CONQUER THE RIGHT TO LIFE IN FRONT OF 5,000 FEMINISTS From the correspondents Ejido Morelia, Altamirano, Chiapas “The right to life and all the rights we deserve and need, will not be given to us by anyone, nor by the capitalist system through the many laws and promises that it makes, but rather we must conquer them all the time and in all places,” the women members of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) affirmed this Friday upon [...]

US Census = Paper Genocide

US Census = Paper Genocide by Erik Peterson Almost all of the full blood and mixed blood indigenous peoples of the Americas were erased on the US census from 1790 to 1840; first reclassified as: free white, all other free people, and slaves; and second as "white, black or mulatto."  In 1860 the census only had three classifications: white, black or mulatto; Native people were erased. (Later the native people were classified as Hispanic-Latino).      This census paper genocide erased the indigenous people by the millions. How [...]

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 [...]

What’s at Stake in West Papua

What’s at stake in West Papua httpss://www.newsroom.co.nz/@ideasroom/2019/12/31/965329/whats-at-stake-in-west-papua by Dr. Mark Busse  & Sophie Faber   West Papua has been in the media more than usual over the last six months, with stories about indigenous protests against racism and repression, demands for independence, brutal Indonesian police and military crackdowns, and the banning of foreign journalists.   And yet, many people know little about West Papua, a territory larger than Germany with a population of 3.5 million. In this article, we provide a brief introduction to West Papua, focusing [...]

Zapatista Meeting of Women Who Fight Starts in Chiapas

Mexico: Zapatista Meeting of Women Who Fight Starts in Chiapas Around 3,200 women from all over the world are gathered in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico, to participate in the “Second International Meeting of Women who Fight,” which has been convened by the Indigenous political group Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). Women from countries such as Argentina, Germany, Peru, Spain, and the United States are gathered at “The Footprints of Commander Ramona” venue where about 200 women who are former guerrilla fighters entered the site dressed [...]

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