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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Bolivia: Defending Against a Racist, Fascist Coup

Defending our Dignity Amidst a Racist and Fascist Coup d’etat Interview with Adriana Guzman by Hector Bernardo httpss://www.resumen-english.org/2019/11/defending-our-dignity-amidst-a-racist-and-fascist-coup-detat/ In the face of the terrible situation underway in Bolivia since the coup d’etat against President Evo Morales, Contexto interviewed Adriana Guzman, member of Bolivia’s Feminist Anti-patriarchal Movement. Guzman analyzed the characteristics of the coup, explained which groups are really behind the self-proclaimed “president” Jeanine Añez, and she ensured us that the native people resistance “is not over with Evo, this struggle aims at defending our dignity amidst a [...]

Walking On Stolen Land

2019 Thanksgiving statement by Leonard Peltier   The year of 2019 is coming to a close and with it, comes the day most Americans set aside as a day for Thanksgiving. As I let my mind wander beyond the steel bars and concrete walls, I try to imagine what the people who live outside the prison gates are doing, and what they are thinking. Do they ever think of the Indigenous people who were forced from their homelands? Do they understand that with every step they take, [...]

L.A. Area Movement Groups on actlocal Website

On-Line Movement Resource Guide and Directory: httpss://www.actlocal.network/directory/results?q=Los+Angeles+CA [Excerpts] #SeeMe Movement https://www.time2seeme.org In the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, we need to address the Issue of Ageism: Welcome to #SeeMeWomen AF3IRM Los Angeles https://www.af3irm.org LA Chapter of AF3IRM, an anti-imperialist, transnational feminist WOC organization. AIDS Project Los Angeles https://www.apla.org AIDS Project Los Angeles is dedicated to:-improving the lives of people affected by HIV disease Alliance for Community Transit Los Angeles (ACT LA) https://www.allianceforcommunitytransit.org The Alliance for Community Transit - Los Angeles strives to create community transit – just, [...]

Re-Kindling Xicanismo

Re-Kindling the Fire of Chicanismo: The Imperative for Xican@ Liberation Encuentros by Kristian Emiliano Vasquez httpss://xicanatiahui.weebly.com/blog/re-kindling-the-fire-of-chicanismo-the-imperative-for-xican-liberation-encuentros ? 527 years of Indigenous resistance in las Américas against the globalizing world-system of capitalism, modernity, and the West (as a project) is an ongoing struggle that appears to also have a global impact. From Mauna Kea, to Puerto Rico, to Haiti, to Oakflat, to Guerrero, to the Amazon, and to El Salvador; to Hong Kong, to France, and to Kashmir; the world over has responded to these crises created out [...]

15th Many Winters Gathering Of Elders Oct 10-13, San Pedro

The Many Winters Gathering Of Elders (MWGOE) Committee, in partnership with Angels Gate Cultural Center (AGCC), is excited to announce the 15th MWGOE at AGCC on October 10th – 13th. Located on traditional Tongva territories, the MWGOE plays a vital role in the LA Native community's healing, with the participation and support of the original peoples of the land. The Gathering will host and welcome Indigenous elders from across Turtle Island to share oral traditions, teachings, and medicine. Over the course of four days, speakers gather and [...]

Beyond the Green New Deal: Eco-Socialism & De-Colonization

Beyond the Green New Deal -- Eco-Socialism & Decolonization by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles/People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART) Environmental catastrophes in southern Africa and in the US mid-west underscore the fact that life-threatening damage from capitalist-induced climate change is happening already. Hundreds died as a result of the cyclone in Mozambique and elsewhere, where the resultant flooding has caused an "inland sea". Record flooding in Nebraska and elsewhere has caused multi-million-dollars of destruction, and more flooding is anticipated. Native communities in South Dakota have been particularly [...]

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