Unsung Memorial Day Hero: Smedley Butler

A Likely MIA Name over Memorial Day Weekend Smedley Darlington Butler. It is a name you’re not likely to hear mentioned this Memorial Day Weekend. Who is he? A four-star USMC General who served 33-plus years in the US Marine Corps, won two Congressional Medals of Honor and is, at least arguably, the most beloved Marine of all time. Why won’t you hear his name? Butler became outspoken and politicized the moment [...]

Letter from the Zapatista Women to the Women in Struggle Around the World

Letter from the Zapatista Women to Women in Struggle Around the World. To: Women in struggle everywhere in the world Sister, compañera: We as Zapatista women send you our greetings as the women in struggle that we all are. We have sad news for you today, which is that we are not going to be able to hold the Second International Encounter of Women in Struggle here in Zapatista territory in March [...]

What I Learned Being Part of the Sanctuary Caravan

What I Learned Being Part of the Sanctuary Caravan: Delivering Support to Asylum Seekers on the U.S. Border by Jodie Evans from CommonDreams.org December was the month CODEPINK: Growing a Local Peace Economy was dedicating our outreach and organizing to being an ally for the asylum seekers who had just arrived in and around Tijuana below the U.S. San Diego border. CODEPINK’s Local Peace Economy was created to focus on the disasters [...]

Poetry Corner: Mariposa Street, L.A.

MARIPOSA ST., L.A. By Adolf Alzuphar   This time She’s dead   Body found Use of hands lost Use of arms lost Use of legs lost Use of mind lost Use of ears Use of lungs Use of heart Use of feet lost So, what’s to happen to The flowerful dress worn for two centuries That way to cook without cutting down a tree What happens To the hummingbird huitzitzilin   Hawks [...]

Zapatistas Speak Out on AMLO/MORENA Victory in Mexico

(Spanish follows) Subcomandante Marcos, leader of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, said that the projects to plant a thousand hectares of trees, build the Mayan Train, and create the corridor of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, will only destroy indigenous territories. The Zapatista leader assured that of the four presidential candidates, the government chose the one that is more right-wing. He affirmed that the so-called Fourth Transformation promised by Andrés Manuel López [...]

Letters to Change Links: On AMLO

Letters to Change Links: From Freedom Socialist Party: The election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) on July 1 delivered a crushing defeat to Mexico’s Partido Institutional Revolucionario (PRI). MORENA won not only the presidency, but dominance in both legislative houses and all but two of the state governorships. AMLO lifted aspirations by campaigning against poverty, corruption and state violence. But what will he deliver? In his third run for the presidency, [...]

Andrés Manuel López Obrador – AMLO – Mexico’s President-elect

AMLO: "Together We Will Make History" Spanish version follows By Antonia Lira The people united will never be defeated. It was demonstrated on July 1, 2018 in Mexico, as it was demonstrated 13 years ago, when citizens expressed massive support for Andrés Manuel López Obrador against the impeachment and trial, an absurd pretext of the oligarchy to prevent him from contending in 2006 for the presidency of the Republic. People also won [...]

Proposed July 14 Action for Migrant Families

A DRAFT CALL TO ACTION: FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER by Andy Griggs On June 30 there were protests nationwide—we have to keep up the pressure. THE ACTION: A vigil with signs along Vin Scully Boulevard from Sunset to Stadium Way The Date and Time: Saturday, July 14, 2:30 – 4:30 pm (Game begins at 4:15 pm) To protest Trump Administration immigration policies: “Zero-Tolerance,” family separation, Muslim travel ban, TPS and DACA termination; demand [...]

End Repression and Militarization in Mexico

End repression and militarization in Mexico by Committee for Revolutionary International Regroupment (from Freedom Socialist newspaper, Vol. 39, No. 2, April-May 2018 www.socialism.com) Since the beginning of 2018, the security forces of the Mexican state have launched a general offensive against the country’s social movements. Shortly before the end of 2017, the federal legislature approved the passage of the Internal Security Law (ISL) which beefed up the powers of the armed forces. [...]

Spanish-language Broadcaster at KPFK Arrested

by Antonio Zavala [translated from ElBeisman.com] Spanish-speaking media activists fear that under the Trump administration, attacks will begin on the media in Spanish, as indicated by a recent closure of a program in Spanish on the west coast. The management of KPFK suddenly closed - without warning - the program Es Nuestra Cultura that Xalli Algo has produced for five years. When ordered to vacate the booth on February 28, the Mexican [...]

Indigenous Women’s Delegation to Zapatista Women’s Gathering in Chiapas

Indigenous Women's delegation to Zapatista's First International Gathering for Women in Struggle, in Chiapas by Corine Fairbanks, Oglala Lakota, American Indian Movement Southeastern Ohio "Revolutionary struggles cannot achieve collective liberation for all people without addressing patriarchy, nor can women’s freedom be disentangled from racial, economic, & social justice." -Victoria Law The Zapatista women will host the 1st International Gathering of Politics, Art, Sport, and Culture for Women in Struggle in Chiapas, Mexico [...]

Let’s Defend Dreamers and All Immigrants

by Christine Browning [from Freedom Socialist, Vol. 38, No. 6, December 2017-January 2018 https://www.socialism.com Monica is an enthusiastic young math major at Los Angeles City College (LACC). She is an undocumented immigrant brought here from Mexico at the age of five. She shoulders the primary care of her two younger brothers while her single mom works long hours, six days a week. At one time, they were homeless. Her name has been [...]

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