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 [...]

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action Los Angeles https://antiracist.org/between-the-devil-and-the-deep-blue-sea/ This piece was written after midnight on last Thursday. As I wrote, the election of a president had still not as yet been accomplished, even though a clear and insurmountable majority of all the votes cast for the office has been won by one of the two major candidates. The election was finally called for Biden on Saturday by the media, but Trump has refused to concede, declared himself the winner, is bringing suit over his allegations of fraud, [...]

People Get Ready

People Get Ready:  There's a Bad Moon on the Rise by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA (https://antiracist.org) As you read this, there is barely a month to election day. What are you doing to prepare for the possible outcomes and their consequences? Given recent realities, including vehicles being driven at racial justice protesters here in L.A., the murder of two protesters in Kenosha, exposures of organized racist violence being planned in Portland, the repeated refusals by Trump to say he will commit to a peaceful transfer of power, it [...]

L.A. Sheriff’s Deputies Shot In Self-Defense (A Counter Spin)

By Kevin "Rashid" Johnson On Sept 12, 2020, two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were shot in a 'citizen involved shooting' in the city of Compton. According to credible citizen accounts, the two deputies were shot by a passerby in self-defense. The citizen, they report, was walking down the street on the way to church, when the cops pointed firearms at him from crouching positions in their patrol car and yelled the gang slogan, "Blue lives matter!" The citizen was able to avoid harm by using the [...]

Officer Shoots at Black Children in Waycross, GA

Officer Shoots at Black Children in Waycross, GA by Color of Change On August 8, a 16-year-old was driving his younger siblings home when Officer Jesse Shook began following his car. Officer Shook claims the driver ran a stop sign, but Shook didn’t flash his lights or tell the driver to pull over. Instead, he followed the car full of Black children to their home. Scared and confused, the teen driver told the youngest kids — a 9-year-old, a 12-year-old, and a 14-year-old — to get their [...]

Disband LA Schools Police Department

The Struggle for No Police in the Los Angeles Schools: a Great Leap Forward and Victory is in Sight by ERIC MANN, Labor Community Strategy Center On Tuesday, June 23, in Los Angeles, the decade’s long struggle for No Police in the Schools had a major breakthrough. Los Angeles School Board member Monica Garcia introduced the most structural and hopeful motion to make “defund the police” a reality. Her motion, expressing gratitude to the national Black uprising, called for cutting the $70 million budget of the Los [...]

F*CK CHRISTOPHER STREET WEST

F*CK CSW by Hannah Howard https://medium.com/@techgirlwonder/fuck-csw-12c6a11f88a9 The “All Black Lives Matter LA” march has been a shit show from the beginning. Originally announced as a “Solidarity Protest” by LA Pride, the march was later handed over, after much protest, to a “Black Advisory Board” appointed by LA Pride/Christopher Street West which called themselves All Black Lives Matter LA. At no point was Black Lives Matter Los Angeles directly involved. You can learn more about the history of LA Pride and anti-blackness here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1985563248242309 I had resolved to [...]

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 [...]

Poetry Corner: UN-Official

UN-official by D.O.T. Marceo   With darkness fallen, light had long eloped. Inside my motor vehicle she smoked. We laughed and chatted just outside her home.   Police drove near to see this lovely sight. Her blonde hair out of place this time of night: A Puerto Rican, but was very white.   Pulled up, and said the car was far away. My braided hair became a flaw this day. The curb ‘not close enough’—they called a play.   “Get out the car,” I heard. I asked [...]

End LAPD Corruption, Racism, And Abuse

End LAPD Corruption, Racism, And Abuse by Black Lives Matter-L.A. We Demand an end to LAPD's continued pattern of corruption, racism, and abuse, and remedies for the harm they have caused. Please share this analysis and these demands widely: On January 6, 2020 a Los Angeles Times article detailed an internal investigation that confirms what community members have been reporting for many years, that officers of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) have been falsely and knowingly entering innocent people into gang databases. LAPD claims to have [...]

Why All Cops Are In Fact Bastards

Why all Cops Are In Fact Bastards By Imani Beckett It is no secret to anyone that is somewhat left-of-center that police abuse is a serious issue. Police have a long history of brutalizing Black and Brown people at a significantly higher rate than whites and disproportionately arrest them for committing petty crimes. At the same time, they fail to investigate homicides and rapes in the Black community. Still, most liberals are seldom willing to criticize the institution of the police. Many claim that most police are [...]

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 [...]

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