Maroon Comix

Maroon Comix: Origins and Destinies Conceived, compiled and coordinated by Quincy Saul, illustrated by Songe Riddle, Mac McGill, Seth Tobocman, Hannah Allen, Emmy Kepler and Mikaela Gonzalez, with selections primarily from the writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz. ISBN: 978-1-62963-571-2; $15.95 from PM Press, PO Box 23912, Oakland CA 94623, www.pmpress.org. www.ecosocialisthorizons.com; prefiguration@gmail.com Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA httpss://ara-la.tumblr.com/post/175938515960/maroon-comix-origins-and-destinies This fascinating book, based primarily on the writings of political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoats (#AF-3855, SCI Dallas, 1000 Follies Rd. Drawer K, Dallas PA 18612-0286), examines the [...]

MURDER INCORPORATED: empire/genocide/manifest destiny – Book Review

MURDER INCORPORATED: empire\genocide\manifest destiny|Dreaming of Empire (Book One) by Mumia Abu-Jamal and Stephen Vittoria; foreword by Chris Hedges published 2018, Prison Radio, San Francisco CA © Street Legal Cinema, Stephen Vittoria, Mumia Abu-Jamal. ISBN 978-0-9989600-0-5 $20 from prisonradio.org streetlegalcinema.com (Coming Soon: Book Two: America's Favorite Pastime (war, intervention and the military-industrial complex); Book Three: Perfecting Tyranny (mass surveillance, manufacturing consent, SCOTUS: the Imperial Court & the delusion of a post-racial America). Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action Los Angeles httpss://ara-la.tumblr.com/post/175938787905/murder-incorporated-empiregenocidemanifest Aptly subtitled "Dreaming of Empire," book one [...]

Paying the Price for Peace Wins Film Award

Movie Paying The Price For Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson Wins Award   by Greg Foisie The film Paying The Price For Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson has won The Grand Jury Documentary Feature Award from the 2017 Awareness Film Festival.  The film festival was recently held in Los Angeles, California between October 5th and 15th, 2017.  The film was produced by Bo Boudart of Bo Boudart Productions in San Mateo, CA. [https://www.boboudartproductions.org/] and assistant producer Frank Dorrell of Addicted to War in [...]

Local Punk Scene Supports Self-Expression, Helping Others & Unity

Local Punk Scene Supports Acceptance, Self-Expression, Reaching Youth, Helping Others, and Unity by Greg Foisie Alf Presented Resist and Exist, Nausea and Six More Local Punk/Grind Bands – October 13, at Café Nela in Highland Park, NE LA.   In reality punk people are usually the gentlest, kindest folks you'll ever know. They're like hippies, only they wear way more black. -- Kate Rockland, Falling Is Like This When I came across the flyer at Headline Records for a punk show on Friday the 13th in northeast [...]

By |2017-11-05T02:44:16-05:00October 28th, 2017|Events, Greg Foisie, Movements, Music, Peace, Reports, Reviews|0 Comments

Wielding Words Like Weapons: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995-2005

Wielding Words Like Weapons Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995-2005 by Ward Churchill (PM Press, Oakland CA, 2017) ISBN 978-1-62963-101-1, $27.95 Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA This new volume of essays by the noted Indigenous activist and scholar Ward Churchill is, as he noted in his own introduction, about a decade overdue because of  the reactionary and racist attacks on the author and his work when right wing media and academic and political authorities. Churchill was forced to defend himself, his work, his indigeneity, and his career [...]

Chasing the Scream: Book Review

The War on Drugs has been a dismal failure. Hundreds of billions have been wasted on this war, millions of lives ruined, and the number of addicts and arrests continue to increase. The only real beneficiaries are companies who build prisons, prison guards, corrupt politicians and the judges, lawyers, cops and probation officers whose livelihoods depend on administration of‘drug criminals.’

“The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government” by David Talbott

Reviewed by Jeffrey Hirsch "Fundamentally, the founding fathers of US intelligence were liars." This is a quote from James Jesus Angleton, one of the great eminences of the CIA on his death bed (p. 620). How they told their lies, to whom, and why are the subjects of this great boo, which incidentally reads like a very good novel. The "why" is simple -- to make the world safe for the profits and the increase thereof of the great multinational corporations and their allied financial institutions, in [...]

By |2016-05-07T01:09:36-05:00May 7th, 2016|Book Reviews, Jeffrey Hirsch|0 Comments

“WHEN WE FIGHT WE WIN!”

Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World by Greg Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte. NY/London, The New Press, 2016. $17.95 Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA      This inspiring book looks at the growing social movements of resistance and solidarity of the second decade of the 21st Century, grassroots efforts struggling for social change from below, to make the case for its title. Like the movements it reports on and represents, it integrates artistic and cultural work intimately in its design and content, with photographs, [...]

By |2016-05-07T01:08:56-05:00May 7th, 2016|Book Reviews, Michael Novick|0 Comments

“The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI” by Betty Medsger

Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA March 8 marks the 44th anniversary of the break-in and burglary at the FBI office in Media PA that eventually exposed COINTELPRO, the FBI's secret illegal program against dissidents, especially the Black Panther Party, which FBI Director  J. Edgar Hoover proclaimed the #1 threat against US internal security. As "The Burglary" makes clear, COINTELPRO was the tip of a much larger body of FBI surveillance, infiltration and blackmail that impacted US society and government for decades. The agency focused on Black [...]

By |2015-03-02T03:56:27-05:00March 2nd, 2015|Book Reviews, Michael Novick|0 Comments

American Sniper: Two Views (Excerpts)

by Chris Hedges American Sniper lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society, the gun culture, blind adoration of the military, the belief we have a right as a Christian nation to exterminate the lesser breeds, a hyper-masculinity that banishes compassion, a denial of inconvenient facts. Many, especially white Americans trapped in a stagnant economy and a dysfunctional political system, yearn for the "moral renewal" and militarized control the movie venerates. The movie never asks the seminal question: why the people of Iraq are fighting back against [...]

By |2015-03-02T03:55:36-05:00March 2nd, 2015|Chris Hedges, Film Reviews, Lila Garrett|0 Comments

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Beacon Press/ReVisioning American History, Boston, 2014) Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA In a short, thorough survey of U.S. history from settlement and conquest to current crises, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz pulls on the thread that unravels the tapestry of lies in most US "histories," whether academic, popular, or progressive. She views that history from the perspective of the indigenous peoples whose land was taken by, and whose resistance impeded and impedes, the "glorious, manifest destiny" and self-aggrandizing "exceptionalism" of the US empire-state. In her recent [...]

By |2014-12-31T14:52:36-05:00December 31st, 2014|Book Reviews, Michael Novick|0 Comments

The Untold History of the U.S.

by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster,  NY, 2012 Reviewed by Jeffrey Hirsch This is the finest book on recent US history I've ever read. Written by filmmaker Oliver Stone and Prof. Peter Kuznick, of American University in DC, this 800-page book dots the i's, crosses the t's, and amplifies many of the critical events of US history where Howard Zinn's Peoples History of the United States left off. (These books complement each other).  It has material on the Obama presidency and back [...]

By |2016-10-07T01:42:57-05:00December 1st, 2014|Book Reviews, Jeffrey Hirsch|0 Comments