Posts in: people of color

Fighting spirit shines at post-election forums

February 2017

Activists and organizers from every social justice movement were stunned by the election of right-wing billionaire businessman Donald Trump. Angry demonstrations tens of thousands strong filled streets in cities and towns across the country and the world. In December the Freedom Socialist Party sponsored forums in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and… Read more »

The art of Black working-class life

February 2017

After last year’s hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, it’s refreshing to see two fine films about African American working people. Loving’s true story shows a brave couple persevering with their 9-year Supreme Court case that finally struck down laws against inter-racial marriage in 1967. Fences, by playwright August Wilson, delves into the strengths and tensions of a Black… Read more »

Intersectionality: its meaning and its potential for movement-building

April 2017

“Intersectionality” is a term that has been coming up a lot in political movements and in the news, especially in regard to the Women’s March on Washington in January. It means examining how the intermingling of all forms of discrimination that people experience — based on race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality and more — affect… Read more »

No Cops in Schools

November 6, 2015

Shame on the principal of Spring Valley High School, South Carolina, and shame on every school district that gives a gun-carrying police officer the authority to “discipline“ young people while in school. One need only see the video footage to know that school security officer Ben Fields, known as “Officer Slam,” launched a vicious assault… Read more »

Sandra Bland: Murdered by a racist, sexist system

August 11, 2015

On July 13th, 2015, 28-year-old Sandra Bland was found hanging in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas. This was a few days after Bland was arrested for merely failing to use a car turn signal. Brian Encinia, who arrested Bland, was captured on two videos aggressively slamming Bland down on the ground. He expressed… Read more »