POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign, initiated by Martin Luther King Jr., and carried out by Ralph Abernathy after King was assassinated.
The campaign demanded economic and human rights for poor Americans of diverse backgrounds. Marchers demanded an end to the War in Vietnam and the resources redirected to jobs, schools, housing and other social services.
They set up a 3,000-person protest camp on the Washington Mall, where they stayed for six weeks.
To commemorate the campaign there are several protests coming up. These protests underscore the point that war, racism and poverty, three things that motivated the original campaign, are still with us.
Katherine Goodman, Portland, Ore.
I was transferred to another prison, yet again. It’s only a reactionary response from our oppressors to try and chill my writings which are online at sfbayview.com, iheartpaps.com, rashidmod.com and truthout.org.
Jason Renard Walker, New Boston, Texas
Revolutionary Greetings Comrades! I am a devout Muslim and an anti-imperialist who embraces ecosocialism. I am a close comrade and friend to many anarchists and anti-fascists.
Could I be a feminist?? Well, yes! In fact, I am a feminist! It did not happen overnight, first I had to come to the understanding that a woman was more than her physical attributes.
Then I had to come to the realization that a woman’s intellect was just as sharp if not sharper than any man’s. Then I embraced the reality that from a revolutionary perspective, a woman could stand shoulder to shoulder with me, armed with an AK-47 or carrying a megaphone leading the masses in battle. The battle may be political or ideological and at times it may be a military confrontation in a urban concrete jungle or in a foreign land where the imperialist oppression has decided to set up shop.
A long time ago, when I was a young man, my mother told me: “The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world.” Back then, I didn’t have a clue what she was talking about. However, today as I observe this arrogant buffoon in the White House and how he flaunts his power in such a way that shows us what he is all about, I see a rude awakening coming in November 2018 for him and his cronies!
Malik Washington, Lovelady, Texas
I just finished reading the latest soapbox and want to say well done [“Why I fight fascists — and you should too,” Vol 39, No. 2].
I especially liked the part about school not teaching a lot of important history. I think that will resonate with folks.
Ben Stoll, Renton, Wash.
ON TRUMP’S MENTAL HEALTH
This is a very good piece, “Is Trump Mentally Ill?” [Vol. 39, No. 2]. It got my blood moving.
A book I am working on makes the point that the internal logic of capitalism itself is pathological and thus naturally gives rise to malignant narcissism.
Mary, via email
Trump may or may not be psychologically ill but he is driving common people into mental tension by his arbitrary policies.
Sheshu Babu, via email
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