Posts in: civil liberties & police

No hay justicia sin cambio radical

febrero de 2015

Si no hay justicia, no hay paz!” Este resonante lema está cerca de los corazones de los manifestantes que marchan contra el abuso policial en las comunidades negras y latinas de los EEUU. Y hoy ese lema expresa el creciente desafío global contra la represión estatal, ya sea en el Medio Oriente, África, Asia, Europa… Read more »

Rebellion and repression from Ferguson to Ayotzinapa

February 2015

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty!” shouts a picket sign thrust into the sky at one of thousands of protests against the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and of Eric Garner in New York City. That same sentiment defines the Mexican eruption at the kidnapping and slaying of 43 Ayotzinapa teachers… Read more »

Curb police violence through community control

February 2015

Let’s be upfront: These measures won’t eradicate police violence, which will only end when the system that needs it to protect private property and hold down workers and the oppressed ends. But they would make an enormous difference to the survival of Black and Latino communities, the safety of strikers and protesters, the lives of… Read more »

Murder of 43 students in Mexico: the greatest political crime in decades

February 2015

This article accepts the Mexican government’s statement that the students studying to be teachers in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, were murdered. Regarding other aspects of this crime the government is lying or hiding information, in order to shield public officials (with the exception of the ex-mayor of Iguala) from responsibility. The government’s line is that the narcotraffickers… Read more »

No justice without radical change

February 2015

“No Justice, No Peace!” This ringing slogan is close to the hearts of protesters marching against police abuse in Black and Latino communities in the USA. And today the chant expresses mounting global defiance against state repression, whether in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, or Latin America. But Presidents Obama and Peña Nieto of… Read more »

Updates: Mumi Abu-Jamal, Rasmea Odeh, Marissa Alexander

April 2015

Silence Mumia Abu-Jamal? Never! “Social change and social transformation form the raison d’etre of Goddard.” Mumia Abu-Jamal spoke these revolutionary words by phone from his prison cell during his commencement speech to Goddard College on Oct. 4, 2014. Abu-Jamal, a renowned journalist skilled at exposing crimes of the U.S. “justice” system, was framed for the… Read more »

For community control over the police! Now is the time to demand elected civilian review boards

June 2015

After every sickening murder by cops, politicians and police chiefs shake their heads sadly and create another toothless police commission. From Ferguson to Baltimore and beyond, outraged protesters have lost their patience with the system. (Keep visiting for continuing reports on Baltimore.) Many of these protesters want to bring this system down. Until that… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor, June 2015

June 2015

MUMIA VERY ILL Public pressure needed to save his life! (Excerpts from an email from On Saturday, May 2, Pam Africa and Abdul Jon visited Mumia Abu-Jamal at SCI Mahanoy. He was weak, stable, alert and still in the infirmary. Mumia’s attorney Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center submitted an expert medical recommendation… Read more »