From 2013, an examination of the question of gun control as it relates to individual, collective and government violence.
people of color
Note: This is the first in a series of articles on Black America. Almost 50 years after the Civil Rights Movement won the 1965 Voting Rights Act, racist politicians and their wealthy sponsors are finding new ways to disenfranchise Black workers. In Michigan, the Emergency Manager Law is a big hammer. Put to a statewide… Read more »
After three decades in exile as an author and editor in Cuba, Assata Shakur’s longtime FBI predator stigmatized her as the first woman on its Most Wanted Terrorists list in May 2013. They upped the bounty on her head to $2 million! Shakur never was and is not now a terrorist. But the FBI appears… Read more »
The outrageous “not guilty” verdict for the murderer of Trayvon Martin, coming less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, demonstrates that all talk of a post-racial United States is just so much hot air. If those two events aren’t proof enough, we enter into evidence the top court’s… Read more »
Tens of thousands of spirited people, mostly African Americans, descended on the nation’s capital on Aug. 24 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington (MOW) for Jobs and Freedom. A turning point in U.S. history, Martin Luther King’s epic “I have a dream” speech still reverberates. The Civil Rights Act of… Read more »
Why is Marissa Alexander serving 20 years in a Florida prison for firing a warning shot while Trayvon Martin’s killer walks free? No doubt it is because she is African American and female, in a system that demonizes women who fight back! Alexander is a mother of three from Jacksonville who survived several severe incidents… Read more »
Chippewa (or Ojibwe) activist Ann Rogers is a co-founder of United Front Against Fascism, launched in 1988, which successfully organized a broad movement to oppose white supremacists in the Pacific Northwest.
Note: Marissa Alexander’s new trial has been postponed to July 28. After months of broad national pressure, a Florida appeals court on Sept. 26, 2013 reversed the conviction of Marissa Alexander. It ordered a retrial and she was finally released two months later. The retrial is scheduled for March 31. Alexander, a Black mother of… Read more »
The school-to-prison pipeline: Los Angeles youth push back, demanding “Education, not incarceration!”
Prisons are more important than schools in California; it spends the most on corrections and least on public education. In 30 years, despite a flat crime rate, it has built 21 prisons and one college campus. Capitalism in crisis produces chronically high unemployment, a war on public services, and harsh legislation like the infamous “three… Read more »
Black Panther Party leader Marshall “Eddie” Conway is free at last! A political prisoner actively supported by the Freedom Socialist Party and many others, Conway was framed for killing a Baltimore cop 44 years ago and convicted with no physical evidence. He was arrested shortly after exposing a National Security Agency provocateur in the Panthers… Read more »