Monthly Archive: April 2015

Remembering the Rodney King Uprising Twenty Three Years Later

April 29, 2015 marks twenty three years since the beginning of one of the largest urban uprisings in US American history.  For several days after a Simi Valley jury let the Los Angeles police officers who beat and tasered Rodney King go free, residents throughout LA county expressed frustration, anger and sadness; marched, walked, and fought back against systems of…
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Unleashing Rage and Yearning for Liberation: The Real Lessons of Dr. King for Urban Uprisings

By Chris Crass Let’s be clear, when those in power and their media call for people to be “peaceful” in the face of endemic and sanctioned racist state violence, they aren’t calling for a return to disruptive and militant non-violent direct action unleashed by the Civil Rights movement, even if they insultingly call up Dr. King to denounce the ‪#‎BaltimoreUprising‬.

Baltimore is About the Future of Human Dignity

By Chris Crass Mass uprisings, including property destruction, when coming out of communities who have exhausted every other means to address grievances, and have had violence dealt back to them, every time – such uprisings are justified, rational, strategic, necessary, and those taking to the streets of ‪#‎Baltimore‬ are taking far more responsibility for the future of democracy, equality, and human dignity…
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Why is Violence Not the Answer?

By Phoenix Calida I will never understand how “violence isn’t the answer” in a country where- Some of our biggest grossing and most critically acclaimed films and tv shows are about organized crime syndicates;

The Goal is Dead Black Bodies

By Phoenix Calida When we do better than them, they kill us- black wall street When we do the same things as they do, they kill us- John Crawford, Emmet Till When they assume we’re worse than them cause we’re thugs, they kill us- Michael Brown, Eric Garner 

Note to a White Anti-Racist Struggling with Resistance

  By Chris Crass Note to a white anti-racist struggling with white resistance in his mostly white church to ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬: you and I and other white anti-racists need to believe in the potential of white people.

The Catastrophe of “Broken Windows” Policing

By Mark Naison As I struggle  to come to terms with the untimely death of Walter Scott, shot in the back while running away from a police officer after a dispute over a faulty tail light,  I suddenly came to a startling and disturbing realization: Walter Scott was the fourth unarmed African American man I know of whose killing by…
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No words for shaming

By Phoenix Calida Let’s discuss opposites. Slut. a word that is applied to women to degrade them. It can be based actual sexuality that defies puritanical patriarchy, assumed promiscuity, rumors, or clothing choices. Women have been shamed, ostracized, and kicked out of social circles for being slut shamed. What is the male equivalent of this term?

Racist Policing is About Ruling Class Power

By Chris Crass The ‪#‎WalterScott‬ police murder is a tipping point in the fight against racism in policing and the criminal justice system. Two key objectives that‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ advances is to make sure we’re not talking about removing racist bad apples, but changing laws, policies and institutions that further structural racist violence and move towards structural racial justice.