By Mark Naison (July 31, 2015)
It is great that neighborhoods in New York that were once violent and fear ridden have become safer, that people can once again take their children to and from school, go to and from work, and go to the corner store without worrying that they or their family members will be hit by a stray bullet. Continue reading “The Price of Making New York “Safe””
Faith Reidenbach is an activist with the Corvallis, Oregon chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a founder of the Corvallis chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice. Continue reading “Interview: Faith Reidenbach”
By Chris Crass (July 22, 2015)
1. Know that dealing with people talking badly about you, dealing with the heartache of movement building, feeling despair – these are all part of the process of being an effective activist/organizer for liberation. Continue reading “Notes to An Activist on Suggestions When Feeling Down About Infighting”
By Phoenix Calida (July 21, 2015)
I was having a convo via pm. Someone suggested I do a ride along with police to “see the other side.” My first instinct was to laugh, but then I realized most people online don’t really know much about me, because I rarely talk about myself as a person. Continue reading “Behind the Scenes w/ the Guns & Badges”
By Chris Lowe (July 21, 2015)
Boston, probably 1974. During conflict over school desegregation, supposedly, but mostly, not really over “busing.” At Government Center, near the New City Hall. I was in high school in a Boston suburb at the time. Continue reading “Is the US flag racist like the Confed. flag?”
By Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas (July 19, 2015)
I have to walk across the street when I see a female at night walking during the evening; “No I’m not a rapist, I’m just traveling home from a late night at work.” Continue reading “Letter to the White Tourist Who Asked Me For Cocaine”
By Teka Lark (July 16, 2015)
July 14, 2015 Sandra Bland was found hanging in a cell in Waller County Jail in East Texas after being arrested after a traffic stop on her way to start a new job. On July 16, 2015 the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Blue Line Train celebrated its 25th anniversary of service. My great-great aunt was burned alive in her home in East Texas after she and her sister shot two white men who had raped her. Her sister, my great-great grandmother, disguised as a white woman escaped to Los Angeles with her new husband posing as her driver. They settled in a part of Los Angeles now known as South L.A. Continue reading “At Least I’m Not in East Texas”
For all who, understandably, feel fear after a terrorist attack happens, from 9.11. to the Boston bombing.
By Chris Crass (July 15, 2015)
Imagine now that these kinds of terror attacks happen regularly, persistently, for hundreds of years in your community, and the people in official power in the city and country you live in, are either directly involved, or support policies and a pathologically violent and racist culture that justifies it. Continue reading “We Must Name the Reality of the Black Holocaust”
Kristina Gonzales teaches at the Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Continue reading “Interview: Kristina Gonzales”
By Mark Naison (July 13, 2015)
One of my favorite new historical monographs, Theresa Runstedtler’s book about Jack Johnson “Rebel Sojourner: Boxing in the Shadow of the Global Color Line” contains a memorable passage regarding differences in the way that the US and Mexico lived race in the early 20th Century. Continue reading ““Mexico is Not a White Man’s Country”–Jack Johnson, Mexico, and Race”
By Phoenix Calida (July 10, 2015)
People really claim to be pro sex workers and still support the Swedish model.
Pretty sure there’s a special level of hell for ya’ll. Continue reading “The ‘Swedish Model’ is Not Helpful to Sex Workers”