Lara and Paul Messersmith-Glavin discuss the lessons from a recent grassroots organizing effort in North Portland that canvased a neighborhood to determine people’s understanding of their own power to do something about climate change. Continue reading “Organizing Against Climate Catastrophe”
As part of OSU’s Constitution Day 2015 celebration, Anarres Project co-director Joseph Orosco discusses the significance of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution according to W.E.B. Du Bois. For Du Bois, the promise of these Reconstruction amendments was the possibility of building a richer more deliberative and participatory democracy in the United States. Du Bois thought that the moral insights of African Americans would lead this movement to transform America.
I talk to people all over the country who simultaneously talk about the “small things” they can do, like make donations, volunteer here and there with a local social justice effort or are “only involved at their faith community ” or “raising their kids” and over and over again there is guilt and shame about not being able to do more. Continue reading “The Movement is Our lives: Everyday Activism for Liberation”
Fear the Walking Dead just finished its first highly rated season on the AMC cable network. FWD is a spin-off from the wildly successful series The Walking Dead which will soon begin its sixth season. Set in the same zombie apocalypse universe as TWD, FWD takes place in Los Angeles (instead of Georgia and the South) right before the zombie virus infects the masses. Modern zombie stories are usually Lord of the Flies-style tales about the collapse of civilization and the resulting chaos. But something distinguishes FWD; instead of some kind of Hobbesian allegory of might-makes-right, FWD seems to be a story affirming left libertarian-anarchist themes (for now). Continue reading “Anarchism and the Walking Dead”
Several weekends ago I worked the Corvallis Fall Festival, something I do every year to raise money for a youth group I work with. Each year I work several festivals, all of which use porta potties. The Corvallis Fall Festival is the only one where I’ve seen gender specific porta potties. I don’t mean that there were porta potties and urinal troughs. That is quite common at festivals and makes a good deal of sense to move a lot of people through the bathrooms at one time. What I’m talking about is pink porta potties “for her.” Continue reading “The Case of the Pink Porta Potty”
I feel confident in saying that the guy who did this and his racist friends would not only righteously declare “they aren’t racists”, they would likely make the argument that it’s the politically correct who can’t take a joke, who are the real racists. We must understand the modern day psychology of white supremacy in day to day practice.
White supremacy entitles white people to, in all seriousness, feel that they are the true non-racists, the “above all this race divisiveness” while simultaneously debasing, and assaulting Black humanity, even viciously going after three year old #Cayden. And then for white people to genuinely feel that they are the true victims of racism, while living in a society in which the resources of capitalism and white citizenship are literally built on the bodies of hundreds of years of enslaved Africans, and the brutal exploitation of another hundred years of Jim Crow apartheid.
This is the death culture of white supremacy, this is what all white children are abandoned to be socialized into, unless anti-racism takes hold in the hearts, minds and souls of white people all over the country who unite with the Black-led movement for Black Lives Matter and work to uproot the anti-Black racism of this death culture. And all over the country, tens of thousands of white people are rising up for racial justice. White anti-racist must became the leaders, parents, teachers, visionaries, all our children deserve.