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M23 commander Sultani Makenga, during M23’s occupation of the eastern Congolese city of Goma in 2013

Will the world remain silent with Rwanda and Uganda in DR Congo again?

May 5, 2015

Rwandan and Ugandan troops have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the past two weeks, but reporting is scant and neither the U.S., the U.N. Security Council nor any other members of the international community have spoken to this, the latest Rwandan and Ugandan violation of Congo’s sovereignty. The international community has instead been focused on the constitutional crisis in Congo’s neighbor, Burundi.

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Black fathers snookered at Vallejo Senior Center

May 2, 2015

In December 2012, local resident and New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia donated a tournament size pool table and flat screen television to the Florence Douglas Senior Center in Vallejo. The pool table served as a catalyst in attracting growing numbers of African American men, mostly fathers, to the center. The pool players and their senior supporters are denouncing the racist decision to remove the pool table.

Richmond residents protest eviction.

ReBUTTal: The arguments for rent control in Richmond

May 1, 2015

Richmond Mayor Tom Butt has set himself up to be the spokesman for landlords in a campaign against rent control in Richmond. The jump in Richmond rents the past few years, reflecting trends in the Bay Area, has produced new calls for the progressive city council to respond with rent control and “just cause” requirements for eviction. The mayor’s arguments are classic examples of misusing numbers and logic.

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Mexican workers storm border Mexicali 020354 by UCLA Special Collections

Joe Debro on racism in construction, Part 11

April 30, 2015

Mexican immigration 1900-1960: The patterns established during the last century continued into the 20th as well. Successive waves of immigrants came to this country from Mexico as a response to American labor demands in the industrial and agricultural sectors. Before 1910, Mexican laborers were employed generally without union status as agricultural workers, as miners, as maintenance and construction workers.

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Japan is on course to be 100-percent solar powered by 2041.

Four years after Fukushima, Japan is solar-powered

April 29, 2015

In the week before the March 11, 2011, earthquake at Fukushima, one person, Prime Minister Naoto Kan, did an extraordinary act that set Japan’s energy course in history for the next 100 years. He was able to convince the Japanese Parliament to pass a solar payment policy. This one policy shift is now making Japan one of the leading solar powered nations on earth – far ahead of California or the U.S. Number one in solar generation in 2014 was Germany.

In Baltimore on Monday, April 27, 10,000 hit the streets to demand justice for Freddie Gray.

Stand with the defiant ones in Baltimore

April 28, 2015

The uprising in Baltimore has delivered an unmistakable and powerful message that the time is over when people will tolerate the unending and outrageous murder and brutality carried out by police. The torture and murder of Freddie Gray for nothing – and the ongoing, infuriating lies and coverup – is only the latest in a long line of such horrors in not only Baltimore but all over the U.S., from North Charleston, S.C., to Ferguson, Missouri, from Pasco, Washington, to New York City and beyond – THIS MUST STOP!

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Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza accepts his party’s nomination for a third term, on April 25, 2015.

Increasing instability and political repression in African Great Lakes Region

April 28, 2015

Instability and political repression are increasing in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, as the presidents of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda seek to remain in power beyond constitutional term limits. Rwandan and Ugandan troops crossed into the Democratic Republic of the Congo this week, sparking fears of another catastrophic regional war. Burundi is another pressure point further destabilizing the region.

Mark Williams says of his friend and comrade Malcolm Shabazz, “You would only see him get hyped about something when he was really passionate about it or if he was able to help people.”

Two years, still not enough answers: Remembering Malcolm

April 27, 2015

Malcolm Shabazz was killed two years ago in Mexico City in a case where all the facts still have not become clear. Within the last few months, Mexican authorities convicted a man, who they claim was responsible for Malcolm’s murder, but a lot of questions remain about what happened to Malcolm after he crossed the California border into Mexico. Here is Mark Williams of Lemark Films talking about life wit’ his homeboy and comrade Malcolm Latif Shabazz.

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Kibeho and Srebrenica: Ed Herman on the politics of genocide

April 27, 2015

This week marked the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Kibeho Massacre in Southwestern Rwanda, where an estimated 8,000 Rwandan Hutu people were killed by Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Army. The same number of people were killed in Bosnia, also in 1995. Professor Ed Herman explains the politics of genocide manifest in media coverage of the 1995 massacres in Kibeho and Srebrenica.

Protesters demanding an end to police brutality confront police at Camden Yards on Saturday, April 25. – Photo: Colin Campbell

Baltimore ‘shuts it down’ for Freddie Gray

April 27, 2015

Hundreds of people took to the streets here on Saturday to demonstrate against police brutality and call for accountability for the police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old who died April 19 as the result of a severe spinal injury that occurred when he was taken into custody a week earlier. Demonstrators chanted “shut it down.”

Dorothy Pinkney, Rev. Pinkney’s wife and an outstanding activist in her own right, leads the rally following the court hearing on April 14. She is calling on everyone to boycott all stores that sell Whirlpool products and to refrain from buying any Whirlpool products until Rev. Pinkney is released from prison. – Photo: Abayomi Azikiwe

Berrien County court continues racist campaign against Rev. Edward Pinkney

April 24, 2015

Another post-conviction motions hearing took place on April 14 in St. Joseph, Michigan, involving the conviction by an all-white jury late last year of a leading civil rights activist, Rev. Edward Pinkney. People traveled from throughout the state of Michigan and across the United States to support the Berrien County leader who many feel has been denied justice by a corporate-controlled racist system in the southwest region of the state.

U.N. troops carry a victim away on a stretcher. Most troops were combat medics and they were too outnumbered to have stopped the massacre. – Photo: George Gittoes

Rwanda: No justice for Kibeho Massacre victims 20 years later

April 23, 2015

On April 22, 1995, 4,000 to 8,000 Rwandan Hutu people, maybe more, were massacred at the Kibeho Camp for Internally Displaced Persons in Southwestern Rwanda. The Kibeho massacre is one of many committed by the Rwandan Patriotic Army in Rwanda and DR Congo, but it is one of the most shocking because it was witnessed by U.N. Peacekeepers and well documented by at least two photographers, but no one was ever prosecuted for the crime.

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In New York City, the stars are coming out for Mumia on the eve of his 61st birthday.

Prison refuses Mumia medical care as his 61st birthday is celebrated worldwide – update: Mumia GRAVELY ill

April 23, 2015

Political prisoner and revolutionary journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal has been the victim of criminal neglect by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections for months, and his life is in grave danger. He is weak, in the infirmary, and continues to need a wheelchair to come out to visits. Mumia needs all of us to help now! Sign the petition to help save – and free – Mumia. Also, we need to keep up the pressure with phone calls. No execution by medical neglect! Save Mumia’s life!

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Johanna Fernandez (left) and Heidi Boghosian visit Mumia on Feb. 7, 2012, in the exciting days after he was finally released from 30 years in solitary confinement. Finally, he could have visitors he could touch – no glass separating them – and he was allowed to have his picture taken for the first time since 1996. He had recently been transferred to SCI Mahanoy, the prison where medical neglect has come close to killing him.

A slow death for Mumia Abu-Jamal and thousands of prisoners in America

April 23, 2015

The majority of U.S. prisoners are African American and Latino males in their childbearing years, imprisoned in a system that regularly violates their fundamental human rights and ravages their health. Mumia would want us to use his suffering to demonstrate that those relegated to the lowest strata of our society – imprisoned Black, Brown and poor – suffer not only their sentences but illness and death by neglect.

Open letter to Pennsylvania governor and corrections head urges independent medical care for Mumia Abu-Jamal – seeks more signers

April 21, 2015

Internationally renowned political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal is seriously ill. We call on Governor Wolf and Secretary Wetzel to promptly authorize the independent doctors Mr. Abu-Jamal has chosen to coordinate his diagnosis and treatment plan, and to involve the specialists needed to address his many medical challenges. Given the extensive evidence of Mr. Abu-Jamal’s innocence and that his very life is in danger while in the prison system, we call for his immediate release from prison.

The new $5 billion Apple campus under construction is providing jobs to thousands of construction workers.

Apple lifts ban on construction workers with felony convictions, must do more – two perspectives

April 21, 2015

We commend Apple for taking prompt action to change a facially discriminatory policy. The Cupertino campus project, expected to yield thousands of construction jobs, can still provide a unique opportunity for Apple to support the local economy and provide work for an underserved population. It is not too late for Apple to right a wrong, prove its commitment to inclusion, and become a leader on fair hiring practices.

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In 2016, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will be entering his 30th year in power.

Uganda’s Museveni to seek re-election in his 30th year in office

April 20, 2015

Three presidents in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Burundi’s Nkurunziza, DR Congo’s Kabila and Rwanda’s Kagame, are all doing their best to stay in office beyond constitutional term limits. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, however, doesn’t have to overcome term limits because Uganda’s Parliament abolished them in 2005. He has already announced that he will run again in 2016, his 30th year in office.

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Hundreds march on April 8 in Durban to protest xenophobic violence sweeping the country, as South African resentment explodes, blaming immigrants from other African countries for “taking our jobs.” Many agree that the promises of economic opportunity made at the end of apartheid remain unfulfilled but believe the main culprit is government, not immigrants. – Photo: Rajesh Jantilal, AFP

South African shack dwellers condemn xenophobia: ‘Our African brothers and sisters are being openly attacked’

April 19, 2015

For some time now we have been working very closely with the Congolese Solidarity Campaign. We have been working to build a politic from below that accepts each person as a person and each comrade as a comrade without regard to where they were born or what language they speak. In this struggle we have faced constant attack from the state, the ruling party and others.

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The Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard placed prisoners and others in a bomb shelter during exercises simulating a nuclear attack. – Photo courtesy TimePix

Less than one lifetime: Eyewitness to nuclear development, from Hunters Point to Chernobyl and Fukushima, issues a warning

April 17, 2015

While sorting through papers, correspondence, news clippings, records etc., I realized that nuclear bomb and nuclear power development has occurred within my lifetime. It was July 16, 1945, when Trinity, the first atomic bomb, was detonated at Alamogordo nuclear site in New Mexico, followed by the uranium bomb dropped on Hiroshima and the hydrogen bomb on Nagasaki in August.

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San Francisco Mayor’s Office plans to sell public housing to private investors, leaving thousands of Black, Brown and poor families houseless

April 13, 2015

Join us at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the front of City Hall for an emergency press conference and then join poor youth and elders who will be impacted by the lie of RAD as we visit the Board of Supervisors to plead with them to NOT vote to sell off public housing to the RAD program.

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