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This poster and the front and back of the flier below announce a national conference of the United Front Against Fascism sponsored by the Black Panther Party held July 18-20, 1969, in Berkeley.

The need for a united front against fascism

November 30, 2016

If there was ever a time to organize around a United Front Against Fascism, it is now. The next leader of the “free world” has just been “elected” – more like “selected” – to be president of the United States. He has thereby been given the authority to use power and weapons as he sees fit. This same so-called president-elect has shown limitless disdain for all who are not white, heterosexual and Christian.

Mumia Abu Jamal and Colin Kaepernick

Open letter to Colin Kaepernick about Mumia Abu-Jamal

November 29, 2016

Greetings Colin, We salute your courageous action protesting police brutality throughout the U.S. We are heartened to see others, including entire teams and athletes in different sports, joining you. Besides shooting Black people to death in the streets every day and every night, American law enforcement is seeking the slow death in prison of dozens of heroes of the resistance of the ‘60s and ‘70s. We urge you to speak out on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Protesters march outside the Detroit church where Trump spoke on Sept. 4, 2016. – Photo: Rebecca Cook, Reuters

Twelve ideas post-election from front line organizers

November 28, 2016

When you find yourself in a suddenly darkened room, what do you do? Some rush blindly to where they think the door might be. Others stand still, let their eyes adjust to the different environment, re-orient themselves, then, cautiously and sensitively, move forward. Some search out people who might be able to show the way. Post-election, a lot of people are re-assessing and searching for the best way forward. Here are some ideas from experienced, thoughtful people who are organizing on the front lines.

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Will Trump be willing to drain the student loan swamp?

November 28, 2016

Ten years ago, when the Democrats took over Congress, I wrote a piece begging them to drain the swamp surrounding the Department of Education and the federal student loan system. In the absence of standard bankruptcy protections, statutes of limitations and other fundamental free market protections, the student loan system had become a big-government, predatory beast that was wrecking the lives of millions of citizens.

Oceti Sakowin Camp – Photo: Tarnel Abbott

Standing Rock: We are here to protect the water – because we all live downstream – but does eviction loom?

November 27, 2016

This camp is an “occupation” by the Standing Rock Sioux, the Oceti Sakowin, whose sacred ground is being desecrated as the pipeline is being built and whose watershed will be the first to be polluted when the pipeline breaks. They are supported by millions of people around the world who sense that this is our last chance to secure the human right to clean water. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced on Black Friday the imminent eviction of Oceti Sakowin Camp, where the call is out for reinforcements.

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POOR got wind of the unpublicized RAD plan to privatize all public housing years before it happened and protested valiantly to try to stop it. – Photo: PNN

Poor people don’t have presidents

November 24, 2016

Poor, unhoused, barely housed, indigenous, Black, Brown and Red people don’t have presidents. We have prison wardens, police, sheriffs, anti-social workers, landlords, judges, bailiffs, poverty pimps, case manglers, ICE agents, CPS workers and debt collectors. Under Clinton, we lost welfare and the criminalization and incarceration of young people was institutionalized. Poor people don’t have presidents or governors or mayors. We have ourselves.

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In below-freezing weather Sunday night, Nov. 20, law enforcement deployed tear gas, water cannons, percussion grenades and rubber bullets against hundreds protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. News reports confirm more than 300 people have been injured. Many were knocked to the ground after being hit in the head by rubber bullets. One woman may lose her arm. – Photo: Sacred Stone Camp

Standing Rock: Water cannons fired at water protectors in freezing temperatures injure hundreds

November 23, 2016

Cannon Ball, N.D. – Hundreds of water protectors were injured at the Standing Rock encampments when law enforcement blasted them with water cannons in freezing temperatures Sunday evening, Nov. 20. The attacks came as water protectors used a semi-truck to remove burnt military vehicles that police had chained to concrete barriers weeks ago, blocking traffic on Highway 1806. LaDonna Allard, director of the Sacred Stone Camp, says: “We are asking for clean water, for the right to live. Instead they attack us, because they protect oil.”

“We matter” is the message from the 99 percent who are not the intended beneficiaries of an America that is “great again.” This protest is by students at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. – Photo: Austin American-Statesman, AP

Ten ways to fight Trump

November 21, 2016

If you care about everything from civil and human rights to economic justice and climate survival, Trump’s impending presidency is terrifying – but the amount of wreckage he can cause depends in part on how people respond. Already, a Dump Trump rebellion is rising up in the streets and online; it’s also worth remembering Trump lost the popular vote, the Senate is close to tied and not filibuster-proof, and things have a way of see-sawing in American politics.

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The jig is up!

November 19, 2016

Tell me, what does it mean when a white adjudicator is unmoved by the racism, oppression and police terror that Black folks in this country are subjected to but becomes unhinged when a Black man decides to demonstrate in opposition to it. Again, what does it mean? That “white adjudicator” just so happens to be United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As for that Black man, he is no other than San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepemick.

Members of the Colorado River Tribes stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock tribe. – Photo: Robyn Beck

Standing Rock, Flint and the color of water

November 17, 2016

While much attention has rightly been paid to those who are courageously protecting water resources and sacred land on North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, few mainstream commentators have situated Standing Rock as part of a larger political struggle for self-determination and survival. Linking the politics surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline project to Flint, Michigan’s lead-poisoning crisis is critical for understanding how race and class informs presumed social risk, vulnerability to premature death and access to democratic decision-making.

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Trump victory

November 9, 2016

I didn’t see this coming. The words I never thought I’d say, “President Trump,” have become reality. In a remarkable campaign, full of bile, hatred, fear and loathing, guess what? Fear won. Today, a new, dark day dawns in America, as a curtain falls over the Obama presidency, and with it, the last vestiges of Clintonism.

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‘Clinton is the most dangerous person alive,’ an interview with Edward S. Herman

November 7, 2016

by Ann Garrison Ann Garrison: Earlier this year, you told me that you differ with Noam Chomsky, your co-author of “Manufacturing Consent” and other books, in that you plan to vote for the Green Party’s presidential and vice presidential candidates Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka in the swing state of Pennsylvania. Are you still planning […]

A large crowd of determined young people of all colors marched to protest police terrorism in a city, Columbus, Ohio, that had been quiet but whose young people have now joined the youth of countless other cities on the march, demanding justice in the criminal justice system.

Dash cam footage reveals police targeting, intimidation of Black Lives Matter protester

November 6, 2016

Video footage from the police cruiser where Black Lives Matter protester Tynan Krakoff was taken into custody is raising questions about Columbus police tactics and why he was targeted for arrest. Krakoff is a lead organizer in the Columbus chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, a national organization of white people who fight against racial injustice. He returned to Columbus, Ohio, his home town, last year after years of activism in the Bay Area.

Between now and Jan. 31, check into your health care options – and shop, shop, shop around. Help is easily available.

Five tips for shopping for the Covered California health plan that best fits you

November 1, 2016

With Covered California’s three-month open-enrollment period beginning Nov.1, it’s a great time to shop for the best fit for your health coverage. During open enrollment, which runs through Jan. 31, consumers can choose among 11 name-brand health insurance plans that offer high-quality and affordable coverage. Here are some helpful tips.

The notorious Bill Bratton, now police commissioner over the NYPD once again, the champion of stop and frisk, was in charge of this April raid, apparently his way of maintaining the oppression since the end of stop and frisk. Altogether, 120 were arrested in what the NYPD and the local press calls the largest “gang takedown” in the city’s history. – Photo: Theodore Parisienne

War on the Bronx

October 31, 2016

Booms and bangs shatter eardrums, and the shuffling of many feet sparks fear among neighbors. A young mother, Paula Clarke, and her two daughters, are rudely awakened by these early morning sounds and noises. “I thought that [it was] terrorism, nothing else,” Clarke later told a reporter. In a way, it was. But it was state terrorism, where dozens of cops invaded public housing projects – as if it was a foreign country. Why? They were searching for members of gangs, they said.

Native water protectors blocked the path of the pipeline and were met with militarized police force from five states.

Standing Rock: Militarized police from 5 states escalate violence, shoot horses to clear 1851 treaty camp from pipeline path

October 28, 2016

Over 300 police officers in riot gear, eight ATVs, five armored vehicles, two helicopters and numerous military-grade humvees showed up north of the newly formed frontline camp. The 1851 Treaty Camp was set up this past Sunday directly in the path of the pipeline, on land recently purchased by Dakota Access Pipeline. Today this camp, a reclamation of unceded Dakota territory affirmed as part of the Standing Rock Reservation in the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1851, was violently cleared. See how you can help.

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Props 62 and 66: Death penalty debate behind enemy lines

October 28, 2016

Read the perspectives of Spoon Jackson, serving a sentence of Life Without the Possibility of Parole (LWOP), “the other death penalty,” at Lancaster State Prison near Los Angeles, and Tim Young, on San Quentin’s Death Row near San Francisco. Spoon calls LWOP “as hideous as Death Row” and recommends “no” on Prop 62. Tim says vote “yes”: “With LWOP, we live to fight another day.”

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Poor people help ‘rich’ people redistribute stolen inherited and hoarded wealth across Mama Earth

October 28, 2016

The “Stolen Land and Hoarded Resources Redistribution, Decolonization and Community Reparations Tour for Mama Earth and its Earth Peoples” was launched last spring by POOR Magazine, led by “Poverty Skola” Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia of POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE and fellow race, disability, indigenous scholars Leroy Moore from Krip Hop Nation and First Nations Ohlone warrior Corrina Gould of the Sogorea Land Trust. They plan to resume the tour in the coming months.

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The Greens are a movement party

October 25, 2016

Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka, Stein-Baraka campaign manager David Cobb and Jill Stein surrogate YahNé Ndgo were in Downtown Berkeley on Saturday, Oct. 22, for a rally at the Berkeley City Club. A “political revolution is absolutely necessary in this country, but a political revolution cannot be run, r-u-n, in just one election cycle,” Cobb says. The Green Party is a party of activists, a party of social change.

Colin Kaepernick arrived at the Bills game in Buffalo, where he was starting quarterback for the 49ers, wearing a Muhammad Ali T-shirt.

The ‘woke tailgate’: The brave of Buffalo kneel in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick

October 20, 2016

Sunday, Oct. 16, was the 48th anniversary of that indelible moment in 1968 when John Carlos and Tommie Smith put their heads down and fists up on the Olympic medal stand as the anthem played, their friend the Australian silver-medalist Peter Norman standing in solidarity with their protest. Forty-eight years later to the day, in Buffalo, New York, Colin Kaepernick made his first start of the 2016 season as his 49ers took on the Bills.

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