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2008 December

Monthly Archives: December 2008

Free the Atenco 13!

As economies crumble around the globe, states are becoming increasingly repressive, especially against those who are its political opponents and resisters.

Mexico City’s Week of Solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal

With drums, songs, rap, performance and a lot of leafleting, the friends of Mumia in Mexico demanded his freedom in the zocalo on Saturday, Dec. 6, in solidarity with the march in Philadelphia.

Wanda’s Picks for Dec. 19

Prince Lasha wrote, performed - as saxophonist, flutist and clarinetist - and recorded his music all over the globe. He passed away Dec. 12.

North American academics call for free and fair elections in El Salvador

The letter asserts, "The United States government must respect the right of the Salvadoran electorate to choose its government free from threats of U.S. hostility or reprisals."

Thrown shoes unite Iraq

Tribal leaders from throughout Iraq, from the North to South and from East to West, have claimed him as their son. Muntather's action has united Sunnis, Shiites and Christians. It's united Iraqis as Iraqis.

‘If it moved, you shot it’: Investigation uncovers vigilante shootings of Blacks in New...

In an 18-month investigation, A.C. Thompson weaves together stories of both innocent victims and unrepentant vigilantes, painting a terrifying and never before told picture of a hidden race war in New Orleans in the days following Hurricane Katrina.

Merchants of death: Exposing the corporate-financed holocaust in Africa

Blacked out by a media smokescreen are the corporate executives, government officials and expatriate personnel of Western enterprises whose success amidst chaos implicates them in the deracination and death of millions of Black people.

America’s sixth child

On the day he died, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called his mother to give her his next Sunday's sermon title: "Why America May Go to Hell."

The Great Harlem Debate: Was the Obama Election Good for Black People?

This past Sunday over 1,200 people showed up at Salem Methodist Church in Harlem to listen and weigh in on a discussion that has been raging on in our communities but is oftentimes swept under the rug.

Don’t be a Buffalo Soldier

"Buffalo Soldiers": Oppressed people given guns and sent out to kill other oppressed people. An old and shameful story that some people, somehow, take pride in. Now that story - and that call - is being revived.

Thirty-five years of isolation, introspection and torture

When imprisoned and placed in an isolation unit, you begin to live inside yourself, measuring how you are doing against the challenges that you are confronted by to gauge how well you are getting on.

The open-air prison called Gaza Strip

Gaza Strip, Palestine, has been brutally occupied by Apartheid Israel since 1967 and has been under a genocidal siege since mid-2007.

Chicago workers: ‘Don’t let it die!’

"This is the start of something," urges Republic Windows worker Raul Flores. "Don't let it die. Learn something from it."

Keeping the pressure on in Paris, Texas

Driven by a hurting mother's call for justice, nearly 300 protesters from across the state and country converged on the lawn of the Lamar County Courthouse to speak out about the fatal dragging of 24-year-old Brandon McClelland.

‘Without the King’: Meet the director, Michael Skolnik

When my 4-year-old daughter watched the film, she told me she did not think it was right for the royal family to be so rich while the regular people have to drink water out of puddles on the ground.

‘Good riddance, you dog’

Standing next to his puppet, Maliki, George actually had the gall to say that the invasion and occupation of Iraq were "hard, but necessary." I am surprised he wasn't deluged with shoes.

How to lose Pacifica, and how to save it

I'm assuming the worst now: that the threat of bankruptcy by the Pacifica radio network is, at bottom, a ruse to shock and awe us into remaking Pacifica into a mainstream radio network.

Tookie’s cubs are running loose

You young people who are left behind to fight and win the freedom and justice Tookie was denied are his "cubs."

The state-sponsored murder of Tookie Williams, cofounder of the Crips

Schwarzenegger's excuse for murdering Tookie: "But the inclusion of George Jackson on this list defies reason and is a significant indicator that Williams is not reformed and that he still sees violence and lawlessness as a legitimate means to address societal problems."

California murders Tookie

At 12:35, Stanley Tookie Williams was dead. The state of California had murdered him. A man whose greeting was the Swahili term Amani, or peace, was gone. What a waste.