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It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned -- and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for...
World leaders and business executives will be meeting at Davos to discuss how they want to run our economy - in their own best interests. We're led to believe that without their entrepreneurial talent that we would all be worse off than we are now. The myths of this elite...
Most white Americans believe they were born white. Yet their own stories of early racial experiences describe persons who were bred white. Which is it-nature or nurture? Neither. The social process that creates whites produces persons who must think of their whiteness as a...
In his testimony before the St. Louis County Grand Jury, Darren Wilson said he felt like a five-year-old peering into the face of someone who “looks like a demon” as he wrestled with Michael Brown, the black teen he later shot to death in Ferguson, Missouri. In other...
I have mixed emotions about Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For me, it’s a time of hopeful celebration — but also of cautionary vigilance. I celebrate an extraordinary man of courage and conviction and his remarkable achievements and hope that I can behave in a manner that honors...
“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” Democracy is dead. It has always been an afflicted creature - hobbling about - wounded at its very being. An enslaving...
Martin Luther King Jr. had more than “a dream,” but you might not notice that on Monday during observances for his birthday. Somewhere between his assassination and today began an MLK-neutering campaign meant to turn the famed agitator’s holiday into a national Day of...
In your weekly, admittedly rhetorical WTF-is-wrong-with-this-country turn, it seems cops in South Florida have been using real photos of real black men - bullet-riddled, obviously, when they're done with them - as target practice at their shooting range, an endearing ritual...
The terrorist attack in France that took place at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was not about free speech. It was not about radical Islam. It did not illustrate the fictitious clash of civilizations. It was a harbinger of an emerging dystopia where the wretched of...
A comics report by Stephanie McMillan about two movements that converged on Washington DC, Stop the Machine and Occupy DC.
For generations, white households have enjoyed far greater access to wealth and security than their black counterparts. As protesters march through our cities to remind us that black lives matter, grievances about our racially fractured society extend far beyond...
Have you ever encountered a baby whose gender is unknown to you? Not knowing can feel profoundly uncomfortable. We barely realize how great the differences are in how we treat male and female people, and in what we expect of them. These differences are by no means subtle...
In 2011, TIME Magazine selected “the protester” as its person of the year. Perhaps “person of the decade” would have been a more accurate depiction. We live in tumultuous times. Since 2011, every year seems to have brought more protests, more rebellions, more uprisings —...
For white folks to claim that race should not matter is to reveal that race has never negatively impacted us. The invented supremacy of whiteness has provided us with privilege and power in politics, social institutions, and our personal and professional lives, making it a...
While recent protests have focused on the deaths of black men, it's black women who are leading the charge. Producer Jihan Hafiz followed young black women in Washington, D.C., as they organize and build their movement. And while their targets are police brutality and...
“Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them…Prisons are a profitable business. They are a way of legally perpetuating slavery. In every state more and more prisons are being...
"An eye for an eye is not our vision of justice," declared #BlackLivesMatter in a statement released Sunday A declaration by the New York Police Department Union that it will engage in "wartime policing" in response to Saturday's killing of two city law enforcement...
My name is Assata Shakur, and I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the US government’s policy towards people of color. I am an...
Mass incarceration and bloated police departments are major incubators of some of the most reactionary ideas in society, writes Todd Chretien. IN THE wake of the grand jury decisions in Ferguson and Staten Island, tens of thousands have marched, occupied city halls and...
There are myriad reasons why the rallying hashtag for the movement that grew out of ‪#‎Ferguson‬ is ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ and not ‪#‎AllLivesMatter‬. See this, 
As occupying public spaces was to the Occupy movement, “Shutting It Down” is to the new wave of protest around police brutality and systemic racism. “If We Don’t Get It, Shut It Down” has long been a favorite chant of the labor movement, but for the rapidly growing movement...
The nascent movement against racist police brutality in the US received a boost of energy from the non-indictment of Eric Garner's murderers in blue. Thousands filled the streets from New York City to Berkeley, California to protest racist injustice and...
“This movement-in-the-making has no choice but to challenge the very legitimacy of the State and its armed organs of coercion.” After decades of misleader-induced lethargy and quietude, Black America is finally in motion – or, at the very least, earnestly seeking ways to...
The activist, feminist and revolutionary explains how the ‘prison industrial complex’ profits from black people, that Barack Obama can’t be blamed for the lack of progress on race, and why Beyoncé is not a terrorist “There is an unbroken line of police violence in the United...
Editors Note: Last week, YES! magazine published an article by Fania Davis, director of a restorative justice center and sister of civil rights activist Angela Davis, called “This Country Needs a Truth and Reconciliation Process on Violence Against African Americans—Right...
One of the themes of the superb writing of Henry Giroux is that more and more Americans are becoming "disposable," recognized as either commodities or criminals by the more fortunate members of society. There seems to be a method to the madness of winner-take-all...
You and I constitute the very system that we blame for the world’s problems, which is starkly illustrated at Christmas when we rob our fragile earth on the high streets in the name of Jesus. What better way to celebrate the birth of Christ this year than to unite under the...
“In refusing to prosecute, Obama and Holder demonstrate their own profound disregard for the collective rights of Black Americans as a people.” Black Americans know all about “law and order”: the term, itself, is code for the state-wielded hammer that is relentlessly...
We are two students -- one black, one white -- at Union Theological Seminary, an institution historically and presently committed to fighting against injustice through faith and action. We were outraged by the non-indictment in the case of Eric Garner, which is only the most...
So, there's this page where local people have discussions and they happened to be having a discussion about protesters blocking traffic. This is my response.     
Whatever is Privilege? - Why the caption on the picture is bollocks, from someone who is a white male who once said those words. Working out what is wrong in the world I grew up with a sense that something was wrong with the world but I didn't know what; Was it socialism?...
The decision not to indict Eric Garner's killer is just the latest story in a long history of violence against black men. What response can disrupt patterns set by centuries of racism? I am among the millions who have experienced the shock, grief, and fury of losing someone...
As I write, New York City is witnessing its fifth day of demonstrations after a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in the Eric Garner killing. Those demonstrations followed on the protests across the country over the police shootings of Akai...
Finally a lawmaker has put his weight behind what many people have been saying for months: this doesn’t end with Darren Wilson’s resignation, the entire Ferguson Police Department needs to go before any progress can be made. According to Reuters, Rep. Lacy Clay (D), who...
Anarchists are part of the global conversation on what’s broken in the world, but when things really fall apart—like with the current Ebola outbreak—is the state the only answer? How might a stateless society respond to a challenge like this one? This article provides an...
In the wake of the announcement that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for shooting and killing Mike Brown, protestors across the country took to the streets in mass acts of civil disobedience, and in some cases, property damage. And so, yesterday...
Rape threats are an all-too-common reality for women online. Just as often, the anonymity of the Internet makes it nearly impossible to strike back at trolls. What’s more, as is well documented, social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook have been slow, and often...
Word is the air-conditioning units of Downing Street are soon to be replaced, after a record number of vacuous policy announcements dangerously increased the amount of hot air circulating above Cabinet meetings. Adding to the strain on the huffing-and-puffing air recyclers...
The idea of "living for the weekend​" is nothing new. The history of what we call "youth culture" is really just a history of young people being unable to reconcile their day-to-day lives with their social lives, finding solace in the tribal rites of a Saturday night and...
  "A riot is the language of the unheard." - MLK    A specter is haunting New York City, the Specter of Ferguson. Police impunity has left us no choice but to revolt! The gra
Law is pretty abstract. Unlike the role of a doctor or a builder, that of a lawyer is difficult to explain to a young mind. When my children eventually ask me about what I do when I “work” (confusingly simultaneously a place I seem to go to and a thing I do at home; either...
NGOs are no longer seen as the blameless agents of benevolence. Dinyar Godrej inspects the charge-sheet against them. Not today: a girl walks past a school in Kibera, a Nairobi slum without running water or electricity, where 800 aid organizations operate. © Noor Khamis...
For most of America’s history, one of the most righteous anti-white supremacist tactics available was looting. As protests in Ferguson continued unabated one week after the police killing of Michael Brown, Jr., zones of Twitter and the left media predominantly sympathetic to...
Wait. Patience. Stay Calm. “This is a country that allows everybody to express their views,” said the first Black president, “allows them to peacefully assemble, to protest actions that they think are unjust.” Don’t disrupt, express. Justice will be served. We respect the...
As we all know by now, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenage boy, was gunned down by the police while walking to his grandmother’s house in the middle of the afternoon. For the past few days my Facebook newsfeed has been full of stories about the incidents unfolding in...
    The state has a monopoly on violence. The grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson or Daniel Pantaleo further proves what many of us have known for too long: that the state is the only legitimate source of violence in our society. It validates its impunity...
There are so many to choose from. Every one of these selections is an act of corporate treachery that takes billions of dollars from the American people.  1. Selling Medication For Up To 100 Times More Than It's Worth  Pharmaceutical companies reap billions of dollars in...
When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer of 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African American male. But that has it precisely backward. What we’ve...
What happens when you take a nation with a history of white supremacy and racial insecurity, paint on a superficial glaze of political correctness, and add politicians willing to exploit xenophobia for electoral gain? If the nation in question is Australia, you get a set of...
Cypherpunk: A History of Resistance to the NSA Cipher + cyber + punk = cypherpunk = a social and political movement. Whether you’re an activist, a journalist, a student, human rights defender, globetrotter, technophile, or ordinary citizen of any country — you’re effected...