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June 01, 2006
    Joined by a team of Mexican, gringo, Brazilian, and French journalists, R.J. Maccani reported on the Zapatista’s new national initiative in Mexico from the southwestern state of Oaxaca in the first months of 2006. Here he gives Left Turn an insider’s view into the beginnings of a national movement building popular power beyond the state.

The Zapatista rebels of Mexico’s southeastern state of Chiapas are taking their boldest step since they rose up in arms twelve years ago. Continuing a twenty-two year journey of growth and transformation, they are spreading out beyond their autonomous communities to join with and build a Mexican and global movement for democracy, freedom, and justice.

June 01, 2006
    At its most basic level, the goal of organizing against prison expansion is to prevent the construction of cages, therefore making it impossible to lock people in them. Our job in the anti-expansion movement is to explain what happens when cities of cages are built and used to hold people captive by exposing the myth that more cages create more order.
June 01, 2006
    Since Columbus first set foot on North American shores, and since the formation of the first state sponsored police forces, slave patrols, state violence and resistance to it have been permanent fixtures of the American experience.

“We Charge Genocide,” presented to the United Nations by the Civil Rights Congress in 1951, documented thousands of incidents of police brutality against African-Americans alone. The Black Panther Party first came together in response to police violence in Oakland, CA.

June 01, 2006
    Political prisoners, if largely unacknowledged, are at the crux of debates over incarceration. Their presence testifies to the ongoing legacy of social problems, which in itself is central to the cycle of crime and punishment. As the anti-prison movement continues to grow in strength and stature, the question of political prisoners demands attention because these movement veterans remain part of current endeavors for social justice. Their lengthy incarceration, including many with life sentences, speaks to the vengeful mindset governing imprisonment in the US. Parole is almost uniformly impossible—even after decades of incarceration and despite their having met all the requirements for release.
June 01, 2006

Both scholars and activists have tended to periodize the feminist movement into the so-called first, second, and third waves of feminism. The “first wave” is characterized by the white suffragette movement; the “second wave” is characterized by the formation of the National Organization for Women, abortion rights politics, and the fight for the Equal Rights Amendments. Suddenly, as if having no prior organizing history, women of color make an appearance during the “third wave,” transforming feminism into a multicultural movement.

But the problems with this approach become clear when acknowledging that the histories of feminism extend beyond these narrow waves.