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February 01, 2005
    In Georgia there are 400,000 people in jail, in prison, on probation or on parole, and 600,000 people on the state prison visitation lists. This gives the criminal justice reform movement a potential base of 1,000,000 constituents. Even a small fraction of this number is enough to turn a distant dream of reform into an inevitable reality. Today, for the first time in many years, budget realities, policy expertise, and grassroots organizing has made Georgia a prime candidate for real change.

Communities United for Action, Power & Justice is a coalition where all those working on criminal justice can expand analysis, think strategically, and build power.

September 14, 2004

How do we use the Presidential election to not only advance our politics and build our organizations and movements, but also deliver a measurable blow to US imperialist power? This is the question I hear over and over again.

Our role as revolutionaries, as always, is to connect the issues, connect the opposition on different fronts, and help develop an analysis in the movement of the system that we are up against. Our role is to help build and strengthen organizations, as well as deepen the understanding of the history and power of social movements to advance justice and liberation.

September 14, 2004

The apology, coming from powerful institutions like the White House or a major metropolitan daily, is an art form. The art lies in crafting a mea culpa that confesses just enough to sound sincere, but without cutting so deeply as to call the institution’s motives into question. In the case of corporate news media, Rule No. 1 goes like this: Admit to being duped by your sources if you must, or even to editorial incompetence. But never admit to having made a willful, selective use of the evidence in front of you. In other words, that the institution itself must change. The editors of the New York Times made a dramatic apology on May 26.

September 14, 2004

Images of same sex couples kissing in wedlock on the evening news has literally screwed the right-wing agenda of family values. The debates have come at a time when the right wing has seemed unstoppable, and the mainstream gay establishment deserves much credit for successfully inserting itself in the public discourse.

However, from the radical Queer politics expressed in the last issue of Left Turn to left liberal theorists writing in The Nation, progressives seem to not understand this event for what it shows: the right wing is having to battle over their agenda of family values, at least when it comes to rallying the majority of Americans against gays and lesbians. It shows that there’s still some life in the sick, and perhaps dying, American body politic.

September 14, 2004

On March 20, 2003, I lay on Market Street in San Francisco with my affinity group blocking a major thoroughfare. Two months of frenzied organizing prepared for this moment when about 20,000 people around the Bay Area decided that they would not move one inch to allow business to go on as usual when we knew that bombs were starting to rain down on Baghdad and kill people. Such a visible resistance by US citizens to the start of war reverberated around the world that day.

Over a year later, Iraqi civilians and US troops are dying every day under the on-going US occupation. In response, Iraqis from all backgrounds have developed a powerful intifada that leaves no doubt of the widespread hatred for the US occupation.