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Gun Shows and Immigration in Portland Oregon

By: 
Peter Little
Date Published: 
June 13, 2008

We're now witness to the largest wave of human migration the planet has ever seen. Driven by a new, truly international form of capitalism, human populations are alternately violently displaced, economically pressured, invited, coerced into relocation across the globe by civil wars, low intensity wars, high intensity wars, famines, droughts, hurricanes, floods, trade policies, austerity, and other countless economic and environmental catastrophes. This is globalized capitalism. We live in a time of threatened ecological collapse and the beginnings of capitalism's greatest tragedy-- the possibility of a human created mass die-off of mammalian and other forms of life.

Chronicling the Story of Greater Palestine's Rappers

By: 
Jim Quilty, Daily Star Staff
Date Published: 
August 15, 2008

Jackie Salloum discusses 'Slingshot Hip Hop,' pop culture and art

Friday, August 15, 2008

Chronicling the story of Greater Palestine's rappers

 

Fighting for Community Control in Schools: Blocks Together and Chicago Local School Councils (offline)

By: 
Lewis Wallace
Date Published: 
June 01, 2008

Over 100 students at Chicago’s Orr High School campus walked out of school mid-day on February 27 to protest the school’s imminent “turnaround” by the Chicago Public School Board. Orr’s turnaround means that its principal and all of its teachers will be fired and new staff brought in to create a teacher-training academy sponsored by the Gates foundation.
“I’m not against change, I’m against how the change is coming about,” says Michelle Crowley, 50, whose son is a junior at Mose Vine High School on the Orr Campus. Crowley, a parent activist, is concerned that the changes at the school will negatively impact students who have built trust with their teachers.

Ecological Lens: An Activist Forum

By: 
Gopal Dayaneni & Mateo Nube
Date Published: 
June 01, 2008

Left Turn recently interviewed organizers from different areas of the movement to find out how they thought the notion of ecology fits into their work. Some of them have a storied history as ecological warriors, others have just begun to explore the intersection of ecology with racial and economic justice organizing.

In Defense of Land and Territory: Zapatistas Take on Paramilitaries (offline)

By: 
Kristen Bricker
Date Published: 
June 01, 2008

On January 1, 1994, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN)—the military wing of the zapatistas —rose up in arms, reclaiming 618,000 acres of land in Chiapas, México.

Homelessness but not Voiceless: Chicago Youth Organize Around the Prison-Industrial Complex

By: 
Ryanna Sandoval, Yunuen Rodriguez, Lara S. Brooks & Stephanie Gentry-Fernández
Date Published: 
June 01, 2008

Across Chicago, youth are speaking up against policing and imprisonment strategies of a state that has some of the most racist imprisonment practices in the country. Below, Left Turn guest editor Stephanie Gentry-Fernández collaborates with Chicago-based grassroots organizers to bring us a first-hand report of local organizing around this issue. Three youth organizations and one coalition effort are described by their members to provide a picture of the range of strategies youth are using to respond to “quality-of-life” policing and the threat of imprisonment. A joint project between the four organizing projects is also described in hopes of suggesting the additional power of collective action in the face of repression.

 

Author Response to review of "How Nonviolence Protects the State"

By: 
Peter Gelderloos
Date Published: 
May 24, 2008

Dan Horowitz de Garcia's review of How Nonviolence Protects the State is so full of misrepresentation and personal attacks, I was disappointed to find this level of discourse within a movement journal such as Left Turn. His review falsely portrays the arguments in my book and does a disservice to readers by lying to them about the criticisms I make of pacifism.

DECISION LOOMS: ESCALATE, OR RETREAT & RETRENCH?

By: 
Max Elbaum
Date Published: 
May 28, 2008

Washington's Wars and Occupations:
Month in Review #37

War Times/Tiempo de Guerras

Across the Middle East, the Bush-Neocon post-9/11 project faces failure.

In the last month alone, Washington has had to endure one humiliation after another:

*In Lebanon, the pro-U.S. government (prodded by Israel and/or Washington) announced a set of steps aimed at Hezbollah. Hezbollah and the broader Lebanese opposition movement - which together represent the majority of Lebanese - resisted. When the dust had settled the proposed steps were retracted and, as the New York Times headline put it, the agreement ending the fighting "Leaves Hezbollah Stronger."

*In Pakistan, the new government defied U.S.

The Security and Prosperity Partnership Agreement: NAFTA Plus Homeland Security

By: 
Harsha Walia and Cynthia Oka
Date Published: 
April 00, 2008

As it quietly turns into official policy, the “Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America” (SPP) agreement mixes the neoliberalism of NAFTA with the repression of homeland security. Harsha Walia and Cynthia Oka outline the main features of this emerging framework and its consequences for people in the region.

The SPP was founded in March 2005 at a summit of the heads of state of Canada, the US, and Mexico with the backing of powerful lobby groups including the US Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), and the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations.

The Right to Ecological Development

By: 
Jeff Conant
Date Published: 
June 01, 2008

In the face of ecological collapse, governments both North and South lag, demur, and negotiate to protect business-interests-as-usual while the Kyoto Protocol proposes emissions restrictions wholly insufficient to slow global warming, let alone to reverse it.

In the North we find our policy makers bound to incremental carbon reduction strategies such as carbon trading, a revival of nuclear energy, investments in agrofuels, and other technocratic solutions which essentially rob from Peter to pay Paul. In the Global South, however, social movements are shaping a new vision of large-scale social and ecological change.