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Missing the Point: Palestinian Resistance and the Irrelevance of International Debate

By: 
Emily Windelstein
Date Published: 
September 14, 2004
    “I want the land because it’s my land; I have the right to reach my land. At least, if the Israelis are able to build the Wall, which I will see in front of me everyday when I look from my home’s window, I want to remember that I tried to do something to stop it…even if I couldn’t in the end. “The people in the village want their land because it is all which is left after the occupation confiscation stole most of our land in 1948. The Wall will leave us with nothing. Everybody is angry, but anger is not enough – something should be done too. After this Intifada, there is no living sources left but this land. We are a poor village – the school teacher is the richest. What do you expect the situation of the others to be?

Workers in the (Local) South

By: 
Jim Straub
Date Published: 
September 14, 2004

Every day, hundreds of sanitation workers in Richmond, Virginia, drive dilapidated trash trucks up and down the cobblestone back alleyways of their small southern city, taking away the trash. The work is hard. The summers are hot. And the pay is low.

Richmond sanitation workers, like workers all over the south, earn less money and have fewer workplace rights than their northern counterparts. This is because the ‘Solid South’ – the southern region of the US that has historically been dominated by entrenched elites and political conservatism – is also solidly non-union. Whereas more than 25% of workers in New York state belong to a union, in Virginia less than 6% do.

Not Squared with the USA

By: 
Lee Gough
Date Published: 
September 14, 2004
    I paid my income tax today
    I never felt so proud before
    To be right there with millions more
    Who paid their income tax today
    I’m squared up with the USA
    See those bombers in the sky?
    Rockefeller helped to build ‘em, so did I
    I paid my income tax today.

    I paid my income tax today
    A thousand planes to bomb Berlin
    They’ll all be paid for and I chipped in
    That certainly makes me feel okay
    Ten thousand more and that ain’t hay
    We must pay for this war somehow
    Uncle Sam was worried but he isn’t now
    I paid my income tax today.

    —(Excerpt), Irving Berlin, Commissioned by the US Treasury Department, 1942

Here’s how I became a war tax resister.

Dishing Out Just Desserts: The Biotic Baking Brigade

By: 
Kate Crane
Date Published: 
September 14, 2004
    The Biotic Baking Brigade, or BBB, has elicited cheers and laughter from thousands worldwide. This West Coast-based network of pastry lovers dishes out generous portions of mischievous justice in the form of pies — through the air, in the face.

In the spring of 1994, revered environmental activist Judi Bari hurled the pie that led to the BBB. At an environmental-law conference, Bari, in a wheelchair and too weak to throw a pie alone after her bombing incident, enlisted a volunteer, and together they pied high. The recipient was a gold-digging attorney who was profiteering from environmentalists whom he was supposed to be representing.

Three years after Bari’s inspirational flantics, things heated up.

Virginia Anti-War Coalition

By: 
Jen Lawhorne
Date Published: 
September 14, 2004

The national anti-war movement quickly fizzled like an out-of-shape runner at the beginning of a marathon. Huge turnouts at demonstrations before the invasion of Iraq dwindled to meek protests once the US-led occupation started.

Richmond, Virginia experienced nothing different than the rest of the country. The small city mobilized against the war before it started and on the weekend the invasion began, a passionately angry protest took the city streets in one of Richmond’s largest demonstrations ever, with more than 2,000 people. It was no small feat for this conservative “capital of the Confederacy” and one of the most militarized states in the country, home to the Pentagon, CIA, FBI and Norfolk, the world’s largest naval base.

Then everything died down. Popular outrage simmered.

Muzzled Activist: The Case of Sherman Austin

By: 
Merlin Chowkwanyun
Date Published: 
September 14, 2004

Almost one year has passed since Southern California-area activist and Raisethefist.com webmaster Sherman Austin entered federal prison for “distribution” of information about making or using explosives with the “intent” that such information “be used for, or in furtherance of, an activity that constitutes a Federal crime of violence.”

To date, he remains the only person sentenced under the vaguely worded 18 USC. 842 (p)(2)(A), pushed through Congress after years of effort by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Another Country: Georgie on Their Mind

By: 
William MacDougal
Date Published: 
September 14, 2004

You probably missed country star Darryl Worley’s performance at the 38th Superbowl, overshadowed as it was by the headline grabbing antics of Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson.

Collective Parenting for Collective Liberation

By: 
Rahula Janowski
Date Published: 
February 01, 2007

Although outright hostility towards parents and children in radical left spaces is uncommon, there is an undercurrent of hostility or at least ambivalence about parents and children in many radical movements in the US. Meanwhile, the radical left in the US is small, fractured, and struggling, and our communities of resistance are largely racially segregated, mono-generational, and unsustainable.

Organizing After Victory:Immokalee Encuentro

By: 
Marc Rodrigues
Date Published: 
November 01, 2005
    Over the first week of August, approximately 70 activists, organizers, and trainers gathered in Immokalee, Florida—home of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers—for the first-ever Student/Farmworker Alliance National Youth and Student Encuentro. This week-long gathering featured anti-oppression trainings, workshops on various topics, and a two-day strategy session where participants discussed and began to plan for the next phases of the movement in solidarity with farmworkers.

DEPORTEN A LA MIGRA!

By: 
Maria Poblet and Luis Herrera
Date Published: 
November 01, 2005
    The Deporten A La Migra (“Deport the ICE/INS”) coalition formed in May, 2004, in response to an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raid in San Francisco’s Mission District, and recently expanded by merging with the Drivers Licenses Coalition. We are a Coalition led by grassroots organizations with a people of color membership base, led by working class immigrants from Latin America.

Our roots are in the anti-gentrification movement in the Mission District, and we connect our experiences of being displaced from our countries to the experience of being displaced from our homes in San Francisco.