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AIDE: Action In Defense of Education

By: 
Linda Salinas
Date Published: 
November 01, 2005
    I’m on a conference call talking to mostly people of color across California. They are organizers, leaders, friends, and students from community colleges, California State Universities, and the University of California. Throughout the past year, it has been amazing to connect with so many people of color that are organizing within their communities and campuses. The energy and dedication they show is only surpassed by their societal understanding of oppression. We met in the process of creating a network called AIDE, Action In Defense of Education.

These conference calls helped to reconnect these inspiring people and to coordinate our organizing. We also held statewide meetings, and at the end of last year over 40 members from all over the state got together in L.A.

The Imperial Gamble

By: 
Rayan El-Amine
Date Published: 
April 01, 2007

At every juncture in its Middle East policy, the US has opted to escalate and use military might to regain control of a quagmire of its own making. This has not only been the direction that the US has chosen in Iraq, but also with Iran. Despite the continuing disaster in Iraq—where over 1,000 Iraqis died in just one week in February and the highest 3-month death toll of US troops was recently surpassed—Bush has decided to increase the troops in Iraq by 20,000 and continue a pattern of confrontation, provocation, and militarism as its sole policy in the Middle East.

Western Sahara: a “hidden” colony

By: 
By Jacob Mundy
Date Published: 
November 01, 2005
    Western Sahara is not exactly on the front pages of newspapers—despite being Africa’s last colony. The continued occupation by Morocco with western acquiesces and the exploitation of their resources have pushed the Saharans to rebel.

The city of Al-’Ayun is normally very quiet, eerily so. The intensity of the desert’s sun and the panoptic eye of the Moroccan security apparatus make for an oppressive environment. Locals, whether native activists or Moroccan settlers, often speak in hushed whispers, especially when the conversation turns towards the political, towards the subjects of independence and occupation. Walking the streets, it is often difficult to believe that this is the site of one of Africa’s oldest conflicts.

NGOs and the Zapatistas

By: 
Mary Ann Tenuto Sanchez
Date Published: 
November 01, 2005
    On January 1, 1994, the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN for their initials in Spanish) rose up in arms against the government of Mexico, calling the world’s attention to the extreme poverty in which indigenous peoples lived: of the 3.5 million people in Chiapas, 1.5 million had no access to medical services; 72 out of every 100 children did not finish first grade; 54% of all Chiapas residents suffered from malnutrition, reaching 80% in indigenous areas; and 50% of all children under five died of curable diseases.

Not surprisingly, local, national and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) rushed into this new and much publicized space. Some have since played an important supporting role in the movement.

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond The Non-Profit Industrial Complex.

By: 
Max Uhlenbeck
Date Published: 
November 01, 2005
    “I’m very much afraid of this ‘Foundation Complex.’ We’re getting praise from places that worry me.”—Ella Baker, June 1963

In May of 2004 the radical feminist organization INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, organized an historic conference titled The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond The Non-Profit Industrial Complex. The conference addressed issues related to funding within the radical movement, specifically the role that large foundations were playing in re-structuring grassroots organizations to fit within a corporate model.

While attending the most recent INCITE!

NGOs and Palestine

By: 
Uda Olabarria Walker
Date Published: 
November 01, 2005
    Today there are at least 1,200 Palestinian NGOs operating in a geo-political space equivalent to the size of Washington DC and Delaware combined. According to the World Bank, 200 of these are foreign run, 400 are local and organized under the umbrella of the General Union of Charitable Organizations, 90 are organized under the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations’ Network (PNGO) and a couple hundred others are divided among 4 other NGO Unions.

Pakistani Voices of Resistance

By: 
Aasim Sajjad Akhtar
Date Published: 
August 01, 2005
    Unlike many parts of the world in recent years, the left in Pakistan has not reemerged as a mass political force representing the widespread dissent that working people are voicing against neo-liberalism.

Unfortunately in Pakistan the most visible political force opposing imperialist expansion (at least on the surface) is the religious-right. The depravity and hollow sloganeering of the parties of the right is exposed by the fact that they have been as complicit in welcoming the penetration of multinational capital into the economy as any mainstream bourgeois party. Meanwhile the left has remained on the political margins. The politics of NGOs – an influential part of mass movements in Europe and parts of Latin America – has been suspect.

Only Rights Fix Wrongs: Sex Workers and the Anti-trafficking Debate

By: 
Darby Hickey
Date Published: 
August 01, 2005
    Sensationalized and over-simplified, talk of sex trafficking in mainstream debate has too often been devoid of the political intricacies it deserves. By equating sex work with exploitation and human trafficking with sex trafficking these analyses both ignore the agency of sex workers and the many other reasons humans are trafficked or forced to migrate. Additionally, how do some anti-trafficking groups and U.S. policy fail to address the realities and rights of sex workers, preferring moral stances rather than actually improving the lives of those who are trafficked? Darby Hickey explores these contradictions and complexities through unraveling recent debates, policies, and campaigns surrounding sex work and trafficking.

Rage Against the RNC: Activists Prepare for the Republican Invasion

By: 
Max Uhlenbeck
Date Published: 
September 14, 2004
    The 2004 Republican National Convention (RNC) is coming to New York City for the first time in its 150-year history. From an organizer’s perspective the convention itself presents our movement—or movement of movements—with an almost endless series of unique opportunities as well as some concrete challenges.

    “New York City is rising. The Republicans believe they can exploit our city to further their regressive political agenda.

Growing the Greens: Report from the National Convention

By: 
Chris Anderson
Date Published: 
September 14, 2004

As Democrats and Republicans prepare to unveil their rotating stages at this summer’s media circus in Boston and New York, a different scenario was playing out this past June 23-28 on the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where the Green Party held its national convention.

Green Party members arrived for their Presidential nominating convention with a large bloc of uncommitted delegates, a contested nomination, and rumors of dissent in the air. In brief: as far as political conventions go, this four-day exercise in grassroots democracy was the real deal.