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Boycotting Israeli Apartheid in Toronto

By: 
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
Date Published: 
February 01, 2007

The landmark conference “The Struggle Continues: Boycotting Israeli Apartheid,” held in Toronto from October 6-8, drew over 600 activists together around one challenge: How can we move global boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel forward? Organized by the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA), the conference centered around the coalition’s central demands: an end to the Israeli occupation of all Arab and Palestinian lands, the release of all Arab and Palestinian political prisoners, full equality for all citizens of Israel, and the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and lands from which they were expelled from 1947 to the present day.

Community in Unity: Fighting Prison Construction in the South Bronx

By: 
Carlos Allicea and Lisa Ortega and Carlos Sabater
Date Published: 
February 01, 2007

The South Bronx has been well known for fighting the powers that be. Elected officials, government figureheads, and even organizations within our community sell out our people for a price. From power plants that emit toxic pollutants to failing schools, police brutality, inadequate health care services, and limited access to environmental amenities—Bronx residents eat, breathe, and sleep struggle.

The most recent attempt to subdue and break us down has been the Department of Corrections’ proposal to build a 2,000-bed jail on top of a toxic brownfield in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. The City quietly unveiled its plans to build this new jail in May during a city council meeting.

The Other Campaign/La Otra Campaña

By: 
Lydia Pelot-Hobbs
Date Published: 
February 01, 2007

Review of The Other Campaign/La Otra Campaña
By Subcomandante Marcos and the Zapatistas
City Lights Books 2006

Since their first declaration of war in 1994, people have been looking to the Zapatistas worldwide as a model in the struggle against neoliberalism. Almost a year and a half ago in their Sixth Declaration, the Zapatistas put forth their newest initiative in their fight for “democracy, dignity, and justice.” This initiative, The Other Campaign, is focused on the Zapatistas going across Mexico, listening to the stories and struggles of everyday people in an effort to learn from these movements as a way to facilitate the bringing together of the currently disjointed Left.

Voices of Resistence: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality

By: 
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin
Date Published: 
January 01, 2007

Review of VOICES OF RESISTANCE: MUSLIM WOMEN ON WAR, FAITH & SEXUALITY
EDITED BY SARAH HUSAIN
Seal Press, 2006

“…The category ‘Muslim’ is rendered anew through our own politics and cultural practices across gender, sexuality, race, and nation”, says Sarah Husain.

Aisha Sattar comments in her essay, “The Politics of Hajj”, “Perhaps it is my education at UC Berkeley that has drilled in my head the mantra of ‘race, class, and gender’, so that no experience can be reflected on without these lenses.”

Lefty Husain in her foreword to Voices of Resistance uses religious terms that have taken on cultural significance, like Muslim and Islam, and places them in quotations. The foreword collects more lefty pretense by placing quotations around every “loaded” term.

Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of solidarity

By: 
Seamus Connolly
Date Published: 
February 01, 2007

Review of OUTLAWS OF AMERICA: THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND AND THE POLITICS OF SOLIDARITY
BY DAN BERGER
AK Press 2006

The Weather Underground Organization haunts the imaginations of young white leftists searching for a concrete and modern example of white people putting it on the line, taking risks, following the leadership of people of color and really fighting white supremacy.

Breaking Ranks: Refusing to Serve in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip

By: 
Kristin Bricker
Date Published: 
February 01, 2007

Through the voices of the IDF soldiers who refuse to serve in the occupied territories, Breaking Ranks offers incredible insight into Israel’s movement for a just peace. While it focuses almost exclusively on occupied Palestine, the book is an invaluable tool to understand the motivations, politics, and racism behind Israel’s war on Lebanon. When war broke out with Hezbollah, Meretz—Israel’s “peace party” which holds seats in the Knesset—supported the bombing of Lebanon using the tired excuse that Israel “had no choice.” Israeli refusers have heard it before and likely aren’t surprised by the party’s position. Meretz has always condemned the refuseniks.

Letter Of Support For Black Reconstruction in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast

By: 
Catherine Jones
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001
    Here in New Orleans, one year after Katrina, many of us say that we are still drowning. However, in the midst of the despair the catastrophe has continued to create, several strong, local people of color-led organizations have been providing extraordinary grassroots leadership and a broad vision for liberation in our battered community. Letter in Support of a Black Reconstruction is a beautiful and timely gift, arriving at the anniversary of the catastrophe.

Cruel and Unusual Punnsihment: A Hip Hop Compilation to Abolish the Death Penalty

By: 
Walidah Imarisha
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001
    The first time I heard Cruel and Unusual Punishment was in my rental car on the dirt roads of Livingston, Texas. I was driving to protest the execution of Hasan Shakur. Hasan was pronounced dead Aug. 31, 2006 at 6:18 p.m. I rode home with Ray Ramirez, aka Rayzer from the Welfare Poets, and there were no words to express this brotha stolen from us. So I put on this CD and let others speak for me.

Cruel and Unusual Punishment encapsulated the rage, anger, burning pain and intense loss that I was feeling from these cuts around the globe rhyming, yelling, struggling.

Time to Build Our Levees

By: 
Zein El-Amine
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

Monsters, Inc. has been exposed. Operators of the fear-mongering factory are being indicted or pushed out of office. The Marie Antoinettes that they charged with our safety have been exposed. Their biggest propaganda peddlers have been discredited. Bush’s approval ratings continue to dive. No one would touch him with a 10-foot pole during the last election and the only one that he touched—candidate for governor, Kilgore of Virginia—went down in defeat.

Only a few months ago, the only worry that the administration had was Cindy Sheehan. Monsters, Inc. was getting ready to throttle her (like many critics before her) when a real threat to security happened. Katrina happened, and the cat was out of the bag—Monsters, Inc.

Towards A Climate Justice Movement

By: 
Max Uhlenbeck & Sasha Wright
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001
    The devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina has brought the issue of global warming into the public spotlight as never before. More recently, globally coordinated protests during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Montreal have challenged the role in the growing crisis of the largest industrialized nations, and of the US in particular. With each new set of climate data, the scientific community becomes increasingly unified in its call for a drastic response.