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Towards Dual Power: Peoples’ Alternatives in Oaxaca

By: 
Rochelle Gause
Date Published: 
February 01, 2007

A popular uprising that shakes the roots of a long-held exploitive power dynamic is occurring in Oaxaca, Mexico. Not only does it threaten the corrupt and repressive government that has controlled the region for years, the movement is also creating an alternative structure for popular governance. Beginning as a teachers’ strike and evolving into a full-scale popular struggle, the movement relies on creative nonviolent direct action to incapacitate the state government and demand the resignation of the current governor, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.

Timeline of Popular Resistance in Mexico: 1998-2006

By: 
RJ Maccani
Date Published: 
February 01, 2007

1988

July 6

Cuauhtemoc Cárdenas, candidate of the newly created Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), is leading the vote count in Mexico’s presidential elections. A computer glitch is created and when the smoke clears Carlos Salinas de Gortari of the ruling PRI party is declared the president of Mexico. Salinas proceeds to dismantle major gains of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1917) and the PRD consolidates itself as a “center-left” electoral force.

February 27

In preparation for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Salinas government ends Mexico’s historic commitment to land reform by dismantling Article 27 of the Constitution.

Intervention & the Politics of Solidarity in Darfur

By: 
Shane Bauer
Date Published: 
February 01, 2007

In Darfur, many of the villages that I walked through had been transformed into moonscapes—collections of circular burned huts staining the desolate countryside. Blankets of ash and objects scattered across the ground hinted at the moment everything was torn asunder. The silence was penetrating. Mortar shells, bullets, and bombs were spread across the village floors and lone heat-deformed shoes suggested the panic with which people fled. I spent many of those hot summer days talking with the rebels, referred to by civilians as “the movement,” asking them what they were fighting for. At the forefront of the struggle against the genocidal Sudanese government, they were uncompromising in their fight for basic justice.

Tell Me Somethin’ Good

By: 
Kim Diehl
Date Published: 
February 01, 2007

One year ago in September, seven unions formed the Change to Win coalition and split from the AFL-CIO. During this past year the conversations about the future of organized labor, particularly black labor, shifted from a loud buzz to a hoarse whisper. Like a Hollywood divorce, news coverage of the split made headlines, with spokespersons on both sides arguing over details most of us on the outside knew little about.

During the split, I worked for the Service Employees International Union, the union that led the charge from the AFL-CIO. My job as communications staff allowed me the opportunity to get a behind the scenes view of that historic and heavily-charged moment.

Where Are We Heading Now?

By: 
By M. Thandabantu Iverson
Date Published: 
February 01, 2007

The passing of one’s contemporaries often triggers a gut-wrenching introspection about what one purports to be about, what one has accomplished with others, and what must yet be done.

Activism in Lebanon: Post Ceasefire

By: 
Sami Hermez
Date Published: 
February 01, 2007

Post-official-ceasefire Lebanon has brought many Lebanese together to work on grassroots efforts to help rebuild the country after Israel’s 33 day assault this summer. The groups and organizations formed after the war cut across sectarian and religious lines in this historically divided country and have created a new opportunity for progressive forces to work together. Sami Hermez looks at some of the organizations born from this effort, their politics, and future potential.

Enduring Wars of Terror

By: 
Pranjal Tiwari
Date Published: 
February 01, 2007

Five years since the declaration of the “war on terror” suddenly everyone seems to be a critic. Even the complacent US public seems to have had enough and in the recent congressional elections, they voted to kick out the republicans. Pranjal Tiwari takes account of the last five years of the “war on terror” and the misery and instability it has created globally.

It seems almost every month now that another lie is exposed at the highest levels, as one after the other senior US officials and mainstream commentators line up against the policies of the Bush administration. Whereas even a squeak of disagreement was difficult to detect in the later part of 2001, today, words such as “mistakes”, “failure”, and even “defeat” have become increasingly present in the discourse.

Icarus Project

By: 
Will Hall
Date Published: 
February 01, 2007

The Icarus Project began when Sascha Dubrul, a long-time radical activist and punk musician, sought out other people struggling with the out-of-control emotional extremes that got him diagnosed with bipolar disorder and labeled “mentally ill.” Mental health issues are rarely discussed openly, and when they are, talk is either dominated by pharmaceutical company propaganda that says, “You have a brain disorder and need medication,” or by a narrow anti-system view that preaches, “Mental illness is a myth and taking medication is selling out.” Sascha did not fit into either category; he made the decision to use a prescription psych drug to keep him sane, while at the same time being very uncomfortable with mainstream views of madness.

A lot of us deal with the same dilemmas.

Red, Black, but Not Green: Green Party Challenges in the Black Community

By: 
Roger White
Date Published: 
October 01, 2006

Black voters in the US are like all other voters here with one exception. Many of our ancestors had to die for the right to vote for the lesser of two evils. Naturally, we want our votes not only to count (no slam dunk) we want them to make a difference. Because Blacks are not an electoral majority in any state or nationally, maximizing the worth of our choices by being a part of an electoral coalition that has a real chance to win power is a priority.

Black voters tend to register their anger and frustration at the political status quo simply by not voting, not by supporting third parties.

This wasn’t always the case.

(White) Male Privilege, Black Respectability, and Black Women’s Bodies

By: 
Mark Anthony Neal
Date Published: 
October 01, 2006
    As a Black female, you go to a party, you’re expected to dance, you’re expected to be sexually provocative. You [are expected to] want to be touched, to be grabbed, to be fondled...As if they’re re-enacting a rap video or something. As if we’re there to be their video ho, basically. We can’t just be regular students here.