In the Media

Obama: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is on Cuba

The Huffington Post
October 31, 2015

Millions of Americans believe that President Obama has normalized relations with Cuba and ended over 50 years of U.S. efforts to strangle its economy. They might have been puzzled when the United States stood up against every other nation save one, in opposing the UN General Assembly resolution which passed, 191-2, on October 27, 2015. That resolution condemned the continuing U.S. commercial, economic and financial embargo against Cuba.

Let's Talk About Democratic Socialism

The Baltimore Sun
November 11, 2015

Senator Bernie Sanders' campaign for the presidency has re-opened an American conversation about democratic socialism, and it's about time. The idea has never taken hold in the United States, although it's a respectable political philosophy in the rest of the world. Other countries have experimented with it in different ways. The socialist programs the Scandinavian countries have enjoyed, for example, have nothing in common with the totalitarian excesses of the Soviet Union under Stalin and his successors. Britain has a national health service and France has free college education and free medical care. If we moved in a socialist direction, we could expect the United States to develop a uniquely American brand.

Marching through Hollywood: Planet and people over profits!

Liberation
September 16, 2015

On Sept. 12, protesters marched through Hollywood to say, “Planet over profits!” The action, initiated by ANSWER Coalition, was endorsed by the Center for Biological Diversity, SoCal 350, The Red Nation, Food & Water Watch, National Lawyers Guild, Carson Coalition, Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition, Office of the Americas, Party for Socialism and Liberation, and many others.

Interviews from an Uprising

Institute for Anarchist Studies
September 15, 2015

In the United States, the cops and the courts are essentially the same thing. Witness Ferguson, Missouri, 2014, a typical but nonetheless shocking systemic failure of justice—starting with the execution of an unarmed 18 year old Black man by a police officer, escalating into a secret trial manufactured to protect the killer by a cop-loving prosecutor1, culminating in a military exercise in the modern police state with more felony prosecutions than any protest scenario in the last 20 years.

Activists want more power for Cleveland police commission

Cleveland Police
WKYC
August 28, 2015

The Cleveland Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Collaborative for a Safe, Fair and Just Cleveland, and the Cleveland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild today released an open letter outlining issues that must be resolved to better ensure that the Community Police Commission can operate more effectively and inclusively once established.

It is Time We Discussed Abolishing the Police

CounterPunch
August 25, 2015

Brian Platt opines for CounterPunch:
“If I was an anarchist or even a regular protester,” explained the president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild Ron Smith, “I would probably not want to be infiltrated by the police… Just like the dope dealer on Third and Pike doesn’t want to get busted. That’s the price of doing business. It’s the whole package.” This startling bit of honesty from the Seattle police regarding their imperative to infiltrate and spy on social justice protests came as Ansel Herz, a reporter for the local newspaper The Stranger, questioned Smith regarding undercover cops at a Black Lives Matter protest last December.

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