For the Typhoon Victims, Charity Must Be Followed by Justice
November 14, 2013
The members of AF3IRM, each of whom remains connected to an ancestral homeland often visited by crises and calamities, share the distress of the people of the Philippines; we stand in solidarity with them; we send their sympathy for this unparalleled tragedy for the archipelago.
We urge all those who have compassion in their hearts and spirits, who wish to honor the steadfastness with which men, women and children clung to one another in the teeth of the strongest recorded storm of human history – to send donations in cash and kind to the list of organizations listed below.
We need to assist in the rise of the Filipino people, especially our women and children – without whom there is no continuity – so that they may not only overcome but prevail over this tragedy, and by doing so have the strength and determination to seek justice from those who have wreaked havoc on our only planet so a handful of families can gorge themselves on profit.
In these last weeks we have seen blows struck by an outraged Earth -- not against nations that contribute the most to global warming and pollution; nations which have imposed a “development” predicated on the ruthless despoliation of sea, soil and mountain; nations which have warped the age-old harmony between humanity and nature; but rather blows have been struck at the most vulnerable and hapless of nations like the Philippines.
November 11, 2013
The piece below was submitted to us by a member of the New York City branch of Solidarity, originally developed as a short presentation on the realities of police brutality and the character of organized opposition in the city.
I want to explore a political question I've found more and more important to have an answer to: the role of current police repression in the US. Maybe I should say this differently, since I think we'd all agree capitalists will use various state apparatus to accomplish...
October 31, 2013
[The following article will appear in the November-December issue of Against the Current.]
MALCOLM X BY 1964 had broken with the Nation of Islam, a religious-centered Black Nationalist group. He remained an orthodox Muslim and Black Nationalist, but advocated a broader strategy to win Black freedom by supporting wider unity of all oppressed ethnic groups. He also, in a shift, supported united front efforts with progressive whites.
Yet his “Ballot or Bullet” speech, where many of these ideas...