Solidarity http://www.solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en From Ferguson to CIA Torture Cellshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4319http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4319Lead ArticleTwo current high-profile stories--police killings of Black people and the secret torture prisons run by the U.S. military and CIA in the “war on terror”-- might seem separate and distinct. In truth, the path between them is short. A system that tortures prisoners abroad will murder people at home, and the targeted populations are not randomly chosen. There are several common elements:<br />1. Dehumanization. In order to subject someone to waterboarding, sleep deprivation, freezing, or stretching...from the Political Committee of SolidarityWed, 17 Dec 2014 20:20:02 +0000 A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movementhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4318http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4318Lead ArticleI created #BlackLivesMatter with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, two of my sisters, as a call to action for Black people after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder and the killer, George Zimmerman, was not held accountable for the crime he committed. It was a response to the anti-Black racism that permeates our society and also, unfortunately, our movements.<br />Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives...by Alicia GarzaWed, 17 Dec 2014 16:39:22 +0000 The Racial Underbelly of U.S. Justice: Whose Lives Matter in America?http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4316http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4316Lead ArticleResponding to Mayor de Blasio’s obvious point, the New York City police “union” head said the mayor had thrown all cops under the bus by implying that police practices are racially based. Mayor de Blasio, a white man with a Black son, expressed a bitter truth that most white people deny: race and racism underpin police practice and U.S. society.<br />Significantly, the “Black Lives Matter” campaign is being joined by a growing number of whites. Most whites still believe, however, that race...by Malik MiahThu, 11 Dec 2014 22:38:56 +0000 What September 21st Showedhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4292http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4292Against the Current ArticleTHOUSANDS OF US who traveled to New York City to participate in the People&rsquo;s Climate March and the activities surrounding the Sunday, September 21st action have now returned home, organizing reportbacks and thinking about how this event pushed the movement forward.<br />Some have complained &#8212; both before the march and afterwards &#8212; that it was a symbolic action without official demands and heavy corporate funding, while others objected to the fact that we even marched away from the...Dianne FeeleyMon, 27 Oct 2014 19:13:51 +0000 Hong Kong's Umbrella Upheavalhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4290http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4290Against the Current ArticleAS AGAINST THE Current goes to press, the confrontation between the Hong Kong democracy movement and the Beijing-backed authorities remains unresolved.<br />The government&rsquo;s various attempts to end the occupation &#8212; to wait the students out, to rout them with pepper spray and clubs, to unleash criminal gangs in the guise of &ldquo;angry citizens&rdquo; &#8212; have failed. Protesters remain determined. Negotiations are scheduled for October 21, but whether they&rsquo;ll actually occur or...Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:09:47 +0000 Documenting European Socialismhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4297http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4297Against the Current ArticleEuropean Socialism &#8212;<br />A Concise History with Documents<br />By William Smaldone<br />Rowman &amp; Littlefield, 2014, 362 pages, $29.95 paperback.<br />THE WRITING OF this book, the author tells us, was inspired by public debate about socialism, which had been triggered by the Great Recession and subsequent state intervention. Smaldone refers to one contribution to this debate in particular; a Newsweek article suggesting that &ldquo;we are all socialists now.&rdquo; By this, the article&rsquo;s author Jon...Ingo SchmidtMon, 27 Oct 2014 19:24:53 +0000 Family Planning and the Environmenthttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4326http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4326Webzine ArticleThe landscapes on Uncrowded.org are conspicuously lacking in people: a spacious meadow, a desert stretching to a distant mountain range, and a calm expanse of water. The Washington D.C. non-profit promotes a troubling message against this bucolic backdrop. They claim that national and international laws encourage irresponsible childbearing and overly large populations. Population growth, they argue, is responsible for environmental degradation, as well as other societal problems:<br />&ldquo;Whether...by Anne HendrixsonFri, 19 Dec 2014 20:52:11 +0000 From Ferguson to CIA Torture Cellshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4319http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4319Webzine ArticleTwo current high-profile stories--police killings of Black people and the secret torture prisons run by the U.S. military and CIA in the “war on terror”-- might seem separate and distinct. In truth, the path between them is short. A system that tortures prisoners abroad will murder people at home, and the targeted populations are not randomly chosen. There are several common elements:<br />Dehumanization. In order to subject someone to waterboarding, sleep deprivation, freezing, or stretching...from the Political Committee of SolidarityWed, 17 Dec 2014 20:20:02 +0000 A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movementhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4318http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4318Webzine ArticleI created #BlackLivesMatter with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, two of my sisters, as a call to action for Black people after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder and the killer, George Zimmerman, was not held accountable for the crime he committed. It was a response to the anti-Black racism that permeates our society and also, unfortunately, our movements.<br />Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives...by Alicia GarzaWed, 17 Dec 2014 16:39:22 +0000 Poverty and the Terroristhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4317http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4317Webzine ArticlePoverty is constantly on the rise in all South Asian countries; so is the rise of religious fundamentalism, and there is a close link between the two. Australia recently hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as part of the G20 summit. The reported pop star reception he received from the Australian-Indian community illustrates the current popularity of conservative politics and religious fundamentalism in South Asia.Narendra Modi with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The enthusiasm for...by Farooq TariqTue, 16 Dec 2014 17:48:24 +0000 The Racial Underbelly of U.S. Justice: Whose Lives Matter in America?http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4316http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4316Webzine Article"People need to know that Black lives and Brown lives matter as much as white lives. We are all responsible now. The weight of history can’t be our excuse."by Malik MiahThu, 11 Dec 2014 22:38:56 +0000 Too Many Cops, Too Little Justice: An Interview with Alex Vitalehttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4315http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4315Webzine ArticleSUZI WEISSMAN: The failure to find probable cause to indict the Staten Island cop who was caught on video choking an unresisting detainee (Eric Garner) to death has led to outrage and large protests around the country. Following so closely on the Ferguson Grand Jury non-indictment, the question is raised about how grand juries are being used and underscores the reality that cops are rarely indicted, and that the prosecutorial system in the US is profoundly, institutionally racist. The protests...Alex Vitale interviewed by Suzi WeissmanWed, 10 Dec 2014 18:49:05 +0000