Archive for the ‘midwest’ Category

Black Panthers documentary

January 30, 2008

MLK, Malcolm X, the Black Panther Party, American Indian Movement, cointelpro, REX84, Iran-Contra, CIA drug trade, privatized counterinsurgency… this documentary tracks the historical through-line into the 1990s. You can see today how these forms of manipulation and control have continued to escalate and we continue to struggle with the aftermath of the 60s, 70s, 80s…



do something local, do something real

January 25, 2008

Grace Lee Boggs on Bill Moyers:

interviewed on DemocracyNow:

local culture

January 4, 2008

Brother Ali – Take Me Home

give peace a chance

December 14, 2007

Both Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel were excluded from yesterday’s Democratic debate in Iowa- sponsored by the Des Moines Register. It is the last debate before the caucuses and primaries begin. It is only the most recent and blatant marginalization of any voices in the campaign not speaking for the vision of the corporate elite. It begins with the whole myth of “electability”. A self-fulfilling prophecy in which the elite anoint their candidates. The media then hypes these candidates as being the only legitimate choices- all other voices are ridiculed as those of wingnuts. This leaves voters already feeling that they only have a choice between Obama and Hillary. This leaves most voters unaware that there are actually people proposing sane and workable alternatives. They are unaware they could choose a better world. The marginalization process continues by marginalizing their voices within the debates by limiting the number of questions they are asked. In one debate, Kucinich was not asked a question for the first 45 minutes.

Here is Mike Gravel’s response to this cynical b.s.:

I think it’s beautiful.

Mike Gravel for President 2008

Kucinich 2008


October 31, 2007

from DemocracyNow!:

House Passes Bill on “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism”
In news from Capitol Hill, The House of Representatives has passed the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act by a 404 to six vote. The bill creates a National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Ideologically Based Violence. Some critics have criticized the broad language used in the bill to describe homegrown terrorism. Under the bill any person that uses or plans to use force to advance political or social objectives would be considered a terrorist. One prominent critic of the bill has been the academic and author Ward Churchill.

  • Ward Churchill: “HR 1955, as I understand it, provides a basis for subjective interpretation of dissident speech that allows those in power to criminally penalize anything they considered to be particularly effective in terms of galvanizing an opposition that might conceivably in some sense disrupt or destabilized the status quo, so it’s to keep everything in that nice sanitized arena that I was just talking about where you’re actually a collateral functionary of the state by participating.”

national identity card

August 18, 2007

The RealID Act goes into effect in May 2008. It was slipped into a 2005 war funding and tsunami relief bill, bypassing actual democratic processes. This is the same way so much of these new police state programs have been enacted.

Here is one of the many worrisome issues with Real ID, go to the ACLU’s site for more details.

How is Real ID a true national identity card system?

Although individual states’ driver’s licenses may continue to exhibit cosmetic differences, under Real ID they would contain a standardized set of information collected by all 50 states, in standard format, encoded on a standardized “machine-readable” zone. And although individual states would still maintain their own databases, by requiring them to be interlinked, Real ID would bring into being what is, for all practical purposes, a single distributed database. In short, underneath each state’s pretty designs they are really a single standardized national card. Local DMV offices may continue to appear to be state offices, but under Real ID they would become agents acting on behalf of the federal government, charged with administering what amounts to an internal passport without which no one will be able to function in America.

What’s wrong with a national identity card?

The true problem is not the piece of plastic itself, but the construction of a larger network of identity papers, databases, status and identity checks and access control points – in short, what has been called an “internal passport.” If the old driver’s license represented a license to drive – the government’s very specific permission to operate a vehicle on the public roadways – the fear is that the new documents will become tantamount to a license to leave your house.

National IDs would violate privacy by helping to consolidate data. There is an enormous and ever-increasing amount of data being collected about Americans today. One’s grocery store, for example, might use a “loyalty card” to keep detailed records of what you buy, while Amazon keeps records of what you read, the airlines keep track of where you fly, and so on. This can be an invasion of privacy, but our privacy has actually been protected by the fact that all this information still remains scattered across many different databases. But once the government, landlords, employers, or other powerful forces gain the ability to draw together all this information, our privacy will really be destroyed. And that is exactly what a national identity system would facilitate.

A national ID like Real ID would also facilitate tracking. When a police officer or security guard scans your ID card with his pocket bar-code reader, for example, it will likely create a permanent record of that check, including the time and your location. How long before office buildings, doctors’ offices, gas stations, highway tolls, subways and buses incorporate the ID card into their security or payment systems for greater efficiency? The end result could be a situation where citizens’ movements inside their own country are monitored and recorded through these “internal passports.”

the cost

July 8, 2007

Walmart: the high cost of low price

Everyday folks struggling with the takeover of physical and economic reality by the limited consciousness of corporatism.

4th of They Lied

July 4, 2007

Mujah Messiah & I Self Devine


“…for the kind of society you might want to live in…”

June 20, 2007

Neoliberal Appetites, by Brian Holmes, is an essay exploring how neoliberal theory has shaped our food systems. Holmes also discusses how the larger dehumanizing and unhealthy effects of this theory are kept out of sight. Once this system is seen for what it is, what are the stratagies resistance can utilize in creating more human centered systems? Read the essay here.

This essay is from AREA Chicago, an interesting project connecting art, activism, and grassroots community organizing.


April 15, 2007