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February 4, 2008

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…



January 6, 2008

from Democracy Now:

Giuliani Backer Calls For Extermination of Muslims

A leader of the group New Hampshire Veterans for Rudy has resigned from the Giuliani campaign after he called for the extermination of Muslims. John Deady made the comment in a videotaped interview with the Guardian newspaper.

John Deady, co-chair of state Veterans for Rudy: “He’s got I believe the knowledge and the judgment to attack one of the most difficult problems in current history and that is the rise of the Muslims, and make no mistake about it, this hasn’t happened for a thousand years. These people are very dedicated and they’re also very very smart in their own way. We need to keep the feet to the fire and keep pressing these people until we defeat or chase them back to their caves or in other words get rid of them.”

ABC & Fox Bar Six Presidential Candidates From NH Debate

In other campaign news, ABC and Fox have decided to bar six Democratic and Republican candidates from debates this weekend in New Hampshire. Democrats Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel won”t be allowed to participate in ABC’s Democratic debate on Saturday. Republicans Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter are being excluded from a debate hosted by Fox on Sunday.

Report: U.S. Has Become “Endemic Surveillance Society”

A new report by Privacy International and the Electronic Privacy Information Center has ranked the United States in the worst possible category for privacy protections. The United States is listed along with nations including China, Russia, Singapore and Malaysia as having an “endemic surveillance society.” According to the authors of the report, the United States is the worst ranking country in the democratic world.

Navy Attorney Resigns To Protest U.S. Torture Policies

A Naval lieutenant commander and member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps has resigned his post to protest the government’s use of torture in interrogations. Andrew Williams was a legal officer and defense counsel in the U.S. Navy, where he both prosecuted and defended people in military courts. In a letter to the editor published in his local newspaper in Washington State, Williams likened the use of waterboarding by the United States to practices used by the Spanish Inquisition, Nazi Germany and the Khmer Rouge. Williams wrote “we were [once] far different from the Soviet Union and its gulags, the Vietcong with their torture camps and a society of surveillance and informers like Nazi Germany. We were part of the shining light on the hill who didn’t do those things. Sadly, no more.”

Bush Issues Signing Statement After Signing Sudan Divestment Act

President Bush has signed the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act—the legislation allows state and local governments to cut investment ties with companies doing business in Sudan. But President Bush also issued a signing statement in which he said he was reserving the authority to overrule state and local divestment decisions if they conflicted with foreign policy.

Diane di Prima

August 17, 2007



the next step

July 31, 2007

From Democracy Now!:

ACLU Criticizes Bush’s New Iraq Executive Order
The American Civil Liberties Union has issued a warning about a little noticed Executive Order recently signed by President Bush. The executive order authorizes the Treasury Department to freeze and confiscate the assets of anyone connected to the Iraq insurgency. But the ACLU says the order contains sweeping provisions that pose risks for residents of the United States and for humanitarian workers in Iraq. The order allows the Treasury Department to freeze the funds of anyone who indirectly threatens the peace or stability of Iraq, or who undermines efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform. Jameel Jaffer of the ACLU said “This Executive Order reaches far beyond criminal activity to activity that may be entirely innocent. A person may find herself inadvertently in violation of this order and there is no provision for judicial review.” A recent Washington Post article on the issue began with this sentence QUOTE “Be careful what you say and whom you help — especially when it comes to the Iraq war and the Iraqi government.”

FBI Seeks to Build Spy Network of 15,000 Informants
ABC News is reporting the FBI is recruiting thousands of undercover informants to help the agency spy inside the United States. According to a recent unclassified report to Congress, the FBI wants to build a network of more than 15,000 informants. ABC reports the aggressive push for more secret informants appears to be part of a new effort to grow its intelligence and counterterrorism efforts. Other recent proposals include expanding its collection and analysis of data on U.S. persons, retaining years’ worth of Americans’ phone records and increasing so-called “black bag” secret entry operations.

fascism, anyone?

July 10, 2007


bush administration = gang of torturers

June 19, 2007

More proof of the sad truth about the gangsters who are trying to control, terrorize, and profit off us all. From DemocracyNow!.

AMY GOODMAN: New details have emerged in the Abu Ghraib scandal and with them new questions that reach right to the top. In his first interview since leading the Pentagon’s investigation into Abu Ghraib, Major General Antonio Taguba has revealed he disclosed key findings and photographs of the abuses as early as January 2004. That’s months before Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and President Bush say they first learned of what went on at the Iraqi prison. Taguba also says he was forced to retire because his report was too critical of the US military.

He says the military has unpublished photographs and videos that show the abuse and torture was even worse than previously disclosed. That includes video of a male American soldier in uniform sodomizing a female prisoner and information of the sexual humiliation of a father and his son. Taguba says he was blocked from investigating who ordered the torture at Abu Ghraib. (more…)

uncle sam goddam- brother ali

May 8, 2007

Gee’s Bend Strategy

February 11, 2007


I was looking up quilts as an example of a rich cultural tradition and came across the Gee’s Bend Freedom Quilting Bee. They became well known a few years back when they were “discovered” by a collector and a big museum show was organized. Here is the basic description from the Voices of Civil Rights website:

One cultural gift from Gee’s Bend’s civil rights work was the Freedom Quilting Bee, a rural collective that produced quilts for eastern department stores. For 30 years, the Quilting Bee provided employment for local black women who lost work when they took a stand and registered to vote. In the late 1990s, the Quilting Bee ended, for the most part; many of the key participants had either died or grown infirm.

It reminded me of something I heard recently about how a lot more troops would be deserting from the war if there were support structures in place for them and their families. A realistic assessment worth thinking about, and the Quilting Bee offers an historical example. For that matter, how do we begin organizing alternative economic structures for all of us, so that we can disengage from the economic death machine of global capitalism and the fascist police state supporting it? (more…)

“free and enriching communion”

January 21, 2007


The following essay is the transcript of a talk entitled “American Resources in the Arts” given by Holger Cahill, head of the WPA’s Federal Art Projects. In this talk, Cahill describes the philosophy behind the WPA/FAP including the theories of John Dewey. Dewey was a progressive educator who believed that schools should educate people to be engaged and empowered citizens. Cahill also touches on other issues still relevant to the arts today, including the separation of the art world from the general public, the alienation of people from creativity brought about by industrialization, and the community-focused nature of folk arts.

I have edited out some sections of the talk. The entire transcript can be found in the book “Art for the Millions” which also has many other first person accounts from folks who were part of the WPA/FAP.

Holger Cahill: American Resources in the Arts

…This wide interest in the arts, this democratic sharing of the art experience, is a comparatively recent development in American life. It is the devoted work of people who, like John Dewey, believe that democracy should be the name of a life of “free and enriching communion” in which everyone may have a part. Certainly this broad, democratic community participation in the creative experience is not implicit in the very form of our society, nor in the European societies from which it developed. In the modern period, up to our time, the opportunities provided for the people as a whole to share in the experience of art have been very few. Even today many persons in the art field in Europe and America cannot go the whole democratic way in the arts. They cannot bring themselves to admit, somehow, that art, the highest level of creative experience, should belong to everybody. Many American artists, many American museum directors and teachers of art, people who would lay down their lives for political democracy, would scarcely raise a finger for democracy in the arts. They say that art, after all, is an aristocratic thing, that you cannot get away from aristocracy in matters of aesthetic selection. They have a feeling that art is a little too good, a little too rare and fine, to be shared with the masses.