Sunday, December 4, 2016
Because Injustice Is Here
Citing a moment in time that calls for the same "relentless, principled, organized resistance" as MLK's Montgomery Bus Boycott, activists chose today's Dec. 5 anniversary to launch a national Injustice Boycott against racial injustice and police brutality. Starting in New York, San Francisco and Standing Rock, the boycott will target cities, states, and companies that commit or condone abuses, mirroring King's spirit of mutuality in which, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
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Resistance Is Real
Many of Standing Rock's almost 20,000 Native water protectors, veterans and supporters marched, whooped and held "the world's largest prayer circle" Sunday to honor the Army Corps of Engineers' stunning decision to deny the easement for DAPL. While vowing to keep fighting if necessary, they celebrated an historic victory, the power of peace and prayer and protest, and their steadfast principle to "never give up." "This is what happens," said one, "when we organize."
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Nothing Afeared: The First Veteran Just Walked To Standing Rock
In what has been likened to a classical "hero's journey," Chris Turley - a decorated wounded veteran of Afghanistan and member of the Osage Nation - arrived at Sacred Stone camp after a prayerful, two-week, 800-mile trek on foot from Oklahoma. One of the first of over 2,000 vets coming this weekend and a self-described "warrior of this country" raising funds for both vets' programs and Standing Rock, comrades say Turley exemplifies "the highly contagious emotion we call courage."
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Such Is the Human Race: Missing Twain In the Era of Trumpian Skullduggery
On his 181st birthday, a salute to the dazzlingly incisive Mark Twain - born Samuel Clemens - the "true father of our national literature." A cranky, witty, clear-eyed moralist who never met a bullshit piece of political malarkey he didn't rush to eviscerate, he long ripped "public office (as) private graft." What would he have made of our current con man catastrophe? In his honor, maybe this: "Patriotism is defending your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."
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Monday, November 28, 2016
We Live There, Still, In the Snow
Winter has come to Standing Rock. So has an evacuation order, the rekindling of grievous collective memory, and the exquisite irony of white people once again telling Native people to get off their own land. Meanwhile, says Neil Young, the water protectors, "their hair frozen from water cannons...stand for all that is good, and they stay strong." This is Giving Tuesday, a day to honor good causes. Watch stunning new drone footage of the endless, snow-swept, heart-stirring camp, and give.
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Sunday, November 27, 2016
Rejecting the Faint Pestilent Voice Emanating From the Sewers Below
Still Some Hope Dept: With hate crimes rising and suit-and-tie Nazis in D.C. saluting the Führer, former associates of Trumpian mini-me Richard Spencer are repudiating his white supremacist views as "un-American and a threat to civil society." Protesting Spencer's 15 current, unsavory minutes of fame, fellow alumnae from a prestigious Texas prep school are raising money in his name to help refugees and asylum-seekers. Original goal: $20,000. Now approaching: $50,000.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Every Day Is Just Another Day
The besieged water protectors at Standing Rock are marking a dissonant Thanksgiving - aka Thankstaking/ Day of Mourning - full of bitter ironies. As most Americans go about their gluttonous business, the Sioux and their supporters mourn their losses, vow defiance, confront brutal riot police and yet see growing support, including a holiday meal served by a Barbarella-led delegation. "If you're having trouble with the thanks," advised one supporter, "focus on the giving."
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
War Is Peace, Boos Are Cheers
With the clamor growing around Trumpian disdain for freedom of the press, his infamous "off-the-record" meeting with corporate media stars, and their grovelling subservience to it, we offer a chilling Exhibit A: As Trump left the "failing" offices of the New York Times Tuesday, he was roundly booed by bystanders. CBS' report: "Donald Trump is greeted with cheers." We need Orwell now more than ever: "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
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Monday, November 21, 2016
Stitching the World Back Together
The hate keeps coming, from an alt-right conference with Nazi salutes to threats of Muslim registries and internment camps. But so, too, does resistance to it, from many vowing to register as Muslim to a proposed White Male Registry to eloquent calls to recognize a stark moral truth: "This isn’t right...When power (is) seized by the small hands of hateful men, (you) stand with those who are most vulnerable, and you don’t give up until it’s morning again."
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Friday, November 18, 2016
Gaza Trip: A Collaboration of Israeli Musicians, Palestinian Parkour Athletes and Just Humans
Marking the 28th anniversary of Palestinian Independence Day, the Israeli indie punk group MALOX this week released a stunning music video for their song "Gaza Trip" featuring a parkour troupe soaring through a still-ravaged Gaza, where for many young men the sport offers a rare sense of liberation. Arguing "it is part of our role as artists to talk about the Occupation," the band sought to "celebrate freedom of creation (and) movement" to help foster "a better human future."
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