10 Thoughts on Ending Anti-Black Violence

1. Liberating Black people from racist violence requires the complete transformation of the US as a racist, colonial state—not selective outrage at individual manifestations of racism or piecemeal reforms of police departments. 2. No act of racist violence is surprising when you realize the United States itself is a 400-year act of racist violence. From its inception the United States has been built on individuals, institutions, and states that harm Black people without repercussions or justice (see: slavery, segregation, policing, prisons, lynching, forced impoverishment, and discrimination in education, healthcare, and housing). 3. The United States = Black Death and Indigenous . . .

Ride For Justice For Steven Taylor

Originally Posted by the Anti Police-Terror Project At the end of April, Anti Police-Terror Project’s Ride for Justice for Steven Taylor drew hundreds. Steven Taylor, a 33-year-old Black father of three, was shot to death by a San Leandro police officer as he struggled with a mental health crisis in a local Walmart. Demonstrators practiced social distancing from their vehicles adorned with signs that read “Justice for Steven” and “Compassion Not Cops” as they caravanned, circling the Walmart parking lot chanting and honking horns. Afterward, they headed to San Leandro Police Department—cars spanned the distance of several blocks in front . . .

Aren’t We Tired Of The Obamas Yet?

One of the biggest issues with perceived notions of Black excellence is the ways it is contributed to uncritical perceived notions of success. There is an avoidance in acknowledging that “Black excellence” is rooted in a colonial narrative of what makes someone exceptional. Circumstantially, that perception is determined by what we deem “success”. The contradictions of Black excellence is most evident in the romanticizing of The Obamas.  Barack Obama’s 8-year presidency has been a surface level achievement for the Black community based on identity reductionism. After all, he is the FIRST Black president. But a closer inspection of those 8 . . .

Rasmea Odeh and Angela Davis - African solidarity against Zionism

How African People Became the Face of Anti-Semitism

Article By Ahjamu Umi & Onyesonwu Chatoyer Zionism as a Political Movement  First, in order for anyone to fully comprehend the contradictions that the Zionist movement presents, its essential for us to understand the difference between Zionism – a political movement – and Judaism, a faith practice.  Judaism as a religion is, of course, one of the oldest forms of organized political practice known to human civilization.  Without question, Judaism has its roots either directly in being founded in Africa, or at the very least, being nurtured and developed in Africa.  It is a spiritual faith practiced by millions that . . .

¿Pandemia o Pantomima?: Hilvanando las pistas del desastre del COVID-19

Samuel A. Urbina B. International Affairs Student M.A. Musical Arts M.D. Student.  Introducción  El mundo, nuestro mundo, se encuentra subsumido en lo que podría ser una de las peores hecatombes sistémicas de nuestros tiempos. El COVID-19 (coronavirus) se ha erigido como una epidemia global, una pandemia de proporciones devastadoras para nuestras sociedades en muchos niveles y dimensiones. Noticias desgarradoras nos llegan a las pantallas de nuestros dispositivos, la radio y la televisión son copartícipes de la matriz de opinión desfavorable y desalentadora. ¿Hemos llegado al fin de los tiempos, o quizá hemos llegado al comienzo de “un nuevo tiempo”?  En . . .

HUMANS ARE NOT THE VIRUS—DON’T BE AN ECO-FASCIST

This article on eco-fascism was originally posted in Wear Your Voice Humans are not the virus. We are not a sickness or a disease, and y’all should stop singing this tired refrain as we are all reeling from the global Coronavirus pandemic. With several false reports of animals flourishing as cities slow down due to quarantine recently going viral (how ironic), a concerning amount of people have responded with the sentiment that the presence of humans living and taking up space on our planet is its own type of sickness. People are even circulating an article from 2018 about the . . .

Working in Amazon During Coronavirus–Observations

Wishing everyone safety and good health during this time.  Before I even begin, let me just say that it is truly a shame that I have to write under a false name in an effort to protect myself from speaking out against some of the heinous things that happen in my workplace. Even under these circumstances, I refuse to be silent and I refuse to not share my truth as an employee at Amazon. I am cognizant of my duty and my commitment to continue to speak the truth regardless of who wishes to hear it or not, and I . . .

I Mind Dying

After about two months of deadly delays and denials, followed by an insulting (bipartisan) stimulus package, Donald Trump decided that it was time to get back to the business of profit. The Times has claimed, “If the coronavirus lockdown leads to a fall in GDP of more than 6.4% more years of life will be lost due to recession than will be gained through beating the virus.” There is a narrative being pushed where folks are more worried that emphasis on social distancing, to counter the pandemic and save lives, coupled with state measures to ensure that, has significantly hurt . . .