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 . . .

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 . . .

vigilante violence within the context of transformative justice

to which extents are vigilante violence allowed and mandated and disallowed within contexts of transformative justice? ziggy farrow walker. hey all! it been a while. i just got off the phone with my sister actually. when we were younger, she and my twin and i used to fight and fight and fight. til we were all screaming and crying- and bleeding sometimes. we agreed never to speak to each other again almost every week on the yard after school. all very carceral. when we got a little older and stopped fighting, we recognized our earlier contention as trauma bonding and . . .

Living for the Oppressed: A Journal Entry

Living for the Oppressed: A Journal Entry (2011) December 9, 2011 | Filed under: Articles, News and Updates and tagged with: Red Onion State Prison Conditions/News  *This “article” is an entry made into a journal I was keeping in 2011 – a sort of prison diary – which only lasted a couple of weeks.   A typical day. Had a good one-on-one exchange with KB today. Although he’s housed in the cell next to me, we hadn’t talked for about a week. He expressed frustration with me. Feeling years in segregation has affected my mind – negatively – in that . . .

Are Reparations Worth Selling Out Black Women?

Ajowa Ifateyo: Speaking UPFRONT  Originally published November 1984   Ajowa Ifateyo worked from 1972 to 1980 as editor of The Burning Spear, the newspaper of the African People’s Socialist Party. In 1980, the party split, as she describes in the interview.  In 1983, Ifateyo was one of a group of women who founded UPFRONT, a national Black women’s quarterly newspaper published out of Washington, D.C. She currently works on its staff.  Off Our Backs staffer, Carol Anne Douglas; (who is white) interviewed Ajowa Ifateyo. The interview discusses part of her experience in the APSP and her ideas on Black women’s . . .

The Colonization of Time

As impossible as it may seem the settler has managed to colonize the abstract phenomenon that is time itself. I refer to “time” here as both a resource that is violently exploited from the working-class colonized masses and a way of measuring the passing of the present. Human beings have always measured time by looking at nature. Whether it’s using the sun, the moon,  or the seasons we have always looked to nature to keep track of the passing of time. The Ancient Egyptians used large obelisks to track the movement of the sun, to measure the passing of time. . . .

Who Gets To Define Hate Crimes?

In the wake of the recent shoot-out in Jersey City on December 10, and the political reactions to follow, it would be instructive to break down the role that the media filled as a conduit between a public still shaken from the gun violence and the white ruling class fully prepared to exploit that violence before the broken glass could even be cleared from the streets. There was not a report coming out of Jersey City that was untouched by misdirection, half-truths, and factual errors. From the outset, the intentions of the media, and by extension, the White ruling class, . . .

Hong Kong Protestors holding a picture of Donald Trump

Human Rights Hypocrisy: Critical Analysis of Hong Kong Protests

Before adjourning for the Thanksgiving holiday, the US Senate unanimously approved HR 3289, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly (417-1) to send the legislation to President Trump for his signature and in a rare bipartisan move, the bill was signed into law. The term “bipartisan” is a mere farce as both major political parties always seem to agree on funding and agitating wars. Trump signed the bill into law, along with another bill that prohibits the sale of tear gas, rubber bullets and other crowd-control munitions to the Hong Kong . . .