¿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 . . .

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 . . .

The Compensation is Freedom

Capitalism preys on revolutionary strategy. It eats Black culture for breakfast. It siphons organic energy from the impetus of movement workers. In the 21st century, the Non-Profit Industrial Complex is its primary agent in this pursuit. That the NPIC monopolizes movement resources is accepted quite unanimously throughout radical, Black spaces. And, yet, there is a conspicuous lack of acknowledgment of Black complicity in this phenomenon. Black movement workers regard their own relationship to nonprofit malpractice as inevitable or as minimally harmful given the choices they are faced in navigating a capitalist, racialized society. The Black movement worker’s role in commercializing . . .

Dedan Kimathi, African Revolutionary Leader of the Kenyan Land and Freedom Army

Dedan Kimathi Day: A Reportback from Kenya

Dedan Kimathi was the chief and commander of the Kenyan Land and Freedom Army (KFLA) which also known by the settler given name, “Mau Mau.” . . .

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 . . .