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Operation LIPSTICK: A Case Study in Propaganda and Counter Insurgency
Late last month Open Media Boston posted an article titled Antiviolence Activists Join City Officials To Launch MBTA-Wide Ad Campaign. The campaign in question was for Operation LIPSTICK, aka Ladies Involved In Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killings, an organization that is attempting to reduce shootings in neighborhoods of color by convincing women to stop buying guns for felons (who are legally barred from owning firearms). LIPSTICK is an offshoot of a nonprofit group called Citizens for Safety, who describe themselves as "a community coalition working to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and youths without abridging the freedoms of law-abiding Americans." The OMB article is essentially a puff piece. The author, Dave Goodman, expresses some skepticism about the efficacy of the MBTA ad campaign, but none about LIPSTICK or their mission, even claiming that "it’s extremely difficult to question the motivations behind the campaign."

Unfortunately, it's actually pretty easy. Even a cursory look at LIPSTICK's strategy and methods reveals a deeply problematic organization that is likely doing far more harm than good. To see why, read on.
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13 Mar 2014 | Filed under: Commentary / Gender : Media : Police and Prisons : Race
URGENT ACTION: Northeastern University Suspends Students for Justice in Palestine
NU_SJP.jpgWith profound disappointment and righteous indignation Northeastern University Students for Justice in Palestine announces it has been suspended as an organization. SJP is disappointed because Northeastern’s claims of creating a diverse learning environment that encourages the free exchange of ideas and promotes Academic Freedom are impossible to reconcile with the university’s decision to suppress our speech and suspend our political group. As if banning our activities from campus and denying us all use of campus resources wasn’t outrageous enough, the university is pursuing expulsion-level sanctions for two students—all for participation in a mock eviction action. SJP is furious to report the only individuals to face our school’s opaque disciplinary process are two young women of color; none of the white or male participants have faced any charges. This unprecedented ban and appalling prosecutions are the latest attempt by the university to suppress pro-Palestine speech, and continues the university’s disturbing history of enacting injustice.
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12 Mar 2014 | Filed under: News / International : Organizing : Race
The ''Muhammad Ali of the Criminal Justice System'' Passes On
Reposted from Angola 3 News.

This morning we lost without a doubt the biggest, bravest, and brashest personality in the political prisoner world. It is with great sadness that we write with the news of Herman Wallace's passing.
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04 Oct 2013 | Filed under: News / Police and Prisons : Race
Free At Last! Herman Wallace Has Finally Been Released
herman-2-april-2013.jpgReposted from Angola 3 News

After a long, dramatic day, we are humbled to report that the indomitable, irrepressible Herman Wallace has just been released after spending over 4 decades in solitary confinement.

View A3 Coalition photos from Herman's release at Flickr and Indybay and a video of his arrival at the LSU hospital.
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06 Oct 2013 | Filed under: News / Police and Prisons : Race
Three Upcoming Talks On Theodore W. Allen's The Invention of the White Race
Theodore W. Allen (1919-2005) was an anti-white-supremacist, working-class intellectual and activist whose work focuses on the centrality of struggle against white supremacy to efforts at progressive social change. He is best known for his pioneering writings beginning in 1965 on the concept of white skin privilege and for his seminal, two volume work The Invention of the White Race (1994 and 1997).
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01 Oct 2013 | Filed under: Announcement / Race
Gay Nazis for Jesus Invade Witch City
We wish we were kidding, but no. White-supremacist gay folk musician Douglas Pearce is touring the East Coast with his band Death in June. They're stopping in Salem of all places. At the Old Town Hall no less, a venue managed by fundamentalist Christian "liberal arts" school Gordon College.

The show is scheduled for Thursday, September 19. More information about Pearce and Death in June can be found at http://libcom.org/library/death-in-june-a-nazi-band

UPDATE 9/14: CBS reports that the show has been canceled. Nice work everyone!

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/09/13/salem-police-to-beef-up-patrols-fo/
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11 Sep 2013 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Race
Prison Action News 6.2 Now Available
Boston Anarchist Black Cross is pleased to announce the release of the latest issue of Prison Action News. PAN is a biannual journal of prison resistance from the inside.
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02 Aug 2013 | Filed under: Announcement / Human Rights : Organizing : Race
Opening the Box: Sarah Shourd on Herman Wallace, California Hunger Strikers and the Horror of Solitary Confinement
Herman Wallace has been transferred out of solitary confinement, as Louisiana’s Hunt prison reduced his classification from maximum to medium security. Herman is now staying at the prison hospital in a 10-bunk dorm, with access to a day room, and does not have to wear leg irons anymore. While celebrating the more human conditions, Herman and the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3 emphasize that the transfer from solitary is not enough. They are asking folks to continue supporting Amnesty International’s call for humane release. The Angola 3’s Robert H. King, himself released in 2001 after 29 years in solitary confinement, says, “The wind is at our back and with your continued help our objective will be realized - freedom is in sight.”
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20 Jul 2013 | Filed under: Interview / Human Rights : International : Organizing : Politics : Race
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