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Anatomy of a Successful Antiwar Movement
anti-war.jpgThis summer there will be a National Assembly to End the Iraq War and Occupation in Cleveland, Ohio (http://natassembly.org). One of the main goals of the assembly will be to lay the groundwork for mass action against the war. At first glance, 2008 seems like an unlikely year to jump start a sluggish antiwar movement. With the elections this fall, the political pressure to line up behind the Democratic Party’s slate of candidates is already peeling away our fair weather friends from those of us who are serious about building an independent antiwar movement.

[If interested in going to Cleveland from Boston, visit: http://stopthewars.org/stwc/]
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24 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / War and Militarism
Queer Liberation and Anarchist Communism
DSC00140.JPGAs anarchist communists, it is only logical and consistent with our principles in the struggle for a free humanity that we support the personal, cultural, and institutional fight against patriarchy, hetero-sexism, the gender bi-nary system and all other struggles for queer liberation both in themselves and in their intersectionalities with capitalism, the state, white supremacy, and all other forms of human oppression.
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19 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / DNC : Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
The Mortgage Crisis in the USA
drooker4.gifCommentators complain of "partisanship" in Washington. Society's problems are said to result from infighting between parties. We should celebrate, then, because Democrats and Republicans have agreed on a plan to end the mortgage crisis. What solution do they offer? Handouts to Big Business, and "fiscal discipline" for the rest.
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19 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / DNC : Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
SOLIDARITY HUNGER FAST IN COPLEY SQ. TO SUPPORT BHOPAL GAS SURVIVORS
hungerstrike2.jpgCopley Sq. Boston - Activists in Boston joined the Global Hunger Strike Relay today by having a public fasting event in Copley Square. From 10:30am-12:30pm, students and professionals affiliated with Amnesty International and Association for India's Development publicly fasted and asked Boston residents to call the Indian Prime Minister to ask for justice in Bhopal.
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16 Jun 2008 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : International
The Degeneration of the Russian Revolution
3andywarholredlenin.jpgThe Russian revolution go from an extreme popular democracy to the horrors of Stalin’s totalitarian state capitalism. How did this happen and when did this happen? What does this tell us about the nature of socialism?

How did the Russian revolution go from an extreme popular democracy to the horrors of Stalin’s totalitarian state capitalism? The Russian revolution of 1917 involved vast numbers of people. It included almost all the working class of the cities, most of the peasants, and the mostly-peasant ranks of the military (swollen by the needs of World War I). The working people created delegated representational councils (soviets), along with factory committees, unions, regimental councils, peasant village councils, and cooperatives.
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12 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / DNC : Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
Addressing Violence in Prison
Prison02.sized.jpgUsually when I talk about prisons I begin with a whole bunch of numbers and statistics. 2.4 million people in prison, 1 million Black people in prison, 1 in 9 Black men between the ages of 18 and 34 are in prison. Women of Color are the fastest growing population in prison. 25% of people in women’s prisons are raped during their sentence, 20% of people in men’s prisons are raped during their time. Nearly 100% of out queer and transgender people in men’s prisons experience some form of sexual assault. The numbers and statistics go on and on. I have pages and pages of them if you want. When we talk about systems of oppression it is often so much easier to talk about numbers rather than people. Whether we’re talking about the millions killed in war, the high percent of people losing their homes, or the rate at which people are losing access to food and water sources, we continuously use numbers to hide faces.

[Reposted Sermon from The Community Church of Boston at www.communitychurchofboston.org]
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11 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Education : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Race
The Radical Side of Harvard Commencement
peaceispatriotic.jpgLast week was Commencement week in Cambridge, with MIT’s service last Friday, and Harvard University last Thursday. I attended the Harvard Graduation Ceremony. In the interest of full disclosure, I did so as an employee of the video crew. Nonetheless, I was impressed and moved by some of the speeches from both the student body and the key note address.

Thomas Allen Victor , a gradutating Senior, talked about the history of Harvard, and the ghosts of the crimes against humanity that were committed in the past. He was proud to say that 21st Century students think different.

[LISTEN: Chuck's audio report.]
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11 Jun 2008 | Filed under: News / Social Welfare
Nader in Cambridge: More Fire in the Belly
nader.jpgIn 2004, Nader met with Kerry and “provided over 20 pages of issues ranging from environmental protections, labor, healthcare and tax reform to Kerry. He told Kerry that if he highlighted three of these issues in his campaign [Nader] would refrain from running. Kerry failed to act…” Why? Because unlike the good burghers of Newark 40 years ago, the Democratic leadership understands that they have no reason “to keep a lid on progressive anger.” As always, they’ll damn the Democrats up and down for easy acquiescence on the war, on tax cuts, on SCOTUS nominations, on the Patriot Act, on the Farm Bill, on the military budget–and they’ll turn up in November to lend their tacit support for more of the same. Words without bricks mean nothing...

[RELATED VIDEO: See Ralph Nader campaign at First Parish Church, Cambridge, June 6 2008: http://www.nosuppertonight.com]
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10 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Politics
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