Category Civil Liberties

WATCH & LISTEN: Debut of New Song on Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Aaron Swartz

TIME
It takes time
To change the world

Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Chris Hedges on NSA Leaks, Assange and Protecting a Free Internet

FREE ASSANGE, PRESS FREEDOM, MEDIA FREEDOM INTERNET,

Read Rise Up Times, Media for Justice and Peace, alternative to the mainstream media

“We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people,
can transform the world.”
― Howard Zinn

Chris Hedges: Sheldon Wolin on Inverted Totalitarianism, with Wendy Brown

[Wolin] argued that America’s system of inverted totalitarianism is different from classical forms of totalitarianism. It finds its expression in the faceless anonymity of the corporate state.

Hedges: The nature of neoliberalism and its consequences, with Wendy Brown

“In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West.” How we find ourselves in our present state of an antidemocratic state.

Attacks on Professors Are Attacks on Democracy, by Benjamin Carter Hett

The fascist movements of the 20th century were notoriously anti-intellectual and anti-professor.

Henry A. Giroux: Jim Crow Politics Have Descended on Education

“How can education be enlisted to fight what the cultural theorist Mark Fisher once called neoliberalism’s most brutal weapon, “the slow cancellation of the future?”

Chris Hedges: Neofascist seizure of America’s state governments, with Paul Street

“In the “red” states such as Texas and Florida laws are being passed to suppress voting, outlaw abortion, forbid honest discussion of white systemic racism in public education, ban local governments and school districts from enforcing minimum wage ordinances, prohibit local vaccine and mask mandates, cut pandemic-related unemployment benefits, reject federal Medicaid dollars to help the poor receive health care, and persecute undocumented workers and their families.”

Hedges and Giroux: The Age of Manufactured Ignorance

“The Red Scare, Giroux warns, is alive and well in America.”

Communities United Against Police Brutality

Communities United Against Police Brutality, Peacestock Peace Plaza

“Our overriding goal is to create a climate of resistance to abuse of authority by police organizations and to empower local people with a structure that can take on police brutality and actually bring it to an end.”

Community Control of the Police, Peacestock TCC4j

Giving people more information and self-determining power where the police are concerned.

A Very Intentional First Day of the Year, by Michael Bayly

“Following are images from my time at the George Floyd Memorial Site and the Prayer Tree on the afternoon of Friday, January 1, 2021. I experienced my time at both of these places as holy, grounding, and renewing.”

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year

Rise Up Times is admittedly and consciously eclectic with a focus on media analysis and antiwar, propeace activities but inclusive of many movements that coalesce and weave in and out of each other.

Cornel West: We Must Fight the Commodification of Everybody and Everything

[Trump] is pushing the country toward genuine fascism: wholesale disregard of the law, the rule of big military, the rule of big money, Wall Street, and Silicon Valley. He is crushing workers, marginalizing women, scapegoating Mexicans, and Muslims, and Jews, and Black, brown, and indigenous people.”

Sweet Honey in the Rock: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Hold on, hold on
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on

Sweet Honey in the Rock: Ella’s Song

To me young people come first
They have the courage where we fail

Chris Hedges: The Cost of Resistance

“The governing elites, when truly threatened, turn the rule of law into farce. Dissent becomes treason. They use the state mechanisms of control – intelligence agencies, police, courts, black propaganda and a compliant press that acts as their echo chamber, along with the jails and prisons, not only to marginalize and isolate rebels, but to psychologically and physically destroy them.”

‘Trying to Get Free’: A conversation about the radical politics of looting with Vicky Osterweil

“It’s also often not actionable for people looking at the streets and wanting to mobilize and seize the moment. A lot of these liberal modes don’t really provide any way forward other than voting.”

Reneging on George Floyd Promises: The Minneapolis Police Name-Change Con

“Community control is not a reformist demand, because it calls for real transfers of power from the oligarchs and their politicians, to the people.”

Hack of 251 Law Enforcement Websites Exposes Personal Data of 700,000 Cops, by Micah Lee

“The fact that the server was seized without a warrant or judicial order and now sits idle while the Germans debate whether or not to let FBI have it simply emphasizes the conclusion that censorship and retaliation, not just investigation, are the driving forces.”