Category Current Issues

Protesters in St. Paul, MN march in response to the killing of Philando Castile (Fibonacci Blue / Flickr)

Democracy Now! Police Killed John Thompson’s Friend Philando Castile. Now He Is a Lawmaker Fighting Racist Policing

Rep. John Thompson from the Minnesota Legislature discusses bills re police accountability and barriers in the Republican state senate

Injuries from Less-Lethal Weapons during the George Floyd Protests in Minneapolis

“Although less-lethal weapons are designed as an alternative to lethal weapons, we found a substantial number of patients with serious injuries, including many injuries to the head, neck, and face.”

This is Dakota Land, by Susu Jeffrey

“Rights to the whole of Dakota homelands in southern Minnesota were relinquished in a series of forced treaties, some 24-million acres. Treaty paper, T.P., toilet paper.”

Calling Chauvin a “Bad Apple” Denies Systemic Nature of Racist Police Violence

Originally posted on Rise Up Times:
The MPD reported that its officers used violence against Black people at seven times the rate they used violence against white people, during the period from 2015 to 2020.    Law enforcement stands guard outside the Hennepin County Government Center, as the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin…

WATER IS LIFE: Sara Thomsen, Water Protectors, LaDonna Brave Bull Allard

“We are the river, and the river is us. We have no choice but to stand up.”
— LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Founder of Sacred Stone Camp, Cannonball, ND

Michelle Alexander’s Brilliant Intro to “Beyond Vietnam”

“We will be marching for these and a dozen other names and attending rallies without end, unless there is a significant and profound change in American life and policy.”

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Anti-Asian Violence in America Is Rooted in US Empire

Exoticized and fetishized Asian American women have borne a dual burden of both racism and sexism, viewed on one hand as submissive and sexually available “lotus blossoms” and on the other as manipulative and dangerous “dragon ladies.”

Glenn Greenwald: Big Tech, Journalists Attack Powerless, Cuomo’s Special COVID Privileges

“The repressive objective of the Democratic-controlled Congress is to transfer the power to police and censor political discourse from these tech giants to themselves.”

Civil Disobedience Now! Chris Hedges: Avoid annihilation via fearless nonviolent civil-disobedience.

“Rise of virulent proto-fascist movement which is hardly limited to the United States.”

Calling Chauvin a “Bad Apple” Denies Systemic Nature of Racist Police Violence

“Even the best training in the world cannot teach police, who are licensed to kill and deployed to enforce a racist system, not to be racist.”

Fossil Fuel Companies Fuel American Fascism, by Basav Sen

Originally posted on Rise Up Times:
The oil, gas, and coal industries all support and fund white supremacy and far-right politics. [Roo Reynolds / CC BY-NC 2.0] Photo by Susu Jeffrey at 350MN visit to Clearbook MN, June 25, 2013 Editor’s Note: The Minnesota connection:        From Basav Sen’s article: “Koch Industries is widely…

Henry Giroux: America Radiates Violence: Challenging the Politics of Isolated Incidents

Pandemic of violence: f we want a real debate about violence, it is crucial to understand it as part of a larger social order that enacts the abandonment of public goods, health care for all, basic social provisions, democratic values and democracy itself.

Remembering the Uighur Women We Ignored, updated March 25, 2021

Originally posted on Rise Up Times:
Australian Liberal and Labor senators have accused the Chinese Communist Party of unspeakable human rights abuses after first-hand accounts of systematic rape, sexual abuse and torture in Uighur detention camps in China were aired by the BBC.  —The Sydney Morning Herald By Susu Jeffrey  Original to Rise Up Times …

A Visit With Water Protectors in Northern Minnesota to STOP LINE 3, by Susu Jeffrey

Tar sands is the dirtiest, most profitable oil that can be sucked out of the earth.

Veterans say: Ban Assault Weapons

David Swanson: A Cold War Re-Education in 8 Minutes

“The U.S. could have chosen hot war, but could also have chosen peace.”

The Unspeakable Horrors of Police Brutality

MLK: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Noam Chomsky: Progressives Must Revitalize the Labor Movement

” …progressive organizing focus on the working class and unions – human civilization depends on it.”

Henry Giroux: Those arguing that education should be neutral are really arguing for a version of education in which nobody is accountable

Giroux advocates that “education has to be at the centre of any discourse about democracy and that is where the left has failed. They failed because they believe that the most important structures of domination are entirely economic”.

Behind the Doodle: Audre Lorde’s 87th Birthday and Angela Davis on Audre Lorde

“…and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid,

So it is better to speak
remembering
we were never meant to survive.”

“A Litany for Survival,” Audre Lorde