Category Racism

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

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.”

http://www.october22.org/

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.”

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.”

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.”

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

Chris Hedges: Cancel Culture, Where Liberalism Goes to Die

“The cancel culture, a witch hunt by self-appointed moral arbiters of speech, has become the boutique activism of a liberal class that lacks the courage and the organizational skills to challenge the actual centers of power.”

DN!: “A Step Forward”: Black Lives Matter Protests Forced Biden to Push Racial Equity, But More Is Needed

“And so, we’ll be fighting to make sure that when we talk about — when the Movement for Black Lives talks about defunding police, that we’re talking about all police, including ICE and Customs and Border Patrol; when we talk about abolishing prisons, that we’re talking about all of them, including detention centers; and when we’re talking about Black Lives Matter, we’re talking about all Black lives, including those of our people that are in this country without papers.”

The Peacestock Panel with Danny Sjursen, Coleen Rowley, Sarah Flounders and Brittany DeBarros

Four knowledgeable activists discuss the current state of the nation and what faces us as we move into the Biden administration: strategies and taking action.

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.

Violent Right-Wing Forces Have Been Activated. It Requires Strategic Action to Stop Them

“Finally, we must recognize that our struggle is global. What the United States government has done to its people by denying them what they need to live a life of dignity is what the United States has imposed upon people around the world…”

Midwest Dispatch: How Past Economic Policies Influenced Racism of Today, by Sara Lahm

“While hedonism was running rampant among young, white, urban professionals, George Floyd and his family and friends were caught up in another hallmark of the 1980s: the war on drugs.”

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.

Wrecking the Left: Chris Hedges with Diana Johstone

Chris Hedges talks to journalist Diana Johnstone about the betrayal of the Left with its historical role as the champion of social justice and peace now replaced with the boutique activism of identify politics, political correctness and what has become known as humanitarian intervention, the justification of US and NATO adventurism and wars on the specious belief it would liberate the women of Afghanistan or the peoples of Iraq.

Chris Hedges: The Collective Suicide of the Liberal Class

“…the liberals do what they always do, chatter endlessly about political and moral positions they refuse to make any sacrifices to achieve.”

GOP Trail of Tears: Giving Thanks to Indigenous Voters

“If it were up to White folk, Trump would have walked away with Arizona, but Indigenous precincts in Navajo Nation lands reported a 60% to 90% vote for Biden-Harris.”

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