What we are witnessing in the United States is not merely a threat to democracy, but a modernized and dangerous expression of right-wing extremism that is a prelude to a full-blown version of fascist politics. One crucial starting point for mass resistance is articulated by Paul Morrow, who, referencing Hannah Arendt, argues that authoritarian societies do “everything possible to uncouple beliefs from action, conviction from action.”
"...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
"Mobolaji Olambiwonnu is correct when he says that most white people do not understand what it is like to be black in America. We do not have to live it. Intellectually we might understand. Emotionally it is still not exactly real to us."
By Sue Ann Martinson Rise Up Times January 3, 2019 Part II: Unity in Diversity, Community, Language, and a Sea Change Further thoughts on Unity and Diversity John Dear’s essay on "Unity and Diversity in the Land of Nonviolence" referenced in Part I was published in the journal Oneing in an issue with the theme of "Unity More
These articles address the state of the current prison system in the United States taking on the concepts of innocence vs. a rigged system in the courts and likening the labor of prisoners to an American Slave System, the school-to-prison system, corporate-owned prisons for profit, and more.
For example: We may be familiar with Nellie Bly as a muckraking journalist, but unaware that she beat Phileas Fogg’s fictional record of going around the world in 80 days.
Subjectivity has been stripped of any meaning, reduced to the gaze of public relations industries that feed the dispossession by extraction machine. Capitalism has reached its endpoint, blind to its death march. Fortunately, more and more young people and others are refusing to stand by and let state terrorism and market fundamentalism define their everyday More
Fania Davis: This Country Needs a Truth and Reconciliation Process on Violence Against African Americans—Right Now
The decision not to indict Eric Garner's killer is just the latest story in a long history of violence against black men. What response can disrupt patterns set by centuries of racism? By Fania Davis Yes! Magazine December 3, 2014 Fania Davis. YES! photo by Lane Hartwell. I am among the millions who have experienced More
"The University is a critical institution or it is nothing." - Stuart Hall By Henry A Giroux Tuesday, 29 October 2013 Truthout | Op-Ed (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) I want to begin with the words of the late African-American poet, Audre Lourde, who was in her time a formidable writer, educator, feminist, gay rights activist and public intellectual who More
Democratic Womanism: By Alice Walker January 2, 2012 - from her official website: http://alicewalkersgarden.com/2012/01/ Wangari Maathai: who remembered the beautiful bountifulness of her land before the colonial invaders laid waste to it and resolved to bring it back to health by planting trees. Rest in Well Done; beloved sister of our clan. “Traditionally capable, as in: More