Tag Archives: civil rights

Ella’s Song: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest, Sweet Honey and the Rock

We who believe in freedom still cannot rest. “Ella’s Song” is still our song. We who believe in freedom still cannot rest. But we who are disgusted, enraged, exhausted might need a moment of comfort today. We might need a mantra for our march, a credo for our confrontations, a song for our solace. And because others […]

10 Ways We Pretend War Is Not a Crime and How to Change Them

The concept of defensive war has been used to excuse numerous aggressive wars.

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Lynching the Past, by Chris Hedges

It is only by confronting the past that we can end the perpetuation of these crimes in other forms.

Michael Moore: We Have to ‘Put Our Bodies on the Line’ to Stop Trump

“We’re not talking about political differences. We’re talking about thousands of children being kidnapped and put in jails.”

The Danger of Leadership Cults, by Chris Hedges

No leader, no matter how charismatic or courageous, will save us. We must save ourselves.

DN! War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration: Michelle Alexander, Susan Burton (Videos)

Civil rights advocate and best-selling author Michelle Alexander responds to the new push by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to escalate the war on drugs

Kazu Haga | Why the moral argument for nonviolence matters

Violence is also limited in one very important way, and that is that violence can never create relationships.

Henry A. Giroux | White Nationalism in the Oval Office and the Suppression of Dissent

Trump’s trash-tweeting mimics the hate-filled discourse and threats of violence in which he often engaged during the presidential primary campaign — only now he has a much broader audience

Turn Widespread Discontent Into Mass Movement

What should the movement be doing in the era of Trump?

Ralph Nader | Commercializing Elections to Destroy Our Democracy

These are the citizen champions who, for example, led the fight for safer and nutritious food, less harmful medicines, cleaner air and water, more secure pensions, a freer media, more open government, waging peace instead of war, securing indigenous peoples’ rights, safer transportation, the well-being of children, insurance industry accountability and great advances for people with disabilities.

Chris Hedges | Days of Revolt: The Return of the Radical

Lynne Stewart: –I just want to end by saying that, you know, I do have high hopes, never, ever giving up,

Mel Reeves | No charges, no surprises, no decency in Jamar Clark case: but lots of hypocrisy

the law is designed to make it nearly impossible to indict police for violence and criminality inflicted on the citizenry. They don’t have this much trouble filling the jails with primarily black and poor people because the laws and standard of law that applies to them is much less stringent.

America’s Legacy Will Be Its Downfall: Empire Always Comes Home

Amidst the screaming of women and children, the silence of the dead, and the blaring sirens trying to respond to the fires and carry away the injured, viewers can hear the shouts of men, some in anger and some in frenzied attempts to rescue those buried under rubble or critically injured by the bombs.

Michael Ratner on American Imperialism

[Truthdig] Editor’s note: Michael Ratner, the pioneering civil rights and constitutional lawyer, died Wednesday from cancer complications at age 72. In 2013, Ratner spoke on Truthdig Radio with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and former Truthdig Managing Editor Peter Scheer. To honor Ratner, we are reposting the audio of that interview. Truthdig Radio  May 12, […]

Ed Felien: They should be indicted

Jamar Clark was killed because of bad judgment, reckless behavior and failure to follow proper police procedure on the part of Officers Dustin Schwarze and Mark Ringgenberg.

How U.S. Law Enforcement Is Working To Criminalize Dissent

 Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs), of which there are currently 104 located in cities and towns across the United States, were created in the 1980s and greatly expanded in the aftermath of 9/11. They were set up to coordinate between diverse federal agencies and local law enforcement, and often work in tandem with “Fusion Centers” […]

Glen Ford: ‘No Justice, No Peace’: Clarity Of Purpose, Warning To Ruling Class

Ford: The logic of the emerging movement is Black self-determination – the principle that Black people have the inherent human right to determine their own destiny – which, in the immediate sense, means control over how they should be policed, and by whom. The venerable slogan “No Justice – No Peace” has served as a workhorse of the current protest, and would be an ideal organizing principle if the implications of the slogan were fully understood, rather than simply mouthed.

▶ Democracy Now! “It’s Not Just a Matter of It Not Being Polite to Say ‘Nigger'”: Obama Speaks Out on Racism

President Obama spoke openly about racism in the United States during a podcast with comedian Marc Maron. In the interview, recorded two days after the Charleston massacre, Obama said, “Racism, we are not cured of, clearly. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say ‘nigger’ in public. That’s not the […]

Channing Joseph: A ‘Black Lives Matter’ Activist Faces Hard Time Under a Law Meant for Racist Killers

Joseph: Her prosecution gives us an opportunity to ponder the true meaning of “lynching,” and to remember and to grapple with this shameful and bloody aspect of our nation’s history. We may willfully forget the past, but doing so will never make the consequences of the past disappear.

Popular Resistance: Praise for the Radicals

We at Popular Resistance share the view that there need to be people and groups who see the bigger picture, who fight for what is not on the table and who are willing to put their bodies on the line to make change. Those are the people we try to lift up in our daily coverage of the movement because they are rarely recognized and are usually lacking in resources.