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"... it's rather difficult to argue that the current migrant caravan is a result of anything other than sustained physical and economic assault by the very country that is now preparing to repel the caravan."
Justice Kavanaugh had no such problem. He is not just a member of the Federalist Society; he is a leading light who has given more than 50 speeches to the group. The fact that he was on the Society's list of eligible candidates means that he will fit the "Roberts Five" like a machine-tooled cog.
In 2-1 decisions on the DC Circuit Court, Justice Kavanaugh supported ...a corporate or Republican position 91 percent of the time. Like the "Roberts Five," Justice Kavanaugh supported dark money, union busting, voter suppression, corporate pollution, guns and abortion restrictions. He is significantly more conservative than the Republican-appointed justice he is replacing. With his confirmation, the billionaires' takeover of the courts has reached a new zenith... Only recently have researchers been able to report on the political attitudes of the richest Americans, and their findings are a revelation: It turns out that F. Scott Fitzgerald was right when he said, "The rich are different from you and me." They are much more politically active than the average American, and much, much more conservative.
Given that the current arsenals are enough to eliminate life on this planet a few times over, I fail to see how increasing it even a hundred fold would make a difference.
The real shame here is the money and other resources that are going to be wasted playing this nuclear game between a handful of megalomaniacs. If the trillions were instead spent bettering the world and its inhabitants, we just might create a world for ourselves where the threat of annihilation isn't required to keep a few powerful men in check.
They own a chunk, not a controlling interest. On this question, the neocons have the inside track. Bolton is running this policy (Trump has only the haziest notion of what nuclear weapons are, never mind intermediate range platforms for them, he only deals with Russian questions that involve money, or protecting him from Mueller)
The Racial Hygiene or Eugenics movement was strong in the USA. It exchanged ideas back and forth with the German Nazis. The model of the healthy, hardy, prosperous white Northern European type was applied in Europe and in the United States. Even useful organizations like Planned Parenthood slipped into racial purity modes. Here is one of many examples.
The content of this article, an elucidation by Mehdi Hasan of the use of violence in the language of Donald Trump that leads all too often to actual physical violence, while probably self-evident to many readers of Portside, is a useful reminder of how pervasive is the corruption of political discourse in the country — how the cheapening of the tone and content of political discussion has become endemic.
But there is an unintended manifestation of this very corruption in the article itself. The article’s second paragraph begins with the following sentence: "I have no doubt that Trump helped radicalize Sayoc.” The third-from-the-last paragraph opens with these words: "'It’s time we recognize that Trump’s unique social media presence is a weapon of radicalization,’ wrote Republican strategist and Trump critic Rick Wilson on Friday.” Thus, the very article is framed by the misuse of the terms “radicalize” and “radicalization.”
The traditional meaning of the word “radical" is someone who wants to change society at its root. In this sense, someone becomes “radicalized” when s/he undergoes one or several experiences which reveal to that person that the problems of a society are so basic and all-pervasive that to cure them attempts at reform are insufficient; that the society must undergo a revolution. But now, if you google “radicalize,” you will find something like this: “The use of the Internet to radicalize and recruit terrorists.” Thus the original associations of the word are lost, or even perverted, to connote something like a violent extremist.
This change is more than unfortunate, since it deprives us of the political content of the word. It is part of a wider pattern of distortion: in common parlance, there are no more radicals or reactionaries, there are only extreme liberals and extreme conservatives. “Reds" are no longer Communists or leftist revolutionaries, as when Warren Beattie starred in the film “Reds,” in which he played John Reed, or when Malvina Reynolds wrote a song about “The Little Red Hen,” which closes with these words: "'Them that works not, shall not eat’,/That's my cred-o,” the lit-tle bird said,/And that's why they called her Red.” Now “reds" are merely inhabitants of "red states," as opposed to those who live in "blue states.”
Thus has the two-party system come to monopolize our very language.
America is a history or terrorizing indigenous persons through nationalism. Never forget we’re this country came from. If you want to know we’re it’s going
When other capitalist countries adopted a welfare state and medicare, America lagged. That has contributed to poverty and inequality. The union movement which brought a little democracy to industry has been smashed. The Republicans have been messing with voter legislation to deny people the vote and now Trump is president. He is shaking things up but will do little for the poor. Instead he has made the tax system even more favorable to the rich and he himself often does not pay taxes.It is very sad and could evolve into a fascist state. But Americans have put up with these trends I suppose because they actually believed the myth that anyone could become a millionaire.It is sad for America and dangerous for the democratic world.
This is important to keep reminding ourselves: Trump is not an anomaly. He just does openly what his predecessors have done before. Every. Single. US President has encouraged covert racism, militarism, and has prized short to intermediate term economic gains over global peace and human rights. Every. Single. One.
the magic of ruling-class consciousness? -- you don't even know you have it! (seeing as how it's the only one allowed in schools & work & entertainment & sports -- literature -- the press -- film -- TV -- essentially all media -- are you even reading this still?)...
Even in Trump country? You mean we might have an opportunity to stop calling them names, dismissing them as "deplorables", or saying they're all racists, and find common ground? (I'm talking especially about the 13% who switched from Obama to Trump. If racism wasn't their motivation, what good does it do to ignore why they did vote for him? Shouldn't we bother to wonder, since these voters sealed his victory?)
There seems to be an increasing tendency to treat workers like low caste “untouchables”. Give them a few crumbs (as few as possible) and a mean job and make sure they toil diligently. If someone is injured or needs time off for an emergency, well out they go. We haven’t got the patience to deal with slackers! They are there to serve us and they’d better know it!
Mixing apples and oranges Feiffer includes people killed during riots attempting to breach a country's borders with assassinations. Typical of the propaganda from Israel haters. Israel has engaged in some real assassinations, but these are not examples of that.
Despite his unimportant little error - like so many who equate McCarthy and the HUAC - it's an unusually fair and knowledgeable discussion of the years from Weimar to the GDR in terms of leftist German song and music. Happily, it recalls the third in the magnificent Brecht-Eisler-Busch trio - Ernst Busch, the wonderful actor and singer (and fighter) who collected, while in Spain during the war there, and then recorded those wonderful Spanish Civil War songs - the Einheitsfront-Lied, the Thälmann Column Song ("Far off is our land....Freiheit") and others, which were recorded in Barcelona during the bombing of that city by Mussolini's planes and later sung by leftists the world over.
I partly grew up with them in 1944-45 thanks to the Busch album and the song and square dance group of the AYD (led by Erwin Silber) which met in the Fur Workers' Union Hall in NYC. I could add a few added anecdotes - about Hanns Eisler breaking an arm during his US tour in the mid-1930s, or Gerhard Eisler addressing our AYD meeting at Harvard in 1948 -with an attempted right-wing provocation, or Busch meeting Pete Seeger in East Berlin (with me translating). Also that Paul Robeson sang a few of those songs, too, and that we always copied Busch in singing one refrain each of the Einheitsfront-Lied (United Front) in German, Spanish, French and English, but always carefully copied (of course respectfully) his German accent in the English version, ("For you are a vorker, too!, etc.)
CHEROKEE, N.C. — The leader of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Principal Chief Richard Sneed, has weighed in on Senator Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test results that indicate she has American Indian ancestry.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) produced results of a DNA test in an attempt to dispel the errorneous notion she was lying about her claim her family has American Indian ancestry.
Senator Warren has been mocked by members of the Republican Party since she ran for the U.S. Senate. In recent years, President Donald Trump mocks by calling her “Pocahontas” in his stump speeches he holds to energize his base.
In a statement sent Thursday morning to Native News Online, Chief Sneed writes:
“The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is a sovereign tribal nation with the inherent authority to determine our own citizenship. Senator Elizabeth Warren does not claim to be a citizen of any tribal nation, and she is not a citizen of the Eastern Band. Like many other Americans, she has a family story of Cherokee and Delaware ancestry and evidence of Native ancestry. Some people who have family stories or evidence of Native ancestry have sought to appropriate Cherokee culture, claim a preference in hiring, claim that their art is “Indian art,” or advance their careers based on a family story or evidence of Native ancestry. We strongly condemn such actions as harmful to our Tribal government and Cherokee people.
BUT SENATOR WARREN HAS NOT TRIED TO APPROPRIATE CHEROKEE OR DELAWARE CULTURE. SHE HAS NOT USED HER FAMILY STORY OR EVIDENCE OF NATIVE ANCESTRY TO GAIN EMPLOYMENT OR OTHER ADVANTAGE. SHE HAS NOT TRIED TO CLAIM A TREATY OR TRUST OBLIGATION, OR SEEK THE PROTECTION OF THE INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT. ON THE CONTRARY, SHE DEMONSTRATES RESPECT FOR TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY BY ACKNOWLEDGING THAT TRIBES DETERMINE CITIZENSHIP AND RESPECTING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CITIZENSHIP AND ANCESTRY.
Senator Warren also has sponsored legislation to help prevent suicides in Indian country (“Native American Suicide Prevention Act,” S. 3460), identify missing and murdered Native women (“Savanna’s Act,” S. 1942), and help tribes reacquire lands that were taken as a result of harmful federal policies (“Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act,” S. 2628). Senator Warren also has worked with the Eastern Band to help us reacquire important Cherokee historical sites in Tennessee (“Eastern Band of Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act,” H.R. 146).
Senator Warren has demonstrated her respect for tribal sovereignty and is an ally of the Eastern Band. As such, we support her and other allies – regardless of party – who promote tribal sovereignty, tribal self-determination, and protection of Cherokee women.”
Chief Sneed’s statement differs significantly from the statement issued by the Cherokee Nation, based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. On Monday, after Sen. Warren’s campaign released DNA results that show she had American Indian ancestry in her family, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, Jr. blasted Senator Warren.
“It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is prove. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage,” Hoskin said in his statement.
In our new study, Moritz Wichmann takes a data-driven political science approach to examine if an alleged leftward shift is currently taking place in the Democratic Party just ahead of the midterms, and what can we expect from progressives in the 116th U.S. Congress.
Is there a leftward shift currently taking place in the Democratic Party? Are people in the United States actually moving to the left on an issue-by-issue basis, in spite of the current rightward tilt of all three branches of government?
These are some of the questions probed by Moritz Wichmann in his timely analysis just ahead of the 2018 U.S. midterm election. As one might guess, the answers are complex, and lead to still other questions about the state of the U.S. polity. Different segments of the U.S. right and even center-left warn of a “socialist takeover” of the Democratic Party for very different reasons. And how relevant is aggregated issue-by-issue preference data when “the 21 smallest states have the population of California but 42 Senators compared to California’s two”?
Not settling here, but rather pushing toward the bigger picture, Wichmann takes a data-driven political science approach to analyze how progressives are doing in general, how they have performed in recent primaries, and what will be their place in the 116th Congress of the United States.
If you want the answers to these questions, including an abundance of often-surprising statistical evidence in support, you’ll just have to read the paper.
That same day, Jewish New Yorkers sat in and sat shiva outside the Metropolitan Republican Club — the very club that, earlier this month, hosted violent white nationalist Gavin McInnes, after which members of the hate group McInnes leads assaulted anti-fascist protesters. We sat, we mourned, we said Kaddish for the thirteen people killed by white nationalists in the past week: Maurice Stallard and Vickie Jones in Louisville, and Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, and Irving Younger in Pittsburgh.
We sent a clear message: We. Are. Here. Jews, Muslims, immigrants, People of Color — and anyone who doesn't conform to the white nationalist vision of America — won’t be scapegoated, criminalized, or banned. Not this time. We are here, together, and together we will outlive them.
Here’s how The Jewish Vote and our allies are taking action over the next few days:
Solidarity Shabbat and Safety Patrol in Jackson Heights: Friday, November 2nd from 6:30-7:30pm at Diversity Plaza. Join JFREJ, the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, Malkhut, Kehillat Tikvah synagogue, and our Hate Free Zones partners as we bring in Shabbat this Friday night, protected by our Muslim and immigrant neighbors. As a Jewish community, we don’t buy the suggestion that armed guards or more cops in places of worship will keep us safe. Solidarity is our only safety. Join us as we do some ritual, sing songs, and break homemade challah together. We'll create space for collective mourning and action against antisemitism, white supremacy, Islamophobia and xenophobia, with the security of our neighbors surrounding us. Make sure to wear layers, we’ll be outside! RSVP here.
Elders Speakout and Phone Bank: Elders in our community are particularly impacted by what happened at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday. Support our elders at a speakout against fascism on Monday night 6-9 PM, followed by a GOTV phone bank hosted by The Jewish Vote. RSVP to [log in to unmask].
Looking towards next week, you can join us for GOTV in Bay Ridge (sign up here) and the Hudson Valley (sign up here) on both Monday and Tuesday.
The right to migrate is fundamental. Without it, the right to work, to be free, to live, cannot be realized. We reaffirm our conviction that every member of the Central American Caravan has an inalienable human right to flee from violence and poverty and toward better economic and political conditions elsewhere, regardless of national boundaries. We submit that they possess a right to enter and remain in the U.S. equal to anyone born there.
It has become amoral to engage in neutrality or silence on the right to migrate. On this issue there is a right side of history and a wrong side – but there is no middle. Each of us is morally obliged to choose such a side. The law will either make human beings illegal, or it will legalize equality, but it cannot accomplish both. The world is asking you to choose a side.
The New Sanctuary Coalition is resolved to choose the side of liberty and equality. We are resolved to sacrifice in solidarity with those leaders of liberty and pioneers of equality who are nonviolently asserting their right to migrate by moving their caravan of brave souls across the U.S./Mexican border. We are resolved to form a U.S. Caravan of supporters who will meet the Central American Caravan in Mexico, witness their movement, and accompany them into the U.S. At the border, we will assist those seeking entry with their demands to enter the US without losing their liberty.
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New York, NY 10011-8001
The Department of Historical Studies at the New School in New York City is proud to announce our new public lecture series: CRITICAL HISTORY TODAY.
The theme of the series builds upon our shared commitment to developing modes of historical analysis that speak to the urgent concerns of the present and that promote rigorous engagement between history and other branches of the humanities and social sciences. Over the coming years, we plan to invite working historians from across the discipline to reflect on their approaches to writing Critical History Today.
On November 5th, we will host Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor - Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. Taylor examines the struggle against racism in twenty-first century United States and places the Black lives Matter movement within that context. Taylor looks at the promise of today's movements in opening the possibility of a broader struggle for Black liberation with her talk titled: From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.
Paper Tiger Television
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New York, New York 10013
SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of WITCH (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). It does not shy away from controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose in the women’s movement, and brilliantly captures the spirit of the time -- thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious.
2018 Post-Election Reporters Roundtable
Co-sponsored by the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Friday, November 16th -- 8:30AM-10:30AM
CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
25 W. 43rd Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10036
In an electoral season in which the sitting presidential administration has loomed large, what do the elections tell us about the current political landscape, especially with regard to racial, gender and class voting patterns? What do the contemporary Democratic and Republican Parties stand for? What are the challenges and possibilities that face people and organizations committed to social and economic justice?
Sarah Jaffe: @SarahLJaffe – Nation Institute Fellow; Co-host, Dissent magazine’s Belabored podcast; Columnist, New Labor Forum
John Nichols: @NicholsUprising – National Affairs Correspondent, The Nation; Contributing writer, The Progressive and In These Times
Sabrina Siddiqui: @SabrinaSiddiqui – Political Reporter, The Guardian; Contributor, CBSN, MSNBC, CNN, The Bill Press Show
Moderator: Daryl Khan – Distinguished Lecturer & Director of the Urban Reporting Program, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; New York Bureau Chief, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and Youth Today
First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G St NW
Washington, DC 20001
Join CODE PINK and the researchers, journalists, activists and cultural workers they are bringing together to examine ways we can support Iranian civil society, pressure the US administration and Congress for a “no sanctions, no war” agenda, and push the US media to do a better job covering the US-Iran crisis.
FIRST 50 PEOPLE TO REGISTER RECEIVE A **SPECIAL GIFT**!!!
Speakers will include the brilliant Larry Wilkerson, former Chief of State for Colin Power; National Iranian American Council President Jamal Abdi; women’s rights activist Sussan Tahmasebi and Atlantic Council author/analyst Barbara Slavin. We will also have exhibits of Iranian art, music, calligraphy and other activities to highlight the beautiful Iranian culture.
The Summit, which is sponsored by 26 organizations, comes at a time when tensions between U.S and Iran are escalating, and the reimposition of sanctions following the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal is causing tremendous hardship for ordinary Iranians. We must do everything in our power to stop another war and find relief for the Iranian people.
Cost is only $10-$100 sliding scale. Register now to ensure your place. Space is limited.
The Tamiment Library will host a memorial event for the late historian Jesse Lemisch on December 6, 2018 from 4:30-6:30 PM. Following an hour’s worth of scheduled speeches, time will be allowed for attendees to add memories and comments of their own, followed by informal socializing with refreshments.
Scheduled speakers include several important figures who knew Lemisch both as an important radical intellectual and as a longtime friend: Staughton Lynd, another influential figure in the emergence of New Left history (he will speak via Skype); Marcus Rediker, author of several history books that reflect Lemisch’s concern with “history from below”; and Ann Gordon, director of the Stanton-Anthony Papers on the history of the woman suffrage movement. Blanche Wiesen Cook, biographer of Eleanor Roosevelt and a colleague of Lemisch at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, will be MC for the event.
In recognition of Lemisch’s standing, the event is being co-sponsored by the following: NYU History Department, Historians for Peace and Democracy, the Radical History Review, the American Social History Project / Center for New Media, and the Society for US Intellectual History.
For more information, contact historian Robert (Robby) Cohen of New York University at [log in to unmask].
December 6, 2018 from 4:30-6:30 PM.
The Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
RSVP: email [log in to unmask] with guest name(s) & event title.
Peggy is first and foremost a passionate human being in love with life and a commitment to what it could be. Towards that end she has dedicated most of her one hundred years on the planet to making art that makes people think – and then re-think – their ideas about racism, sexism, politics, health, justice and meaning. She does it with a dash of line and color and a deft daub of humor. Her humor retains the sly, dry attitude of her British heritage and grabs you by surprise.
She’s not afraid to express strong opinions and back them up with a ferocious amount of knowledge gleaned from daily reading and listening to news shows. And all her artwork must pass the test of being - not just one of these, but all three simultaneously - strong, beautiful and true!
But politics is only one side of this multi-talented woman who also has honed a deep spirituality over the last 25 years. Seeking to understand the inner world and its demands for justice and wisdom and courage has led her to explore that terrain with the same rigor with which she has taken on corrupt powers in the outer world. Finding her balance, literally and metaphorically, through a decades-long yoga practice, makes her one of the most grounded, robust and mentally sharp centenarians you will ever meet.
Saturday, December 8 -- Noon - 3PM
Old Town School of Folk Music - Szold Hall
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
A Musical Journey through ten decades of Activist Artistry
Sharing Music in Honor of Peggy's Birthday will be:
friends of the Gilbert & Sullivan Company, and others!
***If you would like to bring something simple to share, there will be a potluck table for finger-food, sandwiches, cookies, fruit, etc. A cake will be provided. Please contact the Party Planners if you'd like to bring food!