By William Rivers Pitt
Originally published in Truthout
Filters and bottled water stacked up on a truck to be delivered to residents in Flint, Michigan, January 7, 2016. At every major decision point over more than a year, officials at all levels of government acted in ways that contributed to Flint's tainted water crisis and allowed the public health emergency to persist for months.
How Activists Won Reparations for the Survivors of Chicago Police Department Torture
A history of the movement to make Chicago pay for the crimes of former police commander Jon Burge.
Originally published in In These Times
BY Flint Taylor
(Originally published in The Washington Post, for more resources, click here)
Written by Petula Dvorak
Yes, words matter.
Vitriol aimed at Muslim refugees this month was followed by attacks on mosques.
(Originally published in Common Dreams, for more resources, click here)
Written by Jon Queally
It's a disaster for people, the planet, democracy, and the future of the global economy.
That was the immediate assessment of informed critics as world governments, including the United States, on Thursday morning made the full text of the controversial TransPacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) available to the public for the first time.
(Originally published in The Electronic Intifada, for more resources, click here)
Written by Ali Abunimah
Benjamin Netanyahu has publicly asserted that Adolf Hitler had no intention of exterminating Europe’s Jews until a Palestinian persuaded him to do it.
(Originally published on Mashable, for more resources, click here)
Written by Katie Dupere
In the days leading up to Halloween, revelers are putting the finishing touches on their costumes. For some, that means perfecting their sugar skull makeup, hot-gluing feathers onto their homemade headdresses and dusting off their sombreros.
Yes — among all the tricks and treats, cultural appropriation is an undeniable problem this time of year.
(Originally published on theroot.com, for more resources, click here)
Written by Todd Steven Burroughs
Grace Lee Boggs, who died Monday at the age of 100, knew every major black leader and luminary worth knowing from the 1930s to the 1960s, and a little beyond.
The Peace Center is looking for a few good board members - could you be one? We are looking for committed, passionate people who care about the struggle for peace and justice in DC and beyond and the Washington Peace Center to help guide and support this long-standing, grassroots organization. This is an opportunity to be a part of an exciting local organization and help shape its vision and goals.
The destruction of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, with 22 dead so far, including doctors, other staff and patients, capped a week that also saw the bombing of another hospital in Afghanistan, plus the U.S.-backed Saudi Arabian bombing of a wedding party in Yemen set up in tents far out in the desert, away from anything remotely military. (What IS it about wedding parties that U.S. and allied bombers keep hitting them?).
(Originally published on incite-national.org, for more resources, click here)
"I’m very much afraid of this 'Foundation Complex.' We're getting praise from places that worry me." - Ella Baker, June 1963
"I want us all to be real creative about our tactics and strategies to dismantle the empire." - Joo-Hyun Kang, The Revolution Will Not Be Funded Conference, 2004
As a mother of two little girls, aged 4 and 6, the photograph of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi, the waves lapping the face of his lifeless body, shook me.
But the tears came much later — not as I saw more and more images of migrant and refugee suffering in the news, but when I saw families in Europe with signs welcoming refugees, standing by the roadside with food and water. What’s moved me most are the images and stories of everyday people not waiting for government policy, but choosing love and taking action.
Photo caption: Robert Green, a Hurricane Katrina survivor, sits in June on the steps that once led into his mother's home in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. Li Muzi/Zuma
The Lower Ninth Ward only has a fraction of its pre-storm population.
By Samantha Michaels
Originally Published in MotherJones.com
The explosion of anger and protest on the streets of a Missouri city one year ago has transformed the U.S. political landscape in ways that shouldn't be minimized.
August 5, 2015
Photo caption: Resisting police murder and the militarized crackdown against protest in Ferguson, Missouri
By Alicia Garza
Originally published on Truthout.org
Wednesday night in Charleston, South Carolina, an act of terrorism was committed against a group of Black people who gathered in prayer. The church, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, was a site of slave rebellions as far back as 1822 and one of the oldest Black churches in the country.