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Archive for April, 2007

Chinese Tenants Unite to Fight Corrupt Landlord

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 30, 2007

Xiao La Jiao blogs about the recent victory of Chinese and white tenants uniting in New York to take on a corrupt landlord in the blog of the same name:

Yesterday, residents of 55 and 61 Delancey Street met and celebrated their successes in holding their landlord accountable to their demands for safe housing, repairs, and an end to baseless evictions. With more than 500 HPD (Department of Housing Preservation and Development) violations, the tenants were living with some of the worst housing conditions in the city. Many had been served unwarranted eviction notices. Over the past few months, tenants have been participating in a rent strike and holding accountability meetings. They have also organized and participated in actions at the buildings with the support of the Chinatown Tenants Union.

Posted in Asian Issues, Class, Empowerment | 1 Comment »

Russell Simons: Hypocrit or Real Reformer?

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 30, 2007

Ivonne Salazar blogs about Russell Simons’ recent statements on words such as “ho” and “bitch” to be “extreme curse words” that should be banned from hip-hop in the blog WIMN’s Voices Blog:

Simmons’ statement is the first attempt by hip-hop insiders to acknowledge the need to clean up the lyrics, but as author Joan Morgan puts it, the announcement “amounts to nothing.” Morgan, author of When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down, was also featured in the article and she believes the recommendations are “short-sighted at best and disingenuous at worst.” In her opinion, the announcement is an “anemic, insufficient response” that failed to address homophobia and other issues in certain strains of hip-hop culture and rap music. She said that calling for the removal of these words assumes that “all of the violence, misogyny and sexism in hip-hop are only expressed in those words.”

Posted in Black Issues, Corporations, Homophobia, Male Supremacy, Women of Color | Leave a Comment »

In Solidarity: Sanhati

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 30, 2007

Rama quotes a mission statement from the West Bengali activist organization Sanhati in the blog Cuckoo’s call:

We are voices of dissent. We oppose the murderous politics of the state government of West Bengal as well as the cheap populism of otherwise pro-liberalism parties. We stand in solidarity, in Sanhati, with all forces that oppose police terror in Bengal and the inhuman urban-industrial vision. We staunchly defend the rights of tillers over their lives and their lands.

Posted in Caste, Class, Economics, Government, International, Leftism | 6 Comments »

Upcoming 37th Carnival of Feminists

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 30, 2007

The Carnival of Feminists comes out twice a month and the next one is being hosted by Katie in the blog KitKat’s Critique. She is looking for submissions by anyone of any gender on topics of feminism:

The 37th Carnival of Feminists will be here on May 2!

There is no theme yet, but check back for an announcement.

Posted in Carnival, Feminism, Woman Issues | Leave a Comment »

Black Women Standing Up For Themselves

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 29, 2007

The blogger at Shuck’N’Jive Notes blogs in support of National Day of Truthtelling:

Based on the overwhelming deafening silence from mainstream Black (predominantly male) ‘leaders’ and organizations about the documented racist/sexist comments made by the White Duke Lacrosse team members, it’s clear to me that no one will speak for us– Black women–but ourselves. It doesn’t matter if you’re a rape survivor, a child sexual abuse survivor, a domestic violence survivor, a stripper, a prostitute, a lesbian, a bisexual woman, a heterosexual woman, a single mother (especially with several children from different fathers), on welfare, a high school drop out, college educated, working in corporate America, working at a minimum wage job with no health insurance, or working in the film/music/television entertainment industry. Yes, I placed what some people would view as very different/distinct categories of Black women in the same category because I firmly believe that if any of the aforementioned Black women are at the wrong place at the wrong time (which could be at any time), we, Black women, will be left to heal our very public wounds alone.

Posted in Black Issues, Empowerment, Male Supremacy, Organizing, White Supremacy, Women of Color | Leave a Comment »

Blog Against Disablism Day

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 29, 2007

The Goldfish is hosting the second Blog Against Disablism day on May 1st at the blog Diary of a Goldfish:

Everyone is welcome to join in with Blogging Against Disablism day, disabled and non-disabled, as long as you wish to blog against the discrimination that disabled people experience. Last year, I was rather surprised to have questions from people with mental health impairments who wondered whether their experience counted as disability. Of course it does! My one regret was that I initially turned down a person with Body Integrity Identity Disorder (a condition where a person feels the need or desire to acquire a physical impairment, most commonly an amputation or paralysis). As it was, despite my apprehensions, their contribution was entirely in the spirit of Blogging Against Disablism and so they were included in the final list.

If anybody has any access issues, please speak up. I am not an expert in this area. Alternative blogging formats, such a podcasts or video are more than welcome. If you cannot leave a comment on this blog for any reason, please e-mail me (this is temporary e-mail address and will only exist until Blogging Against Disablism is over this year).

Link via Spottedele.

Posted in Blog, Disability Issues | Leave a Comment »

“O Canada! Our Home and Racist Land!”

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 29, 2007

Kersplebedeb blogs about a First Nation student who refused to stand for the Candadian national anthem and was kicked out of class for it, in the blog Sketchy Thoughts:

Does it really take a white rocket scientist to see what Indigenous kids across this continent have no trouble grasping? Does colonial privilege really make people that stupid?

This is a song celebrating the establishment of Canada (“with glowing hearts we see you rise”), and its military defense (“we stand on guard for thee”). What exactly do you think the establishment of Canada meant, every step of the way? Dispossession, rape, exile, and death for Indigenous people is what it meant. That’s why one of the main groups against whom military defense was necessary were the land’s first inhabitants.

And you can add to this the special sexist allegiance owed to it by young men; “true patriot love in all thy sons command” – just some masculine quid pro quo for getting to rape Indigenous women and children would be my guess.

Posted in Contemporary Racism, First People Issues, Government, Identity, International, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

“O Canada! Our Home and Racist Land!”

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 29, 2007

Kersplebedeb blogs about a First Nation student who refused to stand for the Candadian national anthem and was kicked out of class for it, in the blog Sketchy Thoughts:

Does it really take a white rocket scientist to see what Indigenous kids across this continent have no trouble grasping? Does colonial privilege really make people that stupid?

This is a song celebrating the establishment of Canada (“with glowing hearts we see you rise”), and its military defense (“we stand on guard for thee”). What exactly do you think the establishment of Canada meant, every step of the way? Dispossession, rape, exile, and death for Indigenous people is what it meant. That’s why one of the main groups against whom military defense was necessary were the land’s first inhabitants.

And you can add to this the special sexist allegiance owed to it by young men; “true patriot love in all thy sons command” – just some masculine quid pro quo for getting to rape Indigenous women and children would be my guess.

Posted in Contemporary Racism, First People Issues, Government, Identity, International, White Supremacy | 1 Comment »

The Left and Racism

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 29, 2007

Eugene, of the blog Pudgy Indian, writes about his experiences with racism in a leftist peace movement:

In this blog I have had to deal with racists. It started with folks using my race to drive home a point, and then telling me that isn’t racist. In my pain and anger, which the comment was designed to hurt me (paraphrased: I support the troops coming home, not killing, having health care, therefore I have no right to say anything about what America did to my folks) I treated them with the same racism they put forth.

After battling these folks for a couple of weeks, I experienced racism at the one place I truly thought I was safe from it. What a fool. It, too, is a lefty organization.

Posted in Contemporary Racism, First People Issues, Leftism, Racism, White Supremacy, Whiteness | Leave a Comment »

Bill Moyers on the Media

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 28, 2007

Louis Proyect writes:

Bill Moyers is an interesting figure. As press secretary to Lyndon Johnson, he turned against the kind of party politics that produces such wars and hooked up with PBS in 1971. Like Ramsey Clark, LBJ’s attorney general, he has been an effective voice for the left even if his ideas stop short of the anti-capitalist conclusions that are implicit in their dynamic. Along with Ralph Nader, these three elder statesmen of the liberal-left know how the system operates from inside and often have unique insights about the rot contained in its heart, as last night’s documentary demonstrates.

Posted in Leftism, Media, Propaganda, War | Leave a Comment »

National Day of Truth Telling

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 28, 2007

Brownfemipower is holding a blog carnival on National Day of Truth Telling:

This weekend, in honor of the amazing work the lovely ladies of UBUNTU are putting together, I’d like to host a carnival.

The blog world is a perfect place for transformative spaces–Use this opportunity to post a reflective piece, some poetry that is dear to you, pictures, anything that brings healing to you.

Post any links in comments and I’ll post them!

Posted in Blog | 1 Comment »

Japanese Supreme Court Denies History

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 28, 2007

The blogger of Chinese in Vancouver posts a response by the Canadian Association for Learning & Preserving the History of World War II in Asia to the recent ruling by the Japanese Supreme Court denying compenstation to Japanese “comfort” women:

“However, to this day the Japanese government has been covering up the facts, putting off and delaying redress, deliberately misinterpret the law and stubbornly shirking its responsibility. The Japanese corporations involved in enslaving Chinese labourers adopt the same immoral position as the Japanese government. The Supreme Court of Japan is supposed to uphold judicial justice. However, in the final ruling of the Nishimatsu forced labour case, the chief justice of the Second Petty Bench of the Supreme Court Ryoji Nakagawa stated that according to the Joint Communique of the Government of Japan and the People’s Republic of China (1972), Chinese individuals’ right to seek compensation had already been abandoned and that as far as court trial was concerned, there was no legal basis (for the victims) to claim compensation. Because the Chinese victims’ rights to claim have been denied by the Supreme Court, all other Chinese victims’ lawsuits seeking postwar compensation including the case of the Chinese “comfort women” have been deprived of any chance in seeking justice in the Japanese judiciary system.”

Posted in History, Imperialism, International, Male Supremacy, War | Leave a Comment »

A Boarder Riddled With Bullets

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 27, 2007

XicanoPwr writes about the recent deaths of Latino immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico boarder in the blog Para Justicia y Libertad:

Self-defense from what? This type of behavior seems to be normal, recently Agent Nicholas Corbett was charged with first-degree murder of Francisco Dominguez-Rivera, of Puebla, Mexico, who was unarmed at the border in January. Corbett was also charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide. His excuse – he claimed he “feared for his life,” however, Corbett’s account didn’t match witness testimony or forensic evidence.

Posted in Immigration, Latina/o Issues, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

The Other 9/11

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 27, 2007

AN, of The Socialist Unity Blog, remembers the other 9/11:

The precise role of the US government is unknown, but certainly the coup had the blessing of President Nixon, and his National Security Advisor, Henry Kissinger. In 2003, General Colin Powell, at that time US Secretary of State admitted that the US government had played a role in the coup, telling Black Entertainment TV channel, “With respect to your earlier comments about Chile in the 1970s and what happened with Mr. Allende, it is not a part of American history that we’re proud of.”

Posted in Government, History, Imperialism, International | Leave a Comment »

Being a Native American Woman

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 27, 2007

Stephanie links an article she found on Native American women:

Here’s a very disturbing report on the plight of Native American women. The Native American women are far more likely to be assaulted than other women. It’s due to lack of police and tribal funding as well as lack of societal concern for such women and girls.

Posted in First People Issues, Male Supremacy, Women of Color | Leave a Comment »

Growing Up Texas-American

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 26, 2007

The blogger of No Snow Here writes:

The fact that the legitimacy of the existence of the United States of America is so rarely called into question (and usually then by indigenous activists or allies only) reveals a whole culture of denial, ignorance and collective memory loss. Sometimes I think about how I was proud to be American before I knew all these things. Like being in a basketball stadium full of people, all singing the national anthem with their hands on their hearts; my heart pounding, singing along, feeling so happy and proud. Needless to say, I’ll never feel like that again.

Posted in Arab Issues, Contemporary Racism, History, Identity, People of Color, Racism, White Supremacy | 1 Comment »

An Interview With Ali Abunimah

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 25, 2007

Laila El-Haddad interviewed Palestinian journalist Ali Abunimah in her blog Raising Yousuf, Unplugged: diary of a Palestinian Mother:

Ok, I’ve promised you a post on this for a while. And it just hasn’t happened.
Frankly, I was waiting first for Aljazeera to run an interview I did with Ali Abu Nimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada and author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse.

Posted in International, Occupation | Leave a Comment »

The State of Corporate Hip-Hop

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 25, 2007

Paris speaks his mind about the current mainstream hip-hop scene in the blog Black Agenda Report:

The argument in response could be made in defense of labels that if they don’t respond to the streets then the music will just go underground. Huh? WHAT underground? Do you know how much good material is marginalized because it doesn’t fit white cooperate America’s ideals of acceptability? Independents can’t get radio or video play anymore, at least not through commercial outlets, and most listeners don’t acknowledge material that they don’t see or hear regularly on the radio or on T.V. Very few of us are willing to actually seek out material and messages to identify with. As with anything in our fast food culture, we want our entertainment choices fast and in our collective face. For most listeners, all the rest need not apply.

Posted in Black Issues, Commodification, Contemporary Racism, Corporations, Male Supremacy, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

A Call to Bloggers: Carnival of Radical Feminists

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 25, 2007

Womensspace, in her blog Women’s Space/The Margins, makes a call out to fellow radical feminist bloggers (and non-bloggers as well) for the upcoming Radical Carnival of Feminists being held at her site:

I’m extending the deadline for submissions to the first Carnival of Radical Feminists (which might be renamed, so stay tuned :)) to Sunday, April 29, to give everyone more time to submit great radical feminist blog posts, which you can submit by going here. The submissions I’ve already received are awesome!

Posted in Carnival, Radical Feminism, Radicalism | Leave a Comment »

Apologist Academics Beware

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 24, 2007

Fire Fly share’s her thoughts on the Everyday Multiculturalism Conference at Macquarie University in Austrailia in her blog She Who Stumbles:

I’m sick to death of (white) academics from the so-called “left” apologising for racist violence. I’m sick of hyper-detailed ethnomethodology being used to erase the power differentials between people of colour and white people. I’m sick of self-absorbed academic relativism that refuses to see the bigger picture.

Posted in Academia, Contemporary Racism, International, People of Color | 1 Comment »

Love of Drag Queens and Trans People

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 24, 2007

Queer Kid of Color writes about drag queens and trans people and the roles they have played in society:

It may be difficult for people to understand why many look up to these parodies of women and why many find them funny and how they became prime in the gay community. The truth of the matter is that drag queens deserve every adulation that comes to them, because they set the standards, they redefined gender, and they were the main component in the revolution against ignorance and what we now come to know as the Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights movement. On June of 1969, not thinking of the consequences of her actions, Sylvia Rivera, a then 17 year old drag queen initiated the Stonewall riots. This tall, thin, fragile being led what would become known as the start of the Gay & Lesbian Civil Rights movement.

Posted in Identity, LGBTQI Issues, Sexuality | Leave a Comment »

Increased Political Harassment in the Philippines

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 24, 2007

The blog author of Kabataan Central Visayas posts an article by Zofia Leal. Kabataan is a party in the Philippines that represents the radical left youth sector in the Philippines:

As the election nears, the harassment of progressive party-list members is intensifying. Last April 18, a University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) student and KABATAAN (Youth) Party-list member who wishes to remain anonymous for security reasons was almost abducted on her way home to Quezon City.

This incident is a manifestation of a systematic plan of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her minions to paralyze her critics and prevent them from having a seat in the government,” said Urbiztondo.

Posted in Empowerment, Government, International, Organizing, Radicalism | 1 Comment »

Near An End of White Reign

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 23, 2007

Glen Ford, an editor of the blog Black Agenda Report, writes about the end of “Euro-American domination of the planet”:

The era of Euro-American domination of the planet is coming to an end. Only the American public seems to be oblivious to this reality. However, five hundred years of white rule over almost the whole of the planet has created lasting scars on the rest of humanity – contradictions that may take generations to resolve. In the meantime, the threat of global conflagration will hover over humanity, since many Euro-Americans cannot imagine a world in which they are not in charge. But there is finally light at the end of this half a millennium-long tunnel: the subjugation of a planet by a people from a small corner of the world.

Posted in Empowerment, People of Color, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

Immigration and Reform

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 23, 2007

Simon. of the blog Radical Migration, gives his opinion on immigration reform:

The current set of immigration laws makes the income tax code look simple. It is racist. It treats different people differently based on their ethnicity. It is far too complicated. There are more than eighty different visa categories. And it does not serve the best interests of our country by keeping out bad people and attracting good ones.

Posted in Contemporary Racism, Immigration | 1 Comment »

Family Planning, This Time Without the “Family” or the “Planning”

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 23, 2007

Kafka4prez blogs about the World Bank’s efforts on family planning in the blog the f-word:

A high-up official at the World Bank ordered all references to family planning to be deleted from a report about Madagascar, according to The Guardian.

According to a leaked email, Juan José Daboub, managing director of the World Bank, “ordered staff to remove all references to family planning from its country assistance programme document for Madagascar”.

Posted in Government, International, Sexuality | Leave a Comment »

 
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