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Avatar is rich in historical allusions and James Cameron deftly weaves into the fabric of the film the core of the relations between humans and their world. Namely, the film is primarily about the two clashing world-views at the core of the relationship between the civilised and the wild. Informed and justified by the Darwinian narrative, the civilised perspective stresses competition and violence, in which the balance of power is achieved by the strong teaming up together against everyone rendered weaker for the purposes of conquest and use as resources, whereas the wild position sees life as a process of cooperation and the balancing of forces, not powers. This is the debate between Kropotkian and Darwinian evolutionary science as well as between the wild and civilised, between pacifism and oppression, between anarchy and imperialism, and between life and death.
The turn out at the Unite/HERE rally was good but the rank and file were well contained and the same old tactics and methods that have failed us for so long are still there.
personal comments and questions from an emerging activist.
The Bend city manager can declare an emergency any time the temperature drops below 25 degrees, and local shelters are full.
That allows churches and other buildings to house people overnight and keep them out of the cold. Gary Marshall is the fire marshal for the City of Bend.
Gary Marshall: "We have to remember that spending the night is a lot different than a day shelter. A day shelter you are just looking for a place to come in and stay warm. These people have the same right of safety as any of us that can afford to stay in a motel."
The specter of socialism is again haunting the minds of the corporate elite, from the Americas to Europe and beyond. This, after decades of pro-capitalist campaigning from the corporate media, which has always confused "capitalism" with "freedom." But of course freedom and democracy cannot exist alongside tremendous inequalities of wealth — or next to corporations wielding absolute power over elections and governments.
These facts helped form the social movements in Latin America that now advocate 21st Century Socialism, a name that implies the prior century's experiments needed either updating or improving, while also implying that the general socialist "project" was progressive.
My name is Alexander Reisinger. Liberty Hall was started in my mother's basement, Susan. The people involved were Brian, Leif Desert Rat, Christian Nostalgia, Jenny Knowles, and myself. The Hall was started in anticipation of a UPS walkout, commiserate to a turnover and signing of a long term contract. The contract between the labor unions, (ILWU) International Long Shore Union, and the UPS bosses was signed. No actions by Liberty Hall had to be taken. We were leasing Liberty Hall from an Ethiopian Activist, Allum, who held the Hall as a music venue before us. It had been a Reggae Hall.
Environmentalists the government spat on the idea of institutional green energy revolution. Its time for us to join those fighting capitalism and the state if we are ever going to save this planet.
The manifesto below was written in response to the millions who will see the movie "Avatar" and cheer for insurgents defending their homes, yet go home and support war, occupation, "development" and gentrification by their votes,their actions, and their shopping afterwards
Now that the American Dream has been replaced by the American Disappointment will Americans discover their revolutionary roots?
On Sunday in Iran, mass protests were drowned in blood by government authorities; at least ten reportedly have been killed with hundreds injured. The events have been given ample coverage in the U.S. media, with the intention of further demonizing Iran's repressive government. Absent in the American media are the deeper implications of the protests, which, to anyone paying close attention, constitute a powerful revolutionary movement.
This movement has grown exponentially in a very short period of time. Although only beginning in June over allegations of voter fraud, the movement is now endorsed by millions of combative Iranians, demanding "death to the dictator," while they waive an Iranian flag that's missing the Muslim insignia. Massive demonstrations in the streets and university campuses have directly confronted police repression and in some cases have overcome it. The New York Times describes a scene found only in instances of revolution:
International Solidarity Actions Commemorate on One Year Anniversary of Gaza Invasion
Talk by Israeli-American Dr. Aram Ayalon, associate professor of education at Gaza solidarity event in Hartford, Conn., produced by Melinda Tuhus
January 1st leaflet from the Seattle Anti-Imperialist Committee (SAIC) expressing solidarity with the Palestinian national liberation struggle.
"There is no salvation for civilization, or even the human race, other than the creation of a world government." - Albert Einstein
Senator Dick Durbin on the potential transfer of Guantanamo prisoners to a prison in rural Illinois
Save yourself first. You won't help anybody else if you get so burnt out due to lack of self-care that you stop caring at all.
An American lawyer from Detroit who was on that flight says "Terrorist" was alowed aboard after big hassle with plane's crew- MSM will not even listen to him. More evidence of a false-flag propaganda operation by the Obama Administration to prop up the false "War on Terror"
Air pollution reporting agency, AIRNow, consistently presents an excessively rosy air pollution levels forecast--one seldom, if ever, born out by actual contaminant levels on the ground.
The importance of self-organizing to achieving sustained improvements in conditions for working class people, and countering repressive policies and "takebacks" by capitalist bureaucrats, bosses, landlords, etc, is too often overlooked. We CAN and MUST help ourselves. Start locally, right here in Portland!
Forced Health Care
Brief excerpts from commentary on a Kirk Nielsen article as found on Alternet.org
First Iceland, then Ireland, now Greece. Much of Europe is mired in inescapable debt and bankrupt nations, the result of crashing banks, bank bailouts, and soaring unemployment. The U.S. and U.K. watch from a distance, knowing their turn is next.
The European corporate-elite — like their American counterparts — lavished non-stop praise on the "bold yet necessary" decision to bail out the banks; the economy was supposedly saved from "impending collapse." But every action has an equal but opposite reaction. Bailing out the banks saved the butts of dozens of European bankers, but now millions of workers are about to experience a thundering kick in the ass.
I just took a peak at the brain behind the hipster movement, Vice Magazine. This magazine has a special section entitled, "Do's" and "Don'ts." Vice Magazine is basically coming out and telling readers, Hipsters to not think about the war and makes statements like "American Culture gets so shit on and blamed for and yelled at and griped about you have no idea how nice it is to see someone who just wants to be its friend. "
[VERY IMPORTANT LESSONS FOR ALL ACTIVISTS!!!]
Since the summer of 2003, I've crisscrossed the country speaking at colleges and theaters and bookstores, first with The Weather Underground documentary and, starting in March of this year, with my book, Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen (William Morrow, 2009). In discussions with young people, they often tell me, "Nothing anyone does can ever make a difference."
I created a new political cartoon (see below) to illustrate some of the concrete ways in which the pressure for a reformist orienation asserts itself in the movement.
This station hosts progressive intllectuals and tells it like it is:
The System does not serve the people.
Hopefully it will next year.
something is up
Thoughts on why Avatar fails utterly at doing what it might have actually intended to do - and offends horribly in the process.
The Portland Scrooge commission must read this, it only takes one signature or maybe several, to get possibly hundreds or even potentially 1000+ homeless people in off the streets right now this week. Read the article to find out how simple, quick, and do-able this could be.
A Portland Victorian Industrial Revolution Christmas Carol....
Defend Labor for Palestine against attack.
The addiction to "winning" small battles at all costs has blinded the media from the elemental fact that the conference committee will NOT make the final decision about what is included in the final bill. Whatever they agree to--if they can actually come to agreement--has to be voted by both the House and the Senate before going to Obama. Unless they have changed the rules.
To anybody interested in the future of the earth's climate, the conclusion of the Copenhagen conference represents either colossal disappointment or profound rage. The financial pledges— if honored— that rich nations made to poor nations will do nothing to combat global warming. The few climate related agreements that were made were of zero substance, especially when compared to what the situation demanded.
The sorrowful outcome, however, could have been predicted in the conference's first week, based on two seemingly unrelated events: The conference showcased the largest police action in Denmark 's history (including mass arrests of "troublemakers"); while also producing the largest ever boom in limousine rentals. Both happenings helped reveal the true nature of the conference, spelling doom for climate progress.
The medical profession is gradually waking up to a profound embarrassment: it is having to gradually and systematically eat its words (no pun intended) on practically every major article of faith it has issued regarding healthy diet and disease avoidance for the past 40 years. The big news: fat is good for you. Especially the saturated kinds. And most of us eat way too little of it, and way too much carbohydrates (among other things).
Betty Clermont's book is called: "The Neo-Catholics: Implementing Christian Nationalism in America." She insists that some of the Right Wing Boy-ohs at the Vatican embraced the Neo-Con ideology for the Church. In the U.S., they used the "Family Values" gimmick to sell Reagan/Dubya to the faithful. Meanwhile, they pushed for a Capitalism-Gone-Wild, Daddy-Knows-Best system. A Vatican agent in the U.S. wants to see Clermont's opus banned!
There really is a Santa or at least an IDA
What do you if you can't afford insurance and now you will be fined?!
How pathetic. President Obama sat at a table surrounded by super rich bankers, pleading with them to lend money to small businesses and workers. The media mislabeled Obama's groveling as "encouraging," "imploring," and "pressing," but a man who refuses to take action is powerless; and powerless people can only beg.
This disgraceful meeting happened shortly after Obama got "radical" on national TV, calling the bankers "fat cats" and other tough words. But words are only that.
If anything, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 is lip service at best.
Is Joe nuts?
Climate Justice Activists on Water-Only Fast in Copenhagen; Protest Inaction on Global Warming
Interview with Anna Keenan, 24-year-old activist from Queensland, Australia, conducted by Melinda Tuhus
Obama, Senate Leaders Surrender to Conservatives; Weaken Health Care Reform Bill
Interview with Katie Robbins, assistant national coordinator, conducted by Scott Harris
Bad economy caused my employer to fold, looking for work, finding too many employers want pre-employment drug screening...I'm basically looking for dialogue as to what is right, and I'm trying to decide what I think is right.
HOSPITAL, December 17, 2009
Aminatou Haidar taken to the hospital after 32 days of hunger strike.
A bit of history,
There is real possibility for a significant leap in the reform process in the Philippines after the 2010 elections. If, as seems likely at this time, Noynoy Aquino wins the presidency, a number of converging developments could produce the conditions necessary for change. The first is Noynoy himself, who has successfully embodied the political legacy of his mother Cory, and his father Ninoy. This, in turn, has introduced a new dimension of enthusiastic voluntarism to the election campaign. Finally, the people running Noynoy's campaign constitute the leading core of an enlarged reform constituency.
With the astonishing state repression breaking out in the formerly quiescent country of Denmark, it is just becoming more and more apparent, that global elites and the governments they own are just completely detached from the population of their countries, and indeed, the whole world...
Kristian Williams, Portland based author of Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America
It may eventually be difficult for Obama to manage two wars with a peace prize hanging from his neck. But Obama won't be the one to determine that. He has left a significant opportunity to offer an alternative to the typical American imperial hubris at the podium in Oslo.
The giant security apparatus being assembled for the Games has translated into many police state measures which are being used to suppress free speech. There is no doubt that the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games must provide a safe and secure environment for athletes, spectators, officials, local residents and all others involved. This should not be at the expense of those who seek to engage in anti-Olympic protests or other forms of peaceful activism and they should be free to do so without intimidation and fear.
In the 1980s, as president of the United Mine Workers, you rightly argued that, "economic pressure and political isolation of the South African government can hasten the day when justice and freedom reign in that troubled land." Two decades later, the cause of "justice and freedom" for Palestinians requires no less of you as president of the AFL-CIO.
These prizes are anything but "empty gestures". It is both a payoff to tickle the ego of the 'errand boy', and a propaganda seed. In the expert hands of the Mighty Wurlitzer, such a gift can convince the masses of the most ridiculous absurdities, like the War on Terror already has. The proof of these statements of fact is both empirical, and historical. Watch Barack Obama crafted into a fine new global 'savior' at the expense of the 'untermenschen'. That's why the United States President, ceremoniously presiding over the most militarized superpower in the world which has just devastated two civilizations to smithereens, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize while he rapidly accelerates his war prosecution to bring "peace" in a one-world government.
abuse of power under the hood.
When Republican Congressman Ron Paul recently introduced legislation to audit the Federal Reserve, diverse sections of the political spectrum applauded. And rightfully so. The Fed's role in the still-developing bank bailouts is one of utter secrecy; the total cost of which — as estimated by the bailout's Special Inspector General, Neil Barofsky — could cost taxpayers $23.7 trillion. The fact that legislation needed to be introduced to raise the question of the whereabouts of these funds points to a larger breakdown in U.S. democracy.
Ron Paul's legislative maneuver is consistent with his larger political philosophy, which he attributes to the Austrian school of economics. Central to this economic outlook is a focus on monetary policy, and the blaming of central banks for much of our economic troubles.
The N30 WTO protests in Seattle was a defining moment in the people's history. For those of us who were there, we will never forget what happened in the streets of Seattle. All we can do is to keep alive that spirit of resistance and defiance, and keep fighting for "another world" without corporate dominance, injustice, wars without end, and for life that's worth living.
The same threats that cause climate change cause thousands of other problems, from pollution to traffic congestion to forced relocation of indigenous people in America today. Let's get our heads together because the science is obvious, industrial society is ruining Mother Earth's ability to provide for Earthlings and ruining many of our current lives and future dreams. There is no time to waste.
Let's stop treating 9-11 like it was some "special case" and start rationally looking at it like we would any other crime.
In nearly every city across the continent, the victims of police executions disappear from headlines after a day. But some names live on to haunt their killers, and their killers' bosses. In Oakland, Oscar Grant. In Minneapolis, Fong Lee. And now in Champaign, Illinois, Kiwane Carrington.
Ten years after the Battle in Seattle, activists in Portland and around the world gathered to protest the World Trade Organization as it held its ministerial meeting in Geneva. The combined effect, however, did little to deter trade negotiations. What does this say about the changing face of activism, and does it mean the WTO is here to stay?
Give the money to the real peacemakers
follow up piece to previous J-street article
Philippine Democratic Left Parties statements regarding Ampatuan Massacre and the declaration of Martial Law in Maguindanao
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