You said: “Nelson Mandela: Hero of Israel”
I ask: “Oh you mean like he stood by the conviction that the only way to help ‘Israel’ and the people there would be to end the apartheid aimed at the Palestinian people?”
What else could you mean?
(H/T to petticoatruler)
The Guardian’s multimedia team have put together a moving video using extracts of Mandela’s iconic statement from the dock made at the opening of his 1964 trial at the Supreme court in Pretoria. Mandela faced charges of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government, and was eventually convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
During the statement, Mandela said that “a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities" was "an ideal for which I am prepared to die”.
Massive social unrest has hit Brazil in recent months and anarchists are taking the lead. Anarchists have taken to the streets in greater numbers and are using more militant tactics. Mass protests in Brazil erupted in the summer during a protest against public transportation cuts. These first protests attracted a mixed group of people from across the political spectrum, including fascists, but more progressive forces came into the movement as well and changed the discussion.
Brazil’s indigenous movements have been reignited by the recent wave of social unrest. Unions are also going on very militant strikes. The latest account of militant unrest is the protest by the Brazil’s teachers involved in Sindicato Estadual dos Professionais de Educação do Rio de Janeiro (SEPE) and their black-clad anarchist supporters. The anarchists were having militant marches in support of their teachers. This was widely criticized Teachers Union & Anarchists Join Forces In Brazil by the mainstream media, who accused “black bloc” anarchists of hijacking a “peaceful teachers’ strike” and turning the demonstrations violent.
The teachers of SEPE had a different opinion: the federation decided unanimously to endorse the anarchist demonstrations. It is important to realize that the teachers’ union endorsement of ”black bloc” tactics exists not just in this union but also in the context of Brazil’s growing anarchist movement. Anarchists in Brazil have also recently called for free public transportation.
The general coordinator of SEPE, Alex Trentino, also said that the Black Blocs were not the cause of conflict, but the police .
According to him, many of the teachers said they were protected by the ’ anarchists against the excessive violence committed by the police. It was also reported that the youth gave first aid to people injured during the confusion.
Glenn Broadnax, a 35-year-old black man from Brooklyn, was unarmed on the night of September 14 when NYPD officers shot at him in the middle of Times Square, striking two bystanders.
Instead of apologizing, the New York Times reports that the city has charged Broadnax ”with assault, on the theory that he was responsible for bullet wounds suffered by two bystanders.”
Broadnax was emotionally disturbed and dodging cars in the middle of the street when officers say he reached into his pocket to grab what they believed was a weapon, prompting them to open fire. His lawyers says he was reaching for his wallet.So, because the NYPD is made up of trigger happy, crappy marksmen who fire at unarmed black people with impunity, Broadnax might spend up to 25 years in prison on trumped up assault charges, which the Manhattan district attorney insisted on.… Meanwhile, the two cops who did the shooting are on desk duty pending an investigation. If the past is any indication, that means they will be back on the streets in no time.
from nytimes: Mariann Wang, a lawyer representing Sahar Khoshakhlagh, one of the women who was wounded, said the district attorney should be pursuing charges against the two officers who fired their weapons in a crowd, not against Mr. Broadnax. “It’s an incredibly unfortunate use of prosecutorial discretion to be prosecuting a man who didn’t even injure my client,” she said. “It’s the police who injured my client.”
"When he reached into his pants pocket [for his wallet], two officers…opened fire, missing Mr. Broadnax, but hitting two nearby women. ‘The defendant is the one that created the situation that injured innocent bystanders,’ said an assistant district attorney, Shannon Lucey."
San Francisco is often viewed as a Mecca for gay people. But the warmth of the city’s welcome can quickly vanish for those who are poor.
City leaders were startled this year when a survey revealed that 29 percent of the homeless population —about 2,100 of the 7,350 people counted — identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
Bevan Dufty, the director of the city’s homelessness initiatives, said he was surprised the percentage held true for all age groups, even adults and the elderly. “What was really staggering was to see that it didn’t change as you got older,” he said.
The survey found that gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people who are homeless had higher rates of disability than homeless heterosexuals and were more likely to be homeless when they arrived in the city. Some of them were older gay men with AIDS who had been evicted from their apartments or people who had been cast out by their families in other states. Others, like Mr. Bolvito, a native of Guatemala who graduated from college in Hayward, Calif., with a degree in political science and once worked as a real estate agent, had good jobs that disappeared during the recession.
In response to the findings, Mr. Dufty and Kara Zordel, a coordinator of Homeless Connect, organized an event in October that offered medical and dental services and other assistance to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who are homeless. And in August, the city’s planning commission approved permits for a 24-bed shelter with a focus on helping them. The shelter is expected to open in the coming months. Other cities have shown interest in San Francisco’s efforts, Mr. Dufty said. Officials from Santa Clara and Phoenix attended the Homeless Connect event.
Brian Basinger, a co-founder of the AIDS Housing Alliance in San Francisco, said the harassment of gays is common in the city’s shelters.
People there “do not have a lot of status in society to begin with, and so the way they protect or generate status in these social environments is to step on the queers,” Mr. Basinger said.
Gay and transgender residents have their shoes stolen, he said. They are robbed or beaten up in line.
Supervisor David Campos, who held hearings on the shelter problem, said that even though the homeless population may not have grown, homelessness has become more visible in San Francisco recently, perhaps because of an increase in evictions. Mr. Basinger and other advocates held a “sleep in” in Dolores Park in October to protest a proposed ordinance that would close city parks, where many homeless people sleep, between midnight and 5 a.m. The proposal narrowly passed on Nov. 5.
Disclosure: Only the facts and statistics were published in this post. Check out the article by the New York Times to read about the life and experiences of the homeless queer people who were interviewed.
Excerpt from article:
As the 2014 midterm elections approach, politicians are creating election platforms with an eye to policies which might help sway voters to choose their name in the ballot box.
Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) has chosen an interesting issue to make part of his legislative platform as he heads into the election: he wants to erode child labor laws and make it easier for school-age kids to get to work, and at significantly reduced wages.
Governor LePage is a long-time and staunch supporter of getting children into the workplace; as he told one town hall meeting in 2011, ”I went to work at 11 years old. I became governor. It’s not a big deal. Work doesn’t hurt anybody.”
LePage’s administration has made repeated attempts to loosen regulations around child labor and make it easier (and cheaper) for businesses to hire children; although the latest initiatives do not go so far as to embrace Governor LePage’s stated goal of reducing the working age to 12, Democrats and labor advocates are concerned that the administration’s proposals would undo decades, if not centuries, of child labor legislation in the State of Maine.
Photo Caption: Hundreds of student demonstrate against the suspension of 5 student protesters.
Five students have been suspended from Sussex University and banned from going on to campus. The decision has sparked an online petition, reaching 3,216 signatories at the time of writing, criticism from MPs on Twitter, and a planned protest at 1pm on Thursday afternoon.
In a letter sent to suspended student Michael Segalov, the vice-chancellor, Michael Farthing explains that “reports have been brought to my attention that connect [these students] with the recent occupation of the third floor of Bramber House”. He says these actions involved “disruptive and intimidating behaviour" on 3 December.
The suspended students, now being labelled the Farthing Five on Twitter, include Adriano Marotta, who is chair of the postgraduate association, Hichem Maafi, ethical and environmental officer, Lewis Nielsen and Michael Segalov.
The suspension, which was sent by email on Wednesday evening, has caused outrage among students. On Facebook, 500+ people have said they will attend a protest on Thursday afternoon on a Facebook group.
Snowden documents show agency is collecting billions of records on whereabouts of mobile devices.
There are only two diametrical techniques in which the legacies of revolutionary leaders is presented on neoliberal mass media circuits.
Either its the deliberate manipulation of how threatening they were to the status quo by undermining their radical politics and presenting their struggle for justice as a pacifist, peace loving and non-violence pandering in which they’re finally rewarded for their good behavior, which is what happened to MLK and now sadly, with Mandela it seems. On the other hand, they’re grossly vilified, their words sensationalized and taken out of its original meaning and their complex ideologies and perceptions are thouroughly omitted from mainstream consciousness, the result being cryptic understandings of their lives and intentions, such as what occurs regularly with figures like Malcolm X and Assata Shakur.
Both of these approaches are dehumanizing; they flatline and decontextualize multi faceted human beings and reduce their personalities to dichotomous tropes. They both blur the truth of what’s required to attain justice for oppressed demographics. They put the onus opon the marginalized to prove their humanity by withstanding mistreatment in a particular way, then and only then will they be liberated by the oppressive class. They make freedom something you have to ask for, instead of demanding. Both are disgusting, false and premeditated strategies which only serve to hinder the potential of effectiveness to fight for justice.