Over the past few weeks, more than a dozen political activists in New York, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area have been visited by FBI, US Marshals, and Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF) agents. In some cases the agents have shown a more than 30-year-old wanted poster of Donna Borup, who was arrested with others during a 1981 anti-Apartheid demonstration at JFK International Airport.… Read the rest
In Terry Bisson’s interview with Ken MacLeod in The Human Front (PM Press, 2013), there’s this great answer to Bisson’s question “How come so many UK leftists are Trots?” :
Short answer: because Trotskyists in Britain moved fast on the CP’s crisis in the 1950s, and moved with the times in the 1960s.… Read the rest
Things i found interesting this week:
- The ‘N’ word through the ages: The madness of HP Lovecraft by Phenderson Djeli Clark (Media Diversified, May 24, 2014)
- Criminalization, Crisis and Care: Tennessee’s S.B. 1391 and Attacks on Reproduction by the Florence Johnston Collective July 12, 2014
- Slavok Zizek Accused on Plagiarizing White Supremacist Magazine by Eugene Wolters (Critical Theory, July 11, 2014)
- ‘Christ of nations’ in London by Maciej Zurowski (Weekly Worker July 3, 2014)
- The genocide test: Canada’s destruction of indigenous culture was systematic and deliberate — but was it genocidal?
There is a demonstration on Friday, July 11th, to stop Israel’s war against Palestine, in Montreal at the corner of Guy and St-Catherine St (by Guy-Concordia metro).
The demonstration is called for 5:30pm.
Please note that the demo was initially called for Sunday, but the date changed.… Read the rest
Queer Between the Covers, Montreal’s annual queer book fair, is almost upon us!
Comité social Centre-Sud
1710 rue Beaudry
Free entry, wheelchair-accessible venue.
Please note that the entrance to the book fair will be through the parking lot on the south side of the building!… Read the rest
New York State Political Prisoner Jalil Muntaqim was recently denied parole for the 8th time by the New York State Parole Board. Jalil first became eligible for parole in 2002, and has been denied parole from that time to the present.… Read the rest
Some stuff i have found interesting over the past couple of weeks:
- How Did the FBI Miss Over 1 Million Rapes? Soraya Chemaly, The Nation, June 27, 2014
- The Khazars did not convert to Judaism, historian finds MEDIEVALISTS.NET, June 26, 2014
- A Black Dyke Reflects on the Panthers, Alycee Lane, Fire on the Mountain
- Terry Eagleton: A Late-Life Return to Religion, Publishers Weekly June 24, 2014
- Why I Chose Not to Be Involved in Whitelandia by Walidah Imarisha
- First Nations social contracts: How to contain an aboriginal rebellion, by David Peerla, Shiri Pasternak, for CBC News May 30, 2014
- OWFI Statement: On the Occupation of Mosul and the Cities of Western Iraq, June 23, 2014
- Communist Party of the Philippines recognizes LGBT rights, welfare, Outrage June 23, 2014
At the last May Day protest, police repression was brutal and a lot of protesters were hurt. Bobette was specifically targeted by the SPVM because of her political activities; they physically attacked her and psychologically harassed her. You can read a summary of what happened to Bobette on May Day afterward.… Read the rest
Here is a little list of stuff i have read online over the past week, of interest:
- The Price of a Sex-Slave Rescue Fantasy, by Melissa Gira Grantway, New York Times May 29, 2014
- Slut-shaming has little to do with sex, study finds, by Marisa Taylor, Aljazeera May 29, 2014
- Anarchism in the rear-view mirror, by Liam and Maximilian, leftcom.org May 2014
- Street Harassment, leftcartoons Sept.
(from Warrior Publications, June 3, 2014): At around 9AM on June 3, 2014, approximately 16 cops from the Vancouver Police Department raided a house in East Vancouver under the pretext of investigating six mischief charges related to graffiti tags dating from June, July, and October of 2013.… Read the rest