The continuing fight for the right to rest: for Joe Salazar, Jovan Melton and many, many others

After hours of heart-rending testimony, the House committee sickenly voted down the Right to Rest. This ensures police sweeps and harassment as a way of life – a shorter life by nearly half – for people who are unhoused. But the community that spoke up, including those who spoke like Paul Boden of the commodification …

video of Korbel School teach-in on resisting Trump

This is a video of a teach-in about resisting the Presidential movement toward autocracy/fascism in America at the Korbel School of International Studies attended by several hundred students at the end of January (h/t Tiffany Wilk). Nader Hashemi Marie Berry, Erica Chenoweth, I and George Demartino talked about various features of the unfolding fascism – …

The livestream of the Riverside Church gathering on April 4th – and the amazing words of Ruby Sales and Michelle Alexander

I took my class to the lifestream of the 50th anniversary of King’s speech “Breaking the Silence” at Riverside Church. My close friend Vincent Harding had written the speech (he was King’s alter ego, in many ways) and it was good to be with a couple of hundred people who knew Vincent – I often …

As Obama has, for Trump, “no birth certificate,” so Roosevelt was, for American Nazis, “Rosenfeld”

Michelle Goldberg today writes about the link between Trump’s anti-semitism (anti-Jewish racism; the racism toward Muslims is also anti-semitic) and other forms of racism. She omits the attacks on Soros which are common to Eastern Europe and blatant; they go along with a kind of split personality in the administration of friendship for Jared Kushner …

Jews in the diaspora are now also an enemy for Israel – or why Richard Spencer, a Nazi, and David Friedman, Trump’s ambassador, celebrate Israeli racism

The Trump administration has presided over the emergence of anti-Jewish as well as anti-Muslim forms of racism/anti-semitism, along of course, with hatred directed at Latinos and ICE violence against immigrants, and increasing racism toward African-Americans, and violence toward Standing Rock protestors. The administration also tore at poor white folks in Trump Care but, because of …