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Modern day slavery in the USA

By Awsm
June 6th, 2016;

Though the Thirteenth Amendment of the United States forbids slavery and involuntary servitude there is a glaring exemption that is obvious when you read what it states: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

If you have been convicted of a crime you are not protected from the laws that protect other workers from involuntary servitude or slavery. Thus, all over the United States, thousands of prisoners are toiling for little or no money against their will in prisons.


Is Trumpism Fascism?

by Wayne Price
October 7, 2016

Whether Donald J. Trump wins or (more likely) loses the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the movement which he has stirred up will continue in one form or another. A question which is widely asked is, whether this movement—call it Trumpism—is fascist, semi-fascist, or a forerunner of fascism?


The 9/11 Conspiracists: Vindicated After All These Years?

We’re homing in on the tenth anniversary of the destruction  of the Wall Street Trade Towers  and the attack on the Pentagon.  One in seven Americans and one in four among  those aged 16-24, (so a recent poll commissioned by the BBC tells us)  believe that there was a vast conspiracy in which the U.S. government was involved.  But across those ten years have the charges that it was an “inside job” –– a favored phrase of the self-styled “truthers”  — received any serious buttress?

The answer is no.


No, Capitalism Isn’t Making Us All Richer and Richer

by Kevin Carson
September 2, 2016
Center for a Stateless Society


Anarchists and the Rise of the Welfare State

By Andrew Cornell
University of California Press
via Truthout.org

This article is excerpted from Unruly Equality: US Anarchism in the 20th Century (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016).

During the presidential campaign of 1931, the patrician Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt instilled hope in a deeply shaken electorate by claiming "the forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid" deserved a "new deal." During his famous first hundred days in office, Roosevelt proposed a flurry of new programs and policy changes aimed at reversing the downward spiral of the domestic economy, then already in its third year.


Focus on Fight for 15

The Fight for 15 is a growing movement in the United States which seeks to increase wages for service workers.

From Wikipedia:

"The, Fight for $15 an hour, involves child care, home healthcare, airport, gas station, convenience store, and fast food workers striking for increased pay and the right to form a union with their employers."




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August 19, 2016


You’re Not Voting For Hillary To Protect Me

by Morgana Visser

Many Americans are rightfully scared shitless of Donald Trump; in particular marginalized people. But for many of us, we do not have the privilege of it being the first time we are truly afraid for our lives.

And because I am afraid of Donald Trump, I am expected to vote for Hillary. As if I am not scared of Hillary Clinton as President. But I am; in fact, many marginalized people are rightfully horrified of Hillary Clinton.


What the Data Really Says About Police and Racial Bias

by Kia Makarechi
Vanity Fair
July 14, 2016

As the nation reels from a series of high-profile fatal shootings of black men by police officers, many have decried the lack of readily available data on how racial bias factors into American policing. But while it’s true that there is no adequate federal database of fatal police shootings (F.B.I. director James Comey has described the lack of data as “embarrassing and ridiculous”), there exists a wealth of academic research, official and media investigations, and court rulings on the topic of race and law enforcement.


Or Does It Explode: How Police Brutality Created a Violent Backlash

He wasn't the first. He won't be the last.

by Nicholas Powers
The Indypendent
July 12, 2016

In the cellphone video, Black Lives Matters protesters held hands up in a gesture of innocence as they marched. The screen spins, goes dark. Then screams. Then running. You don’t even hear the gunshots.

The news confirmed our fears. Micah Johnson, a Black military vet had targeted cops in revenge for police murders of Black people. He shot eleven, killed five and wounded two. He also killed an illusion. Carried away with the bodies was the mirage of indefinite impunity. If politicians refused to hold police accountable for terrorizing us, Black populist rage will spill out of the courts into protests. Spill again into riots. And find its way to a mind that sees violence as the answer.


After Bern: An Open Letter to the Newly Disheartened

It’s Going Down
June 8, 2016

Several years ago, I worked as an after school program teacher. In the 3-4 hours I spent with kids before their parents arrived, instead of playing outside or relaxing after a long day at school, I helped administer tests, monitored performance, oversaw homework, and handed out worksheets. The school I worked at didn’t have much money; neither did the kids or the people who worked there, and due to low test scores we were threatened with being taken over by the state. Administrators wanted to get these scores up and looked to the after school program to raise performance. The kids of course, had other ideas.

The kids wanted to do anything but be in another 3-4 hours of school. Once, we did an activity where they made posters about how they would change the school for the better if they had the power to do so. Almost every kid in the classroom of about 20 drew the school on fire. The natives, as they say, were restless.


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