Little girl holding up a sign chanting ” Hands up! Don’t shoot! rest in peace Michael Brown” (image courtesy of Minister Finishes: twitter @federal_flashes)
(by: Nicholas García)
On the weekend of August 15th, organizers in the Bay Area led two major demonstrations: the Friday Ferguson Solidarity march from Downtown Oakland to Berkeley, and the Saturday “Block the Boat for Palestine” march from the West Oakland BART station to the Oakland Port. These two marches could have been separate, focusing on their own single issue demands for justice in Ferguson or in Palestine. Rather, their demands, rallying cries, and frameworks intersected and crossed together. Continue reading
(by: Daniel Gutiérrez)
The images are brutal. From armored personnel carriers, to sniper’s perched on rooftops, clouds of tear gas billowing down streets, the sudden sparks of flash-bang grenades — it is no wonder that the web is in an uproar and drawing the immediate response that Ferguson has become a war zone.
In less than two weeks, an unknown blip on the North American map has become the central debate of a superpower. One that thought it answered the question of race decades ago (at least, for those that are white).
While sociologists and government analysts are most likely scrambling to formulate theories as to why the killing of this unarmed black male created such uproar, the elephant in the room is quite clear.
(By: conjuncture magazine)
January in Europe – Sochi is now a high-security area, entrance allowed only with special passes, to protect the Olympic games. Huge parts of Hamburg are a so-called “Gefahrengebiet” to protect the city. The NSA stores and analyzes about 200 million SMS per day, to protect the US. In Michoacan, the people take arms to protect society… Continue reading