Women Move


Women leav­ing their home coun­tries, flee­ing war, domes­tic and social vio­lence, poverty and polit­i­cal and reli­gious per­se­cu­tion, find that even their jour­neys are fraught with vio­lence, abuse and exploita­tion. Eighty per­cent of women and girls leav­ing Cen­tral Amer­ica for the US are raped or abused. It is such a com­mon occur­rence, tak­ing birth con­trol is seen as a nec­es­sary. Women in many parts of the world set­ting out for a new life are grabbed and caught by elab­o­rate net­works of sex traf­fick­ing, one of the three most lucra­tive busi­nesses inter­na­tion­ally (the other two are drugs and ille­gal arms deal­ing). Surely safe pas­sage is an impor­tant issue for feminists.

Which is the Crime?


Hun­dreds of thou­sands of immi­grants are being kept in immi­grant deten­tion cen­ters for cross­ing a bor­der every year. These cen­ters are increas­ingly in the hands of pri­vate cor­po­ra­tions that have profit as their pri­mary goal. It is, there­fore, in their inter­est to keep their pop­u­la­tion within those walls. This raises the ques­tion: Which is the crime? Cross­ing a bor­der? Or keep­ing immi­grants cap­tive for money? Check out video cre­ated by artivist Sara Aguilar of Ana Tijoux singing in sol­i­dar­ity with Chant Down the Walls, a singing protest demo tak­ing place Mon­days in front of Los Ange­les Met­ro­pol­i­tan Deten­tion Center.


frack, earthquakes

Mess around with the bones of the earth, there is liable to be trou­ble. Earth­quakes appear­ing in new, star­tling places like Ohio, Okla­homa, Texas, Nether­lands, not known for earth­quakes but sites for frack­ing.  It’s mad­ness. If you’d like to see a very sim­ple info-graphic on frack­ing, gen­er­ally, check out Dan­gers of Frack­ing. You can get the pic­ture of why con­tin­ued use of this prac­tice can only bring us grief.

Schools or Prisons?

schools, education, prisons, school-prison pipeline, racism, class

Today, I heard another instance of there being “not enough money”  to appro­pri­ately fund a pre­dom­i­nately Black and Latino high school’s course offer­ings. This time the school is Jef­fer­son High in Los Ange­les. Stu­dents will not get the courses they need to grad­u­ate on time. Stu­dents will have to repeat classes they have already passed. Where do they turn? What does that slick say­ing “When one door closes, another one opens” mean for young peo­ple in this school? What options are we giv­ing our pre­cious youth when “not enough money” is seen as a good enough rea­son to block vital oppor­tu­ni­ties for some, when there is plenty of money avail­able for war, pris­ons, and yachts? Is this democ­racy? Justice?

Who is UnCivil?

civility, political strategy, social movement

I believe it is impor­tant for activists to be dis­ci­plined in our dis­cus­sions about social issues. We need to speak to allies and poten­tial allies in a way that edu­cates, sup­ports, ral­lies and sus­tains peo­ple rather than vent­ing at peo­ple of power. This is not a moral issue, but one of prac­ti­cal strate­gic sense. We need to keep build­ing. How­ever, we must ques­tion the source of this cur­rent push to empha­size civil­ity, an inces­sant point­ing the fin­ger of con­dem­na­tion at the enraged expres­sions of oppressed peo­ple. It puts the onus of “civil­ity” on peo­ple who do not call the shots, rather than on the those who do. Hmm. A misdirect?

Schools Not Prisons


It’s mind-boggling that a soci­ety pro­fess­ing moral demo­c­ra­tic supe­ri­or­ity around the world would stand by as Black and Latino chil­dren get pushed out of schools into what most likely will be an incar­cer­ated future. And yet, that is what is hap­pen­ing here and now. If you would like to know about the school to prison pipeline check out ACLU’s source page.