In our special MLK day episode, we talk about the radical politics of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We discuss King’s democratic socialist beliefs, his stance against the war in Vietnam, the campaigns he worked on, –including the 1968 Olympic Boycott and the Poor People’s Campaign–, and his thoughts on property destruction. Continue reading “Remembering Martin Luther King Jr., Radical, Democratic Socialist and Opponent of State Violence”
by Scott Parkin
Back in the first week of June, 2020, soon after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin, I found myself once again in the streets marching in the streets of Oakland, CA and taking action for black lives. I’d been here many times before after the murders of Michael Brown, Philandro Castile and Alton Sterling. Beyond that, I’ve been organized and partaken in campaigns, direct actions and mass protests on a myriad of issues from the war in Iraq to knocking Wall Street banks for their financing of fossil fuels to the Indigenous uprising around Standing Rock for decades. Continue reading “Why 2021 needs more direct action”
In 2020, as crises around COVID-19, a crashing economy, climate change and a racist police state crash into one another, and mass uprisings in the U.S. fight back against the crisis and the power elite behind them, I look back both at movement moments of the past and the current wave of global uprisings we’ve seen in the last year in places like Chile, Paris, Hong Kong, Beirut and elsewhere for how to move forward in these dangerous times.
This day in history, 21 years ago today, masses of people organizing under the umbrella of the Direct Action Network (DAN) blockaded and shutdown the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the streets of Seattle.
In this episode, we talk with Professor Jack Downey of the University of Rochester about Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement. We get into Day’s life and influence, liberation theology, the politics of the modern Catholic Church, the tactic of self-immolation as a form of resistance and more.
Jack Downey is the John Henry Newman Chair in Roman Catholic Studies at the University of Rochester. He teaches courses on contemporary justice movements, liberation theologies, North American religious history, Christianity, Buddhism, and contemplative traditions. His current research projects examine self-immolation, forms of protest, violence, Roman Catholicism in Alaska and Québec, and asceticism. Continue reading “Saint or Subversive? Dorothy Day & the Politics of the Catholic Church with Prof. Jack Downey”
For over 90 days, since the murder of George Floyd, anti-police brutality and Black Lives Matter movements in Portland, OR have faced down the Portland Police Bureau, the Dept. of Homeland Security and various right wing racist militias.
The Trump administration attempted to crack down on protests in an unprecedented show of aggression by putting federal agents on the street, kidnapping protestors off the street and responding with mass violence. The entire city rose up against the federal government’s intervention, prompting a pull back by the feds. But since then the Portland Police have continued the violence against protests. Continue reading “Resisting the Police State in Portland”
In this episode, we talk with Jay and Kay, two Portland street organizers, about the uprising that has shaken the city and garnered so much media attention. In the two months since the murder of George Floyd, Portland has been out on the streets every night demanding justice and racial justice.
Recently, the Trump administration attempted to crack down on protests in an unprecedented show of aggression by putting federal agents on the street, kidnapping protestors off the street and responding with mass violence. The entire city rose up against the federal government’s intervention, prompting a pull back by the feds. But since then the Portland Police have continued the violence against protests.
We discuss with our guests the background of what’s been happening, organizing and street action tactics, the courage of movements in Portland resisting the state every night, local journalists that have been getting the story out and how to support the continuing struggle.
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