Sanders Endgame is Our Opening
The great Fred Hampton, Black Panther leader that was murdered by Chicago police in cahoots with the FBI on December 3,1969, had a refrain he used in his speeches. "I am a revolutionary." Partly he was killed because of his oratory skills, partly because of his organizing skills. He was in the process of merging the Black Panthers with other activists groups of the day - and J. Edgar Hoover put a stop to all that.
Cornel West: Why I Endorse Green Party's Jill Stein Over 'Neoliberal Disaster' Hillary Clinton
Brother West, ever interesting, ever on point, full of integrity.
The Horror of a Trump or Clinton Presidency
No one ever pulled off a "revolution" of any kind (or is going to)...
working 9-5 at it, taking the weekends off
voting without taking any direct action whatsoever
writing and posting articles or embracing the arts only
thinking that what happened to MLK won't happen to your radical leader
expecting a public plagued by cynicism, apathy, resignation and high tech gadgetry atomization to do something in meaningful solidarity (without a new ingredient being injected into the mix)
marching in circles with placards
Richard Oxman is an educator living in Santa Cruz County, California. After talking both on the phone and by email with him the past few months, he has already become a dear friend to me. As someone interested in revolutionary politics, peace, and in providing a livable world for our children, I grew more and more interested as he began to share his plan for social change in his home state, which he calls Transforming our State of California (TOSCA). The following are excerpts from our ongoing (never-ending!) conversations.
The Unstoppable Awakening of Humanity
Elon Musk Sees Tesla Becoming a Renewable Energy Enterprise
Jill Stein's Cincinnati Speech - 7.18.16
The lady is fabulous
Our Revolution: What's Next on Bernie Sanders Horizon
Jill Stein Response to Sanders' endorsement of Clinton
Robert Reich: 7 of the Big Legacies of Bernie Sanders' Historic Campaign
Biodiversity, GMOs, Gene Drives, and the Militarized Mind - Vandana Shiva
The Fertile Ground of Bewilderment - Charles Eisenstein
Put Away the Fireworks - You Don't Live in a Democracy Anymore
Older folks will remember the Andy Griffith Show, where the Mayberry law enforcement team of Andy Griffith and Barney Fife maintained security through community policing. Okay it was TV, with a context of generally happy, middle class white folk living in small town America. But the idea was good.
It's still good. And it's an idea much needed at this time. We don't really need to review the symptoms. Folks, especially of color, are being gunned down left and right. We need to find answers. We need systemic change.