Speakout is Truthout's treasure chest for bloggy, quirky, personally reflective, or especially activism-focused pieces. Speakout articles represent the perspectives of their authors, and not those of Truthout.
Campaign Nonviolence is a movement to build a culture of active nonviolence. We share the stories of nonviolent action, drawing lessons, strength and strategy from the global grassroots movements for change. Throughout the year, we look at historic struggles. This week commemorates the 39th anniversary of the first protest of the Argentina's Mothers of the Disappeared.
Everyone knows that the 2016 presidential campaign, particularly on the Republican side, is a media-driven circus. Schoolyard insults and scurrilous language rule the day in this presidential race; issues hardly matter. And there is no greater beneficiary than the mainstream media (which I also refer to as the corporate media, since six corporations control 90 percent of the daily newspapers, television, radio and Internet news outlets in the United States; one of them, Time Warner, is a major donor to Hillary Clinton).
Last week, on Earth Day, many heads of state gathered in New York to sign the Paris Agreement on climate. This celebratory photo opportunity is a dangerous distraction from the reality that the voluntary pledges made by 195 countries in the non-binding Paris Agreement do not add up to what we need to prevent major global catastrophe. Despite the rhetoric, these governments and corporations are complicit in the climate crimes that are increasing all over the world.
I was orphaned and began my new life with my sister's family in Phoenix the summer I turned seven. I was sent to a school of predominately white children. He went on to compare my skin to the mud he threw at me at recess. This act of aggression was a rarity, subtly was the norm. In those first months and year, my thick accent and Brown skin made me stand out. I was one of less than a dozen children of color at that school. I was "different" than these children.
Julian Reid critically examines the impact of resilience on our lives and its relation to the world. Reid is a critically acclaimed professor of international relations at Lapland University, co-editor of the journal Resilience: Policies, Practices and Discourses, and has written several books on the concepts of development, war, resilience and neoliberalism. The all-encompassing discourse of resilience "assumes that all human beings can do is to compete to survive," as Reid puts it, thereby fundamentally degrading the capacities and potentials of the human being.
On April 16, 2016, I attended a teach-in by Democracy Awakening in Washington, DC. This activist collective featured hundreds of organizations and represented a wide array of movements, as thousands of citizens came together to call for democratic voting and economic reform. The entire weekend of April 16-17 featured demonstrations, teach-ins, direct action training seminars, live music and a march. Democracy Awakening calls for a "Congress of Conscience" through nonviolent direct action.
From Mizzou to Yale, campus protests have arisen in the backdrop of the larger Black Lives Matter movement. Providence College in Rhode Island, a highly-regarded Catholic liberal arts college, is also not immune to these national issues. Its Men's Basketball Program was ranked in the AP Top 25 this season, and its Men's Hockey Team are National Champions, but Providence College ranks 1,249th in the country in terms of meaningful diversity.
Study the Trump-Cruz square off close enough, and one understands that each is simply one side of the same ideological coin: a right-wing currency minted at the boundary of ultra-conservatism and fascism. The duo's persistent lead in the polls speaks less to these two candidates themselves and their character, than to the desire of a frustrated and manipulated Republican base for a leader who will recreate what they imagine were the halcyon days of US supremacy.
The Bernie Sanders movement is being heralded as a social revolution. What does that mean? So here comes US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calling for social revolution. It would seem imperative we understand what that means, look at the words and platform carefully and try to smoke outwhat is implied and what isn't. Perhaps in the process we'll learn more about Bob Marley's "realrevolutionaries" and whether Sanders fits the bill.
Conjure these images, if you will. All over the planet, invisible to a spectacle-obsessed media, indigenous people are putting their bodies on the line in defense of their most sacred places. In recent months: the Uwa of Colombia have dispatched Indigenous Guardians to blockade a road into a national park after a climbing team staged a soccer game on top of the Uwa's most sacred mountain, Zizuma.