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Anonymous Comrade writes

"Web site vexing to Minutemen"
By Victor Allen, Tribune

A Scottsdale-based Internet company said Monday it will force one of its Web site clients to stop encouraging harassment of the Minuteman Project or face being shut down. swarmtheminutemen.com is encouraging people to go into the desert border areas to blast their radios or bang pots and pans together in an effort to confuse and harass Minutemen volunteers.

The Web site also prompts site visitors to engage in activities such as sending repetitive anonymous e-mails and fax messages to the Minutemen, and even come up with other ideas to disrupt the project.

Anonymous Comrade writes:

The Peculiar State

John Chuckman

A lawyer gave a brief opinion piece on Canada's public radio, the CBC, in which he flatly said that criticism of Israel is a form of anti-Semitism.

I guess we should be grateful that people in Canada are much less violent in their opinions than people in the U.S. where one lawyer wrote an essay, published on the Internet, seriously advocating the execution of the families of those who commit terrorist acts in Israel. Another American lawyer, a very prominent one, has advocated protocols governing the legal use of torture in the United States.

s0metim3s writes:

"Racism, Nationalism and Biopolitics:
Foucault's Society Must Be Defended"
Mark Kelly, Contretemps

The year 2003 saw the appearance in English of Michel Foucault's 1976 lectures from the Collège de France. Society Must Be Defended contains much to excite Foucault scholars, but this article concentrates solely on the final lecture of the series, which takes quite a different tack from the rest, concerned primarily with the history of the understanding of society and politics on the model of warfare, and brings this history into the present, with a consideration of where this mode of understanding has led in the twentieth century. Central is the consideration of the phenomenon of ‘State racism'.

Bernie Roddy writes:

Texas' 5th Circuit Intent on Allowing Racist Capital Punishment

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in Texas has been battling the Supreme Court over whether racism accounts for various questionable practices in capital cases.

In the case of Thomas Miller-El, 53, ten of the eleven qualified black candidates for the jury were excluded from the jury pool. The only black admitted volunteered that in his opinion simple execution was not sufficient punishment for people who commit murder, that we should “pour some honey on them and stake them out over an ant bed.” One of the three prosecutors in Miller-El’s case was found by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to have engaged in intentional racial discrimination in the jury selection of a black man sentenced to death, Ronald Curtis Chambers.

On Feb. 25, 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled eight to one in favor of Miller-El. Nevertheless, the 5th Circuit fixated on the lone dissenter in the Supreme Court decision, that of Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and denied Miller-El’s claim.

More recently, Tyrone Williams was one of fourteen indicted in the deaths of seventeen immigrants in a truck near Victoria, TX. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore required that prosecutors show why of the fourteen eligible for the death penalty (twelve Hispanics and two African-Americans) they had selected only one of the black defendants. When she submitted her request in writing to Attorney General Ashcroft she was accused of trying to punish the prosecutors.

Predictably, Gilmore was overruled by the 5th Circuit. Her concern about the racial biases of prosecutors in Texas will likely be shared by the U.S. Supreme Court, but whether the highest court’s decisions have a serious impact on the conduct of the 5th Circuit is yet to be determined.

Kamonpan writes:

Tsunami’s Double Victims: A Tidal Wave of Discrimination

One of the most striking contradictions in the response to the tsunami’s aftermath on the Andaman coast — the periphery of a periphery — is the treatment of the Burmese migrant workers in Thailand. Hundreds died, an estimated 2,500 are among the missing. Yet these losses have gone unreported in the official government count in Thailand. The many injured and homeless survivors are being excluded from relief aid, treated like human trash. The Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma has called for special centers to be set up to help these discriminated victims of the Great Wave’s fury. [1]

Civil Rights Leader James Forman Dies

Joe Holley, Washington Post

James Forman, 76, who as executive secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the early 1960s dispatched cadres of organizers, demonstrators and Freedom Riders into the most dangerous redoubts of the Deep South, died Jan. 10 of colon cancer at Washington House, a local hospice.

At the height of the civil rights movement, Mr. Forman hammered out a role for SNCC among the so-called Big Five, the established civil rights organizations that included the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Congress of Racial Equality and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. SNCC in those years was the edgier, more aggressive organization, pushing the South specifically and the nation generally toward change.

APOC writes:
APOC 2005

Following up a successful 2003 Anarchist People of Color conference in Detroit, Michigan, the next Anarchist People of Color conference is being proposed for October in Houston, Texas.

Since the 2003 event, there have been APOC regional gatherings new collectives and many projects, and we're still going strong. Where are we as a unified movement? Come discuss Community Action, Theory, Internal Struggles, External Struggles, with the larger theme of "We are one, we are many, and we are a part of something bigger…"

Seth Sandronsky writes:

"Critical Whiteness Studies"

Seth Sandronsky


Colored White: Transcending the Racial Past

David R. Roediger

University of California Press (2002), 288 pp. $16.00 pb.

David Roediger’s most recent book, Colored White: Transcending the Racial Past, is a gem. This collection of readable essays helps us to better appreciate what W.E.B. Du Bois, the African American scholar, called the “color line” in the U.S. Colored White builds on two earlier collections of Roediger’s essays. The first is The Wages of Whiteness: Race & the Making of the American Working Class (Verso, 1991). That was followed by Towards the Abolition of Whiteness: Essays on Race, Politics, & Working Class History (Verso, 1994). Roediger is arguably America’s top scholar of critical whiteness studies.

'Fred Hampton Day' Declared by Chicago City Council

Monica Moorehead

Thirty-five years ago, on Dec. 4, 1969, Fred Hampton, deputy chair
of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party, was brutally
assassinated by members of the Chicago Police Department as he
lay sleeping. Hampton was only 21 years old.

Mark Clark, a member of the Black Panther Party's Peoria, Ill., chapter,

was also killed. Other Panther members were injured during these
shootings, including Hampton's companion, Akua Njeri, who was nine
months pregnant.

These cowardly killings were coordinated in conjunction with the FBI's
repressive Counter Intelligence Program (Cointelpro), which targeted
leaders of national liberation movements like the Panthers inside the
United States. Not one Chicago police officer was ever prosecuted
for this terrible crime.

Today Hampton's son, Fred Hampton Jr., champions the release of
U.S. political prisoners such as Mumia Abu-Jamal. Hampton is himself
a former political prisoner.

The Chicago City Council unanimously approved a resolution introduced
by former Alderwoman Marlene C. Carter commemorating Dec. 4, 2004, as
"Fred Hampton Day in Chicago."

The resolution reads in part: "Fred Hampton, who was only 21 years
old, made his mark in Chicago history not so much by his death as by
the heroic efforts of his life and by his goals of empowering the most
oppressed sector of Chicago's Black community, bringing people into
political life through participation in their own freedom fighting

Hampton was one of the most dynamic, inspiring freedom fighters
of any generation. One of his most notable quotes was, "You can
kill a revolutionary but you can never kill the revolution."

duckdaotsu writes

No Thanksgiving at My House
Wesley BadHeartBull

Hot Springs, South Dakota is a small town located in the southernmost tip of the Black Hills. Wesley BadHeartBull started the sixth grade at Hot Springs Junior High School; he died just outside of town at the hands of a couple of cowboys — stabbed to death because he had the audacity to ask for drink at the bar. He was 22 years old.

Wesley's murder was not the first Native American murder I had heard about. It was just the first one that had happened to my friend and classmate. I was in that sixth grade class with Wesley BadHeartBull. Wes and I grew up together. We partied with the rest of the kids in town, drove recklessly on back country roads together like the other kids, and sat out for endless nights under the Black Hills sky counting stars and talking about our futures.


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