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"Anarchist People of Color Website is Live

The new Anarchist People of Color website has launched, and we welcome your
comments, links, etc.

The Anarchist People of Color site is at:
http://www.illegalvoices.org/apoc/>http://www.illeg alvoices.org/apoc/

The National Action Center Newsletter contains a call to action to commemorate the historic Civil Rights March on Washington:

Keep the Dream Alive!"
A Movement for Civil and Human Rights World Wide

"Demonstrations have served as unifying forces in the movement; they have
brought blacks and whites together in very practical situations, where
philosophically they may have been arguing" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"Showdown for Non-violence" 1968

Last year Rev. Sharton and Dr. Martin Luther King III led the Redeem The
Dream demonstration on the anniversary of the historic March on
Washington. Tens of thousands gathered, highlighting the national plague
of racial profiling and demanding that the US federal government address
the issue. As a result of this and other efforts of community activists
across the country, racial profiling became a national issue and all the
2000 presidential candidates addressed it and pledged to make efforts
toward change. This year Rev. Sharpton and the National Action Network
have decided to again mark the anniversary of the March on
Washington with a rally-this time, at the United Nations.

Robin D.G. Kelley writes: "'The Debt' Calls for America to Pay Up

More than 38 years ago, singer/composer Abbey Lincoln
proposed to the powers that be to "let the
restribution/ match the contribution." In his
remarkable new book, The Debt: What America Owes to
Blacks, Randall Robinson extends Lincoln's wry lyrics
to compose a veritable literary symphony, poetic tour
de force whose voice shifts easily from blues to
shouts, sorrow songs to field hollers, moaning to the
trance-mutations of free improvisation.


Anonymous Comrade writes: "American Prospect

Intellectuals' Inaction
by Steven Biel

Divided Minds: Intellectuals and the Civil Rights Movement, by Carol
Polsgrove. W.W. Norton, 296 pages, $26.95

W.E.B. du Bois's statement that "the problem of the Twentieth Century
is the problem of the color-line" has been quoted, cited, and
paraphrased so often that, by the century's end, it had passed beyond
bold prophecy into the safe realm of Great Thoughts. But has anybody
pointed out the historical irony of Du Bois's famous line? Here was
one of the century's most important American public intellectuals
emphatically announcing the problem, which other important public
intellectuals proceeded to ignore. John Dewey, Walter Lippmann, Lewis
Mumford, Reinhold Niebuhr, Edmund Wilson, Lionel Trilling, Hannah
Arendt, Mary McCarthy--for all of them, race was at best an
occasional topic, hardly central to their work.

A U.N. conference against racism is in danger of being derailed by
arguments over the term Holocaust and disputes over reparations for slavery and colonialism,
Amnesty International said Wednesday.

In a report released Wednesday, the human rights group detailed U.S. federal and state justice
systems, which it said are ''riddled with racial discrimination,'' and called on the Bush
administration to resolve disputes that have marred preparations for the racism conference.

In meetings ahead of the conference, member states have argued over whether Holocaust
should refer specifically to Nazi atrocities against the Jews, or genocide in general, Amnesty's
international program director Claudio Cordone said Wednesday.

Preparations for the Aug. 31 opening of the World Conference Against Racism, Racial
Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance have also been bogged down by disputes
over how to deal with the legacy of the slave trade and colonialism, he said.

nomadlab writes: "Mary Robinson, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said she is worried that Western countries are shying away from an anti-racism declaration because they're wary of shining a spotlight on their past sins.

''There are dark corners and problems for countries that they are somewhat reluctant to have addressed globally,'' she told reporters in New York Wednesday where she has been attending a global U.N. conference on AIDS."


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