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What does it mean to be allied? The dictionary definition is to be joined in a group to advance common interests or causes. And what does this joining require? I think mutual respect, shared activism and adherence to mutual goals and objectives. Alliances are by nature two-sided affairs. Both sides bear the responsibility of maintaining the relationship. And this isn't easy. I have witnessed too many battles between members of marginalized groups and their professed allies to think otherwise. The disagreements are often raw, emotional and ultimately unsatisfying. Sometimes, I think we expect too much of our allies. Sometimes the privileged are too confident in their roles as allies and too slow to examine their own biases. As enlightened about race or gender a person may be, we are all products of a racist and sexist society. To expect any person, no matter how good-intentioned, to never reveal a racial or gender bias is to invite disappointment. If members of marginalized groups want to work with allies, we have to know that they will fail us sometimes. Our allies have to know that they will fail.In that post, I tackled the responsibilities of anti-racist and feminist allies. What should an ally do when he or she has made an unwitting show of prejudice or privilege? Today, I want to talk about the responsibilities of marginalized people who want to work with allies. 'Responsibilities of marginalized people'...already I am hesitant to speak about allied relationships this way.
Allies are important to any equality movement. It does not help people of color if we are the only ones who understand racism and how it still exists in society. It does not help women if we are the only ones that believe we deserve equal treatment. This is especially true considering the ways that women and people of color have been kept from places of power. The battles are ours to fight, and we can win them, but we need allies.So how should marginalized people navigate allied relationships?
WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — A billboard showing President Barack Obama wearing a turban has sparked a lot of attention at the suburban Denver used car dealership that put it up.Now we have a freshly painted billboad out in Wheat Ridge Colorado connecting Barack Obama to being a Muslim terrorist, sanctioned by an auto dealership. Yes, a car dealership. Apparently this guy wishes the whole "Cash For Clunkers" program was still around and he's upset. But hey, this isn't about race; it's about policy, right? Oh well, I guess they're right, this is America and you're free to do as you please.
The sign, completed Friday by artist David Lee, shows a grinning, cartoonish Obama and bears the words "PRESIDENT or JIHAD?"
Underneath the president's image is a big yellow square with the phrase, "BIRTH CERTIFICATE, PROVE IT!"
The words "WAKE UP AMERICA! REMEMBER FT. HOOD" appear at the bottom of the billboard at Wolf Interstate Leasing and Sales, about seven miles west of Denver. The sign is visible from Interstate 70.
Lee said there were plenty of honks as he painted it. "One lady came by and gave me the 'shame, shame' look," said Lee, of Arvada, another suburb of Denver.
Dealership owner Phil Wolf was unavailable for comment Friday, but General Manager Wayne Means said the business has seen strong opinions about its sign.
"We've had people come by and say, 'Keep it up.' We've had people come by and say, 'Take it down,'" Means said. "We can have differences of opinion. This is America." (Source: Associated Press
CHICAGO -- Oprah Winfrey's production company says Winfrey will announce Friday that her talk show will end in 2011 after its 25th season on the air. Chicago-based Harpo Productions Inc. said Thursday night that the talk show host will give more details live on the "The Oprah Winfrey Show" broadcast Friday.
Winfrey started her broadcasting career in Nashville, Tenn., and Baltimore, Md., before relocating to Chicago in 1984 to host WLS-TV's morning talk show "A.M. Chicago."
That show was renamed "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 1985.
A year later, Winfrey established Harpo and her talk show went into syndication. In 1990, Winfrey opened Harpo Studios in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood. (source)
In spite of, or perhaps because of, his fascist past, Pearson became an influential political player when he moved to Washington, D.C. in 1975. He became the editor of the American Security Council's Journal of International Relations and served on the board of the ASC's American Foreign Policy Institute. The ASC was formed and run by retired military officers, corporate executives, and conservative politicians to promote a program of heavy military spending, support for cold war policies, aid to the Nicaraguan contras and UNITA in Angola, etc. Its political arm is the Coalition for Peace Through Strength, whose constituent organizations have ties to the fascist right, which Bellant details. The ASC was a highly influential organization during the Reagan and Bush administrations, with close ties to the military, the National Security Council, and State Dept. officials. Pearson's co-editors on the ASC's journal was James Angleton, former CIA deputy director for counterintelligence, and Robert Richardson, a retired Air Force general later revealed to be aiding gunrunning to Libya. So Pearson moved in high governmental and political circles.So as you can see, just with this one organization alone, just like Big Pharma and the anti-health care reform "grass-roots" organizations, their influence and power extends well beyond the normal eye can see. Yes folks, there is power in the almighty dollar. And coupled with a voice - or a bunch of noisemakers, depending on how you're looking at it - they can be quite effective, just like the voice of a young man who goes by the name of "Robert Erickson". Check him out as he spoke at an anti-immigration tea party last weekend:
During this time Pearson became associated with the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank influential in forming Reagan administration policy. Pearson was close to Edwin Fuelner, president of the Heritage Foundation, and joined the editorial board of Policy Review, the monthly HF magazine. In turn HF official Stuart Butler and editorial board member Ernest van den Haag (the long time writer for the National Review, who has publicly stated his opposition to school integration and support for Shockley's sterilization proposals), joined the advisory committee of Pearson's Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies. (Read More Here)
HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Police said a father fatally shot his 15-year-old son in the back of the head Monday in Highland Park after they got into an argument.When I read this story, like you, I was completely at a loss for words. What argument does a father have with his son that motivates him to shoot him in the back of the head executioner style? I mean seriously, what the fuck did this kid do to warrant this action? Well, according to the word on the street in Detroit, via the commentary on the news website. It was said that the father walked in on his 15yr old having sex with his 3yr old sibling.
Jamarr Pinkney, Jr. was shot in a field in the area of Rosa Parks Boulevard and North Street around 2:15 p.m., said police. He was transported to an area hospital where he later died.
Police have confirmed that the shooting was a result of an argument between the father and son.
Witnesses at the scene told Local 4 that they saw Jamarr Pinkney, Sr. order the naked teen out of the home and to an empty field.
A woman, who did not want her identity revealed, told Local 4 what she saw.
"He brought him out the house, he walked him over there and said, 'Get on the ground' and he's like, 'No daddy, no daddy' and next thing you know, he grabbed his head and he shot him," said the witness.
The witness said the father calmly got into his vehicle and drove away.
"He was calm and drove off like a regular person, like he didn't do anything, and I am like, 'wow,'" said the witness.
Police were looking for the father after he fled the area, but he was caught a few hours later.
"Whatever my grandson did there, there is nothing in this world that was worth taking his life. He got him down on his knees and killed him," said the boy's grandfather, who did not want his face on camera.
The teenager's aunt Yolanda Cherry told Local 4 the fight happened inside her home.
"He beat my nephew real bad in the head wher he had knots like he had been in a boxing ring," said Cherry.
When Cherry tried to intervene, she said the father pulled out a gun.
"I ran down the street to get police down here and I heard a gun shot," said Cherry.
Jamarr was a sophomore at Martin Luther King High School. Family members said he was active in sports.
I'd wager that, unlike me, most black women - being liberal Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents - have a pretty negative view of Palin. She's been called "white trash" by white elites, and even by some blacks. Yet ironically, Palin probably has just as much - and arguably more - in common with many black women than most female politicians. Palin is from a working-class family. She's not from the "right" part of the country. She doesn't possess the elite background that many folks have come to expect out of political leaders.The author, Shamara Riley, could not have been any more condescending if she wanted to. Aside from completely and conveniently ignoring the "privilege" that enabled Palin to "rise" (if you would call it that) to various positions without merit, she compares us to Palin because of her daughter's baby daddy drama, and completely disregarding upper and middle class blacks who don't have any of the "issues" she talks about.
While she went through four different colleges and universities - eventually returning to the University of Idaho to finish - she did stick with it and get that degree. Like most black women, she has Christian faith. Palin tells you what she thinks. She has come up in a mostly male-dominated field. She is the breadwinner in her family, and she balances work and family commitments. She's even had to deal with a teen daughter who had an out-of-wedlock child and "baby daddy" drama, an issue that America's black moms disproportionately deal with regarding their daughters and suitors.
A coalition of black radicals and their allies gathered in Washington DC to assert the continued need for the Black Nationalist and anti-war agendas in the era of Barack Obama.
After a marathon rally in Malcolm X Park lasting over 5 hours, the Black Is Back Coalition led a march to the White House.
Speaker after speaker lambasted Barack Obama (as well as other members of the black political elite) as nothing more than a new black face on the same old white capitalist imperialism.
“Sure Obama is better than George Bush,” anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan said. “The corn on my big toe is better than George W. Bush. That doesn’t mean we should elect him president.” “The amount of money Obama is giving to the banks is reaching Alice in Wonderland numbers,” journalist Glenn Ford maintained. Pam Africa of the Move Coalition was harshest of all, referring to Obama as a “punk”.
A number of issues were addressed in addition to the Obama administration. The connection between attacks on Muslim immigrants and racism against African Americans was a constant theme, and a poster of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah was in prominent display at the front of the rally. Speakers stressed the continued need for reparations for slavery as well as for solidarity with the Palestinians against the Israeli State. Obama’s refusal to support Durban II was mentioned briefly as well as gentrification, the sub-prime housing crisis and the difficulty of mobilizing anti-war forces in the age of Obama.
The homeless in Phoenix, Ariz. will have to find a new place for a pancake breakfast after a court ruling forced a neighborhood church to shut down its charity dining hall. The ruling sets a precedent for all churches zoned in residential areas of Phoenix, which will force church volunteers to relocate their homeless food services to commercial parts of the city or end their meal services entirely, reports Change.org.
On Veterans Day, a new study estimates four times as many US Army veterans died last year because they lacked health insurance than the total number of US soldiers who were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in the same period. A research team at Harvard Medical School says 2,266 veterans under the age of sixty-five died in 2008 because they were uninsured. (source)Yes, estimates show that there are approximately 2 million uninsured veterans in the United States. These are men and women, who though serving their country and labeled with the highest honor, are unable to access health care not even at VA Hospitals. Yes, it is a huge misconception that veterans automatically receive medical care at VA hospitals for the rest of their lives. In fact, they are only treated for service related injuries and or ailments they encountered while serving.
“Like other uninsured Americans, most uninsured vets are working people - too poor to afford private coverage but not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid or means-tested VA care,” said Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a professor at Harvard Medical School who testified before CongressU.S., and thousands die each year. It’s a disgrace.” about uninsured veterans in 2007 and carried out the analysis released today [Tuesday]. “As a result, veterans go without the care they need every day in theIn the following video co-author of the report on veterans and health care Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, professor of medicine at Harvard University and a primary care physician in Cambridge explains in detail the results of this report. I seriously hope that the many "patriotic" Americans who observe this day used their energy to affect change in this regard. It's bad enough that "regular" folks are dying due to being unable to access affordable health care. But it's a damn shame when the very people we choose to honor each year have to suffer the same fate.
Dr. David Himmelstein, the co-author of the analysis and associate professor of medicine at Harvard, commented, “On this Veterans Day we should not only honor the nearly 500 soldiers who have died this year in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also the more than 2,200 veterans who were killed by our broken health insurance system. That’s six preventable deaths a day.”
He continued: “These unnecessary deaths will continue under the legislation now before the House and Senate. Those bills would do virtually nothing for the uninsured until 2013, and leave at least 17 million uninsured over the long run. We need a solution that works for all veterans - and for all Americans - single-payer national health insurance.” (source)
Nationally, it takes on average 153 months – almost 13 years – between sentencing and execution for death-row inmates, according to 2007 data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.I'm against the death penalty, and having said that, I'm a bit bothered right now. How come nobody is coming from all over the country protesting the execution of the DC Sniper n*gga (you know that's what "they" call him, right?) like they did for Tookie Williams in California a several years ago? I mean seems like if you're against the death penalty you won't miss an opportunity and use it for political expediency to advance your cause. I mean this n*gga didn't write any children books or nuthin (shit, he didn't have enough time to even do that!), but hell he served his country in the military unlike Tookie Williams who did nuthin but serve mayhem in the hood. Shouldn't that count for something?
The Supreme Court noted the accelerated pace of Muhammad's execution in its decision Monday not to hear his case or delay his execution.
"By denying Muhammad's stay application, we have allowed Virginia to truncate our deliberative process on a matter – involving a death row inmate – that demands the most careful attention," Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in a statement explaining the court's rejection of the Muhammad appeal. "This result is particularly unfortunate in light of the limited time Muhammad was given to make his case in the District Court."
Death-penalty expert Michael Radelet, a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, agrees that Muhammad's case is "quicker than most cases."- (Source)