Racism

Let's Not Turn Inward In The Era Of Trump

  Let's Not Turn Inward To believe our lives are inextricably linked with others is lovely. To live out that belief can be hard. It becomes difficult to set priorities when so much is under attack. People make decisions about this all the time. With money: pay rent or buy food? With energy: fight for … Continue reading Let's Not Turn Inward In The Era Of Trump

Santa Cruz's Hidden Past

California's Dark Side Many Santa Cruz residents are not aware that Santa Cruz California conducted a lynching on the Water Street Bridge. Irene O'Connell, a local Santa Cruz activist and staff member of Resource Center for Nonviolence, is interviewed by Ben Leonard, a then senior at Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough who is now … Continue reading Santa Cruz's Hidden Past

After State Of The Union, Clock Ticks On Justice Reform

Jan 13, 2016 — Folks, Last night during his State of the Union address, President Obama reinforced his commitment to work with Paul Ryan and other Congressional Republicans to pass criminal justice reform as soon as possible. The momentum for reform has never been greater, but the clock is ticking. With more than 15 criminal … Continue reading After State Of The Union, Clock Ticks On Justice Reform

UC Santa Cruz Chancellor Appropriates Black Movement to Attack Palestinian Movement

Last night, Chancellor George Blumenthal of the University of California at Santa Cruz sent a chilling e-mail to the UCSC community, in which he says, On college campuses across the country, students are engaged in challenging but necessary conversations with administrators about race, religion, ethnicity, and identity . . . In student government, as is … Continue reading UC Santa Cruz Chancellor Appropriates Black Movement to Attack Palestinian Movement

Paris Attacks Highlight Western Vulnerability, And Our Selective Grief And Outrage

. . . let's not do that. Weaponized mourning. Let's not do that. Collective punishment of those assumed to be similar to the assumed perpetrators. Let's not do that. Muslims lives count. ~ Kate Scott As France enters yet another period of mourning, Lebanon is just emerging from one. Not that you probably heard anything … Continue reading Paris Attacks Highlight Western Vulnerability, And Our Selective Grief And Outrage

The Most Racist areas In The United States

There are neighborhoods in Baltimore in which the life expectancy is 19 years less than other neighborhoods in the same city. Residents of the Downtown/Seaton Hill neighborhood have a life expectancy lower than 229 other nations, exceeded only by Yemen. According to the Washington Post, 15 neighborhoods in Baltimore have a lower life expectancy than … Continue reading The Most Racist areas In The United States

The Case For Reparations

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole. And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six … Continue reading The Case For Reparations

New Group Seeks To Blacklist Pro-Palestinian Student Activists

A secretive new organization called Canary Mission has established a slick website intended to identify pro-Palestinian activists on American college campuses and prevent them from getting jobs, The Forward reports. The group’s website profiles more than 50 students, recent graduates, and faculty members whom it denounces as “anti-freedom, anti-American, and anti-Semitic.” The group says it … Continue reading New Group Seeks To Blacklist Pro-Palestinian Student Activists

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network Opposes SCR 35

IJAN Opposes SCR 35 On April 29th, the California Senate will vote on SCR 35, dubbed the "Anti-Semitism" bill. This bill would "condemn any act of anti-Semitism augmenting education programs at all publicly funded schools in the State of California." On it's surface, this bill may seem inocuous. However, it is a part of a … Continue reading International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network Opposes SCR 35

Lullaby For Pilots

Yonatan Shapiro Yonatan Shapira was born on an Israeli military base the year before his father flew fighter jets in the October War of 1973. Thirty years later, twelve of them spent as an air force pilot himself, Shapira rejected the military. In 2003, he wrote a letter, pledging not to fly over the occupied … Continue reading Lullaby For Pilots