I don’t know how many times this week I have heard the old standby, ”Well who cares if they look at your phone calls? I don’t have anything to hide.” In the next several posts I want to explore some of this. I am drawing liberally (not conservatively) from Daniel Solove’s wonderful book, …
“Social inequality is more violent than any protest.”
(Source: capuchainformativa, via sialand)
“Mixed Feelings,” a series of woodblock prints by Annie Bissett, looks at cliches about money that use the same metaphor for both wealth and poverty.
For those deeply and truly concerned about being anti-racist and checking their shit…
How prepared and comfortable are you with the notion that even if you do everything right, some PoC/non-white/Indigenous people will never trust, like, or love you? That some may always hate your whiteness and all the privilege that comes with it?
Are you prepared to not travel to non-white countries if there isn’t a good, ethical way to do so?
Are you prepared to stop doing yoga, stop getting tattoos and other body mods, etc.?
If you are doing area studies of non-white ares (i.e., Asian studies, etc.) are you prepared to change your major? Career?
Are you really able and willing to accept that some spaces will never be for you and that you are unwelcome there?
I wonder… (but seriously, these question are rhetorical)
love these questions, for myself and other white people. more i think about as a white settler that i want other white settlers to think about with these:
Are you willing to think about the ways you claim and take up space on lands (in North America) that do not belong to you and that were never yours, no matter how your ancestors/family came to be here?
Are you willing to think about what it means to decolonize this land when your body will always be settling it wherever you go?
Are you willing to think about the ways in which making a home on stolen land as a settler will always be a colonial process?
And are you willing and prepared to take action on any of these things?
Live/work on a farm
Since nunneries probably won’t accept me:
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (Locations around the world)
WWOOF is a network of national organizations that help volunteers to live and learn on organic properties. WWOOF organizations bring together hosts and volunteers (“WWOOFers”) to help make a sustainable world.
Fair Share CSA Coalition
Spending a day on the farm, seeing and experiencing the hard work that goes into producing good food, is a great experience for everyone. There are many opportunities for getting your hands dirty and learning about food production. Each farm offers unique opportunities to participate in their day-to-day work. Work possibilities range from volunteering for one or several days, committing to be a worker share for the season, or interning or working on the farm.
Live Power Community Farm (SF Bay Area, CA, USA)
Live Power Community Farm is a 40-acre, biodynamic/organic Community Sustained Agriculture (CSA) farm that provides fresh, high-quality food for 160 households in the San Francisco Bay Area and Mendocino County. We also host on-farm school visits, apprentice training, and farm-related workshops. Our innovative approach to farmland ownership, economics, and food distribution revitalizes the culture of land stewardship by creating a conscious, mutually supportive relationship between farmers, consumers, and nature.
Blooming Glen Farm (East Coast, PA, USA)
Blooming Glen Farm is excited to provide interns with the opportunity to learn the inner workings of our diverse agriculture business. We are a young ambitious farm, small enough that your presence will really have an impact, but large enough that you will get a diversity of experience. It is our belief that the farm has to be economically sustainable yet also provide a good quality of life for its workers, while at the same time nurturing the soil, environment and community.
Ivy Creek Family Farm
Aspiring farmers and people interested in local agriculture can join our team through our intern, apprenticeship, and volunteer programs. Farm workers learn about organic production or vegetables, fruits, flowers and mushrooms in a beautiful setting 25 minutes north of Asheville, NC. Interns, apprentices and volunteers are an integral part of all farm activities, including greenhouse production, planting, field cultivation and weeding, harvesting, selling, and packaging products.They work with us in the field and on the farm, five full days a week. If you are interested in working with us on the farm, we encourage you to review the descriptions below and determine which of our programs is right for you.
"Organizations like NGLTF, Lambda Legal, and HRC would like to pretend that Bradley Manning’s case is not a "gay issue," or worse, remain silent because they know that it is indeed a gay issue, one that threatens to undermine their carefully-crafted plea for admittance to the military. Addressing it as a gay issue would mean looking critically not only at the specific discriminatory policy of the military, but also at the very purpose of the military. It would mean taking a good close look at the patriotic rhetoric of "equal rights" to serve in an "all-volunteer" military, whose purpose is to defend "freedom" and "democracy," where LGBT people can be just as "virile" in carrying out organized killing as their heterosexual counterparts. It would mean considering how such rhetoric hides unpleasant truths about economic domination in our world, understanding how such domination relies on structures of power embedded in social relations of class, race, and gender, and recognizing that these structures cannot be addressed individually, but must be attacked simultaneously."
Striking miners shot dead in South Africa, 16/08/2012.
”..when I see an actual flesh-and-blood worker in conflict with his natural enemy, the policeman, I do not have to ask myself which side I am on.”
The deadly use of force by the SAPS, under the “shoot to kill” policy, can only be argued and tolerated by the most extreme Statist reactionaries, those who demand a state that is so powerful that it has the right to kill its own people.
Statement of CPSA(ML) about the striking mineworkers in the platinum-mine in Rustenburg
Communist Party of South Africa (Marxist-Leninist) - CPSA (ML) 17.08.2012
The workers involved in an strike are 16 000. They are demanding wages of 12 000 Rand per month. Currently they are getting 5000 Rand per month.
Due to the refusal of the mine bosses to give them 12 000 Rand per month they went on strike.
This workers are organized by two tradeunions, one is the national miners workers (NUM) afiliate of COSATU another one is AMCOR afiliate of NACTU.
NUM officials were not in favour of the strike, as such the workers were divided, some workers went back to the mine to start their duties.
The workers who were on strike started to fight those who went back to work.
As a result of the fight amongst workers two workers were killed.
NUM together with the mine bosses called the police to intervene. As a result of the police intervention more than 30 people died. Among those who died two policemen were involved.
The situation is very tense even now there is a confrontation between the workers, the police and the mine bosses.
CPSA(ML), member of ICOR is pledging solidarity with the mine workers in Rustenburg and condemned the brutally killing of mine workers by the police.