This week, chaos has reigned over our cities. Black people are at the center of this most recent offense against all humanity. America, land of the free, has been the cradle of lynching of both black and brown people for decades. Those lynchings have sparked grief, terror, and rage, and, whereas in earlier decades lynching was exploited by specialized photographers who sold lynching postcards 3 for a quarter, times have changed in America as its demography has changed. Which is to say, the proportion of necks to knees has increased.
The best framing in all the noise comes from my 89-year-old colleague friend and lifetime activist: In the long range, Lynchings a century ago affect black voting behavior today. Like you, like all my readers, we have been assailed by TV images, radio broadcasts, print media, the internet, all manipulative “news” sources focused on chaos and rage, most of them trying to frame these protests as riots. But let’s keep our eyes on the prize. If all the energy released by all the venting that now concentrates itself in our streets, suppose for a moment that all that energy were focused on guaranteeing the vote in the next election cycle.
What would that have to look like? What would be the strategy? How might that work be divided into the kind of bite-sized pieces that became manageable in a country where the vote has been repeatedly and thoroughly compromised by the prison slavery complex that deprives felons who’ve serve their time of their right to vote, of Republican owned voting machines with proprietary code that can easily be flipped, of gerrymandering, of caging, of vote purging, of the electoral college, of the Supremely (Corrupt) Court that gave us Citizens “United,” and George Bush?
As Harvey Wasserman, along with Greg Palast, and Bob Fitrakis, the nation’s voting mavens, point out, the answer is VOTING BY MAIL. Wasserman published an article to that issue: “20 Ways Vote by Mail Could Revolutionize Our Democracy and Save our Nation — If Election Protection Activists (like you) Make it Happen.”
Voting by mail depends on an existing, solvent Post Office (not a privatized, Trump-owned pony express); and it depends on the hard work of popular insistence on a scale of energy we are presently seeing pouring out in our streets.
Although much of what we see there is an authentic outpouring of grief and rage, please let’s be absolutely clear that reactionary forces have wasted no time coopting it to serve their own agenda. (At least one window smasher has been outed as an undercover cop.) Unfortunately, what I say here is no hyperbole. As one activist writes: “Is this part of a premeditated ‘CoIntelPro3’ fascist coup strategy, indicated by nationwide coordination of violent insurgency, using urban warfare tactics, crossing state lines, bringing guns and knives to demonstrations, and using them against police and security guards…to give pretext for mobilization of not only national guard, but insertion of federal armed forces? ICE using its drone for surveillance is indicative of their testing what they can get away with.“
America has made sure to asphyxiate any Left it might have enjoyed. It has made sure to garrot a robust trade union movement. Last time I looked, only one newspaper still listed a labor correspondent in its ranks. There are no accepted channels into which we can siphon our Will Toward Democracy. It means every time we experience a popular movement, we are thrown back on re-inventing the wheel. But there are guidelines based on tough historical analysis how to go about re-invigorating American Democracy. “How to Take on Fascism without Getting Played” is one of them.
Read Short Diary: White Supremacist infiltration of Minneapolis Protests.
Listen to blackouted Sanders statement.
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UN human rights chief demands U.S. take serious action to stop killing unarmed African-Americans.
ACLU calls out U.S. Border Patrol as ‘rogue agency’ for using predator drone to spy on Minneapolis protesters.
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Supremes reject California Pentacostal church challenge to shutdown order.
Judge orders Social Security to pay survivors benefits to previous disqualified gay couples.
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Scientist say burning trees for biofuel is a false climate solution.
Baton Rouge inmates sue for release due to COVID-19 potential death sentence.
ACLU sues tech firm, Clearview AI, to halt “unlawful privacy-destroying; facial recognition activities.
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Co-operative Corporation of.org Registrants announces plan to democratize large parts of internet.
AOC launches Apartheid Off Campus.
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Working class Party of Maryland gathers 14,00 signature to put a Working Class Party on Md. ballot.
Sanders (media want you to forget that name) condemns lack of price control on tax-payer funded Remdesivir.
Black people are prepared for this moment with a long history of mutual aid.
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As COVID-19 takes its toll, frontline workers turn to socialism.
Colombian social leaders protest for access to healthcare and food.
Minnesota tenant buy properties from negligent landlord who tried evicting them.
Hundreds of medical professionals and group urge COVID-19 stimulus must be prescriptions for #healthyrecovery.
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Two hundred teachers and activists urge Biden to go bold on public education, demanding end to failed billionaire-backed policies.
Anti-fascist group won’t back down despite being targeted for murder by far right.
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Gig workers collective organizes nationwide strikes.
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