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Marable: ÒEducation Works, Prisons DonÕtÓ
Nov 01, 2000
ÒEducation Works, Prisons DonÕtÓ was the call to action that attracted hundreds of concerned New Yorkers at a Harlem teach-in, sponsored by United New York Black Radical Congress, on October 27-28, 2000. The teach-in brought together students, parents, t
Mcchesney2: Will Gore Throw the Election to Bush?
Oct 27, 2000
This past Friday a dozen former "Nader's Raiders" held a press conference and told Ralph Nader to drop out of the presidential race and throw his support to Vice-President Al Gore. Concerned about Gore's faltering numbers in the polls, they argued that vo
Oct 22, 2000
The American Political Science Association's annual convention recently came through town, filling up Washington, D.C. hotels with thousands of academics ready to present their latest research findings.Browsing through the convention's program, we hoped t
Mchombo: ROUNDING UP HOKERS IN MALAWI
Oct 11, 2000
Sam Mchombo It is a matter of fact that AIDS has taken its toll on human life, with various African countries amongst the worst hit. It has also placed incredible economic burdens on most of those countries which, given the soaring costs of available dru
Mokhiber: Killing Africa with Kindness
Sep 16, 2000
With the announcement of a billion-dollar-a-year U.S. government loan program for African countries to buy AIDS drugs, the fight to deliver affordable drugs to people with HIV/AIDS in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world has entered its third phas
The greatest struggle of any oppressed group in a racist society is the struggle to reclaim collective memory and identity. At the level of culture, racism seeks to deny people of African, American Indian, Asian and Latino descent their own voices, histor
Sep 04, 2000
About six years ago, a friend gave us a toaster. It was a present. The friend bought the toaster from Williams-Sonoma, the San Francisco-based kitchen store, with outlets in upscale malls throughout the United States.
There are today over two million Americans incarcerated in federal and state prisons and local jails throughout the United States. More than one-half, or one million, are black men and women. The devastating human costs of the mass incarceration of one ou
Mokhiber: Cop Killer
Aug 22, 2000
Cop killer. No, we are not talking about Mumia Abu-Jamal. After a trial that the National Journal's Stuart Taylor called "grotesquely unfair" and that included "fabricated evidence," Abu-Jamal was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer. He no
Sometimes, it is important to think big.In an era where corporations trample across the globe with minimal restraint, and citizen movements around the world are on their heels, it is natural -- and necessary -- for those trying to check corporate power to
Mokhiber: Which Way, CFA?
Jul 22, 2000
The Consumer Federation of America is at a crossroads. Set up in 1968 to advocate in Washington, D.C. for consumer interests, the Federation is being consumed by Washington's corporate culture. Will it seek to reverse course and get back to its consumer r
Marable: Why Diallo Had To Die
May 19, 2000
For more than one year, the controversy surrounding the New York murder of Amadou Diallo has made headlines throughout the world. Most people have heard by now about the unarmed African immigrant who was fired on 41 times as he stood in the vestibule of h
Mokhiber: Sixteen Years for a Snickers Bar
May 15, 2000
Last month, a Texas jury recommended that Kenneth Payne, 29, spend 16 years in jail.Payne's crime? Stealing a Snickers bar from a Tyler, Texas grocery store on December 17, 1999. When Smith county Assistant District Attorney Jodi Brown was asked by the A
Mid-August, 1999, the heads of state of the countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) had a summit in Maputo, Mozambique. Held against the backdrop of economic stagnation, unresolved conflicts in Angola, internal strife in the Democrat
Mokhiber: Who Owns America?
Apr 03, 2000
The other day, at our local bookstore, we passed a book. And then doubled back. ÊThe book is titled Who Owns America?: A Declaration of Independence. Sounded like it was written by people we should know. But on further investigation, we recognized none of
Marable: White Supremacy in Dixie
Mar 27, 2000
How far has America actually progressed toward more constructive race relations? Judging by some recent events, not much.
Mokhiber: Somebody Else's Wealth
Mar 15, 2000
Where does the vast wealth of the United States come from? It is hard to read the financial and popular press today without encountering stories that suggest the answer is the creativity of entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.
Since Feb. 6, the Students of Color Coalition (SCC) has occupied the tower of the University of Michigan Union building to protest ongoing racist practices on a campus that claims to have a longstanding commitment to multiculturalism and diversity. These
Marable: No Rights Whites Must Respect
Feb 25, 2000
In the Dred Scott decision of 1857, the Supreme Court turned down a petition for freedom from an enslaved African American. The author of the court's ruling, Chief Justice Roger B. Tawney, declared that blacks could never be granted equal protection under
Marable: Seattle and Beyond
Jan 22, 2000
It was immensely significant for black America that the last major public demonstration in the U.S. in the 20th century was a protest over global economics and trade.