We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Monday, August 18, 2014

Solidarity with Occupied Ferguson

Click here to access article from War Resisters League.

This piece offers a brief, but concise statement that connects so many evils both past and present that are being perpetrated by the Empire. What we are seeing is a growing global war under the leadership of the directors of the Empire against the rest of us. It's now clear that citizenship is irrelevant in this new stage of globalized capitalism: either you serve the Empire or face consequences; and if you resist enough to constitute a threat to their interests or prejudices, you will become a target.
The parallels between the Israeli Defense Forces in Palestine, the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro, the Indian police in Kashmir, the array of oppressive armed forces in Iraq, and the LAPD in Skid Row could not be any clearer. But just as police repression is an increasingly coordinated global phenomenon, recent movements against policing have unleashed powerful imagination and energy; from the rebellion following the Oakland Police murder of Oscar Grant to the uprising against police brutality that sparked the Egyptian revolution in 2011. 
It's clear that the events in Ferguson have the ruling One Percent worried judging by this interesting article entitled "The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race" by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar posted in Time, a ruling class media agency. However, don't expect any constructive efforts to be made by our masters.

Also, you may find this article interesting: "Linking Violence In Solidarity: Ferguson, Gaza, and the US State" posted on Jadaliyya.