Category: Mexico

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Brian Dominick: Reinventing Solidarity Activism

Since the January 1, 1994 Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, Mexico, EZLN* leaders have been quite forthcoming about what solidarity means to them, be it domestic or international. Their articulation of the revolution they envision is poetic in its clarity, as is the applied strategy they hope will achieve their aims — one reaching well beyond Read more…

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David Bacon: Liverpool Dockers

Liverpool was once the strongest union port in Britain, a country where all dockworkers were unionized for over 100 years. Under past Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, however, British ports were turned over to private companies. Dockworkers, who had been public employees, then became employees of individual private employers. In the process, recognition was withdrawn from Read more…

Rick Mercier: Asia Pacific People’s Assembly

As the leaders of APEC nations prepared to converge on Kuala Lumpur for their annual summit last fall, representatives of non-governmental organizations met in Malaysia’s capital for the fourth annual Asia Pacific People’s Assembly. Assembly delegates had harsh criticisms of the neoliberal development model, which they say promotes a form of globalization that favors transnational Read more…

Dennis bernstein and larry Everest: Cops That Maim And Kill

  The following passage comes from a recent report by Amnesty International’s historic, 150-page report–United States of America: Rights for All. "There is a widespread and persistent problem of police brutality….Thousands of individual complaints about police abuse are reported each year….Police officers have beaten and shot unresisting suspects; they have misused batons, chemical sprays and Read more…

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Joel Kovel: So You Want To Be A Senator?

  When I was asked by the Green Party to run for Al D’Amato’s senate seat in New York, I faced a starkly unfavorable prospect. The winner-take-all election system is designed to keep small parties out, in contrast to the proportional representation system of many parliamentary democracies, such as Germany, where Greens have been able Read more…

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David Bacon: title(“Fraud In Oakland’s Garbage Sweatshop”)

When 70 workers walked out of a west Oakland recycling facility August 21, they simply wanted a raise. But the increasingly bitter East Bay strike uncovered, not just abusive working conditions and poverty wages, but de facto municipal sanction of a garbage-sorting sweatshop, operated for years in violation of its own city contract.  As the Read more…

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Greg Ruggiero: Microradio Broadcasting Aguascalientes of the Airwaves

  Excerpted from notes prepared for a presentation given at the "Festival of Resistance" organized by the NY Zapatistas, 10/12/98.   "Where there is even a pretense of democracy," writes Noam Chomsky, "communications are at its heart." Given the present state of our society, however, it’s no surprise that we find communications not at the Read more…

Tom Gallagher: Everybody Loved It, But…

  Everyone was telling us, ‘You’re golden’,” Los Angeles Manufacturing Action Project (LAMAP) founder Peter Olney recalls. In 1995 the organization did seem charmed, its success seemingly guaranteed by its arrival at precisely the moment the American labor movement was waking from a half-century nap.                The AFL-CIO was having the first open presidential race Read more…

Brian tokar and gary Oliver: The Texas-Vermont-Maine Nuclear Dump

  In April 1994, the Vermont legislature passed a bill establishing an unprecedented compact with the states of Maine and Texas to dispose of nuclear waste. Now that this nuclear deal has passed the U.S. Congress and been signed into law by President Clinton, “low level” nuclear waste from the three states—actually all of the Read more…

James Petras: The New Revolutionary Peasantry

Latin America The New Revolutionary Peasantry The growth of peasant-led opposition to neoliberalism By James Petras   I was invited to give one of the inaugural speeches at the Second Latin American Congress of Rural Organizations (Congreso Latinoamericano de Organizaciones del Campo, CLOC) that took place in Brazil November 3-7, 1997. There were approximately 350 Read more…

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