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Neighbors Defend Neighbors From Racist Propaganda.

Heather Sandoval and Richard Mellor

We can assume that these two white dudes are not your standard white liberals. They are truckers that were held up due to a demonstration against the police murder of Antwon Rose. It seems they couldn't move for three or four hours.  Given the fanning of racist flames by the fascist in the White House and the tension this can create in society, it is the norm that these guys would have just sat in their trucks perhaps moaning about black folks causing trouble again.  Racism is used to keep us apart, a divide and rule tactic that weakens all of us while having catastrophic consequences for its victims.

It is not unrealistic that on arriving at a protest of mainly black folks and not knowing what it was about that two guys like these (the beard on the right is quite impressive) might be a little cautious or afraid to venture out. But they got out and asked people. They did the right thing and they understood what and why and as the interview shows, they had strong feelings and sympathy for the protesters.

This is an example for all of us. Imagine the feeling of solidarity the people protesting must have felt as these guys approached and asked them what was going on, watched the video of the shooting and clearly understood why they were there. It is actions like these that have to be magnified, have to be repeated all over the country. We will all be safer, our children will all be safer and it will start a process that will flow over to all aspects of life as so many people in this country are under attack and falling in to poverty and despair.

Trump's disgusting attacks on immigrant and Latinos in particular adds to the tension in society which is the goal of course.  A reader informed us that he was walking home and passed by a Latino man and his young daughter out on the sidewalk escaping the heat inside. He said good evening and he could sense that  there was a little caution and tenseness in the air, something he attributed to him being a white man with a baseball cap. Perhaps the Latino man, who was Mexican, was not sure what was going to be said. Was he going to be hostile?  Nasty? Did he hate immigrants? He said that he has noticed this in the community with the rise of Trump and his racist taunting. This tension is a direct result of a conscious state policy.
Our reader made some comment about a great victory for Mexico in the World Cup, beating the Germans. This was well received and they talked about soccer and the man introduced his young daughter  who was playing alongside him.

The tension can be expected to rise with Donald Trump referring to Latino's and immigrants as "infesting" the US and, as the Nazis' did with Jews, engaging in public propaganda events in order to terrify the public.  He has called them murderers and criminals.

We should think hard about this image (left) and what it must be like for Latinos and  particularly Mexicans in our communities at this moment. They are being  demonized, talked about by the most powerful politician on the planet  like they are dogs, or better still, rats. Trump, who has never worked but been given everything  uses the term  ?infested? to describe their presence here although they work so very  hard. 

To portray the Latino worker as a parasitic  being is to insinuate that killing and abusing them is not a crime, but  a necessity. Images of MS13 gang members have many times been used by  the Trump administration as interchangeable with undocumented workers  and asylum seekers. Never mind that MS13 originated in Los Angeles in  the 1980s, or that members are primarily native born and prey on Central  American workers who are easy targets for extortion and human  trafficking.

It is time for American workers to wake up and to stand up for our neighbors friends and our co-workers. Most immigrants are poor, working class people. They are our class  allies in the struggle for a better life and a future for our children.  Most of them come to the US because they are forced to out of necessity  like the Irish, Germans and others did before them.  We have to  consciously challenge this divisive racist strategy and the truckers in  the video took a small but important step in doing that.

See also: Children in cages. The roots of this vicious, cruel crime.
Undocumented Workers Are Not The Enemy Of Labor
Proposals for action to defend the children against the Trump regime. 

Source: Neighbors Defend Neighbors From Racist Propaganda.
Infoshop News / Feeling Powers Growing: An Interview with Silvia Federici
« Last post by Alternative Media Project on Today at 06:00:52 AM »
Feeling Powers Growing: An Interview with Silvia Federici

via Bella Caledonia This interview was conducted by carla bergman and Nick Montgomery for Joyful Militancy (building thriving resistance in toxic times) published by AK Press. Silvia Federici is an Italian activist and author of many works, including Caliban and the Witch and Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle. She was co-founder of the International Feminist Collective and organizer […]
Source: Feeling Powers Growing: An Interview with Silvia Federici
Infoshop News / House GOP Passes Farm Bill Attacking Nation?s Hungriest Families
« Last post by Alternative Media Project on Today at 06:00:52 AM »
House GOP Passes Farm Bill Attacking Nation?s Hungriest Families

Amid worries of drinking water contamination, tankers looked as if they had been "thrown around like Legos"
Source: House GOP Passes Farm Bill Attacking Nation?s Hungriest Families
AlterNet / How U.S. Policy in Honduras Set the Stage for Mass Migration Today
« Last post by AlterNet on Today at 06:00:50 AM »
How U.S. Policy in Honduras Set the Stage for Mass Migration Today

Migration is often a manifestation of a profoundly unequal and exploitative relationship between migrant-sending countries and countries of destination.


Central American migrants ? particularly unaccompanied minors ? are again crossing the U.S.-Mexico boundary in large numbers.

In 2014, more than 68,000 unaccompanied Central American children were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico boundary. This year so far there have been close to 60,000.

The mainstream narrative often reduces the causes of migration to factors unfolding in migrants? home countries. In reality, migration is often a manifestation of a profoundly unequal and exploitative relationship between migrant-sending countries and countries of destination. Understanding this is vital to making immigration policy more effective and ethical.

Through my research on immigration and border policing, I have learned a lot about these dynamics. One example involves relations between Honduras and the United States.

U.S. roots of Honduran emigration

I first visited Honduras in 1987 to do research. As I walked around the city of Comayagua, many thought that I, a white male with short hair in his early 20?s, was a U.S. soldier. This was because hundreds of U.S. soldiers were stationed at the nearby Palmerola Air Base at the time. Until shortly before my arrival, many of them would frequent Comayagua, particularly its ?red zone? of female sex workers.

U.S. military presence in Honduras and the roots of Honduran migration to the United States are closely linked. It began in the late 1890s, when U.S.-based banana companies first became active there. As historian Walter LaFeber writes in ?Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America,? American companies ?built railroads, established their own banking systems, and bribed government officials at a dizzying pace.? As a result, the Caribbean coast ?became a foreign-controlled enclave that systematically swung the whole of Honduras into a one-crop economy whose wealth was carried off to New Orleans, New York, and later Boston.?

By 1914, U.S. banana interests owned almost 1 million acres of Honduras? best land. These holdings grew through the 1920s to such an extent that, as LaFeber asserts, Honduran peasants ?had no hope of access to their nation?s good soil.? Over a few decades, U.S. capital also came to dominate the country?s banking and mining sectors, a process facilitated by the weak state of Honduras? domestic business sector. This was coupled with direct U.S. political and military interventions to protect U.S. interests in 1907 and 1911.

Such developments made Honduras? ruling class dependent on Washington for support. A central component of this ruling class was and remains the Honduran military. By the mid-1960s it had become, in LaFeber?s words, the country?s ?most developed political institution,? ? one that Washington played a key role in shaping.

The Reagan era

This was especially the case during the presidency of Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. At that time, U.S. political and military policy was so influential that many referred to the Central American country as the ?U.S.S. Honduras? and the Pentagon Republic.

As part of its effort to overthrow the Sandinista government in neighboring Nicaragua and ?roll back? the region?s leftist movements, the Reagan administration ?temporarily? stationed several hundred U.S. soldiers in Honduras. Moreover, it trained and sustained Nicaragua?s ?contra? rebels on Honduran soil, while greatly increasing military aid and arm sales to the country.

The Reagan years also saw the construction of numerous joint Honduran-U.S. military bases and installations. Such moves greatly strengthened the militarization of Honduran society. In turn, political repression rose. There was a dramatic increase in the number of political assassinations, ?disappearances? and illegal detentions.

The Reagan administration also played a big role in restructuring the Honduran economy. It did so by strongly pushing for internal economic reforms, with a focus on exporting manufactured goods. It also helped deregulate and destabilize the global coffee trade, upon which Honduras heavily depended. These changes made Honduras more amenable to the interests of global capital. They disrupted traditional forms of agriculture and undermined an already weak social safety net.

These decades of U.S. involvement in Honduras set the stage for Honduran emigration to the United States, which began to markedly increase in the 1990s.

In the post-Reagan era, Honduras remained a country scarred by a heavy-handed military, significant human rights abuses and pervasive poverty. Still, liberalizing tendencies of successive governments and grassroots pressure provided openings for democratic forces.

They contributed, for example, to the election of Manuel Zelaya, a liberal reformist, as president in 2006. He led on progressive measures such as raising the minimum wage. He also tried to organize a plebiscite to allow for a constituent assembly to replace the country?s constitution, which had been written during a military government. However, these efforts incurred the ire of the country?s oligarchy, leading to his overthrow by the military in June 2009.

Post-coup Honduras

The 2009 coup, more than any other development, explains the increase in Honduran migration across the southern U.S. border in the last few years. The Obama administration has played an important role in these developments. Although it officially decried Zelaya?s ouster, it equivocated on whether or not it constituted a coup, which would have required the U.S. to stop sending most aid to the country.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in particular, sent conflicting messages, and worked to ensure that Zelaya did not return to power. This was contrary to the wishes of the Organization of American States, the leading hemispheric political forum composed of the 35 member-countries of the Americas, including the Caribbean. Several months after the coup, Clinton supported a highly questionable election aimed at legitimating the post-coup government.

Strong military ties between the U.S. and Honduras persist: several hundred U.S. troops are stationed at Soto Cano Air Base (formerly Palmerola) in the name of fighting the drug war and providing humanitarian aid.

Since the coup, writes historian Dana Frank, ?a series of corrupt administrations has unleashed open criminal control of Honduras, from top to bottom of the government.?

Organized crime, drug traffickers and the country?s police heavily overlap. Impunity reigns in a country with frequent politically-motivated killings. It is the world?s most dangerous country for environmental activists, according to Global Witness, an international nongovernmental organization.

Although its once sky-high murder rate has declined, the continuing exodus of many youth demonstrates that violent gangs still plague urban neighborhoods.

Meanwhile, post-coup governments have intensified an increasingly unregulated, ?free market? form of capitalism that makes life unworkable for many. Government spending on health and education, for example, has declined in Honduras. Meanwhile, the country?s poverty rate has risen markedly. These contribute to the growing pressures that push many people to migrate.

The ConversationWhile the next U.S. president will deliberate about what to do about unwanted immigration from ?south of the border,? this history provides lessons as to the roots of migration. It also raises ethical questions as to the responsibility of the United States toward those now fleeing from the ravages U.S. policy has helped to produce.

Joseph Nevins, Associate Professor of Geography, Vassar College

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.


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Ralph Nader Asks Former First Ladies: Why No 'Heartfelt Concern for Tens of Thousands of Children Killed or Seriously Maimed' by Their Husbands' Wars?

Consumer advocate puts check on Laura Bush and Michelle Obama for selective criticism when it comes to kids harmed by brutal U.S. policies

Noted consumer advocate and author Ralph Nader on Friday offered a sharp retort to Laura Bush and Michelle Obama in response to the former first ladies levied criticism at the Trump administration's cruel immigration policy that separated immigrant children from their families.

"Would be nice if Laura Bush and Michelle Obama had expressed similar heartfelt concern for the tens of thousands of children killed or seriously maimed by the wars of their husbands in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere," he tweeted.

As it's signed "-R," it was written by Nader himself, rather than his staff who often tweet on his behalf.

The tweet follows an op-edpublished Sunday at the Washington Post in which Bush took aim at Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, writing that she "was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents."

"I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart," she wrote, tweeting out the same section of text.

Michelle Obama retweeted that, adding, "Sometimes truth transcends party."

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), it should also be noted, was created under the George w. Bush administration and the Obama administration also came under fire for his deportation policy, treatment of child migrants, and the detention of immigrant families.

The other living first ladies have also weighed inon the Trump administration's widely condemned policy of ripping families apart at the Southern border, with all expressing at least some measure of criticism.

The current First Lady's reaction to the separations and detention of chidlren was quite mild, with a spokesperson for Melania Trump saying she "hates to see children separated from their families." It also rang particularly hollow, as, on her way to visit a detention center at the border, she wore a jacket emblazoned with the words "I really don't care, do U?"

Source: Ralph Nader Asks Former First Ladies: Why No 'Heartfelt Concern for Tens of Thousands of Children Killed or Seriously Maimed' by Their Husbands' Wars?
AlterNet / The Trump War No One Talks About
« Last post by AlterNet on Yesterday at 06:00:13 AM »
The Trump War No One Talks About

Get a deal, President Trump.

In 2018, human rights are neither a topic of public discussion nor an apparent interest of American government policy. Both the president and his secretary of state think that torture is an acceptable practice as a part of our global military endeavors everywhere. The president really seems to like the North Korean dictator, a killer of his own people and his own family. President Trump ?sword dances? with the new leader in Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, while both give orders to dispatch warplane sorties that are destroying the poorest nation in the Middle East with bombs, blockades and ensuing famine.

Salman, the crown prince of oil, sand and a very decadent Saudi royal family, is on the offensive these days. Support for this effort comes from the United Arab Emirates and the United States. For the skeptical reader, yes, this war on Yemen was started by President Obama. The war is now three years old and being waged against a sect of Islam that is close to the Shia sect of Islam. The Saudis first tried to raise a pan-Arab coalition, but that melted away faster than ice cream in the sun. The Saudis next turned to the Americans, and with their help in the form of aerial fuel-tankers, Saudi warplanes were able to refuel and to do double duty on destruction of Yemeni targets.

For an historical perspective, Salman ought to read the Pentagon Papers. Relentless bombing in Vietnam and Cambodia did little to bring the USA a victory in Vietnam. Saudi supporters are looking for the light at the end of the tunnel just like President Johnson did, but there may be none. During the Vietnam War, the light at the end of the tunnel ended up being the Tet offensive by the North Vietnamese Army. Within a few years, the Americans were going home after losing billions and billions of dollars and losing at least 69,000 brave and wonderful young men and women. I believe that a similar quagmire could happen to Saudis in their war on Yemen. Not so much in terms of the pointless loss of young Saudi pilots? lives, but in terms of lost capital and political embarrassment as killers of over 10,000 poor in Yemen.

Make no mistake. This war in Yemen is truly one of the rich against the poor. The combined resources of the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are almost beyond count. Yemen, on the other hand, has virtually no wealth and a currently dismal future because the country?s small resources are all practically leveled by now with the Saudis bombing mosques, hotels and factories. Famine has ridden in along with the Saudi onslaught. According to the United Nations, the only way to avoid the famine is to successfully move the ?three amigos? of the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates into a peace agreement with the Yemeni Houthis.

Some in the U.S. Senate are interested in this peace/negotiation effort. Secretary Pompeo is not and neither is his boss. They want to show others in the region like Iran that the United States is tough. Crown Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia and of course, our latest hero in America, the killer from North Korea are now close allies. Both Saudi Arabia and North Korea excel in human rights abuses of their own citizens.

What is the answer? Stop Salman?s folly in Yemen while continuing to fight Al Qaeda?s presence in Yemen. Get a peace agreement and stop the bombing of civilians. Convince the Houthis to get rid of their missiles in exchange for the Saudis stopping their aerial sorties. Americans can save money by keeping those fuel tankers supporting the Saudis out of the skies. Ship food and medicine in to the afflicted Yemeni populace ASAP. Get Iran to stop sending in weapons. Get a deal, President Trump.

Then the president can go after a really significant regional accord?organize a meeting among the leaders of Saudi Arabia together with Shia clergy and negotiate a sectarian peace, similar to the Catholic/Protestant agreement of the Middle Ages to stop the 100-year war between Christians. This religious war of Shia and Sunni goes back to the first days of the Prophet Muhammad the Merciful in the 12th century. The scholars of Islam can figure out an answer regarding doctrinal co-existence. Now that is a tall order, but our president seems to like tall orders. So, Donald, go to work. The odds of a nuclear settlement are the same of a peace agreement between Iran and Saudi Arabia.


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Source: The Trump War No One Talks About
Proposals for action to defend the children against the Trump regime.

Protest shuts ICE office in Portland Ore 6-21-18
Sean O'Torain

The Trump regime is exposing its vicious cruelty with its separation of children from their families, and of interning children and families. 

The mood of the majority of the country, in fact of the world, is against Trump's action. 

Sections of the capitalist class recognizing this mood are refusing to be associated with it. American Airlines, United Airlines are refusing to allow their planes to be used to transport the children. Even the Democratic Party leadership and even some of the Republicans are speaking out. 

Along with this Church groups, all sorts of groups and individuals, are speaking out and taking action. 

What is staggering is that the union leaderships are as usual mute. One individual flight attendant has announced that he would no longer work flights on which children were being transported. That is he announced individual strike action. He has withdrawn his labor. He is an example to be followed.

There are 14 million members in the US trade unions. There are thousands of union locals and labor councils. In Chicago for example there are 320 union locals and half a million workers affiliated to the Chicago federation of Labor. There are 800,000 members affiliated to the Los Angeles Federation of Labor. All the major cities in the Us have such sleeping giants. A gigantic organizational union structure exists. And in sectors of the economy which are vital, transport, utilities, communications etc. This structure should be moved into action and should provide the spine for the movement to defend the children and the families. 

The union leaders will not take the lead to do this. In fact they are opposed to such action. They are still trying to get over the fright they got when the teachers and education workers in West Virginia and a number of states pushed them aside built a new leadership from below organized strike action and made gains. They will do all they can top stop the union movement being mobilized on this issue. 

This Blog wishes to make the following appeal. 

*All who are members of unions reach out to fellow members of your local, or your labor council, or whatever union body of which you are a member. Seek to get their support to call an emergency meeting of your union body. If, as will most likely be the case, the union leadership will refuse to call such a meeting or allow the union facilities to be used to call a meeting. You can go to the union hall and demand it be opened and if it is not, hold the meeting at the door step. And call the press and use the social media to spread the word that you are acting but the union leadership is trying to stop your action. 

*At these meetings propose that the unions with members in transport, in the social services in the prisons etc. which have members carrying out the cruel policies of the Trump regime refuse to do so and withdraw their labor. That is, take strike action. And on doing so call mass meetings and rallies and appeal to non union forces to attend these. In other words, seek to mobilize the union rank and file to take control of their organizations and give leadership. If this is done the union movement will be transformed. It will be strengthened to where it can take up other issues, wages, benefits, work rates, inequality, racism, sexism etc. 

*All left organizations should take action along these lines. Turn their resources to the unions rank and file. Every member who is a union member should take this action. Every member who has a friend a relative an acquaintance who is a union member discuss with these people and ask them to take action. When your UPS man arrives, when you visit the post office, when you go to catch a bus or a train or a plane you are meeting with union members. Discuss with them appeal to them. All left organizations should now be getting out the word and spreading this message and building the movement to defend the children and the families. 

* US society is not some right wing cesspool. It can appear to be so because Trump has managed partly by accident and partly because of the role of the Democrats and the refusal to lead of the trade union leaders to get into power. It can appear so because he has mobilized the most backward layers in society. But the real balance of forces the real consciousness is not reflected in this.  Look at the millions on the women's marches, the movements against gun violence, against police violence, against racism and sexism, the recent strikes of teachers and education workers led by new leaderships from below and which gained victories. See also how ABC had to drop Roseanne Barr in spite of the millions the show was bringing in. Why? Because they saw that the mood was against her dirty racism. And look how Starbucks was forced to close all their stores for a day after one of its managers called the cops to arrest two African American customers. And as mentioned above, how Airlines are refusing to allow their planes to transport the children.

Trump and his backers, the big capitalist forces that are allowing him to stay in power because he is cutting their taxes, and is deregulating, are making a bad mistake. There is the saying. Sometimes when there is no mass combative working class  force in society that "the revolution needs the whip of the counter revolution". Trump and his capitalist backers are the whip of the counter revolution. they are badly mistaking the real class balance of forces, the enormous increase in the size of he working class, the enormous increase in the diversity of the working class, the enormous increase in women now in the paid workforce. They will pay a price. It is up to those of us who are in unions and and who can reach out to people in unions to organize and push the rank and file of the union movement take action, take over their organizations, push aside the existing leadership and lead the movement against the cruelty of the Trump regime and of capitalism in general.  

The movements from below, in particular the response to recent brutal assaults on immigrant families and their children, are forcing some sections of the US ruling class to act. Are beginning to force some splits and differences to open up withing the US ruling class. This is a positive thing but we must act on it.

Source: Proposals for action to defend the children against the Trump regime.
Infoshop News / Where?s the ?Gig Economy??
« Last post by Alternative Media Project on June 23, 2018, 06:00:50 PM »
Where?s the ?Gig Economy??

The numbers don't show any growth in a gig economy. But that doesn't mean workers aren't poorly paid and insecure.
Source: Where?s the ?Gig Economy??
Infoshop News / California Condors Reestablishing Their Range Across the Golden State
« Last post by Alternative Media Project on June 23, 2018, 06:00:49 PM »
California Condors Reestablishing Their Range Across the Golden State

The endangered species still faces major threat from lead poisoning, but wildlife managers are hopeful about recovery prospects
Source: California Condors Reestablishing Their Range Across the Golden State
Fox News Contributor Says Black People Think Immigrant Detention Centers Are 'Better than Some of the Projects'


The network is continuing to try to defend the jailing of young children for no discernible justification.


Fox News is committed to defending President Donald Trump's policies, no matter how callous or ridiculous it makes them sound.

But even knowing this, contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy's comments about the administration's efforts to separate immigrant families and detain children were somehow still shocking.

Speaking with host Laura Ingraham, Campos-Duffy said of the facilities the children have been confined in, "I spoke to some African-Americans who said, 'Gosh, the conditions of the detention centers are better than some of the projects I grew up in.'"

This is a classic Fox News tactic ? citing people who are racial minorities to defend racist and oppressive policies. But it's even more egregious than usual because Campos-Duffy doesn't even say who these African-Americans she spoke to are or explain the context of the discussion.

It's enough to make you wonder if the people she cites exist at all or if their comments were intended to come across in any way similar to how she presented them.

The comments also play into the stereotypes that Fox News and Trump love to push that black people in American cities live in conditions akin to war zones.

But even if the comments are real, they do nothing to diminish the cruelty of the Trump administration's policies. Even if you're imprisoned in a 5-star luxury resort, it's deeply traumatizing to be held against your will and separated from your parents at a young age. And as more reports emerge of abuse allegations at immigrant detention centers, the claim that the children as a whole are being well-cared for strains credulity.

Watch the clip below:


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Source: Fox News Contributor Says Black People Think Immigrant Detention Centers Are 'Better than Some of the Projects'
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