This is a good example of why I’m not an anarchist anymore. This would be a really good opportunity for a socialist party to build support and trust from people and build a reputation for principled fighting against racism, and they would probably have a really good chance of winning. I’m guessing the anarchist solution here is “these people need to be educated and need to act on their own behalf!” which pragmatically would probably translate to hosting a David Graebar reading group, which don’t get me wrong, would attract a whopping half a dozen people. But unfortunately thought doesn’t come before action, and we can’t wait until every individual is a studied anarchist before acting politically.
The “when does life begin” debate is nothing but smoke and mirrors to obfuscate the reality…It is the worst kind of intellectual dishonesty to indulge this garbage argument about irreconcilable disagreement over when life begins. It doesn’t matter even if life does begin at conception. The calculus thus becomes which life matters more, which is an assessment we are willing to make in dozens of other situations across our political and cultural landscape.
Concede their point. Then make the argument that we must actually value the actual lives of actual people who have actually been born over fetuses.
The question is not really when life begins. The question is whether we recognize women and other people with uteri as humans whose lives have intrinsic value and the rights of agency, bodily autonomy, and consent. It is only because such a vast swath of our population cannot or will not answer a resounding and unqualified “yes” to that question that there is even space for a reprehensible debate about when life begins.” —Melissa McEwan, With Allies Like These… at Shakesville (via ibt-w)
every single goddamn leftist on this godforsaken site should follow proletarianfeminism imo
Students burn Mexican govt. building in protest over police corruption
Hundreds of residents in a southern-Mexican city smashed up the state capital building in a furious protest over the continued lack of information about 43 local college students, believed to have been abducted by corrupt police. The local police are allegedly working with a powerful drug cartel and it’s feared that 10 newly discovered mass graves my contain the bodies of the students taken on September 26. “Up to 20” charred remains were discovered on Saturday. As an investigation is underway, 26 police officers have so far been arrested, a number of which admitted to working with the Guerreros Unidos - an infamous drug cartel. Arrest warrants have also been issued for the mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Albarca, his wife and his security chief, but they have gone into hiding.
holy fucking shit this is huge
"While the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) has always seen a large proportion of women fighters in its guerrilla forces, the role and leadership of women in revolutionary struggle in the region is made all the more important today by rise of the viciously patriarchal and reactionary ISIS throughout Iraq and Syria (the creation and growth of which, it should not be forgotten, was sponsored via the western imperialists and their regional allies in their attempts to destabilize and carve up Syria, and Iraq). No doubt, the role of women will be decisive in defeating both imperialism and its crutch, reactionary Islamists, in the region." (Source)
inspired by experiences and events in Ferguson this summer.
illustration for upcoming chapbook I finished an hour before the #shawshooting and subsequent protest
Kurdish Protests against the Turkish state and their support for ISIS.
The Turkish police used real ammunition and killed 23 Kurds. The Turkish police in Wan said:”Long live the ISIS”! The people go everywhere to the streets and protest
The Turkish President Erdogan speaks constantly, that the Kurdish city Kobani has fallen which is not true. Kurdish news agencies and YPG fighters suburb announced a strong resistance.