The pain of loss is immeasurable yet comrades across the globe have come to view it as an inevitable aspect of the fight for liberation. For the revolutionary, death is neither a secret nor a prophecy. The loss of life is as common as life itself for the oppressed and those who fight on the side of the oppressed. I didn't know Kevin Zeese as well as I would have liked beyond a podcast interview and the honor of sharing a room with him at anti-war conferences. However, what I do know is that his legacy is, and will continue to be, a profound contribution to the world we are trying to build.
By Staff for DC Rally Against Hate. On Sunday, June 25 at 11:00 AM a coalition of local community and religious groups will rally at the Lincoln Memorial, Pedestrian Plaza, on the National Mall to oppose a planned gathering of violent white nationalist extremists known as the "Proud Boys." The rally is organized under the banner of "D.C. United Against Hate" and aims to peacefully bring together groups and individuals to stand together against this growing threat. "We need to organize and stand against hate, wherever and however it is manifest,” said Rev. Graylan Hagler, of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ. “The loose and reckless speech contributed to the recent violence and murder in the D.C. area and against elected officials at practice for a baseball game. We have had our fill of hatred and hate talk.”
By Beverly Bell for Truth Out - In the toxic political environment of the US, love is an act of protest. At least, that is what Dr. Martin Luther King, whose 88th birthday we celebrate Monday, said in many ways. As just one example, he wrote in his book Strength to Love, "Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." But today, with such dangerous and violent power at play, is love a priority? Should it, or even can it be a fundament of our organizing and mobilization, especially amongst the sectors suffering the rampant attacks and threats?
By Robert J. Burrowes for Popular Resistance. If you have ever wondered why the global elite hoards their wealth instead of using it to help break down the violence and injustice in our world, I would like to suggest an answer to your question: self-hatred. The explanation for violent and exploitative behaviors always includes self-hatred. Let me explain why. Conscious self-hatred is an intensely unpleasant feeling to experience and, consequently, people who feel self-hatred learn to fearfully and deeply suppress their awareness of it when they are very young. Having learned to do this, subsequent opportunities for this self-hatred to be felt are progressively more easily suppressed. No feeling can be suppressed out of existence: instead, it is unconsciously projected elsewhere and generates destructive behavior. So the unconscious terror and self-hatred of the Koch brothers are projected as fear of and hatred for other living beings as well as the Earth, and manifests as behavior that is destructive (of themselves, others and the planet).
By Alicia Garza in Truth Out - Coming together across different ideologies, generations, geographies and experiences, participants in the Movement for Black Lives have the potential, the brilliance and the power to get free and to stay free. More than 1,500 Black people came together in Cleveland, Ohio, last week for the Movement for Black Lives convening. It was a gathering designed to bring Black people together across different fault lines in order to continue to solidify our vision, our purpose and our relationships with one another. The convening, which began on July 24, was an opportunity to ask ourselves the question of what a world would look like in which Black lives actually mattered - and not just some Black lives, but all Black lives.
Ferguson protest leader Brittany Ferrell remembers the first time she saw Alexis Templeton step out of the car at the Ferguson Police Department in mid-August. Templeton said she found herself gravitating towards certain people in the movement, namely Ferrell, “making sure they are safe. Making sure they are okay more than everyone else is okay. And when they get arrested, you try to get arrested with them.” In the midst the movement’s intensity, they fell in love. On Tuesday, December 16 at about 2 p.m., Ferrell and Templeton arrived at St. Louis City Hall to get married – something that only became possible a month before in Missouri. On November 5, a state judge overturned Missouri’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. The Slay administration has been a strong advocate for marriage equality.
The Love Mob is multi-generational movement that promotes love as a lifestyle. This benevolent "mob" began creating organized acts of love with a massive flash mob in Los Angeles dedicated to victims of Sandy Hook last December: (http://youtu.be/EuTp44xwX7A) After being featured in LA Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine and KTSM9 (NBC), The Love Mob launched a successful clothing drive/block party on Skid Row with special guest speaker Michael Beckwith: (http://youtu.be/I2aDskSRiQM). The Love Mob is committed to inspired action toward global transformation. They are a team of deeply committed leaders in the community that promote love and compassion through organized acts, smaller gatherings to foster community, as well as multi-media and social media efforts. Everyone is welcome to join The Love Mob. Start your own Love Mob in a town near you!!