Henry A. Giroux and Brad Evans, Truthout: As more and more individuals and groups are now considered excess, consigned to zones of abandonment, surveillance and incarceration, dystopian politics has become mainstream politics and the practice of disposability has intensified. There arealternatives.
Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: In this video, Henry A. Giroux discusses neoliberalism as a form of violence in the 21st century and explains its connection to disposability.
Amy B. Dean, Truthout: Albert Shanker Institute executive director Leo Casey talks about community schools, public education, teacher evaluation, standardized testing, the Common Core, the political dimension of corporate education “reform” and what policies are needed to revitalize public education.
Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: The NRA, which has the nerve to call itself “America’s longest-standing civil rights organization,” says it’s about freedom. Wrong. The bottom line is that it really is the bottom line: money.
Stephen Corry, Truthout: Jimmy Nelson’s Before They Pass Away is a beautiful book, but its images echo a colonial vision which remains deeply destructive of peoples – tribal or other – who try and reject its domination.
Crystal Shepeard, Care2: Nicole Guerrero is one of the more than 200,000 women currently incarcerated due to minor drug offenses and property crimes. Like many of these women, Guerrero was pregnant when she was sent to jail. Guerrero’s experience was downright horrific and led to the loss of her child.
Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report: “Black children are dehumanized to such an extent that they aren’t perceived as children at all,” says a recent study. “In some cases, black children may be viewed as adults when they are just 13 years old.”
William R. Polk, Consortium News: New US plans for training security forces in four African countries recall similar programs around the world, which often ended in the hand-picked trainees slaughtering civilians or staging military coups.
Isabelle Nastasia, Waging Nonviolence: A small online organizing group, 18 Million Rising, threw punches at one of the United States’ largest corporations in an effort to change the international labor practices of the Gap. Cayden Mak, the New Media Director of the group, discusses creative tactics.
Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report: The fiction that elected Democrats represent poor and working people and stand for safeguarding the environment is just that – a fiction. Isn’t it time to step outside their two-party, capitalist box, to dream and begin to build something else?
Winslow Myers reports that the Marshall Islands are filing lawsuits against the world’s nuclear powers to get them to comply with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; the Corporate Europe Observatory exposes how a proposed EU-US trade deal called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would undermine health, consumer, worker and environmental protections; Patients Out Of Time and the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines have a joint press release about international efforts to allow everyone access to medical or therapeutic cannabis; the Drug Policy Alliance reports the House will vote on halting federal drug raids on homes for marijuana possession; Sarah Taylor implores us to quickly act on climate change by using natural resources like sun and wind for power and stop letting corporate interests get in the way; Lamont Lilly discusses the grassroots organizing toward solidarity and community in Jackson, Mississippi; and more.