January 13, 2015

Jane Addams, socialist, feminist, lesbian, pacifist, was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, shortly after J. Edgar Hoover, the G-man whose PR skills, political opportunism, and instinct for personal survival outstripped any of his alleged crime-fighting abilities, had called her “the most dangerous woman in America.” Fifty years later, still at the helm of the vast criminal enterprise he’d created, J. Edgar Hoover bestowed that same honor on my partner Bernardine Dohrn—the most dangerous woman in America.
The only time Hoover and I ever agreed!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, sweet, brilliant, brave companera!

New York’s Rogue Police Forcew

January 6, 2015

WOW!!! Arrests and citations by New York City police are down 90% because the crypto-fascist PBA leader Patrick Lynch (Namefreak alert!) dictated that only “essential” arrests would be made—this is in protest of the Mayor offering generous praise to the cops while noting that excessive police violence against African Americans (Sean Bell, Eric Garner and more) is real and must be addressed. Mild. OK, so Lynch orders cops to turn their backs on the Mayor and many do, and to only make essential arrests (90% reduction!). Clearly NY should lay off 90% of the cops right now to avoid frivolous arrests, and as Chris Rock tweeted, teach the cops to turn their backs when they see Black folks doing nothing.