NYT Crossword

February 25, 2021

New York Times Crossword Puzzle today (2/25/2021):
22 Across, 5 letters, last letter S, clue: “Bill___,noted Vietnam War-era activist”…Hmmmmmm?
Last time this word appeared in the NYT puzzle the clue was “Bill__of the Weather Underground.” I guessed GATES!


Black LivesMatter! So make it real

February 22, 2021

https://rick-ayers.medium.com/everyone-shouts-black-lives-matter-but-heaven-forbid-we-change-anything-42dfafc9a09a


EPISODE #22

February 19, 2021

22) What history do you stand on? What future do you stand for?

Life can only be lived leaning forward, of course, even as its shifting and dynamic meanings can only be sorted out looking backward. Jean-Jacques Rousseau said, in effect, that you may not be interested in politics, but politics is interested in you—and so it is with history. With no impulse toward nostalgia, we struggle to understand this moment more clearly by glancing back: First, Malik Alim brings us up-to-date on a victory for justice that we mentioned earlier, the unprecedented and many-sided struggle against money bail; we’re then joined by Flint Taylor, a human rights lawyer whose dogged pursuit of justice  takes us from the 1969 state murders of Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton and Panther Mark Clark, through the widespread use of torture by the Chicago Police Department against young Black men over decades, on to the ultimately successful campaign to end the death penalty in Illinois and to obtain reparations for torture survivors. His book The Torture Machine Racism and Police Violence in Chicago was recently published by Haymarket Books in Chicago.


Liberal Denial

February 16, 2021

Just as you can’t get the Republican mobs to admit that the election was lost, you can’t get liberal American intellectuals to recognize that the United States is a leading terrorist state,
~~Noam Chomsky


The Nib Rocks!

February 11, 2021

End War!

February 9, 2021

Dissenters Anti-Militarist Organizing 101

Saturday March 13th, 2 PM – 6 PM ET // 1 PM – 5 PM CT // 11 AM – 3 PM PT

bit.ly/dissenterstraining 

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Event Description

Learn About Our Plan to Win: Join Dissenters Anti-Militarist Organizing 101 Training 

We need to #DefundThePolice and #DefundTheMilitary, but what does that look like and what will it take to get there?

Join Dissenters’ Anti-Militarist Organizing 101 Training on March 13 to get trained up in what we’re fighting for and our plan to win a just and life-affirming future. You’ll learn:

💫 All about militarism, war, policing and abolition

💫 How to organize direct action campaigns against militarized institutions on your campus & community

💫 How to build resilient & healing movement culture

💫  About our role in the fight for collective liberation

… and more!

SIGN UP: bit.ly/dissenterstraining

More details: 

➡️  Saturday, March 13 from 2 PM – 6 PM ET // 11 AM – 3 PM PT

➡️  Open to students based in the U.S. or Puerto Rico. BIPOC, Queer and/or Trans folks are strongly encouraged to sign up!

➡️   We are prioritizing young people ages 18-24 who are already members of Dissenters crews or who attend schools where there are Dissenters students, but all young people are encouraged to sign up. 

➡️  Accessibility: We will have follow along notes and automated closed captioning.

SIGN UP: bit.ly/dissenterstraining

Dissenters is a new, national anti-militarist youth organization fighting to divest from war & policing and invest in life-giving institutions. Join us.


Karen Lewis Lives!

February 9, 2021

Karen Lewis has left us.

Inspired teacher, brilliant organizer, intrepid leader, and a gift to humanity.

She is missed; she lives on in us.

Rest in Power, Sister.

PRESENTE!


Cuba Si

February 7, 2021

Rick’s Review

February 5, 2021

https://rick-ayers.medium.com/the-undocumented-speak-f837b03ffa56


EPISODE # 21 Insurrection for Whom, and Toward What Social Order?

January 30, 2021

I’m no tactician, but I know that tactics are neutral in themselves—Nazi soldiers blowing up a bridge in occupied France to stop an Allied advance is despicable; partisans blowing up the bridge to prevent the Nazis from overwhelming a village and slaughtering its inhabitants is both defensible and righteous. So it is with insurrections: the goals and purposes matter. January 6, 2021 was a white supremacist insurrection against state power—part of a long American tradition that includes the secessionist insurrection of 1861, the uprising by the White League seeking to overthrow the biracial Reconstruction government of Louisiana in 1894, the violent toppling of the government in Wilmington North Carolina in 1898, and more. Each of these insurrections was in naked defense of white power. By contrast, the Haitian and Cuban revolutions, for example, were emancipatory insurrections designed to move human society forward. We’re joined today by legendary freedom fighter Daphne Muse whose life in struggle—from the Civil Rights, Black Power, and Pan-Africanist Movements to the fights for women’s liberation and disability rights— illuminates while it inspires.

PODCAST: Under the Tree: A Seminar on Freedom with Bill Ayers https://podcasts.apple.com/…/under-the…/id1521512100