White Supremacy, Short Memories

For a twenty four hour news cycle After the killings black lives matter The US is exposed for what it has always done Hundreds of years of torture and slavery Then white people go back to caring for kittens and having Obama’s back. Jinjirrie, December 2014 While US liberals and other chest-beating apologists for . . . → Read More if you dare: White Supremacy, Short Memories

BDS Attacked by the Deir Yassin Remembered

Musician and self-professed propagandist for Israel, Idan Raichel is scheduled to play in New York at the World Music Institute on November 18. More than 4000 individuals and 50 groups have called on the WMI for Raichel’s concert to be cancelled due to his role as a ‘cultural ambassador for Israel who provides “uncritical support . . . → Read More if you dare: BDS Attacked by the Deir Yassin Remembered

Sonia Montez - Climbing Fences : The Occupation Song

New York-based singer, songwriter and guitarist, Sonia Montez, expressed her support last year for boycott, divestment and sanctions of apartheid Israel. Her new song “Climbing Fences : The Occupation Song” is written in solidarity with the Palestinian people and all folks living under occupation, including in Ferguson, Missouri. Sonia says: “As a musician/activist, the worlds . . . → Read More if you dare: Sonia Montez – Climbing Fences : The Occupation Song

In Support of Reinstating Professor Steven Salaita & Restoration of Academic Freedom

My email to the Chancellor of the University of Illinois, Phyllis Wise, objecting to the firing of Professor Steven Salaita and demanding his reinstatement is below. You can send one too. I am shocked and dismayed that you would end the employment of the honourable Associate Professor of American Indian Studies, Steven Salaita, due to . . . → Read More if you dare: In Support of Reinstating Professor Steven Salaita & Restoration of Academic Freedom

On Empire, Settler Colonialism and the Environment

The Fall Don’t expect me to care about your empire its sacrifices, its bloody flag that hides money men from scrutiny your capitalism, your patriarchy your imbalances, your hatred for trees, your intrepid ‘pioneers’, your usurpers, your love for hard-footed soil-squandering sheep, cattle and goats, always the goats, eroding, as you do, you and . . . → Read More if you dare: On Empire, Settler Colonialism and the Environment

Robin D.G. Kelley : Empire State of Mind

“half of y’all won’t make it” –Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind” In the face of creeping disfranchisement, unbridled corporate power, growing poverty, an expanding police state, 2.3 million people in cages, vigilantes and cops taking our children’s lives, a presidential policy of assassination-by-drone, global environmental disaster, attacks on reproductive rights, a . . . → Read More if you dare: Robin D.G. Kelley : Empire State of Mind

Poems of Discontent

Under Capitalism I would be more worthy if I am a wage earner if I am male if I am white if I am not dis-abled if I am least colonised if I am from the mother country if I am young and not too young if I am seductively skinny if I am gender . . . → Read More if you dare: Poems of Discontent

If You Don't Laugh, You'd Have to Cry - Let Me Off This Doomed Planet

NB, NSA, please read my poetry. Bureaucratic Blues I smell the fear on your vinyl briefcase as across the table like Captain Cook you pity the poor natives. Your backdoor agenda and verbal pyrotechnology’s a front for the urgency to move onto lunch, the bottom line, where you will be free of the irritation . . . → Read More if you dare: If You Don’t Laugh, You’d Have to Cry – Let Me Off This Doomed Planet