The Culture of Bigotry
"The World Can’t Wait organizes people living in the United States to repudiate and stop the fascist direction initiated by the Bush Regime, including: the murderous, unjust and illegitimate occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan; the global “war of terror” of torture, rendition and spying; and the culture of bigotry, intolerance and greed."
-from World Can't Wait's mission statement adopted 2009
To understand the Tea Party and other movements representing the "Culture of Bigotry" also see these topics:
Editor's note: Trump's team so far includes:
The Fascist Resumé of Trump's Chief Strategist Steve Bannon
One of Donald Trump's first decisions as president-elect was to name Steve Bannon his chief strategist and senior counselor. Bannon managed Trump's campaign. Before that he was the owner and hands-on force behind the website Breitbart News Network. Mainstream news and Bannon himself call Bannon's politics "conservative," "alt-right," or "white nationalist." It's worse than that.
As speculation swirls around how bad a Trump regime will prove -- which promises he'll keep and which he will abandon -- magical thinking delays a proper response to the very real deployment of fascist rule in America. "That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn or be forced to accept," reads the original World Can't Wait call to Drive Out the Bush Regime.
I attended a rally this week to Let In the Refugees. People were there of all nationalities, backgrounds and generations. The rally was put on by Americans for Refugees and immigrants and billed as "Bring Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses" and calling for unity against Islamophobia and xenophobia. It was in support of the Seattle governor Jay Inslee's statement that Washington state would welcome refugees.
Consider the U.S. government's role in:
1. Vast surveillance of whole populations
The destruction of protections in the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution against unreasonable search and seizure are even more extensive than we learned one year ago. In a May 2014 interview witih NBC News, Edward Snowden said the government has:
Note from Debra Sweet:
In response to your comments on the government shutdown, and prospects for constitutional crisis and recession if the government defaults on its debt:
We are told that the Republicans are waging a war on women. It is true that they are on an endless quest to restrict access to abortion, if not outlaw it altogether, and want to prevent insurance companies from paying for contraception. In Wisconsin, the Republican governor recently signed legislation which repealed that state’s equal pay enforcement act.
The Republicans deserve the label, but if there is a war on women in America today, it is being directed primarily at black women as a group and at their young children as well. Black women have been criminalized for the most minor of offenses, for enrolling their children in schools outside of their home districts, and even when their children are victimized by other people.
from A World to Win News Service
Calls for harsh treatment of immigrants by right-wing politicians are so common they've become part of the background noise for many people.
Yet a Council of Europe report presents evidence that NATO has implemented a policy that goes beyond what even the most openly far-right politicians dare publicly propose: sentencing migrants to death.
We Are All Trayvon Martin
The Whole Damn System is Guilty!
“You think if I shot some white kid walking down my street they’d say I was just standing my ground? I’d be in jail, we all know that. Actually, I’d probably be dead. But it seem like more of this is coming to light than they want. Zimmerman had a big ass gun. A gun meant to kill people. They got a whole system set up to protect this kind of shit. But a lot of shit has come out into the open they don’t intend to be out in the open. And people don’t like it.”
—A veteran in his 60s who has lived in Florida his whole life
I don't have a lot of time this morning to write about this and there is a lot of information available on the web, but let me say simply:
IT IS TOTALLY FUCKED THAT TROY DAVIS IS SCHEDULED TO BE EXECUTED TOMORROW!
7 out of 9 witnesses against him recanted.
Tremendous evidence points to his innocence and makes clear he did not receive anything approximating a fair trial or justice.
Delivered at the NYC Rally on March 6:
Asalam Alaikum, peace, sisters and brothers. I stand here before you today as an Italian American Muslim, in solidarity and with respect for all communities of faith, and those who simply believe it is a basic human right to live in peace and with justice. I not only represent a broad coalition which formed to denounce Islamophobia, and I am not only a mother of a US Marine who thought he was being patriotic by joining the military only to be destroyed psychologically and emotionally, but most importantly I stand here as a human being who cares about the future of humanity and this planet.
This article originally appeared in Revolution
On Wednesday, March 9, Republicans in the Wisconsin State Legislature rammed through Governor Scott Walker's bill to essentially break public employees unions. The bill amounts to an 8 percent pay cut for most public workers, and big increases in payroll deductions for medical insurance and pensions. Even more ominously, the bill effectively strips public service unions of their right to represent workers in anything but the most limited wage negotiations.
For more than three weeks, as many as 100,000 people from Wisconsin and beyond poured into the streets of Madison. They surrounded the State Capitol, marching, chanting, and playing music. Thousands occupied the Capitol building itself. Their defiant protests and rebellious spirit captured the imagination of and inspired people around the U.S. The occupation of Madison set off smaller protests in other states and was even greeted by signs of support in Cairo's Tahrir Square.