Category Archives: Culture

keep movin’ directly

blue black we still shoutin’/screamin’/prayin’/swearin’/tauntin’/crackin’/laughin’ beat down/bloody/hearts broke/weepin’/wonderin’/doubtin’ reachin’/teachin’/liberation preachin’ we enslaved today by empire and nightmare dreams but we still matter and see tomorrow comin’ ’cause what we do is resist is work is build somethin’ better what we … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressed Nationalities, Poetry

Button Up! #11 – Black America Can’t Breathe

This button from late last fall makes its point succinctly, but I never really warmed up to it. I think that’s because the first two people I saw wearing it were white. Everyone remembers, I’m sure, the awkwardness of “Hands … Continue reading

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A Eduardo con cariño

“To publish Eduardo Galeano is to publish the enemy: the enemy of lies, indifference, above all of forgetfulness. His tenderness is devastating, his truthfulness, furious.” – John Berger The great writer Eduardo Galeano who died on April 14 at 74 … Continue reading

Posted in International Solidarity, Presente!

Button Up! #10 – May Day

May Day is a holiday born in the struggle of the US working class, 129 years ago this year. It became a Red holiday in the years after the Russian Revolution, and is observed globally. In the United States the … Continue reading

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Button Up! #9 – Hands Off Venezuela

In the first installment of this series, I wrote how I have a stash of current buttons where I can grab one to pin on while on my way out of the apartment. These days I tend to wear a … Continue reading

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Button Up! #8 – Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Commemoration

2″ x 3″, 2015 Since the 1970s, when young leftists in the trade union movement began reclaiming the militant history of the American working class, there has been an annual observation of the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire at … Continue reading

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Button Up! #7 – Rock Against Racism

Buttons usually proclaim a slogan or a movement or a group. Sometimes they are event- and even date-specific, but this is usually for a Big March, last fall’s Climate Justice March for instance. Ones used to build small local events … Continue reading

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Button Up! #6 – International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day was born as a revolutionary holiday in the early year of the 20th century. Proclaimed by the Socialist International in 1910, it was usually observed as International Working Women’s Day, and became standardized on March 8. In … Continue reading

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Button Up! #5 – Black Lives Matter

Mighty timely! This slogan has come to the fore in the burgeoning mass movement triggered when the people of Ferguson, MO erupted in outraged protest at the police murder of Michael Brown. In the early days of the movement, in … Continue reading

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Official Slogans for Comrade Valentine’s Day 2015

Militant Toilers And Tillers Everywhere: Unite world-wide under the magnificent blood-red banner of revolutionary sex/love unfurled by Comrade Valentine! Uphold in word and practice the Comrade Valentine’s Day slogan spontaneously raised by the broad proletarian masses in North America: Dare … Continue reading

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