[act-ma] BIMC Headlines: Russian Revolution; Violence in Prison; Radical Harvard; Nader and Obama

Sofia JarrinT sofiajt at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 12 06:53:00 PDT 2008

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The Degeneration of the Russian Revolution

The Russian revolution go from an extreme popular democracy to the horrors of Stalin’s totalitarian state capitalism. How did this happen and when did this happen? What does this tell us about the nature of socialism?

		Addressing Violence in Prison

Usually when I talk about prisons I begin with a whole bunch of numbers
and statistics. 2.4 million people in prison, 1 million Black people in
prison, 1 in 9 Black men between the ages of 18 and 34 are in prison.
Women of Color are the fastest growing population in prison. 25% of
people in women’s prisons are raped during their sentence, 20% of
people in men’s prisons are raped during their time. Nearly 100% of out
queer and transgender people in men’s prisons experience some form of
sexual assault.

		The Radical Side of Harvard Commencement

Last week was Commencement week in Cambridge, with MIT’s service last
Friday, and Harvard University last Thursday. I attended the Harvard
Graduation Ceremony. In the interest of full disclosure, I did so as an
employee of the video crew. Nonetheless, I was impressed and moved by
some of the speeches from both the student body and the key note

		Nader in Cambridge: More Fire in the Belly

In 2004, Nader met with Kerry and “provided over 20 pages of issues
ranging from environmental protections, labor, healthcare and tax
reform to Kerry. He told Kerry that if he highlighted three of these
issues in his campaign [Nader] would refrain from running. Kerry failed
to act…” Why? Because unlike the good burghers of Newark 40 years ago,
the Democratic leadership understands that they have no reason “to keep
a lid on progressive anger.”

		Barack Obama, the lesser evil for undocumented migrant workers... or not

To express an opinion about which of the two presidential candidates in
the U.S. will be better for the more than 12 million undocumented
migrant workers and their families first we have place the question
within the right context. The context is a presidential contest in a
country whose democracy is determined by a two-party system destined to
preserve, promote and expand capitalism. The Democratic Party and the
Republican Party are therefore two variations on the same theme.
Likewise, the electoral contests are determined not by popular will but
rather by economic interests.

		Sierra Leone Movement Under Attack!

Slanderous news media has appeared in a government linked newspaper and
a campaign of rumors has been initiated, obviously designed to
undermine and isolate the Africanist Movement and its director, Chernoh
Alpha M. Bah. Sierra Leoneís neocolonial government is apparently
moving to criminalize the Africanist Movement in order to justify
jailing and/or otherwise destroying these courageous leaders of our
struggle for African self-determination.

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