Open all borders

The caravan of 7000 refugees headed through Mexico to the U. S. border is an embarrassment to liberals and establishment Democrats, and may even cause them to fail to retake the house. But from what I can tell, this caravan/march is really a spontaneous anti-imperialist movement with one crucial demand: open all borders. None of the news stories I’ve read say anything about the politics of this march. The New York Times mentions “activists” with no other identification. But the opening of borders is an essential step to achieving the kind of egalitarian society world wide that many of us […]

What’s wrong with this picture?

The 24/7 hullaballoo over Khashoggi being most likely assassinated by Saudi Arabian security forces is symptomatic of everything that’s wrong with the current political situation, and it’s not just Donald Trump, not just the Republicans. 6500+ civilians have been killed in Yemen, mostly from U.S. weapons sold to the Saudis. Our own Green Berets are clocking up a death toll on the ground there. 8.4 million people are starving. But the media is obsessed with the fate of one guy. Sure, maybe he was a good guy. A journalist. A bit of a celebrity. It might not have been the […]

Support the Prisoners Strike!

I’m trying to put together a press conference/rally to support the National Prisoners Strike. I shouldn’t need to convince you that ending prison slavery and mass incarceration is the key struggle in the U. S. right now and the strikers are on the front lines of this fight. THEY NEED OUR SUPPORT. Tentative plans for rally: Friday, September 8, 5 PM Oscar Grant (Frank Ogawa) Plaza, Oakland, CA. Please get back to me if you can endorse and/or help with this effort. If you know of any similar efforts, please let me know so we can combine forces. [I just […]

Constitutional Convention?

Maybe we – the left – should embrace this idea of a Constitutional Convention and fight for the Constitution we need: Eliminate the Electoral College. Why does it surprise us that a provision written into the Constitution by white supremacists to protect slavery biases our system toward white supremacists? What else should be in there is the Second Bill of Rights, which was allegedly developed by Eleanor Roosevelt, introduced by FDR in 1944, and later incorporated into the U. N. Declaration of Human Rights – as well as into Bernie Sanders platform: The right to a useful and remunerative job in […]

My Summer Vacation

MY SUMMER VACATION: I went to Spain on vacation this summer. Traveling is overrated. It took us five days to get back to Oakland – don’t fly Norwegian Airlines. I was surprised how prosperous the country was, how fabulous their transportation system. Barcelona has 4 different ways to get where you’re going: subway, underground light rail, surface light rail, and buses. Subway trains were three minutes apart. I wasn’t aware until I returned that Barcelona and read the New Yorker that “Barcelona is the heart of a new global political phenomenon known as municipalism.” I read up on the Spanish […]

U. S. Imperialism

If capitalism collapsed on a world-wide basis in 1929, as I believe, then we have to face the fact that it was saved by World War II – that the combination of militarism, socialized spending on armaments, the destruction of the infrastructure of Europe and Japan, and the drastic reduction of population in places like the USSR and Germany was what saved capitalism, and provided for its post-war regeneration. There is nothing in place – the UN lol? – to prevent the same scenario from repeating itself. Sooner or later the economic system will collapse again. We dodged a bullet […]

Viva Mexico!

The election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) could be a turning point in the hemisphere. The early 2000s saw a proliferation of socialism in Latin America, not just Cuba any more. Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Argentina. Of course El Salvador and Nicaragua, who fought and defeated the United States. The 2010s saw a right-wing resurgence. It’s one fight. We are one people. It’s not good enough to back “humane” immigration policies, okay, no f-ing concentration camps for the tender aged. Obama didn’t incarcerate people, but he did deport a record number of undocumented. This should be a […]

The arc of history is long but it bends toward justice

Somehow I am still optimistic for the long term. Short term not so much. As MLK said, “the arc of history is long but it bends toward justice.” I believe this is true. Short term, I think we’re in deep shit. Concentration camps for tender aged children? How bad does it have to get before the left realizes that it is our disunity which has fostered this situation? I’m going to be harsh here. People who vote their “conscience” instead of voting strategically are guilty of what we used to call bourgeois individualism, the antithesis of solidarity. The objective is […]

The Poor People’s Campaign

Happy Birthday, Malcolm X! Finally. The movement we have been waiting for since 1968 has sprung on the scene that for some time has been mired in hopelessness. Hundreds marched in 30 state capitols on June 14. Some 300 were arrested committing civil disobedience. This is a game changer. Check out the demands of this movement and see if you can find ways to disagree with them lol. (Isn’t that what we on the left do too much of?). End systemic racism. End poverty and inequality. End war and militarism. End ecological devastation. But not in the abstract. Each of […]

Cinco de Mayo

GUEST BLOG By Juana Bordas Cinco de Mayo is gathering steam as the Southwest’s favorite cultural holiday. Just as St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfest, and the Chinese New Year recognize our cultural mosaic, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the contributions of Mexican Americans and our relationship with our neighbors south of the border.  So open up a cold Corona, order up some tacos, listen to some hot Salsa or Mariachi music and celebrate “El Cinco.” Since Latinos are the fastest growing group in America, the fiesta has just begun! Cinco de Mayo honors the brave Mexican Indians who – outnumbered 2 to 1 – smashed the French […]