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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 19:42

It’s Time for the Real Fight

iStock 000009612455XSmall NOWI think that last night’s re-election of Barack Obama represents one of the most important political opportunities of our time.  I know that many people on the left will read that opening line, dismiss me as a hopeless radical-turned-liberal and refuse to read any further. They’ll be wrong.

Do I say that because I believe that Obama is our savior? No. I am not blind to his neoliberal policies, and I know that he consistently advances an imperial agenda. I don’t think that he’s suddenly going to start locking up bankers and granting amnesty to the undocumented, now that he doesn’t have to worry about re-election. To me, Obama himself is not the question. He is a complicated figure, politically and historically. As significant as it still is to have a Black man as our President, I do not think that Obama has the intention or capacity to advance a radical, progressive or even very liberal agenda.

Published in Community Organizing
Thursday, 30 August 2012 18:13

How hip-hop fell out of love with Obama

This piece is reposted from the Guardian.


Earlier this year, Killer Mike made quite a splash with his latest album, R.A.P. Music. Critics couldn't help but marvel at the unlikely pairing of Mike, with his distinctly southern credentials (and drawl to match), and New York producer EL-P, an underground figure known for his aggressive, frenetic sound. But it was one track in particular, Reagan, that really raised eyebrows. Although Mike's ostensible target in the song is former Republican President Ronald Reagan (Mike's not a huge fan – his final line is "I'm glad Reagan dead") he also takes some unexpected shots at Barack Obama, at one point characterising him as "just another talking head telling lies on teleprompters". Elsewhere, he compares Obama's military policies to Reagan's.

Published in Culture
Thursday, 16 August 2012 05:19

Obama That I Used To Know

Obama That I Used To Know -- Gotye 'Somebody That I Used To Know' Parody

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Reposted from Alternet | August 9, 2012

The 2012 election will be one of the most polarized and critical elections in recent history.

Obama 2012 Image Let’s cut to the chase. The November 2012 elections will be unlike anything that any of us can remember.  It is not just that this will be a close election.  It is also not just that the direction of Congress hangs in the balance.   Rather, this will be one of the most polarized and critical elections in recent history.  

Unfortunately what too few leftists and progressives have been prepared to accept is that the polarization is to a great extent centered on a revenge-seeking white supremacy; on race and the racial implications of the moves to the right in the US political system. It is also focused on a re-subjugation of women, harsh burdens on youth and the elderly, increased war dangers, and reaction all along the line for labor and the working class. No one on the left with any good sense should remain indifferent or stand idly by in the critical need to defeat Republicans this year.

Published in Community Organizing

obamaThe fault lines in US society have always run deep, but at no time in memory have they appeared so blatantly in the run-up to a presidential election. The cause is not the distance between the two candidates, as both sides claim. What stimulates this American reckoning is the sea change in the nation's positioning in the world, the rise of those whom history classified as "minorities," and the sharp decline in living standard for average citizens. Reaganite patriotism has run up against post-Cold War realities.

Published in Community Organizing


Gina Perez is a member of Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance. She has been a leading member of the growing movement in Georgia, being among the first students in the state to ‘come out of the shadows’ in civil disobediance.   In response to the education ban, GUYA has organized the Freedom University, where students are taking classes despite being barred from public universities.

In this piece for Organizing Upgrade Marisa Franco interviews Gina Perez.

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