The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights!

Ajamu Baraka The post-WW II promise of human rights was a compact meant for white people only, but a People-Centered Human Rights framework seeks global liberation and transformation. “If human rights are to have any incredibility, any “universal” applicability, any value, they must be seized from the barbaric grip of European and de-colonized.” “…recognition of the…

The DNA Industry and the Disappearing Indian

Aviva Chomsky DNA, Race, and Native Rights Amid the barrage of racist, anti-immigrant, and other attacks launched by President Trump and his administration in recent months, a series of little noted steps have threatened Native American land rights and sovereignty. Such attacks have focused on tribal sovereignty, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and the…

Principal Enemy: Demystifying Far Right Antisemitism

Matthew N Lyons I can think of at least four reasons why leftists and antifascists need a good analysis of antisemitism: Antisemitism kills Jews. There should be no question about this after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. In the United States, Gentiles are not killing Jews on anywhere near the scale of cops killing Black people,…

What White Supremacists Know

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz The United States has been at war every day since its founding, often covertly and often in several parts of the world at once. As ghastly as that sentence is, it still does not capture the full picture. Indeed, prior to its founding, what would become the United States was engaged—as it would…

Alone in the African Diaspora: Why African Americans Need More Solidarity

T.D. Harper-Shipman I looked at the sign posted beside the ticket booth, somewhat confused. 5,200CFA (US $9) for non-Africans, 2,700CFA (US $5) for non-Senegalese Africans, and 1,500CFA (about US $3) for Senegalese adults to take a ferry to Gorée Island—the island housing the last slave outpost in Senegal. The prices indicated the commodification of one…

Brazil: Atlas of Violence Exposes Genocide of Black and Poor Youth

Clívia Mesquita Black youth in Brazil are 2.7 times more likely to be victims of homicide than white youth, a report shows. The Youth Vulnerability to Violence index exposes the demographic profile and the huge racial inequality in the country in terms of lethal violence and public security policies. In Rio de Janeiro, the Atlas…

Abahlali baseMjondolo: Solidarity with Our Comrades in Brazil

For a number of years our movement has enjoyed close relationships with various movements in the left in South America. This has included the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra (MST), known in English as the Landless Workers’ Movement, in Brazil. Many of our comrades have spent a lot of time with the MST in Brazil….

Black November: “Our Greatest Resistance is Our Life”

Wesley Lima Internationalist 360° Negra, a Pernambuco woman, a trans woman and elected São Paulo state deputy for the Socialism and Freedom Party (PSOL), Erica Malunguinho, is certainly one of the most striking expressions of the black resistance in the São Paulo scene. This resistance presents itself, mainly, in its life trajectory, which is connected…

Afro-Colombians and Indigenous Peoples Struggle for Water

Francia Márquez In a recent report from Colombia’s national health institute, only 15.1 % of people living in the Colombian countryside (barely 900,000 people) have access to good quality water. Water is guaranteed mostly to the urban people living in the city. The population that does not have water is mostly in the Colombian-Pacific and…

Birthright Citizenship: Remembering a Previous White Supremacist Campaign

Nina Wallace In the latest in a long string of attacks on immigration, this week Trump declared he would issue an executive order ending birthright citizenship. Established by the 14th amendment in order to grant citizenship to freed slaves, the idea that all people born in the United States are U.S. citizens, regardless of race…

From Pittsburgh to Brazil: Antisemitism and Fascist Violence

Julia T. Antisemitic violence has spiked dramatically in the United States with 2018 being the largest single year increase on record since 1994. From desecrations of graveyards to the massacre of eleven worshipers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, this confluence of bigotry and white supremacist fervor exemplifies a growing global wave of…