Showing posts from November, 2017

The People's Rally for Unity and Equality

On January 20, 2017, the People’s Rally for Unity and Equality was held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula.  Over 300 people attended.
The Steering Committee for the People’s Rally was:
Hector Azpilcueta
Phillip Crawford
Steven Goings

Gary Karnes

Elena Loomis

Natalia Molina
Alisha Ragland

The Mission Statement for the People’s Rally is here:
Join us in rejecting Trump's blatant misogyny, racism, religious bigotry and xenophobia. Help make our community a safe place for immigrants, LGBTQ people, Muslims, people of color, women and anyone else whose human rights and human dignity are threatened by the Trump regime. Stand with us to protect women's right to full reproductive health care, workers' right to receive fair wages and to organize unions, and our children's right to a livable world without catastrophic climate change. We are Black, Latinx, Native, Arab and white, women, trans and men, young and old, queer and straight, documented and undocume…

The Capitalist Holocaust

The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression is a book which purports to describe a history of repression by Communist states, including genocides, extrajudicial executions, deportations, and artificial famines. The book was originally published in 1997 in France under the title, Le Livre noir du communisme: Crimes, terreur, répression. In the United States it is published by Harvard University Press. The book was authored by several European academics and edited by Stéphane Courtois. The introduction, by editor Stéphane Courtois, asserts that "...Communist regimes...turned mass crime into a full-blown system of government". He cites a death toll which totals 94 million, a figure which includes both victims of deliberate violence and victims of famines caused by communist economic policies. The breakdown of the number of deaths given by Courtois is as follows: • 65 million in the People's Republic of China • 20 million in the Soviet Union • 2 million in Cam…

Facing Reality: Barack Obama and the Democratic Party

The single biggest obstacle to building an effective and organized mass movement for human rights, social justice and peace in this country and in this community is the Democratic Party. This is not a statement I make lightly. I have many friends who are committed Democrats. I have no doubts as to their sincerity or their intelligence. But a person can be intelligent and sincere and wrong.
Consider the presidency of Barack Obama as a case study.
1. Obama ordered the execution without trial of a U.S. citizen in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki, who was “suspected” (but never charged, much less convicted) of terrorism. Al-Awlaki was killed by an illegal drone strike. Two weeks later, another illegal drone strike in Yemen failed to kill its intended target, but killed al-Awlaki’s son, a 16-year-old boy born in Colorado, who was not even “suspected” of involvement in terrorism. The Obama White House maintained a “kill list” of people who were targeted for extrajudicial execution. Those placed on the …