PSL Editorial: Democrats Deepen Embrace of the Cops with Police Funding Bills

Defund the Police projections in Seattle

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by Liberation Staff
LiberationNews.org, Sept. 22, 2022
September 25, 2022

Democrats in the House of Representatives today passed a police funding bill aimed at further distancing themselves from the movement against racist brutality that burst onto the scene in 2020. While many Democratic Party politicians cynically attempted to position themselves as supporters of the movement when it first emerged, now they are showing their true selves – loyal supporters of the cops.

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PSL Editorial: Reject Biden’s Plan For 100,000 More Cops On The Streets

DC George Floyd Protest (II)

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by Liberation Staff
LiberationNews.org, Aug. 30, 2022
August 31, 2022

President Biden gave a major speech in Pennsylvania Tuesday on crime and policing as part of the roll out of his “Safer America Plan” – and his ongoing effort to slander and distance himself from the historic 2020 mass movement that shook the racist foundations of this country. “When it comes to public safety in this nation, the answer is not defund the police, it’s fund the police” Biden proclaimed in his speech, positioning himself in opposition to a core demand of the movement for Black lives.

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Chris Hedges: Race and America’s Long War

Black Lives Matter Protest, Seattle WA

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 26, 2022

On the show, Chris Hedges discusses America’s inner and outer wars and its nexus with capitalism and empire with Nikhil Pal Singh, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and history at New York University.

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Chris Hedges: Mass Politics Must Be Rooted In Class Struggle

Street Art, George Floyd protest, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 2020

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jan 25, 2022

From the social upheaval embodied in Donald Trump’s presidency and the 2020 uprisings for racial justice to rampant corporate plunder and increasingly widespread labor unrest, the conditions for an organized mass political movement exist in the US. So, why hasn’t that movement come about yet? Is such a movement possible in the US today? If so, what role can the left play in mobilizing it?

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The Dehumanization of Ahmaud Arbery, by Kenn Orphan

"Am I next?" - Justice for Philando Castile

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
November 27, 2021

Without a doubt, the outcome of the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial in Georgia was a relief for many reasons. But the closing remarks made by Laura Hogue, the defense attorney representing Gregory McMichael, understandably sparked outrage. Hogue said:
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PSL Statement: Rittenhouse Acquittal Hands Racist Vigilantes A License To Kill + Protests Erupt Across US Over Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

Rittenhouse Acquittal Hands Racist Vigilantes A License To Kill

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by The Party for Socialism and Liberation
LiberationNews.org
November 22, 2021

The Party for Socialism and Liberation joins with millions of people across the country in expressing our complete outrage at the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse on all charges. Once again, the U.S. court system has functioned to protect a racist murderer, who went out into the streets of Kenosha on August 25, 2020 to wage war on people protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man. The verdict is an infuriating reminder of the fundamentally white supremacist nature of the capitalist legal system in the United States.

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Critical Race Theory Playing Out in Real Time, by Kenn Orphan

3rd Floor Display - Critical Race Theory

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
November 19, 2021

“People tell me because I have this case against the city I’m all right. But I’m not all right. I’m messed up. I know that I might see some money from this case, but that’s not going to help me mentally. I’m mentally scarred right now. That’s how I feel. [There] are certain things that changed about me, and they might not [change] back. Before I went to jail, I didn’t know about a lot of stuff, and, now that I’m aware, I’m paranoid. I feel like I was robbed of my happiness.” – Kalief Browder

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Chris Hedges and Henry Giroux: The Age of Manufactured Ignorance

June 12, 2021 Teach the Truth Pledge Day of Action in D.C.

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with Chris Hedges

Originally on RT America on Sep 9, 2021

The Chris Hedges YouTube Channel on Jul 5, 2022

On the show Chris Hedges discusses the age of manufactured ignorance with the scholar Professor Henry A. Giroux.

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The Party As Articulator, by Salar Mohandesi

Occupy May Day 2012

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by Salar Mohandesi
New Frame, June 10, 2021
June 13, 2021

Socialist political parties should work to connect rather than direct progressive struggles and organisations.

A mass uprising – one of the largest in the history of the United States – exploded after police murdered George Floyd in late May 2020. While thousands stormed the streets, some seasoned organisers mused on Twitter whether to even support the rebellion. Others were flat-footed at best, doing nothing more than issuing tone-deaf statements. Still others felt immediate solidarity, but stumbled to find a meaningful way to connect with the movement as explicit socialists.

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The Spotlight on Israeli Apartheid Must Not Fade, by Kenn Orphan

Free Palestine

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
May 26, 2021

Unlike ever before, Israel is finally seeing some major pushback that is international in scope. With its ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign exemplified by the expulsion of Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, its attacks on worshippers at one of the holiest sites in Islam, Al Aqsa, and on the holiest of holidays, and its murderous and criminal assault on the captive population of Gaza, Israel has been put in an uncomfortable spotlight. But the key to dismantling its entrenched apartheid system lies in keeping that spotlight fixed, especially now that a ceasefire has been implemented. If attention is diverted, as Israel desperately wants, then it will become even more intransigent, especially as the Biden administration continues its business-as-usual approach.

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Chris Hedges: Politics is a Game of Fear

BLM March, Springfield, Oregon

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“The Democratic Party has been quite effective in frightening progressives into backing a party that is a wholly owned subsidiary of corporate America.” — Chris Hedges

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Danny Haiphong, Margaret Kimberley and Ajamu Baraka: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the American Empire

Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial

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with Danny Haiphong and Margaret Kimberley

Black Agenda Report Presents: The Left Lens on Jan 18, 2021

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is often celebrated without any regard for his radical political legacy.

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Chris Hedges and Paul Street: American Discontent

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with Chris Hedges

and with Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 7, 2020

RT America on Nov 7, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Professor Paul Street about the outcome of the US presidential election, and how despite likely losing, Donald Trump has solidified an angry, disposed working class that cuts across racial lines and has embraced a right-wing populism.

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Chris Hedges: The Nature of Resistance, White Supremacy and The Rise of a New Black Militancy

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 17, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to former Baltimore Black Panther leader, Eddie Conway, about the nature of resistance, white supremacy and the rise of a new black militancy.

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