Cornel West: The Black Prophetic Tradition, interviewed by Chris Hedges

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TheRealNews on Aug 5, 2015

In the premiere of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” host Chris Hedges sits down with Dr. Cornel West to discuss the legacy of the black prophetic tradition and its relevance to movements today.

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Dorothy Day: Our Problems Stem From Our Acceptance of This Filthy, Rotten System by Richard Sahn

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by Richard Sahn
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
First published at The Contrary Perspective
March 24, 2015

In 1933 Dorothy Day, a progressive journalist and Catholic convert, and Peter Maurin, a French peasant and philosopher, founded an anarchist-pacifist movement and newspaper they called the “Catholic Worker.” The paper was meant to be the Christian answer to the Communist Party paper, “The Daily Worker.” Not affiliated with the Catholic Church, the movement aimed to follow the Christian gospels by promoting peace—nationally and internationally—and serving the poor and homeless. It urged a culture where the scholar could be a worker and the worker a scholar. It advocated non-violent changes in the very structure of society, based on social justice and economic equality.

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The Radicalization of Martin Luther King + MLK: Where Do We Go From Here?

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Repost from Jan. 20, 2013

The Radicalization of Martin Luther King

·Jan 20, 2013

Anthony Monteiro: Obama’s presidency has nothing to do with the legacy of King, it’s actually the opposite.

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Black Prophetic Fire: Cornel West on the Revolutionary Legacy of Leading African-American Voices

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Updated: Oct. 12, 2014

democracynow on Oct 6, 2014

democracynow – The renowned scholar, author and activist Dr. Cornel West, joins us to discuss his latest book, “Black Prophetic Fire.” West engages in conversation with the German scholar and thinker Christa Buschendorf about six revolutionary African-American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X and Ida B. Wells. Even as the United States is led by its first black president, West says he is fearful that we may be “witnessing the death of black prophetic fire in our time.”

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Father John Dear: The Nonviolent Life

Who Would Jesus Bomb?

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“The Non-violent Life:

  1. Real non-violence to yourself.
  2. Practice non-violence to all human beings, and all creatures, and all of creation.
  3. Have one foot in the global grassroots movement of non-violence.”

— Father John Dear

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Noam Chomsky on Pope Francis’ Radicalism

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with Noam Chomsky

Robert Malin – Dec 5, 2013

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Note from Abel Collins: “I sat down to discuss a wide range of topics with the idol of my high school days, Noam Chomsky, in early October. This was before the release of Evangelii Gaudium, but after a lot of encouraging words about economic justice from Pope Francis. Chomsky’s eyes lit up when I asked him about his thoughts on the new Pope’s new direction for the Catholic Church.

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Thy Kingdom Come: The Christian Call to Social Action by Kevin Daugherty

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by Kevin Daugherty
mennonerds.com
February 14, 2014

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It is no surprise that activism is something that I am passionate about. Usually, I have expressed my activistic impulse by allying with socialist and communist parties and organizations, but recently this has started to change. For a long time, I thought of religion, politics, and economics as largely separate categories. Continue reading

Pope Francis Labels Capitalism “New Tyranny”, But Is It More Than Rhetoric?

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TheRealNews on Dec 15, 2013

Matthew Fox and Luke Hansen discuss Pope Francis’ recent anti-capitalist rhetoric and whether there will be any changes to the church’s economic practices.  Continue reading

It Is State Terrorism That Stalks This Land by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London
September 19, 2013

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They speak of democracy, but act violently to suppress dissenting voices and control the people through the inculcation of fear: they ignore human rights and trample on the people, they are a tyrannical wolf in democratic sheep’s clothing, causing suffering and misery to thousands of people throughout Ethiopia. The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) government repeatedly scoffs at international law and consistently acts in violation of their own Federal constitution – a liberal document written by the regime to please and deceive their foreign supporters. Continue reading

Chris Hedges: Urban Poverty in America Made Me Question Everything, Part 1

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with Chris Hedges
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July 16, 2013

TheRealNews on Jul 16, 2013

Launching a new show “Reality Asserts Itself”, Paul Jay interviews author, journalist and activist Chris Hedges about the formative experiences that shaped his world view. Continue reading

Ralph Nader: A Society That Has More Justice Is A Society That Needs Less Charity

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with Ralph Nader

Book Discussion on Told You So
C-SPAN
May 30, 2013

Ralph Nader talked about his book, Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns, in which he presents a selection of his opinion columns from over four decades of writing on subjects that range from auto safety to the Freedom of Information Act. Ralph Nader spoke at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

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Pentagon Dominated America by Clive Hambidge

by Clive Hambidge
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 15, 2013

Part One: Integrated Systems

In Wikipedia we find this, concerning an overview of the meaning ‘integrated systems’

“A system is an aggregation of subsystems cooperating so that the system is able to deliver the overarching functionality. System integration involves integrating existing often disparate systems. System integration is also about adding value to the system, capabilities that are possible because of interactions between subsystems.”

The above we can understand in the engineering context of machinery and technology but also integrated human development. Continue reading

Sainthood cause for Dorothy Day + Who is Dorothy Day? + Dorothy Day’s unpopular stance

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CatholicNewsService· Dec 12, 2012

Part I in a series examining the sainthood cause of Dorothy Day, an American activist and founder of the Catholic Worker movement. This segment examines recent developments in the canonization process.

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The Unsilenced Voice of a ‘Long-Distance Revolutionary’ by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
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Truthdig
December 10, 2012

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I am sitting in the visiting area of the SCI Mahanoy prison in Frackville, Pa., on a rainy, cold Friday morning with Mumia Abu-Jamal, America’s most famous political prisoner and one of its few authentic revolutionaries. He is hunched forward on the gray plastic table, his dreadlocks cascading down the sides of his face, in a room that looks like a high school cafeteria. He is talking intently about the nature of empire, which he is currently reading voraciously about, and effective forms of resistance to tyranny throughout history. Small children, visiting their fathers or brothers, race around the floor, wail or clamber on the plastic chairs. Abu-Jamal, like the other prisoners in the room, is wearing a brown jumpsuit bearing the letters DOC—for Department of Corrections.

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Barry Commoner, The Citizen Scientist by Chris Williams

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by Chris Williams
SocialistWorker.org
October 9, 2012

Dr. Barry Commoner dies at 95

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IN THE same sad week that saw the deaths of several globally renowned revolutionary voices, another intellectual giant of the left passed away at the age of 95: ecologist, activist and scientist Barry Commoner.

A life-long champion of the need for scientific engagement with the public at large, Commoner constantly sought to bring to light the iniquities of industrial capitalism, beginning with his campaign against above-ground nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s, and continuing with his opposition to nuclear power–that is, the transition to more polluting and toxic but highly profitable synthetic compounds in place of natural ones.

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