03 April 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Moving Beyond the “Illegal Immigrant”

Yesterday, the Associated Press announced that it would stop using the phrase “illegal immigrant” to describe an individual present in the US illegally, or who entered the country without proper authorization. This is a great victory for the long history of organizing against the word “illegal” beginning with the transnational No Human Being Is Illegal […]

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16 July 2009 ~ 0 Comments

'Anti-Illegal Immigration' is a euphemism for Anti-Immigrant

“So if the government designates a term [alien] for a group of people, I don’t see what makes it pejorative…” -NumbersUSA Uh-huh, similarly, when the state labels people as ‘Gooks’ and ‘Niggers,’ there is absolutely no pejorative. NumbersUSA also cringes at the phrase ‘illegal immigrant’ because they consider it an oxymoron. An ‘immigrant’ refers to […]

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14 November 2008 ~ 0 Comments

The Perversion of Tolerance – I Don't want to be 'Tolerated' and neither should you

Tolerance is intolerant and demands assimilation. —Herman Broch, cited in the Jewish Museum, Vienna, Austria Conversely, what is proclaimed and practiced as tolerance today, is in many of its most effective manifestations serving the cause of oppression. -Herbert Marcuse The mainstream, alternative press and bloggers are so inundated and knee-deep in the discourse of tolerance […]

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25 September 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Wall Street Collapse? Another Crisis of Capitalism

I wish I had the ability to be shocked when I hear about a ‘deep crisis’ that can cause staggering losses (a cyclical crisis of capitalism), a $700 billion bailout for private sector cronies and John McCain canceling a 2-3 hour debate appearance as a publicity stunt to resolve this crisis (as if, his presence […]

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07 June 2008 ~ 0 Comments

The flawed logic of either/or – Creating spaces for intervention

black/white, straight/gay, women/men, left/right, us/them, American/Un-American, nativist/humanist, legal/illegal, liberal/conservative anti-corporate/anti-labor, capitalism/communist, butch/femme, inside/outside, developed/undeveloped, top/bottom, public/private… Our world is tainted in simplistic, dualistic undertones since we are young and we grow up conditioned to think in this manner. It starts from the household where pink is for girls and blue is for boys going all […]

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