Slogan Choices in a White Supremacist Culture

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On July 1, I attended a rally in my very own neighborhood of Astoria (Queens, NYC). The reason for the event was to show support for the people of Greece as they headed towards a crucial July 5th vote and — considering Astoria’s large Greek population — it was no surprise that the rally drew a large, mostly white crowd.

As I made my way through a jam-packed Athens Square Park with my camera, I encountered a large banner that read, in part: FROM NEW YORK TO GREECE WE REVOLT BECAUSE WE CAN’T BREATHE.

Yes, I took a photo (see above). Yes, I winced.

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Riding the P (for Patriarchy) Train

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Trigger Warning: Discussion of sexual harassment and assault.

MTA New York City Transit recently teamed with those progressive folks at the NYPD to produce “ad cards” entitled “Sexual Harassment is a Crime in the Subway, too.”

The advice (sic) they offer falls under three categories:

  • Protect yourself in the subway
  • Protect yourself when walking
  • Follow your instincts

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Mickey Z. on Obama, Gitmo, and Propaganda

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Listen to the full Press TV interview here!

Veganism, Harm Reduction, Moral Baselines, etc.

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“Veganism must be the baseline if we are to have any hope of shifting the paradigm away from animal as things and toward animals as nonhuman persons.”

These are the words of Gary L. Francione, renowned white middle-aged male vegan guru.

“Yes, animal agriculture is a plague upon our shared landbase, but…it’s still a symptom. To ‘save’ the planet, the disease we must address and eradicate is capitalism in all its deceptive and myriad incarnations.”

These are the words of another white middle-aged male vegan who is absolutely not a guru and would prefer no association with all that the word “vegan” provokes.

Yeah, that would be me.

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How to Be an Infamous Underground Writer

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More than two decades after his death, Bukowski remains a revered and widely-read literary legend — known as much for his lifestyle choices as his poetry.

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Disrupt Propaganda

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The other day, I watched a video by UnnaturalVegan about DxE and their “Disrupt Speciesism” approach to activism. While I know and like some of the people involved with DxE, I’ve wanted to pen an assessment of their tactics for a while. The video summed up a lot of my feelings so for now, I’ll refrain from writing a full DxE-related article.

Instead, I’d much rather follow-up on something UnnaturalVegan lightly touches on: How conditioning not only creates belief but can also render many forms of activism ineffective and inaccessible. I say this because the “Disrupt Speciesism” approach — like the vast majority of activist methods — does not take into account the relentless presence and insidious power of corporate propaganda.

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Thich Nhat Hanh sez:

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“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.”

“In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.”

“Life is available only in the present moment.”

“Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful. How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural – you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow.”

“My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.”

“Many people think excitement is happiness, but when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.”

“The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.”

“Compassion is a verb.”

“If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence.”

“Understanding means throwing away your knowledge.”

“If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything.”

“We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.”

“You are not an observer, you are a participant.”