Category Archives: Politics

Protect Insurance Companies PSA: Will Ferrell, Jon Hamm Speak Out Against The Public Option

Hilarious, “Obama WHY?”

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Denizen Kane ~ “Holdin’ Up The Wall”

While reflecting on a recently released report detailing even more shit that was fucked up about the situation surrounding the killing of Oscar Grant, I wanted to give Denizen Kane some shine. Very simple, dope video directed by Jason Mateo. This is the first new Kane track I’ve heard in awhile (and I’m late on it as I think its been making the rounds since early this year), so here’s hoping that the brother continues to put in work.

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Honduras

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I was supposed to travel by bus through Honduras on my way to Nicaragua, but the Honduran borders have been closed due to the crazy political situation there right now. Naturally, the country, and its people have been on my mind a lot. Counterpunch has been running some great analysis on the events there, so definitely peep their coverage if you want to get a better idea of the situation beyond the frame of the corporate media.

Xela Thoughts

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I’ve been in Xela, Guatemala for about two weeks now, and just wanted to share some initial thoughts and observations. For one, the country is pretty materially poor. By that, I mean that a lot of the buildings are pretty old/damaged, the roads are pretty fucked up, the plumbing system can’t support toilet paper, the tap water isn’t suitable for drinking, etc. Basically, a lot of funds are not being put into infrastructure. I’ve learned that a lot of the challenges have to do with their being a pretty crazy oligarchy in place, in which the twenty richest families in the country run everything and the wealth isn’t really trickling down to the people. It’s also important to point out that nearly 75% of Guatemala’s population is descended from the indigenous people here, but those twenty families in power most definitely ain’t indigenous.

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When I look at Guatemala, I can’t help but be reminded of a trip to Cuba I was blessed to be able to go on a couple of years ago, at least in terms of the material conditions. However, while Cuba is still a socialist country,  Guatemala is a “democracy.” So, while Cuba is pretty cut off and isolated from the rest of the world (ie, US corporate interests), Guatemala has McDonalds and Wal-Mart. But what has this gotten them? Even though Cuba is just as materially poor as Guatemala seems to be, at least the government there is providing the people with their basic necessities and then some (ie, food rations, education, healthcare, etc.). Here in Guatemala, a lot of the families that I’ve talked to are struggling to pay for groceries, medication perscriptions, education costs, etc. just like families are struggling to do so in the US.

All of this is just another reminder to question what the government or the media means when they say things like “Cuba needs to open itself up to democracy.” Is it really true democracy they’re talking about, or just the desire to put in Wal-Marts and Egg McMuffins?

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(A local comadrona,”midwife,” shows us an herb garden they use here at a midwife clinic they have set up for pregnant women who can’t afford the high costs of going to a private hospital.)

At the same time, I’m very inspired by the people here in Guatemala. The school I’m studying at is engaged in some real dope social justice work, and I see many women who still dress in the traditional indigenous style of clothing. I think those small acts of resistance mean a lot in terms of trying to retain culture and also hold the government and people in power here accountable.

Peace,

KC

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One more thing you can do for Single Payer Universal Health Care

Click on this link to contact all your government representatives and even your local newspaper to show them your support for a single payer universal healthcare system.

“Medicare for All” Single Payer Health Care Now

Five people (including a few doctors and a lawyer) in a Senate Finance Committee meeting last week were arrested for speaking out in support of a single payer universal health care system. That’s how much of a threat single payer is to the corporate health insurance industry and their lobbyists in Washington who get rich by making us pay for health insurance while 22 million people who can’t afford it in the US die each year. A single payer system (which basically just expands the system for the elderly that we already have, Medicare, to people of all ages) is that much of a threat to their profits, and they’ve bought off most of the politicians in DC.

Fuck corporations getting rich off of people dying. The Senate is having one more meeting on Tuesday to discuss health care reform and says that “all options are on the table except single payer.” Call Sen. Max Baucus at 202-224-2651 or email him here and tell him that we need single payer universal health care now.

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Things I’ll Miss About the ATL: Walking With The Wind

All good things must come to an end. I’m leaving Atlanta at the end of May, so a lot of posts in the next few months are going to be dedicated to “Things I’ll miss about the ATL.”


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John Lewis, former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the Civil Rights Movement and a US Congressman representing Atlanta for decades (I’m proud to say I live in his district), is the man (even though he’s made some shitty votes in the past. The Patriot Act, John? Seriously?).

His memoir, Walking With the Wind, is probably the best book on the Civil Rights Movement that I’ve read. His recollections are so vivid that he really does transport you back right into the thick of it. Living in Atlanta has been very special to me in terms of the history of the place. I mean, some of SNCC’s meeting notes and agendas are actually archived in the libraries and museums out here, which is awesome. The book is dope and I highly recommend it. My only knock against it might be that he puts a little too much faith in the Democratic Party than I would. Still,  I think studying this time period in US history is very relevant in thinking about our organizing strategies today