This interrogation of a day in the life of Oakland, California, is focused on March 21, 2009, when a shoot-out between a young man named Lovelle Mixon and members of the Oakland Police Department resulted in the death of Mixon himself and four Oakland police officers. Closely following the day’s events, this documentary examination of the encounter’s underlying contradictions challenges the mainstream narrative of the confrontation and in so doing, it sheds new light on the nature and reproduction of racism in the contemporary United States.
To date, the dominant narrative of the shoot-out, propagated by the Oakland Police Department, state officials and the media, has been that Lovelle Mixon was a monster and a rapist and the slain officers were angels and heroes. This perspective, viewed through a liberal lens and reliant on misleading labels, pretends the shoot-out occurred in a vacuum devoid of history and sociopolitical factors; producing an illusion that has re-enforced the status quo, suppressed critical thought, and ultimately, attempts to delegitimize the Black experience in America by rejecting the validity of the systemic factors at its root.
They’re striking for the most basic things: better food, better treatment and fairness. To bring it to light, they’re risking their own health inside the for-profit detention center owned and operated by the GEO Group.
In just the past two days we’ve seen an outpouring of support but the need more to stay safe and see their demands met.
We want to get over 1,000 signatures by tomorrow at 5pm. The wives of the hunger strikers are holding a rally outside the detention center in the morning and the hungers strikers are counting our support.
Malalai “Anaa” is a national heroine that stood up in the most critical point of the battle of Maiwand in the second Anglo-Afghan War. (1880) As the morale of the Afghan Mujahideen was wailing, she stood up and proclaimed:
“Young love! If you do not fall in the battle of maiwand
By god someone is saving you as a symbol of shame”
Malalai’s fame spurred from this incident.
“Decolonization, which sets out to change the order of the world is, obviously, a program of complete disorder. But it cannot come as a result of magical practices, nor of natural shock, nor of a friendly understanding. Decolonization, as we know, is a historical process: that is to say that it cannot be understood, it cannot become intelligible nor clear itself except in the exact measure that we can discern the movements which give it historical form and context. Decolonization is the meeting of two forces, opposed to each other by their very nature, which in fact we owe their originality to that sort of substantiation which results from and is nourished by the situation in the colonies. Continue reading →
A shocking set of photographs reveals the injuries inflicted on asylum seekers detained at Manus Island.
Asylum seekers have allowed photos to be taken for evidence. Some pose with ID, allowing their injuries to to be recorded. Others stand beside an image of Reza Barati above the words “We Never Forget”, taped to a wall.
The photos, include images of bullet holes in walls, blood stained walls and pillows, and asylum seekers sleeping in an open-air pavilion.
Some asylum seekers show gashes and stitches, with multiple head injuries. Many of them have bruised eyes and faces. Continue reading →
Protest March against Fortress Europe! From Strasbourg to Brussels, May and June 2014
Different groups of refugee and Migrant movements in Europe plan a protest march
from Strasbourg to Brussels. This will begin shortly before the European
parliament elections at the end of May. The marching refugee and supporting
activists will walk about 450 km within one month. In an action week before
the council’s summit, we will raise our protest against the policies of
fortress Europe. Read more on: freedomnotfrontex.noblogs.org