FL prisoners announce Operation PUSH starting Jan 15

This post outlines why prisons are toxic and why we need to fight them. #OperationPUSH

Fight toxic prisons

FL prisoners announce Operation PUSH starting Jan 15 aimed at crippling the prison system with non-cooperation in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr

The following message is from a group of prisoners who are spread throughout the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC). It was sent anonymously and compiled from a series of correspondences received on November 26 and 27 by both the Gainesville chapter of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and the national Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons.

We have been able to verify the authenticity of this message which was also posted on SPARC (Supporting Prisoners and Real Change), a social media page for Florida prisoners and their families.

According to their statement, these prisoners plan to initiate a work stoppage or “laydown” beginning Monday, January 15th, coinciding with MLK Day, in nonviolent protest of conditions in FL prisons. They are calling it Operation PUSH.

Their primary…

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When Spiritual Bypassing Meets Racism Meets Gaslighting

Important stuff…worth reading.

Wake Up, Mama!

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I want to talk about something I witnessed last week in the online world.

First, a little background. A couple of years ago, I became increasingly aware of a pervasive phenomenon in the (overwhelmingly white) women’s spirituality/ personal growth circles I move in. I noticed persistent attempts to deny and disown painful realities by insistence (overt or implied) that we create our struggles with our negative thinking or energy or low vibration or fill-in-the-blank. I do believe the way we frame things in our thinking can be important to our well being and success, up to a point. I do believe we have some authentic choice around where we place our focus, and those choices can impact our well being and success, up to a point. However, I found the blanket application and oversimplification of these ideas to…

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The Reason We Still Have The KKK Founder’s Statue In the TN State Capitol

Happening in Tennessee.

The Boeskool

A commission of representatives from Tennessee just voted 7 – 5 to NOT have a discussion about taking down the bust of former KKK Grand Wizard, slave trader, and Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Their vote wasn’t about taking it down or leaving it up… It wasn’t a vote to destroy the bust or have it melted down… It was simply a vote to petition the Historical Society for a WAIVER so they could begin a lengthy process of discussing relocating the bust. That’s it. That’s all this vote was. And SEVEN PEOPLE out of a twelve person commission just voted AGAINST that motion. I think you deserve to know who these people are…

Before I introduce you to them, I’d like to tell you a bit about what’s been happening. Two weeks ago, my wife and I spent half a day at the Capitol Building here in Nashville, Tennessee…

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Germany: Confronting the colonial roots of racism

Interesting, worth reading.

Warrior Publications

German colonialism Herero Surviving Herero after their escape through the Omaheke desert in German South-West Africa (modern day Namibia), 1907 [Sam Cohen Library/Colonial Picture Archive, University Library of Frankfurt] By Gouri Sharma

‘The Nazis didn’t fall out of the sky, there is a deeper racist, xenophobic mindset in German history.’

By Gouri Sharma, Al Jazeera, August 16, 2017

Berlin, Germany – Mnyaka Sururu Mboro walks through Wedding, a district in the northwest of Berlin, with an expression of disdain. “It makes my stomach turn every time I go down these streets,” he says.

He is in the African Quarter, so-called because the streets have been named in commemoration of Germany’s imperial leaders and conquests from the end of the 19th century.

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