Resources: Statements and Commentaries

Left on Purpose: A Movie on Life & Death, Movements and Mayer

Somber tonight, coming home from the truly unusual and important new film Left on Purpose, directed by Justin Schein, which premiered at NYC DOC – the world’s largest festival of documentary cinema. The movie chronicles the life of an acquaintance, Mayer Vishner, whose behind-the-scenes work in the US peace movement was essential to groups such as the Resistance and the Yippies.

No violence. No exceptions. No exceptionalism.

As the days that unfold before us mimic a time over a decade ago when the devastating War on Terror began with US occupation of Afghanistan, we mourn because it is makes us human. For those in Raqqa. For those in Tunis. For those in Yola and Kano, in Ankara, in Beirut, in Baghdad, in Zabul, in Paris, and beyond. But our grief cannot be exceptional. The lives of those living under systemic and perpetual invasion, war and occupation are not disposable and must be mourned and fought for.

When Black Life Matters: One Month, One Year

Black Lives Matter on Statue

For The Long Struggle Ahead...

One month since Charleston massacre; One year since Eric Garner’s murder

  In the summer of 2014, we witnessed the spread of a beautiful movement against increased militarism and white supremacy. Inspired by the determination of people in Ferguson, MO to defend their community, their dignity, and their lives, countless thousands across the US seized that moment to take action. Swelling in the streets of their cities and towns, spontaneously blocking freeways and intersections in open rebellion, people collectively transformed their grief and rage into the kind of power that momentarily disrupts a status quo that steals the life of a Black person every 28 hours in the US. Now we are faced with the question of how to sustain and grow that power.

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