Category Current Issues

Tell Congress to CUT THE PENTAGON! No $813 billion for war. ACT NOW!

Yesterday, Ukrainian and Russian officials held  another round of  high-level negotiations in Turkey. Ukraine says it will accept neutral status and be a non-nuclear country and Russia says it will reduce some military activity “to increase mutual trust.” While these developments give some reason for optimism, Biden’s proposed FY2023 does the opposite.

What the hysteria over critical race theory is really all about, by Fabiola Cineas

What critical race theory actually is. Watching the news or browsing social media, it would be easy to think that critical race theory is a complicated, controversial, or new idea.

A Tale of Two Wars: Biden Decries Russian Atrocities in Ukraine While Backing Saudi/UAE War in Yemen

CodePink. “Why is there such a disparity between coverage of the war on Ukraine vs. the war on Yemen? Coverage of Yemen reveals the US and UK’s complicity in creating the humanitarian crisis. Coverage of Ukraine constructs the US, the UK, & their allies as the ‘saviors of democracy.’” [as quoted on Democracy Now!]

Media news and analyses the mainstream corporate media doesn’t deliver: Rise Up Times, Media for Justice and Peace

Russia-Ukraine War: Mairead McGuire, Hedges, Glenn Greenwald, John Pilger, UNAC, Diana Johnstone; Palast: Voter Rights; Taibbi: Orwell Was Right; Bill McKibben: Climate Crisis; Away with Borders!; Dred Scott, George Floyd; MAUS; and more…

30 Nonviolent Things Russia Could Have Done and 30 Nonviolent Things Ukraine Could Do, by David Swanson

Instead of hyped military spending:
Fund educational programs across the world on the value of cultural diversity in friendships and communities, and the abysmal failures of racism, nationalism, and Nazism.

It’s Different, They’re White: Media Ignore Conflicts Around the World to Focus on Ukraine

“Who is the perpetrator
Who is the victim

If the perpetrator is our enemy, and there is political capital to be made from highlighting their crime, then the media will deem the victim “worthy”  — especially if the victim is a pro-U.S. figure. If, however, you die at the hands of the U.S. or its allies, you can expect little sympathy or coverage from the media, especially if you are a Communist, Muslim, or any other designation that renders you unworthy of media attention.”

VIDEO: Former top Pentagon advisor Col. Doug Macgregor on Russia-Ukraine war

Macgregor blasted the “uniparty” that drove the war from Washington and heaped criticism on NATO.

Why Police Defunding Should Remain on the Reform Agenda, by Yohana Beyene

Incidents like these are a recurring nightmare for Black people. But it is especially tragic in a city where an effort to replace the police force with a Department of Public Safety informed by a public health approach was voted down amidst exaggerated rhetoric warning about the impact of “defunding” on public safety.

Changes at Rise Up Times, A New Look!

A new look for Rise Up TImes, coming soon.

Away with Borders! Why We Need Less Restrictive, More Open Borders and Eventual Border Elimination

“Detaining immigrants is a big and profitable business whose product is human misery.  It is estimated that over 75 percent of detainees are detained in for-profit detention centers.”

Greg Palast, Georgia: Vote-Fixing, Secret Vote-Crushing, Defeating Mass Voter Purges

The new vote-fixing game in Georgia By Greg Palast  for FlashPoints  February 12, 2022  Once again, it’s down to Georgia in the November 2022 midterm elections. Senator Reverend Warnock is running for reelection, and Stacey Abrams is running for governor against the incumbent Brian Kemp. It’s not a question of who’s going to win. The GOP’s […]

Part 2: Where is the world class museum? Black Lives Minneapolis: Dred Scott and George Floyd, by Susu Jeffrey

Jim Crow laws or “black codes” began with the 13th Amendment as local and state legal restrictions and lasted on paper or in-practice ever since. “Jim Crow” was a black minstrel figure.

International Emergency Online Rally: No War in Ukraine – No to NATO

“This is URGENT! We are horrified at the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine. We must come together across borders to demand a diplomatic solution to the present crisis.”

Video: Ukraine on Fire

“Ukraine on Fire” by Igor Lopatonok provides a historical perspective for the deep divisions in the region which lead to the 2004 Orange Revolution, 2014 uprisings, and the violent overthrow of democratically elected Yanukovych. Covered by Western media as a people’s revolution, it was in fact a coup d’état scripted and staged by nationalist groups […]

Part 1: Where are the school texts? Black Minneapolis includes Dred Scott and George Floyd, by Susu Jeffrey

“Although Dred Scott’s name and date of birth are not certain the fact that the Dred Scott Case is one of the most important Supreme Court cases is indisputable.”

My Life with Maus, Or How I Was Banned… by Tom Englehardt

“Tennessee school board banned Spiegelman’s book on the grounds, at least nominally, that it contained naked cartoon mice — Jewish victims in a concentration camp and Spiegelman’s mother, who committed suicide, in a bathtub — and profanity as well (like that word “damn!”).”

We Never Wanted War with Russia over Ukraine! by Mary Beaudoin

NATO should stop expanding and should be ended forever.

“Takeover”: Young Lords’ Juan González on Hospital Protest Doc. Shortlisted for Academy Award

  The documentary “Takeover,” which chronicles the radical actions of the Young Lords, was recently shortlisted for an Academy Award. In 1970, the Puerto Rican collective took over a condemned hospital in the South Bronx to demand the construction of a new hospital, free healthcare for all, and more. “I’m still amazed there’s been so […]

Second George Floyd Murder Trial Begins, by Susu Jeffrey

Judge Peter Cahill released the raw video footage of ex-police officer Thomas Lane’s body camera of the murder of George Floyd. It is essential viewing for background of the federal trial of Lane and ex-officers Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng.

Rise Up Times, Media for Justice and Peace, January 19, 2022

Hedges, Chomsky, Giroux, Polly Mann, Free Assange, Fake News, Guantanamo, Fascism, Jan. 6th, Climate Crisis, Pipeline Blues, and more

Pipeline Blues
Chorus:
Standin’ on the corner, Singin’ the pipeline blues (2x)
Trying to stop that pipeline, Whatta we got to lose?

Gotta stop Line Three, Stop dirty tar sands oil (2x)
For the sake of the planet, Leave the oil in the soil.
Repeat Chorus

I don’t like Line Three, that oil won’t be used by me (2x)
Gotta’ save our water, while it’s still pure and free.
Repeat Chorus

They’re tearing up our land, polluting our rivers and streams (2x)
Cops are shooting rubber bullets, and brutalizing human beings.
Repeat Chorus