Tidbits - November 2, 2017 - Reader Comments: U.S. Troops in Africa; Indonesian Slaughter; Puerto Rico Recovery; NAACP: Avoid Flying American Airlines; Stevie Wonder; Japanese Internment - Exhibit, Film, Lessons for Today; and more...

Reader Comments: U.S. Armed Forces in Africa - Why?; 1965 Indonesia Slaughter; Puerto Rico Recovery, by Puerto Ricans; Whitefish Energy Scandal; NAACP Urges Black Passengers to Avoid Flying American Airlines; Stevie Wonder Sang the National Anthem on His Knees; Lost Mural by Secret Communist Unearthed; Abortion Resources; Then They Came For Me - Chicago exhibit until November 19; Join George Takei for premiere of "And Then They Came for Us"; and more.....
November 2, 2017
Tidbits - Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements and Shorts - November 2, 2017
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Haunted House - Rob Rogers cartoon
Re: Honor, Sacrifice and Imperial Duplicity: Four Dead in Niger. Anybody Know Why? (Tom Caves; Joe Elegua; Toby Chapman; Victor M.carreras Roena)
Re: U.S. Troops are Conducting Secret Missions All Over Africa (Sonia Collins; Aprl Churchill)
Re: Files Expose U.S. Role in 1965 Indonesia Slaughter (Julie Snyder Strauss; Greg Callis)
Re: Imagine a Puerto Rico Recovery Designed by Puerto Ricans (Peter Jimenez Sr.; Luis H. Colón)
Re: Whitefish Energy Contract Bars Government From Auditing Deal (Jay Schaffner; Mike Glick; Eric Ebel; Howie Leveton)
NAACP Urges Black Passengers to Avoid Flying American Airlines, Citing a Pattern Several Allegations of Racial Discrimination
Re: AFL-CIO Must Shine Light on Past Foreign Policy, Activists Say (Mike Prokosch)
Re: Lance Canales & The Flood | Plane Wreck At Los Gatos - Deportee (Dennis O'Neil)
Re: Trump Sides With Big Agriculture Over Family Farmers (Den Valdron; Marilyn Gilmore)
Stevie Wonder Sang the National Anthem on His Knees
Re: Does the Western Left Have an African Problem? (Hollis Stewart)
Re: Lost Mural by Secret Communist Unearthed in Richmond Basement (Miriam Frank; Dania Rajendra; John Hotchkiss; John Garvison)

Resources:

Victory for Jane Doe - Poster of the Week

Announcements:

Capitalism: A Debate - New York - November 3 - SOLD OUT, but you can listen to the live stream
We Gonna Be Alright: Brushing Off the Backlash Blues - A Conversation with Shaun King and Bill Fletcher, Jr. - New York - November 16
Then They Came For Me - Groundbreaking Exhibit in Chicago until November 19
Join George Takei for the Los Angeles premiere of "And Then They Came for Us" - November 27

 

 

Haunted House - Rob Rogers cartoon

Special Prosecutor Bob Mueller just sent a message to Donald Trump in the form of an indictment of his former campaign chair and a guilty plea by a former Trump foreign policy advisor. Mueller's message: How you like my witch hunt now, Mr. President? 

 

Rob Rogers
October 31, 2017
 

 

Re: Honor, Sacrifice and Imperial Duplicity: Four Dead in Niger. Anybody Know Why?

G.O.D., Gold, Oil & Drugs.....

Tom Caves
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Niger possesses the following natural resources:

  • Uranium [11, 12]
  • Coal [13]
  • Iron ore [14]
  • Tin [12]
  • Phosphates [12]
  • Gold [15]
  • Molybdenum
  • Gypsum
  • Salt [16]
  • Oil [17]

[references in brackets can be found here - Geography of Niger on Wikipedia]

Joe Elegua
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Probably had nothing to do with Trump direction, I doubt if before this incident he could find it on a map. Special forces of the US are all over the map now, in something like 140 countries, well over half the countries in the world, doing god only knows what.

Toby Chapman
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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The USA has designated itself as the world's policeman and has kept its presence in over 140 countries hidden from the taxpayers that foot the bills. No reason is ever given, not even in situations like in Niger.

Victor M.carreras Roena
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: U.S. Troops are Conducting Secret Missions All Over Africa

Send troops! Who needs help with things like clean water or good food? That would not profit the military contractors.

Sonia Collins
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Did he just say the US is invading sovereign nations?

Aprl Churchill
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: Files Expose U.S. Role in 1965 Indonesia Slaughter

Worked with an Indonesian who spoke of the horror and who lost a brother in the purge.

Julie Snyder Strauss
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Another case of Americans propping up a viscous tyrant because he supported their war against "the red menace", for more look to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Chile, and Dominican Republic, among others. Imperialism through client state proxies, sad legacy.

Greg Callis
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: Imagine a Puerto Rico Recovery Designed by Puerto Ricans

Boricuas must understand that only we can rebuild PR again.The Carpetbaggers are vultures circling the carcass of a wounded island.The main interest from the north is only monetary and self interest.Whatever help comes must be used wisely and keep the Present Government from stealing and wasting on contracts for their friends.Boricuas you must get up and claim your rights and benefits.

Peter Jimenez Sr.
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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You are totally right. We are the ones who should empower ourselves to do what is necessary and convenient for our welfare. The María disaster is indescribable and as a matter of fact we need assistance from other nations to help us in our recovery. That is normal because even USA received help from other nations after Katrina. But we should be the designers and executors of all the reconstruction process because no one knows better what are our needs than ourselves. Good post...

Luis H. Colón
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: Whitefish Energy Contract Bars Government From Auditing Deal

First U.S. colonizes; now the Trump Administration does nothing, except throw paper towels; then the Trump Administration gives contract to re-build electric grip to tiny company with only two employees - but they are big-time financial contributors to Trump, the GOP and the alt-right; now in turns out this government contract awarded by the Trump Administration is not subject to audit. Almost one hundred years ago this was called the Teapot Dome Scandal, and brought now one presidential administration. Now we need to bring down another, and Congress as a whole.

Jay Schaffner
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Is that even legal??

Mike Glick
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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I doubt the gov't can grant anyone immunity from supervision while spending public money.

Eric Ebel
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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I fear this is only the start.
Look what they did to New Orleans.
It’s about to become an oil town!

Howie Leveton
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

NAACP Urges Black Passengers to Avoid Flying American Airlines, Citing a Pattern Several Allegations of Racial Discrimination

 

"The Friendly Skies" are not friendly to African Americans and other Peoples of Color
image credit: Tony Gutierrez/AP // Mic

African-Americans should avoid flying American Airlines, until the company addresses allegations of racism and unfair treatment of black passengers, the nation’s oldest civil rights group has urged.

The NAACP issued the rare national warning Tuesday evening, citing a series of incidents that it said proves the airline routinely subjects African-Americans to “disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions.” Incidents include American gate agents booting blacks from flights after arguments with personnel and agents making unrequested seat reassignments, the group said.

“The series of recent incidents involve troublesome conduct by American Airlines and they suggest a corporate culture of racial insensitivity and possible racial bias,” the NAACP said in a statement.

....

In 1999, NAACP called for an economic boycott of South Carolina over the Confederate flag, though it ended it in 2015, and this year, it issued a U.S. travel advisory in Missouri, where it believes black Americans face a substantial risk of harm on the ground. The American Airlines travel advisory is the group’s way of ensuring the company’s alleged practices aren’t dismissed or normalized, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement.

Read more here.

“All travelers must be guaranteed the right to travel without fear of threat, violence or harm,” stated Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP. “The growing list of incidents suggesting racial bias reflects an unacceptable corporate culture and involves behavior that cannot be dismissed as normal or random.  We expect an audience with the leadership of American Airlines to air these grievances and to spur corrective action.  Until these and other concerns are addressed, this national travel advisory will stand,”

If you have recently experienced a concerning travel irregularity on American Airlines on another provider and would like to report it, please do so here.

NAACP New York State Conference President Hazel Dukes, far left, stands near civil rights activist Tamika Mallory, seated, as she speaks during a press conference about being kicked off of an American Airlines flight, on Oct. 17. 
credit: Bebeto Matthews/AP // Mic

 

Re: AFL-CIO Must Shine Light on Past Foreign Policy, Activists Say

(posting on Portside Labor)

Did you know that Fred Hirsch, a retired plumber and delegate to the South Bay (San Jose) Labor Council, led a drive that got the California state fed to pass a resolution calling on the national AFL to open the books on AIFLD -- which they didn't? See Labor Notes article from 2004 here. Kim Scipes, this article's author, also recently published a book on the subject, I think.

Mike Prokosch
Boston

 

Re: Lance Canales & The Flood | Plane Wreck At Los Gatos (Deportee)

(posting on Friday Nite Video)

A killer version of Woody's classic, all rough edges, as much rant as lament, with whispers to carry the sorrow.

hat tip to Portside.

Dennis O'Neil
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: Trump Sides With Big Agriculture Over Family Farmers

Really, I am completely shocked. Who would have thought that a narcissistic billionaire who inherited his money and never stepped outside of a country club, and who has a history of screwing over every little guy he dealt with would do a thing like that.

Den Valdron
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Draining the swamp? I'd say he is feeding his own alligators.

Marilyn Gilmore
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Stevie Wonder Sang the National Anthem on His Knees

 

 

During a appearance on Sunday night, Stevie Wonder performed the national anthem on both knees. The legend closed out the 2017 Formula 1 Grand Prix in Austin, Texas with his performance — the second time he’s taken a knee in the past month.

Videos from the nearly two-hour performance show Wonder situating himself on both knees before playing the national anthem on his harmonica. According to the Daily Dot, earlier in the show the musician made a call for unity.

“It is time for the leader of this nation, the leaders in the varied political positions that they hold, the people, we as artists—all of us come together as a united people of these United States of America,” he said.

The symbol of taking a knee during the national anthem stems from Colin Kaepernick’s public protest against police brutality last year. After the NFL received criticism from President Donald Trump, athletes and teams across the franchise kneeled in protest of the president’s statements. Stevie Wonder first kneeled following Trump’s statements last month.

“In the home of the United States, or the united people of America—not some but all,” he said Sunday night. “Feel me, feel me, Mr. President.”

More pictures here.

 

Re: Does the Western Left Have an African Problem?

This article is deficient in not looking at what happened.  The USSR's economy collapsed from the burden of having to fend off the US.  The USSR had been the funding as well as international support nation.  And that financial as well as political support in the UN and elsewhere was important in maintaining the national liberation struggles.  Since that time the US has "pivoted" on Africa hoping to maintain western dominance across the continent taking the resources while letting the people starve or die in wars that are often the result of a mix of poverty and nationalism.  The CIA helped kill off the progressive leaders.

Hollis Stewart

 

Re: Lost Mural by Secret Communist Unearthed in Richmond Basement

RARE ART AT THE POST OFFICE! Below, a section from the huge 1941 mural by Victor Arnautoff, a protege of Diego Rivera. It was on display 35 years in the Richmond California P.O., then put into storage and forgotten. Now it's in restoration and a facsimile is on exhibit at SF Labor Archives at SFState. Richmond in WW2 was an industrial powerhouse: women and men working 3 shifts/day. Another excerpt from the mural in the comments below shows a postal worker and townfolk.

Miriam Frank
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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good, gorgeous news. thanks Miriam for posting.

Dania Rajendra
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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What luck.  In your research, have you run across more about Arnautoff?

John Hotchkiss

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I met Victor once at the California Labor School and admired his work. Also along with others, painted murals at Coit Tower. Victor was a fine and decent man.

John Garvison

 

Victory for Jane Doe - Poster of the Week

 

Abortion is A Personal Decision
Women's Graphics Collective
Silkscreen, 1969
Chicago, Illinois
42135

An undocumented teenager, referred to in court documents as Jane Doe, has been at the center of a lawsuit with the Trump administration over her right to have an abortion. The ACLU took the government to court and won - Jane Doe finally obtained the procedure she wanted. The 17-year-old is detained in a refugee resettlement shelter and had the abortion on Wednesday. The Trump administration spent a month trying to stop her from accessing an abortion.
 
But attacks against reproductive rights continue. Earlier this month, the Trump Administration rolled back the Affordable Care Act's contraception coverage requirement. There is no doubt that more attacks are coming. We must continue to organize and fight back. We won't go back.

Sources:

Center for the Study of Political Graphics
310-397-3100
admin@politicalgraphics.org

 

Capitalism: A Debate - New York - November 3 - SOLD OUT, but you can listen to the live stream

 

 

Hosted by Jacobin Magazine and Reason Magazine

We'll stream live from Jacobin's Facebook page, and keep it available for free at the videos tab.

Friday, November 3 at 7:30 pm

Is capitalism the best way to improve standards of living, ensure political and economic freedom, and provide opportunity? Could socialism do better?

A debate between Reason and Jacobin.

Moderated by Michelle Goldberg, columnist for the New York Times

Featuring
Nick Gillespie and Katherine Mangu-Ward (for Reason)
Vivek Chibber and Bhaskar Sunkara (for Jacobin)

Reason is the libertarian magazine of "Free Minds and Free Markets"

Jacobin is a leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture.

About our speakers

  • Michelle Goldberg is an op-ed columnist for the New York Times, and the author of several books including “Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism,” “The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World.”
  • Nick Gillespie is editor in chief of Reason.com and Reason TV, the online platforms of Reason.
  • Katherine Mangu-Ward is editor in chief of Reason and a Future Tense Fellow at New America.
  • Vivek Chibber is a professor of sociology at New York University and the co-editor of Catalyst: A Journal of Theory and Strategy. His latest book is "Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital."
  • Bhaskar Sunkara is the founding editor and publisher of Jacobin.

 

We Gonna Be Alright: Brushing Off the Backlash Blues - A Conversation with Shaun King and Bill Fletcher, Jr. - New York - November 16

From taking a knee to taking down Confederate monuments, movements for racial and economic justice are creatively confronting the backlash of white supremacy unleashed by the election of Donald Trump.

What does this presidency and the larger takeover of government by the far right mean for African Americans, and how should we fight it? How do we strengthen movements for police accountability? What does coalition-building look like, and who’s the base for what type of anti-Trump alliance? How can we translate social media outrage to power in the streets and the ballot box, and to a broader alliance against the rising tide of inequality?

 

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Doors open 6:00 pm – Event starts 6:30 pm

The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center
3940 Broadway (Between 165 and 166th Street)
New York, NY

RSVP for this event here.

Shaun King is a journalist and activist. He is senior justice correspondent at the New York Daily News and a political commentator for The Intercept. Shaun has leveraged his social media platform to place a spotlight on intersections of popular culture, police brutality and economic inequality.

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a writer and activist having spent most of his adult life in the trade union movement. He was a cofounder of the Black Radical Congress and a former president of TransAfrica Forum. He is a partner in Common Forces, LLC and a senior scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS).

Download the flyer for this event here.

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Inc.
275 Madison Avenue, Suite 2114
New York, NY 10016

 

Then They Came For Me - Groundbreaking Exhibit in Chicago until November 19

Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties

What does an American look like? Who is welcome in this country? What is every American’s duty in the face of racist government action?

 

Map of the Camps in Then They Came for Me, Alphawood Gallery, 2017.
Photo by James Prinz

 

Alphawood Gallery
2401 North Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois 60614

773-687-7676
info@alphawoodgallery.org

Alphawood Gallery has partnered with the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) to produce the Gallery’s first original exhibition, Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties. This exhibition examines a dark episode in U.S. history when, in the name of national security, the government incarcerated 120,000 citizens and legal residents during World War II without due process or other constitutional protections to which they were entitled. Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, set in motion the forced removal and imprisonment of all people of Japanese ancestry living on or near the West Coast.  During this 75th anniversary year of the executive order, we look back at this shameful past to learn lessons for our present and future in the face of new challenges encouraged by fearmongering and racism at the highest levels of government.

Then They Came for Me presents this historical event from multiple perspectives. Drawing upon the powerful images culled from the book Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II by Chicago-based photo historians Richard Cahan and Michael Williams, the exhibition features works by renowned American photographers Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and others documenting the eviction of Japanese Americans from their homes and their subsequent lives in incarceration camps. These photographers were hired by the U.S. Government’s War Relocation Authority (WRA) to record the “evacuation” and “internment” process. In addition to the WRA photographers, the exhibition presents views of the incarceration by Japanese American artists Toyo Miyatake and Miné Okubo. A significant group of images by Miyatake, a professional photographer who was incarcerated at the Manzanar Relocation Center, reveal details of the camps prohibited in WRA photography such as barbed wire and guard towers, and are shown alongside his illuminating images of the imprisoned residents’ daily lives. And pages from Miné Okubo’s remarkable illustrated memoir Citizen 13660 document her own incarceration experience with poignant drawings and forthright text.

The JASC and a number of collectors from the Chicago area have generously lent art, objects, documents and other historical materials that provide glimpses into the personal experiences of those who were incarcerated.  Highlights include ID cards and tags, anti-Japanese propaganda, suitcases, diaries, handmade furniture, wood carvings and other works of art, high school yearbooks and newsletters produced by camp inmates, military accoutrements, indefinite leave clearances, materials related to resettlement in Chicago and eventual redress and reparation. Specially compiled video testimonies by former inmates, their family members and community leaders are installed throughout the exhibition. And the new documentary film And Then They Came for Us by Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider, screened daily, makes explicit connections between the Japanese American incarceration story and current concerns with regard to the treatment of Muslims and Muslim Americans.

Related film:
Japanese American Internment During WWII - 1942 - Internment Camps in the USA - Japanese Relocation

 

Watch here.

The 12,000-square-foot space first served this purpose for the Chicago presentation of the groundbreaking national touring exhibition, Art AIDS America, which was on view from December 1, 2016 to April 2, 2017. Our new exhibition Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties will be on view from June 29 until November 19, 2017.

 

 

Join George Takei for the Los Angeles premiere of "And Then They Came for Us" - November 27

 

"Right after Pearl Harbor, the soldiers came to get us," says actor George Takei in the new documentary And Then They Came for Us from filmmakers Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider. Takei was one of 120,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned in concentration camps 75 years ago in the name of "national security." He was five years old and, like the majority of prisoners, an American citizen. And Then They Came for Us chronicles this painful chapter in American history, and follows the efforts of Japanese American activists determined to fight further acts of government-sanctioned racism like a Muslim registry and travel ban.

Capital & Main is a proud media sponsor of the Los Angeles premiere of And Then They Came for Us. Please join us for the event on Monday, Nov. 27th at 7 p.m. at the Downtown Independent Theater. There will be a Q&A with George Takei, filmmakers and special guests following the film.

Click here to purchase tickets!

November 2, 2017