In Honor of Black History Month:
An Inspiring docudrama that takes a gribbing look at the historical incidents that created an international movement to free activist Angela Daivis.
For more than four decades the world renowned author, activist and scholar Angela Davis has been one of the most influential activists and intellectuals in the United States. An icon of the 1970's black liberation movement, Davis' work, around issues of gender, race, class and prisons has influenced critical thought and social movements across several generations.
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Last night members of Arlington United for Justice with Peace went to see the timely movie Selma that just opened at our hometown movie theater, The Capitol.
The actors give rather understated performances in a slow-paced film punctuated by violence. The bombing of the Birmingham church is set squarely at the beginning and although I knew what was coming I jumped at the horror of it: Cynthia Wesley, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair.
I found one scene between local hero Amelia Boynton and Coretta Scott King to be particularly heart-felt. Coretta expresses a sense of not being prepared for what is needed, and Amelia tells her that the blood of the ancestors and their great civilization is within her and she is prepared for having come from a people who had been enslaved, yet were able to love.
Originally published in Boston Review, January 16, 2015. [ Vincent Intondi will speak on "African-Americans Against the Bomb" at several events in the Boston area, tentatively March 19-21, 2015, to promote the Peace & Planet mobilization, April 26, 2015, New York City - ed. ]
by Vincent Intondi
Martin Luther King with Coretta Scott King in 1964. Photo: Library of Congress
On April 1, 1961, the prominent black writer James Baldwin addressed a large group of peace activists at Judiciary Square in Washington, D.C. Baldwin, who had recently become a member of the advisory group of SANE, was one of the headlining speakers for the rally, which focused on “Security Through World Disarmament.” When asked why he chose to speak at such an event, Baldwin responded: “What am I doing here? Only those who would fail to see the relationship between the fight for civil rights and the struggle for world peace would be surprised to see me. Both fights are the same. It is just as difficult for the white American to think of peace as it is of no color . . . Confrontation of both dilemmas demands inner courage.” Baldwin considered both problems in the same breath because “racial hatred and the atom bomb both threaten the destruction of man as created free by God.” The rally was part of a larger antinuclear campaign organized by Witness for Peace, which began with Easter weekend.
The new year is a time to renew our hopes for peace and justice and reflect on 2014 -- including the violence both at home and abroad in the last few months. Grand juries exonerated police in the terrible killings of young black men, generating shock, protests and recognition of persistent racism. Another young person's anger overcame his sanity, resulting in the cold-blooded shootings of two police in Brooklyn. Why are guns so readily used and available in a culture of violence?
Origins and Future of ISIS
Note: Prof. Elaine Hagopian’s talk on Dec. 10 at a UJP sponsored program covered the historical origins of the conflicts in the Middle East, and also much information on ISIS, which is presented here in summary.
View video at youtube.com/watch?v=MQsVBH4BkJ4