Embassy Activists Face Prison in Trial Based on Trump Venezuela Fantasy
The jury in the February 11 trial of four US activists charged with disobeying police orders to relinquish their occupation of the Venezuelan embassy to supporters of self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido will not be told that the actual president is Nicolas Maduro, or that Guaido “has never served a nanosecond as president,” said defendant Kevin Zeese. “The little sliver of hope we have,” based on the judge’s ruling, “is that we can say that we believed we were in the embassy with the permission of what we thought was the elected government of Venezuela.” The defendants face a year in prison and fines of $100,000 each.
Black Mothers and Children Die Because of Racist Medical “Science”
Centuries of medical experimentation on enslaved and free Blacks and scientifically erroneous assumptions about Black bodies have created “a crisis in Black maternal morbidity and infant mortality” in the US, said Deirdra Cooper-Owens, of the Humanities in Medicine Program at the University of Nebraska. The crisis is only now being recognized because “the chorus of protest is getting louder and louder.” Cooper-Owens is co-author of a paper titled “Black Maternal and Infant Health: Historical Legacies of Slavery.”
The Global Struggle Continues – But So Does Racism
Students of all races should be exposed to the history of movements of liberation from colonialism and racist rule, said Nana Osei-Opare, a professor of history at Fordham University. Osei-Opare wrote a “Books I Teach” feature for the Black Agenda Report Book Forum. His reading list contains many works by luminaries in anti-colonial and socialist struggles that show “racism cuts across the fascists, the capitalists, the communists and the liberals,” said Osei-Opare. “Racism is racism, and that’s something that I want students to see.”
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