Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression To Go National – Again – at Chicago Conference
The Chicago-based activist organization will host a “re-founding” conference, November 22 to 24, to re-establish the national presence that was dissolved, decades ago. Alliance field director Frank Chapman said Angela Davis, an original founder, will speak, “but the overwhelming majority of the people who will be there will be young people, most of whom were not even born when the Alliance was founded” in 1973. “We’re going to build continuity in struggle, and pass it on to the next generation,” said Chapman.
FBI Never Stopped Unlawful Spying on Dissidents
A new report on FBI spying since 2010 shows the Bureau continues to surveil the speech and activities of peace, environmental, and racial and economic justice advocates. Report author Chip Gibbons, of Defending Rights and Dissent, said the FBI’s framing of so-called Black Identity Extremists is especially insidious. “What they’re saying is, if you’re Black and you’re angry about racism, you’re likely to commit a crime” and must be closely watched.
Ebola and HIV as “Development” and “Security” Problems
Epidemics don’t just kill lots of people, they “take up a lot of space in the national budget” and affect relationships of “security and power,” said Adia Benton, a professor of anthropology at Northwestern University who has done extensive field work in disease-plagued regions of Africa. Benton has authored a book, titled, “HIV Exceptionalism: Development Through Disease in Sierra Leone.” Benton says donor countries, NGOs and ruling elites often focus on every political and economic aspect of deadly epidemics except “the failure of care.”
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