Washington D.C.’s “Witness Trees”: Silent Sentinels of Storied Landscapes – National Mall and Memorial Parks (U.S. National Park Service)

As the spring blossoms appear, including the Kwanzan cherry trees, gifts of the Japanese government, planted along the Tidal Basin in front of the Jefferson Memorial (and on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle!), this article is a in important reminder that politics has always had an ecological context.

Source: Silent Sentinels of Storied Landscapes – National Mall and Memorial Parks (U.S. National Park Service)

POLICE VIOLENCE ALERT:  Person With No Reported History of Seizures Said to Be on Ventilator, Following Alleged Seizure Upon Arrest (South Seattle Emerald)

by Carolyn Bick A young man is on a ventilator at Harborview Medical Center, following his arrest for alleged property damage outside the East Precinct, during a protest in support of voting rights…

Source: Person With No Reported History of Seizures Said to Be on Ventilator, Following Alleged Seizure Upon Arrest

Build the Vote – A voting experience by Rock the Vote

Build the Vote is a voting experience in Minecraft for the 2020 U.S. election. Visit the server to learn about the electoral process, vote on issues being debated across the country, and let your voice be heard.

Source: Build the Vote – A voting experience by Rock the Vote

 

My comment:  Hopefully in the next election cycle we can put some of the energy that has collectively gone into “getting out the vote” this year into structural reforms that will actually bring our country’s voting process into the 21st century technologically and ethically.

My Grades Will Not Be Instruments of War — Howard Zinn

Zinn’s decision to not report his male students’ grades to the Selective Service System is one eloquent moment in the history of educators who defied the grading policies of those allegedly in charge (Thanks to Rethinking Schools for republishing this gem, which scholar Robert Cohen found in the archives at NYU, where Zinn’s papers are kept!)

Source: My Grades Will Not Be Instruments of War — Howard Zinn

The Battle of Cable Street

Today (10/5/2020) is the anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street in London, a historic antifascist counter-insurgency, described below. This memorial photograph and short essay were shared by DSA comrade, Christian today. Solidarity!

Today is the 84th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street, when a 100,000 Londoners stood against 3,000 fascists (the so-called “blackshirts” of the British Union of Fascists under the command of Oswald Mosley) and 6,000 cops. The fascists deliberately chose the East End of London as a rallying point for their march, as it was home to the largest Jewish community in the UK at the time. In and around Cable Street antifascists – communists, anarchists, Jews, Irish immigrants, dockworkers, trade unionists, and more – held the streets & intersections, erected barricades, eventually forcing the march to end early. 150 people were arrested and 175 injured, but the power of the working class rising in revolt against fascism would help eventually lead to the dissolution of the BUF & the prevention of Britain from siding with (or at least passively abiding by) the fascist take over of Europe.