(Anarchism)

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Donald Trump dismisses Black Lives Matter protesters as a bunch of “anarchists.” Meanwhile, many of those protesters proudly wear that label as a statement. I suspect neither understands what anarchism really is. To Trump and his supporters, anarchism is like the Devil — something they don’t understand; they are not even sure exists at all; but they know it is bad, and therefore something to blame things on: “This is the work of the Devil/Anarchists.” …


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Photo by Matt Walsh on Unsplash

In Doug Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, an advanced species builds the largest, most complex computer ever — Deep Thought. When it is completed, their wisest people ask Deep Thought: What is the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything? The computer takes a few million years to mull this over. After a 7 ½ million year wait, amidst a great celebration, their descendants assemble to hear the answer. The answer, announces Deep Thought, is:


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Queen Calafia Publishing™ — Art © Jerolyn Crute Sackman

Know this — due east of the Indies there is an island called “California” — just by the terrestrial paradise. It was populated by Black Amazons . . . they were clad in armor of gold, as were the beasts upon which they rode . . . there reigned in the island of California the mighty and beautiful Queen Calafia.

So began the story of y Queen Calafia, as told by Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo in Book V of his series: Las Sergas de Esplandian (The Adventures of Esplandian), written in the late Fifteenth Century. This story was one of…


The Struggle to End “Separate But Equal”

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Joseph James. Sausalito Historical Society

Everyone should know how the landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954), overturned decades of the “separate but equal” excuse for Jim Crow, ensconced in our laws by Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896). The Brown decision didn’t just appear out of nowhere. It was not just a reaction to individual acts of discrimination. This decision was but one landmark milestone in a long, coordinated effort by activists and lawyers to end the separate but equal doctrine.

Years before the Browns and eleven other plaintiffs brought these…


I suggest this article may perpetuate "the very oppression we're supposed to be fighting." By commanding people to "stop comparing our issues to Black Lives Matter" or any other oppression, it prevents the very concept of empathy and solidarity which we need to counter all of these oppressions.

The command I would follow is: "You shall not oppress the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt." Exodus 23:9. The lesson is to learn from your own heritage of oppression to oppose such oppression against anyone else.

This is the lesson too few of my fellow Jews have…


WARNING: The following contains disturbing images and information. That is why you need to read it.

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EXHIBIT A: Trump Rally before Capitol Assault — AP Photo-Evan Vucci

The murder of George Floyd was a wakeup call to injustices which have gone on for centuries. Looking around for something to do about the injustice of racism, many latched on to its symbols, which are everywhere: Confederate flags and statues, universities and other public places named after notorious racists, plaques and museums honoring those who fought for the “right” to enslave others.

While I appreciate the sentiment behind destroying these symbols of racism, and understand the emotional relief in doing so, I suggest something more practical to actually do something about the systemic racism today which these symbols of…


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Photo by Balam Baldizon #balamphotography

One of President Biden’s first acts in office was to announce that he was introducing “Immigration Reform” legislation. While the bill text is not available as of this writing, the White House summary of the “U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021” claims it will provide a path for citizenship for those already here, but only tinkers in small ways with the immigration law itself. This bill will be sure to inspire impassioned arguments, but no matter how that turns out, we will only be repeating our sad history of immigration. We need more.

We need a national conversation on immigration.

This…


From President Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt as President, March 4, 1933

On January 20, 2021, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. took the oath as the 46th President of the United States of America. As he put it in his inaugural speech:

Few people in our nation’s history have been more challenged or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we’re in now. Once-in-a-century virus that silently stalks the country. It’s taken as many lives in one year as America lost in all of World War II. Millions of jobs have been lost. Hundreds of thousands of businesses closed. A cry for racial justice, some four hundred years in the…


The Case for Convicting the Republican Party, From Its Leadership Down to its “Army,” for Sedition

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AP-Photo-John Minchillo

Egged on by certain leadership and elected officials of the Republican Party, up to and including Donald Trump, a predominately-white mob used force and violence to attack the Capitol building, in an attempt to overthrow the government of the United States of America, and replace it with (or more precisely, retain and expand in power) a right-wing dictatorship. There can be no doubt that this was sedition.

The different treatment of this white, right-wing mob, as compared to the recent protests for Black Lives Matter, has been pointed out by many others. Here, I will dig deeper into the history…


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Image from:”The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom” By Wilbur Henry Siebert, Albert Bushnell HartEdition: 2Published by Macmillan, 1898, pg. 26[1]), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48283078

In March 1991, California and the world were transfixed by the video of Rodney King being brutally beaten by Los Angeles Police Department officers. The public remained transfixed throughout the legal proceedings, both criminal and civil, which followed. The acquittal of the officers who beat King on April 29, 1992 sparked the 1992 Los Angeles Protests, Riots, or Uprising (depending on your point of view).

This is a story of another Black Man, unwittingly caught in the middle of events which transfixed public attention and laid bare the ugly sores of racism of the time. …

David Sackman

Representing the Working Class as a lawyer since 1982. Author of http://www.queencalafiapublishing.com/index.html

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