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Bulldozers destroying indigenous land in the Hollywood film, Avatar. Image source: j-miin.tumblr.com

Throughout American history, landjacking has often been accompanied by violence, whether physical or structural. The James Cameron blockbuster movie Avatar illustrated how corporate interests use naked force as they attempted to landjack the home of the Na’vi, the indigenous population on the planet Pandora. What Avatar masterfully depicts are the methods that avaricious developers or corporation interests will use in order to extract resources and maximize profits.

Angelina Jolie. Photo From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelina_Jolie

Yes, it’s true, this is another article about Angelina Jolie and her preventive double mastectomy procedure. However, the topic today is not judging Angelina’s personal decision. Instead it is about the underlying campaign for preventive mastectomies and the inferences made about preventive care.

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The word is “transformation.” That is what came to mind after seeing the movie “42” about the life of baseball great Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. It is the reason that people were moved to clap at the end of the film. It is the reason we felt good and wanted to say something to the person of the opposite race as we tumbled out of the theater, expelled from a moment in time that had been precious. We had cheered Robinson together in his darkest moments pummeled by racist jabs. We had scoffed at the "nigger" taunts and "monkey" jokes, marveling at the obscenity of blunt trauma racism in the l940s. We were united in solidarity as our humanity was polished in that special hour.

Global capitalism, based on corporate power and militarism, is destroying our economy, our society and our planet. Economic democracy that economically empowers people and communities allows us to share the resources of the planet for the welfare of everyone. Discover positive examples of economic democracy that are taking place in Latin America and in the United States.

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Americans have been left flummoxed by the rash of shootings, murders, bombings, and violence that seems to erupt randomly with seemingly no pattern or explanation. I want to propose some thoughts on the issue of violence and masculinity, so roll with me for a minute as I try to explain the common thread that connects suburban mass shootings/bombings (mostly committed by white men) and urban homicides (mostly committed by black men) in America.

FORCE takes action to give voice to rape survivors on V-DAY 2013. Photo By: Casey McKeel

Please check back later this week for full story. In the meantime, however, please enjoy this full audio interview with the two feminist organizers behind FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. And, while you're at it, check out their Kickstarter campaign that is working to build their Monument Project, and please consider giving if you're able.

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Malcolm X. (Source: 52en.com)

In part two of my series, A Better Tomorrow, I  would like to discuss Malcolm X’s speech, "The Ballot or the Bullet", and its historical impact.

Before we begin, I would like to thank my readers for following my series A Better Tomorrow. I have been encouraged by the feedback that I received from supporters and readers who have been following my series. As my series continues, I hope there will be more enthusiasm.

Let’s begin our discussion:

Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse in Mt. Vernon. Photo By: Red Emma's.

"Red Emma’s turned my theory into practice. It was an identity and more importantly a mandate on how to live. Activist is now the fabric and the structure of my being as much as my blood, my skin, my nerves, and my bones.My first love was not a person. It was a collection of people with who I struggled alongside. They were my mentors, fellow workers, collective members, activists , comrades, revolutionaries, and friends. They were my education. They were my first love. They were and are my Emma’s."

FORCE memorializes survivors of sexual violence in Washington, DC. Photo By: Casey McKeel

This past year, rape has dominated the headlines. From front-page coverage of the Penn State trials to Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment to international outcry about gang rape in India to national focus on Steubenville, talking about rape—a long-silenced topic—is finally a mainstream conversation. We are in a unique cultural moment where the ever-present epidemic of sexual violence is being recognized.

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