At the young age of 15, Mumia Abu Jamal had gained the attention of the FBI and was placed on the COINTELPRO list after he became the Lieutenant of Information for the Philadelphia Black Panthers Branch. He was a black activist and journalist who was falsely accused of murdering a cop and has been in prison for 41 years.
Amnesty International did a report on his imprisonment and even they had to admit "it doesn't meet international standards". Of course, it cowardly doesn't take an opinion on whether he's guilty or won't even say he's a political prisoner. Some interesting tidbits are that 71% of the potential Jurors were black and struck off, the caliber of bullets didn't match at all (not disclosed to jury), no sort of gunpowder test was done, the FBI admitting that they had him under surveillance and worked with philly pd to frame him, etc.
His lawyers have recently been given 60 days to review evidence, and I just hope the decades long work of organizers to free him come to fruition. Fuck Philly PD, one of the dirtiest shit stains of a police department on the planet.
I guess someone randomly hit me up on reddit and they noticed I linked some multipolarista stuff, and they're wondering if there are any Denmark parties? I'd tell em but I'm not from Denmark, I'm a Usonian :').
I'm getting legal aid to help, and I do have a fair bit of documentation (all timesheets, paystubs, questionable texts about scheduling from my boss, and even pictures of a few health code violations). What was the process like for you? How soon did you get money?
I work in the service industry and I recently discovered that my coworkers, and I have not been getting our legally due overtime pay. I was honestly only made aware of the issue because one of my newer coworkers raised the issue of not getting paid overtime rates for work. This was some months ago, but I think the buried it in my mind because at the time, I genuinely did read the law wrong I'm pretty sure (I'm sure it's intentionally made confusing as well).
I think all this was reignited in my mind because I recently asked my other coworker if we get overtime rates for Black Friday, and I ended up looking into the details. I'm not 100%, but all the other workers I asked at my job said that they either don't get it/ that they're supposed to get it/ how their employer did some little shifty accounting trick to finesse them out of overtime rates.
I'm consulting a knowledgeable comrade about the laws, but there's legit no reason as to why would be exempt from being owed our legally due overtime rates. If I filed a wage complaint, I'd most definitely get fired, and who knows how else my boss might retaliate. He does know about my drug usage, and I'm sure he would use whatever information against me that he could. Maybe it's a bit of a harsh assessment to make, but capitalists will do whatever to protect their bottom line.
Yesterday, a few comrades and I went out to pass out some flyers! This was probably the 2nd/ maybe 3rd time doing it? We went out in the evening, around the time people would be getting out for work, and people were hardly receptive 😢. I think I could have improved the outreach if I made my initial sales pitch/ reach out/ whatever you want to call it a bit more...personal I think? Y'know, that first thing you say when you approach someone.
Also, I think I should stay away from using more yes/ no focused questions and maybe stick to statements? The topic of yesterday was focused around the coming prop 1 here in California, a prop to enshrine abortion in the California constitution. I pretty much asked "Hey, do you want a voter's guide" to most of the people walking by.
Just wanted to post this because I'd love feedback, tips, comments, criticism, etc. from other comrades out there :3
Regularly, I'd ignore it, but some Gusano sent me [this](https://iwpr.net/global-voices/havana-evictions-highlight-housing-shortage) and [this](https://diariodecuba.com/cuba/1656608219_40605.html). Is is true that evictions are being carried out in Cuba?
In both links, it talks about how the people who were "evicted" were in abandoned buildings, so my bet is that the government doesn't want them in dilapidated buildings. I'd love some clarification on these matters, please.
I've been tasked with watching this thing for about a month now, and I think I've been overwatering it maybe. The instructions say to either submerge pot in water for 5 minutes/ place 2 - 3 ice cubes...once a week. I was watering it like 2 a week with a spray bottle for the first few weeks.
I just finished ice cubing it yesterday and it looks even worse I think.
Last picture is the plant currently. Additional info, it's been very hot the past week and now. High 80's and 90's...
It's one of those little things that irks me so much. I remember reading something about how the reparations germany had to pay were not at all excessive (especially when compared to other wars at the time).
Someone brought it up, so naturally, I'd like to counter it.
Well almost...I just applied back into the school system, and I'm gonna talk to a counselor some time this week :)! I'm tired of the drudgery of work. Last week, my boss told me to take my earphones out at work and I was absolutely livid...I plan on blowing off work as much as possible within my schedule, because screw him.
I think I'm finally set on pursuing mycology! I'm currently just taking on a science degree thingy, but I'll honestly have to see how long it would take me to pursue mycology as a career. I'm restarting at a Community college, and just wanna transfer. Hopefully, I won't have to do more than 3 years at the Uni I plan on transferring to. I'm broke 😢...
I asked the store manager if there were refillable cartridges I could just buy online, instead of being forced to pay for like 3 different products! (Not Cheap!) She said that the companies sometimes make printers go error if you use unauthorized ink...
Absolutely pointless production that fuels climate change 🙄. Get me out of here! I'm stuck in 2D!
Little known fact, but the "Uncle Tom" character is based on a real man named Josiah Henson! Josiah Henson was a former slave who escaped to Canada (900 Miles of walking!), acquired some land, and started a school and community for other escaped slaves. The institue was called the British American Institute for Fugitive Slaves!
He taught himself to read and write later on in his life, and he did narrate his book called "The Life of Josiah Henson: Formerly a Slave".
Why did Uncle Tom sorta became associated with being a docile sellout? Well, if i had to guess, Harriet Beecher Stowe (white woman) who wrote about Mr. Henson probably did so/ was forced to write him in that light to attract a more...white audience. I guess the idea of an emancipated black former slave who was intelligent wasn't all too marketable then. Hell, the book supposedly outsold the bible when it dropped.
I think it's a silly obfuscation to divert any blame from capitalism by just proclaiming that the world currently isn't under capitalist hegemony, but I wanted to see what others thought and if anyone knew anything that Marx or anyone wrote about the matter.
Someone said to me "Directors are not the same as shareholders. Directors, CEOs and fund managers are, well, managers. Managers are NOT capitalists. They do not invest their own capital in order to make money and gain influence, they just climb the ladder. They don't have the same goals as owners and capitalists. They don't value the same things and they don't play the political game to get the same results. This is why the politics have also changed. They don't value the same institutions and want to do politics in different ways. They don't value political parties, individual rights, etc., they value rules, bureaus that enforce the rules that are non-partisan and continue to operate regardless of who's in power. Managerialism is too deep of a rabbit hole to be contained in a reddit comment thread, I would point you towards James Burnham who described it in great detail and quite accurately predicted what the modern world would look like when he wrote 80 years ago."
This gorgeous lady walked up to the register and she was extremely touchy. Like she grabbed my hand and was like oooh I love your bracelet :,) and we talked about her name! She'd come back every 2 minutes to just lean over the counter and look at me. I was very much caught off guard.
Sad to say, I did not ask her for her number 😢.
There's a post on "neutralpolitics" asking about "How does France practice neocolonialism in former African colonies? What is known about the effects of this practice?"
Ideally, the sources would stick to hard economic analysis (mentioning coups is fine if there is hard documented evidence). I know, it's annoying to have to feign neutrality, but it's sometimes the only way to reach people sometimes. If possible, focused on the CFA Franc Zone.
I was recently reading about the Young Lords and their hospital occupation in one of the PSL's publications! I thought this was a pretty cool instance of occupations succeeding and being popular (at least in the sense of mass support).
They occupied a Bronx hospital and were able to get the government to come to the negotiation table. They also staged trash burnings across the city to protest inadequate sanitation.
I don't know how they are these days, but I thought it was a cool instance of afrolatin history :).
One of the videos is from Democracy Now so bear with me...
I saw this ad about this white dude, and it was like 4 minutes long and about business in China. It starts off with an interesting disclaimer about how "everything you hear about chinese products is bad" and I guess they go on to debunk that?
I won't link the ad because I won't give capitalists the satisfaction 🤢, but I just thought it was interesting to note. I don't think it necessarily spells a sign of a future relationship developing between the collective thought of murica and china, but it was a nice refreshment from the average Shen Yun funded ad.
A few years back, I watched this sob movie about these brave Congolese park rangers just fighting off these crazy terrorists. It was a movie called Virunga. Breakthrough News, a very good news source, made me aware to the fact that there is a long history of white supremacy in the conservation movement and how more recently, these parks have been militarized.
I suggest you watch all of it, but a alot of indigenous people who had occupied the land practically forever were subject to brutal persecution (mass rape, mass killings).
This is definitely not an isolated event as well.
Everyday, Capitalism finds a way to ruin my living moments. How can I read articles without having to register for some dumb trial thing? I tried reader view, but I guess it only shows the teaser of the article :/.
I woke up from a nightmare, and I saw this when I opened my laptop. You basically get to wait for like 4 - 5 days for glorified microwave food/ food items that you end up having to cook yourself.
Maybe I'm still in the nightmare...
Being conditioned to say sorry when your boss asks to you cover on your off day, having to say thank you when you get your check, and being expected to give a 2 week notice is subtle class warfare imo.
I quit a job last month (was chronically underpaid and overworked there, worked there loosely for like 2 years). This one, I've worked for a few months, but I'm quitting cause they wanna be slick and try to delay our paychecks twice in a row. I did't say thank you both times when I got my check and I could tell my manager was heated because of that.
> There's plenty of material that breaks the number of fallacies and lies in his "research" down, but if you prefer a more western source - quoting me
Grayzone isn't a western source now? Interesting, because they certainly identify as one. (them)
Anyway, this is the same critiques that I've seen before. Including claims that what's happening in Xinjiang isn't technically "genocide" as long as the population is growing (which does not contradict the UN's definition of genocide). It's also openly admitting that the Chinese government started clamping down on Uyghur birth rates while they were loosening birth restrictions on all other ethnicities, which IS textbook genocide. They also admit that the CCP's enforced limitations on Uyghur births are what caused their birth rates to crater in 2017, at a time when the CCP was openly lamenting an impending demographic crisis. The government clearly wants more babies, they just don't want them to be of the wrong ethnicity. Again, genocide (them)
> Among Zenz's "major findings" was the claim that "80 percent of all net added IUD placements in China… were performed in Xinjiang, despite the fact that the region only makes up 1.8 percent of the nation's population."
> According to the 2019 China Health Statistics Yearbook published by the National Health Commission–the original source of Zenz's claim–the number of new IUD insertion procedures in Xinjiang in 2018 accounted for only 8.7 percent of China's total. So Zenz's "major finding" appeared to be off by a factor of 10, a staggering error that substantially undermined the explosive quality of his argument.
Amazingly, this is the same error that I've seen every other tankie parrot. It relies on comparing two different statistics, "new IUD insertions" and "net IUD insertions". Zenz was pretty clear in his paper that "net IUD insertions" are defined as the number of new IUDs inserted, minus the number removed that year. And he saw a huge red flag that unlike every other province, very few of the IUDs in Xinjiang were being removed. (him)
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The point about Grayzone is a silly one, especially considering it wasn't the only source I mentioned. I have work in like 30 minutes, so I don't want to hastily push out some arguement centered around sophistry.
I won't have till tomorrow to finalize a response, but I figured I might ask for a bit of help from people more familiar with the work. I think i vaguely remember reading something tangential to the claim of "They also admit that the CCP's enforced limitations on Uyghur births are what caused their birth rates to crater in 2017, at a time when the CCP was openly lamenting an impending demographic crisis. The government clearly wants more babies, they just don't want them to be of the wrong ethnicity. Again, genocide".
IIRC, the Uyghur populace were given more wiggle room for more birth rates than other ethnic groups in china when taking their size into account.
I know it seems like a waste of time, but we cannot stop explaining. Thank you in advance.
Whenever I see one of these, *this millenial earns XXX,000 from being a landlord a year! Learn how!* articles, it always starts with having rich family members...sigh
This might not be applicable to everyone, but there's an app called freebie alerts. There's pretty much everything on it: TV's, dryers, chairs, etc.
Be safe and keep your head up. You're not bad for being poor, friend.
I had my meeting with two representatives from my local PSL org :)! I do wish i had read more into the different publications the org had, because they did ask me about what specifically interested me in their publication.
I want to write a special thank you to the guy(s) who kept on ddosing lemmy. You gave me no other choice ;).
The gist of it was basically mocking people who would say that something is socialist simply because it has socialist in its name.
Some person evoked the ol "well the germans called themselves socialists" *argument* and I figured it would be alot more efficient to hit em with the Lenin copypasta 😎.