Leaked Footage of the Incredibly Horrible Police Action Against OWS Last Year

My dear Colleagues,

I just had one of the most shocking experiences in my life, at age 96.
When the police broke up the Occupy Wall Street demonstration on the 15th of November 2011, the participants in the protest could not take any photos, all their equipment was destroyed, and all journalists were barred. What I just saw was 15 minutes of video taken by the police. Unbelievable. You must find a way to see it.
Beating up people who hardly showed any physical resistance. Grabbing children from their parents. Six policemen beating down one desperate, decent human being.
Everyone must see this film somehow. It is the most shameful of events in our own country, rivaling beatings during the Jim Crow era. Outright beating people who had done nothing wrong in any way. The world must see this, period.
I did learn that you can view it on YouTube here:
I urge you to view the video, which was done with police cameras and not released until yesterday. It also probably is only a small part of what they filmed, so you can imagine what they left out.
Do let me know if you follow through, and express your opinion.
Sincerely,
Sidney

Hate Groups in the USA

Dear Colleagues,

I was shocked to learn of the increase in the number of hate groups in our country. A year ago, the Southern Poverty Law Center issued a detailed report, which I may have shared with you, of about roughly 250 hate groups as of January 2010 with details of addresses, contact points, etc.  That figure contrasted with approximately 80 hate groups 10 years earlier, which had brought down the number of hate groups due to courageous opposition by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  The current issue of this intelligence report gives details of 1,000 hate groups in eight categories, which includes a new category of internet operations.  They also include a map showing the number of active hate groups in all the states with a total of 1,002 as of the end of 2010.  I would be pleased to send copies of the actual lists to anyone interested in learning the facts and possible use in the struggles ahead.

I would suggest for those of you who would like to get a copy to contact the Southern Poverty Law Center at 400 Washington Avenue, PO Box 548 Montgomery, AL 36177-9621. You can e-mail them at: http://www.splcenter.org/contact-us

Sincerely,

Sidney J. Gluck

Click HERE to view the SPLC Spring 2011 Intelligence Report at http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2011/spring

World Expansion of USA Discrimination

Dear Colleagues,

A day after we sent the paper on right-wing moves to incorporate Puerto Rico as the 51st state as part of a campaign to make English the official language of our country, we received an article from the Christian Science Monitor on “Global Doors Slamming Shut” dealing with the deterioration of support for immigration around the world reflecting the negative attitude of the political Right, backed by finance capital, in our own country.  No question in my mind that the accelerating propaganda and activity against immigrants in our own country IS the impetus for spreading this virus at a time when the system is no longer looking for cheap labor (which compelled them to tolerate other native languages).  I find this article illuminating and would like to share it with you.

Sincerely,

Sidney Gluck

Click HERE to view “Global doors slam shut on immigrants” at http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-Issues/2010/1009/Global-doors-slam-shut-on-immigrants

Marx’s Contribution to Humanism

I found this in my old teaching notes as I’m organizing my library and I wanted to share it with you:

“Chinese socialism may, of course, bear the same relation to European socialism as Chinese to Hegelian philosophy. But it is still amusing to note that the oldest and most unshakable empire on earth has, within eight years, been brought to the brink of a social revolution by the cotton bales of the English bourgeoisie; in any event, such a revolution cannot help but have the most important consequence for the civilized world. When our European reactions, in the course of their imminent flight through Asia, finally arrive at the Great Wall of China, at the gates which lead to the home of primal reaction and primal conservatism, who knows if they will not find written thereon the legend:

Republique Chinoise
Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite”

- Karl Marx, London, January 31, 1850