Read to Resist: Weeks 26 & 27

Read up and spread knowledge and solidarity to those around you!

We at C&R and at Pangea World Theater believe that cultural resistance to the profound violence around us (economic, military, racial, sexual etc) is imperative. Context, analysis and critical thinking are key elements to resisting injustice, as is the art that inspires, delights  and pushes us towards empathy and the creation of more humane and sustainable models for our communities and environment. Read to Resist is a curated bi-weekly reading/viewing/listening list to give us some of that context and inspiration. So whether you’re sheltering in place or marching in the streets; creating art or teaching;  parenting or healing, we urge you to read up and spread knowledge and solidarity to those around you.  

-C&R

The coronavirus wasn’t made in a lab. So why does the ‘Yan report’ say it was?National Geographic tackles the conspiracy theories around the origins of Covid-19.

Abortion’s Past Before Roe, abortion providers operated on the margins of medicine. They still do.

The extradition of Julian Assange would undermine freedom of speech | Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Former Brazilian President Lula argues that the Wikileaks founder is a champion of democracy and that the charges against him affect journalists around the world

Progressives Slam Biden’s Foreign Policy Team A look at the center-right nature of Biden’s backward-looking foreign policy circle

Apple and Google named in U.S. lawsuit over Congolesechild mining deaths. Dell, Microsoft and Tesla also among tech firms named in case brought by families of children killed or injured while mining in DRC.

Future or Past? Climate Change as Seen From the global North and South. With Amitav Ghosh The award-winning author and essayist Amitav Ghosh gives us a unique and much-needed set of perspectives on the global climate crisis that is already upon us (only available until Oct.7, 2020).

The Political Economy of Saving the Planet An interview with Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin on the climate crisis, COVID-19, and the future of environmental politics. 

Mothers of Victims of Police Don’t Want Your Pity Scholar and activist Naber argues that the  mothers of those killed by cops want justie and solidarity more than anything else. 

A Message from the Future II: The Years of Repair Naomi Klein produces this beautiful and inspiring video message from the future, along with The Intercept and a team of talented artists and organizations around the world.

World’s richest 1% cause double CO2 emissions of poorest 50%, says Oxfam Yet more proof that the 99% is paying the price for the orgy of consumption, waste and profiteering by the richest 1% of our dying planet. 

The Cop Who Quit Instead of Helping to Gentrify Atlanta An important story about doing the right thing, even from the inside.

Remembering RBG: Legal Giant’s Death Sparks Furious Fight in D.C. over Vacant Supreme Court Seat Democracy Now explores the pioneering but not-always-so-progressive career of RBG

A Young Kennedy, in Kushnerland, Turned Whistle-Blower Robert F. Kennedy’s grandson Max volunteered with Jared Kushner’s COVID-19 task force and likened the Trump regime’s pandemic response to “organized crime melded with ‘Lord of the Flies.’ ”

A Moral Witness | by Fintan O’Toole Journalist Martha Gellhorn’s recently published “Letters of Love and War” prove that if journalism is a rough draft of history, then war reportage is very rough indeed. 

Black Lives Matter and the Global Fight Against Racism Keisha N. Blain argues that the fight against racism has always been global.

Pentagon funneled taxpayer funds intended for medical supplies to defense contractors: report More proof that in addition to being an exporter of death and destruction, the Pentagon is a black hole of corruption, waste and theft, ultimately conning and robbing the American people.

The Students Left Behind by Remote Learning A Propublica/New Yorker investigation examines the ways in which remote learning has widened inequality in an already wildy unequal society.

Colonizing the Future Working people are forever kept on the brink of going broke. A just economy requires giving them the power to choose and create their own futures.

The myth of Rabin the peacemaker Former Israeli PM Rabin is celebrated in the West as a peacemaker, but the record shows that Palestinians are right to see him as a symbol of the relentless violence of settler colonialism.

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