“the Department of Defense will be prepared to defend the homeland, remain the preeminent military power in the world, ensure the balances of power remain in our favor, and advance an international order that is most conducive to our security and prosperity.”
To the Empire, the mass starvation of children via sanctions is merely another tool of war under the banner of human rights and a “rules-based international order.”
2021 is the year the shit is going to hit the fan.
As bad as 2020 has been, there is still a heavy backlog of bills (financial and political) that are coming due. Hunger and homelessness rise inexorably, as does long-term unemployment. Loss of medical insurance will leave millions at the mercy of overcrowded Emergency Rooms, as the Covid-stressed medical system continues to break. Corporate profit-seeking has stalled the emergency vaccination plan. Unpaid rent and mortgages will put legions more on the street. They’ll keep cranking up war hysteria. Oh, did I forget the coming across-the-board breakdown of state and local governments, and their accompanying safety net?
This has been a hard piece to write. I’ve spent over a week starting and stopping and deep down I know why – because I never wanted to write a memorial to my friend and one time co-chair of the Pinellas County Green Party, Rev. Bruce Wright. I still keep expecting to find links on my facebook page from him. I keep expecting to see another text. And more than anything I keep wishing I had spoken to him at least one more time. But I got busy, as we all do, and after all, he’d be there, he was always there. And so in writing this I have to come to terms with his untimely death and I’ve put it off as if to stop it all from being true.
Black Power is what is needed to ensure black lives matter. That same power is needed for black deaths to be respected as well. There are countless African American cemeteries in Florida that have been abandoned. Completely forgotten. The physical appearance of most of these neglected sites reflect the defiant attitude Florida has harbored against the African Community. Torn, ripped, pillaged, and neglected describes the numerous cemeteries of those of African lineage.
January 6, 2021 will be remembered as the day the President of the United States whipped his supporters into a violent frenzy and the rage-filled mob stormed a shockingly unsecured Capitol Building while it was in the process of confirming Biden’s Electoral College victory. It wasn’t hard. Trump has been howling about being the real winner of the election since his defeat to Joe Biden last November.
— Robin Harris Co-Chair, Green Party of Florida January 6, 2021
Rioting. Looting. Broken glass. Disrespect to media and cops. It wasn’t Black Lives Matters protesters or anarchists. This was the scene at and in the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon. MAGA protesters stormed the Capitol and walked right in. One MAGA supporter walked into the Chambers and announced that Trump had won the election! Another rioter went to Nancy Pelosi’s office and put his feet on her desk to declare the same.
Between 1882 and 1930, African Americans were more likely to be lynched in Florida than in any other state. With less than a month before 2021 cycles in, Ron DeSantis plans to keep this lynching legacy alive. The Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act is the Governor’s imperialistic and racist package to stop public assemblies and protect law enforcement.
If you read the outline of this horrific bill, you will see that its historic manipulative flare cannot be ignored.
While most of Amerikkka is debating failed politics, Quasheda Pierce and Tasha Strachan are mourning the loss of their sons. A.J. Crooms and Sincere Pierce, both Black, were both executed by a killer cop who has been documented for instances of violence between him and his wife (who is a detective with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office), at least once in front of their young child, as well as threatening to kill a man with whom his wife was reportedly having an affair.
Florida’s Palm Beach County braces for its annual “burn season,” which begins each year in October and runs for six months at least through March to as late as May. The Florida sugar industry begins its harvest season for 400,000 acres (625 square miles) of sugarcane fields. Assuming a six-month burn season, this means there were approximately 43 fires per day in 2019. During the burning, walls of fire rise from 30 to 40 feet in the air, and then create smoke plumes reaching over a half-mile high, stretching as much as 26 miles from the actual burn sites, around four small Black and Latino communities in Palm Beach south of Lake Okeechobee — Belle Glade, Pahokee, South Bay and Canal Point. Hendry, Glade and Martin counties are also targets. This is all designated as part of the “Hazard Zone.”
Roads become impassible. Children walk to school wearing trash bags to protect themselves from the noxious “Black Snow” which bombards everything in the area. The greasy, sticky, toxic ash accumulates on parks, schools, roads, hospitals, restaurants, and shopping areas.
Smoke filters into people’s homes, schools and hospitals. Schools stock up on asthma inhalers. Air conditioner and water filters become clogged. Still-lit embers sometimes rain down from the fields. Flowers die and gardens are poisoned. Children wheeze and cry, and adults cough when they breathe. Everything stinks.