by Jay Monaco It doesn't matter if you define the perspective from which you're coming as conservative or liberal - don't talk to me about a post-racial society. Don't talk to me about colorblindness. Don't tell me that race is no longer an issue because Obama and because the youngs are so liberal and cool … Continue reading Forgiveness doesn’t put out fires
by Jay Monaco Strange Rumblings in Democracy-land Normally, world leaders don't suddenly appear without warning on television at one in the morning to make major announcements. Then again, absolutely nothing about the situation unfolding in Greece right now is normal - and that's a good thing. If only I could have seen Angela Merkel's face when … Continue reading Greece: THIS is what democracy looks like
by Jay Monaco As smartphone video and social media make it ever easier to document instances of police misconduct, a dark pattern of behavior across our law enforcement departments has emerged. This is particularly true when it comes to police treatment of African-Americans. We all know the big names - Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric … Continue reading Did CAJE protesters influence a court battle?
by Jay Monaco Last week, after months of careful planning, a fascist, imperialist, white supremacist terrorist walked into a historic South Carolina church, where a Bible study was being held. He debated Scripture with the attendees, who were kind and welcoming. When the Bible study was over, he shot them all, leaving nine human beings … Continue reading “That was a lot of life there.”
Much has been said, and rightfully so, about the calamitous hate-driven terrorist attack that killed nine black churchgoers at a Bible study. At this time, I find myself unable to adequately add to them. My heart is heavy. I hope yours is, too. So come out on Monday night, if it is at all … Continue reading Monday, 8PM in Lowell: CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR CHARLESTON VICTIMS
NOTE: REGRETFULLY, DUE TO FORECASTED THUNDERSTORMS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. AS SOON AS WE HAVE A NEW DATE IN PLACE, I WILL UPDATE AND BE ALL UP IN YOUR FACE ABOUT IT. If you're in the … Continue reading **POSTPONED!! This Sunday, come out to Shedd Park in Lowell – and bring everyone you know!
The next time unions or progressive democrats say they just can’t do anything right because they just can’t, remember what happened last Friday with the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In the spirit of gallows laughter – which is sometimes all we’ve got – I’ve a certain measure of perverse explaining this issue to inquiring minds over the … Continue reading Selective impotence – lessons from the TPP
by Jay Monaco Too Many Socialisms It’s 2015, and reading about politics on the internet has devolved to the level of cable and satellite television – even for the most ardent activists and junkies among us. Hundreds of channels and nothing to watch. And whatever you finally settle upon is bound to be depressing as … Continue reading There are too many socialist websites: Introducing Communique New England
This represents the second post in our wild Commie #FITN Party series. Disclaimer found here. *********** by Jay Monaco Look, a lot has already been written on this subject. Here's Jacobin founder Bhaskar Sunkara saying Bernie's candidacy is a good idea. Here's a different writer in Jacobin saying why none of this is true and Bernie's run … Continue reading We wish we were excited about Bernie, but we’re not