Video of Dialogue Between Myanmar, U.S., Iranian Women on Uprisings Against Police Brutality/Mass Incarceration & Pathways to Solidarity

On June 6, 2021, I spoke with two amazing women about  uprisings against police brutality/mass incarceration in Myanmar/Burma, U.S., Iran & pathways to solidarity.  Romarilyn Ralston is a prison abolitionist scholar and activist in the U.S.  Debbie Stothard is a Burmese human rights activist.

This one-hour  dialogue delves  into the similarities and differences between our struggles, and ways to create collaboration among activists from these countries.  If there were any doubts about the urgency of addressing these connections,  the latest statement of Michael Flynn, a Trump advisor  about the need for a Myanmar style military coup in the U.S., shows that the Republicans are drawing connections between Myanmar and  the U.S.   for  their own fascistic purposes. Continue reading Video of Dialogue Between Myanmar, U.S., Iranian Women on Uprisings Against Police Brutality/Mass Incarceration & Pathways to Solidarity

Struggles against Police Brutality in the U.S., Myanmar, and Iran: Pathways to Solidarity

Why is so little explicit connection being made by activists between the Black Lives Matter uprising in the U.S., the current mass uprising in Myanmar, and the ongoing struggles in Iran? My article below will examine similarities and differences between these struggles in order to help U.S., Myanmar and Iranian activists against police brutality and carceral capitalism come together in conversation and promote solidarity.

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Conversation with Palestinian Socialist Feminist Journalist, Budour Hassan

Below is the link to my conversation with Budour Hassan, Palestinian socialist feminist  journalist.  Hassan  is  a legal researcher for the Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights.   She is from Nazareth and spoke to me  from Jerusalem.   She talks about the latest Israeli assault on Palestinians, the role of women in the  Palestinian resistance,  the feminist movement against gender violence, solidarity with women prisoners, Abolitionist Feminism, and the needed regional and global socialist feminist solidarity.

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Bryan Stevenson, Nasrin Sotoudeh & Seeking Justice

Bryan Stevenson and Nasrin Sotoudeh are both human rights attorneys who have dedicated their lives to “helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned.” They both received the 2020 Alternative Nobel Prize, also known as the Right Livelihood Award.

Two fascinating documentaries about them, Nasrin (2020) and True Justice (2020) can give international viewers important insights into how they challenged hate and promoted justice.

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