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3.4 Million Puerto Ricans Remain in Dark since Hurricane; Lack Food, Water, Medicine

September 30, 2017 by  

by Anne Jaclard

Ten days after Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, the population of 3.4 million people is struggling to survive, with no electricity, little water, food, gasoline and communications, plus flooded towns and impassable roads. Relief supplies sit in the harbor because federal officials have not sent the personnel and equipment needed for their distribution. The old and sick are dying in nursing homes and hospitals—most of the hospitals were shut down to consolidate fuel supplies in order to run the generators of a few major ones—or dying at home or in shelters because the roads are blocked by debris. Conditions become more desperate daily.

Carmen Yulin Cruz, the Mayor of San Juan, has been on TV daily, eloquently describing the growing threat to life and pleading for more U.S. aid. Aid has been slow and much too little, in sharp contrast to the relief sent immediately by the federal government to Texas and Florida when hurricanes hit them in recent weeks. The mayor addressed Trump publicly: “We are dying, and you are ignoring us. We are not second-class citizens.” She wondered “why the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out the logistics for a small island, just 100 miles by 35 miles in size.” Read More

Alt-Right Joins KKK to Keep Racism on the Offensive in South

July 26, 2017 by  

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by Anne Jaclard, from news courtesy of National Lawyers Guild

Strange as it may seem to people outside the U.S., the latest struggle over racism here is over symbols—old statues of Confederate “heroes” that appear in public places throughout the South. (The Confederacy was the nation of states that tried to secede from the U.S. in order to preserve slavery, causing the Civil War of 1861-64.) While many cities and states have recently removed these statues, and some are re-naming Confederate-named streets, parks, etc. as well, they have been met with opposition from some white people, who claim their history and culture are being “erased” by the removal of the statues—even when the statues are not destroyed, but moved to museums. Read More

Video: MHI-sponsored Panel on Confronting “Anti-Neoliberal Left” Collaboration with Trumpism and the Far Right

Marxist-Humanist Initiative is unflinchingly opposed to Trumpism and the far right in all their manifestations. We have dedicated ourselves to protesting the heel coming down on our necks, and also to calling out those segments of the so-called left that continue to seek accommodation with Trumpism in any way.

As part of this effort, we sponsored and participated in a panel–Confronting “Anti-Neoliberal Left” Collaboration with Trumpism and the Far Right–at the Left Forum this past Sunday. The Left Forum, held in New York City, is the largest conference of left academics and activists in the U.S. Read More