Tea Party is Just GOP on Racist Overdrive
“The Tea Party,” says author and activist Paul Street, “is just a bunch of really, really loud, obnoxious, more stridently racist, more stridently poor-hating, more stridently liberal- and leftist-hating Republicans than the usual fare.” Street is co-author of “Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics,” due out in March. By falsely characterizing the Tea Party phenomenon as an independent “movement,” corporate media have helped to “rebrand the GOP, which is even more unpopular than Obama.”
U.S. Created Conditions for Haiti Cholera
“The United States is directly to blame for the sanctions that prevented the building of an adequate sewage system and water treatment system in the very river” where the cholera outbreak in Haiti began, said writer and activist Ashley Smith, at St. Mary’s Church, in Harlem. Smith was among the speakers at a rally and teach-in in solidarity with Haiti, organized by the Black is Back Coalition.
Obama’s Narrow Definition of Human Rights
“In the midst of this economic crisis, the United States fails to recognize economic, cultural and social rights as legitimate human rights,” says Ajamu Baraka, executive director of the U.S. Human Rights Network. “Therefore, they try to avoid the obligations that the government has to the poor and working people in this country.”