Exposing and Defeating the Fascist Creep

In light of the fact that Donald Trump is president, and that his consigliere Steve Bannon has publicly expressed a favorable view of the Italian fascist and SS enthusiast Julius Evola; considering the possibility that the neofascist Marine Le Pen’s Front National could win the 2017 elections in France; and given the explosive violence targeting Muslims, Jews and people of color in the US since Trump’s election, the time is certainly right to read and widely discuss Alexander Reid Ross’s new book, Against the Fascist Creep (AK Press, 2017).

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Columbus Day and the Sanitization of History

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The strife that has engulfed Christopher Columbus’ legacy in recent years has put the concept of an Indigenous People’s Day at the forefront of discussion.

In theory, as we move forward in our lives, we should make every effort to broaden our perspective and to seek out the truth. As we mature, so should our thought process. Such maturation holds true on both an individual and a societal basis. A broad understanding of history enables one to reconcile the past, comprehend the present and reasonably theorize how future events may unfold. As truths are discovered, norms begin to shift. Such forthright thinking is necessary to fully grasp the complexities of historical events and figures.

This is particularly true with respect to the legacy of Christopher Columbus, a polarizing historical figure whose life has been defined by many for his astonishing level of courage and intestinal fortitude. Nevertheless, such impressive traits should never blur the fact that he oversaw a murderous quest for material riches that resulted in the utter demise of a people. Each year, as October 12 comes and goes, a question is raised – what are we celebrating about his life?

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Mayor’s office seeking commissioners for Seattle Housing Two openings to be filled

SEATTLE — May 12, 2014— The Seattle Housing Authority is currently seeking two new commissioners for the Seattle Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. Both vacancies are at-large positions.

The 7-member Board of Commissioners includes five at-large positions and two resident positions. The commissioners are responsible for approving the agency’s annual budget and setting policy.

Regular Board meetings are held the third Monday of the month. An informal Board briefing is usually held on the second Tuesday of the month. Commissioners serve four-year terms.

The Mayor appoints the commissioners, who are then confirmed by the Seattle City Council.

Anyone interested in serving on the Seattle Housing Authority Board of Commissioners may send a resume and letter of interest to Commission Staff Liaison, Pedro Gomez.

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