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WAR: The "Mutual Butchery" of the Poor and Working Class

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This is a war on all of us, and the struggle against war is really a struggle for a better life for the millions of folks who are in need here in this country. The fight against the war is really to fight for your own interests, not the false interests of the defense industries, or the corporate media, or the White House.

Mumia Abu Jamal, "The War against us All! "

Revolutions are not "made' and great movements of the people are not produced according to technical recipes that repose in the pockets of the party leaders.

Rosa Luxemburg, "The Junius Pamphlet"

"Voter's Registration Here" the banner read under which too people seated at a long table covered with registration forms and folded brochures smiled at all those on their way into the grocery store. Did you register to vote?   . Did you register to vote?   Some people stopped and others went on.   When I finished chaining my bike and passed the table, the volunteers, I did not hear the question.

She is already a voter, they might be thinking. Of course, she is already a voter, and, as a voter, she is a Democrat, of course!   She is ready to cast her vote against Gov. Scott Walker. She is eager to pull the lever, again, for Barrack Obama! Of course! (Although I never voted for Walker or Obama).

What Black is not ready to vote again, do his or her civic duty, except those either in prison or those who served time and are not eligible to vote against Walker and for Obama. What Black person does not remember or has not been taught to recall Pettus Bridge, dogs, water hoses, 1964, and finally happy Blacks lining up at the polls throughout the South. So, of course, she is registered to vote.

When I left the store, I paused in front of the voter's registration table. Are you registered to vote?   Maybe she's not, huh?

No, responding as cheerfully as possible. I don't vote.

I walk toward the library and reach for the door.

That's why we are in the condition we are in today, the woman said.

What else is there if we do not vote?

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Before December 8, 1941, when the U.S. declared war against fascism, Langston Hughes, working as a reporter for the New Masses, joined the Abraham Brigade in Spain to fight fascism. This was 1936 and Hughes was not alone.

Activists such as James Yates and Alonzo Watson, (the first Black volunteer killed in action, February 25, 1937), did not hesitate to determine a course of action. They did not confer with "leaders" or the White House, and when Mussolini in 1935 invaded Ethiopia, Blacks in the Diaspora, able and willing, boarded to ship to fight fascism.

These Black volunteers decided on their own to directly fight fascism, as they were doing so at home, abroad, not, as the Abraham Lincoln Bridge (ALB) website would have readers believe, as "idealistic," childish dreamers or adventurers, but as informed citizens in touch with the reality at home, a reality of oppression much akin to a Hitler or Mussolini brand of fascism.

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Dr. Lenore J. Daniels, Black Commentator, Editorial Board and Columnist, Doctorate in Modern American Literature/Cultural Theory

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Published at the BlackCommentator.com , 5/11. 201... by Lenore Daniels on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 3:16:56 AM
That not voting against Walker is somehow helpful?... by BFalcon on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 7:09:27 AM