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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights

Charity Versus True Sharing and Giving

It took me quite a while in this world to see the subtle differences between charity and actual sharing and giving. Charity involves one entity keeping all the wealth and power, and giving metered allowances to those they control. Sharing involves equal access to resources and equal access to power. Giving involves relinquishment of control of property to another. Charity is controlling and paternalistic, while Sharing and Giving involve empowerment. Charity is a very different species than Sharing and Giving. This subtle difference is played out in so many ways it is astounding, from our ‚Äúcharity‚Ä? in Iraq, where we want total control yet try to play ourselves off as merciful, selfless, ‚Äúgivers,‚Ä? to Christian soup kitchens that hold food from they hungry until the hungry proclaim allegiance to a mythic white god from the Middle East. People need to ask themselves whether a situation involves actual sharing or giving, or whether it is manipulative ‚Äúcharity,‚Ä? at every turn in the road.

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LOCAL Announcement :: Alternative Media : Civil & Human Rights : Environment & Food : Globalization & Capitalism : Government & Elections : Labor & Economics : Peace & War : Police State : Police State : Poverty & Urban Development : Poverty & Urban Development : Resistance & Tactics

Left (or alternative) Wing Chat Room on

Announcement: has just opened a chat room for all to discuss the issues of the day.

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News :: Globalization & Capitalism

Bob Avakian Talk on Revolution Now Available

Revolution: Why It's Necessary - Why It's Possible - What It's All About
a film of a talk by Bob Avakian

In 2003 Chairman Bob Avakian delivered an historic talk in the United States. This 5-VHS or 4-DVD set, with Spanish translation, combines materials from two amazing events.

This talk, followed by questions and answers, is a wide-ranging revolutionary journey, covering many topics. It breaks down the very nature of the society we live in and how humanity has come to a time where a radically different society is possible. It takes us deep into the heart of the horrors we see around us


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LOCAL Announcement :: Arts & Culture

Waking Life at Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-In

Dreams. An escape from reality or reality itself? Waking Life follows the dream of one man and his attempt to find and discern the absolute difference between waking life and the dreamworld. Hosted by Reverend Johnny. Let's make this a good showing as a rebound after our Soquel Bridge bust last week!

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Commentary :: Government & Elections



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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights : Globalization & Capitalism : Government & Elections : Peace & War

How the barrier really threatens Arabs

If Palestinian lives are miserable now, that's only a preview of things to come if they are completely separated from the Israel they love to hate.

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Commentary :: Resistance & Tactics

When all else fails with Freedom of Assembly, anyone can start a flash mob.

What are flash mobs?
Flash mobs are sudden gatherings of people at a predetermined location at a predetermined time.

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Announcement :: Peace & War

2nd Annual Nuclear Free Future Run

We run and walk to bring focus not only on the horror of
nuclear weapons but the damage caused to the Earth by the
production not only of these weapons but also by the use of
nuclear energy.

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News :: Peace & War

Citizen for Fair Legislation

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Peace & War : Police State : Resistance & Tactics

Congressman Charles Rangel Arrested at Sudanese Embassy

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