New laws required Chukchi outside collectives to give the state seventy per cent of their herds. After 1938, school truancy became illegal, making ninety per cent of nomadic children suddenly delinquent. It was logic that could turn any Chukchi adult into a terse line in an N.K.V.D. arrest record. A lone hunter named Karauv’e was sentenced to ten years in prison in 1936 for practicing shamanism and barring his children from joining the Komsomol, the communist youth organization. A herder named Vapyska, a short man scarred from smallpox who had twenty-two reindeer living on the plain of the Chaun River, was jailed in May, 1940, as a saboteur. When officials came to his tent to arrest him, Vapyska proclaimed, “I do not recognize Soviet power. I alone am the master on the tundra. In my camp, I will not allow the organization of a school. . . . Many people are sick because the Russians travel here. Soon there will be a time when many people perish.” … [Read more...] about When the Soviet Union Freed the Arctic from Capitalist Slavery
Join TheDCNF’s Matt Miller as he heads to the 2019 Poor People’s Campaign forum in Washington, D.C., to ask people how they feel about reparations, and how much they would be willing to pay. … [Read more...] about Do You Support Reparations For Slavery?
Fort Bend County Judge KP George and the Commissioners Court honored District Attorney Brian Middleton and Precinct 3 Constable Wayne Thompson for organizing and leading a recent multi-agency human trafficking sweep. In addition, Judge George and member of the Commissioners Court approved a proclamation designating January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, as an effort to promote public awareness of the issue, during the Commissioner Court Meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 14. Picture, from left: Commissioner Vincent Morales, Constable Wayne Thompson, Commissioner Grady Prestage, Judge KP George, Commissioner Andy Meyers, District Attorney Brian Middleton, Commissioner Ken DeMerchant … [Read more...] about Fort Bend County DA Brian Middleton, Constable Wayne Thompson honored for leading human trafficking sweep
But that doesn’t mean the 49-year-old’s path to the nomination will be easy. As many as five more Democratic senators could soon mount their own primary bids, creating a competition for voters’ attention, and several of Booker’s rival presidential hopefuls bring higher name recognition to a race that may also feature popular former Vice President Joe Biden. Booker also will likely stand alone as an unmarried candidate, though he brings a compelling personal biography that could help elevate his message of bringing Americans together around what he described as “common purpose.” … [Read more...] about New Jersey Senator Cory Booker Launches 2020 Presidential Bid
While this debate has simmered since the church’s 1972 declaration that homosexual acts are “incompatible with Christian teaching,” it recently gained new urgency. On Jan. 3, a committee representing progressive, traditionalist and centrist church leaders issued a nine-page “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation.” If approved during the church’s General Conference in Minneapolis this May, the traditionalists will form a new denomination. … [Read more...] about Can this church be saved? Split on LGBTQ issues, United Methodists consider divorce