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Why Trump Happened (And What We Can Do About It)

Supporters rally with Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump in Tampa, Florida, U.S. October 24, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

By Mark Rudd (November 26, 2016) People tell me they don’t want theory. That’s ok, but we do need to know where we’re going, both in opposing Trump’s rule and in transforming the Demo Party, for example. There’s a huge debate raging in the digital world around what the problem with Hillary’s campaign was–and by implication the Demo Party in…
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Message to My Students and Former Students About Trump’s Election

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By Mark Naison (November 20, 2017) I don’t know where this election is taking us. There is a wave of hatred and fear sweeping through the nation. People assaulting one another, threatening one another, pulling up provocative symbols in public places that send a chill through their fellow citizens. The current administration has appointed white supremacists and white nationalists to…
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There Should Never Be an Inch of Compromise with Trump

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday in their first public step toward a transition of power November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Photo by Olivier Douliery/ABACA

  By Arun Gupta (November 19, 2016) Apparently Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, never personally killed anyone despite the fact the SS probably killed over 10 million people. The reason I mention this is if Trump nominated Himmler for a senior White House position, we would see articles in the Washington Post saying, well, Himmler never personally The…
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How Do We Approach People Not Like Ourselves?

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  By Mark Rudd (November 18, 2016) I went to the demonstration today. By my estimate there were about 1,000 people there. About half the crowd were older people, but the other half were young. Lots of Native Americans. Great spirit, “Save the Water, Save the Land!” During the close, I noticed a young woman wearing a bandana. This is…
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The Right Heart is More Important than the Right Analysis in Fighting Racism

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By Chris Crass (November 14, 2016) The goal, for those of us who are white and want collective liberation, is to help support, encourage, resource, listen to, invite and bring in as many white people as possible into liberation values, culture, action, community and movement. If white people are expressing outrage or shock about Trump, I understand why people of…
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There is No Hierarchy of Freedom and Liberty: Another Gift from Audre Lorde

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By Christian Matheis (November 14, 2016)     In the 19th and 20th century, when the U.S. was formally, legally segregated under Jim Crow laws, regressives cried “freedom! liberty!” in order to paint a false moral picture of their ill-gotten, mean-spirited grip on political and economic power. When activists responded with efforts to desegregate, those who opposed civil rights often…
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Let Me Tell You Why I Feel So Drained

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By Yoko Arisaka (November 12, 2016) Let me tell you why I personally feel so drained about this whole mess that is the now… These are some of the actual things that were said to me in my 20’s: “Can we fuck or should I apologize?” “Hoo, relax, girl, man, you do need a pussy massage!” “Heard that Asian chicks…
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We Need to Take over the Democratic Party

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By Mark Rudd (November 11, 2016) The number of people who voted for Hillary was 60,000,000, not 42,000,000. The latter is the number of people who voted for Demo candidates for the Senate. Anybody who would turn his or her back (it’s actually mostly guys) on 60,000,000 voters has to have his head examined. That’s lunacy, in the service of…
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The Time to Build a More Caring and Just Society

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By David DeHart (November 11, 2016) It’s pretty difficult to sum up in words the disappointment and anger that comes from the election of a neofascist to president. We are going to see a lot of terrible things happening in the next few years, we are already seeing how bigots have been emboldened in their violence. But what is important…
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The March Downward Did Not Begin With Trump

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By Teka Lark (November 10, 2016) The march downward did not begin with Trump. It began with the neoliberals forgetting about the people and their roots. The Democrats abandoned Asian-American, African-Americans, Latinos and the white working classes and instead focused on just the most privileged of the left. They had no message. The only message they had was vote for…
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Organizing Takes Place in the Interstices

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By Alexander Reid Ross (November 10, 2016) ““For some of us there was no one particular place, and we grabbed whatever we could from wherever we found space, comfort, quiet, a smile, non-judgment.” – Audre Lorde Remembering today that the great burden of organizing takes place in the interstices, away from the obtuse and brutal burlesque that passes for radicalism…
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