Monthly Archive: March 2016

Feeling Drained After Bernie

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By Portia Norton (March 26, 2016) The Bernie rally was a long line and a long wait. Bernie spoke all the right bullet points. The bird was a special occurrence. Yet, I came off of it feeling depleted and drained.

Change Starts in the Streets, Not With the White House

A supporters holds a sign for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during campaign event at the LA Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Monday, August 10, 2015. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

By Arun Gupta (March 25, 2016) I asked dozens of activists and organizers what tangible movement building is coming out the Bernie Sanders campaign. Here’s what I found. The last half of the article will be of interest to many as it examines different responses from organized socialists. It’s a mixed bag at best.

Neoliberal Austerity Fuels the Rebirth of Fascism in Europe

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By Junyoung Veronica Kim (March 24, 2016) As Roberto Savio remarked recently, “there is no single European country (with few exceptions like Spain, where the [Partido Popular] can encompass all right wing positions), where right wing and xenophobic parties have not grown since the 2009 crisis, and often are the tipping point in national parliaments.”

Tales of Anti-Racism in the Nashville YMCA: Dumping Trump in AZ

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By Chris Crass (March 19, 2016) The continuing adventures of anti-racism at the Nashville YMCA: “They should all go to Russia or China if they don’t like it,” shouts the woman in her 70s behind me. We’re both on running machines, and my pace quickens. She goes on about how angry those people make her. She’s yelling about the news…
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Why Elites Have to Destroy Public Education

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By Mark Naison (March 11, 2016) I just had an epiphany. I’ve been thinking about why our economic and political elites are devoting so much energy to destroying public education. What’s in it for them, other than the profits to be made from investments in technology, software, real estate and other direct benefit to corporations from testing and school privatization?

Sanders Campaign An Opportunity for Anti-Racism

  By Chris Crass (March 10, 2016) For white people who believe in, and work for, racial justice on any and all fronts, the point of reading analysis and reflections on the racism in the ‪#‎BernieSanders‬ campaign, is not to then sit back and say: “See, that’s why I don’t ‪#‎FeelTheBern‬“.

We are All “Illegals”

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By Mark Naison (March 9, 2016) One of the things that drives me craziest in the current political landscape is the use of the term “illegals” to refer to undocumented immigrants. If there is ever an example of the pot calling the kettle black, this is it.

Dear Sanders Supporters: It’s Over

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By Arun Gupta (March 3, 2016) Dear Bernie Sanders supporters, I know it’s difficult to accept but it’s over. Fivethirtyeight.com, which provides the best analysis of electoral chances, writes that Hillary Clinton’s lead is pretty much insurmountable, and that’s not including super-delegates.