Monthly Archive: January 2018

“We Can’t Have Bike Lanes Because of Black People”

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By Teka Lark (January 31, 2018) When I first started in alt transit advocacy it was 2006, I saw Inconvenient Truth at the Santa Monica Pier and was convinced I alone was killing the planet. So I sold my Mini Cooper S and quit my job to start my art project: ShameTrame LA. It was a conceptual project that was…
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Black People Need Good Governance Toward Justice

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By Irami Osei-Frimpong (January 28, 2018) I’ve been thinking about Ann Richards and Obama. Everyone loves Ann Richards. I think she was great. Or at least I think she was fine. She won Texas without teaching people how to govern, so it snapped right back. Obama is similarly blessed. There are no principled Obama Democrats. The Obama coalition is held…
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Our Movements Work Best When We Listen to the Discomfort

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By S. (January 28, 2018) I am not a woman but I am a queer POC of color. We face common enemies but sometimes we become the enemy. I try my best to listen to women so that my behavior is not harmful or at least less harmful to women. My gut instinct in the Grace and Aziz storywas to…
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Consorting With the Enemy Ain’t Gonna Work: Chelsea Manning and the Alt-Right

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By Alexander Reid Ross (January 25, 2018) If you want to know what I think of the Chelsea Manning debacle, the nicest way I could put this is that I suppose it was probably a well-intentioned twofer. Kind of like, “Hey, I’ll gather intelligence while trying to make a difference by being nice and therefore showing that gender diversity disproves…
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Locals Insurgency: A Call to Action for Unionists

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By Alex Riccio (January 22, 2018)   A pending Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME, is all but guaranteed to pass in favor of the plaintiff. This decision will make Right to Work (aka Right to Greed) laws a national standard. For many who are involved in organized labor, this prospect is viewed as a threat to the very survival…
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Against the Fascist Creep: Talk by Alexander Reid Ross

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In March 2017, author Alexander Reid Ross visited the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures to describe the way in which fascism as intellectual movement draws on a variety of traditions, both from the right and left.  In that way, it can infiltrate many different social movements from within.  His latest book is Against the Fascist Creep from AK Press (2017)…
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But I am a Woman

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By Teka Lark (January 18, 2018) I remember being in LA waiting at a bus stop (I had given up my car to be environmentally conscious) to teach kindergarten in Compton and the police slowing down to ask if I was a prostitute. I remember sitting with my boyfriend at a downtown coffee shop and the police making a u-turn…
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Trump is Dangerous for His Policies, Not His Manners

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By Arun Gupta (January 17, 2018) Trump is a unique danger given everything from embracing neo-Nazis to threatening genocide, but his manners are in no way uniquely offensive for an American president. That great American president loved by liberals, Lyndon Baines Johnson, who oversaw passage of the Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, and implementation of the Great Society, makes…
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Be Wary of the Sunken King: Reflecting on the Humanity of Our Heroes

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By S. (January 16, 2018) If you’re a black person who was born after Dr. King died you were probably subjected to white people (possibly teachers, professors, mentors, role models, actors, friends, etc.) tell you how amazing Dr. King was and then have the same person turn around and engage in a racist behavior. Since his death, Dr. King has…
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Trump’s Comments Recall A Racist Past in Immigration Policy

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By Joseph Orosco (January 14, 2018) The condemnation of Trump’s remarks on immigration has been swift and widespread.  Most of the denunciations cast his ideas as seriously out of line with American ideals on immigration.  The problem is that they aren’t really.  From the very beginning of our nation, there has been a white nationalist core driving our immigration priorities. …
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