Yearly Archive: 2019

We Need More Imagination in the Face of Climate Catastrophe

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By Joe Lowndes (September 12, 2019) It’s really interesting how this Franzen essay has either been affirmed as a kind of honest reckoning, or vilified as a kind of a privileged defeatism, by so many people I know and respect politically. I don’t love the piece, but I think Franzen is getting at something productively uncomfortable by arguing that the…
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A Glimmer of Hope on September 11

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By Mark Naison (September 11, 2019) As I watched the Twin Towers fall from the my 6th Floor Seminar room in Dealy Hall at Fordham, I knew that our country would be tested as it never had been since the multiple crises of the 1960’s Would we come out of this terrible ordeal , which would include the deaths of…
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When I Meet Young People who Want to be an Obama

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By Irami Osei-Frimpong (August 5, 2019) The problem isn’t that Obama bought a 15 million dollar house. What else are you going to do with the money? The problem is: a)  that you all thought he was ever going to do anything for Black people that would jeopardize the family  buying a 15 million dollar house. b)   he did it…
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Advice to Young People: Don’t Normalize Racism

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By Mark Naison (August 19, 2019) If there was a piece of advice I would give to young people, it would be the following: Don’t normalize racism. Speak out against it and challenge it wherever you see it, whether it is in a classroom, a dormitory, a locker room or at your family dinner table. Do so with kindness when…
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White Supremacy has Always Been Behind White Terrorism in the US

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By Mark Naison (August 12, 2019)   When I think of the ideology of white supremacy–which has affected everything in US History from immigration policy, to citizenship, access to voting rights, marriage laws, the ability to play in professional sports leagues, and much much more– what makes the largest impression, in the context of the El Paso shooting, is how it…
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Just Futures: Speculative Arts and Social Change Symposium

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Just Futures: Speculative Arts and Social Change November 22, 2019 Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon Keynote Talk by Dr. Grace Dillion (Anishanaabe)–one of the leaders of Indigenous Futurism The Anarres Project for Alternative Futures calls for abstracts for this multidisciplinary symposium that aims to bring together scholars, activists, and community members to consider the ways in which speculative arts can…
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People Will Die As Long as We Teach Kids There are Always Losers and Winners

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By Teka Lark (August 7, 2019) Your worldview is shaped by your community, family, media, education system, and essentially all the people, things, and actions that you interact with and provides you with information. Your view on the world starts from the minute you hit earth. Fairytales, TV, the Internet, video games, books, what your education system decides to teach…
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Violence Against Mexicans in Texas as a “Habit of Whiteness”

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(Image of Hayden Edwards and the Republic of Fredonia) By Joseph Orosco (August 6, 2019) Irene Sanchez reminds us that white supremacist violence against Mexicans is not a new phenomena in Texas. She charts it to beginning of the Texas Revolution in 1836, when Anglo Mexican settlers seceded from Mexico to form the Lone Star Republic. But I think the…
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Waking Up to the Lie of the Second Amendment

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By Teka Lark (August 4, 2019) The United States is a country which creates narratives to not only create policies, but to shape minds. When the Pilgrims arrived to what is now the Massachusetts in 1620, the tribes of the Wampanoag people prevented them from starving and as a thank you the Europeans brought communicable diseases and enslaved them. In…
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“Treason to Whiteness is Loyalty to Humanity”

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By George Ciccariello-Maher (August 4, 2019) Two and a half years ago, I sent a tweet mocking the white supremacist myth of “white genocide,” which posits that white people are being “replaced” by a combination of migration, birth rates, and racial mixing. Twitter and the media briefly lit up, with thousands discussing the absurdity of the white genocide myth—this was a…
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Choosing Non-Violence in an Awful Time

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By Mark Naison (August 3, 2019) As I sit here in shock and mourning over the mass murders in El Paso, once again engineered by a white supremacist, I feel compelled to share some thoughts about why, when I decided to start a new organization to fight racism, I wanted it to be strictly non violent. There are two reasons…
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