Monthly Archive: November 2019

Seattle 1999 and Its “This Changes Everything” Energy

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By Chris Crass (November 30, 2019) Twenty years ago today Nov. 30th, I was part of the Direct Action Network that successfully shut down the World Trade Center summit that was negotiating global capitalism in the interests of ruling classes and crushing human rights and dignity around the world. Joining together with unions and people’s justice movements from around the…
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Pass the Liberation and Let’s Trash the Opression

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By Chris Crass (November 27, 2019) How can we talk with people in our lives during the holidays about our values? How can we challenge the ways that systems of oppression show up during the holidays with family and longtime friends, while also inviting people into liberation values and culture? How can we practice deep love for our people, stay…
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Americans Can Learn About How to Make Social Change From Chile

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By Marc Cooper (November 21, 2019) As most of you know, as a young man I worked for President Salvador Allende as a translator so I could literally write a book on this month’s dramatic developments ( I already wrote one on Chile https://amzn.to/376G5Hn ). But I’ll keep this relatively short. In any case, this Al Jazeera piece is an excellent primer…
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Handmaid’s Tale Inoculates Viewers from Responsibility for Real Atrocities

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Guest interact with an art installation, designed by Paula Scher and Abbott Miller, and book giveaway celebrating Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' opens on the High Line on April 26, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hulu)

By Rachel Wagner (November 18, 2019) The Haidmaid’s Tale television series producer Warren Littlefield says that Offred’s story “presents a chilling vision into an increasingly likely potential future.” I suggest that this insistence on relevance is more indicative of a desire to *be* predictive, to believe that media like The Handmaid’s Tale can tell us something about the world and where…
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It’s Not Exaggeration to Say White Nationalism is at the Heart of US Power

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By Rebecca Hill (November 16, 2019) The Stephen Miller emails bring up some important issues that I see often in strategic discussions of anti-fascist politics. That is, I often see people debating whether traditional fascists or overt white nationalists represent the “real” danger, or whether they are a vanguardist fringe full of FBI informants, while the really dangerous white supremacists…
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Just Futures Symposium Schedule, Nov. 22, 2019

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Just Futures Symposium:  Speculative Arts and Social Change Friday, November 22, 2019 Oregon State University All Sessions are in the Memorial Union Horizon Room and are Free and Open to the Public.     9-9:10am  Welcome and Introductions   9:15-10:00am  Panel on Star Trek, Star Wars, and Socially Just Pedagogy Joseph Orosco, Diana Rohlman, and Mohammed Shakibnia   10:05-11:05am Time…
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Is “OK, Boomer” a Radical Critique? Two Responses

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By Chris Crass-Joe Lowndes (November 12, 2019)   Chris Crass: I’m grateful that the first time I heard of “OK, Boomer” and was responded to with “OK, Boomer”, I was having a friendly and beautiful debate with a 13 year old member of the Democratic Socialists of America, about socialist electoral strategy.  I said “Yes, we want Bernie Sanders to…
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Metaphors of the Revolution: Architecture vs. Composition

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By Joseph Orosco (November 6, 2019) We are entering into the thick of presidential electoral politics as the Democratic party narrows its contenders to take on Trump.  There are pundits looking to see what can be learned about the mid-term elections of 2018 for creating a “Blue Wave,” and others wondering if the impeachment proceedings will lead to electoral turmoil…
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