Monthly Archive: February 2020

Coronavirus Could Normalize Authoritarianism


By Arun Gupta (Feburary 25, 2020) The coronavirus is an extremely dangerous moment. Not really for the spread of the virus; there is nothing really that can be done to stop it at this point from becoming a pandemic. But from governments “locking down” entire cities, closing borders, and in effect using military and police to impose martial law. The…
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Instead of Preparing for War, We Need to Organize


By Teka Lark (February 24, 2020) The problem with individualism is this: eventually, you have to go to sleep and that is when they will shoot you in the head. See Fred Hampton for a historical example of that. I have friends that are far-left individualists, kente cloth capitalists, and others who don’t have labels, who say they are ready…
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A Prayer for Black Futures and Collective Liberation


By Chris Crass (February 20, 2020) While Elizabeth Warren was destroying Bloomberg from jump at the Democratic Debate, I was doing bedtime with River and August (but I watched what I missed right away and Warren was incredible). We read Freedom Soup, a gift from their aunt Rahula S. Janowski, and it’s a beautiful picture book about a Haitian Grandmother telling…
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On George Washington, Destroyer of Towns


By Teka Lark (February 18, 2020) This week we’re honoring George Washington or Conotocaurius (Town Destroyer) as the Iroquois called him, a man who enslaved 316 people and brought nine of them to the White House (Coard, Philadephia Tribune, 2018). When I was a child, I was told that George Washington was our first president and that he had wooden…
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American Autumn: A Viewer’s Guide


By Joseph Orosco (February 17, 2020) As part of our third installment of the This is What Democracy Looks Like:  A Genealogy of Movements film series, we are going to view “American Autumn”. We will be in Milam Hall 318 on the Oregon State Campus at 6pm. This is a grassroots documentary looking at the early days of the Occupy…
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Bernie is the Only Logical Choice


By Arun Gupta (February 12, 2020) Last year I said, “If not Bernie then Warren.” Her campaign is finished, even if she tries to limp on to South Carolina. I am sad to see her go, but a fourth-place finish means it’s over for her. Biden is finished as well but will stick around until Super Tuesday. Now watch as…
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This is What Democracy Looks Like: A Viewers’ Guide


By Joseph Orosco (February 11, 2020) The Anarres Project for Alternative Futures is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Battle for Seattle with a film series that looks to see how social movements in the past 40 years intersect and influence one another.  This is a brief viewer’s guide and background for the showing of “This is What Democracy Looks…
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