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MLK, Jr. Was a Sci-Fi Geek (and It Shaped His Idea of Justice, Too)

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By Joseph Orosco (January 22, 2019) By now, a lot of people have heard the story of how Star Trek was Martin Luther King, Jr.’s favorite TV show. It was, according to Nichelle Nichols, the only program he allowed his children to watch because it portrayed African Americans living in a future where they were treated equally and with dignity…
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Inclusion Isn’t a Free-for-all for Bigotry: Exclusionary Feminisms and the Alt-Right

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By Rachel Wagner (January 15, 2019) In one of my groups, there’s a discussion going on about whether or not it’s “exclusionary” to ban TERF and SWERF views (presumed “feminist” views that exclude trans-women and women who engage in sex work). Those “radical feminists” who wish to exclude trans women and sex workers from feminist spaces are upset that they’ve…
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Bookchin Helped Us Understand the Roots of the Ecological Crisis Today

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By Paul Messersmith-Glavin (January 14, 2019) Murray Bookchin would be 98 today. Calling himself at times both a “Pleistocene Bear” and a “relic from a different age,” Murray was in many ways ahead of his time. He introduced ecology to the Left in the early sixties–before even Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring he would tireless point out–even raising climate change as…
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The Wall is a Symbol of Isolation and Racism

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By Rachel Wagner (January 8, 2019) Has anyone else noticed that Trump only talks about one issue at a time, like for months? For a while it was Hillary. For a while North Korea. Healthcare for a while. There were others. Now it’s nothing but wall wall wall. This successive “single issue” approach is likely intended to just keep us…
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Surviving Misogynoir

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By Teka Lark (January 8, 2019) When I have events I never have music. I don’t like music. I came of age in the 80s and 90s. I came of age when music was getting pretty mean and I knew immediately that I did not like hiphop. I didn’t like hiphop, because it seemed to specifically be talking about how…
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What Works Against the Far Right

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By Joseph Orosco (December 21, 2018) Jason Wilson has written a good piece in The Guardian outlining how nonviolent action against far right and neo Nazi groups has been effective so far in dismembering those movements. This has been on my mind this week since news broke that notorious Springfield neo-Nazi Jimmy Marr was hospitalized after an altercation with Corvallis…
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No Race or Gender Justice Without Class Politics

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By Irami Osei-Frimpong (December 18, 2018) Race IS a deformation of class. As gender IS a deformation of class. So if you keep class politics, but don’t go after race politics, you’ve ignored all of the ways in which class politics comes in as race politics. If you go after gender and don’t go after class, you’ll have created two…
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Donald Trump, Power, and the Path Not Taken

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By Mark Naison (December 17, 2018) Because of things we have in common-age, race, gender and size- I often compare myself to Donald Trump. Why didn’t I turn out the way that he did? Why am I not, in my public persona, filled with rage and bitterness? Why is spreading happiness more important to me than appealing to people’s fears…
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What Does the Research Say About Black Intimate Partner Violence?

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By Tommy J. Curry (December 14, 2018) Many, if not most, Black academics do not really want to solve domestic violence. Over the last few days, I have seen Black academics posting articles from Blavity, The Root, and blogs discussing domestic violence. You want to know why they post from these sources because very few Black people actually study intra-racial…
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Did Bundy Really Quit the Militia Movement?

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By Jess Campbell (December 11, 2018) Ammon Bundy did not leave the militia movement. Read what he said. Read more than the headline. Even if he did leave the militia movement, he would not be a friend to any of us who are trying to build communities accountable to any standard of human dignity. He built his name off of…
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