Voices

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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We Are Carved Out of Salt of the Earth and Humanity

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By Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas (January 12, 2018) About the “s***hole” comment. Dear my fellow immigrants and refugees friends/sisters/brothers. They don’t know the long, dangerous and tired road that we have paved and walked to come to this country. The ones with privilege do not have the scars in their skin to prove it, nor they will ever be able to feel…
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The Shame of the Nation

MIAMI, FL - MAY 13:  People protest the possibility that the Trump administration may overturn the Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in front of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office on May 13, 2017 in Miami, Florida.  50,000 Haitians have been eligible for TPS and now the Trump administration has until May 23 to make a decision on extending TPS for Haitians or allowing it to expire on July 22 which would mean possibly deportation for the current TPS holders.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By Mark Naison (January 12, 2018) “We’re letting in people from Shithole countries” Just the latest outrageous comment from Donald Trump, and one of the most damaging. Make no mistake about it, if you are an American of color, the message is coming across that your President despises you and thinks people like you do more to undermine the nation…
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Philanthropy is Not Justice

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By Irami Osei-Frimpong (January 10, 2018) There is a nice section in Kant’s Toward Perpetual Peace that runs like this: “Both philanthropy and respect for the rights of the human being are duties; but the former is only conditional duty whereas the latter is unconditional duty, commanding absolutely, and whoever wants to give himself up to the sweet feeling of…
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Democracy Demands It: A Review of Fire and Fury

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By Marc Cooper (January 7, 2018) Here’s my take on Fire and Fury: Wolff’s book reads much much better than I expected. To categorize it as tabloidy or gossip-ridden reveals only ignorance and/or envy. He is a graceful and incisive writer who demonstrates true talent in penetrating and explaining the psyche of his subjects. The specific anecdotes, that can always…
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Why Can’t We Punch Death Eaters?

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By Phoenix Calida (January 5, 2018) Things I don’t understand- #TheResistance on twitter. I just watched a member of the “resistance” with 20k followers and a Princess Leia avatar say that we can’t condone violence or property damage. Like did you even watch the movies?? I’ve seen various Harry Potter nerds call themselves Dumbledore’s army and compare the mangerine to Voldemort….
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Life in the Second Gilded Age

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By Mark Rudd (January 5, 2018) One year after the Resistance began, I think we’re doing ok. A year ago we discussed broad strategy–to build the mass movement on issues such as racism, poverty, war, and environmental destruction, and to work toward power, meaning turning the Democratic Party to becoming a party of the people. We’ve taken a year’s worth…
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Remember Freedom’s Eve

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By Teka Lark (January 2, 2018) It was just the 155th Anniversary of Freedom’s Eve. Freedom’s Eve began in 1862 on New Year’s Eve. It was the night before the Proclamation of Emancipation issued by President Lincoln. People often think that slavery ended after that. It did not. People weren’t freed automatically on January 1, 1863. In order for people…
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“We Must Defend Our Universities”: Statement by George Ciccariello-Maher

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By George Ciccariello-Maher (December 28, 2017) After December 31st, 2017, I will no longer work at Drexel University. This is not a decision I take lightly; however, after nearly a year of harassment by right-wing, white supremacist media outlets and internet mobs, after death threats and threats of violence directed against me and my family, my situation has become unsustainable….
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