Voices

To Men Looking Inward and Outward at the Nightmare of Patriarchy

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By Chris Crass (November 16, 2017) To men looking inward and outward at the nightmare of patriarchy and feeling woefully inadequate to do anything remotely close to effectively rising up for gender justice and feminism in ways that these times call for. I am with you. Every single time I do anything to try and show up for feminism in…
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Gendered Violence is Large Scale Violence

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By Harsha Walia (November 9, 2017) In the wake of the latest news, Ive been meditating a lot the past day about this suggestion of “domestic violence leads to more serious mass violence” and that we need to see domestic violence as a “warning sign” or “gateway” to “public violence”. Yes, the violences are correlated, but to relegate gendered violence…
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So Many See and Hear

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By Thao Lam (October 25, 2017) Several years ago I was visiting SF from LA and seated on the outbound J Church street car. A man approached a woman who was with a group of friends. He commented on how pretty she was, badgered her to go out with him, and to give him her phone number. She said ,”no,”…
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Harassment is about Controlling Women’s Space

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By Teka Lark (October 24, 2017) Sexual harassment of women is about keeping women in their place as subordinates. This can refer to physical space in public transit, public street or figurative space as in the workplace. This is why what we wear, where we go, and our state of mind when we get there, is seriously looked at before…
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Universities Should Not be Trojan Horses for Alt Right

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By Alexander Reid Ross (October 23, 2017) When it comes to shutting down minority protections in the interests of the 37 percent of the country that supports Trump, Republicans seem eager to support a “democratic mandate.” However, when the masses openly repudiate such a loathsome would-be cardboard tyrant as this, the fear of a “tyranny of the majority” is invoked…
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We Know the Truth: Milo and Breitbart are Platforms for Fascism

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By Alexander Reid Ross (October 9, 2017) A journalist who interviewed me recently asked if the recent revelations regarding Milo and Breitbart angered me. I find it difficult to imagine how I could be further angered by the present situation. Of course it’s maddening, but anyone who spent more than 60 seconds clicking into Breitbart for the past five years…
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“Terrorism” Is About Race in the US

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By Teka Lark (October 4, 2017) The problem with the conversation in regards to what is and what is not terrorism is that, in the US, people don’t get that our definition of terrorism has little to do with political ideology and has 100% to do with not being a white person born in the US. Maybe in other parts…
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The Left Should Be at the Forefront of Banning Gun Ownership

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By Arun Gupta (October 3, 2017) I wrote this four years ago about the left’s relationship to violence and guns. It’s more relevant than ever. Leftists who think getting armed is a political strategy need to get over their love affair with violence. Now, in these increasingly dangerous times, there may be specific instances where guns are a reluctant necessity….
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Trump Warns Puerto Ricans that Colonialism Will Continue

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By Ana Castillo (October 3, 2017) “We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe. …and we will be there every day until that happens,” he said. A few days later, the Narcissist blasted: “… Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get…
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Ken Burns’ “Vietnam” Lacks Critical Consciousness

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By S. Brian Willson (September 29, 2017) I am interested in history, and recognize the importance of story telling as part of the process of understanding people’s history. But it is important as well to distinguish between the art of story telling, and the critical historical analysis of structural patterns and causes. US policy in Viet Nam is well established…
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