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Dismantling Racism is About Dismantling the United States

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By Teka Lark (September 18, 2018) Dismantling racism in your community/your org/your place of religious worship isn’t about you personally taking a journey and discovering everyone really is a human being, this isn’t about you, but yet –it is. Dismantling racism is also not about the first Black capitalist, the first Black general, or the first Black supermodel. Dismantling racism…
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What the Louis C.K. Comeback Can Teach Us About Restorative Justice

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Louis C.K., co-creator/writer/executive producer, participates in the "Better Things" panel during the FX Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, Calif
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By Katherine Power (September 14, 2018) This piece describes the demands that justice makes in the name of people victimized in sexual assaults. I would add only one point: restorative justice is not about victim and perpetrator talking or repairing a relationship. It is about naming, on behalf of the whole community, the harm that has been done. It is…
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How to Talk to the Young White Men Drifting Toward the Alt-Right

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By Chris Crass (September 7, 2018) Talked with a Mom who reached out for support about her teenage son who she sees drifting towards the alt-right. My heart ached listening to her story. I shared how when I was 15, I was deeply confused, angry and felt alienated. I was trying to figure out who I was and what meaning…
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Should We Worry Whether Bash is Flashing White Power?

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By S. (September 5, 2018) Dear White Liberal Friends, Welcome to the crazy-making world of trying to interpret the actions of those in power. Is Ms. Bash sending a white power signal or are we reading too much into her hands? Black people have had to deal with so many dog whistles and so many excuses to explain away racist…
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What’s Wrong with Assigning a Barcode to the Houseless to Give Them Services?

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By Mathilda Bickers (August 13, 2018) Look, to the people who like this or don’t think it’s that bad—I get how from your perspective it seems acceptable. But seriously, REALLY REALLY THINK about what it’s like to be houseless, to lack shelter, and the barriers this not-tangible money that is held by a third person, the barriers to using this money….
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Bezo’s Plan for Space Intensifies Misery on Earth

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By Arun Gupta (July 20, 2018) Consider this. Jeff Bezo’s wealth has surpassed $150 billion. There are at least 11,600 homeless people in King County, where Amazon is located. Amazon recently strong-armed the Seattle City Council to repeal a small $275 annual head tax on large corporations to address the soaring homelessness in the wealthiest city in the Western Hemisphere….
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What It Takes to Say that the US Was Ever Great

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By Matilda Bickers (July 18, 2018) You explain to a white man what it takes to say that the US was ever great: It takes disregarding the genocide of indigenous people’s; The mass kidnap of Africans in order to steal their physical and sexual labour for the duration of their lives, their children’s lives, their grandchildren’s lives, their great grandchildren’s…
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It is Moral Failure to Quit in a World Organized by Dominance

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By Katherine Power (July 16, 2018) I’ve been thinking about the difference between the situation of the children stranded in the Thai cave on the one hand, and on the other hand, the US border patrol’s separating children from their parents and putting them in cages. In Thailand, everyone was working together, government was mobilized, volunteer specialists came from halfway…
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Campaign Against Kavanaugh is Already Lost

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By Todd May (July 12, 2018) Here’s something I don’t understand: a campaign against Kavanaugh. I get that Democrats are supposed to vote against him. But a real campaign against him? That’s where our energy is supposed to go? I think folks who want this don’t realize that they’re getting played. Kavanaugh is conservative Republican establishment. Is he awful? Yes,…
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Portland Fighting More Vicious than Charlottesville

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By Jason Wilson (July 4, 2018) I have seen a lot of street confrontations in Portland and elsewhere now. The beat downs I saw last Saturday were among the worst I have seen anywhere. I don’t want to get into league tables of street violence but the street confrontations were more vicious and plentiful than what I saw in Charlottesville…
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The New American Way: Forgiveness is the Healthy Thing

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By Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas (July 4, 2018) If I ask you to think ten positive things that come to mind when you think of people on the opposite political spectrum, how long would it take you to mention them? What if I ask you to think 10 negative things? Is it easier to add negative dimensions as you consider the other?…
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