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This Treatment of Immigrants is a Dark Stain on US History

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By Arun Gupta ( June 18, 2018) Immigrants are not your bludgeon to use against Democrats. Immigrants are not an object for your history lessons. Immigrants are not numbers in your game. Your argument that “it happened before” is utterly inhumane and shows complete contempt for solidarity for millions of immigrants in peril. What is happening now is unprecedented. Trump…
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Have You Ever Had to?

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By Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas (June 16, 2018) Have you ever had to? Abandon a lifetime at the eye-blink notice of a memory? As villages collapse and dreams become black fumes? As tanks roll-in while drones of anger machete their bloody ways into crops and farms? No laws can stop imploding sadness; burying babies in Syria.  Dead AF floating towards the shores…
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Bourdain was Right: Food is About the Human Connection

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By Arun Gupta (June 14, 2018) After immersing myself in Bourdain’s work for days — his books, interviews, hundreds of articles, a dozen shows — I did some cooking with my mom. Bourdain is right that the best food is to be found within the home. The most elaborate, artistic, and expensive, is in restaurants, but the food there is…
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Two Key Areas Where the President Ignores Historical Trends

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By Mark Naison (June 5, 2018) Two key areas where President Trump either distorts historical trends or cynically presents false information for political gain are the following: First, the notion that our “ inner cities are plagued by crime” and face a terrible crisis which liberals have ignored. If this was 1995, those remarks might have been relevant, but in…
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Justice Means Solidarity Politics

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By Alex S. Morgan (June 4, 2018) Happy Pride Month! I’m a queer, non-binary femme trans person who is kinky and polyamorous and who has done sex work under three genders. They/them/their pronouns only, please. Pride for me is both celebration AND riot. We NEED to celebrate each other and ourselves as we fight for justice, because this is a…
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What Makes Me Feel Unsafe in My Hood

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By Laila Nur (June 1, 2018) The gun shots in my hood don’t make feel unsafe. The drunk yelling match at 2am between neighbors don’t make me feel unsafe. The random ass dogs running up and down the street don’t make me feel unsafe. The sex workers on the corner (who mean mug me on the daily lol) don’t make…
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Why Roseanne Feels Like a Loss for Our Side

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By Adam Hefty (May 31, 2018) The hating on Roseanne is deserved. But I’m mainly sad about it. That show’s representation of working-class family life meant something in the late 80s and early 90s. I’m sad for the path she went down (for at least the better part of 6 years if not more), sad for where she ended up,…
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“Not Everyone Black Has to Have the Same Opinion”

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By Teka Lark (May 30, 2018) So I was on Linkedin and I was friends with a guy who liked a photo of a guy who went to some thing with Kelly Conway and Ivanka Trump. This guy was in the nonprofit industrial complex vortex which is about kissing rich people’s behinds regardless of how heinous they are and his…
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Why We Run: Thoughts for Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzales

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By Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas (May 29, 2018) To whom it may concern: Why we run! We run to catch the bus at 4:30AM in America Running our hands to the bones; here, look! We run with contagious joy like Tarahumaras We run like whistles emerging from the Zapotec clouds; calling. We run to the hills to watch our temples burned; Guatemala…
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Freedom Depends on Enabling Institutions in Our Communities

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By Irami Osei-Frimpong (May 24, 2018) I study alienation and how freedom comes through well-ordered institutional structures, like marriage, employment, and politics. Our problem isn’t marriage, employment, or politics, the problem is that have a bad culture around institutions like marriage, employment or politics. We have bad marriages, bad jobs, and bad politics. There are such things as a good…
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The Santa Fe Shooting is a Result of the Cynicism Destroying US

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By Alexander Reid Ross (May 21, 2018) It’s just a nightmare. I’m from Houston. It’s a place near and dear to my heart. When this sort of thing becomes normal, we all become targets. That this latest shooting was carried out by a gun obsessed white male is as unsurprising as his apparent fusion of authoritarian left-right politics. A hammer…
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