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The US needs an Arab Spring Style Movement to Defeat Trump

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By Arun Gupta (January 24, 2017) Last weekend saw the two poles of American protest. One side was the inspiring and historic Women’s Marches. But it was non-confrontational and the Democrats are working furiously to co-opt it and shunt it into electoral politics. If that happens, it will be a disaster like the “Wisconsin Uprising,” and the entrenchment of Scott…
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To the liberals complaining about anarchist violence: Please Stop

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By Paul Messersmith-Glavin (January 24, 2017) To the well-meaning liberals complaining about “anarchist violence” and broken windows: please stop. Instead, come out to the next protest and look around and see what’s actually going on. For instance, if you had come out to the streets of Portland on January 20th, you would have seen literally thousands of people, most of…
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Is Our Democracy Even Legitimate?

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By Jasper Smith  (January 23, 2017)   Representative John Lewis recently raised questions about the legitimacy of the new president. For me, this raised a larger question about the legitimacy of our democracy and elections. There are international standards for what constitutes a free and fair election that have been agreed upon by the countries of the world and to…
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No Time to Let Up

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By Joe Lowndes (January 23, 2017) The contrasts are almost so astonishing as to be trite. On one side are the millions of people protesting Trump in hundreds of cities and towns across the US in the greatest popular opposition to an incoming president in US history. On the other side is a new administration that seems to have already conceded…
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Why Trump Happened (And What We Can Do About It)

Supporters rally with Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump in Tampa, Florida, U.S. October 24, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

By Mark Rudd (November 26, 2016) People tell me they don’t want theory. That’s ok, but we do need to know where we’re going, both in opposing Trump’s rule and in transforming the Demo Party, for example. There’s a huge debate raging in the digital world around what the problem with Hillary’s campaign was–and by implication the Demo Party in…
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Message to My Students and Former Students About Trump’s Election

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By Mark Naison (November 20, 2017) I don’t know where this election is taking us. There is a wave of hatred and fear sweeping through the nation. People assaulting one another, threatening one another, pulling up provocative symbols in public places that send a chill through their fellow citizens. The current administration has appointed white supremacists and white nationalists to…
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There Should Never Be an Inch of Compromise with Trump

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday in their first public step toward a transition of power November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Photo by Olivier Douliery/ABACA

  By Arun Gupta (November 19, 2016) Apparently Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, never personally killed anyone despite the fact the SS probably killed over 10 million people. The reason I mention this is if Trump nominated Himmler for a senior White House position, we would see articles in the Washington Post saying, well, Himmler never personally The…
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How Do We Approach People Not Like Ourselves?

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  By Mark Rudd (November 18, 2016) I went to the demonstration today. By my estimate there were about 1,000 people there. About half the crowd were older people, but the other half were young. Lots of Native Americans. Great spirit, “Save the Water, Save the Land!” During the close, I noticed a young woman wearing a bandana. This is…
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The Right Heart is More Important than the Right Analysis in Fighting Racism

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By Chris Crass (November 14, 2016) The goal, for those of us who are white and want collective liberation, is to help support, encourage, resource, listen to, invite and bring in as many white people as possible into liberation values, culture, action, community and movement. If white people are expressing outrage or shock about Trump, I understand why people of…
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There is No Hierarchy of Freedom and Liberty: Another Gift from Audre Lorde

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By Christian Matheis (November 14, 2016)     In the 19th and 20th century, when the U.S. was formally, legally segregated under Jim Crow laws, regressives cried “freedom! liberty!” in order to paint a false moral picture of their ill-gotten, mean-spirited grip on political and economic power. When activists responded with efforts to desegregate, those who opposed civil rights often…
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Let Me Tell You Why I Feel So Drained

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By Yoko Arisaka (November 12, 2016) Let me tell you why I personally feel so drained about this whole mess that is the now… These are some of the actual things that were said to me in my 20’s: “Can we fuck or should I apologize?” “Hoo, relax, girl, man, you do need a pussy massage!” “Heard that Asian chicks…
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