Tag Archive: activism

Property, Policing, and Protestantism: Why the Right is Powerful and the Left is So Weak

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By Arun Gupta (November 20, 2017) The reason the American Right is so powerful is because it is fundamentally defined by whiteness, capitalism, and patriarchy, and these concepts are reproduced through three mutually reinforcing institutions: Property, Policing, and Protestantism.   I am leaving aside many nuances because I am interested in why the right has such extraordinary ideological cohesion and…
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Antifa Can Nurture the Dreams for a Better World

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By Paul Messersmith-Glavin (August 31, 2017) The antifascist movement has matured into a broad based popular movement, with 40,000 marching in Boston against 100 Nazis and, this past Sunday, a reported 8,000 turning out against a fascist organized anti-Marxist event in a park. In Boston, Black Lives Matter organizers played a leading role. The establishment and fascists both fear this…
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Millennials Are Not Dictatorship Material

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By Mark Naison (August 27, 2017) If Fordham is Any Example, Millennials are Not Dictatorship Material One of the reasons I am confident that Donald Trump will not take us on the path to dictatorship or authoritarian rule is the refusal of young people to be intimidated by authoritarian figures in their lives, be they parents, teachers, or school and…
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Charlottesville and Boston Were Significant Victories for Collective Liberation

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By Chris Crass (August 22, 2017) After the massive anti-racist/anti-fascist marches for racial justice, with Black Lives Matter in the lead, in Boston and Charlottesville, the racist anti-Muslim, pro-Trump organization Act for America have cancelled 67 rallies in 36 states and replaced their day of action into an online protest. This is a significant victory and shows that mass public…
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Multiple Strategies Needed to Defeat the Racist Right

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By Chris Lowe (August 22, 2017) Which would do more to impede the growth of the racist right, and the attacks on people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and other targets: 1) Mobilizing against “Trump free speech” rallies that the white nationalist right is using to insert themselves into the Tea Party base and spread their rhetoric there, or 2) mobilizing…
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Why We Need Freedom Schools Now

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(Photo of Bronx Freedom School meeting:  photo by Mark Naison) By Mark Naison (July 27, 2017) This summer, I decided to use the Freedom School model from the civil rights movement to promote solidarity among people looking for inspiration and direction, in part out of frustration with the many social media groups that I participated in and in some cases…
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Guidelines for Organizing in These Times of Grief

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By Arun Gupta (May 17, 2017) There is a lot of grief and anguish in Portland. The killings of the two men standing up to defend women of color were horrific and jarring to everyone in the city of what their sense of community is. But life and politics go on. Here are some principles you may find useful going…
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How Should Peace Activists Think About Chemical Weapons?

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By Chris Lowe (April 9, 2017) A question for peace and anti-war and international law oriented friends: As I have been thinking about the recent episodes in Syria of the apparent sarin gas attack by the Syrian government and the U.S. bombing in response, I have started to wonder about the way we, or at least the media, talk about…
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The Little Department That Could: An Inspiring Story from Fordham

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By Mark Naison (February 10, 2017) My department- the Department of African and African American Studies- was not supposed to last. it was created as an Institute in 1969 as a result of a student sit in at the Fordham administration building by a committee of Black graduate students and undergraduates who were given power to hire faculty and in…
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The Issue is Democracy and Not So Much Property Destruction

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By Chuck Morse (February 8, 2017) – After months of planning, thousands of migrants tear down fences around an empty hill side and build a new neighborhood. We often see “land invasions” like this in places like Mexico City, Lima, Sao Paulo, etc. – A random dude smashes a window during a demo. We often see this in Oakland. Both…
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Radicals: Don’t Ignore the General Strike!

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By Alex Riccio (February 6, 2017)   The rise of Trump and the alt-right has exposed fascism’s ability to creep into spaces of political and social power within the United States. “The ‘fascist creep,’” writes Alexander Reid Ross in his new book on the topic, “refers to the porous borders between fascism and the radical right, through which fascism is…
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