Tag Archive: democracy

There is a New Possibility in the Air

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By Louis Colombo (June 9, 2020) What’s striking about Democratic proposals for police reform, aside from the awful optics provided by Pelosi and Schumer (best forgotten), is that proposals that would have seemed to most people pretty bold and forward looking a few weeks are already being met by charges that they don’t go far enough (they don’t). But the…
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The Good Old Days Weren’t Good For Everyone

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By Teka Lark (June 8, 2020) During WW2, over 127,000 Japanese Americans were put into internment camps. The Japanese American community lost $400 million, which would be $5 billion in today’s money. I don’t give a damn if Japanese Americans got a pathetic amount of reparations (if they were still alive), you never recover from someone uprooting your family and…
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Lessons About Police Brutality from the Chicanx Experience

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  By Joseph Orosco (June 3, 2020) The past week has seen an explosion of urban uprising that has not been experienced in the US in decades. Almost 5000 people have been arrested nationwide in protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd at the hand of police in Minneapolis. What is unique about this moment is that a majority…
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No Longer Defensive

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(Photo by Heather Mount, @heathermount) By S. (June 2, 2020) A number of thoughtful friends have reached out to ask me how I’m doing in the wake of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Christian Cooper and the riots that followed. Short answer: I’m optimistic. Longer answer: 20 years ago Amadou Diallo was murdered by the police and the conversations I…
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An Historian’s Thoughts on the Uprisings in Our Cities

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By Mark Naison (May 30, 2020) As an historian, I am am hardly surprised at the uprisings taking place in cities throughout the country. The murder of George Floyd pushed people filled with rage at their position in Trump’s America over the edge. It is not just that repeated murders of unarmed Black men and women, by police or self…
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“Open the Economy” is a Right Wing Attempt to Doom Working People

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By Zakk Flash (April 20, 2020) They don’t want to “open the economy.” That’s bullshit language, cooked up in some think tank and seized upon by the media as a neutral descriptor instead of a right-wing euphemism for dooming hundreds of thousands of immunocompromised, elderly, homeless, imprisoned, and marginalized people to an early, painful death. These folks need our support….
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What If You Opened the Economy and Nobody Came?

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By Mark Naison (April 20, 2020) As protests against state wide shutdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19 continue to erupt in many states, people are missing one key point. So long as people continue to die in large numbers from COVID-19 and our health care system is stressed well beyond capacity, a large percentage of the population will continue…
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We Need a People’s Bailout

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By Red Corbeau (April 19, 2020) It is difficult to argue for a ‘stay at home’ strategy to limit the deaths when so many unemployed people are now wondering where the money is going to come from for food and rent. I understand the temptation to deny the severity of this pandemic and, out of fear, clamor for an immediate…
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Structural Racism is the Reason People of Color Are Dying of Covid-19

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By Teka Lark (April 13, 2020) The Surgeon General, Dr. Adams, stated, to paraphrase, that we people of color (Black people and Latinos) need to lay off the alcohol and healthfully eat so that we won’t die of the COVID-19. People were quite (understandably) outraged, but I also found something similar in the Chicago Defender that also outraged me: “If…
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