Tag Archive: liberation

What the Left Should Know about Opening the Economy

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By Louis Colombo (April 27, 2020) I’ve seen too many posts implying that opening up the economy/getting back to work is simply an effort to boost the profits of the rich. Invariably, these posts come from folks on “the left.” I won’t debate the truth in that claim, but if this is all that gets posted, seen, shared, communicated, then…
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In a Properly Civilized World

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By Louis Colombo (April 6, 2020) In a properly civilized world, we would view this pandemic as nothing but a reminder of our interconnectedness to nature, a reminder that we are part of, but not above, nature. We would treat this time as a time to pause, retreat, reflect, be with those we love, tend to those we care about….
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Human Beings Aren’t A Virus; Capitalism and Civilization are the Cancer

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By Natan Rebelde (March 24, 2020) Many people are currently becoming more accepting of the reality that there’s something very, very wrong with our way of life. Declarations such as “humans are the virus!” are indeed misguided, but I would caution against knee-jerk accusations of eco-fascism. Of course, fascists utilizing ecological realities to forward their agendas will likely make use…
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Instead of Preparing for War, We Need to Organize

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By Teka Lark (February 24, 2020) The problem with individualism is this: eventually, you have to go to sleep and that is when they will shoot you in the head. See Fred Hampton for a historical example of that. I have friends that are far-left individualists, kente cloth capitalists, and others who don’t have labels, who say they are ready…
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A Prayer for Black Futures and Collective Liberation

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By Chris Crass (February 20, 2020) While Elizabeth Warren was destroying Bloomberg from jump at the Democratic Debate, I was doing bedtime with River and August (but I watched what I missed right away and Warren was incredible). We read Freedom Soup, a gift from their aunt Rahula S. Janowski, and it’s a beautiful picture book about a Haitian Grandmother telling…
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American Autumn: A Viewer’s Guide

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By Joseph Orosco (February 17, 2020) As part of our third installment of the This is What Democracy Looks Like:  A Genealogy of Movements film series, we are going to view “American Autumn”. We will be in Milam Hall 318 on the Oregon State Campus at 6pm. This is a grassroots documentary looking at the early days of the Occupy…
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Moderates Don’t Care If This Country Goes to Hell

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By Teka Lark (January 31, 2020) Being in the United States owing to slavery, and having relatives who are still alive who survived Jim Crow, gives you a unique perspective on justice in the United States. If you look throughout history in this country, oppression is an ebb and flow. For example, during the Reconstruction Era, the era right after…
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Trump’s Executive Order on Anti-Semitism and Our Responsibility to Resist It

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By Chris Crass (December 16, 2019) Throughout history, anti-semitism has been used by ruling classes to culturally position Jews to be seen as “above” other oppressed and exploited people, to be seen as the ones really pulling the strings. For Jews as a concept and actual people, to then be targets of other working class and poor people’s anger and…
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Pass the Liberation and Let’s Trash the Opression

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By Chris Crass (November 27, 2019) How can we talk with people in our lives during the holidays about our values? How can we challenge the ways that systems of oppression show up during the holidays with family and longtime friends, while also inviting people into liberation values and culture? How can we practice deep love for our people, stay…
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