Tag Archive: organizing

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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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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Cesar Chavez and the Struggle for Justice During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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By Joseph Orosco (March 31, 2020)   Some thirty years ago, Cesar Chavez staged his last major hunger fast. This fast went on for thirty-six days. In his statement issued at the end, Chavez said he had begun the fast because he had to do penance; he was ashamed of himself. For all his years as an organizer, he said…
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Utopia in the Midst of Pandemic: Lessons of the Decameron for Collective Liberation

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By Joseph Orosco (March 24, 2020) Looking around for articles that highlighted speculative fiction responses to pandemics, I ran across this piece from Alan Yuhas from a few years ago.  Yuhas mentions some obvious things such as Camus’s The Plague and The Walking Dead, etc, but what I found most interesting was a mention of Italian Renaissance writer Boccaccio and…
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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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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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Bernie is the Only Logical Choice

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By Arun Gupta (February 12, 2020) Last year I said, “If not Bernie then Warren.” Her campaign is finished, even if she tries to limp on to South Carolina. I am sad to see her go, but a fourth-place finish means it’s over for her. Biden is finished as well but will stick around until Super Tuesday. Now watch as…
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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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Radical Movements Have Shaped the Presidential Race for Democrats

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By Chuck Morse (December 3, 2019) Bloomberg apologizes for “stop and frisk;” Kamala Harris backs away from her record as a prosecutor; Cory Booker voices regret for heavy handed police tactics in Newark; Biden attempts to blabber his way out of accountability for his role in passing the “crime bill.” It is a big deal that these candidates feel compelled…
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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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Americans Can Learn About How to Make Social Change From Chile

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By Marc Cooper (November 21, 2019) As most of you know, as a young man I worked for President Salvador Allende as a translator so I could literally write a book on this month’s dramatic developments ( I already wrote one on Chile https://amzn.to/376G5Hn ). But I’ll keep this relatively short. In any case, this Al Jazeera piece is an excellent primer…
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