Tag Archive: organizing

The People Aren’t Ignorant, They’re Uninspired by the Left

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By Teka Lark (December 4, 2017) We can no longer worry about the poor GOP or the dedicated racists in the GOP. They are gone. Trump won by expanding the right wing base and by getting people involved who had long ago checked out of the process. That is why in the polls prior to the election he didn’t appear…
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Kevin Van Meter: “Guerrillas of Desire”

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As part of the Anarres Project series, Revolution:  Past-Present-Future, we hosted author Kevin Van Meter in a community conversation about his new book Guerrillas of Desire:  Notes on Everyday Resistance and Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible. Behind the smiling faces of cashiers, wait staff, and workers of all sorts, a war is going on, usually without the knowledge of official…
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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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Socialism in the US Must Contend with Racism and Militarism

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By Mark Rudd (August 29, 2017) I woke up at 2 am last night thinking: How can you talk about socialism in the US without taking into account two salient characteristics of this country’s history and present: racism and militarism? Obviously John Judis has no problem with this question, since he never mentions either. I love Scandinavian socialism as a…
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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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What Did Dr. King Mean by Love?

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By Joseph Orosco (August 15, 2017) As someone who regularly teaches about the political philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr., I often spend time discussing with students the ways in which King’s ideas are taken out of context and turned into sound bites in order to support positions he would not himself have taken. The most obvious example is how…
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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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Resistance Will Require Organizing, Not Symbols

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By Marc Cooper (June 28, 2017) Trump is truly confounding. Unless you understand the core truth about him. His permanent insecurity leads him to seek immediate and instant adulation and that is about it. He has no other “strategy” — in any realm of his life. Every other president in history, for myriad reasons including the most banal, has tried…
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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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Is a youth driven mass movement possible today?

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By Mark Rudd (May 16, 2017) My friend, Glenn Silber, a filmmaker in Santa Fe, is currently screening his 1979 gem, “The War at Home,” which tells the story of the anti-Vietnam War movement in Madison, WI, from 1963 to 1970. I attended the opening showing on May 5, as well as an earlier screening at University of New Mexico,…
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Is Trump the Cause, or the Sign of, a Deeper Constitutional Crisis?

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By Chris Lowe (May 13, 2017) Since Comey was fired as FBI director, an increasingly widespread meme has emerge in the commentariat, that the U.S. is in “the biggest political crisis since Watergate.” The question this raises is the nature of the crisis. Is it caused by the actions of Donald Trump? In that case, removing him would resolve it….
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