Tag Archive: social justice

What’s Wrong with Assigning a Barcode to the Houseless to Give Them Services?

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By Mathilda Bickers (August 13, 2018) Look, to the people who like this or don’t think it’s that bad—I get how from your perspective it seems acceptable. But seriously, REALLY REALLY THINK about what it’s like to be houseless, to lack shelter, and the barriers this not-tangible money that is held by a third person, the barriers to using this money….
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What It Takes to Say that the US Was Ever Great

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By Matilda Bickers (July 18, 2018) You explain to a white man what it takes to say that the US was ever great: It takes disregarding the genocide of indigenous people’s; The mass kidnap of Africans in order to steal their physical and sexual labour for the duration of their lives, their children’s lives, their grandchildren’s lives, their great grandchildren’s…
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It is Moral Failure to Quit in a World Organized by Dominance

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By Katherine Power (July 16, 2018) I’ve been thinking about the difference between the situation of the children stranded in the Thai cave on the one hand, and on the other hand, the US border patrol’s separating children from their parents and putting them in cages. In Thailand, everyone was working together, government was mobilized, volunteer specialists came from halfway…
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The Institutionalized Cruelty of Separation: My Story

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By Byron José Sun (June 29, 2018) in 1988, a few days before Thanksgiving and just a couple of weeks after the picture below was taken; my mother and I were sitting in a detention center in San Ysidro, CA. My mother was 19 and I was under two years old. The border patrol had arrested us after the sewage…
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Two Key Areas Where the President Ignores Historical Trends

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By Mark Naison (June 5, 2018) Two key areas where President Trump either distorts historical trends or cynically presents false information for political gain are the following: First, the notion that our “ inner cities are plagued by crime” and face a terrible crisis which liberals have ignored. If this was 1995, those remarks might have been relevant, but in…
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What Makes Me Feel Unsafe in My Hood

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By Laila Nur (June 1, 2018) The gun shots in my hood don’t make feel unsafe. The drunk yelling match at 2am between neighbors don’t make me feel unsafe. The random ass dogs running up and down the street don’t make me feel unsafe. The sex workers on the corner (who mean mug me on the daily lol) don’t make…
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Why Roseanne Feels Like a Loss for Our Side

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By Adam Hefty (May 31, 2018) The hating on Roseanne is deserved. But I’m mainly sad about it. That show’s representation of working-class family life meant something in the late 80s and early 90s. I’m sad for the path she went down (for at least the better part of 6 years if not more), sad for where she ended up,…
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Dreaming New Futures: Walidah Imarisha @ Radical Imagination Conference

Walidah Imarisha was one of the keynote speakers at the first Opening Space for the Radical Imagination Conference at Oregon State from April 6-8, 2018. Walidah Imarisha is co-editor of the Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS) book, co-published with AK Press, Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements and author of IAS/AK Press book Angels with Dirty Faces: Three…
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We Need to Stop Letting White People Off the Hook

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By Irami Osei-Frimpong (April 2, 2018) The number of times I hear some version of, “You can’t expect white people to ever be fair” is astounding. I hear this from white and black people across the education divide. Honestly, the people who are the most smug about this as a truism are white women with lots and lots of degrees….
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Using Visionary Science Fiction to Teach Community Organizing

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By Joseph Orosco (March 20, 2018) Every year, I teach a class which is an introduction to the discipline of peace studies. About five years ago, after teaching a successful seminar on community organizing and praxis with Anarres Project co-founder, Tony Vogt, I started to include theories of community organizing into the class. We start the term by looking at…
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We Need to Teach People How to Share Power

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By Irami Osei-Frimpong (March 19, 2018) I think that a whole lot of political problems come from an inability to share power with genuine people you may not necessarily like. This barrier is baked into our political culture, though I will say that there are marked differences between subordinate and dominant groups, for a variety of reasons. Well-ordered democracies concern…
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