Tag Archive: social justice

How the Democratic Party Fatally Damaged Itself by Attacking Public Education

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By Mark Naison (June 27, 2017) Ever since the Clinton Presidency, the Democratic Party has been an advocate of top-down school reforms whose goal has been to make the nation more economically competitive and reduce inequality. Not only have these policies failed to achieve their stated objectives, they have destabilized communities where Democrats have traditionally found support, created widespread distress…
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Star Wars and the Lessons of Good Parenting on Father’s Day

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By S. (June 18, 2017) As is natural on Fathers Day, our minds turn to the original Star Wars trilogy. Instead of focusing on Vader as is custom on this day, I urge you all to consider Uncle Owen Lars. Luke spends the entire trilogy mourning the death of Obi Wan and obsessing over Vader. But Owen was there since…
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What if Handmaid’s Tale Was About a Black Theocracy?

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By S. (June 14, 2017) Thought experiment for my white friends: In The Handmaid’s Tale a cabal of elite, white Christians seize control of the government, send all of the black people away (to reservations or death camps, it’s not clear), and then turn every white woman into a slave. What feelings arise when you imagine the same scenario, except…
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Notes for An Activist Struggling with Depression and Overwhelm In These Times

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By Chris Crass (June 1, 2017) I am with you. Because I feel the grief and anguish of these times, with the recent murders of Black, Indigenous, and white people in Maryland, Washington and Oregon by white supremacists. Of Professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, canceling two public speaking engagements on the West Coast, after receiving…
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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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It’s Time for Love Against Fear in Portland

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By Alexander Reid Ross (May 27, 2017) I am so deeply horrified right now. Jeremy Christian, the PDX killer, represents exactly the kind of person I’ve been researching and cautioning against. A clear white supremacist, he also identified with subcultures and called himself an “anarcho-nihilist” who sympathized with “both Commies and Nazis because of Semitic Patriarchal Monotheism.” A registered libertarian,…
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Letter to White Progressive America: The Design of Modern Imperialism

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By Caroline Randall (March 30, 2017)   In the fear and loathing that followed Trump’s election, my frustration and contempt for my fellow progressive white Americans has transcended a level I ever thought possible.  I can’t physically stomach their attempts to be consoling, blaming the victory of hate and violence on the uneducated and conservative voters. This false assertion conveniently…
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Trump is No One’s Victim: Why We Need Writers in the Darkest of Times

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By Ana Castillo (February 20, 2017) In Which the Poet, Somewhat Recovered from an Unannounced Televised News Conference that Might Have been a Chapter Titled “WHITE HOUSE VS. THE MAJORITY OF THE MEDIA” in a Dystopian Novel Draft, Reveals Its Narrator’s Internal Monologue For the Random Reader’s Musing: Republican McCain said it, or at least suggested it: Shutting down the…
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The Little Department That Could: An Inspiring Story from Fordham

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By Mark Naison (February 10, 2017) My department- the Department of African and African American Studies- was not supposed to last. it was created as an Institute in 1969 as a result of a student sit in at the Fordham administration building by a committee of Black graduate students and undergraduates who were given power to hire faculty and in…
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Is Our Democracy Even Legitimate?

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By Jasper Smith  (January 23, 2017)   Representative John Lewis recently raised questions about the legitimacy of the new president. For me, this raised a larger question about the legitimacy of our democracy and elections. There are international standards for what constitutes a free and fair election that have been agreed upon by the countries of the world and to…
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