Tag Archive: transformation

Dismantling Racism is About Dismantling the United States

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By Teka Lark (September 18, 2018) Dismantling racism in your community/your org/your place of religious worship isn’t about you personally taking a journey and discovering everyone really is a human being, this isn’t about you, but yet –it is. Dismantling racism is also not about the first Black capitalist, the first Black general, or the first Black supermodel. Dismantling racism…
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What the Louis C.K. Comeback Can Teach Us About Restorative Justice

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Louis C.K., co-creator/writer/executive producer, participates in the "Better Things" panel during the FX Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, Calif
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By Katherine Power (September 14, 2018) This piece describes the demands that justice makes in the name of people victimized in sexual assaults. I would add only one point: restorative justice is not about victim and perpetrator talking or repairing a relationship. It is about naming, on behalf of the whole community, the harm that has been done. It is…
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How to Talk to the Young White Men Drifting Toward the Alt-Right

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By Chris Crass (September 7, 2018) Talked with a Mom who reached out for support about her teenage son who she sees drifting towards the alt-right. My heart ached listening to her story. I shared how when I was 15, I was deeply confused, angry and felt alienated. I was trying to figure out who I was and what meaning…
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Interview: Andrea Haverkamp–Laborwave Revolution Rado

Laborwave Revolution Radio is a podcast started in 2017 in Corvallis, Oregon.  It is regularly hosted by Andrea Anarchy and Person X.  This podcast features revolutionary news and activism commentary on a national and global level.  We interviewed one of the founders, Andrea Haverkamp, to talk about the goals of the program and to hear what inspired its creation.  You…
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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 New American Way: Forgiveness is the Healthy Thing

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By Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas (July 4, 2018) If I ask you to think ten positive things that come to mind when you think of people on the opposite political spectrum, how long would it take you to mention them? What if I ask you to think 10 negative things? Is it easier to add negative dimensions as you consider the other?…
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Moving From Shock and Despair into Galvanization

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By Alex S. Morgan (June 27, 2018) I come from a long line of stubborn fighters. It’s coming time for some ancestor magic. We are not helpless. In the here and now, we have ties to the past and the future. We have not only the force of our own will, but that of generations behind us. We have not…
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We Need a Theology of Liberation in the United States

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By Mikasi Goodwin (June 22, 2018) I was born and raised in Oregon, on colonized land, in a state founded specifically on systemic racism. I grew up poor. I grew up in a rural, conservative environment. I was very conservative for a long time. I am white, a trans woman, a lesbian, and a poor person. I say this to…
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Freedom Depends on Enabling Institutions in Our Communities

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By Irami Osei-Frimpong (May 24, 2018) I study alienation and how freedom comes through well-ordered institutional structures, like marriage, employment, and politics. Our problem isn’t marriage, employment, or politics, the problem is that have a bad culture around institutions like marriage, employment or politics. We have bad marriages, bad jobs, and bad politics. There are such things as a good…
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Immigrants, Not Donald Trump, “Made New York Great Again”

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By Mark Naison (April 18, 2018) Donald Trump thinks he is the right person to “Make America Great” because he imagines he was responsible for New York’s revival after the Fiscal Crisis of the 70’s. But when you closely examine commerce in city neighborhoods outside of Manhattan, you realize that the very people Trump is attacking–IMMIGRANTS–are the ones who did…
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