Tag Archive: visionary

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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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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What No One Says About the New Portlandias: They are Also Very White

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By Arun Gupta (April 24, 2018) “Pittsburgh is the New Portland” has become a cliche. The meaning is it’s a medium-sized environmentally friendly city hospitable to young people who are creative, have an unorthodox lifestyle, or politics, and the city is low cost and close to nature, at least compared to cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco….
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Interview: Alexander Riccio

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  Alexander Riccio is a labor organizer based in Corvallis, Oregon. He co-hosts the podcast LabourWave Revolution Radio and is currently collaborating with the Common Space Collective on a project to revive the commons in the Willamette Valley.   What are the sorts of experiences that led you to become a union organizer? I am asked this question, or a variation…
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Remember Freedom’s Eve

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By Teka Lark (January 2, 2018) It was just the 155th Anniversary of Freedom’s Eve. Freedom’s Eve began in 1862 on New Year’s Eve. It was the night before the Proclamation of Emancipation issued by President Lincoln. People often think that slavery ended after that. It did not. People weren’t freed automatically on January 1, 1863. In order for people…
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From Social Movement to Revolutionary Movement: Why We Need Both

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By Hyung Kyu Nam (February 3, 2017   We should see ourselves in a long arc of change globally as we face a crisis with imperialism, capitalism, ecocide and both political and social oppression that are all interconnected: Zapatista, Seattle WTO, Tunisia, Egypt, Wisconsin, Spain, Greece, Occupy, BLM, Idle No More, Umbrella Movement. Ultimately, these crises require radical change.  …
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Finding Hope in Dystopia: Children of Men

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By Joseph Orosco (January 27, 2017) This academic term, the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures teamed up with the Allied Studies for Another Politics! and the Spring Creek Project to host a film and discussion series called “Finding Hope in Dystopia”.  The idea behind the series was to create a space for discussion about how to find hope for transformative…
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How Do We Approach People Not Like Ourselves?

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  By Mark Rudd (November 18, 2016) I went to the demonstration today. By my estimate there were about 1,000 people there. About half the crowd were older people, but the other half were young. Lots of Native Americans. Great spirit, “Save the Water, Save the Land!” During the close, I noticed a young woman wearing a bandana. This is…
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Don’t Let Them Whitewash Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton

  By Chris Crass (September 25, 2015) Don’t let anyone sell you a pack of reactionary moderate whitewashing about who ‪#‎DorothyDay‬ and ‪#‎ThomasMerton‬ were, two of the Catholic leaders named by ‪#‎PopeFrancis‬. Day was an anarchist socialist founder of the Catholic Worker movement that both feeds the poor and actively opposes the capitalist system that creates poverty. Day was a member of the Industrial Workers…
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Interview: Christina Allaback and Trek Theatre

  Christina Allaback is the Artistic Director for Trek Theatre, a new theater company out of Eugene, Oregon that seeks to bring Star Trek:  The Next Generation episodes to live public performances.