Guest Voices

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

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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Bezo's Plan for Space Intensifies Misery on Earth

By Arun Gupta (July 20, 2018) Consider this. Jeff Bezo’s wealth has surpassed $150 billion. There are at least 11,600 homeless people in King County, where Amazon is located. Amazon recently strong-armed the Seattle City Council to repeal a small $275 annual head tax on large corporations to address the soaring homelessness in the wealthiest city in the Western Hemisphere....
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What It Takes to Say that the US Was Ever Great

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

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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Campaign Against Kavanaugh is Already Lost

By Todd May (July 12, 2018) Here’s something I don’t understand: a campaign against Kavanaugh. I get that Democrats are supposed to vote against him. But a real campaign against him? That’s where our energy is supposed to go? I think folks who want this don’t realize that they’re getting played. Kavanaugh is conservative Republican establishment. Is he awful? Yes,...
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Portland Fighting More Vicious than Charlottesville

By Jason Wilson (July 4, 2018) I have seen a lot of street confrontations in Portland and elsewhere now. The beat downs I saw last Saturday were among the worst I have seen anywhere. I don’t want to get into league tables of street violence but the street confrontations were more vicious and plentiful than what I saw in Charlottesville...
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The New American Way: Forgiveness is the Healthy Thing

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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The Institutionalized Cruelty of Separation: My Story

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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Moving From Shock and Despair into Galvanization

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

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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Trump's Four Immigration Pillars

By Ana Castillo (June 21, 2018) THE 4 PILLARS HE DEMANDS BE MET; Let’s examine the hypocrisy, the fallacy of his proposed sincere desire to resolve, and the reality that makes it impossible for Congress to vaguely go along with HIS demands. 1. He HAS AND IS deporting Dreamers. 2. Demands $25 billion dollars for the WALL. It is no...
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The Future is Organizing

By Teka Lark (June 18, 2018) This “you don’t need to go to college, the future is in trade” is absolute rubbish. It is absolute bullshit. The trades will not keep you safe, technology is coming for you next. Almost every job that exists from plumbing, to roofing, to wiring your wall can be automated now; EVERYTHING, driving a cab,...
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This Treatment of Immigrants is a Dark Stain on US History

By Arun Gupta ( June 18, 2018) Immigrants are not your bludgeon to use against Democrats. Immigrants are not an object for your history lessons. Immigrants are not numbers in your game. Your argument that “it happened before” is utterly inhumane and shows complete contempt for solidarity for millions of immigrants in peril. What is happening now is unprecedented. Trump...
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Have You Ever Had to?

By Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas (June 16, 2018) Have you ever had to? Abandon a lifetime at the eye-blink notice of a memory? As villages collapse and dreams become black fumes? As tanks roll-in while drones of anger machete their bloody ways into crops and farms? No laws can stop imploding sadness; burying babies in Syria.  Dead AF floating towards the shores...
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Bourdain was Right: Food is About the Human Connection

By Arun Gupta (June 14, 2018) After immersing myself in Bourdain’s work for days — his books, interviews, hundreds of articles, a dozen shows — I did some cooking with my mom. Bourdain is right that the best food is to be found within the home. The most elaborate, artistic, and expensive, is in restaurants, but the food there is...
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Justice Means Solidarity Politics

By Alex S. Morgan (June 4, 2018) Happy Pride Month! I’m a queer, non-binary femme trans person who is kinky and polyamorous and who has done sex work under three genders. They/them/their pronouns only, please. Pride for me is both celebration AND riot. We NEED to celebrate each other and ourselves as we fight for justice, because this is a...
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What Makes Me Feel Unsafe in My Hood

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

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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"Not Everyone Black Has to Have the Same Opinion"

By Teka Lark (May 30, 2018) So I was on Linkedin and I was friends with a guy who liked a photo of a guy who went to some thing with Kelly Conway and Ivanka Trump. This guy was in the nonprofit industrial complex vortex which is about kissing rich people’s behinds regardless of how heinous they are and his...
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Why We Run: Thoughts for Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzales

By Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas (May 29, 2018) To whom it may concern: Why we run! We run to catch the bus at 4:30AM in America Running our hands to the bones; here, look! We run with contagious joy like Tarahumaras We run like whistles emerging from the Zapotec clouds; calling. We run to the hills to watch our temples burned; Guatemala...
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Freedom Depends on Enabling Institutions in Our Communities

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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The Santa Fe Shooting is a Result of the Cynicism Destroying US

By Alexander Reid Ross (May 21, 2018) It’s just a nightmare. I’m from Houston. It’s a place near and dear to my heart. When this sort of thing becomes normal, we all become targets. That this latest shooting was carried out by a gun obsessed white male is as unsurprising as his apparent fusion of authoritarian left-right politics. A hammer...
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What No One Says About the New Portlandias: They are Also Very White

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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Starbucks Shows Black People No Longer Have Public Spaces

By Teka Lark (April 17, 2018) Boycott all Starbucks. Not just the one. The good white people need to learn too. Why I do the work that I do. I will not share the video of two Black men being removed by the Philadelphia police from Starbucks, because a white person was “afraid” (they aren’t afraid, they are racist) and...
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Churches Are Not Enough for Social Justice

By Irami Osei-Frimpong (April 13 2018) There is a weird variety of Protestantism that suggests that the only social institution trained on securing justice is the Church. And everything else is mammon. So instead of a church exhorting you to go out and love one’s neighbor through organizing a workers union, etc., the church will try to bring the institutions...
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