Guest Voices

Superhero Comics Train Kids in Authoritarian Politics

tekaBy Teka Lark (October 16, 2018) Black Panther was created by Stan Lee. He appropriated the Black Power (Lowndes County Freedom Fighting Organization) movement and drenched it in his US capitalist bullshit. Stan Lee’s politics are crap. He is a Democrat, but he is the neoliberal authoritarian brand of progressive, which is right wing anywhere but here. He also pushes...
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"I Hope You Get Out": Low Key Police Abolition

By James Rotten (October 12, 2018) I met S. at the Alamo Drafthouse to have lunch and see Monsters & Men, which centers around a murder by cop. When it ended, she left and I stayed to pay our bill. There was just one other person in the theater, sitting next to me, with one empty seat between us. I’ve...
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We Need to See, Not Look Past, People's Sexual Orientations

By S. (October 11, 2018) I HATE THIS MEME! PLEASE DON’T SHARE IT UNLESS YOU ARE GOING TO GO ON A HARD CORE RANT AGAINST IT. So this is a thing that pisses me off. If you care about me, you should care about my sexual orientation. My sexual orientation defines so many aspects of my life and it limits...
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Eco-Catastrophe Threatens Authoritarian Politics in the Long Run

By Joe Lowndes (October 10, 2018) The Trump administration went from denying climate change to predicting a 7 degree fahrenheit increase over the next century. People have pointed this out as a contradiction, but there is good reason for them to now endorse this second position. It makes much more sense for the proto-fascism of this regime. Accepting eco-catastrophe as...
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We Should Be Doing Anything But Trusting the Government About Climate Change

mbBy Matilda Bickers (October 10, 2018) I think the thing that drives me the most crazy–after the sheer helplessness of having to live through these times, that’s definitely the MOST crazy making–is listening to well off white people say “we’ll get there eventually. We have to,” and other platitudes about climate change. It’s not that I don’t believe them–although I...
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Labor Justice is THE issue now

By Irami Osei-Frimpong (October 8, 2018) I’ve read that as a rough rule, political movements initially start out off as free speech movements. In campus life, it makes sense at first blush, especially when you’ve been to Berkeley. But I think it papers over the social question. We still haven’t figured out how political freedom works while you still depend...
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The Problem with Capitalism Isn't Work--It's the Lack of Freedom and Meaning

By Harsha Walia (October 1, 2018) I’ve been thinking on something I have been hearing a lot this past year. The critique of capitalism isn’t that we work. Capitalism sucks because it creates conditions where labour is extracted, where we dont control our means of production, we are alienated from the process of production under a proft-driven wage economy, and...
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The Club of Patriarchy Begins Early

By Alexander Reid Ross (October 1, 2018) Rebecca Solnit’s courageous piece is empowering and exciting. What turning over the rock from under which Kavanaugh crawled did was expose the horrible abuse pretty much all women are subjected to in the US from a very young age. It’s societal and systemic oppression in which specific, discrete acts of sexual misconduct and...
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Do You Get it Now?

By S. (September 30, 2018) Every time a black person is murdered and there’s a public debate I want to scream “do you get it now?” Kavanaugh’ entire life is about generational wealth, white privilege, systematic oppression of black people, and control of women. He is a terrific embodiment of Republican values. Like Trump, he is but a symptom. The...
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Why Are the Standards of Human Decency So Low for White Men?

By Teka Lark (September 27, 2018) I remember back when I had my newspaper and a blog and commented on Laist for making a comment on the coverage of Watts that was not only plagiarized from Wikipedia with photos from a moving car, but was also amazingly racist. I was called a stupid bitch and banned from ever commenting again,...
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Dismantling Racism is About Dismantling the United States

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

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

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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Should We Worry Whether Bash is Flashing White Power?

By S. (September 5, 2018) Dear White Liberal Friends, Welcome to the crazy-making world of trying to interpret the actions of those in power. Is Ms. Bash sending a white power signal or are we reading too much into her hands? Black people have had to deal with so many dog whistles and so many excuses to explain away racist...
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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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