Guest Voices

The Death of Revolutionary Thought: What the Game of Thrones Finale Revealed About Ourselves

By Rocio Mercedes Alvarez (May 29, 2019)   Over a week has passed. The series is wrapped up and millions of Game of Thrones fans worldwide have either had their hearts broken or their decades-long theories confirmed. To say the final season was controversial is an understatement, especially if you followed the countless super-fans on a variety of social media...
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When the Klan was Tax Supported in Ohio

By Teka Lark (May 28, 2019) People say that in Dayton, Ohio that only 9 members of the Ku Klux Klan showed up and that it was a win for US, the community.  But that was no win. According to the Time Magazine article, “9 People Showed Up for a KKK Rally in Dayton, Ohio. They Were Drowned Out by...
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Keeping the Faith: Compassion, Understanding, and the Future of the Left

By Arun Gupta (May 21, 2019) I am hearing a lot of despair lately, so I would like to share this story with you. In the early 1990s, when I was international news editor at The Guardian Newsweekly, we hired a bookkeeper named Frances. Being a political newspaper run by the staff, our interviews were a mix of questions about...
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Black Women and Choice in Alabama

By Teka Lark (May 17, 2019) My mother said when she was pregnant with me the doctor asked her if she wanted an abortion. My mother was married, a housewife, had no other children, and owned a home with my father, but still that was the first question that the doctor asked when she went to the doctor to confirm...
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Open Letter to the White Male Legislators in Alabama and Georgia

By Sonia Gutierrez (May 15, 2019) Dear White Guy, You Don’t Own My Body I had a miscarriage. At the clinic, the doctor told me I had a blighted ovum and said she was sorry. According to her, I would have to go to the hospital for a procedure—if nature didn’t take its course. Well, I didn’t want that and...
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Cersei is Far More Than a Raging Mother

By Theresa Hogue (May 14, 2019) There are plenty of valid criticisms floating about regarding Game of Thrones’ brutal penultimate episode, many of which focus on the unexpected and frankly wild veering that many beloved characters do from the path the writers had previously put them on. Whether it’s Jaime’s sudden crash from his redemption arc with Brienne to Dany’s...
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The Ultimate Lesson of Game of Thrones: "Hoping Our Rulers to Do the Right Thing is Madness"

By Paul Messersmith-Glavin (May 13, 2019) We watched Game of Thrones last night, along with 17 million others. If you saw it, you know how devastating and demoralizing it was. I immediately thought of the US role in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, or the US war on Iraq, or countless others. Lara made the point that the rubble dust and total...
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Thank the Chicago Anarchists for Creating a Better World for Everyone

paul-laraBy Paul Messersmith-Glavin (May 1, 2019) If you like the idea of only working an eight-hour day, as opposed to say, twelve, thank an anarchist. This first of May – May Day – represents the day people around the world, for over a hundred years, celebrate and renew the commitment of anarchist organizers in Chicago in the 1800s to making...
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"Three Mexican countries" is About Controlling the Narrative

By Teka Lark (April 3, 2019) When I see things like, “Three Mexican countries…” often I hear people discuss how ignorant people are. “How can you have power and be so ignorant to not know the name of countries?!” I am not sure if the people saying these things are saying them because they too are playing the game. I...
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Putting Our Hopes in Mueller was Lazy Politics

By Arun Gupta (April 2, 2019) While I stayed away from the Russia controversy because I thought it was overblown, I did write an article in December 2016 pointing out of course Russia would want to destabilize the U.S. Putin is a brutal authoritarian and Islamophobe who persecutes journalists and the LGBT community. He carried out a program of such...
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Du Bois Was Right About White Nationalism in 1920: It's a Global Threat

By Joseph Orosco (March 18, 2019) In 1920, one of the big controversies in racial justice issues was the tension between Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. Du Bois.   Garvey believed that Black folk in the US would never be treated with justice and the best plan was to return to Africa to build new states in which they could be...
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It's Not Enough to Hold Another World in Our Hearts--We Have to Make It Now

By Lara Messersmith-Glavin (February 7, 2019) Unless you are deliberately teaching your kids about race and gender and class and ability, unless you are actively countering the narratives they receive from every direction in this culture, then what you are really telling them is that racism, misogyny, heterosexism, class shaming, body shaming, and ableism are ok. Straight parents—it isn’t enough...
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I'm Not Your Blackface

By Teka Lark (January 31, 2019) I think one of the most important things to know is who you are and the second most important thing to know is who others think you are. I like to think of the world and my life as a journey, but I am aware that many people, entities, systems, view each individual as...
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The US has Avoided the Task of Anti-Black Racism

iramiBy Irami Osei-Frimpong (January 30, 2019) Heather Heyer died for going to a rally against White supremacists. She didn’t wake up that day to die. She woke up that day to go to a rally against White supremacy. But she paid the price. That’s simply what justice costs. Our unwillingness to pay that price is why we ended Reconstruction. I...
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This is Why Women Stay Silent When They Are Uncomfortable

By Elle Stanger (January 23, 2019) I asked a man to stop bothering the three women at the table across from him while they were trying to eat; he was asking about their work, clothing, and the final straw was when he asked if they wanted to date his friend or him, They were giggling and trying to shut down...
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Inclusion Isn't a Free-for-all for Bigotry: Exclusionary Feminisms and the Alt-Right

By Rachel Wagner (January 15, 2019) In one of my groups, there’s a discussion going on about whether or not it’s “exclusionary” to ban TERF and SWERF views (presumed “feminist” views that exclude trans-women and women who engage in sex work). Those “radical feminists” who wish to exclude trans women and sex workers from feminist spaces are upset that they’ve...
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Bookchin Helped Us Understand the Roots of the Ecological Crisis Today

By Paul Messersmith-Glavin (January 14, 2019) Murray Bookchin would be 98 today. Calling himself at times both a “Pleistocene Bear” and a “relic from a different age,” Murray was in many ways ahead of his time. He introduced ecology to the Left in the early sixties–before even Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring he would tireless point out–even raising climate change as...
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The Wall is a Symbol of Isolation and Racism

By Rachel Wagner (January 8, 2019) Has anyone else noticed that Trump only talks about one issue at a time, like for months? For a while it was Hillary. For a while North Korea. Healthcare for a while. There were others. Now it’s nothing but wall wall wall. This successive “single issue” approach is likely intended to just keep us...
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Surviving Misogynoir

tekaBy Teka Lark (January 8, 2019) When I have events I never have music. I don’t like music. I came of age in the 80s and 90s. I came of age when music was getting pretty mean and I knew immediately that I did not like hiphop. I didn’t like hiphop, because it seemed to specifically be talking about how...
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No Race or Gender Justice Without Class Politics

By Irami Osei-Frimpong (December 18, 2018) Race IS a deformation of class. As gender IS a deformation of class. So if you keep class politics, but don’t go after race politics, you’ve ignored all of the ways in which class politics comes in as race politics. If you go after gender and don’t go after class, you’ll have created two...
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What Does the Research Say About Black Intimate Partner Violence?

By Tommy J. Curry (December 14, 2018) Many, if not most, Black academics do not really want to solve domestic violence. Over the last few days, I have seen Black academics posting articles from Blavity, The Root, and blogs discussing domestic violence. You want to know why they post from these sources because very few Black people actually study intra-racial...
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Did Bundy Really Quit the Militia Movement?

By Jess Campbell (December 11, 2018) Ammon Bundy did not leave the militia movement. Read what he said. Read more than the headline. Even if he did leave the militia movement, he would not be a friend to any of us who are trying to build communities accountable to any standard of human dignity. He built his name off of...
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Bush 41: The Graceful and Polite Oligarch

By Marc Cooper (December 1, 2018) Good grief! I just love the way liberals –and others– are now slavishly and shamelessly canonizing Bush 41 — one of the most mediocre presidents in history. And the very embodiment of POLITE Elitist, Corporate and Oligarchic Rule. Driving home last last night I had the misfortune of tuning into MSNBC and almost driving...
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Veterans Have Fought In Wars--And Fought Against Them

File 20181105 74760 kqu38h.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1By Michael Messner (November 11, 2018) A member of Veterans for Peace marches during the annual Veterans Day parade in New York, Nov. 11, 2017. AP/Andres Kudacki Michael Messner, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences If President Donald Trump had his way, the nation would be celebrating the centennial of the World War I...
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We Once Thought the Internet Could Liberate Us

By Jason Wilson (November 9, 2018) 1. “MAGAbomber” Cesar Sayoc was an active Twitter user — he used it to spread memes and issue threats. He was well connected with other Trump supporters on the platform. 2. Tree of Life Synagogue shooter, Robert Bowers, announced his intentions on Gab, a site that was set up in response to mild and...
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