Guest Voices

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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We've Let Employers Set the Terms of the Labor Debate

By Irami Osei-Frimpong (April 10, 2018) We’ve let employers dictate the terms of the labor debate. Forget the skills mismatch. There is a wage mismatch, and when wages aren’t pegged to cost of living increases, it’s a bit ridiculous. I first noticed it when I heard some older cat harangue a kid for not working their way through college like...
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Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Freedom Struggle of Northern Ireland

Charlotte O’Sullivan (April 4, 2018) Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, the leader of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s in America. But here in Ireland, Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy goes far beyond the improvements he brought to the lives of African American people in the US; for example,...
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We Need to Stop Letting White People Off the Hook

By Irami Osei-Frimpong (April 2, 2018) The number of times I hear some version of, “You can’t expect white people to ever be fair” is astounding. I hear this from white and black people across the education divide. Honestly, the people who are the most smug about this as a truism are white women with lots and lots of degrees....
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Children Should Not Have to Lead a Movement About Gun Violence

By Irami Osei-Frimprong (March 26, 2018) I see a lot of adults lauding the children for their leadership. These kids shouldn’t have to parent their adults. I like children participating, but if they have to lead, that means the adults aren’t doing their jobs. You shouldn’t have to use them to say things to their uncles and aunts that you...
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It's Too Early to Say We Won Against the Alt-Right

By Alexander Reid Ross (March 21, 2018) While I’m happy that Richard Spencer is miserable and Heimbach may be going to jail, I think it’s too early to say “we won.” We succeeded—for now—in pushing the Alt Right and its bedfellows off the streets. That may mean our methods have been successful, among other things, but it doesn’t mean that...
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We Need to Teach People How to Share Power

By Irami Osei-Frimpong (March 19, 2018) I think that a whole lot of political problems come from an inability to share power with genuine people you may not necessarily like. This barrier is baked into our political culture, though I will say that there are marked differences between subordinate and dominant groups, for a variety of reasons. Well-ordered democracies concern...
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My Lai is the Essence of US American Foreign Policy

By S. Brian Willson (March 16, 2018) March 16, 1968, My Lai Massacre, Viet Nam Today, March 16, 2018, is the 50th painful anniversary of the US Army massacre that, in effect, represented the essence of US American policy of scorched earth from the air and on the ground in the US war. 504 completely unarmed Vietnamese were murdered in...
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Performing for White People

By Teka Lark (March 13, 2018) “We did not feel that the cops were protecting us, for we knew too much about the reasons for the kinds of crimes committed in the ghetto; but we feared black cops even more than white cops, because the black cop had to work so much harder–on your head–to prove to himself and his...
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The Left Needs to be Critical on Russiagate

joeBy Joe Lowndes (February 26, 2018) I have not posted much on Russiagate out of my own ambivalence. On one hand, I am wary of the liberal investment in both fantasies of deliverance and nightmares of foreign control, as well as the uncritical trust placed in the FBI and CIA. But on the other hand, I DO think that we...
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