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George Lakey: Mass direct action might be the only way to stop Trump from stealing the election

Authoritarian rulers fear peaceful resistance above all else.

September 9, 2020 · 1 Comment

Kevin A. Young: History Shows That Sustained Disruptive Protests Work

Electoral campaigns require a majority of voters. Non-electoral strategies do not.

July 29, 2020 · 4 Comments

Michael Simms: Praise the Poet

Empires fall and buildings crumble, but songs and stories survive.

July 25, 2020 · 15 Comments

Abby Zimet: Then They Came For the Drummers, Chanters, Chalk Artists, Trash Pickers, Balloon Carriers, Bike-Helmeted Moms and Naked Athena

We now have the grossly under-reported spectacle of unnamed, unbadged, unaccountable hoodlums in camo combat gear and unmarked vans wildly tear-gassing and pepper-balling engaged citizens, city officials, medics, media…

July 23, 2020 · 2 Comments

Andrew Selsky, Gillian Flaccus: Oregon Officials Decry Federal Agents after Protest Clashes

Militarized federal agents deployed by the president to Portland, Oregon, fired tear gas against protesters again overnight as the city’s mayor demanded that the agents be removed and as the state’s attorney general vowed to seek a restraining order against them.

July 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Deesha Philyaw: I Am Not My Ancestors

‘Just don’t try and make a world out of a man, especially a man who’ll still be a boy when you a full-grown woman.’

July 19, 2020 · 7 Comments

Danny Sjursen: Undercover Patriots

Trump, Tulsa, and the Rise of Military Dissent

July 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Columbus OH Police Mace Double Amputee, Take His Legs, Leave Him Writhing

In a new study that manages to be both shocking and grimly unsurprising, researchers found police in 20 U.S. cities fail to meet even the most basic international human rights standards governing lethal force.

June 25, 2020 · 2 Comments

Jake Johnson: New Amnesty Map Documents ‘Shocking Extent’ of US Police Violence Against Black Lives Matter Protesters

Police forces across the United States have committed widespread and egregious human rights violations in response to largely peaceful assemblies protesting systemic racism and police violence, including the killing of Black people.

June 24, 2020 · 2 Comments

Charles Davidson: The Fundamental Failure of Donald Trump

A Christian looks at Donald Trump.

June 21, 2020 · 7 Comments

Josephine Baker: Siren of the Resistance

Iconic entertainer of the Jazz Age, famous for her risqué performances, Josephine Baker responded to the start of World War II by becoming a spy for the French Resistance. Known as the “Creole Goddess” of France, Baker used her celebrity to gain access to high-ranking Axis officials.

June 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II: May the Screams and Tears and Protests Shake the Very Conscience of This Nation

If we want to reach a better place on the other side of this, we must refuse to be comforted too quickly.

June 1, 2020 · 1 Comment

Barrett Swanson: The Soldier and the Soil

Their prose often stood head and shoulders above the standard freshman drivel, exhibiting a certain rigor of thought and depth of feeling that perhaps comes from having witnessed whole anthologies of trauma—entire villages razed by fire, wide-eyed children draped in gore, wives screaming beside mutilated husbands.

May 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jennifer Barckley: What Climate Change and the Coronavirus Have in Common

While COVID-19 may seem like a foreign disease that we have fallen victim to, it’s just one of many viruses that stem from the extreme confinement of animals being raised for food.

May 7, 2020 · 4 Comments

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