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Michael Simms: The Courage of Teachers

In 1987, students gathered in front of the admin building angry over the corruption of the university’s board. The crowd was getting ugly. I was a young teacher standing to the side, listening to the speeches, watching warily as the crowd grew. Someone shouted Take Over the Administration! and the crowd chanted Take Over! Take over! Take Over! The crowd, now a mob…

February 27, 2021 · 7 Comments

Nick Engelfried: Indigenous-led resistance to Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline threatens Big Oil’s last stand

The nonviolent resistance by Native Americans in Minnesota is likely to be the next massive, sustained direct action campaign in the U.S. climate movement.

January 4, 2021 · 4 Comments

Mike Schneider: Photograph in TIME, 1985

A man in battle camouflage holds a machete
at the throat of a peasant farmer on his knees
genuflecting in a shallow grave he just dug.

December 10, 2020 · 6 Comments

Basav Sev: Paying Politicians to Criminalize Protest

More communities are standing up to pipelines. The fossil fuel industry wants to make that a felony.

December 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: Guns, Germs and Smoke

UNITE-HERE! Canvassers take on Trump in Nevada.

October 22, 2020 · 1 Comment

Denise Levertov: The Ache of Marriage

two by two in the ark of
the ache of it

October 9, 2020 · 2 Comments

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 · 10 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

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