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Protest, Riot, and Rebellion in Minneapolis

Protesters took to the streets of Minneapolis in response to the police killing of George Floyd. And they stayed. Some wore masks and tried to observe public health protocols for social distance. Some carried gas masks. Some broke windows of … Continue reading

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Exercising the right to protest, COVID-19

“Government won’t do squat.”* That’s the slogan I imagine for the open up protesters in Clearwater, Florida exercising their right to protest against the closure of their gyms. Frustrated that they can’t get to the weight stack or the cardio … Continue reading

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We NEED a New Deal; make it Green!

The normalcy we reach after getting through the #coronacrisis won’t be the same as the one the ended in February. Now is the time to push for policies that shape the new normal we want. (It should certainly include sufficient … Continue reading

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Are the Open-Up protests winning? What does winning mean? COVID-19

Dramatic, often confrontational, protests by small groups to “open up” seem to be working. The protests certainly haven’t enjoyed the support of most Americans. A substantial majority of Americans oppose a quick lifting of restrictions on public life and are … Continue reading

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Gavin Newsom, Jonah, protest, and the preparation paradox, COVID-19

Gavin Newsom, governor of California–where I live–has done a pretty good job in managing the awful coronacrisis. He’s acted quickly and decisively, taken strong measures informed by science and data, and has explained his decisions. It’s been a hassle: after … Continue reading

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Kent State shootings, anniversary (repost)

(This is a repost of a report on the Kent State shootings, on occasion of the 50th anniversary. It’s almost hard to remember a moment when students were present on college campuses, much less assembled together in groups. At the … Continue reading

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It’s the guns, COVID-19

Guns aren’t the only way to threaten public safety, as open up protesters screaming into the faces of masked police officers surely know. The police are wearing masks to avoid the possibility of infecting other people. Those medical masks are … Continue reading

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Protest is contagious; where we are….

The first picture is of a open up protest at the Wisconsin state capitol in Madison, on August 24, featuring a turnout estimated at a couple of thousand people, certainly one of the largest turnouts at these protests so far. … Continue reading

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Counterprotests for health make strong images

Intensive care nurse Lauren Leander got a respectful hearing on CNN Thursday night, as she explained to Chris Cuomo why she decided to spend her day off staring down open up protesters in Phoenix. A few nurses dressed in clean … Continue reading

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Generational Divides, Student Activism, and the Youth Vote

Moblizing Ideas, a blog that Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Social Movements maintains, commissioned a series on youth activism–way before most of us were tuned into the way the #coronacrisis would take over our politics and lives. I’ve … Continue reading

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