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Labor Day 2019, reposted from the past, with an afterword on the day

Successful politicians exploit, buy off, and sell out the movements that sometimes buoy their campaigns.  This American story is an old one, and it’s one that leaves activists disappointed, wary, and cynical, even especially about the politicians who do the most for … Continue reading

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Parkland and the politics of commemoration

We remember the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas* High School not because of its horrific details, but because of the heroic organizing efforts of the young survivors. A core group of kids were still in shock when they vowed to … Continue reading

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Greensboro sit-in anniversary, 2019

It’s the anniversary of the start of the sit-in campaign in Greensboro, North Carolina. I’m always moved and encouraged by the audacity of those young men. (repost)   There was once a store called Woolworths.  It sold dry goods, mostly … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King Day, 2019

Yesterday Vice President Mike Pence compared his boss, Donald Trump, to Martin Luther King. Really. I don’t know whether the comparison is a true reflection of Pence’s ignorance, or just his subservience.  But minimally, the day of commemoration should be … Continue reading

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Cesar Chavez Day, 2018

(recycled, augmented, and reedited) Less than a week after Edna Chavez, the charismatic seventeen year old high schooler from South Los Angeles, electrified a national crowd with a demand to end gun violence, Californians celebrate the legacy of another Chavez. … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King Day, 2018

On the eve of the Martin Luther King Day holiday, the president of the United States announces, emphatically, that you can’t find anyone less racist than he is. If you’re suspicious of such proclamations, perhaps it’s just that you’ve learned … Continue reading

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And the Confederate monuments?

About those statues? The Nazis and Klansmen and associated white racists said they were marching in Charlottesville to save the statue of General Robert E. Lee on horseback. Last year Charlottesville’s City Council voted to strike the statue and rename … Continue reading

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