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Greensboro Sit-in Anniversary, February 1 (1960!)

Today marks 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) The anniversary is also a great reminder of the important leadership roles … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King Day, January 17, 2022

Posterity has rescued an image of Martin Luther King, at the expense of the man’s own broader political vision. Continue reading

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Cesar Chavez Day, 2021

Commemoration of Cesar Chavez Day is an annual ritual in California–and in Politics Outdoors. It’s interesting to revisit last year’s post in particular, as it came in the early stages of a lock down which still (sort of) continues. It’s … Continue reading

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Greensboro sit-in anniversary, 2021

Today marks 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) The anniversary is also a great reminder of the important leadership roles … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King Day, 2021

January 18, Martin Luther King Day, falls three days after what would have been King’s 92nd birthday, a reminder of how young he was during his ministry. Here I repost a slightly edited version of last year’s post on the … Continue reading

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Labor Day, 2020

(2020) Here’s a repost and re-edit of the Labor Day thinking here. In a the COVID-19 crisis, inequality is more stark than ever. The president of the United States trumpets the recovery of the stock market, which has done precious … Continue reading

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Social change at Princeton (and everywhere): slowly, then suddenly

Princeton University is renaming some buildings, awards, and programs, striking Woodrow Wilson’s name from its School of Public and International Affairs, a response to the heightened awareness of structural racism in the United States, demonstrated most literally by hundreds of … Continue reading

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Statue, of limitations

Just because someone once thought a statue was a good idea doesn’t mean the rest of us have to live with it forever. The American Museum of Natural History is removing the statue of Theodore Roosevelt that guards its entrance, … Continue reading

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Statuary impacts: complex causality, the limits of social science, and striking Gen. Lee’s statue

In the wake of a dozen days and nights of protest against racialized police violence, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam ordered the removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee, that has loomed over the state capital’s Monument Park for … Continue reading

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Cesar Chavez Day, 2020

In the virtual lockdown we’re living through in California, where one day bleeds into another, I’d almost forgotten about Cesar Chavez Day.  Here’s a piece I wrote about the holiday in 2018, recycled, augmented, and reedited, with a few distressing … Continue reading

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