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The Tennessee Three and what a win looks like (2)

Now that Justin Pearson has (again) taken the oath of office, the Tennessee Three is reunited in the state House of Representatives. On Wednesday, the Shelby County Council voted on appointing an interim representative to replace the one who was … Continue reading

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The Tennessee Three show what a win looks like

A few days after suffering expulsion from the Tennessee House of Representatives, Justin Jones (again) took the oath of office and reentered the legislative chamber. Rep. Gloria Johnson, the unexpelled member of the Three, enthusiastically accompanied him on his return … Continue reading

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Pushing protest outdoors in Tennessee

Tennessee state representatives Tennessee State Representatives Justin Pearson, Justin Jones, and Gloria Johnson (l-r above) broke the rules. In the wake of the most a recent mass shooting at a Christian school in Nashville, protesters filled the chamber’s galleries and … Continue reading

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Cesar Chavez Day, 2023

Commemoration of Cesar Chavez Day is an annual ritual in California‚Äďand in Politics Outdoors. The day is a chance to reflect on Chavez, the movement he led, which continues, and the issues he and that movement addressed. (It also seems to … Continue reading

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March for Our Lives is Still Marching

They’re back. Teens in Parkland, Florida, who had survived the horrific Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in 2018, initially organized around the slogan, “Never Again.” They vowed to make sure no other kids would have to live with the loss … Continue reading

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Celebrities talk about guns

Matthew McConaughey’s brief speech about the horrors of the last (at this writing) school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, made for a two-day story–at least. People will keep talking and taking pictures and arguing about the movie star’s take. Of course, … Continue reading

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Sports are a platform for politics

Long ago, I helped organize a demonstration that drew about 10,000 people. Although all of the key organizers, who spent months in meetings and outreach efforts, viewed the turnout as success, I couldn’t help but think about the 33,000 people … Continue reading

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Dilemmas and Dynamics of Escalation (5)

Crisis provokes escalation. Escalation can mean more people engaging in action, taking on an approach that is new for them. It can mean some people taking on more aggressive, disruptive, or risky actions. The tragic school shooting at the Robb … Continue reading

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Rittenhouse and more: verdicts versus signals

Courts decide cases, not causes. On the surface, the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha was only about a kid with an assault weapon who killed two men and maimed another. The jury, considering two weeks of testimony, videotapes, lawyers’ … 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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