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The anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall and the complications of movement influence

When East and West Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall 30 years ago this week, I was in my living room in Boston, making final corrections on what would be my first book. I’d written about the nuclear freeze movement, … Continue reading

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Again, on the influence of movements

Protest campaigns usually get much less than what they ask for, but they can still matter.  Take a look at Alexia Fernández Campbell’s great piece at Vox on the Kentucky teachers and yesterday’s gubernatorial election. Last year teachers in Kentucky … Continue reading

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Arthur as outcome

I was surprised and delighted to see that Mr. Ratburn, a demanding and very caring third grade teacher in the cartoon town of Ellwood City, has found love and gotten married. Mr. Ratburn is mostly a supporting character in PBS’s … Continue reading

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#MeToo, Brett Kavanaugh, and the influence of social movements

Teenagers do stupid things, particularly under the influence of alcohol; for boys, sometimes those stupid things are criminal or violent. Often, offenses are unreported, unprosecuted, or otherwise concealed, and teens get second, third, and sixth chances to grow up. Affluent … Continue reading

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#MeToo and the (2nd) Cosby trial

From the moment Montgomery County prosecutors decided to take another crack at Bill Cosby after a mistrial less than a year ago, critics have speculated about how the growing #MeToo movement would affect what went on in the courtroom. In … Continue reading

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Keystone XL: what victory looks like

With ice and glaciers melting across the Arctic, at least this one polar bear found a comfortable place to rest on Pennsylvania Avenue. (Not really, that’s an activist in costume….) Last November, President Obama (finally) announced a decision on the … Continue reading

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Recipe for Democratic Revolution: What Works?

Reliably?  Nothing. As we see expressions of people power emerge and reemerge globally, it’s important–and hard–to remember that promoting democratic change isn’t like baking a cake. When courageous people take to the streets to press for their governments to be … Continue reading

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