Posted in Columns Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Productive incoherence and thinking differently about change

by Wade Rathke October 24, 2020 Pearl River   A book entitled, The Sex Obsession: Perversity and Possibility in American Politics, arrives in the mail with the word SEX in capital red letters along with obsession…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Columns Police Killings Policing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Police plus shots equal feet on the street

by Wade Rathke October 23, 2020 Little Rock   About twenty Georgia State University School of Social Work students watched the film, The Organizer, in Atlanta recently. I zoomed in for a questions-and-answers session after it…

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Posted in Columns International Justice Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Support protests in Nigeria!

by Wade Rathke Tuesday, October 20 New Orleans     It’s a small world.  Marva Burnett, the president of ACORN Canada and ACORN International, visited several cities in Nigeria last year with her church group.  She met…

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Posted in Accountability Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Accountability some fine day – make your own list

Hope is not a plan, but it’s something to hang on to now, so we can imagine a better future. by Wade Rathke Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Greenville Miss    Georgia is now a 45-45 tie between…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Want to feel better? Give!

by Wade Rathke October 19, 2020 New Orleans   Finally, a cure for Covid-19 pandemic depression! I can’t believe that the president hasn’t been screaming the news at the top of his compromised lungs now. If…

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Posted in Columns Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Trump campaign’s secret weapon: Door knocking!

by Wade Rathke October 18, 2020 Pearl River   With hardly two weeks before the election in the United States, it’s down to the wire. It will be interesting and important to see the final strategy and…

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Posted in Columns Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Payment is coming due for a Deal with the Devil

by Wade Rathke October 16, 2020 New Orleans   We’re on the election countdown, but, frankly, that’s been the case for almost four years, so in some sense, what’s new? The polls don’t look good for…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report While we were looking elsewhere

Are corporations picking more pockets as government snoozes?

by Wade Rathke October 15, 2020 New Orleans,  Maybe I’m wrong? Maybe I just woke up with a manic pandemic depression about the current pandemic depression? Maybe it’s always like this, and I haven’t noticed it…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report SCOTUS

Supreme Charade

by Wade Rathke October 14, 2020 New Orleans   There’s a bitter irony to the current charade called a confirmation hearing for a new justice to join the United States Supreme Court. All of the players,…

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Posted in Columns Policing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Scary police crowd control tactics

by Wade Rathke October 13, 2020 New Orleans   My ears perked up as I was listening to a radio broadcaster in Austin relate a story about a novel and dangerous police crowd control tactic used…

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Posted in Columns Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Trump Coup Threats are a Diversion

by Wade Rathke October 12, 2020 New Orleans   I’ll admit when I find myself agreeing, almost point by point, with Ross Douthat, the conservative columnist for the New York Times, I have to put my head…

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Posted in Columns Community Journalism Community organizing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Community Radio on the frontlines

by Wade Rathke October 11, 2020 Pearl River   The Grassroots Radio Coalition is a loose confederation of various progressive community radio stations around the country. We got involved with them when, to our surprise, they had…

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Posted in Columns Prisons Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Prison everywhere around you

by Wade Rathke October 10, 2020 Pearl River   Talking to Victoria Law on Wade’s World about the book, Prison By Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms, that she co-authored with Maya Schenwar,…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Domestic Insurrection!?!

by Wade Rathke October 9, 2020 New Orleans   Whoa, you crazy gunsels! Y’all have absolutely crossed a line here! Planning to kidnap a governor? Are y’all out of your freaking minds? This was really the news…

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The Indian government’s attack on nonprofits

by Wade Rathke October 8, 2020 New Orleans   In recent weeks the conservative, communalist Indian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken steps yet again to attack nonprofits, especially those with any extensive ties…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter registration Voter suppression

What the New York Times gets right and wrong about ACORN

by Wade Rathke October 7, 2020 New Orleans   P.T. Barnum, the famous 19th century impresario and huckster from Bridgeport, Connecticut is often quoted as saying, “Any kind of publicity is good publicity as long as…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter suppression Voting rights

Database voter suppression strategy

by Wade Rathke New Orleans We all know it’s bad, and then we find out that it’s even worse than we imagined. Sharing the Voter Purge Project’s recently released report on consistent errors in the voter…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter registration Voter suppression

Stopping Purges as Voter Registration Deadlines Hit

by Wade Rathke October 5, 2020 New Orleans   We’re on the countdown to the election now. October 5th marks the last voter registration day for the majority of states. The flipping of pages on the…

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Posted in Columns Racism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report White Privilege

White Christian Privilege

by Wade Rathke October 3, 2020 Atlanta   As always, there are things you know, things you think you know, and then the dreaded assumptions that mask as both, but are neither. It’s those assumptions that…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Trumps go viral

by Wade Rathke October 2, 2020 Atlanta  You can’t make this stuff up! What an unbelievable year and election season hammered by both the economic depression and the pandemic. And, now, darned if the White House…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing People Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Memories and milestones

by Wade Rathke October 4, 2020 Pearl River   Tenants all over the world are facing a huge crisis as the dual scourges of the pandemic and economic depression confront them daily. In some industrialized countries, eviction…

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Posted in Columns Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Donnybrook debate

by Wade Rathke October 1, 2020 Atlanta   What a fiasco! This was no debate. This was a barnyard brawl. Once it was over the question was not whether Joe Biden had won, but how much…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Marathon protests

by Wade Rathke September 30, 2020 New Orleans   There’s something strange and different happening in the world of protests. The average bystander is unlikely to have noticed this, but as a practitioner in this trade,…

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Posted in Columns Environment EPA Lead Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Water

Getting the lead out

by Wade Rathke September 29, 2020 New Orleans   We have to take progress where we can get it in these dark days at perhaps the tail end of the Trump administration. There are scores of…

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