Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

Climate, obits, and frozen pipes

by Wade Rathke February 17, 2021 New Orleans    I called a friend in Houston to see how bad the snow and ice had hit them. He said they were among the lucky ones and didn’t…

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Posted in Columns Impeachment Insurrection 2021 Wade Rathke

Inciting to riot

by Wade Rathke February 15, 2021 Pearl River    Predictably, former President Trump was acquitted in his latest impeachment trial. It has always been important to him to set records, and he notched a couple of…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

No veritas in O’Keefe’s Project Veritas

New Orleans    The scurrilous, criminal provocateur, James O’Keefe, and his have finally been reined in after a dozen years of mayhem and damage. Ironically, they are being hobbled by a new sheriff in the public…

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Posted in Columns Restart 2021 Wade Rathke

Income Ceiling on Benefits for the Rich

by Wade Rathke February 10, 2021 New Orleans   For the record, I’m clear that the government needs to give more lower income families cash, and they need to do it pretty darned quick. At the…

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Posted in Columns Restart 2021 Wade Rathke

More cash transfers, please and pronto

by Wade Rathke February 9, 2021 New Orleans    Way back when the pandemic was over there, and then over here, and the shutdown of peoples’ lives and work began, can you remember in the first…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Service Wade Rathke

Anne Fenney

by Wade Rathke February 8, 2021 Pearl River I didn’t know Anne Fenney, but I stayed in her house. I’m not sure how that counts in degrees of separation, but I would mark it as pretty…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Wade Rathke

Little “d” democracy in action

by Wade Rathke February 7, 2021 Pearl River    There’s no question democracy is under attack all around the world, and, sadly, we are all engaged in a battle to protect the semblance of it that’s…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Wade Rathke

Organizing in the Year of the Plague

by Wade Rathke January 28, 2021 New Orleans    The Year End / Year Begin meeting is a tradition and vital piece of planning, reflection, and celebration with our ACORN family of organizations. This one was…

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Posted in Columns Government Wade Rathke

Are We Living in a Failed State?

by Wade Rathke January 27, 2021 New Orleans   The inauguration was hardly a week ago, and the honeymoon is already over. Ok, you’re right. There was absolutely no honeymoon ever! Who is surprised? Probably no…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Recruiting techniques for extremists and supremacists

by Wade Rathke January 26, 2021 New Orleans    In the wake of the January 6th days of rage at the US Capitol there’s a lot of buzz about the rise of rightwing extremists. The head…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

The roots of “Stop the Steal” in the attack on ACORN

by Wade Rathke Sunday, January 24, 2021 New Orleans   The arc of justice is long, but when people see it coming, they don’t stay silent. First, a text from the most devoted Times’ reader and…

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Posted in Biden Administration Columns Wade Rathke

Replacing lead service lines – perfect infrastructure project

by Wade Rathke January 22, 2021 New Orleans    Recently, Social Policy was lucky enough to have fifty contributors offer ideas suggesting priorities for the new Biden administration. There were some amazing recommendations, and we’ll dig…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

Boebert’s Colorado 3rd District isn’t that Safe

by Wade Rathke January 22, 2021 Pearl River ewly-minted Congresswoman Boebert sees herself as the right’s answer to Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and the so-called Squad of progressive women in Congress. She unseated five-term Republican representative Scott Tipton…

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Posted in Columns Race for the White House 2020 Wade Rathke

In like a lion, out like a lamb

by Wade Rathke January 21, 2021 New Orleans   It’s January, not March, but watching the Trump exit from Washington still summons the old “in like a lion, out like a lamb.” He said he would…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Let’s prepare a Texas welcome for the NRA

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   I realize that talking about guns and their giant conservative enabler, the National Rifle Association, will have many of you thinking that we’re talking about the siege at the US Capitol…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Crowd chaos underlines differences in Instigators versus Organizers

by Wade Rathke January 19, 2021 Pearl River   The post-mortem on the Capitol mob scene has been bizarrely interesting from an organizing perspective. A lot of it has been more about name-calling than analysis. This…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

Mr. Transactional, Mitch McConnell

by Wade Rathke January 15, 2021 Little Rock    To follow politics in Washington these days, we don’t need a telescope, we need a Geiger counter. Some of the mischief is crystal clear, but way too…

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Posted in Columns On the road Wade Rathke

The confused, fragmented and leaderless red-right

by Wade Rathke January 14, 2021 Little Rock   Once you breakout of metro Atlanta and hit interstate 20, the hills start rolling towards Birmingham, and then interstate 22 moves through northern Alabama towards Tupelo until…

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Posted in Columns Labor Wade Rathke

Google and majority unionism

by Wade Rathke January 4, 2021 New Orleans   A well-orchestrated rollout welcomed workers back from the holidays with the news that around 225 people of the 260,000 employees of Google and its parent company, Alphabet, have…

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Posted in Accountability Columns Wade Rathke

Capitol Police asleep at the switch

by Wade Rathke Friday, January 8, 2021 New Orleans    One of the late-night comedians noted that these early resignations from White House staff and cabinet officers with less than two weeks before Biden’s inauguration are…

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Trump riot rocks right and rest of us

by Wade Rathke Thursday, January 7, 2021   New Orleans   Insurrection, riot, mob, anarchists, terrorists, as the Senate chaplain reminded, words have meaning, and those were words hurled like rocks from Senators and Representatives. For…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Politics Wade Rathke

Celebrate, but keep it real, here come the Congressional Mod Squad

by Wade Rathke Wednesday, January 6, 2021 New Orleans   Victories have a thousand fathers and defeats are orphan children, or something like that. ACORN, the Voter Purge Project, and Labor Neighbor are glad to count…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

Doing our part in Georgia, ground game pays off

by Wade Rathke January 5, 2021 New Orleans   The double-barreled Senate runoff in Georgia has been something to watch, and even more interesting on the ground, as our team found doing our part to assure…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Wade Rathke

The scary Trump wannabes

by Wade Rathke January 4, 2021 Pearl River, La.    When Kentucky Senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the voice of reason for the Republicans, you have to know we’re facing real trouble. McConnell had…

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