Posted in Op/Ed The Conversation Transportation

With fewer cars on US streets, now is the time to reinvent roadways and how we use them

New priorities in Boulder, Colo. Kevin Krizek, CC BY-ND Kevin J. Krizek, University of Colorado Boulder Sticking closer to home because of COVID-19 has shown many people what cities can be like with less traffic, noise,…

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Posted in Editorial/opinon Op/Ed

Wake Up, America! We must force Trump to resign or at least step aside

Your messages tell presidents which way the political winds are blowing. Make this “rumble of the people” speak loud and clear NOW! by Ralph Nader Monday, July 20, 2020 Public Citizen’s open letter, co-signed by over…

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Police confront demonstrators as Black Lives Matter supporters demonstrate in Portland, Oregon on July 4, 2020. (Photo: John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency)
Posted in Abuse of power Common Dreams Investigations Op/Ed Policing Race for the White House 2020

Trump threat to unleash Secret Police in other US cities is scheme to ‘Steal the November election’

“The exercise also has the advantage for Trump of entrenching a new form of secret police and of turning federal agents into instruments of his authoritarianism.”   by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, July 20 Amid…

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Posted in Columns Op/Ed Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Federal Invasion of Portland, Oregon

[Cuccinelli] is no freedom fighter or protector of any American rights. A zealot with access to a type of police in a time when funding for the police and their military tactics is part of the…

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Yeah, yeah, global warming, but what’s that compared to profit? (Photo: @MoBetter_B/Twitter)
Posted in Op/Ed

We’re so certain of our Colonialist selves that we’re destroying our own planet

The global movement to end racism must turn its attention to the world’s most vulnerable cultures—the indigenous people of Planet Earth—who are still enduring the forces of colonial genocide. by Robert C. Koehler Thursday, July 16…

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Posted in Coronavirus Op/Ed Racism The Conversation

As Arizona coronavirus cases surge from early reopening, Indigenous nations suffer not only more COVID-19 but also wrongly from blame

At the Navajo Nation town of Fort Defiance, Arizona, staff pack food boxes. The Navajo Nation now has the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rate in the U.S.   (Getty Images/Mark Ralston) by  Lisa Hardy, Northern Arizona…

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Posted in Democracy Op/Ed OtherWords

We hold this truth to be self-evident: it’s happening before our very eyes

The man in the White House has taken all the necessary steps toward achieving the despot’s dream of dominance. by Bill Moyers Saturday, June 6 At 98, historian Bernard Weisberger has seen it all. Born in…

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Posted in Justice Op/Ed OtherWords

Keep your eye on what’s important: Ending police brutality

We don’t know who’s carried out violence and vandalism or why. We do know police keep killing unarmed black Americans. by Jill Richardson   June 3, 2020 The grocery store across from my old house in…

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Posted in Authoritarianism  Democracy Op/Ed The Conversation

Trump’s use of religion follows playbook of authoritarian-leaning leaders the world over

by Laura R. Olson, Clemson University Sunday, June 7 It was a striking moment: Donald Trump, Bible in hand, posing for photos in an apparent moment of political theater made possible by the dispersal of protesters…

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Posted in Justice Op/Ed Social Justice

Don’t let cops join our protests

Cops who turn marches against police violence into parades don’t actually want substantial changes to policing. This piece is a commentary, part of The Appeal’s collection of opinion and analysis. by Derecka Purnell, The Appeal Sunday…

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Posted in Common Dreams Op/Ed

A memorial day for lies?

by Laura Flanders So which will it be? Will this disaster spark a shift for the better? Or will the deadly myths white Americans tell ourselves survive Covid-19? Memorial Day messaging bodes ill. I want to…

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Posted in Health Care Op/Ed OtherWords Safety Net

Rural America deserves a real Covid-19 response

Rural residents are more likely to be older and uninsured, while 350 rural hospitals are at risk of closing. They can’t afford neglect now. By Gloria Oladipo April 29, 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, many…

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Posted in Analysis Op/Ed The Conversation

The ‘first scientist’s’ 800-year-old tonic for what ails us: the truth

English scientist Roger Bacon believed everyone has a responsibility to think for themselves. Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de santé, CC BY by Richard Gunderman, Indiana University It seems that science has been taking a beating lately. From decades…

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Eugene Debs delivering a speech in Chicago in 1912. "I can see the dawn of the better day for humanity," the famous socialist leader once said. "The people are awakening. In due time they will and must come to their own." (Photo: Wikipedia)
Posted in Op/Ed

Romance is the New Realism: Eugene Debs and the Age of Corona

In this pandemic-era, it has become increasingly clear that we are only as healthy as the least insured—hence the poorest—in our society. by Danny Sjursen May 1, 2020 I was first exposed to Eugene Victor Debs…

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At first it was an email pointing out that the pandemic would mean that global carbon emissions would be down... But then it got worse with people I respect circulating writings that embraced the pandemic as ultimately good for the environment by warning humanity to respect Mother Earth." (Image: NASA)
Posted in Columns Coronavirus Environment Op/Ed

Finding hope in dark times while avoiding environmentalists’ mistakes of the past

Post pandemic we will need to fight for a green and just recovery that brings together addressing climate change and caring for those hurt by the crisis.   by Carlos Davidson Sunday, April 19 We are…

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Posted in Analysis Op/Ed Public Policy The Conversation

The deadly polio epidemic and why it matters for coronavirus

    by  Carl Kurlander, University of Pittsburgh Wednesday March 25 The fear and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic may feel new to many of us. But it is strangely familiar to those who lived through…

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Posted in Climate change Economy Op/Ed OtherWords

If money is tight, climate change is your issue

40 percent of Americans can’t afford a $400 emergency — and more emergencies are coming. By Theo Wuest | OtherWords November 6, 2019 If you’re poor in America, climate change is your issue. We’ve already seen…

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Posted in Columns Energy Environment Hightower Op/Ed OtherWords

You’re paying big oil to pollute

Big oil companies are drilling public oil for free, thanks to a “temporary” loophole that’s stayed open for 25 years. By Jim Hightower November 6, 2019 The one thing you never want to hear your dentist…

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