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Strategic nonviolent conflict

by Wade Rathke November 29, 2020 Pearl River   I really, really want to like Erica Chenoweth and her work as a researcher and advocate of “strategic nonviolent conflict,” but I keep having trouble getting all…

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Rathke: Have Doctors and Hospitals Joined Banks as Fraudsters?

New York City     It’s the holiday season when old time movies used to give us hope that miracles might happen.  Santa might climb down from the chimney, if you had a chimney anymore.  There were…

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Rathke: The Crisis and Crime of Lost Children

New York City       As people look at the year gone by and a decade coming to an end there are a barrage of lists with of best movies, books, songs, plays, TV shows, and on…

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Rathke: Voter Purges Coming in Wisconsin and Georgia

New Orleans       A Georgia judge allowed a 300,000 voter purge to happen hours ago in that state.  A lawsuit filed by Fair Vote Action seeking to prevent the purge will happen later this week on…

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Rathke: Figuring out which companies are naughty or nice

Quebec City    Even as the Brexit landslide seemed to be building in the formerly United Kingdom, the European Union leadership was piecing together an ambitious plan to achieve climate goals by 2050.  Their plan was to…

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Rathke: Consolidating the fight against housing displacement in Canada

Quebec City    After a day of training and reports, the ACORN Canada organizing staff really got serious when the Year End / Year Begin meeting began no holds barred wrestling with campaigns.  The discussion was particularly…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Politics Social Justice

Majority of Americans back Black Lives Matter protests and think demonstrations will help racial justice: Gallup poll

A new Gallup survey shows that 65% of U.S. adults support the protests. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 Nearly two-thirds of Americans support the nationwide protests for Black lives and racial justice that…

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In his work with black teenagers, pastor and mental health caseworker Darnell Hill teaches an unofficial guide to what he calls “living while black.” Though many black families have their own sets of rules to navigate others’ racist assumptions, Hill says he hopes that following his “do’s and don’ts” will allow kids to survive as unscathed as possible to realize their life ambitions. “Let’s just make it home,” Hill tells them. (Cara Anthony/KHN)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Kaiser Health News News Racism Social Justice

‘Just Make It Home’: The unwritten rules Blacks learn to navigate Racism in America

Cara Anthony June 18, 2020 ST. LOUIS — Speak in short sentences. Be clear. Direct but not rude. Stay calm, even if you’re shaking inside. Never put your hands in your pockets. Make sure people can…

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Protests disrupt, no duh!

“Power concedes nothing without struggle and once the vigilance of struggle subsides, will seek to re-impose the comforts it once enjoyed.”  The kumbaya of revision and co-optation later can’t alter the reality of disruption inherent in the…

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The game billionaires play is not worthy of being called economy, either as care for the home, or as the art of living. It is exractive, naked money making, at war with life and creativity. (Photo: Drew Angerer)
Posted in Analysis Climate change Environment Environmental Justice Ethics Social Justice

The path beyond extinction and escape: return to earth, regenerate and share

Message for World Environment Day, 5th June 2020. by Vandana Shiva Friday, June 5, 2020 On 31st May, while people were dying during the Corona Pandemic, while millions had lost their livelihoods and were going hungry…

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For demonstrators in Washington on Tuesday, the death of George Floyd was evidence of the same structural racism that has also led to African Americans dying from coronavirus at more than twice the rate of others. (Julien Henderson)
Posted in Coronavirus Justice News Pro Publica Social Justice

On the minds of Black Lives Matter protesters: A racist health system

Black lives are being lost to COVID-19 at twice the rate of others. For protesters we talked to, that’s one more reason to be on the street. “If it’s not police beating us up, it’s us…

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Facebook has no moral compass

Little Rock   While America burns, Trump inflames and divides, Facebook vacillates and postures. Mark Zuckerberg and his number two executive Sheryl Sandberg seem to have no moral compass at all. Facebook once was a semi-harmless…

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Posted in Civil Rights Common Dreams Democracy News Social Justice

Global protests erupt in solidarity with racial justice crusaders in US

“Police brutality has created a flashpoint for unrest that was already simmering,” read an editorial published Monday in The Times of London. by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday, June 1 People in a number of international…

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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 Coronavirus Immigration News Pro Publica Public Health Safety Net Social Justice

Hospitals have left many COVID-19 patients who don’t speak English alone, confused and without proper care

One medical worker told us: “It takes 10 minutes of sitting on the phone to get an interpreter, and that’s valuable time when you’re inundated. So this utilitarian calculus kicks in. And the patients that are…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net Social Justice

Class and culture clashes

New Orleans    Ok, let’s be clear, everything about the pandemic sucks, alright? For the most part we don’t hate our homes, but we definitely don’t like being told we have to stay at home. Attach…

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Posted in Deportation El Salvador Human Rights Immigration News Off the wire Social Justice The Conversation world

Deported to death: US sent 138 Salvadorans home to be killed

At least 138 people deported from the United States to El Salvador since 2013 have been killed, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch, which investigates human rights abuses worldwide.   Updated February 7,…

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Posted in Child Welfare Immigration National News Off the wire Politics Pro Publica Social Justice

Zero Tolerance: “Women to one side, men to the other”: how the Border Patrol’s new powers and old carelessness separated a family

Under Trump, Border Patrol agents wield nearly unchecked power over the fate of migrants — and their seemingly random decisions can cleave families apart. by Dara Lind, ProPublica Jan. 31, Mirza had a sense of foreboding…

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Posted in Analysis Community organizing economic justice Housing displacement Labor Off the wire OtherWords People Politics Poor Peoples Campaign Poverty Social Justice

Learning from King’s last campaign

Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working people of all races. Today, nothing could be more powerful. Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Analysis Housing displacement Housing Policy Neighborhoods Off the wire Poverty Public Policy Race for the White House 2020 Social Justice

3 ways HUD is using regulatory attacks to dismantle fair housing protections

More than 50 years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the ultimate goal of the law—to eliminate all forms of housing discrimination and end residential segregation—is still far from reach. By Areeba Haider…

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Posted in Common Dreams Community organizing economic justice Environment Environmental Justice News Social Justice world Youth

‘We Have so much more to do,’ youth climate activists declare as global elite close out Davos forum

“It is time to get out of our comfort zones.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Youth climate activists marched through the streets of Davos, Switzerland Friday as the World Economic Forum wrapped up in a Fridays…

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The cynicism of emergency aid for Puerto Rico

Newark    There seem to be no limits to the vengeful pettiness of President Trump and his administration.  Nowhere is that clearer than looking at the deliberate obstacles placed in the way of Puerto Rico’s recovery –…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Columns Community organizing Housing displacement Housing Policy Neighborhoods Public Policy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

The big, fat, long tail of neighborhood segregation

Manchester     The “long tail” is a tech-marketing concept that pundits and futurists promote with some enthusiasm.  The heart of it is that some businesses, especially enabled by the internet and the Amazon world view, could make…

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Posted in economic justice Economy News Off the wire Poverty Senior Citizens Social Justice

Turning gray and into the red: The true cost of growing old in America

Are you economically ready for old age? Shutterstock Jan Mutchler, University of Massachusetts Boston The U.S. population is aging at such a rate that within a few years, older Americans will outnumber the country’s children for…

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