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ACORN is 50

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Celebrating a 50th anniversary feels strange on a Zoom call, but that doesn’t make it feel any less of an accomplishment. As the clock passed midnight in India, the farthest extent…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Community organizing economic justice Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

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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Joseph Fons holds a Pride Flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building after the court ruled that LGBTQ people can not be disciplined or fired based on their sexual orientation on June 15, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla)
Posted in Common Dreams Courts News

Huge victory for LGBTQ Equality: US Supreme Court affirms workplace protections

“The court has caught up to the majority of our country, which already knows that discriminating against LGBTQ people is both unfair and against the law.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday June 15, 2020 Labor…

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Posted in Abuse of power Common Dreams Justice News Policing Politics

New York Supreme Court Judge rules protesters can be detained indefinitely

“This is suspension of habeas corpus, it is unconstitutional,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, June 5 A New York State Supreme Court judge on Thursday rejected a petition seeking the immediate…

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Posted in Analysis Citizen Power Civil Rights Community organizing

Birthed by HBCU students, this organization offers important lessons for today’s student activists

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) founded 60 years ago today.   Jelani Favors, Clayton State University April 15, 2020 marks 60 years since the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, perhaps better known as SNCC,…

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Posted in Climate change Environmental Justice First Nations First Peoples News Health Care News Poverty Race for the White House 2020

Civil Rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson endorses Bernie Sanders for President

‘Our Needs Are Not Moderate’ “The most progressive social and economic path gives us the best chance to catch up and Senator Bernie Sanders represents the most progressive path.” “With the exception of Native Americans, African…

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Posted in Analysis Immigration Mexico Off the wire

Sociologist Jeremy Slack on the Horrors that Await Immigrants Deported from the U.S.

Slack led a massive research effort to learn what happens to those whom immigration authorities deport and dump all along the Mexican border. By Lise Olsen,  Feb 4, 2020,  As an 18-year-old freshman at the University…

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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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Prisoners at Parchment Prison
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The issue at Parchman Prison is bad conditions not cellphones

Amsterdam      If Parchman Prison in the fertile Mississippi River delta of Sunflower County is in the news, it means there’s bad news, never good news.  Parchman is the only men’s state prison in Mississippi.  Parchman is…

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Posted in Art Columns Community organizing Off the wire Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

Teaching history through art: “The Uninvited”

New Orleans       In a post-Christmas present, our crew was invited to an opening night play.  Top that, bam! The staging was at the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses in the heart of the French Quarter…

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In 1976, after most Freedom Summer workers had long moved on, Blackwell became the first black female mayor in the state, a post she held for more than 20 years.
Posted in Columns Community organizing economic justice National Off the wire People Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice Voter registration Voter suppression Voting rights

Unita Blackwell’s life and work is a beacon for us all

New Orleans       At the end of every year, there’s a section in the New York Times about the “lives they lived” that looks at people large and small that died during the past year.  Unita…

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