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Sunrise Movement doubles down on 2020 after RBG’s death, with planet and the future on the line

“This moment is a critical opportunity—not only to activate every young voter in swing states but also to catapult emergent Green New Deal champions running for Senate into the spotlight and secure upsets in red states.”…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News

Global coalition invites progressives worldwide to attend inaugural summit

‘Internationalism or Extinction’?  “The Progressive International is convening this emergency summit… to map our current crisis, to reclaim our shared future, and to strengthen our planetary front to do so.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer From…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Analysis Homelessness Housing

Community land trusts could help heal segregated cities and reduce homelessness

Efforts to build wealth for Black Americans could focus on property ownership.  Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images by  Mark Roseland, Arizona State University and Christopher Boone, Arizona State University American cities represent part of the…

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Posted in Citizen Power Columns Community organizing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report The People Speak

Old and New Social Movements

by Wade Rathke Sunday, September 13 Pearl River   Every month in the 50th anniversary year of ACORN, I’ve been talking on the radio to veteran organizers and others with unique perspectives on the organization, its history,…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Environment Wild Fire

The Climate Crisis is happening right now. Just look at California’s weekend.

Record high temperatures. Record fires. Record smoke. ProPublica reporter Elizabeth Weil spoke to former California Gov. Jerry Brown about the state’s converging apocalypses. by Elizabeth Weil Wednesday, September 9 Two weeks ago, after freak lightning strikes…

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U.S. President Donald Trump boards Marine One for departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC., on Friday, July 19, 2019. (Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto)
Posted in Common Dreams Elections News Race for the White House 2020 Vote by mail

Sanders warns nation: Trump is laying groundwork for election result mayhem

“Trump is now using his lies and misinformation to sow confusion and chaos in the election process and undermine American democracy,” says the Vermont senator. by Jon Queally, staff writer Sunday, September 6 Warning of the…

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Posted in Columns Evictions Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Navigating the eviction relief labyrinth

by Wade Rathke Saturday, September 5 Pearl River   All of the headlines read that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) had directed no evictions for the rest of the year. Before we do the happy…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Democracy Elections Race for the White House 2020

Trump twists warning of election night results delay to suit his narrative, advocacy groups vow to make sure every vote counts

“Donald Trump is not running a re-election campaign. He’s running a power grab.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, September 2 President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning openly embraced a theory put forth by analysts earlier…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Poor Peoples Campaign Poverty Racism

Tens of thousands attend march in Washington on 57th anniversary of historic Civil Rights rally, today

‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’ “We’ve been here before, but this time we know that it is necessary to redefine public safety in order to save black lives.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, August…

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Posted in Climate change Columns Hurricanes Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Laura shows Lake Charles no love

by Wade Rathke Thursday, August 27, 2020 Pearl River   I’m fifteen feet above dirt looking out the window at the water that has risen up from the bayou a few miles from the Pearl River…

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Cars display signs requesting to stop evictions as protesters supporting the rent freeze gather in Chinatown on August 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. During the pandemic, California has passed a number of eviction protections that are under evaluation as they have started expiring. (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Evictions

Eviction fears mount as grace period for federal moratorium expires

‘Coming to a Town Near You.’  “It is morally obscene that the American people have to rely on GoFundMe to pay for rent and food,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Tuesday,…

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Posted in 2020 Census Columns Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

A politicized census becomes senseless

by Wade Rathke Tuesday, August 25, 2020 New Orleans   For a long time a country’s ability to consistently and accurately conduct a census has been a mark not only of modernity, but of civilization itself and…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Testing works, but it takes organizing and resources

by Wade Rathke August 22 Pearl River   If there’s any consensus about dealing with Covid-19, it involves the critical role of testing right now, and a vaccine down the line. Testing allows all of us and…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Disappearing Organizing Art: Tagging

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   Those were the days! As part of the ongoing 50th anniversary celebration of ACORN this year, different veterans have joined me on Wade’s World to share their memories and reminisce…

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Posted in Columns Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Change is Messy

by Wade Rathke Little Rock   One takeaway from the memorials to civil rights leader and organizer, Congressman John Lewis, has been the repeated invocation of the violence that was the handmaiden of the struggle. Martin…

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Posted in Columns On the road Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Driving through the Pandemic with Antifa

by Wade Rathke Decatur, Texas   In the predawn, the three-week long veteran night clerk at the Motel 6 along Highway 287 in Decatur, Texas north of Dallas confirmed, “it’s rough out here.” Looking for a…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

City amenities and the prices paid for them

Pagosa Springs   In Durango, Colorado, we felt like we had struck gold, having hauled out bikes across Texas and New Mexico. We stumbled, almost literally, onto a bike trail that had seemingly been recently completed…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Signs signify

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   In the wake of George Floyd’s death and the subsequent mass protests, support for the Black Lives Matter movement and organizations rose dramatically across the US population. Some protests continue with…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Protest moves people, money, and votes

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Remember not so long ago when one self-proclaimed wizard after another, usually in power in some corporation, foundation, or governmental post, declared that “protest is passé.” Those of us so…

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"Times of crisis are when change happens—to fuel California's economic recovery, we need a bank designed to stabilize the economy and invest back into our communities," said Trinity Tran, co-founder of the California Public Banking Alliance and Public Bank LA. (Photo: Trinity Tran/Twitter)
Posted in Banks Citizen Wealth Common Dreams News

California bill to establish Nation’s second Public Bank applauded as ‘Historic challenge to Wall Street domination’

“If California is serious about addressing racial and income inequities, we must create a banking system that centers people not profits.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, July 10 In a move advocacy groups celebrated as…

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Black Lives Matter protesters gather in front of the Confederate carving in Stone Mountain Park on June 16, 2020 in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The march is to protest confederate monuments and recent police shootings. Stone Mountain Park features a Confederate Memorial carving depicting Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, President Jefferson Davis. (Photo by Jessica McGowan)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News

Stone Mountain, Georgia: The flashpoint now at center of Confederate monument removals

The mountain, known for its massive Confederate memorial carving, was the location of the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan in 1915. by Common Dreams staff Sunday, July 5 The planet’s largest Confederate monument—Stone Mountain outside…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Thinking outside the box for worker power

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   In organizing unions, captive audience meetings are the scourge of organizing drives. The employers have the right to make the meetings mandatory in order to deliver their anti-union screeds, but…

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President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. had thousands of empty seats, thanks at least in part to the actions of teenagers who mobilized on the social media platform TikTok.
Posted in Analysis Politics Social Media The Conversation

How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity

TikTok teens and the Trump campaign by  Anjana Susarla, Michigan State University Thursday, July 2 The lower-than-expected attendance at President Trump’s rally in Tulsa on June 20 was attributed, at least in part, to an online…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Living and dying on the numbers

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   A lesson close to the heart for every organizer is the importance of numbers. An organization can live and die on the numbers. Rising numbers are a sign of health,…

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