Posted in Columns Film First Nations Racism Review

‘Small Signs’, a powerful look at the underbelly of a tourist town

by Madrone Kalil Schutten, Ph.D., Guest column for the Meteor Friday, October 23, 2020 Small Signs: A Protest in Flagstaff, Arizona is a documentary on the pulse of the second wave of the civil rights movement….

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Posted in Common Dreams Community Economy Editorial/opinon Justice Op/Ed

Desideratum: Heading Off the Prospects of a Dark and Tumultuous Future

We can no longer afford to wait as climate changes, economic systems malfunction, and enflamed social divisiveness bear down on humanity with unprecedented, irreversible consequences. by Luisa Deprez, John Dorrer Tuesday, October 13, 2020 ”This time,…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Politics

Demanding a nation that ‘Cares for all’ not just the wealthy few, Working Families Party unveils People’s Charter

“The People’s Charter provides folks with something that is outside of [Biden’s] politics to vote for.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday, October 8 A coalition of progressive lawmakers, union leaders, and social justice advocates on…

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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 Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Policing

Trump plans Kenosha visit despite calls to stay away

‘Photo-Op for white nationalist president isn’t helpful,’ says Wisconsin Dem In a letter to Trump on Sunday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers warned the president’s visit “will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward…

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Posted in Analysis Community Coronavirus Elders Pro Publica

Hundreds of thousands of nursing home residents may not be able to vote in November because of the pandemic

Renowned inventor Walter Hutchins has voted in every presidential election since 1952. This year, as many states stopped sending teams to help seniors vote, his nursing home was on coronavirus lockdown and his streak was in…

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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 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 Analysis Consumption Coronavirus Economy The Conversation

The US economy is reliant on consumer spending – can it survive a pandemic?

The U.S. spends the most money on advertising in the world. Marketing and advertising spending in 2020 is projected to reach nearly $390 billion.   Photo by Deon Fosu for Unsplash by  Halina Szejnwald Brown, Clark University…

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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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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 Journalism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Lorenzo Milam: ‘Father’ of community radio has died

by Wade Rathke Wednesday, July 22, 2020 New Orleans Lorenzo Milam has died. Long live Lorenzo Milam! Wikipedia calls Milam an author and activist, which is true as far as it goes, but in many circles,…

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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 Black Lives Matter Columns Community Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Statues be gone

by Wade Rathke New Orleans  Statues and memorials of various stripes are getting a good hard look after decades where they received a pass from the public and politicians no matter how obnoxious their content and…

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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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Posted in Columns Community Coronavirus Culture Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Disappearance of third spaces

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Third spaces received a fair amount of attention not so long ago. These were the places between work and play where community could be built. How will they survive the…

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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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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Policing Racism

In authoritarian tirade, Trump claims Americans ‘want law and order’ policing whether they know it or not. Video

Civil rights advocates slammed the president’s law enforcement executive order as “a band-aid for a bullet wound.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday. June 16 Prior to signing an executive order approving law enforcement reforms that…

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Demonstrators protest in Anna, Illinois on June 4 over the death of George Floyd. (Brian Munoz/Reuters)
Posted in Analysis Justice Pro Publica

A Sundown Town sees its first Black Lives Matter protest

Most people I met in Anna, Illinois, wish the racist lore behind the city’s name would go away. Some say Anna’s first Black Lives Matter protest is a step toward real change. But what is next?…

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Posted in Analysis Justice Policing Politics The Conversation

Police unions are one of the biggest obstacles to transforming policing

Protesters in front of Boston Police Headquarters during a United Against Racist Police Terror Rally on June 7, 2020. (Photo Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) by  Jill McCorkel, Villanova University Protesters and community…

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Posted in Common Dreams Justice News Policing

As nationwide protests over police brutality continue, cities across the US cut and reallocate police funding

“You don’t have to go full abolition to see that maybe sinking 1/3 of a city’s general budget into police is a problematic investment.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Friday, June 12 Cities across the U.S….

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Posted in Columns Policing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Police Accountability Report Card

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Many cities and some states are wrestling with what to do with unaccountable and too often brutal and abusive police forces unable or unwilling to police themselves. The proposals are…

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