A police officer charges forward as people protest the killing of George Floyd in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. on May 31, 2020. (Photo: Samuel Corum)
Posted in Common Dreams Community organizing News Policing Politics

Pushed by national uprising, Democratic lawmakers unveil legislation to overhaul policing

The new measure includes provisions to ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants and limits transfers of military-grade equipment to local law enforcement. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Monday, June 8 After two weeks of nationwide protests over…

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Posted in Interview Justice Policing Reveal

Keith Ellison talks about police power, protest and George Floyd murder prosecutions

by Reveal staff June 6, 2020 Keith Ellison came of age as an activist fighting police brutality. Now, as the attorney general of Minnesota, he’s prosecuting what may be the most important police brutality case in…

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Posted in Civil Rights Common Dreams Democracy News US Military

“When They Say We Don’t Have the Right to Protest,” Says Naomi Klein, “That’s the Moment to Flood the Streets”

As Trump declares “law and order” clampdown against peaceful demonstrations, author and activist reminds people of most important lesson she’s learned studying history of shock doctrine tactics. by Jon Queally, staff writer Thursday, June 4 Amid…

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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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ACORN members take over walkway amidst recent no evictions campaign.
Posted in Columns Coronavirus Government Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net

Mutual aid and governmental responsibility

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Mutual aid or solidarity work has long been a feature of political activity in times of crisis and often at all times. ACORN affiliates around the world have been involved…

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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 Columns Community organizing Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Foretelling labor’s future in the cloudy crystal ball

Pearl River   Roughly 39 million Americans have applied for unemployment, not even counting gig and self-employed workers, workers who have abandoned job search, or couldn’t access the benefits, which means real unemployment is over 50…

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A passion for equality

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   The other day I read a belated obituary on Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Nick Kotz. He had passed away at 87 on his cattle farm in Virginia of a freak accident…

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Putting the fist on the wood again

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   The sports pages are full of discussion about whether or not baseball players will be putting the wood on the ball soon in huge, empty parks, or whether basketball players…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Community News

Naomi Klein and Arundhati Roy help launch Global Green New Deal project with worldwide invitation. Video

“The time to build the future we deserve is now, and international solidarity is the tool we need to begin its construction.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Wednesday, May 20 Authors Arundhati Roy and Naomi Klein…

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Posted in Art Climate change Energy The Conversation

Solar farms, power stations and water treatment plants can be attractions instead of eyesores

Infrastructure as art: Jacob van Ruisdael, ‘Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede,’ c. 1670. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, CC BY-ND   by  Margaret Birney Vickery, University of Massachusetts Amherst Amid the economic and social fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Masks and food for the people

by Wade Rathke May 14 Pearl River ACORN and its affiliates are direct action, mass-based organizations. Some now ask, how do we explain the fact that we also, especially now, deliver what many would only expect…

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Posted in Community Nature The Conversation

You’re not going far from home – and neither are the animals you spy out your window

Is it that same busy squirrel you’re watching every day? Julian Avery, CC BY-ND Julian Avery, Pennsylvania State University Watching the wildlife outside your window can boost your mental well-being, and it’s something lots of people…

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Posted in Common Dreams Human Rights News

New progressive coalition organizes ‘to form common front’ in global struggle for justice and a better world

by Eoin Higgins, staff writer A coalition of left-leaning thinkers, activists, organizations, and political leaders from around the world on Monday officially launched the Progressive International, a new global effort aimed to provide the world with…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Will masks become the new class and race divide?

New Orleans It is no secret that opening versus stay-at-home from state to state and nationally has now, somewhat amazingly, but unsurprisingly as pandemic combines with polarization in the United States, become equally politicized. Having recently…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Wages Workers

May Day for workers and the vast army of the unemployed

Pearl River    May Day traditionally has been marked around the world with workers marching under the banners of their unions and labor-friendly political parties. In the USA, Labor Day marks the end of the summer,…

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Posted in Agriculture Community Coronavirus Food

How to support your local farmers as restaurants and farmers markets close

As the virus has small, local farms scrambling for income streams, community-supported agriculture (CSA) is one way to support them. By April M. Short April 14 The global outbreak of COVID-19, and the collective effort to…

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Posted in Coffee Shops Community Coronavirus Restaurants The Conversation

When restaurants close, Americans lose much more than a meal

The Big Texan restaurant, Amarillo, Texas. Carol M. Highsmith, Library of Congress by  Rebecca L. Spang, Indiana University March 20 Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted a video of himself on March 15 saying: “No more restaurants.” Seated in…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Community Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report world

The value of collective experience

New Orleans A couple of random comments have gotten me thinking a bit about the post-coronavirus world. One thing that stuck with me was a young man’s take on hoarding in New York City that was…

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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 Columns Community Reflections in Flagstaff

Goats, Jars, and Pandemics

By Brad Olsen March, in Flagstaff, has it all: snow, rain, cold, warm, skiing, hiking, spring break and vacations, work, an equinox and daylight savings, basketball madness, the death of dictators, and even the celebration of…

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Posted in Columns Reflections in Flagstaff

Brad Olson: To make an end is to make a beginning

By Bradley Olson, Meteor Columnist The new year and New Year’s celebrations are traditionally the time set aside for reflecting on the year just past, and setting goals and making resolutions for the year to come….

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Posted in Columns Reflections in Flagstaff

Brad Olson – Reflections from Flagstaff: Flagstaff Imagined

by Brad Olson An item in the Flagstaff History column of one of our local publications noted that there was a controversy over the zoning of Switzer Canyon back in 1969. The city council was considering…

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