Posted in Columns Investigations Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

James O’Keefe, Spy Boy

by Wade Rathke October 29, 2020 New Orleans    Back when we used to have Mardi Gras in New Orleans, which looking forward to 2021, seems an iffy proposition, one of the treats for early risers…

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Posted in Columns Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Productive incoherence and thinking differently about change

by Wade Rathke October 24, 2020 Pearl River   A book entitled, The Sex Obsession: Perversity and Possibility in American Politics, arrives in the mail with the word SEX in capital red letters along with obsession…

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Sunset before Earthquake off the coast of Ponce.

Puerto Rican earthquakes

Ponce We hadn’t been to Puerto Rico over the last fifteen years. Tickets were too pricey to Mexico and Columbia, so why not see how they have come through the recovery from Hurricane Maria, touch base…

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Rathke: Are single use plastics getting a bad rap?

New York City      Once the breeze picks up between the canyons formed by New York City skyscrapers, the most common local bird that seems to be floating in the sky when you see something flutter…

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The tragedy of the UAW: When boss culture replaces member culture

Ponce, Puerto Rico     At the end of every year we are inundated with the best of this and the top ten of that in music, movies, books, sports, tech, politics, and, well, I guess, almost everywhere. …

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Columns Police Killings Policing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Police plus shots equal feet on the street

by Wade Rathke October 23, 2020 Little Rock   About twenty Georgia State University School of Social Work students watched the film, The Organizer, in Atlanta recently. I zoomed in for a questions-and-answers session after it…

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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 transplant system is needlessly allowing patients to die

New Orleans       There are no good ways to die, but emphysema is a tough way to go. I watched my grandfather die that way as a child.  He was weak and housebound in his last…

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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: Five thousand blogs and what do you get

New Orleans       When you do something every day, rain or shine, here or abroad, every once in a while, you need to take stock, and evaluate whether a disciplined practice is a trivial habit, an…

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Rathke: New housing law in NY has impact on tenant evictions

New Orleans       The Wall Street Journal and its reporters must get a special thrill when they can score an exclusive on the New York Times on New York’s own turf.  I bet they didn’t even…

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Rathke: In praise of door to door canvassing

New Orleans      In modern politics obsessions run hot and heavy as election day looms ahead.  One cycle it might be microtargeting with sophisticated databases categorizing voters and messages.  Another cycle it’s small donors and social…

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Posted in Columns International Justice Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Support protests in Nigeria!

by Wade Rathke Tuesday, October 20 New Orleans     It’s a small world.  Marva Burnett, the president of ACORN Canada and ACORN International, visited several cities in Nigeria last year with her church group.  She met…

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Posted in Accountability Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Accountability some fine day – make your own list

Hope is not a plan, but it’s something to hang on to now, so we can imagine a better future. by Wade Rathke Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Greenville Miss    Georgia is now a 45-45 tie between…

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Want to feel better? Give!

by Wade Rathke October 19, 2020 New Orleans   Finally, a cure for Covid-19 pandemic depression! I can’t believe that the president hasn’t been screaming the news at the top of his compromised lungs now. If…

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Posted in Columns Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Trump campaign’s secret weapon: Door knocking!

by Wade Rathke October 18, 2020 Pearl River   With hardly two weeks before the election in the United States, it’s down to the wire. It will be interesting and important to see the final strategy and…

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Posted in Columns Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Payment is coming due for a Deal with the Devil

by Wade Rathke October 16, 2020 New Orleans   We’re on the election countdown, but, frankly, that’s been the case for almost four years, so in some sense, what’s new? The polls don’t look good for…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report While we were looking elsewhere

Are corporations picking more pockets as government snoozes?

by Wade Rathke October 15, 2020 New Orleans,  Maybe I’m wrong? Maybe I just woke up with a manic pandemic depression about the current pandemic depression? Maybe it’s always like this, and I haven’t noticed it…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report SCOTUS

Supreme Charade

by Wade Rathke October 14, 2020 New Orleans   There’s a bitter irony to the current charade called a confirmation hearing for a new justice to join the United States Supreme Court. All of the players,…

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Posted in Columns Policing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Scary police crowd control tactics

by Wade Rathke October 13, 2020 New Orleans   My ears perked up as I was listening to a radio broadcaster in Austin relate a story about a novel and dangerous police crowd control tactic used…

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Posted in Columns Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Trump Coup Threats are a Diversion

by Wade Rathke October 12, 2020 New Orleans   I’ll admit when I find myself agreeing, almost point by point, with Ross Douthat, the conservative columnist for the New York Times, I have to put my head…

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Posted in Columns Community Journalism Community organizing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Community Radio on the frontlines

by Wade Rathke October 11, 2020 Pearl River   The Grassroots Radio Coalition is a loose confederation of various progressive community radio stations around the country. We got involved with them when, to our surprise, they had…

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Posted in Columns Prisons Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Prison everywhere around you

by Wade Rathke October 10, 2020 Pearl River   Talking to Victoria Law on Wade’s World about the book, Prison By Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms, that she co-authored with Maya Schenwar,…

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Domestic Insurrection!?!

by Wade Rathke October 9, 2020 New Orleans   Whoa, you crazy gunsels! Y’all have absolutely crossed a line here! Planning to kidnap a governor? Are y’all out of your freaking minds? This was really the news…

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