Posted in 2020 Census Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter suppression

Counting matters

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   In yet another concern, with the US election looming ever closer, is a new report that Commerce Department officials and others around the White House are trying to speed up…

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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 On the road Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Cimarron Cutoff and the BSA

by Wade Rathke Springer, New Mexico   Breaking camp on the East Fork of the San Juan River, we dried out our gear and were off again. Chaco caught and released a small brown trout in…

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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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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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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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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 Coronavirus On the road Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Cibola County in the crosshairs of pandemic and depression

by Wade Rathke Grants, New Mexico   No camping allowed at Chaco Canyon or what is more formally known now as Chaco Culture National Historical Park, nor could we cross the Navajo Reservation to get there, given…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Public Health Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Texas is a mess

by Wade Rathke Wichita Falls   For years signs along the Texas highways, bumper stickers, and just about everything else proudly declared, “Don’t Mess with Texas.” It was classic Texas. Designed to stop litter with a chest-thumping…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Columns Justice Racism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Coerced work

by Wade Rathke Dallas   As Covid-19 sweeps through prisons creating hot spots all over the country because of the close and abysmal conditions, it’s a reminder of how many people are still incarcerated despite widespread claims…

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Ronald Cameron, Arkansas Exploiter in the news

New Orleans   Talking to Ernie Dumas, Little Rock’s premier senior journalist, author, and raconteur in the outside patio of his place after a late spring rain and at proper social distance, he mentioned a call…

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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 Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report SNAP benefits Unemployment insurance

Super-sized unemployment benefits are essential in a Depression

by Wade Rathke New Orleans  Congress is going back to work. High on the agenda with the clock ticking is the next stimulus bill. Some things are clear. Mainly that the US economy is on its…

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Posted in Columns Op/Ed Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Federal Invasion of Portland, Oregon

[Cuccinelli] is no freedom fighter or protector of any American rights. A zealot with access to a type of police in a time when funding for the police and their military tactics is part of the…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Anarchist’s Guide to surviving Coronavirus Covid-19

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   How about some advice for handling the pandemic from a different source than the daily news, doomscrolling, or even the embattled Dr. Fauci? I forget how I stumbled onto this,…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Health Care Medicaid Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Pandemic case for the Affordable Care Act

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   There’s no rhyme or reason to it, but bizarrely the Trump administration recently marched into court to once again challenge the legal standing of the Affordable Care Act. Perhaps someone…

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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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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Education Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Hyper Education

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   The President says, open the schools. Actually, he doesn’t have any power over opening the schools, so it’s more bully-boy posturing and threatening backed up by Betsey DeVos prattling along…

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