Sally Kohn

Sally Kohn is Chief Agitation Officer for the Movement Vision Lab

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Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 1:59pm
Trayvon Martin, Obama, and the Persistence of Racial Bias
By now the facts are well-known: Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old young black man who, on Feb. 26, 2012, was walking home from a 7-Eleven in Sanford, Florida, with a bag of Skittles and a bottle of iced tea. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman of white and Latino heritage, though advised by police not to pursue Trayvon himself, got out of his car carrying his 9-millimeter handgun.
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Friday, February 24, 2012 - 8:07am
Occupy's Return From Hibernation
As winter fades, the Occupy Wall Street movement is heating up again. But don’t expect the same focus on physical encampments and rowdy protests. While the blood of the 99 percent is still boiling at the injustice of growing inequality, in organizing meetings and workgroups, cooler heads are prevailing. This is Occupy 2.0—the mainstreaming of momentum.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 2:44pm
Profit on Wall Street, Recession on Main Street
In the past few weeks alone, Bank of America , Goldman Sachs , Cisco Systems and Borders have all announced massive layoffs.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 3:39pm
Don't Believe the Hype about US Debt
The way politicians from both parties are shouting from the rooftops about the dangers of the federal debt, you'd think such high rates of borrowing are always cause for alarm. But some of our nation's largest and most successful businesses not only run even higher levels of debt — they actually consider carrying significant debt to be good business practice. In fact, the private sector teaches us why increasing government debt right now is a good idea.
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Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 10:14am
Liberals Are Suckers
The list of liberal laments about President Obama keeps getting longer: He extended the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy. Health-care reform didn’t include a public option.
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Monday, August 16, 2010 - 4:27pm
Where Was The “Professional Left” A Year Ago?
On May 12, 2009, I attended a briefing at the White House as part of a group of grassroots activists and community artists. Mike Strautmanis, Chief of Staff for the Office of Public Liaison and top White House advisor Valerie Jarrett, made some remarks about how community activists have a seat at the table as the Obama Administration sets the agenda for change. I raised my hand.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 8:35am
Why Ethnic Studies is Good For All Americans, Including White Folks
There’s a proverb that says, “Until the lion tells his own story of being hunted, history will always glorify the hunter.” This, in essence, is the reason for ethnic studies.
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Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 9:35am
They’re Not Illegal Immigrants, They’re Heroes
We need to stop calling undocumented immigrants in the United States "illegal". A more appropriate term is: New American Heroes. Why are undocumented immigrants heroes?
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Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 8:53am
Corporate Earmarks: Free Market, Indeed!
In all the partisan jockeying around whether or not to ban some or all Congressional earmarks, a small detail has been overlooked—the fact that Congress gives away some $1.7 billion per year in completely unaccountable, uncompetitive, sweetheart deals to private industry.
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Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 12:01pm
The Mirror of Our Discontent
It is impossible to turn on the television or open a newspaper today without apocalyptic speculation on the status of Obama’s presidency. The opinion media, pack animals that they are, have latched on to the storyline that stalled health care reform plus Massachusetts election results plus a still-sputtering economy means the White House is stumbling. But what’s more noteworthy than the media blowing a story out of proportion to have something dramatic to talk about is the fact that liberals seem to also be piling on to the narrative.
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