Monday, November 28, 2016
We Live There, Still, In the Snow
Winter has come to Standing Rock. So has an evacuation order, the rekindling of grievous collective memory, and the exquisite irony of white people once again telling Native people to get off their own land. Meanwhile, says Neil Young, the water protectors, "their hair frozen from water cannons...stand for all that is good, and they stay strong." This is Giving Tuesday, a day to honor good causes. Watch stunning new drone footage of the endless, snow-swept, heart-stirring camp, and give.
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Sunday, November 27, 2016
Rejecting the Faint Pestilent Voice Emanating From the Sewers Below
Still Some Hope Dept: With hate crimes rising and suit-and-tie Nazis in D.C. saluting the Führer, former associates of Trumpian mini-me Richard Spencer are repudiating his white supremacist views as "un-American and a threat to civil society." Protesting Spencer's 15 current, unsavory minutes of fame, fellow alumnae from a prestigious Texas prep school are raising money in his name to help refugees and asylum-seekers. Original goal: $20,000. Now approaching: $50,000.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Every Day Is Just Another Day
The besieged water protectors at Standing Rock are marking a dissonant Thanksgiving - aka Thankstaking/ Day of Mourning - full of bitter ironies. As most Americans go about their gluttonous business, the Sioux and their supporters mourn their losses, vow defiance, confront brutal riot police and yet see growing support, including a holiday meal served by a Barbarella-led delegation. "If you're having trouble with the thanks," advised one supporter, "focus on the giving."
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
War Is Peace, Boos Are Cheers
With the clamor growing around Trumpian disdain for freedom of the press, his infamous "off-the-record" meeting with corporate media stars, and their grovelling subservience to it, we offer a chilling Exhibit A: As Trump left the "failing" offices of the New York Times Tuesday, he was roundly booed by bystanders. CBS' report: "Donald Trump is greeted with cheers." We need Orwell now more than ever: "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
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Monday, November 21, 2016
Stitching the World Back Together
The hate keeps coming, from an alt-right conference with Nazi salutes to threats of Muslim registries and internment camps. But so, too, does resistance to it, from many vowing to register as Muslim to a proposed White Male Registry to eloquent calls to recognize a stark moral truth: "This isn’t right...When power (is) seized by the small hands of hateful men, (you) stand with those who are most vulnerable, and you don’t give up until it’s morning again."
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Friday, November 18, 2016
Gaza Trip: A Collaboration of Israeli Musicians, Palestinian Parkour Athletes and Just Humans
Marking the 28th anniversary of Palestinian Independence Day, the Israeli indie punk group MALOX this week released a stunning music video for their song "Gaza Trip" featuring a parkour troupe soaring through a still-ravaged Gaza, where for many young men the sport offers a rare sense of liberation. Arguing "it is part of our role as artists to talk about the Occupation," the band sought to "celebrate freedom of creation (and) movement" to help foster "a better human future."
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Thursday, November 17, 2016
More Small Good Things: Do Not Talk To Other People That Way
Amidst our national nightmare, good people are scrambling to find ways to do good and support those feeling threatened. Efforts range from the kinda lame donning of safety pins to the generous signing up of thousands of New Yorkers to accompany fearful subway riders to the bravery of Muslims reaching out to their haters to explain, "This is both our homes." And sometimes, it just takes speaking. See a good guy confront a racist jerk at a Miami Starbucks, and be like him.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Turning the Bow of the Boat of Justice: Philando Castile Killer Cop Charged
The St. Anthony cop who shot and killed Philando Castile as he sat in his car last July has been charged with three criminal counts, including manslaughter - the first officer to be charged in over 150 police-involved deaths in Minnesota since 2000. The news comes as a chilling BLM Mannequin Challenge video highlighting the decimation of so many black bodies urges us to remember that those deaths "have been going on forever" - and will likely continue to.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
We Make America Great: Immigrants, Cities and Colleges Fight Back
Your daily sliver of good news: Despite the Pumpkinführer's vow to deport millions of undocumented people, many of them, with the support of cities, campuses and even police, insist they're #HereToStay. Joining some of the country's largest cities that pledge to continue offering sanctuary, thousands of students at over 80 colleges will walk out Wednesday in the name of a growing Campus Sanctuary movement urging "education not deportation."
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Monday, November 14, 2016
Water Protectors Stand Firm, Army Corps Delays Easement
Hours before Tuesday's Day of Action to support indigenous peoples and protest the Dakota Access Pipeline at Army Corps of Engineer offices around the country, the Corps announced they will delay any decision on an easement for the project until it consults further with Standing Rock's Great Sioux. Their call to “to engage in discussion" with tribal leaders, said one, means, "Not all of our prayers were answered, but this time, they were heard.”
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