Thursday, October 27, 2016
The Robin Hood of Power: Iceland's Pirate Party On Track To Win Upcoming Election
Sick of our electoral debacle? Check out Iceland, where the radical Pirate Party is improbably poised to win their election with a quarter of Icelanders' support, more than any other party. Riding a wave of post-Panama-Papers rage at corrupt business as usual, the Pirates would reject the two governing parties to form a coalition with small progressive ones to work for direct democracy, free speech and transparency. Their rubric: “We are not here to gain power. We are here to distribute power.”
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Walking the Path of Light: Israeli Activist Renen Raz Dies At 28
Beloved Israeli refusenik, BDS activist and advocate for Palestinian rights Renen Raz has died at 28, reportedly from brain cancer. Raised on a kibbutz near the Gazan border, his political awakening came after he grew curious about the "other people" who had lived in a now-empty house and "realized something wasn’t right." He spent most of his adult life organizing with anti-occupation groups. “My solution is just equality for all people," he said. "It’s a pure call for justice.”
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
No More Bodies: The Bucket of Anger That Is Already Stirring
As the feds take on the civil probe of Eric Garner's death and the country's largest police group apologizes for the "historical mistreatment" of people of color, cops continue gunning down innocent black men. Tuesday marks the start of the trial of a former Cincinnati cop who killed Samuel DuBose, father of 13, seconds into a traffic stop. Prosecutors say video shows, "This is without question a murder." The message of activists demanding a conviction: We saw the video, and "we see you."
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Monday, October 24, 2016
Won't You Please Come to Chicago: Celebrating Tom Hayden
We honor Tom Hayden - tireless activist, lawmaker, writer - both for how long and hard he fought, and the cogent, hopeful way he did it. From his view of this election season as "the end of one generation on the left and the rise of another," to his reportage on the 1967 Newark riots - sparked by the police beating of a black man - he faithfully upheld "the idea and practice of democracy (as) a revolutionary idea." Crosby, Stills et al commemorate what he saw as that lofty "unfinished business."
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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Nasty Women Get Sh*t Done
Trump may have made an incoherent mockery of American democratic tradition by declaring the election only counts if he wins, but he also helped concoct this Halloween's hottest costume combo - Nasty Woman and Bad Hombre. Above all, he further mobilized already righteously enraged women and many others with his wildly uninformed abortion rant and infamous "nasty woman" crack, which quickly sparked a flood of memes, perfumes, t-shirts and fervent vows that "Nasty Women Vote."
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Trolling Trump With Taco Trucks
Today sees at least one dystrumpian fantasy come to gleeful life: Mexicans are building a wall - of taco trucks - around Trump's Las Vegas hotel to protest his refusal to bargain with newly unionized, majority Latino culinary workers there. After a rally, the Wall of Tacos will move to the scene of the crime/debate tonight to affirm that immigrant workers will be watching and voting, and "Bad bosses make bad presidents."
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In Their Own (Hateful) Words
In a climate awash in Trumpian vitriol, Palestinian advocates are calling out the same kind of bile long expressed by U.S.-backed Israeli politicians who insult, threaten, dehumanize and incite violence against what they likewise view as "the other" in their midst. By simply quoting Israelis' own toxic rhetoric, a new ad campaign by the Palestine Advocacy Project urges Americans to "connect the dots" between both sets of slurs and threats and walls, and denounce them.
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Monday, October 17, 2016
A Moment For Graciousness: This Is How We Resolve Our Differences
The weekend firebombing of a GOP campaign office in North Carolina was met with wildly disparate responses from the candidates. One called it "horrific," one said it was the work of "animals" supporting his opponent, and you can decide who said what. It was also met with a Democratic call to raise funds for repairs that quickly met its goal. The why is simple, said one still-civil citizen: "There is too much hate out there."
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Friday, October 14, 2016
Black Is Not A Weapon
With new autopsy results showing Keith Scott was killed by a shot in the back and three more from Charlotte police - none yet charged - a harrowing PSA calls out the "weaponization" of blackness in America. In the film, black actors and activists stand in frisk position, lit by police spotlights, to sounds of dispatch audio. First is George Zimmerman calling Trayvon Martin "a real suspicious guy (who) looks like he's up to no good." Its vital, chilling goal: That we "see the problem."
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Thursday, October 13, 2016
For the Greatest Benefit to Mankind: Dylan Wins Nobel for Literature
How does it feel. In a surprise announcement, Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize in Literature for ceaselessly creating "new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." Dylan has long viewed himself as part of that tradition: "I just opened up a different door in a different kind of way... I was just extending the line.” He's the first American to win the prize since Toni Morrison in 1993, and the first songwriter. Times a'changin, but he endures. Go listen.
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