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Radical Farmers Use Fresh Food to Fight Racial Injustice and the New Jim Crow
In August, five young men showed up at Soul Fire Farm, a sustainable farm near Albany, New York, where I work as educator and food justice coordinator. It was the first day of a new restorative justice program, in partnership with the county’s Department of Law. The teens had been convicted of...
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Launching 'New Era of Political Change,' Tens of Thousands March in Madrid
Fed up with conservative economics and fueled by Syriza's recent victory in Greece, tens of thousands of Spaniards flooded the streets of Madrid on Saturday to say: "No to Austerity and Yes to Change!" The march, dubbed the "March for Change," is the first mass demonstration in support of the...
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Righting History, 54 Years Later
On Jan 31, 1961, fifty-four years ago this week, nine young black men - eight students from nearby Friendship College and a civil rights organizer - sat at the whites-only counter of McCrory's five-and-dime in downtown Rock Hill, South Carolina and ordered burgers and cokes. They were asked to...
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Mainstream Media: Who Gets On and Who Does Not
Over the years, discussions about whom the mainstream media gives voice to and whom it excludes are far too general. Editors bristle at the notion that they are anything but fair and objective. Sure, they concede that reporters miss stories, but appearances of bias or censorship, they say, are more...
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Seattle Police Still Going Nuts
Just in case you've forgotten what country we're living in: See a berserk (white, female) Seattle bicycle cop feverishly screaming "Get back!" at people leaving a peaceful Martin Luther King Day rally as a (black, male) teacher ambles past talking on his cell phone - to his mother about his two-...
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At Selma and Around the World, Pete Seeger Brought Us Closer Together
One of the few missing ingredients in the wonderful new film Selma is the centrality of music during the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama march. A tiny snippet of field recordings from the march can be heard at the very end of the movie's credits, but otherwise the movie ignores the constant singing...
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Healing the Criminal Justice System
“It’d be really hard to have a higher recidivism rate than we have in Cook County.” Maybe this is the place to start a brief meditation on changing the world, or at least Chicago . . . known to some of its residents as “Chiraq.” The speaker is Elena Qunitana, executive director of the Adler...
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Syriza’s Win is the Beginning of the End for the Eurozone’s Long Nightmare
The Syriza party's big win in Greece's legislative election last weekend is a turning point in the long political fight over Europe's botched recovery from the financial crisis and world recession of 2008-2009. The occasion presents a milestone for the eurozone, which has been plagued by mass...
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Yes, We Can Prosper Without Growth: 10 Policy Proposals for the New Left
In our recent book “Degrowth. A vocabulary for a new era” we argue that economic growth is not only becoming more and more difficult in advanced economies, but that it is also socially and ecologically unsustainable. The global climate, the welfare state, or social bonds that have lasted for ages,...
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Sniper As Hero: Our Deep Sickness
Chris Kyle's American Sniper , what one critic calls "an odious homage....to wholesale slaughter," is everywhere these days. The film has raked in almost $200 million, the book, including a "memorial" hardcover version, now tops most best-seller lists, and the media is gearing up to cover next...
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