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Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is national president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach. His books include: "The Third Reconstruction: How A Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear" (2016), "Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing" (2018) and "We Are Called to Be a Movement" (2020). Follow him on Twitter: @RevDrBarber

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Beyond Police Reform: Why We Must Transform Pervasive Systems of Economic and Carceral Injustice

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The Mueller Report Was Never Going to Save Us. We Must Fight Collusion Ourselves.

"Our present crisis is much bigger than Trump and his mendacity. It goes to the very heart of who we are as a nation."

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An open letter from over one hundred artists, activists, scholars, and writers

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It is time to fight for the heart of our democracy, and to elect those who can reconstruct its basic infrastructure

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