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Saturday, January 12, 2019
I Wrote My Way Out: A Jubilant Hamilton Comes to Puerto Rico
Marking the 264th birthday of the "ten-dollar Founding Father without a father," Lin-Manuel Miranda brought his extraordinary "Hamilton" to a still-ravaged Puerto Rico in a fundraising initiative to "help bring the artistic pulse of the community back to life.” A fierce, Puerto-Rican descended Trump critic, Miranda has long wanted to do the show there to complete the "poetic circle" of the Caribbean-born Hamilton's life. "Our stories are important," he says. "Arts are what help us feel whole."
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Thursday, January 10, 2019
Whoah. In Time Travel Marvel, Slimy Grifter Walter Trump Tried To Scare People Into Building Bogus Wall 60 Years Before Slimy Grifter Donald Trump Did
Because it isn't weird enough the racist buffoon is throwing a hostage-taking fit to build a wall most Americans and all the evidence say isn't needed, surreal life is imitating improbable art. A 1958 TV episode of CBS' "Trackdown" featured a traveling con man who tells a town they'll all die from a meteor explosion unless he saves them - with a wall. “I am the only one!" cries Walter Trump. "I can build a wall (that) nothing will penetrate." Its ending is great: He's arrested, then shot.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019
50 Million Of Us
There were potent responses aplenty to last night's "stream of lies" and "racist pablum" oozing from a once-sacrosanct Oval Office - Ocasio-Cortez: "What we are seeing right now is death" - but we'll add one roof-raising amen from Jenifer Lewis, Brandy and Roz Ryan. Their fiery version of "In These Streets," first released as Trump took office and started babbling about his wall, calls for resistance and echoes Nina Simone: "An artist's duty is to reflect the times."
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Monday, January 7, 2019
Angela Davis Standing With Angela: Because Freedom Is A Constant Struggle
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute has come under righteous fire after caving to Zionist pressure and rescinding a decision to give its highest award to activist, academic, black icon, native daughter and BDS supporter Angela Davis, who's spent decades fighting for the civil rights they supposedly represent. Supporters of Davis, who sparked the ire of the pro-Israel lobby, had one message for suddenly craven institute members: Palestinian rights are human rights.
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Thursday, January 3, 2019
This Girl Is On Fire
Talk about your welcome sea change. After suffering through eight years of a racist, dimwitted, bellicose mini-Trump, Mainers celebrated the swearing-in of our new governor Janet Mills, a smart, competent Democrat who promises to expand health coverage and fight climate change. The icing on her inaugural cake: The two immigrant girls who brought down the house singing "Girl On Fire." Mills was right on: It is in fact a "brand new day," and about time.
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Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Say What?
If you were hoping our lunatic village idiot grew a brain or soul for the new year: Sorry. After weeks of sulking around the White House, he just held a deeply wacko Cabinet meeting. He made up numbers, imagined being king of Europe, loved him some walls/wheels, rewrote the history of Afghanistan and described an Iran meeting with handsome generals "like from a movie." Also Game of Thrones! Best summary: "Trump's hingedness level was not high today."
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Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Dear Sisters, We Fought Together
One year ago, 300 high-profile actresses partnered with activists to launch Time's Up, a movement to fight systemic sexual harassment in every workplace with the tagline, "No more silence. No more waiting. No more tolerance..." It has now raised over $22 million for its legal defense fund and helped almost 4,000 people fight sexual discrimination. For New Year's, they released a powerful, celebratory video. 2018, they declare, "was just the beginning."
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Sunday, December 30, 2018
After A Year of Grief and Death, "We Are Here and We Will Never Leave"
With Palestinians facing staggering losses - the nation-state law, the Jerusalem embassy, the raids, arrests, demolitions, the hundreds of unarmed civilians killed and 30,000 injured, largely in Gaza's ongoing Great March of Return protests - 2018 was the year "Israel finally went completely rogue," and formally became an authoritarian apartheid state. From the daily and nightly hell of the Occupation, Palestinians hold fast to a concise message: "Sumud, steadfastness."
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Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Sending Ladders, Hedges, Money, Beaded Curtains Or Pretty Much Anything Else Besides A Friggin' Wall
Except for red-meat fans, people are some fed up with Trump's chimera to keep out "our migrant siblings and fellow human beings." As he frantically moves the goal posts - Mexico to taxpayers, concrete to "unfathomably stupid" slats - others suggest stellar alternatives: A privacy hedge, a wall of gravestones and, the best, ladders to lift people up and over. In fact, donations go to RAICES to pay for asylum cases. Their tagline: "We welcome you to the coalition of reasonable adults."
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Monday, December 24, 2018
Holy Infant So Tender and Mild
The body of Jakelin Ameí Rosmery Caal Maquin, who died in Border Patrol custody, has been returned to Guatemala, but grief, rage, haunting questions and, in this season, a deep sense of dissonance remain. "I f you aren’t capable of manufacturing the slightest bit of compassion for the hurting and the hungry and the terrified and the desperate right now," asks John Pavlovitz of his fellow Christians, " what on earth are you singing for? "
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