Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Unacceptable: NAACP Members Arrested For Occupying Sessions Office
Resistance is on the rise to the appalling notion of an A.G. Jeff Sessions. An NAACP sit-in at his Alabama office has ended in arrests; police acted after protesters refused to leave voluntarily, explaining, "That's not how the NAACP works." Citing Sessions' ugly racist history, activists vow to keep opposing him "as a matter of conscience and conviction." Meanwhile, a remarkable letter by 1140 professors at 171 law schools argues that Sessions "will not fairly enforce our nation’s laws."
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Monday, January 2, 2017
In Defense of the Rocket
For Palestinians, the new year is marked by old ills: Another plea to recognize the "State of Palestine," an ambiguous U.N. denunciation of settlements, and the "never-ending violence" of the Israeli Occupation. Still, new visual forms of resistance - a stunning short film documenting the gridlocked seeking of peace, and an Activestills book highlighting the power of "struggle photography" to create change - offer "a window into a reality that oppressors do not want seen."
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Saturday, December 31, 2016
One Pig Of A Year
The latest ugly tantrum by our sociopathic toddler-elect - best response: "You're an awful human being" - marks the perfect end to this shitstorm of a year, from Aleppo to election to Bowie/Cohen/Fisher to Istanbul. Alas, given what might be coming, any mindful welcome to a new year has to encompass dread with hope. So we have both. So do many others: Some brilliant, brutal, occasionally sanguine videos tell of it. Peace to all. May we stand together.
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Friday, December 30, 2016
Throwing Roses To Hitler
Poor Drumpf. Seems he's unbeloved not just by Rockettes and almost everyone else - see China's shiny new Trump Rooster! - but many usually conservative Mormons. Upset their iconic Tabernacle Choir is slated to sing at the inauguration of a sexist racist moron, almost 30,000 Mormons have signed a petition to protest the appearance, and one heroic singer has quit. In a stirring letter, she says she could not in good conscience “throw roses to Hitler, and I certainly could never sing for him."
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016
The Future Is Unwritten: Montana Pushes Back Against Nazi Creeps
With racist hate on the rise, the response of the small town of Whitefish, Mont. to a threatened armed march by Nazis - complete with Swastika-bedecked campaign against "the lying, depraved Jew media" - provides a hopeful model for resisting it. The march and campaign have been blasted by elected officials, religious leaders, native tribes, law enforcement, progressive groups, educators and citizens, all standing defiantly together to proclaim haters "shall find no safe haven here.”
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
P Is For Palestine
While the U.N. resolution against Israeli settlements triggered the usual bellicose lunacy - as Netanyahu huffed "We do not turn the other cheek" - it also represents "a breath of hope in a sea of darkness" for those still quietly working for a better way. They range from the authors of a new "Palestine Children’s ABC Book" to protesting Santas to thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women coming together for a March of Hope to show the world "what we can be when we join together for peace."
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Sunday, December 25, 2016
On Each End of the Rifle
For another Christmas - this one on the verge of God knows what domestic or international turmoil - we remember the extraordinary Christmas truce of 1914, when two "curious and unlikely band(s) of men" long and dutifully trying to kill each other laid down their arms in the name of their common humanity. Its lesson, more vital than ever: "That the ones who call the shots won't be among the dead and lame/ and on each end of the rifle we're the same."
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Friday, December 23, 2016
What Are You Looking For
The holiday season's best ad - for a Polish online auction site - is a tender, artful, droll look at a solitary older man determinedly learning English for a purpose revealed only at the end. Behind its soft charm, a hard truth: In a season focused on the joyful gathering of family and giving of gifts, it's also a time when "want is keenly felt" for the many, including thousands of immigrants and refugees, far from home.
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Thursday, December 22, 2016
A Real Democracy: Occupation By Irish Rough Sleepers, Activists, Unions and Artists Creates A Collective Home
In a citizens’ "act of defiance" to rescue the homeless from Dublin's cold streets, a radical coalition of homeless people, trade unionists, activists and hundreds of volunteers have claimed an empty building and turned it into housing for 40 people. Organizers say the direct action reflects a re-awakened sense of social justice in a country battered by austerity and inequality - one in which, "People are leading where the Government has failed."
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Note to Trump: How Not To/To Respond To A Humanitarian Crisis
On the same day our orange villlage idiot was spewing hate before getting facts - ranting that the Berlin attack was about radical Islam "slaughtering Christians" before anyone knew anything - Jews and Muslims gathered in over 20 cities for Hanukkah actions aimed at fighting Islamophobia and welcoming refugees. Meanwhile, one good guy in Canada has saved 58 Syrian families, setting them up with homes, jobs, hope. "Keep your best wishes close to your heart," he says, "and watch what happens.”
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