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To Stop Trump, Learn from Tea Party - Build at the Grassroots

Ezra Levin, Leah Greenberg And Angel Padilla
New York Times
Today is the first day of the 115th United States Congress. In less than three weeks, this Congress will join with President-elect Donald J. Trump to claim a mandate they do not have for policies that most Americans do not support. Together, they will seek to enact a bigoted and anti-democratic agenda, threatening our values and endangering us all.But Americans have the power to resist this dangerous turn. We know because we've seen it before.

Top Prosecutor in Leonard Peltier Case Urges Clemency in 'Extraordinary' Move

Sam Levin
The Guardian (UK)
An open letter to Obama, penned by US attorney involved in the case against the Native American activist, is a stunning development in his bid for freedom. A senior US attorney who was involved in the prosecution of Native American activist Leonard Peltier has requested that Barack Obama grant clemency, with a rare plea that has energized the campaign to free the high-profile indigenous prisoner.

What Were the Top 10 BDS Victories of 2016?

Nora Barrows-Friedman
The Electronic Intifada
2016 began with a bang: French telecommunications giant Orange announced in early January it was dumping its Israel affiliate. Meanwhile, churches, student unions and local activists continued to organize strong boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns that caused panic among Israeli leaders.

Getting a Fighting Start on 2017

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Tidbits - January 5, 2017 - Reader Comments: Labor Movement, Unions and Trump; North Carolina; Rockettes; Progressives, Neoliberalism and Broadest Fight Possible; Russia; GamerGate; Standing Rock; and more...

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Reader Comments: Labor Movement, Unions and Trump; Coal Miner's Heritage; North Carolina, Civil Rights and Trump; More on the Rockettes; Protests and Social Security - Can your benefits be held back; Progressives, Neoliberalism and the Broadest Fight Against Trump - readers exchange different views; Russia - Hacking, Progressives and Bashing; GamerGate; Vietnam War; Announcements: Standing Rock Solidarity; Fidel - His Meaning; No Friday Nite Videos next two weeks

2016: The Canadian Labour Movement in Review

Doug Nesbitt
rankandfile.ca
Almost every single province in Canada is ruled by a government committed to deep austerity cuts and assaults on workers rights. The tasks seem large, but as with various local labour battles, campaigns like the Fight for $15, and organizations like Iron & Earth, workers are constantly being pulled together in common struggles against common enemies.

Across the Color Line: Interview with Author of new Du Bois Biography

Scott McLemee
Insider Higher Ed
The interviewer doesn't exaggerate in ranking W.E.B Du Bois as the 20th century's pre-eminent African-American author and thinker, crediting his founding and stewardship of the NAACP's The Crisis with granting him not just an agenda-setting role in civil-rights history but also international influence.

 American Radicals and the Change We Could Believe In

Eric Foner
The Nation
The Obama era reminded us all that popular movements play an essential role as catalysts for political action. The enthusiasm generated by the Sanders campaign was a surprise, but it did not spring from the void. Any new radicalism needs to learn from the past, but not simply to reenact it. The new American radicalism must be open and multifaceted, speaking the language of American society but receptive to insights from an increasingly interconnected world.

A Vital Chapter in Jazz History

Michael J. Agovino
The Village Voice
In the 1970s a group of African American experimental jazz improvisors organized musician-sponsored concerts in a network of lower Manhattan lofts. The music they produced was not only sonically adventurous, much of it was also driven by a host of social concerns. Michael Heller has published a new history of this movement. Michael J. Agovino helps guide us through this important cultural moment.

The Long History of Black Women’s Exclusion in Historic Marches in Washington

Ashley Farmer
African American Intellectual History Society
The Women's March on Washington has the potential to be a unifying event if organizers and participants fully recognize that calls for solidarity often ring hollow for black women and that many black women see the recent election as the latest iteration of white feminists’ betrayal.

Living, or Reliving, the African-American Experience

Bill Mosley
Wasngton Socialist
This museum tells a story. African Americans overcame centuries of oppression to record achievements in all walks of life, including the election of one of their community as president. But To preserve the gains celebrated in the museum’s galleries, it will be necessary to continue to draw inspiration from the displays on the resistance to institutional racism.

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