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Rev. Al Sharpton Eulogy at George Floyd's Memorial

What happened to Floyd happens every day in this country, in education, in health services, and in every area of American life, it's time for us to stand up in George's name and say get your knee off our necks.

George Floyd's Death Is a Failure of Leadership

Policymakers in the 1960s had the answers - give political and economic power to the people - but walked away. Instead, policymakers blamed black people for the instability, ignoring the buildup of centuries of racial oppression.

De Blasio Staffers Demand Massive Cut in Police Budget

Two-hundred thirty-six current and former staffers for Mayor de Blasio signed an open letter calling on him to live up to the promises of reform that initially drew them to work for him. One demand is to cut the $6 billion police budget by 1/6.

Why Larry Kramer Is the Icon We Need Now

If ever there was a time to act up, be confrontational, disrupt and demand an end to this dystopia, it is now. Larry Kramer was right. Let's honor his legacy and raise hell.

June 4, 2020-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: George Floyd's final words; Protests for George; against police brutality, against massive militarized police, against systemic racism and white supremacy; against Trump; nature of police unions; mail-in voting; labor solidarity;

NYC Officers Will Get Free Pass for Protester Attacks

The abuse has been enabled by laws that shield officers from accountability and by barriers to police oversight — as well as by city leaders who have long allowed police to operate with impunity.

What We Can Do About Assumptions of White Privilege

Amy Cooper knew exactly what she was doing. We all do. And that's the problem.

Renewables Surpass Coal in US Energy Generation

‘We are seeing the end of coal,’ says analyst as energy source with biggest impact on climate crisis falls for sixth year in a row

I Cannot Remain Silent

Our fellow citizens are not the enemy, and must never become so, says former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Global Left Midweek - June 3, 2020

World responds to Minneapolis police murder, and much more
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Culture

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5 Ways to Leave Behind the “Warrior Cop” Mentality

Norm Stamper Yes! Magazine
In this review from five years ago, a retired Seattle Police Department official writes about a book that addresses some of the problems of U.S. policing as an institution. Both the strengths and weaknesses of this review are revelatory.

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What Life Looks Like From Here: Dinners for Long Days

Deborah Perelman Smitten Kitchen
My street in NYC has many smashed storefronts and as we went by I explained to my 10 year old that it's essential we're not more concerned about property that can be repaired than human lives that cannot.

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Unstable Histories

Steffan Blayney Radical Philosophy
In the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, radical psychologists and psychoanalysts sought to transform their profession. This book shows how those efforts intersected with the radical cultural and political movements of the day.

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ATU Local 689 Statement on Black Lives Matter

ATU Local 689
This uprising is the result of repeated failures by leaders to take the problem seriously. This country has a 20% unemployment rate, a global pandemic, and racist police institutions. Ignoring these root causes of unrest won't make them go away.

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Da 5 Bloods | Spike Lee Movie

From Academy Award® Winner Spike Lee comes a New Joint: the story of four African-American Vets who return to Vietnam,  confronted by the lasting ravages of The Immorality of The Vietnam War.

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The Legal Marijuana Industry Is Rigged | Hasan Minhaj

As rich, white business owners monopolize newly-available marijuana licenses, states continue to arrest people of color for cannabis crimes, even after it’s legal. This leads Hasan to ask: if cannabis can’t be legalized fairly, should it be legalized at all?