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House Democrats, Restrict Trump’s Planned Withdrawal of

It should come as absolutely no surprise that House Democrats are finding common cause with Liz Cheney and other GOP warmongers to block any efforts to reduce even moderately the footprint of the U.S. military in the world.

Patriotism and the American Left

Don’t mistake the showy right-wing flag-waving and loud anthem-singing for patriotism. True patriotism resides with people who hope and believe that this country is capable of living up to the values enshrined in the Declaration of Independence.

In Memoriam: Howard Croft

An activist in multiple arenas, Howard Croft's impact in the struggle for DC statehood, for peace, racial justice, workers rights, can only begin to be captured by the multiple voices of those he touched and engaged through the years.

The Democrats’ New Climate Plan Is Weirdly Isolationist

Sunrise Movement activists protesting for a Green New Deal.
Shaped by mass demand, Congressional Democrats’ June 30th report on the climate crisis is a welcome improvement. But, in addition to its weak response to fossil fuel expansion, the report adopts an America First strategy to solve a global problem.

What Is Wrong with Online Teaching in Higher Education?

College students at Gargi College in New Delhi participate in online teaching-learning.
Forced by the coronavirus into a hastily designed virtual education mode, a college teacher discovers such classes are fraught with problems and students learn better when left to their own devices rather than pushed into frenetic online lectures.

Friday Nite Videos | July 3, 2020

The CIA Is Hiring | Trevor Noah. The Dangerous Ones | #VoteForOurLives. Native Americans Protest Trump Trip to Mount Rushmore. “Make AMERICA Again” | Langston Hughes Poem Let America Be America Again. Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel: Commentary

The Radicalism of the American Revolution

Harvard political theorist Danielle Allen discusses the US’s founding, prison abolition, and the future of democracy.

What to Do Now With the Biggest Confederate Monument

The largest celebration of the Confederacy should be obscured by vegetation and the park outside Atlanta repurposed away from white supremacy

Finally! Redskins' Owner 'Reviewing' Offensive Name

Investor coalition worth $620 billion pushed FedEx, Pepsi, and Nike to change stance, prompting team owner to announce a review of the name.

The White Supremacist Who Carved Mount Rushmore

The sculptor behind the American landmark had ties to the Ku Klux Klan
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Say Thank You Say I’m Sorry

Jericho Brown NY Times Book Review
“I’d like us to rethink/What it is to be a nation,” writes the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.

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Black Achilles

Tim Whitmarsh Aeon
In this essay, Tim Whitmarsh challenges what most of us were taught, and what we think we know, about the Ancient world and the idea of "race."

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Five Books About Food and Black Identity

Joseph Lamour Mic
The debate over Aunt Jemima and other food mascots and their own problematic brand marketing stirred up a lot of curiosity about food and race; these books about food and Black identity add to the conversation.

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Health & Wealth

Peter Neil Carroll San Francisco Chronicle
The coronavirus reveals evils of our economic systems, the poet suggests maybe it's time for confiscating some wealth.

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“The Union Has to Be About Social Justice”

An interview with Cecily Myart-Cruz Jacobin
Incoming LA teachers' union president Cecily Myart-Cruz was a leader of the city’s landmark 2019 strike. Now she explains why it’s important to get police out of schools and what the labor movement can do about it.

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Native Americans Protest Trump Trip to Mount Rushmore

"I hope people begin to understand that these were racist white men." Writer Simon Moya-Smith says the Black Hills in South Dakota, where Mount Rushmore is located, have always been a holy place for the Lakota Nation.

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“Make AMERICA Again” | Langston Hughes Poem Let America Be America Again

This Op-Ed celebrates Langston Hughes’ iconic poem, "Let America Be America Again,” by situating it in the context of current political traumas: the Trump administration’s assault on American values of equality, pluralism, and human dignity. Featuring found media footage and excerpts from public poetry readings by activists Nikki Giovanni and Michael Moore, this Op-Ed is a rallying cry for all Americans to join the Resistance.

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The Chicks | March March

“If your voice held no power, they wouldn’t try to silence you.” - unknown. Use your VOICE. Use your VOTE. By The Chicks (formerly the Dixie Chicks).