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The Threat of Fascism Won’t End with Trump

It will take sustained progressive political pressure now and into the future to dismantle the powerful fascist forces that threaten our democracy.

The Frontline: A Black-Led, Multiracial Coalition

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“...electoral power alone will not get us free. Protests alone are insufficient. We need to vote. We need to protest. We need to organize. We need to study. We need to strike. And then we need to protest again.”

10 Things You Need To Know To Stop a Coup

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While keeping people focused on a strong, robust election process is a must, we also need to prepare for a coup.

California: Australia's Ideas On Wildfire Management

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The...pressing matter is why there are conditions for such extreme fires in the first place. Climate change is one of the culprits. Western colonization of the state resulted in the wiping out of Indigenous knowledge of fire management.

Nursing Homes: Big Money to Trump, COVID Death Traps

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Nursing homes operated by Greystone have some of the nation’s highest reported death counts, federal data shows.

Bold Crusade to Transform How We Vote

How Dana DeBeauvoir set off the biggest, weirdest, and most promising revolution in election technology since the 1800s.

Chicago Intercepting Millions from State Tax Refunds

The Lightfoot administration intercepted at least $27 million in 2020 from residents’ state tax refunds to collect on debt, disproportionately hitting lower income neighborhoods and communities of color.

The President’s Taxes

The Times obtained Donald Trump’s tax information extending over more than two decades, revealing struggling properties, vast write-offs, an audit battle and hundreds of millions in debt coming due.

Telling the Truth About Slavery Is Not ‘Indoctrination’

Our country is made better, not worse, by young people reckoning with the full legacy of the institution.

Vaccines — Lessons from Three Centuries of Protest

Immunization has always been a proxy for wider fears about social control, a history reminds us.
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Culture

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The Social Dilemma Fails to Tackle the Real Issues in Tech

Pranav Malhorta Slate
Toward the end of Netflix’s new documentary-drama The Social Dilemma, former Google employee Tristan Harris describes technology as “simultaneous utopia and dystopia.” This quote encapsulates the focus of the film.

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Nuestra Nueva Casa

Philip C. Kolin newversenews.com
Mississippi poet Philip C. Kolin links the corona virus to its tragic economic consequences.

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The Novel and the Secret Police

Peter Coviello Boston Review
In Vineland, Thomas Pynchon's dour 1990 novel, the author of Gravity’s Rainbow anticipated a United States where all available definitions of freedom are channeled through security apparatuses understood as the greatest good. Sound familiar?

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White Too Long

Lloyd Green The Guardian
This new book analyzes the history of the intertwined relationship in the United States between Christianity and white supremacy.

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How We Can Elect Sara Nelson as President of the AFL-CIO

Dave Kamper Jacobin
Having Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, as AFL-CIO president would be a big step towards a more democratic, militant, progressive labor movement. It won’t be easy, but there’s a real path to getting her elected.

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RBG Crowd Greets Trump With 'Vote Him Out!'

Donald Trump was loudly booed by crowds as he visited the Supreme Court to pay his respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the late justice and liberal icon who died last week aged 87.

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'Heat Rays,' Blue State Deaths and Sedition Charges

With President Trump blaming "blue states" for coronavirus deaths and Attorney General William Barr calling for sedition charges against protestors, you might have overlooked the revelation that the U.S. has a secret heat ray weapon and considered using it against demonstrators in Washington DC.

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Old Man Fibber | Roy Zimmerman

With another Supreme Court nomination looming, Old Man Fibber is back in the headlines. "Ol' Man River" music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, parody lyrics by Roy Zimmerman and Melanie Harby