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Defending the First Amendment

Paul Ortiz Portside
*Organize where you are* and please understand a simple truth. The widening assault on K-20 education, union rights, intellectual freedom and the First Amendment is soon coming to your back yard if it hasn't yet arrived.

Tidbits - Jan. 28, 2021 - Reader Comments: Dems Should Quickly and Boldly Move Fascism Not to be Debated, But Defeated; Mike Pence as Franz von Papen; Nuclear Treaty Ban-letter from Vietnam; Trouble in Kansas - Help Needed; resources, announcements;

Portside
Reader Comments: Dems Should Quickly Move on Bold Package; Fascism Not to be Debated, But Defeated; Mike Pence as Franz von Papen; Nuclear Treaty Ban - letter from Vietnam; Trouble in Kansas - Your Help Needed; Angela Davis; resources, announcements

The Harsh and Unjust Punishment of Marc Lamont Hill

David Palumbo-Liu The Nation
The attacks are a threat to academic freedom and the criticism of Israeli human-rights abuses. CNN should immediately reinstate its former commentator; it should not cave in to the idea that criticizing Israel is anti-Semitic or hate speech.

Down the Memory Hole: Trump’s Strategic Assault on Democracy, Word by Word

Karen J. Greenberg TomDispatch
book cover The very idea that the government can control what words we use and don’t at a university-related event seems to violate everything we as a country hold dear about the independence of educational institutions from government control, not to mention the sanctity of free speech..."

The Invention Of The White Working Class; Univ. of Wisconsin Threatened with Funding Cuts for Teaching About Racism

Les Leopold; Lilly Price Huffington Post
History warns us to be very, very careful when using the phrase "white working class." The reason has nothing to do with political correctness. Rather, it concerns the changing historical definitions of who is "white." The conclusion that white working class flocked to Trump as a way to protest their economic decline is flawed. And Trump supporters in the Wisconsin legislature are threatening to withhold funding from the University of Wisconsin for teaching - about race.
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