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Blueprint for The Most Radical City on the Planet

Bill Quigley Huffington Post
As the South increasingly becomes a political battleground, it is useful to pay attention to how local, grassroots efforts are fueling the statewide and national contests for office and power. What is happening in Jackson, Mississippi, deserves wider attention. This book is a place to start.

The Sanders’ Campaign: A Local Perspective

Peter Haberfeld The Stansbury Forum
The Stansbury Forum is proud to publish organizer and labor attorney Peter Haberfeld’s diagnostic of the Bernie Sander’s ground game in Berkeley/Oakland in the run-up to the California primary in June of 2016. Haberfeld contrasts the “organizing” work that he and his comrades attempted to do with the “mobilizing” approach of many in the national Sanders campaign, and their over reliance on social media and barnstorming meetings.

Can a Racist Be a Good Unionist?

Ruth Needleman Portside
Moderator's NOTE: Bill Fletcher and Bob Wing's article "Fighting Back Against White Revolt 2016" has sparked discussion from Peter Olney "Go Red" and now this piece by Ruth Needleman. Please also read today's reply posting from Fletcher and Wing.

Arizona's Blue Horizons

Nathalie Baptiste The American Prospect
With increasing Latino activism, once-Republican Arizona is becoming contested terrain, though registration still lags. Will this be the year?

Terrorism and Trump: New Challenges for Social Justice Organizations

Bob Wing and Max Elbaum Portside
This essays calls attention to two crucial developments. First, the far right has taken dangerous steps further to the right, legitimizing the public expression of blatant racism and authoritarian policies toward Muslims and immigrants. And second, not for the first time, how crucial it is for a social justice strategy with intimate interconnections of war, terrorism, racism and inequality, and between peace and justice at home and abroad.

The Art of Peggy Lipshutz

Evanston Legend
A retrospective, of the life's work of Peggy Lipshutz, an amazing artist, political activist and a truly incredible human being.

The Left Matters: Now, More Than Ever

Richard Eskow Campaign for America's Future
The left isn't important because of its numbers. It's important because its members are the canaries in the coalmine for an unresponsive political process. The left shares something else with that majority: it's heard a lot of empty promises. Many (though not all) progressives will vote for the Democrats once again in 2016, even if they're dissatisfied. But it will take more than rhetoric to win millions of other alienated voters. It will take commitment - and action.

Capital and Main: Investigating Power and Politics

Capital and Main Capital and Main
Capital and Main is a news website reporting on the current economy and our collective efforts to create a new and better one. Monday through Friday you will find original content covering politics, business, labor, jobs, the environment, culture – in other words, the economy and all the myriad areas of contemporary life that it touches.
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