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The Bogalusa Lesson

Bruce Hartford Civil Rights Movement Archive
Civil Rights march in Bogalusa When white-supremacists resort to terrorist violence, disciplined and strategic self-defense is not only justified — it's required. The federal government has the means and the resources to protect people from white-supremacist terrorism...

When Black Movements Win, Everybody But the 1 Percent Wins

Megan L. Jordan, Joshua Murray, Michael Schwartz & Kevin A. Young, Truthout
The corporate media never challenge the underlying and pernicious myth that anti-racist struggle is a zero-sum game in which the oppressed gain at the expense of other non-elite sectors of the population.

Nonviolence, Self-Defense and Provocateurs

Bruce Hartford Civil Rights Movement Archive
In real life, "leaderlessness" simply allows the loudest voices, the most charismatic, the most manipulative, and the most threatening, to dominate and intimidate everyone else — with no accountability at all.

From Charleston to New York and Back Again: James Campbell’s Long Reach

Adam Parker The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)
James Campbell worked in the civil rights movement with Jack O’Dell, Bayard Rustin, Malcolm X and Bob Moses; in the theater and contributed to the influential Freedomways journal co-founded by W.E.B. and Shirley Graham Du Bois. Now at 95, a tribute.

Tidbits - Aug. 13, 2020 - Reader Comments: Defeat Trump, Defeat His Base, Elect Progressives; Kamala Harris and Charlotta Bass; COVID; Danger - October Surprise with Iran or China; Matt Herron - R.I.P.; Republican Voters Against Trump; Announcements;

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Reader Comments: Defeat Trump, Defeat His Base, Elect Progressives; Kamala Harris and another VP candidate - Charlotta Bass; COVID; Danger - October Surprise with Iran or China; Matt Herron - R.I.P.; Republican Voters Against Trump; Announcements

A Poll Tax By Any Other Name

Dana Sweeney Facing South
face photo of Black man Robert Peoples remembers when African Americans won the right to vote in Alabama back in 1965. More than 50 years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, Robert Peoples cannot vote in the state of Alabama.
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