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Can Biden Be Pushed Left?

Bob Master Dissent Magazine
History suggests that what you see on the campaign trail, or even in a candidate’s past legislative record, is not necessarily what you get from a president once in power. Our first imperative in 2020 is a massive repudiation of Donald Trump.

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Walking the Tightrope: Latin America’s Pink Tide

Frederick B. Mills New Politics
The lessons of the Pink Tide of leftist and leftish governments in Latin America that marked much of the period following 1998 but were undone by rightist movements, US meddling, world economic crisis and internal weaknesses are aptly told....

Veterans Go to Washington: So What?

Nan Levinson TomDispatch
What, then, has been the actual influence of the military veterans now in Congress on this country's war policy?

Make a Hard-Nosed Assessment, Adjust Strategy, and Fight

Charles Lenchner; Libero della Piana; Stephanie Luce; Bob Wing; Rebecca Gordon; Bob Seltzer Organizing Upgrade
The results on Super Tuesday were not what almost anyone across the political spectrum expected. For backers of Bernie Sanders and other left and progressive activists they have set off a wide-ranging conversation about the balance of forces...

The PPC Demands National Debate on Poverty

The Poor People's Campaign The Poor People's Campaign
Poor People's Campaign demonstration When 250,000 people die every year from poverty, it is time for the presidential candidates to make good on the promises they made during the Poor People’s Campaign Moral Action Congress in June 2019 to push for a debate on poverty.

Remembering Ella Baker on Martin Luther King Day

Barbara Ransby The New York Times
Ella Baker Baker was a strategist, organizer and mother to the movement whose political acumen, humble leadership style and razor sharp political insights were legendary.

The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an `Aberration'

Michelle Alexander The New York Times
demonstrators protesting police murder of Freddie Gray No issue has proved more vexing to this nation than the issue of race, and yet no question is more pressing than how to overcome the politics of white supremacy...that threatens our ability ever to create a truly fair, just and inclusive democracy.

Coalitions of Convenience, Periods of Polarization

Van Gosse Organizing Upgrade
The Democrats are the through-line in U.S. political history, which is the first reason we need to understand them. A second reason is that figuring out the left’s relationship to the Democratic Party is crucial for left strategy today.

State of Resistance – California Fights Back

Fred Glass The Stansbury Forum
unhoused man at bus stop At the same moment that Trump was riding his horse Xenophobe through a narrow passageway in the Electoral College to the presidency, California elected only Democrats..., extended progressive tax revenues and ...locked out anti-immigrant policy...
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