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If Biden Wants to Be Like F.D.R., He Needs the Left

Jamelle Bouie New York Times
Radical agitation helped bring Social Security and much of the New Deal into being. Simply put, an ambitious, active left is one that widens the scope of reform. It’s a left that, even if you disagree with it, helps clear the pathways for action.

Why Is Socialism Becoming Less Scary?

Peter Dreier Talking Points Memo
A look at the new documentary, “The Big Scary ‘S’ Word” in which director Yael Bridge explores how socialist ideas that were once considered radical are now taken for granted by most Americans.

It’s Time to Re-Radicalize the Abortion Movement

Jenny Brown Jewish Currents
We shouldn’t despair. The real power lies with the people, not the Court. The Women’s Liberation Movement raised consciousness, raised hell, and raised the banner for “Free Abortion on Demand” when abortion was illegal in all 50 states

Black Lives Matter May Be the Largest Movement in U.S. History

Black Lives Matter May Be the Largest Movement in U.S. History New York Times
Across the country there have been more than 4,700 demonstrations - an average of 140 per day, since the first protests began, according to a Times analysis. Turnout ranges from dozens to tens of thousands in about 2,500 small towns and large cities

Left Organizers Should Join the Fight for Impeachment

Claire Tran and Jacob Swenson-Lengyel Organizing Upgrade
As Congress returns to Washington, the impeachment proceedings are likely to gain steam. The authors argue the left can't afford to sit this fight out, but should be a part of the broad anti-Trump front working to protect and expand democracy.

What Sanders' Political Revolution Looks Like in Real Life

Holly Otterbein Politico
He's enlisting his massive volunteer base to pressure companies to change their labor practices - and joining several protests himself. His moves serve to make clear to voters what Sanders means when he calls for a "political revolution."

Howard Zinn: Don't Despair about the Supreme Court

Howard Zinn The Progressive
In 2005 after John Roberts was confirmed, Howard Zinn wrote: It would be naive to depend on the Supreme Court to defend the rights of poor people, women, people of color, dissenters of all kinds.

How Can the Left Participate in Electoral Campaigns?

Warren Mar Organizing Upgrade
We won’t hold anyone accountable, not even former leftists, unless the mass movements on the grass roots level continue to grow and organize. They won’t grow through elections.
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