Dispatches From the Culture Wars – May 9, 2023

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  1. How White Men Fight
  2. A Comic Book for Democracy
  3. Cis Boom Bah
  4. Chuck You, Farley
  5. The Golden Rule Sails Again
  6. Schools, Cops and Mental Illness in NYC
  7. Protecting the 2024 Election
  8. A Big May Day
  9. Trump Rules of Conduct in the Biden White House
  10. Misogynists Against No-Fault Divorce

How White Men Fight

By Nick Pinto
Hell Gate

Penny’s calmness even as he was choking Neely was simultaneously eerie and normalizing, the witness said. “It seemed like he knew what he was doing,” they said. “And if you know what you’re doing, and you’re doing it with dozens of witnesses, why would you have an intent to take someone's life? Like, there’s safety in a crowd.”

A Comic Book for Democracy

By Sonali Kolhatkar

A four-part comic book series titled 1/6: What if the Attack on the U.S. Capitol Succeeded? imagines an alternative timeline—one where the pro-Trump mob triumphs and imposes martial law. Amid this dark dystopia, it also visualizes how a grassroots antifascist opposition works in tandem with tenacious, honest journalism to offer an antidote to authoritarianism.

Cis Boom Bah

By Pamela Chiffon
The Hill

The global anti-gender movement is largely funded by rightwing U.S. forces. U.S.-based organizations working against LGBTQ and women’s rights have funneled more than $1 billion overseas to bolster anti-gender groups. And that’s where we can help to turn the tide.

Chuck You, Farley

By Laura Miller

How do we talk to kids about King Charles III? Why, young minds might inquire, is the adult world so obsessed with a man who has spent almost of all of his life waiting around for his mom to die? Little Golden Books has prepared an answer. The picture book publisher best known for such titles as The Poky Little Puppy and Scuffy the Tugboat has a forthcoming biography of the new king. 

The Golden Rule Sails Again

By Arnie Alpert
Waging Nonviolence

The boat was a piece of history. In 1958, the Golden Rule’s former owners, a group of peace activists, tried to sail it into the American nuclear weapons testing zone in the Pacific as a form of protest. While the authorities cut their voyage short, the Golden Rule still managed to spark an upsurge of opposition to nuclear testing, leading five years later to the adoption of the Partial Test Ban Treaty.

Schools, Cops and Mental Illness in NYC

By Abigail Kramer

Despite a pledge to stop relying on police to deal with students who have mental health episodes, New York City schools have continued to call 911 on kids in distress thousands of times a year, an investigation by THE CITY and ProPublica found.

Protecting the 2024 Election

By Marcelo Agudo
Brennan Center for Justice

Distrust in elections has in turn fueled other threats, including cyberattacks, harassment of election workers, and insider attacks in which the very people tasked with administering elections undermine the security of voting systems. Combating election misinformation is a tall order, but there are steps policymakers can take now to protect the vote in 2024.

A Big May Day

By Alex N. Press

US unions are weak, it’s true. But there’s more excitement, more of a spirit of militancy and experimentation, and more hope in today’s labor movement than there has been in a long time.

Trump Rules of Conduct in the Biden White House

By Bob Hennelly

Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed Khairullah was inexplicably turned away by the Secret Service at the gates of the White House a half-hour before the was to attend the Biden White House’s celebration of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the close of the holy month of Ramadan when the world’s Muslims fast and recommit themselves to their faith.

Misogynists Against No-Fault Divorce

By Tessa Stuart

It took more than four decades to end fault-based divorce in America. Republicans across the country are now reconsidering no-fault divorce. There isn’t a huge mystery behind the campaign: Like the crusades against abortion and contraception, making it more difficult to leave an unhappy marriage is about control. Texas could be the first state to eliminate it, if the Texas GOP gets its way.

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