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Keith Ellison’s Narrow Victory

William P. Jones Dissent
Minnesotans voted to reelect the attorney general who prosecuted Derek Chauvin. The result holds important lessons for the Democratic Party on its approach to criminal justice.

Race Is Always on the Ballot

Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler Waging Nonviolence
While we breathe a collective sigh of relief that a "red wave" did not manifest, the fight for civil rights and inclusion is far from over.

Critical Race Feminism and Common Good Unionism

Stacy Davis Gates, Sheri Davis, Marilyn Sneiderman and Alisha Volante NonProfit Quarterly
When Bargaining for the Common Good is done well it models an alternative way to theorize the root causes of oppression, to take action with impacted communities to remedy the problem, and to reflect on what liberation looks....

Los Angeles Is Creating a Model for Fighting Mass Incarceration

Mark Engler and Paul Engler Dissent
Abolitionists and advocates of criminal justice reform in Los Angeles County have amassed some impressive victories, laying out a vision for reducing incarceration and providing care that could have national significance.

Reparations Get Real

Ramenda Cyrus The American Prospect
In California, the preliminary report of a governmental task force suggests how the toll of slavery and white supremacy can be assessed—and compensated for.

Juneteenth: Reckoning, Backlash, and the Fight Ahead

Kyle Strickland and Shahrzad Shams Roosevelt Institute
The murder of George Floyd fueled the largest demonstrations for justice, liberation, and transformative policy change in American history. We are now living through a period of backlash to that moment. Juneteenth calls us to the work that remains.
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