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Tidbits - November 2, 2017 - Reader Comments: U.S. Troops in Africa; Indonesian Slaughter; Puerto Rico Recovery; NAACP: Avoid Flying American Airlines; Stevie Wonder; Japanese Internment - Exhibit, Film, Lessons for Today; and more...

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Reader Comments: U.S. Armed Forces in Africa - Why?; 1965 Indonesia Slaughter; Puerto Rico Recovery, by Puerto Ricans; Whitefish Energy Scandal; NAACP Urges Black Passengers to Avoid Flying American Airlines; Stevie Wonder Sang the National Anthem on His Knees; Lost Mural by Secret Communist Unearthed; Abortion Resources; Then They Came For Me - Chicago exhibit until November 19; Join George Takei for premiere of "And Then They Came for Us"; and more.....

Remembering U.S. Soldiers Who Refused to Kill Native Americans at Sand Creek

Billy J. Stratton The Conversation
A scholar shares the true story of two men who stood up and spoke out against the murder of American Indians, and how they are celebrated today. Native American tribal members pay their respects at the headstone of Union Officer, Capt. Silas Soule, at the Riverside Cemetery Dec. 03, 2014 in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre.

Imagine a Puerto Rico Recovery Designed by Puerto Ricans

Elizabeth Yeampierre, Naomi Klein The Intercept
Much of Puerto Rico still has no power, people are not able to work, students cannot return to school, too many are forced to rely on contaminated drinking water. Under the banner of a “just recovery” for Puerto Rico, thousands have come together to design a bold and holistic plan for the island to be rebuilt as a beacon for a safe, resilient, and thriving society in the era of accelerating climate chaos, spiraling economic inequality, and rising white nationalism.

The Real Disuniting of America and The Dangerous Trend Threatening the Future of the Nation-State

John Feffer Tom Dispatch
A country that hasn’t had a civil war in more than 150 years, where secessionist movements from Texas to Vermont have generally caused merriment not concern, now faces divisions so serious, and a civilian arsenal of weapons so huge, that the possibility of national disintegration has become part of mainstream conversation. Indeed, after the 2016 elections, predicting a second civil war in the United States has become all the rage across the political spectrum.

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Police are the Problem, Not the Solution

Michael Hirsch The Indypendent
The author argues convincingly and in graphic detail that the problem with police in civil society is not just the lack of adequate training, police diversity, increased militarization or even police methods such as the routine brutalization of many people of color, but the dramatic and unprecedented expansion in the last four decades of the too-accepted social role of police. The problem, the sociologist-author insists, is policing itself.

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The Podcast Taking on Racism in the Food Industry

J. Gabriel Ware Yes Magazine
In the biweekly podcast, The Racist Sandwich, chef Soleil Ho and journalist Zahir Janmohamed discuss racism, classism, and gender in the food industry and the experiences of people of color working within it.

Generation Revolution: Documentary Trailer

Generation Revolution is a feature-length documentary film that brings to screen the powerful story of London’s new generation of black and brown activists who are dead set on changing the social and political landscape in the capital and beyond.

The Way We Talk About Puerto Rico Is Bullshit

Jack Mirkinson Splinter
Puerto Ricans are all U.S. citizens. They pay taxes and serve in the military and don't need a passport to come to the U.S. mainland, and they deserve the same help the people of Texas and Florida received when they were hit by hurricanes. Puerto Rico is a colony, and like other colonial empires, the United States has brutally exploited it's colony.
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