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C.T. Vivian’s Work in Chicago Shaped a Generation of Leaders

Marilyn Katz Chicago Tribune
Two American heroes died Friday. The most well known was Rep. John Lewis, 80. The other was the Rev. Cordell Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, at 95. The lesser known part of his work — his years in Chicago — that changed the fate of the city and the nation.

Reflections on the Sanders Campaign so Far

Sam Lewis Organizing Upgrade
Socialism is no longer marginal due to Bernie's campaigns. But his support has been insufficient to win. Key now will be to back the eventual Democratic nominee but still oppose neo-liberalism in its Republican and Democratic guise.

The U.S. `Six Party System' 4.0: Revising the Hypothesis Again

Carl Davidson Organizing Upgrade
Setting aside the traditional `two-party system' frame, which obscures far more than it reveals, and making use of a `six-party' model instead. The new hypothesis, I suggested, had far more explanatory power regarding the events unfolding before us.

Tidbits - Feb. 13, 2020 - Reader Comments: Impeachment Not a Mistake; 2020 elections; Sanders, Warren Bloomberg; Voting Rights and Suppression; Economy is Bad; Plant Conversions; Socialists Can Govern; 50 Years: Kent State and Jackson State murders; more

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Reader Comments: Impeachment Not a Mistake; 2020 elections; Sanders, Warren Bloomberg; Voting Rights and Suppression; Economy is Bad; Plant Conversions; Socialists Can Govern; 50 Years - Kent State and Jackson State murders; Announcements; more

Fred Hampton Murdered by Chicago Police 50 Years Ago

Ted Pearson; Norman Stockwell, Frances Madeson interviewing Jeffrey Haas
Early morning, December 4, 1969, fourteen police officers executed a search warrant on a Chicago flat rented by the Black Panther Party. Supposedly looking for illegal weapons, instead, they shot and killed two people, leaving four others wounded.

Jack O’Dell – An Appreciation

James Campbell and Mark Solomon Portside
The life and work of Jack O’Dell who died last week at 96 at his home in Vancouver, British Columbia were marked by an unwavering radical vision fused with an immovable partisanship for working people the world over.

Fifty Years of Fred Hampton’s Rainbow Coalition

Jacqueline Serrato South Side Weekly
A look back on how multiracial Chicago-style coalition building has influenced organizing to this day. The trajectory of fearless grassroots, youth-driven, intersectional organizing set in motion by the 1969 Rainbow Coalition still resonates today.

How Can Democrats Win - Who is the Base; Problem of Working Class White Voters; Building a Winning Coalition; Learning Lesson from Ossoff Defeat

William E. Spriggs The American Prospect
Why the white worker theme is harmful. It’s a mistake to racialize an economy that harms the entire working class. What has happened to more whites now is that the market has moved past them as well. It took almost 40 years to get to this point, in the near term no recipe of policy fixes will sufficiently remedy the effects. Democrats need to focus on reversing those long-term trends, but also must have something to offer workers now.
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