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Tidbits - Oct. 1, 2020 - Reader Comments: This election and a divided country - will we survive?; Pentagon response to Trump coup plot; Weaponization of religion; Save Our Post Office; Confronting White Power; announcements; more ...

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Reader Comments: This election and a divided country - will we survive?; Pentagon response to Trump coup plot; Weaponization of religion; Save Our Post Office a Defense of Civil Society; Confronting White Power in 2020; resources; announcements; more

What We Know So Far About Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-Year-old Shooter in Kenosaha

Stacy St. Clair, Christy Gutowski, Robert Mccoppin And Angie Leventis Lourgos Chicago Tribune
Kyle Rittenhouse's Facebook page, which was deactivated Wednesday morning after his bond court appearance, pays repeated homage to law enforcement, including a picture of him holding a long-arm rifle and framed with the “Blue Lives Matter” logo.

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It Happened Here

Alisa Solomon Jewish Currents
The Plot Against America—Philip Roth’s 2004 novel, as well as David Simon and Ed Burns’s recent television adaptation—imagines what might have transpired if the fascist tendency in the United States had gained power.

The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an `Aberration'

Michelle Alexander The New York Times
demonstrators protesting police murder of Freddie Gray No issue has proved more vexing to this nation than the issue of race, and yet no question is more pressing than how to overcome the politics of white supremacy...that threatens our ability ever to create a truly fair, just and inclusive democracy.

Dispatches From the Culture Wars - November 26, 2019

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Blade Runner is Now / Liberals and Woke Culture / Clean White Nationalism / The Right to Sanitation / Rabid Against Reproductive Rights / Kids for School Desegregation / ICE vs Black Sheriffs / Bella Ciao!

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This America: The Case for the Nation

Scott Detrow NPR
Lepore argues, says reviewer Detrow, that "advocates for liberal democracy ceded the field of studying and interpreting American history to nationalists." Democracy's defenders must retake the initiative of telling our nation's stories.

Trumpism, El Paso and Our Responsibility as Left Organizers

The Organizing Upgrade Editorial Collective Organizing Upgrade
Defeating the political bloc that is driven by white nationalism and has captured the Republican Party is our immediate responsibility as left organizers committed to the defense of the oppressed, the exploited...to contend for power...
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