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  • Rep. Keith Ellison: DNC Sanders Protestors Are "Actually Helping Us"

    By Molly Knefel, Truthout | News Analysis

    Bernie supporters raise their signs at the Democratic National Convention, July 25, 2016. In a week when Democrats focused on the national election, progressives emphasized the need for local organizing.Bernie supporters raise their signs at the Democratic National Convention, July 25, 2016. In a week when Democrats focused on the national election, progressives emphasized the need for local organizing. (Photo: Myles Bess / Youth Radio)

    There is a growing recognition on the left that an election is only one of many avenues for change-making. The organizing work taking place at the community-level -- wholly outside the DNC hall -- has the greater power to push a progressive agenda.

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  • Lessons in Activism: Middle School Students Advocate for Syrian Refugees

    Lessons in Activism: Middle School Students Advocate for Syrian Refugees

    By Carolina Drake, Truthout | News Analysis

    Nassim Zerriffi's activism campaign class introduces middle-schoolers to the complexities of history, the realities of ISIS and why Syrians are fleeing their country. An effective activism curriculum doesn't deny these types of realities. Rather, it helps students find ways to defy reality with actions and in the process, learn that even the smallest acts matter.

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  • Who Would Trayvon Have Been? Becoming a Black Man in the United States

    Who Would Trayvon Have Been? Becoming a Black Man in the United States

    By Mychal Denzel Smith, Nation Books | Book Excerpt

    I tried to imagine who Trayvon would have been on February 26, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and beyond. The things he would have seen, the world he would have known, how he would have created himself. When you're introduced to a martyr as a result of their death, they aren't a whole person. They are a name and a story. They are a set of symbols.

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