Though promoted as a time for celebration and warm family gatherings, the Thanksgiving tradition is yet another distortion of the genocidal settler colonial history of the United States. When we celebrate the day, we participate in the state's campaign to abdicate political responsibility for the continuing violence inflicted upon Indigenous peoples, their culture and their land.
The Working Families Party (WFP) has a unique role in US electoral politics: providing the tactical electoral skills to help progressive candidates from new social movements get elected to local office, says the party's national campaigns and communications director Joe Dinkin. Many of the progressives who won in the recent election did so with the full organizing support of the WFP behind them.
Abraham Lincoln is memorialized in the historical record as "the Great Emancipator." But he came reluctantly to the idea of emancipation. In the meantime, thousands and then hundreds of thousands of runaway slaves freed themselves -- though even in the early stages of the Civil War, Union soldiers enforced the Fugitive Slave Act and returned captured slaves to the Confederacy.