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On April 16, 2016, I attended a teach-in by Democracy Awakening in Washington, DC. This activist collective featured hundreds of organizations and represented a wide array of movements, as thousands of citizens came together to call for democratic voting and economic reform. The entire weekend of April 16-17 featured demonstrations, teach-ins, direct action training seminars, live music and a march. Democracy Awakening calls for a "Congress of Conscience" through nonviolent direct action.
From Mizzou to Yale, campus protests have arisen in the backdrop of the larger Black Lives Matter movement. Providence College in Rhode Island, a highly-regarded Catholic liberal arts college, is also not immune to these national issues. Its Men's Basketball Program was ranked in the AP Top 25 this season, and its Men's Hockey Team are National Champions, but Providence College ranks 1,249th in the country in terms of meaningful diversity.
Study the Trump-Cruz square off close enough, and one understands that each is simply one side of the same ideological coin: a right-wing currency minted at the boundary of ultra-conservatism and fascism. The duo's persistent lead in the polls speaks less to these two candidates themselves and their character, than to the desire of a frustrated and manipulated Republican base for a leader who will recreate what they imagine were the halcyon days of US supremacy.
The Bernie Sanders movement is being heralded as a social revolution. What does that mean? So here comes US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calling for social revolution. It would seem imperative we understand what that means, look at the words and platform carefully and try to smoke outwhat is implied and what isn't. Perhaps in the process we'll learn more about Bob Marley's "realrevolutionaries" and whether Sanders fits the bill.
Conjure these images, if you will. All over the planet, invisible to a spectacle-obsessed media, indigenous people are putting their bodies on the line in defense of their most sacred places. In recent months: the Uwa of Colombia have dispatched Indigenous Guardians to blockade a road into a national park after a climbing team staged a soccer game on top of the Uwa's most sacred mountain, Zizuma.
To "coexist" implies that there is the existence of two or more entities. Coexistence implies that the existing diversity exists in spite the existence of the others. It also implies that there is no significant negative interaction amongst those existing at the same space-time ambiance. This is the connotation accepted throughout time by those coexisting.
Words, the ideas in them, combine like droplets, eventually forming pools wide and deep enough for reflection. The reader feels something of Galeano in the new book by Richard Pithouse, Writing the Decline: On the Struggle for South Africa's Democracy. Written as more than 40 articles over a period of seven years, Writing the Decline is not astandard book-length work of nonfiction. Its ligaments are looser. Each piece rings against what Pithouse calls "the anvil of the present," but in harmony with the rest.
We recently became aware of an article published in the Chicago Sun-Times, originally titled "Hooker gets 15 years for stabbing Brother Rice teacher to death" (they have since amended the title), that promotes an anti-sex worker, misogynistic gloss on the traumatic events it purports to report on. The Chicago Sun-Times not only saw fit to publish a piece that spread stigma and shame against a survivor of client violence, they also used degrading whorephobic language, and sensationalized headlines.
News outlets around the world have been awash this week with stories on the Panama Papers. The biggest data leak in history, they contain over 11 million documents detailing the secretive activities of Mossack Fonseca, a Panama-based legal firm who specialize in creating offshore companies that enable wealthy individuals and corporations to keep their money hidden from prying eyes and out of the hands of the taxman.
Nearly two years ago, Center for American Progress President and CEO Neera Tanden wrote, "We have a historic opportunity to address poverty today, because the interests of low-income people and the middle class are converging." As the first vice-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), I couldn't agree more. In fact, it's one of the reasons I was proud to unveil the CPC's budget for Fiscal Year 2017 -- The People's Budget: Prosperity Not Austerity; Invest in America.