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Mother’s Day Has Deeply Radical Roots
Liza Featherstone: Yes, you should absolutely call your mom today. But you should also know that Mother’s Day isn’t just a holiday for greeting card and chocolate companies to make a buck, but of radical antiwar and feminist organizers. ... Mother’s Day began in 1858 when Ann Jarvis, an Appalachian housewife and mother to at least eleven children, organized “Mother’s Work Days” to improve sanitation, in a time when polluted water and disease-bearing pests were major causes of death in poor communities like hers. Jarvis was also a peace activist ... In 1872, after the brutal Franco-Prussian war, Julia Ward Howe, a peace activist who wrote “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” established a day for mothers and antiwar protest.. Visit Website ]
May 9, 2021, 2:59pm

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Personal Digital Resistance
Thomas Neuburger: There are dozens of ways to gum up the works of the machine, throw chaff at the enemy's radar and poison their big-data wells — actions that won't take months that most don't have. ... Here's just one. The target is Google and its predatory and monopolistic advertising practices. The side benefit of this act of resistance is, it pollutes Google's profile of who you are, what you like, and what you want... Visit Website ]
Apr 29, 2021, 12:13pm

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Police violence is directed against working people and youth of all racial and ethnic backgrounds
Niles Niemuth: Data collected by the Washington Post records 6,214 police killings in the period between January 2, 2015 and April 14, 2021. The victims are overwhelmingly male (95 percent) and predominately white (46 percent). Blacks make up the second largest group (24 percent), followed by Hispanics (17 percent), Asians (1.6 percent), Native Americans (1.4 percent) and all others (0.7 percent). ... Overwhelmingly, it is workers and young people—of every skin color, gender, sexuality and national origin—who are the victims of the police. This phenomenon is an outgrowth of the social and economic conditions in the United States. ... The police, as Frederick Engels noted, are “special bodies of armed men” created to defend the capitalist system and the inequality it creates... Visit Website ]
Apr 20, 2021, 3:00pm

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What to do instead of calling the police
Anna North: These alternatives can help keep communities safe for everyone.... a lot of resources already exist for people who want to learn about alternatives to bringing law enforcement officers — and potentially police brutality — into crisis situations. ... Know your neighbors and your community: having a basic familiarity with the people who live nearby can help prevent problems down the road. ... Learn about local mental health and medical resources: ... police are not trained to address mental health or substance use issues ... a growing number of cities have crisis response teams composed of social workers, counselors, and others trained to help people ... Take a community approach to stopping violence and protecting people... Visit Website ]
Apr 14, 2021, 2:48pm

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Americans... ‘Know Your Enemy’
Eamon McKinney: It wasn’t China that sold out generations of yet unborn Americans to feed the military Industrial complex to the tune of nearly a trillion dollars/year. It wasn’t China that bailed out the criminal bankers for trillions more dollars. ... Business is war. Every deal has a winner and loser and for you to win, someone else had to lose. ... It is the Wall Street model. ... China has a unique political and economic system. It is based in Confucianism and it is unique to China- it’s challenges and it’s culture. It wouldn’t work elsewhere... Americans, know your enemy, and it isn’t the Chinese... Visit Website ]
Mar 30, 2021, 3:47pm

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Virtually No One in US Is Dangerous Enough to Justify Jail
Sandra Mayson and Megan Stevenson: Every day, jails in the U.S. hold close to half a million people who are legally presumed innocent. ... When people who have been arrested can’t afford or are denied bail, they are locked in concrete cages ... The stated rationale for most pretrial detention is public safety. Current law authorizes detention (or unaffordable money bail) if the accused person presents a threat. ... Yet there has been no serious attempt to figure out how “risky” a person must be for detention to be justified on these grounds. ... Once upon a time, flight risk was the principal concern in the pretrial phase. In today’s interconnected world, however, few people pose a true risk of flight... Visit Website ]
Mar 26, 2021, 4:29pm

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Media Pseudo-Debates and the Silence of Leftist Critics
Edward Curtin: Pseudo-debates are not new but they are highly effective. They are debates based on false premises. In this case, the premise is that the massive corporate media conglomerates are not part of the same system of control and containment of the population, but are genuine opponents in the battle for truth and democracy. ... Accept this premise and you have entered into endless debates leading nowhere. It is a classic method of intelligence agencies to sow uncertainty and confusion ... The corporate mainstream media are the drug that serves to hide the core truth of an oligarchic cancerous warfare state drunk on power and using propaganda to play both sides... Visit Website ]
Mar 23, 2021, 12:26pm

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Chris Hedges: Bandaging the Corpse
Biden's bailout will not alter the structural inequities and other fundamental underpinnings of America's death spiral. ... The elites collectively sold out the American public to corporate power ... by lying to the public about the consequences of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), trade deals, dismantling welfare, revoking Glass-Stegall, imposing austerity measures, deregulating Wall Street, passing draconian crime bills, launching endless wars in the Middle East and bailing out the big banks and financial firms rather than the victims of their fraud... Visit Website ]
Mar 13, 2021, 2:24pm

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The Fight For Women’s Rights Is A Fight Against Capitalism
Rachel Hagan: Around the world, women – more likely to be in insecure and underpaid jobs – are facing the worst of the Covid fallout. ... It’s a reminder that the fight for women’s liberation is a fight for workers’ rights. ... This is not a problem confined to individual households: it’s a political problem—one of exploitation, of casualisation, and of a system that fails to value work that doesn’t revolve around profit—and must be tackled on a political level... Visit Website ]
Mar 8, 2021, 3:58pm

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The little-known radical history of International Women’s Day
Eleri Harris: International Women’s Day is celebrated with everything from flowers to breakfast. But the holiday started with a 1907 labor strike....
Mar 8, 2021, 3:38pm

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Now is the time to revolutionize policing
Sean Collins: There is the emotional trauma of seeing one’s relative beaten or cuffed arbitrarily, the grief that comes with losing a loved one to a prison cell. And there is also the psychological terror created by seeing police brutality — it hangs over Black Americans, aware that police could turn on them or their loved ones at any time. ... One that would bring particularly sweeping change is the BREATHE Act ... Its central premise is that policing can only be fixed by addressing a range of systemic problems, and posits that state and local governments can be incentivized to contend with these issues through financial aid ... divestment include defunding large swaths of the federal law enforcement apparatus, including the Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement... Visit Website ]
Feb 22, 2021, 3:29pm

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Nuclear Rockets to Mars?
Karl Grossman: A report advocating rocket propulsion by nuclear power for U.S. missions to Mars, written by a committee packed with individuals deeply involved in nuclear power, was issued last week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. ... “The nuclear industry views space as a new—and wide-open—market for their toxic product that has run its dirty course on Mother Earth.” ... the Department of Energy has a bad track record of human and environmental contamination as they fabricate nuclear devices. An accident at launch could have catastrophic consequences.”... Visit Website ]
Feb 16, 2021, 2:42pm

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What If Oumuamua Is the Real Deal?
Robert Hunziker: If Oumuamua is the real deal, meaning an alien craft, then Earthlings are doing some really weird stuff on the scale of alien intelligence. Think about it ... If it’s an alien craft or drone, there’s no way it entered the sun’s solar system, swooping within 15M miles of Earth, powered by fossil fuels. ... Oumuamua is the first known interstellar object in our solar system. It’s estimated to be between 330 and 3,280 feet long and between 115 and 548 feet wide and dark red in color, and it tumbles. ... scientists still do not know how it accelerated “as if something was pushing on it" ... Visit Website ]
Feb 13, 2021, 2:49pm

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Remember: There Was An Attempted Coup Against the United States Less Than a Month Ago
David Atkins: This month–25 days ago!–there was an armed, murderous insurrection against the government of the United States. This insurrection was based on a months-long campaign of spurious lies that the election had been stolen somehow from Trump. ... Major GOP members of Congress and well-funded conservative groups organized the massive public event at the Capitol. ... The president’s apparatchiks in the Pentagon denied National Guard assistance to the Capitol Police ... None of the most powerful people who truly instigated it have faced any accountability at all. And nothing has structurally changed to prevent it from happening again... Visit Website ]
Feb 1, 2021, 3:00pm

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Joe Biden must put an end to business as usual. Here's where to start
Bernie Sanders: In this moment of unprecedented crises, Congress and the Biden administration must respond through unprecedented action. No more business as usual. No more same old, same old.... Democrats, who will now control the White House, the Senate and the House, must summon the courage to demonstrate to the American people that government can effectively and rapidly respond to their pain and anxiety. ... Ultimately, we must confront the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality and create a country that works for all and not just the few... Visit Website ]
Jan 20, 2021, 2:56pm


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