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The protests are not just calling for an end to police brutality in Black communities, but for much more fundamental restructuring of social and economic institutions
It is time to put words into action. Don’t ask what you should do. Just do something. This is the information age. There is no excuse for inaction
“This is a hard reset, and young people are not going to allow us to go back to the way things were, because they understand that it’s not working”
Organized labor is a direct threat to white supremacy. We need to put that threat into action
George Floyd’s death proves again why America needs to defund bloated and militarized police departments
Democrats have done a miserable job of acting as an opposition party to Trump — but not because they don't have significant power to halt his authoritarianism
We must renew efforts to document the rapacious and unsustainable destructiveness of the capitalist web of life, and we must argue convincingly for other ways of living
I have a question for American leftists: Do you finally see the difference between the Democrats and Donald Trump?
From New Mexico to Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., progressive challengers to Democratic incumbents scored a series of victories on Tuesday night, continuing to grind out an insurgency that in just a few years has dramatically reshaped the politics of the Democratic Party
We are facing a full-scale assault on the First Amendment freedom of the press
The Trump administration has waged war on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, commonly called food stamps
Seventy-three percent of the unemployed report being on temporary layoff
Interview on crisis, community ownership and the next system
Our struggles moving forward must be guided by the principles of “nonviolent revolution” and inspired by all our fallen ancestors who gave their lives in the fight to liberate Black and Brown people here and around the world
The building blocks for a Third Reconstruction that cuts deeper into every unjust structure in the country are in place. Black America is leading the charge that can propel us all into a new and better era
Long before he uttered those fateful words during his last moments, “I can’t breathe,” his lyrics were already expressing the same sentiment.
Co-authors include: Noam Chomsky, Yanis Varoufakis, Aruna Roy, Elizabeth Gómez, Alcorta Ece, Temelkuran Renata Avila, and others
Two-hundred thirty-six current and former staffers for Mayor de Blasio signed an open letter calling on him to live up to the promises of reform that initially drew them to work for him. One demand is to cut the $6 billion police budget by 1/6
The torching of our cities, and the looting of the malls is what is really sending the message that we’re “all in this together,” by making it clear that if this country continues down its current path towards ever increasing racial and economic inequality, no one, regardless of their wealth and power, will escape the consequences
We are witnessing a truly unprecedented attack on press freedom in the United States, with journalists being systematically targeted while covering the nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd
“That’s what it was for - to clear the patio so that man could stand (there) with a Bible. They turned holy ground into a battleground.”
Their violence was unprovoked. There had been no violence from or by the protesters. Anyone who dares call it a riot needs to be clear: it was strictly a police riot.
U.S. national security leaders and stakeholders in war, as they shelter in place, have an extraordinary opportunity to set a new norm and link with the vigil for Peace in Yemen
Thanks to this tax cut—the rich get richer: 72 percent of the tax cuts were directed to the wealthiest 20 percent of households
The wasting disease of normalcy is the far greater existential threat and our survival requires that we meet it with at least the same courage, generosity and ingenuity
The coronavirus is not just a threat to our personal and collective health; it is a threat to our democratic institutions as well. We need to protect lives and democracies
If only we could redirect our gaze, if we could seize back control of our attention for a moment, we might understand that we are being plagued not just by a virus but by our fear, our hate, our hunger, our selfishness
Interview on the current US protest spreading like fire across the country following the police killing of George Floyd, the forthcoming US elections and why it is crucial to vote not for someone in this case, but against someone
"We are witnessing America as a failed social experiment"
There are 30,000 Cuban medical professionals currently serving in more than 60 countries
"We were all so much more fascinated by this superficial, melodramatic espionage thriller that has completely destroyed the credibility of the U.S. media."
Talk by Robin D. G. Kelley on "What is Racial Capitalism and Why Does It Matter?" recorded November 7, 2017 at Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Sponsored by the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities.
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Talking with Jeremy Brecher
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Corona, Election & Podcasting
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Camp: American Policing
Solomon: Masked at Protests
Johnson: ‘This Isn’t Going Away’
Mahbubani: Global Protests
Bernd: GIs Refuse to Comply
Cole: Esper’s “Battlespace”
Pilger: The CIA Coup
Pizzigati: ‘Failed State’ Status
Albert: Shoot the Looters?
Prashad: Abnormal society
Lennard: Threats to Antifa
Rasmus: Institutional Racism
Svokos: Police with protesters
Gordon: Credibility Chasm
Crossette: Quits the WHO
Taylor: Class Rebellion
West: America’s Reckoning
‘CDS: Took the Helmet Off
Veterans: Stand Down
Jacobs: Defense of Antifa
Cohn: Reproductive Rights
Finnegan: Privatized parenting?
Kelly: Our Disaster
Queally: West CNN
Jorden: Mayors and Sheriffs
Elk: Bus Drivers Shun Police
Anderson: Forget “Looting.”
Slaughter: Struggle a Pandemic
Kelly: Beating Swords to Plowshares
Bharadia: Case for a super-tax
Linstroth: India’s COVID Crisis
Jaffe: Mourning and Organizing
Williams: Rights, riots and brutality
Lazare: Stand Down
Sarkar: Labor Mobilizes
Wise: Protest, Uprisings...
Speri: Failures of Police Reform
Serwer: Warped Free Speech
Benjamin: Behind War on Iran?
Monbiot: Culpable Negligence
Feffer: ‘Uncreative Destruction’
Roelofs: Greening the Old New Deal
Nader: Resign Now
Nolan: Sectoral Bargaining
LaFrance: The Prophecies of Q
Tombras: Truth with strings
Chomsky: Disastrous Response
Derysh: Homelessness Rising
Hanna: Own the Internet
Contributors: Global Manifesto
Jones: Mutual Aid in Queens
PRep: Emancipatory mutual aid
Badham: Four-Day Week
BRooks: Rush to Reopen
Biddle: Facebook Zoom Clone
Weisbrot: Argentina’s Debt Talks
Pollitt: Tara Reade
Solomon: Class War
Barber: Stay Alive, Organize”
Hawkins/Albert: Election Strategy
Bello: Race to Replace Neoliberalism
Brecher: Unions Fight
Greenwald: Critique of Farrow
Cienfuegos: Normal?! No Thanks!
Painter: Basic Income
Saglam: Conspiracy theories
Zavis: Demanding to Work
Fitz: Beyond Green New Deal
Nelson: Liberate degrowth
Herrera: Next Generation
Willis: Locked Down in Queens
Monbiot: Rethinking Education
Bennis: Sanctions in Pandemic
Paley: Feminists in Uruguay
Early: A Mon Valley Memoir
Lazare: Trump’s “Reopening”
White: Science, News, and Hate
Hayes: Educators Unionize
Ottenberg: Testing Fiasco
Theoharis: Spare CUNY
Varoufakis: Glimmer of Hope
Wainwright: Transform the state
Hasan: Biden Taps AOC and Jayapal
Blanc: How We Can Win
Ross: Ross: Split the world in two
Klein: Klein: Potential Bonanza
Kolhatkar: Conspiracy Theories
Taylor: Cancel the Rent
Codepink: Dear Joe Biden
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Daniels: Why Sander’s Faltered
Albert: DSers, DSAers and 20200
Sanders: We Are Winning
Chomsky: Sanders and Movements
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Albert: Lesser Evil and Independence
Hawkins: Lesser Evil or Independence
Albert: Battle Strategically
Hawkins: Every State a Battleground
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Ethics of It / Judging Societies
Society’s Pie / Disputing Pie Slices
Property Problem / Who Decides?
Who Does What? / Balanced Jobs
Disputing Balancing Jobs
Classlessness? / Markets or what?
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Judging Participatory Socialism
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