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Freedom Is Ours To Take: Join Us On Juneteenth

Freedom Is Ours To Take: Join Us On Juneteenth

Photo credit: Ted Eytan / Flickr / cc “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man (or woman), you take it.” - Malcolm X So much has changed in our nation’s Capital since my last Letter from D.C. That time of hope...

Protesters for Black Lives Are America’s True Patriots

Protesters for Black Lives Are America’s True Patriots

Photo credit: Rosa Pineda / Wikimedia Commons / cc When demonstrations erupted across the country after George Floyd’s death at the hands of police officers, Donald Trump portrayed the protesters as America’s enemies. Trump called them “thugs,” “lowlifes” and...

Justice For George Floyd

Justice For George Floyd

Memorial to George Floyd in Minneapolis. Photo credit: Take Action Minnesota / cc First published by Take Action Minnesota on June 4, 2020 Today, George Floyd’s memorial was held in Minneapolis. The pain, rage, and grief across the Twin Cities is palpable. At the same...

Troops: Stand Down for Black Lives

Troops: Stand Down for Black Lives

An Open Letter from Veterans to Recently Activated National Guard Troops Attention Members of the National Guard, We write you as fellow veterans and service members with full knowledge of what’s at stake as many of you are being asked to mobilize against civilians in...

The Path From Pandemic To A Green New World

The Path From Pandemic To A Green New World

It feels like everything is on the line right now for our country, our planet, and for humanity. We have a global pandemic in the middle of a climate emergency. The corporate-conservative Radical Right has taken over country after country. Inequality and inequity are...

Coronavirus Needs a Movement to Respond

Coronavirus Needs a Movement to Respond

ACT UP rally, May 21, 1999. Photo credit: NIH History Office There are times in history when sudden events — natural disasters, economic collapses, pandemics, wars, famines — change everything. They change politics, they change economics and they change public opinion...

You Say You Want A Revolution?

You Say You Want A Revolution?

You say you want a revolution? Well, there is a recipe. It's 2020, and I am hoping for changes bigger and more transformational than a new president. If you are like me, you also fear for friends, family and neighbors in the rise of white supremacy and fascism in the...

Dr. King's Radical Revolution Of Values

Dr. King's Radical Revolution Of Values

This Monday, the nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. If he hadn’t been murdered, he would be 91 years old. How would Dr. King view today’s activists? The words to his “I Have a Dream” speech will be repeated from podiums and in classrooms across the...

Our Fight For Freedom Is Far From Over

Our Fight For Freedom Is Far From Over

New York’s City Council has voted to allow the construction of four new jails as part of a plan to close Rikers Island, where thousands of New Yorkers are jailed. The vast majority are there without convictions because they can’t afford bail, or locked up when their...

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