General Commentary

The Republican Identity Crisis

The Republican Identity Crisis

During my grad school days in the early 2000s, when I was just learning to teach, I used to lie to my students quite a bit. For example, on the first day of class, I often introduced my married self to my class using the word partner instead of wife. I thought I might learn something about my students by

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Fundamentalists Have Chosen Their Side

Fundamentalists Have Chosen Their Side

A two-party system has the unfortunate side-effect of reducing nuanced approaches to multi-faceted issues to simple binaries: us vs. them, or right vs. wrong, Christian vs. non-Christian. Fundamentalists have exploited this tendency for years, staking out labels like “Christian” or “evangelical” in popular media, and thereby pushing a narrative that the other side is the one opposed to Christianity and

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The Progressive Case Against Impeaching Trump

The Progressive Case Against Impeaching Trump

Let’s get this out of the way: Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses. It’s clear that Robert Mueller believes Trump obstructed justice. His disregard for the constitution is evident in his steadfast refusal to allow his staff to comply with Congressional subpoenas. He refuses to remove staff who violate the law like Kellyanne Conway. He uses his bully pulpit to

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The Certainties of Impeachment

The Certainties of Impeachment

Now that Special Counsel Mueller has spoken publicly about his findings, the time has come for a discussion about what know. While the understanding of what we know and don’t know might become clearer as we move forward, a number of facts have been pretty thoroughly established. For example, we know the Trump campaign courted assistance from a hostile foreign

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Are You Going To Wait Until There Is?

Are You Going To Wait Until There Is?

This is a question I ask of Speaker Pelosi and democrats who oppose common sense border security simply because the President is Donald J. Trump. Let me put this in context. Despite countless examples of icon democrats: B Clinton, H Clinton, Obama, Pelosi, Schumer, and more -- voting for and speaking on the problem of illegal immigration more aggressively than

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On the Weakness of Wealth

On the Weakness of Wealth

While wealth is seen by most as a good thing, as a strength in both the individual and in society as a whole, we do ourselves a serious disservice when we ignore the weakness that wealth, especially concentrated wealth, creates. In a time of abundant wealth in the United States, wages are stagnant for working people, poverty is on the

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Chicago

Chicago

I was raised on the Southside of Chicago - 79th and Hermitage to be exact, in a community called Auburn Gresham. Over the weekend of August 3rd, 2018, 74 people were shot in Chicago. Two weeks later, 58 more. Many of these victims were shot in my old neighborhood. This great city is the victim of many social injustices. It

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Elizabeth Warren Exploratory Committee Announces Hires with Deep Iowa Experience

Elizabeth Warren Exploratory Committee Announces Hires with Deep Iowa Experience

Boston, MA - The Elizabeth Warren Exploratory Committee today announced that four operatives with extensive Iowa experience - Kane Miller, Emily Parcell, Janice Rottenberg, and Brendan Summers - have joined the exploratory committee as it plans for the early states and lays the groundwork for a potential presidential run.   Kane Miller is a veteran organizer. He got his start in politics

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Immigration

Immigration

The United States President continues to persist on having his wall, even if it cost the taxpayers 5 billion dollars. Many inhumane incidents have been happening south of the border since Trump presidency began, for example separating children from families and locking them up in cages. Border agents throwing tear gas at families with kids, and the last incident a

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Fear, Empathy, Healing & The ‘Democrat Epithet’

Fear, Empathy, Healing & The ‘Democrat Epithet’

On November 10th, 2018 (the anniversary of my mom's transition date), my fellow Me Too March International organizers & I, held the 2nd annual 'Me Too Survivors March' in downtown Los Angeles. The message this year was 'survivor empathy, offender responsibility, forward strategy' As an athlete turned actor turned empathy-coach, I was trained in the TPO (toxic power-over) arena, where you use

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Yeman War Power Act

Yeman War Power Act

There are two things you should never let your children see being made: sausage and policy. The House & Senate War Powers Resolutions were complicated to begin with, so most journalists and politicians aren’t able to explain half of it. For the wonkiest of wonks, here is some information about the two separate Resolutions invoking the War Powers Act to end

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Newtown Action Alliance Endorses 233 Congressional Incumbents and Candidates  Who Support a Federal Ban on Assault Weapons

Newtown Action Alliance Endorses 233 Congressional Incumbents and Candidates Who Support a Federal Ban on Assault Weapons

Newtown,CT - The Newtown Action Alliance is proud to endorse 21 Senate and 212 House of Representatives incumbents and candidates for the Midterm Elections on November 6, 2018. The endorsed candidates are either incumbents who have cosponsored Senator Diane Feinstein (S. 2095) and Representative David Cicilline’s (H.R.5087) Assault Weapons Ban legislation or 2018 Midterm candidates*who have made a commitment to support a

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Self-Defense Gun Use is Rare, New Violence Policy Center Study Confirms

Self-Defense Gun Use is Rare, New Violence Policy Center Study Confirms

Washington, DC — New research from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) confirms that, contrary to what the firearms industry and gun lobby claim, private citizens rarely use guns to kill criminals or stop crimes. The new study, Firearm Justifiable Homicides and Non-Fatal Self-Defense Gun Use, utilizes recent federal data which shows that private citizens use guns to harm themselves or

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Tea Time with Sean Casten

Tea Time with Sean Casten

In District 6 of Illinois, there is much buzz about a man that can change the face of the district. This man is named Sean Casten.  Sean earned a B.A in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Middlebury College. He went on to work for two years as a scientist at the Tufts School of Medicine in a lab investigating dietary

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Why Is It Violent To Call People ‘White’? #NVC

Why Is It Violent To Call People ‘White’? #NVC

In the last few weeks, the president of the United States, has referred to Americans of African-Ancestry as unintelligent, unwitting, animals, who originate from a blood-thirty, crap-hole continent of farmer-killers & land-stealers (project much?)! The 'no-bias here' talking point is that 'black' unemployment is at an all time low, so how could any presidential comments be deemed as offensive or

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Tea Time with David Masciotra

Tea Time with David Masciotra

I was looking for something to read and I ran across “Barack Obama: Invisible Man “. I was so captivated by it, I did something I very seldom do, I researched the author. That is how I found David Masciotra. David is an author, lecturer, and an outspoken critic of the problems we face culturally as a nation. He has

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Newtown Action Alliance Opposes Use of Federal Funds to Arm Teachers

Newtown Action Alliance Opposes Use of Federal Funds to Arm Teachers

Implores Donald Trump and Congress to Pass Sensible Gun Laws Instead Newtown, CT- Po Murray, Chairwoman of Newtown Action Alliance, released the following statement after the New York Times reported that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering diverting Title IV grant dollars allocated for our community schools, 21st century and afterschool programs to arm teachers with guns: The majority of

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Trump’s racism

Trump’s racism

Last week, the President of the United States yet again lashed out in a tweet. This time he attacked NBA star Lebron James and CNN News anchor Don Lemon: “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon.  He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.  I like Mike!” Until recently, I was an

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What’s Allowed

What’s Allowed

In today’s climate, a great deal of attention has been given to the way that we as a culture treat women. If you review the rights of women from the start of this country until now, on paper there has been tremendous growth.   By paper, I mean per the law. My question however, goes deeper than law: are women really

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Politics and Brotherhood

Politics and Brotherhood

Can a candidate for public office be viable today having also been a member of an organization that excludes and targets for violence people of a particular category? Most Americans now take it for granted that if you’re revealed to have worked with the KKK, you can no longer be under consideration for Congress or state legislature. So what do

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National Rolling Hunger Strike for Family Reunification Kicks Off in Oakland, CA

National Rolling Hunger Strike for Family Reunification Kicks Off in Oakland, CA

After Trump Administration Fails to Meet Deadline, Moms and Allies Begin Wave of Fasts Demanding Justice for Migrant Families Oakland — After the government failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite immigrant families Thursday, Bay Area parents and grandparents began a three-day hunger strike—the first in a series of fasts across the country calling for separated parents and children

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Brady Campaign Announces Endorsement of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for Re-Election

Brady Campaign Announces Endorsement of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for Re-Election

Gun safety organization hails Cuomo’s proven leadership, including passage of SAFE Act Avery Gardiner: “When it comes to the issue of gun safety, you are literally talking about life and death, and at a time when Washington is cowtowing to the NRA, this nation needs proven and experienced leaders like Andrew Cuomo.” Washington, D.C., July 21, 2018 – Today, the

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White Fragility

White Fragility

It was May of 2018, and there was, yet again, another mass shooting in America. This time, a High School in Santa Fe, Texas had been the target. Like many Americans, I was outraged. I posted Facebook, talking about the blood that was now on the hands of the NRA. One of my insightful activist friends, Darnell, added a comment

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Transactional Humanity

Transactional Humanity

Before we begin, I’d like to ask a small favor. Reach into your pocket, a desk drawer, or that cup we all keep in our cars, and grab a quarter. Look at it. Both sides. Pay special attention to the phrases “In God we trust” and “E pluribus unum” that you’ll find on each and every one. Then ask: “What

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SUPPORT THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN BOISE

SUPPORT THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN BOISE

From Better Idaho Sunday night, refugee families at a low-income apartment complex in Boise were attacked by a knife-wielding man who ultimately stabbed nine people, including six children. At least four of the victims have sustained life-threatening injuries. Our heart is broken for everyone involved in this senseless attack, but we know that our community will rise up to support those involved. Better Idaho's

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The Toolmakers Call For Civility

The Toolmakers Call For Civility

He says Max is mad, and Hillary is screeching, But when he screeches madly, it's seen as divinity preaching, To the choir of forgottens, who gleefully shout out, 'illegal', To describe those 'yearning to breathe free', instead of seeing them as people. But he is one of the toolmakers, lest we not forget, His double gender-ethnic privilege, is like a

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Let The Games Begin…

Let The Games Begin…

Oh, Vladamir! Where Art Thou Vladamir? We know you are out there hiding in the shadows of our democracy.. You have been softly whispering into the ears of those who knew what games you play.. Those that decided they were beyond the rules of the games.. Those that decided they could change the games in their favor.. Those that decided

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