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Monday, July 23, 2018
Ilana Novick
Online College, Education, Missouri, Students

Behind The Wave Of Red-State Teacher Walkouts

An official strike date hasn’t been set, but the teachers, following the playbooks from West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky, have staged multiple protests in individual districts and at the state capitol in Phoenix for the last five weeks, using the #RedforEd hashtag on Twitter to announce and document their protests.

April 7, 2018
March for our lives Fibonacci Blue

Parkland Activists: March First, Vote Later

oaquin Oliver loved basketball. So much so, family friend Carol L. Chenkin told AlterNet, that his father, despite not being a huge sports fan, became his team’s coach as a way to bond with his son. On February 14, Joaquin was among the 17 people killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He was buried in Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat’s jersey.

April 1, 2018
CEO Tillerson

State Department Has Spent Zero To Fight Election Meddling

As of March 2018, none of the “23 analysts working in the department’s Global Engagement Center—which has been tasked with countering Moscow’s disinformation campaign—speaks Russian, and a department hiring freeze has hindered efforts to recruit the computer experts needed to track the Kremlin’s efforts.”

March 6, 2018
Winfrey

Oprah Will Not Save Us—We Have To Save Ourselves

Despite the post-2016 surge of activism—the protests and the calls to Congress that have been the only silver lining in this cesspool of a presidency—the reaction to Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globes suggests liberals have yet to give up on their dream of an avenging angel. It was not a campaign announcement; it was a call to arms.

January 13, 2018
10 Plagues Donald Trump

Activists Vow To Fight After Supreme Court Allows Enforcement Of Muslim Ban

Rama Issa-Ibrahim, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY), was already in the midst of a crisis before the news broke Monday that the Supreme Court had announced a stay of the preliminary injunctions against Trump’s Muslim ban.

December 8, 2017
Trump, Liar, Journalists

Fight The Trump Tax Scam With A National Day Of Action November 27

Two-hundred people in Anchorage, Alaska, greeted Senator Lisa Murkowski this summer when she returned home after voting against one of the GOP’s many attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Even Democrats like Cynthia Parkin came to show their support, because, as she told the Anchorage Daily News, “I know Lisa just went against the grain.”

November 25, 2017
Jared Kushner

Is The Trump Administration The Most Nepotistic In Modern American History?

Nepotism is alive and well in the White House. According to an investigation published by the Daily Beast on Monday, the members of least 20 families hold multiple positions in the Trump administration, joined either by blood or by marriage.

November 21, 2017
Ralph Northam, Democratic candidate for Governor in Virginia.

Progressives Pushing To Take Virginia Statehouse

The Democratic Party, never one to turn down a circular firing squad, headed into the weekend before a critical governor’s race in Virginia squabbling over whether or not the Democratic National Committee rigged the 2016 primary in favor of Hillary Clinton. The fight was spurred by a Politico article by Donna Brazile.

November 6, 2017
AR-15 rifles line a shelf in the gun library at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms National Tracing Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia December 15, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Here’s How To Push For Gun Control

When the NRA finally emerged from its conspicuous silence following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, it showed a very slight crack in its anti-gun control armor. On Thursday, it released a statement in support of banning bump stocks, a device used by the Las Vegas shooter that allows semi-automatic weapons to fire like automatic ones.

October 9, 2017

How To Help Puerto Rico, Even When The President Won’t

Donald Trump’s idea of humanitarian aid to Puerto Rico is throwing paper towel rolls to a crowd. His callous and grandstanding attitude following Hurricane Maria’s devastation is breathtaking, even for a man who uses a golden toilet. His cheap imitation of a T-shirt cannon was enough to make America collectively throw the phones we watched it on into the sea.

October 7, 2017
Trump refugee policies

Trump Wants To Limit Refugees To Lowest Level In 30 Years

Donald Trump wants to cap the number of refugees allowed in the United States at 45,000, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson briefed Congress on Wednesday. That is even fewer than the 50,000 many administration officials expected and less than half of the 110,000 that President Obama recommended for 2017.

September 30, 2017

Latino Officials Arrested In Dream Act Protest Outside Trump Tower

While Donald Trump was threatening to destroy North Korea in his first major speech to the United Nations, Reps. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) along with New York City council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito were being arrested outside Trump Tower, according to a statement from immigrant advocacy organization Make the Road New York.

September 20, 2017
DACA, immigration

Nationwide Protests Erupt After Trump Ends DACA

As Politico reported Sunday night that Donald Trump was planning to end DACA on Tuesday morning, immigration advocacy groups sprang into action, planning rallies. Though it was Labor Day weekend, and the reports were not definite, too much was at stake. Yatziri Tovar, a member of immigrants’ rights group Make the Road New York and a […]

September 6, 2017
Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman: America Has Begun Its Slide Into Fascism

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio proudly referred to his tent city prison as a “concentration camp.” For decades, the former sheriff freely carried out his abuse and racial profiling, ignoring any requests to stop, Arpaio was finally convicted for contempt of court earlier this summer, but the conviction lasted barely three weeks before Donald Trump pardoned him, paving the way for what Paul Krugman calls “fascism, American style.”

August 29, 2017

How To Fight Back After Charlottesville

With that in mind, there are a variety of ways to help, both for Charlottesville specifically and to fight racism in general. This is not only about one incident, it’s about how America got here in the first place, and the difficult but essential work of confronting and fighting racism, within ourselves and in our country.

August 19, 2017
Trump needs to own hatred he unleashed

After Charlottesville, A Surge In Anti-Racism Rallies Across The Country

Sadie, 3, wore red-rimmed sunglasses to the Rally for Peace and Sanity at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, New York. As elected officials denounced racism and war, she sat in her father’s lap, carrying two neon green signs. One said “Love one another.” The other, “Black Lives Matter.”

August 15, 2017

Outrage Over Trump Turned A Red-State Republican Into A Resistance Leader

Resistance against Donald Trump’s presidency has come from unexpected places, with many overnight activists joining their first protest or call to Congress. But one of the most surprising transformations is that of Beverly Tuberville, the founder of the resistance organization Indivisible Oklahoma, who, prior to Trump’s nomination, was a lifelong Republican.

August 11, 2017
impeachment

Resistance Against Trump Is Just A Text Message Away—And Organizing Leaders Say It’s Working

About 3.2 million people around the world attended the D.C. Women’s March or one of its satellite marches, according to estimates from FiveThirtyEight. There are 4,000 (and counting) chapters of Indivisible. These are encouraging signs for Americans opposed to President Donald Trump and his policies…

August 5, 2017
Immigration Ban, Trump, Resistance

Policy Encouraging Citizens To Act Like Anti-Immigrant Snitches Sparks Wave Of Protest

On Wednesday, DACA recipients and allies from across the country arrived in Austin, Texas for a rally and sit-in to show their commitment to protecting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Fifteen people were arrested for blocking traffic in front of the Texas Capitol (four DACA recipients and 11 allies).

August 2, 2017
Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman: Trump Is The Logical Conclusion Of 40 Years Of Conservative Lies

Anti-Trump Republicans love to claim Donald Trump is an aberration, a fake conservative destroying their ideals of individual liberty, small government and even smaller taxes with a cavalcade of lies. Conservative senators like Lindsey Graham and John McCain grandstanded last week about the GOP’s broken health care policy and the erosion of senatorial norms.

August 1, 2017

Krugman: Don’t Let Russia Distract Us When Health Care For Millions Is At Risk

In 2017, many Americans start their day by calling their senators and begging them not to take away their health care. Others show up at government offices or to protests on the street. It’s stressful and occasionally demeaning, but as Paul Krugman reminds us in his Monday column, we can’t stop now.

July 25, 2017
Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman: Republicans Have Declared War On Truth Itself

Accusing the media of being “fake news” has worked so well for the Republicans, they’ve decided to give it a try against anyone who dares question their atrocious policies. The GOP’s latest target is the Congressional Budget Office, simply because it has the gall to score the latest disaster of a Senate health care bill.

July 18, 2017
Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman: Republicans Have No Ideas At All

We’ll find out soon enough if Republicans are craven enough to sell out their constituents’ health care in the name of tax cuts for the rich. What we do know is that they’re every bit as terrible at governance as they are effective at obstruction. As Paul Krugman writes in his Monday column, one reason they can’t come up with a credible alternative to Obamacare is that, “You can’t change any element of the Affordable Care Act without destroying the whole thing.”

July 11, 2017
Muslim Ban, Protests

Activists Mobilizing Against Senate Trumpcare Bill

You’d think a bill that revamps a sixth of the American economy and stands to strip 23 million Americans of their health care might warrant a debate, a public comment period, or god forbid, a public release. Unfortunately, this is Donald Trump’s America, where the most exclusive club is wherever Mitch McConnell and his gang of 13 white men are hiding the latest version of the health care bill—from fellow Republicans, Democrats, the press, and the public.

June 22, 2017
Immigrant

New York High School Student Arrested By ICE Hours Before Prom

On June 8, Diego Ismael Puma Macancela was planning to attend his high school prom. Instead, the Ossining, New York high school senior was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and placed into deportation proceedings. Diego came to America with his mother in 2014, fleeing gang violence in his native Ecuador, according to a statement from the New York Immigration Coalition, an advocacy organization. His mother was detained June 7, according to NBC News New York, and Diego had escaped to a cousin’s apartment, fearing he might be next.

June 17, 2017