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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Activists Turn Up The Heat On Congressional Republicans

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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Recess week, when members of Congress return to work in their home states and districts, is generally a placid affair—a chance for a ribbon cutting or school visit photo-op, plus a sparsely attended town hall meeting. As Long Island, NY Representative Steve Israel explained in a New York Times op-ed, “for the first nine years of my time in Congress, my town halls could barely fill a closet.”

That is, until the Trump era arrived, galvanizing a new generation of activists and bringing others back to life who thought their protesting days were behind them.



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In The Face Of Hatred, Americans Can Speak Up Or They Can Look Away

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There is a strip mall across the street from Auschwitz.

From the commandant’s house at Plaszow it’s a short walk to McDonald’s.

Belzec is in a residential neighborhood.

I didn’t expect that.

In 2005, when I joined an interfaith pilgrimage to these camps where the Holocaust happened, it kept surprising me to find them located, not in deep woods hidden from prying eyes, but smack in the middle of urban areas.

I assumed all this development was new, that it had grown up in the decades since the war. But our guide told me these were always residential and commercial districts.



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