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Unions Are The Answer You Are Looking For

We Have The Power We Need: A Call For a General Strike

The Moment I Discovered I Was Not a Prodigy

Fire in the Theatre/Theater

DAPL Construction Continues in Violation of the Law

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Celebration, as always, was premature.   Energy Transfer Partners, in a brazen defiance of the Army Corps of Engineers and the will of the people of Standing Rock, have announced that they will defy the administration’s order to deny the easement required for their drilling and continue construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  They will pay a fine of $50,000 per day for the violation, with the assumption that the incoming administration will reverse the order and potentially forgive the fines. They are probably right.  The president elect and his […]

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Trump Surrendered to Carrier

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Trump did not ‘save’ 1,000 jobs at the Carrier plant. He did a couple things, some of which I’m okay with: 1) He and the state of Indiana offered about $7M in tax breaks to Carrier. The jobs saved are higher paying manufacturing jobs, averaging about $70K, per year. This means that he made the jobs a net wash for the company in the first year, before any value derived from their work is factored in. He essentially paid Carrier our tax dollars to keep those people hired. I would […]

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You’ll Be the First to Go

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  I once asked a good friend of mine what he thought of skinheads.   Adam was a punk in every sense of the word.  He looked the part, with a two-foot liberty hawk, a gallery of tattoos and piercings that ran the gamut from scrawled anarchy symbols to H.R. Giger recreations.  He lived it too, living in free-gan squats while he worked as a piercing artist by day and bouncer at the Middle East by night.  He was a brilliant guy, a far better student than I ever was, a […]

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#J20 Strike, Resist, Disrupt

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We’ve set the date.   Or rather, the 20th amendment to the US Constitution set the date, and we have RSVP’d.  Leftist and anti-fascist groups all around the country are planning a massive strike and protest on Inauguration Day to demonstrate to the new president, and his most noxious supporters, that any racist or authoritarian views they may hold are a minority and will be resisted.  That any actions they intend against any minority or vulnerable individuals or groups, including mass deportation regardless of legality, hate crimes, ethnic discrimination, registration, or […]

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When Trump Was Right (Reality Edit)

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I started this post in September, when I thought Clinton was a lock. I planned to release it after her election. At the time, I was getting very frustrated with liberals and their failure to look critically at their own candidate and the way they were selling her.  I did not predict her loss, by any means, but I was already steeling myself for the abrupt shift in congeniality I was about to face as my friends and allies celebrated the election of the first woman president (a glorious milestone to be sure) […]

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Fascist Groups Organize to Counter Protests

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As protests ramp up in coastal cities, police prepare to quell them, by looking the other way.   People unsatisfied and angry at the outcome of the election have been staging daily protests in metropolitan areas with varying levels of success.  This has not gone unnoticed by the national press and the President Elect himself, ranging from between disdain and calls to crush the protests with police powers.  And while organizers against an authoritarian president expect the police to fight back, hard, they also know that one of the strongest weapons […]

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Want To Know What You Can Do?

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All of us are struggling with what to do next.   Thankfully, there are people who already know.         Much hay is made by opponents of social justice about ‘professional protesters’ and their nefarious habit of bussing people to events and voting booths, organizing their communities for political action and real change. Our soon to be former president was derided by his rivals for community organizing, a practice which hails from the very greatest traditions in this country and elsewhere.  Martin Luther King wasn’t a politician, professional […]

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