WIM LAVEN – Police departments all across America keep proving the same point: they are not training officers to honor the protection of human life.
Category: June 2020
Californiaâ€™s Internal Democratic Leadership Struggle Has National Implications
NORMAN SOLOMAN – After events of 2016, when facts emerged showing that the Democratic National Committee put anti-Sanders thumbs on the scales, many progressives have become acutely sensitive to shortages of fairness in party proceedings. The last thing we need are fresh examples of powerful politicians opting for self-serving actions over democratic principles.
Thereâ€™s no predicting when movements will erupt, but this classic activist resource maps their path to success
ARNIE ALPERT – With Black Lives Matter in the midst of an unprecedented moment, now is the perfect time to read â€œThe Movement Action Planâ€ â€” a model for understanding the long arc of movements.
As We Focus on Racism, Don’t Forget MLK’s Two Other “Giant Triplets”
ANDREW BACEVICH – The nationâ€™s current preoccupation with race, as honorable and necessary as it may be, falls well short of adequately responding to the situation confronting Americans as they enter the third decade of the twenty-first century. Racism is a massive problem, but hardly our only one. Indeed, as Martin Luther King sought to remind us many years ago, there are at least two others of comparable magnitude.
The Civil Rights Act of 2020
CHARLES M. BLOW – Feel-good gestures from politicians and the police shift no power. Real change lies within a system overhaul.
The Floyd Protests are the Broadest in U.S. History – and are Spreading to White, Small-Town America
LARA PUTNAM, JEREMY PRESSMAN, ERICA CHENOWETH – Across the country, people are protesting the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and demanding action against police violence and systemic racism. National media focuses on the big demonstrations and protests against policing in major cities, but they have not picked up on a different phenomenon that may have major long-term consequences for politics. Protests over racism and #BlackLivesMatter are spreading across the country â€” including in small towns with deeply conservative politics.
‘The Conversation is the Protest’ – How Black Lives Matter Forced us to Imagine a World without Police
ERIC STONER – Momentum organizer Nicole Carty discusses how the Black Lives Matter movement built consensus on racial justice and the strategy needed to make the goal of defunding police a reality.
Authoritarian State or Inclusive Democracy? 21 Things We Can Do Right Now
ERIC K. WARD – Take seriously â€” and warn others â€” that the attempt to create an inclusive American democracy is now on a precipice. Words and actions carry real consequences that could drive us over the edge and to a point of no return.
Nuclear Arms Control: What Happens when US and Russia let it Lapse?
FRED WEIR – In less than a year, the world could enter a period free of nuclear arms control treaties for the first time in more than a half-century. Is such a state of affairs sustainable?
Don’t be Mesmerized by the Fetishization of Protest
LAURA FINLEY – White people need to consider how they can truly be allies to the movement and whether their motives to participate are more self-serving than helpful. I implore everyone who wants to be a white ally to read the tips at Issuu.com, â€œ26 ways to be in the struggle beyond the streets,â€ and identify the best ways to act.
Consider this a Dress Rehearsal for November: Here’s How We Can Respond
DAILY KOS COMMUNITY MEMBER – To respond fully to the present circumstances, we should understand how Trumpâ€™s recent actions fit into his election strategy, which we can expect will focus more on stealing the election than winning it fairly. So letâ€™s start by looking at things from his perspective.
What Will It Take…
KATHY KELLY – After the onset of COVID-19, Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, had this message for the world: â€œThe fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war. It is time to put armed conflict on lockdownâ€¦.. Put aside mistrust and animosity. Silence the guns; stop the artillery; end the airstrikes. End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world. That is what our human family needs, now more than ever.â€