MLK On The Racist Drone Wars
Aug29

MLK On The Racist Drone Wars

A few weeks ago, Obama launched a series of drone strikes on Yemen. Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where MLK gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. How are these two events related? Well, it seems like everybody loves offering lip service to MLK’s ideas, without fully understanding the truly radical ideas he held. Civil rights was just one of many things he fought for. Perhaps we can understand...

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No Justice…Yet
Aug25

No Justice…Yet

MLK dreamed that one day, “the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners would sit together on the table of brotherhood”, in equality. Today, they are equal only in name. A closer look at the collective fates of these groups of people shows a stark contrast between the celebrated equality of races and the reality on the ground. Though things are getting better (as MLK predicted), oppressive, divisive...

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American Racism Today: An Introduction
Aug24

American Racism Today: An Introduction

We’re less than one week away from the 50th anniversary of the famous March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. He said in his speech, “I have a dream, that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'” Unfortunately, even after...

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American Manifesto, Part 1
Aug21

American Manifesto, Part 1

Welcome to the (New) American Manifesto. You can think of it as a Presidential agenda, a compilation of policies aimed at improving America, one step at a time. Some of these will be radical, some reformist, and others obvious. But each suggestion is guaranteed to be something new, innovative, and outside our leaders’ mainstream discussion. The first: A universal post-secondary education system.

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Wisconsin Police Arrest Grannies and Teens For Singing
Aug19

Wisconsin Police Arrest Grannies and Teens For Singing

  In Wisconsin’s capital, Madison, people have gotten together to protest their Governor Scott Walker’s policies of political suppression and economic austerity. They call them the “solidarity sing-along” protests. At a time when people are so fragmented and atomized, when people think that nothing can be achieved from collective action, it’s really inspiring to see a real uproar from the people. The...

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Obama’s Disappointing NSA “Reform”
Aug15

Obama’s Disappointing NSA “Reform”

In light of Snowden’s revelations that the government can see almost anything a user does on the Internet, Obama held a press conference, promising to make the NSA more “transparent” so that “public opinion of the NSA” would improve. Unfortunately, his address lacked any clear overhaul of the way NSA conducts surveillance on millions of Americans, instead offering vague promises and rhetoric about...

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