Activism and accountability: a conversation with Cecily McMillan


Sometimes we see injustice in the ugly way we treat each other as human beings, like in an outsider who is shunned by social divisions, and only requires what all people do - love and acceptance. Sometimes injustice is what one sees in a misguided community's visceral reaction to a cultural event or tragedy. While Cecily's undeniable empathy brings her to the side of the former (she almost went to jail for trying help a Hispanic couple avoid it themselves), it is for her communities that her voice is loudest and her defense is strongest. It is there where she had her awakening.

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Alienation, silence and revolution at the DNC


I don't know if party politics is supposed to be a zero sum game, where each side gets something it wants and reaches a consensus to ignore the rest, but I have seen that in the hearts of many Bernie Sanders delegates at the Democratic National Convention, last week, there was a feeling of being… Continue reading Alienation, silence and revolution at the DNC

Vote your blue heart out, even in a red state


I live in Georgia, a red state that has had Democrats wringing their hands for almost twenty years. The state legislature has been under Republican control since 2003. There hasn't been a Democrat elected to statewide office since 2008. Yes, there's always talk of the state being in play in a national election, and we… Continue reading Vote your blue heart out, even in a red state

Hillary’s establishment pragmatic idealisim vs. Bernie’s political revolution


Let's call this fight over now, before we go any farther than we already have. Being a liberal progressive and being an establishment candidate or cause are not mutually exclusive. There is little doubt that groups like Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign are on the front lines, fighting for progressive causes everyday. There's… Continue reading Hillary’s establishment pragmatic idealisim vs. Bernie’s political revolution

When it comes to voting, it’s not all about that base


Senior citizens and college students, Wall Street bankers and the religious right, Southerners and African Americans, industrial magnates and union workers: if you're in one of those groups, and a handful of others, chances are either Republicans or Democrats think they can already count on your vote on election day. They call those monoliths the… Continue reading When it comes to voting, it’s not all about that base

DNC rules change leaves Lessig out of 2016 Democrat debates, forced to leave the race


Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig has ended his nascent bid to become the Democrats' nominee for president, despite some remarkable fundraising and outreach. Citing the Democratic National Committee's last minute rules change for qualifying to get into the party's next debate, Dr. Lessig says he is at a distinct disadvantage, one he sees no way of… Continue reading DNC rules change leaves Lessig out of 2016 Democrat debates, forced to leave the race

Ghosts in the machine – the GOP enters the spectrum of invisible light


The House Freedom Caucus is suddenly not far right enough for the extremists in the base of the Republican Party. Less than two weeks ago, it was their stubbornness that drove the House Republican Conference into disarray over the establishment leadership's inability to garner enough support to get Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) elected as… Continue reading Ghosts in the machine – the GOP enters the spectrum of invisible light

Love and electability – the candidates come a-courting


You know you've felt it, the glaring double-take from friends who can't believe you are pulling for Bernie Sanders. "You know he's unelectable," they say, referring to his independent affiliation in Congress and his longstanding identification as a Democratic Socialist. Eight years ago, those were the people saying the same thing about Barack Obama. And… Continue reading Love and electability – the candidates come a-courting

The dismantling of the House GOP is constructive for all of us


The dome of the U.S. Capitol is surrounded by scaffolding, these days. They're calling it a restoration of a symbol of government. What's going on under the dome, though, is more a dismantling of a symbol of governing. The House Republican Conference is wringing their hands down to the metacarpals, and the enemy within, the… Continue reading The dismantling of the House GOP is constructive for all of us

‘Two dimensions of otherness’ – the Syrian refugee crisis migrates to America


"Each new American citizen brings a unique set of skills and experiences which they can use to improve our communities and our nation. And each of them can help renew our shared hope that unlimited possibilities are available to everyone who embraces the opportunities that this country offers under its Constitution." - León Rodríguez, Director… Continue reading ‘Two dimensions of otherness’ – the Syrian refugee crisis migrates to America