Locked and Loaded

“Tool up.” “They’re buying racks and racks of ammunition. There were spots where there was none left.” “You better have a security plan in place.” These were not words uttered in a frontier dialect from the lips of NRA members.

Who Woulda Thought?

by Carl Bloice — Just a small group of brothers sitting around at my place watching the Oakland Raiders lose again. During a commercial break, the subject of the next week’s election came up. “Seriously, would you have ever thought, in your wildest imagination, that an African American could be elected President in your lifetime?” [...]

Prop 8: Apportioning Blame & Fighting Back

I am getting sick of hearing that African-American and Latino voters in California are responsible for the horrid result in Californian bigots’ successful bid to take rights away from citizens. That is a slap in the faces of all those dark-skinned people who voted in favor of maintaining legal equality for all. Let’s not turn [...]

Etheridge: No Taxation Without Equality

“Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ But conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but because conscience tells one it is right.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [...]

Welcome Back America!

by Joseph A. Palermo – It was a beautiful thing seeing a planetary celebration over the results of an American presidential election. Hundreds of millions of people were wondering whether or not the American people would succumb to another tainted election where the only winners were the corrupt purveyors of aggressive militarism abroad and religion-tinged [...]

The Era of Obama and Us

With the election of Obama as president, comes the dawning of a new era of our making. On Election Day, my 7-year-old daughter took care to cross out the names of the “already voted” on our list and left doorhangers at each empty house as we walked door-to-door turning out the vote. When I was [...]

The Strong Wind at His Back

Well, the pundits were wrong. White voters didn’t change their minds in the voting booth. Barack Obama’s victory proves that some analysts gave too much weight to race, not only in gauging today’s opinions but also in judging how the American people’s attitudes have been taking shape for decades.

Reefer, Sports, and the Constitution

I am shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, to learn that prominent college and pro athletes have been indulging in marijuana. I thought that went out of style when Reagan put an end to the fun of the 60’s and 70’s. Seriously now, seriously now; it’s time to re-visit this issue. Recent stories tell of college [...]

Prop 8: Last Night’s Defeat

by Adam Murray – Aman and I awoke this morning with unfortunately heavy hearts. We found ourselves unable to fully enjoy or celebrate Barack Obama’s historic win, because of the heartbreaking passage of Proposition 8, which enshrined discrimination against gays and lesbians into our California constitution. We found ourselves thinking of our two beautiful children [...]

I Stand Corrected

Let me be among the first to congratulate my friends who always believed that Senator Barack Obama would win the election for the Presidency. As most of you know, I was on record one year ago stating that it was my firm belief that America was a country beset by discrimination. Furthermore, that this stain [...]

Election 2008: Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics

This Democratic victory should be seen primarily as a rejection of the sectarian conservatism of the George W. Bush Administration. There is certainly a mandate to reimpose sensible regulation on the economy, to do something (exactly what is not so clear) about a failing health care system, and to find a way out of Iraq. [...]

Yes We Did!

I simply want to share one simple photo with you that I had someone take for me today while I was working as a “Houdini/Line Manager” here in Cleveland’s Ward 5…a very TOUGH area that got 18% turnout in 2004. We had just over 55% this year!

Voters Are Rejecting Republican Ideology, Not Just Bush and McCain

With pundits finally predicting an Obama victory, some are already spinning the election as a referendum on President Bush and on John McCain’s weak campaign. This frame—which claims Bush was an “anchor” around John McCain’s neck from the outset—spins this election as a rejection of specific politicians, not the Republican Party. But John McCain publicly [...]

A Planet-Changing Election

If Barack Obama wins the election today not only will it be “historic” for all of the reasons we’ve discussed throughout the long campaign, he surely will be our president for the next eight years. My nine-month-old baby daughter, Gianna Isabella, will be in the third grade when President Barack Obama leaves office.

Mourning in America: Reagan’s New Steal

The Republican death wish for the U.S. government almost came to their hoped-for fruition. Kill Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and replace it with Reagan’s New Steal of privatization and corporate control. It’s not what our founding fathers or our U.S. Constitution had in mind. “Death and fear’ was the message from the Republicans when [...]

The POW Has No Clothes

When John Kerry ran for President in 2004, and touted his stellar military service as a swift boat commander during the Vietnam War, the Republicans were falling over themselves, trying to diminish it. By the time the “Swift Boat Veterans” were through, Kerry had shot himself to get a Purple Heart, and in fact got [...]

What if John McCain Were Black?

Would anyone vote for him with his character and history if he’d been black? To be black in politics, means to be perfect in every way, every moment of every day. He would have had to set and live his life to an impossible standard of perfection ‘off’ his field of play that exceeded his [...]

Field Poll Released Today Still Shows Prop 8 to Eliminate Same Sex Marriage Rights in California Behind 44% to 49% Despite Massive Advertising Blitz

The California Field Poll showing Proposition 8 behind with 44% support and 49% opposition that was released earlier today is making the headlines of the state’s newspapers—and in fact is national news. These results are remarkably similar to a poll released last week by the Public Policy Institute of California that showed it with the [...]

The Lesser Schlep

I want a girl like Sarah Silverman. She’s as pretty as Sarah Palin, much funnier, a lot smarter and she’s a nice . . . girl. Plus, she’s got what it takes to come before the nation and shamelessly call out the lot of Jews who are closet racists. Her video titled The Great Schlep [...]

Teachers Union Stands with Students for Obama

The student movement meets the new labor movement in the classroom. “How do we make democracy stronger?” community college instructor Salvador Sanchez posed to the room crowded with more students than chairs. By the end of the day, all the students stood loudly chanting “Yes, we can!” as Sanchez (pictured here) writes their paper assignment [...]

Today We Vote: Tomorrow We March

“When we elect Barack, knock on wood, we will have someone who responds to labor, to people’s needs, the plight of immigrants, but he can’t win change alone it will take a larger movement,” said Maria Elena Durazo, leader of the 840,000-member Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. One of the most successful and dynamic [...]

Excuse Me, But I Am A Real American

by Charley James – For the past several weeks, John McCain, Sarah Palin and their surrogates have been busily dividing America into two categories: Real and, I guess, pretend Americans. To Republicans, Election 2008 is junior high school all over again, complete with cliques and slam books. Us and them. The cool kids and the [...]

The Profits They Make from Attacking Freedom

by Tom Hall – In earlier essays, I talked about how a group of for-profit businessmen was promoting Proposition 8 (Proposition Hate), the anti-gay marriage measure to write bigotry into the California Constitution. I pointed out some of their hypocricies and dishonesties. But I didn’t talk much about their finances.

Taking a Stand on Prop 8: Opposing It Is Just Plain Right

by Dick Price – If you’ve spent two minutes on our LA Progressive, you know where we stand on Proposition 8, the wrongheaded and wronghearted initiative that would take away the recently won right to marry for gays in California, just like their straight brothers and sisters – just like me and Sharon.

Where Will You Be on November 4?

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. I was three years old. While I don’t remember that “Day of Infamy,” I do remember my seventh birthday, August 14, 1945. My sisters and I were with our mother in our old Hudson going to San Pedro to pick up my father, who was a [...]

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