Can the Labor Movement Save Its Soul?

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Hasira Ashemu: If labor cannot utilize everything in its toolkit to turn the tide, then it and the aspirations of millions of black, brown, yellow, red and yes, white people will be tragically marginalized.

What Will You Wear to the End of the World?

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Sara Shendelman: The only way to ensure safety is for everyone to row together. December 21 2012 is an actual time for a transition. There are forces at work, there are opportunities to help.

Abandoned by the Spirits

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Kathleen Peine: Our hubris is that only humans matter, and it probably blinds us to a world that wouldn’t require us to self medicate with SSRIs (or whatever is handy).

The Ryan Factor

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Tom Degan: Strategically, Ryan was a pretty good choice. He’ll bring out the brain-dead base, and uninformed moderates will be wooed by his amiable qualities.

On the Trail of Trash: Tracking Our Disposable Society

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Sabrina Bornstein: By making this invisible industry visible, Trash | Track is helping bring our trash problem out of the shadows and into public awareness.

Survey Saturday: Voting Rights for the Formerly Incarcerated

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Survey Saturday: Here in California, people who have a felony conviction are only barred from voting if they are still in state prison or on parole.

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3D Decision-Making Model

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Ron Wolff: Robust cognitive ability, a healthy emotional outlook, and high ethical standards will combine to produce decisions fitting our complex society.

No, Higher Consciousness Won’t Save Us

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Norman Solomon: When social movements seem to be no match for a destructive status quo, people are apt to look around for alternative strategies. One of the big ones involves pursuing individual transformations as keys to social change.

Human Nature = Prejudice

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Adam Eran: Vedantam suggests education, rather than confrontation, is what gets us beyond prejudice. The Obama presidential run ignored the obviously bigotry coming from his opponent’s proxies, and suggested, without recrimination, that we give Obama a chance. That tactic, not Reverend Wright’s understandable anger, was what worked.

­How Nobodies Can Be Somebodies: FAQs for the Dignity Movement against Rankism

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When discrimination and injustice are race-based, we call it racism; when they’re gender-based, we call it sexism. By analogy, rank-based abuse and exploitation are rankism. We won’t be able to confront rankism until we overcome our fear of seeming uppity by using the word in public.

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