“Return” of the Welfare Queens: Feminism, Secularism, Anti-Racism

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Sikivu Hutchinson: In the American imagination, Black women are the poster children for disreputable irresponsible motherhood and Latina “illegals” a close second.

A Vicious Freedom Embraced: How America Has Shunned True Messengers

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Kathleen Peine: Emma Goldman’s speeches would be at home at an Occupy Camp or as a rebuttal to the radical right’s latest assaults.

What We Can Learn from Surveys

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Steve Hochstadt: Once the enforced segregation of black and gay Americans into closets and ghettos was broken, discriminatory ideas have lost their persuasive power.

White Feminists Don’t Care about Black Women

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Jasmyne Cannick: why have these two female powerhouse organizations been missing in action on the two Los Angeles talk radio hosts who offended women, particularly Black women, when they called Whitney Houston a “crack ho” three days after her death?

Can Capitalist Cultures Become More Humane?

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Walter Moss: The capitalist cultures of corporations and other capitalist institutions can become more humane. Whether they will or not is another question.

The Decline of Women in America

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Nomiki Konst and Lindsay Bubar: In 2012, women are seeing vicious attacks on basic (some might say “unalienable”) rights. How did this happen? How, in the 21st century, are we having conversations that move the debate further away from equality?

How to Confront a Candidate

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Bruce Reilly: The key to getting your issue on the map is to ask the candidate in public, with voters and media in the room. Even if you are creating your own media, the key is to get them “on the record.”

Join Occupy, Jesse Jackson Tells LA’s Black Community

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Dick Price: Reverend Jesse Jackson urged the black community to get involved with the Occupy Movement, saying, “Whenever the Freedom Train comes to town, get onboard.”

America Should Quit Preaching and Lead by Example

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Ivan Eland: Let’s get rid of preaching to, meddling in, and even attacking and invading other countries to spread our values and go back to the founders’ vision of leading by example.

Friday Feedback: What’s Next for Occupy?

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Friday Feedback: To just hold signs and chant about being the 99% and it being so unfair may have reached the point of diminishing returns while the mercurial attention of the American media and public is turning to the next shiny object.

Capitalism Is the Enemy of Democracy

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David Kristjanson-Gural: Excluding people from having a say over what happens to the wealth we create is the first and the most fundamental way that any capitalist system undermines democracy. We are fundamentally disenfranchised in the places we work.

Resisting Gender Violence Without Cops or Prisons

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Victoria Law builds upon her earlier prison abolitionist critique by discussing practical alternatives for effectively confronting gender violence without using the prison system.

The US Human Rights Network Conference

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US Human Rights Network Conference – International Human Rights Day is December 10th. The USHR Network is conducting a conference at the Radisson LAX this week

Free Speech: The Outrage Override

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Carl Cohen: But the freedom to speak on matters of public concern is not divisible by topic or party. We will protect that freedom for everyone, including nasty and disgusting folks, or we will lose it.

LA’s Offer to Its Occupiers

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Paulina Gonzalez: What if Occupy locked arms with community groups and announced its refusal to move unless the city extends and agrees to enforce the moratorium on the eviction of tenants in bank-controlled foreclosed properties?

Why We Must Occupy Democracy

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Robert Reich: The First Amendment is being stood on its head. Money speaks, and an unlimited amount of it can now be spent bribing and cajoling politicians. Yet peaceful assembly is viewed as a public nuisance and removed by force.

Occupy Movement at the Crossroads

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Randy Shaw: Successful movements must be flexible enough to change tactics in the face of roadblocks, and activists’ camping in public spaces is not strategically necessary for the Occupy movement’s success.

Real Social Security: A Just Distribution of Wealth

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Charles Hayes: When I hear senate candidate Elizabeth Warren explain to an audience that no one makes a fortune in America all on their own, I can’t help but wonder why it has taken so long for this argument to surface.

The Occupy Movement Needs a Good Fight

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Shamus Cooke: If the national Occupy Movement fought for a massive public jobs program and against cuts to social programs by massively taxing the wealthy and corporations, the vast majority of working people would join the movement until it was capable of actually winning these demands.

Survey Saturday: Occupy Your Mama

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Survey Saturday: With upwards of ten thousand Occupy protesters flooding through downtown Oakland yesterday to close shipping facilities there and organizers here in Los Angeles planning a full teach-in weekend with the likes of Robert Reich and Robert Scheer, the Occupy Movement has the world’s attention.

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The Way Forward for Occupy Portland

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Shamus Cooke: If the Occupy Movement demanded that the wealthy and corporations be taxed to create jobs and prevent cuts to social programs, the 99% would see a movement built in its own image

Learn the Facts on Secure Communities: Tuesday, 8 November

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A Law Enforcement Threat to Immigrant Communities. WHAT: ACLU Pasadena-Foothills Chapter Public Forum WHEN: Tuesday, November 8th, 7 p.m. WHERE: Neighborhood Church, 301 No. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena.

Next Steps for the Occupy Movement

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Shamus Cooke: The Occupy Movement has more than room for an umbrella of demands from diverse sections of working class people, but now we must focus on what unites the vast majority, since the corporations have focused on dividing us for decades.

Is Consumer Capitalism Outdated?

Walter Moss: If consumer capitalism is indeed replaced by a new economic structure, many capitalist bricks may still be needed for any new construction. Whether we choose to attempt new building or just apply a little patching here or there is up to us.

Why Conservatives Need to Support the #OccupyWallStreet Movement

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David Love: Conservatives proclaim that they believe in freedom and the free market. But freedom never meant the right of a handful to steal most of the nation’s wealth, run roughshod over the rest of us and wreck the country for a buck.

Occupy Wall Street Heralds a Global Counterculture

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Mark Naison: The longer I stayed at Liberty Plaza, the more it felt like the countercultural communities of the 1960s, where discontent with war and a corrupt social system had bred a communal spirit marked by incredible generosity and openness to strangers.

What History Can Teach the Occupy Forces

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Tomiko Brown-Nagin: History shows that American political activism has never been limited to the form that it conventionally takes today—electoral politics. Citizens have historically employed an array of tools to influence public policy

Dorothy Day, Radicalism, and Present-Day Politics

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Walter Moss: Dorothy Day’s work and legacy serve as a gentle reminder to politicians and those of us among the “chattering classes,” that what matters most is not what we say or how we or others label us, but how we contribute to the common good.

Trivializing Rape: Zombie Feminism and Prudish SlutWalkers

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Wendy McElroy: The raw politics and hypocrisy surrounding SlutWalk expose mainstream feminism as an exhausted movement that continues to have influence only because it has been institutionalized into laws and academia.

How Not To Talk About Financial Panics: New Rules For Pundits

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James Livingston: Never act like you know what will happen next. You don’t, and nobody else does either. In fact, nobody knows what just happened.

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