How Humanists Can Be #BlackLivesMatter Allies

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*+-Sincere T. Kirabo: #BlackLivesMatter is more than a hashtag – it’s a movement. I don’t think it’s right to put it on par with the African American Civil Rights Movement of yesteryear, but there are obvious similarities.

Can We See Through Race?

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*+-Scot Nakagawa: When presented with safe, media representations of white-on-black racism, most non-black folk react by siding with the black guy. But, when the incident is happening right in front of them, they side with the white person because proximity causes a more gut-level response.

Why School Test Resistance May Be About to Sweep the Nation

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*+-Mark Naison: As high-stakes tests have proliferated in our public schools, and are increasingly used as the basis of closing schools and firing teachers, more and more people despair of challenging policies that have bi-partisan support, are championed by the media, have the nation’s economic elite pressing for their implementation.

Rosa Parks: Angry, Not Tired

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*+-Peter Dreier: Rosa Parks’ defiance of Montgomery’s segregation laws was not an isolated incident. It was part of a lifelong crusade to dismantle Jim Crow.

Why Some Americans Want Big Guns

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*+-Steve Hochstadt: Imaginary patriotism of right-wing extremists has been translated into a surge in demand for assault weapons, not for hunting or for protection against criminals, but to make war against our government.

The False Lure of Third Parties

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*+-Tom Hall: Third parties offer, once every four years, the pretense that their presidential candidates, with no supporting body of local, state or Congressional allies, will make major changes in “the system”. This is balderdash.

Progressives Must Move Beyond Occupy

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*+-Cynthia Alvarez: Occupy is actually impeding Progressives’ outreach to the general public. Progressives need new organizations based on the successful planning and leadership strategies of the civil rights movement to create an army of volunteers.