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Public transit faces 'death spiral' without $32bn injection from Congress

America faces a mobility crisis that will have “profound” implications – especially for those on low incomes and people of color – if Congress does not step in to fill the nation’s $32bn public transport funding gap, experts have warned. Looming public transport cuts caused by the pandemic could have far-ranging repercussions, including on people’s ability to vote in November, and inflict damage to services that will... read more .

Kenosha Sheriff in 2018: ‘There’s Some People That Aren’t Worth Saving’

The sheriff orchestrating law enforcement response to the uprising in Kenosha — sparked by the senseless police shooting of 29-year-old black father Jacob Blake in front of his children — is facing calls to resign from the ACLU. The civil liberties organization is blasting Sheriff David Beth for his department’s friendly rapport with... read more . 

Suppressing Native American Voters

Many people have heard of Jim Crow segregation and the disenfranchisement of Black voters, particularly in the American South. But other instances of voter suppression in our nation’s history are much less well known. One example is the suppression of Native American voters in the United States.  Read more.

New Far Right Party Aims to Stoke Fear of BLM Into Organized White Supremacy

 The last three years have been a marked and unending period of decline for the organized “alt-right.” Ostensibly led into a somewhat cohesive social movement by Richard Spencer, the collection of publications, podcasts, high-profile white nationalists and organizations that made up the alt-right saw their peak in the two days they laid siege on Charlottesville, Virginia. Yet they were shut down afterward as anti-fascist activists confronted them, kicking them off platforms and legally challenging them.  Read more.

What Was the Black International?

Relationships were the essence of the early twentieth century “black international.” In Paris, the Martinician writer Jane Nardal took to her typewriter to make sense of a pattern she was witnessing. She observed that, while the First World War had in... read more .  

The Text That Stoked Modern Antisemitism

As Twitter accounts go, the FBI Records Vault is seemingly innocuous, tweeting out links to various public documents contained in the agency’s vast archive. But on Wednesday, it sparked a firestorm when it linked to a full copy of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion , the ur-text of modern antisemitism, then apologized.  Read more .

Black Power in the Pacific

Was there ever a Black power movement in the Pacific? Is there a sizable enough population of African descendants in the Pacific Islands to have started a Black power movement? These are reasonable questions if asked with the presumption that words like “Black,” “aboriginal,” “indigenous,” are immutable, that they are fixed categories to describe people. But they are not. As Barry Glassner, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California, puts it, the meanings that people actually hold for words do not “develop outside of social processes.” Indeed, most social scientists “deny claims for the existence of inherent and essential characteristics of phenomena such as race, gender, and sexuality.”  Read more.

Replacing Hunger with Malnutrition

It’s been nearly fifty years since Frances Moore Lappé reminded us in her seminal work, “Diet for a Small Planet ,” that hunger is not caused by a scarcity of food, it is caused by a scarcity of power. Economist Amartya Sen won a Nobel Prize more than twenty years ago for showing that famine was rarely caused by a lack of food. Yet here in 2020, with the world well aware of the twin dangers of hunger and malnutrition, there was Agnes Kalibata, the... read more .

Cori Bush makes her mark—on the neoliberal agenda


The 19th Amendent: A bittersweet voting rights victory for women


Sharks Before and After Jaws

 It lives to kill. A mindless eating machine. It will attack and devour anything. It is as if God created the devil, and gave it…jaws. With an ominous two-note score, these are the opening moments of the first trailer for the 1975 blockbuster Jaws. The world has been fascinated and afraid of sharks ever since.  Read more.

When Black Celebrities Wore Blackface

August 1900 was the hottest month on local record. New York City was sweltering. The Tenderloin—between 20th and 53rd Streets west of 6th Avenue to the Hudson River—which had welcomed many African Americans coming north in the earliest waves of the... read more .

Cornel West and Tricia Rose Talk AOC, Racial Justice, and More

Marvel's "Punisher" is a Nazi Symbol of Hate

 On February 1, 1974, Francis “Frank” Castle made his debut as a fictional character in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man #129. Gerry Conway, the writer, had initially pitched the idea of the misguided antihero as a throwaway villain. “The Assassin,” as Conway called Castle, was an ex-soldier bent on revenge, wearing a small totenkopf on his... read more .

The Postal Service is facing a crisis that could interfere with the election

The United States Postal Service is dealing with crippling backlogs of letters and packages. A postmaster in upstate New York recently told their union that the regular mail was two days behind and, for the first time in their career, Express Priority Mail was not going out on time. Despite a surge in package delivery during the... read more .

How Black Communities Built Their Own Schools

When education leader Booker T. Washington and businessman Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears, Roebuck, and Company, partnered in 1913 to erect six schools in rural Alabama, education for Black children in the South was underfunded and segregated. The requests for school-building projects were soon overwhelming... read more .