Early in 2016 a discussion began among a small number of organizers in Minneapolis about how we could make use of an upcoming anniversary. It seems we were the only ones to notice that the next year would mark 150years of the Minneapolis Police Department.
Tactical thinking as Frederick Douglass practiced it is something of a lost art. We tend to think in stark binaries – either elections are everything or they are nothing.
Note: The essay below is also available to be printed as a zine with additional artwork included. Download PDF here. 1 “The news of my death is greatly exaggerated.” W.C. Fields “Move […]
“I am political in spite of myself.” you wrote. “I don’t want to do the things I know I have to do, don’t want to expose myself to disapproval, to retribution, don’t want to go to meetings and demonstrations, distribute leaflets, don’t want to ask people for signatures, for money.” But you did them. “Because I know I’ve got to.”
Addressing childhood asthma on the north side won’t lead to lasting change unless it’s coupled with something like a Green New Deal, to ensure that we’re not fighting the same battle ten years from now. How will these children’s medical bills be covered as they grow, without a program like Medicare for All to completely replace the parasitic health insurance industry of today?
Behold court nominee – now Justice – Brett Kavanough. In one concentrated packet of self-pitying, entitled rage we can observe the embodiment of capitalist deregulation in its purest form. Let me […]
BEYOND REPAIR: While Republicans & Democrats Unite to Increase Police Power, Others Point to New Way Forward
Virtually unnoticed in the cacophony of the Trumpian news cycle, a bill to place more power in the hands of police slithered through the House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support […]
In late March I stood on a partially buried cement and tile slab shaded by forest cover, – a toppled yagrumo tree lying where the entrance to the kitchen had been. I […]
In Douglass’ view, the unending deference of northern liberals set the stage for southern ascendancy. Their insatiable eagerness to “reach across the isle” (as we say today) produced a vortex of appeasement, given that the North was always ready to make concessions and the South unwilling to make any. “Under this so called practical wisdom and statesmanship, we have had sixty years of compromising servility on the part of the North to the slave power of the South.”
It is 2016 and US radicals are unfriending each other by the thousands. Everyone is so incredulous that their one-time comrades could be as misguided as they are.