Building Democracy to Fight the Nativist Attack: A Review of ‘The People vs. Democracy’

As someone who came to politics opposing US government policies, I’ve been surprising myself lately by how much I end up talking about the importance of “rule of law." I'm used to being the one to criticize how bad our laws are, how unfairly they are enforced, and how oppressive government actions are. But there… Continue reading Building Democracy to Fight the Nativist Attack: A Review of ‘The People vs. Democracy’

Owning Our Shit: The US Role in Global Migration

Trump's comments about shithole countries are no surprise and it reflects the racist worldview we know he holds. While much of the discussion around the statement has focused on how racist it was, less commented on has been how profoundly it misunderstands the nature of immigration. The US is a nation of immigrants, the descendants… Continue reading Owning Our Shit: The US Role in Global Migration

Holding onto Your Humanity in Solitary Confinement

On the pain and the pathology of the Security Housing Unit by Ifoma Modibo Kambon. Introduction by Cynthia Kaufman Introduction: I first met Ifoma Modibo Kambon through my friend Sharon Martinas. Sharon is part of PLEJ (Power, Love, Education and Justice),  a project of Human Rights Pen Pals. PLEJ is a collaboration between incarcerated people… Continue reading Holding onto Your Humanity in Solitary Confinement

It May Actually Be Worse Than You Think: Assessing the Integrated and Funded Machine We Are Up Against

    When Trump first came to power, like most progressive, leftist, and liberal people I know, I was terrified. It seemed possible that we were on the verge of fascism. Could Trump unleash thugs onto the street to act with impunity against people from vulnerable groups, as Hitler’s Brown shirts did? Could the constitution… Continue reading It May Actually Be Worse Than You Think: Assessing the Integrated and Funded Machine We Are Up Against

The Fortress World of Capitalism vs. the Beautiful Possibilities of Cooperation

Our beloved world is entering an increasingly unstable period, full of dangers and also full of possibilities. In many countries, old political parties are crumbling faster and anyone thought imaginable. Old geopolitical alliances have come unglued as the US comes to exercise its role as world hegemon in new and unpredictable ways. The development of… Continue reading The Fortress World of Capitalism vs. the Beautiful Possibilities of Cooperation