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Children and Activism

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On February 27, 2018
This is a good reminder that the Stoneman Douglas survivors are acting in a well-established historical context of children leading activist movements or children playing critical roles under adult leadership in activist movements. Two months ago, for example, federal Judge A. Wallace Tashima struck down a 2010 Arizona law that had effectively banned the teaching […]
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I strongly encourage you to read this Jonathan Matthew Smucker piece from In These Times that calls the entire idea of labeling someone an “activist” a problem that divides us. One way that progressive political groups create barriers between themselves and society is through the construction of a relatively new category of political actor: the […]

Press On

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On July 12, 2016

I can see why Black Lives Matter activists would worry that the Dallas shooting is going to undermine its cause. But all activists can do in a situation where a terrible thing happens at one of your p

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Book Notes

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On July 5, 2016
As I am desperately trying to write the draft of my book on strikes, one of the things I’ve had to sacrifice is writing book reviews here. They take too long to do well. But I did want to note a few relatively recently published books I’ve read recently that could be of interest to […]
Amy Merrick wrote a piece in The New Yorker about the terrible conditions in the sweatshops that make clothing for Forever 21, a department store focusing on low cost clothing for college-aged women. She wonders why the kids aren’t protesting Forever 21, suggesting the decline in labor unions and their own economic instability as reasons. […]

Leftsplaining

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On September 28, 2012

I really loved reading this Rebecca Solnit article on “leftsplaining” after being attacked on Twitter all day yesterday from self-proclaimed lefties because I suggested that those who urge

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