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Special Project | A Valentine's Day Holiday Reader


Martin Luther King and Love * Help us spread a message of love this Valentine’s Day * Choose Love: Don’t Ever Let Fear Turn You Against Your Playful Heart * Our duty on Earth: sharing, caring, helping those in need

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Part 1- Martin Luther King and Love, Martin Luther King, Delancy Place | from A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr., edited by James M. Washington. Dr. King, as Gandhi before him, had advocated nonviolent protest -- but believed it was not enough merely to be nonviolent. For King, there was a higher standard, and that was that you must love the person who harms you. In the following excerpt, King was speaking in 1961 to white liberals from the "Fellowship of the Concerned" at their annual meeting. He knew that many among them objected to student "sit-ins" and "freedom rides" and preferred a more gradual approach -- in part because of the savage beatings being inflicted on them -- and that his task was to persuade these veteran white liberals to see the student movement as a natural outgrowth of their own work and his own teachings.

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Part 2- Help us spread a message of love this Valentine’s Day,  Jocelyn Sherman, United Farm Workers

February 12, 2018 | All of us recoil at the growing immigrant bashing that is becoming all too commonplace. This prejudice violates the core values of the farm worker movement. So we are proud to join in the national Valentine’s Day campaign #ToImmigrantsWithLove.
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Part 3- Choose Love: Don’t Ever Let Fear Turn You Against Your Playful Heart, Doug “Uncola” Lynn, Straight Line Logic

January 10, 2018 | The words in the title of this piece are not my own. Believe it or not, these are the words of actor and comedian, Jim Carrey, from the end of the video below.  It inspired this essay.
A moving article by Doug “Uncola” Lynn at

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Part 4- Our duty on Earth: sharing, caring, helping those in need, Rao Musunuru, Tampa Bay (FL) Times

November 14, 2017 | How prominent, powerful, important and great do you think you are, and for that matter I am?

The universe we both live in is big, very big. It is 14 billion years old, made up of about 100 billion galaxies (clusters of stars). Each single galaxy contains hundreds of billions of stars. Simply put, there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on any beach.

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We Are Living Through the Moment When Women Unleash Decades of Pent-Up Anger
Let’s hope there’s no going back.

Katha Pollitt, the Nation

January 11, 2018 | Feminism is back, with a vengeance, and you can thank Donald Trump for that. No, seriously. The pussy-grabbing scam artist, ignoramus, and vulgarian with zero government experience, who ran on “Lock her up!” and gold-plated racism, won the White House against a former US senator and secretary of state, a woman with many progressive and pro-woman positions who also happened to be sane and the most qualified candidate in living memory—and, adding insult to injury, who got more votes! It was the loudest wake-up call since alarm clocks were invented. Even plenty of women who didn’t like Hillary Clinton could see the problem with a “Hillary Sucks but Not Like Monica” T-shirt. The Trump campaign was like overhearing your co-workers and finding out that, while they might be polite to your face, they all agreed you were an incompetent moron who was sleeping with the boss—oh, and by the way, there’s blood coming out of your wherever. Katha Pollitt is well known for her wit and her keen sense of both the ridiculous and the sublime. Her “Subject to Debate” column, which debuted in 1995 and which the Washington Post called “the best place to go for original thinking on the left,” appears every other week in the Nation; it is frequently reprinted in newspapers across the country.

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Kick Against the Pricks and Other Unsexy Truths About Sexual Harassment, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

  • Part 1: The Unsexy Truth About Harassment
  • Sexual harassment is often understood, like other forms of gender-based violence, as a violation of consent. It is more than that.
  • Part 2: Kick Against the Pricks
  • Will men ever see women as full-fledged human beings rather than ego salves and receptacles?



The Democrats’ False Choice

  • Democrats need to do more for downtrodden people of all races, including whites, and they need to be the party of justice for groups oppressed based on their race, gender, sexuality, national origin or immigrant status.
  • Related: Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party

Robert Kuttner, Huff Post Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter <>. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Kerstin Gillibrand onstage at an event introducing the Medicare for All Act of 2017 on Sept. 13, 2017. Alex Wong via Getty Images

02/05/2018 | Should Democrats go all out to energize a “rising electorate” of women, blacks, Latinos, Asians, immigrants, LGBTQ people and on-the-march young voters? Or should the Democrats go all out to rebuild their shattered reputation as the Party of Roosevelt that cares about the white working class?

A great deal has been written by advocates of both views, and many of these articles and speeches have talked right past each other. Robert Kuttner, Columnist, Huff Post, is co-editor of The American Prospect and professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School. His forthcoming book is Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?

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Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: What Killed the Democratic Party?
  • A new report offers a bracing autopsy of the 2016 election—and lays out a plan for revitalization.
  • Part 2: The Democratic Party Is Finding a Way to F*ck This Up
  • The clock is ticking on the only vehicle capable of resisting Trumpism.

Why We Are a Republic, Not a Democracy

Is it ignorance of or contempt for our Constitution that fuels the movement to abolish the Electoral College?

Walter Williams, The Daily Signal / Intellectual Takeout If you like reading this article, consider joining the crew of all reader-supported Evergreene Digest by contributing the equivalent of a cafe latte a month--using the donation button above—so we can bring you more just like it.

January 19, 2018 | Hillary Clinton blamed the Electoral College for her stunning defeat in the 2016 presidential election in her latest memoirs, “What Happened.”

Some have claimed that the Electoral College is one of the most dangerous institutions in American politics. Walter Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.

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