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Special Project | The week in patriarchy: International Women's Day was a rare bright spot

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It was a reminder that, despite all the horror, there really are so many of us ready to do the work necessary to create change.

Jessica Valenti, the Guardian

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Friday 10 March 2018 | It was International Women’s Day this week, and despite the never-ending stream of bad news, it was heartening to see the day make such an impact in the US. It’s always struck me as a bit sad that IWD is a big deal across the world while only usually marked in America with a White House press release and a few articles compiling feminist quotes.

Maybe it’s Trump, maybe it’s feminism’s meteoric rise in cultural power - but this year was different. Women across the country went on strike against paid and unpaid labor, and women across the world marched against sexism. It was a rare moment of joy that couldn’t even be ruined by Trump tweeting out how much he respected women or the news that he promised not to defund Planned Parenthood so long as they stopped providing abortions.
Hopefully we can hold on to that optimism a little bit longer; we’re going to need it.

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Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 4 of 5

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  • The Series: As the country approaches the 50th anniversary of one of the most controversial, volatile, and important years in our country’s history, We the People of the United States of America find ourselves facing many of the same issues that led us to the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel, the bloodiest year of the Vietnam War, screams of “the whole world is watching” at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the floor of the Ambassador Hotel, and Black fists being raised in the air at the Mexico Summer Olympics. So much has changed, true. We’ve come so far, but in a lot of ways, we’re right back where we started and even further behind.
  • Part 4: Say Her Name: Betty Shelby. Bad guys/girls matter.

John Fisher, Medium

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No, he didn’t help with the Poor People’s Campaign or coordinate the March on Washington, but Pritchett’s clever thinking played a major role in desegregating the South.

On November 17, 1961, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) decided to help form a desegregation committee in Albany, Georgia. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), as well as the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), joined the coalition of national and local organizations and leaders a month later, but it wouldn’t matter. The Albany Movement ultimately failed and dealt Dr. King one of the toughest defeats of his career—a defeat that threatened to end his position as America’s fastest-rising Black leader.

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Previously in This Series:

Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 3 of 5


Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 2 of 5

Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 1 of 5
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Why American Collapse is Only Just Beginning (Not Ending); How Do You Solve a Problem Like Collapse?

  • Part 1: Why American Collapse is Only Just Beginning (Not Ending)
    • Six Megatrends That Will Shape the Future
  • Part 2: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Collapse?
    • Or, Why A Collapsing Society is Like a Broken Heart, not a Broken Machine

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Why American Collapse is Only Just Beginning (Not Ending)


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Six Megatrends That Will Shape the Future

umair haque‬, Medium Eudaimonia

Feb 27, 2018 | There are many beliefs America holds that the rest of the world finds gruesome and strange: guns, capitalism, greed, cruelty. But among these is a new one: that this dark period in American history is an anomaly — and therefore, things will revert to normal. Sorry. American collapse is not an anomaly — it is the very opposite: the culmination of decades-long trends. Those trends, which I’ll discuss in this essay, have not ended — and so collapse has barely only really begun.

Let me begin by dashing your hopes. There’s much talk of a “Blue Wave” — excited and hopeful talk. Alas, when we look closely at the wave of politicians that are to turn the country around, it’s all too easy to see that there is no transformative agenda that unites them — mostly, they stand for minor incremental changes, not exactly a New Bill of Rights. And as they are elected, they will quickly meet the reality of American politics: lobbying dollars which control a two-party system that offers the barest illusion of choice. Would you prefer armed teachers — or merely armies at school? Would you like greed with a sugarcoating — or lethally savage capitalism? And so on. The Blue Wave has as little chance of turning America around as Houdini might actually turning water into wine.

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Part 2: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Collapse?

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Or, Why A Collapsing Society is Like a Broken Heart, not a Broken Machine

umair haque‬, Medium Eudaimonia

Feb 28, 2018 | “I love your writing. But please, please, give us some solutions!!”

Sure. How about this?

On one level, the solutions to American collapse are obvious. Social investments in the public goods that are the primary determinants of quality of life  — which, because it’s collapsing, is turning people away from democracy, and towards extremism, tribalism, and authoritarianism. Healthcare, education, income, savings, retirement, “safety nets” and so on. Create a social contract like the rest of the rich world. Pretty easy, right?

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Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 3 of 5

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  • The Series: As the country approaches the 50th anniversary of one of the most controversial, volatile, and important years in our country’s history, We the People of the United States of America find ourselves facing many of the same issues that led us to the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel, the bloodiest year of the Vietnam War, screams of “the whole world is watching” at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the floor of the Ambassador Hotel, and Black fists being raised in the air at the Mexico Summer Olympics. So much has changed, true. We’ve come so far, but in a lot of ways, we’re right back where we started and even further behind.
  • Part 3: The Revolution Will Not Be Instagrammed. How the ghost of Stokely Carmichael haunts modern social movements.

John Fisher, Medium

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Dec 19, 2017 | A little more than 50 years ago, on July 28, 1966, Stokely Carmichael, the newly appointed chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, screamed two words into a microphone at a crowded rally in Greenwood, Mississippi:

Black. Power.

Those two words would change Carmichael’s life and send the civil rights movement veering in a new direction. Until that moment, Carmichael had been a relatively unknown but successful community organizer, responsible for helping to register thousands of Black voters in Mississippi and Alabama. After that moment, he would become the leader of a movement that would spawn a new, more militant and radical approach to the issue of race by young Blacks in America and around the world.

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Previously in This Series:

Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 2 of 5


Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 1 of 5
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The 'Two-state Solution' Only Ever Meant a Big Israel Ruling Over a Palestinian Bantustan. Let It Go.

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  • When the Jewish 'hard' left leads the battle for one state, pushing the only political horizon that isn't apartheid, U.S. Jews attack us - for fighting for the same democratic values they prize so highly back home. The Netanyahu government has already deliberately, systematically and effectively eliminated the two-state solution.
  • Related: American Politicians' Shameful Pandering to Israel

Jeff Halper, Haaretz (Israel) / Portside

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January 19, 2018 | In his Haaretz op-ed (What the 'One-state Solution' Really Means: Israeli-sanctioned Apartheid or Eternal, Bloody Civil War) Eric Yoffie asks: "Are there not sane Israelis - left, right, and especially center - who comprehend the dangers of [a one-state solution]?"

That question could be posed just as well in reverse: What else has to happen before Israelis, left, right and center, finally realize that their government has already deliberately, systematically and effectively eliminated the two-state solution?

Jeff Halper is the head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). He is an Israeli anthropologist, and the author of War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification (London, Pluto Books, 2015).

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American Politicians' Shameful Pandering to Israel, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Almost every single elected official in Washington has come out in full support of Israel over the past three weeks as the Israeli military pressed a bloody offensive across Gaza that has killed well over 1,500 Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians, and displaced hundreds of thousands more.
  • Part 1: 10 Most Shameless Ways American Politicians Are Pandering to Israel
  • Part 2: Even Left-Wing Politicians Can’t Quit Israel
  • Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign Policy

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