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Seattle implemented a $15 minimum wage two years ago. Here's what Minneapolis could learn from that fight.

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Whether a Minneapolis minimum wage ordinance should allow credits for tips earned divided dueling rallies April 17 in front of the Stadium Village Buffalo Wild Wings. Restaurant workers in the background confronted activists who oppose what they term a "tip penalty." MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

  • MinnPost talked to three key figures in Seattle's 2014 $15 minimum wage fight, not only to explore the similarities and differences with the current situation in Minneapolis, but to see what advice they might have for the players looking to craft a new ordinance here. 
  • Related: Universal Basic Income Is Our Best Weapon Against The Rising Far Right

Peter Callaghan, MinnPost

04/25/17 | It’s tempting to look back at the first successful fight for a $15 minimum wage and figure it was inevitable: Seattle, 2014. Wealthy city. Booming city. Left-of-center politics. A large base of progressive activists.

But David Rolf, the president of SEIU 775 and one of the leaders of the drive to increase the minimum wage in the city to $15, said it was anything but a sure thing. “To start with, we were the first,” Rolf said last week. “We were in completely uncharted territory.”

Peter Callaghan covers local politics and government Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Twin Cities region.

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Universal Basic Income Is Our Best Weapon Against The Rising Far Right, Guy Standing, Huffington Post 

Without basic economic security, people often behave selfishly and vote irresponsibly.

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What does it take for activists to get your attention?

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Charlotte, NC - September 25: A demonstrator uses a bullhorn outside of Bank of America Stadium before an NFL football game between the Charlotte Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings September 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.. Protests have disrupted the city since Tuesday night following the shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Activists are small players in the struggle for attention, which is controlled largely by advertisers. But there are ways to resist and redirect attentions.

Brian Martin, Waging Nonviolence 

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April 8, 2017For major protests today, it is standard to have a media strategy. For example, there can be individuals assigned to media liaison. The location and timing of an action can be chosen with an eye toward media schedules. Some actions are designed specifically to attract media attention.

However, there are many factors that complicate activist efforts to reach the mass media. Major outlets choose what to report based on news values such as conflict, prominence and proximity. A politician will be quoted rather than an activist, and a scuffle at a rally will be reported rather than what the protest is actually about.

Brian Martin is professor of social sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia and vice president of Whistleblowers Australia. He is the author of 14 books and hundreds of articles on dissent, nonviolence, scientific controversies, democracy and other topics.

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Because Passover is a refugee story, one synagogue invited refugees to Seder.

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  • This year, Beth-El is preparing to host over 100 congregants and some special first-time guests: about 50 refugees, most from Afghanistan.
  • "There’s a saying in Judaism that a little light dispels a lot of darkness," Rabbi Michael Knopf says. "So even though we’re just one little community in one little city, I think we’re doing a lot of illuminating for at least this group of people."

Eric March, Upworthy

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April 7, 2017 | Rabbi Michael Knopf of Temple Beth-El in Richmond, Virginia, is marveling at the length of his to-do list for Tuesday's Passover Seder.

The food still has to be cooked, the Haggadahs proofread, and volunteers wrangled.

"[It's] a little bit crazy, but in a good way," Knopf says.

Eric March: Just your average red-blooded, all-American transit geek and musical theater fanatic. If you want to chat about dedicated bus rapid transit lanes or why "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" is actually a comedy song and not a ballad, join me on Facebook or Twitter.

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Special Project | The Resistance Now: Week Ending April 8, 2017

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  • Resistance starts with the simple but revolutionary act of refusing to accept what you are told by those with power. Evergreene Digest is extensively covering the people, ideas, and actions driving protest movements globally. 
  • 8 New Items including:
  • Don't just defend Obama's legacy against Trump: fight for radical climate action.
  • The Resistance And The Democratic Party Aren’t The Same.
  • How to Turn an Outpouring of Progressive Activism Into a Winning Social Movement.
  • How to Revive the Peace Movement in the Trump Era.
  • Revolutionary Musings
  • Loving America and Resisting Trump.
  • How activists have already scored victories against Trump's policies.
  • Republican lawmakers dodge town halls – so activists bring one to their door.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Don't just defend Obama's legacy against Trump: fight for radical climate action, Kate Aronoff, the Guardian

  • Now is the moment to admit that Obama’s Clean Power Plan was not bold enough. If we are going to fight Trump, let’s go big.
  • ‘We need a head-on collision with oil, coal and natural gas executives.’
  • Related: Capitalism's war on climate science

The Resistance And The Democratic Party Aren’t The Same, Miles Mogulescu, Huffington Post 

  • The Resistance must not only fight Trumpism, but neoliberal corporatism in the Democratic Party as well.
  • Related: Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement

How to Turn an Outpouring of Progressive Activism Into a Winning Social Movement, Astra Taylor, the Nation

  • Why the left needs to build power, now.
  • Related: How to Revive the Peace Movement in the Trump Era

How to Revive the Peace Movement in the Trump Era, Daniel May, the Nation

  • Why we need a peace movement - and why we don't have one 
  • Antiwar Organizing and the new movements
  • Related: How activists have already scored victories against Trump's policies
  • Related: How to Turn an Outpouring of Progressive Activism Into a Winning Social Movement

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Revolutionary Musings, Barbara Ransby, Huffington Post <huffpost.com>

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Loving America and Resisting Trump, Frida Berrigan, TomDispatch.com / Tikkun

  • The New Patriotism
  • Related: How activists have already scored victories against Trump's policies

How activists have already scored victories against Trump's policies, Adam Gabbatt, the Guardian

Through marches and dogged pursuit of elected officials, people across the US have helped to block some of the administration’s most anti-progressive policies

Republican lawmakers dodge town halls – so activists bring one to their door, Adam Gabbatt, the Guardian

A group in Pennsylvania hoped to surprise four congressman who had avoided in-person town hall meetings, but it didn’t end the way they had planned.

 

Don't just defend Obama's legacy against Trump: fight for radical climate action.

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  • Now is the moment to admit that Obama’s Clean Power Plan was not bold enough. If we are going to fight Trump, let’s go big.
  • ‘We need a head-on collision with oil, coal and natural gas executives.’
  • Related: Capitalism's war on climate science

Kate Aronoff, the Guardian

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Tuesday 28 March 2017 | The fossil fuel industry is rejoicing. Donald Trump issued an executive order on Tuesday that would tear up many of the so-called burdensome climate protections – those regulating things like power plant emissions and leasing to coal companiesput in place by the Obama administration. Horrified by this move, many have vowed to jump to their defense.

That’s not enough.

The clean power plan, perhaps the biggest target of today’s executive order, is far from perfect. It’s a parallel of sorts to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. Both policies – however flawed – address deeply pressing crises that will kill millions if left unaddressed. Each are far preferable to nothing, of course. But they were each crafted to appease Republicans, many of whom are funded by the industries (insurance and fossil fuels, namely) that the measures set out to curtail.

Kate Aronoff is a writing fellow at In These Times. She covers elections and the politics of climate change. 

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Capitalism's war on climate science, James Plested, Red Flag / SocialistWorker.org

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A system that puts profits above humanity can't address an existential threat to our future. 

 

How to Turn an Outpouring of Progressive Activism Into a Winning Social Movement

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Discarded protest signs at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017. (Rex Features via AP)

  • Why the left needs to build power, now.
  • Related: How to Revive the Peace Movement in the Trump Era

Astra Taylor, the Nation

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I posed this question to Jillian Johnson, L.A. Kauffman, and Jonathan Matthew Smucker, three longtime activists well-positioned to provide some insight and advice to anyone ready to commit to the budding resistance. Jillian Johnson is a year into her tenure on Durham, North Carolina’s City Council, where she is uniquely poised to contribute to a progressive turn toward municipal and state-level politics across the country. Kauffman’s new book, Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism, traces the history of a powerful strain of American dissent, and how it is being harnessed by a new generation of change-makers. Smucker’s Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals, gets into the nitty-gritty of why movements fail, and how they can succeed. Our conversation lays out much-needed historical lessons and theoretical guidance for anyone engaged in grassroots organizing today.

Astra Taylor is the director of the documentary films Zizek! and Examined Life. She has written for The New York Times, The L.A. Times, The Baffler, n+1 and other outlets. She is the author of The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age (Metropolitan Books).

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How to Revive the Peace Movement in the Trump Era, Daniel May, the Nation

  • Why we need a peace movement - and why we don't have one 
  • Antiwar Organizing and the new movements
  • Related: How activists have already scored victories against Trump's policies

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The Resistance And The Democratic Party Aren’t The Same

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  • The Resistance must not only fight Trumpism, but neoliberal corporatism in the Democratic Party as well.
  • Related: Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement

Miles Mogulescu, Huffington Post

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02/26/2017 | There’s a necessary and creative tension between the Democratic Party and the growing anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ evidenced by the massive outpouring of energy in the streets, airports, and Town Hall meetings since his election.

If there was ever any doubt that the Resistance and the Democratic Party are not the same thing, it was made crystal clear by the victory of the establishment choice, Tom Perez, as Democratic National Committee chair over the change candidate, Keith Ellison.

Miles Mogulescu, Contributor, Activist, Writer, Producer, and Entertainment Attorney

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Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement, John Stauber, CounterPunch / Popular Resistance

  • The self-labeled "Progressive Movement" that has arisen over the past decade is primarily one big propaganda campaign serving the political interests of the the Democratic Party’s richest one-percent who created it.  The funders and owners of the Progressive Movement get richer and richer off Wall Street and the corporate system.  But they happen to be Democrats, cultural and social liberals who can’t stomach Republican policies, and so after bruising electoral defeats a decade ago they decided to buy a movement, one just like the Republicans, a copy.
  • Related: Progressives Need A New Party, Not A New DNC Chair

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