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The Super Bowl Is Taking Over Minneapolis and Residents Are Mad as Hell

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Residents are planning to protest Super Bowl LII when it comes to Minneapolis. (Gian Lorenzo Ferretti/Shutterstock)  

  • If the Host Committee really wants to leave a long lasting positive legacy in our communities, they must invest in local policy that supports children and their families.
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Sarah Lahm, In These Times 

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Friday, Jan 26, 2018 | Mel Reeves is a long-time human rights activist based in Minneapolis who describes himself as a writer, organizer and a “human being who stands for everybody’s rights.” When Super Bowl LII rolls into Minneapolis on February 4, Reeves will be ready. He is part of a grassroots national group called Take a Knee Nation, dedicated to keeping police brutality and racism front and center. He has, therefore, been part of planning both a national conference and a protest rally—to be held in Minneapolis on the same weekend as the National Football League’s biggest party of the year, the Super Bowl.

“The Super Bowl provides a unique opportunity to place the spotlight on the problem of police violence,” Reeves pointed out in a recent phone interview, recalling how the 2017 NFL season was shaped by controversy over whether or not players “making millions of dollars,” as Donald Trump put it, have the right to take a knee in protest. The players who did get down on one knee as the national anthem was played, drawing both criticism and support, were doing so for two main reasons: to call attention to police violence and to demonstrate their right to protest.

 

Sarah Lahm is a Minneapolis-based writer and former English Instructor. She is a 2015 Progressive magazine Education Fellow and blogs about education at brightlightsmallcity.com.

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  • Part 1: The Real NFL Scandal
  • Part 2: Graphic: The Business of the NFL
  • From the Archives | The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners

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Oprah Winfrey Helped Create Our American Fantasyland

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  • Oprah Winfrey gave national platforms and legitimacy to all sorts of magical thinking.
  • Any assessment of her possible presidential bid should consider the irrational, pseudoscientific free for all she helped create.

   http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Editor%20Comment%20icon.jpgSlate Editor's Note: Adapted from Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History copyright © 2017 by Kurt Andersen. With permission from the publisher, Random House. All rights reserved.

Kurt Anderson, Slate 

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41c5JF08WML._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgJan 10, 2018 | Forty-eight hours ago, after watching Oprah Winfrey give a terrific, rousing feminist speech on an awards show, millions of Americans instantly, giddily decided that the ideal 2020 Democratic nominee had appeared. An extremely rich and famous and exciting star and impresario—but one who seems intelligent and wise and kind, the non–Bizarro World version of the sitting president.

Some wet-blanketing followed immediately, among the best from the New York Times Magazine writer Thomas Chatterton Williams in an op-ed headlined “Oprah, Don’t Do It.” “It would be a devastating, self-inflicted wound for the Democrats to settle for even benevolent mimicry of Mr. Trump’s hallucinatory circus act,” he wrote. “Indeed, the magical thinking fueling the idea of Oprah in 2020 is a worrisome sign about the state of the Democratic Party.”

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Why aren’t Hollywood films more diverse? Roberto Pedace, The Conversation / Salon

It may not be misogyny or white privilege. The problem may be the international box office.

 

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It may not be misogyny or white privilege. The problem may be the international box office.

Roberto PedaceThe Conversation / Salon

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12.27.2017 In 2014, a hacker group leaked confidential information from Sony Pictures Entertainment, including a controversial email written by an unnamed producer.

In the email, which went viral, the producer questioned the decision to cast Denzel Washington as the lead in “The Equalizer”:

“I believe that the international motion-picture audience is racist – in general, pictures with an African-American lead don’t play well overseas… But Sony sometimes seems to disregard that a picture must work well internationally to both maximize returns and reduce risk, especially pictures with decent-size budgets.”

Roberto Pedace, contributing writer, the Conversation, an independent, not-for-profit media outlet that uses content sourced from the academic and research community.

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8 Types Of Toxic People To Leave Behind In 2018

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Good riddance.

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Kelsey Borresen and Brittany Wong, Huffington Post

12/28/2017 The new year is an opportunity to let go of the negative people in your life who are holding you back and weighing you down.





We asked experts to tell us which kinds of people you’re better off leaving behind as we head into 2018. Here’s what they had to say.





Whether they’re coworkers, friends or family members, setting boundaries with these toxic people ― or removing them from your life entirely ― can be difficult, but it’s ultimately necessary and freeing.

Kelsey Borresen, Relationships Editor, HuffPost and

Brittany Wong <>, Relationships Editor, HuffPost

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Special Project | A Thanksgiving Holiday Reader (3)

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  • Part 1: This viral tweet about Thanksgiving and Native Americans deserves our attention.
    • A tweet that's gone viral days before Thanksgiving shows exactly why the indigenous communities of South Dakota didn't want oil pipelines on their lands.
  • Part 2: 13 Tips for Dealing with Your Family on Thanksgiving ... Sober
    • Fast forward in time—in a few hours, it will all be over. This evening will be a blip in your memory. You’ll still be sober, and you’ll be back to your normal life.

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Part 1: This viral tweet about Thanksgiving and Native Americans deserves our attention.

A tweet that's gone viral days before Thanksgiving shows exactly why the indigenous communities of South Dakota didn't want oil pipelines on their lands.

Robbie Couch, Upworthy

November 17, 2017 | "Just a reminder last year on Thanksgiving that Natives were being tortured with dogs, illegal scare tactics, being run over by angry white [people] all to protect our water," the tweet reads. "And this year on Thanksgiving they are now cleaning up 200,000 gallon oil spill on a South Dakota reservation."

The tweet, published on Nov. 16 by user @lilnativeboy, has amassed over 100,000 likes and tens of thousands of retweets because of its powerful — and entirely sobering — message.

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Part 2: 13 Tips for Dealing with Your Family on Thanksgiving ... Sober

Fast forward in time—in a few hours, it will all be over. This evening will be a blip in your memory. You’ll still be sober, and you’ll be back to your normal life.

Helaina Hovitz, the Fix

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Family%20Arguing%20at%20T%27giving%20Dinner.jpg11/21/17 | As sober adults, family can be one of our biggest triggers, right up there with romantic relationships and their pitfalls. Whether you’ve got 1 day clean or 30 years under your belt, the craving to spike your soda or make a beeline to the nearest wine bar can rise to the surface when a relative gets under your skin.

In a recent study, 49% of respondents acknowledged they drink during family events to make their loved ones more tolerable; when the question was asked of people whose families frequently or always drink together, that percentage rose to 63%. Based on those statistics alone, it's likely that at least some of your family members will be relying on this coping mechanism to make it through the holidays.

Helaina Hovitz is an editor, journalist, and author of After 9/11. She has written for The New York Times, Salon, Glamour, Women's Health, Newsweek, Teen Vogue, VICE, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, The New York Observer and many others.

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Column: Shame has fallen out of fashion, but it can be a force for good

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According to this widely accepted view, shame shuts us down and isolates us from other people through the feelings of defect and unworthiness it inspires. But shame may also serve as a force for good when we direct it at behavior damaging to the social fabric.

Joseph Burgo, Washington (DC) Post / Tampa Bay (FL) Times 

11/17/17 | Public shaming represents an ironic kind of justice, for it is shame that keeps many victims silent for years. Shame has increasingly come to be viewed as a repressive force whose shackles must be thrown off.

Every day it seems someone is proclaiming that he or she has no reason to feel ashamed of one thing or another — being gay or transgender or overweight; having had an abortion; having survived rape or childhood sexual abuse; or struggling with mental illness or addiction. Bestselling self-help author Brené Brown has devoted many books to helping people resist shame, which, Brown says, "corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change."

Joseph Burgo is the author, most recently, of "The Narcissist You Know" and the forthcoming "Shame."

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A symbol of our steep decline: Donald Trump has unwittingly exposed America for what it’s become. 

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  • The GOP frontrunner's campaign slogan is equal parts jingoistic and moronic. It also reveals an uncomfortable truth.
  • Related: We let the idiots take the wheel: Donald Trump, Fox News and how we let our democracy rot.

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Gun Violence Created the United States

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The foundation of the United States is embedded in gun violence. (Photo: Joe Loong)

  • Until the US comes to terms with its historical embrace of state violence as the key to so-called "American exceptionalism," the horrifying nightmare of gun violence will continue in this country, as the result of white masculine rage and domination.
  • Related: From the Archives | How the NRA Enables Massacres

Mark Karlin, Buzzflash at Truthout

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 | It happens after every mass shooting. Corporate media outlets have a formula for coverage. They publish stories for a week or so ascertaining a "motive" for the shooter, talking about the details of high-tech -- usually military-style firearms -- used in the massacres and speculating on what gun control would have stopped the specific shooting of the moment. Of course, we can't forget the pro forma, with rare exception, neighbor or relative who can attest that the shooter "was a wonderful guy and always helped when you needed him."

According to the Guardian, there have been 1,516 mass killing sprees in the US in the last 1,735 days. That's a lot of fodder for the templated coverage of the mainstream media.

Mark Karlin: Editor, Buzzflash at Truthout

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From the Archives | How the NRA Enables MassacresCliff Schecter, Daily Beast

As a shooting spree leaves seven dead in California, the gun lobby is trying to thwart attempts to study gun deaths and officials who see gun violence as a public health crisis.

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