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    • Brazil, an Urgent Situation

      Brazil, an Urgent Situation

      by Clifford Welch* The front-runner in Brazil’s upcoming presidential election refuses to debate his opponent. He prefers to generate and reproduce disinformation about his opponent without ever issuing an apology or correction. Sounds familiar? In fact, front-runner Jair Bolsonaro looks… Read More »
    • The Mexican Breakthrough

      The Mexican Breakthrough

      by John M. Ackerman* The historic victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the July 1st Mexican presidential election stands out as a beacon of hope amidst the turbulent sea of contemporary global politics. The collapse of the post–Cold War… Read More »
    • “Millions and Millions of Lulas”:   A Post from Brazil

      “Millions and Millions of Lulas”: A Post from Brazil

      by Clifford Welch* Thirty-eight years ago, in April, 1980 Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva went to jail for the first time. On April 7, 2018, the former president of Brazil, one of the most beloved politicians in the world, went… Read More »
    • The Kerner Report’s 50th Anniversary: An Occasion to Rewrite History

      The Kerner Report’s 50th Anniversary: An Occasion to Rewrite History

      by Tony Platt* Anniversaries provide many opportunities for revisionist and wishful thinking about the past. The 50th anniversary of the Kerner Report is no exception. The new mythology remakes the Kerner Commission as a bastion of liberal democracy and enlightened… Read More »
    • Silenced Press: The State of Democracy in Mexico

      Silenced Press: The State of Democracy in Mexico

      by Antonio Martínez Velázquez* In 1906 Ricardo Flores Magón, an intellectual who fought for freedom and equality during the Mexican Revolution, criticized the “venality and aggressive cynicism” of a press that was “praising the clumsiness and wrongdoings of the government… Read More »
    • Temporary Status Means Permanent Uncertainty: Salvadorans and TPS

      Temporary Status Means Permanent Uncertainty: Salvadorans and TPS

      by Susan Bibler Coutin* On January 8, 2018, the Trump Administration announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans would expire on September 9, 2019, giving rise to deep uncertainty about the future of the 195,000 Salvadorans who currently hold… Read More »
    • Abolish the Israeli Juvenile Military Court

      Abolish the Israeli Juvenile Military Court

      by Smadar Ben-Natan* The Israeli public was outraged in December when a video of Ahed Tamimi, a 16-year-old Palestinian girl from Nebi Salah in the occupied West Bank, went viral. The video documents her and her cousin, Nour Tamimi, slapping… Read More »
    • Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico’s Unnatural Disaster

      Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico’s Unnatural Disaster

      by Hilda Lloréns, Ruth Santiago, Carlos G. Garcia-Quijano, and Catalina M. de Onís* Hurricanes are thought of as “natural” disasters, but the social and environmental devastation wrought upon Puerto Rico by Hurricane María last September is really an unnatural disaster resulting from a long history of… Read More »
    • Queerly Tèhuäntin | Cuir Us

      Queerly Tèhuäntin | Cuir Us

      by Edward J. McCaughan & Ani Rivera*  If going home is denied me then I will have to stand and claim my space, making a new culture—una cultura mestiza—with my own lumber, my own bricks and mortar and my own feminist… Read More »
    • Right on Crime: The Carceral State beyond Trump

      Right on Crime: The Carceral State beyond Trump

      by Tony Platt & Chase Burton* While a great deal of attention is being paid to Trump’s possible impeachment or removal and to his unvarnished bigotry and bombastic rhetoric, his government is transforming carceral policies at the state as well as… Read More »
    • #MeToo, Rape Culture and the Paradoxes of Social Media Campaigns

      #MeToo, Rape Culture and the Paradoxes of Social Media Campaigns

      by Bianca Fileborn & Rachel Loney-Howes* The allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein led to a powerful and widespread social media campaign, with Twitter and Facebook feeds flooded with the hashtag #MeToo. Within 24 hours,… Read More »
    • Recovering Dignity: An Indigenous Woman’s Independent Campaign for Mexico’s Presidency

      Recovering Dignity: An Indigenous Woman’s Independent Campaign for Mexico’s Presidency

      by R. Aída Hernández Castillo* An extraordinary phenomenon is taking place in Mexico: an Indigenous woman representing an Indigenous Governing Council has launched a campaign to run as an independent candidate for the nation’s presidency in the 2018 elections. In… Read More »
    • On the Brink of an Authoritarian Turn: The Catalan Uprising

      On the Brink of an Authoritarian Turn: The Catalan Uprising

      by José A. Brandariz, Manuel Maroto, and Cristina Fernández-Bessa* Spanish conservatives have not ever been interested in winning over their political contenders, they are just interested in defeating them. Guillem Martínez, journalist and writer The resurgence of the Catalan independentist… Read More »
    • US Standoff with North Korea: Why Talk Is the Only Realistic Option

      US Standoff with North Korea: Why Talk Is the Only Realistic Option

      by Gwyn Kirk* Military tensions between the United States and North Korea have intensified to alarming levels in recent months. Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” this isolated nation of 25 million people, and to “unleash fire and fury like… Read More »
    • Outsourcing the Refugee “Crisis”

      Outsourcing the Refugee “Crisis”

      by Julia Morris* Nauru, the world’s smallest island state, located in the Equatorial Pacific, has again catapulted onto the international trading scene. US officials have almost completed their vetting of up to 1,250 refugees, a deal brokered between President Obama’s… Read More »
    • After the French Elections, Where Do We Stand?

      After the French Elections, Where Do We Stand?

      by Bernard Dreano* In France, the unexpected and seemingly decisive victory of Emmanuel Macron’s La République en Marche! (The Republic on the Move!) and its allies, first in the presidential race, and then in the June parliamentary elections (winning 350… Read More »
    • Britain’s Bernie Turns the Populist Tide?

      Britain’s Bernie Turns the Populist Tide?

      by David Edgar* Whisper it softly, but Britain may have turned the global political tide. To understand the extraordinary political events of the last few days, it’s necessary to grasp a little history. Seven years ago, in the immediate wake… Read More »
    • Politics on Empty Stomachs: Palestinian Prisoners Demand Dignity and Self-Determination

      Politics on Empty Stomachs: Palestinian Prisoners Demand Dignity and Self-Determination

      by Smadar Ben-Natan* Amidst President Trump’s visit to Israel this Monday, a Palestinian general strike of three hours and clashes with Israeli military forces were meant to express Palestinian Solidarity with hunger striking prisoners and help achieve their demands. Few… Read More »
    • Insurgent Politics against Authoritarian Neoliberalism

      Insurgent Politics against Authoritarian Neoliberalism

      by Alessandro De Giorgi* In a much-quoted segment from the Prison Notebooks, Italian communist intellectual Antonio Gramsci outlined his famous definition of a crisis of hegemony: If the ruling class has lost its consensus, i.e., is no longer “leading” but… Read More »
    • Obamacare Survives but Its Future Remains Uncertain

      Obamacare Survives but Its Future Remains Uncertain

      by Tom Bodenheimer* March 24, 2017 marked seven years and one day since the signing of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) into law on March 23, 2010. On that seventh anniversary, House Speaker Paul Ryan abandoned the Republican plan to repeal… Read More »
    • Trump, DeVos, and the Future of Education

      Trump, DeVos, and the Future of Education

      by Sylvia Mac* Since announcing his campaign, Trump has used a rhetoric that has proven to be divisive and harmful in very real ways to black and brown, immigrant, and LGBTQ students across the country. The days after his election… Read More »
    • Trumpism, 21st-Century Fascism, and the Dictatorship of the Transnational Capitalist Class

      Trumpism, 21st-Century Fascism, and the Dictatorship of the Transnational Capitalist Class

      This post is part of a series on the possible impacts of Trump’s election on a variety of social justice issues. Click here to read more. • • • by William I. Robinson* Donald Trump is a member of the transnational capitalist class (TCC).… Read More »
    • Study for Struggle: Weaponizing Theory for the Fights Ahead

      Study for Struggle: Weaponizing Theory for the Fights Ahead

      This post is part of a series on the possible impacts of Trump’s election on a variety of social justice issues. Click here to read more. • • • by Rachel Herzing & Isaac Ontiveros* The election of Donald Trump to the office of President… Read More »
    • Trump’s Health Care Agenda

      Trump’s Health Care Agenda

      This post is part of a series on the possible impacts of Trump’s election on a variety of social justice issues. Click here to read more. • • • by Thomas Bodenheimer* The nomination of Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human… Read More »
    • Gender and Trump

      Gender and Trump

      This post is part of a series on the possible impacts of Trump’s election on a variety of social justice issues. Click here to read more. • • • by Carol C. Mukhopadhyay* The 2016 election truly set a precedent for gender politics. The… Read More »
    • Latin America vs. Trump

      Latin America vs. Trump

      This post is part of a series on the possible impacts of Trump’s election on a variety of social justice issues. Click here to read more. • • • by Clifford Welch* The new year had barely begun when the sting of a yet-to-be-installed… Read More »
    • Some Aspects of the Trump Administration’s Foreign Policy

      Some Aspects of the Trump Administration’s Foreign Policy

      This post is part of a series on the possible impacts of Trump’s election on a variety of social justice issues. Click here to read more. • • • by Gregory Shank* In 2016, Donald Trump’s right-wing populism splintered the coalition constituting the Republican… Read More »
    • Death by a Thousand Budget Cuts: The Need for a New Fight for Poor People’s Rights

      Death by a Thousand Budget Cuts: The Need for a New Fight for Poor People’s Rights

      This post is part of a series on the possible impacts of Trump’s election on a variety of social justice issues. Click here to read more. • • • by Tina Sacks* You’re living in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have… Read More »
    • The End of Welfare?

      The End of Welfare?

      This post is part of a series on the possible impacts of Trump’s election on a variety of social justice issues. Click here to read more. • • • by Gwendolyn Mink* The war on welfare was won long before Donald Trump’s election. The… Read More »
    • The “Immigrant Problem”: A Historical Review and the New Impacts under Trump

      The “Immigrant Problem”: A Historical Review and the New Impacts under Trump

      This post is part of a series on the possible impacts of Trump’s election on a variety of social justice issues. Click here to read more. • • • by Marla A. Ramírez* Despite the widespread rhetoric that depicts the United States as a… Read More »
    • Donald Trump and Immigration: A Few Predictions

      Donald Trump and Immigration: A Few Predictions

      This post is part of a series on the possible impacts of Trump’s election on a variety of social justice issues. Click here to read more. • • • by Ray Michalowski* As the great Yankee’s baseball catcher and American philosopher Yogi Berra once… Read More »
    • A Queer Exemption? What Trump’s Presidency Means for LGBTQ Politics

      A Queer Exemption? What Trump’s Presidency Means for LGBTQ Politics

      This post is part of a series on the possible impacts of Trump’s election on a variety of social justice issues. Click here to read more. • • • by Clare Sears* Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was characterized by raging rambling speeches and late-night… Read More »
    • Orange is the New Green: The Environmental Justice Implications of Trump’s EPA

      Orange is the New Green: The Environmental Justice Implications of Trump’s EPA

      This post is part of a series on the possible impacts of Trump’s election on a variety of social justice issues. Click here to read more. • • • by Jordan E. Mazurek* Let’s start by ripping that big orange band-aid off. This piece… Read More »
    • Social Justice, Environmental Destruction, and the Trump Presidency: A Criminological View

      Social Justice, Environmental Destruction, and the Trump Presidency: A Criminological View

      This post is part of a series on the possible impacts of Trump’s election on a variety of social justice issues. Click here to read more. • • •  by Michael J. Lynch, Paul B. Stretesky, Michael A. Long, and Kimberly L. Barrett* We… Read More »
    • Donald Trump and Race

      Donald Trump and Race

      This post is part of a series on the possible impacts of Trump’s election on a variety of social justice issues. Click here to read more. • • • by Jason Williams* The ascendency of Donald Trump to the highest office in the United… Read More »
    • Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss:  Bracing for Trump’s Anti-Worker, Corporate Agenda

      Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss: Bracing for Trump’s Anti-Worker, Corporate Agenda

      This post is part of a series on the possible impacts of Trump’s election on a variety of social justice issues. Click here to read more. • • • by Colin Jenkins* Rich people don’t have to have a life-and-death relationship with… Read More »
    • Neoliberal Authoritarianism: Notes on Penal Politics in Trump’s America

      Neoliberal Authoritarianism: Notes on Penal Politics in Trump’s America

      This post is part of a series on the possible impacts of Trump’s election on a variety of social justice issues. Click here to read more. • • • by Alessandro De Giorgi* I have a message for all of you:… Read More »
    • Punishment and Policing in the Trump Era

      Punishment and Policing in the Trump Era

      This post is part of a series on the possible impacts of Trump’s election on a variety of social justice issues. Click here to read more. • • • by Michelle Brown* In the days to come under the Trump presidency,… Read More »
    • Statement of the SJ Editorial Board on the Election of Donald Trump

      Statement of the SJ Editorial Board on the Election of Donald Trump

      Dear Readers and Friends:We all started 2017 with a heavy heart. The election of Donald Trump has cast a shadow on the days ahead of us, and his first appointments to the highest offices in the country have fueled our indignation and confirmed our… Read More »
    • Power from Below: The EZLN and CNI Issue New Political Initiative

      Power from Below: The EZLN and CNI Issue New Political Initiative

      by Neil Harvey* On October 14, the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) issued a communiqué entitled “May the Earth Tremble at Its Core.” The communiqué has the merit of centering attention on struggles… Read More »
    • Are You against the Death Penalty? Good. Then Vote against the Death Penalty.

      Are You against the Death Penalty? Good. Then Vote against the Death Penalty.

      In light of recent controversies among progressives and radicals concerning Prop. 62, which would abolish the death penalty in California and replace it with life without parole, we are hosting two pieces that look at the hard issues surrounding the… Read More »
    • Why I Will Vote No on California’s Death Penalty Initiatives

      Why I Will Vote No on California’s Death Penalty Initiatives

      In light of recent controversies among progressives and radicals concerning Prop. 62, which would abolish the death penalty in California and replace it with life without parole, we are hosting two pieces that look at the hard issues surrounding death… Read More »
    • From South Africa to Chicago, Lessons in Truth and Reconciliation

      From South Africa to Chicago, Lessons in Truth and Reconciliation

      by James Kilgore* I lived in South Africa during the 1990s, a period of transition from apartheid to some form of democracy. During this restructuring, much of the political debate centered on compensation for the violence and inequity of the… Read More »
    • The National Museum of African American History and Culture: A Homecoming

      The National Museum of African American History and Culture: A Homecoming

      by Tony Platt* I’m lucky to be here in Washington, D.C. with Cecilia O’Leary to celebrate a new Smithsonian museum that has been a long, long time in the making. Cecilia donated her historical smarts and passion for social justice… Read More »
    • Trump’s New Amigo

      Trump’s New Amigo

      by Juan José Gutiérrez* A los tiranos no se les apacigua, a los tiranos se les enfrenta Tyrants are not to be appeased, but confronted. Enrique Krauze, on the recent visit of Donald Trump to Mexico The rather abrupt visit… Read More »
    • Rio 2016 Olympics: Security and Segregation in the Marvelous City

      Rio 2016 Olympics: Security and Segregation in the Marvelous City

       by Laurindo Dias Minhoto* In Rio de Janeiro—the “marvelous city”—there is an old port where slave ships that brought captive workers from different parts of Africa to the center of the colony docked. The port area has been recently named… Read More »
    • Brazil’s Constitutional Coup: Dilma in the Crosshairs

      Brazil’s Constitutional Coup: Dilma in the Crosshairs

      by Cliff Welch* While Olympic athletes faced victory and defeat along the putrid shores of Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay, on the shores of sparkly Lake Paranoá in Brasilia, Brazil’s 36th president, Dilma Rousseff, faced only defeats as her enemies… Read More »
    • Back to Academia, in Struggle

      Back to Academia, in Struggle

      by Michelle Brown* University administrators, colleagues, liberal progressive politicians, and all of us whose positionality is safely constituted within systems of white supremacy more often than not actively resist unlearning dominance even as we lay claim to a knowing expertise… Read More »
    • Academic Boycott and Academic Activism: Progressives for Palestine

      Academic Boycott and Academic Activism: Progressives for Palestine

      by Sunaina Maira* In 2016, a bill targeting organizations that choose to divest from Israel, AB 2844, was proposed in the California state legislature. In 2015, New York Governor Mario Cuomo also issued an executive order creating a blacklist of… Read More »
    • Hot in Cleveland: Dispatches from the RNC

      Hot in Cleveland: Dispatches from the RNC

      by Bob Barber* In this series of dispatches, veteran Bay Area journalist Bob Barber shares his impressions and views from the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, during the Republican National Convention. • Friday, July 14 It’s hot here in Cleveland, like in… Read More »
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