Friday, November 4, 2016
Sing A New Song Unto the Lord: Arts Students Troll Westboro Heathens
Proclaiming "God Loves Jazz," up to 100 harmonious students of New York's Juilliard School turned out to joyfully confront a rabid handful of Westboro Churchers (sic) there protesting artists' "vanity" and "proud sin," which has inexorably "filled the nation with proud sodomites.” In violation of all that is decent, the jubilant and no doubt promiscuous students sang, marched and played string versions of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Amazing Grace” to show, "We have nothing but love."
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Thursday, November 3, 2016
RIP Papa, This One's For You
When the Cubs pulled out their first World Series win in 108 years, Chicago native Wayne Williams kept his side of a decades-old pact with his father: He drove 650 miles from North Carolina to Wayne Sr.'s Indiana grave to watch and quietly celebrate the victory together, just like they said they would. Many other Cubs fans likewise marked the win by honoring, with a chalk-inscribed memorial wall at Wrigley, those who didn't live to see it. "My parents are gone," said one. "But they're here."
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016
We Are (Possibly) Better Than This
Another sliver-of-hope-within-the-abyss kind of day. In the latest attack on the historic heart of the black community, an unknown cretin (or group of same) torched the all-black Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Miss. and painted "Vote Trump" on its side. After the "direct assault on black folks," an online fund for repairs was set up to show that "we, as a society, are better than this." Its goal was $10,000; in two days, it's raised almost $200,000.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Bernie Is So Not Done
If you're feeling bereft, take note: Bernie Sanders is still out there fighting the good fight, Tuesday blasting the avarice of Big Pharma so compellingly that he sent their stock prices plunging to a seven-month low. In a Tweetstorm accusing Eli Lilly of price-gouging diabetes patients with insulin prices up 700% over 20 years - and in his support of a California bill to set price ceilings - a still-pissed, plain-speaking, tireless Bernie insisted, "It's time to end their greed.”
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Monday, October 31, 2016
The Beast and Beauty: Trump Is More Awful Than We Knew But the World Is More Splendid Than Ever
The day's sordid Trump Dump boggles the mind: One of our two presidential candidates has for decades trashed emails and documents in defiance of court orders, has a secret server talking to Russia, just stiffed his pollster, is accused of tax fraud in Mexico, and is charged with brutally raping a 13-year-old girl, one of multiple victims. On the flip side, the newly announced Siena International Photo Awards reveal a lush, vast, bounteous world that will, please God, survive him, and endure.
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Friday, October 28, 2016
Criming While White Vs. Saving What Is Truly Sacred In This World
This week gave us an appalling view of American "justice" in all its white privilege and cognitive dissonance: The acquittal of a bunch of ignorant, armed, white, male hooligans who laid boisterous claim to Oregon land that was never theirs, and the tear-gassing, shooting and arrest of peaceful, praying Standing Rock Sioux seeking to protect their own revered land/water from destruction - to "do something good and right." After 500 brutal years, shame, America, again.
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Thursday, October 27, 2016
The Robin Hood of Power: Iceland's Pirate Party On Track To Win Upcoming Election
Sick of our electoral debacle? Check out Iceland, where the radical Pirate Party is improbably poised to win their election with a quarter of Icelanders' support, more than any other party. Riding a wave of post-Panama-Papers rage at corrupt business as usual, the Pirates would reject the two governing parties to form a coalition with small progressive ones to work for direct democracy, free speech and transparency. Their rubric: “We are not here to gain power. We are here to distribute power.”
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Walking the Path of Light: Israeli Activist Renen Raz Dies At 28
Beloved Israeli refusenik, BDS activist and advocate for Palestinian rights Renen Raz has died at 28, reportedly from brain cancer. Raised on a kibbutz near the Gazan border, his political awakening came after he grew curious about the "other people" who had lived in a now-empty house and "realized something wasn’t right." He spent most of his adult life organizing with anti-occupation groups. “My solution is just equality for all people," he said. "It’s a pure call for justice.”
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
No More Bodies: The Bucket of Anger That Is Already Stirring
As the feds take on the civil probe of Eric Garner's death and the country's largest police group apologizes for the "historical mistreatment" of people of color, cops continue gunning down innocent black men. Tuesday marks the start of the trial of a former Cincinnati cop who killed Samuel DuBose, father of 13, seconds into a traffic stop. Prosecutors say video shows, "This is without question a murder." The message of activists demanding a conviction: We saw the video, and "we see you."
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Monday, October 24, 2016
Won't You Please Come to Chicago: Celebrating Tom Hayden
We honor Tom Hayden - tireless activist, lawmaker, writer - both for how long and hard he fought, and the cogent, hopeful way he did it. From his view of this election season as "the end of one generation on the left and the rise of another," to his reportage on the 1967 Newark riots - sparked by the police beating of a black man - he faithfully upheld "the idea and practice of democracy (as) a revolutionary idea." Crosby, Stills et al commemorate what he saw as that lofty "unfinished business."
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