By Phil Gillen “Been through some things but I can’t imagine my kids stuck at the border / Flint still need water / People was innocent, couldn’t get lawyers.” Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage added this verse to his performance of hit song “a lot” for the Jan. 29th episode of The Tonight Show, expressing solidarity with immigrants and the residents of Flint, MI. Five … Continue reading Targeted harassment and detention of rapper 21 Savage yet another example of ICE abuse
Continued from “No One Left to Speak Out” from the December issue. By Bao Hu Yi All that Teresa could sense was the acrid stench of sweat soaked into the coarse black hood over her head, her own ragged morning breath, and the frigid air whipping along her body. The muffled cries and whimpers of the other prisoners sliding around the bed of … Continue reading Last Words
Feed The People – Lincoln connects working class people to each other By Evan Carlson On the surface, Feed the People – Lincoln looks like many food distribution programs. Tables of free food, hygiene products, and clothes lining the basement of a church, and people taking what they need. But FTP-L is more than that. When I asked C (a member of the program) … Continue reading We Have All The Skills We Need
By A.F. Since the beginning of November, from all corners of France, people in yellow vests have taken to the streets in protest over recent decisions made by French President Emmanuel Macron. They include a tax on fuel that would only impact the working class, a low minimum wage, education reforms over the baccalauréat (secondary-school exam) that would create disparities, as well as other problems. … Continue reading Can There Be an American Yellow Vest Movement?
By Phil Gillen Television series have a tendency to age poorly. They’re churned out by broadcasters who have 24 hours of content a day to fill, and made by constantly shifting groups of writers, directors, and actors. Rather than a theatrical filmmaker, the TV producer doesn’t need to motivate you to leave your house and go to the cinema with an excellently crafted work of … Continue reading Why we’re still watching The Sopranos
By Kelly Seacrest My home town recently started to host screenings of the documentary Most Likely To Succeed. I went to a screening with an open mind, excited about the potential for interesting discussions about education. What sadly proceeded was a documentary about the importance of training children to work in the tech industry. Following the screening there was a “community discussion” with a Google … Continue reading Update Available: Why Big Tech is in the business of education reform
Strat Chat. Nebraska is a long-time conservative state. But it wasn’t always that way. Back in the day, the Great Plains region was the most progressive in the US. Democratic Socialists of America members Erika Paschold and Jude Kerouc chat with Mark Honey about how to bring that energy back. Mark Honey: What should Nebraskan socialists be focusing on at this time? For … Continue reading Into the Red: Where Local Organizers Talk Shop
Fiction by Bao Hu Yi At the piercing sound of her blaring text tone, Teresa was suddenly and inconveniently awake. She reached around for the offending device, doing a fair impression of Ray Charles before he’d had his coffee. ‘Someone had better be dead I swear…’ she thought as she clumsily knocked the contents off of her bedside table in the struggle. She’d been up … Continue reading No One Left to Speak Out
By Phil Gillen You don’t have to look hard to find absurd, laughable statements made in the name of animal rights. Whether it’s PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) asking us to stop using “anti-animal language” like “kill two birds with one stone,” or an earnest vegan attempting to convince us that drinking milk is equivalent to rape, animal rights activists often make … Continue reading Can we build a society for all animals?
By Evan Carlson It should come as no surprise that capitalism pits our short-term needs against our long-term revolutionary goals. Want to go on strike for a living wage? Too risky. Better to have shitty pay than be out of a job. Want to confront your landlord about that black mold problem they’ve been ignoring? Again, too risky. Better to breathe tainted air than to … Continue reading The Power of Alternative Institutions