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Celebrate the Victories—and “Inject Backbone 3x a Day”!

Liberals brought us the 8-hour day… Liberals protect the rights of people of all colors and gender identities. Liberals fight for the planet so we can all live healthy lives. Why aren’t YOU a liberal, George?”

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A Non-Christian’s Perspective on Christmas

I happily go to Christmas events. What I object to is the assumption that everyone is Christian, that this is a universal holiday, and that other cultures don’t count (or are tokenized

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Melania, Dr. Seuss, Racism, and Class Issues—What a Kerfluffle

just as Soeiro cites sources that bolster her opinion, I can cite sources that bolster mine. For example, this profile of Seuss in Tikkun highlights many of his progressive activities…

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Diversity, Environment, General Commentary, language, Politics, poverty, Protests and Crackdowns, Psychology, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Is Your Advertising or Marketing Working AGAINST You?

I received a fund appeal from a climate-change nonprofit asking for money to put this ad on the air. I was so appalled that I sent this letter: [Subject] THIS AD WILL DO THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT WE WANT Re:

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Nonviolence is the OPPOSITE of Passivity

numerous new methods of organizing that were used by other active nonviolent movements such as Occupy and Standing Rock…nonviolent resistance works better than violent resistance. If we engage in violence, we play to the strengths of the opposition.

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The Best Response Ever About Why Guilt and Shame Don’t Work

The example she gives of the young man confronting his father shows exactly why guilt and shame don’t work. Not to confront racism or other isms, and not to protect the planet

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Where Do We Find Our Courage?

As an activist for more than 40 years, I’ve been very lucky. I’ve really only risked my life or serious injury a dozen times or so. I’ve never had to spend time in a real jail…I will not allow fear of my own death to keep me from doing the right thing.

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How Old Is Too Old to Start a Business?

my chapter leader was a 75-year-old fireball who had taken up yoga and become a vegetarian at age 70

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As Bad As Things Are, We Still Can Laugh—And This Made Me Laugh A LOT

uncanny ability to get deep into our angst, to express all the fear and worry we face, and to be side-splittingly funny…a perfectly captured 20-second cameo by Jeff Sessions…and Hillary chomping down on WHAT?

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Is Sexist Excuse Language Covering Up Something Much Deeper?

but I do see him as reachable through his misery. I see him as a deeply unhappy person, traumatized by a tyrannical father, someone who hasn’t found a way to be content even while accumulating a vast fortune, celebrity status, and the most powerful job in the world.

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