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A Life of Lessons in David Gilbert’s “Love and Struggle.”

For organizers and students of history too young to have touched the 1960s, that decade holds a mystique that David Gilbert’s Love and Struggle does wonders to make real. Bernardine Dohrn, former Weather Underground member and now juvenile justice advocate, says that … Continue reading

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Seattle to Phoenix: A Ten Year Movement Update

I’m humbled to have this essay, written two years ago in the Fall of 2010, included in the astonishing anthology We Have Not Been Moved and grateful to Matt Meyer for being its editor and main encouragement. You can order the … Continue reading

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An End to Self-Care

I’m going to say it. I want to see an end to “self-care.” Can we put a nail in self-care’s coffin and instead birth a newer discussion of community care? As I most often hear it, self-care stands as an … Continue reading

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Grief, Compassion, and Vision: Reflections on Brueggeman’s Prophetic Imagination

Writing in 1979, Walter Brueggeman turned to the old and new testament to reflect on the role of a prophet in a society he observed of waning social movements and a rising cynicism. What he shares in the Prophetic Imagination … Continue reading

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Barrio Defense: How Arizona’s Immigrants are Standing Up to SB 1070

Update, June 25: Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled much of SB 1070 unconstitutional, but upheld the law’s most controversial provision: the so-called “show me your papers” component, which directs police to check the immigration status of those they suspect might … Continue reading

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Turning the Tide: Migrant Rights, Barrio Defense, and New Directions

Originally published by Left Turn Magazine. Dec. 2010 These days people are scared. Whether it’s fear of big government or job loss, immigration raids or foreclosure, socialism or fascism, police violence or terrorist attacks, cap and trade or ecological collapse, one … Continue reading

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The Losing End of Compromise

Today’s Immigration Reform, Yesterday’s Political Deals originally published at Toward Freedom May 31, 2007   The Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 currently being debated in the Senate is being called “the Grand Compromise” between Democrats and Republicans, … Continue reading

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How We Enter: Men, Gender, And Sexual Violence

published in Men Speak Out, Routledge. 2009. My mother took me aside from my eighth birthday pool party to scold me. It was 1990, the summer after third grade, and we’d set up a big tent in our backyard. My sister … Continue reading

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Day Labor Organizing in the New Economy

Perspectives from the Latino Union of Chicago originally published in Left Turn Magazine Globalization Coming Home Full Circle When the economic ladder sinks, it’s the bottom rung that goes under first.  As the rest of the country has recently begun contemplating … Continue reading

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