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Puerto Rico: The Shift from Mass Protests to People’s Assemblies

Jacqueline Villarrubia-Mendoza and Roberto Vélez-Vélez NACLA
The first people’s assembly at Puerto Rico’s Caguas Town Hall.
In the wake of the massive demonstrations that forced the resignation of Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rossello, dozens of people’s assemblies have sprouted across the island to discuss the critical next stage in the struggle for popular democracy.

The Sunset of Neoliberalism

Max B. Sawicky Jacobin
To anyone who lived through the Clinton years — or merely remembers the Obama era — the discrediting of neoliberal ideas that were once sacrosanct among Democrats is nothing short of astonishing.

Trump: Just the Most Recent Colonizer To Turn His Eyes to Greenland

Nick Martin The New Republic
Inuit elders eating Maktaaq, a whale blubber delicacy.
The danger of the buy Greenland scheme is obscured by Trump’s role, and it’s disappointing how reporters and pundits fell into the rhythm of analyzing Trump’s folly through the same lens that led to the devastation of this land’s Native nations.

A GI Rebellion: When Soldiers Said No to War

Steve Early Beyond Chron
In an era of “forever wars,” it may be hard to imagine organizing among active duty military personnel or newly-minted veterans. Let’s hope that the many examples of grassroots activism described in Waging Peace prove inspirational and instructiv

No More Fake Strikes

Joe Burns organizing work
Joe Burns takes a critical look back at the many “general strikes” called in recent years.

The Hopefulness and Hopelessness of 1619

Ibram X. Kendi The Atlantic
I know hope is essential to African Americans surviving racism another 400 years. In order to bring about change, we have to believe change is possible. Cynicism is the kryptonite of change.

Friday Nite Videos | August 23, 2019

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Harrison Ford | Extinction Rebellion. Suckers | Randy Rainbow Song Parody. Bias In Medicine | John Oliver. ICE Shuts Down Hotline for Detained Immigrants After Netflix Episode. What the US Gets Wrong About Minimum Wage.

What Republicans Really Mean When They Call Jews Disloyal

Jordan Weissmann Slate
Prominent, non-Jewish Republicans now feel free to censure American Jews for being insufficiently supportive of another country. They’ve divided us into camps of good Jews and bad Jews. So … what happens to the bad ones?

The Misguided Attacks on 'This Land Is Your Land'

Will Kaufman The Conversation
As the author of three books on Guthrie, I wonder how the folksinger would respond to recent criticism of “This Land Is Your Land.” We can’t know for sure, but some of his unpublished writings and recently discovered recordings offer some clues