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The most effective civil rights protest that you probably never heard of

The most effective civil rights protest that you probably never heard of

In 1977, the longest occupation of a federal building in the history of the United States of America took place and, when it ended, the protesters had achieved what nobody thought possible: regulations covering the enforcement of a four-year old law — Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The protest is now called “The 504 Sit-In” and for […]

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Public Universities are Under Attack from the Right; It’s Time to Support our State Higher Education System

I hear lots of folks talking about “our failing public education system” these days, and as a student of education there aren’t many conservative “talking points” that bother me more than this one. While much of this rhetoric lately has focused on the K-12 school reopening “debate”, the pandemic has also cast a bright light on the problems facing higher […]

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The Bigger Lie (It’s Not Just Georgia) – with special guest MDP Voter Protection Director Erica Peresman

The Bigger Lie (It’s Not Just Georgia) – with special guest MDP Voter Protection Director Erica Peresman

Erica Peresman on Twitter: @Erica_Peresman A great story about Erica Peresman and her advocacy can be found HERE. Dave Boucher & Clara Hendrickson at the Detroit Free Press: Michigan GOP senators file 39 election reform bills Democrats call racist, based on lies Jordan Zakarin at Progressives Everywhere: Voter Suppression is Bigger in Texas Jordan Zakarin on Twitter: @JordanZakarin Progressives Everywhere’s […]

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The entire GOP is fixated on kids’ genitalia

The entire GOP is fixated on kids’ genitalia

It’s not just Matt Gaetz The GOP’s failure when it comes to Covid-19 — which is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths, according to a Lancet commission— is even more unforgivable when you realize how effective and focused Republicans can be when it comes to something they care about, like stopping Black people from voting or bullying trans kids. […]

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If it looks like partisan hackery, it probably is – with special guest Christopher Kang from Demand Justice

If it looks like partisan hackery, it probably is – with special guest Christopher Kang from Demand Justice

Christopher Kang on Twitter: @cdkang76 Demand Justice on Twitter: @WeDemandJustice Demand Justice’s website: DemandJustice.org Dahlia Lithwick at Slate: There’s a Reason Biden Has Been Slow to Install Judges Nick Corasaniti at The New York Times: Georgia G.O.P. Passes Major Law to Limit Voting Amid Nationwide Push Jordan Zakarin at Progressives Everywhere: How Activists Are Fighting Georgia’s New Jim Crow Laws […]

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Now’s the Time to Get Rid of Standardized Tests

Now’s the Time to Get Rid of Standardized Tests

If you’re wondering how even in a deadly global pandemic, standardized tests like the ACT and SAT are still surviving, like education “zombies,” just follow the money. • Over $1.7 billion is spent on standardized testing in the US each year. • Another $669 million is spent on elementary assessments. • Between $34-65 per student per year is spent by […]

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UPDATED x4: Michigan-based political consultant TJ Bucholz revealed as a sexual harasser by multiple women

UPDATED x4: Michigan-based political consultant TJ Bucholz revealed as a sexual harasser by multiple women

A young woman is called into her boss’s office and she’s instructed to close the door. She asks what he needs. He doesn’t respond, he simply sits there with his mouth hanging open and very obviously ogles her body, looking her up and down. He then dismisses her. It’s not the first time this has happened to her and it […]

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We have a moral obligation – with special guest Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

We have a moral obligation – with special guest Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

Debbie Dingell on Twitter: @RepDebDingell Debbie Dingell’s website is HERE. Press release: Dingell, Jayapal and more than 100 Co-Sponsors Introduce Medicare For All Act of 2019 Dan Diamond at The Washington Post: House Democrats bring back Medicare-for-all, seeking to push Biden left Melissa Nann Burke at The Detroit News: Dingell provision in Violence Against Women Act again draws NRA ire […]

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It’s time to question those assumptions – with special guest Stephen Miles from Win Without War

It’s time to question those assumptions – with special guest Stephen Miles from Win Without War

Stephen Miles on Twitter: @SPMiles42 Win Without War on Twitter: @WinWithoutWar Win Without War’s website: WinWithoutWar.org Jordan Zakarin on Twitter: @JordanZakarin Rebecca Traister at Intelligencer: Abuse and Power — Andrew Cuomo’s governorship has been defined by cruelty that disguised chronic mismanagement. Why was that celebrated for so long? Progressives Everywhere’s website: ProgressivesEverywhere.org and ProgressiveseEerywhere.substack.com Sign up for the Progressives Everywhere […]

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You can’t wash the stench of “Unlock Michigan” off Michigan Republican Mike Shirkey

You can’t wash the stench of “Unlock Michigan” off Michigan Republican Mike Shirkey

Yesterday, I wrote about the one year anniversary of the first diagnosed COVID case in Michigan.  Today, I want to spend some time talking about the coordinated attacks Governor Whitmer has faced as she has tried to save the lives of Michiganders.  I have shared my previous thoughts on Senator Mike Shirkey. But those were merely his words and actions […]

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Remembering life before COVID-19 — And looking ahead

Remembering life before COVID-19 — And looking ahead

We knew that March 10, 2020 would be a historic day as it was the Presidential Primary Election in Michigan and voters exercised their vote to select their party’s nominee for the Presidency. I spent Election Day, as I always do, fielding calls and questions from local clerks, ensuring that polls were open, tabulators working, and issues dealt with.  One […]

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