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One Hundred Years Ago, Eugene Debs Gave An Anti-War Speech That Landed Him in Prison

Peter Dreier Eugene Victor Debs, American Union leader, addressing a crowd, 20th century. Debs ran for President of the United States on behalf of the Social Democratic Party in 1900, and the Socialist Party of America in 1904, 1908, 1912, and 1920. Artist Unknown. (Photo: Historica Graphica Collection/Heritage Images/Getty Images) ...
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Poverty Rampant, Puerto Rico Destroyed, Single Payer "Too Expensive," and Flint Still Doesn’t Have Clean Water. But You Can Have Space Force!

Andrea Germanos, staff writer President Donald Trump announced Monday that he’s directing the Pentagon to create a new branch of the military—Space Force. The announcement, which invoked racism, was met with a chorus of criticism on social media. ...

Shaker Gardens

Shaker Gardens is usually Aphra_Behn’s beat, and there’s a darn good reason for that—because, unlike Aphra, I have the ungreenest thumb that has ever thumbed! But here are a few things that have been going on in my garden recently. [Note: Image of toad at the very bottom of the post.] As always, you are welcome and encouraged to share stories and pix of what’s happening in your garden! ...

Donald Trump’s Kiddie Concentration Camps

Donald Trump’s policy of taking immigrant children away from their parents and sending them to kiddie prison camps has enraged the public, and is even causing an outcry from Republicans in Congress, former GOP administration officials, and even Laura Bush. In today’s episode, I explain what’s really going on here, what the policy is now and was under Obama, what the law really says, why Trump is lying when he says he has no choice but to tear these families apart, and...

Vukmir: Ready, aim, pander

Nurses support gun control as public health issue.  As the premier organization representing the nation’s 3.4 million registered nurses, the American Nurses Association has and will continue to be engaged in efforts to preven...

Florida Trial Lawyer Offers $100,000 Reward for Evidence That Corporations Are Behind Frivolous Lawsuits Against Corporations

Russell Mokhiber Was a class action lawsuit targeting McDonald’s for how it prices its Quarter-With-Cheese a setup? John Uustal, a Florida trial lawyer, is offering $100,000 in hopes of determining whether or not such “frivolous lawsuits” are being orchestrated by corporate interests simply as a way to publicly discredit “frivolous lawsuits.” (Photo: McDonald’s) ...

Fetishizing "Identity Politics" Could Cost Democrats in 2020

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Trump Escalates His Nativist Rhetoric

[Content Note: Nativism. Note: If this item seems familiar, it may be because I dropped it into the comments of today's We Resist thread. But it's too important not to also mention on the main page, , since not everyone dives into comments.] Lauren Gambino and Jamiles Lartey at the Guardian: D...

Republicans Own Trump’s Cruel Family Separation Policy

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Policy of Separating Children From Parents Is Nothing Short of Torture

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We Get It — Trump Is Awful

John Atcheson “Giving a narcissist like Trump that kind of coverage is like feeding a malignancy.”(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) ...

Court districting ruling gives WI Dems 2nd chance, blue wave impetus

The US Supreme Court today didn’t completely close a key door to democracy. It just made knocking on more doors more important.What the Supreme Court strategically did was avoid an up-or-down ruling on the Wisconsin gerrymandering case, thus disappointing Democrats who’d hoped for a clearer blue-wave path a...

Cruel Separation of Families ‘Rooted in the Racism’ of Bannon, Miller, and Trump’s Xenophobic Base

Julia Conley, staff writer Trump critics argued on Monday that the debate over President Donald Trump’s policy of prosecuting asylum seekers and separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border should be centered on the driving force behind the practice—the racism of top Trump officials and those who continue to support him. ...

The "Jobs for Everyone" Fantasy

Paul Buchheit “In addition to the meager pay, most have no benefits, no job security, no government regulations backing them, and usually a longer work day, with many young people putting in 10- to 12-hour days for $13 per hour or less.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) ...

We Resist: Day 515

a black bar with the word RESIST in white text One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures (plus the occasional n...

ACLU Comment on Supreme Court Partisan Gerrymandering Rulings

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Patriotic Millionaire on SCOTUS Gerrymandering Decisions: Sidestepping Justice, Punting on Equal Political Representation

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Why We Fight About Pride Parades

Saurav Sarkar “The vision of a liberated LGBTQ2S existence is one that must be embodied every day in a politics of solidarity, and not just once a year in a public display.” (Photo by Meera Fox/Getty Images) ...

Supreme Court Delays Decision on Partisan Gerrymandering

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"This is a public health issue."

[Content Note: Gun violence; injury; death.] A shooter is dead and 22 people have been injured, some seriously, during a shooting at an art event in Trenton, New Jersey: An all-night arts and music festival turned deadly early on Sunday morning when gunfire erupted in a crowd, sending people stampeding and leaving one suspect dead and 22 people ...