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Putting the People Back in Politics 11.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In our recent Bridging Differences conversation in Education Week, Deborah Meier points out that schools are ideal places for people to learn how to engage in debate, especially if they are diverse in race and ethnic history. I'd add partisanship. In much of education, Republicans are the "other." And for all the gestures toward weighing of evidence and the importance of diverse ideas, the politics of educators (especially in higher education) is often highly moralized, dividing the world between the righteous and the damned, the latter usually described as ignorant bigots. Of course this is part of a broader pattern as well. Today people think "politics" is a kind of warfare, funded by the superrich, revolving around parties, politicians, and professionals as detached experts. Citizens need to reclaim politics as the way to negotiate differences to get something done and work out how to live together. This was politics descending from the Greeks, revolving around the people in their role as citizens. I ...
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Bernie Sanders a radical? Only in America. 11.2.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Scientists turn leaves into batteries 10.2.2016 TreeHugger
Leaves are abundant and now they can become a sustainable material in batteries.
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Members Of Congress Urge Ban On Gay Conversion Therapy 10.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Four Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to the head of the Federal Trade Commission Monday urging the agency to " take all actions possible " to stop the practice of "conversion therapy" for LGBT youth. The letter, penned by Sens. Patty Murray (Wash.) and Cory Booker (N.J.) and California Reps. Jackie Speier and Ted Lieu, calls on FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez to prevent businesses from counseling individuals to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. Under the Federal Trade Commission Act, the FTC has the authority to prevent "unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce." "Conversion therapy provokes guilt, anxiety and societal rejection that negatively impacts healthy development of children and youth," reads the letter. "We urge the Federal Trade Commission to take decisive action to stop the unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent practice of 'conversion therapy.'"   Gay conversion therapy, which is often tied to religion, rests on the premise that homosexuality is a ...
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The Case for Hillary 10.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The case for Hillary Clinton is mostly a matter of rebutting the case against her. Once that's done, you're simply left with the most qualified candidate, and someone who is, by all reality-based measures, progressive (ranked the tenth most liberal senator). And just as important, someone who is capable of achieving results (I'll conclude with the case against Sanders, and there's a very, very strong case to make against him). We'll start with this specific example, which I think is illustrative of the sorts of attacks we see made on Hillary. It begins with this video of an interview with Elizabeth Warren that's been making its rounds on the internet, you may have seen it: It's worth watching, but I'll summarize. Warren tells a story about the bankruptcy bill initially supported by the Clinton administration in the 1990s. Warren wrote an op-ed opposing the bill on the grounds that it offered deadbeat dads a mechanism for cheating their ex-wives out of child support, along with a few other issues. After ...
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The Kochs Are Ghostwriting the United States' Story 10.2.2016 Truthout.com
Progressives need to fight back with their own "metanarrative" against the tall tales of the right wing. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout )Gather round for the word of the day: metanarrative. Definitions vary but let's say it's one big narrative that connects the meaning of events to a belief thought to be an essential truth, the storytelling equivalent of the unified field theory in physics. Now use it to define what's being done to America today - our Big Story. Journalist and activist Naomi Klein did just that a couple of weeks ago when she and I talked at Finger Lakes Community College in upstate New York about the Koch brothers' resistance to the reality of climate change. "…The Charles Koch metanarrative - and he's said it explicitly - is that he is challenging collectivism, he is challenging the idea that when people get together they can do good," she said. "And he is putting forward the worldview that we're all very familiar with that if you free the individual to pursue their self-interest ...
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It's time to protect the Great Bear Rainforest's grizzlies 10.2.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Fighting anti-Black racism in Canada: Past, present, future 10.2.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
trr_rpn_feb8-12_2016_anti_black_racism_network.mp3 Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, I speak with Akua Benjamin and Rinaldo Walcott. They are prominent activists and scholars, and founders of the Anti-Black Racism Network in ...
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Broken Promises: Smaller Middle Class Has Less Room for Families 10.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
After Gabriel Cardenas graduated from high school, he seemed on track to join America's middle class. He worked at Google in Silicon Valley, enrolled in classes at San Jose's Evergreen Valley College and took a second job. But seven years after graduation, Cardenas is no closer to a middle class that has been shrinking for decades. Instead, his career reflects a common storyline in the modern economy. Cardenas was not an employee at the high-tech firm. Instead, he worked there as a contractor, spending his days unloading crates of bottled water, pet food and other goods for the company's new delivery service, Google Express. He has not earned a college degree either, since he could only afford to take a few community college courses on the $17 an hour he earned as a contractor at Google. When Cardenas turned 25, he moved back home. Cardenas isn't alone. Last year, the middle class shrunk to its lowest share of the U.S. population in four decades, with only 50 percent of Americans living in middle-income ...
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The Kochs Are Ghostwriting America's Story 10.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Gather round for the word of the day: metanarrative. Definitions vary but let's say it's one big narrative that connects the meaning of events to a belief thought to be an essential truth, the storytelling equivalent of the unified field theory in physics. Now use it to define what's being done to America today -- our Big Story. Journalist and activist Naomi Klein did just that a couple of weeks ago when she and I talked at Finger Lakes Community College in upstate New York about the Koch brothers' resistance to the reality of climate change. "...The Charles Koch metanarrative -- and he's said it explicitly -- is that he is challenging collectivism, he is challenging the idea that when people get together they can do good," she said. "And he is putting forward the worldview that we're all very familiar with that if you free the individual to pursue their self-interest that will actually benefit the majority. So you need to attack everything that is collective, whether it's labor rights or whether it's ...
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It’s time to protect the Great Bear Rainforest's grizzlies 10.2.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
It’s time to protect the Great Bear Rainforest's grizzlies
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The Kochs Are Ghostwriting America’s Story 10.2.2016 Commondreams.org Views
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Gather round for the word of the day: metanarrative. Definitions vary but let’s say it’s one big narrative that connects the meaning of events to a belief thought to be an essential truth, the storytelling equivalent of the unified field theory in physics.

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Here's Why The 'Born This Way' Approach To Sexual Orientation Is Failing 10.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
For decades activists have worked tirelessly to spread the message that sexual orientation is not a choice—a fight that Lady Gaga took to pulsing heights in 2011 with her hit anthem “Born This Way.” And over time, the message has begun to take hold. While in 1985 only about 20 percent of Americans believed that people are born gay, that figure more than doubled to around 47 percent in 2015 , according to the Pew Research Center. But what if teaching that gay people are “born that way” isn’t the most effective way to erase homophobia? A new study reveals that even those who believe sexual orientation is not a choice can be homophobic—just as those who know race is not a choice can be racist. Do activists, community leaders, and even parents need to tweak their message? For the study , published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, researchers from the University of Tennessee and University of Missouri-Colombia recruited 645 college students to answer questions about their beliefs involving sexual ...
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Marshawn McCarrel, Black Lives Matter Activist, Dies At Age 23 10.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Marshawn McCarrel, a prominent Black Lives Matter activist, died Monday outside of the Ohio statehouse. Authorities say the 23-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, although no one witnessed the shooting.  "We don't have any evidence to know the reason why he did it," State Highway Partol Lt. Craig Cvetan told the Columbus Dispatch.  McCarrel was committed to community activism and consistently advocated for racial justice . He helped organize protests in Ohio following the death of black Ferguson teen Michael Brown in 2014 and was instrumental in raising awareness around the Black Lives Matter movement.    McCarrel was also the founder of Pursuing Our Dreams , an Ohio-based community activist group that helped to fight homelessness and hunger -- both issues McCarrel battled himself for three months after he graduated high school, according to the New York Daily News. "Just looking at the group today and witnessing that growth, the ...
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Michelle Obama's Dance Class At The White House Was Peak Black Girl Magic 10.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A photo posted by First Lady Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on Feb 8, 2016 at 8:15pm PST First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a Black History Month program that was probably the most incredible display of black girl magic the White House has ever seen. On Monday, FLOTUS invited a few African American dance icons to host a master class for 51 young female dancers to learn African dance, hip-hop, ballet and modern dance. The girls learned choreographed routines taught to them by the legendary Debbie Allen, classical dance instructor Virgina Johnson, hip-hop choreographer Fatima Robinson and Alvin Ailey Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison. The routines were learned by the girls in just a few hours to perform on stage for Obama. Allen, Robinson and the Dance Theatre of Harlem posted a few videos of the girls practicing for their big moment and these young ladies are SLAYING! A video posted by Debbie Allen (@therealdebbieallen) on Feb 8, 2016 at 8:00am PST A video posted by Debbie Allen ...
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Helicopter parenting backfires when it comes to homework 9.2.2016 TreeHugger
When parents get too involved in their child's schoolwork, it can result in older students becoming disengaged from their education, with higher levels of depression and lack of responsibility.
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New Study Reveals Youth Could Have Significant Impact on 2016 Election 9.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Folks, I recently supported the release of some research and important data about the 2016 elections. The Youth Electoral Significance Index is a data visualization that ranks the states and districts where young people could have a major influence on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, as well as on key Senate and House races. I supported this work through the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) - a preeminent, non-partisan research center on youth engagement at Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. Lots of folks overlook the votes and energy of young people in the US, despite the fact that youth can have a decisive influence on the outcome of these races. Through this research , CIRCLE provides data-driven insights about the states and congressional districts where youth are likely to have a disproportionately high electoral impact in 2016 . Here's The Top 5 Findings: States with the highest potential youth ...
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In the wake of budget cuts and cancelled programs, the humanities need gender studies more than ever 9.2.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. After we heard about the budget cuts to the Mount Allison University Women and Gender Studies program , a friend asked me why gender studies mattered. While he was being deliberately hyperbolic -- I have been teaching and writing about women's and gender studies issues for years -- it got me ...
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Let's talk about a national pharmacare program 9.2.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Even Black Kids In Kindergarten May Face Racial Bias 9.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A new study prompted by the spate of unarmed black men killed in America suggests people may be more likely to mistake a toy or a tool for a gun when an African American is holding it. And this inherent negative bias was found to extend to black kids as young as five years old.  The research, published this week in the journal Psychological Science, conducted several tests to gauge inherent bias towards white or black people. Researchers quickly showed 64 white participants a photo of either a black or white five-year-old's face and then an image of a gun or a toy. They asked them to ignore the face they saw and then identify the object as either the threatening or safe object. During the first test, subjects were quicker to identify guns after seeing photos of black boys than they were when seeing white children. When researchers showed the participants white faces, the participants mistakenly labeled guns as toys in greater frequency than when primed with an image of a black kid. A second test ...
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