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Rebuild the Dream


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson This video runs about 20 minutes. It’s from Netroots Nation, the bloggers’ convention that took place last weekend. Van Jones issues a challenge to us all to Rebuild the American Dream. (Jones, you may remember, was an advisor on environmental matters to the Obama administration until right wing radicals hounded him […]

Sometimes You Get the Bear


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson In March, and again in April, a group of union members and supporters rallied on the common in Greenfield, a small (18,000 population) city in Western Massachusetts. The first rally was in response to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s union-busting legislative project, the second was part of the AFL-CIO’s “We Are One” […]

Continued Without a Finding


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson In March, I told you about a well-known sports figure who was arrested hereabouts on charges of arguing while black. I didn’t give his name because I didn’t know how widely the story would be reported and didn’t want to contribute to his public humiliation. Well, the story was widely reported, […]

Out in the Street


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The more of us that show up at rallies and demonstrations, the sooner we’ll get our country back. Libya to the contrary notwithstanding, it may be a little easier to get people out in the streets to overthrow a dictator than to defeat a legislature that promotes union busting, unbridled capitalism, […]

Arguing While Black


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I’m steaming here.  If you’re black, you already know about the subject of this post. If you’re not black, but have no interest in white racism and white privilege, go find something else to read. A while back, in a place not far from where I live, a man came out […]

US Uncut


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Three new progressive organizations, with three distinct but complementary purposes, have surfaced over the last few weeks.  Last week I told you about Cognitive Policy Works, its Progressive Strategy Handbook, and the strategy group that is at work developing the progressive brand, so that people will know at once what progressive […]

If They Can Do It, Why Can’t We?


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Egypt has given us the most persuasive reason to believe that peaceful – that is, non-violent – revolution is possible. But it’s not the only example. Last month there was Tunisia’s “Jasmine Revolution.” A 29-day protest movement overthrew Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, an autocrat who had ruled for 23 years with […]

Happy Hundredth, Bonzo


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson © Kirk Anderson Hat tip to Political Irony

Palin the Beauty Pageant Contestant


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Jimmy Zuma bases his blog, Smart v. Stupid on the premise that Today’s battle for power is between smart and stupid. His political commentary, he says, is “aimed at elevating smart ideas and debunking dumb ones.”  This much I got from an e-mail newsletter that came my way. I don’t agree […]

Terror, Intelligence and You: Partners at the Fear Ballet


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Posted by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson [This essay, reposted from Truthout, is such a brave piece of work that I wanted to bring it to you without even asking you to click on the link where the original is to be found.  Its author, Barry Wingard, is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air National Guard […]


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