Barack Obama: Community Organizer

People joke about President Obama’s abilities at eleven-dimensional chess. I think that Obama has a long-term strategy, more understandable than eleven-dimensional chess. I also think that it’s quite different from much of what passes for strategy in political Washington.

Obama came into office in January 2009 with an enormous number of problems facing the country. [...]

#IdleNoMore: What Do Protesters Want?

Dr. Dawg:

The other day, I got into it a bit with John Ivison, who expressed polite disdain for the allegedly “hapless” Chief Theresa Spence—and then admitted that he had no idea what her demands actually were.

That’s all too typical.

But not all of us who support #IdleNoMore are as informed as we should [...]

Billy Bragg in Conversation (VIDEO)

Via The Monthly:

Activist-troubadour Billy Bragg brings his trademark wit to a discussion of music, life and politics. The session, an artist talk at the 2012 Melbourne Festival, is hosted by Alice Keath (ABC RN’s Music Deli).

WATCH:

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Police on playback: Copwatch in New York City

Via Waging Nonviolence/The NY Video League:

Stories of police brutality are often told in a way that casts victims as helpless bystanders of cops run amok. We met with Sean Pagan, a recent victim of police violence, and found that his story changes how we think about policing in New York. Sean’s story shows that [...]

Code Pink, the Taliban and Malala Yousafzai

by Meredith Tax

(Originally posted by openDemocracy, republished under a Creative Commons license)

The US antiwar group Code Pink, which describes itself as “a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end US funded wars and occupations,” recently sent a delegation to Pakistsan to campaign against drones with Imran Khan. On October 9th, [...]

Beyond the Top-Down Binary

Michael Gecan: “There is politics outside Washington, a vital and vigorous alternative to the stale performances of our two main parties.”

RIP

Environmentalist Barry Commoner:

Commoner was a biologist and author whose seminal 1971 book, “The Closing Circle: Man, Nature and Technology,” argued for the connectedness of humans and the natural world. It said environmental problems were related to technological advances and had a role in social and economic injustice.

He conducted research that helped propel a [...]