National Politics

Activists Under Siege: Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney

KCET By Chris Clarke December 22, 2015 December 15 is the birthday of Brazilian environmental activist Chico Mendez, who was assassinated at age 44 on December 22, 1988 in retaliation for his work to protect the rainforest. To honor Mendez, KCET’s Redefine is using this week to profile Californians whose work on behalf of the environment has been met with retaliatory violence. On May 24, 1990, as forest activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney drove down Park Boulevard in Oakland on their way to an event in Santa Cruz, a bomb below Bari’s driver’s seat exploded, nearly killing her. Cherney,…


Is It Time for Greens and Libertarians to Join Forces?

IVN By Jay Stooksberry November 10, 2015 When it comes to national elections, the deck is stacked against any candidate who doesn’t have a (D) or (R) next to their name. Even third party candidates realize that they are dead in the water before they even had the chance to mount an effort against the two-party duopoly. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein recently posted a “pre-mortem eulogy” that satirically characterizes her campaign that was “prematurely and surreptitiously extinguished by her many enemies.” It’s time for third parties to change the narrative. It’s time for two prominent political groups –…


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Blacks Will Transform America, and Free Themselves, But Not at the Ballot Box in 2016

Black Agenda Report by BAR executive editor Glen Ford October 21, 2015 “Black voters cannot be counted on to support the most progressive presidential candidates available at the polls.” Bernie Sanders’ surging campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination seems destined to be shipwrecked on the shoals of the Black Belt – where primaries in South Carolina (February 27), Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia (Super Tuesday, March 1), Mississippi (March 8), and North Carolina will be decided by Black voters. In 2008, Blacks made up absolute majorities of Democratic primary voters in Alabama (51 percent), Georgia (52 percent), and South Carolina…


Third party politics: Do you really know where you belong?

The Pitt News Rebecca Tasker July 7, 2015 I sat there, staring at my phone’s browser in shock. My results were in — and contrary to what I had strongly believed since I had first learned the definition of the term, I wasn’t a Democrat. According to a political alignment quiz, I was actually a member of the Green Party. My heart slumped to my stomach as I realized that something I had considered an essential part of myself was apparently a lie. I vaguely remembered hearing about the Green Party as part of English politics, but I didn’t even…


After Bernie

What will happen to ‘political revolution’ if (when) Hillary wins the nomination? counterpunch by Scott McLarty June 15, 2015 The question needs to be asked. What will Bernie Sanders’ supporters do when “We need a political revolution”  inevitably turns into “We must vote for the lesser evil”? It seems like bad manners to bring up the likelihood that Mr. Sanders will lose to Hillary Clinton in the primaries, when so many progressive voters are waxing enthusiastic about his decision to run for the Democratic nomination. The fate of progressive Dem contenders like Jesse Jackson and Dennis Kucinich in previous election…