Nothing About Us, Without Us–Even If We’re the Victim Of A Purge

The recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute was a terrible setback to people with disabilities and our efforts to make sure that the disability community’s right to vote is protected. The Supreme Court’s support for the state of Ohio’s method of purging voters from … Continue reading Nothing About Us, Without Us–Even If We’re the Victim Of A Purge

On Conflict

“The organizer’s job is not to create conflict, but to expose the conflict that already exists. Conflict exists any time a landlord fails to maintain his property but collects rent, any place where children pass a drug house on the way to school and on and on. When this conflict is exposed it creates a … Continue reading On Conflict

Celebrating The 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, popularly referred to as the ADA. The ADA is a companion to the landmark Civil Rights Acts passed in the 1960’s that outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex and national origin. The ADA prevents discrimination against people … Continue reading Celebrating The 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Prosaic Politics During Revolutionary Times

OK, we're all probably being a little too dramatic about the possibilities of Occupy Wall Street, but damn if it isn't inspiring. THE media story of the moment is now about economic inequality, not budget cuts and austerity. That alone is a victory. Anti-bank activists have been fighting some of these same battles since post-World … Continue reading Prosaic Politics During Revolutionary Times

Liberté, Partialité, Perplexité (The Accelerated Culture)

The national motto of France, coined during the French Revolution, is "liberté, égalité, fraternité" (liberty, equality and brotherhood.) My post's title is a suggestion for the state of modern American politics: liberty, partisanship, bewilderment. The conventional wisdom of current American politics is that the increasingly partisan parties on both sides have left a sizable number … Continue reading Liberté, Partialité, Perplexité (The Accelerated Culture)

Voting, The Least You Can Do To Change The World. The Very Least.

The day after Howie Hawkins lost his bid to become the 4th District representative on the city's Common Council, his 15th unsuccessful run for political office, he got arrested at a direct action protest in favor of a single-payer health insurance system. All I can say is, "Welcome home to direct action protest, brother!" During … Continue reading Voting, The Least You Can Do To Change The World. The Very Least.