AFTER DECISIVELY BEATING five other candidates in last month’s primary race to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, Ilhan Omar is on her way to becoming the first African refugee and Muslim woman to serve in Congress. She joins Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib in a wave of progressive women taking the Democratic Party establishment by storm. Before coming to the U.S., Omar spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp, having fled the civil war in Somalia. She immigrated to America at the age of 12. Please click here to learn about Omar's campaign. Please click below for Omar's interview with Mehdi Hasan.
Educator and organizer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is challenging one of the most powerful Democrats in the country for his congressional seat. She is running on a platform of social and economic justice. Ocasio-Cortez explains why she wants to unseat the “King of Queens,” Rep. Joseph Crowley. Check out Ocasio-Cortez's inspirational vision and interview below.
The California Community College system is the largest engine fueling the economy of California while educating and improving the lives of millions of people every year.
Please check out this study that argues that legislators and policy makers have a unique opportunity to keep California at the forefront of a transformational experience for students who are most underprepared and economically disadvantaged. A guiding principle for this paper is that while California’s various governmental budgetary systems are categorical and operate within a system of allotments and constraints, there is a larger general economy that should be taken into consideration. Where would a relatively modest infusion of funds provide the greatest return for the advancement of both California’s general economy and for its residents? The non-ambiguous answer is a community college system with a substantive core of full-time tenured faculty and part-time faculty who are appropriately compensated for their participation in the life of the institution through the provision of job security, equitable salary, and respect for their services.
ON THE EVENING of March 18, Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old African-American man, was returning to his home in Sacramento, California, when the police mistook him for a vandalism suspect — and his cell phone for a gun. They fired 20 rounds, eight of which hit and killed him. On episode 3 of “Deconstructed,” Clark’s fiancée speaks out on Clark’s death. In her first national interview, she calls on President Trump to take action on police violence. And she responds to White House Press Secretary Sanders, who last week called Clark’s death a “local matter.” “It’s not a local matter,” Manni tells Hasan. “This is happening all over America. So it’s bigger than that.” And Professor Ibram X. Kendi of American University joins Mehdi to discuss how America’s history of racist ideas creates the law enforcement environment we see today.
Check out this important conversation between Professor Nikhil Singh and journalist Jeremy Scahill.
In conversation, these two experts cover a lot of ground. Among other topics, they address why it's risky to erase the line between the horrible things Trump does and the horrible things the U.S. has done for a long time. It’s a complicated conversation, but it is one we should have. It means exploring the roots of white supremacy in the U.S., the way American wars are constantly put through a laundering process to make them seem noble and brave, the way “real American” has been defined and continues to be defined in our society. For eight years, we had the first black president in U.S. history and now we have a reality TV host who spends a great deal of time tweeting and watching TV. So what is unique to Trump and what is embedded in the politics of empire in the U.S.?