Politics & Culture
America, This is Your Chance
Our democracy hangs in the balance. This is not an overstatement. As protests, riots, and police violence roiled the nation last week, the president vowed to send the military to quell persistent rebellions and looting, whether governors wanted a military occupation or not. John Allen, a retired four-star Marine general, wrote that we may be witnessing the “beginning of the end of the American experiment” because of President Trump’s catastrophic failures. Please click here or below to read Michelle Alexander's recent piece in the NY Times.
Great Article on Coronaviruses
COVID-19 and the virus that causes it, SARS-CoV-2, have focused the public’s attention on coronaviruses like never before. But medical researchers have more than half a century of experience with this family of viruses — by the time they identified the first human version in 1965, multiple animal coronaviruses were already known to exist. Since then, dozens of additional coronaviruses have been discovered in wildlife, livestock and humans.
Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade on Equity
Professor of Raza Studies and Education Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies, Jeff Duncan-Andrade spoke on the topic of "Equality or Equity: Which One Will We Feed?" at FACCC's annual Advocacy & Policy conference. Please find his presentation below.
Dr. Jane Sanders & Michael Moore
Check out this awesome & inspiring conversation!
On the eve of the Iowa caucuses, Michael Moore sits down with Dr. Jane Sanders, an educator, activist, and the wife of Bernie Sanders.
Stacey Abrams on Race in Politics
Stacey Abrams discusses how to talk openly and directly about race in today’s politics, and this administration’s—and this nation’s—racism and history of white supremacy this election cycle without losing white voters. Other topics: impeachment, the plethora of talented people of color in politics, and favorite soap opera characters from the 80s.
The 1619 Project
The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.
Race & America's Long War
Historian Nikhil Singh and Journalist Jeremy Scahill discuss 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. 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.
Congresswoman Ihan Omar Models Change
Mehdi Hasan: A lot of people aren’t aware of the kind of crazy racist, Islamophobic abuse that you and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan have received since arriving here in Congress.
Ilhan Omar: It sort of feels like it comes with the territory. I mean, we’re shifting the idea of who should have a seat at the table. These systems really weren’t built for people like Rashida and myself. I think we can focus on the doors that we have to open and keep open or let this deter us...
Angélique Kidjo sings
California Community Colleges
Vote Yes on Props 15 & 16
Proposition 15, also known as “The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2020,” would amend the California Constitution to tax commercial and industrial properties, except those zoned as commercial agriculture, based on market value. If passed, this measure is estimated to generate between $8 billion and $12.5 billion in revenue per year with much of that funding going to schools and community colleges.
Proposition 16 would repeal Proposition 209, which banned affirmative action in California. Passage of this initiative would allow colleges and public employers to consider race, gender, ethnicity, and nationality in their admittance and hiring practices.
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