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How Is a Prison Like a War? by David Swanson + Chris Hedges: Poverty, Racism & Policing, Mass Incarceration, Resistance and Social Transformation

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
Nov. 13, 2014

America - We're Number One!

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The similarities between mass incarceration and mass murder have been haunting me for a while, and I now find myself inspired by Maya Schenwar’s excellent new book Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. This is one of three books everyone should read right away. The others are The New Jim Crow and Burning Down the House, the former with a focus on racism in incarceration, the latter with a focus on the incarceration of youth. Schenwar’s is an overview of incarceration in all its absurd and unfathomable evil — as well as being a spotlight leading away from this brutal institution. Continue reading

Black Prophetic Fire: Cornel West on the Revolutionary Legacy of Leading African-American Voices

Cornel West at Calvin College 5

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Updated: Oct. 12, 2014

democracynow  on Oct 6, 2014

democracynow – The renowned scholar, author and activist Dr. Cornel West, joins us to discuss his latest book, “Black Prophetic Fire.” West engages in conversation with the German scholar and thinker Christa Buschendorf about six revolutionary African-American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X and Ida B. Wells. Even as the United States is led by its first black president, West says he is fearful that we may be “witnessing the death of black prophetic fire in our time.”

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Chris Hedges, Cornel West, Richard D. Wolff: The Anatomy of Revolution: Thomas Paine

Start Over

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with Chris Hedges

Left Forum 2014
June 1, 2014

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Ralph Nader Radio: Good Apps/Bad Apps/Good Contracts/Bad Contracts/Good Seeds/Bad Seeds, and More!

Net Neutrality is Under Attack!

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
April 14, 2014

Ralph pitches a couple of apps, explains how not to get screwed on contracts, and we ask him if the Comcast/Time-Warner merger is good for us. Take a wild guess. Continue reading

The Good Palestinian by Rocket Kirchner

by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
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March 16, 2014

Le Jour ni l’Heure 6617 : Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel, 1850-1913, Le Bon Samaritain, 1878, musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans, Loiret, région Centre, mardi 7 août 2012, 14:47:49

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In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 Continue reading

Howard Zinn: Historical Interpretation + Q&A (1997; must-see)

Howard Zinn

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Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 5, 2014

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” — George Orwell, 1984

Noam Chomsky Videos on Feb 4, 2014

A people’s history, history from below, or folk history is a type of historical narrative which attempts to account for historical events from the perspective of common people rather than political and other leaders.

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Glen Ford: Direct Action Must Be Remembered As Part of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy + Dayvon Love: King’s Teachings on US Imperialism Opened My Eyes to Radical Thought

Martin Luther King, Jr. Portrait

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TheRealNews on Jan 19, 2014

Glen Ford: The Civil Rights Movement ended official racial discrimination in the U.S., but many of its leaders broke with grassroots organizing and direct action and instead chose to become business leaders or members of the Democratic party. Continue reading