The Base is Not Enough: Labor Organizing Under Trump Means Civil Disobedience and Bridge-Building

November 30, 2016 Jamie K. McCallum

In the immediate aftermath of Trump’s electoral victory, progressives quickly remembered radical labor activist Joe Hill’s evocative call to his supporters on the eve of his execution—“don’t mourn, organize.” But Hill’s command is more of a battle cry than a battle plan. The most difficult question is still front and center: What is the best way to organize against Trump’s regime?

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Trump Can’t Hold Back the Tide of Climate Action

November 29, 2016 Oscar Reyes

Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Market forces, state and local action, and strong social movements could blunt the impacts of a denialist White House.

One of the sad ironies of Donald Trump’s victory is that climate change has risen up the political agenda only after the campaign, when both candidates and debate moderators largely ignored it. Trump’s denialism in the face of an urgent, planetary threat provides some potent imagery for how the devastation caused by his presidency might look.

Climate scientists have been quick to condemn Trump’s election as a “disaster,” and it’s not hard to see why. read more

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Fidel Castro: A Life— and Death— In Context

November 29, 2016 Louis A Pérez, Jr.

Source: NACLA Report on the Americas

Fidel Castro represented the authenticity of Cuban historical aspirations to sovereignty and self-determination.

Among the many tens of thousands of well-wishers to congratulate the newly re-elected President Franklin Roosevelt in November 1940 was a 12-year-old boy writing in halting English. “I like to hear the radio,” the youngster wrote, “and I am very happy, because I hear in it that you will be President for a new period.” The letter was sent from the Colegio de Dolores, the Jesuit boarding school in Santiago de Cuba. The writer was Fidel Castro Ruz, who also added a request to his congratulations. “If you like,” he asked President Roosevelt, “[to] give me a ten dollars bill green american because . . . never I have not seen a ten dollars bill american and I would like to have one of them.” read more

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The US election recount is a long shot – but the alternative is catastrophe

November 29, 2016 Rebecca Solnit

Source: The Guardian Unlimited

It’s unlikely that a recount will change the election’s outcome, but the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency means it’s time to think big

When big changes and dangers arise, you have to think big. You don’t put out a forest fire with a glass of water. Thinking small can prevent you from even recognizing trouble, let alone your options for overcoming it. There’s never been a time when thinking big matters more than now. Many across the United States are now trying to figure out how to survive Trump, but it may still be possible to stop him. His regime is not yet inevitable. read more

What Should Palestinians Expect: Can Trump Be Any Worse?

November 29, 2016 Ramzy Baroud

Fear and trepidation are slowly building up, as US President-elect, Donald Trump, is fortifying his transitional team with people capable of bringing about a nightmare scenario, not only for Americans but for the rest of the world as well. For Palestinians, however, the signs are even more ominous.

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