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HERMAN BELL GAINS PAROLE: CUOMO AND DE BLASIO LOSE ETHICS


Dear Bill De Blasio and Andrew Cuomo,

     You, as governor and mayor – New York State's most powerful liberals – have argued constantly. I, along with millions of NY civilians, have endured years of your snark-attacks and antler-locks. Recently, it got really bad, when you, Governor Cuomo, insinuated that you, Mayor De Blasio, might be in league with Vladimir Putin to persuade Cynthia Nixon to run for governor. 
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DISRUPT J20 AND THE REAL COST OF VIOLENCE


Donald Trump's presidential inauguration on January 20 in Washington, DC last year is something that most of us who read rags like this try to forget. The arrest of over 230 protesters at "Disrupt J20" that same day in DC, and the charging of 194 of them with felony rioting – allegedly for their part in setting fires, hurling rocks, and creating $100,000 in property damage – is something we need to remember... 
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KETTLING FREE SPEECH, OR WHY UNICORN RIOT HAS IT ALL OVER THE NY TIMES


Does anybody have enough strength left to pop a cork in celebration that we've made it through Trump's first year in office? I don't. There is stuff to celebrate, such as the December 21 jury-trial acquittal of six of the 194 defendants facing decades in prison for protesting at Trump's inauguration last January. But this remains a bellwether case...
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TRUMP'S THUG-POWER, OR DOES ANYBODY STILL LIKE WOODY ALLEN?


Let's go back to when we were all a little younger and less terrified. Obama is president. I am talking to a slightly older, white, heterosexual male, highly esteemed by the academic world and by me. I, a lesbian, admire and trust this guy....
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Your Li'l Orange President: NOT Fake News!


Congratulations, smart American shopper! You have just overcome months of electorally induced PTSD by purchasing a Li'l Orange President®! These droll, five-inch-high orange neo-fascist dudes are living genetic replicas of our current U.S. President! 
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Herman Bell's Beat-Down


"Why don't you Americans drop the bullshit about the land of the free and the home of the brave? Admit you're now basically a tinpot dictatorship." This, from my playwright friend Diane in London, with whom I'm Skyping. I've just told her about what happened to Herman Bell, my friend in prison... 


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ACTIVISTS, ORGANIZERS, AND AMIN HUSAIN ON HOW WE HANDLE TRUMP


The only good thing Donald Trump has done is to galvanize millions of people into political outrage. For months we've gone to dozens of marches and rallies. Of course, this isn't enough, but what more to do? Then I happened on a Facebook post by Amin Husain: "I wish I could share what's wrong and what's missing in how we're handling the Trump era without many of my dear friends thinking that I am just being a downer on the 'resistance.'" I had to hear more...


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VISITING HERMAN IN THE AGE OF TRUMP


     This past year was good for prison activists. Those who advocated for high-profile political prisoners in the federal system celebrated when President Obama commuted the sentences of Chelsea Manning and Oscar Lopez, both now scheduled for release on May 17. Activists who supported less-known "social" prisoners, most serving inordinate time for what the media like to call "nonviolent drug offences," rejoiced at Obama's unprecedented 1,715 commutations by the end of his presidency. ¶ But Obama also denied a record number of petitions (14,485, including Leonard Peltier's)...
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HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE DONALD


I was blue the other day, thinking how little power I have over my life. Like, how I didn’t vote for you, but how you’re going to be president anyway? Bummer....
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FORWARD EVER, NORMAL NEVER: TAKING DOWN DONALD TRUMP


This dream. Something is in the house, something's breaking, the things I love are going away. I reach for Laura, she becomes translucent, evaporates. I wake up, telling myself this dream means I'm worried about how tired and worn Laura has grown from years of activist work trying to get people out of prison. I've always nagged her about doing too much, and now, with Donald Trump slouching towards Washington, that's inevitable. Doing too much will be a necessity. 


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