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ON THE OTHER SIDE OF OUTRAGE: MOHAMMAD HAMAD AND HOPE


I wanted to talk to Mohammad Hamad because, in the midst celebrating Gay Pride, it may be time to look at some of our prejudices.... 
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TRUMP, LYNCH, AND WHO WE CALL ANIMALS: A SAFETY ALERT


Did you hear Trump call undocumented immigrants animals? It's stirring up – rightly – a lot of concern. Among humans, "animal" is the essential, go-to word to deprive people of their humanity. It's the permission some people give themselves to ridicule, enslave, and commit genocide against other people. "Animal" is a term we read as a danger signal, even in a society such as ours, which was built on ridicule, enslavement, and genocide. And "animal" is often used by law enforcement to describe anyone accused of assaulting a police officer. Interesting, how we've let this one go. 
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HERMAN BELL AND THE FUTURE OF NEW YORK PAROLE


Only a couple of years ago, the New York State Parole Board was a draconian gimmick to keep people in prison – regardless of how they had grown and changed over their years inside – until they died of systemic abuse or neglect or, if they lived long enough, old age.
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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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