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OpEdge: Trump’s Stand-Up Shtik

THE JOKE IS ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE by Marc Jampole   AT FIRST LISTEN, Donald Trump’s speaking style when he eschews the teleprompter seems chaotically free form, as if he had tossed a few dozen tweets and sound bites into one of his “Make America Great Again” caps and picked a few out, one at a […]

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Learning from the Trump Tragedy

ANALYZING WHITE WORKING-CLASS RESENTMENTS by Myriam Miedzian   AT SOME POINT in 2016, when it became apparent that a Trump presidency was not a joke but a serious threat to democracy, I was one of many on the left who were deeply perplexed. How could so many working-class and middle-class people be so stupid as to […]

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A Conversation with Bernie’s Pollster, Ben Tulchin

From the Spring 2017 issue of Jewish Currents BEN TULCHIN, 43, became pollster for the Bernie Sanders for President campaign in October 2015, as the Vermont senator’s surprisingly effective run against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination was pulling in millions of dollars in small contributions and drawing tens of thousands of supporters at […]

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Running for Congress at 24

AND GETTING ATTACKED BY NEO-NAZIS A CONVERSATION WITH ERIN SCHRODE From the Spring 2017 issue of Jewish Currents Erin Schrode, 25, has been an environmental activist her entire life. In 2005, at age 13, in response to skyrocketing cancer rates in Marin County, California, she and her mother Judi Shils co-founded Teens for Safe Cosmetics […]

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Aiming Beyond the Status Quo

Breadth of Resistance! Unity of Purpose? An Editorial from the Spring 2017 issue of Jewish Currents FOR THE MAJORITY of Americans who voted against Trump, his lies, his appointments, his executive orders, and his all-around autocratic ugliness have been so appalling that it is easy to infer a broad sense of unity rooted simply in […]

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How Obama and Hillary Clinton Failed as Politicians

by Ralph Seliger COMPARED TO REPUBLICANS, Democrats are shockingly bad at “doing politics.” (See this December 14 New York Times op-ed, “Buck Up, Democrats, and Fight Like Republicans,” by Dahlia Lithwick and David S. Cohen.) For example, why isn’t the public being reminded ad nauseam of Hillary Clinton’s three-million-vote lead over Trump? With the exception […]

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O My America: What We Might Learn from Trump

by Lawrence Bush I ATTENDED a screening this week of Lilly Rivlin’s new documentary film, “Heather Booth: Changing the World.” Jewish Currents co-sponsored the event, and the audience included a lot of veteran New York activist leaders as well as a sprinkling of younger progressive organizers. The spirit of both the film and the remarks […]

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Khanike America

by Lawrence Bush Sung to the tune of “Khanike, O Khanike” KHANIKE AMERICA Come light the menorah We all need a miracle So come, we implore ya   Light a light for every house that’s been lost Banks too big to fail while millions get tossed

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Kinderlekh (Children)

Our Winter 2016-17 Arts Calendar Editorial THIS YEAR’S Jewish Currents Arts Calendar is built upon the theme, “Kinderlekh” (the Yiddish diminutive for children) to express our hopes for a thriving and inclusive future for our children and our grandchildren — and for their children and grandchildren. But what hopes for the future can we cling […]

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OpEdge: The Accidental President

A NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT AND A NATIONAL TRAGEDY by Marc Jampole IN IMAGINING presidential candidates at the beginning of 2016, if someone had said to me that an erratic and narcissistic sociopath would garner even a million votes, I would have considered it a national embarrassment, regardless of that candidate’s political stances. Same feeling if even […]

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