O My America: Can the Left Repair Itself?

by Lawrence Bush Discussed in this essay: The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, by Mark Lilla, HarperCollins, 2017, 143 pages.  Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together, by Van Jones, Ballantine Books, 2017, 233 pages.   IS THE UNEXPECTED VICTORY of Doug Jones over Roy Moore in Alabama’s Senate race in […]

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Stories of Activist Victories

WHAT WORKS AND WHY by Jacob L. Perl Discussed in this essay: When We Fight, We Win: Twenty-First Century Social Movements and Activists That Are Transforming Our World, by Greg Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte, The New Press, 2016, 208 pages. Artwork, above: Maggie Crabapple; below: Melanie Cervantes — from When We Fight, We Win   IN 2012, we were going to […]

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JFREJ’s Evolution: A Conversation with Dove Kent

From the Autumn 2016 issue of Jewish Currents. JFREJ’s Marshall Meyer Risk-Taker Awards event is on December 7th in New York City. Click here for more information. JFREJ, or Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, has been a vibrant presence in New York social struggles for the past quarter of a century, in coalition with […]

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O My America: The Black Lives Matter Platform

YOU DON’T HAVE TO AGREE WITH ALL THE RHETORIC TO GIVE IT SUPPORT by Lawrence Bush THE BLACK LIVES MATTER Platform, issued at the very end of July by a coalition of some thirty organizations based in the African-American community and endorsed by sixty, is a spirited, radical, impressive mix of universalist politics and black-identity […]

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Make Her Do It

Can Bernie’s Movement Pressure Clinton to Tack Left? An editorial from the Summer 2016 issue of Jewish Currents THE STORY GOES that President Franklin Roosevelt, at the conclusion of a 1940 meeting with A. Philip Randolph about overturning racial discrimination in the defense industry, told the black labor leader: “I agree with you. Now go […]

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Black Lives Matter Today, Not Only Tomorrow

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Problematic Perspective on Racism and Crime by Myriam Miedzian ATLANTIC MAGAZINE national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates is a leading, if not the leading, black spokesperson on racial issues. He recently received a MacArthur (Genius) award, bringing his prestige to a new peak. His ascendancy may be bad news, however, for black Americans. FBI Uniform Crime Reports […]

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Gun Control May Be a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

by Bennett Muraskin I RESPECTFULLY SUGGEST that “gun control” should not be accepted at face value by leftists. Take the current proposal to stop persons on the federal “no fly list” from buying guns. Such a ban would arguably affect innocent Arab and Muslim Americans who do not belong on that list to begin with. […]

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OpEdge: Are More Cops Getting Shot?

by Marc Jampole A RECENT NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO (NPR) broadcast put the lie to the Big Lie that protests in the wake of police killings of black citizens in Ferguson, Cleveland, Baltimore, New York, and elsewhere have led to a significant uptick in violence against police across the country. The reasoning is a bit absurd. […]

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Memorializing the Victims of Lynching

Lessons from Germany An editorial from the Spring, 2015 issue of Jewish Currents NEARLY FOUR THOUSAND African Americans were lynched across twelve Southern states between 1877 and 1950. That’s the accounting done by the Equal Justice Initiative, a Montgomery, Alabama organization led by civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, which in February reported on its five […]

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