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INTERVIEW: Socialist Alternative activist and formidable Fox News opponent Darletta Scruggs talks student debt crisis, worker’s rights, and changing the system

Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Chicago-based activist and organizer Darletta Scruggs. Back in April, Scruggs drew national attention after challenging and shutting down Fox News host Neil Cavuto during a conversation (below) about student loan debt, higher education, access, and governmental corruption. The Socialist Alternative and…

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Added by The Establishment on August 19, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: How revolutionary self-care becomes an act of radical activism

This year during Black History Month, a 23 year old Black Lives Matter activist, MarShawn M. McCarrell committed suicide on the steps of the Ohio State House. Hours before he took his life MarShawn posted on his Facebook saying “My demons won today, I’m sorry.” This reality breaks me. It made me think about how I talk about my dreams but never my nightmares. As millennial blacktivists we’re constantly throwing ourselves on the line for our causes not realizing the…

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Added by The Establishment on July 26, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Rio's Olympic Games legacy will be that of a humanitarian catastrophe - in English & Portuguese

When Rio de Janeiro was elected in 2009 to host the 2016 Olympic Games, the authorities then said one of the event's legacy would be a safer city for all. But less than a month for the beginning of the games, the practical effect has signaled that what comes ahead is a humanitarian catastrophe.



From 2009 now, around 2500 people were killed by the police only in Rio, and very few cases have been properly judged. The same security policies applied in the games of…

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Added by The Establishment on July 22, 2016 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

OP-ED: Trump’s acceptance speech: a Nixon-esque appeal to white America's fears

Last night Donald Trump gave the longest nomination speech in 40 years. It apparently takes more than 75 minutes to attempt to convince Americans they are doomed without you. The Donald wants you to know you will be overrun by criminals, immigrants, criminal immigrants, terrorists, and economic oppression unless you vote for him. But if you do, he will make everything better “very, very, fast”. Because in his mind "crime and poverty" (i.e. non-republican black people), illegal…

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Added by The Establishment on July 22, 2016 at 3:10pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Legends Chuck D and Tom Morello rally and rap against Trump at the RNC

At the Republican National Convention this past Monday, the overall air was one of frenzy and action. Most of the attention though, was focused on the outside- as there were thousands rallied to protest Donald Trump's candidacy. The largest protest of the day: "End Poverty Now, March For Economic Justice."- took on a different tone, as it was headed by "Prophets of…

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Added by The Establishment on July 21, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The GOP Convention is like Trump: a racist sexist homophobic mess

Carri Twigg reports Live from the GOP Convention in Cleveland. She was an Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement and served as the White House liaison to the labor community. Carri is passionate about being an advocate for workers and families.



The morning after.

I’ve been on the ground in Cleveland for last two days covering the Republican National Convention. The purpose of modern political conventions is for a party to create and…

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Added by The Establishment on July 20, 2016 at 1:23pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE:#FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes: Twitter's hilarious response to Melania Trump plagiarizing Michelle Obama

Last night- the first night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland- brought much in the realm of entertainment. From Trump's Kanye-esque entrance, to the hundreds of republicans booing him, trying to salvage their reputation with another candidate- there was much to see. The biggest take-away though, has to be the blatant plagiarizing of a one Melania Trump, as she recited a speech that was a…

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Added by The Establishment on July 19, 2016 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Bernie Sanders now endorsing Hillary Clinton? Are we ok with this?

As of yesterday afternoon, the news surrounding the presidential campaign has taken a break from Trump's improv, and has shifted to the surprising shift recently touching the Clinton campaign. Taking the stage together for the first time since the start of the race: Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Hillary Clinton stood in solidarity. 'I have come here to make it as clear as possible why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president...'-…

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Added by The Establishment on July 13, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: We are being hunted Hunger Games-style

"WELCOME BACK TO THE 2,016th ANNUAL HUNGER GAMES. Yesterday we witnessed District Louisiana northern sector Baton Rouge Tribute (citizen) Alton Sterling fall. As we sound the cannon please hold a moment of silence. We have confirmed there was an altercation with Peacekeepers ultimately resulting in his death. There seem to be some uncertainties and irregularities surrounding his death but worry not, The Capital has it's best investigators looking into the matter. As new…

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Added by The Establishment on July 7, 2016 at 2:13pm — No Comments

OP-ED: This video of a young Black Trump supporter leaves us with serious questions about how to deal with Black Republicans

You’ll hear me say regularly, “I don’t trust a black Republican.” Although I have unwavering respect for them, I’ll laugh and shake my head at the Ben Carson’s and the Colin Powell’s and the Condoleezza Rice’s of the world. Through socialization, history lessons, and family rants during the evening news, I knew that black and Republican just didn’t go together. There’s cats and dogs, oil and water, and black people and the Republican party.



The Republican party’s…
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Added by The Establishment on June 21, 2016 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: South Africa Youth Day 2016 remembers the Soweto youth uprising of 1976 and looks towards the future

South Africa’s Youth Day 2016 is commemorating the Soweto youth uprising of June 16, 1976, where thousands of school children in Johannesburg protested the then Apartheid government’s decision to educate South Africans in the foreign language of Afrikaans. In the middle of early winter, the children squared off with the South African…

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Added by The Establishment on June 16, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: 17-year-old powerhouse activist Taylor Amari Little founds LGBTQIA+Muslim visibility project Queer Ummah

We’ve written about 17-year-old rockstar activist Taylor Amari Little a Detroit high school student who is working hard to push for social justice at her high school and around the Detroit area. One of her projects, The Temple Project, severs homeless locals by providing them…

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Added by The Establishment on June 13, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Texas congressman to Trump: "take your border wall and shove it up your ass"

As push-back against the possibility of a Trump Presidency intensifies and grows more urgent, politicians like South Texas congressman Filemon Vela Jr. [D] are getting quite brazen in their call-outs of the presumptive Republican nominee. In a recent letter to the racist, xenophobic bully, Vela Jr. told…

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Added by The Establishment on June 7, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Bold, Stockholm-based activist Tess Asplund takes defiant stance against neo-Nazis at Borlänge protest

This past weekend, anti-racism activist Tess Asplund confronted hundreds of neo-Nazis participating in a white supremacist rally in Borlänge, Sweden. Asplund, who is from Stockholm, was among the smaller counter-protestors when she jumped out of place to physically obstruct the marchers. Armed with nothing but sheer courage, a kind, unapologetic heart, and a defiant, raised fist—a gesture the activist of 26 years learned from Nelson Mandela—Asplund took a stand for what is…

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Added by The Establishment on May 4, 2016 at 9:54am — No Comments

FEATURE: Anonymous Spelman College student chronicles gang-rape by Morehouse students on Twitter

A brave Spelman College student is using an anonymous Twitter account to share her experience being brutally gang-raped by four peers from Morehouse College. In a string of fewer than 20 tweets, the student outlines the party setting where her assault took place after she left her group in search of a restroom. The student also shares the events that followed…

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Added by The Establishment on May 3, 2016 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

OP-ED: Time to Unravel an American Tradition: The Pattern Of Black Voter Disenfranchisement Throughout Our History

We know that the Supreme Court gutting the Voting Rights Act in 2010 has led to voter suppression if not downright disenfranchisement of people of color. But this is only the latest round of a repeating pattern of Supreme Court rulings and legislative action to disenfranchise people of color. The latest attempts to deprive black and Native American citizens and other minorities of their voting rights are just part of something that has become a troubling tradition…

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Added by The Establishment on April 21, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Anti-Rape protests continue at Rhodes University after alleged rapists named in #RUReferenceList

This weekend Rhodes University students in South Africa took a brave and powerful stand against sexual assault and rapists. Following the release of the #RUReferenceList—a document naming 11 alleged rapists at the university—student activists took to the street for ongoing protests. During these movements, police used pepper spray and stun guns to break up the activists and disrupt their action against sexual assault and against the university; which students say does not…

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Added by The Establishment on April 21, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Young Black Entrepreneur Brandon Anderson creates app to monitor police brutality

As American police officers continue to brutalize, disproportionately target, and exploit the citizens of their country, the need for marginalized and oppressed groups to hold individual officers and institutions accountable is just as, if not more, important than ever. Young entrepreneur Brandon Anderson is working on a tool that does just that. 



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Added by The Establishment on April 18, 2016 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Activist and actress Rosario Dawson arrested alongside 900+ anti-Citizen United protestors in D.C.

Last week, during Democracy Spring’s huge action in Washington, D.C., actress and activist Rosario Dawson was arrested alongside hundreds of protestors demonstrating against Citizens United and advocating the passage of the Government by the…

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Added by The Establishment on April 18, 2016 at 10:05am — No Comments

FEATURE: Model and activist Diandra Forrest raises awareness for albinism and women’s rights

Diandra Forrest is a model and activist for albinism awareness women’s rights. Born with albinism, an inherited genetic condition that affects melanin pigmentation in the skin, hair, and eyes, Forrest uses her platform as a public figure to shed light on and normalize a condition that people don’t necessarily know much about or understand. Forrest extends a similar message of acceptance to her work with young women. As the first African-American model with albinism to be…

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Added by The Establishment on April 8, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

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