September 16, 2020 If you don't know this story, you should. Take a look - https://mississippitoday.org/2020/09/16/a-um-professor-skipped-work-to-protest-racial-inequality-state-auditor-says-he-should-be-fired/ So University of Mississippi sociology professor James Thomas engaged in a two-day, largely symbolic "Scholar Strike" - a national effort in U.S. higher ed - in solidarity with the movement for racial justice. In response, Mississippi's state auditor, Shad … Continue reading State auditor Shad White in a lather over a university prof’s “strike” for racial justice
September 7, 2020 - Labor Day Turning to my routine morning read of the Popular Resistance daily news, I was shocked and devastated to learn that Kevin Zeese, co-director of PR with partner Margaret Flowers, had suddenly died on Sunday of an apparent heart attack. He was a young 64 years old and at the … Continue reading Social justice loses a true fighter; rest in power, Kevin Zeese
Has the Republican Party gone completely insane, or do Trump's Puppets really think that undecided voters will buy the load of horse---t that Joe Biden is a closet socialist bent on radical (to hear Trump and Pence, demonic) transformation of American politics, economics, and culture? If only Biden did have the heart to move America … Continue reading Biden as radical left “Trojan horse”? Will anybody swallow such nonsense?
The message to the progressive wing of the Democratic party could hardly be clearer: Get lost. Bernie Sanders was the only genuine progressive allowed significant Democratic National Convention speaking time - and that only because a Biden victory in November requires a big slice of former Bernie supporters to hold their noses and swallow the … Continue reading Progressives get zip from Democratic Party National Convention
Social work is generally considered a politically "progressive" profession, and there's no hotter topic among political progressives than whether or not to support the Biden-Harris Democratic ticket in November. There's little question that no self-respecting progressive could ever vote to re-elect Trump. There may have been a handful of social workers fooled by Trump in … Continue reading Is there a social work perspective on the presidential election?
August 10, 2020 The editorial board of the New York Times published a pretty good piece the other day on what the U.S. would need to do (finally) to get a handle on the Covid-19 crisis - and in no more than a mere eight weeks, at that. No surprises on the required steps - … Continue reading New York Times blind spot on the pandemic failure
August 5, 2020 The Clarion-Ledger today posted a picture of Governor Reeves sporting a face mask - bright red, with MAGA printed on it in big, bold letters. That tells you all you need to know about the governor's pandemic intentions and crisis management skills, doesn't it? Unable to ignore the avalanche of truly frightening … Continue reading Governor Reeves wants to have it both ways while COVID runs wild in Mississippi
July 27, 2020 If you find the seemingly incessant cascade of bad news confusing as hell, here's a thought that may help a bit (though I doubt it will, unfortunately, save you from either splitting headaches or irrepressible waves of anxiety). In fact we are facing not one, not two, but at least three crises … Continue reading The compounding of crises continues unabated
July 21, 2020 As the president's prospects for reelection plummet, he's rolling out an aggressive two-pronged strategy for his political recovery. First, he aims to remake himself (again) as the leader of the fight against Covid-19, getting photographed wearing a face mask and tweet-touting mask-wearing as, suddenly, "patriotic." Second, he's deploying unidentifiable federal agents to … Continue reading President Trump puts on one mask, takes off another
July 15, 2020 The University of Mississippi - the oldest public university in the state, with a long and ugly history of celebrating and consolidating white supremacy - has moved its Confederate monument from its honored place on campus. Amen. Monuments are symbols, and symbols are important. If they weren't, elites wouldn't erect them. If … Continue reading Confederate monuments be gone, but let’s not mistake symbolism for substance