France’s World Cup Win Is A Victory For Immigrants Everywhere

July 16, 2018

The World Cup champions remind us all that, in an era of globalization, racial and ethnic diversity represent an enduring strength at all levels of society, ones that build cultural and political bridges within and between countries, nation-states and neighborhoods.

Via: CNN

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Hail To ‘The King,’ An Elvis Movie With Artivism

July 15, 2018

Calling Donald Trump “the antithesis of Elvis Presley,” director Eugene Jarecki said Trump’s election was evidence of how rapidly the “hijacking” of our nation by the wrong people has progressed, “like when you have a chronic sickness and then it moves into an acute sickness. This movie wouldn’t have happened if the country were healthier.”

Via: Memphis Commercial Appeal

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‘Platform’ Is Ensuring Young Women’s Voices Are Heard In Politics

July 14, 2018

Holding its National Convention in Washington, D.C. this weekend, Platform is an outlet for young women to tell their stories, engage in politics and make change. It’s founders understand that to achieve the tomorrow’s young women deserve they need to come together to celebrate, support, learn from and challenge each other.

Via: Millennial Politics

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Trump Baby Blimp Hits The Skies Of London During UK Visit

July 13, 2018

“Trump is a big, angry baby with a fragile ego and tiny hands,” the blimp’s fundraising page reads. Along with the Trump Baby, 200,000 people are expected to attend Friday’s protests in London. The less-than-warm welcome and massive displays of #artivism shouldn’t come as a shock to Trump, who is extremely unpopular in the U.K.

Via: HuffPost

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How Young Writers Are Leading A Poetry Comeback

July 12, 2018

It is easy for young people to engage with and share the art of poetry in today’s digital age, making it an ideal medium of self expression and an effective way to facilitate social change through artivism.

Via: PBS NewsHour


New Polls Show Dems Have A Narrow Path To A Senate Majority

July 11, 2018

The Democrats seem to have a genuinely good shot at holding onto a lot of their Senate seats in Trump-won states. If they can do that, while flipping Arizona and Nevada from red to blue, they can conceivably get those 51 votes in the next Congress.

Via: VOX

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Red State Democrats: Oppose Brett Kavanaugh

July 10, 2018

If Trump is able to replace Justice Kennedy with a Trumpian Republican, women’s rights, gay rights, voting rights, the right to use contraceptives — so much of modern life — could be upended. Furthermore, standing for principle, not caving to a bully, earns the respect of voters.

Via: CNN

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What Is A Southern Writer, Anyway?

July 9, 2018

Great writers everywhere do the same thing, but the South’s legacy of slavery and its overt and enduring racism make the truth a Southern writer speaks especially urgent — never more so than now, when our president and his enablers stoke the lie of white supremacy, in their words and deeds, nearly every day.

Via: New York Times

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What France And Belgium’s World Cup Success Says About European Immigration

July 7, 2018

Belgium’s Red Devils, like France’s Les Bleus, will not be able to solve their nation’s problems by themselves. But as Europe’s immigration debate heats up, the Belgian squad can point the way toward an ideal of successful, merit-based integration while boosting national pride as they play sublime soccer before billions of viewers.

Via: Washington Post

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Fred Rogers And The Loveliness Of The Little Good

July 6, 2018

In ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,’ children are our superiors in the way they trust each person they meet, the way they lack guile, the way a child can admit simple vulnerability. They are superior for their instinctive small acts of neighborliness, the small hug, sharing a toy.

Via: New York Times