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How A Large-Scale Effort To Register Black Voters Led To A Crackdown In Tennessee

“We’re taking people who are trying to do their job well and might not be very good at it and making them liable,” said Steve Dickerson, a Nashville doctor and Republican state senator who voted against the bill. “We don’t have good voter participation in Tennessee. This bill went after a problem that might have been small and brought in penalties that I think were disproportionate.”

Via: Washington Post

Powered By The People, A Genuine Populist Is Running For Governor Of West Virginia

But the campaign doesn’t want their candidate, Stephen Noble Smith, to be the face of the movement; the movement is supposed to transcend a single candidate and build a lasting infrastructure of political power. The roadmap is simple: Organize locally, recruit local candidates who know their neighbors’ needs, and run those candidates in local races.

Via: The Intercept

Southern Men: Where Ya’ll At?

Men, make a conscious choice to be in this fight with women. It’s an unholy mix of cowardice and cruelty to look the other way while the lives and rights of your fellow Southerners are at risk. And this should go without saying, but vote. Educate yourselves about local candidates; demand those candidates have clear-cut, vocal positions on supporting a woman’s right to choose.

Via: Bitter Southerner

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Slow Thought: A Manifesto

Slow Thought appeals to reflection before conviction, clarity before a call to action. In a wonderful philosophical lesson that is structured like a joke, Ludwig Wittgenstein admonished philosophers about rushing their thinking: Question: ‘How does one philosopher address another?’ Answer: ‘Take your time.’

Via: Aeon

Good Works

One Of The Largest Environmental Protests Ever Is Led By Children

“We don’t feel like we have a choice: it’s been years of talking, countless negotiations, empty deals on climate change and fossil fuel companies being given free rides to drill beneath our soils and burn away our futures for their profit,” 16-year-old Greta Thunberg wrote in an editorial. “Politicians… have willingly handed over their responsibility for our future to profiteers whose search for quick cash threatens our very existence.”

Via: VOX


Tiny, Perfect Things: A Lyrical Illustrated Invitation To Presence

Apprehend the small wonders that strew the everyday: the yellow leaf blown to the ground, the smiling face of a neighbor, the spider laboring at her web, the red feather in a passerby’s hat, the snail triumphant atop the fence, the pale, luminous moon against the nocturne.

Via: Brain Pickings

Off the Cuff

Op-Ed from our Managing Editor

Legislators Should Make Voting Easier In Tennessee, Not Harder

Lost in all of the excitement that Tennessee voting rights advocates experienced when their efforts helped catapult the state to its best midterm election turnout rate since 1994, was that not every state lawmaker was happy about it. That reality hit home recently with the introduction in the Tennessee Legislature of two new bills that threaten to impose significant criminal and civil penalties if errors are found on submitted voter registration forms.


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How Change Happens – Cass R. Sunstein

The different ways that social change happens, from unleashing to nudging to social cascades.How does social change happen? When do social movements take off? Sexual harassment was once something that women had to endure; now a movement has risen up against it. In this book, with the help of behavioral economics, psychology, and other fields, Cass Sunstein casts a bright new light on how change happens.

Via: Goodreads

Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thoughts On Crime, Punishment, And The Rule Of Law – Preet Bharara

By the one-time federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, an important overview of the way our justice system works, and why the rule of law is essential to our society. Using case histories, personal experiences and his own inviting writing and teaching style, Preet Bharara shows the thought process we need to best achieve truth and justice in our daily lives and within our society.

Via: Goodreads

The Republic – Plato

Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, this classic text is an enquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. During the conversation, other questions are raised: what is goodness?; what is reality?; and what is knowledge? With remarkable lucidity and deft use of allegory, Plato arrives at a depiction of a state bound by harmony and ruled by philosopher kings.

Via: Goodreads

The Art Of Communicating – Thich Nhat Hanh

In this precise and practical guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh reveals how to listen mindfully and express your fullest and most authentic self. With examples from his work with couples, families, and international conflicts, The Art of Communicating helps us move beyond the perils and frustrations of misrepresentation and misunderstanding to learn the listening and speaking skills that will forever change how we experience and impact the world.

Via: Goodreads

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Bursting with the colorful street style and music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, RAFIKI is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. Kena and Ziki have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but they yearn for something more.


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We Get By – Mavis Staples

“These songs are delivering such a strong message,” Staples said in a statement. “We truly need to make a change if we want this world to be better.”

We Get By  written and produced by Ben Harper, features the photograph “Outside Looking In” by Gordon Parks from his 1956 photo essay The Restraints: Open and Hidden.