I hear people saying we need a true people’s party to bring left populism to a desperate nation. And goddammit, I could not agree more.

But right now, we’re out of time.
Enemies aren’t at the gate; they’re through it. White nationalists, assisted by law enforcement and government, armed with napalm and the easy comfort of privilege, will stomp their feet in every state in the union.

It’s a holy war for them.
And if you don’t think innocent people will die, you’re as deluded as they are.

People are starving, looking over the horizon to homelessness, dying. That gap is growing, and the vulnerable are falling in.
We are a handful of years from not being able to breathe.

It isn’t getting better. You can rage at the duopoly all you want, but we’ve got what we’ve got. And without major changes in the structure of our elections, that’s what we’ll have tomorrow.
So in the short term, we do what we can within the Democratic Party. We rattle and push and run ourselves.

We make ourselves thorns in their sides and we dig our way in to the soft places.

Make it hurt.

Make them hear us.
And we support our progressive voices in government, imperfect and few, because we need them.

We make every bit of change possible — even if it is incremental; even if it is unsatisfying — within the confines of the existing system.
At the same time we look to the new, organizing. Planning. Learning how to do it better.

But it cannot be either/or, because neither is sufficient alone.
We must reinforce the decaying bridge while we build a new one alongside.

Not everyone has to drown.
If you can’t work within the existing party, focus on mutual aid. Focus on working within your community to create safety nets. Food, shelter, support. Defense. Education. Connection.

Something as simple as creating a food pantry in your building saves lives.

But do something.
Wry tweets about how much you hate both parties won’t feed someone tonight.

Time is up.

#Solidarity and love forever.

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I hate it here.
I know many places are infinitely more difficult. And I am grateful for my privilege. But we are fed the story of the “greatest country on earth” from the second we leave the womb.


well, I’d like to, Chip.
We’re the only country I know of where people have to constantly whoop and remind each other where they live. MERICA!!!!!!

Then I look around at this failing, willfully ignorant nation, shot through with poverty and suffering, and I think

Fuck this.
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A brief history of American sterilization:

▪️In 1907, Indiana enacted its first eugenics law, requiring sterilization for any women in state custody who displayed "criminality, mental problems, or pauperism."

Indiana sterilized 2,500 women before the final repeal in 1974.
▪️Virginia passed its eugenics law in 1924, taking it to the Supreme Court, where Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote the majority decision.
"It is better for the world," Holmes said, "if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind."
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Hong Kong closed its entire school system yesterday, after 38 of the 66 new cases of COVID-19 were identified among students and parents.
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Don't let anyone tell you this is about education.

American scores consistently ranks among the lowest in the developed world for math and science.
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(fucking bleach) as a solution for COVID-19. (They also tout it as a cure for Alzheimer’s, autism, brain cancer, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and multiple sclerosis.)

“Dear Mr President, I am praying you read this letter and intervene.”
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I see #BernieBros is trending. Let me tell you something about us:

We are women and men and non-binary, Black, white, Hispanic, asian. We are the most diverse group of supporters of ANY candidate. We are not a monolith you can describe with an insulting, alliterative nickname.
We are young. We are old. We are poor. We are, by and large, without healthcare. We are idealistic. We are angry. We are afraid.

You have spent more time hating us than hearing us, so let me tell you what it looks like from inside here.
I have never met a group of people — strange and diverse as we may be — who are more ready to fight for the well-being of those around them.

Who are more dedicated to the health and welfare of this nation.
Who believe more passionately that a better world IS possible.
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