Political Activism – Mov Soc http://movsoc.org/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 14:56:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://movsoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/mov-soc-icon.png Political Activism – Mov Soc http://movsoc.org/ 32 32 The exhibition dedicated to Melina Mercouri will open in Athens https://movsoc.org/the-exhibition-dedicated-to-melina-mercouri-will-open-in-athens/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 14:56:33 +0000 https://movsoc.org/the-exhibition-dedicated-to-melina-mercouri-will-open-in-athens/

A exposure dedicated to the life and works of the late Greek artist and politician Melina Merkouri will open its doors at Technopole cultural complex of Athens January 18.

Organized by the Municipality of Athens in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Melina Mercouri Foundation, the exhibition will mark the 100th anniversary of Mercouri’s birth.

Melina Mercouri was an award-winning actress, activist and former Minister of Culture. Being the first woman in this position, she served as Minister of Culture of Greece during the years 1981-1989 and 1993-1994.

Through her passion for culture and political activism, she strongly advocated for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.

To honor her memory, the Greek Ministry of Culture declared 2020 “the year of Melina Mercouri”.

‘Remember and love me’

Melina Mercouri exhibition. Photo source: Ministry of Culture

Under the title “Remember and love me”, the exhibition at Technopolis will present the life and work of Mercouri through three sections around his career in cinema, theater and politics.

It will feature rich Photo and audiovisual equipment as well as personal items – some on display for the first time.

Items will include 13 theater and movie costumes; 25 posters of his film career; 37 photos of Mercouri with international personalities such as Salvador Dali, Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth, Indira Gandhi and Catherine Deneuve; original scripts with handwritten notes; six letters; his lodge; and items she was carrying on her last trip to New York.

Melina Mercouri in her role for the Greek romantic comedy film “Never on Sunday”, 1960

The exhibition will open its doors on January 18 and will last until March 11.

Visiting days/hours are Tuesday – Sunday, from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.. Free entry.


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June 25, 1932
January 9, 2022

Gratha Jean Silberstein, 89, from Norman died Sunday January 9 in Norman.
Ms. Silberstein was born on June 6, 1932 in Panther, West Virginia, to Ted Justice and Gredith Lockhart. She left West Virginia at a young age and moved to Columbus, Ohio, where she was a hairdresser and waitress. She met her husband Fred B. Silberstein in Columbus, and they moved to Morgantown, West Virginia where he briefly taught sociology at the university. Jean (as she liked to be called) and Fred moved to Norman in 1965 with their 3 year old son Michael.
Jean Silberstein has been a committed and politically active Democrat her entire life. She was a key player in the fight for the passage of equal rights legislation in Oklahoma and a dedicated member of the National Women’s Organization. She has been involved in local and national politics most of her life and has held senior positions in several campaigns. She was also instrumental in getting the Oklahoma legislature to pass special education laws in Oklahoma and enforce related federal regulations. From school administrators and local authorities to state politicians, Jean Silberstein’s name has become synonymous with fierce and passionate political activism.
Jean was as passionate a mother and grandmother as she was a political activist. She spent most of her time trying to improve the lives of those close to her, and will be remembered as a loving and caring mother and grandmother.
Ms. Silberstein was predeceased by her husband Fred B. Silberstein.
Ms. Silberstein is survived by her son, Michael David Silberstein of Lancaster, PA and grandson Christopher Robin Silberstein of Oklahoma City, OK.

Published on January 12, 2022

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Noem announces legislation that would block Action Civics https://movsoc.org/noem-announces-legislation-that-would-block-action-civics/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 22:15:24 +0000 https://movsoc.org/noem-announces-legislation-that-would-block-action-civics/

PIERRE, SD (KELO) – Governor Kristi Noem has released a bill that would block Action Civics as a base for the education of South Dakota students.

“Our founding fathers wanted the American people to be well educated in our system of government, so that our students would learn to participate,” Governor Kristi Noem said. “As John Adams said, ‘Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.’ However, they should not be forced to choose one political ideology over another, nor be forced to demonstrate or lobby as part of their education. In South Dakota, we will focus on education, not indoctrination. “

Action Civics has its supporters and its opponents.

An essay in the “Constitutionalist” describes Action Civics as “a standards-aligned, youth-centered curriculum that asks students to think about what they value and teaches them how to act on those values. Rather than act on those values. Given a topic to act on, students learn to examine the issues facing their communities, cities, towns, states, or countries, identify options that allow their voices to be heard, and imagine possible solutions.

The Constitutionnalist is an online editor which, according to its website, is “dedicated to the intellectual and political work of constitutional democracy.” Our authors are open to a range of political perspectives, but we are united by a deep understanding of the constitutional endeavor – namely, we believe that constitutions are supported not only by law, but also by civil society and norms. civic.

“Some critics argue that civic action prioritizes activism over content knowledge. It also minimizes the role of traditional political processes. Instead, students should be educated on the facts about government and encouraged to choose their own level of participation, ”according to the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.

USC Rossier also claims that active civic education programs are rooted in research and result in greater civic knowledge and increased civic engagement later in life.

The Heritage Foundation has published several opinion pieces criticizing Active Civics, claiming it teaches children how to be protesters and activists without learning to deeply examine different social and political causes. Essays often link active civic education with Critical Race Theory (CRT).

Last week, Noem called on the South Dakota legislature to declare what cannot be presented or discussed in public schools, state technical colleges and state universities.

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Dormaahene hails the “Fix The Country Movement” https://movsoc.org/dormaahene-hails-the-fix-the-country-movement/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 01:15:45 +0000 https://movsoc.org/dormaahene-hails-the-fix-the-country-movement/

Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyeman Badu II, the supreme leader of the traditional zone of Dormaa

Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyeman Badu II, the supreme leader of the traditional Dormaa zone, praised the “mend the country” movement and pledged to support the campaign to obtain the required development benefits in the country.

He applauded Ghanaian US-based social media activist Twene Jonas and other social media players for the movement and their commitment to “spark a wave of activism in Ghana”.

Osagyefo Oseadeyo Badu II, also president of the Regional Chamber of Chiefs of Bono, said activists‘ engagement in raising awareness of corruption and injustices, social ills, environmental degradation, poor sanitation, leadership and economic mismanagement was in the right direction and should be taken care of.

“The movement is heading in the right direction and should not be seen and presented as insults against certain political and traditional leaders,” the supreme leader said when addressing a durbar of chiefs and residents of Asunsu number one in the central municipality of Dormaa.

Osagyefo Oseadeyo Badu II, who previously led a cleanup exercise in the city, urged political and traditional leaders to address national challenges, invest in human resources through effective management, judicious and prudent use of resources for put the nation on the right track. socio-economic development.

“I will lead the campaign to fan the flames of activism and accountability in order to keep leaders on their toes so that a meaningful, meaningful and appreciable level of development can be observed across the country,” he said. declared.

Osagyefo Oseadeyo Badu II expressed concern over what he described as government delays in investigating the contract for the Saglemi affordable housing project, saying “it is sad and unhappy that the project is abandoned and wasted years after construction when workers and millions of homeless Ghanaians can live there.

“When you say what you think about it, they say you are doing politics,” and condemned successive governments for abandoning development projects initiated by their predecessors.

The Supreme Leader therefore called on the government to continue and complete the school, road and hospital projects launched by the former National Democratic Party (NDC) government.

Osagyefo Oseadeyo Badu II pledged to provide an interest-free but repayable 2,000 GHC loan to five deserving traders in the region to repay within 12 months, and pledged 100 bags of cement and 2,600 GHC to support construction work in a community center in the region.

He also called on the health ministry to modernize the number one community health planning service complex (CHPS) in Asunsu to improve health care delivery in the region.

Osagyefo Oseadeyo Badu II ensured to distribute the resources accumulated on the Stool lands of Dormaa equally so that development progresses in all communities, and advised the population to adhere to COVID-19 health security protocols to prevent the spread of disease.

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“Democracy is only possible if every active or concerned citizen is automatically an activist” https://movsoc.org/democracy-is-only-possible-if-every-active-or-concerned-citizen-is-automatically-an-activist/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 10:26:34 +0000 https://movsoc.org/democracy-is-only-possible-if-every-active-or-concerned-citizen-is-automatically-an-activist/

In a democracy, there should be no difference between citizens and activists because any active, alert or concerned citizen is automatically an activist. Indeed, each citizen must be aware of what is happening around him, what its impact is and what impact he can have in society.

Professor Jagdeep Chokkar, co-founder of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), which focuses on electoral and political reforms, spoke on the topic “Civic Elections and Citizen Activism” on the occasion of the 8th anniversary of la RTI Katta (now online). He said political activity is an ongoing process, one of the goals of which is elections. Therefore, the role of citizens should be continued and should not be limited to voting. He called for participatory democracy.

However, Professor Chokkar said that most citizens lack “constitutional literacy” because they are “innocent or ignorant”. He also said that while most people will tell you that they are the ones who elect the government, it is relevant to really ask for the freedom to vote for the candidate they want.

Emphasizing that a candidate is whoever the political party has chosen, Professor Chokkar said: “When India became independent, a large number of political candidates ran as independents (36 won the elections of Lok Sabha in 1952) but the figure for the last election fell to a dismal four. So, do you contribute to a healthy democracy by electing a candidate because the choice of a voter is pre-constrained by the choices made by a given set of political parties? Thus, candidates backed by political parties have a better chance of winning elections over time. The political parties themselves have set this limit for the citizens. ”

Elaborating on the other role of elected officials, he wondered about what elected officials do after being elected when a bill is tabled.

“Are they not supposed to come back to people to inform them of the contents of the bill and to get comments?” However, the elect are powerless because they have no choice. Their respective political party gives them the whip, and they must respect it, otherwise they risk suspension. Our country is a dynamic democracy, but are the pillars of democracy democratic? No political party is democratic. Our democracy is hollow; it’s superficial.

Speaking about how municipal elections are essential, Prof Chokkar said that citizen accountability begins with municipal elections because civic body issues are very close to citizens. Whether it is roads, electricity, or law and order, it is directly connected to them and therefore they need to be aware of what is going on. He said they should ask themselves who they are voting for.

While ADR conducts electoral vigils for almost all state assemblies and parliamentary elections in collaboration with the National Election Watch (NEW), Professor Chokkar lamented: “Unfortunately, ADR is not able conduct electoral watch for municipal elections, such as general assembly and general elections as they are too widespread and we lack adequate funds and resources.

However, he suggested that there should also be city-level election watches so that information about each candidate is made public so that the individual citizen is better informed about who to vote for.

Professor Chokkar said: “No one has the right to tell anyone to vote. The voter must not be ill-informed, ill-informed, ill-informed or partially informed. He should have enough information to allow him to make a choice.

He also mentioned that the powers conferred on local self-government would only materialize with the constitutional literacy of the citizens.

Professor Chokkar recalled that even before the seed of the Right to Information Act (RTI) was sown in this country, ADR had filed a lawsuit to increase transparency and accountability in the the country’s political and electoral system, in which “we had used the term right to information, 35 times.”

Lamenting that “we are a nation of advisers, not actors,” he urged every activist to let go of his ego because everyone thinks he or she is only doing their best. He said an activist citizen should be a model citizen himself if people are to believe in his campaigns for the public good.

Mahesh Zagade, former Principal Secretary of Maharashtra, also spoke on the occasion and called for a larger public movement to establish political transparency and make people more participatory and proactive.

RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar launched “RTI Katta” online on January 5, 2021. RTI Katta’s goal is to empower people through discussions among themselves. It is an umbrella organization where participants gain insight into various issues.

“Several people respond to a person’s request, which results in a healthier and more relevant solution rather than an RTI expert providing the answer. In addition, it builds confidence in the RTI movement, which the government repeatedly scuttles through various circulars and amendments, ” Kumbhar said.

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Dickson, a political strategist, says Diri https://movsoc.org/dickson-a-political-strategist-says-diri/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 05:32:34 +0000 https://movsoc.org/dickson-a-political-strategist-says-diri/
Governor Douye Diri

Olusegun Samuel in Yenagoa

Yesterday, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, looked back on his political journey with his predecessor, Senator Seriake Dickson, and described him as a political strategist.

Diri said this when he received the Senator representing the Bayelsa West Senate District in his hometown Sampou in the Kolokuma / Opokuma local government area in the state.

The governor recalled how both began their political journeys by serving in the former civil administrations of the state, except one.

Diri, in a statement by her chief press secretary, Danirl Alabrah, said their long-standing relationship was a mutual brotherly bond, and stressed that her predecessor had always been instrumental in her political successes, also recalling that his first elected post as a Member of the National Assembly was achieved under Dickson’s leadership.

He also recounted how his smooth transition from the House of Representatives to the Senate and now governor of the state became possible, as Dickson believed in his ability to solidify the legacy left to the state.

According to him, “Dickson and I knew each other long before the creation of Bayelsa State (in 1996). We had been involved in Ijaw activism in Port Harcourt (Rivers State) and later served in other state administrations.

“As he (Dickson) rightly said, it was only in one administration that we both didn’t serve in this state. And we never knew he would become governor, but because it was his destiny, it happened.

“The type of relationship we share is cherished by both of us. I remember when we were looking for who to challenge the seat of the House of Representatives for our party; while I was busy looking for the right person outside, he was in his office doing the same.

“Finally, he decided and told me that those around him had indicated to me that we had to represent the federal constituency of Yenagoa / Kolokuma / Opokuma. This is how I started the journey to the National Assembly.

“Initially, our intention was for me to go to the Senate. But being the political strategist that he is, he told me that the powers that be would then be an obstacle. So the House of Representatives was the best option at the time.

“I have decided to follow this path of memory, because a lot of things are happening just to highlight the relationship that I have had with my brother, friend, compatriot and leader until now that I am governor.”

Expressing gratitude on behalf of his administration of prosperity to Dickson, the governor called on members of his government and his party (Peoples Democratic Party) to continue to give glory to God for the maintenance and control of political power in the ‘State.

Diri further advised his supporters and political associates to ensure that their structure remains intact before the next election.

Earlier, Dickson said as part of the Christmas festivities he came to pay homage and solidarity to the state’s number one citizen as a sign of respect and in return for the governor’s earlier gesture, when he visited him. in his country house. in the Toru-Orua community.

He also confirmed that Diri was his friend, brother, colleague and ally whose relationship was cherished beyond party affiliation.

While calling on citizens of the state to support the current administration, Dickson stressed that members of government must work with a common goal.

The President of the Bayelsa Assembly, Abraham Ingobere, other lawmakers, the Secretary of the State Government, Dr Konbowei Benson, commissioners and other senior government officials, chiefs traditional as well as party loyalists and political associates.

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Claire Nelson obituary (2022) – Livermore, CA https://movsoc.org/claire-nelson-obituary-2022-livermore-ca/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 06:13:01 +0000 https://movsoc.org/claire-nelson-obituary-2022-livermore-ca/ Claire Nelson
May 8, 1932 – October 16, 2021
Resident of Livermore, California
Rachael Claire Ensign Nelson, 89, died on October 16, 2021 at the home surrounded by her family.
A resident of Livermore, California for over 60 years, Claire was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. After graduating from Topeka High School, she attended the University of Kansas and Boston College majoring in English, but marriage, children, and a possible move to the Bay Area prompted her to get a degree in early childhood education from California State University, Hayward.
A friend noted: “Claire was a great woman involved in many causes across the Tri-Valley.” And another, “always cheerful, kind and caring, accomplishing so much without making a big deal – always an inspiration.” Indeed, Claire has often worked behind the scenes and was instrumental in founding TriValley Haven, Leahy Square Daycare and the Community Association for Preschool Education (CAPE). Many other organizations have benefited from her participation, including the Friends of the Livermore Library, the National Organization for Women (NOW) and the Unitary Universalist Church of Livermore (UUCiL).
According to Carolyn Staehle, a longtime friend and advisor to Haven, “Claire was a mighty spirit in a small setting, a loving force in this community for decades. It was Claire who literally hosted women and their children in his house before we even have shelter.
“Claire believed in not only helping others, but also giving them the tools they would need to continue to grow and thrive long after leaving her life and care. A specialist in child development, Claire believed to inheritances – how to help the mothers would help the children, which would help the children of these unborn children. She knew that breaking the cycle of violence began with the smallest and most direct acts, like a hot meal, a hot cookie, a place in a house when the house had been lost.
“It’s amazing how many lives Claire’s vision has touched [since the Haven’s inception]. For anyone who has thought they can’t tell the difference, that the world’s problems are too big, too complicated, or too far away for them to touch, Claire Nelson has proven time and time again that we can tell. difference. One person, one family, one community at a time. ”
She was a determined gardener, worm grower, and avid reader, so losing her sight to macular degeneration was devastating, but not overwhelming, as audiobooks became a passion in her final months. Cookbooks were always a particular favorite and she was a brilliant cook. She adapted many recipes to streamline their preparation and make them more affordable and was in the process of writing her own low cost meal cookbook at the time of her death.
Claire has brought an equal amount of energy and passion to family, friends and strangers with scholarships, home cooked meals, letter writing campaigns and political activism across the country. Although Claire’s flame has gone out, the light she shone on everyone she has touched continues.
Her parents, Virgil and Blanche Ensign, predeceased her.
She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Harry L. Nelson of the house; three sons Craig (Nancy) of Livermore, Bron (Desiree) of Saratoga, Scott (Sabrina) of Castro Valley; daughter Sandy (David) of Manhattan, Kansas; his brother Mike Ensign (Jeanne) of Aptos; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many other friends and relatives.
A celebration of life is planned for spring 2022.
Commemorative contributions to Tri-Valley Haven are encouraged.

View Claire Nelson’s online memorial

Published by East Bay Times on January 6, 2022.

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Rights the Blue States could lose if the GOP returns to power https://movsoc.org/rights-the-blue-states-could-lose-if-the-gop-returns-to-power/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 13:00:15 +0000 https://movsoc.org/rights-the-blue-states-could-lose-if-the-gop-returns-to-power/

Here is a national fetal rights policy!
Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

Right now, the two main parties in the United States are polarized on the role of the federal government. Democrats, as has generally been the case since the civil rights era, favor federal activism to establish certain rights and conditions of life at the national level. Republicans have increasingly adopted the state rights posture that the GOP was originally founded against in the mid-19th century.

This has been the backdrop for many of the great political and legal battles of 2021. Democrats, who have a ruling triumph in Washington, struggle to impose or re-impose national standards in areas ranging from voting rights health care through income maintenance. Meanwhile, Republicans are using every tool available to protect the independence of state governments they control, as GOP-dominated federal courts strive to dismantle the rights guaranteed to all Americans. This dynamic will likely become even more evident in 2022, when the United States Supreme Court is expected to overturn or severely restrict the right to abortion, producing hugely disparate state policies on reproductive rights.

It really is a historic turning point, says Ron Brownstein at Atlantic:

Since the 1960s, Congress and the federal courts have acted primarily to strengthen the bedrock of basic civil rights available to citizens in all 50 states, a visible model on issues ranging from the dismantling of Jim Crow’s racial segregation to the right to l abortion to the authorization of the same -sexual marriage. But now the offensives of Red state governments and GOP-appointed federal judges are poised to reduce those common standards across a range of issues. The result in the 2020s could be a dramatic erosion of common national rights and a growing rift – a “great divergence” – between the freedoms of Americans in the Blue States and those in the Red States.

But it would be a mistake to assume that this is the ‘new normal’ in US politics, with Democrats perpetually attempting to extend their policies to those living in the Red States and Republicans focusing on the state. under their control and implicitly accepting that they have little control. on what is happening elsewhere. If Republicans get their own trio of government – which could happen as early as 2024 – they’ll be tempted to let go of their passion for state rights and impose the policies they favor nationally, a development Brownstein says. calls it the “darkest scenario for Democrats”. Here are some types of federal laws and regulations Republicans could very well pass in this scenario, which would limit rights even in blue states.

reversal Roe vs. Wade and the return of abortion policy to the States has long been a primary goal for an anti-abortion movement that has formed a strong partnership with the Republican Party. But the ultimate goal – enshrined in the GOP platform since 1980 – is a federally established “fetal personality” right that prohibits any state law authorizing abortion. And there are many signs that this perspective could become dominant in conservative circles once the Great White Whale Roe deer was harpooned. One important indicator is the recent omission of exceptions for rape and incest in many state abortion bans (including laws in Texas and Mississippi which are now before the Supreme Court). These exceptions were once considered politically binding, and forcing pregnancies caused by rape or incest to term remains highly unpopular.

Second, the prospect of elevating the personality of the fetus to the rank of federal constitutional law remains remote, given the extreme difficulty of enacting constitutional amendments, even popular ones, and the ground that even a conservative Supreme Court should cover before it is adopted. examine. But a federal law imposing human rights on states is entirely doable if there is a Republican trio in Washington that first removes the obstacle imposed by Senate obstruction (see discussion below) .

Beginning in 2013, after a conservative Supreme Court majority gutted the main enforcement provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Republicans quickly abandoned a commitment to federal voting rights that most of them (outside of the Deep South) embraced up to Eisenhower. administration. This became most evident in 2021 when only one Senate Republican – Lisa Murkowski – was willing to back John Lewis’s Advancement of Voting Rights Act aimed at restoring the voting rights provisions Republicans supported. once almost universally (for example, in 2006, when Senate Republicans all voted in favor, then George W. Bush signed an extension of VRA).

But what seems to be gaining momentum, thanks to encouragement from Donald Trump and some conservative ideologues, is the idea that America needs federal legislation to solidify “electoral integrity.” This could include banning state laws expanding access to the ballot through liberalized early voting (especially by mail), re-emancipation of ex-criminals, and simplified or automatic voter registration. Likewise, Republicans are showing signs of preference for standardized election administration rules to prevent a repeat of what the folks at MAGA see as the theft of the 2020 presidential election by Democratic state and local election officials. . It is no coincidence that two of Trump’s closest allies in Congress, Senator Josh Hawley and Congressman Mike Kelly, introduced a “2020 Election Integrity Protection Act” right after the elections. last election to resolve these two alleged problems.

One of the most important but under-discussed political developments of the 21st century has been the constant abandonment by Republicans of their once strong support for objective standards for public schools. George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind legislation was one of the initiatives that produced the strong Conservative backlash that in turn created the Trump-era Republican Party. And by the time a common basic education standards initiative, originally led by Republican governors, paid off in the 2010s, it had already become anathema to most conservatives.

Part of this trend undoubtedly stems from growing Republicans’ support for publicly funded private education (including the home schooling option that conservative Christians have increasingly embraced). But more recently, even grassroots Republicans who still use public schools have become so hostile to teacher unions and the “education bureaucracy” that a party-wide “parental rights” movement has mobilized both those who want public funds to go directly to parents to use for private and home schools and those who want to control what (and how) public schools teach.

Because the parental rights movement views state and local education authorities as inherently untrustworthy, there is no particular reason for its Republican allies to value state rights or local autonomy in education. . Inevitably, if they are able to do so, it is very likely that Republicans in Congress and a future Conservative administration will embrace parental rights nationwide with legislation to prevent states and localities from monopolizing public funds or from monopolizing public funds. educational material that conservatives find objectionable (most obviously, material about racism, but also conservative religious targets as robust as sex education and evolution). GOP administrations have for years promoted federal voucher programs as a means to undermine funding for public schools; a broader attack on teacher unions and “bureaucrats” is inevitable.

Perhaps the area where federal right-wing activism is most firmly established is that of efforts to anticipate state and local policies viewed as hostile by the GOP business community, which invariably pressure their friends to Washington to protect them from the state’s blue regulators.

Federal climate change activism was very present under the Trump administration, especially in its high-profile war in federal courts against California’s anti-pollution policies. Given the emergence of climate change both as an existential crisis for much of the GOP’s business base and as a cultural issue for MAGA activists, you can count on future wars against climate initiatives in the GOP. Washington Blue State when Republicans are in full control.

The feasibility of right-wing federal activism, of course, comes up against one of the same key hurdles Democrats currently face: Senate filibustering.

Mitch McConnell has been adamant in his defense of filibuster, which currently gives him the power to veto any Democratic initiative that isn’t wrapped in a workaround, like reconciliation. It might sound like a guarantee against filibuster reform once the shoe is on the other foot, but I wouldn’t count on it. It has been widely forgotten that Donald Trump’s initial beef with McConnell was the Kentuckian’s refusal to kill the legislative obstruction in 2017 when Republicans attempted to enact a repeal of Obamacare, among other conservative policies backed by Trump. Trump has consistently denounced McConnell’s move until the Republicans’ loss of the House in mid-term in 2018 made the issue largely moot.

Who knows if 79-year-old Mitch McConnell will survive as Senate Republican leader until a hypothetical GOP triumph in 2025? Either way, there’s no doubt that Trump’s influence over his party continues to grow, and given McConnell’s highly transactional (and cynical) approach to doing his job, he could easily turn around. face on obstruction if Trump demanded it (as much as he did an about-face on the admissibility of Supreme Court confirmations in the year of the presidential election when Trump needed them in 2020). Indeed, looking at the list of issues above where Republicans and especially Trump may soon want sweeping federal action, the chances of mainstream obstructionism surviving the next Republican trifecta are almost nil.

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10 years later, a journalist looks back at the impact of Occupy Wall Street – J. https://movsoc.org/10-years-later-a-journalist-looks-back-at-the-impact-of-occupy-wall-street-j/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 21:21:53 +0000 https://movsoc.org/10-years-later-a-journalist-looks-back-at-the-impact-of-occupy-wall-street-j/

It has been a little over a decade since the dissolution of the Zuccotti Park encampment in Lower Manhattan, the flagship of the Occupy Wall Street movement. This means that it has been 10 years since expressions like “the 1%” entered American political language and that a new generation of progressive activists was launched. Many of these activists, of course, are Jews.

Michel Levitine

But for journalist and activist Michael Levitin, who grew up in Sonoma County and now lives in El Cerrito, Occupying Wall Street was hardly the beginning of his involvement in progressive political movements. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz, he traveled to Bolivia amid the 1999-2000 Cochabamba Water War, a struggle to privatize the city’s water supply system. Bolivia, now considered one of the first major conflicts linked to globalization. While covering it, he became editor-in-chief of the English-language newspaper of La Paz.

Years later, in 2011, Levitin, 45, edited the Occupy Wall Street Journal, a short-lived print publication distributed in Zuccotti Park during the height of Occupy Wall Street.

In his new book, “Generation Occupy: Reawakening American Democracy,” he looks back on the decade since Occupy Wall Street, combining interviews with its leaders and personal memories. This interview has been edited for clarity.


J .: Periodically, and especially in this 10th anniversary year, there have been reflections on “where to occupy” and that sort of thing. Does the question sometimes annoy you?

MICHAEL LEVITIN: I’m not mad, no. Glad people were intrigued enough to ask, especially the knowledgeable people who followed him and maybe supported him. This is a legitimate question that we have asked ourselves over the past decade. But for most people, it just disappeared. They never really saw more because the media message was all they read – that it just dissolved in an outrageous way, good riddance it’s over. People were mystified as to where he went.

The implicit question is: when will it reappear? When is there going to be another mass movement like this, something that really changes the conversation? Obviously, the problems only got worse. And clearly, youth activism is only growing.

In fact, Occupy really drove and sparked so much that came after – climate activism, Black Lives Matter. Which means it’s not just a piece of history, it’s a testament to where we are today.

Cover of "Generation Occupy" by Michael LevitinYou weren’t new to covering social movements when Occupy Wall Street started. How did that prepare you for this moment in American politics?

Not new, no. I had been an activist since I was a teenager, when as a high school reporter I tried to prevent clear cutting of trees near the Russian River. I joined Earth First! as a student at UC Santa Cruz. And then I cut my teeth on the Cochabamba Water War, the most dramatic type of social movement you can see as a young journalist. I have seen a real anti-business and human-centered policy unfold in the streets of Bolivia. It was beyond the activist – it was rebellion in the streets. But in the 2000s, before Occupy, no one covered activism and social movements.

What happened to the new generation of activists and leaders who started out during Occupy?

Well, a lot of the people at the heart of the story – including the Jews you’ll want to talk about – weren’t on their first try. They had been to Seattle [for the 1999 World Trade Organization protests]. Some, like Charles Lenchner, have really understood this honestly; he was brought up by Israeli Communists. He went on to create People for Bernie, which kicked off Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. So there were novices, but also people who had really seen him.

The person you hear the most about and who was most new to this is Max Berger, and he’s Jewish. I quote it several times in the book, and we have spoken several times. It is typical of this new generation. And then there is Yotam Marom; he started the Wildfire Project. These two young Jews came to Occupy quite young and both became real leaders. They were both co-founders of IfNotNow. Berger started Momentum, which led to the Sunrise movement. Both, and others, went on to create movements that were reactions to Occupy’s lack of structure.

Was their Jewishness fortuitous? Many Jews involved in activism like to quote “Jewish values” or “tikkun olam”.

Probably a mixture. Some of them were brought up in a very Jewish environment and brought some of that to their work. I don’t explicitly draw the Jewish element in my book. If people want to see names and draw conclusions, they can. But we bring our own ideas of Jewish history to this sort of thing. It’s no secret that Jews are often at the forefront of social movements.

Rodrigo Dorfman, who made a film about Occupy, has often cited his atheist Trotskyite Jewish heritage. This tradition has informed some of these people of more than “doing the work of God on this Earth”. I come from Russian and German Jews who were true liberal figures in the Bay Area in the 1950s and 1960s.

You mention the Bay Area. Is there a local angle to your book?

There are definitely scenes going on here. It’s interspersed with my personal short anecdotal segments, just to give people a feel for the movement itself. One section concerns the closure of the large harbor in the Bay Area after the movement all but collapsed. This was one of the first indications of, where will the movement go? I came back to California and participated in these blockades. They managed to shut down the entire west coast shipping industry for a day.

And Santa Rosa had one of the biggest Occupys. It has struck above its weight in terms of attendance and Occupy actions.

Ten years later, what are the lessons of Occupy?

If the left is to be known for reaching power and creating real change, it must learn what Occupy understands: language, a big ‘us’ versus a narrow ‘them’, ‘the 99%’ and the regional autonomy, which is also how the Bernie movement worked. But they also need to learn from what went wrong, like the lack of a leader and confused demands.

The next move that really learned from all of this was Black Lives Matter and everything that came after George Floyd, where they built a grand, multiracial coalition among a generation that was just fed up with a lot of types of abuse.

But now Democrats have elected Biden, and a Democratic majority expected progressive policies. Things were quite optimistic before the insurgency and after the elections. People expected free tuition, expanded health care, taxation of the rich, the Green New Deal – those ideas that Occupy gave to the general public – and it gave me a feeling of ‘hope. But now, a year after writing the book, with the virus and the insurgency, I have a little less hope.

What do you hope people get from Generation Occupy? “

Hope. I want them to realize that, despite difficult setbacks and endless confrontations, there is the potential to create movement anytime, anywhere. Small groups of unpredictable and spontaneous people can create reverberations in society. I am writing so that Occupy does not become an asterisk in the historical record. People wanted to erase it from history because it only lasted two months. But that was not the whole story.

“Generation Occupy: Reawakening American Democracy” by Michael Levitin (Counterpoint, 368 pages). Available at online retailers.

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This year, like the previous one, was eventful to say the least. In the midst of ups and downs, National Geographic traveler (UK) and National Geographic Traveler’s Food (UK) have continued to bring travel stories and culinary inspiration to our dedicated readers. You’ve visited our website in record numbers, especially at times when we found ourselves grounded or finally able to plan those long-awaited trips.

You’ve come to us for all things Covid-19, whether it’s the latest update to the ever-growing greenlist over the summer months, or face mask advice to wear on your flight. But other than Covid-19, it looks like you’ve relied on us for expert advice on everything from biking to motorhomes (both, oddly enough, quite pandemic-resistant). You will notice that remote working and outdoor bars in London were popular (among the most positive effects of the pandemic). Among the hundreds of inspiring articles posted online this year, browse our 12 most read articles below.

1. Five cycling experts share their favorite UK routes
The GB team riders may have impressed us in the velodrome, but cycling is not only the preserve of the track titans – the sport is more popular than ever with amateurs too, with 22% of more bikes sold in the UK in 2021 compared to 2019. Over the different blockages, it seems people have discovered the joys of jumping in the saddle, from its countless health benefits to the thrilling feeling of freedom. From the wilderness of Scotland to the lush green parks of London, we take a two-wheeled tour through the UK as five cycling experts share their favorite rides.

2. Experts share tips for discovering the UK in a motorhome this summer
Motorhome rental in the UK has been given a huge boost by travelers looking for private accommodation that allows freedom on the open road between closures. Joining the established car rental players in the market, a number of boutique operators are now offering redesigned retro rides, and several van sharing websites offer a wide selection of private vehicles. The rentals cover the whole range from comfortable family motorhomes to rustic VWs from the 1960s.

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