1989 was also the year that Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) co-founder Michael Harrington died. DSA, Harrington’s family, and the rest of the world have moved on and changed. Well, that is with the great exception of Joe Allen and the International Socialist Organization (ISO).
Fifteen-year-old Hadiyah Pendelton, who had just recently been in Washington DC performing at President Obama’s inauguration, was fatally shot on January 29th in Chicago. Sixteen-year-old Kimani Gray was fatally shot seven times by plainclothes police officers in Brooklyn on March 9th. On March 12th, a gunman targeting her father fatally shot 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins 5 times in Chicago. Also March 12th, a thirteen-year-old boy was shot and critically wounded while walking to school in East Oakland, California. This is a fraction of the gun violence that affects children in the United States.
RYAN BRILES On February 19, Justice Department officials announced a new strategy to gain convictions when prosecuting errant big banks. In previous settlements, the Justice Department only leveled fines which the banks could pay, if not happily, fairly easily. Federal prosecutors are now seeking criminal indictments and subsequent guilty pleas from employees of the banks’ [...]
MTV’s new reality series Buckwild has become the newest trash TV sensation. What is the hook? The stars live in West Virginia. No Real World-style social experimentation, no critical look at the realities of rural life, no defining aspect beyond the fact that these nine young people portray the popular image of life in rural America as they hunt squirrels with homemade traps and mud wrestle wildlife.
BY DANIEL HANSON The most recent pulse of right- wing paranoia since Obama’s election has churned up some thoroughly nasty sediment in the river of mainstream political discourse. More specifically, the wave of pro-gun reaction in the wake of Sandy Hook and other mass shootings, rhetoric equating gun ownership with the maintenance of personal security [...]
On a chilly Friday night in downtown Brooklyn, Jackie Sewell, the youth organizer for the Democratic Socialists Of America, floats around the lobby of St. Francis College, spinning metaphorical plates and letting a whispered “shit” fly periodically as she prepares to greet the attendees of the Young Democratic Socialists Winter Conference.
MATTHEW SCHREPFER Congress is gearing up for another attempt at comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform. After the disaster of the 2012 election, ongoing demographic shifts may actually pressure Republicans to pass it this time, although a bet on Republicans’ rationality or instinct for self-preservation hasn’t been a winning one recently. A lot could be said about [...]