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Trump Is the Symptom, Not the Disease

Demagogues rise up in failed states that destroy their own democratic institutions and the rule of law. What is done to the populations we allow to be demonized will be done to all of us. (Includes interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal.)

Posted on May 14, 2017 READ MORE


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‘On Contact’: Chris Hedges and Organizer Adam Jackson Discuss Black Activism for a New Era

“Most revolution is local,” says Jackson (shown), CEO of the Baltimore organization Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.

Posted on May 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Hundreds of Thousands Ready to Strike on May Day

Organizers believe this year’s turnout, reflecting concerns about and defiance of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, will be the biggest in over a decade.

Posted on Apr 30, 2017 READ MORE



The Menace of Trump and the New Authoritarianism: An Interview With Henry Giroux

The renowned intellectual and social activist analyzes the underlying forces of authoritarianism in the U.S. and Europe and argues the need for resistance.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE



Documents Reveal NYPD Infiltrated Black Lives Matter

The surveillance was uncovered after a protester filed a Freedom of Information request about demonstrations in 2014 and 2015.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE



Not Your Grandma’s Civil Rights Strategy

In one now-historic decade, civil rights organizers brilliantly identified the levers of government power they could seize, but most of those levers are out of reach today. How will modern activists achieve change?

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Angela Davis, an Activist for the Ages

Davis’ inspiring talk at the recent Women of the World festival shows that this civil rights icon is as relevant in today’s fraught world as in the turbulent era from which she sprang decades ago.

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 READ MORE



Footage in Documentary Prompts New Questions About Shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson (Video)

Details in the film are bringing fresh scrutiny to the circumstances of the teenager’s 2014 death at the hands of a police officer in the Missouri town.

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 READ MORE



Small Survey Finds Negative Feelings Among Police Toward Black Lives Matter

A law firm canvasses 200 police officers about race relations on the job.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 READ MORE



Campaign to Crush Muslim Civil Society Organizations in the U.S. Escalates

Moves to suppress American Muslim groups so far haven’t ignited the outraged protests inspired by President Trump’s travel ban.

Posted on Feb 15, 2017 READ MORE



A Poem on Generations Witnessing Cycles of Death and Destruction (Audio)

Tamiko Beyer’s poem serves as a painful reminder of how “horde white-hot power” causes “rage that liquefies/ our hearts, whole communities.”

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 READ MORE



Inheritors of MLK’s Legacy Are Drawn to the Revolutionary King

Many young black activists say they prefer the capitalism-challenging radical to the Nobel Prize-winning pacifist to whom they were introduced as children.

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 READ MORE



DOJ Report About Chicago Police Department Echoes What Residents Have Long Known

Communities of color in Chicago meticulously documented the agency’s pattern of racist violence.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 READ MORE


Is Policing in America Racially Biased? Watch This Debate Video and See if Your Opinion Shifts

A legal scholar and a cop-turned-reform-advocate face off against a journalist and a cop-turned-lawyer on the hot question of whether American law enforcement is racist.

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Ava DuVernay, Activist Filmmaker

Even when off the set, the director of “13th” and “Selma” regularly addresses issues of political injustice.

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 READ MORE


The Future of Protests in Post-Obama America

The Truthdig team sat down Thursday with Melina Abdullah, a California State University professor at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement in Los Angeles.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



What Does It Take to Get a Police Officer Punished for Killing an Unarmed Black Man?

A jury in North Charleston, S.C., could not agree that Michael Slager committed a crime when he fired five shots into Walter Scott’s back, forcing the judge in the case to declare a mistrial.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE



Who Is Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s Pick for Attorney General?

The senator from Alabama has given his career to the pursuit of racist policies. As enforcer of the federal government’s civil rights laws, he would be in charge of investigating Black Lives Matter.

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 READ MORE



None of Them Has Ever Been My President

If the black movement was afraid of the likes of Donald Trump, it never would have gone up against the militarized police that occupy black communities. You can’t scare people with a specter if they’ve already fought the real thing.

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 READ MORE



‘Love Trumps Hate’: Washington, D.C., March Focused on Trump’s Campaign Messages

A crowd of 4,000 gathered in the nation’s capital Saturday to show solidarity with communities affected by the president-elect’s comments and policy plans.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE



The Top Five Times the FBI Intervened to Help the U.S. Right Wing

What is unusual about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s intervention in the 2016 election is not the intervention. After all, the FBI tries to shape United States politics every day.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 READ MORE



Cast Your Vote: What Was Most Significant News Story That Affected the 2016 Election?

With just four days left until one of the most anticipated votes in American history, tell us what you see as the most important news story of the campaign.

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 READ MORE



Report: Justice Department Is Pushing to Charge Police Officer Who Killed Eric Garner

After more than two years, there may soon be significant movement on the case.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE


Another View of Las Vegas: Students, Activists, Green Party Supporters Speak Up on Debate Day

While mainstream media focused its cameras on the debate stage in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar reported on stories that might otherwise be overlooked in the hype surrounding Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



White Blindness and Denial Characterize U.S. Racial Attitudes at the End of the Obama Era

America remains separate and divided. Despite having a black president for two terms, deep racism thrives in our country.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE



‘The Birth of a Nation’ and ‘13th’ School Their Viewers on America’s Racial Legacy

Directors Ava DuVernay and Nate Parker make searingly urgent cases that America’s legacy of slavery and systemic racism is not at all just a relic of the past.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE


John Oliver Tackles Police Killings and the System That Lets Some Cops Get Away With Murder (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host points out flaws in the handling of police brutality in the United States.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Cast Your Vote: What Is the Most Effective Form of Civil Resistance?

While activists fight for different causes, their forms of protest often are the same. We want to hear from you: Based on the week’s political news, what forms of protest are most likely to effect change?

Posted on Oct 1, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Zianna Oliphant, Fearless Fourth-Grader Who Spoke on Racial Injustice

Oliphant pleaded for the right to protest and argued for change in the treatment of the black community in the wake of the fatal police shooting of an African-American man in Charlotte, N.C.

Posted on Oct 1, 2016 READ MORE



Undercover New York Police Collected Information on Black Lives Matter Protesters

Eric Garner, an African-American, died at the hands of NYPD officers in 2014, prompting nationwide protests. Now, newly exposed records show that undercover officers were sent to the demonstrations to gather “multimedia records” of the events—possibly violating the department’s own rules.

Posted on Sep 30, 2016 READ MORE


Here’s What Hillary Clinton Could Do to Get Bernie Sanders’ Supporters to Vote for Her (Video)

Socialist millennial Kate Aronoff outlines seven things the Democratic presidential candidate “has to do to maybe, just maybe” win her vote.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Ten Things That Should Have Come Up During the Debate but Didn’t

Too many issues that are far too important remain invisible during this presidential race. It is no wonder that elections seem less and less relevant.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE


Compassion Leads to Action When It Comes to Racial Injustice

The Truthdig team sat down with Pastor Cue Jean Marie, a Los Angeles-based activist and prominent figure in the local chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement, to discuss social and racial injustice.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



America Has Two Types of Gun Laws—One for Blacks and One for Whites

Our gun laws should be changed. Until then, however, they must be enforced equally. Does the National Rifle Association disagree?

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 25, 2016 ENLARGE


Photo of the Week: The Police Killing of Keith Scott

“He better not be fucking dead!” shouts Rakeyia Scott, standing a short distance away from where police officers surround her dying husband.

Posted on Sep 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Standing Firm in the Face of Violence

With police killings of unarmed black men almost a weekly occurrence in the U.S., we must not let our trauma weaken our resolve to insist on—and organize for—racial justice.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE



Black Lives Don’t Matter to Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton

The carnage in many minority neighborhoods across America remains unacceptable. Yet both major-party presidential candidates have chosen to snub and malign the Black Lives Matter movement and the cause it represents.

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 READ MORE



Brave Like Kap

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a risk with his national-anthem protest against injustice in the U.S. Now other athletes are joining him, as are countless other Americans who want to overturn the status quo. Their courage can make all the difference.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE



This Election Is Hillary Clinton’s to Lose, and She’s Screwing It Up

If the United States ends up with President Trump, the Democratic nominee and her party will have no one to blame but themselves for refusing to compromise their allegiances to Wall Street and morally bankrupt, center-right, establishment positions.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE



Changes in American Education Are Forcing Huge Numbers of Black Teachers From Public Schools

An estimated 26,000 African-American teachers have disappeared from some of the nation’s neediest campuses, even as the overall teaching workforce increased by 134,000, reports Mother Jones.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 4, 2016 ENLARGE



Truthdigger of the Week: Colin Kaepernick, for Refusing to Stand During the National Anthem

In his act of protest against racial injustice in the U.S., the San Francisco 49ers quarterback has taken a lot of hits. But he’s not backing down and has succeeded in igniting an important debate.

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 READ MORE



I Have Never Stood Up for the National Anthem—and Never Will

No country is worth pledging blind allegiance to. Patriotism, nationalism, anthems, flags and syrupy words about “love of country” are constructs aimed at fostering unquestioning obedience from people lucky enough to be deemed citizens.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE



Democratic Candidates Were Told Not to Pledge Support for Black Lives Matter Policies, Hack Reveals

Leaked memos show that candidates were also told to limit the number of Black Lives Matter activists allowed at campaign appearances.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE



How Newsrooms Fail to Reflect America, and Why It Matters

Too often, there’s only one person among the reporters and editors to speak up for diversity.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE


How Do Today’s Struggles for Justice Differ From Those of the 1930s?

Americans lack organized labor movements and a ruling class that feels even slightly obligated to protect workers and the poor, cultural critic Henry Giroux (pictured) tells Paul Jay of The Real News Network.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Libertarians Love Civil Liberties—but Won’t Use Government to Protect Them From Capitalists

Truthdig followed along as Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson and running mate William Weld answered questions in a live stream forum moderated by Fusion’s Jorge Ramos and Alicia Menendez.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE



Addressing White Privilege Is Only a Small Step in Combating Systemic Racism

Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, have repeatedly addressed covert racism and racial injustice, but the United States needs more than rhetoric to solve the problem.

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE


Uprising in Milwaukee After Police Officer Kills Black Man

Following the police shooting of Sylville Smith, one of many Milwaukee residents protesting the killing says in an interview rebroadcast on “Democracy Now!” that police bear responsibility for the chaos rending black communities. The man being interviewed (pictured here) says he is Smith’s brother, Sedan.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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