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Posts from June 2017

By: Carly Goodman
Published: June 5, 2017

Immigrant rights activists and other experts often complain that the immigration system is “broken” and needs to be reformed. But research suggests that this language can backfire. Focusing only on the problems – especially when it comes to complicated policies – shuts people down, makes them feel hopeless, and ends conversations. Instead of critiquing the system as broken, talk about what should be done to fix it and take action yourself.

Here’s why you shouldn’t say the system is broken:

  • Reason #1: It makes people feel hopeless....
By: Karyn Carlo
Published: June 2, 2017

Folks are acting surprised at the vigor with which white fundamentalist Christians oppose the idea of global warming, dismiss it as a hoax, and insist that environmentalism is some kind of blasphemous worship of Mother Earth to be resisted at all costs. Let me see if I can help. Remember the Scopes "monkey trial?"

The passionate opposition to the theory of evolution had to do with the way it connects humans and "apes" and threatens to "make a monkey out of us." White supremacy promotes the idea that Black people are ape like and inferior and quite possibly soulless. See the...

By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: June 1, 2017

Last week, the Trump administration released the full version of their proposed 2018 federal budget. The budget includes large increases for immigration enforcement and for the military, and sweeping cuts to education, health care, food assistance, and other valuable social programs. Here's what we're reading to learn more.


The Trump budget neglects basic protections and funds a deportation force instead, by Sharita...