by Vivien Labaton & Gara Lamarche of The Atlantic Philanthropies.
As inspiring as it was to watch the protests unfold in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana, the extent to which those protests portend something larger remains to be seen. We could be witnessing a resurgent progressive citizens’ movement, or we may be watching the final chapters in the decades-long assault on organized labor by the right wing. The story is still being written.
Our responsibility is to embrace this energy and nurture the growing activism into a lasting constituency for change. While it is tempting to divert much of our time, money, and effort into electoral and legislative battles, however important, we must seize these opportunities by building more formidable and lasting movement capacity. What does this mean?…Nationally, it means supporting key institutions that are advocating for change. Social-justice advocates need to be able to exert power to press their agenda for change, and that means being able to mobilize many and diverse voices — including those of activists involved in other progressive causes — in support of a progressive policy agenda.
Great interview piece on race, class, & inequaliity. Stan-tastic Bill Moyers & the Wire.
“The drug war is war on the underclass now. That’s all it is.”
Bill Moyers interviews David Simon, April 2011 David Simon would be happy to find out that The Wire was hyperbolic and ridiculous, and that the “American Century” is still to come. But he’s not betting on it. An excerpt from Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues, forthcoming from The New Press.
Gorgeous, though disturbing, charts & infographics about income inequality in America. #daymplutocracy