With corporate money at the wheel, whither then for the progressive?
As the populist wave that swept President Obama into office gives way to Business as Usual, Americans are waking up to the realities of life in a plutocracy. Both Frank Rich in the New York Times and Chris Hedges on Alternet reflect on this point in grand fashion. Rich, in a column titled "Who Will Stand Up to the Superrich?" writes that the issue is "issue is whether the country can afford the systemic damage being done by the ever-growing income inequality between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else, whether poor, middle class or even rich."
A celebration of civil rights: Susan Banyas and The Hillsboro Story
Two months after the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision legally ending school segregation, the county engineer of Hillsboro, Ohio - a white man determined to force integration in the segregated town - set fire to Lincoln School, the town's "colored" elementary school. The two-year protest lead by five African American mothers to carry forward the struggle sparked by that fire drew the NAACP's Thurgood Marshall and led to Clemons v. Board of Education the first test case for Brown in the North.
First Kushlani de Soyza speaks with Vincent Pham, doctoral candidate in Communication and graduate teaching assistant in Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois and co-author of Asian Americans in the Media.
Then, Vincent joins Kushlani and other APA Compass collective members, Sarika Mehta, Brian Yarne and Toni Tabora-Roberts in a roundtable discussion about the current slew of mainstream TV shows that feature Asian Pacific Americans.
Bill comments on the accusations that Democrats went too far left in the last two years, and suggests that a major component of their losses in the last election was a looming threat by businesses to set up shop elsewhere. We are told to lay of the Democrats for not committing political suicide, but to also realize that for that reason we cannot look to them as agents of real change.
Well Read Red Frann Michel reflects on the recent elections, voters' motivations, and surveys the broad response by progressives and leftists in the media. Read her essay HERE, which is chock-full of links.