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Imagine, if you will, an alternate universe where Hillary Clinton refused to concede defeat on November 9, 2016. Here’s a timeline of events from Election Day, November 8, 2016 through Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017, in the Twilight Zone:

November 8, 2016: At 11:48 pm ET, CNN declared Donald Trump the winner.

Trump won 306 electoral votes, thanks to his narrow victories in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Clinton won the popular vote, and by the end of November, she would be ahead by 2.8 million votes.

November 9, 2016: All the major networks, news outlets, including MSNBC, referred…


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Lately I’m seeing a number of memes using Talking Heads songs, such as Once in a Lifetime and Burning Down the House, to offer up clever and funny commentary on current election news. The Talking Heads fit this bizzarro moment, with their language experiments, imagist poetry, funk, new wave and world pop vibes. Their lyrics and accompanying images have a way of cutting through the hypocrisies of modern society. Many songs contain a current of fear, as well as optimism about the human desire to connect.

Thinking back on my favorite songs from their 8 albums (plus one David Byrne…


I keep hearing arguments from conservative Christians to the effect that a ‘true’ Christian cannot support the Democratic Party. I may not be able to reach my friends and family members who make these kinds of arguments. Nonetheless, as an organizer who works with faith-based groups, I want to share a different, and I think, more unifying perspective, on the role of faith in politics. I start with this question: What are the core values that we share across faiths and life experiences? How do we assess whether a candidate, a political party, a legislative body, a public figure, a…


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Law and Order On the Loop

When Richard Nixon ran for president in 1968, he knew he could reach white voters in the South by appealing to law and order, blaming civil rights activism, anti-poverty programs, and anti-war protesters for rioting, drugs, and other forms of civil unrest, appealing to the silent majority that wanted ‘tough on crime’ leaders. Nixon knew better than to use blatantly racist language. He needed to distinguish himself from the segregationist George Wallace, who was running as a third party candidate. As Nixon’s aide H.R. Haldeman put it: “The whole problem is really the blacks…


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Our collective health is inextricably linked to the health of the most vulnerable among us. A public health crisis can bring people together, highlighting our need for each other. A crisis also can reveal the divisions in a society, especially when those divisions are based in ‘deserving/undeserving,’ ‘superior/inferior,’ ‘us/them.’ …


Why the Democratic Party Matters for Our Movements

Richard Healey and Sandra Hinson

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As veteran social movement organizers, we are taking the long view as we make decisions during this election season. The primary season is still far from over, with 77% of delegates still up for grabs, and we don’t intend to make predictions about which of the front-runners will emerge as the nominee. But this is a critical moment to think about how a progressive left front should position itself to build further support for progressive ideas and social democratic policies.

Our work starts with crushing Trump and…

Sandra Hinson

Sandra has been a political and social movement strategist for over 25 years, supporting community- and labor-based organizing.

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