The Nation

on Dec 22, 2014 - 16:04 PM ET

This post is part of The Nation’s biweekly student movement dispatch. As part of the StudentNation blog, each dispatch hosts first-person updates on student and youth organizing. In the previous dispatch, December 11, ten people submitted a video and a brief update on their organizing in the struggle for black life. Contact...

Education, Activism, Politics
on Dec 22, 2014 - 15:19 PM ET

In these days of the NYPD’s near insurrection against Mayor de Blasio, of idiots chanting “What do we want? Dead cops!”, of cops killing unarmed black people across the country, of the murder of two officers in Brooklyn, and of...

Voter Rights, Activism
on Dec 22, 2014 - 14:28 PM ET

A good chunk of that deliciousness on our holiday dessert trays is sourced from lush farmlands of West Africa, where cocoa beans are tenderly grown and processed to meet the scrutiny of international quality controls. The end product is a painstakingly nurtured commodity valued like no other in the world. The same cannot be said of the children working the land.

That’s because the global agriculture industry continues to yield one particularly bitter crop:...

on Dec 22, 2014 - 11:48 AM ET

During his opening remarks at Friday’s year-ending press conference at the White House, President Obama declared that “in less than two weeks, after more than thirteen years, our combat mission in Afghanistan will be over.”

No reporter followed up with Obama on that statement—nor with any questions about Afghanistan—but they really should have. One month ago, the New York Times ...

on Dec 22, 2014 - 11:09 AM ET
Lakers "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts

Over the last month, we have seen a veritable “Sports World Spring” as athletes have spoken out on politics in a manner unseen since the 1960s. They have been inspired by the #blacklivesmatter demonstrations directed against the killing of unarmed black men and women by police as well as the inability of the criminal justice system to deliver justice.

The most remarkable part of these protests was not just their breadth nor the stature of the athletes...

on Dec 21, 2014 - 09:27 AM ET

In the United States, the mildest attempt to shift policy debate away from security to inequality (class and race) leads to a cop insurrection and, as Corey Robin put it, Weimer vibes—“and not the good kind.” Comparisons have been made to the cop revolt in 1992...

US Politics, Political Figures