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Celebrating Juneteenth by Emancipating History

The author, his father, and his brother in Morgantown, Miss. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Hagopian) Several years ago my dad, Gerald Lenoir, discovered the plantation where our family was enslaved. Through his extensive genealogical research, he determined that my great-great-grandfather Thomas H. Lenoir was born into slavery on the Lenoir Plantation in Morgantown, Miss., in …

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The Right’s Attempted Extermination Campaign of Queer People Is Textbook Fascism

Donald Trump talks to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, during a visit to Lake Okeechobee and Herbert Hoover Dike at Canal Point, Fla., March 29, 2019. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP Photo) EDITOR’S NOTE:&nbspThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from …

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Republicans Have a Favorite New Tool to Destroy Public Schools

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference on Monday, March 27, 2023, in Miami to mark his signing of a law expanding education savings accounts. (Matias J. Ocner / Miami Herald via AP) For Pamela Lang, a realtor in the Phoenix area whose son developed learning disabilities after surviving a typically fatal brain …

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The Movement That Made Brandon Johnson Mayor of Chicago

Chicago Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson celebrates with supporters after defeating Paul Vallas after the mayoral runoff election late Tuesday, April 4, 2023. (Paul Beaty / AP Photo) Chicago, Ill.—Anyone who doubts the power of organized labor to reshape the world should look to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and its allies’ electing one of their own …

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Why 60,000 Education Workers Walked Off the Job In Los Angeles

Purple for Power? Los Angeles teachers wearing their “Red for Ed” shirts and SIEU 99 members (in purple) at a solidarity rally in downtown Los Angeles on March 15, 2023. (Ted Soqui / SIPA USA via AP Photo) Los Angeles, Calif.—On March 21, the 25,000 custodians, cafeteria workers, campus aides, bus drivers, teaching assistants, special …

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Florida Man Trashes the Constitution and History in Pursuit of the White House

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis campaigns for reelection during a “Unite and Win” rally on the eve of the US midterm elections, at Hialeah Park Clubhouse, in Hialeah, Fla., on November 7, 2022. (Eva Marie Uzcategui / AFP via Getty Images) This article appears in the April 3/10, 2023 issue. When Louis Brandeis declared that the …

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Young People in Peru Are Protesting to Protect Democracy

Activism / StudentNation / September 11, 2023 Indigenous community members, farmworker coalitions, and students have taken to the streets. “Right now, we are calling for Dina Boluarte to leave power, and for new congressional elections.” Ad Policy People protest against interim President Boluarte on Independence Day. (Gian Masko / Getty) Peru is facing a democratic …

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