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The Bolsonaro Effect
Henrique Furtado offers a primer on Brazil’s newly-elected fascist president, Jair Messias Bolsonaro, along the way arguing that the political violence threatened by Bolsonaro’s regime must be understood within the larger history of violence that structures capitalism in Brazil. The article is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese versions.
Do I Really Have to Vote?
Josh Kuh condemns the culture of branding people – especially young people – who don’t vote as “lazy,” and describes the legitimate reasons young voters may not feel confident in electorally-driven change.
Three Months Inside Alt-Right New York
Jay Firestone describes his three-month undercover intelligence-gathering efforts in the alt-right community, profiling the neo-Nazis he encountered in the American fascist groups newly-empowered in the spring of 2017.
The Growing Movement To Grant All Prisoners the Right To Vote
Eli Day highlights efforts to reverse the practice of felony disenfranchisement—laws in most US states stripping people convicted of felonies of the right to vote. Day underlines in particular the work of formerly-incarcerated researcher Emmett Sanders, whose recent report for the People’s Policy Project argues for the return of voting rights to some 6.1 million people affected by felony disenfranchisement laws.
Ecosocialism’s Greatest Challenge: The Color-Line and the Twenty-First Century Ecoleft
Writing for System Change not Climate Change, Ted Franklin reflects on the recent climate justice mobilization in San Francisco lead by the It Takes Roots coalition that brought over 30,000 people into the streets with an anti-capitalist, anti-climate change message. Ecosocialists, Ted argues, are overwhelmingly white, and need to work within such coalitions in order to build a diverse movement against climate change.