Food for Thought, Reid Rant

A (Joy) Reid Rant Is Always A Beautiful Thing (Part 2)

Joy Reid began her July 5 rant with this: “Matt Yglesias (Vox) seems to be arguing for Dems to rely on white millennials and rural, antiabortion Dems in 2020.” She’s referring to an article by Matt Yglesias in Vox, his crystal ball in hand, annointing the Dem 2020 candidate frontrunner from the vantage point of mid-2017. Continue reading “A (Joy) Reid Rant Is Always A Beautiful Thing (Part 2)”

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Food for Thought, Reid Rant

A (Joy) Reid Rant Is Always A Beautiful Thing

Our Reid Rant pick for today, in response to an article in the New York Times, is at this link. Here is our favorite comment in response, from Kim Mathers in Iowa. Continue reading “A (Joy) Reid Rant Is Always A Beautiful Thing”

Citizen Activism, Food for Thought, Voting = Resistance

What Can We Learn from Corbyn/Labour Gains?

A Hudson Valley Strong member writes:

I’ve been reading a lot about the Corbyn/Labour gains (as well as the huge Macron win), to glean what I can that might be helpful to us in NY-19 vis-a-vis our grass roots efforts. One thing that strikes me is that the galvanizing and hopeful results for both Corbyn and Macron come from very different political/policy perspectives. For that reason, I don’t think we can necessarily draw, as some are wont to do, that a “progressive” platform is the key ingredient to an electoral win. As they say, it all depends.

Continue reading “What Can We Learn from Corbyn/Labour Gains?”

Affirming Flame, Food for Thought

Mitch Landrieu Shines a Beacon from New Orleans to the World

On May 19, 2017, the statue of Robert E. Lee, the last of four Confederate monuments in New Orleans, was removed from its pedestal. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke forthrightly to the significance of the day:

The soul of our beloved City is deeply rooted in a history that has evolved over thousands of years; rooted in a diverse people who have been here together every step of the way — for both good and for ill. It is a history that holds in its heart the stories of Native Americans — the Choctaw, Houma Nation, the Chitimacha. Of Hernando De Soto, Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, the Acadians, the Islenos, the enslaved people from Senegambia, Free People of Colorix, the Haitians, the Germans, both the empires of France and Spain. The Italians, the Irish, the Cubans, the south and central Americans, the Vietnamese and so many more.

You see — New Orleans is truly a city of many nations, a melting pot, a bubbling caldron of many cultures.

He wanted, he said, “ to try to gently peel from your hands the grip on a false narrative of our history that I think weakens us.” Continue reading “Mitch Landrieu Shines a Beacon from New Orleans to the World”