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A Statement in Solidarity with Professor Imani Perry from the Black Justice League

A Statement in Solidarity with Professor Imani Perry from the Black Justice League

We denounce those who vilify Professor Perry and seek to invalidate her experiences. We are enraged about the structures, policies, and practices that make her experience—and that of countless Black people—possible. And we are proud to stand with Professor Imani Perry.

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Elections Live Blog: New Hampshire

Elections Live Blog: New Hampshire

Progressive editors and staff writers weigh in on the New Hampshire Primary

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Why Princeton’s Civil War Memorial Should Identify Soldiers’ Allegiances

Why Princeton’s Civil War Memorial Should Identify Soldiers’ Allegiances

In the foyer of Nassau Hall, Princeton University’s oldest building, there are memorials to the alumni who died in America’s various wars. One panel commemorates the dead of the Civil War. 70 names are inscribed on this panel; 36 Confederates and 34 Yankees, in no particular order. The wall is about 75 feet from the president’s office.

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Evaluating Historical Legacy

Evaluating Historical Legacy

The correct way to evaluate these historical figures is to appraise the lasting social, political, and economic effects of their actions. If an individual’s actions produced lasting social and political harm, like Wilson’s did for African-Americans in the twentieth century, that individual’s legacy is not worth preserving.

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Policing Nationality

Policing Nationality

As much as national security should be a priority for our administration, I am sick and tired and upset that this is unrelentingly utilized as a warrant for such blatantly discriminatory and hurtful measures. H.B. 158 is based on ethnicity and national origin – arbitrary factors that are largely beyond one’s own control.

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How Student Protest Makes Power Visible

How Student Protest Makes Power Visible

It is yet to be seen whether the BJL’s demands will be met, and whether the sit-in will have achieved actual institutional change at Princeton. What is clear is that the movement has been more successful than any other in Princeton’s recent history at garnering attention, spurring debate, and forcing the administration to react on protestors’ terms. By watching the rippling effects of the sit-in at Princeton, we all learn more about how the University conceptualizes the agency of its students and understands its own ability to change.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally demanding presidential action to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Sanders will run to Hillary Clinton's left, trying to elevate economic issues.

Recalibrating Progressivism

Today’s American Left should view Sanders’ embrace of the United States’ populist-progressive tradition with a degree of skepticism. Though such a movement has the potential to gain mass support in an era of socioeconomic stratification not seen since the Gilded Age, Sanders’ populist politics should temper his supporters’ excitement regarding the “revolutionary” potential of his attempted crusade. Populism has simply disappointed too often throughout American history, failing to ever fundamentally change the system it has sought to challenge.

Dollars and Devotion

Dollars and Devotion

Like Al-Qaeda, ISIS took advantage of the disenfranchised, many of whom were enticed by the prospect of political and economic stability which had been lacking their entire lives. Unfortunately, the radicalism ascendant across Iraq and Syria was almost entirely avoidable. It was not the inevitable circumstance of demographics and history, but rather arose as the result of willful ignorance on the parts of Western elites who viewed the region as a collection of commodities and short term strategic choices.

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Dispatches from the War on Women

Dispatches from the War on Women

Defunding Planned Parenthood would disenfranchise oppressed and marginalized groups without distinguishing along party lines. Because of this, we, as Americans, have a collective responsibility to work to empower us all, no matter what combination of privileged and oppressed identities we hold as individuals.