FROM PAGE (Progressive Action Global Exchange):
There is much be thankful for this week: two attorneys general have filed a suit against the president for emoluments violations (along with 200 lawmakers); the Muslim ban has been blocked again; a federal judge blocked the US Dept. of Justice’s efforts to deny immigrants legal counsel; a judge ordered a new environmental review for DAPL’ effects on the rights of Standing Rock and Cheyenne River tribes; the Southern Baptist convention denounced white supremacy; journalists retained access rights at the Capitol….and the Rhode Island teacher of the year is kind of awesome.
But there is still a lot left to do!
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN!
As American citizens, how does living outside of the US affect our perspective? Here are this week’s recommendations, based on my own musings about leaving home, going back, and what I’ll find when I get there. — Kathy Sherretts
Vox Media: Those who leave home, and those who stay by Alvin Chang
We often talk about the rural-urban split in America — between country folk and city folk. Researchers study a different split: the clear and emerging disparities between people who left home and those who didn’t. There are real disparities — political and economic — that emerge from the decision to move away, or not.
NPR: Hidden Brain, Episode 64: I’m Right, You’re Wrong
There are some topics about which it seems no amount of data will change people’s minds: things like climate change, or restrictions on gun ownership. Neuroscientist Tali Sharot says that’s actually for good reason: as a general rule, it’s better to stick to your beliefs and disregard new information that contradicts them. But this also means it’s very difficult to change false beliefs. This podcast discusses how we process information, and why it’s so hard to change our views. (23 min.)
The National Review: We’re Not in a Civil War, but We Are Drifting Toward Divorce by David French
Our national political polarization is by now so well established that the only real debate is over the nature of our conflict. Are we in the midst of a more or less conventional culture war? Are we, as Dennis Prager and others argue, fighting a kind of “cold” civil war? Or are we facing something else entirely?
Democracy is not a spectator sport. Get in the game!
resist the madness!
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