I’m elated to announce that my book, Protest Politics in the Marketplace: Consumer Activism in the Corporate Age, made it to BookAuthority’s Best Activism Books of All Time! BookAuthority uses experts to collect and rank the best books in the world, and it is a great honor to receive this award. The book is available for… Continue reading Protest Politics in the Marketplace made it to the Best Activism Books of All Time
On my way to the airport from Bill Cosby sentencing, my Uber driver, Sarah, asked me why the Cosby survivors waited so long to come forward. After a night of celebrating the sweet justice delivered for Andrea Constand and 61 other Cosby survivors, Sarah abruptly brought me back to the reality that rape culture dies… Continue reading The Trial: Cosby in Handcuffs
This tyranny of the minority is the result of the Electoral College (that overcounts votes from small states and undercounts votes from large states), as well as decades of strategic GOP gerrymandering that has produced a misrepresentative Congress. https://t.co/u7ei88PrSJ 2/ — Dr. Caroline Heldman (@carolineheldman) June 26, 2018 Our framers did not envision a minority… Continue reading The Tyranny of Trump’s Minority
In the face of Trump’s cruelty, and the indecent people who enable his cruelty, decent people must set aside norms of civility and push back at every turn. Because democracy and decency are more important than civility.
In a previous post, I wrote about the importance of women developing a capacity for violence in a violent world. This is a companion post on why martial arts are a great way to do this.
I am personally thankful to Trump for the following things, inspired by his presidency.
Women everywhere developing a capacity for violence does not mean we can prevent all violence, or that we can always effectively defend against it. But it does mean that we are better prepared for it when it comes.
I can’t think of a better way to bring in 2018 than to learn more about the history of the people who built the Capitol Building, the White House, the U.S. economy, and the world economy, while reflecting upon unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, collective economics, purpose, creativity, and faith with loved ones.
Democracy suffers when the largest tax reform in three decades that is opposed by a majority of Americans is signed by a president voted in by only 19.5% of the electorate, who has approval from just 35% of Americans (the lowest of any president in their first year) and 41% want to impeach. This is a fundamental violation of government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Acknowledging the work of earlier activists also means acknowledging that we have been here many times before, and, despite these efforts, we have yet to effectively extinguish sexual harassment/violence in our culture.