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The Liberal Holy-Roller Gospel Hour
Bible Study for the Left: How political leftists can use the language of the bible to persuade their fellow citizens of a progressive agenda and resources for understanding that religious language.

Well, after having had to quit my job teaching theology for the Archdiocese of Boston because I couldn't stand 1. not knowing when the funding for my school was going to end due to the Archdiocese having to pay lawsuit settlements for priests who raped kids 2. wondering when I was going to get fired for teaching my kids that homosexuality was not a sin and neither was birth control or abortion, I've finally got another excellent use for my Master of Divinity degree: helping the progressive, liberal political movement understand the other half of the country.

Stay with me here. I'm bewildered. There are plenty of folks in North Carolina, Kansas, Idaho, and Alabama, among other places, who just don't understand me, nor I them. To them, I am just an arrogant, elitist, intellectual, heathen, liberal northerner with no moral compass and no faith in Jesus. To me, they are just ignorant morons who follow an intolerant, stupid religion. I don't know where any of this so called "national healing" is going to come from because you know what, I do have trouble lately thinking of those deep red-staters in kinder terms. But - being the one with the elitist, intellectual brains in this strained relationship of a country, it's up to me to make the first move. So, I've got to stop calling names, understand my neighbor, and find some way to talk to them in small words sprinkled with terms they like, such as God, Jesus, good, bad, morality, etc., and get them to realize electing folk like W is hurting both of us.
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09 Nov 2004 | Filed under: Commentary / Politics
Race and Truth at the Polls: The Real Election Results
If we look past the partisanship of the Republicans and Democrats, this election will go down in history as a huge victory for the impulse of US democracy and a huge defeat for actual democracy.

The largest turnout figures in the our history. The biggest get out the vote efforts. Unprecedented forces coming together to turn out those most disenfranchised. Unlike the official story, an incredibly close election with both Bush and Kerry getting more votes than any president in the U.S. history.

And more voters were actively disenfranchised probably than ever before. The election was called with over 1.6 million ballots uncounted in Florida; Bush only won by 380K and Democrat-leaning forces had been telling folks to vote by absentee ballot for months to avoid the electronic machines – how might that have affected the outcome? The election was called with 175K and growing uncounted ballots in Ohio; if you add Ohio’s undervotes and overvotes (majority people of color who overwhelmingly voted for Kerry) which would have to be hand-counted, well, Bush only won by 140K officially…
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09 Nov 2004 Modified: 04:29:23 AM | Filed under: Commentary / Politics : Race
Post-Election Protest in Copley: Boston Activists Disoriented, but Still Swinging
With the partially dismantled scaffolding for Kerry’s election-night rally still dominating the steps of the library in Copley Square, Boston activists gathered there at 5:00 to vent their frustration with the outcome of the election and the state of the country in general. Although the intention was to gather in the park, the police immediately chased people away, telling them that needed to a permit, and directing them to the sidewalks across the street. Approximately 70 people gathered on the other three corners of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets. Police arrested one person, apparently because he was climbing the scaffolding left over from the Kerry rally. Many of the people I spoke to expressed their frustration with the results of the election. People also generally seemed uncertain about how the left should move forward. Nonetheless, people also clung fiercely to hope, with young one woman handing out daisies to symbolize this.
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04 Nov 2004 | Filed under: News / Politics
US Presidential Election: Your views
earth.jpgJohn Kerry has conceded the election, but did it ever really matter? Both men were of an elite ruling class that most of us will never have personal contact with. Both men were enthusiastic about war. Both men made many promises about their candidacies even the least savvy of us know were irresponsible promises.

So what comes next? Where do we go from here? Do we broaden the movement to once again include globalization, wealth inequality, and institutional racism? Or do we continue with this focused anti-Bush fight? How can we, as a movement, affect what is happening in the South and the Mid-West? How can we be effective against a growing morally conservative population that places pro-life abortion policies above health insurance for all? Enter your reactions and ideas here.
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03 Nov 2004 | Filed under: Commentary / Politics
Never Give Up, Never Surrender: The Social Movement that Was and Is
Last night I followed a small group of members from United for Peace with Justice (UFPJ) into the growing crowd of Kerry supporters stationed at Copley Square waiting for the election results. They were nervous about how they would be received and a bit disappointed for the low turnout of protesters. Yet no one in the Kerry crowd seemed to reject their presence, instead taking plenty of “No More Wars” signs with them as if waiting for action if Kerry won.
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03 Nov 2004 | Filed under: News / Politics
Report: 3% of Black men in Massachusetts disenfranchised
This is the first presidential election since Massachusetts prisoners were stripped of the right to vote. The effected population is disproportionately Black. More than 3% of Black men in Massachusetts are denied the right to vote.
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02 Nov 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Politics : Race
Beyond Voting Actions Nationwide on November 3rd
blunder.jpgNow that the fight to put the latte-sipping Beacon Hill millionaire (who promises to fight a “more effective war on terror”) into the oval office instead of the phony Born-again neo-con New England brat come cowboy (who takes his killing orders from Jesus) is over, let’s get back to the real business of bringing about a better world.

Anybody But Bush is a thing of the past, win or lose. Kerry voters can now forgive third party voters for voting their conscience, third party voters can now forgive Kerry voters for taking the lesser of two evils, and voters can now forgive non-voters for not supporting a rigged system. We can put these differences aside in the interest of the desire for change we all share. Justice, equality, civil rights, human rights, and an end to the imperial economic policies and irresponsible military aggression of the United States government.

Come demonstrate to the rest of the world that the American people are no longer asleep!

Time: Wednesday, November 3rd, 5pm
Place: Copley Square

Bring music, signs, banners, instruments, props, noisemakers, street theater, and whatever else helps you get your message across!
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02 Nov 2004 | Filed under: News / Politics
The U.S. Presidential Election: What’s at Stake for American Labor?
election analysis just published in the Swedish magazine, Oreda. . .

Labor unions have been the main expression of working class aspirations in the United States since the 1800s when the American Federation of Labor (AFL) made the fateful decision to construct unions almost purely as organizations of economic power for its members—consciously ceding political power to the capitalist-dominated major political parties, and refusing to form a working-class party or to pursue alternative libertarian political forms. In fact, American unions have often avoided acting in the interests of all working people in favor of literally focusing on gains for its members alone. And for much of American unions’ history, its members have been predominantly white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant males.
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01 Nov 2004 | Filed under: Commentary / Labor : Politics
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