Well it’s not for lack of news, but this week we need to focus on some internal housekeeping, so here are some recent favorites — and a brand-new cartoon by Khalil Bendib on the “Freedom Convoy’s” peculiar definition of “freedom” — to tide you over. If we’re able to develop timely new pieces before next week’s newsletter, though, we’ll get them up at OtherWords.org in advance.

In the mean time, if you missed any of these when we first sent them out, please check them out now! They’re among my favorite things we’ve run.

Thanks for reading!

New This Week…

Freedom: A Right-Wing Definition | Khalil Bendib
“For me to be free, you need to be enslaved.”

In Case You Missed It…

We Shouldn’t Have to Rely on the National Guard for Basic Services | Samantha Garcia
Guard members have stepped up heroically during the pandemic. If we invested in more than just the military, maybe they wouldn’t have to.

Three Hopeful Stories of Environmental Activism | Basav Sen
It’s people vs. fossil fuels, and the people are chalking up some impressive wins.

This Black History Month, Don’t Ban Our History — Teach It | Tracey L. Rogers
As politicians ban books and courses, this Black History Month seems especially significant.

Banned Books Should Be Required Reading | Olivia Alperstein
The people who want to ban Maus or The 1619 Project are the ones who need to read them.

We’ll Keep Fighting to Protect Our Bodily Autonomy | Ennedith Lopez
Americans oppose overturning Roe by 2 to 1. Speaking up isn’t always easy, but it’s more important than ever.

Unions Can Prevent Workplace Disasters | Rebekah Entralgo
A trillion-dollar company like Amazon, with a centi-billionaire CEO, shouldn’t have warehouses that collapse and kill workers.

Media, Take Note: The GOP Is Now Openly Aligned Against Democracy | Peter Certo
The media has a responsibility to tell Americans that a major party now openly endorses using violence to overturn elections.

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Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and editor of OtherWords.org.

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