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The NRA Is Playing a Deadly Game in Labeling the Left as Violent


Although the National Rifle Association’s recent “violent liberal” messaging campaign may be based on false premises, the danger it poses is all too real.

Posted on Jul 13, 2017 READ MORE
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Where Is the Outrage Over Anti-Immigrant Bills?


While Donald Trump had to pull back on some of his proposed policies, the “resistance” has been too compliant regarding two bills now before Congress.

Posted on Jul 7, 2017 READ MORE

Is the Supreme Court Killing Secularism?


Three rulings in one week raise fears that human rights are being subverted in favor of religious rights, particularly those of evangelical Christians.

Posted on Jun 30, 2017 READ MORE

Truthdig Wins Los Angeles Press Club Awards for Commentary, Reporting and an Editorial Cartoon


The work of Sonali Kolhatkar, Amelia Pang and cartoonist Dwayne Booth (aka Mr. Fish) is honored with first-place prizes at the 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

Posted on Jun 26, 2017 READ MORE

Disabled Activists Put Their Bodies on the Line to Defend Health Care


Demonstrators oppose the Senate’s newly unveiled health care bill, which repeals many tax increases for wealthy Americans. Those increases helped expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Jun 25, 2017 READ MORE

Republicans Keep Missing the Point About Gun Violence—Even When They’re the Targets


Wednesday’s attack on a GOP sports team in Alexandria, Va., offers yet another lesson about gun control, but party politics have gotten in the way.

Posted on Jun 16, 2017 READ MORE

As the Extreme Right Battles a Centrist Democratic Party, Progressives Are Left Out


The interests of most Americans are lost in the struggles between the dominant sectors of both parties, which favor corporate interests over basic human rights and needs.

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Does Not Belong in the Anti-Trump Resistance Movement


The Democratic presidential contender is back in public view, claiming she’s part of the “resistance”—but it’s just another selling point she and establishment Democrats are pushing.

Posted on May 4, 2017 READ MORE

Scientists Get Political—and It’s About Time


Recent steps toward a more considered political stance are helpful to both the scientific community and society at large.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Modern-Day Gestapo


The Republican Party’s professed reverence for family values doesn’t apply to undocumented immigrants.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE

Many Reasons to March Against Tax Injustice


There are two Americas: one that pays taxes for the public good and one that works hard to pay as little tax as possible. It’s clear which one President Trump serves.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE

Afghanistan War: Out of Sight, Out of Mind


The war in Afghanistan approaches the dubious distinction of being the longest conflict ever waged by the United States.

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 READ MORE

We Have No Choice but to Resist Trump and the GOP With All Our Might


In just over two months, the Trump administration and its political and financial support system have given Americans cause for concern—but the situation is not beyond hope.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 READ MORE

Rising Above Racism Is Imperative for Human Societies


Scapegoating immigrants absolves the true culprits—neoliberal capitalism and corporate greed—from blame. But this is too simplistic.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 READ MORE

Get Used to It, America: Brown People Are Here to Stay


Guided by the xenophobic ideology of such advisers as Steve Bannon, President Trump is pushing back against inevitable changes.

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 READ MORE

Don’t Be Fooled by Trump’s Talk of ‘Unity’


The president played on themes of harmony in his first address to Congress, but recent incidents of violence and bigotry tell a different story.

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 READ MORE

Why Donald Trump and the GOP Can’t Repeal Obamacare


Although many Trump supporters express disdain for government-funded programs, some rely heavily on benefits provided by the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 READ MORE

Fake News and Donald Trump’s War on Truth


The Trump administration has skillfully turned the notion of fake news on its head and weaponized it against the media.

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Disrespects the Constitution


A powerful backlash to his poorly implemented executive order shows that the president has bitten off more than he can chew.

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 READ MORE

Disappointed but Not Defeated: Battle Over Oil Pipelines Continues


The Trump administration has made a significant move, but activists fighting the Keystone XL and Dakota Access projects are ready to push back.

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 READ MORE

Greater Expectations: Anti-Trump Forces Should Aspire to Much More


The movement emerging postelection must set its sights far beyond Donald Trump and his hideous behavior if it is to succeed.

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump Deserves to Be Ridiculed—It’s the One Thing That Terrifies Him


The president-elect has demonstrated repeatedly that he doesn’t like being on the receiving end of certain jokes, making that kind of humor a useful tool for resistance during his tenure in office.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE

I’m Done Trying to Empathize With Poor White Trump Voters


Amid all the calls for compassion for this pro-Trump demographic, an important point gets lost: Study after study shows that no matter how wealthy or educated nonwhites might be, whites fare better in life—even the poor ones.

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Continues His Political Revolution


The man who might have been our next president, currently on a book tour, weighs in on the 2016 election and how to pave a way forward in the age of Trump.

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 READ MORE

Battle Over Dakota Access Pipeline Should Be the Most Important Rivalry of 2016


The struggle most worth watching is decidedly not the one receiving the most mainstream media coverage and relentlessly pitting two major-party candidates against each other.

Posted on Nov 3, 2016 READ MORE

Election’s Rape and Sexual Assault Accusations Need to Be Taken Seriously


Donald Trump is running for the highest office in the nation. While all men need to be held to high standards when it comes to sexual assault, those who run for president deserve the utmost scrutiny.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE

Are Elections Less Important Than Ever in the Age of Trump?


What we do after Nov. 8 may be even more important than the ballots we cast.

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 READ MORE

Standing Firm in the Face of Violence


With police killings of unarmed black men almost a weekly occurrence in the U.S., we must not let our trauma weaken our resolve to insist on—and organize for—racial justice.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE

NoDAPL and the Water Protector Movement


Truthdig covered the NoDAPL protest from August 2016 to February 2017—when the protest camps were closed. Now, we are documenting what’s next.

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 READ MORE

I Have Never Stood Up for the National Anthem—and Never Will


No country is worth pledging blind allegiance to. Patriotism, nationalism, anthems, flags and syrupy words about “love of country” are constructs aimed at fostering unquestioning obedience from people lucky enough to be deemed citizens.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE

Detained Undocumented Mothers Launch Hunger Strike, Vow to Leave ‘Alive or Dead’


The women and their families at a Pennsylvania “residential center” have wound up on the cruel end of the Obama administration’s immigration policies, but they’re not accepting their treatment without a fight.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE

Live at Truthdig: What Does It Mean to Be a Powerful Woman in 2016?

Truthdig sat down with special guest Sonali Kolhatkar to discuss women, politics and social activism in the 2016 election season.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Why Are Police So Afraid of Bold, Black Women Like Korryn Gaines?


It is incredible that during this time of heightened public awareness of police brutality, officers continue to behave with impunity.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 READ MORE

Disruptions by Angry Bernie Sanders Delegates Were the Best Part of the Democratic Convention


The Vermont senator’s supporters provided vital reminders of reality amid the carefully orchestrated political theater at this year’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Posted on Jul 31, 2016 READ MORE

Activist Shines Light on Clinton’s Dirty Foreign Policy in Honduras (Video)

Sha Grogan Brown traveled in a caravan from the Republican convention in Cleveland to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. He explains how neither of the major-party candidates represents the interests of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance members.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

How the Democratic Party Befriended Megacorporation Uber for Its Convention


It’s no mistake that the Democratic Party, which historically has claimed a stake in labor unions’ interests, has cozied up to Uber, one of the least worker-friendly businesses, to service its national convention.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 READ MORE

Norman Solomon on the Dynamics Between Political Parties and Movements (Video)

On Day 4 of the Democratic National Convention,  the writer, activist and media critic spoke with Truthdig contributor Sonali Kolhatkar.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Former Philadelphia Police Capt. Ray Lewis Speaks Out on Poverty in His City (Video)

Outside the Democratic National Convention, Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar spoke with the retired officer about social justice and his political activism.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Insiders and Outsiders Mingle at the Democratic National Convention


This presidential election has generated exciting levels of political participation among U.S. citizens. In the long run, that can only be good for American democracy.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Rebels Are Fed Up With Democratic Party’s Corporate Values (Video)

Some Sanders supporters still do not like Hillary Clinton, and even though she is the Democratic presidential nominee, they are not going to follow the senator’s lead and vote for her.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Jill Stein: ‘The Floodgates Opened Into Our Campaign’ After Sanders Endorsed Clinton (Video)

On Tuesday, Truthdig’s Sonali Kolhatkar caught up with the Green Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, who managed to gain entry to the Democratic National Convention—and gain a significant security detail—on Day 2 of the political confab in Philadelphia.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Thousands Demonstrate Outside Democratic Convention, With Some Arrests (Video)

As the Democratic National Convention began, Truthdig contributor Sonali Kolhatkar joined a massive group of demonstrators just outside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to record the sights and sounds of dissent against the Democratic Party.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Protesters Take to the Streets of Philadelphia in ‘March for Our Lives’ (Video)

Reporting from Philadelphia, Truthdig contributor Sonali Kolhatkar reported from the March for our Lives, organized by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. Watch a speech from Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges and interviews with protesters.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Truthdig Speaks With Sanders Delegates on First Day of the Democratic National Convention (Video)

Reporting from Philadelphia, Truthdig contributor Sonali Kolhatkar interviews Bernie Sanders delegates on how they feel about Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s resignation and how they plan to show their dissent at the convention.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Truthdig at the 2016 Democratic National Convention


Experience all of Truthdig’s coverage for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Will Resign From the DNC, but Progressives Shouldn’t Celebrate Just Yet


Just after Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation on Sunday afternoon, Hillary Clinton did something ironic, seemingly without irony.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza Reflects on the Movement’s First Three Years


The activist talks about what has changed—and what hasn’t—on this third anniversary of the birth of the nation’s most important contemporary struggle for social and political justice.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 READ MORE

Our Skewed Politics on Gun Ownership Are a Deadly Joke


The National Rifle Association and lawmakers who pander to it bear much of the blame for our ridiculous gun laws, but it’s up to ordinary Americans to fix the problem.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE

Truthdig Wins Five Southern California Journalism Awards


Truthdig made a strong showing at the 58th annual Southern California Journalism Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Press Club on Sunday night.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE

Making Sense of Orlando


Although mainstream media outlets and presidential candidates rushed to make sure their interpretation of the Pulse Orlando massacre prevailed, the story and significance of the tragedy are more complex and deserve careful consideration.

Posted on Jun 16, 2016 READ MORE

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