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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
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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

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.

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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

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

Partial Victory for Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards


The case that the 28-year-old community organizer represents is another reason why the movement it has galvanized is more crucial than ever.

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 READ MORE

Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards Is Convicted of ‘Felony Lynching’

Commentator Sonali Kolhatkar discusses the case with professor and Black Lives Matter organizer Anthony Ratcliff. Richards was the first African-American to be tried on the controversial charge, after allegedly attempting to intervene when police were detaining a woman.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Racism Fueled Outrage Over Cincinnati Gorilla Killing


In comparison with a hundred other news stories from around the world of social, political and human significance, the gorilla story was utterly insignificant. A kid’s life was at stake, and the gorilla was killed. That is as it should be.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE

The Real 9/11 Conspiracy


Despite recent claims that U.S.-Saudi relations are strained, close ties between the two countries count for far more than uncovering what really happened on Sept. 11, 2001.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE

Facebook Needs to Be an Open Book on News Feeds


Charges that workers at the social media giant manipulated story choices should deeply concern its users.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE

Bashar Assad’s Brutality in Syria Is Matched by U.S. Devastation Across the Region


Why should Facebook users come down harder on the Syrian leader than on the United States government when it comes to horrific actions and war crimes in that part of the world?

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE

Behind the Scenes at ‘Rising Up With Sonali’

Get a glimpse of the two-woman operation behind “Rising Up With Sonali,” the daily radio and television show hosted by Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar and broadcast online and on KPFK.

Posted on May 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Two Weeks Into a Major Uprising, French Activists Still Staying ‘Up All Night’


Like the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Paris “Nuit Debout” protests over labor reforms are fueled by social media, which allow people to communicate instantly with one another and bypass corporate media when it ignores them.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE

Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice Is Saying ‘No’ to the War on Drugs


A group of Latin American activists is winding its way to New York City, where it will participate in a special session of the U.N. General Assembly in order to shine a spotlight on the global horrors wrought by the illicit drug trade.

Posted on Apr 10, 2016 READ MORE

‘This Is a Coup’: Brazil’s Workers Party Faces Its Greatest Test


Left-leaning parties like the PT face a conundrum in Latin America: that liberalism and its tolerance for political activity offer openings to right-wing parties that have no qualms about exploiting democratic expression in order to quash democracy.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 READ MORE

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