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Virginia 12th – A NowThis Film | FULL MOVIE | NowThis

Reading Time: 2 minutesAfter unimaginable tragedy struck, Chris Hurst knew he was being called to something greater. His story isn’t just about an election — it’s about the people, and the proof that change is coming. Watch Virginia 12th – full documentary premieres right here, 10/30 at 5pm ET. » Get informed. Get inspired. 

Following a traumatic personal loss that made national headlines, local TV news anchor Chris Hurst quit journalism to run for political office. In the first wave of elections following a polarizing US presidential race, Hurst worked to rally support from a divided community to serve as delegate for Virginia’s 12th House District.

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Monica Lewinsky: Bill Clinton’s Refusal To Apologize Is Proof Of ‘What Power Looks Like’

Reading Time: 4 minutesAs it so often does, power throws a protective cape around the shoulders of the man, and he dictates the spin by denigrating the less powerful woman.”Monica Lewinsky

“If you want to know what power looks like, watch a man safely, even smugly, do interviews for decades, without ever worrying whether he will be asked the questions he doesn’t want to answer,” Lewinsky wrote of Clinton.

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Reading Time: 7 minutesThe lessons I learned about whiteness, class, and the lengths that white folks will go to protect their ideas have been a foundational part of my political development, and are why I felt it was important to engage with this book and the uncomfortable history it reveals. The task of dismantling white supremacy rests on the shoulders of those who benefit most from it. It’s on us to confront racist, white supremacist white people who assume they can count on us to smile along or stay silent when they step out of line; it’s on us to ditch that poisonous “color-blind” worldview and understand the ways in which race, identity, and political/social power intersect; it’s on us to publicly, materially, enthusiastically, and genuinely support people of color, to confront and interrogate our own internalized racism and learned prejudices without expecting people of color to educate us.

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The Atlantic: The Nancy Pelosi Problem

Reading Time: 7 minutesThe more successful Pelosi is—the more she outmaneuvers and dominates her male adversaries—the more threatening she becomes. And the easier it becomes to tar the male Democratic candidates who would serve under her as emasculated yes-men. Which makes it harder for Democrats to retake the House.

It would be comforting to think that Pelosi is alienating because she’s a rich liberal Democrat from San Francisco—not because she’s a woman. Yet despite attributes that should make her endearing to cultural conservatives—she is a Catholic Italian American grandmother of nine who entered politics only after staying home to raise her kids—many Americans greeted her rise with, in the words of the Yale researchers, “contempt, anger, and/or disgust.” It was the same for Hillary Clinton: Her deep religiosity, career-long focus on child welfare, and insistence on keeping her family together in the face of near-unimaginable humiliation didn’t spare her in the 2016 presidential election.

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Does Your Anxiety Support a Conspiracy Theory

Reading Time: 4 minutesFear-mongering is intended to inflame the emotions, fears, and anxiety of good people to ensure they cast their ballots in the box that serves the ones doing the fear-mongering.

I don’t for one minute believe that every person who is stirred to feel fear is complicit in anti-Semitism or any other conspiracy. But unfortunately whether a person claims to be a racist or not, whether someone claims to hate Jews or not – their anxiety can still be used to fuel the fire of anti-Semitic conspiracies and propaganda.

This same conspiracy is responsible for the demise of six million European Jews during the Holocaust. We must not be ignorant of such devices.

In the words of Martin Luther King Jr, “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

Ignorance is bliss. Until it isn’t.

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There Will Be No Legislative Agenda for the Newly Minted Democratic House but That Doesn’t Mean They Don’t Have a Job To Do

Reading Time: 4 minutesMy open plea to the Dems is that they choose leadership who is prepared to fight. My deepest request to the DNC is that they install a Chairperson who has four stars on a uniform and knows how to do one thing, at any cost, which is winning a war.

At any cost might sound overly-dramatic, unrealistic, or even unwise. However, just because we won the House doesn’t mean we’re aren’t still fighting to save our democracy.

For now, the voting is over. We’ve done our part. Now it’s their turn to do what we elected them to do – and it has nothing to do with impossibly non-productive conversations about wages, immigration, health care, or infrastructure. We hired them to save our democracy. We need to be prepared to support them in doing a lot of things that won’t look or feel like politics as usual.

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Movie Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe challenge with making a movie that does a man like Freddie Mercury justice is he was bigger and more complex than something that fits on a screen. Rami Malek, playing Freddie was really good, but not great. At times it felt like he was playing more of a one-dimensional concept of Mercury. Often it felt like his attempts at catching Mercury’s genius turned him into a meme of Freddie Mercury feeling more gratuitous than genuine. I’m not sure who could have done it better than Remi Malek, but it wasn’t quite sharp enough. If I was a lifelong Mercury super-fan, I can imagine I might not have enjoyed the performance.

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A Mid-term recap: Who run’s the world? Women.

Reading Time: 4 minutes This was a night about Women, People of Color and LGBTQ candidates. We’ll now have more diversity, representation and inclusion in not only the House and Senate, but in Governor’s mansions and state legislatures. This is a very good thing because when our elected representatives reflect the entire nation, they can speak for what the people really need and want.

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An Open Letter to the “Love and Light” women on the planet.

Reading Time: 7 minutesAt the end of the day, you are going to come around and come back to me, and folks like me, for solace and comfort because you will not know how to handle stuff when the crap hits the fan in your orbit. As much as the drama of the world creates resilience in us and helps us live, you are not cultivating this same skill and so you will need me.

But there is one thing you can do so it does not get to that point. You can take the Schlack off your “Love and Light” and vote. Vote for candidates with values that are not obscured by “Love and Light” thinking. Vote for candidates that actually want to bring Love and Light to the world by protecting the human rights of as many people as possible. Please don’t vote for those that want to keep things exclusive for those who have been exclusive. That is not Love and Light!

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Nov. 2 is Dia de los Muertos: No, It’s Not Mexican Halloween

Reading Time: 6 minutesHERE’S ONE THING we know: Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is not a Mexican version of Halloween. Though related, the two annual events differ greatly in traditions and tone. Whereas Halloween is a dark night of terror and mischief, Day of the Dead festivities unfold over two days in an explosion of color and life-affirming joy. Sure, the theme is death, but the point is to demonstrate love and respect for deceased family members. In towns and cities throughout Mexico, revelers don funky makeup and costumes, hold parades and parties, sing and dance, and make offerings to lost loved ones.

The rituals are rife with symbolic meaning. The more you understand about this feast for the senses, the more you will appreciate it. Here are 10 essential things you should know about Mexico’s most colorful annual event.

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