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West Virginia teachers show the way

West Virginia, for the most part, is a gorgeous state. Its beauty is spectacular, even though coal mining has poisoned too many of its workers and spoiled too many of its natural places. But for all that splendor, the state is failing to lift children up with decent education. They do not value teachers.

What will Tim Moore say next?

Gun fetishists like Moore can't wait to see every school turned into OK Corral. Arming teachers is just the first step. It won't be long before some genius in Raleigh says, "Let's arm kids, too." After all, if you're old enough to own a gun, why shouldn't you be able to carry it wherever you want?

Unless, of course, you want to carry your gun into the General Assembly. That's illegal. You see, the pro-gun cowards in Raleigh want everyone to have the freedom to be killed except for themselves. What a shame.

Each election is the most important in our lifetime. The next election is the most important in 286 years.

At a theoretical level, every election matters the most. But in reality, some matter more than others. Our very first national election, for example, revealed the US to be a country that understood the need for balance. Today, 286 years later, that understanding has been shredded by the imperial GOP and their sinister playbook. Suppress opposition voters. Stack the electoral deck through gerrymandering. Take control of the executive and judicial branches of government. Rinse and repeat.

Why are they doing this? Because we're letting them. That has to change, and it has to change this year.

The census cycle and the electoral calendar are conspiring to make 2018 THE most pivotal election since our country was created. At the federal level, the US Supreme Court hangs in the balance. In North Carolina, the ability of legislators to choose their voters and judges could be enshrined in government for generations. Nothing less than freedom and democracy are at stake.

Dear black women

Dear black women,

As I watched the HKonJ march in Raleigh today, I marveled at the impact black women had on the crowd. I see you as the foundation of the moral movement. Your presence, passion, and integrity set a high bar for political activism. You are the difference that needs to be made in 2018.

Twelve years ago, I wrote an essay entitled Dear women, where I appealed to the women of the world to please take over. Today, I’m specifically asking that of black women.

HKONJ

I'm hoping there will be some live-streaming of the march today. If it happens, you'll be able to find it here.

https://livestream.com/accounts/5188266/events/8048212

It takes money

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