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"We must end ‘qualified immunity’ for police. It might save the next George Floyd" — ABOVE THE LAW excerpt published in the Guardian

April 20, 2021

"We have got to go further than simply seeking punishment for individual officers after they have ended a life. We have to change the culture of policing itself, to save the next life. We have to end qualified immunity," Killer Mike writes.

Read the excerpt here.

"Let’s get 'Qualified Immunity' thrown out." — ABOVE THE LAW contributor Killer Mike interviewed on CNN

April 20, 2021

"When it comes right down to it, Cohen demonstrates, Qualified Immunity (QI) is not only evil as a police protection against ‘frivolous lawsuits’ but absurdly illogical" — ABOVE THE LAW reviewed in CounterPunch

April 20, 2021

"Quick-paced, well-edited, and educational. The intelligent reader will find it cogent, reasonable and offering actions that can be supported or accomplished… In the Foreword to Above the Law, rapper Michael Render (“Killer Mike”) provides an excellent emotional overview of the events at hand… Above the Law provides one example after another of the legal inanity that protects police."

Read the review here.

"The US government’s solution to the migrant crisis is militarization… again." — CHECKPOINT ZIPOLITE author Belén Fernández writes for Al Jazeera

April 20, 2021

"Biden’s anti-migrant ‘surge’"

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"Facing Our Global Crises & Maintaining Hope" — PANDEMIC! 2 author Slavoj Žižek interviewed on Parallax Views

April 20, 2021

"The austerity doctrine in the time of coronavirus" — EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE! contributors Yanis Varoufakis, Stephanie Kelton, and Brian Eno in conversation with Naomi Klein on Let's Talk It Over

April 16, 2021

"[Captures] how the New Deal was actually lived at the ground level by Bernie’s generation" — BERNIE'S BROOKLYN featured in the Jewish Currents newsletter

April 16, 2021

"...with significant investments in housing, education, and infrastructure that promised a more just and equitable social contract and made it possible for someone like Bernie, the son of a Jewish paint salesman from Poland, to benefit from upward mobility. It was precisely through the affordable education the New Deal state provided that Bernie became equipped to confront the racial and economic injustices that the New Deal either failed to alleviate or actively entrenched, and eventually was able to develop the critique that has inspired a new generation of leftists today."

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UPCOMING EVENT: DECOLONIZE HIPSTERS author Grégory Pierrot in conversation with Jeremy Glick for the Radical Books Collective on 07/21/21

April 16, 2021
Full details here.

"O’Neil plumbs the depths of the modern American hyper-capitalist nightmare, turning a gimlet eye upon its indignities, absurdities, and sundry horrors." — LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD author Luke O'Neil interviewed for Teen Vogue

April 16, 2021

"Luke O’Neil’s ‘Lockdown in Hell World’ Details the Horrors of 2020"

Read the interview here.

"Thanks to her role as muse to W.B.Yeats, Maud Gonne (1866-1953) is well-known in mythic form to many who have never heard her name. The initial corrective was her own 1938 autobiography, but Kim Bendheim’s book is a much more candid and useful book." — THE FASCINATION OF WHAT'S DIFFICULT recommended in Tortoise

April 16, 2021

"Further evidence, too, of how imaginative and creative the New York-based independent publishing house, OR Books, has become since its foundation in 2009. "

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THE DREAM OF DOCTOR BANTAM author Jeanne Thornton interviewed on the Evergreen Review podcast

April 13, 2021

"Dale Peck talks with Jeanne Thornton, author of the novel The Dream of Doctor Bantam and the collection The Black Emerald. They discuss Thornton’s relationship with the editing process, her experiences growing up in Texas, Ayn Rand, and Dirty Dancing."

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"This book’s topic is critically important, and every student at WSU should have the opportunity to join the 36 contemporary writers in examining life in a deeply divided America" — TALES OF TWO AMERICAS selected as Washington State University's Common Reading book

April 13, 2021

"The Washington State University Common Reading Program has announced the 2021-22 book to be used by first-year and other students in classes and beyond is Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, edited by John Freeman."

Read the announcement here.

"A book and card set that, like the de Bono theory, has players getting ready to Occupy a space controlled by government or corporate interests… Instant mobilization against anything oppressive." — BEAUTIFUL TROUBLE featured in OpEdNews

April 13, 2021

"Games We the People Play"

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"Reading Michael Ratner’s Moving the Bar shows just how unusual he was in the crowded room of radical lawyers... especially when other radical lawyers fell by the wayside, and opted for money, fame and notoriety." — MOVING THE BAR reviewed in CounterPunch

April 13, 2021

"Ratner for the Defense: the Legacy of a Lefty Lawyer"

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"Covid-19 has driven us into a collective fatigue" — PANDEMIC! featured in the Nation

April 13, 2021

"The virus doesn’t only make Covid sufferers tired. It is now making even healthy people tired. In his book Pandemic! Covid-19 Shakes the World, Slavoj Žižek dedicates a whole chapter to the question 'Why are we tired all the time?'"

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"Slavoj Žižek on GameStop, WallStreetBets, and the Future of Capitalism" — PANDEMIC! 2 author interviewed on Bloomberg's Odd Lots podcast

April 13, 2021

"Hosts Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway take you on a not-so-random walk through hot topics in markets, finance, and economics."

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"The murder trial of Derek Chauvin has put a spotlight on a number of police reform efforts, including the push to end qualified immunity" — ABOVE THE LAW author Ben Cohen interviewed on CBS News

April 9, 2021

"How 'Qualified Immunity' damages the relationship between law enforcement and their communities" — ABOVE THE LAW author Ben Cohen interviewed on MSNBC

April 9, 2021

"It is now time to shift from protest to policy" — ABOVE THE LAW author Ben Cohen interviewed for CNN

April 9, 2021

"We are now united in a coalition that is resolved to end this get-out-of-jail free card for bad cops."

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"Andrew Cuomo Is Clinging to Power and Rewarding His Billionaire Loyalists" — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan writes for Jacobin

April 9, 2021

"Real estate titans and landlords might just be New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s last base of support. The embattled governor is rewarding them handsomely for their loyalty."

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