Mother Jones January/February 2021

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Foundation For National Progress
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min

Mother Jones reporter BECCA ANDREWS is more than a little obsessed with Southern politics. A Southerner herself, she jumped at the opportunity to cover the Reverend Raphael Warnock’s candidacy for US Senate. Her profile of Warnock (“Keeping the Faith”) examines the role of faith in a pivotal Georgia election that’s headed for a runoff. For the story, she went to church for the first time in years, albeit over Zoom. Trump isn’t an aberration, writes Mother Jones reporter NATHALIE BAPTISTE. If the United States doesn’t root out its long-standing bigotry and create well-functioning democracy, another racist could get into the White House (“The Racist Next Time”). In addition to her columns about politics and race, Baptiste has written about the death penalty, the coronavirus, and the housing crisis. Snooping by Mother Jones…

4 min
why i became a journalist

Hi, I'm Jahna Berry. I’ve never started a story like that before, because I spent 15 years as a reporter with the mantra that you never make yourself the story. But today I’m writing to you as Mother Jones’ chief operating officer. I joined the leadership team last February, which seems like eons ago: Within my first three months, we were tackling events that might happen once during someone’s entire career—a global economic crisis, a pandemic, a presidential campaign unlike any other, and historic civil rights demonstrations, all at once. I kept waiting for things to slow down long enough for us to catch our collective breaths, but let’s be real: That’s not likely to happen anytime soon. So instead, I’ve decided to make the time to catch my breath…

7 min
ladies who launch

"You'll see the signs :)," Megan Bartlett had texted me as I looked for her house in Geneva, Illinois, a 20,000-person town about an hour west of Chicago. The note seemed vague to the point of useless until I arrived. In a maze of massive greige colonials, Bartlett’s stuck out: It was the only one bedecked with campaign signs for various local Democratic candidates. It was a Sunday morning in October 2018, and I was reporting on Rep. Lauren Underwood, a nurse turned Obamacare expert waging an underdog bid to unseat the district’s Republican representative. Bartlett, a 34-year-old music teacher, had been described to me as “the organizing brain and communications expert” of the grassroots supporting Underwood’s bid. When I entered Bartlett’s home, I met half a dozen women gathered at…

8 min
win, lose, redraw

Heading into the November election, Texas Democrats sounded more bullish than they had in decades, and it wasn’t because of Joe Biden. A burgeoning partisan realignment in the state’s sprawling suburbs over the last four years had brought them to the brink of flipping the state House of Representatives. Such a breakthrough would halt 18 years of unchecked conservative control over the nation’s largest red state and give their party a seat at the table when new legislative maps are drawn after the census—a process that has crushed their spirits and disempowered their base for most of the last two decades. Candidates leaned into this message, framing the election as not just about the next two years, but about the next 10. “The only check you have on the Republican power…

7 min
miami sound machine

The Lobby of the Four Ambassadors condo building in Miami wouldn’t look out of place in a Trump property. There are marble floors, fountains, chandeliers, and views of an outdoor pool facing the water. On a Friday evening in September, I passed through what could easily have been mistaken for a closet door off the lobby into a tiny studio, a sizable portion of which was consumed by a life-size cardboard cutout of President Donald Trump. There were “Latinos for Trump” placards strewn about and a blown-up image of the president on the wall. In the production booth hung a painting of Alex Otaola, the 41-year-old Cuban American YouTube star whose daily pro-Trump broadcasts to legions of devoted fans foreshadowed Democrats’ dismal election night in Florida. Wearing glasses in Dolphins aqua…

10 min
back from the brink

On November 3, 76 million Americans said no to Donald Trump and his effort to steer American democracy toward autocracy. As a candidate and as president, Trump had prompted concerns about the fate of democracy within the United States. He had questioned the legitimacy of elections, attacked the free press, called for the arrest of his political opponents, encouraged white supremacists, violated anti-corruption safeguards, implemented nepotism, advocated measures that limit voting, sought more control of the civil service, claimed unbridled executive power, treated the federal government (even the White House grounds) as his own private duchy, and embraced despotic leaders around the world. After the 2020 election was called, Trump branded the results a “fraud,” insisted he had won, and asserted that victory had been stolen from him by left-wing…