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The Nation July 1, 2019

The Nation is America's oldest weekly magazine and is independently published. The Nation speaks to an engaged audience as a champion of civil liberties, human rights, and economic justice. The Nation breaks down critical issues with lively editorials, in-depth investigative reporting and analysis, as well as award-winning arts coverage. Publisher and Editor: Katrina vanden Heuvel.

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Devil in the Details In “The Partisan” [June 3/10], Timothy Shenk calls Sean Wilentz a “meticulous historian who can back up every claim with impeccable footnotes.” But in his dealings with his colleagues to his left, Wilentz has not always been so meticulous. On the occasion of historian Howard Zinn’s death, Wilentz wrote in the Los Angeles Times that Zinn “had a very simplified view that everyone who was president was always a stinker,” but “that can’t be true…. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. You wouldn’t know that from Howard Zinn.” I would argue that last point is refuted by the fact that Zinn says the following in A People’s History of the United States: “It was Abraham Lincoln who freed the slaves.” In fact, he says it twice on that page,…

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biden and segregation

Advocates for children and civil rights who have not yet given up on the struggle to break down the walls of racial isolation in our public schools may want to take a good hard look at former vice president and current presidential contender Joe Biden’s shameful record on school segregation. Despite his recent effort to allay concerns about that record, it cannot be expunged or easily forgiven. In an education-policy proposal released by his campaign on May 28, Biden spoke briefly about encouraging diversity by giving grants and guidance to school districts that are willing to pursue it. But he said nothing to disown his long history as a fierce opponent of school busing and a scathing critic of the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education. “We’ve lost our…

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by the numbers

52K Immigrants currently detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement 6 Number of immigrant children who have died in federal custody since September 24 Immigrants who have died in ICE custody under the Trump administration 900 Transgender migrants booked into detention centers since 2015 200 Immigrant-detention facilities in the US 103% Increase in ICE’s budget since 2003 3 Democratic presidential candidates calling unequivocally for the abolishment of ICE: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Alaska senator Mike Gravel, and Wayne Messam, the mayor of Miramar, Florida ERNESTO YERENA AND SHEPARD FAIREY, AMPLIFIER…

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the cuba clampdown

On August 31, 2016, Jet Blue Flight 387 became the first commercial US airliner to land in Cuba in more than 55 years. When it touched down on the island, the plane became an instant symbol of a new opening in US-Cuba relations—and an economic and cultural bridge between two estranged societies seeking common ground. Since then, more than 2.2 million people have visited Cuba aboard some 13,500 flights from the United States, according to the Transportation Department. Many have gone on popular people-to-people educational tours, or “P2P,” like the ones run by The Nation—group trips authorized by then-President Barack Obama as part of his historic policy of positive engagement. Additionally, about half a million US citizens have gone to Cuba via cruise ships, which, as the Associated Press reports, have…

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call for climate revolution

Last November, the Sunrise Movement famously launched the fight for the Green New Deal with a sit-in at incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office on Capitol Hill. Thanks to the steely resolve of its young leaders, as well as a carefully considered organizing strategy focused on electoral politics, some fortuitous timing, and the help of—among many others—a rock-star rookie congresswoman named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sunrise has injected an unprecedented sense of urgency and seriousness into the climate debate. In May, Wen Stephenson sat down for a conversation with the Sunrise Movement’s co-founder and executive director, Varshini Prakash, in a Boston coffee shop. (The interview has been edited for length and clarity; for a longer version, go to TheNation.com.) Wen Stephenson: When you look at the overwhelming reality of the climate situation, do…

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reject the future

Dear Liza, I’m a 22-year-old man who recently graduated from college. I’ve been blessed with a supportive family and their financial stability. My future looks like it’s coming up roses! So why don’t I believe it is? I see the state of the world with this administration, the inevitability of Congress failing to address climate change, and the further politicizing of our courts. What’s the point of anything? So I can spend maybe 60 to 70 years watching my country be dismantled and ruined? The seas rising and people suffering? Why the hell should I be rushing to embrace this abomination of a future? —Miserable Millennial Dear Millennial, Do not embrace this future. Reject it emphatically! Neither this administration nor (in my opinion) the political dominance of the right will last for your lifetime. But…