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The goal of Evanston's reparations is to address the discrimination that happened in Evanston that was perpetrated by Evanston and after a pretty comprehensive stakeholder-driven process, basically community meetings and a lot of discussion, they decided that housing would be the first way -- the first kind of prong where they would try to start to make amends... It was pretty democratic, the whole process, you know I went into it being a little skeptical, like probably a lot of people are just hearing the basic details but I have to say I came out pretty inspired and impressed by this whole effort and really just the fact that this is the first place in the country that just did something. I think one of the reasons so few reparations initiatives have happened on any front anywhere is the enormity of the the issues and the challenge and that becomes kind of paralyzing and this initially small group of leaders in Evanston just didn't let that stop them and went ahead and did something and they're the first ones to say that it's not perfect and it can't atone for the discrimination in Evanston, no less for slavery in the bigger picture but they just wanted to do something to get the ball rolling.

Journalist Kari Lydersen is an author and assistant professor of journalism at Northwestern University. She's on to discuss her article at The New Republic, "Can Liberal Evanston, Illinois, Atone for Its Racist Past?"

 


Posted by Alexander Jerri

I’d like to take this opportunity to announce that we are five years or less away from a fascist takeover of this nation. Those of you who say we’re already living under fascism I guess can rest easy. But we’re not, we’re living under the bare minimum of democracy, and I like democracy, in theory. I want to expand democracy, not shrink it. Trying to effect positive collective action in a shrunken democracy is like trying to think with a shrunken head. It’s very difficult, but can, very rarely, be done. Trying to effect positive collective change in a shrunken democracy is often a crime. Doing it under fascism is always a crime. I’d rather succeed sometimes.

Of course, the party half-assedly defending our nation from a fascist takeover are fine with severely limiting the public’s ability to act collectively on their own behalf, and especially on behalf of others who they see as having even worse problems. So expect total fascism in five years or less.

There is no way to fend off this onslaught of horrific, theocratic, rightwing tyranny. It’s a foregone conclusion. It’s coming. I’m kind of glad, because I’ll get to be killed in an exciting way, instead of my arteries slowly hardening while I watch Netflix.

There will of course be no more legal abortions, but since all medical care will be out of reach for the majority of citizens, it won’t really be an issue. All progress toward any kind of future will cease, except for the very wealthy, and even then only temporarily.

I believe steampunk and the rise of the postmodern Victorian esthetic have been an unconscious mass preparation for what’s to come. Once the civilization-demolishing effects of global warming and climate mutilation are undeniable, we may even see the rise of cave punk. The MAGA shaman was a harbinger of the tribe punk movement, which will ultimately give way to the domination of cave punk among the masses.

Oh, you think not? I recently looked at some predictions I made on New Year’s Eve, 2004. They sounded crazy to me then, but I couldn’t deny what the visions were showing me. Oh, I forgot to explain that I sometimes get vivid visions of the future. Here’s what the visions showed me on New Year’s Eve 2004, all of which seemed ridiculous to me:

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Oct 19 2021