Value Black Lives or Confirm Rahm Emanuel – Pick 1

Take Action Now By Ryan Black For more than a year, establishment Democrats, including Joe Biden, have proudly declared that “Black lives matter.” But such statements are directly undermined by the fact that President Biden has now officially nominated disgraced former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel to be the U.S. ambassador to Japan. This is the same Rahm Emanuel who egregiously oversaw a…

Nuclear Weapon Proliferation Is Not The Answer To Russian Aggression

Take Action Now Continued investments into nuclear weapons make us less safe and did nothing to deter Putin’s aggression in Ukraine. The only logical path forward is diplomacy. By Ryan Black Russia’s criminal invasion of Ukraine has brought the dangerous possibility of nuclear war into renewed focus. In response to the invasion, many countries are looking to boost military spending, much to…

Anger Towards Russians In U.S. — A Reminder Of Post-9/11 Insanity

Take Action Now Russophobia is poisoning a country that has spent years saying Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate; our double standards are revealed as Russians living in the U.S. face the wrath of an angry nation. By Ryan Black Recently, my mom dropped off a plastic bin full of things I had left in her house thirteen years ago when I left for college. I found trinkets, pictures, and a…

Enbridge To Construct Next Pipeline As Biden, Leaders Do Little At COP26

Take Action Now As leaders at COP26 decry the devastations brought on by climate change, they continue to allow new oil pipelines to be built at home. By Ryan Black Enbridge recently completed the Line 3 pipeline, which will carry up to 760,000 barrels of tar sands oil per day. Now, the company is looking to build a pipeline from Houston to Corpus Christi, TX to meet the ramped-up capacity…

To Help Democrats Survive 2022, Biden Should Legalize Marijuana Right Now

Take Action Now Legalizing marijuana allows President Joe Biden to address important issues without Congressional approval and could help Democrats stave off major losses in 2022. By Ryan Black Medical marijuana is already available in 36 states. Recreational marijuana is legal in 18, while 27 states have decriminalized its use. In states where…

Rahm Emanuel Opposition Comes to DC

Take Action Now By Ryan Black Led by longtime Chicago political consultant and activist Delmarie Cobb, progressives spoke to the media on Monday in front of the Senate steps. They were there to make the case for why Rahm Emanuel must not be confirmed for a high profile ambassadorship to Japan. The news conference focused particularly on Emanuel’s role in covering up the murder of Laquan…

Rahm Emanuel’s 30-Year History of Being Wrong — and Why It Matters

By Ryan Black Rahm Emanuel, an avowed Third Way centrist, has been on the wrong side of the Democratic Party’s worst decisions for the past 30 years. Now, he has been nominated to be Joe Biden’s Ambassador to Japan — a country with constant military tension and pressure from the West to stand in opposition to China. Emanuel is uniquely unfit to handle the responsibilities of navigating these…

Why Pipelines Are Bad, Actually

By Ryan Black Despite a global climate emergency that worsens year after year, multinational corporations continue to invest in fossil fuels and build risky oil pipelines across the country — all for private profit and at the expense of vulnerable communities and tribal lands. Right now, as with Keystone XL and DAPL before, resisters of the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota are facing the brutal…

Indigenous Line 3 Activists Link Militarism and Climate Crisis

By Olivia DiNucci and Ryan Black In what’s known as northern Minnesota, environmental activists, under Indigenous leadership, are taking action to stop the Line 3 pipeline. But the protests aren’t exclusively about pipelines and tar sands; Line 3 resistors also focus on the link between militarism and the climate crisis. Line 3 is a tar sands pipeline -- currently under construction --…