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Winter 2019

Left Elsewhere

This issue explores the radical politics of rural America that mainstream progressives overlook—the communities outside coastal cities that are fighting, and winning, some of the left’s biggest battles.

Editors’ Note
Deborah Chasman and Joshua Cohen
 

 

Essays

What happens when a school district votes to arm teachers? A Rust Belt educator takes us through the grim realities of training to kill one of his own students.

Thomas Baxter
Jackson has a long history of black resistance—a seeming contradiction in a state better known for its stubborn poverty, violent Confederate fan boys, and deeply entrenched black oppression.
Makani Themba
Harm reduction strategies have their roots in 1980s HIV activism, but they are starting to spread in rural America in response to the opioid crisis.
Lesly-Marie Buer

Rev. William J. Barber II on civil disobedience, the failures of electoral campaigns, and why the South is key to a political transformation of the country.

Toussaint Losier, William J. Barber II
In Revilletown, which was founded by freed slaves, a petrochemical company has seized ownership of an ancestral cemetery. But an attack on the dead is an attack on the living.
Robin McDowell

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